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

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Reviews: 596
Hads: 2,294
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 279
Gots: 695 | FT: 77
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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: 2,294
Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Poured the color of cola with virtually no head, just a slick of khaki-colored foam that quickly dispersed into a slick and some concentrated spots. Some lacing, but no retention. Lots of bourbon off the bottle pop, with some dark fruit and licorice revealed in the glass. Taste is consistent with nose, with a creamy/buttery quality, as well as cocoa and molasses. No fruit comes out in the flavor profile; however, a hint of vanilla also reveals itselft, with a little bit of licorice lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in consistency and silky without being oily; carbonation is subtle and light. Not a big bold BA RIS, but excellent balance, with a well-hidden abv. One of the few examples of the style that can be consumed solo. Top notch, despite the price tag. A nice beer to crack on a cold night in New England.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a duck rabbit snifter glass, drank around 58-60F.

A - Thick viscous black with a finger of tan head that dissipates relatively quickly, leaving behind a little bit of lacing.

S - Charred oak, malt, and tobacco with hints of raisins and molasses. Very nice.

T - Woody with a good bit of whiskey, though not alcohol persay... along with some chocolate and lightly burnt toast. A decent amount of sweetness (maybe a hair too much) with some dark fruit and slight earthy hops.

M - Low to moderate carbonation. Full-bodied and slightly oily in a pleasant way.

D - Definitely not something I would chug, but definitely a good sipper. The alcohol is very well masked for being nearly 10%.

Definitely quite good, but not quite as much depth as I had hoped for. Above average, but not my absolute favorite RIS.

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Photo of Samichlaus
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours smooth and thick. Pitch black, no light shines through. Thin espresso like head that dissipates quickly.

S: Wonderful bourbon smell all throughout. Cocoa & coffee syrup. Spicy hops way in the background.

T: A fine bourbon flavor. Chocolate and oatmeal flavors coming through. Tingly, warming alcohol notes with an almost Irish coffee like essence.

M: Super smooth and creamy full bodied brew. Goes down slick leaving a drying flavorful coating on the back of the palate

D: Super good. I could go for another but after that the alcohol might take over :)

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks go out to brokenleadedcask aka Darren for this beauty. Review from notes a couple months ago...gotta play catch up!

A- Pours a black color which no light goes through when held up to the light. Nice 2 1/2 finger tannish/mocha colored head that sticks around for a little bit. Nice light lacing left all over the glass during the beer.

S- There is a nice bourbon barrel scent to this. You really do pick up on the oak and bourbon both nicely. Nice big notes of coffee and roasted malts in the front of the nose. Chocolate and darker fruit bring up the backbone of aroma along with a light hopping. Overall this is a big beer smell but nothing too overbearing.

T- Big bourbon notes right off the bat with this beer. I wasn't expecting it and it was a nice surprise. Nice chocolate and coffee notes come along with the bourbon mixing well on the palate and stay there throughout the entire sip. roasted malts come into play but I thought they would be more than what they were. A light vanilla note come and goes with this beer in the backend of it I thought. A very nice complex but simple taste.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good with this beer as in light for it being barrel aged. Big roasted malts and light chocolate hints with light bourbon notes are left on the palate long after the sip. Aftertaste has a nice roasted malt with touch of bourbon. Nice chewy beer.

D- This is a very drinkable beer that is good to split with a friend. Unless you are me and just want to drink it all yourself. After one bomber though it is nice to move onto something else. Would recommend this one to anyone who is a stout lover. Also this one would be a good beer to stick away in the cellar for years to come.

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

Thanks to dstoke85 for this bottle.

A: Black as black can be. Nice creamy coffee colored head on the top.

S: Huge chocolate, bourbon and oak. A bit of a bite from the alcohol. Smells really nice to me.

T: Drumroll please... Yowser. Smack in the face! Big Bourbon and oak flavor up front. Then comes a strong vanilla flavor, and it ends with a nice toasted malt flavor with just a hint of smoke. As this warms the smokey oak really comes out.

M: Creamy and smooth, just a little bite from the alcohol. Very nice.

D: Oh yes. Anytime.. tastes great and is creamy smooth. Definitely something I would drink again. Very nice beer.

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

A normal pour yielded a black liquid with a 3 finger head of tan foam that threatened to go above and beyond the lip of the glass but it didn't.

Smell wise, I'm getting strong notes of roasted malt, some sweetish fruity tones, good chocolate and coffee aromas, and a nice light nose of the barrel aging. A very nice, not too strong nose that pleases me.

First sips in and the roasted malt comes with a light graininess, nice chocolate of the sweet kind coffee bringing some bitterness, a little bit of a fruity(black cherries?) character that's very faint but there, and a light but right presence of Bourbon that is growing a bit after a few more sips. Very tasty.

It's close to full bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation. A very smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? This certainly is drinkable enough because of the taste and mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. A nice twist on the regular B.O.R.I.S and I like them both very much. A very nice brew!

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber split with my best friend while he was home for christmas..batch two

a-pitch black...no light penetration and no head...little khaki lacing on top of the beer....small tight clollar on the edge..no bubbles in my glass but his had them stuck to the sides

s-sweet whisky and chocolate..roasted coffee and slight toffee...

t-roasty malt up front..some bitter coffee rushes in before the whisky really takes hold...whisky dominates in the middles and pulls out just as the bitter coffee comes back in and a bit tannic...finishes dry

m-creamy smooth from the oats...a little boozy...warms the mouth and the tummy when it goes down....almost chewy but not quite...carb is good for a barrel aged brew...

d-could split a couple bombers of this in a night and not feel bad...the booziness is a little distracting but overall this is quite a brew

nicely done and not over the top...the oatmeal aspect i find interesting with the barrel aging...a true winner imo

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Photo of PaulW
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from the brewery about 2 weeks ago. (The brewery is a little hard to find, its on the south side of Waterloo, within a stones throw of the Hobby store.)

Look: Poured about 12 oz from the bomber into my favorite stout glass. Dark as night with a milk chocolate foam on top, about 1/2 inch. The foam dissipates in a minute or so.

Smell: A few quick sniffs and you're treated to a collection of: bourbon, chocolate, and expresso. This is going to be good. There is a whiff of something sweet, almost fruity that seems out of place.

Taste: The smell of bourbon dominates your first taste so you're thinking bourbon for the first few seconds. Then the dark chocolate kicks in and stays there for the remainder of the first sip. It covers the palate well with chocolate, you can still taste it minutes after your first sip. A few more sips and you really start to experience the blending of charcoal-bourbon, chocolate and some hints of coffee. It has a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Like I said, covers the palate well. Not overly carbonated. Swish it around like a single-barrel bourbon.

Drinkability: Its a great beer to sip during and after a good meal. Serve with a small quantity of red meat. This would make a nice dessert beer in small quantities after a hearty meal.

This is a handcrafted stout from one of the masters. I really enjoyed this beer's flavors.

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Photo of strictly4DK
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a flute glass, shared with two other BA's.

A - Pours oil slick black, one of the most viscous beers I've ever seen. Leaves about a 1/2 inch head which recedes to almost nothing. Little lacing.

S - This is my only knock on this beer. Oh, the roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla, and bourbon are here but also an odd twang. Note sure if it may be the citrus hops clashing with the bourbon but whatever it is seems out of place.

T - Everything you loved about the Version 1 plus bourbon! Big times notes of vanilla and oak make this extremely smooth even with a big bourbon presence.

M - Medium to heavy bodied, slightly chewy and very rich. This differs from the regular B.O.R.I.S. in that the vanilla and oak tend to wash over your mouth not leaving alot of burnt oats.

D - This is without a doubt a sipper but high drinkability for being 10% and bourbon laden. Everything is extremely robust without being abrasive in any element. Pretty upset I shared this with other people.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black as night with a nice (but small) tan head. Very little lacing.

S: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, light hints of chocolate, and subtle booze. Wonderful!

T: Bourbon, oak, burnt coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. Good amount of warming alcohol as well. Not quite as complex as I was hoping, but quite tasty nonetheless.

M: Full bodied, thick and chewy. It's pretty hot from the alcohol as well. Not a ton of carbonation.

D: Reminded me of Black Tuesday in many ways, but isn't quite as good. BT is the best IMO, though, so that shouldn't be held against the barrel aged BORIS. This is a great bourbon barrel aged stout and I'm thrilled I had the chance to taste it.

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Photo of mwa423
4.94/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of koopa
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber purchased for $15.99 at DeCiccio's in Ardsley, NY.

Appearance: Opaque brown black oil slick with a brownish slightly grape 1 finger rocky foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves mild amounts of lacing.

Smell: Mainly whisky barrel over roasted coffee with some caramelish sweetness and oats.

Taste: Over roasted malts couple with some chocolate bitterness and coffee flavor. Oatmeal is a bit masked compared to the non-BA version. The whisky barrel adds a touch of heat and a sweet tinge that really "awakens" this RIS.

Mouthfeel: The oats really add silky smooth softness to this brew that I find very enjoyable. Honestly this RIS has one of the better mouthfeels for the style in my humble opinion.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of hopwilder
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful dark pour that leaves a fluffy, tan, creamy ring of head around the glass. Leaves little lacing upon sitting.
Smell - The barrel aging is apparent, with hints of sweet, roasted coffee, and a light hop aroma to finish it off.
Taste - Again an initial hit of the wood barrels, followed by the roasted coffee, as the sweet sugary flavors come out right in your face. The finish is a fantastic combination of the woody, roasted flavors and the sweet creaminess.
Mouthfeel - The creamy texture of the stout is slightly lighter due to the barrel aging, with appropriate levels of carbonation.
Drinkability - The weakest asset of this beer, due mostly to the harder woody, bourbon flavors brought out due to aging.

Overall I loved this beer, one of the best OIS I have had in a long time. However, with some aging the balance in flavors will have a chance to settle to complete awesomeness!

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

A big thanks to Matt from Capones who kept a bottle of this stashed away for me until I could make my way down to Norristown. Shared this beer with some friends at a holiday party.

Appearance: A deep, dark black colored brew. No chance of any light getting through this bad boy. There is a nice inch worth of thick, fluffy, light chocolate/mocha colored head. The head faded a bit quickly, and there wasn't much lacing to speak of. On swirling the beer in the glass, it seemed to want to stick to the sides. This is going to be good.

Smell: Strong, not a beer for the faint of heart. Plenty of chocolate and roasted malt, but also a big dose of booziness. This beer does have a fairly high ABV, and it was aged in whiskey barrels, so I guess that this smell should be expected.

Taste: This is a sippin beer. The chocolate and roasted malts from the nose is dwarfed by the strong taste of what reminds me of whiskey burn. This is one potent beverage. While not bad by any means, a bit of age would certainly mellow this brew out a bit and blend the tastes together a bit better.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation for the style with a thick, viscous, full body. Well done here.

Drinkability: For a barrel aged RIS, this beer offers a plenty of complex tastes to confound the palate. Take your time with this one and it won't come back to bite you. I have one more bottle of this, I think I'm going to keep it down in the cellar for a bit just to let it mellow out. A tasty beer fresh, it can only get better with a bit of time on it.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2, 2009 vintage, poured into nonic.

A - Pours black with a fingers worth of tan colored head. Some lacing, no retention.

S - Slight bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, toffee.

T - Same as nose...milk chocolate, malts, caramel, vanilla.

M - Full, rich and smooth, slight carbonation.

D - So smooth but I think I prefer regular BORIS.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of the most recent batch of BA Boris (green cap) at From the Vine in Columbus. My first time trying the beer but I've got another (gold cap-batch 2) aging in the cellar for later.

Appearance- Pours opaque black as per the style with a minimal ring of tan head around the edges of the glass. Appears to be very mild carbonation and little to no lacing left as I drink.

Smell- Very up front with the whiskey and oak. Lots of boozy whiskey and vanilla. A faint whiff of coffee roastiness and chocolate.

Taste- Again, the whiskey dominates here. Huge amounts of whiskey and wood are the most prominent flavors and really take up most of the flavor profile. In the background are some of the notes of bitter chocolate and roast that came through in the nose, but they are very secondary to the whiskey and wood. Astringent alcohol on the finish, and I fell as though this would benefit and round out from some aging.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, a bit thin from the barrels but with appropriate levels of carbonation. However, in terms of drinkability for the style, I found this one to be much to far towards the side of bourbon and alcohol to get better than average marks on drinkability.

Overall, this was a beer which I feel has a lot of potential and was decent but could be much better if aged. If the alcohol and whiskey profile had a chance to settle a bit it would probably have a much more rounded flavor profile in my opinion. Will have to revisit the second bottle in the future.

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Photo of abecall98
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you Jerk44 for this wonderful brew.

A - Pours viscious Black. Very subtle light tan head that dissapears. Laces, so thats nice.

S - Smell starts off sweet. Hints of coffee come through. Smell is then a little roasty, then hints a slight hop aroma. As it warms up, the sweetness comes through more.

T - I like this. It starts off heavy in the roast. Then the sweet sugary maltyness follows. Next is a taste like a cup of joe is fresh in your face. Finish is bitter roasty.

M - perfectly carbed, just wish there was more aftertaste and wish that the mouthfeel was sticky enough to give that.

D - Damn good for the style, not perfect, I am not asking for another, but it was nice while I drank it.

O - I liked this beer. Not sure if the 9 dollar price tag is worth it with that fact that I can get a 4 pk of rasputin for less. But, It is not too shabby.

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Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***UPDATE 7/20/2010***
Side-by-side, it's apparent that regular BORIS is actually better. This beer gets a little drowned out by the barrel, believe it or not. Lowering my 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 to 4.5/4.5/4/4/4.5.

***ORIGINAL RATING***
Bottle shared by Nick3 on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Nick! This beer definitely lived up to expectations.

Pours jet black and thick with a small tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, whiskey, roast, wood, and chocolate.

Flavor is similarly complex, yet balanced. All the typical imperial stout notes are in there - roast, chocolate, and coffee - as well as oak, whiskey, dark fruits, and spice. Whiskey flavor is balanced however and does not overpower like it does in some barrel-aged beers.

Very smooth and creamy palate with low carbonation and fairly full body. Not at all boozy. Excellent beer overall. A sipper, but drinkable given the style and -bal-agedness

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Photo of beermanbrian
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oil black with a creamy cascading tan head. Smell of bourbon. Bourbon hits you up front but is smoothed out amazingly quick. The oatmeal must really be smoothing things out. A slight burn on the finish but for such a high ABV it finishes smooth. Overall I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The only reason it didn't score higher is that there is nothing that really stands out. It is what it claims to be, nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to FlandersNed for trading me this at DLD '09!

A: Pours black with a dark mocha colored head. Retention is ok with very little in the way of lace left behind.

S: Bourbon, pan roasted caramel, burnt malt, dark fruit, chocolate covered cherry, and caramelized sugar candy.

T: Burnt caramel (in a good way, seriously), bourbon, charred barrel, dark chocolate, and bread pudding with a caramel/maple custard glaze.

M: Slick and very slippery. Sweet and creamy. Coating. Delicious sweet finish.

D: OMG! Where is the alcohol? Some RIS's clobber you in the mouth with sweetness, booziness, bitterness...sometimes all three at once. This one shows restraint and balance and that results in perfect drinkability!

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Photo of Genghis22
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a super rich looking black, with the slightest mahagony highlights when held up to the light. Dark khaki head that dissapates quickly.

S - Smokey, chocolte, coffee. No smell of the barrel in the nose. Slight touch of woodiness, but nothing that screams barrel aged.

T - Very well done. Tastes of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa. Lingering tastes of smoke. There is some woodiness in there, dries out the finish. Very nice. Hops are present, but not overpowering.

M - Oily but not necessarily full bodied. Would like it to be just a bit more chewy, but it is adequate. Very low carbonation, could use a tad more. The finsih is crisp and dry.

D - Overall, a very well made beer. The flavors are great, and richly layered. The nose is inviting, and the appearance is great. Just wish the mouthfeel was a bit more up to standards. Overall, I'd drink this one again, over and over, very good stuff.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1.

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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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Photo of vacax
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber pours out black with about one finger of mocha colored foam. Some lacing is left behind while it dwindles down at moderate rates to a ring of fine bubbles. Scents of wine grapes, bourbon, oak, and tobacco fill my nose. Flavors of waxy and estery fruits are upfront along with a generous amount of wine grapes, toffee, and bourbon. The barrel aging has really ramped up the dark fruits in this brew to a shocking degree. The finish has tobacco, herbal notes, coconut, and a biscuit and cookie kick. I even get a little bit of pumpkin seed to it. Tasty stuff, though the barrel seems to have ramped up the fruity and herbal elements and hidden a lot of the earthy and roasty balance present in the original, leaving a winelike finish. Feels chewy, slick, and creamy. Recommended, but not quite as perfect as the original BORIS.

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