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

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Ratings: 1,975
Reviews: 560
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 244
Gots: 635 | FT: 73
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

mater, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of RuckusDu
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark green cap, but I thought this was the most recent batch. Anyway, poured into Duvel tulip at about 50-60 degrees. Had this once before and loved it, so I had to review it.

A - Maybe one finger of large bubbles in a nice deep brown head. Body is black and needs less than 3mm to see through. Bubbles fall fast but a trace seems to stick around. Some ok lacing.

S - Fairly weak. Mostly on the dark fruit side I would say, so slightly sour. I would mostly say dark sour chocolate. Simple.

T - A little more sour than I remember. Dark chocolate and coffee. Some sweet caramel. Very nice.

M - Strong carbonation and solid body.

O - Not quite as good as I remember it being, but still solid overall. Nothing stands out, but nothing is bad about it.

RuckusDu, Jun 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Steimie, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black as night with a one finger, creamy, chocolate head. Retention and lacing are phenomenal.

S- Scent is mostly of bourbon and heavy malts. Sweet oatmeal malt is present, but mutedly so. Chocolate and coffee flavors are prominent once you are past the bourbon flavor.

T- Starts off with a boozy, bourbon flavor. It is intermingled with the chocolate and coffee malts, which are the most prominent of the malt flavors. Hints of the oatmeal base are present, but barely noticeable. Finishes with a slight coffee malt bite and a stronger whiskey kick.

M- Heavy on the palate, but so, so smooth. The oatmeal base provides a smoothness that most barrel-aged imperials can’t compare with. Alcohol is a little strong for a 9.4% ABV stout.

O- Overall, this is a delicious beer. The barrel-aging adds a layer of complexity, but the bourbon can be a tad bit on the overwhelming side. I need to try the regular B.O.R.I.S.

boilermakerbrew, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a gold cap, not sure on the age but it seems like it could use some more, resided in my collection for awhile though.

Pours a wicked black color, viscous motor oil looking pour, not much head though, some fairly large bubbles but they popped as quickly as they appeared, no real lacing to speak of but it seems like it stains my glass haha.

Smell has a fair amount of booze, strong oak and vanilla aroma, huge roasty toasty malt presence, slight hint of chocolate and a bit of dark fruit.

Taste starts out a bit sweet with the dark fruit and roasted malt, a booze burn sneaks in and warms things up, finishes up with a woody vanilla presence, leaves a fairly sticky mouthfeel afterwards, pretty balanced all things considered as I don't feel like any one aspect overwhelms the others, the sticky sweetness even avoids being cloying and makes you want to have another sip.

Quite expensive and the heat could be dialed back a bit with some more age, but overall a pretty good beer even if it's a tad on the expensive side.

deltatauhobbit, Jun 16, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a viscous, used motor oil black, yielding a small mocha-toned head. retention was (unsurprising) so-so; lacing in patches. nose is very nice but i'd stop short of calling it exceptional. offers notes of chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, and bourbon.

more of the same pull through in the flavor. bitter chocolate, roastiness, bourbon, a bit of vanilla, and a touch of booze in the finish. really good. full bodied mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

overall this is a fantastic beer. i wouldn't put it up there with my favorite -bal aged stouts - in fact i might not even prefer it to regular B.O.R.I.S. - but a damn tasty beer nonetheless.

(originally reviewed: 05-09-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of BrownNut
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gold cap. No idea what batch that is. Bought Spring 2012 from a place with quick turnover. $15 something.

A - Black. Thin cap of tan head.

S - Chocolate, sweet malty bready malt, coffee, leather, faint wood, maybe a little whiskey? Very nice. Almost cognac nice.

T - Nice, coffee, fruity. Bitter unsweet chocolate transitioning into wood. The wood only becomes noticeable in the aftertaste and is subtle. The booze packs a seemingly disproportionate punch but is noticeable only on the exhale. I could light it. In the warm dregs at the end is where I perceive the most whiskey. Not so assertive as to be distracting. Nice.

M - Maybe the thickest and most viscous I've ever had. Pulls in like pudding. Yet somehow carbonation is still noticeable. What an interesting texture. Feels divine.

O - Fantastic. If I could add anything, it might be a touch of ash/char to give it one more note of complexity and sharpness against the thick sweet elements but it's pretty great as is, and the wood at the end does that to a degree.

BrownNut, Jun 13, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

kspongeworthy, Jun 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BWHD, Jun 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

BdubleEdubleRUN, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think its batch 4 (Black Cap). Poured from bottle into flute. Pours a pitch black color, a bit of deep brow/tan head and some lacing. Smells of very roasted malts, a bit of coffee, and a small amount of sweet milky sugars. Taste is really nice...roasted woody malts, a tad of chocolate with some hidden boozey vanilla and oaky notes on the finish. Really nice RIS, surprisingly nice since I wasnt a fan of other Hoppin Frog brews. Worth a try, but it is a bit pricey at around $20 bottle.

DrinkSlurm, Jun 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

xdefeatsy, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS Snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. 1finger deep mocha head. Decent amounts of lacing and retention.

S: Smells of Oak, Bourbon/Whiskey, Vanilla, Coffee and some chocolate. None are more overpowering all are subtle.

T: Bourbon/Whiskey and Oak on the tongue, followed by delicious creamy vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Hint of burn as it travels down.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Outstanding BA IRS. The flavors work extremely well in this. Nothing is overpowering, but you can definitely taste the details in all of it. FYI, This was a green cap but some say they are re-using colored caps.. no idea how old this guy is.

WesM63, Jun 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

klipper, Jun 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

jwat, Jun 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

scubahood, May 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

funkel81, May 23, 2012
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4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 2 (green cap) poured into my Southampton RIS Snifter.

A: Black with a two finger dark tan head that receded to a thin ring of film around the glass.

S: The nose is full of bourbon like qualities from the barrel aging; tons of vanilla, oak, and spicy bourbon. Faint notes of bakers chocolate are also noticeable.

T: The front of the mouth is filled with oats, caramel, faint toffee notes and bitter dark chocolate; these flavors push forward toward the middle of the mouth and are rounded out with notes of vanilla and oak out the back.

M: Lightly carbonation and a full body. Quite smooth, as expected from the oatmeal.

O: This is a fine example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout. The taste is on point. The only flaw (if you even want to call it a flaw) is the overwhelming barrel quality that dominates the nose. Definitely worth the price tag. I may even want to snag a few more of these to age.

xenjoiii, May 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

bbes347, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

TimP2115, May 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7%

monitorpop, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -30.2%

TimH, May 19, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap is yellow or gold... Pretty basic looking cap so I have no idea if this is a fake bottle or what the deal is. No other freshness dating.

A= The pour is very similar to the regular Boris only the head seems to stick around a tad bit longer. A nice deep black color with a thin brown head on it that falls to a lively ring around the glass.

S= The smell on this one if totally dominate barrel odor. Tons of oak and vanilla in it I can actually make out some barrel aromas from a ways away from the glass. Nice malty sweetness that actually sort of reminds me of butterscoth or toffee in the nose.

T= The regular Boris I found to be lacking a bit of complexity. A great beer but not at the outstanding level some RIS can be. This on the other hand takes it and makes a great basic RIS among the elite in complexity. Tons of the familiar barrel notes in it with vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, bourbon, ect. as well as the super smooth roasty flavor of the regualar Boris.

M= Rich and velvety. Luxury.

O= This takes what is a great RIS in Boris and moves it to the elite class. Barrel aging doesn't always work. Boris is just complex enough to make it work perfectly. Barrel aging this beer didn't muddle a bunch of flavors but enhanced them. I'm usually not one to do crazy about barrel aging but this is a fine example of it being done right.

jjanega08, May 16, 2012
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

brealbg, May 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

C2H5, May 14, 2012
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,975 ratings.