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

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BA SCORE
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1,838 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 237
Gots: 611 | FT: 67
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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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-03-2012 16:31:01 | More by imperialking
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corby112

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-22-2011 03:48:50 | More by corby112
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev -7%

12-10-2012 06:45:25 | More by MarkyMOD
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex dark ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon, black grapes, raisins, caramel, buttercream candies, dark chocolate truffles...man, intense ride here.
Taste is of the aromas with a superb complex blend of cocoa, sea salted caramels, dark cocoa truffles, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and the obvious bourbon blend. As a bourbon fan - this is outrageous.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, syrupy, slick in the finish, with a boozy finish that screams, "hope this is a nightcap, bitch!". That it is. Loving it! Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 02:05:17 | More by weeare138
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -7%

01-19-2013 18:33:32 | More by yourefragile
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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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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

02-17-2013 17:27:50 | More by oriolesfan4
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 02:24:43 | More by akorsak
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

10-15-2013 00:50:51 | More by orangesol
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber shared with friends and poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. A swirl revives a finger worth of creamy froth that displays decent retention and produces spotty lace patterns on the glass.

The aroma is toasty and roasty with a scent of fresh oats and chocolate mingled with dark fruity alcohol notes. A bit of raw oak and a hint of spicy quality reminescent of raw oak.

The taste includes that previously mentioned raw oak, woody with roast and coffee. Some bitter chocolate and earthy grain blend in with some solvent alcohol that is a little fruity.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. A pleasant mixture of roasty and fruity character but with a raw barrel presence to mix things up. It is nice but for the price not something id revisit again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 20:27:11 | More by stakem
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

05-20-2013 19:43:59 | More by InspectorBob
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

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

(Served in a snifter)
maybe a red cap?

A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a thick cocoa head that fades to a thick ring and sticks to the glass a bit after each sip.

S- The chocolate rich nougat malt character is full and out shadows other aromas.

T- The full smooth dark malt has some soft barrel finish with notes of caramel and graham sweetness coming through as the beer opens up. There is a spicy heat in the finish that supports and cuts the thick malt a bit. Some vanilla notes with the bourbon in the finish takes on an inky note in the finish.

M- The full mouthfeel has an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- The nice rich dark roasted stout as some good bourbon and barrel flavors with a nice amount of heat to just through the heavy beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 21:39:27 | More by rhoadsrage
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: 2012 Edition

A: Pours an opaque thick and viscous jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some very faint crimson highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy mocha head that reduces to a couple of thick patches of larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging over the top of light to moderate aromas of chocolate, coffee bean, and roasted malts. Some lighter notes of dark fruits (specifically plum).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts that is quickly followed by moderate flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. There is a light amount of dark fruit sweetness (plum) and a moderate to strong flavor of whiskey from the barrel aging with hints of oak. Light amounts of bitterness towards the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with some light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable RIS with the complexity of flavor that includes dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. The whiskey from the barrel aging nicely complements those flavors rather than dominates. I would definitely recommend this beer, probably the best one from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 02:08:23 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

07-04-2013 19:28:52 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of whiskey in this one- clean, strong taste of a lighter, cleaner style of Bourbon are evident throughout here. Nice, but this is one that would probably benefit from a little aging. Not because it's harsh or hot, but because the Bourbon could use some more integration with the rest of the beer. As it is it's a little dominant. Pours black and viscous- like a light weight motor oil. Little head, and what there is fades completely in a short while. Lots of whiskey in the mose as well as a silky oatmeal stout aroma with a light roastiness and some bitter chocolate notes. Aside from the smooth stout flavors, and the whiskey, there is a particularly nice aftertaste of dark chocolate that is accented by the whiskey. Very smooth, and both the smoothness and the aftertaste of chocolate are empasized by allowing the beer to open upo for awhile, while the whiskey is brought a little more under control. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:58:04 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is awesome, malty, very nice oak note, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. The taste is amazing, malty, oaky, nice sweet vanilla note, chocolate, toffee, and some dark fruit. Full body, this is a nice smooth, slightly chewy brew, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, man this one is tasting very nice tonight. Thanks Wes!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 00:28:41 | More by Wasatch
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a side by side with this and regular Boris.

Pours very little tan head that fades down fast. Leaves no lace. color is a solid black, just like regular boris.

Aroma: licorice, dried cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, sweet malts, oak, and vanilla. Much better than regular boris. Well done here.

Taste: Lots of fresh cherries with licorice. The whiskey is dulled down, but present. Some oak and vanilla. Lots of oats. Much better than the regular version.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, smooth, and velvety. Lower carbonation with a medium sized body. Ends roasted with some whiskey. Not bad, but a little dry.

Overall, this beer is much much better than the regular version and I can't stress that enough. It is fairly drinkable and something I wouldn't mind drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:54:51 | More by mothman
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duceswild

Maryland

4/5  rDev -7%

02-19-2013 01:20:59 | More by duceswild
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed an uneven dark brown skim above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Skim recedes to the rim and the slighted swirling in the center of the glass, with heavy legs as well as slow-falling lace. Aroma is vanilla, oak, dark sweetness, and alcohol.

Taste begins with dark syrupy sweetness, a peek of dried fruits and hops in the middle, and then oak and booze come along and kick ass. Swallow finds slight numbing, and definite lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, with good drinkability in that the depth and variety of flavors invites you back for more. Busy offering, but still a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 01:45:09 | More by ppoitras
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vinyljunkie for this in a recent trade, consumed late at night to avoid the heat during the summer. Poured into a snifter.

A- BA Boris pours out black from the bottle and has a semi thick look. Once in the glass it stays black while no head was seen just some very faint skim, no lacing, which is expected. A few swirls brings up a dark brown skim on the surface. Towards the end of my glass I see some brown edges in the liquid.

S- Kind of threw me off because I got a lot of dark fruit which was not present in the regular BORIS, perhaps this is new for regular boris as I have not had a regular in a while. Big scents of bourbon with chocolate and even less coffee. Some vanilla and cream. Not being a fan of huge scents of fruits in my stouts that detracted from the smell.

T- The taste is much better as the dark fruit is still there but the other flavors take away from it. A nice amount of bourbon(not sure which type of barrel used) that comes out more with warming. Up next is a nice vanilla addition which melds nicely with the chocolate and light coffee mix. The oatmeal which is very big in the regular version is still here but very muted. A bunch of roasted malt while the hops are light, no bitterness.

M&D- The mouthfeel is actually lighter than expected, I would venture to say that it is above medium bodied with light carbonation. The alcohol is masked extremely well, it's almost non existant. All of the flavors stick around in the aftertaste for a bit. The drinkability is great and only gets better as boris warms, I wish I let it warm more before I drank it all because I was really feeling the last few ounces of it.

For a first time attempt at barrel aging something as great as BORIS, hoppin frog did a great job, although I have had much better attempts at bourbon barrel aged beers. Here is to hoping that future batches grow in complexity and more bourbon.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 00:08:14 | More by BARFLYB
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

03-23-2013 18:08:23 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

07-11-2013 03:04:58 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Barrel Aged BORIS is as black as hockey tape and doesn't offer any concessions even when held into the light. This steadfastly opaque liquid looks as strong as the bottle says it is and personifies a lot of its own flavours (coffee, burned wood, barbecue, soy sauce). Some head formed from the pour but it turned out to be too good to be true.

Whiskey is plainly apparent in the aroma. No matter how rich BORIS is, this just goes to show that the 40% spirit will beat out the 10% stout every time. It's stronger than smelling salts. Too big a whiff can bring tears to the eyes. Despite the hint of balsamic and fig, there's no room for lusciousness or subtlety - just balls-to-the-wall, rock 'em sock 'em whiskey.

As if there was any doubt going into it, the first few sips confirm that barrel-aged BORIS is a BIG beer that requires you to take your time. A lot of hot whiskey flavour is present which means that even the smallest of sips warm the throat on the way down. There's no escaping butter-thick vanilla, oak spices and brandy-infused caramel, even if there is some coffee-and-cream roast maltiness singing backup vocals. This could cure a cold.

If the legends posted on the interwebs are correct, and this gold capped bottle really does date back to Spring 2009, that would mean that what's in the glass now spent more than two years in the bottle. Never having had it any fresher, I can't speak comparatively to the effects of aging, but this does seem capable of holding up another few years, easily.

There's nothing barrel-aging could bring to a beer like BORIS except unnecessary, unwanted alcohol - indeed, the beer smelt 70% percent like alcohol and pretty much drinks that way too; in layman's terms it tastes like soy sauce, mesquite barbecue and charred oak. While notes of caramel-laden oak and vanilla-accented coffee are appreciated, I can't help but wonder where are the hoppy and roasted malt notes that I love so much about the base beer?

Not a whiskey drinker myself, I'll take either BORIS or DORIS - two of the best examples of the RIS style I've come across - any day of the week over their barrel-aged cousin. But for any special occasions, there's no doubt that this is exactly the kind of luxurious beer you'd hope to have on hand. A special thanks to SkinnyElvis for affording me such a precious treat!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 01:07:06 | More by biegaman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

A gift from Fred Karm, a terrific guy and great brewer. Thanks! This beer appears black, with a slight brown hue near the crest when held up to the light. Nice head and lacing. This is a delicious beer. The oats work very well with the wood. The blending and melding of flavors is particularly well done. There is a slight warming alcohol note in the finish. The feel is creamy and smooth, yet crisp carbonation gives it a well-balanced and very enjoyable feel. I highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:06:35 | More by Huhzubendah
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John_M

Oregon

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

Shared this at Dyan's place yesterday.

BA Boris pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, with leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose in this fairly sweet stout, but it delivers more flavor then I was expecting from the aroma profile. The chocolate flavor really comes on strong on the palate, along with considerable coffee and vanilla. There is a hint of leather and tobacco in the long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and creamy, and seemed to improve the longer the beer sat in the glass. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Re-sampled on 6/28/11. Very little difference from previous version. Still quite excellent. Did find the aroma profile a bit more attractive, and so adjusted review score slightly.

This was a very easy to take, very enjoyable beer. Haven't had the regular Boris in some time, but this is clearly superior to the regular version of this beer (IMHO). Impressive.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2010 15:21:23 | More by John_M
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,838 ratings.