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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,834
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 236
Gots: 609 | FT: 65
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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