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

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Ratings: 1,943
Reviews: 558
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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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

So I was really craving a barrel aged imperial stout last night and this was on the shelf. Kind of pricey at $20 but I guess that is close to the going rate these days for this type of beer. Appearance was standard, super black, short head. Aroma was a bit of chocolate, a bit of whiskey and a bit of barrel, not bad at all. Flavor was pretty good imperial stout with nice touched of the whiskey barrel. My friend said it tasted like espresso. This was probably the best Hoppin Frog beer I've had so far and it did hit the spot for what I was craving.

ArrogantB, Jan 25, 2014
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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.

guityler83, Jan 24, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the bottle. Tasted 4 January 2014, reviewed from notes.

Pours black and thick, completely opaque. An aggressive pour yields one finger of dark-brown head; a more normal pour yields none. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is big and rich, a really nice balance of stout and bourbon. It's sweet and so smooth, nearly perfectly balanced, and almost as good as it gets. No complaints, but it's not quite as complex or robust as the best.

Taste is a little rougher, a little more bourbon-heavy, and less integrated than the smell. But it's still quite good, just a little on the rough side.

Feel is really good, though somehow it doesn't blend with the beer like I want it to. It's really heavy and thick. The carbonation initially feels like enough, but that's until the weight of the body and flavor settle in and drown out those weak little bubbles. Needs a bit more fizz.

A very solid barrel-aged stout. Could be better, but could be a whole lot worse. The integration of the barrel with the base beer in the smell is outstanding.

zeledonia, Jan 13, 2014
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4.31/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

GetMeAnIPA, Jan 12, 2014
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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