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

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2,150 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,150
Reviews: 579
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 260
Gots: 661 | FT: 70
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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Ratings: 2,150 | Reviews: 579
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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is almost pitch black with a half finger of tan head. The nose has roasted notes, but also some sherry to it. This offering is full-bodied, but not as overwhelming as D.O.R.I.S., which I had over a year ago.

The roasted bitterness grows on the finish and there is also a touch of bourbon present. All the flavors seem to blend together nicely.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle with o freshness info poured into an oversized snifter.

A- this one pours a jet black colored body with a small khaki colored head on it. the head lasts a while and leaves spotty lacing on the sides of my glass.

S- dark roasted malts. chocolate. coffee. vanilla/oak, and whiskey.

T- as in the smell, very dark and roasted. lots of coffee and chocolate. the barrel aging comes through pretty weak but you can definitely tell its there. vanilla from the oak, and just a touch of the whiskey.

M- full bodied and thick. palate coating. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- i dont think this one lived up to the hype, or the cost. a good beer, just not what i was lead to expect. probably wont be buying anymore of this one for 18$ a bottle, but id drink another if it was free or more reasonably priced.

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3/5  rDev -30.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a kind BA for sharing this one. One of the high points of DLD.

Pitch black, dark brown head, good retention and lacing despite a relatively small serving.
Very nice aroma, the same milk and chocolate, coffee, seen in the original version, but here with more noticeable, yet delicate, vanilla oakiness and bourbon. Interestingly, I had already noticed that on the allegedly not BA Boris. More noticeable here.
Full bodied, thick but creamy, and the palate is bursting with milk and chocolate, evolving into sweetish vanilla notes, coffee, and some bourbon-like notes, with less heat than the original.
Although I am comparing old notes with a new taste, it seemed to be one of the few RIS I believe might have actually improved with barrel aging. I wish I could have a side by side.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried side-by-side with the normal version. Poured cola black with a small dark tan head. Aroma of vanilla, cocoa, and hints of espresso.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Lots of cocoa and coffee, but the vanilla character hinted at in the standard version really come to the fore. Some oak, mild roasty bitterness, and traces of boozy heat on the finish.

The barrel-aging brought some nice complexity and balance to what was already a solid stout. Very nice.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Just like lebron, pretty good but way overpriced. Save your money and buy some bourbon county

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out really dark black with lots of brown suds and plenty of lacing.
Smell is def. Oatmeal and chocolate and caramel. Somewhat boozy aroma but the alchol is hidden very well.
Taste is superb with hints of dark chocolate coffee and oatmeal raisin cookie. Alcohol is hidden here also.
Mouthfeel is thick and sticky just as a big beer is supposed to be. Very nice.
Overall this is a really good OIS and I will be buying this again despite the 17 bucks for the bomber.

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3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Black in color with cinnamon colored head. Head is short lived with no lacing, leaving behind a glass of thick black liquid.

No mistaking the whiskey in the nose. It's the dominant scent from start to finish. It smells like hot booze. Roasted malt and vanilla are an afterthought.

Same with the taste. This is a very good barrel aged stout, but it's a little rough and unrefined. The roasted malt, vanilla, and chocolate do better showing up in the taste than in the nose, but I still struggle to get past the whiskey. While some barrel aged stouts have nice mellow bouquets of vanilla and charred oak from the aging, this one is abrasive.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with little carbonation. Finish is very, very dry.

Due to the coarseness and overwhelming presence of whiskey, this one takes a major hit from me in drinkability. I know it's not a long time, but this one sat for about 7 months before opening and it didn't seem to mellow it much.

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4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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5/5  rDev +16.3%

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