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

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

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580 Reviews
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Reviews: 580
Hads: 2,235
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4.24%
Wants: 274
Gots: 689 | FT: 76
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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Reviews: 580 | Hads: 2,235
Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Wespatrick for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is awesome, malty, very nice oak note, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. The taste is amazing, malty, oaky, nice sweet vanilla note, chocolate, toffee, and some dark fruit. Full body, this is a nice smooth, slightly chewy brew, a sipper for sure. Very drinkable, man this one is tasting very nice tonight. Thanks Wes! (523 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to CBS Snifter. 2011 Vintage.

A - Thick inky dark black pour with a small amount of medium brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big chocolate aroma up front with some dark fruit that give way to bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas.

T - Bourbon up front with hints of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Big chocolate flavours with some lighter dark fruit notes and a touch of brown sugar from the base beer. A remarkable balance of the base beer and the barrel aging.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy. (565 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

buckeyeboy brought this to the Pennsylvania vs. Ohio beer tasting on Saturday.. Ohio won the tasting.. Penn State lost the damn game... poured into a big wine goblet.

Deeeep dark brown head.. good retention and significant lacing... swirling the beer coats the glass ... nearly stains the glass.

The aroma is very much complimented by the barrels.. vanilla goes great with chocolate and the lite coffee .. big and roasty of course with something that reminds me of cinnamon.

Flavor is a restrained monster... Deep dark chocolate is firmed up by some good malty sweetness.. the barrel and the bourbon really comes in mid-palate and lasts forever.. less coffee than the nose.. but some minor espresso is there for sure and helps with a bit of acidity.. as it warms, some dark cherry really comes out too... the body is near perfect.. the carbonation is lighter than expected but pushes a velvety mouthfeel.. this is a very nice stout.

Thanks Jeremy.... I knew you were bringing the ruckus.. and this was a fantastic brew to compliment your damn Buckeyes victory. (1,064 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 yr + old bottle, opened in Jan 2013.

A - Pours with a great, fine bubbled, milk chocolate colored head. Low retention and lace. Thick, solid black body. Almost no highlights.

S - Boozy rasin-bran bread pudding. Silky smooth.

T - Delicious warm, dry, boozy chocolate. Porridge. Caramel flan sweetness. Dry coffee.

M - Stellar smoothness. Full body.

O - Great integration, great balance, great body. (405 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is Batch 3, the green cap. It pours a medium bodied, silky smooth midnight black in color with a beige lacing around the rim of my snifter. The aromas are of sweet milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, with a soft sweet bourbon, vanilla finish. The bourbon is exceptionally well played at this point in it's aging. It actually smells very, very similar to KBS at this point. The flavor gets even better. It boasts both sweet and bitter chocolates, lightly roasted coffee, light oak, a touch of vanilla and a perfectly well rounded and soft bourbon note to finish. This beer is near perfect. I really can't believe how well blended everything is and how well the chocolate, coffee, and bourbon intermingle. It is exceptionally smooth and doesn't overly stick to the palate, yet leaves you with a touch of chocolate, rye, and light bourbon. This beer was near perfect! I highly recommend trying this one aged. (921 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed an uneven dark brown skim above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Skim recedes to the rim and the slighted swirling in the center of the glass, with heavy legs as well as slow-falling lace. Aroma is vanilla, oak, dark sweetness, and alcohol.

Taste begins with dark syrupy sweetness, a peek of dried fruits and hops in the middle, and then oak and booze come along and kick ass. Swallow finds slight numbing, and definite lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, with good drinkability in that the depth and variety of flavors invites you back for more. Busy offering, but still a nice treat. (720 characters)

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

A normal pour yielded a black liquid with a 3 finger head of tan foam that threatened to go above and beyond the lip of the glass but it didn't.

Smell wise, I'm getting strong notes of roasted malt, some sweetish fruity tones, good chocolate and coffee aromas, and a nice light nose of the barrel aging. A very nice, not too strong nose that pleases me.

First sips in and the roasted malt comes with a light graininess, nice chocolate of the sweet kind coffee bringing some bitterness, a little bit of a fruity(black cherries?) character that's very faint but there, and a light but right presence of Bourbon that is growing a bit after a few more sips. Very tasty.

It's close to full bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation. A very smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? This certainly is drinkable enough because of the taste and mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. A nice twist on the regular B.O.R.I.S and I like them both very much. A very nice brew! (979 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.15.13

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a black in the glass with a smaller dark tan-brown head that creeps to the edges slowly.

S - Sweet chocolate, oatmeal, booze, a touch oxidized.

T - Booze and oatmeal, then finishes with sweet chocolate - really sweet still. Still lots of booze as well.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body, but it finishes thin.

O - Still lots of booze and overly sweet for me after four years. (434 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 5 suckaz. Drank for the AFC & NFC championship games. Go Pack!

'Light' black color, red edge to it, minimal brown tan head. Aroma was soft, mild bourbon, mild chocolate, no coffee.

Taste, I really dug this, like Eclipse, it wasn't trying to be the biggest baddest largest most alcoholic stout in the world, a light amount of bourbon to compliment the beer. Good complimentary chocolate with the bourbon, heat is kept to a small warming sensation, a desireable one at that.

Really amazed hoppin frog makes such good stouts, and such lousy ipa's, but could totally be a freshness thing getting their beer all the way out here. (634 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (896 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aftr a hard pour, only a flash in the pan black foam lasts for about ten seconds. Pitch black, viscous liquid that leaves a light brown syrup on the inside of my glass. Chocolate, roasted oats, and creamy bourbon greet my nostrils. The taste is full of rich, roasted malts, molasses that sweetens the dark coffee and chocolate flavors. While the whiskey and wood adds depth and warmth. The palate is silky smooth and warm with just great balance and character. One primo nightcap, thats for sure. (496 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about a half inch brown head. The head went away quickly, and there's just a bit of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet and malty, there's roasted malt, dark fruit/berries and chocolate along with some light aromas of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, however the oak and bourbon flavors are stronger than the aroma would indicate. Also, all of the flavors mesh well together. No one flavor overpowers the others. There's also a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, a bit slick and has low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and extremely easy to drink. It's probably meant to be a sipping beer, but I had problems just sipping it because I liked it so much. I think this is an excellent beer. I liked the regular BORIS a lot, and the Barrel Aged verson is just as good if not better in my opinion. I could drink this all the time if available. Definitely recommended. (1,008 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.87/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I just finished my 3rd Batch 1 (not by myself, and not all in the same night), and I'm seriously blown away by this beer. This is near perfection, a dangerously addictive stout.

The beer is dark brown, opaque, with a thin but solid-looking tan head. The aroma is just about perfect, I have a hard time believing this is a barrel aged version of the standard B.O.R.I.S. This beer is rich with chocolate roasted malts, some coffee and more complex esters than I ever had in the standard beer. The flavors all come through strong in the taste, more sweet than anything else but very well balanced with the roasted toasty malts. I didn't get much of the barrel (vanilla or oak) but the beer itself is a near masterpiece of flavors. The body is thick and silky smooth, not as thick as Dark Lord but not too far off, in honesty this is a better overall package than Dark Lord (having tried them side by side, this is my position). Strongly recommended, buy this beer if and when you see it. (985 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - much obliged!

Pours black with dark brown highlights and a one-finger brown head. The head slowly recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of molasses and roasted malts with hints of vanilla and bourbon. Not nearly as sweet as the normal BORIS.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Equal parts roasted malts and molasses give way smooth vanilla flavors with hints of chocolate and fainter hints of bourbon. The barrel-aging doesn't add a whole lot to the flavor profile, but it mellows everything out.

Mouthfeel is great. Great thickness with sneaky carbonation. I had an 07 Abyss after this and the Abyss actual felt a bit on the thin side comparatively.

Drinkability is good. This goes down very easily, and it would be no problem to finish off a bomber or two.

Overall I much prefer the BA version to the normal BORIS - the flavors mellow out and the sweetness is taken down a notch. Definitely give this one a shot. (1,005 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver/gold cap so it's from 2009 at some point.
Aromas are quite intense to say the least. Barrel, bourbon and alcohol start the show. Really intense serious dark chocolate with lesser sweeter cocoa powder contributing; definitely a serious beer here.
The tastes begin with a lot of oak and bourbon, which is upsetting and surprising especially after more than 2 years in the bottle. Still delicious don't get me wrong. Copious amounts of dark bittersweet chocolate coats the palate, slick but not at all sweet or cloying at all. This is a serious beer that really could have aged for 2+ more years. Mouthfeel is thick thick and full with adequate carbonation for the style. The alcohol flavors really dry this one out leaving the mouthfeel full again yet dry and lip smacking. Overall, I am divided on this beer. I do not believe you should have to age a beer for more than 2 years to reach it peak but this one could use 4 to be amazing... I will let you be the judge, maybe it is just the vintage but this beer is way too bourbon and oak focused. Personally I have no intention of revisiting anytime soon because of the intense alcohol contribution to the overall enjoyment and flavor profile. (1,198 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a very dark black. There is little carbonation, a small medium tan head rises for a second but is gone right away.

The aroma is pretty light. It starts off pretty sweet with a little chocolate and some vanilla. Its pretty one note.

The taste brings a little more complexity to the table, but not at on. It starts out midly sweet with some vanilla presenting itself the strongest. In the middle you get lots of wood and a slight alcohol finish. There is also a lot of whiskey from start to finish, its a nice touch.

The feel is ok, its a little too light for me. It has a slight warmness to it but not much of a finish.

Overall, this is a decent stout. The barrel aged is better than the regular BORIS, but its still nothing outstanding to track down. (826 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a thin layer of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and a hint of bourbon.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, a little hops and some bourbon in the finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but not overwhelmingly so. Complex, chewy and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but definitely drinkable. (607 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, secret santa 2k11

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, jet black body, light mocha film but no real head to speak of

smell: chocolate malt, chocolate covered cherry, vanilla

taste: traditional barrel effects are absent here - really nice flavor profile all the same though - cherry, raspberry, chocolate, leafy hops. Hard to peg this one, but i like it.

mouthfeel: light for the style, creamy

overall: nice stuff (439 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a small brown head that leaves almost no lace. I'm having this right after the first half of a bomber of regular B.O.R.I.S (acquired around the same time) for comparison, so much of this review will focus on that.

Smell is noticeably sweeter, big coconut from the barrels, a bit of whiskey. I love it.

Taste is similar, this one is big on the barrel character, yet that makes it delicious, very flavorful, if a bit one dimensional, especially compared to the regular version. Again, I love it, so I don't feel obliged to knock it for the lace of depth, although it does have some dark fruits, very light roast, some bitterness. The whiskey really comes out as it warms, dominating.

Mouthfeel is great. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium light bodied, slick.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome barrel aged RIS. Great barrel character while still being smooth and easy drinking. Still, could use a bit more depth, and in the end, I preferred the regular version. (1,130 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex!

Jet black with a thin, brown head with rather poor retention and lacing, this still manages to retain more than a modicum of attractiveness. Beer goggles?
The nose is excellent. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a little leather, cocoa, coffee and plenty of raisin, this is great stuff. A touch earthy too? The palate opens with chocolate, coffee and bourbon and plenty of heat. Alcohol, vanilla, chocolate are present. This is super smooth, much like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Sweet finish with medium roast, this is a great beer.

**Edit 15 Feb 2012**
Bottle, batch 1. Thank you, George!

I believe my last review was for batch 3. I don't have much to add, except that there isn't any leather. This is also a lot more oxidized, with port and raisins. The palate has an excellent blend of roast, chocolate, caramel and a rather wonderful bourbon character. Vanilla, (toasted) coconut and some bourbon. Excellent stuff, I'll let my scores stand. Highly recommended. (978 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter - thanks Mark000

Pours a viscous, motor oil blackness with a little crop of brownie-colored dark head. Bubbly collar of film sticks to the edges of the glass, leaving a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Splash of warm bourbon and vanilla in the nose with notes of cocoa and dark chocolate. Light hop presence with thick, robust dark malts and toasted oak. Rich and warm throughout.

Chocolate swirled bourbon with hints of vanilla and oaky tannins. Darkly sweet with nuttiness and layers of roasted malts. A few touches of dark fruit with raisin, followed by toasted oats and boozy warmth.

Full bodied, milder carbonation, creamy and heavy on the tongue. Definitely a rich, chocolately barrel aged stout, although it doesn't quite pack the punch or vibrant attributes as others of it's kind. (829 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip. 107 OG (25.3° P) 60 IBU, 9.4% ABV, "Keep refrigerated". No date.

Thanks go out to Sweemzander for mixing up the Russian River tasting with this bottle!

A - A dark roasted black beer with a deep caramel head emerges. Low retention with no head left over was disappointing considering the nice formation early on. Thick legs roll down the glass upon a swirl.

S - Deep roasted malts combine with a small molasses aroma that falls to the back with a splash of vanilla and a large, bold whiskey barrel nose. I appreciate how different the barrel aging smells from that of a typical bourbon barrel nose. The aroma has an overall cold, lightly metallic smell that thankfully doesn't get in the way. A light bit of chocolate appears on the finish.

T - Rich roasted malts provide a bitter chocolate and molasses flavor that's easily overpowered by whiskey barrel flavor. No oatmeal comes through at all.

M - Full-bodied and rich with a smooth texture that seems a little bit low but still good. A little warm alcohol is felt in sensation on the finish.

D - While it's a decent blended beer, the drinkability is a little bit low simply for the hot finish but it's still a solid beer. Where is the oatmeal though? (1,260 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is dominated by the smell of whisky from the barrel, which is unfortunate because it tends to drown out the good smoky and molasses stout aroma. There is a nice undertone of charred wood, though. It pours a nice oily opaque sable with a rather thick and fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, chocolaty tan head. Flavor has tones of molasses, quality roast coffee, unsweet chocolate and licorice, with a strong and almost overwhelming overtone of whisky - good whisky, but that tone could be a wee bit more subtle. Texture is silky smooth with a decent fizz and a nice bite from the whisky. (594 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle served in my DFH snifter. Poured the color of cola with virtually no head, just a slick of khaki-colored foam that quickly dispersed into a slick and some concentrated spots. Some lacing, but no retention. Lots of bourbon off the bottle pop, with some dark fruit and licorice revealed in the glass. Taste is consistent with nose, with a creamy/buttery quality, as well as cocoa and molasses. No fruit comes out in the flavor profile; however, a hint of vanilla also reveals itselft, with a little bit of licorice lingering at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium in consistency and silky without being oily; carbonation is subtle and light. Not a big bold BA RIS, but excellent balance, with a well-hidden abv. One of the few examples of the style that can be consumed solo. Top notch, despite the price tag. A nice beer to crack on a cold night in New England. (869 characters)

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 580 ratings.