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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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2,121 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,121
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 259
Gots: 656 | FT: 70
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for hooking our tasting group up with this delicious beer. Enjoyed with TCGoalie, zoso1967, and TCHopCraver.

Appearance: Pours an impenetrable brown/black with little to no head. There is a ring of mocha foam around the edges, however, that hangs around throughout drinking. Dark bubbles can be summoned by agitation and leave interesting designs on the surface.

Smell: Awesome smell, with dark chocolate, lots of oatmeal, vanilla, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Very creamy smelling as well. One of the better smelling barrel aged stouts I can remember enjoying.

Taste: Flavor is equally amazing and really smooth. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak, caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. A glass full of roasty toasty deliciousness. Everyone at our tasting party REALLY enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and well-balanced. I would have liked a tad more body, but it is a very small ding in what is a very stupendous beer.

Overall: If I see this again, I will buy it in a heartbeat. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have ever had.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of KAP1356
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22 oz bottle from Batch 3 (green cap) poured into a snifter...

A - Pours black but not quite completely as there are brown hues when held to the light. A mocha colored head forms about half of a finger thick then recedes to a collar.

S - Roasted malts and chocolate fudge come first, followed by some light coconut and vanilla. Ever so slight whiskry presence mixes nicely with the rest of the nose. Some light toffee and caramel make a nice appearance as well.

T - Very well integrated barrel here as the whiskey and oak mix and complement instead of standing out and drowing out everything else. Rich chocolate fudge, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, vanilla and oak mix nicely with what whiskey is present.

M - I love the mouthfeel of BORIS. This is no different. Medium to heavier bodied with a nice thickness to it (perhaps alightly less thick than regular BORIS). Just a bit of carbonation makes it nice and creamy.

O - BORIS is one of my favorite beers of all time. This is a great barrel aged version, although I feel the base beer is slightly muddled. With that said, the barrel integration is really well done here. I will always revisit this one.

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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

22oz bottle into snifter. Batch 3, green cap, received in one of my very first trades a long time ago.

A: Pours black with a finger of dense and fluffy dark woody brown head that quickly faded into a thin film.
S: Very rich and complex nose. Roasted coconut, vanilla, and chocolate fudge stand out the most.
T: Follows the nose. I have not had this beer fresh but I can say that I’m glad I’ve waited so long to drink this. The flavors are very rich and thick. I get notes of vanilla, roasted coconut, chocolate, spicy whisky, and just a touch of sweet molasses and oak. The finish is lightly sweet and the aftertaste has very roasted flavors.
M: The alcohol is fairly muted but there is still a little bit of warmth to the finish. The body is very thick and fluffy and the mouthfeel is very decant and fluffy. Velvety carbonation.
O: This really impressed me. Like I said, I never had it fresh but this seems to have aged very nicely. I’m glad I put off drinking it for so long. Love the roasted coconut flavors. Thank you to the generous BA who sent me this ages ago.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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

Red cao shared with uno compadre.

Pours thick, with a higher than normal viscosity. Head rises up slowly, with a mere inch of mocha, dark chocolate head. Body is near pitch black, with darm brown edges and a "lightness" that is surprising.

Nose is inviting, complex and lightly "barreled", if that is a term. Entrance of whiskey essence, followed by a ligth caramel and finished with a sugary toffee finish. Alcohol is present, though not unwanted. Throughout, dark chocolate and a mild coffee presence.

Taste is quite, strange. A strong dark chocolate entrance that is finished with a resurgence of flavors. Vanilla, caramel, coffee and a whiskey note. Whiskey is rather subdued, but makes for a well balanced barrel aged taste.

Thick, viscous, yet not too lingering. For a RIS, quite pleasant and not too overbearing.

For a barrel aged beer, I was expecting a beer flavored whiskey, which is what you expect from any other brewery. Instead, you get a beer that is balanced off by a barrel addition. It is enjoyable, though not quite as intense a barrel aged RIS as some might be expecting.

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3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 5 - red cap. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours black as night with a half finger dark brown head. The head can most likely be attributed to a stronger pour as it fades out immediately. A slight ring of foam settles around the glass but it also doesn't last long.

The nose isn't all that strong, but it's certainly not weak either. Some nice roasted notes are prominent, along with some oak. There is a nice roasted aroma followed quickly by some wood/oak character. There is a decent amount of some chocolate along with a subdued whiskey character that makes itself known yet stays in the background at the same time.

The taste follows along with the nose. The chocolate notes are more prominent than in the nose. There is also some earthiness to go with the roasted flavors. There is some char and wood characteristics that seem to impart some bitterness. As with the nose, the whiskey is subtle and seems to ride underneath all the other flavors.

The body is on the lower end of full with low carbonation. It's a bit thinner than expected for a barrel aged stout.

This is a good beer, but it's just ok as far as barrel aged stouts go. The flavors and aromas are solid but they don't stand out as anything really special. The whiskey is in the background and it really doesn't draw anything out of the existing characteristics. As mentioned, it is a good beer, just not a stand out.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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

16 bucks for retail, 18 to consume in the bar...a tall order and I think my friend for splitting this one.

Served room temp and I highly recommend letting this one breath a bit.

Dark as night pour, this seems a bit thicker than the regular boris, but the lighting and glassware wasn't up to a proper comparison.

A strong complex roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon nose.

The taste is much the same. No flavor really takes over, this is amazingly well blended and sinfully delightful. Hops at the finish give this one a lot of dark fruit flavors but the bitter roast never lets it turn overly sweet or fruity. Of course the chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and oak flavors are all very present and solid.

Very good body here. Just enough carbonation survived the barrel aging. Somewhat thick and chewy.

I'm not sure what else to say. A very very good beer. Is it on par with some of the world's top barrel aged imperial stouts? Well, my score might end up close, but close in this world is a HUGE difference. Get the price down or somewhat add that extra umph and we'll talk again.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,121 ratings.