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

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Ratings: 2,119
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 654 | FT: 71
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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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Photo of Ian_B
4.01/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 ridglens
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery snifter, thanks to my fiance Pam for the tasy gift! I've had this several times, but never to review. Drank from chilled to room temp.

A- Pours a dark black, and a thin dark brown head which quickly dies to a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. No light gets through the beer once it's in the glass. Pours decent but not super thick. Some lacing, pretty but not earth shattering.

S- I can smell the whiskey from two feet away. The typical oak and vanilla sweet bourbon are faded, this smells like more straight whiskey. as it warms, some muted bourbon tones do come out (mmmm, much better). There is some great smelling coffee behind the whiskey. Some sweetness comes out, some brown sugar and some really good malts. the initial whiskey isn't great (to me), but the undertones are!

T- Big whiskey profile flavor, but a little more muted than the smell might suggest. Good dark coffee comes second, really tasty. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. the brown sugar and roast malts come through, but after the smooth whiskey spiked-and-oaked coffee fades. Flavors stay in the corner of my mouth for a while.

M- Little Carbonation, but it does have a little tingle on the tip of my tongue. Not thick enough for my taste, but not really thin either. solid stout, but i wish it were a bigger feel. There is a building warmness from alcohol, but less than you would think from the booze smell.

O- Great flavor (actually much better than i remember). the smell is slightly overbearing, but improves a lot as it warms. I really do like it, i just wish this beer was a little "bigger". I would love it thicker, more malt and oats, and maybe even a little more alcohol (c'mon OH, change the law!)

Photo of stabzmcgee
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pitch black with a thin tan-burgundy head. Aroma is coffee and dark fruits. taste is immediate bourbon with hints of vanilla. Palate is of hot alcohol, thick viscous and oily body with a bitter finish. Overall it seems this might benefit from a year or two of laying down. Wishing the bottles had the vintage on them.

Photo of DavidST
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has a yellow or gold cap, so I don't know what batch it is, can't find a bottled date. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This pours a motor oil thick, pitch black with a small short lived mocha head (I did a very aggressive pour also). The smells are highly of bourbon, very nice a little alcohol and dark roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is good, a nice mellow bourbon flavor, dark roasted malts, some nice bitterness, dark chocolate, strong coffee/espresso. This is good, not quite as amazing as black ops though.

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter.

A: pours velvety black, glugs into glass like motor oil, minimal head, very little lacing

S: heavy spirit/bourbon component up front, vanilla, dark chocolate, carob, a distinct booziness is very apparent

T: starts sweet and malty, the bourbon mellows out as the flavors take shape, robust chocolate character comes in and pairs nicely with the barrel character, finish is sweet and provides a bit of an oaky finish

MF: thick, low carbonation, velvety texture

O: very nice brew, lots of great barrel character, thinking this could use a little more time to mellow. For what it is... a readily available BA stout, this is for sure worth a try.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a classic: as black as the Dell I'm typing on, with no ruby highlights to speak of. Some minimal mocha bubbling makes a desperate stab at forming a head, but that fool's errand ends quickly as the light foam rapidly disintigrates to a few token wisps.

The smell is going to please those anticipating that a bit of Kentucky flavor will cross the Ohio border: Rich bourbon / vanilla notes take the lead, relegating the coffee and chocolate to a supporting role. Mouthfeel is as you would expect from a good RIS: thick and full-bodied, but not syrupy. The oatmeal gives this a velvety smoothness that I'm especially fond of.

The beer delivers on its promise: it is definitely bourbon-forward with some medium alcohol heat and vanilla / caramel flavors apparent from the get-go. Not as much pure bourbon as GI BCS, but more than enough to please those who store a low-ball next to their pint glasses. The sweetness does not become overpowering as it's balanced nicely by the requisite mocha flavors: chocolate and dark roast coffee. However, what's nice about this RIS is that it's not all about the bourbon or char. There is a complex array of deep fruit notes here: Black currants, plum and fig. To give you an idea of how this all blends, think bourbon-aged, milk-chocolate raisenettes. The alcohol could use just a bit of taming and keeps this from being as drinkable as some other offerings in the style. Just a year or two of aging could turn this impressive offering into one of the leaders of the impy pack.

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4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. has a dark, dark brown, basically black body, with a thin ring of chocolate colored suds on top. Almost no lacing.

The aroma consists of cocoa powder, chocolate milk, toasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. Swirling the glass reveals some sweeter whiskey notes and a hint of barrel wood.

Chewy, chocolaty malts hit your taste buds at first, followed by slightly darker roasted malts and warming whiskey. Oats come through a little in the middle of the flavor profile, but are drown out by the stronger whiskey notes on the finish. Woodiness lingers on the tongue after a couple of sips, mixing with the slowly evaporating whiskey notes. Not overly complex in taste, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this beer. Super smooth, chewy, robust body with warming whiskey alcohol. The addition of oatmeal was a good idea.

Drinkability is pretty good for a big barrel aged stout. Very much a sipper and a beer that you would ideally split with someone. Whiskey is present, but not overbearing. Just about in the sweet spot for me.

Overall, this is a nice offering from Hoppin' Frog. The style and barrel aging are well done. However, nothing really stands out. A little one-dimensional at times. But stepping aside from complexity, this stout still delivers a lot of tastiness and an elegantly smooth body. I will definitely be enjoying the rest of my glass.

Photo of schinebd
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Blacker than most beers. But little to no head zero lacing. Some decent legs though.

Smell - Vanilla and oak come through first, but that might be my mind searching for the barrel effect. Some dark chocolate is buried in there as well.

Taste - The great taste of "regular" BORIS complemented with smoky oak flavors, rounded out by vanilla accents. Definitely a more complete taste than "regular" BORIS.

Mouthfeel - The highlight of the beer. So thick, so creamy, so smooth. Not watery whatsoever. DFH Palo Santo Marron comes to mind.

Drinkability - Thick and robust and highly alocholic. And WAY too expensive.

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1.

Photo of baconbourbon
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite dark with hardly any head or lacing.
Smell: Bourbon. That's about it.
Taste: Bourbon, with some slight smokey hints.
Mouthfeel: Moderately thin body, but goes down smoothly nonetheless.
Overall: It's good. Not the best that I've ever had.

Photo of sjccmd
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small dark brown head that quickly fizzes away leaving a ring around the beer. Sticky lacing and legs.

The aroma begins with dark chocolate with a hint of raisins. Vanilla and oak as well. Very sweet. The bourbon is not overwhelming but is definitely there.

Roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and oak in the taste. Sweet but not too cloying.

Thick and luscious. Barely any carbonation, but the body is full enough to compensate. Luxurious seems to be an appropriate word.

Overall a very satisfying stout. I have had higher ABV stouts that were easier to drink, but this is pretty much what I look for in imperial stouts.

Photo of brystmar
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black, viscous pour yields dark tan head. Sweet caramel, roasted malts, plenty of whiskey, baker's chocolate, and traces of alcohol in the nose.

True to its BORIS base, this isn't the most complex stout on the block. Oaky whiskey starts things off, malty goodness rounds things out. Strong whiskey, boozy aftertaste lingers after swallowing. Body is big, thick, viscous, and oily.

Overall, I prefer regular BORIS. I also have an affinity for the more complex versions of the RIS style. My brother loves these simpler stouts (BORIS, Zhukov, Darkness), whereas I lean more towards Dark Lord, Black Tuesday, and Parabola. But to each his own; this is a solid brew.

Photo of KAP1356
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22 oz bottle from Batch 3 (green cap) poured into a snifter...

A - Pours black but not quite completely as there are brown hues when held to the light. A mocha colored head forms about half of a finger thick then recedes to a collar.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate fudge come first, followed by some light coconut and vanilla. Ever so slight whiskry presence mixes nicely with the rest of the nose. Some light toffee and caramel make a nice appearance as well.

T - Very well integrated barrel here as the whiskey and oak mix and complement instead of standing out and drowing out everything else. Rich chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla and oak mix nicely with what whiskey is present.

M - I love the mouthfeel of BORIS. This is no different. Medium to heavier bodied with a nice thickness to it (perhaps alightly less thick than regular BORIS). Just a bit of carbonation makes it nice and creamy.

O - BORIS is one of my favorite beers of all time. This is a great barrel aged version, although I feel the base beer is slightly muddled. With that said, the barrel integration is really well done here. I will always revisit this one.

Photo of beergod1
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Cleveland Beer Fest 5/14/11. Poured black with a tan colored head that has enough carbonation to leave a small ring that lasts. Notes of, whiskey, and heavily roasted malt and burnt Chocolate fill the nose. This is a full bodied stout with yeast flavors enhanced by malt, Burnt chocolate, coffee and a lingering hint of hop on finish. A little Hot on the Alcohol. I would love to let a bottle sit for a year or so.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,119 ratings.