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

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Reviews: 583
Hads: 2,250
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 275
Gots: 693 | FT: 81
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE
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Reviews: 583 | Hads: 2,250
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 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 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.


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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 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 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 ridglens
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bruery snifter, thanks to my fiance Pam for the tasy gift! I've had this several times, but never to review. Drank from chilled to room temp.

A- Pours a dark black, and a thin dark brown head which quickly dies to a tiny ring around the edge of the glass. No light gets through the beer once it's in the glass. Pours decent but not super thick. Some lacing, pretty but not earth shattering.

S- I can smell the whiskey from two feet away. The typical oak and vanilla sweet bourbon are faded, this smells like more straight whiskey. as it warms, some muted bourbon tones do come out (mmmm, much better). There is some great smelling coffee behind the whiskey. Some sweetness comes out, some brown sugar and some really good malts. the initial whiskey isn't great (to me), but the undertones are!

T- Big whiskey profile flavor, but a little more muted than the smell might suggest. Good dark coffee comes second, really tasty. The beer is sweet, but not cloying. the brown sugar and roast malts come through, but after the smooth whiskey spiked-and-oaked coffee fades. Flavors stay in the corner of my mouth for a while.

M- Little Carbonation, but it does have a little tingle on the tip of my tongue. Not thick enough for my taste, but not really thin either. solid stout, but i wish it were a bigger feel. There is a building warmness from alcohol, but less than you would think from the booze smell.

O- Great flavor (actually much better than i remember). the smell is slightly overbearing, but improves a lot as it warms. I really do like it, i just wish this beer was a little "bigger". I would love it thicker, more malt and oats, and maybe even a little more alcohol (c'mon OH, change the law!)

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Photo of SawDog505
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20 Duvel tulip.Pours a thick, completely opaque black, with a two inch mocha head, that settles into a thin layer of bubbles, with a little lacing. Smell is dominated by Bourbon, some chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Taste is all of those, bourbon the most with dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the back. Body is full, not a ton of carbonation, a little dry, and a sipper for sure. This is a great beer, but I was more impressed with regular Boris and blown away by Doris, too one dimensional.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black with very very very little head--what head there is consists of tan wisps on the surface of the beer. I'd like to see SOME foam on the beer, it doesn't need a bunch, just a little. Smell is decent, dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, a bit of oak in there too. Taste follows suit, some creamy vanilla and oak from the aging, but follows through with a robust and lingering roasted malt, chocolate, and espresso profile. Quite delicious, especially after I let it warm a bit. The aging doesn't really add all that much to this beer, in my opinion. In fact, the underlying stout is the best part. I haven't had regular BORIS, but I bet it's a better value. Thick and smooth on the feel, big stout territory for sure. Very low carbonation, for some reason now I'm thinking the feel is similar to GI BCBS, though it's been a couple of months since I've had one. Good drinkability, a sipper for sure. Nice beer, but I probably won't get it again at $14 a pop.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to a very generous sproser for the bottles.

Pours death black with a tan head that retains for about a minute and then leaves ok lacing from there out.

Nose is alot of roasted malt, a wine-like character and some chocolate.

Taste follows with huge roasted malt, some chocolate and definite whiskey booze presence. The finish has that signature slick giant oatmeal flavor, and roasted malt lingers with whiskey on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is super viscous, although still less than i expected, but pretty much where it should be in a beer like this. Madly slick on the finish, carbonation is medium where it should be.

Drinkability is ok, but this one is pretty heavy, and i can't see having more than one bomber alone.

Overall, a very pleasant, and well made barrel aged stout. I would like it to be a little bit more robust, but when you want that oatmeal action this one suffices for both that and that classic barrel aged awesomeness. A very nice beer. Overpriced like mad, but still quite good.

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Photo of Traquairlover
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle. Poured into snifters.

A = Opaque mahogany with a large billowy head comprised of a mix of small and large bubbles. Head is caramel with light reddish tint, recedes slowly leaving only very light lacing.

S = First and foremost I get a ton of oak smells with vanilla, marzipan, hot buttered popcorn, hot chocolate with melted marshmallows.

T = The flavors are better melded than I had expected from the smells, but most of the elements remain the same. There is a strong oaked vanilla flavor with a strong accompaniment of American coffee mixed with a semi sweet chocolate powder and heavy cream and perhaps only a slight amount of white sugar.

M = Heavy body, very full, creamy mouthfeel, creamy. Great mouthcoating.

D = This is very good, but I think small amounts are probably most appropriate. I don't think it is quite as approachable as the non-barrel aged version, but it is definitely a great beer.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2010 bottle

Appearance: Black, with a very small, tan head - still and oily looking - very minimal lacing, hard to even drum up lacing

Smell: Dark, burnt malts and lots of bourbon - dark chocolate, roasty, burnt coffee, with some wood and vanilla - dry and roasty but also sweet

Taste: Nice for a bourbon barrel-aged stout - burnt and roasty - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - lightly sweet, works well - lots of bourbon and wood without being gross - some molasses and some char

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily and slick, needs some carbonation (but I can forgive this since it's an older bottle)

Overall: A nice use of bourbon

Recently I've criticized some barrel-aged stouts for being utterly dominated by bourbon. Fortunately, this isn't one of them. There is some balance here. It's not astounding, but it's good.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 583 ratings.