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

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

252 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 152
Gots: 70 | FT: 16
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: dwagner003 on 11-21-2013)
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Reviews by unclejazz:
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

unclejazz, Feb 11, 2014
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Photo of Jeffo
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Hotpipes a while back. Love the base beer so very happy to try this variant. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.107
IBU: 60
Aged in Kentucky Whisky barrels
Drunk after BORIS Bairille Aois for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black, like thick, sludgy motor oil, producing a two finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the sides of the glass. Soon a swirl wisp and ring are all that remain but they do leave some nice falling dots of lacing as the glass empties. A menacing imperial stout for sure.

SMELL: Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee notes, whisky, milk chocolate and sweet cream notes. Chocolate milk shake qualities are in there. Chocolate fudge with Werther’s Original butterscotch candies. Sweet cream and oaky wood aromas in there as well. Really beautiful, and could be the same beer as Aois. Awesome.

TASTE: Whisky and oak notes initially, with butterscotch and sweet cream up front. Milk chocolate, caramel and more oak and whisky at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of butterscotch and caramel sweetness, sweet cream and chocolate milk shake, whisky and oak notes. Some bitter chocolate fudge offers a nice touch of balance to all the sweet malt and barrel flavors. Alcohol and whisky are wonderfully measured as well. Basically just as decadent and lovely as Aois. Perhaps a touch more whisky presence here, but the differences are minimal. Fantastic.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Lots of weight and plenty creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky. Less heat lingers than in the Aois variant. Can’t get any better in the department. This is how an imperial stout should feel.

OVERALL: This is just great. Equally as good as the Aois variant, and given how similar the two beers are, you could have told me this was a different bottling of the same batch and barrel treatment. Lots of similarities in the aroma and flavor profiles, while the feel on this one is perhaps a touch heavier and less hot, which really puts this into the next stratosphere. Perhaps a bit less butterscotch and slightly more wood flavors sets this one apart from Aois, but as far as overall quality is concerned, not to mention enjoyment, these two are about as good as it gets. Excellent. Thanks again hotpipes. World class stuff here.

Jeffo, Nov 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

mctizzz, May 24, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Chris_Panos, Jun 27, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Cynic-ale, Nov 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

TKEbeerman, Dec 22, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

williamjbauer, Sep 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

deuce9259, Dec 18, 2013
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Adkins1203, May 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

CLCardinal84, Dec 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Jan 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

DerekQXQX, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 04, 2014
Photo of SomethingClever
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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!

SomethingClever, Nov 30, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

NorthCoastPranqster, Dec 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

luckylefty, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Roguer
4.13/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unbelievably perfect-looking stout: solid, deep and dark black, topped with a solid dark brown head with fantastic retention.

Bourbon notes are fairly subtle on the aroma, with coffee and roasted barley taking front and center.

Flavor has a similar bourbon strength - which is to say, relatively mild - which grows as the beer warms (including vanilla). Noticeable slightly sour oak heat throughout. Chocolate is more prevalent than coffee on the palate.

Lovely thick feel overall; more thick than most BBA stouts. Long finish; extremely minor alcohol heat.

This is an excellent and remarkably understated BBA stout. It falls well short of the standard established by GI, and I would put it noticeably below FW's offerings, but it's extremely tasty and well done across the board, and below 10% ABV to boot!

Roguer, Sep 29, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Gonzoillini, Dec 30, 2013
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3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Still stains the glass. Medium khaki collar.

Smell - Lots of bourbon. A little nutty. Oaky. Some coffee roasted malt.

Taste - Straight bourbon. Sharp boozy liquor flavor. More chocolate. Bitter and oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Boozy. Medium heavy. Not as rich as I'd like.

Overall - Lots of barrel and liquor. A far cry from regular BORIS, but good.

Alieniloquium, Jan 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

robgage, Jun 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

Lanstrum, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

MajorBuckeye, Dec 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

blindpiggie, Mar 11, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

JamLand, Jun 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

HoppyBastard1, Jan 11, 2014
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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.