Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.43/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch #5 (red cap), so bottled sometime in 2011.
Appearance: Looks like engine oil pouring into the glass. Free pour yields a half inch tan head that dissipates quickly and lacelessly. Occasionally leaves short lived spots of lacing. Big legs.
Smell: Chocolate and oak from the bottle. In the glass there's a big note of fig and raisin, along with vanilla oak, caramel and toffee. "Smells right," is my first thought. With time and warmth, some booziness comes out and accentuates everything else. The fig and toffee aromas sort of alternate as most prominent, with some chocolate in the background.
The smell could be a bit bolder, but it's very nice.
Taste: Oof, it tastes right too. First sip has straightforward vanilla oak up front, leading to some roast and hop bitterness and then a very long and complex finish of caramel, oak, booze, some hops, and more things than I can keep track of at once. Just delicious. The second sip has coffee up front, then toffee, vanilla, and another long procession of decadent, adventurous, profoundly palatable flavors. The third is more hop forward, with a heavier hit of nutty roasted malt, then the same blissfully satisfying finish.
So much about this beer is just right. The hop bitterness is assertive, but it supports the endless malt and barrel flavors. The smooth, creamy body and low carbonation emphasize the decadence (but there's still enough bitterness and heat to not even approach "I'm drinking a sauce that should be poured on ice cream," territory). The time in the barrel has softened the aggression of the base beer, but kept in the deep complexity of flavor. There's nutty roasted malt, foresty hops, multidimensional caramel and toffee, several typical oak flavors (vanilla, not-quite-coconut, etc), various gooey dark fruit flavors.
It would not be tough to persuade me to give this beer a 5.0 for taste. Maybe the marriage of flavor isn't quite as excellent as that of Parabola or Abyss, but it's pretty much perfect.
Mouthfeel: Beautiful. Full bodied, thick and creamy. Mild carbonation. When I hear "imperial oatmeal stout," this is *exactly* what my most optimistic expectations for mouthfeel are. Mild dryness (perfectly attenuated), just enough carbonation, perfect body. I don't think there's any room for improvement in this area.
Overall: A masterful beer. It's hard to say if it improves on the base beer, itself a masterpiece, but I love drinking this.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2011 00:21:59 | More by Pahn
More User Reviews:
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a white capped 22oz bottle (Batch 6 - 2012 according to this site)
A: Deep black with thin mocha colored head that quickly disappates
S: Bourbon! Very upfront but not overwhelming, a little oaky. Gives way to chocolate, vanilla, and oats. Definitely a hint of molasses sweetness there too.
T: Similar to the aroma. Bourbon upfront, with chocolate, vanilla and oats. Some coffee like bitterness on the end. Nicely balanced but the longer you drink it the more overpowering the bourbon becomes.
M: Slightly thick and chewy, Creamy and smooth, a very slight ting from the alcohol.
Very good beer! Just wish it was a little easier to find and cheaper (runs about $18-20 in these parts)
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2014 00:34:24 | More by BumpyAZ
4.18/5 rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Gold Cap 2009 release acquired from pochman courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2009 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter pint glass.
A: The beer is a very deep black color, with a very thin beige head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass. However the lack of head and lacing can easily be attributed to the beer’s age being 4+ years.
S: The aroma contains dark chocolate, licorice, coffee, roasted malts, oats and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts out creamy with flavors of coffee and chocolate. Then a hearty roasted malt character quickly follows. There are background flavors of bourbon, licorice and dark fruit. The hops presence is very mild but brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Smooth, a little crisp and quite viscous but a bit chalky, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice big stout to drink for a long time however I like the original version better.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 05:21:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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