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

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Ratings: 2,122
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 258
Gots: 659 | FT: 71
Brewed by:
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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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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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%

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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%

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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.

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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.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of AndyTaylor
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Poured a thick, dense black color with motor-oil consistency from a 22 oz bomber, with ABV on the label. No sign of bottling date.
Absolutely no light penetration whatsoever.

Thin dark tan/mocha colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Aroma is just fantastic, lots of bourbon notes intermingling with cocoa, chocolate, coffee, charred wood, vanilla and some alcohol.

Wow, this is just so smooth and silky on the palate. Lots of bourbon character on the surface of the coating, with the thick, dense syrupy stout making for a nice base. If I were to relate the feeling, it would be looking at a tar road and seeing the vapors rising. The black dark stout on the surface of the tongue with warm bourbon vapors. Even though the aroma is all bourbon, the stout holds it's own in the taste. Wood characters are evident upfront, with nice subtle dark chocolate/coffee bitterness towards the finish. There is a hint of oatmeal sweetness in the middle, which disappears quickly.

Very good mouthfeel and drinkability. Just an all round solid barrel aged stout. This is an absolute must for those who enjoy barrel aged stouts. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Cistem
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of zhanson88
3.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in Feb. 2010.

Appearance: Pours out completely black; no light shines through the glass at all. A thin cap of fizzy mocha head forms that doesn't last long. Color and legs are decent, but the head retention and lacing aren't that good. Almost seems low on carbonation.

Smell: Light cocoa notes, vanilla, oak, and bourbon character. Smells pretty standard for a -bal aged stout. Pretty good.

Taste: Some milk chocolate and bitter dark chocolate, as well as heavy vanilla and oak. The bourbon presence is still pretty hot, even after nearly 2 years in the bottle. It really dominates the back end, probably a bit too much. Overpowers the other elements.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Mouthfeel is medium-full, with very little carbonation. Slick in the mouth and needs more carbonation. Overall, a pretty decent barrel aged stout. A bit better bourbon integration and more carbonation would have gone a long way for me.

Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with hardly any head at all. A tan, caramel color froth was thin and only covered 1/4 of the glass. A very thin ring of lacing remains.

S - Bodacious bourbon and booze scents with notes of fig & raisin. Very pleasant.

T - Wow. Incredible taste. Bourbon and booze for sure but the booze was not overpowering. Some dark chocolate, figs, and a creamy coffee taste as well. Just a great mixture of flavors here.

M - Smooth with mild/medium carbonation. Coats the tongue and mouth well but doesn't stick. Just leaves a tease of flavors after consumption.

O - An awesome stout. Highly recommend this frog brew.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,122 ratings.