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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 05-26-2011)
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.84/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to wethorseblanket for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, wood, and whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with char and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a great whiskey barrel aged aroma but the flavor is a bit too char forward for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 05:54:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Crooked Stave snifter

A: Pours a thick, motor oil black color, with a thin sticky mocha colored head. Quickly fades, leaving a nice stubborn tan collar around the edges.

S: Loads of chocolate, sweet booze, light toasted oatmeal. Vanilla and caramel aroma from the whiskey, with the lightest hint of oak.

T: Prominent whiskey punch right off the bat. Roasty, dark chocolate. Slightly bitter.

M: Thick, viscous, full-bodied. Warming feel from the alcohol, but tastes much stronger than 9.4%. Adequately light carbonation.

O: Good on the verge of great, but has just a little harshness from the whiskey bite. The sweet smell doesn't really translate over to the taste, and just a little bit may have mellowed the booziness. Either way, extremely tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 00:56:07 | More by brydeen
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Creetoper for sharing this bottle.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Toasted oak, whiskey and chocolate. Seems to be a good balance of the barrel and the base beer.

T - Toasted oak up front with nice sweet whiskey and vanilla undertones giving way to roast, chocolate fudge and caramel flavours from the base beer. Really good balance of the barrel qualities and the base beer.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 15:53:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from OakedCanuck. Thanks!

A: Opaque black. Very thin lacing. Not bad.

N: Oak, heaps of chocolate, a little coffee roastiness, and some nice vanilla flavor.

T: Tons of fudge and roasted espresso flavor. Dark prune.Oatmeal lends some nice flavor to the proceedings. If you hadn’t told me this was barrel aged, I wouldn’t have noticed, however.

M: Best thing about this beer. Extremely smooth with a great oily feel. Touch of alcohol.

O: A good BA stout that is both too expensive and not high enough in the top tier to do much more than recommend a split bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 19:53:11 | More by writerLJBerg
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Alieniloquium

Florida

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

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. No bottle date.

Appearance - Viscous black body. Inky with a decent khaki head. Settles to a few islands of bubbles and a collar of deep khaki foam.

Smell - The whiskey aroma reminds me of scotch, strangely. Tons of oatmeal. Deep chocolate aroma. No booze, impressively.

Taste - Whiskey is more prominent. Vanilla comes out. Not a lot of oak, but still it's a nice barrel component. Booze is more prevalent, too. Chocolate. Oatmeal is more subdued, but the viscosity is apparent.

Mouthfeel - Nice thickness, if the oatmeal is a little too overt. Nothing like the booze of regular BORIS. Just a little sweet in the finish.

Overall - Pretty nice without being really spectacular. Been a while since I've had regular BORIS, but I remember it being a pretty good stout. This is good without being really smoothed out.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 02:10:35 | More by Alieniloquium
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dlello2

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle, about a year in the cellar.

A - Bottle looks nice. Dark brown bottle which is good to shield it from light. There's a frog with a mug of beer. Oh, the beer? Ok it pours a nice, thick, deep brown. Looks like most imperial stouts. In terms of how dark and thick, think somewhere between Founders Imperial and Founders Porter. Little bit of red, not much head.

S - Smells nice and sweet, lots of bourbon and chocolate. Inviting, not overpowering.

T - This is really smooth. Good amount of coffee, chocolate, and yes, sweet bourbon. Sweet, wish it had a bit more roast to it. But damn is it balanced.

M - Slick, decent amount of carbonation for a barrel aged beer. Medium to full bodied, though leaning toward the latter. Nice.

O - A really good bourbon barrel aged beer. Not quite as intense as some others, but damn fine for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 23:52:58 | More by dlello2
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Massive thanks to Goblinmunkey7 for acquiring this for my birthday. This has been a top want since the beer was announced. My_body_is_ready.jpg

10/13/12

Appearance: Pours black, perhaps even a bit heavier than other iterations of Boris - decent size brown head, fades to a decent ring and some spots of lacing

Smell: Burnt malts and a lovely undercurrent of Crown Royal - dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, with some burnt and roasty coffee - characteristic Crown Royal barrel woodiness and whiskey

Taste: What's this, Crown Royal in my stout? (What? SAY "WHAT" AGAIN) - Dark, roasty, and burnt chocolate malts - dark chocolate, chocolate chips, and burnt coffee - a moderate level of burnt bitterness -burnt brownies and some toffee - the Crown Royal is very obvious and works very well - lots of whiskey, woody, lightly smoky

Mouthfeel: On the light side of heavy, slick and oily, with a woody finish

Overall: Best served with Big Kahuna Burgers

This is what I wanted. I'm not entirely sure why, but I am a fan of Canadian whiskey. I've grown oddly tired of bourbon barrel aged stouts, and I love this novelty of Crown Royal barrels. This wins.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 17:25:15 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split the bottle with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours near black with some dark deep reds when held to light. Head is dark chocolate, creamy and rich. Retention is low. Drops to a creamy collar and wispy head. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Fudge and chocolate cake dosed with whiskey. Smooth edge of vanilla and toffee. Nice oak backing. Big sweetness. Chocolate malts, milk chocolate, dark cocoa and nibs. Big sweet malts. Bitter roasted edge. Some tiny hints of char. Leather, plum, and cherry. Fudgey.

Taste: Big fudgey sweetness followed by the smooth whiskey flavors. Vanilla, some butterscotch, English toffee, and oak. Loads of vanilla. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back. Extreme dark cocoa. Nibs. Extremely dark and roasted. Outweighs the sweetness. Whiskey floats over the top and ultimately doesn't blend.

Mouthfeel: Slick and almost full body. Carbonation is higher than expected. Barrel provides smoothness, but not a ton.

Overall: Better than BA BORIS.

A better use of whiskey barrels. Smoother with a nice depth, but ultimately feels like chasing a beer with a shot of whiskey.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 16:54:16 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

A big beer, yet very smooth. Canadian whiskey flavour in finish well integrated.ALso chocolate, coffee, coconut, some booze. From May 2011. A bit above average mouthfeel. Not a big head, opaque black appearance. Full roasted aroma. Very good drinkability and balance.Thanks Steve.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:02:28 | More by Sammy
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with no head or lacing. The nose has a smooth chocolaty appeal with rich sweetness. The taste is just as sweet with its rich malty, chocolaty base. There is very little indication this beer spent any time in barrels, except for a slightly boozy finish. It's very smooth and drinkable regardless, leaving a sweet and roasty aftertaste to help balance out the booze. This is definitely a tasty beer with a stout base big enough to earn its time barrel aging. Worth trying, but doesn't have characteristics that would definitively indicate crown royal barrels were used.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:55:50 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Mora2000

Texas

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

Thanks to someone for sharing at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, bourbon and oak. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chocolate and whiskey notes, as well as some oak, vanilla and maple. You can really get the barrel-aged notes in the beer and they compliment the other components very nicely. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:15:53 | More by Mora2000
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing the BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery.
Score: 91

Unknown vintage bottle served in a plastic cup and enjoyed the night before Dark Lord Day (04/27/12). Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, black coffee-like color. 4/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, brown sugar, coconut, sweet chocolate and a little cherry. 4/5

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, roast, and a light amount of oak. Cherry flavor on the midpalate. A little bit of whiskey flavor on the back half. Muted coconut throughout. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, no carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Roasty, slightly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid beer, but easily my least favorite of all the BORIS variations. Ironically, this is the hardest to find of those variations. Stick with the BORIS and Barrel Aged BORIS.

Recommendation: Worth trying, but not worth going out of your way to seek this one out when BORIS is readily available year-round for $10.

Pairings: Chocolate ice cream.

Cost: $14.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:51:50 | More by jegross2
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this a while back from boatshoes. Thanks for the trade!

From a bomber into a snifter
Drunk right after a batch two regular BA BORIS from '09

APPEARANCE: Pours really thick and dark out of the bottle. Otherwise, very similar to the barrel aged BORIS. An aggressive pour yields a cascading 1+ finger, medium looking dark mocha head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some faint lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of oak, wood, vanilla and sweet cream. Roasted and smoked malts are there, with dark baker’s chocolate and oats as well. A note of caramel and toffee sets it apart from the aged regular BA version. This one is fresher and the barrel is more apparent.

TASTE: Lots of whisky here, with oak, vanilla and a touch of milk chocolate as well. Toffee and caramel sweetness through the middle, making this version sweeter than the batch two regular BA version. A big aftertaste of barrel flavors, oak, vanilla and sweet cream, caramel and toffee, as well as some bitter dark chocolate and oat notes is very persistent. Somewhat boozy as well. A bigger barrel than the batch 2 barrel aged version at this point.

PALATE: Medium-full body, lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, very soft and easy, not bite at all, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Exactly the same as the regular BA version. Solid.

OVERALL: No question that Hoppin’ Frog’s BORIS is a quality barrel aged imperial stout. Just goes to show that a beer doesn’t have to be some kind of limited, brewery-only release to be of awesome quality. This Royale version was slightly sweeter and more barrel heavy than the older batch two regular BA version we tried it next to, but that’s not to say that it would be all that much different than a fresh BA BORIS. Better than many of the hard to get and highly sought after imperial stouts out there. Thanks again boatshoes. Highly recommended.

As a final note, the regular b.2 BA BORIS from '09 has definitely mellowed out. The barrel is much milder at this point, though the base beer is still holding up strong. The roasted and bitter flavors are quite nice at this point.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:12:26 | More by Jeffo
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my brother from another mother JM03!

I poured the fuck out of this. However, the barrel has stripped the robust BORIS head. Not that that's a bad thing. There's a bit of a filmy dark brown"thing" there, produced with due diligence.

Light woody, slight whiskey, chocolate and intense roasted notes.

Vanilla, light wood, oak, mild whiskey, roast, chocolate. Not hugely forward for the BORIS, but hard to not find this delicious.

Thick, chewy, full bodied and lingering.

While a nice dynamic to the BORIS, I'd be hard pressed to call it necessary. Again, it's still delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:45:12 | More by EgadBananas
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Arbitrator

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03-17-2012: Re-review off a bottle sent to me by JeepCop. Thanks, Dale. Shared at a St. Paddy's Day party with a number of beer laymen against Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. This was unanimously the favorite. Even I was surprised; could be bottle variation, could be that this thing is aging phenomenally, but I liked it more than Eclipse. So I'm obligated to give it a higher score. Refer to my notes below for the details, but the main improvement here was a pronounced fudge with moderate vanilla and restrained heat. Really well-done.

~~~

01-18-2012: Re-review off a bottle given to me by Ryan011235, intended to be shared with nickd717. I did share it. Thanks, Ryan. I don't know if it was the age, the fact that almost everything else we opened was abysmal, or the fact that I was drinking with two indiscriminate tickers (nickd717 and largadeer) who may have rubbed off on me, but I found this much improved over my earlier (harsh) review. I'll focus on the salient points:

S: The brownie-vanilla sweetness I noted in the earlier bottle remains here. It used to have some heat to it, but that is now gone, resulting in a nice, sweet aroma that betrays only some rough tannins. largadeer remarked that you can smell and taste the "cheapness" of the whiskey barrels, which for some reason makes sense to me. There's a roughness to the aroma that may never really go away.

T: The base beer is reveals fudge, brownies, and a touch of grain. The barrels are still pronounced, delivering vanilla, some coconut, and oak. There is a mild heat to the taste that wasn't apparent in the nose, but the beer is cooler than it used to be (not as hot). Definitely improved over release. Pretty tasty on the whole.

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Original review: 3.5 / 3.5 / 3.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 (3.03)

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously gifted to me by TurdFurgison. Thanks, Eric. I owe you $Texas.

A: Pours a dark, nearly black body with a tan head. No lace.

S: This has a rich brownie-vanilla sweetness that I suppose is the whiskey contribution (Crown Royale?). I like the aroma, but it has a mild booze sting that lessens its smoothness. Nonetheless, quite solid, as is the BA BORIS.

T: The base beer is overridden by strong elements of vanilla, coconut, brownie batter. Mild elements of cocoa and grain become pronounced later. It becomes fusely as the beer warms, which takes a lot away from the flavor. But as it ages, I suspect this will improve.

M: A bit rough for the style. While medium-full bodied and appropriate in carbonation, the heat is brash and undesirable at this point.

O: I'm very happy to have tried this, thanks to the generosity of Turd as well as a second bottle from Ryan011235. Thanks, guys. I really wish I had more positive things to say about this beer; right now, I can only say that I enjoyed it, but it needs time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:24:46 | More by Arbitrator
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black pour with a medium sized but very dense mocha colored head. Retention is quite good and there's a decent amount of thick lacing on the glass.

S: Dark fruit like cherries, raisins and plums. Toffee, molasses and caramel. Oatmeal. Roasted malt shows up as it warms up.

T: Lots of whiskey up front with toffee, molasses, caramel, oaky vanilla and some dark fruit. Bourbon fades, leaving a wonderful roasted malt and oatmeal dream. Bitter char, coffee and even chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Oatmeal throughout, giving it a smooth and creamy taste.

M: Pretty heavy, smooth and creamy.

O: Lengthy flavor profile; it develops for a few seconds with each sip. Quite complex and balanced. Whiskey flavors aren't that great but are acceptable. Melds well with the normal BORISness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 06:39:54 | More by Dope
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to CaptCleveland for this bottle, among other Midwest gems dropped over a couple of boxes. Mmmmm.

Looks like a big stout, short-lived fluff, black as a moonless night on Pluto. Bottomless malts in the aroma holding steady with a harsh whiskey. Nice marriage.

BORIS Royale comes from a good line of brews & doesn't disappoint. Just like the smell, great big dark malts & whiskey make up about the entirety of BORIS. Low-level smokiness, gentle roasts, aged woods. Harshness in the nose is replaced by polished smoothness; lovely. That allows for a drinkability that belies it's almost 10% ABV, more like an oatmeal stout than a blasting-cap Monster Stout.

The icy smoothness of this brew is the high point & hell, it tastes pretty good too. Could do with a bit more depth, but still, very good beer. However, give me the straight-up BORIS any day; it's a remarkable stout, & some of its best traits are muted by the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:41:54 | More by maximum12
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: Black with a thin orange ring of head. Ok.

S: Sweet and spicy, with whisky, vanilla, coffee, coconut, and chili-infused chocolate. Quite nice indeed.

T: Interesting: molasses, spice, and whisky up front, with coffee and spicy booze on the sweet finish. Tasty, but a bit harsh.

M: Super creamy, super frothy full body. Not quite as thick as Boris or Doris, but still thicker than most stouts. Great.

O: I'd have to try this side-by-side with BA Boris to see which I really prefer, but I definitely enjoyed the piquancy of the Royale version. Good stuff.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:17:20 | More by woosterbill
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cosmicevan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to maniacal82 for hooking this one up in person at southampton. love me BORIS and all the varieties.

a - popped the cap and filled my duck rabbit snifter. dark sludgey with a thin creamy tan head that fizzled away in moments leaving a ring around the surface. looks great...leaves really spotty lacing specs that slide down the glass to the surface. super black.

s - nice rich BORIS oatmeal stout with a tingle of whiskey. i find that whiskey goes even better than bourbon with these big RIS. although it doesn't smell like top shelf whiskey (as others have appropriately mentioned) it does smell dirty and it really blends nicely with the rugged thickness of BORIS.

t - the barrels come in strong in the taste and really blast you with whiskey at first...not the best whiskey either...but on the way out...THERE she is...BORIS. lovely wonderful BORIS. so basically BORIS with a sharp whiskey bite at the start.

m - the barrel thins out this monster losing a lot of the luster...esp since the whiskey feels cheap as the wood is strong throughout.

o - overall, love me some RIS in whiskey. that being said, wish it was stranahan instead of crown royale. nice treatment on an old favorite...glad i got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:50:52 | More by cosmicevan
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mcallister

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nearly black pour with a large 2 finger head, vibrant an fluffy of deep mocha color. Holding great retention.

Woderful aromas of dark chocolate, fudge, black berry, currant, leather, hints of coconut, vanilla, oak, a bit of cardboard as well. Lots going on gooey sweetness in the last ester.

I really like what the Crown did to this beer. Adds a nice layer of the fruity whiskey notes in the middle of the dark chocolate bomb of BORIS. Doesn't' thin things out and really shows whiskey on the finish. Vanilla and toasty oak, sweet melting fudge, chocolate covered espresso beans, blueberry, earthy, burnt caramel, and sugar.

Creamy and delectable mouthfeel just on the edge of being syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 21:30:22 | More by mcallister
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Spider889

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Very dark, like DORIS. The head was tall, dark, and dense - a mocha/coffee color. Spotty lace on a thick beer.

-- Thick?

-Yeah.

-- I've seen thicker.

S - Smells boozy and full of astringent alcohol heat. Vanilla and gobs of coconut. Dry charred oak is in there, as is an odd mustiness which I found out of place. Not sure it that is from the Canadian whiskey, or the oak/barrel, or what. Overall a sweet aroma full of young and brash booze.

T - Roasty, as it should be. The coconut reappears - this must be a big flavor component of the base whiskey... Bitter leads to char. Dark cacao. Finishes dry.

M - Thick, sticky, and the whiskey lingers on the palate.

O - Very different from the regular BA BORIS. I found this to be vastly inferior to its older cousin, but I really appreciate the effort from Hoppin' Frog and the use of a virtually unheard of barrel type for beer aging so far. Keep experimenting, I love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 10:45:20 | More by Spider889
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largadeer

California

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

Thanks, Arbi.

Pours a dark chocolate brown with a thin collar; carbonation is minimal.

Nose is pretty nice, chocolatey and nutty, integrated whiskey aroma. Good sturdy malt character. Subtle licorice and roast. The roasted nut aroma is really enjoyable here.

Pleasant palate, heavy on the chocolate and caramel with moderate booziness. Sweet, but not cloying. Plenty of roastiness from the base beer, and a little yeasty fruitiness (cherry). The whiskey flavor does taste slightly cheap, but it works alright here. Body is full. Ends with sweet butterscotch and light roastiness. Solid stuff, I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 23:50:31 | More by largadeer
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Darkness tulip on 8/20/11; shared by schwaeh

Really dark brown; close to black all the way around. Pours a thin head, hot chocolate brown; doesn't last long. Thin ring of retention.

Smells young, fresh and hot. Sweet whiskey and a lot of wood, the latter being more prominent that the former. Roasted coffee with chocolate notes worked in. Vanilla as it warms.

Tastes pretty hot, too. Whiskey is more appreciable than the oak, though. Thick swaths of sweet chocolate; tends to be more burnt than roasted. Faint vanilla. Finishes with a lingering heat and some residual burnt sugar flavors. Lots of deep chocolate.

Full body with a good bit of viscosity. Not overly carbonation, but enough to keep it moving and frisky. Tames over time, becoming smoother.

Overall impression - not bad, but really hot and rough around the edges.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 03:11:04 | More by Ryan011235
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 9.4% abv. Pitch black color. Great looking mocha head holds together pretty well for few minutes.

Roasty malt, and chocolate aroma. Some caramel, and vanilla as well. Nose finishes with some wood, and soft whiskey notes. Maybe a slight hint of dark fruit.

Very roasty up front, with some bittersweet dark chocolate. Soft hints of vanilla. A good amount of wood, and some great whiskey flavors. Finishes dry, with some tannins.

Medium body, approaching full. Lower carbonation. Some warmth from alcohol, but not overwhelming. I like the different dimension the whiskey barrel adds here. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:05:35 | More by Bierguy5
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tjkinate

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Did a side-by-side comparison to the regular BORIS and I enjoyed the Royale hands down.

A: Single fingered cocoa brown soapy head that displayed little retention and only some lacing atop this black bodied brew.

S: Sweeter than the regular. Was able to detect molasses and loads of milk chocolate, but was happy to notice the earthy undertones were still present.

T: Not only is the beer a bit sweeter than the original, but the whiskey flavors added a new dimension to the brew. I also found the added vanilla was great and truly lifted this to one of my favorite RIS.

M: Heavy, slight burn from the booze, well carbonated.

O: Not perfect, but very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

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BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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