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

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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2,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 258
Gots: 659 | FT: 69
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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4/5  rDev -7%

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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%

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of FoundersFanatic
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- std dark stout color with dark copper head

S- very bourbony and classic stout flavors abound

T- amazing taste! Reminds me very much of CBS from Founders. A complex stout with a very strong bourbon permeation. Just delicious. Very smooth. Boozey bourbon flavor, and you can taste the alcohol at a medium-high amount

M- great mouthfeel. Not too thick or thin, lower amount of carbonation which I appreciate

O- just a fantastic Imperial Stout. The bourbon barrel aging makes this beer amazing and so far is a TOP beer for me. The boozy taste really comes through but isn't ridiculous. And for the price, it's a real winner. Get one if you see it!

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of vic21234
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Double Bastard glass. Pulled from the fridge and sat at room temperature for 30 minutes before opening.

A- Pours pitch black. A small amount of tan colored head quickly fades, with only a slight remainder around the edge of the glass. Lacing around the sides of the glass looks heavy.

S- Bourbon and oakey notes are the most apparent. It also gives off a nice roasty malt smell also, but the bourbon whiskey is most noticeable.

T- Starts off with a nice smooth bite from the bourbon. It overpowers at first but not in a bad way at all. The warming from the alcohol then sets in, which gives way to a nice roasted malt taste. The 60 IBUs are noticeable at the end of the sip, with a nice hop presence to give some balance.

M- Real nice. Smooth with a great warming feeling from the alcohol, yet not too overpowering. This is a thick and chewy RIS.

I have been staring at this one on the shelf at my local liquor store for the past month and I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger. It's a great beer, but the price may be a little high. This barrel aged variant goes for double the price of the regular BORIS.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottel , green cap , poured into my lost abbey glass ,

A: Black as black can be. Nice creamy coffee colored head on the top , nice lacing

S: Huge chocolate, bourbon and oak. A bit of a bite from the alcohol. Smells really nice to me.

T : Big Bourbon and oak flavor up front. Then comes a strong vanilla flavor, and it ends with a nice toasted sweet malt flavor with just a hint of smoke. As this warms the smokey oak really comes out.

M: thick , Creamy and smooth, just a little bite from the alcohol. Very nice.

D: Oh yes. Anytime.. tastes great and is creamy smooth. Definitely something I would drink again.
Very nice beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mtstatebeer
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, green cap (about 3 years old) served in a Great Divide cervoise glass. Pours an opaque black color with a thin light-brown, foamy head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, wood, soy, and licorice. Flavor is chocolate, wood, vanilla, roast, a little bit of citrus, coffee, and a little bit of alcohol. Mouthfeel is full bodied, oily, creamy, with a little bite at the end. Good beer, it would easily last another 3 years.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of r0nyn
4.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my Founders tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover. Gold cap, so I'm assuming one of the 2009 batches.

Completely pitch black in the glass. Pretty sure you'd need one of those fancy NASA radio telescope things to punch through that inky darkness. A quarter-inch thick head the color of milk chocolate quickly dissipates, leaving oozy, spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Looking at the surface of the beer, the legs on this beast are readily apparent as the whorls of brown lace swirl atop a black pool of nothingness. An absolutely picture perfect example of an imperial stout. There's a huge whiskey presence in the nose, readily discerned from the moment you pop the cap on this bad boy. The barrel aging imparts all the right aromas to the beer, from sweet vanilla to hints of oak and dark fruit. There's a definite chocolate component to the smell as well, and it becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Color me excited!

The taste is a melding of everything that is good and right in the world. I almost never give out 5s for taste, but this one just reaches up and grabs it before I have a chance to react. Sweet vanilla greets the tongue, followed by all of the flavors in the nose, and I do mean all of them. Dark fruit and oak are discernible, fusing with the chocolate to create a phenomenal tasting experience. Past the initial barrage of sweetness, the dark chocolate essence takes over. I really haven't tasted this much bittersweet dark chocolate in any other imperial stout I've sampled. As the beer warms, there is some mild whiskey-tinged alcohol that can be detected on the back end, but really only if you're actively looking for it. Any hops that this beer had have exited, as the only bitterness comes from the dark cocoa notes. Finishes on a drying note with equal parts bitter and sweet dancing over the tongue, leaving you wanting more and more. The body is full and well-done, with a pleasing creaminess and a fleeting dash of carbonation on the back end. A little bit more viscosity would have put this beer over the top, but given everything else, I'm not going to complain at all.

The regular B.O.R.I.S. is a wonderful RIS, but put it in whiskey barrels and it becomes a revelation. It's nearly 10% in ABV content, but I had to consciously pace myself in order to keep my wits about me. It's monumentally delicious and deserves the ridiculous score I give it. Simply, utterly, sublimely fantastic in almost every way. Bravo, Hoppin' Frog. Bravo.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter.

A: pours velvety black, glugs into glass like motor oil, minimal head, very little lacing

S: heavy spirit/bourbon component up front, vanilla, dark chocolate, carob, a distinct booziness is very apparent

T: starts sweet and malty, the bourbon mellows out as the flavors take shape, robust chocolate character comes in and pairs nicely with the barrel character, finish is sweet and provides a bit of an oaky finish

MF: thick, low carbonation, velvety texture

O: very nice brew, lots of great barrel character, thinking this could use a little more time to mellow. For what it is... a readily available BA stout, this is for sure worth a try.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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