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

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Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 242
Gots: 624 | FT: 71
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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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kk73

Hawaii

3.83/5  rDev -10.9%

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass. Green cap batch #3. Thanks to Wisconsinality for this bottle.

A - Pours a dark black with a reddish hue around the edges when held up to the light. Smallish caramel colored head that quickly subsides into a ring around the glass.

S - Smells of molasses, dark fruits, vanilla, with a touch of bourbon on the nose.

T - Taste follows the nose, with some of that alcohol bourbon heat. This one is pretty sweet, and chocolatey, not much of that fresh roasted coffee taste Ive come to love in an RIS. Finish is fruity and spicy.

M - Ive never had the beer before, but imo a touch on the thin side for the style. Still smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Some mouth coating stickiness.

O - My first beer from Hoppin' Frog, is a good one. Not mind blowing, but a solid beer for the style. No problem finishing this bomber by myself.

04-27-2011 08:14:30 | More by kk73
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

Green cap batch 3.

A- Pours a lifeless black with a very thin chocolate brown head that dissipates pretty quickly.

S- Roasted malts and vanilla, the barrels have definitely made their mark here, it smells like a shot glass of bourbon.

T- A blend of chocolate and roasted coffee with substantial whiskey flavors, the alcohol is very warming and also has some fruitiness to it. Finishes with roasted malts and a tobacco hop flavor. The alcohol is pretty powerful but I think it actually works very well, the whiskey definitely balances the sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, creamy from the oatmeal. Carbonation is low, slightly chewy.

O- I really like this beer and am impressed with how well the whiskey and roasted malts complement each other. This is an aggressive beer though and definitely a sipper.

04-24-2011 06:03:49 | More by WillCarrera
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Franz4

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, reviewed from notes

A- good looking stout, pours thick and crude-like.

S- I thought the nose was great, all the roastiness of the base beer with the added dimension from the barrel. Lately I've noticed a overly evident graininess in some barrel aged versions, but this one kept that from being an issue.

T- Very good here, but I think the barrel actually took a bit away from the base beer in this area, not sure what it was, but I preferred the base to this version.

M- Still drinks very smooth, abv is present, but not overpowering. Feel was slick with a nice full finish.

O- Nice RIS, as I mentioned I think I preferred the base beer, but this one was well crafted and was a joy to drink as well. I'm glad I was able to do a side by side with both versions.

04-23-2011 04:27:16 | More by Franz4
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argock

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date, but poured form a Gold Cap bottle. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $18.19.

A: Black with 1-finger beige head that hangs in there pretty well with no appreciable lacing.

S: The aroma is very fine with vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes melding delicately with raising, and brown sugar notes. The hoppiness is decidedly earthy and tobacco. Alcohol is a nostril singer but not over the top.

T: The flavor is more coffee and chocolate inspired than the aroma lets on. The bourbon is fairly prominent but not dominant in the flavor and adds a nice dimension, but it covers the sweetness pretty dramatically compared to regular BORIS. The hoppiness is significant and lends a big herbal, earthy, tobacco note to the finish. Alcohol provides some cherry-berry notes. Vanilla is much less of a player in flavor than in aroma.

M: Hoppin Frog knows how to use oats in the mash, without a doubt. The feel is a little bit less than the regular BORIS due to the chalkiness of the bourbon-laced finish.

O: Was this an enjoyable beer? Yes. Was it worth the $18 price tag? No, especially when matched up against Oak Aged Yeti, Expedition Stout, and KBS. I would rather have Expedition, Ten Fidy, or Backwoods Bastard anytime. Why is Hoppin Frog such a gouge-fest - nobody except for Mikkeller prices like them. It's too bad -- if their prices were on par with others -- i.e. $6-8 for an imperial stout -- I would go to them a lot more frequently.

04-19-2011 03:52:12 | More by argock
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%

Appearance - gold cap. If nothing else, HF knows how to put on a top notch pour. It flows out thick and smooth, and forms up a fine deep mocha cap. The cover fades prettly quickly, leaving behind just a scant collar.

Aroma - heavy with roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Excellent resilience.

Taste - excellent sweetness from the intense malt. Lots of roast to work with. Espresso and dark chocolate as expected. The barrel notes are light. A touch smoky, it's more of a nuance than a flavor element. A nice component to an already stellar beer. I do pick up more wood presence as this warms up. Ends with a smooth but notable abv warmth. El kabong.

Mouthfeel - ultra smooth, big and bold. It's the bees knees.

Drinkability - outstanding beer, always welcome in these parts.

04-19-2011 01:39:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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jjayjaye

New York

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

One of the Silver Cap Batches. An aggressive pour opaque as motor oil with slightly shallower than a finger loose dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind stringy patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is a nice full mix of chocolate bourbon vanilla that comes across with suggestive black licorice notes. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, almost flat and lingers slightly less than anticipated. Its not watery, but it doesn't coat like i thought it might. I enjoy the flavor, but its not screaming at me (4.25). Between the mouth and the taste it leaves me wanting. Overall, a very nice beverage. The 9.4% ABV is well hidden. I've had this one around a while...Cheers.

Jan 2012 - Green Cap version
A bunch more going on in the mouth and texture and the barrel aged character pops out. The flavor seems more substantial and there is significantly more of a roasted licorice expression that lingers NICELY in the aftertaste. I'm a whole lot more impressed.

04-17-2011 00:49:48 | More by jjayjaye
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Gosox8787

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle opened for Game 1 of the Bruins playoffs. Poured into a Cigar City tulip glass and sipped throughout the game. Batch 5, Red Cap.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in color. Not much head on the pour and no retention.

Aroma: Really deep roasted notes, a touch of whiskey, espresso, and dark cherries. The char and roasted malt notes are almost too overpowering. I was expecting a lot higher level of sweetness.

Taste: The burnt, roasted character is definitely strong here too. I am finding it a bit too bitter to really enjoy. Whiskey notes are definitely present, but really light. And there is the cherry note again. It's actually really heavy and functions as the only really sweeet counterpoint to the char. It doesn't mix great with the rest of the notes though.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a touch chewy. A bit thiner than I would like from a barrel aged stout.

Overall, an interesting barrel aged stout, but fell way short of my expectations. The price tag didn't help either. The cherry note just didn't match eerything else for me and the smoke and roasted malt notes were bitter and unpleasant at times. Not a bad beer, but definitely on the lower end of the spectrum for the style (barrel aged stout) and way too pricey. Will not buy again.

04-15-2011 14:05:35 | More by Gosox8787
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Dubber55

New York

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Gold cap

Into a Founders snifter, pours a thick, viscous pitch black with 1 finger dark mocha head, some spotty lacing on the glass. Looks very good.

The barrel aging is evident in the aroma- lots of charred american oak, some coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel and plenty of booze. Really nice.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. The first thing I notice is lots of cocoa powder and chocolate fudge. Then I taste plenty of vanilla, coconut, graham cracker, oak, roast coffee, booze, and molasses. The finish has a nice hop bitterness which helps to balance out some of the sweeter elements of this beer.

Thick, viscous body. Slick, oily, creamy. Must be from the oatmeal-very nice. Light carbonation but appropriate for the style

Very complex- lots of different flavors that all mesh together very nicely. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. Excellent!

7/8/11

Gold cap

Lots of bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, plenty of char and roasted malts. Bitterness from the hops in the finish. Pretty boozy as well. I don't taste any coconut or molasses. The sweet flavors are overpowered by the booze. More one dimensional this time. Still very good though.

04-14-2011 01:36:55 | More by Dubber55
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BarrelO

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black body with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

S: Chocolate, alcohol, and I think cinnamon. Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms up.

T: Intensely sweet and alcoholic, kind of like a chocolate liqueur. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, and spices. Also plenty of alcohol burn. Aftertaste is somewhat fruity.

M: Thick and sludgy, just the way a big stout should be.

D: Regular BORIS is one of my favorite imperial stouts, so I was eager to give this a try. Unfortunately, I think that the barrel aging not only doesn't improve upon the core product, it actually detracts from it. This may not be the case after it's had some time to age and come together. But for the time being, I prefer the original.

04-08-2011 07:07:03 | More by BarrelO
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comfortablynumb1

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Big thanks to brees6221 for this one...

Poured from a bomber into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, and there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Smell is pretty docile. All I pick up is Chocolate and Bourbon...

T - Chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon comes through in the finish. Tasty...

M - Rich and creamy with next to no carbonation...

O - Not my favorite from the style, but still solid. Think I might perfer the regular version a little more, but still glad I got a chance to try this one...

Cheers...

04-07-2011 00:02:07 | More by comfortablynumb1
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Onslow

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

1.
lacking hue and brightness; absorbing light without reflecting any of the rays composing it.
2.
characterized by absence of light; enveloped in darkness: a black night.
3.
Possessing notes of road tar and light whiffs of whiskey, an enjoyable libation.

04-03-2011 19:03:10 | More by Onslow
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jradams76

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured into a pint glass. This poured a rich deep black with hardly any bubbles. Smell is of bourbon with molasses. Taste is of a faint bourbon with nice molasses coffee coating the mouth and tongue. This kinda reminds me of a harsher KBS. Its a good beer and a subtle replacement when your out of KBS. I liked the beer and glad I picked it up to try would buy it again.

04-02-2011 23:35:44 | More by jradams76
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to George for grabbing this at Julio's for me! 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Gold/brass colored cap. No date.

A rough pour turns up .5 inch of dark tan creamy head. Nose is full of charred wood notes, molasses and coffee bean aromas. Palate is big and boozey right off the bat with a faint banana-yeast note way in the background. Flavors are of black coffee, dark maple syrup, molasses, vanilla, brown sugar and a hint of raw honey. Maybe a little dried dates too. Finish is drying and fruity.

Notes: A damn fine beer, although somewhat pricey (~$20). My first Hoppin' Frog experience. Looking forward to the D.O.R.I.S. too!

04-01-2011 04:11:32 | More by SFLpunk
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goalie33

New York

4.45/5  rDev +3.5%

Poured from 22oz bomber into Tulip glass. No best by date on bottle.
A) Pitch black in color with a thick brown head. Leaves lots of lacing on the glass as well as lots of alcohol feet.
S) Big chocolate notes with some subtle bourbon and vanilla notes underneath.
T) Chocolate in the beginning with slight espresso notes underneath. Some bourbon qualities and hints of dark fruit in the finish. Very rich flavor.
M) Very thick, full body. Very slight prickle of carbonation.
O) Very nice beer. PLeasant, but not overpowering aroma, big, rich flavor, and incredible mouthfeel.

03-31-2011 23:14:45 | More by goalie33
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julian

Washington

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%

A: dark, dark black with an incrediblly brown/tan head. It doesn't last long, but a nice swirl of the glass agitates it up nicely.

S: Dark fruits, molasses, booze

T: Some dark fruits, some subtle tropical flavors, roasted barley, and lots of booze. Excellent.

M: Very smooth, creamy, viscous and oily. Coats the throat with ease. Very nice.

O: Very nice. Despite the high alcohol, this drinks very easily and feels great going down. Excellent!

03-27-2011 21:50:25 | More by julian
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%

Silver cap.

Poured into a tulip pint: Buh-lack. A finger of mocha head with a little pink tingue with drops to a medium collar & just a wisp across the surface.

Smell is capital-N-Nice! Roasty & chocolatey tones, not too thick, but backed by an oak & alcohol character that carries with it some dark fruits - plum & a little raisin. Very good, not quite as rich as some I've had, but damn good nonetheless.

Whoa - great taste. A little coffee roastness, some dark chocolate, a kind of milky vanilla. The fruits are not nearly as present as they were in the smell, but they're there. There's that pinch of alcohol & woody, banana-ish oak flavor. Very well-rounded & balanced, smooth.

Mouthfeel is great - silky smooth, almost a cask-like feel. Just a little prick of booze in the finish, but otherwise so easy.

Bold flavor that's not overwhelming, doesn't tip in any direction too drastically. This is good stuff. The alcohol's pleasantly present but not too powerful or hot. I gotta say, for it's strength, this is one easy drinker.

EDIT: Booze started out fairly subtle, but has really grown in strength with some warming, making this a little more formidable than previously felt. Still some great flavors, but knocks down the overall & taste a little.

03-26-2011 23:40:03 | More by OneDropSoup
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

From the first bottling run. Much thanks to Deuane for bringing a few of these back from OH for me. Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my tulip. The stout appears a nearly pitch black color with a healthy two fingers of creamy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of deep roasted grains, both dark and bittersweet chocolates at varying degrees of intensity, raisins, prunes, a good amount of sweetness, almost too much at times. I recall reading that this particular batch only spent a few (3-4?) months in the barrels and it shows. Bourbon notes are mild, but certainly present. This one is quite viscous with medium carbonation. The bubbles help to cut through the richness. This is, without a doubt, a sipper for sure. Glad I got into it while it's still chilly out. Thanks again D!

03-25-2011 03:24:12 | More by ClockworkOrange
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mavbrew

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +4%

Batch 5, served in Duck Rabbit snifter.

A: The pour is an ink color with a dark mocha colored head that slowly dissipates with slight lacing.

S: The smell has a definite whiskey aroma, pretty strong, very delightful. There is also a big roasted scent with hints of vanilla and maybe even some coffee beans.

T: Taste has a bit of the whiskey taste up front, as expected being aged in Whiskey Barrels but this is quickly followed by some dark fruits and a bit of the vanilla in the finish.

M: Full bodied with average carbonation. Very thick and creamy feel.

D: This is an excellent beer, my first Hoppin' Frog and I can't wait for my next one. For 9.4% ABV it is very smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. There is nice flavor with the whiskey and a bit of sweetness, very well balanced. I'd say this is a must try.

03-25-2011 00:11:47 | More by mavbrew
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alli4051

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

22oz bottle with a gold cap, not sure what batch that might be, poured into a nonic.

Pours that nice "used motor oil" black that I love about the style, needed an aggressive pour to get almost a finger's worth of head. Head is a nice brown sugar and dissipates quickly leaving a faint webbing on top. Nose is definitely whiskey and alcohol with some oaty notes. Taste is dark fruits, caramel, and maybe some vanilla. Whiskey is definitely there too but is very mellow. The alcohol isn't anywhere near as hot as I thought it would be given it's prominence in the nose. Definitely full bodied but doesn't leave an overly sticky or cloying finish, which is nice. Went out of my way a bit to pick this one up and I am glad I did. The only disappointment I have is that there was a one bottle limit.

03-20-2011 15:30:10 | More by alli4051
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youradhere

Arkansas

3.35/5  rDev -22.1%

Green cap. Pours black with a small tan head, carbonation crackles and dissipates the head in a quick fashion. Smells of bourbon and toffee, a little bit of vinous notes. Taste is smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which amplifies the bourbon flavors. High carbonation, lil bit of alcohol burn. Not a too smooth a sipper, but I'll drink it, I will!

03-19-2011 04:20:59 | More by youradhere
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fastsrt

New York

4.6/5  rDev +7%

22 ounce bottle in a snifter. with a sliver cap.

A: black, creamy head, nice lace,

S: whisky, coffee,

T: wow, this is regular boris with a improved complexity, well done the whisky is spot on.

M: creamy, with amazing body.

D: went down smooth, liked it more than the regular one.

03-14-2011 23:27:39 | More by fastsrt
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

poured into a snifter glass. bottle has a red cap, so this would be batch 5.

Appearance: dark black body and creamy tan head with small head that dissolves into a thin ring around outside of glass.

Smell: Wiskey, vanilla and raisins.

Taste: This beer has a really strong whiskey flavor that stays through the taste thoughout the middle and even some of the end of the beer. Sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark fruits. Has a wine like vinous, acidic, and bitter aftertaste. Then comes the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Low carbonation. It is a very smooth beer.

Drinkability: This beer is a big beer with alot of flavors. It is still very drinkable for this style.

Overall: The beer reminds me of Dark Lord that drinks easier and is not as big as a 16% stout, but it has all the flavors. i still like Dark Lord better, but it really gives it a run for the money when considering the ease of getting this beer compared to Dark Lord. Good surprise and quite enjoyable. Better than i expected!

03-11-2011 05:30:15 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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LambicLady

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

BIF from Robwestcott. The green cap warmed for about 20 minutes from the beer fridge after pouring into a 22oz into a snifter.

A-Beer was thick and black with a 1 finger brown foamy head. The lacing was light and carbonation was low.

S-It smells of raisin, vanilla, and whiskey but not too much oak. Alchohol is very noticeable.

T-Just like the smell the beer has a strong whiskey taste at the beginning with raisins and sweet molasses. Lingers with bitter chocolate toasted barley.

M- Light syrup and a creamy finish is what lingers in the mouth. Warmness on the tongue
and throat.

D- Sip slowly as it tastes every bit of the 9.4%. Nice as a nightcap on a cold blustery night. Would look for this beer again.

Would pair nice with some Vanilla wafers or vanilla bean ice cream.

03-04-2011 04:07:13 | More by LambicLady
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metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin tan head that almost instantaneously dissipated leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are strong aromas of whiskey in the nose from the barrel aging.
T: The taste is quite rich and has flavors of bittersweet chocolate, coffee beans and roasted malts. Notes of alcohol become evident in the finish as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied and a bit thin on the palate with a low amount of carbonation. There is a moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.
D: The beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is relatively well masked and the flavors of whiskey are well incorporated into the taste.

03-01-2011 03:19:57 | More by metter98
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

22oz bottle with a gold cap...whatever that means...

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A thin layer of dark mocha foam settled on top of a black, oil-thick body. The head vanished almost instantly, no lace.

The nose is much weaker than I anticipated...small amounts of roasted malts, coffee and whiskey.

Good...the taste is a far cry from the weak nose. Starts off with a roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to the booziness of wood and whiskey. The finish is cherries, coffee and tons of boooze. The best part of the taste comes in the after taste once the alcohol burn fades...dark chocolate and rich coffee beans.

The mouth feel is thick and rich, tounge coatingly oily with moderate carbonation.

This is an extremely complex beer...rich in flavor and body...the booze keeps this down a little...seems much stronger than the advertised 9.4%. Another winner from Fred and the frog crew!

02-25-2011 01:03:10 | More by mgbickel
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.