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

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Reviews: 580
Hads: 2,235
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.24%
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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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Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet. No date on the bottle but purchased 2 years ago. On the first cold night of the season and a perfect beer to enjoy with the Buckeyes game.

Barrel aged B.O.R.I.S. pours a very dark brown color, nearly black, with no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with an obvious influence from the whiskey barrel aging.

Flavor is really exceptionally well done. It begins roasty and sweet before the whiskey flavor begins to come through. The vanilla from the oak barrels is really nice and comes through big near the end. It finishes bitter, boozy, and dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nice and low in carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink at nearly ten percent.

Overall I'm really impressed with this beer. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had recently. (843 characters)

Photo of badboyrsl84
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pour really thick like black oil in to the glass with a nice tan head.

Smell - whiskey, chocolate, vanilla, and hint of alcohol.very nice!

Taste - strong whiskey in the beginning with tons of chocolate, vanilla from the barrel in the middle and it ends with a finish of more vanilla and barrel taste. Alcohol is present in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - very smooth thanks to the oatmeal in this. I've found that to in the case in all oatmeal stouts over had. The carbonation hits towards the end of this one.

Overall - its super solid with all the taste of a good barrel aged brew without any flavors that overpower but works together really well. (651 characters)

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this one into the same pint glass as B.O.R.I.S. and D.O.R.I.S. Looked the same as the non-barrel aged version. Almost no head, which subsided immediately. Very dark brown, clear body.

Aroma was almost the same as B.O.R.I.S. as well. Strong dark malt, strong dark fruits (mainly figs and prunes... should that be dried plums now?) Hops were light. Some tannins were discernable as well.

Taste was different. Tannins were noticeable, as well as surprisingly lighter fruits than the standard version (although some figs were still there). Finish was long, roasted malt. No coffee noticeable.

Mouthfeel was still incredible. Thick, rich, well balanced, and full bodied. But not overly heavy. Amazing.

Great drinkability marks for this one. It went down easily. I could probably do a couple of pints of this without a problem, maybe three given enough time. The quantity in the bottle was just perfect. (908 characters)

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours with very little head. What’s here is medium dark. Rapidly diminishes to nothing. You can repeat the process with a swirl of the glass. Surprisingly there is a little lace, though short lived.
Pitch black color.

The aroma hits you first with deep rich malt, followed by some dark chocolate and light Bourbon notes with some vanilla scented wood. Hints of dark yeasty bread and as this stout warms a little alcohol kicks in. Lasts. Enjoyable.

Crisp entry on the palate of delicious, viscous, extraordinarily rich malt, followed by vanilla, medium intense mouth drying wood, very distinct exceptionally rich dark unsweetened chocolate and cocoa. As this stout warms, a bit of the alcohol comes out, which I personally find very enjoyable. Very full mouth feel, with excellent acidity and fine carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Exceptional flavor profile.

Long, dry, wood influenced finish. Rich malts and dark chocolate that last forever. The dark chocolate sticks to your mouth like glue. Let’s say it again, viscous!

A very delicious and warming stout. Unbelievably rich!
The barrel ageing seems a little light to me but my tastes do lean towards aggressive wood.
That being said this is an extraordinarily rich brew on the palate with an exceptional finish.
Ridiculously expensive in my area at $22 a bomber, but it was worth trying one.
Recommended, and highly recommended if you can find it at a decent price.

After reading the other posts I have to mention that my bottle also had a "gold" cap, which means what? (1,590 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,432 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this one had a green cap.

A-Poured pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Not much head but it was a mocha color that did create some slight cascading.

S-Chocolate, whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar

T-Milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, alcohol, coconut, and some oak. It tasted truly amazing, one of the best RISs I've ever tasted, especially barrel aged, which is not many. However, the flavors meld together and create a truly great drinking experience.

M-Thick and creamy

D-Like other barrel aged RISs I find the coconut flavor imparted by the whiskey barrels does somewhat cut into the drinkability. However, it was delicious and I wish I had more. I split this with my brothers and father in law.

Overall, a truly great experience. Excellent beer, my hat goes off to Hoppin' Frog. (834 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout
HUGE thanks to Brian23456 for this one--thanks Brian!

Marked 6/09 on the cap. Taken out of the fridge and allowed to warm to proper temperature.

A: An aggressive pour into an etched Duvel tulip yields little head, a ¼" dark tan coating which recedes within a couple seconds. Held up to a lamp, no light penetrates it.

S: Chocolate, citric hops, dark fruit, roast, and a well integrated vanillin/oak and bourbon character. Quite a bit of vanilla in fact, with the roast providing an underlying acidity. Light spiced character.

T: Citric hops melding with pleasant dark fruit, all covered in dark chocolate. Vanilla follows, with the spicy bourbon character providing support and keeping things interesting. Sweet then bitter, lightly tannic finish.

M: Velvetty, with low carbonation. Nice and viscous, while not needing to be chewed. A perfect match for this beer.

D: This is a delicious beer. I'm not sure how it is fresh, but the vanilla character in this slightly aged version is big and can definitely stand up to whatever else is in here. Well done Hoppin' Frog! (1,137 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,048 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 1, into snifter. This is courtesy of Dev (buckeyesox). I can't count how many beers he hooked me up with. Reviewed at just below room temp and up.

Pours black, opaque, with a thin dark-brown head that settles into a soapy cap.

Nose is quite nice - bourbon leaves notes of vanilla and spicy brown sugar to complement the nutty oatmeal, with light notes of rich espresso and dark chocolate underneath. Spicy alcohol is definitely noticeable as well.

Taste follows through as expected. Bourbon is neither under nor overstated, instead striking a nice balance as it melds with the big dark chocolate and light roasty espresso notes to create a beautiful spicy brown sugar-alcohol presence. Oatmeal is much more prominent than in any other oatmeal stout I've tried, leaving a nutty signature that's quite nice. Some noticeable alcohol bite at the back of the throat, but not too boozy overall. Finish is bourbony, maybe a bit of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is very silky, with a biting but tiny-bubbled carbonation over that medium-full, silky body. Best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability is very good; the alcohol still shows through a bit, but not too much. The flavors are robust without getting out of hand, and everything is put together fairly well. For such a huge style, I was pleasantly surprised. It gets better as you drink. (1,348 characters)

Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, almost like a fudge brownie with a nice cocoa colored head. Head doesn't last very long and reduced to a circle after a few minutes.

S- Nice combination of chocolate malts, cocoa, and sweet molasses. There is also a slight presence of whiskey.

T- Mmmm....delcious. Initially, there was nice cornecopia of chocolate malts, sweet molasses, and cocoa. What I really liked was that the whiskey played a secondary roll to the taste. Well played.

M- Perfect. Very nice, thick viscosity. Thoroughly enjoyed.

D- As far as BA RIS go, this was damn drinkable. Alcohol is not that noticieable.

Overall, perfect meld of whiskey and RIS. I think 2 months of aging in whiskey barrels was perfect. It allowed the flavors of the beer to come out without being dominated by the whiskey. This was a very, very good BA RIS. (872 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of jampics2, poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours precisely like you would expect and imagine - a thick, robustly singed body, a deep shade of still-recognizable-as-brown brown, a fairly pleasant color actually. It's sort of a deep brownie, capped by a fast-fading moderately-tanned head. The retention on this one's the biggest knock, really - the lacing is runny, glittery, and though pleasing to the eye, makes this one look a little stale and still. A small amount of carbonation maintains the slightest of collars, though it's less existent than nearly any other beer I've ever had. Indeed, I knocked this one down from a 4.0 to a 3.5 after the second pour when I actually timed the head fade - fizz and fade to black.

Aroma: Sweet, creamy fudge and dark, whiskey-soaked raisins, wooden, toasty coconut and caramel, this one's an array of evenly balanced though mild aromatics, covering all the bases you'd expect without ramming any of them down your throat (or nose, really).

Taste: Amazing. This one has some really fantastic barrel notes going for it - strong toasted coconut is more dominant than I've ever experienced in a beer before and melds wonderfully with the malt base. So about that malt base, it's wonderfully solid. It's more on the sweet side than not, showcasing caramelized sugars, dark toffee, sweet fudgy milk chocolate, earthy toast, and plenty of wholesome oat notes. The barrel aging also (obviously) imparts a moderate, well-blended, slightly spicy, but eminently reasonable in all aspects. Every element in this beer is perfectly in balance (if you like your RISs a little sweeter, that is), it's truly impressive.

Mouthfeel: Of a moderate thickness and a moderate level of carbonation. The result is a creamy, smooth, slightly slick brew, amplifying and complimenting the brownie chocolate sweetness. Whatever thinning resulted from the barrel aging is made up for by the oatmeal addition of the base beer nicely.

Drinkability: At 9.4%, this one is remarkably drinkable for a barrel-aged RIS. The alcohol heat is entirely masked by that "acceptable burn" that's associated with spirit-barrel-aged brews, and the base beer here is, of course, very solid (anyone's who had the regular B.O.R.I.S. can attest to that). This beer showcases everything by showcasing nothing in particular, and is a testament to what can be done when you barrel age something right. (2,433 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 2012 bottle of this at a small liquor store. Waited a couple of months and finally decided to crack this bad boy open.

Pours a smooth and silky dark brown/black that poured flat on the first glass and a fluffy 3 finger head on the second glass (and no I did not slosh it when setting it down after the first pour).

Aromas of sweet oatmeal and chocolate are wonderfully smooth and followed up with a nice quaff of Kentucky bourbon.

Oh baby is that smooth! Two years did some things delicious to this brew. The oatmeal is very prevalent still, whereas the chocolate is very subtle, and silky smooth bourbon.

This is one of the smoothest brews I've had. I'd like to sample a fresh batch of this to compare what the age did, but to put it perfectly, this is a mouthful of sweet oatmeal, lush chocolate, all enveloped by a smooth as butter bourbon glove.

Overall, all I can say is damn, this was tasty! (915 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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! (2,412 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Look: Opaque black with a half finger mocha head. Mild activity. Poured thick and black. Smell: Rich on roasted coffee, dark chocolate, warm vanilla, dark cherries, more dark chocolate and a big fruity oak finish. Bourbon is a little sharp but overall smells great.

Taste: Big refreshing coffee notes like the expensive kind that has hints of pitted fruits and slightly nutty, followed by a rich sweet warming vanilla, then back to the coffee only this time a bit more bitter that gives way to rich dark chocolate and a unmissable bourbon soaked oak that is fantastic. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick. Sits like motor oil on the palate and finishes wet unlike most BA beers I have had.

Overall: An outstanding barrel aged stout from hoppin frog I tried the B.O.R.I.S. at the brewery and couldn't wait to try the BA version and sure enough they had it. I'm just glad I had the insight to pick up two! Love the big coffee and pitted fruits and how it meshes with the warm vanilla. The wet finishes is also really nice because I hate it when a BA beer dries out super fast so it can't linger on the palate. There could maybe me more oak but I still love this beer and that's a minor grip. Definitely a must try when in ohio! (1,228 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter. Gold cap on top for the record.

Supper dark brown and creamy head off the pour with some good sticking that is thick. Body appears an almost dark red with hints of classic dark walnut brown/black, leaves a real nice collar, and a random thin puck that looks whispy and nice. The body is very dark but it might be a little clear too. Nevertheless, this is a great looking drink.

Thick whipped milk chocolate on the nose, slight boozy caramel, barley wine fruit sensations and more chocolate, with just the right sense of heat. Praline like as well, bold, this looks real promising.

First taste is, killer body, and just the nice thick palate that flows so easily. Bitter dark chocolate all throughout that is so pleasant, god I love dark chocolate that's just a little bitter and this is it right here. Swallow brings feeling of barleywine pleasantry. Milkshake like easy drinking and stupidly creamy, very well balanced on the boozyness it feels just right. Twizzlers black licorice candy feeling on the swallow, with a hint of char.

Wow I was beginning to think this was gonna be a disappointment for the price it was anything but! Fantastic beer I am going to finish this bomber in 5 minutes flat it is so good. (1,262 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold cap

Into a Founders snifter, pours a thick, viscous pitch black with 1 finger dark mocha head, some spotty lacing on the glass. Looks very good.

The barrel aging is evident in the aroma- lots of charred american oak, some coffee, chocolate, molasses, caramel and plenty of booze. Really nice.

The taste is very similar to the aroma. The first thing I notice is lots of cocoa powder and chocolate fudge. Then I taste plenty of vanilla, coconut, graham cracker, oak, roast coffee, booze, and molasses. The finish has a nice hop bitterness which helps to balance out some of the sweeter elements of this beer.

Thick, viscous body. Slick, oily, creamy. Must be from the oatmeal-very nice. Light carbonation but appropriate for the style

Very complex- lots of different flavors that all mesh together very nicely. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have had. Excellent!

7/8/11

Gold cap

Lots of bittersweet chocolate, a little coffee, plenty of char and roasted malts. Bitterness from the hops in the finish. Pretty boozy as well. I don't taste any coconut or molasses. The sweet flavors are overpowered by the booze. More one dimensional this time. Still very good though. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 9.4% abv. Pours jet black, the perfect color for an imperial stout. Good looking tan head holds together for a minute, then falls to a thin layer, leaving no lace. Looks the part so far.

What a nose on this beast! Coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt. A good amount of toasted oak, and some whiskey notes. A few dark fruit notes as well. Other than whiskey, a hint of hot alcohol.

Dark chocolate with some lighter roasty notes. Good amount of whiskey, with some oak notes. A nice vanilla flavor near the end with some vinous notes as well.

Not quite a full body. Low carbonation. Still somewhat creamy and chewy. Some alcohol stands out, but not overly hot. Great complexity. The barrel aging adds a great layer here. Outstanding. (747 characters)

Photo of generalnotsew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Body is black as black can get. The head was a nice cocoa but didn't last very long. Lacing is very sticky. Plenty of chocolate and whisky in the nose. I also gets hints of cherry, molasses and vanilla. The bourbon is not overpowering in the least which is great. The whiskey is quite prominent in the taste along with the sweet graininess of the oatmeal. Dark raisiny chocolate is also strong. Carbonation is nicely toned down with barely a hint of alcohol warmth. One of the fewer barrel aged stouts I had and it doesn't fail to impress. Not quite up to KBS and BCS standards but it is getting very close. (607 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My impression of B.O.R.I.S without the barrel aging was summedup with two words - beer orgasm! I'm eager to go back to second helpings with the barrel aged version.

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a MJ snifter.

A - This mocha head, that leaves quickly. But lots of tiny carbonation bubbles continue to crop up and cling to the sides of the glass. Still black hole dark, no light enters or leaves. Viscous in the glass, oily, but the wood aging seams to have thinned it a bit. Rated same as B.O.R.I.S.

A - First sniffs are of wood, a little sourness, vanilla, the whiskey comes through nicely, some roasted notes at the back edge. The wood aging has scrubbed out the luscious velvety aromas of the original beer, to the point that they dominate eveything else. I really liked the original, and miss some of those oatmeal RIS notes. Gonna have to knock it down one notch, because to me, the original should come through a little more than this.

T - First sip is bourbon, then a woody sourness. Roasted maltiness comes through a little later. Not quite as lush and velvety as the original. As it warms, you get some of the wood tannins coming through. Still wish there was more balance with the original, unaged beer. B.O.R.I.S. really wow-ed me. The barrel aging took some of the wonder off for me. Again, I'm going to knock it down a notch, because I'm looking for a little more balance.

M - still full and lush, viscous, oily, some tannins from the wood give it a little astrigency. Still very nice beer. But still gonna lower my rating from the original B.O.R.I.S. A lot of the chocolatey, velvety, whipped cream foam in the original has been stripped by the wood aging.

D - this is a cold winter night sipper by the fireside. If given as a gift or a trade, I keep it and lay it down for a year to see how it mellows. But from an economic standpoint, I'll pay $9 for B.O.R.I.S. and continue to be wow-ed, routinely, rather than spend the $19 for the barrel aged and miss the qualities of original that I really miss in this example. Still a great beer. If you get the chance, you must try it. Better yet, get them both and try them side by side. Both are remarkable beers. (2,178 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

...and I thought I was blown away by the regular BORIS. With more strength and complexity from whisky barrels, this beer is about as good as Stouts get.

Because of the wood aging and extra alcohol that are picked up from whiskey barrels, the beer has a tough time holding onto any strong head or from retaining well. But the beer shows a lot of burned amber legging that does appeal to me.

Those espresso and cocoa aromas still show up in force, the barrel aged version also has a stronger ester profile than the simplified and standard version. Stronger alcohols make an impact but in a more subtle way that doesn't bring extra attention to itself.

Flavors to the same: stronger and more ester-forward. Chocolate covered cherries, berries, and plumbs begin to shine a bit. More caramels, vanillans, and simple woodiness begins to richen the beer, again without gaining dominance but adding complexity. Simply a more complex flavored BORIS without any distracitons.

The same silky, velvety smoothness is unhampered by the added alcohols. The barrel aging may actually take the edge off of the beer, making it smoother textured. But a bit drier and warmer strengthens the argument for compexity without hurting the beer.

I guess the argument for or against the barrel aging would be in whether you prefer a simple and pure stout or a complex and varying stout. But this variety is a welcome addition to the near flawless standard version.

Thanks goryshkewych, this beer was insanely good! (1,495 characters)

Photo of drgonzo3705
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a nice black color, same as the original. Not much head and little lacing.

S: Not quite overwhelming, but not exactly faint bourbon and oak up front. A little chocolate and coffee underneath.

T: Nice vanilla and bourbon wash over your tongue on the way down. Slight chocolate hiding underneath.

M: Full bodied and smooth. Light carbonation and a slight hoppiness.

D: Better than regular BORIS. Being aged it is a bit smoother than the original (we tried the 2 side by side). Enough bourbon to satisfy me and light enough for my friend to enjoy. Great BA stout here guys. Worth the drink! Don't quote me as saying this is the best ever, but it could hang with a few of em. (688 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into snifter glass
it is pretty dark not much head
the smell is amazing smell pretty boozy
the taste is not as boozy as it smells can tell it is an oatmeal stout
it is real smooth not hott and could drink it down but seem stronger
than 9.5 % but maybe cause i already had been drinking
it is a definite must try if you can find worth it for sure
only thing i dont have another bottle (407 characters)

Photo of brdc
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a kind BA for sharing this one. One of the high points of DLD.

Pitch black, dark brown head, good retention and lacing despite a relatively small serving.
Very nice aroma, the same milk and chocolate, coffee, seen in the original version, but here with more noticeable, yet delicate, vanilla oakiness and bourbon. Interestingly, I had already noticed that on the allegedly not BA Boris. More noticeable here.
Full bodied, thick but creamy, and the palate is bursting with milk and chocolate, evolving into sweetish vanilla notes, coffee, and some bourbon-like notes, with less heat than the original.
Although I am comparing old notes with a new taste, it seemed to be one of the few RIS I believe might have actually improved with barrel aging. I wish I could have a side by side. (796 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Dark, viscous, and impressively balanced beer. All three major elements of this brew come together in perfect harmony - the sweet creaminess of the oatmeal, the dry, roasty Russian imperial, tied together by a strong boubon presence.

Certainly one to warm the cockles of your heart on a chilly night. (301 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a green cap, indicating that this is batch 3 from October, 2009.

A: Pitch midnight black, absolutely no light penetrates through. Thick mocha color head that sticks like malty glue. This is a pretty beer.

S: Roasted coffee spiked with whiskey and chocolate. The whiskey aroma definitely comes through in a very pleasant way.

T: Chocolate whiskey coffee grounds and dark fruits dominate. Very low on the sweet side, which is awesome in my books. Very complex whiskey/chocolate flavors going on here that I don't feel I can rightfully describe.

M: Thick and a little bit chewy with a long whiskey aftertaste.

O: This is my first Hoppin' Frog brew, and it's definitely an amazing one at that. Not sure it was worth the price tag of $18, but I got it as a gift so it doesn't really matter. I'd drink this one often if I could afford it! Really solid whiskey barrel stout. (890 characters)

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.