1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
96
world-class

1,888 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 1,888
Reviews: 556
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 242
Gots: 624 | FT: 71
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 1,888 | Reviews: 556 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Georgiabeer
Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%

Lots of whiskey in this one- clean, strong taste of a lighter, cleaner style of Bourbon are evident throughout here. Nice, but this is one that would probably benefit from a little aging. Not because it's harsh or hot, but because the Bourbon could use some more integration with the rest of the beer. As it is it's a little dominant. Pours black and viscous- like a light weight motor oil. Little head, and what there is fades completely in a short while. Lots of whiskey in the mose as well as a silky oatmeal stout aroma with a light roastiness and some bitter chocolate notes. Aside from the smooth stout flavors, and the whiskey, there is a particularly nice aftertaste of dark chocolate that is accented by the whiskey. Very smooth, and both the smoothness and the aftertaste of chocolate are empasized by allowing the beer to open upo for awhile, while the whiskey is brought a little more under control. I enjoyed it.

02-24-2011 03:58:04 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Gfunk720
Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%

Batch 1 from the brewery, reviewed from notes. Thanks to Seth for hooking this one up a while back.

A- Pure black, with a dark chocolatey colored head. The head falls of quickly, and there is no lacing at all.

S- Smeet and boozy. Some notes of vanilla, oak and booze, but really nothing crazy.

T- Nice and sweet. I get notes of chocolate and coffee primarily. Some hits of whiskey/oak but the booziness is the most noticeable addition.

M- Thinner and lighter than I remember regular BORIS being. Good carbonation though, and good flavor.

D-It was quite smooth, and easy to drink. Definitely didn't seem like a 9.5% beer.

The light mouthfeel and lack of barrel character were somewhat dissappointing. Not bad, but I prefer regular BORIS.

02-20-2011 22:54:23 | More by Gfunk720
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
StoneBrewFanatic

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%

Green Cap

A - Pours black, black, black into my pint glass with a little under one finger of tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves very little lace.

S - Whiskey is the most present, but there are many layers here. Sweet vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit in the way of raisin and figs, roasted malts, toasted oats, and a bit of booziness.

T - Taste like the nose is whiskey up front, yet very sweet chocolate, vanilla and molasses tones. As it mellows on the palate a wash of many flavors come out, espresso, oatmeal, figs, raisins, roasted malts, kind of a dry bittersweet cocoa near the end, as well as the alcohol which is present, but in a good way in my opinion.

M - Smooth, creamy and well rounded, not too much carbonation, great for the style.

D - This is for sure one of my new favorite imperial stouts and will be sure to seek it out in the future. Highly recommended!

02-17-2011 18:14:15 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of Jesse13713
Jesse13713

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Red cap

Appearance - An extraordinarily pleasing translucent chocolate pour that settles into a rich, dark brown and light black. Very little head that looks like it has average carbonation. It laces to the glass quite poorly, yet it has a delicious malty cling to it that I havn't seen before.

Smell - I could smell whiskey as soon as I opened the bottle up. Taking a more in-depth smell, It still smells very strongly of whiskey with hints of oat and barley. I do get a slight hint of vanilla, but it is lacking in terms of coffee and chocolate aroma.

Taste - An impressively rich imperial oatmeal stout. After having Victory Storm King and Southern Tier Oat a few nights ago, I have to say that this imperial stout blows both of them out of the water. There is a delicious tart whiskey burn harmonized brilliantly with oatmeal and barley. I get a jolt of chocolate immediately following my swallowing; followed by a slight note of coffee as the taste diminishes. The bourbon isn't shy of itself; but the other ingredients aged perfectly within the barrel to create a fantastic tasting combination.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - A little hard to hold in your mouth. It brings out the bourbon bite associated with this brew. At times it feels more like I'm drinking a type of toned-down flavored whiskey. But the good news is that this isn't a bad thing in terms of this beer. It pairs perfectly with the rest of the flavors and is quite addictive. As with most stouts, this is definitely a beer you'll want to take your time with and sip.

Verdict - I really enjoyed Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. This is the first Hoppin' Frog offering I've had, and I will definitely be purchasing more after this tasting. There isn't much else I can say besides I absolutely loved drinking this stout.

02-16-2011 14:50:01 | More by Jesse13713
Photo of bertram
bertram

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -15.1%

Pours a dark, thick black with a slight tan head. The aroma hints at the bourbon-barrel aging, but isn't overpowering. The taste again has the hints of bourbon, but is very smooth and mild - quite drinkable. A bit pricey in comparison to GI BCS, but a nice change of pace I would certainly drink again.

Batch 5 - Red cap.

02-08-2011 23:32:12 | More by bertram
Photo of rowingbrewer
rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -11.6%

Had this at a recent tasting.

This beer pours black with only a little light making its way through around the edges. there is a decent tan head. the smell is a sweet bourbon scent with roasted malt in the back. the flavor is a little less intense than the smell, and the bourbon notes don't come through as much as I would have hoped, especially with the $20 price tag. The moutfheel is pretty much right on for the style mediun to full. and its a drinkable beer.

however for the money there are better options. bourbon county is much better for 2/3s the price

02-04-2011 20:22:36 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of JBIII
JBIII

Georgia

2.1/5  rDev -51.2%

The bourbon alcohol flavors are too over-powering in this beer. I've tried at least three bourbon cask aged stouts and this is by far the worst one.

Atlanta Brewing Company created a delicious bourbon cask aged stout a couple of years ago, as a 15th anniversary celebration. Brooklyn Brewery's Black Ops, is excellent. And 5 Seasons Brewing Westside Brewpub, made an excellent one as well.

Each previous example had sophisticated accents of roasted barley, toasted caramel and light chocolate, which blended perfectly with the, just above subtle, flavors of delicious bourbon.

The BORIS, tastes like a slightly acidic stout, where someone poured and mixed bourbon, directly into the glass of beer.

If it wasn't a sin against nature, I'd dump this beer out... I can't believe this beer has an A- rating!

02-01-2011 21:29:03 | More by JBIII
Photo of bigkamp
bigkamp

Rhode Island

3.73/5  rDev -13.3%

22 Oz. bottle. Red cap

A- I loved the appearance. Some people don't enjoy a dark ale with very little head, but I think it is an excellent and intriguing appearance. Certainly looks great in a like clear glass.

S- Strong alcohol smell, but it is what you would expect from a 9.4% abv.

T- Very strong taste. Best enjoyed by sipping slowly.

M- So strong that it doesn't sit smoothly.

D- See mouthfeel comment.

I really enjoyed this beer but it was very strong. I am usually a pretty fast drinker, but it took me about an hour to down this one.

01-30-2011 05:00:47 | More by bigkamp
Photo of dragonWhale
dragonWhale

New York

3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

batch 3 - green cap..

Opened this alongside the great B.O.R.I.S., aged over a year. Had never had this one before, though, and was excited as I was a big fan of the regular BORIS..

Black, brackish, creamy and dissipating head. Smells of whiskey and oat, little bit of chocolate cream. Flavor is similar, the rich oaty creamy body which is the hallmark of the regular B.O.R.I.S. is relegated to the background, much thinner as the alcohol comes in angrily, thinning the body with a solid punch. It's still quite good, but really do prefer the non barrel-aged beverage. This one, we could just be friends.

01-23-2011 00:56:23 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of movingtrain
movingtrain

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev -0.5%

I've had this one sitting in the cellar for a while, and given all the snow on the ground right now, I thought today was a good day to crack it open.

This one is from the third batch (green cap).

Pours a solid black, with a thin tan head on top. This looks like a cup of dark, strong-brewed coffee.

There is some whiskey in the nose, for sure. Raisin, fig, vanilla, chocolate, oatmeal, graham cracker, and wet wood fill the nose. The aroma is rich, with some hefty alcohol notes floating around.

The flavor is quite sweet, offering hints of chocolate and oatmeal, brown sugar, molasses, red/black olives, strong coffee, espresso, figs, and vanilla, Man, there is a nice burn as it goes down. Alcohol is quite present here, but actually balanced well with the flavors of the beer. The barrel aging lends some sweet whiskey notes to the beer, helping the flavor linger for quite some time on the tongue. Each sip brings out new things, and with each sip the beer continues its complexity and flavor.

Overall, this is a top notch stout. There is so much going on in the flavor of this beer, and barrel aging the B.O.R.I.S. was a wonderful idea. The beer is strong, but drinkable, and is one to age, or crack now and share with friends.

01-21-2011 00:30:57 | More by movingtrain
Photo of aerozeppl
aerozeppl

New York

3.78/5  rDev -12.1%

Green Cap batch 3

A: Poured quite thick. The beer is jet black with a thin covering of coffee colored head. Good head retention for a barrel aged beer.

S: the whiskey is right up front and stings the nostrils. Little bit more chocolate as it warms up. A touch of oatmeal as well. It works well with the barrel but

T: The taste starts off with the whiskey barrel. The barrel really dominated the taste. It kind of eliminated some of the nuances of the base beer. Some cocoa powder. I preferred the original to this.

M: The moutfeel is a nice mixture of full bodied while not overpowering. Nice low carbonation.

D: Easy drinking for the ABV. All the subtle complexities of the original were washed away by the barrel aging. This is one of those cases where the non barrel aged version is much better.

01-16-2011 23:43:40 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of SpeedwayJim
SpeedwayJim

New York

3.33/5  rDev -22.6%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a darkness sniffer. Shared with schen9303.

A: Pours a viscous one bubble layer of light mocha head with poor retention. Beer is a dark opaque black. Lacing is spotty and with little retention but outstanding legs.

S: Nose is predominantly boozy, chocolate, cocoa, liquified purple fruit and sweet soy sauce. Aromatic and appropriate overall, but a bit overly aggressive alcohol.

T: Opens fudge brownie, chocolate. Sweet soy sauce and cocoa and dar fruit toward the middle. Sharp alcohol at the back makes the barrel aging apparent. Finishes more sweet dark fruit with a slightly grainy cocoa aftertaste.

M: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. It's oily and silkly in the mouth but with rough edges. Goes down with a bit of heat. Finishes messy with a lingering aftertaste.

D: Not nealy as good as the regular version. A heavy beer like this doesn't need any barrel aging in my opinion. A bit aggressive on all fronts. Not gonna revisit this one but it makes a mean cupcake!!

01-16-2011 20:43:50 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of trappistlover
trappistlover

Arizona

4.2/5  rDev -2.3%

(22oz bottle courtesy of Alexsdad06!! Green cap-batch 3). Pours black with 1 finger cocoa head. Aroma of alcohol, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is sweet with some roasty bitterness on the end. Full bodied with slick texture. Finish is whiskey and some roastiness. This is a very good beer. Thanks Brad!

01-16-2011 07:09:53 | More by trappistlover
Photo of Casey10
Casey10

Maine

4.3/5  rDev 0%

Been sitting on this for awhile and finally decided to crack it open. Green cap batch 3 per BA.

Wow what a great stout creamy and boozy this one still really has that wisky flavor to it and it is good.

A Dark thin head creamy look small parts bits of carbination.

S - Strong !! it has all the smell of the wiskey barrel that it was aged in.

T - Wow really nice boozy, and chared taste that is really nice.

M - Gives a lasting feel of wiskey. I know this beer but it is so strong.

D - Again rated high while I am not sure you could drink a ton, but this ages well would drink well with a cigar.

01-15-2011 05:08:37 | More by Casey10
Photo of AwYeh
AwYeh

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%

A: Pure black, almost no light passes through; little head/lacing, but then again that's probably to be expected with this style.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, with just a bit of oatmeal.

T: Chocolate, coffee once again; less of the oak/bourbon but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Not picking up on the dark fruits others have mentioned.

M: Thick, creamy, oily; this is an extremely smooth example of a BA stout and it pulls almost everything you could want out of one off very well.

D: Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have liked considering it's not quite in the double digits; the smoothness is pleasant but can only carry the beer so far. One bottle of this is good for me (considering the $14 price tag, there are other non-BA stouts I could buy for less that I would enjoy more, and other BA stouts I would enjoy more at the same price). Still, worth a try- by no means a bad beer, but up against some top-notch competition.

01-13-2011 09:33:09 | More by AwYeh
Photo of EgadBananas
EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%

Black cap. Many thanks to tat3dhllblly for this!

Black as night, with a good finger of dark mocha colored head. Fades quickly, no lacing. Just looks like sludge in the glass.

Good bit of whiskey, but it blends well and is not overpowering. Nice roasted/burnt aromas and some coffee and chocolate sweetness. Bits of dark fruits and molasses round it out.

Naturally the whiskey notes are there, but they don't overwhelm, which is what I love about -bal Stouts. Good chocolate, coffee, sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, and syrup. Hint of bitterness too, hard to pick were it can from though.

Feel is good and full, a tad lingering, and creamy

Drinkability is solid. This is a big beer, but it's drinkable. The whole bomber will be cake.

01-12-2011 02:57:28 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of elgiacomo
elgiacomo

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +3%

22oz bottle, mid 2010 batch (black cap). Served at cellar temp.

Pours thick black with a one finger dark brown head that recedes to a wispy cap and good ring, leaves some nice spots of lacing behind.

Aroma is predominately whiskey but there is also some vanilla, chocolate, oak, coffee, dark roasted malt, some raisins & anise. Very good strength (particularly the whiskey).

Flavor is more balanced than the aroma, starts with a great chocolate component, very rich, good espresso/coffee notes, a nice layer of whiskey, vanilla, and oak, underneath there is some dark fruits and anise. Alcohol is there but well integrated for such a big beer. Fair sweetness too.

Mouthfeel is full and very creamy, I love the mouthfeel on an oatmeal stout! Low carbonation.

Man oh man is this good. I love BORIS and this is a great counterpart. While the whiskey overpowers the nose it meshes extremely well in the flavor. Rich and decadent, a treat!

01-11-2011 22:58:53 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of Minkybut
Minkybut

Virginia

3/5  rDev -30.2%

I poured this stiff beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was very black and poured a very thin head that vaporized quickly. Most likely from the high alcohol. There was more of a chocolate hit than coffee on this one but the hoppyness was too much. I don't want a hoppy stout and the alcohol burned up any great taste left on the palate.I will not buy again.

01-07-2011 23:27:26 | More by Minkybut
Photo of Vierenner
Vierenner

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +5.3%

Superb beer! A beautiful blend of flavors ... no particular taste screams out ... nicely done, Hoppin' Frog! It pours deep black ... probably the darkest beer I've ever encountered. The hops provide a nice, delicate finish to each mouthful. Everything you'd expect from an Imperial Stout and more!!

12-31-2010 23:43:15 | More by Vierenner
Photo of garbercury
garbercury

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

Poured into a snifter...

A--BLACK. Head is limited but good looking brew.

S--Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey. It is barrel aged, and you can tell in a big way with this brew.

T--Bourbon comes on strong in this one just as it did in the nose, you better like the it strong, or this will be over the top.

M--Silky smooth feel to this one.

D--Heavy, I would have trouble drinking a whole bottle myself, but I am going to have at it. Highly recommended.

12-28-2010 02:18:24 | More by garbercury
Photo of FosterJM
FosterJM

California

4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

138th review on BA
Bottle to pint.
Silver cap

App- This beer was black, oily and viscous. Had a nice one finger head that was unexpected since the regular BORIS had 0 on it. Had some nice ruby highlights on it as well.

Smell- A very potent mix of chocolate, malt and some berries. Very dark berries make it a sweet smeller. I really enjoyed the aroma.

Taste- Tastes like a good barleywine to me. Quite good. It's not at all what I thought it was going to drink like. Very berry like with the booze and barrel flavors on it.

Mouth- A lot more crisp and refreshing that the normal BORIS was as well. I'm stummped but its so good.

Drink- Really get the booze as it warms, but this was a very good beer.

12-26-2010 02:01:17 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Spider889
Spider889

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Did a vertical of this earlier this year B1, 2, 3, and 5. I must say that this ages amazingly. The B1 was so full of chocolate and coffee cake aroma and flavor, and very very smooth.

Aged this is a 4.75+ beer, fresh it falls closer to 4.33, which was my initial rating a couple of years ago. I have since scored this in the middle to reflect both.

Full review of a fresh bottle below.
___

Bottle says that this beer is aged in whiskey barrels.

I poured this from a height I would normally not even attempt and still got barely any head off of this beer. What was there was dark and roasty espresso colored. The words to described the body of this brew are oily, thick, and dense. I really would have enjoyed a solid head for aroma and lacing purposes, but otherwise this was exactly what one ought to expect from a big RIS.

I got aromas of sweet alcohol - old, wood-aged whiskey and white rum. Lots of oakiness to it. Chocolate malt and roasted barley then push past to fill your head with the essence of milk chocolate, raisins, and coffee. As the beer warmed I then began to get a nice mustiness and mild vanilla.

My first reaction to sipping this was that it is SMOOTH AS HELL!! (Exactly what I wrote in my notes). This is much smoother than regular B.O.R.I.S. I have since come to the conclusion that oats and whiskey make an excellent combo in a heavy beer like this.

Bitter roasted malts lend a a slight char flavor. Sweet oakiness and whiskey are warming deep in the throat. Nevertheless, this beer has far less of a dominating liquor profile than many of its other BA counterparts. Then again, maybe it just takes a hell of a lot of whiskey to significantly alter the dominating presence of B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher!

Mouthfeel is warming from the alcohol. Once again - smooth as all hell, not chewy in the slightest despite the thick viscosity of the beer (not to mention the insane chewiness of the original beer). Slick on the palate but not overly sticky. Slightly dry oaky aftertaste.

Drinkability is wonderful. I consumed the bomber by myself gladly and with far greater speed than I expected. But, this beer is not cheap, roughly twice the cost of regular BORIS. The alcohol is not unapparent, but it is very well balanced.

12-21-2010 21:56:34 | More by Spider889
Photo of Beaver13
Beaver13

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -16.7%

22oz bottle. Pours am opaque black with a small tan head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is vinous chocolate malts, dark fruits (fig), some coffee and oats and some bitter bourbon.

The flavor is sweet vinous dark fruits with some chocolate and a bitter finish. The whiskey comes out throughout - accentuating the vinous fruits and making the bitter finish a bit medicinal. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, still a nice imperial stout, but the barrel aging detracts rather than adds for me. It's a lot more alcoholic and vinous and a bit medicinal, and it loses the coffee, fudge, and oat notes that were nice in the original.

12-11-2010 06:41:47 | More by Beaver13
Photo of jsh420
jsh420

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14%

pours pitch black with a 1/4 finger tan head that faded fast and left no lacing

smell - wheres the bourbon???? all about the oats and some sweet chocolate with a little fruit

taste - no need to age this one - while the bourbon is not overpowering its there and blends well with the malt and hint of booze you get - main flavors again are the oatmeal chocolate - call me crazy but the booze and bourbon give off a berry flavor

mouthfeel - thick low carbonation but not flat

drinkability - good flavors but 1/2 this bomber was just too much for me - maybe i should have started and ended with this beer

12-06-2010 06:17:25 | More by jsh420
Photo of Kaiser81
Kaiser81

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%

I've received a couple of these bottles. I forget who gave me the first one, but this one was from Hayesez. Thanks, Erik!

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with just the faintest of red hues on the edge as I hold my glass to the light. About a half finger width of mocha colored head. It leaves some nice lacing on my glass, though the head doesn't last very long.

S - Chocolate, a touch of otameal, some whiskey, and something a little weird on the finish. I can't tell if it's like a light rubber (think new tires in a tire shop) or new car smell. It's faint, but it's there. I'd like more whiskey, barrel, and more stout characteristics to come through

T - Huh. Uhm, some oatmel stout characteristics. Roast, hints of oatmeal, dark chocolates. And then that weird thing I smelled is present in the taste. I can't place what it is, but it just kind of tastes...well, off. Aha! It's like a cheap vodka taste that comes through in a vodka cran. It's a harsh boozy taste. I like my beer with a bite, but not a cheap alcohol tasting bite. We'll see how this does as it warms up.

M - Creamy, heavy body, minimal carbonation. This is just about where it should be.

D - I'll finish the bomber no problem, though I remembered my first bottle being a lot better. This one is just harsh, not smooth. Maybe I need to try another to give it one last fair shot.

12-05-2010 06:18:08 | More by Kaiser81
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.