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

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 1608
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%


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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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2009 bomber (gold cap) into tulip on 9/8/11. Shared with brewslut.

A - Poured an oily onyx black liquid with a one-finger dollop of dense, creamy burnt mocha foam on top that reduced to leave some spotty lace that mostly slid down the sides of the glass.

S - Subtle yet complex nose at first, with notes of vanilla, caramel, toffee, mougat, chocolate/cocoa and light bourbon. Alcohol presence is moderate. As the liquid warmed up a bit, hints of leather and light soy sauce also joined the olfactory party.

T - Having had a fresh bottle of this same batch quite a while ago, I can report that the alcohol presence has mellowed considerably and has been replaced with luch vanilla, chocolate, coffee and tangy bourbon. Finishes like a candy bar dipped in bourbon. Leafy hop bitterness add some depth to the finish. Delicious!

M - Full-bodied, oily and viscous with a hint of carbonation, resulting in a sticky texture overall. Alcohol warmth is mild to moderate, gaining strength as it warms up. Bittersweet finish with a nice bourbon tang on the palate.

D - Whoa! Glad I let this one age for a bit in the cellar. I sampled a fresh bottle of this, and was fairly pleased overall, but not blown away by any means. This time, however... well, a different story. Age this sucker and you won't be sorry!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 17:03:32 | More by ffejherb
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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.

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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.

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