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

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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pDev: 8.37%


Brewed by:
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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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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review # 300. Cheers, BA community... This one's for you!

I have not had regular B.O.R.I.S.... but it's all good.

22oz into tulip.

A- Dark as all hell... brown beyond belief, bordering black but not quite there. Head is caramel brown, 5 fingers after an agressive pour.. very active and settling nicely. Great head formation. Settles to 1cm after 3-4 minutes, looks like an oatmeal cookie.

S- Whisky... indeed. Sweet, caramel and milk chocolate notes, although whisky takes the lead here.

T- Fantastic. Whisky is dominant but not overbearing... what's the phrase.. assertive but not pushy. Base is rich, malty, bitter chocolate with a hop spice that bites nicely. This is one of the best-tasting barrel beers I've had... the spirit is incorporated flawlessly.

M- Complex, tasty, a bit boozy, but it's oh-so-good. Thick, rich, and smooth, all things considered. Cannot get better.

D- High, ABV in mind. The price tag on this one makes it little more than a rare occasion beer. But it is fantastic. For some reason I thought this was an overhyped beer. No justification, just what I thought. Not so. This is one beer that is so wonderfully made and gained so much from the barrel that I'm floored.

Seek it, drink it, cherish it!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:08:24 | More by ShogoKawada
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black-really a very, very dark brown. Nice tight cocoa head on top. Sticky lacing on the glass as it goes down. Rich espresso aroma with a faint touch of oak-just enough to make it noticeable. Deep, rich and chocolatey flavors right upfront. Roasted and espresso like flavors. Slightly hot, boozey bite to it. Nice oak flavors in the backround. Velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Really well done all in. Not as in your face oaked as many beers seem to be. Damn yummy.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:32:42 | More by lackenhauser
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JTSbeerislife

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours with very little head. What’s here is medium dark. Rapidly diminishes to nothing. You can repeat the process with a swirl of the glass. Surprisingly there is a little lace, though short lived.
Pitch black color.

The aroma hits you first with deep rich malt, followed by some dark chocolate and light Bourbon notes with some vanilla scented wood. Hints of dark yeasty bread and as this stout warms a little alcohol kicks in. Lasts. Enjoyable.

Crisp entry on the palate of delicious, viscous, extraordinarily rich malt, followed by vanilla, medium intense mouth drying wood, very distinct exceptionally rich dark unsweetened chocolate and cocoa. As this stout warms, a bit of the alcohol comes out, which I personally find very enjoyable. Very full mouth feel, with excellent acidity and fine carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Exceptional flavor profile.

Long, dry, wood influenced finish. Rich malts and dark chocolate that last forever. The dark chocolate sticks to your mouth like glue. Let’s say it again, viscous!

A very delicious and warming stout. Unbelievably rich!
The barrel ageing seems a little light to me but my tastes do lean towards aggressive wood.
That being said this is an extraordinarily rich brew on the palate with an exceptional finish.
Ridiculously expensive in my area at $22 a bomber, but it was worth trying one.
Recommended, and highly recommended if you can find it at a decent price.

After reading the other posts I have to mention that my bottle also had a "gold" cap, which means what?

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:02:59 | More by JTSbeerislife
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet. No date on the bottle but purchased 2 years ago. On the first cold night of the season and a perfect beer to enjoy with the Buckeyes game.

Barrel aged B.O.R.I.S. pours a very dark brown color, nearly black, with no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with an obvious influence from the whiskey barrel aging.

Flavor is really exceptionally well done. It begins roasty and sweet before the whiskey flavor begins to come through. The vanilla from the oak barrels is really nice and comes through big near the end. It finishes bitter, boozy, and dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nice and low in carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink at nearly ten percent.

Overall I'm really impressed with this beer. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had recently.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:26:11 | More by GilGarp
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Prince_Casual

District of Columbia

4.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White top ('12) 22oz poured into softball sized snifter.

Poured with the thinnest of brown heads on top of deep black. No carbonation or lacing. Just what I was expecting.

All kinds of dark fruit aroma: plums and raisins. Maybe some brownie batter. When I first popped this I overlooked the tremendous oatmeal character. Just like how ginger ale's a little better with a dash of bourbon... you know what I'm talking about, same here. It's subtle but it rounds everything out.

Depth is the keyword on the taste. Starts a touch sweet, finishes perfectly bitter + dry. I get a little mineral content at first and then it reminds of of walking into a bakery: vanilla, coffee, cocoa being melted, (candied) dark fruits, oatmeal cookies, etc. There's a few bba stouts I've had that take me to "that place." This is definitely one of them.

It really sits perfectly on the palate. Extremely silky and creamy, much more so the the std BORIS. Just a touch of drying booze as it goes down.

Absolutely an awesome beer with tons of character and depth. The price point makes this a "once in a while" beer, but I kind of appreciate that model versus something like BCBS being unavailable 90% of the time. If you're reading this on a phone standing in an aisle, go for it, it's worth the money.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:07:49 | More by Prince_Casual
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whoneeds8

Texas

4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on my trip to Chicago in April. Just now getting around to opening it.

Poured out of the bottle, with a black cap, a thick motor oil black into a Stone RIS glass. Thin head with little retention. Scent of the bourbon hits my nose, but that's all I get, I have a terrible nose. The taste has the bourbon burst up front with a bit of a hop presence. Then bring on the oats . . . the mouth just shuts down and goes dryer than a desert. A wonderful complexity and very well balanced. No two flavors are stronger than the other. Mouthfeel is perfectly bodied for the style and dry.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 23:37:12 | More by whoneeds8
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jdklks

Nevada

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to normyk for this one.

wow. this beer looks and smells phenomenal. one of the darkest beers ive seen. black all the way through with just the slightest tinge of amber on the edges when held directly up to the light. dark brown head that recedes quickly but leaves a nice ring around a thin island of bubbles in the middle. zero lacing.

everything great about an imperial stout is here, and here in a big way. the barrel aging is fantastic. a good whiskey flavor all the way through that is not overwhelming at all, but rather nice and calm, subtle and classy. a good deal of chocolate sweetness through the middle with hints of caramel and molasses. a great roasty/smokiness accompanied by a dry hazelnut flavor that gives way to a sweet oak whiskey flavor in the finish/aftertaste. very warming. the 9.4% is pronounced, and awesome. as if all this were not enough, the hop character perfectly compliments the onslaught of malty awesomeness. an absolutely fantastic beer.

mouthfeel is slightly tingly, though it is not because of excessive carbonation, but rather the sting of the alcohol. otherwise, it is just a little too thin, but exceptionally smooth. drinkability is huge... i cant stop sipping.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 02:46:40 | More by jdklks
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to several trading partners for hooking me up with bottles of this sweet beer.
Pours a dark, oily black with just a few bubbles, no head.
Mild aromas of dark chocolate, banana, molasses, vanilla, slight oak.
Wow, this beer tastes much much better than the aroma - there are huge chocolate, vanilla, and oak flavors along with banana and a nice pepper spiciness (where is THAT coming from?). The bourbon barrels contributed perfectly to the base stout - it's not too overpowering like many bourbon barrel stouts. There's just a mild bourbon taste with really more vanilla and oak coming from the aging.
The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with an oiliness that coats the mouth. The carbonation level is perfect for the style.
Drinkability is surprisingly high - if I weren't sharing this bottle I could have polished off the 22 ounces easily.
Overall this is a fantastic bourbon barrel stout and one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 20:49:35 | More by bmanning
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Beejay

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dstoke85 for this bottle.

A: Black as black can be. Nice creamy coffee colored head on the top.

S: Huge chocolate, bourbon and oak. A bit of a bite from the alcohol. Smells really nice to me.

T: Drumroll please... Yowser. Smack in the face! Big Bourbon and oak flavor up front. Then comes a strong vanilla flavor, and it ends with a nice toasted malt flavor with just a hint of smoke. As this warms the smokey oak really comes out.

M: Creamy and smooth, just a little bite from the alcohol. Very nice.

D: Oh yes. Anytime.. tastes great and is creamy smooth. Definitely something I would drink again. Very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 02:00:47 | More by Beejay
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cameraman

Kentucky

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a black opaque color, with no hints of light. A thick and oily look with a small creamy caramel colored head. The sweet scent of oatmeal hits the nose, followed by a whiskey fragrance, with touches of chocolate at the end. Oatmeal and malt sweetness is the strength at first taste that is soon overtaken by bourbon, whiskey flavor. A dried fruit flavor comes forward soon after, mostly of raisons and currants, finishing with a touch of grapefruit and citric bitterness. A very slick and oily finish that spreads out evenly, it finishes with a mild dryness on the back of the palate with a slight burn of alcohol. This is an in your face beer, an intense fragrance and flavor are top notch. A thick and dark look with the slick and oily texture make this a great night cap beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2010 00:37:42 | More by cameraman
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this expensive but awesome looking beer for a while now. Finally found a night to do it, watching the Bruins kick the Flyers...I finally get to see if it's worth it.

A: Opens with a soft but distinct ppsssttt, but the heavy pour yields only a very small dark colored head that doesn't even cover the whole top. The beer itself is pitch black, blacker than deep space with some nice lookin legs on the sides of the glass.

N: I could smell the roast and chocolate on the pour. I dive in deeper battling back the urge to start drinking, and find the roast is not as much as I expected. It has some heavy roast but not loaded like some other RIS. The same can not be said for the chocolate, which is loaded. Lots of bakers chocolate, coco nibs, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coco crispies the cereal, etc. There's quite a bit of bourbon and oak with that, with a little vanilla. And with that is some woody esthers, like fresh saw dust almost. Then more dark malts, some crystal and caramel aromas, and hints of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Not sure if I should attempt to taste or just keep enjoying the nose, but alas I gotta. I take a mouthful, and the coffee and roast is a lot more dominant now. Still not sure heavy but def lets you know its there. Its super rich and creamy, smooth, velvety, and... umm... rich. It's very thick and syrupy and has legs on my tongue even. Then comes the chocolate, which comes in waves and feels like it's melting in my mouth (not my hand luckily). As it warms in my mouth the chocolate turns from a creamy milk chocolate to a bakers and dark chocolate and fresh melted cocoa nibs. The literal feeling of it melting in my mouth as it warms is really cool. Luscious and rich, it adds more sweet dark malts, with dark crystal and some toasty flavors. More sweetness with caramel, molasses, and gallons of malts. Some bourbon cuts through all the heavy beer (if I can call it that). A little oak and wood with all that, and even hint of vanilla as it warms. A little bitterness coming from the roasted malts but they did a really good job of keeping the bitterness at bay compared to most super heavy RIS beers. A slight hint of warming booze and taste of it.

M: Must I say it again... oh why not cause its so great, super thick and luscious, creamy, smooth, heavy and super thick, but almost no carbonation.

F: Still a little bitterness but its very little comparatively. Still semi sweet from all the heavy malts, with more lingering brown sugar and molasses, as well as tons upon tons of malts. It just sticks all over the mouth and I can practically feel it slowly dripping down with legs, like used motor oil does slowly down the oil pan. Lots of lingering luscious chocolate as well, all kinds still. Almost no more roasted or coffee flavors, just more smooth dark malts and chocolate. WIth all that is hints of lingering vanilla and a little oak, but not really any bourbon anymore either. Hints of warming booze... wait, no... yeah! I do get a little coffee now. On another sip as it slowly thinned on my mouth and evaporated, or I mean slowly fell off, I got some more lingering coffee and roast, but then was gone again. Long stickiness too as it just coats everything with a probably 1030 gravity liquid of really heavy viscosity.

Overall an amazingly tasty beer, with great smoothness and mouth feel. Drinks like it is 9.4% (which it is), some really nice malt flavors and lots of chocolate, hints of roast. Could have used a little more of teh bourbon and oak flavors, and some carbonation. Otherwise one of my new fav stouts (not top, but up there, probably top 5).

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 01:21:28 | More by jlindros
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fastsrt

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle in a snifter. with a sliver cap.

A: black, creamy head, nice lace,

S: whisky, coffee,

T: wow, this is regular boris with a improved complexity, well done the whisky is spot on.

M: creamy, with amazing body.

D: went down smooth, liked it more than the regular one.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 23:27:39 | More by fastsrt
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GoldenVIKE

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black and brown with a nice frothy mocha head that dissipates into a ring fairly quickly. Good frothiness as you swirl, and nice (but not super sticky) lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, whiskey, chocolate

T: Tastes much more smooth and complex than it smells. It's like you're drinking an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that's been dipped in sweet mocha. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a strong but nicely balanced whiskey kick. Some hints of vanilla and cherry. Earthly woody oatmeal undertones. You have to look for the hops but they're there, rounding out the phenomenal complexity.

F: Very thick, creamy, and sticky. Like I said above, it's like a liquid version of an oatmeal chocolate cookie.

O: A GREAT barrel-aged stout. One of the most complex I've had. I'd put it up there with barrel-aged Dark Lord for complexity and enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 11:42:24 | More by GoldenVIKE
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WesM63

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS Snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. 1finger deep mocha head. Decent amounts of lacing and retention.

S: Smells of Oak, Bourbon/Whiskey, Vanilla, Coffee and some chocolate. None are more overpowering all are subtle.

T: Bourbon/Whiskey and Oak on the tongue, followed by delicious creamy vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Hint of burn as it travels down.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Outstanding BA IRS. The flavors work extremely well in this. Nothing is overpowering, but you can definitely taste the details in all of it. FYI, This was a green cap but some say they are re-using colored caps.. no idea how old this guy is.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 02:45:38 | More by WesM63
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Spectre

California

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.Poors like motor oil with a copper head.

S.The whiskey carry's a similar scent to a bourbon. Strong alcohol with grinded coffee and chocolate.

T.Sweeter than you would expect. Milk, coco, coffee, and a strong whiskey burn at the end.

M.Real smooth, not too thick not too thin.

Overall this is a top ten stout. Unlike this unique beer most whiskey aged stouts are terrible.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 05:41:10 | More by Spectre
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tsauce2

Indiana

4.61/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 oz bomber poured in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is near black. Nearly opaque. Head is dark tan, foamy, 2 in, dissipates to cover the top of the beer.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.

T: Follows suit with smell. Great balance of ingredients and barrel aging. Aftertaste follows suit.

M: Good body fortified by barrel aging.

O: Great beer up front. Gets even better with age. Kinda pricey in Indy market, but have found this for much less in other markets. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 01:58:13 | More by tsauce2
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hopwilder

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful dark pour that leaves a fluffy, tan, creamy ring of head around the glass. Leaves little lacing upon sitting.
Smell - The barrel aging is apparent, with hints of sweet, roasted coffee, and a light hop aroma to finish it off.
Taste - Again an initial hit of the wood barrels, followed by the roasted coffee, as the sweet sugary flavors come out right in your face. The finish is a fantastic combination of the woody, roasted flavors and the sweet creaminess.
Mouthfeel - The creamy texture of the stout is slightly lighter due to the barrel aging, with appropriate levels of carbonation.
Drinkability - The weakest asset of this beer, due mostly to the harder woody, bourbon flavors brought out due to aging.

Overall I loved this beer, one of the best OIS I have had in a long time. However, with some aging the balance in flavors will have a chance to settle to complete awesomeness!

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 19:21:37 | More by hopwilder
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid, deep, mesmerizing black. Chocolate milkshake one finger head that looks amazing. Head eventually goes into marbled streaks across the top of the beer. Epic lacing on the glass. This is an amazing looking beer for the style. I really can't think of anything to improve it- thus the super rare 5.

S- Holy crap. It's not very often that I yell "WOW!!" on the first sniff. This is one of those times. Simply amazing nose. Bourbon smell is rich, smooth, not overpowering... Perfect. Malt, sugar, and vanilla in there as well. I really hate giving 5's, but this is a 5 for the style if I've ever smelled one.

T- Wow. I was expecting to be let down by the taste compared to the nose. Wrong. This is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Espresso, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, it's all there. I don't taste a lick of the 9.4% alcohol either. Super smooth, but the whiskey makes it's presence known big time. The flavor of this beer explodes once it hits your taste buds, and doesn't let go until long after your last sip. Truly outstanding.

M- Very smooth, and very drinkable considering the big flavors in this beer. The hops give it a little bite on the feel, but not overwhelming. Everything just WORKS in this beer, and the feel is no exception. Aftertaste lasts an eternity. Simply great.

O- This is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and there's no doubt about it.... it's World Class. This is definitely in the top 3 or 4 beers I've had in this style, and absolutely a top tier beer of all that I've enjoyed. I'm really humbled I got to try this, and I will absolutely pick it up by the armful whenever I see it again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:24:44 | More by jayhawk73
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ATLbeerDog

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark root beer color - black with beautiful brown highlights and very little carbonation. Smells of whiskey with some tobacco and deep roasted malt notes that dominate the nose. First sip is oaked whiskey with a ton of fruits like a stick of juicy fruit gum. To compliment the bouquet of dark fruits, there is plenty of roasted malts and tobacco too. Light bodied but not to a fault. My winner in a NCAA bracket style face-off of 10 World Class BA RIS's.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 02:33:08 | More by ATLbeerDog
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dukedevil0

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a completely black used motor oil color with less than a finger of beautiful dark mocha colored head that recedes quickly to just a rim of small bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells like mostly dark chocolate, with roasted malts, black coffee...surprisingly not much of a "barrel aged" scent as I don't pick up much vanilla, oak, or even whiskey...when it warms up you can smell more whiskey/boozy scents

T: Lots of the scents are present in the flavors, with a little of the barrel aging coming out more - super dark chocolatey, roasted malts, some dark coffee then a little whiskey comes out at the halfway point until the finish along with subtle vanilla and oak

M: Mouthfeel is amazing on this beer, super creamy and thick, almost syrupy and oily, some tingling from the carbonation

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the style, I keep looking at the glass and it's going down quick. There's some great intense flavor here without being "too much". There is a slight tinge of alcohol, but I really think it's a great aspect of the beer.

Overall, the smell left a little to be desired and the appearance to a smaller extent. However, the flavor of this beer is just awesome. I think a lot of other breweries are barrel aging the heck out of their beers, but I think the fact that Hoppin' Frog only put this in barrels for a few months really made this beer what it is. It's a great RIS base with just a bit of barrel aging that really gives this beer that little bit extra and makes it special.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 23:36:16 | More by dukedevil0
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dqrull

Sweden

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Oskar, thanks alot for sharing!

Poured black as coal with light red tints at the edge when held up to a the light. Creamy thick head that dies out fairly quick and leaves some lacing.

Smells really fruity, especially of dark berries, blackberries first and foremost. Imagine blackberryjam on a piece of toasted rye bread, and a light note of coffee and a very light hint of vanilla in the back, or is it the oats?

Starts of with the toasted rye bread again, but this time the blackberries are accompanied by raspberries and an ever so light touch of blueberries. This is all followed by a little raisin and dried figs, all the while having the toasted bread along. Mid-palate it all transforms into a much less fruity experience, but with a rather bitter cocoa, and dark semi-sweet milk chocolate. There is cofee as well, and just after you have recognized these for the style signature characteristics, the creamy vanilla and oak notes push through and finishes thebeer off ever so smoothly, awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost overly creamy to me, and the carbonation is light and contributing to the creamyness.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 13:13:14 | More by dqrull
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ubufan2112

Connecticut

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Green Cap
Poured into a 6oz tasting Glass.

A: Black strap molasses, opaque. No head. Tinges of luminescense around the edges of the glass.

N: Wow! Lots going on here. First aroma I get is coconut, interesting! Then all the Bourbony characteristics start to flow out, vanilla followed by toffee and creme brulee. I could have smelled this beer all night long.

T: Exactly as it should be, Taste mimics the nose, with one minor exception, I got more of the Bourbon character in the taste, but in no way does it overpower the other flavors. Alcohol is present, but well hidden. As the beer warms, the Bourbon becomes more prominent, but again does not take away from all the other flavor subtleties. The taste is truly amazing!!

M: Medium/full to full bodied. Mild carbonation with an amazing long finish.

O: This beer blew me away! The nose alone was worth the price of admission. Add in the layers upon layers of flavors and the super finish, and you have a truly World Class Beer!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 18:57:25 | More by ubufan2112
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a thick, dense black color with motor-oil consistency from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. No sign of bottling date.
Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever.

Thin dark tan/mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is just fantastic, lots of bourbon notes intermingling with cocoa, chocolate, coffee, charred wood, vanilla and some alcohol.

Wow, this is just so smooth and silky on the palate. Lots of bourbon character on the surface of the coating, with the thick, dense syrupy stout making for a nice base. If I were to relate the feeling, it would be looking at a tar road and seeing the vapors rising. The black dark stout on the surface of the tongue with warm bourbon vapors. Even though the aroma is all bourbon, the stout holds it's own in the taste. Wood characters are evident upfront, with nice subtle dark chocolate/coffee bitterness towards the finish. There is a hint of oatmeal sweetness in the middle, which disappears quickly.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. Just an all round solid barrel aged stout. This is an absolute must for those who enjoy barrel aged stouts. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 04:31:35 | More by CaptDavyJones
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich deep nearly pitch black brown hued color with moderate lace retention. Head is hickory brown and although initially boisterous, short lived. Lots of burnt sugar, vanilla, moderate amounts of bourbon notes, roasted oatmeal, mostly sweet smells, but there's nice sourness coming from the roast. Flavor brings in some predictable bitter dark chocolate notes which pair surprisingly well with the whiskey. Lots of sugary sweetness too. Alcohol is in the forefront, but finishes with little emphasis. Otherwise, the aroma accurately foretells the taste.

Body is thick, thicker than any other beer Ive had. More than chewy, filling and velvety smooth on the tongue. Its really a wonderful stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 17:08:12 | More by allboutbierge
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caresville

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

a- pours jet black with a little tan ring of a head. not much carbonation, laces wonderfully throughout the glass.

s- killer. smells like you are taking a whiff of some new jet black jack daniels creation. bourbon, bourbon, bourbon!! deep scents of cocoa and licorice too!!

t&m- real smooth for something that smells like its 80 proof. blended perfectly, the hints of licorice, caramel and chocolate compliment the strong bourbon boozey taste oh so perfectly. it does burn a little going down because of the boozey whiskey/bourbon barrels that it is so evident that it was aged in BUT a rich, creamy cocoa taste is present. tastes like if you poured a shot or two of jack daniels single barrel in your favorite hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course).

d- i split this bottle with a friend and he did somewhat enjoy it but couldnt handle the whisky/bourbon taste. it made me realize the only downfall of this beer. although it is only 9.4% it is really strong and boozey and the bomber itself is most likely a challenge to finish. if you are not into any types of whiskeys, then you are most likely not going to be a big fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 07:32:51 | More by caresville
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,596 ratings.