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

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Ratings: 1,948
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 243
Gots: 631 | FT: 71
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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Photo of kennylopez
4.43/5  rDev +3%

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.

kennylopez, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

It was International Stout Day when we sampled this. Thanks the Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Pours thick and dark with a real dark brown head. Good sized retention that disappears in a few minutes.

Smell: Oat flakes, chocolate mixed with wood and whiskey notes that blend real well. Strong without being boozy.

Taste: Chocolate mixed with whiskey. Oatmeal felt in the finish and there's a robust, roasted flavor in the middle. Slightly less balanced than the aroma but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth, bit coarse midway with a medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Packs a punch and almost busts out of balance but doesn't Good stuff.

papat444, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of bonez05404
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

bonez05404, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of KCM
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

KCM, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +16.3%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Gregwa, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of cvm4
4.43/5  rDev +3%

A - Pours thick & black with a brown half finger head. Very little lacing once the minimal head disappears to but a memory.

S - The bourbon is on the forefront but not as dominant as other barrel aged stouts I've had. Behind the bourbon you get gobs of roasted malt, dark chocolate & a hint of coffee.

T - Bourbon comes through wonderfully with lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

M - Just velvety smooth. Really coats your mouth with the low carbonation.

O - A well balanced beer here. It's very nice to have a barrel aged beer where one flavor doesn't dominate, but they all meld together in harmony.

cvm4, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of whodeyvols
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

whodeyvols, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of gtermi
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

A: This beer pours a motor oil black body with a thin brown head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: I am getting a strong amount of bourbon and roasted malt. I am also picking up a nice amount of sweetness.

T: There is a nice bourbon flavor and feel, but its not overpowering at all. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors linger for a long time.

M: The beer has a full body with a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and as it goes down. The bourbon leaves a nice warm mouthfell also.

O: This is a pretty tasty beer. I am a huge fan of Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts and this one for sure doesn't let me down.

gtermi, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of sind310
4/5  rDev -7%

sind310, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

CoryR, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours slick and pitch black like old motor oil. Light tan head that only appears with aggressive pour and dissipates quickly.

Smell is dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and booze.

Taste follows smell. Lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, anise, oak. Booze comes through as well. Light bitter aftertaste. Chocolate lingers on the tongue afterward as well.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Full-bodied. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is excellent RIS. A little less booziness would make this perfect. Have never had a bad beer from Hoppin Frog. Wish I could get some glassware from this brewery too.

TrappistJohnMD, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of ReeseMax3
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

ReeseMax3, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of azdback
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep, dark black. No light at all going through this one at all. Head is a small one finger of mocha colored and whipped appearing head. Lace is on the minimal side but respectable.

Smell is all barrel. Charred wood, vanilla, and alcohol. There are some dark roasted aromas there as well, like coffee and chocolate. This smells fantastic!!

Taste is much more subdued than the nose. Soft chocolate, some coffee and some tart cherry taste. There are some barrel flavors as well like vanilla and wood, some spice but they are a fraction of what they are in the nose.

Mouth is medium to full. Carbonation is on the light side with a long and wet finish. Not a hint of the 9.4% here at all.

Overall I have been waiting a long time to drink this out of my cellar. I finally pulled the trigger and am not disappointed at all. Pick this one up if given the chance.

azdback, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Beeradelphia
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of Devi0us
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Devi0us, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

StubFaceJoe, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -7%

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2010 bottle

Appearance: Black, with a very small, tan head - still and oily looking - very minimal lacing, hard to even drum up lacing

Smell: Dark, burnt malts and lots of bourbon - dark chocolate, roasty, burnt coffee, with some wood and vanilla - dry and roasty but also sweet

Taste: Nice for a bourbon barrel-aged stout - burnt and roasty - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - lightly sweet, works well - lots of bourbon and wood without being gross - some molasses and some char

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily and slick, needs some carbonation (but I can forgive this since it's an older bottle)

Overall: A nice use of bourbon

Recently I've criticized some barrel-aged stouts for being utterly dominated by bourbon. Fortunately, this isn't one of them. There is some balance here. It's not astounding, but it's good.

angrybabboon, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.18/5  rDev -26%

Bottle purchased in 01/2010. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours near black. Heavy. Minimal dark khaki head. No lacing. No carbonation. Still.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, toffee, and whiskey. Lingering boozy sweetness. Malts are deeply roasted. Lots of chocolate and old coffee. Sweet roasted malts. Whiskey adds a nice balance to some of the rougher edges I expect from BORIS. Mild smokiness in the back. Overall on the sweet side.

Taste: Roasted malts. Deep sweetness. Whiskey pushes some vanilla but loads of toffee. Slight acrid age. Minor smokiness. Age has mellowed everything out. Whiskey dominates some of the mellowed parts of the beer. Light caramel sweetness with some old coffee. Some char.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth. Barrel aging has dropped the carbonation to almost nothing. Body is medium, but feels a little thin from the barrel.

Overall: Better than the standard.

A notch up from standard BORIS thanks to the vanilla, oak, and toffee from the whiskey barrels. Other than that, it feels like the same beer. Nice use of whiskey barrels.

Goblinmunkey7, Oct 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BourbonDork, Oct 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

millelacsmark, Oct 09, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

ucsbmullet, Oct 07, 2012
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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