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

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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 260
Gots: 662 | FT: 70
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
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Ratings: 2,150 | Reviews: 579
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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green cap batch!

A: motor oil, 'natch - what head? Still, like a dead black lake.

S: chocolate, whisky barrels, molasses

T: chocolate, whiskey barrels, molasses; but then: licorice/anise, vanilla, more of a bourbon taste - honestly, very typical RIS flavors - sweet more than dry

M: full-bodied, no carbonation, sticky, but very smooth, silky, and slick

O: a similar beer to their DORIS (other than a pumpkin ale, my only Hoppin' Frog beers) - and equally good (hope I rated them similarly). Anyone who likes stouts - especially the strong RIS-type - needs to give this a try.

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4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$15.69, gold cap 22oz. poured into dogfish head snifter

a- pours an oily, jet black, with a thick coffee head that thins out a ring around the glass and some reddish tints. little lacing to none. looks pretty still.

s- lots of vanilla extract, chocolate, milk chocolate, maybe some licorice

t- lots of chocolate, coffee bitterness, roasted malts, slight woodiness, licorice, slight soy, the whiskey is noticeable, especially in the alcohol warmth.

m- very thick, chewy, medium carbonation- just like like my stouts. a little boozy.

o- i'd very surprised if this was from 2009. if it is, then 3yrs later, this beer still has lots of heat packed into it. i enjoyed it a great deal. i could do without the soy, though.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours with very little head. What’s here is medium dark. Rapidly diminishes to nothing. You can repeat the process with a swirl of the glass. Surprisingly there is a little lace, though short lived.
Pitch black color.

The aroma hits you first with deep rich malt, followed by some dark chocolate and light Bourbon notes with some vanilla scented wood. Hints of dark yeasty bread and as this stout warms a little alcohol kicks in. Lasts. Enjoyable.

Crisp entry on the palate of delicious, viscous, extraordinarily rich malt, followed by vanilla, medium intense mouth drying wood, very distinct exceptionally rich dark unsweetened chocolate and cocoa. As this stout warms, a bit of the alcohol comes out, which I personally find very enjoyable. Very full mouth feel, with excellent acidity and fine carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Exceptional flavor profile.

Long, dry, wood influenced finish. Rich malts and dark chocolate that last forever. The dark chocolate sticks to your mouth like glue. Let’s say it again, viscous!

A very delicious and warming stout. Unbelievably rich!
The barrel ageing seems a little light to me but my tastes do lean towards aggressive wood.
That being said this is an extraordinarily rich brew on the palate with an exceptional finish.
Ridiculously expensive in my area at $22 a bomber, but it was worth trying one.
Recommended, and highly recommended if you can find it at a decent price.

After reading the other posts I have to mention that my bottle also had a "gold" cap, which means what?

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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.

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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%

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