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

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Ratings: 2,160
Reviews: 580
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 260
Gots: 659 | FT: 69
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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
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Ratings: 2,160 | Reviews: 580
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Photo of KevChiTown
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Just above average. Has some BA taste, but in a run of the mill way. Really easy drinking with no stand out character. It's not bad, just boring.

Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White top.Poured nearly jet black except for just a faint ruby tint when held right nex to the light.A dark beige that sits for quite awhile atop,it looked menacing in a good way.Aromas of drunken dark fruit,molasses,chocolate,and french roast coffee,barrel played a smaller role than expected but is there.A full chewey feel in the mouth,very nice.Chocolaty flavors and quite roasted at the onset of the palate,dark fruit and vanilla notes as well from the bourbon.This was a great night cap last night,it was rich but not over done with the barrel,it seemed even bigger than it is.

Photo of don1481
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into big glass.

Appearance: Dark, thick - motor oil comes to mind - liquid which leads to a deep mocha colored head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacing along the side of the glass. Holding this sucker up to the light, I can't tell if there are any bubbles because it's so dark.

Smell: Oh man. This reminds me a lot of BCBS at first sniff. Very bourbon-heavy, but lots of vanilla and caramel notes as well. Pretty complex nose overall. If this tastes even close to how it smells... I'm going to be in for a GREAT night.

Taste: Holllyyy bourbon, Batman. This has got quite the punch to it up-front! Definitely get the alcohol screaming through in this one, but it doesn't overpower the vanilla/chocolate/coffee/oat notes that persist as I drink this baby.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bit of a lingering bitterness to it. Not an alcohol or bourbon aftertaste, but more of a coffee taste. Very viscous in the mouth, but clean as it goes down. Pretty impressive.

Overall: I'd consider getting one of these bad boys to age, but as others have noted... it's pricey ($17 for a 22oz bottle at Ray's). I may have to get it next time I run to either Woodman's or DiscLiq, since I think it's cheaper there. Definitely interested in seeing how this ages, though, and how that bourbon-forward taste evolves.

Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdan for this one.

First batch.

A: Pitch black with a small beige head that settles quickly and leaves small lacings.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. Hints of molasses and licorice. The smell is rich and deep. The bourbon character is subtle but more prominent than I had expected.

T: Very round, rich and full. Lots of smooth roasted malts, molasses and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet due to the massive malts and bourbon. The finish is bitter with warming bourbon flavors and some alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Although the bourbon character was more restrained in this one compared to some of the bourbon bombs out there, I thought the bourbon aromas were surprisingly prominent in this one, yet very well integrated. All in all, it was balanced and complex and very pleasant as a sipper. I had it directly after the standard version of Boris the Crusher, and I must say the barrel aging seriously changed the character of it. Although I really enjoyed BA Boris, and was really impressed by the subtle bourbon character is showcased, I do believe I enjoyed the regular version more.

Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours am opaque black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is vinous chocolate malts, dark fruits (fig), some coffee and oats and some bitter bourbon.

The flavor is sweet vinous dark fruits with some chocolate and a bitter finish. The whiskey comes out throughout - accentuating the vinous fruits and making the bitter finish a bit medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, still a nice imperial stout, but the barrel aging detracts rather than adds for me. It's a lot more alcoholic and vinous and a bit medicinal, and it loses the coffee, fudge, and oat notes that were nice in the original.

Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with a lot of bourbon and oak character. Boozy aroma. The flavor is extremely complex with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon and some sweetness. Overall, I think oak is probably the most dominant flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

Photo of amidabha
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

green cap poured into a sam adams glass. poured the standard dark espresso you'd expect from a stout with minimal head that left little lacing.

not too much bourbon smell before sipping but during and after the sip the bourbon stands out in just the right amount. this has an almost perfect balance of malt, hops and bourbon for what i was expecting.

it is just sweet enough to give my mouth a pucker and desire another drink almost immediately. surprisingly this doesn't have a huge alcohol smell or taste making this one dangerous in the wrong, or right, circumstance.

i have a few hoppin frogs in my cellar and this was the first one i cracked open since i was screwed by my local store on my Canadian Breakfast Stout. glad i have two more of these and one regular Boris ready for the winter.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

22oz bomber, from 2009.

Deep dark brown mahogany/black with zero head at all. Nose is very boozy from the bourbon but really nice flavor notes.

Taste is awesome, light richness and very crismp oatmeal finish makes it one of the best bourbon barrel beers I've had in a long time!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Midnight black in color with just a trace of mahogany brown head covering the majority of the top of the brew. Light Brussels lacing. Deep aroma of roasted barley,oatmeal,and bourbon are very enticing. The flavor is a combo of bitter roasted barley, sweet bourbon and oatmeal. The mouth is thick,creamy, luscious and sticky.

Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of the most recent batch of BA Boris (green cap) at From the Vine in Columbus. My first time trying the beer but I've got another (gold cap-batch 2) aging in the cellar for later.

Appearance- Pours opaque black as per the style with a minimal ring of tan head around the edges of the glass. Appears to be very mild carbonation and little to no lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very up front with the whiskey and oak. Lots of boozy whiskey and vanilla. A faint whiff of coffee roastiness and chocolate.

Taste- Again, the whiskey dominates here. Huge amounts of whiskey and wood are the most prominent flavors and really take up most of the flavor profile. In the background are some of the notes of bitter chocolate and roast that came through in the nose, but they are very secondary to the whiskey and wood. Astringent alcohol on the finish, and I fell as though this would benefit and round out from some aging.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, a bit thin from the barrels but with appropriate levels of carbonation. However, in terms of drinkability for the style, I found this one to be much to far towards the side of bourbon and alcohol to get better than average marks on drinkability.

Overall, this was a beer which I feel has a lot of potential and was decent but could be much better if aged. If the alcohol and whiskey profile had a chance to settle a bit it would probably have a much more rounded flavor profile in my opinion. Will have to revisit the second bottle in the future.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big dark roasty aroma with lots of chocolate and barrel hints. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, oatmeal, cream, tobacco, and nuts. The barrel comes through with hints of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, and oak. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt sugars. Dark dried fruit undertones with hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very rich and good stout aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big rich and roasty taste of dark malts and barrel notes. Barrel notes with a taste of bourbon whiskey, oak, sweet vanilla, and some wood. Big rich taste of dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, oatmeal, tobacco, cream, and nuts. Sweetness from some molasses and burnt sugar. Undertones of dark dried fruits with notes of cherry, raisin, plum, fig, and prune. Subtle presence of earthy hops add some bitterness in the background. Taste is rich and sweet with a nice bitter balance. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and chewy. Slick and smooth. Alcohol is felt but its fairly tame in the mouth.

Overall: A very good barrel aged Imperial Stout. Great dark malt flavors with a good barrel presence. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass, again, this brew is easily one of darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Less bubbly then then regular BORIS, which lends to better head retention and a lot better lacing.

S: Of the bourbon barrel aged stouts I've had, the aroma is not as dominate of bourbon as one would expect. As with BORIS, BABORIS lacks complexity that I would like. It retains the oatmeal, bitter sweet chocolate notes that I love. I'm almost inclined to bump the rating up a notch, but this brew falls just a tad bit short.

T: Light coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. Smooth bourbon dominates as the brew warms. Notes of vanilla are present stronger than most BA beers.

MF: Mouthfeel is killer. Still smooth, and has not thinned much considering this baby is barrel aged.

D: Drinkability is still amazing as always.

Overall, BABORIS is proof that any stout can be enhanced with barrel aging. Perfect for a winter night.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 suckaz. Drank for the AFC & NFC championship games. Go Pack!

'Light' black color, red edge to it, minimal brown tan head. Aroma was soft, mild bourbon, mild chocolate, no coffee.

Taste, I really dug this, like Eclipse, it wasn't trying to be the biggest baddest largest most alcoholic stout in the world, a light amount of bourbon to compliment the beer. Good complimentary chocolate with the bourbon, heat is kept to a small warming sensation, a desireable one at that.

Really amazed hoppin frog makes such good stouts, and such lousy ipa's, but could totally be a freshness thing getting their beer all the way out here.

Photo of whoneeds8
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on my trip to Chicago in April. Just now getting around to opening it.

Poured out of the bottle, with a black cap, a thick motor oil black into a Stone RIS glass. Thin head with little retention. Scent of the bourbon hits my nose, but that's all I get, I have a terrible nose. The taste has the bourbon burst up front with a bit of a hop presence. Then bring on the oats . . . the mouth just shuts down and goes dryer than a desert. A wonderful complexity and very well balanced. No two flavors are stronger than the other. Mouthfeel is perfectly bodied for the style and dry.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live probably 45 minutes to an hour from Akron Youngstown area, and this beer didn't make it's way to any of the usual good locals. Even Pittsburgh just started seeing this in limited quantities. I happened to stumble on the BA Boris while on vacation in Myrtle Beach at the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common.

Popped the cap and I was welcomed with a light wisp of carbonation escaping the 22 ounce bottle. The only difference on the label is the Barrel Aged (whiskey barrels) along with faint oak barrels stacked in the background. After a vigorous pour a minimal deep mocha tan head forms but dwindles rather quickly, body is as dark as any dark beer I've ever come across, pours like used motor oil. Lacing really grips onto my Allagash chalice with each sip fine evenly webbed patterns form on all sides of my glass. I guess I have to mention that this beer has legs, give it a swirl or two and you'll see it stick to the sides of your glass.

Aromatics offer the oak barrel effects including sharply charred oak, vanilla, and a light mist of bourbon. To be honest the smell has a very moist powdered chocolate doughnut edge with an air of booziness.

Flavor comes together but I still enjoy a regular B.O.R.I.S. than this barrel aged version any day, it's rare for me that the barrel enhances the standard beer. The biggest down fall of this beer was the price tag at $15.99, charred marshmallow with strong coffee and dark chocolate roasted malt character, a soft sweetness develops much mostly due to the oatmeal additions. Big whiskey and oak barrel finish adds to the complexity but doesn't take away from the base beer much at all in the flavor. A bit of booze and sour mash whiskey edges, with more charred vanilla oak ridden notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied full roasted malt bitterness leaves a dryness but the backend brings on a searing edge of whiskey edge alcohol, carbonation levels are very moderate due to the oak aging mellowing out the CO2.

Drinkability overall is one of the most quaffable versions of an oak aged beer I've had, much more approachable than the Voodoo Black Magick. Some versions have killed me with booze this version was more complex and retained enough characteristics from the original beer to make it work well, I love this brewery and I can't wait to drink this year's offerings at the Steel City Big Pour. Last year they had the best of with their Silk Porter through run through a Randall full of espresso beans, they also ran their standard IPA through some hops.

Photo of rudylaw
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled sixth in a ten stout tasting and placing sixth.

Pours pitch black. Hardly no head and virtually no retention. Still, this is what I expect from this beer.

Smells very bourbony and chocolatey. There is some alcohol but it's in the back.

Lotsa bourbon and sweet malts. Extremely smooth as you would expect a barrel aged stout to be. Creamy and nicely carbonated for the style.

Spend all night with this bad rascal. I love regular BORIS and this slightly improves on it.

Photo of jtladner
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle (white cap). Black in color with dark brown head and good lacing. The nose is sweet with some vanilla and bitter chocolate. The taste is nicely complex, with a lot of chocolate and coffee, some roasted notes and the perfect amount of sweetness. Unfortunately I am not really noticing the whiskey at all, but still a very good stout.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - much obliged!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of molasses and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Not nearly as sweet as the normal BORIS.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and molasses give way smooth vanilla flavors with hints of chocolate and fainter hints of bourbon. The barrel-aging doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor profile, but it mellows everything out.

Mouthfeel is great. Great thickness with sneaky carbonation. I had an 07 Abyss after this and the Abyss actual felt a bit on the thin side comparatively.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily, and it would be no problem to finish off a bomber or two.

Overall I much prefer the BA version to the normal BORIS - the flavors mellow out and the sweetness is taken down a notch. Definitely give this one a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
maybe a red cap?

A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a thick cocoa head that fades to a thick ring and sticks to the glass a bit after each sip.

S- The chocolate rich nougat malt character is full and out shadows other aromas.

T- The full smooth dark malt has some soft barrel finish with notes of caramel and graham sweetness coming through as the beer opens up. There is a spicy heat in the finish that supports and cuts the thick malt a bit. Some vanilla notes with the bourbon in the finish takes on an inky note in the finish.

M- The full mouthfeel has an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- The nice rich dark roasted stout as some good bourbon and barrel flavors with a nice amount of heat to just through the heavy beer.

Photo of hughesm4
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a- Pours a pitch black with a minimal amount of light brown lacing head.
s- There is a very sweet malty/ oatmeal smell that is very strong.
t- Starts off as a very rich chocolate taste that switches to a oatmealish coffee taste towards the end of the drink.
m/d- A very enjoyable drink that is just sweet enough to make you drink a little slower. It has a very full bodied, sweet taste and is a very enjoyable drink. I have had this a couple of times now and it keeps on getting better with age.

Photo of degerbah
3.66/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge props to mwa423 for the FREE pour. Pours motor oil black and extremely thick with almsot no head at all. What head there is comes out a light brown. The aroma is a lot of malt and a lot of coffee. Not as sweet as I'd expected. The taste is way more coffee than I expected. For being barrel-aged it doesn't have near the whiskey aroma or taste that I expected. The mouthfeel is very thick, even for a 9.4% beer. all in all I'd say I'm dissapointed. For something this higly rated I'm dissapointed.

Photo of r0nyn
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my Founders tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover. Gold cap, so I'm assuming one of the 2009 batches.

Completely pitch black in the glass. Pretty sure you'd need one of those fancy NASA radio telescope things to punch through that inky darkness. A quarter-inch thick head the color of milk chocolate quickly dissipates, leaving oozy, spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Looking at the surface of the beer, the legs on this beast are readily apparent as the whorls of brown lace swirl atop a black pool of nothingness. An absolutely picture perfect example of an imperial stout. There's a huge whiskey presence in the nose, readily discerned from the moment you pop the cap on this bad boy. The barrel aging imparts all the right aromas to the beer, from sweet vanilla to hints of oak and dark fruit. There's a definite chocolate component to the smell as well, and it becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Color me excited!

The taste is a melding of everything that is good and right in the world. I almost never give out 5s for taste, but this one just reaches up and grabs it before I have a chance to react. Sweet vanilla greets the tongue, followed by all of the flavors in the nose, and I do mean all of them. Dark fruit and oak are discernible, fusing with the chocolate to create a phenomenal tasting experience. Past the initial barrage of sweetness, the dark chocolate essence takes over. I really haven't tasted this much bittersweet dark chocolate in any other imperial stout I've sampled. As the beer warms, there is some mild whiskey-tinged alcohol that can be detected on the back end, but really only if you're actively looking for it. Any hops that this beer had have exited, as the only bitterness comes from the dark cocoa notes. Finishes on a drying note with equal parts bitter and sweet dancing over the tongue, leaving you wanting more and more. The body is full and well-done, with a pleasing creaminess and a fleeting dash of carbonation on the back end. A little bit more viscosity would have put this beer over the top, but given everything else, I'm not going to complain at all.

The regular B.O.R.I.S. is a wonderful RIS, but put it in whiskey barrels and it becomes a revelation. It's nearly 10% in ABV content, but I had to consciously pace myself in order to keep my wits about me. It's monumentally delicious and deserves the ridiculous score I give it. Simply, utterly, sublimely fantastic in almost every way. Bravo, Hoppin' Frog. Bravo.

Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black cap

Really impressive pour - dirty motor oil black, minimal burnt mocha head. Really nice aroma of bourbon booze, caramel, some vanilla, syrupy chocolate, and some almost-sour oak tannins. Some dark roast and espresso as well. Taste is much of the same with more dark roasted coffee - big chocolate syrupy notes and vanilla/caramel whiskey. Drinks incredibly smooth - not much of a boozy burn from the alcohol I enjoy in bigger imperial stouts, though.

Very impressed. A little pricey but a great beer no doubt.

Photo of weonfire
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet Black. Certainly has the 'Motor Oil' look. Small bit of mocha colored head around rim. Thick and Frothy.

S - HUGE chocolate & carmel and whiskey. Wow does that smell excellent. That puts a smile on my face. Vanilla and oatmeal come thru next. Great sweetness.

T - Awesome chocolate whiskey. Carmel. Sweet initially, bitter finish. A taste that lingers for minutes after tasting.

M - Exactly the velvety thickness you hope for. flavor combine superbly.

O - Excellent. One of the best Stouts i've tasted to date.

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to smchenry77 for a bottle. 2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A - pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that fades fairly quickly leaving a nice foam ring around the edges.

S - wow! Big whiskey aroma followed by vanilla, chocolate and roasty notes. Some sweetness too.

T - well balanced. Much more whiskey on the aroma than the taste. All the flavors blend together without one being too much. Upfront roasty notes with rich chocolate followed by whiskey and vanilla. Bitterness comes in on the end to balance the beer out. The bitterness does build as I drink more and more, almost too much. Maybe my only compliant. I get a warming on the finish but not boozy at all.

M - silky, smooth, creamy and pretty full bodied.

O - great BA stout. Great thing about this beer is the whiskey flavor blends with everything else and doesn't overshadow the other flavors.

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