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

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1,835 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,835
Reviews: 555
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 236
Gots: 609 | FT: 65
Brewed by:
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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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a pitch black that has small brown head. This looks incredibly thick. Smells of vanilla, whiskey, and oatmeal with lots of roasted malt. Flavour has nice amount of bitterness, with some alcohol from the whiskey. Quite smooth and thick mouthfeel. I think I prefer their to the non BA version, but they are both nice.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 23:18:36 | More by kwjd
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of jojmdma. His original box got "lost," so thanks heaps for providing a second box that inculded this gem. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

Note: Batch #2, June 2009. Drunk with one year of age and directly after regular BORIS.

APPEARANCE: Pours really thick and dark out of the bottle. Otherwise, very similar to regular BORIS. An aggressive pour yields a cascading 1+ finger, medium looking dark mocha head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some faint lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Very similar to regular BORIS with a nice, strong presence of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted malts, smoke, dark baker's chocolate, and the oats are very apparent. Slight hints of caramel, tobacco, and coffee notes, with a solid base of bourbon and vanilla from the barrel. A complex nose, and slightly bolder than the non BA version. Nice.

TASTE: Follows regular BORIS exactly, but with a strong, but not overwhelming, presence of bourbon and vanilla. Roasted and smoky malts, dark baker's chocolate and a good dose of oats again. Dark pure chocolate with a nice balance of bitter coffee and sweet caramel on the finish. Oak, with plenty of bourbon and vanilla provide a nice base for the other flavors. Bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted malt and chocolate, with plenty of well-balanced flavor from the barrel. The original BORIS is still there and the barrel plays a great role, meshing well with the other flavors, but not dominating them.

PALATE: Medium-full body, lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, very soft and easy, not bite at all, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Oats do their soft, smooth work here. Same as regular BORIS, but slightly less carbonation.

OVERALL: Fantastic! Just as good of a BA stout as BORIS is a regular imperial stout. Both are very good brews. Being able to try regular BORIS and BA BORIS back to back really gave me a chance to taste how the barrel played a roll here. This is a top notch barrel aged stout; well-worth seeking out and trying. The regular BORIS is still there, but the barrel lends another level of complexity without overpowering the original brew. Lots of great flavors and nuances going on here, and a plenty drinkable brew to boot. I had no trouble finishing the bomber myself. Thanks heaps for this one Jojo.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 11:19:30 | More by Jeffo
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving type - 22 oz bottle

Apperance - Black as night. Creamy thick 1/2 head Some decent lacing.

Smell - Whiskey, Barley, malt and alcohol, some molasses is present giving it a dark fruit, plum/date aroma.

Taste - Starts out with sweet chocolate malts and whiskey. Hops are mixed in there and bring out some bitterness and fruitness. Dark fruits like rasin, plum and dates add some flavor and sweetness. Has a nut and vanilla finish.

Mouthfeel - Its strong, thick and quite the mouth crusher. Tounge gets malts, whiskey, and booze. Palette gets bittered from hops, and numbed from the booze.

Overall - Very nice, even better then regular boris. Rather smooth and balanced, and has some sweetness to add to the strong whiskey and malt kick. This beer is damn close to the greatness that is kbs, try this!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 06:57:38 | More by wvsabbath
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rarbring

Sweden

4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black and has a small brown head. Nearly no lacing but curtains.

The smell is sweet fruits and almonds.

The taste is full of dried fruits, dates and figs, vanilla and almonds, a bit alcohol. Not much bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, a complex oily body.

Interesting how much the barrel aging actually has changed the taste and feel. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 21:14:22 | More by rarbring
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Phelps

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: syrupy. Thick and black, with a tiny mocha-colored head that becomes a ring within seconds and leaves sticky layers of lace.

Smells: interestingly, very little like a barrel-aged beer. Initially, I pick up almost no whiskey notes, though some do finally emerge when the beer closes in on room temperature. What I DO notice: earthy hops, black espresso, dark chocolate, a campfire smokiness and bacon.

Tastes: like straight whiskey. I had to double check that this was actually still a beer in my hand and hadn't been replaced with Jack Daniel's when I wasn't looking. The Flavor's made even odder by the fact that there's very little alcohol burn to accompany it. As it warms, the beer becomes more complex, with notes of peanuts, dark chocolate and toasted bread, but it's still heavily whiskey-forward.

Feels: very thick and creamy. Full-bodied and tongue-numbing, with a sublte carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, but for how high it is it's well-blended.

Drinks: If all whiskeys were once beers, BA BORIS tastes like the missing link. You better like hooch if you want to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 22:53:49 | More by Phelps
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Xul

California

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jcb890 for hooking this up in a trade.

A: Pours a viscous pitch black with a scant layer of mocha colored foam that quickly settles into a ring of lacing.

S: Very well integrated aroma for a barrel aged stout - moderate whiskey character with a little bit more charred oak than usual, along with vanilla, dark chocolate, strong dark fruit notes - dark cherries, plums, and figs - along with some caramel and a bit of bitter coffee.

T: Starts out fairly subdued with some dark malts and oat character, before whiskey notes pop up in the mid-palate with some light booze and vanilla. Semi-sweet chocolate and light coffee come in late, leading to a sweet, lightly oaked chocolate finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a little too thin and slick.

D: Booze is kept in check well, and the aromas and flavors are well integrated - very drinkable for a barrel aged stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 06:49:36 | More by Xul
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bhalter8

Georgia

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

The record heat in GA this summer will not keep me from this beer! As I was digging through the cellar for something to try I saw the BA B.O.R.I.S. and decided it was due to time to open it. Right in line with the robust, regular B.O.R.I.S. it pours black as night, no light getting through this beer, it even looks thick! A gorgeous dense, tan head rests atop... a head this dense, of course, leaves tons of lacing on the glass as you sip & enjoy the beer. The aroma is a nicely balanced cornucopia of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, whiskey, and a bit of alcohol esters. Unlike some BA stouts, the barrel aging seems to be right on here, and does not overtake the aroma. The flavor is an even more pronounced version of the aroma, the roasted malts are right alongside coffee flavors, but along with a rich, delicious chocolate characteristic. Again in the flavor, the vanilla & whiskey hints from the oak barrel are there to accompany the beer, not overtake, but it does have a bit of an alcoholic heat to it. Mouthfeel is everything I want in a big stout, rich, velvety, and creamy, just perfect. I must give credit to Hoppin' Frog on this beer, with so many BA beers hitting the market these days, this one is definitely a stand-out that uses the barrel aging process to add complexity to an already outstanding beer, not overtake it.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 15:25:12 | More by bhalter8
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jamie2dope

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Although there has been a heat wave around these parts for the last three weeks or so, for some reason a big stout was what I was in the mood for tonight. Barrel Aged Boris pours out a pitch black color, with some brown/red hues at the bottom, and just barely one finger of brown heading that fades away quickly. Prunes and dark chocolate become apparent early on in the nose, followed by some dark fruit and whiskey. Fudge comes to mind immediately upon sipping, with lots of jammy fruit, and the whiskey ending things on a somewhat bitter, boozy note. No doubt that this is a really big, rich beer that seems to only become more so as it warms to room temperature. The last time I tried this beer, which was probably a year or so ago, it was really hot, and although things have calmed down a bit with the alcohol, it is still one where the whiskey and heat are part of the overall picture. This one works perfectly as a sipper. Overall the barrel aging adds a nice component here, though the non barreled version is nothing to turn your nose to. If anything the whiskey barrels steal the show here whereas the oatmeal is more center stage with the original. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2010 23:38:15 | More by jamie2dope
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billab914

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My bottle had a gold cap on it. Not sure exactly what batch that denotes but I know the color of the cap is what determines the batch. I know this one has at least a little age on it though. Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip. Poured a thick black color with a thin mocha head to it. The head kept to a thin ring around the edges of the glass and left very little lacing.

The aroma has a nice dark chocolate flavor to it with a little roasted malt character coming through as well. Some oak and bourbon come through as well, but it's more of a lighter and smooth flavor overall. Very flavorful and appealing aroma to it.

The taste shows a oak and vanilla barrel characteristic to it with some bourbon coming through as well. Overall the bourbon is light in comparison to other barrel aged stouts and very smooth. Some dark chocolate and roasted bitterness come through as well. Overall a very flavorful, complex and smooth taste to the beer. Aging has been very nice to this beer, one of the best barrel aged beers I've had.

The mouthfeel is definitely one of the thicker stouts I've had, which I love. Carbonation is on the lower side which is also nice. Drinkability is very good, it has some great flavors to it. As I said before aging has been nice to this beer and it has a very smooth barrel characteristic to it without any alcohol heat to it. Excellent beer overall and one of the best barrel aged beers I've had.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 01:44:15 | More by billab914
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass. Straight from the cellar.
A: Pitch black. A gentle pour yielded a finger and a half of mocha head. Left no lacing.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, and Coconut. A little booze too.
T: Bourbon and Oak are present. Also pick up some roasty coconut flavors. Bourbon and alcohol after taste.
M: Fairly thick with a light to medium carbonation.
Very good BA stout. Will definitely buy this again!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 18:05:08 | More by IdrinkGas
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billshmeinke

California

3.6/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Bruery tulip. From notes.

A: A hard pour yields a half a finger dark khaki head that settles quickly to a ring of foam around the glass and a very thin island of foam. Rich dense dark black color. Oily/slippery legs that pull all traces of lacing back into the beer.

S: Smells of some dark fruits, but the nose is dominated by charred woody oak, some whiskey, a peaty fragrance, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Composed of dark chocolate, some dark fruits, and a whiff of oats. Peat, wood, oak, vanilla and boozy whiskey. At first the barrel characteristics are up front and mostly come through as oak and vanilla with whiskey/bourbon being the least prominent, but as the beer warms whiskey sort of takes over. Fruity, nutty, caramel whiskey. A vague resin/leafy hop presence fights to be noticed in the background. Definitely a beer that might appeal to a bourbon or whiskey drinker. For me, the whiskey presence was too much, and almost tasted like a shot of whiskey was dumped into a bottle of regular BORIS.

M: Kind of thin, and slippery. A bit oily as well. On the lower end of high carbonation pretty rich and full bodied, hot in the mouth and going down. Kind of beats up on your palate.

D: Too hot and boozy for me. Thought this wasn't even as good as regular BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:18:18 | More by billshmeinke
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biggred1

Indiana

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

Darkest brown with a super creamy fudge colored head that melts slowly to a mocha skim and leaves sheets of tan lace on the glass. The aroma of roasted dark malt, anise and toasted bourbon barrel is really nice, I could smell this beer for hours but..on the the drink. Molten fudge, rum soaked raisin, molasses, cocoa, freshly roasted coffee and a fairly heavy handed hop dosage that struggles to get through. As the beer warms slightly, the flavors grow more complex with mascerated dark fruity and nutty flavors blending perfectly with toasted oak. Rich and full bodied with an especially velvety smoothness. This is a truly decadent stout and is the best beer I've had from the Frog (no DORIS yet). A world class stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2010 02:42:04 | More by biggred1
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into the same pint glass as B.O.R.I.S. and D.O.R.I.S. Looked the same as the non-barrel aged version. Almost no head, which subsided immediately. Very dark brown, clear body.

Aroma was almost the same as B.O.R.I.S. as well. Strong dark malt, strong dark fruits (mainly figs and prunes... should that be dried plums now?) Hops were light. Some tannins were discernable as well.

Taste was different. Tannins were noticeable, as well as surprisingly lighter fruits than the standard version (although some figs were still there). Finish was long, roasted malt. No coffee noticeable.

Mouthfeel was still incredible. Thick, rich, well balanced, and full bodied. But not overly heavy. Amazing.

Great drinkability marks for this one. It went down easily. I could probably do a couple of pints of this without a problem, maybe three given enough time. The quantity in the bottle was just perfect.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 03:07:10 | More by connecticutpoet
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Wisconsinality

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to sweemzander for this one.

Bomber poured into a Bruery tulip.

A- Pours pitch black with a quarter finger worth of head that leaves nothing for lacing but a small rim around the beer.

S- Big amounts of toasted malts, brown sugar and a little bit of black licorice. A little whiskey peeks its head out on the tail end.

T- Toasted malts with a big barrel flavor. Lots of oak and some whiskey. Some nice caramel notes and some black licorice. For being a bigger stout, the alcohol is barely even noticeable.

M- Full bodied with good carbonation for the style. Feels creamy at the back of the throat and just the smallest amount of bitterness.

D- Not as in your face as some BA beers. Just a touch of barrel character which I like and nice flavors. Nice and complex.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 01:41:24 | More by Wisconsinality
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Matt recently (the other Matt). Thanks Matt! Pretty excited about this one, like I am with most hoppin' frog beers.

Beer is black and forms a brown head of small and medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to weak.

Aroma is sweet with a nice roast and a hint of bourbon. Smells pretty good.

I did not realize, foolishly that this was a bourbon barrel aged stout until I was in the middle of drinking it. The bourbon character grew on me a lot. It never got hot but it might have if I drank the whole 22 ounces by myself. The beer is medium bodied and has a sweetness to it. Its mildly alcoholic but doesn't finish dry. There is a slightness of chocolate and nice coffee like roast in the back. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 21:19:56 | More by drabmuh
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 107 OG (25.3° P) 60 IBU, 9.4% ABV, "Keep refrigerated". No date.

Thanks go out to Sweemzander for mixing up the Russian River tasting with this bottle!

A - A dark roasted black beer with a deep caramel head emerges. Low retention with no head left over was disappointing considering the nice formation early on. Thick legs roll down the glass upon a swirl.

S - Deep roasted malts combine with a small molasses aroma that falls to the back with a splash of vanilla and a large, bold whiskey barrel nose. I appreciate how different the barrel aging smells from that of a typical bourbon barrel nose. The aroma has an overall cold, lightly metallic smell that thankfully doesn't get in the way. A light bit of chocolate appears on the finish.

T - Rich roasted malts provide a bitter chocolate and molasses flavor that's easily overpowered by whiskey barrel flavor. No oatmeal comes through at all.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a smooth texture that seems a little bit low but still good. A little warm alcohol is felt in sensation on the finish.

D - While it's a decent blended beer, the drinkability is a little bit low simply for the hot finish but it's still a solid beer. Where is the oatmeal though?

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 13:57:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to sweemzander for busting this one out of the cellar for us to share.

Poured into my tulip the beer is pitch black with a modest mocha hued head. Tiny bits of soapy lace fight to stay on top of the beer.

The aroma is full on whiskey. It's hard to pick out the other smells with the whiskey so pronounced. After some warming i can pick out hints of chocolate and coffee. I'm not sure if it's the barrel but I'm getting a solid dose of play-doh. This totally throws me off.

The flavor is pretty much all whiskey all the time. Hints of sweet dark chocolate and roast coffee are present but they keep getting pushed aside by the damn whiskey.

Full viscous body with very light if any carbonation.

Overall this bottle has at least a year on it and yet it was hot as hell. Too much whiskey for my taste. I will have to let my bottle sit for another year or so.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 01:10:03 | More by beerwolf77
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

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

Huge thanks to orcasteve for hooking me up with this one.

12 oz bottle poured into chalice

A: Pours black/super dark brown, slight foam head appears, but very difficult at this abv, beautiful swirls of mocha make up most of the head

S: Big whiff of whiskey is the first aroma, some hints of bitter coffee work in and out of the alcohol notes, and an ever so slight touch of chocolate at times, sometimes barely sweet other times playing off the roasted bitterness, however as expected whiskey is the dominant aroma here

T: Huge flavor, I literally said wow at the first taste, as opposed to the aroma the whiskey is more of an aftertaste, coffee takes on a leading role along with the prominent roasted malt, which also adds some sweetness is addition to its bitter roast, hops are detectable and work very well with the whiskey that builds in the finish, hops and alcohol fade in and out of each other, big warming notes once its all swallowed just like sipping whiskey

M: Surprisingly not heavy, starts nice and light thanks to some decent carbonation for the style, as the flavors deepen so does the body

D: High, I wasn't expecting that, its not a session beer, but you can't stop taking sips of it

Notes: This is one of my first few "big" barrel aged beers and it is delicious. I knew this beer was held in high regard, but I didn't know what to expect. The flavors are absolutely amazing and it is incredibly pleasant and easy to drink. The only thing that kept the aroma score down was the whiskey dominance, but I figured it would be like that.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 18:45:02 | More by dpodratsky3
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle split and poured into a snifter. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a tan head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A dark roasted profile with molasses and cocoa with a hint of peanuts.

(T)- A good roastedness with molasses, cocoa, raisin, and a light nuttiness from the oats probably. Has a light warmth as it goes down.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a good balance to it. Smooth, yet has a good roasted profile. Has a slight warmth as it goes down from the whiskey barrel aging no doubt.

(D)- A good stout. Smooth, with the right flavors going on. For the $$ of what I paid for this however, I would much rather reach for something else instead; definitely not worth the hefty $17 price tag. Enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2010 17:48:17 | More by sweemzander
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick black pour with some bubbly white head. Full of roasted aromas. The taste lives up to the hype, the brewery steps it up a notch. The whiskey adds to the complexity, it is not obtrusive to the thick roast and chocolate, and nuttiness. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 03:13:08 | More by Sammy
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DmanGTR

Florida

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

Review from notes in December 09. Damn this one was expensive from my trip to Philly. Side by side with the regular BORIS.

Poured very dark brown, nearly pitch black, nice maple candy head. The bourbon is very slight. You get the normal chocolate, hint of coffee, touch of roast and leather, but I'm looking for vanilla, oak, and smoke as well and I'm not getting a lot at all. Really had to dig for that one. One who enjoys subtlety will enjoy this beer. For what it is, I enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 20:19:31 | More by DmanGTR
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kfsv034

Florida

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

Got the bottle via trade from Beerness thanks buddy

A - pours a deep black with a little tannish head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin ring around the edges of the glass

S - Smells of coffee, chocolate, vanilla and a hint of whiskey

T - follows the noise with strong coffee, chocolate and vanilla notes but the whiskey is more prevalent really a tasty beer

M - milkshake like, full bodied

D - at 9.4% it is surprisingly easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:55:32 | More by kfsv034
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Yesac

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Batch 2 on trade from jwinship83

A- pours black, small light brown colored head. Not much lacing. Not much going on here. 3.5

S- Faint whiskey, charred roasted malt,

T- Similar with smell, slight whiskey nose, milk chocolate, caramel, heavily roasted malt, very slight hop bitterness at the end. Yum. Abv is well hidden. The whiskey is blended perfectly, it's not to much and mixes well with the complexity of this brew.

M- Smooth, creamy, even coating on palate.. nice

D- Great mouthfeel, complex flavors, a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 03:15:06 | More by Yesac
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. pour served in a snifter

A - Brown/black, very little head, and brown lacing which doesn't last

S - Bourbon and vanilla

T - Whiskey is apparent from the moment it touches the tongue and is prevalent throughout the tasting. There are distinctive notes of toffee and molasses, and these elements, coupled with the lack of detectable hops, help to make this marginally sweeter than normal BORIS. At the same time, the bourbon aging works to mitigate the sugary side.

M - Very smooth; not as carbonated as the normal BORIS.

D - Despite having the same ABV %, the barrel-aged version was substantially hotter than the normal. This, along with the sweetness, make this beer slightly less drinkable than the non-aged version. It's good for a bourbon-aged stout, nonetheless.

Overall - a very good barrel-aged RIS, this is worth searching for. The nose and taste are more complex than the original BORIS, and if you like that beer, there's a good chance that you'll prefer this. I'm very glad that I had this and will look forward to drinking it again.

Economics - in my opinion, the incremental improvement in taste vs. the normal BORIS is only worth two or three dollars - while the bourbon and additional complexities improved that component, the balance and drinkability suffer a bit. If these beers were both on the shelf, I'd opt for the original if the difference in price was >= $3.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 15:56:21 | More by klikger
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squaremile

Oregon

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

Pours an inky black with an obvious thickness. Minimal head at pour but all carbonation disappears after a minute or two. The nose at first is vanilla and bourbon with a noticeable alcohol. Again, waiting a bit the alcohol clears and makes room for some toasted malts. The flavor is divine. This thing is all bourbon and vanilla on the tongue. An touch of alcohol bite warms the mouth and the flavors linger like custard. The mouthfeel is medium-thick and very pleasant. This is one of the best balanced barrel aged stouts I've had, and has one of the most complete flavor profiles.

Serving type: bottle

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