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

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 2,265
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 8.69%
Wants: 274
Gots: 693 | FT: 80
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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 MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into stout glass. This stout pours a deep mahogany, nearly black with a very thin mocha-colored head and minimal lacing. The primary smell is coffee and chocolate although there is faint oatmeal and subtle, but pleasant, whiskey. The taste features dark coffee with bitter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cherry. The whiskey is pretty hot and it hits you at first sip. It also finishes with a slight bitterness. This is a full-bodied, moderately carbonated stout with a pretty strong alcohol burn. It's definitely a sipper. Overall, it's a very good oatmeal imperial stout. It incorporates all of the taste elements I enjoy, including some nice dark fruit. It also has quite a kick to it.

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Photo of Tilly
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Black pour, huge dark brown two finger head that doesn't last to long but has great lacing.
A: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt and cherry.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, mild cherry, malt.
M: Week balanced, full body, semi sweet, a bite of syrup, mild alcohol.
O: A truly excellent Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I WILL have another!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we're talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake.

Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses.

Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that's more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied.

Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It's a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

"Beware: This bodacious oatmeal russian imperial stout will crush you like no other! This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance." Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels. Available in limited batch 22 oz. bottles.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a rich deep brown head of a frothy creamed consistency over a jet black body. Retention is good and lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) Medium roasted barley, cocoa nibs, caramel grains, notes of licorice and dark fruit, rich and earthy, undertones of whiskey and drying toasted oak barrel. Very rich and robust. Potency is moderate. 4.25

(Taste) Chocolate and lightly roasted barley forward, toasted caramel bread. Dark fruit, earth and subtle licorice. Balanced sweetness with rich but approachable stout character. The impact of the whiskey is subtle in the flavor but comes through most notably after the finish- clean whiskey, keeping from distracting the balance of flavor. 4

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, lightly chewy, robust and medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is medium for the style, heavy+ overall. Balance is nearly even earthy bitter and roasted grain to sweetness. Alcohol presence is modest, and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) I was incredibly excited to stumble upon a single bottle of this at a seldom traveled wine specialty store (perhaps the last in circulation in the area), and don't regret the very steep price I paid for it. Falling particularly in line with expectations for Russian Imperial Stouts and generating a richness of stout flavor, diversity, all while maintaining drinkability and accessibility is a difficult feat to manage for the style without becoming an overbearing mess. Add on top of that the aging in whiskey barrels which made a welcome subtle impact on the flavor, just enough to remind the consumer that its there without being overbearing, had it been bourbon barrels, it may have been easily overdone. I can't be sure if this beer has been revisited from the brewery since its last release (this one was the white cap, 2012 presumably), but it has held up very nicely and I would eagerly revisit this as an annual release should it venture around my neck of the woods again. Highly recommended. 4.25

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

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau with at least a year on it

A: deep ink well blackness with a very dirty mocha head

S; Huge licorice smell with a little bit of toffee and rough whiskey smell

T: wow this beer is rich lots of sharp whiskey notes and chocolate and licorice. Has a little toffee and vanilla but mostly rich malts and a touch of coffee. The layers in this beer are quite amazing it bursts with licorice and then soaks your tongue with chocolate, than it washes over you with that whiskey taste

M: Sublime its so thick and dry this beer is so chewy its astonishing probably one of the best mouth feels on a beer I have ever had hands down. Its so thick and creamy.

O: This isn't the best used barrels for barrel aging and gives you hints of cheap whiskey but if you hang in there this beer is super rich in flavor. The base beer is fantastic and a little barrel aging does not hurt it.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with a tan head. Pretty dark and tough looking.

Aroma is chocolatey and malty with subtle hints of coffee.

Faint bourbon is noticed in the flavor, but the stout is so full flavored and heavy bodied that most other flavors mask the bourbon. Roasted malts and chocolate are the most dominant.

The bourbon barrel aging gives it a slightly smooth mouthfeel. Not quite like velvet, but close.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber. This FINE RIP pours a pitch black opaque color with a beautiful dark brown head that settles to a thick ring with nice lacing. Nose of dark cocoa, strong booze, vanilla, coffee, and dark fruits. Flavors exceed the nose with creamy dark cocoa dancing about a smooth dark coffee that is enriched by vanilla and oak nuances that are aided by heavy cream and toffee notes. Excellent creamy mouth feel settles on the back with deeply roasted malts. Light carbonation and a nice bitter roasted malt aftertaste featuring chocolate and coffee. More complexity shows itself nicely with warmth. Excellent and dangerous.

One of Ohio's best breweries.


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Photo of spacecake9
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours inky black with a thin tan head.
S - Aroma is mostly boozy.
T - Flavor is a little sweet, then black licorice with a boozy sting on finish.
M - Mouth feel is thick and chewy.
O - A big boozy sipper. I really like the licorice notes in this beer. I will definitely buy again.

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Photo of 303beer
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy thick blackness with a strong barrel nose to it. Has a small coffee colored head. Well this beer is exactly what it says it is. Imperial oatmeal stout in a barrel. Can taste all of that at separate times.

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

Look - Jet black, a small amount of light brown head. No lacing.

Smell - Very mild smell, pleasant, dark chocolate, slight vanilla, hint of oak.

Taste - Impressed by how smooth this is. Tastes mostly of dark chocolate and bourbon, and it is mixed in perfect proportion. You definitely taste the bourbon but it is more of a complementary flavor instead of smacking you in the face.

Feel - Super smooth, thick, no carbonation.

Overall - One of the smoothest BA beers I've ever had. Good work Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber, silver cap (2014). Pours black with a dark brown head. Smells like earthy hops and rich chocolate. Chocolate and roasted malt dominate the taste with some bourbon, smoke, hops, and oats coming through. The mouthfeel is heavy; about what you would expect from an oatmeal RIS. Low-medium carbonation. The flavor variety is the real winner here, even though they taste somewhat unrefined.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A little smokey hazlenut, oak and dark malt on the nose with some faint bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard Boris, but smoothed-out by the aging & picking-up some vanilla & caramel from the barrel. It certainly is not boozey or soaked in bourbon flavor like many of these aged stouts. It is very well blended, adding some new flavors to this base brew but not overpowering it. M

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Photo of mabermud
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Inky black body. Viscosity looks high. Medium dark mocha head with darker highlights.
Smell: For me, at the forefront, chalky dark, bakers chocolate. Vanilla and some toffee. If I inhale deeply enough I can catch the wafts of alcohol booziness.
Taste: Barrel and booze at the forefront. Overripe prunes and raisins are next, then comes the medium roast. For me, the backend is not something desirable. I get a sweet, more tart than not finish, but it ends clean enough. So I say, "not bad at all."
Feel: The body is a nice consistency and viscosity. That is a high-end feel. Light carb throughout the mouth, start to finish. Not thin, but robust.

Overall - I can see why this used to be a top tier RIS. The oats make this great.

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Photo of Fargrow
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber at cellar temperature. No date on bottle because, well, fuck customers. I got this from a trade in the Spring of 2014, so at least a year old.

A: Pours black as night, thick and oily. Foamy light brown head that takes a few minutes to disappear.
S: The smell is beautiful. Chocolate, oak, bourbon, dark malt, vanilla. The amount of aroma, not just the quality, is really impressive.
T: Like drinking Hershey's chocolate syrup with a shot of bourbon. Just huge chocolate flavor. Silky smooth dark malts, bourbon, vanilla. Follows the nose. Maybe just a little hot, maybe I'm a little wimp.
M: THICK. Barely liquid. But really, one of the thickest beer I've had.
O: Very impressed. This is a dessert beer. A glass would have been plenty, but I get a whole bomber!

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Photo of Bone53
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex

Appearance: Looks like a stout to me. Black with a thin light brown head

Smell: Chocolate, deep roasted malts, vanilla, slight coconut, bourbon

Taste: Chocolate, espresso, and plenty of that vanilla and bourbon quality

Mouthfeel: Heavy medium body, good carbonation, with a slight bitter finish. Very drinkable for an imperial stout

Overall: This bad boy is $20 a bomber around me, so its nice to try this 9oz i got on tap for $5. It offers a lot in what you would expect in a great BA stout. I could use a little more body but thats nitpicking. It really opens up as it warms and is another beast all together. Highly recommend this offering

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Photo of ctjoumas
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get the faint smell of whiskey right off the bat. The pour looks like a nice dark stout but not too thick. Thin layer of tan head with darker brown gathering on the outsides, especially after a drink...nice color balance. Mouthfeel is a stout on the thin side which is welcome after having overly thick imperial stouts. Taste has nice full "earthy" flavor combining wood, nuts, and coffee with a finish of just a touch of whiskey. Easy to drink and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 50 degrees into hand-washed and dried tulip
Aroma of oak and vanilla
Head small (1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, fizzy, diminishing to broken 1 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of oak, vanilla, and roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Silver cap (2014) poured into a 0.5L Duvel tulip.

A: Not giant head, beautiful deep dark color, though.

S: Rich, bready chocolate. Some alcohol.

T: Warm, round, roasty, There is a slight sharpness from the whiskey. Somehow lighter than I expected, but still packed with flavor.

M: Thick, but not overly so.

O: Overall exactly what you want out of a barrel aged stout. There might be some room for adding malty complexity, but the beer is great the way it is.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/12/14 thanks kumatmebrew for the bottle

A shes black with a thin cola edge, super dark foam but it fizzes out quickly leaving no lace

S lots of fudge and chocolate cake, plenty of barrel, vanilla, coffee, bakers chocolate, char, smells solid

T lots of wood and whiskey, booze comes out a little more, dark roasted coffee and charred wood, dark licorice, tastes rather intense, amped up version of the nose, very rich and strong in the mouth

M silky on the way in and creams up from the bubbles, a little heat and a fair bit of weight, sticky on the lips with heaps of barrel on the finish

O great stuff, plenty of barrel and chocolate of all kinds, a little boozy for under 10 but drinkable and delicious

Silver cap so I'm guessing its fairly fresh, If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for a while but that being said this is great beer today

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a great bourbon barrel aged beer - as good as any of the big hitters, but with none of the truck chain necessary to get it.

Nicely thick, perfectly bourbon-y, and full of thick roasty chocolate coffee flavors.

Deep and delicious!

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Rich and complex mix of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel. Bourbon is there just enough but not as prominent as other BBA beers I've head. Rounds out with some vanilla notes. Think they hit it just right. Silky smooth and mouth coating. Really liked this one and hope to be able to find somewhere this season.

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Photo of Young_John
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%

Love imperial stouts. Been sampling lots of em lately, many barrel aged, and this one stood out enough to warrant my first ever review. It poured black as ink and remarkably, the half finger of head resulting from a fast pour was almost black too! Low carbonation and lots of flavor. Think concentrated imperial stout. Think stout syrup. This is to other imperial stouts what a balsamic reduction is to balsamic vinegar.

Not at all boozy, and no bitter tannins detected puts this one high on my list over other oak BA and bourbon/whiskey BA stouts I've tried. Compared to another Hoppin' Frog offering, I had DORIS the week before and highly prefer this BA BORIS over DORIS 10 to 1, not that I didn't enjoy DORIS. I just liked BA BORIS THAT much.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 87/100

Huge heat and burbon notes, lots of great flavor and complexity. Has a bit too much heat and 'muddled chocolate' taste for me to really fall in love with~

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Photo of BergBeer
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Look: Opaque black with a half finger mocha head. Mild activity. Poured thick and black. Smell: Rich on roasted coffee, dark chocolate, warm vanilla, dark cherries, more dark chocolate and a big fruity oak finish. Bourbon is a little sharp but overall smells great.

Taste: Big refreshing coffee notes like the expensive kind that has hints of pitted fruits and slightly nutty, followed by a rich sweet warming vanilla, then back to the coffee only this time a bit more bitter that gives way to rich dark chocolate and a unmissable bourbon soaked oak that is fantastic. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Rich and thick. Sits like motor oil on the palate and finishes wet unlike most BA beers I have had.

Overall: An outstanding barrel aged stout from hoppin frog I tried the B.O.R.I.S. at the brewery and couldn't wait to try the BA version and sure enough they had it. I'm just glad I had the insight to pick up two! Love the big coffee and pitted fruits and how it meshes with the warm vanilla. The wet finishes is also really nice because I hate it when a BA beer dries out super fast so it can't linger on the palate. There could maybe me more oak but I still love this beer and that's a minor grip. Definitely a must try when in ohio!

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Impenetrably dark. Smells like oatmeal, bourbon, buckwheat pancake, and a bit of maple syrup. Tastes similar to the smell, mixed with cola and a hint of coco.
Sticks to the lips a bit. Perfectly subtle carbonation. Excellent beer!

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