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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
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178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 151
Gots: 66 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: jampics2 on 05-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 178 | Reviews: 67
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1/5  rDev -76%

Photo of crusian
3/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from goryshkewych, thanks man.
Pours a nice jet black with very little head. Not too carbonated at all, but looks great.
The nose is pretty empty. Almost nothing there at all. To be honest, I just get a bit of booze, and that is all.
Taste is nice and buttery. The whiskey is very mild, and well balanced, while the stout seems pretty basic. I am actually disappointed in this. The stout has nothing behind it. This took me an hour to drink as i kept letting it get warmer and warmer, hoping that it would turn into something more, or at least give me something other than just a light whiskey flavor. It didn't. This simply tasted like a mild watered down whiskey from start to finish for me. I love barrel aged beers, but this just didnt do it for me.

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

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3/5  rDev -27.9%

Photo of Ryan011235
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of Spider889
3.34/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

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

Dark brown pour, small head.

Vanilla and caramel is dominant on the nose. Some chocolate malt aroma.

Prominent flavor of Crown Royal. Reminds me of my greater moments in college. Dates, figs, milk chocolate with an oaky finish. Creamy mouthfeel. The beer is pretty straightforward. Not as decadent as BA BORIS though but it's interesting.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for the bottle!

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar, wisps on top.

S - The Crown is right up front...lots of booze. Lost of roast, some chocolate, light oak. Basically, lots of Crown! Perhaps a little too much booze for me here.

T - Crown Royal, oak, roast, chocolate, light malty sweetness. Again, lot of booze...seems like this one needs to mellow a bit more.

M - Full, rich and smooth, good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - Not bad, but not mind-blowing. Too much Crown up front on this one...I think this needs some more time to mellow out. If you get a bottle of this, sit on it for a while unless you prefer drinking Crown Royal with a touch of stout.

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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of nhindian
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle split and poured into a pint. Big thanks to thebouch01 for splitting this!

A - Pours a jet black, absolutely shrouding all light, and builds a finger's worth of dark tan, mocha head. Not a lot of retention, but a thick cap sticks around afterward. The lacing benefits from this, and it leaves some spotty clumps of foam around the edges.

S - The nose is straight and to the point: whiskey. Dominated by the barrel, the aroma brings a lot of Crown Royal, vanilla, and some charred oak. Some dark chocolate and oats round out the nose.

T - Although smooth, the taste begins with a sharp bite of whiskey and alcohol. This plays underneath the rest of the flavors for the entire drink, which is both good and bad. It tends to overshadow the rest of the flavors, which are nice in their own right, but not allowed to fully develop before being stunted by the Crown. I would've liked to have the chocolate, roast, and vanilla come out a little stronger.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with decent carbonation. Smooth and slick, this one feels nice on the palate and the alcohol heat leaves it quite warm.

D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I would love to try this again side-by-side with both normal BORIS and BA BORIS to really flesh out the progressions, but I can't help but feel I was expecting a little more from this. Nice flavors, but not very balanced.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of birchstick
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black without much of a head. Smell is toasted caramel with some bourbony vanilla. Taste opens up with caramel malts. These are mixed nicely together with some vanilla from the barrel aging. These fade to a bit of coffee through middle and toward the back. Bourbon shows up on the end and finishes it nicely. This is good, but not as good as expected. Worth a shot for sure.

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3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.