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

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Ratings: 2,099
Reviews: 570
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 257
Gots: 654 | FT: 72
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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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

from bomber into tulip

A: pitch black, poured thick. little head, little lacing.

S: sweet chocolate malts. some vanilla as well. faint bourbon scent. impressive smell, excited to drink. a little bitter on the finish, but in a nice balancing way.

T: dark roast malt chocolate. hint of bourbon, but its certainly not overpowering or "hot" like some BA stouts.

M: very impressive full, chewy, sticky mouthfeel. more carbonation than i expected based on the pour. maybe a little much. takes a little away from the overall mouthfeel.

O: enjoyed it very much. not on level of abyss for me, but damned good. taste was great, if not overly complex. loved the viscousness but not the high carbonation.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this one had a green cap.

A-Poured pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Not much head but it was a mocha color that did create some slight cascading.

S-Chocolate, whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar

T-Milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, alcohol, coconut, and some oak. It tasted truly amazing, one of the best RISs I've ever tasted, especially barrel aged, which is not many. However, the flavors meld together and create a truly great drinking experience.

M-Thick and creamy

D-Like other barrel aged RISs I find the coconut flavor imparted by the whiskey barrels does somewhat cut into the drinkability. However, it was delicious and I wish I had more. I split this with my brothers and father in law.

Overall, a truly great experience. Excellent beer, my hat goes off to Hoppin' Frog.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ATPete
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Super black pour. Dark as night in the glass. Big two and a half finger creamy dark mocha head with good retention and lacing.

S: Dark fruits, figs, raisins, roasted coffee, and ashy tobacco aromas. Bourbon is pretty light. Oak comes through subtlety but nice.

T: Big dark chocolate upfront. Roasted malts and coffee in the middle. Light coffee bitterness. Finishes with touches of bourbon, butterscotch, vanilla, and dark fruits. Alcohol is hidden well.

M: Full body edging on the light side. Super creamy. Medium carbonation.

O: Better then regular BORIS. Not as hot. Pretty drinkable for over 9%. Well done beer.

Photo of Brent
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this beer does not show up in the top rated listings. I was most impressed. Poured a tarry black with a thin, milk-chocolate colored head, like the froth on a cup of hot chocolate. Mouthfeel had a bit of pleasant oilyness that balanced against the dense malt. Liquor notes were present but not overwhelming. ETOH was also evident, but also not out of balance and without heat. Overall, a well-crafted Russian Imperial Stout.

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

Pitch black, viscous pour yields dark tan head. Sweet caramel, roasted malts, plenty of whiskey, baker's chocolate, and traces of alcohol in the nose.

True to its BORIS base, this isn't the most complex stout on the block. Oaky whiskey starts things off, malty goodness rounds things out. Strong whiskey, boozy aftertaste lingers after swallowing. Body is big, thick, viscous, and oily.

Overall, I prefer regular BORIS. I also have an affinity for the more complex versions of the RIS style. My brother loves these simpler stouts (BORIS, Zhukov, Darkness), whereas I lean more towards Dark Lord, Black Tuesday, and Parabola. But to each his own; this is a solid brew.

Photo of zachary80
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber, gold cap, assume this is the "silver" of the first two batches. Poured into a globe

Very dark pour, no head on the first glass, an aggressive second one gives some short-lasting brown. Minimal lacing.

Aroma is rich: sweet chocolate, vanilla, with strong whiskey notes. Can smell the alcohol

Flavor is robust, the dark grains balance the sweetness. Influence from the barrel aging seems to be minimal. Some bourbon on the finish, and a slight nutty character.

Carbonation seems too low. Not as heavy as expected; would not have guessed it had oatmeal.

Overall a decent beer, but somewhat a let down. Not much better than regular BORIS

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip; my cap was gold, batch 1 or 2, which puts this at about 2.5-3 years old.

Pours a thick, viscous ink black with a minimal brown head. Dissipates to nearly nothing. Some minor rings of lace show where I started.

Good nose on this beast. Ethanol heat, loads of vanilla and bourbon soaked cherries. Some dry oak, dark Belgian chocolate and roast round it out. This is a little strong on the barrel aging characteristics, but that is OK, so far.

Bourbon soaked cherries up front before a wave of vanilla, oak and lightly charred roast comes through.The finish is warming, full of vanilla and bourbon with some cherries poking through. Dry, oaky/roasty finish.

The feel is thick; carbonation is low. Viscous, and lush. The abv can put a hurting on you.

This is a nice barrel aged offering. I really like BORIS, didn't care for the DORIS as much, but this is a solid version of the BORIS. I wish some of the original beer came through a little more, this is a little one dimensional, but it still tasted very good.

Photo of SawDog505
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 Duvel tulip.Pours a thick, completely opaque black, with a two inch mocha head, that settles into a thin layer of bubbles, with a little lacing. Smell is dominated by Bourbon, some chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is all of those, bourbon the most with dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the back. Body is full, not a ton of carbonation, a little dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a great beer, but I was more impressed with regular Boris and blown away by Doris, too one dimensional.

Photo of peabody
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really dark black with lots of brown suds and plenty of lacing.
Smell is def. Oatmeal and chocolate and caramel. Somewhat boozy aroma but the alchol is hidden very well.
Taste is superb with hints of dark chocolate coffee and oatmeal raisin cookie. Alcohol is hidden here also.
Mouthfeel is thick and sticky just as a big beer is supposed to be. Very nice.
Overall this is a really good OIS and I will be buying this again despite the 17 bucks for the bomber.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of sholland119
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Green cap says this is Batch 3.

A-Black, deep black with a foamy mocha head that dissipates quickly to a nice ring. No lacing.

S-Boozy with lots of brown sugar, marshmallow, vanilla and subdued bourbon.

T-Rich flavors, well restrained alcohol. Lots of vanilla, some oak, some sweet chocolate.

M-Medium heavy, not overwhelming for the style.

O-Very tasty, rich but not overpowering. Delicious.


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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Beerontwowheels
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of weeare138
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex dark ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon, black grapes, raisins, caramel, buttercream candies, dark chocolate truffles...man, intense ride here.
Taste is of the aromas with a superb complex blend of cocoa, sea salted caramels, dark cocoa truffles, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and the obvious bourbon blend. As a bourbon fan - this is outrageous.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, syrupy, slick in the finish, with a boozy finish that screams, "hope this is a nightcap, bitch!". That it is. Loving it! Well done.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,099 ratings.