BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by CFHMagnet:
4.45/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Obtained this at the release. If you check out their photos on fb, I'm THAT guy...the guy who showed up to a craft beer release wearing a blue miller lite hat. What can I say? It's an old comfortable hat that may represent a beer I no longer drink...but why spend my limited income on a new hat when I can spend it on good beer? :)
A. A heavy pour on this beautiful baby got me an inch of head that possesses the color and look of a vanilla cappuccino. The body is as black as pitch, and I detect no traces of light coming through when I hold it up to the light. The head fades slowly, but keeps the top frosted the whole beer through. A little bit of lacing is noted throughout enjoyment.
S. The first smell that I pick up is dark fruit soaked in booze. Digging deeper, I get the delicious scents of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt and a hint of wood for good measure.
T. The dark fruit and malt are up front on this one, and they travel over my tongue lovingly before giving way to whiskey and wood, though it must be noted that the whiskey isn't overpowering, in fact I find it delightfully well balanced. This segues into the coffee and chocolate flavors that give the beer a beautiful ending. A hint of burn sticks with you in the back of your throat, and gets a bit stronger throughout the beer, especially as it warms. This is mellowed by a woody, nutty and chocolatey coffee flavor that persists in your mouth and throat between sips. A strong, enjoyable beer that stays with you.
M. Heavy bodied, but smooth. The carbonation is perfect for helping this beer move along without really making itself a big factor in the mouthfeel. It coats your mouth but isn't sticky, and is honestly the perfect consistency that I could ask for in this style.
O. This has been sitting in my fridge since the release. I was attempting to wait until it had aged 6 months, but temptation got the better of me. This beer really shines to me as one that could make a serious mark in the style. Here's hoping the next release is bigger! Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2011 16:38:40 | More by CFHMagnet
More User Reviews:
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
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
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.