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

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Reviews: 596
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 280
Gots: 694 | FT: 77
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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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: 596 | Hads: 2,293
Photo of ndekke39
3.97/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Kaiser81
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've received a couple of these bottles. I forget who gave me the first one, but this one was from Hayesez. Thanks, Erik!

22 oz bomber poured into a tulip glass

A - Pitch black with just the faintest of red hues on the edge as I hold my glass to the light. About a half finger width of mocha colored head. It leaves some nice lacing on my glass, though the head doesn't last very long.

S - Chocolate, a touch of otameal, some whiskey, and something a little weird on the finish. I can't tell if it's like a light rubber (think new tires in a tire shop) or new car smell. It's faint, but it's there. I'd like more whiskey, barrel, and more stout characteristics to come through

T - Huh. Uhm, some oatmel stout characteristics. Roast, hints of oatmeal, dark chocolates. And then that weird thing I smelled is present in the taste. I can't place what it is, but it just kind of tastes...well, off. Aha! It's like a cheap vodka taste that comes through in a vodka cran. It's a harsh boozy taste. I like my beer with a bite, but not a cheap alcohol tasting bite. We'll see how this does as it warms up.

M - Creamy, heavy body, minimal carbonation. This is just about where it should be.

D - I'll finish the bomber no problem, though I remembered my first bottle being a lot better. This one is just harsh, not smooth. Maybe I need to try another to give it one last fair shot.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark burnt brown head forms on the pour. About a half a finger then dissipates to the edges of the glass. Pours pitch black with above average thickness.

Smell: Bright licorice sweet front to this brew. Malt and barley hit on the body of the beer. Sweet molasses adds to the brightness of this brew. Oatmeal hits on the body as well as the bourbon accents are light.

Taste: The sweetness theme continues here. A smooth front transitions into an bright oatmeal and dark chocolate. Nice hoppy accents in the body give it a unique twist. The barrel accents are light, I could use more of a presence. A roasted malt back end pleasantly bites and sticks on the palette long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Clean, the body might be a little light for an RIS but nothing to get upset about.

Overall: I've liked all the Hoppin' Frog Stouts I've had so far. I expected a little more out of this one being the barrel aged version but it is still a very good beer.

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Photo of mgbickel
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a gold cap...whatever that means...

Poured into a Duck Rabbit snifter. A thin layer of dark mocha foam settled on top of a black, oil-thick body. The head vanished almost instantly, no lace.

The nose is much weaker than I anticipated...small amounts of roasted malts, coffee and whiskey.

Good...the taste is a far cry from the weak nose. Starts off with a roasted malt flavor that quickly gives way to the booziness of wood and whiskey. The finish is cherries, coffee and tons of boooze. The best part of the taste comes in the after taste once the alcohol burn fades...dark chocolate and rich coffee beans.

The mouth feel is thick and rich, tounge coatingly oily with moderate carbonation.

This is an extremely complex beer...rich in flavor and body...the booze keeps this down a little...seems much stronger than the advertised 9.4%. Another winner from Fred and the frog crew!

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark green cap, but I thought this was the most recent batch. Anyway, poured into Duvel tulip at about 50-60 degrees. Had this once before and loved it, so I had to review it.

A - Maybe one finger of large bubbles in a nice deep brown head. Body is black and needs less than 3mm to see through. Bubbles fall fast but a trace seems to stick around. Some ok lacing.

S - Fairly weak. Mostly on the dark fruit side I would say, so slightly sour. I would mostly say dark sour chocolate. Simple.

T - A little more sour than I remember. Dark chocolate and coffee. Some sweet caramel. Very nice.

M - Strong carbonation and solid body.

O - Not quite as good as I remember it being, but still solid overall. Nothing stands out, but nothing is bad about it.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to sweemzander for this one.

Bomber poured into a Bruery tulip.

A- Pours pitch black with a quarter finger worth of head that leaves nothing for lacing but a small rim around the beer.

S- Big amounts of toasted malts, brown sugar and a little bit of black licorice. A little whiskey peeks its head out on the tail end.

T- Toasted malts with a big barrel flavor. Lots of oak and some whiskey. Some nice caramel notes and some black licorice. For being a bigger stout, the alcohol is barely even noticeable.

M- Full bodied with good carbonation for the style. Feels creamy at the back of the throat and just the smallest amount of bitterness.

D- Not as in your face as some BA beers. Just a touch of barrel character which I like and nice flavors. Nice and complex.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pure black, almost no light passes through; little head/lacing, but then again that's probably to be expected with this style.

S: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla, oak, bourbon, with just a bit of oatmeal.

T: Chocolate, coffee once again; less of the oak/bourbon but quite enjoyable nonetheless. Not picking up on the dark fruits others have mentioned.

M: Thick, creamy, oily; this is an extremely smooth example of a BA stout and it pulls almost everything you could want out of one off very well.

D: Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have liked considering it's not quite in the double digits; the smoothness is pleasant but can only carry the beer so far. One bottle of this is good for me (considering the $14 price tag, there are other non-BA stouts I could buy for less that I would enjoy more, and other BA stouts I would enjoy more at the same price). Still, worth a try- by no means a bad beer, but up against some top-notch competition.

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Photo of Phelps
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks: syrupy. Thick and black, with a tiny mocha-colored head that becomes a ring within seconds and leaves sticky layers of lace.

Smells: interestingly, very little like a barrel-aged beer. Initially, I pick up almost no whiskey notes, though some do finally emerge when the beer closes in on room temperature. What I DO notice: earthy hops, black espresso, dark chocolate, a campfire smokiness and bacon.

Tastes: like straight whiskey. I had to double check that this was actually still a beer in my hand and hadn't been replaced with Jack Daniel's when I wasn't looking. The Flavor's made even odder by the fact that there's very little alcohol burn to accompany it. As it warms, the beer becomes more complex, with notes of peanuts, dark chocolate and toasted bread, but it's still heavily whiskey-forward.

Feels: very thick and creamy. Full-bodied and tongue-numbing, with a sublte carbonation. The alcohol is noticeable, but for how high it is it's well-blended.

Drinks: If all whiskeys were once beers, BA BORIS tastes like the missing link. You better like hooch if you want to try this one.

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Photo of Retsinis
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer from Half time beverage.

A: Poured from the bomber into tulip glass, the beer is a near black in color, but upon closer inspection is actually a a dark mahogany brown, cloudy/hazy, with a quarter inch of tan creamy brown head that quickly dissipates to just a ring of bubbles. Some smooth coating, but minimal lacing.

S: Potent initial scents of roasted malts and oak, followed by some peppery whisky aroma's, vanilla, chocolate, and mild espresso.

T: Tasty, and no surprises in the flavors, as it mirrors the nose. Layered flavors of chocolate malts, cappuccino with some cream. Heat comes through a bit more than I like, but still tolerable. As it warmed, the whisky and oak come through more as well.

M: Light carbonation, medium to thin viscosity.

O: Good. Smells & tastes stronger than it is, and is a bit pricey for what it is, but still tasty. I had two bottles, brought one to a tasting, and split this one with my wife.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with o freshness info poured into an oversized snifter.

A- this one pours a jet black colored body with a small khaki colored head on it. the head lasts a while and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. vanilla/oak, and whiskey.

T- as in the smell, very dark and roasted. lots of coffee and chocolate. the barrel aging comes through pretty weak but you can definitely tell its there. vanilla from the oak, and just a touch of the whiskey.

M- full bodied and thick. palate coating. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- i dont think this one lived up to the hype, or the cost. a good beer, just not what i was lead to expect. probably wont be buying anymore of this one for 18$ a bottle, but id drink another if it was free or more reasonably priced.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Body is a nearly opaque dark brown (almost black hue). Light only shines through on the edges of my snifter with a slight reddish purple glow in the midnight body. Pours with a barely significant <1 finger dark brown head that emerges slowly after the pour and fades completely almost as quickly.

S- The prominent character upfront is the whiskey barrel. A hint of booze and a lot of oak. Behind this is a more typical imperial stout nose. Oatmeal, anise, rich, dark chocolate. The balance is much heavier on the side of the barrel.

T- The flavor is much like the nose-but is much more balanced. A cocoa presence is the highlight upfront with typical RIS like characteristics and is pretty sweet upfront. The finish is packed with a lot of alcohol heat and oak barrel flavor. Left to linger is some sweetness and a big alcohol heat.

M- Low carbonation and medium to heavy weight body that is slightly syrupy.

D- This is a very good BA stout overall. There is a good balance between the barrel and stout characteristics in the flavor as well. Not the best BA stout out there but this is a very good one!

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Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips. Its either a batch 1 or 2.

A- a hard pour yields only a small cap of mocha colored head that settles quickly and leaves no lace. A good swirl bring a bit back but leaves just as quick. Absolutely black body with some serious legs.

S- that's bourbon all right. Loads of barrel even on the colder side of things with vanilla and booze galore. Malts are very dark and bring some molasses and bakers chocolate to mind. There's some brown sugar and condensed milk in the back.

T- barrel forward with the booze a bit heavy really. Some oak and vanilla with a sweet molasses and brown sugar background. The whole ride is dominated by the barrel and really puts an impression on you.

M- full bodied and a bit sticky with a light carb and a ton of heat on the palate.

O- this is one monster ba stout and even with a good bit of time on it still retains a ton of heat. Ill scoop another and lay it down some more.

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Photo of output01x
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date, but gold crown) into a snifter glass.

A vigorous pour yields a 1 1/2-finger mocha-colored head that slowly recedes after a few minutes to a thin, even dusting and thick foam ring. The body is as black as tar and looks about as thick. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass in thin strands like a spider's web.

A faint oaky, bourbon aroma precedes the standard chocolate, coffee, dark malt aromas. The nose is somewhat muted but is genuinely pleasant with very balanced aromas.

Dark malts with flavors of milk chocolate and roasted coffee starts each sip. A strong bourbon alcohol heat is present from the beginning of the sip until the next sip. The alcohol heat is too strong in this beer and detracts from the excellent flavors instead of complimenting them as it should. The heat does die down as the beer nears room temperature. This beer definitely needs to age a year or two.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick. The carbonation, while not enough to make this an easy drinker, is enough to prevent ths beer from being overly sticky. It is definitely a sipper and would be best suited for a cold winter night.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3 bottle. Pours black with a very thin light/medium brown head. Mahogany highlights. No lacing.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and wood but no real alcohol presence. Slight sweetness. Roasted malts and a little vanilla.

Upfront taste is slightly sweet; bourbon mixed with roasted malts, raisin-like fruitiness, caramel and molasses. Bourbon increases through the finish--still some molasses sweetness present along with a little vanilla.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Finish is syrupy with a light alcohol heat. Light carbonation.

Good balance of bourbon and stout, but gets a little boring half way through the bottle.

2/11/2011

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Photo of rudylaw
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled sixth in a ten stout tasting and placing sixth.

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

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

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

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

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Photo of StarlightSeraph
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Brooklyn tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of kmatlack
3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into my Brooklyn Brewery tulip. This one comes from my good friend and great BA TimKahl, thanks tim! Gold cap, no visible bottle date.

A- Pours a jet black, thick, viscous liquid that seems to gloop into the glass. Not the thickest stout ive had, but damn thick nonetheless. Small half finger dark mocha head sits atop the black-hole-dark beer in my glass. Head disappears into the beer leaving behind little blotches of carbonation reminiscent of spotty clouds on a clear day. Gosh damn if this isnt an attractive looking beer.

S- I feel as if my nose was just raped, and the culprit... is bourbon. The barrel aged whiskey absolutely dominates the nose on this one. The chocolate starts coming out as well as the coffee. More oak and bourbon, almost smells as if it could have been overdone...

T- Sweet on the palate, really bourbon forward. As the beer warms, the slew of delicious imperial stout flavors shine through. Chocolate, coffee, malts, toffee, sweet cream, caramel, more chocolate, sweet coffee notes, this is crazy... More oak notes, a nice bitterness to it. Sweet but not overdone, great balance.

M- Thick and lighter on the carbonation but right where i like my stouts. (Note: I constantly swirled my glass to rouse up a head and kill out the carbonation a little bit.)

O- I am fully impressed with this offering. The bourbon, for me, was a tiny bit overdone. I think a barrel aged stout should add some good oak and bourbon flavors, not completely mask the beer. Overall a fantastic BA imperial stout and is far above average. A great end to a shitty day.

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Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: chocolate, vanilla, some light booze

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but w/roastiness and booziness. Fruitiness gone, whiskey, Bitter burnt finish.

M: Medium. Not as smooth as regular BORIS

D: Drinkability is ok, but some boozey presence and not really smooth with the burntness, booze, and oak popping out in places.

Overall: tried next to regular BORIS, I preferred the regular version just a bit.

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we're talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake.

Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses.

Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that's more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied.

Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It's a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity.

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Photo of grayburn
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, upon tasting the original Boris, I thought to myself that the only thing that could make it better would be a bit of whiskey...imagine my elation when I stumbled upon this bomber with a pretty hefty price tag attached.

The beer pours the same midnight black of the original, but the head collapses under pressure like the New York Football Jets. Not a problem.

The smell and taste are of course dominated by some oaky smokey whiskey notes, with chocolate and roasted malts supporting strongly from the background.

The mouthfeel in comparison to the original is a bit of a letdown, the creaminess from the oats is all but lost, replaced by a slight astringency from the liquor. Not bad by any means, but not the original.

The drinkability is decent, certainly not a bad brew at all, but nothing as special as I was hoping.

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Photo of Gmann
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an inky black color with a huge fluffy brown head that slowly settles.

The aroma is of dark toasted brown bread and light anise. Some dark chocolate covered cherries that have been soaked in whiskey. Subtle vanilla from the oak.

The taste has a big roasted flavor but its mellowed by the oats, not as bitey as a typical RIS. Some char. There is a general dark fruit notes that flows through. Some dark cherries and carob. Smooth vanilla and caramel provide some sweetness. The whiskey flavor is light but noticable and adds to the sweetness.

The stout is well bodied and some tingly carbonation. Fairly smooth throughout. Starts sweet on the palate but finishes with a roasted bitterness. ABV is well hidden. Slightly sticky.

A good imperial stout. Quite smooth. Not much whiskey flavor, though.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 107 OG (25.3° P) 60 IBU, 9.4% ABV, "Keep refrigerated". No date.

Thanks go out to Sweemzander for mixing up the Russian River tasting with this bottle!

A - A dark roasted black beer with a deep caramel head emerges. Low retention with no head left over was disappointing considering the nice formation early on. Thick legs roll down the glass upon a swirl.

S - Deep roasted malts combine with a small molasses aroma that falls to the back with a splash of vanilla and a large, bold whiskey barrel nose. I appreciate how different the barrel aging smells from that of a typical bourbon barrel nose. The aroma has an overall cold, lightly metallic smell that thankfully doesn't get in the way. A light bit of chocolate appears on the finish.

T - Rich roasted malts provide a bitter chocolate and molasses flavor that's easily overpowered by whiskey barrel flavor. No oatmeal comes through at all.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a smooth texture that seems a little bit low but still good. A little warm alcohol is felt in sensation on the finish.

D - While it's a decent blended beer, the drinkability is a little bit low simply for the hot finish but it's still a solid beer. Where is the oatmeal though?

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Photo of realmpel
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
3.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an ultra-generous gift from msubulldog25, who had an extra bottle thanks to tapoutjoe. It is about 20 degrees outside, so the bottle was extremely cold when it arrived at my doorstep. No need to wait, I cracked this one within the first 10 minutes of opening the package. What a great surprise to make my night memorable!

Pours pitch black with a very late cascading brown head that settles down to a thin collar and some bubbles. The smell is deeply roasted malts, marshmallows, oak, vanilla and toffee barrel notes, and some coffee beans. Very inviting, although the oak seems like it may potentially be harsh on the tongue. I guess we will see...

...and it turns out that a bit of the wood harshness does carry over, although it is luckily in a manageable amount. TONS of coffee bean bitterness breaks through, far more than I remember there being in the regular B.O.R.I.S. although I think the oak is magnifying it. Dark fruits lie in the background and must be hunted for. Marshmallows and earthy hops round out the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is definitely this beers weak point. It is medium bodied, but I would expect a near 10% barrel aged imperial stout to have the full bodied, creamy palate that I desire. The carbonation levels are low and pretty much perfect which saves this score from being lower.

Drinkability is only slightly above average. The massive bitterness dominates the flavor profile so much that the complexities underneath never fully develop. Thus, it becomes frustrating after about 8 oz. because there is just so much potential that is not being met. Still, this is very tasty for what it is and a very fine brew. I am being extra critical since the base beer is such a good one, and in this case the barrel aging didn't improve it.

Nonetheless, I am so happy to finally get my hands on this beer. Thank you again Brian for the opportunity. I would recommend that others make the purchase, especially if you like your stouts coffee and hop dominated.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.