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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 150
Gots: 68 | FT: 4
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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Photo of brydeen
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Crooked Stave snifter

A: Pours a thick, motor oil black color, with a thin sticky mocha colored head. Quickly fades, leaving a nice stubborn tan collar around the edges.

S: Loads of chocolate, sweet booze, light toasted oatmeal. Vanilla and caramel aroma from the whiskey, with the lightest hint of oak.

T: Prominent whiskey punch right off the bat. Roasty, dark chocolate. Slightly bitter.

M: Thick, viscous, full-bodied. Warming feel from the alcohol, but tastes much stronger than 9.4%. Adequately light carbonation.

O: Good on the verge of great, but has just a little harshness from the whiskey bite. The sweet smell doesn't really translate over to the taste, and just a little bit may have mellowed the booziness. Either way, extremely tasty.

brydeen, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pathman, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DarthKostrizer, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of riemster
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

riemster, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of LambicKing
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

LambicKing, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Hanzo, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of moonknight31
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

moonknight31, May 21, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

kjkinsey, May 13, 2013
Photo of pawpaw
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

pawpaw, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of mctizzz
5/5  rDev +20.2%

mctizzz, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of Dweedlebug
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Dweedlebug, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Kelp, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of rebertx3
4/5  rDev -3.8%

rebertx3, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.8%

MarkyMOD, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of marine1975
4/5  rDev -3.8%

marine1975, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ridglens
4/5  rDev -3.8%

ridglens, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

PittBeerGirl, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

TheSevenDuffs, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Kopfschuss
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Kopfschuss, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sarlacc83, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
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.

Alieniloquium, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

tbone1384, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of dlello2
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dlello2, Oct 31, 2012
Photo of AleApostle
4/5  rDev -3.8%

AleApostle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

FreshmanPour77, Oct 23, 2012
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.