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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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1,790 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,790
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 229
Gots: 602 | FT: 64
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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coz

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-30-2012 02:13:02 | More by coz
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

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

22 oz. bottle, green cap (about 3 years old) served in a Great Divide cervoise glass. Pours an opaque black color with a thin light-brown, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, soy, and licorice. Flavor is chocolate, wood, vanilla, roast, a little bit of citrus, coffee, and a little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, oily, creamy, with a little bite at the end. Good beer, it would easily last another 3 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 01:49:24 | More by mtstatebeer
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yeahman

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-25-2012 14:08:08 | More by yeahman
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r0nyn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my Founders tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover. Gold cap, so I'm assuming one of the 2009 batches.

Completely pitch black in the glass. Pretty sure you'd need one of those fancy NASA radio telescope things to punch through that inky darkness. A quarter-inch thick head the color of milk chocolate quickly dissipates, leaving oozy, spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Looking at the surface of the beer, the legs on this beast are readily apparent as the whorls of brown lace swirl atop a black pool of nothingness. An absolutely picture perfect example of an imperial stout. There's a huge whiskey presence in the nose, readily discerned from the moment you pop the cap on this bad boy. The barrel aging imparts all the right aromas to the beer, from sweet vanilla to hints of oak and dark fruit. There's a definite chocolate component to the smell as well, and it becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Color me excited!

The taste is a melding of everything that is good and right in the world. I almost never give out 5s for taste, but this one just reaches up and grabs it before I have a chance to react. Sweet vanilla greets the tongue, followed by all of the flavors in the nose, and I do mean all of them. Dark fruit and oak are discernible, fusing with the chocolate to create a phenomenal tasting experience. Past the initial barrage of sweetness, the dark chocolate essence takes over. I really haven't tasted this much bittersweet dark chocolate in any other imperial stout I've sampled. As the beer warms, there is some mild whiskey-tinged alcohol that can be detected on the back end, but really only if you're actively looking for it. Any hops that this beer had have exited, as the only bitterness comes from the dark cocoa notes. Finishes on a drying note with equal parts bitter and sweet dancing over the tongue, leaving you wanting more and more. The body is full and well-done, with a pleasing creaminess and a fleeting dash of carbonation on the back end. A little bit more viscosity would have put this beer over the top, but given everything else, I'm not going to complain at all.

The regular B.O.R.I.S. is a wonderful RIS, but put it in whiskey barrels and it becomes a revelation. It's nearly 10% in ABV content, but I had to consciously pace myself in order to keep my wits about me. It's monumentally delicious and deserves the ridiculous score I give it. Simply, utterly, sublimely fantastic in almost every way. Bravo, Hoppin' Frog. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:18:35 | More by r0nyn
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meich75

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-24-2012 11:10:22 | More by meich75
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter.

A: pours velvety black, glugs into glass like motor oil, minimal head, very little lacing

S: heavy spirit/bourbon component up front, vanilla, dark chocolate, carob, a distinct booziness is very apparent

T: starts sweet and malty, the bourbon mellows out as the flavors take shape, robust chocolate character comes in and pairs nicely with the barrel character, finish is sweet and provides a bit of an oaky finish

MF: thick, low carbonation, velvety texture

O: very nice brew, lots of great barrel character, thinking this could use a little more time to mellow. For what it is... a readily available BA stout, this is for sure worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 07:35:09 | More by homebrew311
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dprophet

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-22-2012 00:13:17 | More by dprophet
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bhir

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-21-2012 21:36:10 | More by bhir
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

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

Cap is golden, so I am not sure when this is from in relation to the indicators above.

Beer is absolutely night black with a very, very dark cocoa coloured head. Despite a vigorous pour the head is quite small, very fizzy and disappears almost immediately.

The most immediate smell is bourbon, along with a smokey, slightly peaty oak scent. Oatmeal and vanilla are strong as well.

Taste is similar to the nose. Vanilla, smokey whisky, oak, oatmeal. A very faint bit of cherry at the finish. Pretty well balanced between bitter and sweet. The barrel effect is dominant. Alcohol is well hidden.

Beer is very smooth. Fairly low carbonation, full bodied. Quite velvety. Nice.

Overall, very enjoyable. Close to a 4.5 for taste for me, but it would be nice if the barrel was a little more balanced against the base beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 00:20:02 | More by jrenihan
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-17-2012 15:34:34 | More by headyhopzhead
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-15-2012 08:43:41 | More by ithinkimasofa
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btesta

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-15-2012 02:18:56 | More by btesta
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

01-15-2012 01:49:20 | More by DWolf
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-15-2012 00:40:08 | More by whallgren
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tut2528

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: pours a like a standard RIS, with about 1/2 inch of head and thin lacing as it settles

S: huge, huge sweetness of butterscotch, vanilla and brown sugar. The malt and bourbon create an awesome backbone and balances out the brew perfectly

T: wow. very sweet just like the nose indicated. Raisins, vanilla, malt, bourbon, are all present and there is a subtle hop character in the finsih that adds more complexity and balances out the brew nicely.

M: big full bodied, chewy, leaves a nice sweetness on the lips that lingers until the next sip.

O: think this beer is awesome. the complexity is enjoyable and the balance is perfect in my opinion. in addition, the beer has a very high drinkability. only wish it wasn't as pricey, but i find most of this brewery overpriced so it was expected. by far my favorite offering from Hoppin Frog and much better that

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 17:26:14 | More by tut2528
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Marti403

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-13-2012 06:10:37 | More by Marti403
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mjmadsen21

Indiana

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-13-2012 05:55:04 | More by mjmadsen21
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SteinTilter

Florida

4/5  rDev -7%

01-12-2012 23:59:59 | More by SteinTilter
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sublime313

Michigan

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-12-2012 07:05:40 | More by sublime313
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aflyershckyfan

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7%

01-11-2012 01:29:24 | More by aflyershckyfan
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7%

01-10-2012 08:24:10 | More by ygtbsm94
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PhatAtUT

Texas

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

from bomber into tulip

A: pitch black, poured thick. little head, little lacing.

S: sweet chocolate malts. some vanilla as well. faint bourbon scent. impressive smell, excited to drink. a little bitter on the finish, but in a nice balancing way.

T: dark roast malt chocolate. hint of bourbon, but its certainly not overpowering or "hot" like some BA stouts.

M: very impressive full, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. more carbonation than i expected based on the pour. maybe a little much. takes a little away from the overall mouthfeel.

O: enjoyed it very much. not on level of abyss for me, but damned good. taste was great, if not overly complex. loved the viscousness but not the high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:32:36 | More by PhatAtUT
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this one had a green cap.

A-Poured pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Not much head but it was a mocha color that did create some slight cascading.

S-Chocolate, whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar

T-Milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, alcohol, coconut, and some oak. It tasted truly amazing, one of the best RISs I've ever tasted, especially barrel aged, which is not many. However, the flavors meld together and create a truly great drinking experience.

M-Thick and creamy

D-Like other barrel aged RISs I find the coconut flavor imparted by the whiskey barrels does somewhat cut into the drinkability. However, it was delicious and I wish I had more. I split this with my brothers and father in law.

Overall, a truly great experience. Excellent beer, my hat goes off to Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 21:31:08 | More by thegodfather2701
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -7%

01-09-2012 02:37:21 | More by JAHMUR
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kevgod

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

01-07-2012 17:23:41 | More by kevgod
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,790 ratings.