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

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2,047 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,047
Reviews: 566
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 252
Gots: 650 | FT: 74
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 John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this at Dyan's place yesterday.

BA Boris pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, with leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose in this fairly sweet stout, but it delivers more flavor then I was expecting from the aroma profile. The chocolate flavor really comes on strong on the palate, along with considerable coffee and vanilla. There is a hint of leather and tobacco in the long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and creamy, and seemed to improve the longer the beer sat in the glass. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Re-sampled on 6/28/11. Very little difference from previous version. Still quite excellent. Did find the aroma profile a bit more attractive, and so adjusted review score slightly.

This was a very easy to take, very enjoyable beer. Haven't had the regular Boris in some time, but this is clearly superior to the regular version of this beer (IMHO). Impressive.

John_M, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Corsedonk snifter. Pours a perfect oily black, and thick. I'm loving the appearance already. A small frothy light brown head comes forth, but then slowly dissipates to a surface of creamy froth. Leaves thick creamy lacing that quickly slides down the glass.

Aroma is very pleasing with lot's of coffee and chocolate notes. Actually picking up a slight fruit in the aroma as well. Distant oak and booze scent.

Yum! Great RIS from Hoppin' Frog. Wonderful chocolate, malty, and thick mouthfeel/flavor. Coffee aftertaste, also when the whiskey flavor penetrates the tongue. Very mild bitter hops on the back of the tongue mid-flavor. Nice slight booze warming slides down the throat. A very solid and tasty RIS!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1

Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. is onyx in color. Completely pitch black. No light's cutting through at all. It's capped with a modest chocolate mocha cap. It might reach a finger deep if it's lucky. Love the color. It dissipates quickly and leaves a sticky, light lacing on the glass.

The nose is damn impressive. Roasted malts seem to be front and center, which is not unlike the base beer. I like that here. Light hints of chocolate and coffee are noted, and complement its roasted character. Bourbon is noted, but the approach here is very elegant. It's a modest bourbon scent that complements the other scents very well. I generally prefer this approach when it comes to barrel aging stouts, and this one's no different. Vanilla is noted late, but it's subtle. Alcohol is masked extremely well.

Let there be no doubt, Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. is my kind of barrel aged stout. Roasted malts are very prominent and give it an excellent base. No surprise there. It's hard to mess up when you're starting with B.O.R.I.S. There are some light chocolate and coffee flavors, but they're very subtle. Nonetheless, they add quality depth and are effective.Bourbon is noted, but it is a very modest flavor. It's not intimidating or overpowering at all. Rather, it plays a complementary role, and plays it perfectly. Vanilla, molasses, and caramel are all secondary flavors. Lots of depth here. There's even a bit of a hoppy, bitter flavor that I'm pleased to encounter. I'm surprised given that this bottle is nearly a year old. I'm sure it's not what it once was, but it's still kicking. Alcohol is never too big of a factor, but is noticeable. It finishes a little bitter, roasty, with a touch of bourbon. Excellent.

The body here is medium, but leans toward thick with warming. It's definitely creamy and smooth once the temperature elevates a little. Carbonation is dialed down nicely. Drinkability is very high. I was apprehensive that a bomber might be a bit much. Not the case. It's not enough. For a big, barrel-aged stout, this stuff goes down far too easily.

Barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. is superb beer. I like the regular version quite a bit, but a touch of bourbon and vanilla flavor obviously goes a long way here. There really isn't anything negative to say. If you haven't had a bottle by now, seek it out. It's well-worth the effort. Here's hoping Hoppin' Frog keeps releasing this semi-regularly. Bravo!

prototypic, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a black opaque color, with no hints of light. A thick and oily look with a small creamy caramel colored head. The sweet scent of oatmeal hits the nose, followed by a whiskey fragrance, with touches of chocolate at the end. Oatmeal and malt sweetness is the strength at first taste that is soon overtaken by bourbon, whiskey flavor. A dried fruit flavor comes forward soon after, mostly of raisons and currants, finishing with a touch of grapefruit and citric bitterness. A very slick and oily finish that spreads out evenly, it finishes with a mild dryness on the back of the palate with a slight burn of alcohol. This is an in your face beer, an intense fragrance and flavor are top notch. A thick and dark look with the slick and oily texture make this a great night cap beer.

cameraman, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the mothman for sharing this one.

Deep dark oily black colored body with a mocha colored head.

Smell is of licorice, oatmeal, bourbon and roasted malts.

Big thick roasty bourbon flavors come through immediately. Lots of licorice comes through as well. Very sweet and thick in the finish, with the wood barrel flavor coming in as well.

Big, thick, smooth syrupy mouthfeel. The flavor lingers on the tongue forever.

Good drinkablility for such a big beer and the oatmeal makes it smooth.

pmccallum86, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the 2010 Stout tasting in a Orval Chalice.

22oz bomber, from 2009.

Deep dark brown mahogany/black with zero head at all. Nose is very boozy from the bourbon but really nice flavor notes.

Taste is awesome, light richness and very crismp oatmeal finish makes it one of the best bourbon barrel beers I've had in a long time!

kingcrowing, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this recently at a tasting along with the regular version.
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head. The smell is way more pronounced than the regular version. Notes of roasted malts, barrel, coffee, and subtle sweetness. The taste is also way different than the regular version with flavors of dark chocolate, the barrel, with a slight bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium. The drinkability is good but it is a heavier beer. Maybe this one stands out so much to me since we compared it to the regular version, but I really enjoyed this one. My 2 cents is to skip the non-BA version and go find this one!

kbutler1, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Did a side by side with this and regular Boris.

Pours very little tan head that fades down fast. Leaves no lace. color is a solid black, just like regular boris.

Aroma: licorice, dried cherries, chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, sweet malts, oak, and vanilla. Much better than regular boris. Well done here.

Taste: Lots of fresh cherries with licorice. The whiskey is dulled down, but present. Some oak and vanilla. Lots of oats. Much better than the regular version.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, smooth, and velvety. Lower carbonation with a medium sized body. Ends roasted with some whiskey. Not bad, but a little dry.

Overall, this beer is much much better than the regular version and I can't stress that enough. It is fairly drinkable and something I wouldn't mind drinking again.

mothman, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to goryshkewych and roopy40 for each sending me extra's of this. You guys are awesome!

Pours a deep black, with light visible only at the extreme edges. Doesn't pour any head, but a good swirl coaxes some bubbles out. No lacig either.

The nose is strong up front with bourbon and woody characters. I also get burnt malts, chocolate and oatmeal, a light coffee bean bitterness as well as toffee and caramel. Sweeter than I expected.

The taste takes a step back from the bourbon, although it's still there. Oaky, with chocolate and vanilla, roasted malts and tofffe, a light coffee note in the finish. Bourbon softer and in the background.

Mouthfeel is not as thick as I thought it would be, probably about medium. Not very viscous, and has a low carbonatoin. Drinkability is good, a sipper for sure.

Overall, I enjoyed this much more than the regular BORIS, as it just takes it up a notch. Good stuff, I'd be interested to find out how the DORIS turns out.

Mistofminn, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2010
A vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost four-finger thick, richly browned head. The beer is very dark, almost perfectly black color that is quite opaque when held up to the light. The head manages to leave some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass as the head subsides. The aroma smells of vanillin and sweetened toasted coconut up front. This leads into a richly toasted malt character that leans towards barley husk notes, sweetened dark cocoa, and a cream laden, sweetened, French roast coffee drink. Interestingly enough this beer is not nearly as complex as I expected from a Bourbon Barrel aged Imperial Stout; I do like that this is very smooth and well integrated as the Bourbon character has not run rough-shod and hot over the aromatic profile.

The beer tastes quite sweet up front and finishes with a touch of Bourbon spice, acrid burnt malt, and a spicy carbonic bite that is a bit unexpected given that this isn't highly carbonated. Flavors of vanillin interweave with rich toasted coconut notes and the dark, chocolate like malt character to make this seem quite a bit like a rich desert. The body is rich and viscous as it lingers fatly on the palate without being cloying. As the beer warms up it loses some of the sweetness that was almost too much initially. This helps to bring out a rich, savory malt character that brings out a sort of salty, sort of smoky, definitely umami character.

A quite enjoyable beer whose biggest flaw is that it is perhaps a bit simplistic. This definitely needs to be drunk on the warm side of cool where the savory quality becomes noticed and helps to boost the complexity. The most pleasant part of this beer is that it doesn't get overwhelmed by the Bourbon Barrel aging, which is a huge relief to me.

Gueuzedude, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of dqrull
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Oskar, thanks alot for sharing!

Poured black as coal with light red tints at the edge when held up to a the light. Creamy thick head that dies out fairly quick and leaves some lacing.

Smells really fruity, especially of dark berries, blackberries first and foremost. Imagine blackberryjam on a piece of toasted rye bread, and a light note of coffee and a very light hint of vanilla in the back, or is it the oats?

Starts of with the toasted rye bread again, but this time the blackberries are accompanied by raspberries and an ever so light touch of blueberries. This is all followed by a little raisin and dried figs, all the while having the toasted bread along. Mid-palate it all transforms into a much less fruity experience, but with a rather bitter cocoa, and dark semi-sweet milk chocolate. There is cofee as well, and just after you have recognized these for the style signature characteristics, the creamy vanilla and oak notes push through and finishes thebeer off ever so smoothly, awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost overly creamy to me, and the carbonation is light and contributing to the creamyness.

dqrull, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of OskarL
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pitch black with some red showing in the light, brown small head that disipates fast and leaves lacing.

Smell - Fruity with some berries, roasted malts, cacao, sticky warming bourbon.

Taste - Fruits and berries and then a wonderfull taste of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a lingering cacao taste. Like a wonderfull dessert! A lot of characteristics in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Full body, creamy with low carbonation.

OskarL, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of BigJim5021
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an impenetrable, inky black with a nice brown head. No light will penetrate the beer. It's like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.

Dark roasted malts and oaky bourbon notes fill out the lovely aroma.

Flavor is a big ol' dose of vanilla, coconut and deeply roasted chocolate malts. This is ridiculously tasty.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. It's got the perfect level of viscosity, and just the right amount of carbonation. Brilliant.

Drinkability is as high as you'll find as far as abv goes. Let's also not forget that bombers runs around $17 a pop. I'm not saying it's not worth it. It totally is. This is just a once in a blue moon treat.

BigJim5021, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of ccrida
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a small brown head that leaves almost no lace. I'm having this right after the first half of a bomber of regular B.O.R.I.S (acquired around the same time) for comparison, so much of this review will focus on that.

Smell is noticeably sweeter, big coconut from the barrels, a bit of whiskey. I love it.

Taste is similar, this one is big on the barrel character, yet that makes it delicious, very flavorful, if a bit one dimensional, especially compared to the regular version. Again, I love it, so I don't feel obliged to knock it for the lace of depth, although it does have some dark fruits, very light roast, some bitterness. The whiskey really comes out as it warms, dominating.

Mouthfeel is great. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium light bodied, slick.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome barrel aged RIS. Great barrel character while still being smooth and easy drinking. Still, could use a bit more depth, and in the end, I preferred the regular version.

ccrida, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into my snifter

Pours an opaque color with no light getting through this beer. The head is a mere half inch with poor head retention only lasting a couple seconds. Very little ring on the edges of the beer is left behind though. No lacing at all occurred while drinking the beer.

Aroma consisted of a nice sweet smell. I get hints of coffee, chocolate, good notes of bourbon, oak, molasses, vanilla, black-strap leather, and tobacco. Pretty impressed I would say.

Good amount of bakers chocolate upfront with some espresso, leading way into a mildly sweet vanilla taste, then comes in the bourbon which is not overpowering but lets you know its Bourbon Aged(which is something I like when the Bourbon does not overpower the whole beer).Good amounts of roasted malts with hints of oak, and some tobacco. Very little alcohol heat leads to a barely noticeable burn in the back, which I like. Overall I was very pleased with this beer, very complex and flavorful.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and velvet like smooth which coats the whole palate. Nice milkshake like taste stays in the aftertaste.

Overall I was very pleased with this beer, and I would definitely buy it again.

tr4nc3d, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of KeefD
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A forum post about this beer reminded me that I never entered my tasting notes on this one from a few weeks ago. Shared with friends at a great impy stout tasting. This one was in my top 3 of the night. Review from notes:

A: Dark brown, ruby edges, no head or lacing, nice legs though.

S: Wow! Powerful bourbon aroma right off the top, chocolate, char, light coffee notes. Bourbon and chocolate perfectly integrated. Nice caramel comes out as it warms, bourbon fades. One of the best smelling RIS's ever.

T: Chocolaty, roasty. Good bourbon, light oak, dry finish. Very smooth and easy to drink. Bourbon not overwhelming.

M: A little thin, medium bodied, would like more viscosity. Light carb.

D: Relatively easy to drink. Bourbon is great, well balanced.

KeefD, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a large snifter, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. has a dark, dark brown, basically black body, with a thin ring of chocolate colored suds on top. Almost no lacing.

The aroma consists of cocoa powder, chocolate milk, toasted malts and a whiff of alcohol. Swirling the glass reveals some sweeter whiskey notes and a hint of barrel wood.

Chewy, chocolaty malts hit your taste buds at first, followed by slightly darker roasted malts and warming whiskey. Oats come through a little in the middle of the flavor profile, but are drown out by the stronger whiskey notes on the finish. Woodiness lingers on the tongue after a couple of sips, mixing with the slowly evaporating whiskey notes. Not overly complex in taste, but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of this beer. Super smooth, chewy, robust body with warming whiskey alcohol. The addition of oatmeal was a good idea.

Drinkability is pretty good for a big barrel aged stout. Very much a sipper and a beer that you would ideally split with someone. Whiskey is present, but not overbearing. Just about in the sweet spot for me.

Overall, this is a nice offering from Hoppin' Frog. The style and barrel aging are well done. However, nothing really stands out. A little one-dimensional at times. But stepping aside from complexity, this stout still delivers a lot of tastiness and an elegantly smooth body. I will definitely be enjoying the rest of my glass.

sisuspeed, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, a deep opaque brown body with practically no head, and fast dissipating at that. Minimal lacing. Smells quite nice, with a little bourbon nose, some wet wood evoking chicory character, some sweet milk chocolate and a little vanilla. For want of pungency, I can't ask for more nose in a barrel-aged RIS.

Tastes pretty delicious. Smooth milky chocolaty vanillaey flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a great big bourbon oak presence. The oatmeal does a lot to the texture, making it rich and creamy without sludging up the body... more of a careful syrupiness. It tastes hotter than it feels, but there is a sure alcohol presence. Fairly sweet, but quite drinkable. A little roasted wood notes in the finish. Pretty well-balanced on the barrel-aged character compared to others of its kind.

Overall this is a fine offering. I would wish for more carbonation before anything else, otherwise this is one of the best barrel-aged RIS's around.

abuliarose, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a very dark black. There is little carbonation, a small medium tan head rises for a second but is gone right away.

The aroma is pretty light. It starts off pretty sweet with a little chocolate and some vanilla. Its pretty one note.

The taste brings a little more complexity to the table, but not at on. It starts out midly sweet with some vanilla presenting itself the strongest. In the middle you get lots of wood and a slight alcohol finish. There is also a lot of whiskey from start to finish, its a nice touch.

The feel is ok, its a little too light for me. It has a slight warmness to it but not much of a finish.

Overall, this is a decent stout. The barrel aged is better than the regular BORIS, but its still nothing outstanding to track down.

jrallen34, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of steeltown71
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First impressions on the BA Boris: an absurdly smooth beer. The taste and texture evoke a frothy mocha-like experience. Nice caramel and vanilla notes but finishes medium-dry with more coffee-malt. This isn't my favorite RIS but it's absolutely worth tracking down and experiencing. I also don't doubt that this would make an incredible beer float.

steeltown71, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter a pitch black color (or lack thereof) with a somewhat fizzy type, bourbon colored head with a touch of lacing. The head receded rather abruptly and remains a swirling, Kharybdis-like whirlpool in the middle with some foamy rings around the edges.

Aroma is very very nice. Loads of bourbon without being too bourbony. A great deal of vanilla as well. Oaky woodiness appears as well as the large bit of roastiness. Slight bit of raw cocoa and some raisin like qualities as well.

Super solid flavor. Great bourbon and vanilla flavors balance and compliment each other very nicely. A hefty dose of hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check on this one. Chocolate and coffee are less evident in the flavor as the bourbon and oakiness seem to be the star here.

A little light bodied and somewhat fizzy for the style. Coats the tongue and teeth nicely, though. This is one great beer and is very easy to drink. Drinks like a 6% beer, and that is dangerous.

Thanks a bunch to ncsincere for this beauty.

SaCkErZ9, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Vonerichs
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black in color with cinnamon colored head. Head is short lived with no lacing, leaving behind a glass of thick black liquid.

No mistaking the whiskey in the nose. It's the dominant scent from start to finish. It smells like hot booze. Roasted malt and vanilla are an afterthought.

Same with the taste. This is a very good barrel aged stout, but it's a little rough and unrefined. The roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate do better showing up in the taste than in the nose, but I still struggle to get past the whiskey. While some barrel aged stouts have nice mellow bouquets of vanilla and charred oak from the aging, this one is abrasive.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with little carbonation. Finish is very, very dry.

Due to the coarseness and overwhelming presence of whiskey, this one takes a major hit from me in drinkability. I know it's not a long time, but this one sat for about 7 months before opening and it didn't seem to mellow it much.

Vonerichs, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of HopHead29
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

Served in nonic

Pours dark black with little head and no lacing

Smell is of dark fruit, whiskey, chocolate, and alcohol

Taste is white chocolate with some tart dark fruits and a prominent alcohol presence. Very intense flavor. Lots of sweet and bitter tastes

Feel is very smooth on this

Not a very drinkable beer. Lots of intense flavoring but one of the few beers that I've had a hard time putting down.

HopHead29, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a pitch black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild barrel aroma. The patent and chocolate malts dominate. It's warm and bitter with a nice oatmeal smoothness. The taste is very nice. It has a bitter black malt character that is complimented with a bit of chocolate malt sweetness. The barrel contribution is much more pronounced in the taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good RIS. The original is good. This one is a little more complex.

WesWes, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.88/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Procured this in a trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Poured into a Cigar City snifter.

Appearance: Looks exactly the same as regular B.O.R.I.S. (which Zach and I sampled right before this): opaque black, oily, thick, essentially no head. I'd love to see some head on this beer, but there's just none to be found. No lacing either.

Smell: When cold, the whiskey dominates. When warm, the whiskey dominates. Regular B.O.R.I.S. had a lot of complexity to it, but it was very mild. That complexity is totally overshadowed here. I can't get anything besides whiskey. I like the aroma, but it's far too plain.

Taste: When cold, the whiskey dominates. When warm, the whiskey dominates. Unlike the smell, however, there are some other flavors that emerge once the beer warms up. Specifically, I get roasted barley, caramel/molasses, and dark chocolate. Whereas regular B.O.R.I.S. had a gamut of subtle and interesting flavors, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. has lots of whiskey and hints of general R.I.S. flavors. I greatly prefer regular B.O.R.I.S.

Mouthfeel: Full, very lightly carbonated, and dry. Essentially the same as regular B.O.R.I.S., but with an extra dry finish. Lots of mouth-numbing and pretty solid mouth-coating.

Drinkability: While this was a very cool experience (regular B.O.R.I.S. followed by Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.), I much prefer the complexity of regular B.O.R.I.S. Not that there's too much whiskey in this one; there just aren't enough other flavors/aromas that can hang with it.

ThreeWiseMen, Feb 20, 2010
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,047 ratings.