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

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Ratings: 1,957
Reviews: 559
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 243
Gots: 631 | 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)
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Photo of allboutbierge
4.68/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich deep nearly pitch black brown hued color with moderate lace retention. Head is hickory brown and although initially boisterous, short lived. Lots of burnt sugar, vanilla, moderate amounts of bourbon notes, roasted oatmeal, mostly sweet smells, but there's nice sourness coming from the roast. Flavor brings in some predictable bitter dark chocolate notes which pair surprisingly well with the whiskey. Lots of sugary sweetness too. Alcohol is in the forefront, but finishes with little emphasis. Otherwise, the aroma accurately foretells the taste.

Body is thick, thicker than any other beer Ive had. More than chewy, filling and velvety smooth on the tongue. Its really a wonderful stout.

allboutbierge, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Charred oak barrel black with no highlights whatsoever. No how, no way. The magnificent cap of foam is the color of a double chocolate fudge milkshake and looks to be as creamy and as thick. It melts in super-slow motion and is absolutely plastering the glass with lace. Yeah, but is it perfect? Yessiree.

If the aroma is any indication, Fred left B.O.R.I.S. in the whiskey barrels for precisely the right length of time. The roasted maltiness of the base RIS is easily appreciated alongside the beautiful burnt sugar and vanilla notes imparted by the barrels. This is shaping up to be one gobsmacker of a stout.

Regular B.O.R.I.S. needs a re-review in the worst way. I had a feeling that my experience on the day of that review wasn't what it should have been (because I was lucky enough to taste the beer right out of the tanks on a visit to the brewery). I say that because simply aging this beast in whiskey barrels couldn't have improved it this much. Even without the bourbon, it's a remarkable RIS. A bodacious one even.

The flavor profile can only be described as thunderous, thanks to what tastes like several metric tons of roasted and black malt. There aren't too many versions with this much dark chocolatiness. Other flavors include espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark caramel, vanilla beans and coconut. The flavor and bitterness of the hops gives it that edge that puts it over the top. Even more whiskey would have been welcome, but the beer is still amazing.

The mouthfeel was flirting with the next lowest score until the last few mouthfuls. Warming firms things up, smooths them out and adds a luscious creaminess akin to... well... heavy cream. Laid back bubbles are dead solid perfect.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. is Hoppin' Frog's best beer (and they brew some beauties). It has everything that I look for in a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, and then some. Here's hoping that Mr. Karm releases it yearly. And that some kind Ohio BA will hook me up if I'm not able to make it back in time to clear out a few stores.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Tom8Analise
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black with nice tan head. So black you can't through it holding it up to the light!

S- Sweet with dark chocolate notes as well as smokey whiskey barrel scents.

T- Amazing! This beer has a great amount of flavor such as dark chocolate, coffee and a lot of whiskey which gives it a nice sweet taste! Leaves a nice warm feeling in your chest.

M- F'n PHENOMENAL !! ... Easily one of the smoothest imperial stouts we have had yet.

D- This was the lowest score we gave the beer but that does not mean that it is bad. Due to the thickness and sweetness of the beer, this is something we would enjoy a few glasses of at a small get together but not something we'd pound at a party for 4 hours...

Enjoy!

Tom and Analise

Tom8Analise, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished my 3rd Batch 1 (not by myself, and not all in the same night), and I'm seriously blown away by this beer. This is near perfection, a dangerously addictive stout.

The beer is dark brown, opaque, with a thin but solid-looking tan head. The aroma is just about perfect, I have a hard time believing this is a barrel aged version of the standard B.O.R.I.S. This beer is rich with chocolate roasted malts, some coffee and more complex esters than I ever had in the standard beer. The flavors all come through strong in the taste, more sweet than anything else but very well balanced with the roasted toasty malts. I didn't get much of the barrel (vanilla or oak) but the beer itself is a near masterpiece of flavors. The body is thick and silky smooth, not as thick as Dark Lord but not too far off, in honesty this is a better overall package than Dark Lord (having tried them side by side, this is my position). Strongly recommended, buy this beer if and when you see it.

TurdFurgison, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of aewinte1
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with nice 2" tan head. Had to pour very vigorously to get foamage, but it was there.
S- So complex, its somewhat hard to pick out all the scents. I get coffee, chocolate malts, booze, vanilla, and a smokey oakey flavor. Smells very sweet, but slightly boozey. Really a great smelling beer.
T- Again, this beer is very complex, but the taste is truly remarkable. At first sip, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee creaminess hit the palate. Has a nice smokey flavor, possible from the oak. Finishes sweet and creamy with a nice coffee-bourbon aftertaste. Really, really dank.
M- was creamy and viscous with the carbonation really being perfectly adequate.
D- Would be a shame if you didn't sip this to savor all the awesomeness in every drop. That being said, I could like drink 3-4 of these in one sitting if they weren't so expensive and unavailable in my area.
Overall, A truly excellent beer. I will throw this on my mental top 10 list.

aewinte1, Oct 03, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being reviewed from notes. Split a bomber of this with my good friend Passow a few weeks ago. Poured into a pint glass. This beer is a black color that lets in zero light at all. Has a dark brown head in inch when poured, settling to a nice surface coating. Great lace. Aromas of roasted malt and bourbon along with a hint of chocolate and also alcohol. The taste pretty much follows suite. Nice roasted chocolate malt with oaked bourbon goodness along with a bit of vanilla. Some dark fruit such as plum or raisin also present. The taste of alcohol is also present and the beer is rounded out with a bit of hops. Has a crisp, smooth and creamy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, but this is certainly a beer best enjoyed sipped slowly. Took me well over an hour to finish mine. Excellent!

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled sixth in a ten stout tasting and placing sixth.

Pours pitch black. Hardly no head and virtually no retention. Still, this is what I expect from this beer.

Smells very bourbony and chocolatey. There is some alcohol but it's in the back.

Lotsa bourbon and sweet malts. Extremely smooth as you would expect a barrel aged stout to be. Creamy and nicely carbonated for the style.

Spend all night with this bad rascal. I love regular BORIS and this slightly improves on it.

rudylaw, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.8/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this one from Klevelandrocks, cheers Ken! Review from notes

Pours ebony with a pinky of mocha colored head. Nice oiliness to this, a bit of lacing & no head retention

S: Dark fruit & choclate, plus oakyness & raisins

T: Dark chocolate & fruit up front, along with charred grain & vanilla. Some herbal hops sneak in as this warms, along with more dark chcolate vanilla, figs, raisins & a touch of coffee. Finishes with a whisper of booze, lovely dark chcolate & a touch leaf hops

MF: Chewy & oily with trace amounts of carbonation

Drinks to easy, I like this better than the regular version BORIS, well done hopping frog!

russpowell, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this, and while it wasn't bad, it didn't really come close to meeting my high expectations. Compared to some of the other highly rated RIS's out there, I didn't really feel it stacked up all that well. It is very black and syrupy, but the aroma and flavor didn't deliver nearly as much flavor as I expected. This beer is nowhere as roasty as a Speedway Stout, and isn't 1/10th as bourbon-y as say a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Aroma was quite faint, and mouthfeel was frankly quite thin, particularly for a beer that looked a little syrupy coming out of the bottle. Flavor was pretty good, but fainter than I thought it would be - roasty, bourbon-y, some dried fruit notes (and quite a bit of booziness), but not to the degree of intensity that they hype surrounding this beer would lead me to believe.

This wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it didn't really meet my expectations. Of those RIS's that are big, expensive, and somewhat hard to get, I think this one is a bit over-hyped. Like I said, not bad, but definitely not belonging in the elite category or beers of this style.

BeerBelcher, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of mikey711
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Oh man am I excited to try this.

A: Black. Very Very black and syrupy. There is a faint brown layer of head sitting on top.

S: Very nice smelling. Lots of sweet vanilla notes and spicy whiskey notes. The whiskey brings out a bit of smokiness too which goes well with the vanilla and roastiness.

T: Very sweet with the vanilla, oatmeal, chocolate and roastiness coming through first and a warming whiskey finish.

M: Silky smooth. Wow I am impressed with the smoothness of the beer. Most impressive is how the whiskey is always present but not dominant.

D: I wish I could drink this all night but a bomber is plenty.

mikey711, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of jdklks
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to normyk for this one.

wow. this beer looks and smells phenomenal. one of the darkest beers ive seen. black all the way through with just the slightest tinge of amber on the edges when held directly up to the light. dark brown head that recedes quickly but leaves a nice ring around a thin island of bubbles in the middle. zero lacing.

everything great about an imperial stout is here, and here in a big way. the barrel aging is fantastic. a good whiskey flavor all the way through that is not overwhelming at all, but rather nice and calm, subtle and classy. a good deal of chocolate sweetness through the middle with hints of caramel and molasses. a great roasty/smokiness accompanied by a dry hazelnut flavor that gives way to a sweet oak whiskey flavor in the finish/aftertaste. very warming. the 9.4% is pronounced, and awesome. as if all this were not enough, the hop character perfectly compliments the onslaught of malty awesomeness. an absolutely fantastic beer.

mouthfeel is slightly tingly, though it is not because of excessive carbonation, but rather the sting of the alcohol. otherwise, it is just a little too thin, but exceptionally smooth. drinkability is huge... i cant stop sipping.

jdklks, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of bruachan
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

well, obviously such a beer is totally light blocking. this s@#t is deep. brown sugar colored head that does diminish but leaves a good collar with fun ringlets at the surface

the aroma is rich and deep. strong vanilla and oaky currents tag team with the already strong roasted character. great depth here

a robust mouthfeel carries a great altitude of sweet and strongly roasted elements. dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and overall strong caramelization. slight ethanol heat reminds of the %, though dominates nothing

the barrel aging of this particular brew is quite classy. amidst a recent flurry of what has become quite a fashionable trend the barrel treatment of this one is exceptional. typically the aging brings a very boozy element (which, i should say, i do appreciate for a number of reasons. i still find those beers imminently enjoyable) that prompts one to ask exactly how much whiskey was added to the liquid. a very tasteful element is added here and the brew's depth is enhanced for it, yet in a mode far more subtle that i have tasted to date

bruachan, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 8/28/09 next to the regular version and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. The beer appears black with a light brown head, decent retention, and decent scattered lacing.

Whisky is immediately apparent and dominant in the nose. Vanilla and tannins are noticeable, as well as cherries. Rich chocolate is present in the background. The whisky is pervasive and seems to swallow up the other aromas.

The taste opens up with bitter chocolate and strong booze. The whisky takes over almost instantly and drowns out the chocolate and oatmeal I so enjoyed in the reguilar B.O.R.I.S. The beer is very sweet and boozy and it becomes cloying.

Barrel Aging has been detrimental to the mouthfeel of this beer. It comes off thin and watery and nowhere near as satisfying as the regular version.

This beer could use some time to mellow out as it's quite hot and boozy. It became a chore to drink near the end. The regular B.O.R.I.S. is clearly superior.

HopHead84, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 1, courtesy of Reed415.

Pours pitch black with a small tan head that recedes fairly quickly leaving some spotty lacing on the way down to a minimal collar.

For lack of a better word, the aroma is dark, really dark. It's got a massive dark roasted malt aroma with lots of toasted oats as well. Some bakers chocolate follows and only a subtle barrel presence with a little oak and hints of whiskey. One of the least intrusive barrel aromas I've smelled recently.

The taste is more of the same and I'm definitely surprised the whiskey doesn't show more. The dominant flavors are dark roasted malts and dark chocolate. I'm also very surprised by the level of dark fruits in this one - lots of chocolate covered cherry flavors. There is definitely some oak in there, but the whiskey is really, really subtle, and vanilla is more dominant flavor.

The mouthfeel is exceptionally smooth with the oats making their presence felt. The carbonation is light and the body is medium to full.

This is a solid BA stout and I can't decide if I like this or the regular version more. What I do like is that the barrel character is not overpowering and the the underlying beer still dominates the flavors. It's a sweet and roasty stout with hints of whiskey which make it very drinkable for a BA stout.

gford217, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Pours virtually pitch black. A force pour yielded barely a half-finger of dark, dark mocha head, with virtually no retention. Minimal lacing. If this beer had any head retention whatsoever, it would look just about perfect.

Smell: Bourbon, soy sauce, chocolate. Some alcohol. Surprisingly muted, overall.

Taste: Bourbon is the dominant flavor, but it blends well with chocolatey, sweet malts. A slightly unpleasant soy sauce-like flavor is hidden in there, but its mild. No hiding the alcohol in this one, and actually tastes boozier than the 9.4%. There is almost a sour note that comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect. Incredibly thick and creamy, and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: A definite sipper, and one that would be better to split with a friend. I like bourbon-barrel aged beers, but this is one where i like the original better - especially considering how exceptional normal B.O.R.I.S. is.

StarlightSeraph, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ndekke39
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine barely managed to find a bottle of this in Columbus. Decanted into pint glasses. Very dark. Little to no head. Looks thicker than it actually is. You can smell the barrel - definite whiskey or bourbon. Aromas and tastes of coffee and chocolate. Very smooth. Small bite of alcohol. Overall, quite good. Not sure if I prefer this over the regular BORIS, but still good!

ndekke39, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live probably 45 minutes to an hour from Akron Youngstown area, and this beer didn't make it's way to any of the usual good locals. Even Pittsburgh just started seeing this in limited quantities. I happened to stumble on the BA Boris while on vacation in Myrtle Beach at the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common.

Popped the cap and I was welcomed with a light wisp of carbonation escaping the 22 ounce bottle. The only difference on the label is the Barrel Aged (whiskey barrels) along with faint oak barrels stacked in the background. After a vigorous pour a minimal deep mocha tan head forms but dwindles rather quickly, body is as dark as any dark beer I've ever come across, pours like used motor oil. Lacing really grips onto my Allagash chalice with each sip fine evenly webbed patterns form on all sides of my glass. I guess I have to mention that this beer has legs, give it a swirl or two and you'll see it stick to the sides of your glass.

Aromatics offer the oak barrel effects including sharply charred oak, vanilla, and a light mist of bourbon. To be honest the smell has a very moist powdered chocolate doughnut edge with an air of booziness.

Flavor comes together but I still enjoy a regular B.O.R.I.S. than this barrel aged version any day, it's rare for me that the barrel enhances the standard beer. The biggest down fall of this beer was the price tag at $15.99, charred marshmallow with strong coffee and dark chocolate roasted malt character, a soft sweetness develops much mostly due to the oatmeal additions. Big whiskey and oak barrel finish adds to the complexity but doesn't take away from the base beer much at all in the flavor. A bit of booze and sour mash whiskey edges, with more charred vanilla oak ridden notes.

Mouthfeel is full bodied full roasted malt bitterness leaves a dryness but the backend brings on a searing edge of whiskey edge alcohol, carbonation levels are very moderate due to the oak aging mellowing out the CO2.

Drinkability overall is one of the most quaffable versions of an oak aged beer I've had, much more approachable than the Voodoo Black Magick. Some versions have killed me with booze this version was more complex and retained enough characteristics from the original beer to make it work well, I love this brewery and I can't wait to drink this year's offerings at the Steel City Big Pour. Last year they had the best of with their Silk Porter through run through a Randall full of espresso beans, they also ran their standard IPA through some hops.

WVbeergeek, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of Jettanbass9
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 served up by rhinos00, christmas in july '09. thanks buddy!!

A - Jet, jet, jet black... inky, obsidian, charcoal black... this is by far the darkest beer i have ever laid eyes on. tight, creamy lacing caps this beer like freshly brewed espresso.

S - Resinous oak, vanilla, smoke, roast, dark chocolate, nutty oatmeal, sweet caramel and hints of ethenol. Bourbon and oak are in the forefront but allows malty aromas to pierce through. Extremely well rounded aroma.

T - Resinous oak, vanilla, french roast coffee, belgian dark chocolate, toasted oatmeal, sweet caramelized sugars. Alcohol can be a bit hot as the beer warms up and i can only imagine some age could do wonders. Bold flavors that are extremely balanced, i can't speak highly enough about the balance in this beer.

M - full bodied without being a bit cloying. the oatmeal aspect of this beer does wonders. lightly carbonated and void of any astringency.

D - A slow sipper for sure... but this one goes down smooth, smooth, smooth. Fantastic flavors are bold to say the least but show some excellent balance. Age one or some of this, this beer, without a doubt, will improve with age.

Jettanbass9, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of ricke
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewdan for this one.

First batch.

A: Pitch black with a small beige head that settles quickly and leaves small lacings.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, caramel, bourbon and oak. Hints of molasses and licorice. The smell is rich and deep. The bourbon character is subtle but more prominent than I had expected.

T: Very round, rich and full. Lots of smooth roasted malts, molasses and vanilla. Hints of chocolate and caramel. The taste is very sweet due to the massive malts and bourbon. The finish is bitter with warming bourbon flavors and some alcohol.

M: Full-bodied, creamy and smooth.

D: Although the bourbon character was more restrained in this one compared to some of the bourbon bombs out there, I thought the bourbon aromas were surprisingly prominent in this one, yet very well integrated. All in all, it was balanced and complex and very pleasant as a sipper. I had it directly after the standard version of Boris the Crusher, and I must say the barrel aging seriously changed the character of it. Although I really enjoyed BA Boris, and was really impressed by the subtle bourbon character is showcased, I do believe I enjoyed the regular version more.

ricke, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of emerge077
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black into a Duvel tulip. About one finger of mocha foam, creamy with a cluster of chocolate milk bubbles that rapidly dissipates. Soon after i'm staring into an obsidian mirror that's starting to resemble a black hole of soul sucking darkness. A swirl of the glass relieves my fear of the unholy and produces sandy wisps across the surface.

Big vanilla oak barrel and brown sugar aroma dominates the nose, faint alcohol when swirled. First sips get nicely distinctive bourbon flavors, followed by dark chocolate, earthy roast and tobacco leaf. The sweetly alternating vanilla and chocolate elements are perfectly intertwined, with little to no alcohol perceived. The finish is long, with lingering chocolate notes that segue into tobacco and dry oak. The true marvel of this beer is its impossibly smooth and silky body. Oatmeal is truly amazing in this respect, it's just something you want to hold on your palate for as long as you can, and just feel the silk sheet wrap around you. I'm really digging this...it could be dangerous if not sipped slowly.

emerge077, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured with a foamy/creamy darkish tan head; deep dense jet black color; looks viscous and thick

S - Straight whisky aromas at first; tame roastiness; bittersweet chocolate notes; some booze sneaks in as well

T - Bourbon/whisky with a hint of vanilla; then very bitter chocolate and deep roasted maltiness that just hints at a bit of sweetness

M - Not nearly as thick as the pour had suggested, but certainly a substantial body; bit viscous and very soft carbonation; very warming finish that was a bit dry. Lovely here

D - Nicely drinkable, but obviously a slow sipper. This is best split after dinner with someone, but really drinkable given the depth and reach of the brew.

Overall, I really think this is a really nice brew, but I have to say that I really enjoy the regular BORIS just as much if not more. Recommended.

Nickls, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Solomon420
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Josh (barleywinefiend) for bringing this to our meet up tasting in Bakersfield at Imbibe Wine Bar. It poured nicely, smallish head, pitch black and a tinge of chocolate brown for the head. The smell, whilst alcoholic, was not overpowering. I smelled vanilla, dark chocolate, caramel, flavored coffee too. Now comes the fun part....the taste. It was very good. Vanilla, caramel, smooth chocolate and full of cream. The mouthfeel was good too, very creamy and just floated around. Aftertaste was a tad hot, but hell for such a strong beer, its surprising at how well hidden the alcohol really is for a bourbon aged beer. I was very excited to drink more after the first sip. Overall, for this big of a beer, it was very easy to drink and I enjoyed it very much. I dont think I can drink more than one pint though, but only because it will knock me on me'arse.
It was a pleasure drinking this beer and better yet, drinking it with some new found BA friends! Thanks again brahdda

Solomon420, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of seaoflament
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joey for sharing this bomber at La Bella on Tuesday night.

BA BORIS poured an onyx hue with a quarter inch of head that didn't last too long, a thin mocha ring does sustain in the glass for a while.

Aromas of chocolate, whiskey, roasted barley, cocoa, toast, vanilla, and alcohol in the back. Hints of cherries and raisins soaked in alcohol.

The taste was a bit of an improvement from the aroma, not that the aroma was bad in any way. Initially there were flavors of coffee, chocolate, roasted barley, toast, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate malts, and cocoa. Very bold and full flavored. At times the oak tannins seemed a bit too much and tasted very "woody." Moderate carbonation which also at times I felt like it could be toned down a level to smooth out the beer and have a creamier texture. Semi-dry finish and surprisingly very easy to drink. I really enjoyed this one considering I wasn't a big fan of the regular BORIS.

seaoflament, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Nose has light hints chocolate, , coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak and bourbon. Taste coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and mild bourbon. Big roastiness and the bourbon is well hidden. ABV is upfront for sure. It tasted hotter than it is. Loved this beer!

barleywinefiend, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of CoolJosh
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really glad I got to try this. I've had many opportunity to pick up Hoppin' Frog's offerings, but I always seem to pass. This is a beer I've had my eye on for a while.

Poured from a 22oz bomber. This beer is a solid oily black, with no translucency through the sides. Thin layer of soft white head rests on top and manages to retain for the majority of the glass.

This beer reminds me a lot of the Great Lakes BA blackout in some of the taste elements and mouthfeel. There is a nice kentucky mash that is well matched by burnt chocolate malts. Really nice silky body that lays well on the palate. Traces of darker fruits rise out of the glass. This is on the lighter side for a Russian IS, not a big bold kick you in the ass beer, but very well done and easy to put back.

CoolJosh, Aug 12, 2009
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,957 ratings.