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

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Ratings: 2,191
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 267
Gots: 667 | FT: 73
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE
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Ratings: 2,191 | Reviews: 584
Photo of Gfunk720
3.7/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from the brewery, reviewed from notes. Thanks to Seth for hooking this one up a while back.

A- Pure black, with a dark chocolatey colored head. The head falls of quickly, and there is no lacing at all.

S- Smeet and boozy. Some notes of vanilla, oak and booze, but really nothing crazy.

T- Nice and sweet. I get notes of chocolate and coffee primarily. Some hits of whiskey/oak but the booziness is the most noticeable addition.

M- Thinner and lighter than I remember regular BORIS being. Good carbonation though, and good flavor.

D-It was quite smooth, and easy to drink. Definitely didn't seem like a 9.5% beer.

The light mouthfeel and lack of barrel character were somewhat dissappointing. Not bad, but I prefer regular BORIS.

Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of camil1mj
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold cap version. Poured at cellar temperature into my Founder's snifter.

A: Deep, dense, dark chocolately brown. No light gets through. Thick, khaki colored head. Some lacing.

S: Chocolate sweetness with slight alcoholic overtones.

T: I immediately notice that this one lacks the strong whiskey overtones in the taste that I have come to love from many other highly rated BA stouts. Not terribly different than your standard oatmeal stout.

M: Heavy bodied. Medium carbonation. This one is missing the sweet, syrupy stickiness I love from BA stouts.

O: A very good stout, however it just does not stack up against the best.

Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: chocolate, vanilla, some light booze

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but w/roastiness and booziness. Fruitiness gone, whiskey, Bitter burnt finish.

M: Medium. Not as smooth as regular BORIS

D: Drinkability is ok, but some boozey presence and not really smooth with the burntness, booze, and oak popping out in places.

Overall: tried next to regular BORIS, I preferred the regular version just a bit.

Photo of garbercury
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A--BLACK. Head is limited but good looking brew.

S--Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey. It is barrel aged, and you can tell in a big way with this brew.

T--Bourbon comes on strong in this one just as it did in the nose, you better like the it strong, or this will be over the top.

M--Silky smooth feel to this one.

D--Heavy, I would have trouble drinking a whole bottle myself, but I am going to have at it. Highly recommended.

Photo of schinebd
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of generalnotsew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is black as black can get. The head was a nice cocoa but didn't last very long. Lacing is very sticky. Plenty of chocolate and whisky in the nose. I also gets hints of cherry, molasses and vanilla. The bourbon is not overpowering in the least which is great. The whiskey is quite prominent in the taste along with the sweet graininess of the oatmeal. Dark raisiny chocolate is also strong. Carbonation is nicely toned down with barely a hint of alcohol warmth. One of the fewer barrel aged stouts I had and it doesn't fail to impress. Not quite up to KBS and BCS standards but it is getting very close.

Photo of PaulStoneAnchor
3.04/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

3rd Batch: Green Cap

Appearance: Very viscous and dark. No head retention whatsoever. Although it has very light lacing.

Smell: Alcohol heat, Whisky, Oak, along with light notes of Dark Chocolate and Vanilla.

Taste: Huge notes of Whisky barrel, its almost overpowering. The whisky notes hide the faint echos of dark chocolate and mocha. I am unimpressed with the taste in this beer. I am not sure which barrels were used but it picked up a lot of the harshness from the barrel.

Mouthfeel: It has an amazing mouthfeel which fully coats the tongue and has a very rich thickness.

Overall: This beer was ok, I would prefer a regular BORIS and a DORIS to this one. I think if it sat on the barrels longer it would smooth out a bit better.

Photo of squaremile
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with an obvious thickness. Minimal head at pour but all carbonation disappears after a minute or two. The nose at first is vanilla and bourbon with a noticeable alcohol. Again, waiting a bit the alcohol clears and makes room for some toasted malts. The flavor is divine. This thing is all bourbon and vanilla on the tongue. An touch of alcohol bite warms the mouth and the flavors linger like custard. The mouthfeel is medium-thick and very pleasant. This is one of the best balanced barrel aged stouts I've had, and has one of the most complete flavor profiles.

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

This brew poured a dark, pitch black color. It shows bits of dark brown highlights. It had a nice ¼ in cap that was nice bubbly brown color, that falls to a nice foamy ring. A nice, spotted lacing remains.

The aroma on this one is a nice punch of sweetness. There is a nice dark chocolate, cocoa aroma at the front, with a hint of vanilla as it sits for a few minutes. The end of this brew has bit of a coffee touch and a nice hit of bourbon on the end aroma nodes.

Wow! This brew packs a punch when you take the first sip of this brew. There is a whole lot of complexity in this brew. It starts with a sweet, rich chocolate flavor that sinks into a nice, mild, but warming bourbon flavor. It then follows with some great flavors in the taste buds, such as coffee, vanilla, caramel, and more. Giving it a nice sweet flavor. But as it sits, the dark roasted flavors and even some espresso flavors hit and balance this brew out.

This brew is a nice full bodied brew, with a little, but nice amount of carbonation. As listed in the flavor, the alcohol warmth comes up and gives this brew a bit in the mouthful. It is overall smooth, and has a nice oily character.

This was a very smooth brew. The barrel aging on this brew, was done very well. Its not over done, and still has great flavors and complexity. This was a great pick up, and I will surely have to seek more Hoppin Frog Brews. Thanks Keith.

Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Rich and complex mix of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel. Bourbon is there just enough but not as prominent as other BBA beers I've head. Rounds out with some vanilla notes. Think they hit it just right. Silky smooth and mouth coating. Really liked this one and hope to be able to find somewhere this season.

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

1st Batch. Bomber into a pint.

A - Pours black with a half inch mocha head that faded to a whispy layer and ring around. No real lacing.

S - Dark malts, dark fruit, vanilla hint of alcohol.

T - Vanilla and mild bourbon. Some warmth in the finish.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Bourbon is not to heavy, pretty well done.

D - Pretty good for the ABV

Photo of Kaiser81
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've received a couple of these bottles. I forget who gave me the first one, but this one was from Hayesez. Thanks, Erik!

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with just the faintest of red hues on the edge as I hold my glass to the light. About a half finger width of mocha colored head. It leaves some nice lacing on my glass, though the head doesn't last very long.

S - Chocolate, a touch of otameal, some whiskey, and something a little weird on the finish. I can't tell if it's like a light rubber (think new tires in a tire shop) or new car smell. It's faint, but it's there. I'd like more whiskey, barrel, and more stout characteristics to come through

T - Huh. Uhm, some oatmel stout characteristics. Roast, hints of oatmeal, dark chocolates. And then that weird thing I smelled is present in the taste. I can't place what it is, but it just kind of tastes...well, off. Aha! It's like a cheap vodka taste that comes through in a vodka cran. It's a harsh boozy taste. I like my beer with a bite, but not a cheap alcohol tasting bite. We'll see how this does as it warms up.

M - Creamy, heavy body, minimal carbonation. This is just about where it should be.

D - I'll finish the bomber no problem, though I remembered my first bottle being a lot better. This one is just harsh, not smooth. Maybe I need to try another to give it one last fair shot.

Photo of antott0523
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2013 vintage according to store label. White cap of that even means anything.

A: A viscous dark brown that matches the color of the brown glass from which it pours. Opaque. Dark brown head that disappears. No lacing. Engine oil. No visible carbonation.

S: Waves of smooth bourbon escape from the bottle and glass. Intense roasted malt and sweet notes of fresh vanilla bean and milk chocolate.

T: Bourbon, oatmeal, figs and coke. The finish is moderately dry with a hint of bitter coffee and cocoa.

M: Full bodied. Velvet. Real slick and smooth. The booze tingles and lingers for a bit. Mildly carbonated.

O: Big flavors. Smooth throughout and really opens as it warms. Never too boozy and never too sweet. A slight bitterness in the finish that keeps it even keeled

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
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?

Photo of Vierenner
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb beer! A beautiful blend of flavors ... no particular taste screams out ... nicely done, Hoppin' Frog! It pours deep black ... probably the darkest beer I've ever encountered. The hops provide a nice, delicate finish to each mouthful. Everything you'd expect from an Imperial Stout and more!!

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

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

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

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

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with hardly any head at all. A tan, caramel color froth was thin and only covered 1/4 of the glass. A very thin ring of lacing remains.

S - Bodacious bourbon and booze scents with notes of fig & raisin. Very pleasant.

T - Wow. Incredible taste. Bourbon and booze for sure but the booze was not overpowering. Some dark chocolate, figs, and a creamy coffee taste as well. Just a great mixture of flavors here.

M - Smooth with mild/medium carbonation. Coats the tongue and mouth well but doesn't stick. Just leaves a tease of flavors after consumption.

O - An awesome stout. Highly recommend this frog brew.

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour really thick like black oil in to the glass with a nice tan head.

Smell - whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, and hint of alcohol.very nice!

Taste - strong whiskey in the beginning with tons of chocolate, vanilla from the barrel in the middle and it ends with a finish of more vanilla and barrel taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth thanks to the oatmeal in this. I've found that to in the case in all oatmeal stouts over had. The carbonation hits towards the end of this one.

Overall - its super solid with all the taste of a good barrel aged brew without any flavors that overpower but works together really well.

Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Gold cap poured into a Town Hall brewery globe on 6/26/11.

Pours like motor oil with a 2 finger mocha colored head that dissipates leaving no lacing. There is a nice brown resin on the glass but I would have like to see more lacing.

Smells of tons of chocolate and a little coffee. I thought this was supposed to be a beer aged in whiskey barrels... I don't smell any of that.

Taste has a lot more whiskey taste to it. Again lots of chocolate and a hint of coffee. The taste is tons better then the smell. Great job.

Mouthfeel is medium. Not a lot of carbonation and the booze is totally covered by the taste. No bite at all.

Overall this is a great brew. I would like some more lacing and the barrel aging doesn't really come through in the aroma but this is still a top brew. Reminds me of KBS.

Photo of dqrull
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a solid chocolate head. The head fell to a respectable skim for the duration with minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon jumps right out with a good sampling of vanilla sweetness. Enough roasted malt with chocolate and a bit of smoke.

T: Vanilla and charred oak out of the gate flow nicely into a solid roasted malt profile with dark flavors of chocolate, smoke and maybe a little burnt molasses. Its like oatmeal by the campfire. The bourbon starts light and early and waxes then wanes as the drink finishes. The finish is dark and clean with a hint of oats and raisin.

M: Seems a bit thin for the brew. It surprised me, but the feel was velvety and medium.

O: Great beer with a lot of the dark roasty notes that I like paired with bourbon barrel aging. Happy to drink it again and again. Think it would fair well head to head against some bigger name brews.

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

Look - Jet black, a small amount of light brown head. No lacing.

Smell - Very mild smell, pleasant, dark chocolate, slight vanilla, hint of oak.

Taste - Impressed by how smooth this is. Tastes mostly of dark chocolate and bourbon, and it is mixed in perfect proportion. You definitely taste the bourbon but it is more of a complementary flavor instead of smacking you in the face.

Feel - Super smooth, thick, no carbonation.

Overall - One of the smoothest BA beers I've ever had. Good work Hoppin' Frog.

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

Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head that faded quick. Light aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wet oak, and a touch of bourbon. The taste is were this beer starts to shine. Burnt coffee, dark fruits, cherries, fudge, vanilla, some oak, and mild bourbon. Finishes sweet.As it warmed more oak and smoke became present. ABV is hidden fairly well, but is a tad warming going down. Mouth feel is oily and slick. With a good amount of carbonation. Drinkably is surprisingly too easy for this barrel aged stout. Recommended!

Photo of kmatlack
3.91/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This one comes from my good friend and great BA TimKahl, thanks tim! Gold cap, no visible bottle date.

A- Pours a jet black, thick, viscous liquid that seems to gloop into the glass. Not the thickest stout ive had, but damn thick nonetheless. Small half finger dark mocha head sits atop the black-hole-dark beer in my glass. Head disappears into the beer leaving behind little blotches of carbonation reminiscent of spotty clouds on a clear day. Gosh damn if this isnt an attractive looking beer.

S- I feel as if my nose was just raped, and the culprit... is bourbon. The barrel aged whiskey absolutely dominates the nose on this one. The chocolate starts coming out as well as the coffee. More oak and bourbon, almost smells as if it could have been overdone...

T- Sweet on the palate, really bourbon forward. As the beer warms, the slew of delicious imperial stout flavors shine through. Chocolate, coffee, malts, toffee, sweet cream, caramel, more chocolate, sweet coffee notes, this is crazy... More oak notes, a nice bitterness to it. Sweet but not overdone, great balance.

M- Thick and lighter on the carbonation but right where i like my stouts. (Note: I constantly swirled my glass to rouse up a head and kill out the carbonation a little bit.)

O- I am fully impressed with this offering. The bourbon, for me, was a tiny bit overdone. I think a barrel aged stout should add some good oak and bourbon flavors, not completely mask the beer. Overall a fantastic BA imperial stout and is far above average. A great end to a shitty day.

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