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

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

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BA SCORE
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world-class

2,120 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,120
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 655 | FT: 70
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews by nhindian:
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3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Surly Darkness tulip.

Batch 4 - Black Cap (2010 vintage).

A - Pours a thick, midnight with no sense of coloring at all to be seen either at the bottom of the glass or around the edges. Completely pitch black; I was at Lake Chautauqua, which is fairly remote, for the 4th of July this year, and this beer encompasses the color of the sky there around midnight. Even after a relatively hard pour, there is only about half a finger's worth of dark brown head, the only shred of hue to be seen from this liquid. Retention is fairly low, and when it's gone it leaves most of the lace behind it. The lace is few and far between, only covering sparse edge of the glass.

S - The smell of this beer instantly reminds me of Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout, only much more hot. It brings the rich chocolate smell that borders of decadence and fudge. This beer is a two-faced monster, first bringing a truckload of malts, which are all incredibly smooth and rich, but then there's a huge rush of bourbon. It's interesting and somewhat exciting at first, but as I drink on, it continuously brings me down with how disjointed it seems. Too much whiskey in the nose is it's main detraction.

T - I take my first sip and I am disappointed. Not that this beer is bad, not by any stretch, but it has the potential to be great, even world-class, if it weren't for the offensive alcohol punch that it brings. The beer seems to turn the roast and anise that is in the original and transforms it into a smooth, rich, chocolate goodness that is extremely tasty. Even the dark fruits return and integrate nicely with the bourbon. However, the bourbon does not integrate itself nicely with the other flavors in this beer. I'm not sure if Hoppin' Frog uses the sub-title 'the Crusher' to describe the alcohol heat in BA B.O.R.I.S. (yes, I know it's in the original as well), but it'd be incredibly apt. Control the heat, and Hoppin' Frog has a champ, but as it stands now, this only has potential, but in execution it is distracting, which is a damn shame.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with good carbonation. This beer feels pretty good on the palate, thick without being overly syrupy, and ample carbonation to deliver all the nuances of the flavors. Much like the nose and taste, however, the alcohol stamps out much of the enjoyment as it lingers for minutes after done drinking.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. Despite the alcohol, I still finished this bottle and enjoyed it (but I have a high tolerance for liquor), but I would enjoy this beer leagues more if it had a bit more moderation. The components are all there for BA B.O.R.I.S. to excel, all it needs is to keep it's alcohol in check. Scope this out if you can, but I can imagine the price and alcohol keeping me from seeking this out again, at least a newer bottle.

More User Reviews:
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -7%

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 OhioBobcat
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of brownbeer
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -7%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Anstuart5
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Brent_ray
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of RebeccaMB
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of bulldogg915
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of warnerry
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DWolf
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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