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

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2,132 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 576
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 258
Gots: 659 | FT: 69
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of AltBock
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk frog toasting a mug full of black liquid. Right below the mug is an OHIO sticker. Right below the frog is the name of the beer in a variety of different colors and fonts. To the far left of the frog is where they put all the Government info. To the far right of the frog is a description of the beer, some barrels, and another frog. Absent from the label and bottle is a vintage year. To tell what batch/year this bottle is from, look at the color of the cap. My cap was gold color. This was from either batch 1 or 2 from 2009.

When poured into a fellow Ohio Great Lakes Snifter, this Akron barrel aged beer poured a thick solid midnight crude oil black color. Jet black or oil black. Choose one you like the most. It doesn't matter. If it wasn't for the head of foam, this beer would have had a kick ass appearance. Up rose a tiny less than 1/4 of an inch dark mocha head of foam. In a blink of an eye, this head of foam was gone. It acted like it had somewhere to be. It only managed to leave behind a handful of mocha rings along the edge. Cool jet black color. That's why it was sad to see a weak head of foam on this pitch black brew.

This had one of those aromas that didn't want to play around with your sense of smell. Right off the bat was a strong whiff of whiskey and charred oak. Not so much whiskey that it made this beer smelled like a bottle of Jack. Following the strong aroma of whiskey was a nice amount of dark fruits. My nose picked up black cherry, plums, raisins, and a fig or two hiding in the back. Directly after the dark fruits was some tobacco, dark roasted malt, roasted coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. Rounding every thing off was a pleasant aroma of cherry vanilla. There was a lot going on in this aroma and my nose enjoyed every second of it.

Like the aroma, it was the whiskey and charred oak that kicked things off. It was warm and boozy. Not so boozy that the whiskey controlled the taste and kicked every other flavor out. Following the whiskey was the dark roasted malt, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans. Those 3 loved being together. Also in that mix was a few dark fruits. There were more dark fruits in the aroma than there was in the taste. My tastebuds could only find the black cherry and raisins. At the finish line was a drop of vanilla. I wish there was more vanilla to counter all the whiskey and oak. A very good thick whiskey based taste.

The mouthfeel was like every other barrel aged Imperial Stout. In case you don't know what that means, it means that this beer was thick, roasted, and with a full flavored aftertaste. The aftertaste was warm and boozy with a whiskey based taste. I picked up on whiskey, charred oak, a little dark roasted malt and dark chocolate, and a subtle pinch of dark cherry and vanilla. This aftertaste will linger on for some time in the back of your throat.

I really didn't care for regular BORIS, but the barrel aged version makes me want to try it again. It was a very good not overly hot and boozy BA Imperial Stout. There was plenty of whiskey in this beer, but it didn't completely run this beer. It let other flavors in for an enjoyable drinking experience. Would I drink another bottle? I probably would.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited to try this, and while it wasn't bad, it didn't really come close to meeting my high expectations. Compared to some of the other highly rated RIS's out there, I didn't really feel it stacked up all that well. It is very black and syrupy, but the aroma and flavor didn't deliver nearly as much flavor as I expected. This beer is nowhere as roasty as a Speedway Stout, and isn't 1/10th as bourbon-y as say a Kentucky Breakfast Stout. Aroma was quite faint, and mouthfeel was frankly quite thin, particularly for a beer that looked a little syrupy coming out of the bottle. Flavor was pretty good, but fainter than I thought it would be - roasty, bourbon-y, some dried fruit notes (and quite a bit of booziness), but not to the degree of intensity that they hype surrounding this beer would lead me to believe.

This wasn't a bad beer by any stretch, but it didn't really meet my expectations. Of those RIS's that are big, expensive, and somewhat hard to get, I think this one is a bit over-hyped. Like I said, not bad, but definitely not belonging in the elite category or beers of this style.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at local BA gathering.

Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal brown head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy roast coffee, chocolate, smoke wood and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

This is a standout smooth brew.

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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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4.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cap is yellow or gold... Pretty basic looking cap so I have no idea if this is a fake bottle or what the deal is. No other freshness dating.

A= The pour is very similar to the regular Boris only the head seems to stick around a tad bit longer. A nice deep black color with a thin brown head on it that falls to a lively ring around the glass.

S= The smell on this one if totally dominate barrel odor. Tons of oak and vanilla in it I can actually make out some barrel aromas from a ways away from the glass. Nice malty sweetness that actually sort of reminds me of butterscoth or toffee in the nose.

T= The regular Boris I found to be lacking a bit of complexity. A great beer but not at the outstanding level some RIS can be. This on the other hand takes it and makes a great basic RIS among the elite in complexity. Tons of the familiar barrel notes in it with vanilla, oak, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, bourbon, ect. as well as the super smooth roasty flavor of the regualar Boris.

M= Rich and velvety. Luxury.

O= This takes what is a great RIS in Boris and moves it to the elite class. Barrel aging doesn't always work. Boris is just complex enough to make it work perfectly. Barrel aging this beer didn't muddle a bunch of flavors but enhanced them. I'm usually not one to do crazy about barrel aging but this is a fine example of it being done right.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

600ml bottle served in a snifter.

A: Pours a deep brown to black color forming a small thin tan head which dissipates quite quickly leaving only few spotty lacings

S: Great nose. Very woody and whiskey. Intense roasted malts. Dark chocolate. Notes of caramel and caramel malts. Molasses. Light notes of alcohol in the very end

T: Sweet roasted malts upfront. Intense wood flavors. Dark chocolate, coffee beans, brown bread. Toffee, molasses, caramel and caramel malts. Hoppy but mainly roasted bitter end

M: Heavy creamy and molasses body. Low carbonation. Woody, sweet, bitter and roasted aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Excellent imperial stout. Recommend

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.