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

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 258
Gots: 658 | FT: 69
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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
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Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DevilsCups
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Bottled 22oz into a DFH Chalice.

A - Perfect RIS appearance. Pitch black body with an amazingly dark brown head. Lasts forever.

S - Awesome bourbon notes with a backbone of roasted malts and coffee. Bourbon is complimentary and not overwhelming. Everything works together wonderfully.

T - Just like the aroma. Big bourbon and toffee notes with a roasted malt rear. Woodiness and oh-so-slight alcohol burn in the rear end. The bourbon notes are incredibly smooth in the taste.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel. Carbonated just right with a perfect mouth coating. This beer is effing huge. Thick, chewy and silky smooth.

O - One of my absolute favorite barrel aged stouts. Right up there with KBS for me, and more accessible. Expensive, but it makes up for it in quality and availability. Make the splurge and try it once. I guarantee you'll want more.

Photo of robieobie1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

This has a yellow or gold cap, so I don't know what batch it is, can't find a bottled date. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. This pours a motor oil thick, pitch black with a small short lived mocha head (I did a very aggressive pour also). The smells are highly of bourbon, very nice a little alcohol and dark roasted malts. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is good, a nice mellow bourbon flavor, dark roasted malts, some nice bitterness, dark chocolate, strong coffee/espresso. This is good, not quite as amazing as black ops though.

Photo of sludgegnome
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of thecheapies
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BA B.O.R.I.S. poured like motor oil into my snifter. Jet black with a brown head of a mere half-an-inch that heaved quickly to a just a ring. Looks big-bodied and viscous. Would have liked to have seen some foam on top. Lacing seems damn impossible at this point. I do have to add, this beer has some big hairy legs. Coats the glass as it wavers.

Initial nose gives me that sweet bourbon character, vanilla sweet and oaky smooth. Nothing sickly or face-slapping, although it does overshadow the roasted malts and any hops that were used. There's a definite chocolate syrup aroma that drowns in liquory flavors. Good bit of heat on this one. Faint licorice in the background.

First sip is wonderful. That bourbon hit melts away into dark chocolate bitter/sweetness and heavy malt richness. So chewy from the oatmeal. This body is outstanding; drinks like egg nog! The licorice is back with a twinge of espresso and the hops have surfaced. Nice leafy bitterness that stands alone from the black grain char. There's a smooth quality to the oak barrel that tells me this beer was tempered well and bottled after an appropriate amount of time in the aging vessel. There is still some sweetness in the finish, and it can't be helped. This beer smears all over your upper lip and coats the mouth. The carbonation is lacking, but at 9.4%, it's excusable.

A great barrel aged stout. Highly recommended. And, very happy I snagged an extra bottle.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of leschkie
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of Auslander, thanks for this gem Chris! Pours motor oil viscous with a super small brown head. No retention and lacing, obviously.

Smells like Raisinettes soaked in vanilla vodka...in a good way. I only get light woodiness from the barrel treatment, but it smells better than regular B.O.R.I.S. me thinks.

I think the oatmeal smoothness and mouthfeel shines better here. A nice complimenting fruit/chocolate aspect that seems smoother than the regular and even the aged B.O.R.I.S. that is nicely balanced by a big, drying alcohol presence. The wood is nice, not overly bold, but adds a nice layer of depth. It seems the overall scores for the BAL and non-BAL are about the same, but I think the barrel aged version is slightly superior to the ‘aged’ offering. Tasty stuff here!

Photo of mconz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of shangwang
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Dan25D
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of amcmaho1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Infamous7100
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, viscosity of oil, no head at all. Intriguing.
S: butter, vanilla, booze, some oak. Ironically, the roasted malt and coffee notes are kind of muted by the bourbon overtones.
T: very close to the nose. Sweet notes of vanilla up front accompanied by a boozy taste. The roasted malts step up here and do well to balance the sweetness. At the back, some hoppy bitterness comes into play. Nice.
M: Low to medium carbonation. Slick, but chewy. A nicely balanced aftertaste of booze, hops and coffee.
O: An outstanding brew. Maybe just a bit over the top with the bourbon, but a great imperial stout and an interesting take on the style. Expenisve, but worth a try for sure.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to CBS Snifter. 2011 Vintage.

A - Thick inky dark black pour with a small amount of medium brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big chocolate aroma up front with some dark fruit that give way to bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas.

T - Bourbon up front with hints of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Big chocolate flavours with some lighter dark fruit notes and a touch of brown sugar from the base beer. A remarkable balance of the base beer and the barrel aging.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

Photo of hilgart1
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of cynical1027
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Ultraman9000
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green cap. Poured into a snifter.

A: BLACK, BLACK, BLACK! There is no seeing through this one. There's 1 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly. A layer of film clings to the glass with sparse lacing. I'm loving it!

N: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, deep roasted barley, caramel, deep roasted almonds and only the faintest of bourbon and oak.

T: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pecans and cherry cordial upfront. Mid-palate brings in deep roasted barley, coffee grounds, chocolate covered raisins, a hint of coconut and something slightly tangy...apricot? Finishes with dry oak, molasses, charred chocolate, notes of espresso, another layer of vanilla and the subtlest of sweet bourbon.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming, sticky and dry.

O: Oh yeah...beautifully complex and has everything right going for it. Top notch Barrel Aged RIS! Incredibly smooth with no alcohol presence.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured black with a solid chocolate head. The head fell to a respectable skim for the duration with minimal lacing.

S: Bourbon jumps right out with a good sampling of vanilla sweetness. Enough roasted malt with chocolate and a bit of smoke.

T: Vanilla and charred oak out of the gate flow nicely into a solid roasted malt profile with dark flavors of chocolate, smoke and maybe a little burnt molasses. Its like oatmeal by the campfire. The bourbon starts light and early and waxes then wanes as the drink finishes. The finish is dark and clean with a hint of oats and raisin.

M: Seems a bit thin for the brew. It surprised me, but the feel was velvety and medium.

O: Great beer with a lot of the dark roasty notes that I like paired with bourbon barrel aging. Happy to drink it again and again. Think it would fair well head to head against some bigger name brews.

Photo of clarkw42
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium tulip. Appearance is very black with the low carbonation of a B.A. beer and a thin tan head that quickly dissipates. Nose has strong bourbon and roasty notes, some chocolate, faint vanilla, and a woody touch to it as well. It really is a great smelling beer.

There is a faint, malty, vanilla-like sweetness in the front of the tongue, followed by big whiskey, chocolate, coffee, and roasted notes at mid-palate. The alcohol makes its presence known, but in this beer I find it nice and warming and not at all boozy. It's a bit rough around the edges and has a fair amount of character. The low carbonation gives the beer a slick, oily-like feel.

Despite the barrel-aging, this beer maintains the big bitter roasted notes of the original BORIS. The barrel-aging was enough to impart some complementary characteristics to the beer's flavor profile, but not enough to sweeten the beer substantially or compromise the complexity of the flavor. I especially like that little bit of heat that you get from the alcohol. I hope it doesn't fade too much with age. The beer is not as drinkable as say, CBS, but it is a wonderful sipper and a worthwhile companion on a snowy night. I will definitely buy this again, especially since it's not very difficult for me to get.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of chilly460
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pitch black with an abundant head, chocolate in color. Half inch of head sticks around pretty well to a thin cap on the beer, some spotty lacing stays behind. Simply put, this is what I think of when I think of what a RIS should look like.

S - Bigtime bourbon notes hit first, as you'd expect. Nice sweet/smoky booze, very enjoyable. Pick up plenty of vanilla as well, integrated with the deep roast backbone of this beer. Plenty of sweet chocolate as well, this is one happy smelling beer.

T - I'm not one that likes a deep roasted stout, and I feel the BA does a huge service to this beer. It integrates a solid, but bitter, beer in BORIS with the sweetness and other benefits of the BA to make a great beer. Sweet vanilla hits first, along with distinct oak. Then it blends with that deep roast, to tune it down a bit, and results in an awesome roasted flavors with plenty of depth to accompany the vanilla/oak tones. The booze on this one is fully integrated, never got any "hot" flavors, just moves along to the lighter chocolate tones and finish.

M - Quite good, thick and velvety as I'd want it in a big BA stout.

O - So happy to finally try this one. Kind of "meh" on BORIS, but the BA does so much for this beer and puts it into the exceptional category for me. Complexity, big flavors perfectly integrated, balance...it does everything well.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.