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

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1,949 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,949
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 243
Gots: 631 | FT: 70
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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...and I thought I was blown away by the regular BORIS. With more strength and complexity from whisky barrels, this beer is about as good as Stouts get.

Because of the wood aging and extra alcohol that are picked up from whiskey barrels, the beer has a tough time holding onto any strong head or from retaining well. But the beer shows a lot of burned amber legging that does appeal to me.

Those espresso and cocoa aromas still show up in force, the barrel aged version also has a stronger ester profile than the simplified and standard version. Stronger alcohols make an impact but in a more subtle way that doesn't bring extra attention to itself.

Flavors to the same: stronger and more ester-forward. Chocolate covered cherries, berries, and plumbs begin to shine a bit. More caramels, vanillans, and simple woodiness begins to richen the beer, again without gaining dominance but adding complexity. Simply a more complex flavored BORIS without any distracitons.

The same silky, velvety smoothness is unhampered by the added alcohols. The barrel aging may actually take the edge off of the beer, making it smoother textured. But a bit drier and warmer strengthens the argument for compexity without hurting the beer.

I guess the argument for or against the barrel aging would be in whether you prefer a simple and pure stout or a complex and varying stout. But this variety is a welcome addition to the near flawless standard version.

Thanks goryshkewych, this beer was insanely good!

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,949 ratings.