Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Stevedore:
4.3/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Re-reviewing this one- I've opened up 2 bottles in the past, but never got around to doing a review/recall on it. 22oz bottle with the white bottle cap (probably produced in 2012-2013), poured into CCB snifters with friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.
Aroma: A bit of sweet chocolate up front. I can almost smell the viscousness. And then the barrels kick me in the face. It smells like I just took a bottle of Jack Daniels, agitated it and opened it up to sniff it. Bourbon, vanilla, oak is all there. Smells boozy as hell. (4)
Colour: Dark, dark, dark beer that pours like motor oil. Light does not penetrate. Comes with a 2cm mocha head that dissipates into the beer quickly. Lacing is sporadic and not much of a player here. (4)
Flavour: Phew. It's heavy on the bourbon and the barrel, but it's got a nice underlying sweet chocolate and toffee flavours. It's strong enough that it isn't completely overwhelmed by the bourbon barrels but not cloyingly sweet that it would be annoying. The malts of this beer is definitely in a supporting role. It is basically bourbon with a lot of oak and some vanilla. A bit of coffee bitterness throughout as well. Despite all the strong bourbon components, it ends up being tasty- it comes together pretty well. (4.5)
Mouthfeel: Very thick bodied, light on the carbonation. Finish is on the sweet and dry side. The beer has the smells and tastes of bourbon but there isn't a whole lot of heat to be detected. Definitely a sipper and not to be enjoyed alone. (4.25)
Overall: Excellent barrel aged stout that you don't mess around with. It's strong, intense and rich. Doesn't necessarily showcase all of its components as well as other beers do (BCBS, Black Note comes to mind) but the amount of bourbon flavour and aromas blows every other BA beer away. I don't always like having such strong bourbon presence in my beers- I would also like the sweet malts to show up even more here rather than being a supporting player. But I can't deny that this is a very good bourbon'ed up stout.. I was lucky to get it for $10 a bomber, so I'm not sure I'd pay full price ($16-19) to drink more once my stash is gone. (4.25)
Serving type: bottle
05-26-2013 14:46:11 | More by Stevedore
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Too heady/boozy for my taste.
Pours a nice dark beer. Some foam forms on the head. Smells like brandy, coffee, caramel and roasted malts. Taste is too boozy for me. The nice roasted malts are interrupted by the headiness of the beer. It should be smooth, not savage. I had left mine sit for a while, but the alcohol was still there. Good to see how it would be in a year or two. Body is syrupy.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 04:58:14 | More by JulioH
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
$14 bomber purchased at a Giant Eagle in North Olmstead, Ohio. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.
Appearance: Pitch black with a modest dark brown head that goes away pretty quickly, leaving no lacing.
Smell: Like complexity? I hope so. Man that is just everywhere, in a great way. Nice amount of the whiskey barrel is in there, then vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. Beautiful nose on it. No alcohol traced here at all.
Taste/feel: All of what I described in the smell. Wow. Plenty of barrel. Dark fruit with a bit of a tanginess. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee... finish is a bit warming, which I'd expect, but not as hugely bold as some barrel aged stouts. I think the use of whiskey barrel over bourbon barrel mutes the vanilla character a bit, as well as that "plain cake donut" (as I describe it) flavor. Finish adds a little bit of a char sort of character that I actually really like. Feel is moderate, almost full bodied, but not super syrupy thick like I was expecting it to be, as most in the style are that way. This is a bit too drinkable for its own good, but it is deeelicious.
Great beer at actually a very fair price compared to some other barrel aged stouts out there. Goes insanely well with a bit of peanut brittle I have from a local bakery. Would also no doubt go well with a thick, juicy steak... no matter what you pair it with, make sure you save a little to have on its own. I think I'd prefer a bourbon barrel aging to a whiskey barrel aging, but either way, this is a must-try.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 21:43:56 | More by Alextricity
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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