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

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 2,265
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 274
Gots: 693 | FT: 80
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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: 588 | Hads: 2,265
Photo of alarmclock314
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, silver cap (2014). Pours black with a dark brown head. Smells like earthy hops and rich chocolate. Chocolate and roasted malt dominate the taste with some bourbon, smoke, hops, and oats coming through. The mouthfeel is heavy; about what you would expect from an oatmeal RIS. Low-medium carbonation. The flavor variety is the real winner here, even though they taste somewhat unrefined.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A little smokey hazlenut, oak and dark malt on the nose with some faint bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard Boris, but smoothed-out by the aging & picking-up some vanilla & caramel from the barrel. It certainly is not boozey or soaked in bourbon flavor like many of these aged stouts. It is very well blended, adding some new flavors to this base brew but not overpowering it. M

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Photo of mabermud
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Inky black body. Viscosity looks high. Medium dark mocha head with darker highlights.
Smell: For me, at the forefront, chalky dark, bakers chocolate. Vanilla and some toffee. If I inhale deeply enough I can catch the wafts of alcohol booziness.
Taste: Barrel and booze at the forefront. Overripe prunes and raisins are next, then comes the medium roast. For me, the backend is not something desirable. I get a sweet, more tart than not finish, but it ends clean enough. So I say, "not bad at all."
Feel: The body is a nice consistency and viscosity. That is a high-end feel. Light carb throughout the mouth, start to finish. Not thin, but robust.

Overall - I can see why this used to be a top tier RIS. The oats make this great.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber at cellar temperature. No date on bottle because, well, fuck customers. I got this from a trade in the Spring of 2014, so at least a year old.

A: Pours black as night, thick and oily. Foamy light brown head that takes a few minutes to disappear.
S: The smell is beautiful. Chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark malt, vanilla. The amount of aroma, not just the quality, is really impressive.
T: Like drinking Hershey's chocolate syrup with a shot of bourbon. Just huge chocolate flavor. Silky smooth dark malts, bourbon, vanilla. Follows the nose. Maybe just a little hot, maybe I'm a little wimp.
M: THICK. Barely liquid. But really, one of the thickest beer I've had.
O: Very impressed. This is a dessert beer. A glass would have been plenty, but I get a whole bomber!

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Looks like a stout to me. Black with a thin light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, slight coconut, bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and plenty of that vanilla and bourbon quality

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, good carbonation, with a slight bitter finish. Very drinkable for an imperial stout

Overall: This bad boy is $20 a bomber around me, so its nice to try this 9oz i got on tap for $5. It offers a lot in what you would expect in a great BA stout. I could use a little more body but thats nitpicking. It really opens up as it warms and is another beast all together. Highly recommend this offering

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Photo of ctjoumas
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the faint smell of whiskey right off the bat. The pour looks like a nice dark stout but not too thick. Thin layer of tan head with darker brown gathering on the outsides, especially after a drink...nice color balance. Mouthfeel is a stout on the thin side which is welcome after having overly thick imperial stouts. Taste has nice full "earthy" flavor combining wood, nuts, and coffee with a finish of just a touch of whiskey. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into hand-washed and dried tulip
Aroma of oak and vanilla
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, diminishing to broken 1 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of oak, vanilla, and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silver cap (2014) poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Not giant head, beautiful deep dark color, though.

S: Rich, bready chocolate. Some alcohol.

T: Warm, round, roasty, There is a slight sharpness from the whiskey. Somehow lighter than I expected, but still packed with flavor.

M: Thick, but not overly so.

O: Overall exactly what you want out of a barrel aged stout. There might be some room for adding malty complexity, but the beer is great the way it is.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/12/14 thanks kumatmebrew for the bottle

A shes black with a thin cola edge, super dark foam but it fizzes out quickly leaving no lace

S lots of fudge and chocolate cake, plenty of barrel, vanilla, coffee, bakers chocolate, char, smells solid

T lots of wood and whiskey, booze comes out a little more, dark roasted coffee and charred wood, dark licorice, tastes rather intense, amped up version of the nose, very rich and strong in the mouth

M silky on the way in and creams up from the bubbles, a little heat and a fair bit of weight, sticky on the lips with heaps of barrel on the finish

O great stuff, plenty of barrel and chocolate of all kinds, a little boozy for under 10 but drinkable and delicious

Silver cap so I'm guessing its fairly fresh, If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for a while but that being said this is great beer today

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a great bourbon barrel aged beer - as good as any of the big hitters, but with none of the truck chain necessary to get it.

Nicely thick, perfectly bourbon-y, and full of thick roasty chocolate coffee flavors.

Deep and delicious!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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Photo of Young_John
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Love imperial stouts. Been sampling lots of em lately, many barrel aged, and this one stood out enough to warrant my first ever review. It poured black as ink and remarkably, the half finger of head resulting from a fast pour was almost black too! Low carbonation and lots of flavor. Think concentrated imperial stout. Think stout syrup. This is to other imperial stouts what a balsamic reduction is to balsamic vinegar.

Not at all boozy, and no bitter tannins detected puts this one high on my list over other oak BA and bourbon/whiskey BA stouts I've tried. Compared to another Hoppin' Frog offering, I had DORIS the week before and highly prefer this BA BORIS over DORIS 10 to 1, not that I didn't enjoy DORIS. I just liked BA BORIS THAT much.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Huge heat and burbon notes, lots of great flavor and complexity. Has a bit too much heat and 'muddled chocolate' taste for me to really fall in love with~

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Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Look: Opaque black with a half finger mocha head. Mild activity. Poured thick and black. Smell: Rich on roasted coffee, dark chocolate, warm vanilla, dark cherries, more dark chocolate and a big fruity oak finish. Bourbon is a little sharp but overall smells great.

Taste: Big refreshing coffee notes like the expensive kind that has hints of pitted fruits and slightly nutty, followed by a rich sweet warming vanilla, then back to the coffee only this time a bit more bitter that gives way to rich dark chocolate and a unmissable bourbon soaked oak that is fantastic. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick. Sits like motor oil on the palate and finishes wet unlike most BA beers I have had.

Overall: An outstanding barrel aged stout from hoppin frog I tried the B.O.R.I.S. at the brewery and couldn't wait to try the BA version and sure enough they had it. I'm just glad I had the insight to pick up two! Love the big coffee and pitted fruits and how it meshes with the warm vanilla. The wet finishes is also really nice because I hate it when a BA beer dries out super fast so it can't linger on the palate. There could maybe me more oak but I still love this beer and that's a minor grip. Definitely a must try when in ohio!

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Photo of durlta
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Impenetrably dark. Smells like oatmeal, bourbon, buckwheat pancake, and a bit of maple syrup. Tastes similar to the smell, mixed with cola and a hint of coco.
Sticks to the lips a bit. Perfectly subtle carbonation. Excellent beer!

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Photo of antott0523
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Very dark, almoust black, engine oil with just a little head that's on the top like golden-brown whipped cream.

Nose: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, leather, kakao and dark syrup. Almoust a little sour nose.

Taste: Wow! This is f-ing awesome! Sweet coffee, oatmeal, brownies, boubon , vanilla, red berries and dried fruit.

Mouth: Large complex body with smooth, silky taste. Very soft carbonation.

This is almoust a perfect stout. I'm glad I bought 7 bottles (six to cellar).

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%

Appearane - The beer was deep black with mocha bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass.

Aroma - The booze jumps out in the aroma with notes of vanilla and oak in the background.

Taste- The initial impression is boozy. The booze is a little sticky and hot in the aftertaste. The chocolate notes that were detectable in the beginning fade.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel in this stout is near perfect. It coats the tongue and lingers nicely.

Overall - Though a little pricey, this is an easily accessible yet solid version of the style.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A poor representation of BA stout. While not bad or abrasive like some of the Arcadia beers, it makes you regret getting it everytime. Just too hot and unbalanced to be enjoyable.

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Photo of diablo14
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Dark, viscous, and impressively balanced beer. All three major elements of this brew come together in perfect harmony - the sweet creaminess of the oatmeal, the dry, roasty Russian imperial, tied together by a strong boubon presence.

Certainly one to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly night.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Strong bourbon nose. Very smooth mouthfeel. Bourbon is very evident in the taste, but so incredibly smooth and compliments the excellent base beer well. A great drink, and one to savor!

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Photo of tviz33
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%

So for beer 401, and the first beer I've reviewed after they've implemented this new rating system (which I highly disapprove of), I'll actually be writing something. This one was poured from a bomber, served in a tulip. Purchased at the Hopshop in State College, PA.

A- Pretty much black, with just a small cap of dense brown foam that sort of resembles a head.

S- Tons of barrel, but it's not overpowering, as the oatmeal and other base beer aromas emerge.

T- As with the nose, I noticed the barrel first: whiskey and vanilla. The more I have, the more the oatmeal comes out. Milk chocolate even makes an appearance. Really nice!

M- Full feel, silky smooth... nothing harsh about this BA RIS.

O- The oatmeal really makes this beer. Very tasty, although I don't think I will revisit this at this price point of $17.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 2012 bottle of this at a small liquor store. Waited a couple of months and finally decided to crack this bad boy open.

Pours a smooth and silky dark brown/black that poured flat on the first glass and a fluffy 3 finger head on the second glass (and no I did not slosh it when setting it down after the first pour).

Aromas of sweet oatmeal and chocolate are wonderfully smooth and followed up with a nice quaff of Kentucky bourbon.

Oh baby is that smooth! Two years did some things delicious to this brew. The oatmeal is very prevalent still, whereas the chocolate is very subtle, and silky smooth bourbon.

This is one of the smoothest brews I've had. I'd like to sample a fresh batch of this to compare what the age did, but to put it perfectly, this is a mouthful of sweet oatmeal, lush chocolate, all enveloped by a smooth as butter bourbon glove.

Overall, all I can say is damn, this was tasty!

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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 SerialTicker
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$14 bomber purchased at a Giant Eagle in North Olmstead, Ohio. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: Pitch black with a modest dark brown head that goes away pretty quickly, leaving no lacing.

Smell: Like complexity? I hope so. Man that is just everywhere, in a great way. Nice amount of the whiskey barrel is in there, then vanilla, dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. Beautiful nose on it. No alcohol traced here at all.

Taste/feel: All of what I described in the smell. Wow. Plenty of barrel. Dark fruit with a bit of a tanginess. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee... finish is a bit warming, which I'd expect, but not as hugely bold as some barrel aged stouts. I think the use of whiskey barrel over bourbon barrel mutes the vanilla character a bit, as well as that "plain cake donut" (as I describe it) flavor. Finish adds a little bit of a char sort of character that I actually really like. Feel is moderate, almost full bodied, but not super syrupy thick like I was expecting it to be, as most in the style are that way. This is a bit too drinkable for its own good, but it is deeelicious.

Great beer at actually a very fair price compared to some other barrel aged stouts out there. Goes insanely well with a bit of peanut brittle I have from a local bakery. Would also no doubt go well with a thick, juicy steak... no matter what you pair it with, make sure you save a little to have on its own. I think I'd prefer a bourbon barrel aging to a whiskey barrel aging, but either way, this is a must-try.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.