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

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Ratings: 2,023
Reviews: 565
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 249
Gots: 643 | FT: 74
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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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

VernonKell, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of Jimmys
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

red-capped bomber poured into 2012 SAVOR snifter. pulled out of the wine fridge set to 54 degrees F. no bottled-on date in sight.

A: typical BORIS fashion, totally pitch black pour. nothing like seeing motor oil come out of a bottle. head is tightly bubbled brown head. retention is good. some thick lacing.

S: big time oaky notes. bourbon too, but not over the top or too intense. dark chocolate. black coffee. a little bit of coffee bean aroma as well.

T: vanilla and sweet sugar cane. more vanilla. tobacco leaves. reminds me of the inside of a humidor. sweet chocolate. the finish has such a strong linger of chocolate and coffee. awesome.

M: carb is super mellow. definitely a full body. the carb works really well with the style.

D: pretty tasty brew. not the best BA RIS ive had, but certainly some tasty shit. and definitely a drinkable bomber. similar to un-BA BORIS, drinks like a rich stout, not an almost 10%abv brew.

Jimmys, Dec 03, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

HopBrain, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells muddy with rich roasted malts oozy booze slight licorise and cream caramels, you know, the one with the cream in the middle.

Pours twice as thick as really used motor oil, The lagging head is small and mocha colored.
Super brown in color with some carbonation.

Taste is full and complex. Plenty of bourbon, and bourbon barrel too. I can pick up chocolate, roasted malts and barley oatmeal creaminess.
Drinks smooth and thick. A beer this thick and volupious I would expect some char but not here.
A good beer. Rather plain looking about half way through but shows good depth of flavor and character.

micromaniac129, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev -7%

doucmehu, Nov 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Thirstygoat, Nov 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jmich24, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

JimGlonke, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

UncleJimbo, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of joecast
3.15/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Note - trying this after Baptist which was amazing.

As a comparison, this one struggles to hide the abv and barrel ageing. Much more obvious alcohol presence making the aroma and taste sharp and less luxurious. Drying and more astringent finish.

Not bad, but you're going to want to find a few more people to share with to end up with smaller samples.

joecast, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Lare453
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large format bottle into a riedel cab glass

A black., small light cocoa brown head, light lacing.

S whiskey, peat, cocoa, malt, oak

T sweet cocoa and malt beginning, the middle is peaty, whitely and oak, the end is an amazing blend of whiskey, oak, vanilla, chocolate, lemon peel and the aftertaste is vanilla oak and whiskey.

M kinda thick. Amazing. Smooth, light carbonation.

O wow. The best beet I've ever had from h.f. fantastic. If you get a chance, get it. A great barrel aged stout.

Lare453, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

esullivan880, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is about 1 year old, from my cellar.

Pours very dark, deep ruby. almost black. Head is off brown and minimal. Lacing is invisible.

Cocoa, dark chocolate, leather, ripe black plum and dark coffee beans round up the nose on this bad boy. De-lish!

Flavors are simple, yet powerful. Cocoa nibs, leather, dark chocolate, faint coffee beans, baked caramel. Tastes dark. Very nice.

Feels soft and velvety. Carbonation has no chance here. The booze thins things out nicely to allow full enjoyment of the flavors. Could use some bubble on the end to loosen up the slick feeling a bit. This beer is a sipper, but the abv is well hidden and sipping just won't happen.

Mebuzzard, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of inkdemention
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

inkdemention, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very oily and thick velvety black color. There is a thin quarter inch brown head that is nice and dense but it recedes slowly. Amazing.

Great oat notes start things off. Nice and roasted. Amazing cocoa powder that is rich, sweet and slightly bitter is followed with some really nice barrel notes. The nice brown sugar and slightly caramel notes are so perfectly blended with the RIS roast and the chocolate notes. Amazing nose.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. The barrel aging definitely adds a lot to BORIS. Very delicious roasted notes with cocoa from the base RIS. Nice dark malts with good milk chocolate sweetness and also some nice oat and grain notes. The whiskey notes are very nice and add some nice caramel and some dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is very nice and slick. Oily, velvety ands soo smooth. Nice strong medium body. 9.4% what?! The carbonation is

Overall. As stated previously. I enjoy this BA BORIS better than the base but I still think that DORIS is top dog. It is still and amazing brew and one of the best RIS out there.

JoEBoBpr, Nov 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Yeahnatenelson!! 2011 bottle ...I think anyways, possibly older.

Appearance. Pours black and fairly viscous with just a skim of dark brown head.

Smell. Bakers chocolate and whiskey, slightly woody and just a little roasty malt.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, some nice toasted oak and vanilla, a bit of smooth whiskey, a drop of dark coffee and just a hint of blackberries. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Full body, lightly warming and lowish carbonation.

Overall. A very nice big stout. Smooth, rich, and a nice level of whiskey and barrel. The sweetness is about as much as I would want in a beer like this. Well made.

Rutager, Nov 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

MaseFace, Nov 17, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

MystikCelt, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Hoppin Frog Brewery branded snifter (thanks Pensfan!)

Pours an opaque black with a one and finger dark beige head. The head quickly dissipates to form a foam ring around the glass. The nose is whiskey-forward, with dark fruit and roasty notes. Opens with a touch of roasted malt, bakers/dark chocolate, and dark fruit including hints of black cherry and plum joined by oak and whiskey notes. Finishes with continued whiskey and booziness, roasted malt and roasted espresso notes. Full bodied, low carbonation as expected with most barrel aged beers and a slightly creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The base beer is exceptional and the barrel adds a new dimension here. Really enjoyable and recommended.

chanokokoro, Nov 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mister_Joshy, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Pinknuggets
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: black as night total opaque heavy Mocha head that fades quick super dark chocolate

S: a little boozy upfront I can smell the oats and the malt in there too but is slightly off putting

T:follows the nose with a little bit of alc upfront but it does fade quickly into a creamy oatmeal like flavor that goes to a bitter malt finish and you can taste the alc again a little but not horrible

M: thick but oily texture that has a creamy consistency were the carbonation is mixed in perfectly

O: really solid oatmeal imperial stout but the alc and bitterness of the hops kinda ruined it for me especially when paired with a weak smell but I liked the look and mouthfeel so though its not my favorite I still recommend it curious as to taste after some aging.

Pinknuggets, Nov 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Mojo333, Nov 12, 2012
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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