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

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Reviews: 596
Hads: 2,293
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 280
Gots: 694 | 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: 2,293
Photo of tsauce2
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 oz bomber poured in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is near black. Nearly opaque. Head is dark tan, foamy, 2 in, dissipates to cover the top of the beer.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.

T: Follows suit with smell. Great balance of ingredients and barrel aging. Aftertaste follows suit.

M: Good body fortified by barrel aging.

O: Great beer up front. Gets even better with age. Kinda pricey in Indy market, but have found this for much less in other markets. Fantastic.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Hoppin' Frog has some of the worst label art by a brewery I've ever seen.

Pours a thick, deep, motor oil black into my glass. Small but long lasting head.

Smells roasty, with sweet bourbon and chocolate.

Tastes similar, with lots of chocolate, some oats, bourbon, and a bit of soy sauce that is slightly off-putting. Other than off-note, great taste.

Full, thick, syrupy body- a meal in a glass. Low carbonation.

A great BA brew- but not their best treatment of B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of bum732
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

S: Very sweet chocolate with a prominent whiskey note. Vanilla wafers, somewhat malty, slight mocha notes.

L: Fairly syrupy, dark black, little to no head.

T: Sweet chocolate up front with a pleasant coffee notes. Whiskey sweetness follows. Low bitterness with additional milk chocolate and whiskey. Finishes with a touch of coffee flavor, minimal roast. Fairly sweet finish. A grainy note as it warms.

M: Medium bodied, slick, but not very heavy. Alcohol makes a presence. Low carbonation.

Really liked this iteration over the normal version. Solid stuff, but not quite great.

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

Jet black as all good barrel aged beers should this had initially a very fizzy head that had an island of thickness in the middle. I poured a second from the 2012 bomber and got a much more cohesive thickness. The beer laced in sheets and poured with a superb thickness.

The aroma is quite vibrant with elements of bourbon, coconut, creamy vanilla, hints of chocolate and a nice malty finish.

The flavors are more bourbon at the front with a touch of harshness. The middle taste is the tell tale coconut and vanilla with a real chocolatey finish. Seldom do I enjoy an aftertaste more but the foretaste is a little harsh to the palate. The chocolate aftertaste is quite full, Very flavorful and the best part.

The feel is silky smooth, full and creamy with almost no carbonated presence.

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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 oberon
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White top.Poured nearly jet black except for just a faint ruby tint when held right nex to the light.A dark beige that sits for quite awhile atop,it looked menacing in a good way.Aromas of drunken dark fruit,molasses,chocolate,and french roast coffee,barrel played a smaller role than expected but is there.A full chewey feel in the mouth,very nice.Chocolaty flavors and quite roasted at the onset of the palate,dark fruit and vanilla notes as well from the bourbon.This was a great night cap last night,it was rich but not over done with the barrel,it seemed even bigger than it is.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Damn dark stout and at 9something% was not expecting that. The small dark brown head dissipates fast. No real lacing.

Whiskey, vanilla, Graham cracker and milk chocolate. Sweet boozy inviting nose.

Pretty barrel forward with lots of whiskey and wood. Little bit of vanilla. Chocolate and roasted coffee.

Nothing like a big oatmeal stout. Really smooth.

Easy drinking for a big barrel stout. Thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of Prince_Casual
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White top ('12) 22oz poured into softball sized snifter.

Poured with the thinnest of brown heads on top of deep black. No carbonation or lacing. Just what I was expecting.

All kinds of dark fruit aroma: plums and raisins. Maybe some brownie batter. When I first popped this I overlooked the tremendous oatmeal character. Just like how ginger ale's a little better with a dash of bourbon... you know what I'm talking about, same here. It's subtle but it rounds everything out.

Depth is the keyword on the taste. Starts a touch sweet, finishes perfectly bitter + dry. I get a little mineral content at first and then it reminds of of walking into a bakery: vanilla, coffee, cocoa being melted, (candied) dark fruits, oatmeal cookies, etc. There's a few bba stouts I've had that take me to "that place." This is definitely one of them.

It really sits perfectly on the palate. Extremely silky and creamy, much more so the the std BORIS. Just a touch of drying booze as it goes down.

Absolutely an awesome beer with tons of character and depth. The price point makes this a "once in a while" beer, but I kind of appreciate that model versus something like BCBS being unavailable 90% of the time. If you're reading this on a phone standing in an aisle, go for it, it's worth the money.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a oily pitch black with a moderate amount of bubbles. About one finger of deep tan head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing around the glass.

Smell: A big dark roasty aroma with lots of chocolate and barrel hints. Dark roasted malts with big hints of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, burnt caramel, toffee, oatmeal, cream, tobacco, and nuts. The barrel comes through with hints of bourbon whiskey, sweet vanilla, and oak. Sweet hints of molasses and burnt sugars. Dark dried fruit undertones with hints of dark cherry, raisin, plum, and fig. Subtle earthy hop hints. A very rich and good stout aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a big rich and roasty taste of dark malts and barrel notes. Barrel notes with a taste of bourbon whiskey, oak, sweet vanilla, and some wood. Big rich taste of dark roasted barley malts with notes of dark chocolate, cocoa nibs, coffee beans, toasted bread, burnt caramel, toffee, oatmeal, tobacco, cream, and nuts. Sweetness from some molasses and burnt sugar. Undertones of dark dried fruits with notes of cherry, raisin, plum, fig, and prune. Subtle presence of earthy hops add some bitterness in the background. Taste is rich and sweet with a nice bitter balance. Very good.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very creamy and chewy. Slick and smooth. Alcohol is felt but its fairly tame in the mouth.

Overall: A very good barrel aged Imperial Stout. Great dark malt flavors with a good barrel presence. Good balance of sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of cjoc83
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased for $21 at Spinnerstown Hotel in Pennsburg, PA. Batch 6, 2012 (white cap).

A - Pours jet black with a motor oil-like viscosity into a Brooklyn Brewery tulip. An initial 2 finger dark brown head recedes quickly and leaves scant lace.

S - Lots of bittersweet bakers chocolate, roasted coffee, whiskey, and slight booze in the nose.

T - Roast, bittersweet espresso and dark cocao jump out first on the front of the tongue. Middle of the mouth the whiskey notes come out to play, and while big, it doesn't overshadow the other flavors. The chocolate also turns more to the sweet side, with some caramel malts and toffee. But the bitter roastiness comes back in the finish, along with some slight hop bitterness and astringent alcohol. A little hot.

M - Full bodied and slick, this heavy hitter coats the mouth with flavor. Lingering whiskey notes and slight bitterness. Semi-dry finish. Definitely a sipper.

O - This beer has been a long time want for me, so when I saw it on the bottle list it was a no-brainer, and it definitely didn't disappoint. Could use some age to mellow out the booze a little, but damn is this stuff tasty.

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Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk frog toasting a mug full of black liquid. Right below the mug is an OHIO sticker. Right below the frog is the name of the beer in a variety of different colors and fonts. To the far left of the frog is where they put all the Government info. To the far right of the frog is a description of the beer, some barrels, and another frog. Absent from the label and bottle is a vintage year. To tell what batch/year this bottle is from, look at the color of the cap. My cap was gold color. This was from either batch 1 or 2 from 2009.

When poured into a fellow Ohio Great Lakes Snifter, this Akron barrel aged beer poured a thick solid midnight crude oil black color. Jet black or oil black. Choose one you like the most. It doesn't matter. If it wasn't for the head of foam, this beer would have had a kick ass appearance. Up rose a tiny less than 1/4 of an inch dark mocha head of foam. In a blink of an eye, this head of foam was gone. It acted like it had somewhere to be. It only managed to leave behind a handful of mocha rings along the edge. Cool jet black color. That's why it was sad to see a weak head of foam on this pitch black brew.

This had one of those aromas that didn't want to play around with your sense of smell. Right off the bat was a strong whiff of whiskey and charred oak. Not so much whiskey that it made this beer smelled like a bottle of Jack. Following the strong aroma of whiskey was a nice amount of dark fruits. My nose picked up black cherry, plums, raisins, and a fig or two hiding in the back. Directly after the dark fruits was some tobacco, dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. Rounding every thing off was a pleasant aroma of cherry vanilla. There was a lot going on in this aroma and my nose enjoyed every second of it.

Like the aroma, it was the whiskey and charred oak that kicked things off. It was warm and boozy. Not so boozy that the whiskey controlled the taste and kicked every other flavor out. Following the whiskey was the dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Those 3 loved being together. Also in that mix was a few dark fruits. There were more dark fruits in the aroma than there was in the taste. My tastebuds could only find the black cherry and raisins. At the finish line was a drop of vanilla. I wish there was more vanilla to counter all the whiskey and oak. A very good thick whiskey based taste.

The mouthfeel was like every other barrel aged Imperial Stout. In case you don't know what that means, it means that this beer was thick, roasted, and with a full flavored aftertaste. The aftertaste was warm and boozy with a whiskey based taste. I picked up on whiskey, charred oak, a little dark roasted malt and dark chocolate, and a subtle pinch of dark cherry and vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for some time in the back of your throat.

I really didn't care for regular BORIS, but the barrel aged version makes me want to try it again. It was a very good not overly hot and boozy BA Imperial Stout. There was plenty of whiskey in this beer, but it didn't completely run this beer. It let other flavors in for an enjoyable drinking experience. Would I drink another bottle? I probably would.

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Photo of BA_Berto
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a beer! The last time that I remember being this happy with a wonderfully balanced BA Stout was when I drank BCBS and Parabola! That is so might fine company!

A- Black as night with quickly disappearing head. After a couple minutes, only traces of head remain on the surface.

S- Vanilla, Bourbon, and roasted malts. Absolutely delicious!

T- WOW! This taste like marshmallows that were soaked in bourbon, and that slowly heated up over a fire to make the perfect S'more. Fantastic!

M- Perfect! Coats the tongue, smooth as can be, and goes down so easily! Did I say WOW already?

O- Amazing! This is a top notch quality stout...Does it deserve a $21 price tag? No...but I am glad that I gave it a try!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.15.13

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a black in the glass with a smaller dark tan-brown head that creeps to the edges slowly.

S - Sweet chocolate, oatmeal, booze, a touch oxidized.

T - Booze and oatmeal, then finishes with sweet chocolate - really sweet still. Still lots of booze as well.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body, but it finishes thin.

O - Still lots of booze and overly sweet for me after four years.

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Photo of gr0g
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Opaque, pitch black with a small chocolate-colored, sticky head. Bourbon barrel notes are integrated nicely with the big stout character of the aroma. Bittersweet dark chocolate notes, vanilla and cherry infusion from the oak barrels. Some fusel presence, but it's not overpowering.

Soft, silky texture on the palate. Bittersweet chocolate with some molasses. The barrel-aging has left it's mark, a bit too much of a mark. Bourbon and oak impart bright vanilla and alcohol flavors, but they overshadow the dark, roasted qualities of the base stout. Only slightly do things improve as the beer warms up toward room temperature.

While I was surprised and happy to see Hoppin' Frog's stouts show up in NJ, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. didn't quite live up to the hype for me. With more time to mature, this could mellow out and become a great imperial stout, but right now it's just a good one.

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Photo of jtladner
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bottle (white cap). Black in color with dark brown head and good lacing. The nose is sweet with some vanilla and bitter chocolate. The taste is nicely complex, with a lot of chocolate and coffee, some roasted notes and the perfect amount of sweetness. Unfortunately I am not really noticing the whiskey at all, but still a very good stout.

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Photo of peensteen
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown, near black colour with a ring of mocha coloured head, no lace th speak of. Smell is of oak, vanilla and whisky followed by a big dose of chocolate cake and fudge, coffee and a medium roast. Taste is roasty with oak and bourbon/whisky flavours, vanilla and chocolate with a bit of coffee, lightly fudgey in the aftertaste. Light prickly carbonation, smooth and full bodied. Really solid stuff however with so many incredible BA stouts around this may just get lost in the shuffle, however I would certainly drink this again without question.

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Photo of Resuin
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. White cap.

Appearance: Pours a jet black and leaves a quarter finger or so of dark tan head.

Smell: Bourbon, dark chocolate, light coffee, some dark fruits: plum, figs. Well balanced stout aromas. Definitely smells tasty.

Taste: The coffee, which played a minor role in the aroma, takes a more prominent role in the taste. Plenty of bourbon, dark chocolate, plums, figs are also present. Plenty of oak notes are present in the latter half of the taste as well. Finishes nice and crisp with some bourbon and coffee. Alcohol is very well masked in the array of flavors.

Mouth-feel: Low to medium carbonation (more carbonation is present than I would have thought from the pour). Medium to heavy body with a nice creamy texture. Finishes smooth.

Overall: A high quality stout. Plenty of oak as well as bourbon notes are present from the time in the barrels. A very nice array of flavors, a nice, creamy texture and a pleasant aroma to boot. Definitely a quality beer drinking experience.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.96/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Pardon my French but, holy shit is this good!

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

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Photo of yuichituba
1.91/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch#4 2010 bottle - drinking it in 2013

Looks black
(appearance means nothing to me unless it looks gross)

Aroma is somewhat boozy. Roast, light chocolate, but more booze from the bourbon than the malt. A bit thin smelling.

Flavor is a hot mess. You get hit with cheap whiskey booze followed by over-roasted, charcoaled coffee beans bitterness. Alcohol burn lingers down my throat as if I'm drinking actual whiskey. Nasty char bitterness lingers as well. No oxidation mouthfeel so this is how this beer turns out aged. Some vanilla coating the tongue but overall this beer is nasty.

I haven't had this fresh, but if there's any proof that barrel-aged beers should be drunk fresh, this beer would be it. The regular BORIS is already such a wonderful robust stout, having this aged bottle leaves the impression to me that the barrel-aging ruins an already beautiful thing.

Also, this costs $18-$20 for a bomber.

(Disclaimer: my final rating does not reflect a fresh bottle nor what I truly think of the regular BORIS)

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on my trip to Chicago in April. Just now getting around to opening it.

Poured out of the bottle, with a black cap, a thick motor oil black into a Stone RIS glass. Thin head with little retention. Scent of the bourbon hits my nose, but that's all I get, I have a terrible nose. The taste has the bourbon burst up front with a bit of a hop presence. Then bring on the oats . . . the mouth just shuts down and goes dryer than a desert. A wonderful complexity and very well balanced. No two flavors are stronger than the other. Mouthfeel is perfectly bodied for the style and dry.

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

Appearance: black as night body with a very thin bronzy-copper colored head that fizzes away in a heart beat and leaves a tan rim around the edge of the glass; no lacing; syrupy legs drip on the glass with each sip.

Aroma: dark roasted notes, lactic, toasted oak spice, a little vanilla coming from the oak barrel, dark roasted coffee, nice dose of chocolate, as the ale warms up a light bourbon note comes to life,

Flavors: just like the nose; rich dark roasted coffee, lactic acid feel, hint of sweet bourbon - oak spice with a touch of roasted vanilla and caramel, 85% dark chocolate like bitterness, a little bourbon like note and a dark chocolate bite on the aftertaste, not boozy

Mouthfeel: no carbonation, just a faint fizzy feel, thick, almost syrupy, kind of creamy, oak and alcohol spice on the tongue, the whisky note is mild, does not have an overwhelming alcohol feel, full body

To the Point: a really good barrel aged stout; this is a sipper; the last two or three barrel aged stouts that I have tried just did not appeal to me; this one is top shelf stuff; to me the bourbon note was just right – there was just a hint of it, the bourbon did not overpower the stout style. Time to get a bottle of bourbon off my bar and have a few sips as I finish this tasty stout.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this one- I've opened up 2 bottles in the past, but never got around to doing a review/recall on it. 22oz bottle with the white bottle cap (probably produced in 2012-2013), poured into CCB snifters with friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: A bit of sweet chocolate up front. I can almost smell the viscousness. And then the barrels kick me in the face. It smells like I just took a bottle of Jack Daniels, agitated it and opened it up to sniff it. Bourbon, vanilla, oak is all there. Smells boozy as hell. (4)

Colour: Dark, dark, dark beer that pours like motor oil. Light does not penetrate. Comes with a 2cm mocha head that dissipates into the beer quickly. Lacing is sporadic and not much of a player here. (4)

Flavour: Phew. It's heavy on the bourbon and the barrel, but it's got a nice underlying sweet chocolate and toffee flavours. It's strong enough that it isn't completely overwhelmed by the bourbon barrels but not cloyingly sweet that it would be annoying. The malts of this beer is definitely in a supporting role. It is basically bourbon with a lot of oak and some vanilla. A bit of coffee bitterness throughout as well. Despite all the strong bourbon components, it ends up being tasty- it comes together pretty well. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Very thick bodied, light on the carbonation. Finish is on the sweet and dry side. The beer has the smells and tastes of bourbon but there isn't a whole lot of heat to be detected. Definitely a sipper and not to be enjoyed alone. (4.25)

Overall: Excellent barrel aged stout that you don't mess around with. It's strong, intense and rich. Doesn't necessarily showcase all of its components as well as other beers do (BCBS, Black Note comes to mind) but the amount of bourbon flavour and aromas blows every other BA beer away. I don't always like having such strong bourbon presence in my beers- I would also like the sweet malts to show up even more here rather than being a supporting player. But I can't deny that this is a very good bourbon'ed up stout.. I was lucky to get it for $10 a bomber, so I'm not sure I'd pay full price ($16-19) to drink more once my stash is gone. (4.25)

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Photo of philbe311
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - A slight finger's worth of deep menacing dark brown colored froth... Little or no retention... A very light swirl of misty lacing and uber thin collar is all that remains... The color is an inky flat black... Opaque with no light sneaking in anywhere... Some sluggish micro bubbled carbonation can be seen rising along the sides at the top of the glass... Appears to be a bit thick and viscous as I rock the glass back and forth...

S - A stellar delectable nose... Subtle well rounded notes of the Kentucky bourbon barrels are first to great the nose... There are also massive doses of rich milk chocolate and thick rich vanilla... Caramel and English toffee... Perhaps a hint of maple syrup... Some very faint roasted malt and light coffee scents linger beneath the surface... Quite appealing and intoxicating...

T - Delectable fudge brownies... Deep rich milk chocolate... Light vanilla notes... Caramel... Toffee... Subtle roasted malt... Subtle light coffee notes... The Kentucky bourbon notes don't really appear until the finish where they begin to crescendo and linger to a bit, but never over power...

M - Full bodied... Chewy... A bit viscous... Dense... Thick... Very lightly carbonated... Sleek and smooth... Even and consistent... Each sip is a pleasure...

D - A true testament to successful barrel aging... The Kentucky bourbon barrels compliment B.O.R.I.S, adding layers or depth and complexity and just the slightest boozy kick... It in no way masks the original beer... Dangerously quaffable given the near 10% ABV... Other than an unremarkable appearance, this one excels in every facet... I can highly recommend this brew and suggest it with a clear conscience and won't hesitate in seeking out again...

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle 9,4% Abv.
Served lightly chilled in an over sized wine glass.
No bottle date.

Appearance: Boris appears thick and viscous during the pour (more so than I would usually expect from a sub 10% beer) and settles an inky black in the glass, with a strong backlight only revealing a little deep red along the edges. Even the roughest of pours doesn’t yield much more than a thin layer of dark tan bubbles, while a swirl coats the glass in a thick brown residue and heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Oh wow, this smells fantastic! The whiskey barrels are certainly present (but don’t dominate the nose like bourbon barrels often do) and provide a fantastic creamy vanilla character to the beer, while the base beer provides notes of rich dark chocolate brownies, roasted malt, dark caramel and some molasses. As the beer begins to warm, a little dark fruit character becomes apparent alongside some liquorice and a little toasted malt.

Taste: Just as the nose suggested, this is absolutely delicious! Notes include: Deep roasted malt, rich dark caramel, bittersweet dark chocolate, molasses, dark fruits, liquorice and a little whiskey character in the finish. One of the few faults I can find (and it is a small one) is that as the beer warms, the barrel character seems to get a little lost behind the other flavours.

Mouthfeel: Given the appearance I wasn’t expecting there to be much in the way of carbonation, however surprisingly the carbonation is of a medium level and quite creamy. The body is just about spot on – full and quite sticky.

Overall: This was my first beer Hoppin Frog and I must say, I am very impressed. I can’t wait to get to the other beers I have from these guys.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sexy beer. Very dark and viscus with only a little dark brown head. This looks very tastey. Right up my alley as far as BA beers are concerned.

Bourbon forward. The beer smells dark, rich, umami-y, and a little sweet. Not too much of a roast/smoke smell here. The bourbon notes are oak, booze, vanilla, and toffee.

Awesome flavor! Wow is this good. There is a very strong booze and oak presence, which I really love in a BB stout. The flavors follow the smell nicely, although there is a very roasty taste that is covered in the nose--obviously a side effect of some hearty dark malt. This roast covers the sweetness some, which I think there could be a bit more of. While the flavors are delicious, my only complaint is that the beer is a little two-dimensional. I would love for some more nuanced bourbon flavors to come across.

The mouthfeel is excellent. Creamy, low-medium carbonation, full-bodied, and pretty heavy. While there is a syrupy consistency, the oils don't linger too much making this more drinkable than many thick BB Stouts.

Overall this beer was very impressive. I don't know if it justifies the high cost to play, but at the moment I have no regrets!

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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.