Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by guityler83:
4/5 rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
White cap, 2012?
A: The beer was poured into a snifter glass from the bottle from about 6 inches above the rim and produced a finger tall head of foam that built from the bottom up almost like a nitro pour. The foam was made of tiny bubbles, dark tan in color, and sank into the opaque black liquid quickly. When swirled the foam would stir up a bit, but would quickly dissipate.
S: Very prominent oak flavor even when pouring the beer at cooler temperatures. Vanilla and toffee notes from the oak with mild fruity undertones. The beer underneath comes through as it warms up, sweeter aroma with chocolate, cocoa, prunes and a moderate alcohol note (maybe the bourbon). Chocolate is dominant on the dark malts not a lot of roast or char notes, smooth overall.
T: On the first sip, sweet milk chocolate, bakers cocoa, candy toffee and raisins mixed with the vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel. Balance is on the sweet side with not real hop flavor detected but enough bitterness to make it noticeable.
M: Alcohol warming is mild. Large amount of body and a syrupy kind of mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. There is also a slight tingling sensation coming through on the tongue which I usually attribute to the bourbon. Slight astringency on the tongue that lingers after a few sips.
O: The barrel character is very tasty in this beer and the base beer is very chocolate forward which I like. I would put the level of barrel between a BCBS and a CWBS, but with less bourbon overall.
Serving type: bottle
01-24-2014 02:23:03 | More by guityler83
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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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