BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.23/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
12-14-2012 15:53:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.55/5 rDev -14.7%
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.
11-26-2012 19:53:11 | More by Sarlacc83
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
11-22-2012 02:10:35 | More by Alieniloquium
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
10-31-2012 23:52:58 | More by dlello2
4.25/5 rDev +2.2%
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
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.
10-13-2012 17:25:15 | More by angrybabboon
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.