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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Not Rated.
BORIS RoyaleBORIS Royale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 167
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 149
Gots: 66 | FT: 5
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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acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-21-2012 20:56:51 | More by acurtis
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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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kkrez

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 22:46:24 | More by kkrez
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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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

05-18-2014 00:59:40 | More by Kegatron
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jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-02-2013 03:54:04 | More by jaydoc
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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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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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afrokaze

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-09-2012 18:16:59 | More by afrokaze
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-31-2011 00:55:37 | More by DrBier
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dpnyby

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-20-2011 23:50:06 | More by dpnyby
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-12-2012 00:54:01 | More by Tyrawlings
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afipsycho13

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-07-2012 15:51:54 | More by afipsycho13
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ChrisPro

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-08-2012 04:25:27 | More by ChrisPro
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-10-2012 08:24:39 | More by ygtbsm94
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Thorpe429

Illinois

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

Big thanks to jale for picking this bottle up for me. Served in a SAVOR snifter along with the regular version and BA BORIS.

Pours a nice black color with a short mocha head and a few spots of lacing on the way down. The nose carries quite a bit of bourbon (Canadian whiskey, I suppose) as well as some oak and a fair amount of alcohol. Light vanilla there as well. The flavor is moderately boozy with a good whiskey presence along with some oak and tannin. Light vanilla as it warms. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and light carbonation. Overall, a very well done BA stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 21:52:24 | More by Thorpe429
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ridglens

Indiana

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-05-2013 02:44:42 | More by ridglens
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AgentZero

Illinois

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

Thanks to TurdFurgison and spycow for making this happen.

A - Not quite black beer with some red on it, brown head that didn't stick around for long.

S - As Crown Royal is kind of a guilty pleasure of mine, I really enjoy this nose. Nice booze, whiskey and vanilla. Get some chocolate, little toffee, and some roast.

T - Taste is on par with the nose. I enjoy the way the distinctive Crown Royal comes through. It's dominating, but you still get some underlying big stout flavors.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, might appeal more to me than others, but I like where they went with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 18:51:19 | More by AgentZero
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 05:43:45 | More by Pellinore1
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basilcrow

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-16-2011 03:55:42 | More by basilcrow
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AleApostle

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.8%

10-24-2012 15:36:36 | More by AleApostle
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2012 08:07:27 | More by chrispoint
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amart80

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.8%

01-01-2012 23:37:08 | More by amart80
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%

11-14-2011 20:43:30 | More by Adamostella
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2012 05:12:37 | More by JMBSH
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.