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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

175 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 150
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jampics2 on 05-26-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -3.8%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.8%

djrn2, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -3.8%

zestar, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%

acurtis, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
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.

Thorpe429, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kjkinsey, May 13, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -3.8%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

huge thanks to derek for this one, seriously man thank you.

black as night with a huge cream colored head. Lace was so thick I could not see through the glass.

hint of chocolate, some coffee, maybe even some dark fruity smells hidden in there, nice overal aroma. with deep coffee notes starting to come through, black strap molasses and huge licorice and tobacco with touches of vanilla. Roasted, caramel sweetness, The alcohol can definatly be tasted and this is warm going down, yummy.

overall easily my favorite of the boris!

mikesgroove, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dan for sharing.

A: The beer pours almost black in color with an off-white head.

S: Definitely get some barrel notes on this one. Plenty of booze along with bourbon and vanilla, a touch of oak, too. Sweet caramel and molasses along with a touch of licorice and plenty of roasted malts.

T: Sweet caramel, toffee, and molasses to begin. A bit of brown sugar and licorice add to the sweetness, as do bourbon and vanilla. A light bitterness of roasted malts and a fair amount of oak.

M: Fairly full bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Really quite nice. One of the best iterations of BORIS thus far.

womencantsail, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of largadeer
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.

largadeer, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

JAHMUR, Mar 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.8%

Kegatron, May 18, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am very appreciative to stakem via jaymesbawned for the chance to try this at Stakem's during a recent collaborative brew session at his house. The beer was poured into two DFH Signature glasses chilled from the bomber.

This is one viscous looking brew -very rich and black with an opacity not many can rival with thick quickly condensing medium brown cap with a tiny bead. The head condenses to a ring, but revives when swirled and the lace clings in a spotty sort of random way. The smell is heavenly! it is not just dark cocoa and vanilla, no it is more than that: deep layers of chocolate truffles and sweet caramel cream with the vanilla refusing to relax yet adding to the complexity with a nice deep odor of whiskey to augment the malt smell yet not completely overtake it. The light wood and alcohol scents round the aroma out nicely and aid the mild floral notes in the vanilla quality of the barrel scent. I think the feel is the only area I was impressed by but not knocked out with since it is full yet the alcohol does creep up slightly and a good amount of malt, yet the whiskey creates a lasting alcohol impression even though the bitterness of the hops delivers a nice complexity and balance. I enjoyed the way the body shields the complete force of the alcohol and the drying effect is not as much as it could be. This is not a cloying overly sweet beer even though it has a big malt presence.

This Stout is excellent in so many ways. The initial cocoa and malt flavors with deep vanilla and caramel elements are a great entry point which is just enough window for the barrel flavors to emerge alongside them and spread out with a serious smooth vanilla flavor that washes and seems interwoven with the stout base. A silky element that is whiskey flavored at times and at others some spice elements dominate. The dark maltiness of the brew adds a light bitter component that never really subsides, but yet compliments the hop flavor well and delivers a very cocoa-like quality that gives a sufficent support to the vanilla tinges from the barrel. I love how the flavors are so intense yet don't seem disjointed at all, they work well together as the canadian whiskey becomes a little more prominent in the taste near cellar temperature. I was so pleased I had to savor this one for a while -possibly the best version of Boris I have had yet, just a plethora of stout and whiskey barrel flavors to get lost in.

Slatetank, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for hooking it up. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving dark tan foam settles to a razor-thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Dark brown body with a reddish tinge at the bottom of the glass.

S - Woah! Lots of Crown Royal! Boozy! Underneath the sweet whiskey and vanilla flavors is hefty dose of roasted malts, milled grains, and dark chocolate. Not a ton of oak present - guessing this wasn't aged that long.

T - Taste is pretty similar - a mix of Crown Royal whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of smoke and char, and a fairly intense bitter finish. Seems boozier than the listed 9.4%.

M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, lower carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth - nothing excessive, but not super well-hidden either. Not overly tannic or dry, which reinforces my suspicion this didn't spend a ton of time in the barrel.

D - I prefer BA BORIS, but this was a solid beer too. It's a bit hot, and the char in the finish gets somewhat fatiguing, but otherwise it's another high-quality offering from Hoppin' Frog. I'd like to try this again in six months to see if it has mellowed out a bit.

MasterSki, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.8%

XmnwildX12, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, served side by side with a few other BORIS's provided by others. I'm such a bum.

Beer looks like BORIS, black, dark, tan to brown head, small bubbles, a little bit of lacing apparently low carbonation.

Lots of liquor in the nose, I suppose this is the Crown Royale. Mild oak and malt in the nose, whiskey wins.

The finish of this beer is bitter but with tannins, the midpalate is mildly vanillic with some mild malt sweetness, the forward of this beer is all liquor all the time. It is definitely hotter than the others but the others were also older. I enjoyed it but it would interesting to see it with a little age on it. I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.8%

MarkyMOD, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 06/25/11 notes. Shared this with some friends at a local tasting. I'm a big fan of the BORIS series of Hoppin' Frog beers, as well as Crown, so was very excited to open this one up. Served side by side with BORIS, a 2 year olf bottle of BA BORIS, and DORIS.

a - Pours a somewhat murky, very dark brown color, with one to two inches of dark tan head, and moderate to high carbonation evident. Sparse lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of bourbon, sweet fruit, musty, oak, chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malts. Good, but a slight musty note to it, which along with the alcohol keeps it from being better. No where near the nose of the 2 year old BA BORIS.

t - Tastes of bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, oak, sweet dark fruits, and lightly musty again. Alcohol heat to the taste, though again, still good. BA BORIS was insanely smooth, and gets the edge here again.

m - Medium to full body and moderate carbonation. A creamy, lightly swete body, but also boozy due to the alcohol heat.

o - Overall a bit disappointing. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but the BA BORIS blew it out of the water in every aspect other than appearance. I think with a year or two on the bottle it could be great, but right now, it is only good.

My order from best to worst went: BA BORIS, BORIS, BORIS Royale, DORIS, with normal BORIS slightly beating out Royale. Would rather grab a couple bottles of BA BORIS off the shelf and leave a few in the cellar for two years.

mdfb79, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
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.

Mora2000, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

drewone, Nov 04, 2013
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BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.