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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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Ratings: 1618
Reviews: 547
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%


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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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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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

well, obviously such a beer is totally light blocking. this s@#t is deep. brown sugar colored head that does diminish but leaves a good collar with fun ringlets at the surface

the aroma is rich and deep. strong vanilla and oaky currents tag team with the already strong roasted character. great depth here

a robust mouthfeel carries a great altitude of sweet and strongly roasted elements. dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and overall strong caramelization. slight ethanol heat reminds of the %, though dominates nothing

the barrel aging of this particular brew is quite classy. amidst a recent flurry of what has become quite a fashionable trend the barrel treatment of this one is exceptional. typically the aging brings a very boozy element (which, i should say, i do appreciate for a number of reasons. i still find those beers imminently enjoyable) that prompts one to ask exactly how much whiskey was added to the liquid. a very tasteful element is added here and the brew's depth is enhanced for it, yet in a mode far more subtle that i have tasted to date

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:51:32 | More by bruachan
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HopHead84

California

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 8/28/09 next to the regular version and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. The beer appears black with a light brown head, decent retention, and decent scattered lacing.

Whisky is immediately apparent and dominant in the nose. Vanilla and tannins are noticeable, as well as cherries. Rich chocolate is present in the background. The whisky is pervasive and seems to swallow up the other aromas.

The taste opens up with bitter chocolate and strong booze. The whisky takes over almost instantly and drowns out the chocolate and oatmeal I so enjoyed in the reguilar B.O.R.I.S. The beer is very sweet and boozy and it becomes cloying.

Barrel Aging has been detrimental to the mouthfeel of this beer. It comes off thin and watery and nowhere near as satisfying as the regular version.

This beer could use some time to mellow out as it's quite hot and boozy. It became a chore to drink near the end. The regular B.O.R.I.S. is clearly superior.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 01:46:07 | More by HopHead84
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gford217

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 1, courtesy of Reed415.

Pours pitch black with a small tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the way down to a minimal collar.

For lack of a better word, the aroma is dark, really dark. It's got a massive dark roasted malt aroma with lots of toasted oats as well. Some bakers chocolate follows and only a subtle barrel presence with a little oak and hints of whiskey. One of the least intrusive barrel aromas I've smelled recently.

The taste is more of the same and I'm definitely surprised the whiskey doesn't show more. The dominant flavors are dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I'm also very surprised by the level of dark fruits in this one - lots of chocolate covered cherry flavors. There is definitely some oak in there, but the whiskey is really, really subtle, and vanilla is more dominant flavor.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with the oats making their presence felt. The carbonation is light and the body is medium to full.

This is a solid BA stout and I can't decide if I like this or the regular version more. What I do like is that the barrel character is not overpowering and the the underlying beer still dominates the flavors. It's a sweet and roasty stout with hints of whiskey which make it very drinkable for a BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 02:14:30 | More by gford217
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StarlightSeraph

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours virtually pitch black. A force pour yielded barely a half-finger of dark, dark mocha head, with virtually no retention. Minimal lacing. If this beer had any head retention whatsoever, it would look just about perfect.

Smell: Bourbon, soy sauce, chocolate. Some alcohol. Surprisingly muted, overall.

Taste: Bourbon is the dominant flavor, but it blends well with chocolatey, sweet malts. A slightly unpleasant soy sauce-like flavor is hidden in there, but its mild. No hiding the alcohol in this one, and actually tastes boozier than the 9.4%. There is almost a sour note that comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Incredibly thick and creamy, and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, and one that would be better to split with a friend. I like bourbon-barrel aged beers, but this is one where i like the original better - especially considering how exceptional normal B.O.R.I.S. is.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 02:47:26 | More by StarlightSeraph
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ndekke39

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine barely managed to find a bottle of this in Columbus. Decanted into pint glasses. Very dark. Little to no head. Looks thicker than it actually is. You can smell the barrel - definite whiskey or bourbon. Aromas and tastes of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth. Small bite of alcohol. Overall, quite good. Not sure if I prefer this over the regular BORIS, but still good!

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 20:27:38 | More by ndekke39
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live probably 45 minutes to an hour from Akron Youngstown area, and this beer didn't make it's way to any of the usual good locals. Even Pittsburgh just started seeing this in limited quantities. I happened to stumble on the BA Boris while on vacation in Myrtle Beach at the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common.

Popped the cap and I was welcomed with a light wisp of carbonation escaping the 22 ounce bottle. The only difference on the label is the Barrel Aged (whiskey barrels) along with faint oak barrels stacked in the background. After a vigorous pour a minimal deep mocha tan head forms but dwindles rather quickly, body is as dark as any dark beer I've ever come across, pours like used motor oil. Lacing really grips onto my Allagash chalice with each sip fine evenly webbed patterns form on all sides of my glass. I guess I have to mention that this beer has legs, give it a swirl or two and you'll see it stick to the sides of your glass.

Aromatics offer the oak barrel effects including sharply charred oak, vanilla, and a light mist of bourbon. To be honest the smell has a very moist powdered chocolate doughnut edge with an air of booziness.

Flavor comes together but I still enjoy a regular B.O.R.I.S. than this barrel aged version any day, it's rare for me that the barrel enhances the standard beer. The biggest down fall of this beer was the price tag at $15.99, charred marshmallow with strong coffee and dark chocolate roasted malt character, a soft sweetness develops much mostly due to the oatmeal additions. Big whiskey and oak barrel finish adds to the complexity but doesn't take away from the base beer much at all in the flavor. A bit of booze and sour mash whiskey edges, with more charred vanilla oak ridden notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied full roasted malt bitterness leaves a dryness but the backend brings on a searing edge of whiskey edge alcohol, carbonation levels are very moderate due to the oak aging mellowing out the CO2.

Drinkability overall is one of the most quaffable versions of an oak aged beer I've had, much more approachable than the Voodoo Black Magick. Some versions have killed me with booze this version was more complex and retained enough characteristics from the original beer to make it work well, I love this brewery and I can't wait to drink this year's offerings at the Steel City Big Pour. Last year they had the best of with their Silk Porter through run through a Randall full of espresso beans, they also ran their standard IPA through some hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:04:43 | More by WVbeergeek
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Jettanbass9

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 served up by rhinos00, christmas in july '09. thanks buddy!!

A - Jet, jet, jet black... inky, obsidian, charcoal black... this is by far the darkest beer i have ever laid eyes on. tight, creamy lacing caps this beer like freshly brewed espresso.

S - Resinous oak, vanilla, smoke, roast, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal, sweet caramel and hints of ethenol. Bourbon and oak are in the forefront but allows malty aromas to pierce through. Extremely well rounded aroma.

T - Resinous oak, vanilla, french roast coffee, belgian dark chocolate, toasted oatmeal, sweet caramelized sugars. Alcohol can be a bit hot as the beer warms up and i can only imagine some age could do wonders. Bold flavors that are extremely balanced, i can't speak highly enough about the balance in this beer.

M - full bodied without being a bit cloying. the oatmeal aspect of this beer does wonders. lightly carbonated and void of any astringency.

D - A slow sipper for sure... but this one goes down smooth, smooth, smooth. Fantastic flavors are bold to say the least but show some excellent balance. Age one or some of this, this beer, without a doubt, will improve with age.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 01:06:14 | More by Jettanbass9
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ricke

Sweden

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 16:27:25 | More by ricke
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emerge077

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black into a Duvel tulip. About one finger of mocha foam, creamy with a cluster of chocolate milk bubbles that rapidly dissipates. Soon after i'm staring into an obsidian mirror that's starting to resemble a black hole of soul sucking darkness. A swirl of the glass relieves my fear of the unholy and produces sandy wisps across the surface.

Big vanilla oak barrel and brown sugar aroma dominates the nose, faint alcohol when swirled. First sips get nicely distinctive bourbon flavors, followed by dark chocolate, earthy roast and tobacco leaf. The sweetly alternating vanilla and chocolate elements are perfectly intertwined, with little to no alcohol perceived. The finish is long, with lingering chocolate notes that segue into tobacco and dry oak. The true marvel of this beer is its impossibly smooth and silky body. Oatmeal is truly amazing in this respect, it's just something you want to hold on your palate for as long as you can, and just feel the silk sheet wrap around you. I'm really digging this...it could be dangerous if not sipped slowly.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 01:44:01 | More by emerge077
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Nickls

District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a foamy/creamy darkish tan head; deep dense jet black color; looks viscous and thick

S - Straight whisky aromas at first; tame roastiness; bittersweet chocolate notes; some booze sneaks in as well

T - Bourbon/whisky with a hint of vanilla; then very bitter chocolate and deep roasted maltiness that just hints at a bit of sweetness

M - Not nearly as thick as the pour had suggested, but certainly a substantial body; bit viscous and very soft carbonation; very warming finish that was a bit dry. Lovely here

D - Nicely drinkable, but obviously a slow sipper. This is best split after dinner with someone, but really drinkable given the depth and reach of the brew.

Overall, I really think this is a really nice brew, but I have to say that I really enjoy the regular BORIS just as much if not more. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:59:41 | More by Nickls
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Solomon420

California

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh (barleywinefiend) for bringing this to our meet up tasting in Bakersfield at Imbibe Wine Bar. It poured nicely, smallish head, pitch black and a tinge of chocolate brown for the head. The smell, whilst alcoholic, was not overpowering. I smelled vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, flavored coffee too. Now comes the fun part....the taste. It was very good. Vanilla, caramel, smooth chocolate and full of cream. The mouthfeel was good too, very creamy and just floated around. Aftertaste was a tad hot, but hell for such a strong beer, its surprising at how well hidden the alcohol really is for a bourbon aged beer. I was very excited to drink more after the first sip. Overall, for this big of a beer, it was very easy to drink and I enjoyed it very much. I dont think I can drink more than one pint though, but only because it will knock me on me'arse.
It was a pleasure drinking this beer and better yet, drinking it with some new found BA friends! Thanks again brahdda

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 03:37:59 | More by Solomon420
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seaoflament

California

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this bomber at La Bella on Tuesday night.

BA BORIS poured an onyx hue with a quarter inch of head that didn't last too long, a thin mocha ring does sustain in the glass for a while.

Aromas of chocolate, whiskey, roasted barley, cocoa, toast, vanilla, and alcohol in the back. Hints of cherries and raisins soaked in alcohol.

The taste was a bit of an improvement from the aroma, not that the aroma was bad in any way. Initially there were flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, toast, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate malts, and cocoa. Very bold and full flavored. At times the oak tannins seemed a bit too much and tasted very "woody." Moderate carbonation which also at times I felt like it could be toned down a level to smooth out the beer and have a creamier texture. Semi-dry finish and surprisingly very easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one considering I wasn't a big fan of the regular BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 01:59:06 | More by seaoflament
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Nose has light hints chocolate, , coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak and bourbon. Taste coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and mild bourbon. Big roastiness and the bourbon is well hidden. ABV is upfront for sure. It tasted hotter than it is. Loved this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:02:10 | More by barleywinefiend
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really glad I got to try this. I've had many opportunity to pick up Hoppin' Frog's offerings, but I always seem to pass. This is a beer I've had my eye on for a while.

Poured from a 22oz bomber. This beer is a solid oily black, with no translucency through the sides. Thin layer of soft white head rests on top and manages to retain for the majority of the glass.

This beer reminds me a lot of the Great Lakes BA blackout in some of the taste elements and mouthfeel. There is a nice kentucky mash that is well matched by burnt chocolate malts. Really nice silky body that lays well on the palate. Traces of darker fruits rise out of the glass. This is on the lighter side for a Russian IS, not a big bold kick you in the ass beer, but very well done and easy to put back.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 14:47:24 | More by CoolJosh
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alovesupreme

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip which briefly yielded a 1 finger head. Minimal lacing with light penetrating the corners of the glass.
Dark fruit dominates the aroma with lots of berry specifically blueberry and black berry. Alcohol but not necessarily whiskey.
Taste is composed of dark berries, coffee, some alcohol and a subtle molasses finish.
A good mouthfeel with a full body.
This is a good beer I was happy to have but will not be dishing out 20 dollars for it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 04:04:15 | More by alovesupreme
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rye726

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ClevoPiwo for the hook up.

Pours near black with a silky mocha head.

Nose has rich chocolate, dark malts, roasted coffee, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, subtle hops and dark fruity alcohol notes.

Taste is also hugely complex. Cocoa, espresso, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, wood and peppery alcohol with bitter hops in the finish.

Big, silky body is delicately carbonated. Great beer from Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 03:12:29 | More by rye726
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a modest dark tan head; not expecting much retention and didn't get much, but there were some spots of foam clinging to the glass

Smell: Hot alcohol at first, and then subsequent sniffs bring up caramel, black currants, oak and chocolate (and more chocolate); unlike a lot of other barrel aged beers the vanilla and whiskey does not come through on the nose

Taste: Fruity, up front, with caramel, black currants and plums; by mid palate, the dark chocolate, oats and whiskey barrel flavors arrive and overwhelm the earlier layer; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of flavor, with the whiskey lingering; just a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and the creamy character typical of oat; plenty of heat in the gullet

Drinkability: Some very subtle elements put this up at the top of the bourbon barrel aged RIS category; really like the fruit and don't miss the vanilla

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 00:43:02 | More by brentk56
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theghost3

Louisiana

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to vinyljunkie for this one.

Pours an extreme dark brown, almost black with an incredibly thin brown head. The head disappears quickly and there's no lacing.

The smell is strong of dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and toasted coffee malts. Taste is woody--the barrel aging is really apparent. There are flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, and lots of bitter toasted malts. Mouthfeel is acidic at first, but oily at the end. There's some alcohol warming that leads to a little mouth numbness.

This is a drinkable stout, but the rich barrel aged flavors and ABV will keep you on your toes.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:20:56 | More by theghost3
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schinebd

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:24:06 | More by schinebd
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with o freshness info poured into an oversized snifter.

A- this one pours a jet black colored body with a small khaki colored head on it. the head lasts a while and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. vanilla/oak, and whiskey.

T- as in the smell, very dark and roasted. lots of coffee and chocolate. the barrel aging comes through pretty weak but you can definitely tell its there. vanilla from the oak, and just a touch of the whiskey.

M- full bodied and thick. palate coating. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- i dont think this one lived up to the hype, or the cost. a good beer, just not what i was lead to expect. probably wont be buying anymore of this one for 18$ a bottle, but id drink another if it was free or more reasonably priced.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 16:22:12 | More by jwinship83
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grayburn

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, upon tasting the original Boris, I thought to myself that the only thing that could make it better would be a bit of whiskey...imagine my elation when I stumbled upon this bomber with a pretty hefty price tag attached.

The beer pours the same midnight black of the original, but the head collapses under pressure like the New York Football Jets. Not a problem.

The smell and taste are of course dominated by some oaky smokey whiskey notes, with chocolate and roasted malts supporting strongly from the background.

The mouthfeel in comparison to the original is a bit of a letdown, the creaminess from the oats is all but lost, replaced by a slight astringency from the liquor. Not bad by any means, but not the original.

The drinkability is decent, certainly not a bad brew at all, but nothing as special as I was hoping.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:48:37 | More by grayburn
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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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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 into Portsmouth snifter...

Pours pretty typical for style...classic espresso body with a little bit of maple/peanut butter head. Maybe a little less retention than usual but reasonably solid.

Sure, there's a little bit of booze and vanilla in here, but the barrel quality is a little more austere having said that. A few more deep dark fruits...dates...than usual. Rich dark malts are absent of tannin at first blush.

Methinks this could use a bit of time...there's some very good cinnamon notes in there but it is a bit on the boozy side. Some piney hops do show up nicely to complement the rich chocolatey malt. Slight maple tones emerge.

On the palate it is much more dry and austere than expected and I like that a great deal. Rich malt character accompanies a hint of tannin emerging with warmth. Finish has a solid grain feel to it.

It's one to sip and savor undoubtedly but it's a very good one. One of the better BA offerings; it's not just a load of bourbon and vanilla. Nicely balanced and well-constructed.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 20:47:49 | More by IBUnit63
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chicagobeerriot

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 16:17:47 | More by chicagobeerriot
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