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

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Reviews: 582
Hads: 2,246
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 16.9%
Wants: 275
Gots: 692 | FT: 79
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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: 582 | Hads: 2,246
Photo of alovesupreme
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip which briefly yielded a 1 finger head. Minimal lacing with light penetrating the corners of the glass.
Dark fruit dominates the aroma with lots of berry specifically blueberry and black berry. Alcohol but not necessarily whiskey.
Taste is composed of dark berries, coffee, some alcohol and a subtle molasses finish.
A good mouthfeel with a full body.
This is a good beer I was happy to have but will not be dishing out 20 dollars for it again.

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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to ClevoPiwo for the hook up.

Pours near black with a silky mocha head.

Nose has rich chocolate, dark malts, roasted coffee, molasses, oak, bourbon, vanilla, subtle hops and dark fruity alcohol notes.

Taste is also hugely complex. Cocoa, espresso, whiskey, vanilla, toffee, wood and peppery alcohol with bitter hops in the finish.

Big, silky body is delicately carbonated. Great beer from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of brentk56
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a modest dark tan head; not expecting much retention and didn't get much, but there were some spots of foam clinging to the glass

Smell: Hot alcohol at first, and then subsequent sniffs bring up caramel, black currants, oak and chocolate (and more chocolate); unlike a lot of other barrel aged beers the vanilla and whiskey does not come through on the nose

Taste: Fruity, up front, with caramel, black currants and plums; by mid palate, the dark chocolate, oats and whiskey barrel flavors arrive and overwhelm the earlier layer; after the swallow, there is a nice blend of flavor, with the whiskey lingering; just a hint of vanilla in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation and the creamy character typical of oat; plenty of heat in the gullet

Drinkability: Some very subtle elements put this up at the top of the bourbon barrel aged RIS category; really like the fruit and don't miss the vanilla

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Photo of theghost3
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to vinyljunkie for this one.

Pours an extreme dark brown, almost black with an incredibly thin brown head. The head disappears quickly and there's no lacing.

The smell is strong of dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel and toasted coffee malts. Taste is woody--the barrel aging is really apparent. There are flavors of dark chocolate, espresso, caramel, and lots of bitter toasted malts. Mouthfeel is acidic at first, but oily at the end. There's some alcohol warming that leads to a little mouth numbness.

This is a drinkable stout, but the rich barrel aged flavors and ABV will keep you on your toes.

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Photo of schinebd
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Blacker than most beers. But little to no head zero lacing. Some decent legs though.

Smell - Vanilla and oak come through first, but that might be my mind searching for the barrel effect. Some dark chocolate is buried in there as well.

Taste - The great taste of "regular" BORIS complemented with smoky oak flavors, rounded out by vanilla accents. Definitely a more complete taste than "regular" BORIS.

Mouthfeel - The highlight of the beer. So thick, so creamy, so smooth. Not watery whatsoever. DFH Palo Santo Marron comes to mind.

Drinkability - Thick and robust and highly alocholic. And WAY too expensive.

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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 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 Cedromar
3.58/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

So Batch 2 BA BORIS saw some distribution, eh? Might as well pick some up since tomorrow I'll be double taxed to enjoy this brew.

Such a friendly frog on the bottle, I hope they pay him well, probably not though. I imagine he's overworked and underpaid. Probably came home late the other night to find his wife on the Lilly Pad of his best friend. Now he's serving life for a double homicide that we all could understand.

Wait, what?

The pour produced a thin veil of brown bubbles that quickly dissipated to nothing but smooth dark velvet motor oil. Next time, I'm having engine trouble I'll just go for a bottle of this.

The smell...well, wasn't as good as batch 1. Where are the lovely Banana esters? The smooth vanilla bourbon? Why is there mooching cousin, burnt coffee sleeping on my pull out? F*ck you Barry, why don't you just get a job and get off of my f*cking couch already?!

The taste is alright. Unfortunately, Barry the Burnt Coffee only brought his hot sexy girlfriend Whiskey Whitney around a few times and those exchanges were all too brief. Damn you Barry!

The mouthfeel is silky smooth and absolutely seductive.


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Photo of IBUnit63
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 into Portsmouth snifter...

Pours pretty typical for style...classic espresso body with a little bit of maple/peanut butter head. Maybe a little less retention than usual but reasonably solid.

Sure, there's a little bit of booze and vanilla in here, but the barrel quality is a little more austere having said that. A few more deep dark fruits...dates...than usual. Rich dark malts are absent of tannin at first blush.

Methinks this could use a bit of time...there's some very good cinnamon notes in there but it is a bit on the boozy side. Some piney hops do show up nicely to complement the rich chocolatey malt. Slight maple tones emerge.

On the palate it is much more dry and austere than expected and I like that a great deal. Rich malt character accompanies a hint of tannin emerging with warmth. Finish has a solid grain feel to it.

It's one to sip and savor undoubtedly but it's a very good one. One of the better BA offerings; it's not just a load of bourbon and vanilla. Nicely balanced and well-constructed.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a classic: as black as the Dell I'm typing on, with no ruby highlights to speak of. Some minimal mocha bubbling makes a desperate stab at forming a head, but that fool's errand ends quickly as the light foam rapidly disintigrates to a few token wisps.

The smell is going to please those anticipating that a bit of Kentucky flavor will cross the Ohio border: Rich bourbon / vanilla notes take the lead, relegating the coffee and chocolate to a supporting role. Mouthfeel is as you would expect from a good RIS: thick and full-bodied, but not syrupy. The oatmeal gives this a velvety smoothness that I'm especially fond of.

The beer delivers on its promise: it is definitely bourbon-forward with some medium alcohol heat and vanilla / caramel flavors apparent from the get-go. Not as much pure bourbon as GI BCS, but more than enough to please those who store a low-ball next to their pint glasses. The sweetness does not become overpowering as it's balanced nicely by the requisite mocha flavors: chocolate and dark roast coffee. However, what's nice about this RIS is that it's not all about the bourbon or char. There is a complex array of deep fruit notes here: Black currants, plum and fig. To give you an idea of how this all blends, think bourbon-aged, milk-chocolate raisenettes. The alcohol could use just a bit of taming and keeps this from being as drinkable as some other offerings in the style. Just a year or two of aging could turn this impressive offering into one of the leaders of the impy pack.

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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 dukedevil0
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a completely black used motor oil color with less than a finger of beautiful dark mocha colored head that recedes quickly to just a rim of small bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells like mostly dark chocolate, with roasted malts, black coffee...surprisingly not much of a "barrel aged" scent as I don't pick up much vanilla, oak, or even whiskey...when it warms up you can smell more whiskey/boozy scents

T: Lots of the scents are present in the flavors, with a little of the barrel aging coming out more - super dark chocolatey, roasted malts, some dark coffee then a little whiskey comes out at the halfway point until the finish along with subtle vanilla and oak

M: Mouthfeel is amazing on this beer, super creamy and thick, almost syrupy and oily, some tingling from the carbonation

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the style, I keep looking at the glass and it's going down quick. There's some great intense flavor here without being "too much". There is a slight tinge of alcohol, but I really think it's a great aspect of the beer.

Overall, the smell left a little to be desired and the appearance to a smaller extent. However, the flavor of this beer is just awesome. I think a lot of other breweries are barrel aging the heck out of their beers, but I think the fact that Hoppin' Frog only put this in barrels for a few months really made this beer what it is. It's a great RIS base with just a bit of barrel aging that really gives this beer that little bit extra and makes it special.

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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 Jcb890
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the first batch of BA BORIS.

A - The beer poured a deep black color with a small dark tan/brown head. Lacing was about average.

S - First smell is a vanilla and a lot of chocolate.

T - The barrel aged factors in more in the nose than in the taste on this one, but it is nice and subtle. I liked the fact that it was not overpowering at all. You get some nice vanilla to go along with the oatmeal, chocolate and coffee. I really enjoyed this one a lot.

M - Nice and silky smooth.

D - In my opinion, quite drinkable. It is very smooth and easy to drink. Having a keg of this would be wonderful.

Overall I really really enjoyed the 1st batch of BA BORIS and may post up an edit to this when I try the 2nd batch of BA BORIS to compare the two. This is one of my favorite barrel aged beers.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Vinyljunkie for this in a recent trade, consumed late at night to avoid the heat during the summer. Poured into a snifter.

A- BA Boris pours out black from the bottle and has a semi thick look. Once in the glass it stays black while no head was seen just some very faint skim, no lacing, which is expected. A few swirls brings up a dark brown skim on the surface. Towards the end of my glass I see some brown edges in the liquid.

S- Kind of threw me off because I got a lot of dark fruit which was not present in the regular BORIS, perhaps this is new for regular boris as I have not had a regular in a while. Big scents of bourbon with chocolate and even less coffee. Some vanilla and cream. Not being a fan of huge scents of fruits in my stouts that detracted from the smell.

T- The taste is much better as the dark fruit is still there but the other flavors take away from it. A nice amount of bourbon(not sure which type of barrel used) that comes out more with warming. Up next is a nice vanilla addition which melds nicely with the chocolate and light coffee mix. The oatmeal which is very big in the regular version is still here but very muted. A bunch of roasted malt while the hops are light, no bitterness.

M&D- The mouthfeel is actually lighter than expected, I would venture to say that it is above medium bodied with light carbonation. The alcohol is masked extremely well, it's almost non existant. All of the flavors stick around in the aftertaste for a bit. The drinkability is great and only gets better as boris warms, I wish I let it warm more before I drank it all because I was really feeling the last few ounces of it.

For a first time attempt at barrel aging something as great as BORIS, hoppin frog did a great job, although I have had much better attempts at bourbon barrel aged beers. Here is to hoping that future batches grow in complexity and more bourbon.

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

After a long drive home I decided it was time to crack open a biggie that I have been dying to try, served chilled and poured into a darkness snifter, this one was consumed on 07/26/2009.

Appearance - The poor was black as night with a thin tan head on top. Not hanging around long it faded back into the abyss and left some light side glass lacing that webbed out decently.

Smell - Big aroma here. Lots of dark fruity notes which suprised me, but melted into rich vanilla and oak like notes that wrapped around a soild base of chocolate and coffee. Very well done.

Taste - Again huge here. There are loads of vanilla and oak notes that wash across the tongue first, filling the palate and really exploring the full spectrum of taste here. Chocolate and coffee move in but then the suprise, nice notes of plums maybe? Perhaps figs, where this fruit like note is coming from I am not sure but it is more then a welcome sight here and really serves to thicken the flavor. A long drawn out finish winds down with a light hint of vanilla and cocoa dacing on the tongue.

Feel - Big, but not too thick it is very well balanced. Despite the lack of the big head on it there is very good carbonation that works on all levels quite nicely.

Drinkabilty - Very nicely done again here. The ABV is deceptively smooth and none of the flavors overbearing. I literally thought it was outstanding to sip on and found myself indulging in a bit more then I thought during the course of the night.

Overall it was outstanding. One of the better barrel aged stouts I have had in a very long time. Why it took me soo long to get ahold of this one I have no idea but it was well worth it for sure. I would do this again any day, I may have a new favorite!

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

After a second and third time with this beer, the subtlety is even more awesome and puts it above most bourbon stouts for me. Pours black with a small head. Aroma is big oak and vanilla with no bourbon. Flavor is vanilla, oak and a little booze but very subtle. Nice body and very easy to drink.

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

Thanks RoyMunson.

Pours a dark, brownish black with a very tiny dark tan foam which leaves a thin crust behind. Pours fairly thick, though not a sludge machine like Dark Lord.

Smells faintly, very faintly, of bourbon, but mostly of mocha, chocolate, and vanilla. Mmmm..

Taste is surprisingly sweet, and mild on the bourbon. Clearly, these guys aren't of the "bourbon bomb" philosophy. The bourbon is understated and supporting, and there's both dark and milk chocolate along with a huge amount of vanilla, some sour oatmeal twangs, and a nice billowy dark sweet fruit background.

This is one delicious beer, I must say. It is not that thick, but it is perfectly carbonated.

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

1st Batch. Bomber into a pint.

A - Pours black with a half inch mocha head that faded to a whispy layer and ring around. No real lacing.

S - Dark malts, dark fruit, vanilla hint of alcohol.

T - Vanilla and mild bourbon. Some warmth in the finish.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation. Bourbon is not to heavy, pretty well done.

D - Pretty good for the ABV

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Photo of infestaxion
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1st batch.

A - Black as pitch. Not much of a head. Just a slick of bubbles across the top and a ring around the glass.

S - Whiskey up front. Then chocolate notes as well as some roastiness.

T - The whiskey is more subdued in the taste than the smell. The chocolate and roasted malt pop more. Hints of vanilla and oak. Pretty tasty.

M - Thick and creamy.

D - Highly drinkable for a high ABV beer.

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head that faded quick. Light aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, wet oak, and a touch of bourbon. The taste is were this beer starts to shine. Burnt coffee, dark fruits, cherries, fudge, vanilla, some oak, and mild bourbon. Finishes sweet.As it warmed more oak and smoke became present. ABV is hidden fairly well, but is a tad warming going down. Mouth feel is oily and slick. With a good amount of carbonation. Drinkably is surprisingly too easy for this barrel aged stout. Recommended!

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a thin layer of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and a hint of bourbon.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, a little hops and some bourbon in the finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but not overwhelmingly so. Complex, chewy and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but definitely drinkable.

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Photo of maximum12
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to obrienej to sending me a bottle of the first batch of BA BORIS. It's been sitting way too long. Love the original BORIS, so expectations are pretty high for this barrel-aged puppy.

It's dark & darker. Smell is subtle barrel & dark malts.

This is the shoe-pack of RIS. The oatmeal component gives this a silkly smooth slide not found in your run-o-the-mill RIS. That's the first impression, followed by the understated bourbon walking around amidst the wood, vanilla cookie, & malts that someone probably imported across the Styx. Damn! Not only is this really good, but the bourbon is nicely understated, & there are things going on here you don't see elsewhere. Only a few sips into this, but my lips are coated with goodness. I'm going to need some lip balm by the time my half of the bomber is gone.

Marvelous. I'd like to get another of these. Top-notch BA RIS. Get one if you can!

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

22 oz. Viscous near black pour. Some brown bubbles, sticks to the glass a bit. Big bourbon aroma, accented with molasses, vanilla, caramel, just hints of roast malt. Taste is a real nice balance with the barrel on the stout qualities, not as potent as the nose. Roasted malt, chocolates with light amounts of dark red fruits. Vanilla, caramel, oak follow. Warming, but not as much as the aroma would suggest. Thick and full bodied. Finish is lingering toffee sweetness and oak barrel. The only thing I would say this could use is some more bittering of coffee and hops. I expect barrel aging to negate some of that anyways though. Good drinkability for the "size". A real nice variation on the excellent original Boris.

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

A big thanks to jwelsh who gave me a taste at the CAH. Poured from his bottle into a small tasting glass.

A: A dark black thick oily looking beer with minimal carbonation and head. Granted, this was only a small tasting glass so I didn't get the full effect of a pour. Minimal (if any) glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted coffee/espresso with some chocolate and some sweeter vanilla boozy smells.

T: My first taste comes in the form of cherry and chocolate sweetness followed by the darker roasted coffee and espresso flavors. The sweetness comes in the form of vanilla, caramel, sweet fruits coupled with the whiskey oaky flavors. Finish comes with more dark chocolate and a hint of bitterness. Very complex beer, excellent.

M: Medium, not as full as I expected, but certainly not thin. Low carbonation and the alcohol is certainly tasted.

D: High for a thick stout with the high abv. Sweetness is held in check and makes for a very drinkable beer.

Overall a great version of Boris with a bit more complexity that I'm not sure really makes it better than regular Boris. I love the regular Boris but the whiskey adds some other flavors that I'm not sure make it better. Different, but not necessarily better. Still a great beer.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.