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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

241 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 10.09%
Wants: 149
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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1/5  rDev -77.1%

chippo33, Jan 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

DrunkAl, Aug 11, 2014
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

drummermattie02, Jul 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

jrallen34, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

CLCardinal84, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Rhettroactive, Feb 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

Sean9689, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

matt2591, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jegross2
3.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from the Hoppin' Frog Brewery out of Akron, Ohio. This beer is Hoppin' Frog's signature BORIS Russian imperial stout aged in pappy van winkle barrels.

Score: 84

November 2013 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Kevin S. for sending me this brew!

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with just under a finger of khaki head that recedes quickly to a thick ring around the glass. Okay lacing and retention, light browning from swirling. 4/5

Smell: Fudge, bourbon, oak, caramel, chocolate and a little roast. Really nice mix! 4.5/5

Taste: Taste is boozier, oakier and less integrated than the nose. Licorice, oak, dark fruit, booze and baker's chocolate. Has a kiss of ashiness. Not bad at all, but it is a far cry from the quality that the nose led on or even regular barrel aged BORIS. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. More bitter than anticipated. Creamy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, but far from spectacular beer that proves that using Pappy barrels does not always make a beer better. Regular barrel aged BORIS, and even non-barrel aged BORIS, were better in my opinion.

Cost: $15.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

jegross2, Jul 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

ThatsThatDude, Jan 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Durb777, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Auracom, Apr 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

Flabbyjandro, Dec 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

IpeeA, Jun 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

jvillefan, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

fredmugs, Nov 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

dunlap926, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
3.83/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Eric!

A: Pours a think dark black color with cola highlights. There's no head at all on this one, which is slightly disappointing.
S: Warming whiskey on the nose is mellow but noticeable, and I get rich notes of fudge and vanilla. Not a strong nose.
T: Thick dark chocolate fudge brownie dominates with traces of licorice and caramel. The finish is full of mellow whiskey, oak, and vanilla. This beer is not especially complicated, as all I get is pretty much chocolate and mellow whiskey. The pappy is definitely pappy, but it's not very strong.
M: Thick and viscous body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, fizzier than expected carbonation, with a frothy mouthfeel at first that leads into a very smooth and thick beer.
O: A fairly decent stout but definitely a let down, especially given the barrel treatment. I love the thick body, as this beer is viscous as hell, and I also think what barrel flavors are there work well. This just wasn't on the level as the top tier barrel aged stouts. Thanks again for the hookup, TurdFurgison.

scottfrie, Monday at 04:21 PM
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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  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Jan 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

blindpiggie, Mar 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

tarheels4life23, Sep 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

bonez05404, Feb 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 17, 2013
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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.