Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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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.
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 18:24:53 | More by jegross2
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 18:25:07 | More by Alieniloquium
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.