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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
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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: 2,294
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gift from Fred Karm, a terrific guy and great brewer. Thanks! This beer appears black, with a slight brown hue near the crest when held up to the light. Nice head and lacing. This is a delicious beer. The oats work very well with the wood. The blending and melding of flavors is particularly well done. There is a slight warming alcohol note in the finish. The feel is creamy and smooth, yet crisp carbonation gives it a well-balanced and very enjoyable feel. I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of alli4051
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle with a gold cap, not sure what batch that might be, poured into a nonic.

Pours that nice "used motor oil" black that I love about the style, needed an aggressive pour to get almost a finger's worth of head. Head is a nice brown sugar and dissipates quickly leaving a faint webbing on top. Nose is definitely whiskey and alcohol with some oaty notes. Taste is dark fruits, caramel, and maybe some vanilla. Whiskey is definitely there too but is very mellow. The alcohol isn't anywhere near as hot as I thought it would be given it's prominence in the nose. Definitely full bodied but doesn't leave an overly sticky or cloying finish, which is nice. Went out of my way a bit to pick this one up and I am glad I did. The only disappointment I have is that there was a one bottle limit.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle from Ned's. $17.99-- ouch!

Appearance: Pours and looks like used motor oil in my snifter. Dark brown head fades in a few minutes, but sheets of lacing form with each sip and dissipate into sticky spots. Its beautiful.

Smell: Smells amazing, even just from the bottle. Whiskey poured on a melted candy bar. Chocolate, iced mocha, vanilla, cherry?, coconut?.

Taste: Lots of whiskey flavor without being overly hot (still kinda hot). Rich chocolate, caramel, and vanilla flavors. Roasty bitterness, but not heavily smoky or charred-- more on the sweet side. Alcohol burn, then a lasting whiskey and coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, and smooth. Feels like I just ate a sticky piece of chocolate cake.

Overall: An excellent BA stout. Rich and flavorful with very nice whiskey notes that are prominent but don't overpower. Not quite as good as KBS or BCBCS, though, and more expensive, which sucks.
EDIT: I've been thinking about this beer for a week since I reviewed it. I guess that means its good and I should buy it again.

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Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into snifter

Pours a dark black with a slight brownish head that disappears quickly.

Smell is slightly sweet with some hints of bourbon.

Taste is dominated by the bourbon. Slight hints of vanilla with some sweetness.

Good bourbon flavor that mellows out a bit as the beer warms up. Nice to have another bourbon barrel as it is almost impossible to get BCS in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Looks like a stout to me. Black with a thin light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, slight coconut, bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and plenty of that vanilla and bourbon quality

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, good carbonation, with a slight bitter finish. Very drinkable for an imperial stout

Overall: This bad boy is $20 a bomber around me, so its nice to try this 9oz i got on tap for $5. It offers a lot in what you would expect in a great BA stout. I could use a little more body but thats nitpicking. It really opens up as it warms and is another beast all together. Highly recommend this offering

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Photo of Pencible
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured an opaque dark mahogany with a bit of tan head. It smelled like bourbon and oak and alcohol, with coffee and dark chocolate and vanilla. It tasted like roasted coffee and bitter chocolate, with bourbon and oak and vanilla, as well as toasted oats and a bit of alcohol. It was very thick with a bit of carbonation, and had a bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a fantastic beer with lots of bold and intricate flavors, all delicately balanced together. It had great body, and hid the alcohol pretty well, so it was very easy to drink. Of course, you would have to enjoy bourbon and oak flavors to really enjoy this beer. I'm not sure if age would help, or if the bourbon and oak flavors would fade. But it's delicious fresh, so enjoy it if you can find it!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.51/5  rDev +5.9%
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!

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - much obliged!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of molasses and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Not nearly as sweet as the normal BORIS.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and molasses give way smooth vanilla flavors with hints of chocolate and fainter hints of bourbon. The barrel-aging doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor profile, but it mellows everything out.

Mouthfeel is great. Great thickness with sneaky carbonation. I had an 07 Abyss after this and the Abyss actual felt a bit on the thin side comparatively.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily, and it would be no problem to finish off a bomber or two.

Overall I much prefer the BA version to the normal BORIS - the flavors mellow out and the sweetness is taken down a notch. Definitely give this one a shot.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of badboyrsl84
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

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

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

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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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 weonfire
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet Black. Certainly has the 'Motor Oil' look. Small bit of mocha colored head around rim. Thick and Frothy.

S - HUGE chocolate & carmel and whiskey. Wow does that smell excellent. That puts a smile on my face. Vanilla and oatmeal come thru next. Great sweetness.

T - Awesome chocolate whiskey. Carmel. Sweet initially, bitter finish. A taste that lingers for minutes after tasting.

M - Exactly the velvety thickness you hope for. flavor combine superbly.

O - Excellent. One of the best Stouts i've tasted to date.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into tulip glasses:

A: Aggressive pour which created no head just a lace of mocha on the top. The beer itself....well if you close your eyes really tight, so that not even a sliver of light can get in, that's how dark this brew is. It most certainly looks viscous, and rich.

S: The nose on this one is robust black coffee, bitter sweet dark chocolate, with notes of vanilla and butterscotch. Then just a touch of whiskey towards the end.

T: The chocolate and coffee marries very well in this RIS, leaving you with a rich dark mocha flavor throughout the entire palate. Very bitter sweet, whiskey showing through near the finish. Leaving your mouth watering for more.

M: Heavy, viscous, and creamy just how we would expect a great RIS to be. Little to no carbonation, with a warming sensation from the alcohol in the chest.

D: Hoppin Frog did a great job on this one, it is definitely "Bodacious", and we will be purchasing more in the near future. We didn't want this bottle to end.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of Treb0R
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage - 25.3 Plato, 60 IBU

A good example of how barrel-aging can elevate an RIS.

Motor oil black body, very thick. 1-cm dark brown head that disappears within a minute or so.

A harmonious blend of dark bittersweet chocolate, real quality vanilla, complex whiskey, used characterful oak barrel, roasty malts, bitter coffee, and toasted coconut that perfectly meld with each other to create a wonderful drinking experience. Some alcohol hotness is sensed in the tummy, but it is not too hot when you sip it. Very smooth and rich with just enough sweetness where things don't become cloying. The hop bitterness helps in that regard.

Full-bodied mouthfeel. Probably my 2nd fav barrel aged whiskey stout other than Founders KBS.

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Photo of Brent
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this beer does not show up in the top rated listings. I was most impressed. Poured a tarry black with a thin, milk-chocolate colored head, like the froth on a cup of hot chocolate. Mouthfeel had a bit of pleasant oilyness that balanced against the dense malt. Liquor notes were present but not overwhelming. ETOH was also evident, but also not out of balance and without heat. Overall, a well-crafted Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green cap. Poured into a snifter.

A: BLACK, BLACK, BLACK! There is no seeing through this one. There's 1 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly. A layer of film clings to the glass with sparse lacing. I'm loving it!

N: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, deep roasted barley, caramel, deep roasted almonds and only the faintest of bourbon and oak.

T: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pecans and cherry cordial upfront. Mid-palate brings in deep roasted barley, coffee grounds, chocolate covered raisins, a hint of coconut and something slightly tangy...apricot? Finishes with dry oak, molasses, charred chocolate, notes of espresso, another layer of vanilla and the subtlest of sweet bourbon.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming, sticky and dry.

O: Oh yeah...beautifully complex and has everything right going for it. Top notch Barrel Aged RIS! Incredibly smooth with no alcohol presence.

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Photo of chilly460
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pitch black with an abundant head, chocolate in color. Half inch of head sticks around pretty well to a thin cap on the beer, some spotty lacing stays behind. Simply put, this is what I think of when I think of what a RIS should look like.

S - Bigtime bourbon notes hit first, as you'd expect. Nice sweet/smoky booze, very enjoyable. Pick up plenty of vanilla as well, integrated with the deep roast backbone of this beer. Plenty of sweet chocolate as well, this is one happy smelling beer.

T - I'm not one that likes a deep roasted stout, and I feel the BA does a huge service to this beer. It integrates a solid, but bitter, beer in BORIS with the sweetness and other benefits of the BA to make a great beer. Sweet vanilla hits first, along with distinct oak. Then it blends with that deep roast, to tune it down a bit, and results in an awesome roasted flavors with plenty of depth to accompany the vanilla/oak tones. The booze on this one is fully integrated, never got any "hot" flavors, just moves along to the lighter chocolate tones and finish.

M - Quite good, thick and velvety as I'd want it in a big BA stout.

O - So happy to finally try this one. Kind of "meh" on BORIS, but the BA does so much for this beer and puts it into the exceptional category for me. Complexity, big flavors perfectly integrated, balance...it does everything well.

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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.