Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by damndirtyape:
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
22oz bomber split between two Libby porter/stout glasses. No date on the bottle but I know it was from this year. Gold cap.
Appearance: Pitch black with the barest amount of tan head. Some small amount of lacing at the edges at first but eventually even this was gone.
Smell: Whiskey (bourbon) dominates, but there is a hint of dark bittersweet chocolate and coffee underneath.
Taste: Bourbon up front moving quickly into a strong bittersweet chocolate flavor and espresso coffee bitter finish. Alcohol heat more noticeable when the beer is cold and it subsides a bit as the beer warms up to room temperature, but it's still a pretty hot beer. Very much like a blend of a chocolate espresso liquor and a shot of whiskey and less like a stout. Very tasty, but I think the beer got lost in all of this.
Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy, light carbonation. Definite alcohol bite from the whiskey noted.
Overall / Drinkability: To quote the Dave Chappelle show and Samuel Jackson beer, "It'll get ya drunk!". Very powerful beer - it is far more like a chocolate liquor with a whiskey shot than a RIS in a bourbon barrel. But maybe that's the point of this beer. I think though that this beer is way too extreme and not enough beer - that the stout got lost in it all. I like it, and I enjoyed it, but it's not a great RIS. Mouthfeel is impressive (oatmeal does it's job here) and the smell and taste are good, but it's still more like a mixed drink and less like a beer. So I'm giving it a 4.0 for being good, but I cannot see myself buying this again. If I want a Russian Imperial Stout I think I want something where the beer comes out more. This unfortunately, has moved too far into the realm of very tasty malt beverage/dessert and so I cannot rate it higher. Again, good, but not a great Russian imperial stout.
Serving type: bottle
08-23-2012 23:14:28 | More by damndirtyape
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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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