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

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1,782 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,782
Reviews: 553
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 228
Gots: 602 | FT: 63
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Ratings: 1,782 | Reviews: 553 | Display Reviews Only:
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scott2269

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-30-2012 22:15:15 | More by scott2269
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BeerBaron

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-21-2011 00:26:15 | More by BeerBaron
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tat2dhllblly

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 03:42:03 | More by tat2dhllblly
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adrian21

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-15-2011 05:59:55 | More by adrian21
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kbnooshay

New York

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-17-2013 01:05:32 | More by kbnooshay
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pinkandgreenflipflops

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-20-2014 02:26:30 | More by pinkandgreenflipflops
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KFrank729

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

02-28-2014 18:28:06 | More by KFrank729
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Sean32

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-28-2014 16:53:25 | More by Sean32
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raznug

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-26-2011 00:19:18 | More by raznug
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pauljunk

Virginia

5/5  rDev +16.3%

11-18-2011 04:31:10 | More by pauljunk
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jriggins6

Colorado

5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-15-2013 18:33:05 | More by jriggins6
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topdown

California

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-06-2013 20:20:20 | More by topdown
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mjw1200

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-05-2013 22:46:22 | More by mjw1200
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-09-2013 03:30:36 | More by comfortablynirm
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whallgren

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +16.3%

01-15-2012 00:40:08 | More by whallgren
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - gold cap. If nothing else, HF knows how to put on a top notch pour. It flows out thick and smooth, and forms up a fine deep mocha cap. The cover fades prettly quickly, leaving behind just a scant collar.

Aroma - heavy with roasted malt and chocolate syrup. Excellent resilience.

Taste - excellent sweetness from the intense malt. Lots of roast to work with. Espresso and dark chocolate as expected. The barrel notes are light. A touch smoky, it's more of a nuance than a flavor element. A nice component to an already stellar beer. I do pick up more wood presence as this warms up. Ends with a smooth but notable abv warmth. El kabong.

Mouthfeel - ultra smooth, big and bold. It's the bees knees.

Drinkability - outstanding beer, always welcome in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 01:39:54 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.96/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pardon my French but, holy shit is this good!

Arrives the color of a black hole at midnight during a new moon. No head at all.
Smell is amazing. Rich with malt, dark fruits, oak, whiskey, smoke. Probably the best balanced beer since Cigar City's oak aged Dirac.
Taste is great cold out of the tap but better once it has warmed 15-20 minutes. Notes of roasted malt, whiskey, dark fruits, smoke, oak. If you soaked a good fruitcake (yes, there are good ones!) in whiskey for a day it would be almost this good.
Full bodied, almost no carbonation. Smoothas a baby's butt. Rich as a rock star. One of the ten best beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2013 01:47:05 | More by PorterLambic
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mwa423

Ohio

4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours very dark brown with no head whatsoever. You can hold this up to a spotlight and see nothing through it.

S - Stout + Bourbon + Stout...and then some bourbon. That about sums it up.

T - Fantastic barrel aged stout with lots of dark thick rich coffee and malt, with the bonus of mouth filling whiskey. Rich, thick, and a real mouth filler

M/D - Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, but also strong and hearty. THis is as drinkable as 10% barrel aged stouts get, it's still a slow sipper that the taste character continues to come out as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 04:41:22 | More by mwa423
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter. 2010 vintage. Split the bomber with a buddy.

4.0 A: Pitch black color. One finger of creamy/frothy hybrid light brown head. Retention isn't that great and leaves just a touch of lacing.

5.0 S: In your face aroma. Lots of dark chocolate, surpisingly intense coffee, and roasted barley. The bourbon is just as intense as I like. It complement the beer without dominating the aroma. Leather, vanilla, and wood are secondary. Mix of strong aromas than all complement each other well.

5.0 T: Taste mirrors the nose closely. Lots of coffee, some dark chocolate, and good amount of roasted barley. Again, the bourbon does not dominate, but rather complements. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and leather, but no astringency to be found. Mild toastiness and a touch of smoke. Just really, really tasty.

4.5 M: Heavier medium to lighter heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and super smooth. Could benefit from a bit more body, but overall this is good here.

5.0 D: I've had this a couple times in the past, but it's never been as good as this bottle. Perfect bourbon contribution without the pesky tannins that sometimes accompany. Hoppin Frog makes some great beer and this might be the apex of quality. I could drink another bomber and still want more. Just an overall really solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 03:35:49 | More by DavoleBomb
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had the regular many times and now it's time to try the BA version!

Pours out like motor oil; completely pitch, black with no head, just a little bit of a dark tan ring around the top.

The aroma has a ton of dark roasted malt, dark coffee and dark chocolate, just like in the regular B.O.R.I.S., but with the addition of a lot of vanilla and oak notes as well as prominent dark fruit notes like figs, raisins, plums and a subtle amount of cherry.

The taste follows the aroma perfectly and has huge amounts of dark coffee and chocolate along with a ton of dark, almost burnt malt notes. The vanilla is pretty prominent and adds some much needed sweetness for all the bitter notes. There is some decent oak notes and it finishes with tons of dark fruits like figs, plums and cherries.

The body is full and the mouthfeel is extremely creamy and silky. You can not only smell the booze, but also taste it and feel it going down. Not bad for the style, but at 9.4% ABV I feel like it could be hidden much better.

A great beer that's worth buying every once in awhile just because of the slightly high price.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 02:13:59 | More by JohnnyMc
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raninator84

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very well balanced stout here. Acquired a few bottles from multiple sources up to an hour away.
Pours very dark with little head and hardly any lacing. I had to force the head out of this one. Smells of vanilla, coffee, and hints of bourbon. The taste on this one was a pleasant surprise. The vanilla, oak, chocolate, fruit, and bourbon flavors were one of the most well balanced I have had in a long time. No one flavor dominated the other. Aging does BORIS good, this bottle doesn't add the crusher part on the label for a reason. Smooth as silk, highly drinkable. If you can find a bottle, don't miss out on this experience. I hear more will be brewed soon so just sit back and get ready for a pleasant tasting. Keep up the good work Hoppin Frog.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 05:19:50 | More by raninator84
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished my 3rd Batch 1 (not by myself, and not all in the same night), and I'm seriously blown away by this beer. This is near perfection, a dangerously addictive stout.

The beer is dark brown, opaque, with a thin but solid-looking tan head. The aroma is just about perfect, I have a hard time believing this is a barrel aged version of the standard B.O.R.I.S. This beer is rich with chocolate roasted malts, some coffee and more complex esters than I ever had in the standard beer. The flavors all come through strong in the taste, more sweet than anything else but very well balanced with the roasted toasty malts. I didn't get much of the barrel (vanilla or oak) but the beer itself is a near masterpiece of flavors. The body is thick and silky smooth, not as thick as Dark Lord but not too far off, in honesty this is a better overall package than Dark Lord (having tried them side by side, this is my position). Strongly recommended, buy this beer if and when you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2009 01:09:38 | More by TurdFurgison
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r0nyn

New York

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bomber into my Founders tulip. Shared with a fellow beer lover. Gold cap, so I'm assuming one of the 2009 batches.

Completely pitch black in the glass. Pretty sure you'd need one of those fancy NASA radio telescope things to punch through that inky darkness. A quarter-inch thick head the color of milk chocolate quickly dissipates, leaving oozy, spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Looking at the surface of the beer, the legs on this beast are readily apparent as the whorls of brown lace swirl atop a black pool of nothingness. An absolutely picture perfect example of an imperial stout. There's a huge whiskey presence in the nose, readily discerned from the moment you pop the cap on this bad boy. The barrel aging imparts all the right aromas to the beer, from sweet vanilla to hints of oak and dark fruit. There's a definite chocolate component to the smell as well, and it becomes more prevalent as the beer warms. Color me excited!

The taste is a melding of everything that is good and right in the world. I almost never give out 5s for taste, but this one just reaches up and grabs it before I have a chance to react. Sweet vanilla greets the tongue, followed by all of the flavors in the nose, and I do mean all of them. Dark fruit and oak are discernible, fusing with the chocolate to create a phenomenal tasting experience. Past the initial barrage of sweetness, the dark chocolate essence takes over. I really haven't tasted this much bittersweet dark chocolate in any other imperial stout I've sampled. As the beer warms, there is some mild whiskey-tinged alcohol that can be detected on the back end, but really only if you're actively looking for it. Any hops that this beer had have exited, as the only bitterness comes from the dark cocoa notes. Finishes on a drying note with equal parts bitter and sweet dancing over the tongue, leaving you wanting more and more. The body is full and well-done, with a pleasing creaminess and a fleeting dash of carbonation on the back end. A little bit more viscosity would have put this beer over the top, but given everything else, I'm not going to complain at all.

The regular B.O.R.I.S. is a wonderful RIS, but put it in whiskey barrels and it becomes a revelation. It's nearly 10% in ABV content, but I had to consciously pace myself in order to keep my wits about me. It's monumentally delicious and deserves the ridiculous score I give it. Simply, utterly, sublimely fantastic in almost every way. Bravo, Hoppin' Frog. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2012 22:18:35 | More by r0nyn
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about a half inch brown head. The head went away quickly, and there's just a bit of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet and malty, there's roasted malt, dark fruit/berries and chocolate along with some light aromas of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, however the oak and bourbon flavors are stronger than the aroma would indicate. Also, all of the flavors mesh well together. No one flavor overpowers the others. There's also a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, a bit slick and has low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and extremely easy to drink. It's probably meant to be a sipping beer, but I had problems just sipping it because I liked it so much. I think this is an excellent beer. I liked the regular BORIS a lot, and the Barrel Aged verson is just as good if not better in my opinion. I could drink this all the time if available. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 23:04:40 | More by bluejacket74
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Nose has light hints chocolate, , coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak and bourbon. Taste coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and mild bourbon. Big roastiness and the bourbon is well hidden. ABV is upfront for sure. It tasted hotter than it is. Loved this beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 02:02:10 | More by barleywinefiend
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 1,782 ratings.