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

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Ratings: 2,079
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 251
Gots: 655 | FT: 73
Brewed by:
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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 jlindros
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been waiting to try this expensive but awesome looking beer for a while now. Finally found a night to do it, watching the Bruins kick the Flyers...I finally get to see if it's worth it.

A: Opens with a soft but distinct ppsssttt, but the heavy pour yields only a very small dark colored head that doesn't even cover the whole top. The beer itself is pitch black, blacker than deep space with some nice lookin legs on the sides of the glass.

N: I could smell the roast and chocolate on the pour. I dive in deeper battling back the urge to start drinking, and find the roast is not as much as I expected. It has some heavy roast but not loaded like some other RIS. The same can not be said for the chocolate, which is loaded. Lots of bakers chocolate, coco nibs, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coco crispies the cereal, etc. There's quite a bit of bourbon and oak with that, with a little vanilla. And with that is some woody esthers, like fresh saw dust almost. Then more dark malts, some crystal and caramel aromas, and hints of brown sugar and molasses.

T: Not sure if I should attempt to taste or just keep enjoying the nose, but alas I gotta. I take a mouthful, and the coffee and roast is a lot more dominant now. Still not sure heavy but def lets you know its there. Its super rich and creamy, smooth, velvety, and... umm... rich. It's very thick and syrupy and has legs on my tongue even. Then comes the chocolate, which comes in waves and feels like it's melting in my mouth (not my hand luckily). As it warms in my mouth the chocolate turns from a creamy milk chocolate to a bakers and dark chocolate and fresh melted cocoa nibs. The literal feeling of it melting in my mouth as it warms is really cool. Luscious and rich, it adds more sweet dark malts, with dark crystal and some toasty flavors. More sweetness with caramel, molasses, and gallons of malts. Some bourbon cuts through all the heavy beer (if I can call it that). A little oak and wood with all that, and even hint of vanilla as it warms. A little bitterness coming from the roasted malts but they did a really good job of keeping the bitterness at bay compared to most super heavy RIS beers. A slight hint of warming booze and taste of it.

M: Must I say it again... oh why not cause its so great, super thick and luscious, creamy, smooth, heavy and super thick, but almost no carbonation.

F: Still a little bitterness but its very little comparatively. Still semi sweet from all the heavy malts, with more lingering brown sugar and molasses, as well as tons upon tons of malts. It just sticks all over the mouth and I can practically feel it slowly dripping down with legs, like used motor oil does slowly down the oil pan. Lots of lingering luscious chocolate as well, all kinds still. Almost no more roasted or coffee flavors, just more smooth dark malts and chocolate. WIth all that is hints of lingering vanilla and a little oak, but not really any bourbon anymore either. Hints of warming booze... wait, no... yeah! I do get a little coffee now. On another sip as it slowly thinned on my mouth and evaporated, or I mean slowly fell off, I got some more lingering coffee and roast, but then was gone again. Long stickiness too as it just coats everything with a probably 1030 gravity liquid of really heavy viscosity.

Overall an amazingly tasty beer, with great smoothness and mouth feel. Drinks like it is 9.4% (which it is), some really nice malt flavors and lots of chocolate, hints of roast. Could have used a little more of teh bourbon and oak flavors, and some carbonation. Otherwise one of my new fav stouts (not top, but up there, probably top 5).

jlindros, May 08, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Enjoyed this one to celebrate my 24th birthday.

Black pour. Very small tan head retains well, and leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma is of sweet whiskey, charred malts, and oatmeal. Basically smells like a spiked black coffee.

Great subtle whiskey flavor. Barrel aging imparts a nice sweet, but not hot flavor. Lots of great subtle flavors rather than bold, overpowering ones. That said, BA BORIS has a monstrous roasted malt character, giving it loads of dark chocolate and coffee flavors.

Nice, thick, rich body. Carbonation is appropriate. Slight creaminess. Ridiculously easy drinker for a 9+% BA imperial stout. I set the glass down during the first contemplative sip, then immediately picked it back up for more. It was a challenge to let this one warm up. Great stuff.

Gyle41386, May 02, 2010
Photo of realmpel
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Slow-blooming head, a rich chestnut color. Head quickly subsides into inky stillness with a touch of tawny at the edges.

Smell is fantastic, a mix of vanilla, wood, a bit of alcohol burn.

Taste has a bit of a tannic bite to it that I am not sure I care for. This beer is at its best at room temperature as this bite tends to subside as the beer warms up. Very nice bitterness on the finish.

It's nice but not extraordinary for me.

realmpel, May 02, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A nice dark brown color with some ruby on the edges. Small head that never amounted to much and quickly disappeared.

S - Not as much of a whisky smell as I would have guessed, some cocoa and coffee notes. Lot of roasty notes and some mild vanilla.

T - Better than I would have expected. Nice roasted taste with subtle bourbon and vanilla on the back of some minimally sweet cocoa and a present but not overpowering coffee flavor. Don't really notice the alcohol, and it finishes with a bitter touch.

M - Lighter side of heavy, pretty creamy, not tons of carbonation.

D - Really easy drinker considering what it is. I got through this bomber with no trouble, and was looking for more, dangerous.

AgentZero, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle. Poured into snifters.

A = Opaque mahogany with a large billowy head comprised of a mix of small and large bubbles. Head is caramel with light reddish tint, recedes slowly leaving only very light lacing.

S = First and foremost I get a ton of oak smells with vanilla, marzipan, hot buttered popcorn, hot chocolate with melted marshmallows.

T = The flavors are better melded than I had expected from the smells, but most of the elements remain the same. There is a strong oaked vanilla flavor with a strong accompaniment of American coffee mixed with a semi sweet chocolate powder and heavy cream and perhaps only a slight amount of white sugar.

M = Heavy body, very full, creamy mouthfeel, creamy. Great mouthcoating.

D = This is very good, but I think small amounts are probably most appropriate. I don't think it is quite as approachable as the non-barrel aged version, but it is definitely a great beer.

Traquairlover, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Green capped bottle poured into a snifter on 12/17/09

Pours a dense brown & settles black. A thin, bubbly head dissipates almost instantly. Swirling the glass revives a bit of dark tan foam. Retention is minimal & mainly kept to the inside perimeter of the glass. Sporadic circles of lace toward the beginning, with no left by the end.

The nose isn't as potent as I would expect. It has an effervescent quality upfront. Still, there is a sharp bourbon booziness that is mellowed by the smoothness of oatmeal & oak. Hints of chocolate & roasted malts abound with a notable presence of dark fruits - namely prunes & dark cherries.

Smooth swaths of oatmeal lead into a solid chocolate middle which is the prevalent flavor here. Roasted malts are in the background; dark sugar undertones. Smooth & earthy notes of wood with notions of bourbon & vanilla. Hints of dark fruits on the finish. Very nice, indeed.

While full bodied & robust, BA B.O.R.I.S. isn't particularly dense or gritty. It actually has quite a bit of slickness to it. Very low carbonation is rather smooth. Alcohol heat is appreciable but isn't too harsh.

On the whole this beer is impressive & I found it to be quite enjoyable. Certainly it's one to be sipped. Worth picking up a bottle when it's around.

Ryan011235, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex!

Jet black with a thin, brown head with rather poor retention and lacing, this still manages to retain more than a modicum of attractiveness. Beer goggles?
The nose is excellent. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a little leather, cocoa, coffee and plenty of raisin, this is great stuff. A touch earthy too? The palate opens with chocolate, coffee and bourbon and plenty of heat. Alcohol, vanilla, chocolate are present. This is super smooth, much like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Sweet finish with medium roast, this is a great beer.

**Edit 15 Feb 2012**
Bottle, batch 1. Thank you, George!

I believe my last review was for batch 3. I don't have much to add, except that there isn't any leather. This is also a lot more oxidized, with port and raisins. The palate has an excellent blend of roast, chocolate, caramel and a rather wonderful bourbon character. Vanilla, (toasted) coconut and some bourbon. Excellent stuff, I'll let my scores stand. Highly recommended.

DefenCorps, Apr 14, 2010
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
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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
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,079 ratings.