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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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1,975 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,975
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 243
Gots: 635 | FT: 73
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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Photo of Arbitrator
3.23/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. I can't for the life of me remember who sent this. Whoever you are, please BM me so I can give you credit. I should track my trades better. What I do remember is that it cost about $17 in trade (shows you where my priorities are, heh).

Anyway, I appreciate having the chance to try this.

A: Pours an opaque black body with a short-lived mocha head. The bubbles vanish into nothing; the beer looks completely still and leaves no lacing down the sides.

S: Lots. Of. Whiskey. I'm one of those guys that likes a little more balance; the base beer should hold up well against the barrel. It smells like the barrel won, here. I still get the base beer, with a rummy sweetness, chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses.

T: See above. Whiskey starts the taste, and it nearly pushes the beer into being over-sweet; with the molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and some raisins, I'm a little taken aback with how saccharine it is. The finish tips it slightly toward balance by bringing in some oaky astringency and coffee, but it's fighting a losing slide into sweetness. Which is what you'd expect from the style, admittedly -- but it doesn't stand far above the middle.

M: Very smooth and creamy, and I'm reminded that this is the oatmeal contribution. Low-carbed, but it goes down with a velvety presence. A small booziness. Quite nice.

D: Independent of price, this isn't in the upper-tier of barrel-aged imperial stouts. At $17 a pop I'm just going to ignore it.

Arbitrator, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of incubuscience
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of WiscoBrewsco
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

WiscoBrewsco, Jun 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

bbadger, Aug 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Jdoggie, Aug 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

mmulebarn, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of Thecasehead
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Thecasehead, Apr 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -24.4%

Willcook, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of carps12
3.25/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Batch2. Thanks to my bud Alex (Rhinos00) for hooking me up! This sample however was a casualty in shipping. The cap was loose and 1/3 leaked out so I cracked it the same night I received it.

Poured into my duckrabbit snifter. Beer looks very black and dead flat. The cap could have leaked all the carbonation. A few bubbles are on the rim, but it was wishful thinking that they equaled carbonation.

Smell is bourbon, but not overpowering, lots of vanilla, chocolate, clove and almost a cinnamon note. Fantastic!

Beer is flat thanks to the leak. Some prickles are felt when I swirl the beer in my mouth. Finish is roasty, chocolately, and dark fruits are mingled in. I like the sweetness from the bourbon and vanilla. The stout is not dry, so the palette stays refreshed, but the flatness gets to you.

Points come off for mouthfeel (flat) and drinkability (flat). Its a good thing I have more.

carps12, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of nhindian
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

nhindian, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Chaney
3.3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I remember a time (not so long ago), when this one was considered a light light whale in my immediate area. I can now walk into my local Total Wine and grab this one!

A: Dark as hell, with a very mild peppery beige head that died down almost as fast as I could pour it.

S: Not as strong as I though it was going to be. Buttery, mild puff of whisky and a bit of dark chocolate wrapped up in the Kentucky delight.

T: Okay: VERY bitter on the finish! I mean.... it was way too much for my taste. The whisky buried all of the elements that made the standard version a treat: coffee, dark malt, roastiness, etc. What I got in the end had sort a banana-like quality about it.

M: Also, the whisky tasted of the low-grade variety to me. The carbonation was low and the lacing was non-existent.

O: I'm a huge fan of the standard B.O.R.I.S., but I thought this one was a misfire. I won't spend $15-20 on this one again.

Chaney, May 24, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a darkness sniffer. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a viscous one bubble layer of light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a dark opaque black. Lacing is spotty and with little retention but outstanding legs.

S: Nose is predominantly boozy, chocolate, cocoa, liquified purple fruit and sweet soy sauce. Aromatic and appropriate overall, but a bit overly aggressive alcohol.

T: Opens fudge brownie, chocolate. Sweet soy sauce and cocoa and dar fruit toward the middle. Sharp alcohol at the back makes the barrel aging apparent. Finishes more sweet dark fruit with a slightly grainy cocoa aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It's oily and silkly in the mouth but with rough edges. Goes down with a bit of heat. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Not nealy as good as the regular version. A heavy beer like this doesn't need any barrel aging in my opinion. A bit aggressive on all fronts. Not gonna revisit this one but it makes a mean cupcake!!

SpeedwayJim, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this, and while it wasn't bad, it didn't really come close to meeting my high expectations. Compared to some of the other highly rated RIS's out there, I didn't really feel it stacked up all that well. It is very black and syrupy, but the aroma and flavor didn't deliver nearly as much flavor as I expected. This beer is nowhere as roasty as a Speedway Stout, and isn't 1/10th as bourbon-y as say a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Aroma was quite faint, and mouthfeel was frankly quite thin, particularly for a beer that looked a little syrupy coming out of the bottle. Flavor was pretty good, but fainter than I thought it would be - roasty, bourbon-y, some dried fruit notes (and quite a bit of booziness), but not to the degree of intensity that they hype surrounding this beer would lead me to believe.

This wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it didn't really meet my expectations. Of those RIS's that are big, expensive, and somewhat hard to get, I think this one is a bit over-hyped. Like I said, not bad, but definitely not belonging in the elite category or beers of this style.

BeerBelcher, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of youradhere
3.35/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green cap. Pours black with a small tan head, carbonation crackles and dissipates the head in a quick fashion. Smells of bourbon and toffee, a little bit of vinous notes. Taste is smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which amplifies the bourbon flavors. High carbonation, lil bit of alcohol burn. Not a too smooth a sipper, but I'll drink it, I will!

youradhere, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of TurboDog820
3.4/5  rDev -20.9%

TurboDog820, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of emmasdad
3.45/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty similar to the regular offering, plus bourbon, oak and vanilla. Pours a thick black color with a smallish dark brown head. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark chocolate covered espresso beans. On the palate, a little thinner than the regular version, with a good amount of bourbon/oak flavor. Good, but nothing remarkable.

emmasdad, Sep 30, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

RebeccaMB, Apr 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

AndrewKroll, Aug 07, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Danimal25, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

bigcountry81, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of BB1313
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black with not much light getting through; small mocha head that fades and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are loaded with roasted cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate syrup. Hints of oak and whiskey, but it's not too dominant. The flavors are extremely bitter. Very roasty. Hints of black coffee. Lots of dark chocolate. A little vanilla. Not too sweet. Lots of wood/oak. The whiskey is pretty subtle and is basically just an accent and not the star. Subtle wamth. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not super thick. There's active carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and it's not boozy. There's just a subtle kiss of warmth. This is a nice beer to sip on.

I'm not sure when this was bottled. This has always been a favorite and it's good stuff, but this wasn't the best I've had from them. The craftsmanship is there, but I guess I'm just a fan of the regular B.O.R.I.S. much more.

BB1313, Dec 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

milenko5, Oct 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Mikeluzzjr, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

jeff1973, Mar 16, 2013
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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