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

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 243
Gots: 631 | FT: 71
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

beercanman, Apr 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

michaeljstraub, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle opened for Game 1 of the Bruins playoffs. Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass and sipped throughout the game. Batch 5, Red Cap.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Not much head on the pour and no retention.

Aroma: Really deep roasted notes, a touch of whiskey, espresso, and dark cherries. The char and roasted malt notes are almost too overpowering. I was expecting a lot higher level of sweetness.

Taste: The burnt, roasted character is definitely strong here too. I am finding it a bit too bitter to really enjoy. Whiskey notes are definitely present, but really light. And there is the cherry note again. It's actually really heavy and functions as the only really sweeet counterpoint to the char. It doesn't mix great with the rest of the notes though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. A bit thiner than I would like from a barrel aged stout.

Overall, an interesting barrel aged stout, but fell way short of my expectations. The price tag didn't help either. The cherry note just didn't match eerything else for me and the smoke and roasted malt notes were bitter and unpleasant at times. Not a bad beer, but definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for the style (barrel aged stout) and way too pricey. Will not buy again.

Gosox8787, Apr 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Yosefus, May 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

AlexFields, Jan 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Phil_H, Jun 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

ArsMoriendiOU818, Nov 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Holland, Mar 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

kdb150, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Sludgeman, Dec 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

julielynndubee, Jul 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

KevinMc, Aug 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

BlackNote, Dec 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

LSUPT, Nov 24, 2013
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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.

craytonic, Nov 20, 2009
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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.

ms11781, Nov 28, 2011
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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.

jale, Sep 27, 2011
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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.

Treebs, Oct 23, 2011
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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.

chicano4craft, Nov 14, 2011
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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!

russwbeck, Jul 05, 2011
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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.

Beaver13, Dec 11, 2010
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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.

boatshoes, Dec 18, 2009
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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.

xnicknj, Dec 04, 2012
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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?!

Cedromar, Aug 03, 2009
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.