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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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Ratings: 1,786
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 228
Gots: 602 | FT: 64
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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julielynndubee

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

07-10-2014 15:47:03 | More by julielynndubee
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BlackNote

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

12-23-2013 02:47:35 | More by BlackNote
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BeerThursdays

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

01-20-2013 14:10:33 | More by BeerThursdays
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LSUPT

California

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

11-24-2013 22:47:33 | More by LSUPT
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craytonic

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black with ruby highlights. I always think these oatmeal beers look oatmeal-y (I look for chunks every time), but I doubt they really do. Decent cappuccino head.

Smell: Big roast malt, caramelized/burnt sugar, cocoa, vanilla, fudge coffee.

Taste: Molasses, roast malt, chocolate, fudge, espresso, vanilla, coconut. Not nearly enough bourbon. A few plums and dark berries as well.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick.

Drinkability: Average for the style. I was not particularly impressed by this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 03:33:41 | More by craytonic
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5 - red cap. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night with a half finger dark brown head. The head can most likely be attributed to a stronger pour as it fades out immediately. A slight ring of foam settles around the glass but it also doesn't last long.

The nose isn't all that strong, but it's certainly not weak either. Some nice roasted notes are prominent, along with some oak. There is a nice roasted aroma followed quickly by some wood/oak character. There is a decent amount of some chocolate along with a subdued whiskey character that makes itself known yet stays in the background at the same time.

The taste follows along with the nose. The chocolate notes are more prominent than in the nose. There is also some earthiness to go with the roasted flavors. There is some char and wood characteristics that seem to impart some bitterness. As with the nose, the whiskey is subtle and seems to ride underneath all the other flavors.

The body is on the lower end of full with low carbonation. It's a bit thinner than expected for a barrel aged stout.

This is a good beer, but it's just ok as far as barrel aged stouts go. The flavors and aromas are solid but they don't stand out as anything really special. The whiskey is in the background and it really doesn't draw anything out of the existing characteristics. As mentioned, it is a good beer, just not a stand out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 02:51:37 | More by ms11781
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jale

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gold cap.

A: Pours deep dark brown/almost black with just a hint of brown lacing.

S: Small amounts of cocoa, whiakey and roasted malt.

T: Initial sweet whiskey followed by bitter coffee and bitter cocoa. Rather boozy. Finish is bitter coffee and maybe some hop bitterness as well. Late finish is some oak and earth.

M: Thick body with below average carbonation. A tad chalky.

O: I prefer bourbon over whiskey. A little to harsh for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 20:26:54 | More by jale
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Treebs

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Silver capped bomber.

A: Pours a jet black with a nice one finger mocha head. Bubbly in nature and lingers for a little bit. Fades to a nice combination of swirls and a solid ring.

S: Solid baker's chocolate with a small dash of whiskey and a the barrel is present as well. Slightly woody with a little bit of sweetness.

T: The taste is the same as the nose with a little more pronounced whiskey flavoring. There is a solid roasted malt quality with a little oatmeal flavor. Sweet chocolate as well.

M: Decent carbonation with a barrel character left across the palate. Does have an above normal dry finish to it.

O: This was a solid offering, although I like BORIS Royale more. The barrel character and whiskey presence were nice, but I wish the other characters shined a little more.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 18:42:42 | More by Treebs
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chicano4craft

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold Cap. Poured into snifter. Oh so black with a tight tan head. Head disappears fast and leaves minimal lacing. Looks good.

Big bourbon jumps out of the glass. it the background there's brownie mixed with some dark fruit. Smells a lot different then regular Boris.

Taste is bourbon heat with burnt chocolate and some oak. As it warms it never changed much. Sort of one dimensional. I like it but 22oz is rough.

Mouthfeel is okay. Barrel aging seems to have stolen some of the thickness I love in regular Boris.

Overall an enjoyable BA stout. A bit pricey here in CO so I might not get this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 21:40:32 | More by chicano4craft
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BB1313

Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 20:57:28 | More by BB1313
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russwbeck

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold cap version.

A: Pitch black pour with a really dark brown head. I only wish the head stuck around longer. A very thin ring remains after a few minutes.

S: A pretty sweet smell overall. Bourbon and whiskey mixed in with chocolate. Smells like a heavy beer for sure. Perhaps some vanilla and definitely some alcohol underneath.

T: My very first reaction from the taste is: Wow this is hot right now, needs some time. The chocolate comes out first and is obliterated by huge hits of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a ton of booze. The finish is dark chocolate mixed with booze that last well into the next sip.

MF: Heavy body and a nice amount of carbonation. The drinkability, however, isn't terribly high. Sweet and hot, not a great combination.

O: Disappointed here. Would love to have one with a year or so on it, have to head back to the store!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 02:00:31 | More by russwbeck
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Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 06:41:47 | More by Beaver13
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boatshoes

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 00:16:06 | More by boatshoes
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks Mark000

Pours a viscous, motor oil blackness with a little crop of brownie-colored dark head. Bubbly collar of film sticks to the edges of the glass, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Splash of warm bourbon and vanilla in the nose with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light hop presence with thick, robust dark malts and toasted oak. Rich and warm throughout.

Chocolate swirled bourbon with hints of vanilla and oaky tannins. Darkly sweet with nuttiness and layers of roasted malts. A few touches of dark fruit with raisin, followed by toasted oats and boozy warmth.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy and heavy on the tongue. Definitely a rich, chocolately barrel aged stout, although it doesn't quite pack the punch or vibrant attributes as others of it's kind.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 14:30:48 | More by xnicknj
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Cedromar

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

This is a fairly drinka- JESUS F*CKING CHRIST BARRY! HOW MANY TIMES HAVE I TOLD YOU NOT TO DOWNLOAD PORN ONTO MY COMPUTER! SERIOUSLY, I'M TRYING TO REVIEW A BEER OVER HERE AND ALL I CAN DO IS DECLINE OFFERS TO ENLARGE MY MEMBER! NO, I DON'T NEED TO BARRY! YES, I'M VERY SATISFIED WITH MY SEX LIFE! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO MOVE OUT ALREADY?!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:24:18 | More by Cedromar
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 03:45:48 | More by Phyl21ca
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 21:26:18 | More by jmarsh123
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billshmeinke

California

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:18:18 | More by billshmeinke
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zhanson88

California

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 03:19:36 | More by zhanson88
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n2185

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 02:43:26 | More by n2185
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mgoblue5743

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 16:00:36 | More by mgoblue5743
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kzoobrew

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 00:06:41 | More by kzoobrew
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degerbah

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:36:25 | More by degerbah
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 18:52:09 | More by Alieniloquium
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bertram

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 23:32:12 | More by bertram
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,786 ratings.