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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

223 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 11.52%
Wants: 144
Gots: 69 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Reviews by siege06nd:
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%

Poured into my Hardywood Singel snifter...

A. Tobacco brown with big oily legs draping the glass. Thin, wispy head, which is expected. Spotty lacing.

S. Wow. Toffee, caramel, and heavy vanilla. Roasted coffee beans and rich fudge.

T. Fudge, vanilla, and strong bourbon. A little ash/smoke and subtle hops on the back end. This is a dry, roasty stout with a big bourbon kiss. I prefer these beers a little more on the sweet side...I'm not quite sure the base B.O.R.I.S holds up to the barrel as well as I hoped. Still, the flavors are bold, the finish is balanced, and the beer is well-crafted.

M. I think the barrel rides a little high here. Slightly tannic and dominates the dark fruit notes you can usually find in the base stout.

O. People hear "Van Winkle-Aged Sout" (Rip, Pappy, or otherwise) and immediately frenzy. B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink is a good example of the fact that Van Winkle barrels do not turn beers into unicorn tears. This is a great beer, but I don't think the barrel added that much to what was already an outstanding base beer. A cautionary tale in the hoarding frenzy.

siege06nd, Feb 23, 2014
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A: I poured soft so almost no head but my second pour I was aggressive and the small head that did appear was mocha in appearance

S: Like soft bourbon no head snapping bourbon very vanilla smelling

T: this is where this crushes it has the soft notes of bourbon but with a very roasted, sweet, chocolate with no harsh booze taste although you can taste it in the background the vanilla smoothness of the bourbon shines through, with notes of oak and very little if any heat

M: Great texture you get the fullness you expect from a ba stout but I was expecting more of a residual thickness booze but it doesn't cling much

O: Insanely great BA beer the base being pretty damn good never hurts I haven't had the regular BA B.O.R.I.S. in long time but this is an astonishingly good beer seek it out!

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.