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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

BORIS RoyaleBORIS Royale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

162 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%


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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prototypic

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boris Royale pours a pitch black color. Looks onyx and ominous. No light cuts through at all. A very thin collection of dark mocha colored bubbles collects on the surface. They disappear quickly and leave a very thin, spotty lacing behind. Love the color!

The nose is impressive. It’s very malty. A mix of chocolate, caramel, and light roasted malts smell delicious. Roasted coffee is also noted. It’s a great complement to the malts. Whiskey is definitely noted, but doesn’t overwhelm the other scents. It seems to have a light to moderate presence. I like that. Light notes of dark fruit and molasses are noted on the tail. Alcohol is definitely there, but doesn’t seem too strong. Smell s good.

The flavor is even more impressive. The malt base alone is excellent. Bittersweet dark chocolate, caramel and subtle roasted notes provide a very sturdy, tasty backbone. Coffee is rather prominent in the mix and really adds an extra dimension to the flavor. As a coffee fan, I love it. Whiskey does have a light to moderate presence, though its effect is big. It drives the flavor up a notch all by itself. Whatever amount of time this was in barrels was just about perfect. There is a light, tangy dark fruit flavor and a touch of molasses on the tail. They’re light though. Alcohol is there, but isn’t warm or hot. Excellent!

The body is on the heavy side of medium. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s definitely nice and smooth. I wouldn’t mind just a tad more body. It’d be damn near perfect with just a bit more. This stuff goes down far too easy for a big stout in any event.

I’ve come to expect that every Hoppin’ Frog beer with some variation of the name “Boris” is going to be damn good. Boris Royale is definitely that. I’m not the biggest Crown Royal fan, but utilizing those barrels certainly worked out well in this instance. The whiskey flavor is an excellent complement to the stout flavors. If you can find a bottle, grab one. It’s pricey, but it’s well worth at least one purchase.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 03:39:02 | More by prototypic
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ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pricey bottle, but hey I bought it. 16.99 from Nikki's. Into nonic glass.

A- Pour is not very lively. There's a thin layer of tan bubbles that settle out to the outer ring rather quickly.

S- The whiskey is pretty noticeable. Deep dark malts, very intoxicating aroma.

T- Lots of milk chocolate.. very sweet and creamy. Whiskey is smooth, not much peat, a lot of caramel/toffee, alcohol heat is welcomed because the beer is so tasty.

M- This beer is incredibly velvety and soft on the tongue. As soon as I take a sip I want to take another.

O- Smooth, tasty beer. Very nice coming-together of flavors. Warming but oh-so enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:53:06 | More by ShogoKawada
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superspak

Michigan

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle date but I got this on the first release back in May of this year. Pours thick black color with a small dark tan head with good retention that reduces to a thin cap that lasts. Small bits of lacing clinging to the glass as well. Aromas of big vanilla, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and whiskey. Great aromas here with good balance and strength. Not as bourbon forward as the normal BA BORIS. Taste of big dark chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasted malt, vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, caramel, vanilla, whiskey, and oak on the finish for a while. Low-moderate carbonation and full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with only a large warming present after the finish. Alcohol definitely cleans the palate in this case and makes this not cloying at all with the lush body. Great drinkability but it is still a sipper. Overall this is a fantastic barrel aged imperial stout. Great balance of flavor, highly enjoyable, and a lush mouthfeel that has me wanting another sip.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:56:07 | More by superspak
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birchstick

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 20:47:51 | More by birchstick
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mwill7287

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in celebration of the St. Ignatius Wildcats’ 5th soccer state title in 8 years, and 3rd in the last 4.

Poured from 22oz. bomber into 11oz. GLBC snifter.

Appearance: Pours pitch black with almost no head or lacing after a fairly gentle pour. Little lacing that there is has a mocha color. Virtually no sign of carbonation on the glass. My snifter looks like a black hole. NB., on the pour for the second half of the bottle, a nice thin mocha tan head sits atop the brew and retains for the majority of the drink. 4.25/5

Smell: First thing I notice is whiskey and a smoked presence. Quite woody, almost fireplace smelling. Chocolates and coffees of the stout emerge on later sniffs. 4.25/5

Taste: Starts off with the woody whiskey notes mixed beautifully with chocolate and strong coffee tones. Taste progresses to more smoky and woody, leaving a predominantly coffee-whiskey aftertaste. The woodiness of the beer is definitely more pronounced than in other beers I’ve had. A fruit of aging in whiskey rather than bourbon barrels, perhaps. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Pretty thick, syrupy, though not overly sticky. Low carbonation and bitterness makes the mouthfeel fine and dandy. Quite drinkable. 4.5/5

Overall: A very interesting variation on a increasingly common style of beer. Finishing this one bottle is not a problem in any case. A high ABV will keep me from indulging in more of it, however. Scrumptious. 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 22:03:48 | More by mwill7287
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adamette

Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at World Wines & LIquor a few weeks ago into a clean, clear pint glass. I recall the price being $12.99 but it might have been as high as $14.99. No observed “best by” date but a silver sticker with “Cleveland Beer Week Special Release” printed on it indicates that it is probably about a month old. That means that it likely has about another 5 years (or more) on it.

A Actually dark brown (!) head over an absolutely oil black body that refuses to allow any light through. I have to give this look high marks. I simply love it! 4.5

S Well, some of the darkest roast malt with whiskey notes. I expected that but I have always appreciated B.O.R.I.S.’s soft, rounded edges to the smell, taste and it looks like I will not be disappointed here. 4.5

T Simply love the taste of the dark roast malt, whiskey caramel notes and again, the smoothness that is not common in this style. This is a great, great beer that I cannot think of how I would improve it. 5.0

M Smooth as could be expected for such a big beer with the elevated ABV %. Really, it slips past your mouth so easily. I cannot think of how I might improve the feel and maintain the taste. 5.0

D/O Drinkability is where the beer suffers a bit since it is so huge, such elevated ABV but it really was soooo easy to drink, believe me! Overall this is a world class beer in my opinion. 4.0

Notes: I am proud to assign an A+ to this beer. Recommended to anyone reading this review!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:41:29 | More by adamette
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camil1mj

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in an person trade at the FFF 15th Party from Misterhops.

A: Wonderful, deep, dark brown. Mocha colored head.

S: Wonderful whiskey and chocolate notes.

T: Immediate taste of Crown Royal. The barrel aging did this one wonders. Then chocolate, toffee and coffee.

M: The whiskey makes this a little thin. The one detractor.

O: Easily the best BORIS! Love it.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 15:00:45 | More by camil1mj
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 04:20:04 | More by nhindian
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russwbeck

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a motor oil thick black into my 22oz CBS snifter. Small, but impressive, brown head rises and falls quickly, leaving only minimal lacing.

S: AHHH now I get the BORIS Royale name, it was aged in Crown Royale barrels! Sorry about my slowness. Tons of whisky up front, vanilla, hints of oak and booze. Underneath is a lot of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and other typical stout characteristics. The smell is so balanced, way more so than BA BORIS.

T: The taste has a lot of smooth Crown Royale, deep dark chocolate, booze, vanilla, and wood. Not as big a flavor as I was expecting. I like the smooth, balanced taste more than the bigger flavors of BA BORIS, however.

MF: A bit thin, a decent amount of booze comes through. Dry finish.

O: This was really tasty, the drinkability waned after a while. Love everything Hoppin Frog is doing lately.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 02:55:08 | More by russwbeck
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b3shine

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deuce to oversized tulip. Looks good - black with little to no bubbles. Smells good too. All the qualities of a barreled imperial stout, but subtler than bourbon. Tastes great. The (Crown) whiskey is definitely present, but it's smooth, not overpowering. Mouthfeel is good too. It could be a little less bitter (the hops combat the beer a little bit), but it goes down easy, especially for the abv. Overall, a delightful beer and a step up from regular barreled B.O.R.I.S.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 00:41:29 | More by b3shine
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Sean9689

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2011 16:00:20 | More by Sean9689
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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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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 14:46:37 | More by BearsOnAcid
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MasterSki

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 03:03:32 | More by MasterSki
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Treebs

Illinois

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

Bottled shared by someone at the UFC tasting. Big thanks to whoever brought this as it was a big want. Bomber poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a straight, viscous black. No head present. Just a few bubbles. Looks like your typical motor oil RIS.

S: You can really smell the barrel, and I like it. The whiskey has a unique scent and while it doesn't smell like crown, you can tell it's something different. There is nice chocolate in the nose as well, sort of like a brownie.

T: Nice roasted malts with a good fudge and chocolate combination. The barrel is very present again and really shines with a nice oaky wood flavor and subtle vanilla sweetness. The whiskey is integrated nicely with a little heat at the backend. It is just very interesting in flavor with the Crown.

M: Very heavy, but creamy with little carbonation. Chocolate brownie is left on the palate.

O: The Crown barrels imparted some interesting flavors and while I didn't love them, it was interesting enough for me to keep coming back. I would like to see more Crown BA beers to see how other breweries integrate the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 20:58:35 | More by Treebs
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thought I missed the boat after the first release, but was lucky enough to grab several bottles at the Naked Evil release. 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter...

A - Pours an almost completely black with some dark brown highlights. A nice milk chocolate color head forms about a half of a finger thick and recedes to a collar of the same color.

S - Heavy whiskey aromas mixed with vanilla, wood, and chocolate. Molasses, dark fruits and some slight coffee come through too adding nicely.

T - Toffee, molasses, whiskey and oaky-woodiness all up front. Chocolate, vanilla, molassesand dark fruits follow next. Really nice flavors mixing together. Some brown sugar and roasted malts come through. It's a smoother whiskey flavor that I notice. Could I tell it was crown royal? No. BUT I did notice a smoother profile.

M - Full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation. Really nice in the feel. Creamy and smooth overall.

O - Really enjoyed this one. I want to try it side to side with the regular barrel aged version. Would be interested to see the little differences. Overall, a really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 17:08:48 | More by KAP1356
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schwaeh

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I brought this to a BA Boris tasting to see how it stacked up against the other batches.

A: Pours black with a small brown head, the head fades into a light ring around the glass. The body really clings like oil and leaves a good lace for this style.

S: Smells of chocolate(real fudgy), roasted grains, and light whiskey. This stuff is smelling sweet and well hopped. The whiskey isn't as in your face as the regular BA Boris. Smells smooth and well integrated.

T: This is really like brownie mix with all the chocolaty fudge going on, brownie mix and crown royal. It isn't much of a stretch to tell this is that purple bagged Canadian whiskey, nice and smooth, very nice. Cocoa, vanilla bean, caramel, oats, some dark fruit, and a nice nuttiness can all be found while quaffing this.

M: This has a heavier medium body with light carbonation. Nice and chewy.

O: I was worried about this being crazy boozy, it wasn't at all. I really prefer this to its regular bourbon aged counterpart(except when aged). Just solid, smooth, chocolaty stuff. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 17:13:29 | More by schwaeh
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ratedz

Kansas

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter. I don't see a bottled on date.

A - Pours pitch black with a thin chocolate brown head that fades quickly and leaves a narrow ring of bubbles around the perimeter of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malts, oak, and a hint of whiskey.

T - Starts with some sweet caramel before some slightly bitter coffee/roasted malts take over. Hints of oak and a slight alcohol burn from the whiskey appear on the finish.

M - Full body, smooth and creamy, as a stout brewed with oatmeal should be. Light carbonation.

O - Overall, a very good RIS, but not one I would buy frequently because of the $15.99 price tag. I would have liked a little more flavor from the barrels, but I like big, boozy stouts. The slight warming from the alcohol made this perfect to enjoy on a cool fall evening while watching a movie.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:50:06 | More by ratedz
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FosterJM

California

4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

800th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz
2011 Release

HUGE thank you to GuruDel for grabbing a bottle in trade for me!!! Such a Crown fan had to have one of these

App- An extremely dark brown, almost to an inky black color. Even if it was brown, it was void of color or accent coloration. A very fast receding one finger head with out a lot of lace or cling. As it fell, left an outer ring of bubbles with a bit of whispy notes on top.

Smell- When you first stick your nose in the glass you are greeted with a big stout and a lot going on. Hard to find the little nuances but some are there. It of course had the whisky, the chocolate and some roast. Decerable I think was a little of the oatmeal.

Taste- A beautiful mix of a perfect balance of chocolate, roast and whiskey. When you first take a sip it has that biting whiskey and oak note that makes you do that whiskey face like when you were 17 and stole a bottle from your dad. On the backend it greets you with subtle dark chocolate and a little roasted malt note. I have to say this sat in my cellar at 55 for a few months and I think it certainly helped this to mellow out.

Mouth- A medium/full body with a medium/low carbonation feel. The residual flavors are not many, whiskey and roast. Very nice lasting flavors.

Drink- A great treatment to a very well done base beer from OH. This was tempered and smooth at points and biting at others. The whiskey oak barrels worked wonders for me and I was very happy to have a beer like this around for #800. Again, I can't thank GuruDel enough for this one. If you have the chance grab a bottle in trade. You won't be sorry.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 19:15:09 | More by FosterJM
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HopHead84

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Dan at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Glugs out from the bottle like motor oil. The small brown head quickly recedes.

S: Chocolate and oatmeal with a lot of brown sugar. The chocolate is rich and there's a little nuttiness. Bourbon is light but really nice.

T: Rich dark chocolate with blackstrap molasses. Brown sugar and cocoa. Bourbon is light, blending with a low earthy bitterness. There's a burnt note at the end.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with evident alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall: A good barrel aged Imperial Stout with a great nose. I thought this was a definite step up from Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:56:09 | More by HopHead84
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 17:37:04 | More by womencantsail
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

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
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badboyrsl84

California

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours charcoal black into the snifter glass with a nice mocha head.

Smell- the royal hits the nose first but isn't overwhelming. Bakers chocolate and alcohol follows.

Taste- following the nose really well nice whisky taste throughout the beer with good amounts of chocolate and some fig. A small whiskey/alcohol burn in the end but chocolate dominates the aftertaste.

Overall- I love Hoppin Frogs take on this whiskey barrel stout. Very enjoyable and nice to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 21:43:43 | More by badboyrsl84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:55:40 | More by mikesgroove
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black color with a nice dense brown head. Head has pretty solid retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- I'm picking up darker fruits, quite a bit of booze, wood, and vanilla. Seems like a normal Boris with quite a big kick.

T- Taste is really good. Tons of whiskey action here, with vanilla, dark fruits, coffee and a solid booze to it.

M- Full in body and low carbonation.

O- I'm pretty impressed with this one and this is my favorite of all the Boris brews by far.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 10:56:00 | More by nrbw23
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