Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.83/5 rDev -10.9%
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. fresh from the brewery, bought on site!
Appearance: A very deep dark color, but not quite black. Something like dark mahogany. Fizzy little head that dies quickly. Pours and looks like an old port. Absolutely no lacing.
Smell: Dry fruits, oak, some vanilla. The barrel is definitely there. Some spice and sugar sweetness. Booziness. Complex but not overwhelming, a nicely balanced nose.
Taste: Thinner than expected, not as good as appearance and smell. Lots of vanilla upfront, but not aggressive. You can taste the bourbon barrel. Some faint bitterness as it goes down. Dark chocolate around. But no oatmeal whatsoever.
Mouthfeel: A total letdown here. Underwhelming. Watery, no carbonation. Thin body, thin finish- not right for a beer of this caliber. Feels like it should have been aging longer?
Drinkability: High! I pounded a bomber in no time. But maybe this is not so good for such a big beer... goes down easy. I wanted more, though, in terms of flavor and "bigness". A good but disappointing beer. I enjoy the regular B.O.R.I.S. better.
Also, the price issue> it goes for $13.95 at the brewery in Akron, Ohio. A lil' high.
(Other beers I have tried from Hoppin' besides Barrel B.O.R.I.S. and regular B.O.R.I.S. include D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer, Mean Manalishi Double IPA and Fresh Frog: Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale)
10-22-2010 04:00:00 | More by DoubleSimcoe
3.55/5 rDev -17.4%
Gold cap version.
A: Pitch black pour with a really dark brown head. I only wish the head stuck around longer. A very thin ring remains after a few minutes.
S: A pretty sweet smell overall. Bourbon and whiskey mixed in with chocolate. Smells like a heavy beer for sure. Perhaps some vanilla and definitely some alcohol underneath.
T: My very first reaction from the taste is: Wow this is hot right now, needs some time. The chocolate comes out first and is obliterated by huge hits of bourbon, oak, vanilla, and a ton of booze. The finish is dark chocolate mixed with booze that last well into the next sip.
MF: Heavy body and a nice amount of carbonation. The drinkability, however, isn't terribly high. Sweet and hot, not a great combination.
O: Disappointed here. Would love to have one with a year or so on it, have to head back to the store!
07-05-2011 02:00:31 | More by russwbeck
4.08/5 rDev -5.1%
Poured from a 22 oz.. bottle into a tulip.
The appearance is a mahogany brown, nearly black, with a small mocha head.
The aroma has a nice bourbon presence. Sweet vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, roast malt, and a bit of chocolate control the nose.
The flavor is really nice and smooth while at the same time maintaining the the distinctness of flavor that I like. Milk chocolate first, then bourbon, vanilla, oak, a bit of general booziness, with some roasted malt and a touch of coffee as support.
The body is pleasantly full with very light carbonation. The finish has a light sweetness, but it rounds out well with the oak and whiskey dryness.
This is my favorite BORIS for sure.
01-30-2013 05:05:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
District of Columbia
4.47/5 rDev +4%
well, obviously such a beer is totally light blocking. this s@#t is deep. brown sugar colored head that does diminish but leaves a good collar with fun ringlets at the surface
the aroma is rich and deep. strong vanilla and oaky currents tag team with the already strong roasted character. great depth here
a robust mouthfeel carries a great altitude of sweet and strongly roasted elements. dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, vanilla, and overall strong caramelization. slight ethanol heat reminds of the %, though dominates nothing
the barrel aging of this particular brew is quite classy. amidst a recent flurry of what has become quite a fashionable trend the barrel treatment of this one is exceptional. typically the aging brings a very boozy element (which, i should say, i do appreciate for a number of reasons. i still find those beers imminently enjoyable) that prompts one to ask exactly how much whiskey was added to the liquid. a very tasteful element is added here and the brew's depth is enhanced for it, yet in a mode far more subtle that i have tasted to date
09-02-2009 01:51:32 | More by bruachan
4.4/5 rDev +2.3%
22oz bomber sent from schwaeh (thanks man) poured into a tall nonic.
A: Pours very dark, opaque, and viscous, with a significant amount of dark brown head...good carbonation visible on the glass.
S: Excellent nose, bourbon and vanilla are at the forefront, with caramel and dark fruit sweetness combined with oatmeal notes, lots of decadent dark chocolate cake, hints of booze.
T: Bourbon and vanilla, hints of oak, chocolate and coffee, fudge, molasses, booze, a light roasted bitterness, dark caramel.
MF: Viscous and full, sticky and creamy, with a good amount of carbonation.
O: Its a touch hot right now, but completely manageable and extremely enjoyable. Good representation of the style.
05-08-2012 21:46:40 | More by Scotchboy
4.38/5 rDev +1.9%
My Black Friday brew that I initially thought I was going to drink on Thanksgiving, but it turns out that I was on duty for work. However, it was well worth the wait. I've been sitting on this particular bottle for 1 and 1/2 years and it was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! Review is from notes taken on 11/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is black like coffee and just looks thick and viscous on the pour; no head, just a thin, dark brown ring around the surface; body is, of course, 100% opaque and not even close to thinking about toying with the notion of allowing any light through; no lacing is left behind at all, just a bit of a thick and oily residue.
Smell: Oh my... Tons of rich, syrupy sweet and bittersweet chocolate malts; some dark and burnt/coffee-like maltiness with just a touch of smoke to them; definitely some dark cherry (actually really kind of reminds me of the gourmet chocolate covered cherries); definite presence of alcohol and just a touch of oaky vanilla; more barrel continues to come out as it warms, but it remains smooth and warming as opposed to caustic. Overall, the nose is awesome and wonderfully robust.
Taste: Quite nice! Starts off with a blend of smooth bourbon and a lot of the syrupy sweet and bittersweet chocolates that were first picked up in the nose, but the oatmeal is definitely present as well and it reminds me a bit of no-bake cookies; following the chocolate I really pick up on the roast and burnt espresso-esque maltiness that have a bit of an earthy bitterness to them; the dark fruity/cherry aspect is there, but a little more subdued by the up-front alcohol and oaty chocolates; as it continues to warm, the barrel continues to become more of a factor, as does a sweet caramel or butterscotch flavor. Really superb.
Mouthfeel: Still pretty thick and very smooth -- it feels like the barrel aging only took a bit from the body as I find they oxidize and thin out just a bit from the added exposure to the elements; carbonation is nearly a non-factor, but that's not entirely unexpected; a thick, syrupy coating is left on the mouth; bely is left quite warm from the bourbon presence and higher ABV.
Drinkability: This is really a great beer, and I am more than pleased; this bottle really held up and mellowed quite well and I'm glad I've got another one stashed away and am now considering dropping the coin for a new one that is currently sitting on the shelves; outstanding and robust scents and flavors; ABV is definitely a touch high, but this one mis made for sipping, not chugging. Cheers to Hoppin' Frog.
11-29-2010 00:02:47 | More by bamadog
3.8/5 rDev -11.6%
Had this at a recent tasting.
This beer pours black with only a little light making its way through around the edges. there is a decent tan head. the smell is a sweet bourbon scent with roasted malt in the back. the flavor is a little less intense than the smell, and the bourbon notes don't come through as much as I would have hoped, especially with the $20 price tag. The moutfheel is pretty much right on for the style mediun to full. and its a drinkable beer.
however for the money there are better options. bourbon county is much better for 2/3s the price
02-04-2011 20:22:36 | More by rowingbrewer
District of Columbia
3.5/5 rDev -18.6%
Appearance: Black with ruby highlights. I always think these oatmeal beers look oatmeal-y (I look for chunks every time), but I doubt they really do. Decent cappuccino head.
Smell: Big roast malt, caramelized/burnt sugar, cocoa, vanilla, fudge coffee.
Taste: Molasses, roast malt, chocolate, fudge, espresso, vanilla, coconut. Not nearly enough bourbon. A few plums and dark berries as well.
Mouthfeel: Heavy and thick.
Drinkability: Average for the style. I was not particularly impressed by this one.
11-20-2009 03:33:41 | More by craytonic
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
One of the Silver Cap Batches. An aggressive pour opaque as motor oil with slightly shallower than a finger loose dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving behind stringy patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is a nice full mix of chocolate bourbon vanilla that comes across with suggestive black licorice notes. The mouth feel is surprisingly light, almost flat and lingers slightly less than anticipated. Its not watery, but it doesn't coat like i thought it might. I enjoy the flavor, but its not screaming at me (4.25). Between the mouth and the taste it leaves me wanting. Overall, a very nice beverage. The 9.4% ABV is well hidden. I've had this one around a while...Cheers.
Jan 2012 - Green Cap version
A bunch more going on in the mouth and texture and the barrel aged character pops out. The flavor seems more substantial and there is significantly more of a roasted licorice expression that lingers NICELY in the aftertaste. I'm a whole lot more impressed.
04-17-2011 00:49:48 | More by jjayjaye
4.35/5 rDev +1.2%
It took me a while to muster up the courage, but I finally did it: I opened my bottle of Barrel Aged BORIS. Seriously, this beer has such a huge presence that I was afraid to open it at times. Now that I’ve made the decision, though, I’m appropriately pumped. I love a good RIS, and whiskey’s my drink of choice apart from beer; add in the reputation that Hoppin’ Frog has for epic brews, and hopefully we’ve got a winner. Only one way to find out:
After a little research, I found out that the green cap on my bottle indicated that this was brewed in Batch 3; i.e., it had been on the shelves since the winter of 2009. Wow! Over a year-and-a-half have passed since the beer was bottled, so this palate has a little extra age on it. Wonderful.
A: Not surprisingly, this one pours a devastatingly solid black. It looks viscous and creamy. The head is a big, bold brown, so thick it could pass as whipped cream. A few minutes pass and it’s all gone, with only thin retention encircling the body, looking like a dark silk that has been stretched around the rim of the glass. Lacing is sparse, but that sort of adds to this beer’s heavy appearance, in the end. This is a good-looking brew, for sure.
S: This might just be the most alluring nose I’ve ever come across in a stout. Vanilla is one of the strongest scents, and it comes like a sugar wave across every single sniff. A chocolate syrup taste comes next, alongside whatever small roasts decide to show themselves. Goose Island Bourbon County Stout comes to mind instantly, as I feel the first few scents meld together to form the perfect s’more aroma. All those sweets aren’t without their balance, though – spicy, medicinal alcohol comes in to remind that this is a beer, not a candy soda. You can instantly tell that it’s a whiskey smell, too; the woody spice is so distinctive in this nose. I’d be surprised if I ever found another beer that smelled this awesome.
T: Exquisite. Upon first taste, that’s all I can really say. All the syrupy sweets that were present in the nose – vanilla, chocolate, mocha – overwhelm the senses. They get a strong push by some roasts underneath, which work to bring out the sweets even more via contrast. After the sugar rush totally subsides, the creamy breadiness that I love about oatmeal stouts takes over. The palate maintains those earthy, oaty flavors for the remainder of the drink, even as the whiskey approaches. Unfortunately, though, it’s really not a big whiskey flavor; unlike the nose, the alcohol here comes off as more syrupy than spiced, saving its heaviest flavors for the aftertaste. The finish is, of course, dominated by these big, alcoholic tastes that you can even feel in your nose; they’re so strong that your nostrils tingle like you just had a bite out of an onion. Some grains sneak up to calm the boozy beast, leaving me with a muted tinge of rubbing alcohol and chocolate. This palate is memorably delicious.
M: I’m glad to see that this beer doesn’t have a molasses-stickiness to it. It shouldn’t be a challenge to drink a few pints of a heavy stout, and I’m happy to say that Hoppin' Frog gets that. It’s thick, but still creamy and light – silky is a good word for it, I guess.
O: Hoppin’ Frog has my full attention now. This beer commands respect, and I’m happy to give it for a beer as flavorful and epically drinkable as this. With these guys added, the list of breweries I really want to explore further has grown to epic proportions. I’m ok with that, though; too much good beer is a problem I want to have.
08-10-2011 00:21:09 | More by BarryMFBurton
4/5 rDev -7%
Big thanks to a very generous sproser for the bottles.
Pours death black with a tan head that retains for about a minute and then leaves ok lacing from there out.
Nose is alot of roasted malt, a wine-like character and some chocolate.
Taste follows with huge roasted malt, some chocolate and definite whiskey booze presence. The finish has that signature slick giant oatmeal flavor, and roasted malt lingers with whiskey on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is super viscous, although still less than i expected, but pretty much where it should be in a beer like this. Madly slick on the finish, carbonation is medium where it should be.
Drinkability is ok, but this one is pretty heavy, and i can't see having more than one bomber alone.
Overall, a very pleasant, and well made barrel aged stout. I would like it to be a little bit more robust, but when you want that oatmeal action this one suffices for both that and that classic barrel aged awesomeness. A very nice beer. Overpriced like mad, but still quite good.
11-28-2009 07:34:50 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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