BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-30-2011 15:05:28 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
10-09-2011 20:58:35 | More by Treebs
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
4.03/5 rDev -3.1%
Bomber into a 25cl Duvel tulip. Big thanks to Dan for sharing.
A: Black with a thin orange ring of head. Ok.
S: Sweet and spicy, with whisky, vanilla, coffee, coconut, and chili-infused chocolate. Quite nice indeed.
T: Interesting: molasses, spice, and whisky up front, with coffee and spicy booze on the sweet finish. Tasty, but a bit harsh.
M: Super creamy, super frothy full body. Not quite as thick as Boris or Doris, but still thicker than most stouts. Great.
O: I'd have to try this side-by-side with BA Boris to see which I really prefer, but I definitely enjoyed the piquancy of the Royale version. Good stuff.
03-04-2012 21:17:20 | More by woosterbill
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
10-10-2011 03:03:32 | More by MasterSki
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.