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

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Reviews: 587
Hads: 2,262
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 275
Gots: 694 | FT: 81
Brewed by:
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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: 587 | Hads: 2,262
Photo of Cedromar
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

So Batch 2 BA BORIS saw some distribution, eh? Might as well pick some up since tomorrow I'll be double taxed to enjoy this brew.

Such a friendly frog on the bottle, I hope they pay him well, probably not though. I imagine he's overworked and underpaid. Probably came home late the other night to find his wife on the Lilly Pad of his best friend. Now he's serving life for a double homicide that we all could understand.

Wait, what?

The pour produced a thin veil of brown bubbles that quickly dissipated to nothing but smooth dark velvet motor oil. Next time, I'm having engine trouble I'll just go for a bottle of this.

The smell...well, wasn't as good as batch 1. Where are the lovely Banana esters? The smooth vanilla bourbon? Why is there mooching cousin, burnt coffee sleeping on my pull out? F*ck you Barry, why don't you just get a job and get off of my f*cking couch already?!

The taste is alright. Unfortunately, Barry the Burnt Coffee only brought his hot sexy girlfriend Whiskey Whitney around a few times and those exchanges were all too brief. Damn you Barry!

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and absolutely seductive.


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Photo of Beaver13
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of the most recent batch of BA Boris (green cap) at From the Vine in Columbus. My first time trying the beer but I've got another (gold cap-batch 2) aging in the cellar for later.

Appearance- Pours opaque black as per the style with a minimal ring of tan head around the edges of the glass. Appears to be very mild carbonation and little to no lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very up front with the whiskey and oak. Lots of boozy whiskey and vanilla. A faint whiff of coffee roastiness and chocolate.

Taste- Again, the whiskey dominates here. Huge amounts of whiskey and wood are the most prominent flavors and really take up most of the flavor profile. In the background are some of the notes of bitter chocolate and roast that came through in the nose, but they are very secondary to the whiskey and wood. Astringent alcohol on the finish, and I fell as though this would benefit and round out from some aging.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, a bit thin from the barrels but with appropriate levels of carbonation. However, in terms of drinkability for the style, I found this one to be much to far towards the side of bourbon and alcohol to get better than average marks on drinkability.

Overall, this was a beer which I feel has a lot of potential and was decent but could be much better if aged. If the alcohol and whiskey profile had a chance to settle a bit it would probably have a much more rounded flavor profile in my opinion. Will have to revisit the second bottle in the future.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.61/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a small wisp of tan head and lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells strongly of chocolate supported by vanilla and bourbon.

Roasty chocolate with an earthy bitterness. Bourbon is very subdued. Just a bit of a boozy kick near the end along with some char.

Medium bodied with medium to low carbonation which is my preference for the style.

Good beer, but I prefer my bourbon beers with a bit more of a boozy kick and there's a touch more char than I'd like.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light vanilla and bourbon notes thought not as dominated as expected with some roasted malt with some black chocolate. Taste is lighter then expected with light bourbon with some distinct vanilla notes and light roasted malt with some subtle black chocolate. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernible. Kind of disappointing and not sure the barrel-aging brought anything more to this one.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in Feb. 2010.

Appearance: Pours out completely black; no light shines through the glass at all. A thin cap of fizzy mocha head forms that doesn't last long. Color and legs are decent, but the head retention and lacing aren't that good. Almost seems low on carbonation.

Smell: Light cocoa notes, vanilla, oak, and bourbon character. Smells pretty standard for a -bal aged stout. Pretty good.

Taste: Some milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, as well as heavy vanilla and oak. The bourbon presence is still pretty hot, even after nearly 2 years in the bottle. It really dominates the back end, probably a bit too much. Overpowers the other elements.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is medium-full, with very little carbonation. Slick in the mouth and needs more carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent barrel aged stout. A bit better bourbon integration and more carbonation would have gone a long way for me.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery tulip. From notes.

A: A hard pour yields a half a finger dark khaki head that settles quickly to a ring of foam around the glass and a very thin island of foam. Rich dense dark black color. Oily/slippery legs that pull all traces of lacing back into the beer.

S: Smells of some dark fruits, but the nose is dominated by charred woody oak, some whiskey, a peaty fragrance, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Composed of dark chocolate, some dark fruits, and a whiff of oats. Peat, wood, oak, vanilla and boozy whiskey. At first the barrel characteristics are up front and mostly come through as oak and vanilla with whiskey/bourbon being the least prominent, but as the beer warms whiskey sort of takes over. Fruity, nutty, caramel whiskey. A vague resin/leafy hop presence fights to be noticed in the background. Definitely a beer that might appeal to a bourbon or whiskey drinker. For me, the whiskey presence was too much, and almost tasted like a shot of whiskey was dumped into a bottle of regular BORIS.

M: Kind of thin, and slippery. A bit oily as well. On the lower end of high carbonation pretty rich and full bodied, hot in the mouth and going down. Kind of beats up on your palate.

D: Too hot and boozy for me. Thought this wasn't even as good as regular BORIS.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a St. Bernardus goblet. Green cap. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Black, but not quite inky. Good mocha head but no retention. Some surface bubbles. I poured some into a pint glass for my dad and it has great retention. Huh.

Smell - Whiskey with some oak. Sweet chocolate malt. A lot of whiskey mostly, though.

Taste - Whiskey right up front. Chocolate malt all over. Less barrel but booze comes through. Very malty and chewy. Lots of oatmeal and a sweetness that recalls lactose, but probably isn't.

Mouthfeel - Chewy with a nice viscosity. Not really boozy, but it has a bite from the whiskey. Hot from the barrel, I guess.

Overall - Good, but too sweet for me. I'd like a bit more bitterness to balance it.

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Photo of n2185
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin brown layer with no lacing.

S: Roasted malts at first followed by sweet chocolate and some dry cocoa aromas. Oak, vanilla, and toffee aromas come after along with a sweet whiskey aroma that doesn't dominate.

T: Roasted malts again with a touch of chocolate flavor. Whiskey then takes over the flavor along with some oak notes. The finish is dry with a light alcohol burn.

M: Thick body with medium carbonation, this beer doesn't feel as heavy as most barrel aged stouts with a lighter, dry finish.

O: A pretty decent barrel aged stout. I'd like more stout characteristics in the flavor along with more depth beyond the whiskey along with a creamier body. It's also pretty expensive, unfortunately. Far from a bad beer, though.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Oreo for the bottle. Cheers!

Poured into oversized snifter. Even with a heavy handed pour only a modest one finger head is produced. The rich cocoa colored head goes just as fast as it comes. A slight ring is left surrounding the glass. The body is black and opaque, light is only breaking through the slightest edges.

The aroma does not display a great deal of intensity though it is layered quite well. Chocolate aroma is dominate backed up by pleasant caramel and bourbon. The roast is a bit subdued. A fair amount of oakiness is displayed. The oak shows displays more of a woody aroma than a smooth vanilla.

Dark chocolate and roast flavors flood the tongue out of the glass. A good deal of char and heavily roasted coffee follow just behind. The bourbon flavor is fairly well integrated, it seems to be buried a bit beneath the bolder flavors up front. The oak flavor comes off a bit dry, when paired with the roast the overall flavor can be a bit abrasive.

Ever so slightly below full bodied, just slightly thinner than I would like to see. Carbonation levels are moderate. The finish is a bit drier than most RISs, a bit of roast and char dig in but many of the other flavors fade rather quickly.

Overall a good beer but it does leave me wanting more. There is room for improvement in each category, but is close enough to keep me coming back. BA BORIS does not drink nearly as easily as many other BA stouts, you have to take it slow and work at it ever so slightly. This is one I may go back to in the future, but not one I would grab on a regular basis.

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Photo of degerbah
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Huge props to mwa423 for the FREE pour. Pours motor oil black and extremely thick with almsot no head at all. What head there is comes out a light brown. The aroma is a lot of malt and a lot of coffee. Not as sweet as I'd expected. The taste is way more coffee than I expected. For being barrel-aged it doesn't have near the whiskey aroma or taste that I expected. The mouthfeel is very thick, even for a 9.4% beer. all in all I'd say I'm dissapointed. For something this higly rated I'm dissapointed.

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Photo of bertram
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, thick black with a slight tan head. The aroma hints at the bourbon-barrel aging, but isn't overpowering. The taste again has the hints of bourbon, but is very smooth and mild - quite drinkable. A bit pricey in comparison to GI BCS, but a nice change of pace I would certainly drink again.

Batch 5 - Red cap.

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Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours pitch black with a 1/4 finger tan head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - wheres the bourbon???? all about the oats and some sweet chocolate with a little fruit

taste - no need to age this one - while the bourbon is not overpowering its there and blends well with the malt and hint of booze you get - main flavors again are the oatmeal chocolate - call me crazy but the booze and bourbon give off a berry flavor

mouthfeel - thick low carbonation but not flat

drinkability - good flavors but 1/2 this bomber was just too much for me - maybe i should have started and ended with this beer

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Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver/gold cap so it's from 2009 at some point.
Aromas are quite intense to say the least. Barrel, bourbon and alcohol start the show. Really intense serious dark chocolate with lesser sweeter cocoa powder contributing; definitely a serious beer here.
The tastes begin with a lot of oak and bourbon, which is upsetting and surprising especially after more than 2 years in the bottle. Still delicious don't get me wrong. Copious amounts of dark bittersweet chocolate coats the palate, slick but not at all sweet or cloying at all. This is a serious beer that really could have aged for 2+ more years. Mouthfeel is thick thick and full with adequate carbonation for the style. The alcohol flavors really dry this one out leaving the mouthfeel full again yet dry and lip smacking. Overall, I am divided on this beer. I do not believe you should have to age a beer for more than 2 years to reach it peak but this one could use 4 to be amazing... I will let you be the judge, maybe it is just the vintage but this beer is way too bourbon and oak focused. Personally I have no intention of revisiting anytime soon because of the intense alcohol contribution to the overall enjoyment and flavor profile.

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Photo of Gfunk720
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from the brewery, reviewed from notes. Thanks to Seth for hooking this one up a while back.

A- Pure black, with a dark chocolatey colored head. The head falls of quickly, and there is no lacing at all.

S- Smeet and boozy. Some notes of vanilla, oak and booze, but really nothing crazy.

T- Nice and sweet. I get notes of chocolate and coffee primarily. Some hits of whiskey/oak but the booziness is the most noticeable addition.

M- Thinner and lighter than I remember regular BORIS being. Good carbonation though, and good flavor.

D-It was quite smooth, and easy to drink. Definitely didn't seem like a 9.5% beer.

The light mouthfeel and lack of barrel character were somewhat dissappointing. Not bad, but I prefer regular BORIS.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 8/28/09 next to the regular version and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. The beer appears black with a light brown head, decent retention, and decent scattered lacing.

Whisky is immediately apparent and dominant in the nose. Vanilla and tannins are noticeable, as well as cherries. Rich chocolate is present in the background. The whisky is pervasive and seems to swallow up the other aromas.

The taste opens up with bitter chocolate and strong booze. The whisky takes over almost instantly and drowns out the chocolate and oatmeal I so enjoyed in the reguilar B.O.R.I.S. The beer is very sweet and boozy and it becomes cloying.

Barrel Aging has been detrimental to the mouthfeel of this beer. It comes off thin and watery and nowhere near as satisfying as the regular version.

This beer could use some time to mellow out as it's quite hot and boozy. It became a chore to drink near the end. The regular B.O.R.I.S. is clearly superior.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Darker than black (possible?). Small traces of brown on the edges but not much. Pour came with about a half a fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated quickly.

S: Dark chocolate and bourbon where the first thing to hit my nose followed by oak, vanilla and alcohol. Roasted malts and barley as well as small traces of the oatmeal character from the non-barrel aged version. Some dark fruits are also present, but very small, trace amounts.

T: Bitter dark chocolate mixed with bourbon. The roast characteristics are playing nicely with the oak, vanilla and caramel notes. Slight booziness is adding something to the flavor, but im not quiet sure. Dark fruits (figs and currants) are there but in very small amounts

M: A very thick imperial but I think the booziness is hurting it here a little. Pretty good carbonation for a imperial.

O: This is a good imperial stout that can only improve with time. Would love to see what some cellaring could do for the booziness that is hurting the mouthfeel a little. Planning on revisiting this sucker a year or two down the road.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A - THICK. Very dark, only the faintest ruby highlights when held up to the light. Not much head but what's there has a somewhere between Coca-Cola foam and the bubbles blown in chocolate milk. Plenty of lacing considering how little initial head there was.

S - Oak and vanilla bourbon. A very sweet and tempting aroma. It smells exactly like you would expect a barrel aged beer to smell like.

T - The flavor is very similar to the aroma, but the vanilla is less pronounced. As it warms the oaky bourbon alcohol is almost harsh.

M - Lighter than I expected from the aroma and appearance. The beer hits the tongue and goes down the throat like silk, but could use a bit more body.

D - Something I would buy again. This is a very well executed beer. I very good Russian Imperial Stout, but not the greatest.

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Photo of mgoblue5743
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is super boozy.
It's quite viscous and thick and pours well, but this beer needs a lot of age before it becomes worthy of being a premium barrel aged stout. It tasted almost like I poured a swig whiskey into the regular BORIS, which is a great drink. I have a feeling in 2013, this drink is going to be awesome, wonder if I have the patience on my other bottle.

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Photo of bum732
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Very sweet chocolate with a prominent whiskey note. Vanilla wafers, somewhat malty, slight mocha notes.

L: Fairly syrupy, dark black, little to no head.

T: Sweet chocolate up front with a pleasant coffee notes. Whiskey sweetness follows. Low bitterness with additional milk chocolate and whiskey. Finishes with a touch of coffee flavor, minimal roast. Fairly sweet finish. A grainy note as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, slick, but not very heavy. Alcohol makes a presence. Low carbonation.

Really liked this iteration over the normal version. Solid stuff, but not quite great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard black pressure cap and appealing fun label acquired at a Binny's in Chicago and served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given its reputation and ratings, though I wasn't blown away by regular B.O.R.I.S. "Stout Aged in Whiskey Barrels." 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger rich dark tan colour head of nice cream, great thickness, and pretty good (4+ minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent black. Opaque; nontransparent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I dig the luscious head; it's quite appealing. Right on the money for the style, overall. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Whiskey is quite pungent here. Spicy hot whiskey, dark malts, cream, caramel, smooth oats, chocolate malt. The whiskey hides the oats; they were much more prominent in the non barrel aged variant. Woody barrel notes. Roast. Dark fruits - dark cherry, maybe some plum. Sweet, sticky. Vanilla. Not finding any coffee. An appealing aroma that adds a nice little something to the base beer with barrel aging. There's motivation for barrel aging here; I like it. I'm concerned about balance, but I'm looking forward to trying it. An aroma that isn't quite moderate in strength, but is well above average whilst retaining subtlety. Intriguing. I don't detect any yeast or hop character.

T: More sweet than anticipated. Not as hot as the aroma might suggest. Lots of chocolate malt, dark malts, caramel, and a bit of cream round out the body. Subtle whiskey notes hang about in the background, surging through a bit more on the finish - which doesn't exactly encourage the next sip. Not as roasty as I'd like, but there is detectable roast - which is more than I can say about many inferior imperial stouts. No floral or yeast character comes through. The sweetness bothers me after a while and definitely reduces drinkability. The chocolate notes are a highlight. I want more of the starchy oats like in the regular BORIS. Dark fruits never quite hit home, instead adding unnecessary sweetness without any real vibrant flavour. It's decently balanced, but its failure to emphasize any of its notes makes it come off a bit muted - or at least timid. The whiskey aging here is well executed, but there's an intrinsic heat to the whiskey. Little oak comes through but I do get some vanilla. A dash of spiciness from the whiskey. It's a tasty little stout, and I can see why it might have been the dog's bollocks in 2008.

Mf: Smooth, wet, sticky. Rolling oats add a nice smoothness without being too slick. Good carbonation. Nicely thick. Nice creaminess; it could do with more. Good body.

Dr: Drinkable in spite of its slightly present ABV. I've certainly had higher ABV stouts that hid their alcohol better. It's a sipper, but that's to be expected. I probably wouldn't bother with it in spite of its quality simply because while it's good, it's not exceptional. And at this price point, I can definitely get an exceptional stout. I look forward to trying more beers from Hoppin' Frog, but this didn't blow me away. I wouldn't mind trying it aged. I'd like to see them amp up the roast and amp up the oats. In my opinion, the oats are what set this imperial stout apart.

High B

Gets better as it warms.

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Photo of davey101
3.72/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Batch 3 - Green Cap - Oct 2009. 22 oz bomber into a brandy snifter.

A - Pitch black body with a one finger high dark mocha head. The head has an almost red tint to it. Moderate lacing with low retention, the foam drops off the sides really quickly.

S - Super rich and decadent. A pleasant mix of roasted malts, vanilla, char, bananas, caramelized brown sugar and raisins. Very bourbon heavy with some alcohol present. Excellent.

T - Roasty malts followed by some candied figs, bananas, and liquorice. Finishes with smooth milk chocolate and bourbon notes of vanilla, oak, and toffee. Alcohol is a bit harsh and it leaves an odd roasty bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouth feel is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

O - One of the better shelf B/A stouts out there, but its a bit too boozy and sweet even with age on it.

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Photo of bigkamp
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 Oz. bottle. Red cap

A- I loved the appearance. Some people don't enjoy a dark ale with very little head, but I think it is an excellent and intriguing appearance. Certainly looks great in a like clear glass.

S- Strong alcohol smell, but it is what you would expect from a 9.4% abv.

T- Very strong taste. Best enjoyed by sipping slowly.

M- So strong that it doesn't sit smoothly.

D- See mouthfeel comment.

I really enjoyed this beer but it was very strong. I am usually a pretty fast drinker, but it took me about an hour to down this one.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of rich roasted malt, bourbon, bitter chocolate, and chocolate fudge. Flavor is bourbony upfront with a chocolatey finish. Mellow (alcohol-wise) for a barrel aged beer, which I appreciate, but I still think I prefer the original (??). Good beer still!

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from 11/02/11

*Bomber w/ a 10oz Nonic

A: Pours a shiny black licorice color with a sort of lighter crimson edge to it. Almost no head but just a rim of turbinado sugar color foam on top…maybe half a finger at most with low retention and some dotted lace. Just dark and oily looking.

S: Smells a bit woody with an earth and spice mix going on. Vanilla beans, caramelized malts, and a hint of chocolate. Some alcohol aromas exude. Really rather complex array of aromas here.

T: Wow this is a big robust stout with lots going on. Tastes of charred roasty grains, earthy, with a distinct whisky note. A touch harsh but the whisky barrel treatment is rather subtle and not completely overbearing here. Dark chocolates. Slightly sweeter with some hints of vanilla. Hops start midway and spike the back of the palate bringing a sort of dark fruit component to the brew. A little bit of alcohol heat and a dry roast coffee aftertaste.

M: Has a rather smooth mouthfeel overall. Medium to heavier body with a sleek and slight viscosity to it. Still manages that dry crisp lift in the finish.

D: Lots of intensity and complex flavors and in this stoot. Definitely recommend letting this one open up a bit. Some nice whisky barrel notes. Same hop bitterness as the original.

Good and stoked to have tried but a touch harsh for me at times. Tough to handle a bomber in one sitting. Think I actually prefer the original BORIS. The aging process just didn’t really elevate this one enough for me.

I think I owe DanO a big thanks for this one – Cheers mdfb79.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.