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

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 2,247
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 275
Gots: 692 | FT: 79
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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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Reviews: 582 | Hads: 2,247
Photo of kennylopez
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22Oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a think dark black with a mocha colored head that is about a finger thick and fades rather quick leaving little to almost no lacing.

Smells: a nice roasted malt with some vanilla and beautiful barrel nose.

Tastes: as good the orginal version just alot better. There is whiskey layer that adds a velvety smooth sweetness to the perfect hoppy stout. there is a caramel/ vanilla hint that comes through more as it warms up that I love from this beer.

Mouthfeel: a full bodied stout with a slight burn from the 9.4% but the whiskey front blends well it.

Overall: I fully enjoy this beer. I have to call it a beer for an occasion for me with a tag of $18 but no doubt about it I will pick up some more and make a day to enjoy some more. My favorite brew from hoppin frog that I have tried so far.

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Photo of don1481
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into big glass.

Appearance: Dark, thick - motor oil comes to mind - liquid which leads to a deep mocha colored head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacing along the side of the glass. Holding this sucker up to the light, I can't tell if there are any bubbles because it's so dark.

Smell: Oh man. This reminds me a lot of BCBS at first sniff. Very bourbon-heavy, but lots of vanilla and caramel notes as well. Pretty complex nose overall. If this tastes even close to how it smells... I'm going to be in for a GREAT night.

Taste: Holllyyy bourbon, Batman. This has got quite the punch to it up-front! Definitely get the alcohol screaming through in this one, but it doesn't overpower the vanilla/chocolate/coffee/oat notes that persist as I drink this baby.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bit of a lingering bitterness to it. Not an alcohol or bourbon aftertaste, but more of a coffee taste. Very viscous in the mouth, but clean as it goes down. Pretty impressive.

Overall: I'd consider getting one of these bad boys to age, but as others have noted... it's pricey ($17 for a 22oz bottle at Ray's). I may have to get it next time I run to either Woodman's or DiscLiq, since I think it's cheaper there. Definitely interested in seeing how this ages, though, and how that bourbon-forward taste evolves.

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Photo of alli4051
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a gold cap, not sure what batch that might be, poured into a nonic.

Pours that nice "used motor oil" black that I love about the style, needed an aggressive pour to get almost a finger's worth of head. Head is a nice brown sugar and dissipates quickly leaving a faint webbing on top. Nose is definitely whiskey and alcohol with some oaty notes. Taste is dark fruits, caramel, and maybe some vanilla. Whiskey is definitely there too but is very mellow. The alcohol isn't anywhere near as hot as I thought it would be given it's prominence in the nose. Definitely full bodied but doesn't leave an overly sticky or cloying finish, which is nice. Went out of my way a bit to pick this one up and I am glad I did. The only disappointment I have is that there was a one bottle limit.

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Photo of JulioH
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Too heady/boozy for my taste.

Pours a nice dark beer. Some foam forms on the head. Smells like brandy, coffee, caramel and roasted malts. Taste is too boozy for me. The nice roasted malts are interrupted by the headiness of the beer. It should be smooth, not savage. I had left mine sit for a while, but the alcohol was still there. Good to see how it would be in a year or two. Body is syrupy.

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice black color, same as the original. Not much head and little lacing.

S: Not quite overwhelming, but not exactly faint bourbon and oak up front. A little chocolate and coffee underneath.

T: Nice vanilla and bourbon wash over your tongue on the way down. Slight chocolate hiding underneath.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Light carbonation and a slight hoppiness.

D: Better than regular BORIS. Being aged it is a bit smoother than the original (we tried the 2 side by side). Enough bourbon to satisfy me and light enough for my friend to enjoy. Great BA stout here guys. Worth the drink! Don't quote me as saying this is the best ever, but it could hang with a few of em.

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Photo of OskarL
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pitch black with some red showing in the light, brown small head that disipates fast and leaves lacing.

Smell - Fruity with some berries, roasted malts, cacao, sticky warming bourbon.

Taste - Fruits and berries and then a wonderfull taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a lingering cacao taste. Like a wonderfull dessert! A lot of characteristics in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Full body, creamy with low carbonation.

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Photo of kasper
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a small roast coffee-colored head that leaves tads of lacing. Looks oily with a nice sheen.

S: Aromas of dark fruits, and prunes, apples, bourbon, vanilla and a tad of smoked and cocoa.

T: Dark, fruity stout with many of the aforementioned aromas playing out on the palate. The dark fruits are balanced nicely by the barreling aging aspects.

M: Thick, oily, a bit sticky and definitely chewy. A heavy one for sure.

D: A superior effort. Great sipper. Well balanced. Smooth finish.

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Photo of bhalter8
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The record heat in GA this summer will not keep me from this beer! As I was digging through the cellar for something to try I saw the BA B.O.R.I.S. and decided it was due to time to open it. Right in line with the robust, regular B.O.R.I.S. it pours black as night, no light getting through this beer, it even looks thick! A gorgeous dense, tan head rests atop... a head this dense, of course, leaves tons of lacing on the glass as you sip & enjoy the beer. The aroma is a nicely balanced cornucopia of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and a bit of alcohol esters. Unlike some BA stouts, the barrel aging seems to be right on here, and does not overtake the aroma. The flavor is an even more pronounced version of the aroma, the roasted malts are right alongside coffee flavors, but along with a rich, delicious chocolate characteristic. Again in the flavor, the vanilla & whiskey hints from the oak barrel are there to accompany the beer, not overtake, but it does have a bit of an alcoholic heat to it. Mouthfeel is everything I want in a big stout, rich, velvety, and creamy, just perfect. I must give credit to Hoppin' Frog on this beer, with so many BA beers hitting the market these days, this one is definitely a stand-out that uses the barrel aging process to add complexity to an already outstanding beer, not overtake it.

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Photo of Genghis22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super rich looking black, with the slightest mahagony highlights when held up to the light. Dark khaki head that dissapates quickly.

S - Smokey, chocolte, coffee. No smell of the barrel in the nose. Slight touch of woodiness, but nothing that screams barrel aged.

T - Very well done. Tastes of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa. Lingering tastes of smoke. There is some woodiness in there, dries out the finish. Very nice. Hops are present, but not overpowering.

M - Oily but not necessarily full bodied. Would like it to be just a bit more chewy, but it is adequate. Very low carbonation, could use a tad more. The finsih is crisp and dry.

D - Overall, a very well made beer. The flavors are great, and richly layered. The nose is inviting, and the appearance is great. Just wish the mouthfeel was a bit more up to standards. Overall, I'd drink this one again, over and over, very good stuff.

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Photo of dejrrma
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$15.69, gold cap 22oz. poured into dogfish head snifter

a- pours an oily, jet black, with a thick coffee head that thins out a ring around the glass and some reddish tints. little lacing to none. looks pretty still.

s- lots of vanilla extract, chocolate, milk chocolate, maybe some licorice

t- lots of chocolate, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, slight woodiness, licorice, slight soy, the whiskey is noticeable, especially in the alcohol warmth.

m- very thick, chewy, medium carbonation- just like like my stouts. a little boozy.

o- i'd very surprised if this was from 2009. if it is, then 3yrs later, this beer still has lots of heat packed into it. i enjoyed it a great deal. i could do without the soy, though.

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Photo of hackmann
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black as night body with a very thin bronzy-copper colored head that fizzes away in a heart beat and leaves a tan rim around the edge of the glass; no lacing; syrupy legs drip on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted notes, lactic, toasted oak spice, a little vanilla coming from the oak barrel, dark roasted coffee, nice dose of chocolate, as the ale warms up a light bourbon note comes to life,

Flavors: just like the nose; rich dark roasted coffee, lactic acid feel, hint of sweet bourbon - oak spice with a touch of roasted vanilla and caramel, 85% dark chocolate like bitterness, a little bourbon like note and a dark chocolate bite on the aftertaste, not boozy

Mouthfeel: no carbonation, just a faint fizzy feel, thick, almost syrupy, kind of creamy, oak and alcohol spice on the tongue, the whisky note is mild, does not have an overwhelming alcohol feel, full body

To the Point: a really good barrel aged stout; this is a sipper; the last two or three barrel aged stouts that I have tried just did not appeal to me; this one is top shelf stuff; to me the bourbon note was just right – there was just a hint of it, the bourbon did not overpower the stout style. Time to get a bottle of bourbon off my bar and have a few sips as I finish this tasty stout.

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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red cao shared with uno compadre.

Pours thick, with a higher than normal viscosity. Head rises up slowly, with a mere inch of mocha, dark chocolate head. Body is near pitch black, with darm brown edges and a "lightness" that is surprising.

Nose is inviting, complex and lightly "barreled", if that is a term. Entrance of whiskey essence, followed by a ligth caramel and finished with a sugary toffee finish. Alcohol is present, though not unwanted. Throughout, dark chocolate and a mild coffee presence.

Taste is quite, strange. A strong dark chocolate entrance that is finished with a resurgence of flavors. Vanilla, caramel, coffee and a whiskey note. Whiskey is rather subdued, but makes for a well balanced barrel aged taste.

Thick, viscous, yet not too lingering. For a RIS, quite pleasant and not too overbearing.

For a barrel aged beer, I was expecting a beer flavored whiskey, which is what you expect from any other brewery. Instead, you get a beer that is balanced off by a barrel addition. It is enjoyable, though not quite as intense a barrel aged RIS as some might be expecting.

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Photo of hayesez
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I've had the BA BORIS several times, but have never taken any notes. Cracked one open at Brodie's house-cooling party so I figured I'd toss up a review.

Poured into one of his pint glasses, the thick, black stout stacks up leaving a very dark brown head. The head looks extremely thick and sticks around for quite some time. Virtually none is left on the sides of my glass as I drink this one, but I gotta blame that on the glassware, I guess. All of the others that I have had have left large amounts of sticky lace throughout the drink.

Strong smells of vanilla-bourbon and chocolate. I really enjoy this beer, and the smell is a big factor. The barrels have really helped the B.O.R.I.S by giving them that sweet, vanilla smell. A bit of a detractor is the hot alcohol that comes with a deep breath, but this is minor in comparison to the big picture.

The taste is exactly what one would predict given the smell. Smooth. Damn smooth. Reminds me of Kate the Great in this respect...almost a velvety smoothness - and very creamy. Dark roasted malts give the roastiness to the brew, but there's a lot of other stuff going on in there as well. The sweet vanilla and caramel provide a great balance to a roasty coffee. The sweet is the initial flavor, before transitioning to this chocolate espresso. A deep, dark cherry rounds this thing off, before the bourbon finish kicks it out the door. Very impressive.

Still a bit hot. The flavor is excellent, but this will score a little bit lower on drinkability. Don't get me wrong, the vanilla-bourbon flavors from the barrel are what separate this beer to a great brew, but I find a bit more heat than I'd like. Being fairly available now-a-days, this is a beer that I keep downstairs and can go to when I'm running low on new stouts. Definitely a keeper.

Consumed: 4/17/2010

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Photo of gnemesis
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8oz sample poured into snifter on 05/23/2011.
Pours black and opaque with a thin, small bead, mocha head. Dissipates quick and leaves slight lacing. Nose is full of vanilla, chocolate, roast, burnt sugar, coffee and a touch of booze. The taste is full of the smell and definitely on the sweet side. Full body and low on carbonation. Great imperial stout. I want more to age and see how the flavors develop.

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Photo of jbone78
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a guy at my local beer store that gave me this. He got it from a customer that thought he liked beer. And he gave it to me, for free. That's why I keep going back.

Pours dark/black with nearly no head. smells of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Initial taste had a bit of lingering spice, but after that, it drank smooth.

Very nice stout!


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Photo of abecall98
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Jerk44 for this wonderful brew.

A - Pours viscious Black. Very subtle light tan head that dissapears. Laces, so thats nice.

S - Smell starts off sweet. Hints of coffee come through. Smell is then a little roasty, then hints a slight hop aroma. As it warms up, the sweetness comes through more.

T - I like this. It starts off heavy in the roast. Then the sweet sugary maltyness follows. Next is a taste like a cup of joe is fresh in your face. Finish is bitter roasty.

M - perfectly carbed, just wish there was more aftertaste and wish that the mouthfeel was sticky enough to give that.

D - Damn good for the style, not perfect, I am not asking for another, but it was nice while I drank it.

O - I liked this beer. Not sure if the 9 dollar price tag is worth it with that fact that I can get a 4 pk of rasputin for less. But, It is not too shabby.

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Photo of chicano4craft
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for hooking our tasting group up with this delicious beer. Enjoyed with TCGoalie, zoso1967, and TCHopCraver.

Appearance: Pours an impenetrable brown/black with little to no head. There is a ring of mocha foam around the edges, however, that hangs around throughout drinking. Dark bubbles can be summoned by agitation and leave interesting designs on the surface.

Smell: Awesome smell, with dark chocolate, lots of oatmeal, vanilla, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Very creamy smelling as well. One of the better smelling barrel aged stouts I can remember enjoying.

Taste: Flavor is equally amazing and really smooth. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak, caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. A glass full of roasty toasty deliciousness. Everyone at our tasting party REALLY enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and well-balanced. I would have liked a tad more body, but it is a very small ding in what is a very stupendous beer.

Overall: If I see this again, I will buy it in a heartbeat. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a green cap, indicating that this is batch 3 from October, 2009.

A: Pitch midnight black, absolutely no light penetrates through. Thick mocha color head that sticks like malty glue. This is a pretty beer.

S: Roasted coffee spiked with whiskey and chocolate. The whiskey aroma definitely comes through in a very pleasant way.

T: Chocolate whiskey coffee grounds and dark fruits dominate. Very low on the sweet side, which is awesome in my books. Very complex whiskey/chocolate flavors going on here that I don't feel I can rightfully describe.

M: Thick and a little bit chewy with a long whiskey aftertaste.

O: This is my first Hoppin' Frog brew, and it's definitely an amazing one at that. Not sure it was worth the price tag of $18, but I got it as a gift so it doesn't really matter. I'd drink this one often if I could afford it! Really solid whiskey barrel stout.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased for $21 at Spinnerstown Hotel in Pennsburg, PA. Batch 6, 2012 (white cap).

A - Pours jet black with a motor oil-like viscosity into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. An initial 2 finger dark brown head recedes quickly and leaves scant lace.

S - Lots of bittersweet bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, whiskey, and slight booze in the nose.

T - Roast, bittersweet espresso and dark cocao jump out first on the front of the tongue. Middle of the mouth the whiskey notes come out to play, and while big, it doesn't overshadow the other flavors. The chocolate also turns more to the sweet side, with some caramel malts and toffee. But the bitter roastiness comes back in the finish, along with some slight hop bitterness and astringent alcohol. A little hot.

M - Full bodied and slick, this heavy hitter coats the mouth with flavor. Lingering whiskey notes and slight bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Definitely a sipper.

O - This beer has been a long time want for me, so when I saw it on the bottle list it was a no-brainer, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Could use some age to mellow out the booze a little, but damn is this stuff tasty.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Darker than black (possible?). Small traces of brown on the edges but not much. Pour came with about a half a fingers worth of mocha head that dissapated quickly.

S: Dark chocolate and bourbon where the first thing to hit my nose followed by oak, vanilla and alcohol. Roasted malts and barley as well as small traces of the oatmeal character from the non-barrel aged version. Some dark fruits are also present, but very small, trace amounts.

T: Bitter dark chocolate mixed with bourbon. The roast characteristics are playing nicely with the oak, vanilla and caramel notes. Slight booziness is adding something to the flavor, but im not quiet sure. Dark fruits (figs and currants) are there but in very small amounts

M: A very thick imperial but I think the booziness is hurting it here a little. Pretty good carbonation for a imperial.

O: This is a good imperial stout that can only improve with time. Would love to see what some cellaring could do for the booziness that is hurting the mouthfeel a little. Planning on revisiting this sucker a year or two down the road.

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Photo of Jack_Malts
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black with a one finger chocolate head. Wow, the smell is lightly boozy bourbon vanilla and oak. There's also some oats, creamy chocolate, and roasted char. A light freshly ground coffee smell is present, but not a feature. The taste shines. The bourbon is really present, but ultimately doesn't overwhelm the oatmeal and roasted flavors. The booziness is very appealing, blending well with the flavors it supports. Dark chocolate and ground coffee flavors are strong, with bourbon vanilla beans and whiskey soaked oats backing them up. The mouthfeel is slick, oily, thick and smooth with medium carbonation.

What a nice treat, this beer is definitely something. The oats add another level of complexity to the style (I've never had a bbl oatmeal stout) that is appealing. Adds a certain earthiness to the experience. Very good, definitely recommended.

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Photo of hippityhops85
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into snifter. Shared with friends. Review from notes.

Pours a pitch black with a minimal dark brown head that quickly dissipates down leaving just a ring around the circumference of the glass.

The nose has tons of whiskey/vanilla notes on it as well as dark fruits, tobacco, lingering sweetness. The whiskey notes come across more like a rye than a bourbon.

The taste is much of the same: whiskey, vanilla, tobacco, very slight dark fruits, toasted malts. The whiskey and vanilla dominate the profile but are not over whelming, although close.

Huge, thick mouth feel on this bad boy. Nice carbonation. Poor retention. Very heavy bodied.

And enjoyable brew for sure but one I would only want a few ounces of. Enjoy and share with friends. Recommended.

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Photo of kfsv034
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got the bottle via trade from Beerness thanks buddy

A - pours a deep black with a little tannish head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges of the glass

S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of whiskey

T - follows the noise with strong coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes but the whiskey is more prevalent really a tasty beer

M - milkshake like, full bodied

D - at 9.4% it is surprisingly easy to drink

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Photo of Jettanbass9
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.