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

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Reviews: 587
Hads: 2,262
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 275
Gots: 694 | FT: 81
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of ManVersusBeer
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I aged this is my "cellar" for a little while. My "cellar" is my closet, but it does its job. Poured an almost deep black into a tulip glass with an orange-brown hued head which disappears as fast as it forms. Barely any lacing.

The smell is the best part of this beer. It's all over the map with hints of chocolate covered cat urine [it's a good hoppy thing], red wine, molasses, and, of course, fine whiskey.

Sweet cherries is the first thing I find myself tasting. It works great because that is what makes a nice Manhattan. Some sweet dark fruits with a nice oak character. Bitter oats and a slight hop bite follow, balancing this Imperial Stout nicely.

The bit of carbonation tickles the tongue just enough. While the alcohol is present it doesn't overpower, making this a scary beer because I probably could drink a couple just before I hit the floor. Chewy coffee doesn't kick in until just past room temperature, but it is welcome and satisfying.

Overall, it is smooth and toasty and I have to admit that while I have never had the regular B.O.R.I.S, I might not want to.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A slightly cooled 22oz bomber into a large-bowled tulip.

Pours with a dark fizzy cola-looking head that sizzles down to a bubbly thin layer that then quickly disappears with only a thin collar left. No lace. Deep blackish-brown body looks appealing.

Smells pretty much as I would have expected it to for the style - a very nice balance of bourbon on the nose, filled and rounded with deeply toasted malt, sweet caramelly maple syrup, hints of chocolate, leather, and fudge sundae.

Taste is fantastic, starting off full and malty with rich chocolate made more dynamic by the brighter bourbon flavors of vanilla, oak, and, well, bourbon. Thins out though, immensely toward the finish, and kind of cleans up unexpectedly. Bourbon seems to cut the oatmeal stout character and hollow it out some in the finish, with notes of bourbon and weak dark malts. A nice balance lingering in aftertaste though. Overall, very full and even, especially for the style.

Feel is okay, starts off rich and smooth, like an oatmeal stout should, thinning a little, then evening out, with a mildly clingy film lingering.

Overall drinkability is very nice. Alcohol is very appropriate, not obtrusive, and yet standing firm. It's debatable in my mind if the bourbon really helps this beer. Barrel aged BORIS is indeed fantastic, but somehow loses just a bit of its original excellence when cut with the bourbon flavor. However, it's very nicely balanced, rendering a bourbon aged heavy stout that drinks with remarkable ease.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a thick dark brown looking liquid that lets virtually no light through. the head is a bubbly deep mohogany color with a low amount of retention leaving an ok bit of lace.

S-the nose is delicious but not huge. if it were bigger it would be fantastic! the aromas bring vanilla, molasses, chocolate cake, and notes of whiskey taking over.

T-the taste follows the nose, it brings a lot of dark chocolate, chocolate cake batter, and hints of vanilla and mollases. some sweet dark fruits are present and set in next, fig and plum. then the whiskey barrels take over. the bourbon and oak take over the senses and let you know they are there. mostly the taste of the whiskey, but the oak is still present.

M-this is very full bodied, extremely smooth and creamy, almost chewy, and brings a fair ammount of carbonation. it is slightly slick on the back of the throat.

D-this was a very interesting stout and well blended. the complexity was strong and the flavors blended quite harmoniously. i could enjoy this quite frequently, if it wasn't so darn expensive!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with a small foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light vanilla and bourbon notes thought not as dominated as expected with some roasted malt with some black chocolate. Taste is lighter then expected with light bourbon with some distinct vanilla notes and light roasted malt with some subtle black chocolate. Body has an oily texture with medium carbonation and no alcohol was discernible. Kind of disappointing and not sure the barrel-aging brought anything more to this one.

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

Review # 300. Cheers, BA community... This one's for you!

I have not had regular B.O.R.I.S.... but it's all good.

22oz into tulip.

A- Dark as all hell... brown beyond belief, bordering black but not quite there. Head is caramel brown, 5 fingers after an agressive pour.. very active and settling nicely. Great head formation. Settles to 1cm after 3-4 minutes, looks like an oatmeal cookie.

S- Whisky... indeed. Sweet, caramel and milk chocolate notes, although whisky takes the lead here.

T- Fantastic. Whisky is dominant but not overbearing... what's the phrase.. assertive but not pushy. Base is rich, malty, bitter chocolate with a hop spice that bites nicely. This is one of the best-tasting barrel beers I've had... the spirit is incorporated flawlessly.

M- Complex, tasty, a bit boozy, but it's oh-so-good. Thick, rich, and smooth, all things considered. Cannot get better.

D- High, ABV in mind. The price tag on this one makes it little more than a rare occasion beer. But it is fantastic. For some reason I thought this was an overhyped beer. No justification, just what I thought. Not so. This is one beer that is so wonderfully made and gained so much from the barrel that I'm floored.

Seek it, drink it, cherish it!

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Photo of jdflyer06
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a 25 cl snifter.

A: Rich and black completely blocking out the light. A tiny bit of brown head and lacing as it goes down. Very nice looking brew.

S: Bourbon notes dominate; vanilla, oak, and some light alcohol followed by raisins, figs and a hint of chocolate. Very dark, fruity nose as it warms but definitely has taken on the characteristics of a smooth sippin' bourbon.

M: Rich and creamy, exactly what I want in a stout of this magnitude. It's not disappointingly thin as some others that I've had high hopes for. Perfect carbonation with some bitterness for bite. Silky smooth all the way down with a nice dry finish.

T: The dominant coffee flavors caught me off guard, but this thing is a flavor animal. Vanilla, dark chocolate, and bourbon on the palate as it settles. It's oakey and chewy which really lets the flavors coat the palate. Aftertaste is of dark fruit and cherries.

O: Drinkability is obviously very low and if I had a friend here, I'd share in a heartbeat. However, I'm pretty glad this first try is all mine to savor. I'd definitely pick it up again and I've already got a few to age. A fantastic brew. Impresses more than the standard B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of bret27
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: chocolate, vanilla, some light booze

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but w/roastiness and booziness. Fruitiness gone, whiskey, Bitter burnt finish.

M: Medium. Not as smooth as regular BORIS

D: Drinkability is ok, but some boozey presence and not really smooth with the burntness, booze, and oak popping out in places.

Overall: tried next to regular BORIS, I preferred the regular version just a bit.

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

Bottle courtesy photomike. Tasted side-by-side with regular BORIS. Pours a thick pitch black with a nice brown head. Aroma is rather subdued compared to the non-barrel-aged beer. Mostly dark chocolate whereas BORIS is mainly rich milk chocolate. As per usual with Heaven Hill aged beer, the spirit influence is smooth as hell. Subdued notes of roast and ash, a bit of vanilla. Flavor is sweet whiskey, roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a little earthiness. Rich and inky, very smooth, but I still like the original better.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to exiled for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt with a lot of bourbon and oak character. Boozy aroma. The flavor is extremely complex with roasted malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon and some sweetness. Overall, I think oak is probably the most dominant flavor. Creamy mouthfeel with low carbonation.

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance on this is dark and thick. It pours with no head, a few tan bubbles that go away but other than that no head to speak of. This beer looks like chewing will be more necessary than just drinking. No head though.

The smell is pretty delightful. Chocolate and whiskey with hints of cherry.

This is tasty. This will also be three times as good in a year or so, it is evident in the tastes. Chocolate and whiskey, oak and a bit of hops, ABV and sugar. Vanilla and burnt caramel also. The whiskey in this is really good, but I feel that with a better type of barrel this could be a home run. I can tell the barrels were Jack Daniels or something similar.

The mouthfeel is a little flat, but for the style it is still good. With no head and no lacing this is still good on the palate. Some ABV whiskey is present, but enjoyable.

I kept drinking and drinking this until I was tempted to open my other bottles. This is very sessionable for a Imperial Stout and enjoyable all around. Very glad to finally pop this open.


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Photo of caresville
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

a- pours jet black with a little tan ring of a head. not much carbonation, laces wonderfully throughout the glass.

s- killer. smells like you are taking a whiff of some new jet black jack daniels creation. bourbon, bourbon, bourbon!! deep scents of cocoa and licorice too!!

t&m- real smooth for something that smells like its 80 proof. blended perfectly, the hints of licorice, caramel and chocolate compliment the strong bourbon boozey taste oh so perfectly. it does burn a little going down because of the boozey whiskey/bourbon barrels that it is so evident that it was aged in BUT a rich, creamy cocoa taste is present. tastes like if you poured a shot or two of jack daniels single barrel in your favorite hot cocoa (with marshmallows of course).

d- i split this bottle with a friend and he did somewhat enjoy it but couldnt handle the whisky/bourbon taste. it made me realize the only downfall of this beer. although it is only 9.4% it is really strong and boozey and the bomber itself is most likely a challenge to finish. if you are not into any types of whiskeys, then you are most likely not going to be a big fan of this one.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22oz into Duvel tulip.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of jampics2, poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours precisely like you would expect and imagine - a thick, robustly singed body, a deep shade of still-recognizable-as-brown brown, a fairly pleasant color actually. It's sort of a deep brownie, capped by a fast-fading moderately-tanned head. The retention on this one's the biggest knock, really - the lacing is runny, glittery, and though pleasing to the eye, makes this one look a little stale and still. A small amount of carbonation maintains the slightest of collars, though it's less existent than nearly any other beer I've ever had. Indeed, I knocked this one down from a 4.0 to a 3.5 after the second pour when I actually timed the head fade - fizz and fade to black.

Aroma: Sweet, creamy fudge and dark, whiskey-soaked raisins, wooden, toasty coconut and caramel, this one's an array of evenly balanced though mild aromatics, covering all the bases you'd expect without ramming any of them down your throat (or nose, really).

Taste: Amazing. This one has some really fantastic barrel notes going for it - strong toasted coconut is more dominant than I've ever experienced in a beer before and melds wonderfully with the malt base. So about that malt base, it's wonderfully solid. It's more on the sweet side than not, showcasing caramelized sugars, dark toffee, sweet fudgy milk chocolate, earthy toast, and plenty of wholesome oat notes. The barrel aging also (obviously) imparts a moderate, well-blended, slightly spicy, but eminently reasonable in all aspects. Every element in this beer is perfectly in balance (if you like your RISs a little sweeter, that is), it's truly impressive.

Mouthfeel: Of a moderate thickness and a moderate level of carbonation. The result is a creamy, smooth, slightly slick brew, amplifying and complimenting the brownie chocolate sweetness. Whatever thinning resulted from the barrel aging is made up for by the oatmeal addition of the base beer nicely.

Drinkability: At 9.4%, this one is remarkably drinkable for a barrel-aged RIS. The alcohol heat is entirely masked by that "acceptable burn" that's associated with spirit-barrel-aged brews, and the base beer here is, of course, very solid (anyone's who had the regular B.O.R.I.S. can attest to that). This beer showcases everything by showcasing nothing in particular, and is a testament to what can be done when you barrel age something right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks to dstoke85 for this bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of mwa423
4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours very dark brown with no head whatsoever. You can hold this up to a spotlight and see nothing through it.

S - Stout + Bourbon + Stout...and then some bourbon. That about sums it up.

T - Fantastic barrel aged stout with lots of dark thick rich coffee and malt, with the bonus of mouth filling whiskey. Rich, thick, and a real mouth filler

M/D - Mouthfeel is creamy, rich, but also strong and hearty. THis is as drinkable as 10% barrel aged stouts get, it's still a slow sipper that the taste character continues to come out as the beer warms up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style.

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

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

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

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 587 ratings.