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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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Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex dark ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon, black grapes, raisins, caramel, buttercream candies, dark chocolate truffles...man, intense ride here.
Taste is of the aromas with a superb complex blend of cocoa, sea salted caramels, dark cocoa truffles, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and the obvious bourbon blend. As a bourbon fan - this is outrageous.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, syrupy, slick in the finish, with a boozy finish that screams, "hope this is a nightcap, bitch!". That it is. Loving it! Well done.

weeare138, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of davidbowers13
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

davidbowers13, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of larsenju
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

larsenju, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely pitch black. Pour was just like Marshal Zhukov, thick and viscous. Minimal carbonation produces a tiny ring for a head. Whats there is caramel colored.

Smell is full of wood and bourbon. Licorice, plums, and a slight sweetness are mixed in somewhere.

My lord its full bodied and boozy. Kind of reminds me of BA Siberian Night (I mean they are made in the same town and everything). Lots of roasted malts. Slight hints of vanilla are present as well. The syrupy, oak-laden liquid (if you have to call it that), coats your tongue all the way through to you stomach. It leaves that roasty malt and oak feeling. It has the oak presence of Fullsteam Igor, but the body of Marshal Zhukov.

What I really like about it is that the booze is really accented by loads of chocolate. Dark chocolate leaves a nice bitter feeling, while milk chocolate imparts a creamy smoothness. Who would have thought that chocolate, bourbon, and oak go well together?

VncentLIFE, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of muletrane
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

muletrane, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of colts9016
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Since it is Christmas Eve, I will pull something out of the cellar to enjoy while I wait for the bearded fat man to show up.This beer has the green cap and has been in my cellar for a while. Poured into a pint glass at 50 degree.

Appearance: A one finger head that is dark brown and is foamy, creamy, and soft. The head has fair retention and so far has not left any lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is dark brown, like burnt motor oil. The clarity is opaque, frankly look like the black hole. This beer looks great a typical RIS.

Nose: A very rich, dark, deep, complex roast on the malt with caramel, burnt, chocolate, toasty and biscuit notes. The barrel age on the beer gives a solvent like aroma with vanilla, oak, phenols, and a sweetness. Other aromas include floral, citrus, raisins, coffee, yeast, and anise.

Taste: The flavors in the beer start with the deep complex roast on the malt with caramel, burnt, chocolate, toasty, and biscuit notes. Other flavors include floral, citrus, vanilla, pine, phenols, solvents, espresso, raisins and yeast. Subtle hints of anise, molasses, and oatmeal.

The mouth feel of the beer is astringent, coating, warming, and chewy.

Overall: The body of the beer is thick and rich, and the finish is full. This is the reason why I love Russian Imperial Stouts the flavors are complex, rich, and very flavorful. This beer near perfect in flavor. I really cannot find much wrong with the beer, the only thing that I would have like to seen was a further refinement in the flavor. I am being picky and should have left it in the cellar; nonetheless, it is a very good beer and should not be over looked.

colts9016, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of durwood64
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

durwood64, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of raymo55
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

raymo55, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of jrohrbacher
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

jrohrbacher, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of KEL
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

KEL, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of fehrminator
4/5  rDev -7%

fehrminator, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of Blanco
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tiny difficult to achieve head. Bourbon and vanilla in the nose. The alcohol presence is strong, making it difficult to pick up a lot more. I'm surprised I could even get the vanilla in there. Taste is much smoother than the smell. The bourbon and vanilla are their, but much more tame (in a good way). A decent bit of chocolate comes through, with a hint of coffee. Mouthfeel is great. Thick yet silky smooth, the way it coats the tongue is a strong quality in this brew. Overall, very nice barre-aged offering. I didn't do a side-by-side but I like this better than regular B.O.R.I.S. While the smell was a bit much, the taste more than makes up for it.

Blanco, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of redblacks75
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

redblacks75, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of jegross2
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery.
Score: 90

Appearance: Pours a pitch black, opaque color with a half finger of coffee-mocha colored head that settles into a ring around the glass. Average lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Vanilla and red grape sweetness at first. Some bourbon. Vanilla shortbread cookies and unsweetened chocolate. Figs, cherries and dark fruit. Black coffee and raw chocolate. 4/5

Taste: Sweet chocolate upfront with slight hoppy bitterness. Figs, raisins and dark fruit on the mid-palate. Then I get oats. A little tobacco, hints of marshmallow as the beer layers. Raisins and bourbon in the finish. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Not quite full bodied, but close to it, oily and creamy. Minimal carbonation. A little alcohol warming in the finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid, enjoyable brew -- one certainly worth trying. Lots of robust stout flavors and pretty balanced for a 9.4% ABV beer. Very overpriced at $18 a bottle, however.

Recommendation: An excellent Russian Imperial-style Oatmeal Stout that beer geeks should seek out at some point in their beer journey. Might be a little bourbon-forward for casual beer drinkers, however.

Pairings: Heavy, dark chocolate cake or a thick, well-aged steak.

Cost: $17.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

jegross2, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

ADTaber, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of hippityhops85
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into snifter. Shared with friends. Review from notes.

Pours a pitch black with a minimal dark brown head that quickly dissipates down leaving just a ring around the circumference of the glass.

The nose has tons of whiskey/vanilla notes on it as well as dark fruits, tobacco, lingering sweetness. The whiskey notes come across more like a rye than a bourbon.

The taste is much of the same: whiskey, vanilla, tobacco, very slight dark fruits, toasted malts. The whiskey and vanilla dominate the profile but are not over whelming, although close.

Huge, thick mouth feel on this bad boy. Nice carbonation. Poor retention. Very heavy bodied.

And enjoyable brew for sure but one I would only want a few ounces of. Enjoy and share with friends. Recommended.

hippityhops85, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of kenpo23
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kenpo23, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of Lerxst
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gold cap 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A-Pours black, no light showing through. A vigorous pour produces a half a finger of coffee colored head that fades fast.

S-Whiskey hits the nose first. Some roasty malt/oats come in along with some vanilla and oak. Hints of coffee and chocolate show up as well.

T-Whiskey is noticeable but not overwhelming. Bakers chocolate, roasted malt/oats, hints of coffee, vanilla, dark fruit.

M-I can't say this is full bodied, but it's almost there. Carb level is relatively low which is fitting of this beer. It is creamy and coating.

O-I enjoyed this one but it didn't blow my mind or anything. It's a good beer, but I don't think it stands up to the better bal-aged stouts out there.

Once again I wish there was a " value" category. This was a good beer, but not worth $16 a bottle. Glad I tried it, but I wouldn't buy it again at that cost. If this was a $7 bomber I'd pick it up again.

Lerxst, Dec 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7%

PthPndr, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of 2dogbrew
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

2dogbrew, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +16.3%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Harvey98
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Harvey98, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev -7%

bmoney, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CardShark
5/5  rDev +16.3%

CardShark, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +16.3%

UNCCTDawg, Dec 15, 2011
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,975 ratings.