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

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2,103 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,103
Reviews: 571
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 257
Gots: 654 | FT: 71
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of don1481
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into big glass.

Appearance: Dark, thick - motor oil comes to mind - liquid which leads to a deep mocha colored head that rapidly dissipates and leaves no lacing along the side of the glass. Holding this sucker up to the light, I can't tell if there are any bubbles because it's so dark.

Smell: Oh man. This reminds me a lot of BCBS at first sniff. Very bourbon-heavy, but lots of vanilla and caramel notes as well. Pretty complex nose overall. If this tastes even close to how it smells... I'm going to be in for a GREAT night.

Taste: Holllyyy bourbon, Batman. This has got quite the punch to it up-front! Definitely get the alcohol screaming through in this one, but it doesn't overpower the vanilla/chocolate/coffee/oat notes that persist as I drink this baby.

Mouthfeel: Has a little bit of a lingering bitterness to it. Not an alcohol or bourbon aftertaste, but more of a coffee taste. Very viscous in the mouth, but clean as it goes down. Pretty impressive.

Overall: I'd consider getting one of these bad boys to age, but as others have noted... it's pricey ($17 for a 22oz bottle at Ray's). I may have to get it next time I run to either Woodman's or DiscLiq, since I think it's cheaper there. Definitely interested in seeing how this ages, though, and how that bourbon-forward taste evolves.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of dcmchew
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popped a silver cap (so i guess it's a more recent vintage), got a nice sniff of the barrel notes already. Poured pitch black, some fast bubbles create a half finger brown head that goes away fast. A thin (not very) sticky lace stays around for the rest of the time.
Big sweet milky chocolate in the smell, cappuccino, coffee liquor, toffee, vanilla. Bourbon barrel, with oak, dusty wood, (sweetish) dark malts and some faint dark fruit. Really makes you wanna throw this down your gullet.
First sip surprises with strong whiskey right from the start, some juicy (fermented) plums and cherries too. Booze settles and rich stout notes show their face. Dusty cocoa powder and roasted coffee beans follow, along with the oaky vanilla, hint of licorice and citrus peel, great barrel component. Dark chocolate roasted malts in the finish, oats, hop presence and warm alcohol, just like after taking a sip of nice whiskey.
Low carbonation, velvety smooth, almost oily. Perfect sipper, you can really take your time with this one. As it warms the chocolate maltiness gets "thicker", but never manages to cover up the bourbon. The aftertaste presents all that the beer had great, with residual warm alcohol, cocoa and fruity hops.
Great barrel conditioning, rich robust stout, beautiful beer. Bodacious indeed.

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Photo of toppoop
4.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours out very dark and forms a great head which disappeared after a bit. Not too much lacing to speak of.
S - Smells perfect for a BA. Nice vanilla and bourbon on the nose.
T - After just a short time aging, the alcohol has evened out a bit but is still there on the finish.
M - Coats the mouth great, almost leaving a film for a bit. Very thick, very good.
O - Outstanding BA!

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,103 ratings.