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

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 2,265
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 274
Gots: 693 | FT: 80
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 588 | Hads: 2,265
Photo of arizcards
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber on LetsPour.com back in early October for $23.00. No freshness date.

Beer poured black with a brown head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is roasted malts, mocha, with a light touch of whiskey.

Initial sip was warming whiskey. Taste is roasted malts, mocha, chocolate, lemon, dark fruits, with a whiskey undertone.

Mouthfeel is smooth but thinner than what i would expect from an impy stout.

Overall this is a complex delicious brew that is worth seeking out. I have had both versions of BORIS and can say they rate up there with the best i have had!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was really craving a barrel aged imperial stout last night and this was on the shelf. Kind of pricey at $20 but I guess that is close to the going rate these days for this type of beer. Appearance was standard, super black, short head. Aroma was a bit of chocolate, a bit of whiskey and a bit of barrel, not bad at all. Flavor was pretty good imperial stout with nice touched of the whiskey barrel. My friend said it tasted like espresso. This was probably the best Hoppin Frog beer I've had so far and it did hit the spot for what I was craving.

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Photo of guityler83
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

White cap, 2012?

A: The beer was poured into a snifter glass from the bottle from about 6 inches above the rim and produced a finger tall head of foam that built from the bottom up almost like a nitro pour. The foam was made of tiny bubbles, dark tan in color, and sank into the opaque black liquid quickly. When swirled the foam would stir up a bit, but would quickly dissipate.

S: Very prominent oak flavor even when pouring the beer at cooler temperatures. Vanilla and toffee notes from the oak with mild fruity undertones. The beer underneath comes through as it warms up, sweeter aroma with chocolate, cocoa, prunes and a moderate alcohol note (maybe the bourbon). Chocolate is dominant on the dark malts not a lot of roast or char notes, smooth overall.

T: On the first sip, sweet milk chocolate, bakers cocoa, candy toffee and raisins mixed with the vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel. Balance is on the sweet side with not real hop flavor detected but enough bitterness to make it noticeable.

M: Alcohol warming is mild. Large amount of body and a syrupy kind of mouthfeel. Carbonation is low. There is also a slight tingling sensation coming through on the tongue which I usually attribute to the bourbon. Slight astringency on the tongue that lingers after a few sips.

O: The barrel character is very tasty in this beer and the base beer is very chocolate forward which I like. I would put the level of barrel between a BCBS and a CWBS, but with less bourbon overall.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to RocPorterFanatic for the bottle. Tasted 4 January 2014, reviewed from notes.

Pours black and thick, completely opaque. An aggressive pour yields one finger of dark-brown head; a more normal pour yields none. Good retention, decent lacing.

Smell is big and rich, a really nice balance of stout and bourbon. It's sweet and so smooth, nearly perfectly balanced, and almost as good as it gets. No complaints, but it's not quite as complex or robust as the best.

Taste is a little rougher, a little more bourbon-heavy, and less integrated than the smell. But it's still quite good, just a little on the rough side.

Feel is really good, though somehow it doesn't blend with the beer like I want it to. It's really heavy and thick. The carbonation initially feels like enough, but that's until the weight of the body and flavor settle in and drown out those weak little bubbles. Needs a bit more fizz.

A very solid barrel-aged stout. Could be better, but could be a whole lot worse. The integration of the barrel with the base beer in the smell is outstanding.

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to smchenry77 for a bottle. 2012 vintage poured into a snifter.

A - pitch black with a thin mocha colored head that fades fairly quickly leaving a nice foam ring around the edges.

S - wow! Big whiskey aroma followed by vanilla, chocolate and roasty notes. Some sweetness too.

T - well balanced. Much more whiskey on the aroma than the taste. All the flavors blend together without one being too much. Upfront roasty notes with rich chocolate followed by whiskey and vanilla. Bitterness comes in on the end to balance the beer out. The bitterness does build as I drink more and more, almost too much. Maybe my only compliant. I get a warming on the finish but not boozy at all.

M - silky, smooth, creamy and pretty full bodied.

O - great BA stout. Great thing about this beer is the whiskey flavor blends with everything else and doesn't overshadow the other flavors.

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Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at Triangle Wine in Morrisville, NC.

A - Deep black with a moderate head that dissipates quickly.

S - Bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and molasses.

T - The bourbon leads but doesn't dominate. It's joined by dark chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, coffee and a hint of sweetness. Good depth and complexity but not outstanding.

M - A little thin for the style. A moderate carbonation.

O - A good BA IS but given the price ($16-17 from what I've seen over several NC shops), it's just not worth it. By my calculation, this cost me almost 50% more than BCBS and it wasn't nearly as good. I think price should play a bigger role in reviews.

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Photo of drpimento
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured perhaps a tad warm won't small, lite brown, fizzy head that quickly settled and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, whiskey, caramel, toffee, leather, coffee, cocoa. Flavor's like nose, bittersweet tang is in front along with some licorice. Body is good but carbonation is soft. Finish is like flavor, average length, makes a good after dinner drop, if you can handle its weight.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.25 - Pitch black oily looking beer, mocha head dies down to nothing. Alc legs are pretty.
S - 4.5 - Bourbon, oak, smokiness, dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, vanilla.
T - 4.5 - Bourbon, booze, oak, slight smoke, caramel, toffee, vanilla. Great barrel aged imperial stout.
M - 4.5 - Medium-heavy mouthfeel. Alc present but expected. Aftertaste is roasty chocolate coffee with a hint of leftover booziness.
O - 4.5 - Great beer. Barrel aged is a plus. From Ohio is a minus :P. But seriously, it's great, just wish the price was a little lower...

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Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black with not much light getting through; small mocha head that fades and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are loaded with roasted cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate syrup. Hints of oak and whiskey, but it's not too dominant. The flavors are extremely bitter. Very roasty. Hints of black coffee. Lots of dark chocolate. A little vanilla. Not too sweet. Lots of wood/oak. The whiskey is pretty subtle and is basically just an accent and not the star. Subtle wamth. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not super thick. There's active carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and it's not boozy. There's just a subtle kiss of warmth. This is a nice beer to sip on.

I'm not sure when this was bottled. This has always been a favorite and it's good stuff, but this wasn't the best I've had from them. The craftsmanship is there, but I guess I'm just a fan of the regular B.O.R.I.S. much more.

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Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black cap

Really impressive pour - dirty motor oil black, minimal burnt mocha head. Really nice aroma of bourbon booze, caramel, some vanilla, syrupy chocolate, and some almost-sour oak tannins. Some dark roast and espresso as well. Taste is much of the same with more dark roasted coffee - big chocolate syrupy notes and vanilla/caramel whiskey. Drinks incredibly smooth - not much of a boozy burn from the alcohol I enjoy in bigger imperial stouts, though.

Very impressed. A little pricey but a great beer no doubt.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this didn't amaze me the way others said it would, but I really liked it. I don't know how much time this spends in barrels, but it seems lighter in all the woody charcoal bourbon properties than so barrel aged stouts. the oatmeal is nice in this, gives it a richness of feel and a smooth texture, as well as a moderate sweetness that all really work well. as for the stout itself, its big and roasty, very minimal bitterness, milk chocolate notes, and a massive body. smoothed out and soft on the palate, even nicer as it warms. limited alcohol coming through, maybe the barrel helps that too. its a well refined product, not skewed one way or the other. hoppin frog has a number of delicious stouts, and while this one stands out to me a little less than some reviews suggest it should, its still superbly well done, and one that is probably still worth the roughly 18 dollar price tag.

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Photo of serotoninronin
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a regular ole pint glass. 2012 batch.

A: This shit is black. Like inky sludgy bottom of the ocean after a BP oil spill black. An anglerfish would have a tough time finding its way around this stuff. The color holds almost entirely to the edge on the tilt. Some almost dainty carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass like clusters of barnacles. A small head that's only a couple shades brighter than the beer itself doesn't stick around for the action other than in the form of a thin film. The lacing is super fine-grained. Really pretty beer.

S: The bourbon is there, but it hides itself in some charred wood and dusty earth up front. Slips backward into a veil of vague sweetness that doesn't have a particular character other than the expected vanilla. I feel as though I'm chasing it around. Some mocha vibrations, with a double shot of espresso.

T: Bourbon lets itself be seen in the open for the first time on initial contact, but is quickly pulled under a tide of cascading layers of sweetness, from syrupy canned pineapple to fresh buttercream to sweet tobacco and light spearmint. Oatmeal cookies wrapped in tanned leather usher in a final kiss of bitterness and alcohol before fading into a smoky, old fireplace of a finish. Just gorgeously integrated and concerted. All of the elements know their roles here and play them to near perfection.

M: Marginally lighter than some of the bigger takes on the style, but avoids the pitfalls of syrupiness and overstaying its welcome on the palate that the aforementioned are prone to. Alcohol brings a bite at the end but sucks everything into it and just makes you want another sip almost immediately. I almost wish it loitered around slightly longer.

O: I cannot stress enough how properly the bourbon is handled here. Yes it BA, but its not a bourbon bomb. The bourbon isn't allowed to steal the show from the other worthy aspects of this beer, which is so often a problem in BA variants of already strong stouts. The bourbon is just another player on the team, not the coach.

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Photo of macher0
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip

4.00 A: Jet black. Opaque. Thick. Aggressive pour yielded a finger depth deep-amber head that quickly retreats to a fine-bubble, deep-amber rim. Slight blotchy film. Slight amber, viscous layer when swirled. Not much for lacing.

S: Whiskey-soaked oak and dark roasted malts dominate. TONS of Booze. Highly fragrant, but not a complex smell.

T: Whiskey, seasoned oak, and dark roasted malts. Hints of hops, coco, and toffee. Hops are well hidden but do come through. Well balanced. TONS of booze at the end.

M: Very full bodied. Fine carbonation but not flat. Fairly smooth. Highly viscous.

O: A very boozey BA stout. I’m a huge fan of BA stouts so I enjoy this a lot. It’s not close to the top-tier BA stouts, but I would consider it second tier. Along the likes of Dragons Milk. Given the boozey nature, I can still drink an entire bomber no problem. A wonderful way to begin a session.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a dark black with a small mocha head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is bourbon with notes of toffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is big on bourbon upfront with vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors in the mix as well. Lower carbonation with a bit thinner mouthfeel than a lot of RISs these days. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to snifter
A-pours to a jet black and a tan head
S-big bourbon aroma with chocolate, sweet malt, caramel and coffee
T-the same as the smell, sweet roasted and the bourbon
M-mouthfeel is sticky and smooth
O-this is great oatmeal imperial stout especially with the bourbon had to pair with a cheesecake

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Photo of richj1970
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Stone tasting glass.

A: Very dark black with small mocha colored head that settled quickly to a slight ring.

S: Big bourbon up front. Roasted malts, chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Follows the nose fairly closely. Bourbon flavors from the barrel aging dominate.

M: Thick and full bodied. Expected from barrel aged RIS.

O: Very nice stout, but a tad expensive. Given the price point, I was hoping for a little more. Still a solid stout, and an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Note: 2012 Edition

A: Pours an opaque thick and viscous jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and some very faint crimson highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall sudsy foamy mocha head that reduces to a couple of thick patches of larger bubbles surrounded by a thin film covering the majority of the remainder of the surface and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of whiskey from the barrel aging over the top of light to moderate aromas of chocolate, coffee bean, and roasted malts. Some lighter notes of dark fruits (specifically plum).

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of roasted malts that is quickly followed by moderate flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. There is a light amount of dark fruit sweetness (plum) and a moderate to strong flavor of whiskey from the barrel aging with hints of oak. Light amounts of bitterness towards the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with some light to moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable RIS with the complexity of flavor that includes dark fruits, chocolate, and coffee. The whiskey from the barrel aging nicely complements those flavors rather than dominates. I would definitely recommend this beer, probably the best one from this brewery.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 oz bomber poured in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is near black. Nearly opaque. Head is dark tan, foamy, 2 in, dissipates to cover the top of the beer.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.

T: Follows suit with smell. Great balance of ingredients and barrel aging. Aftertaste follows suit.

M: Good body fortified by barrel aging.

O: Great beer up front. Gets even better with age. Kinda pricey in Indy market, but have found this for much less in other markets. Fantastic.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Hoppin' Frog has some of the worst label art by a brewery I've ever seen.

Pours a thick, deep, motor oil black into my glass. Small but long lasting head.

Smells roasty, with sweet bourbon and chocolate.

Tastes similar, with lots of chocolate, some oats, bourbon, and a bit of soy sauce that is slightly off-putting. Other than off-note, great taste.

Full, thick, syrupy body- a meal in a glass. Low carbonation.

A great BA brew- but not their best treatment of B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of bum732
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Very sweet chocolate with a prominent whiskey note. Vanilla wafers, somewhat malty, slight mocha notes.

L: Fairly syrupy, dark black, little to no head.

T: Sweet chocolate up front with a pleasant coffee notes. Whiskey sweetness follows. Low bitterness with additional milk chocolate and whiskey. Finishes with a touch of coffee flavor, minimal roast. Fairly sweet finish. A grainy note as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, slick, but not very heavy. Alcohol makes a presence. Low carbonation.

Really liked this iteration over the normal version. Solid stuff, but not quite great.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black as all good barrel aged beers should this had initially a very fizzy head that had an island of thickness in the middle. I poured a second from the 2012 bomber and got a much more cohesive thickness. The beer laced in sheets and poured with a superb thickness.

The aroma is quite vibrant with elements of bourbon, coconut, creamy vanilla, hints of chocolate and a nice malty finish.

The flavors are more bourbon at the front with a touch of harshness. The middle taste is the tell tale coconut and vanilla with a real chocolatey finish. Seldom do I enjoy an aftertaste more but the foretaste is a little harsh to the palate. The chocolate aftertaste is quite full, Very flavorful and the best part.

The feel is silky smooth, full and creamy with almost no carbonated presence.

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, bourbon, oak, clove, toast, toffee, vanilla, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and great balance of roasted malt notes with barrel character; and big strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, clove, toast, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, clove, toffee, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; with an amazing barrel/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane barrel aged imperial stout with a couple years of age. All around amazing complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel character flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class imperial stout offering for sure.

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Photo of oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White top.Poured nearly jet black except for just a faint ruby tint when held right nex to the light.A dark beige that sits for quite awhile atop,it looked menacing in a good way.Aromas of drunken dark fruit,molasses,chocolate,and french roast coffee,barrel played a smaller role than expected but is there.A full chewey feel in the mouth,very nice.Chocolaty flavors and quite roasted at the onset of the palate,dark fruit and vanilla notes as well from the bourbon.This was a great night cap last night,it was rich but not over done with the barrel,it seemed even bigger than it is.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn dark stout and at 9something% was not expecting that. The small dark brown head dissipates fast. No real lacing.

Whiskey, vanilla, Graham cracker and milk chocolate. Sweet boozy inviting nose.

Pretty barrel forward with lots of whiskey and wood. Little bit of vanilla. Chocolate and roasted coffee.

Nothing like a big oatmeal stout. Really smooth.

Easy drinking for a big barrel stout. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White top ('12) 22oz poured into softball sized snifter.

Poured with the thinnest of brown heads on top of deep black. No carbonation or lacing. Just what I was expecting.

All kinds of dark fruit aroma: plums and raisins. Maybe some brownie batter. When I first popped this I overlooked the tremendous oatmeal character. Just like how ginger ale's a little better with a dash of bourbon... you know what I'm talking about, same here. It's subtle but it rounds everything out.

Depth is the keyword on the taste. Starts a touch sweet, finishes perfectly bitter + dry. I get a little mineral content at first and then it reminds of of walking into a bakery: vanilla, coffee, cocoa being melted, (candied) dark fruits, oatmeal cookies, etc. There's a few bba stouts I've had that take me to "that place." This is definitely one of them.

It really sits perfectly on the palate. Extremely silky and creamy, much more so the the std BORIS. Just a touch of drying booze as it goes down.

Absolutely an awesome beer with tons of character and depth. The price point makes this a "once in a while" beer, but I kind of appreciate that model versus something like BCBS being unavailable 90% of the time. If you're reading this on a phone standing in an aisle, go for it, it's worth the money.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.