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BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BORIS RoyaleBORIS Royale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

167 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 149
Gots: 66 | FT: 5
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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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour with no head or lacing. The nose has a smooth chocolaty appeal with rich sweetness. The taste is just as sweet with its rich malty, chocolaty base. There is very little indication this beer spent any time in barrels, except for a slightly boozy finish. It's very smooth and drinkable regardless, leaving a sweet and roasty aftertaste to help balance out the booze. This is definitely a tasty beer with a stout base big enough to earn its time barrel aging. Worth trying, but doesn't have characteristics that would definitively indicate crown royal barrels were used.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:55:50 | More by ThePorterSorter
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WDJersey

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

08-01-2012 03:25:09 | More by WDJersey
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JMBSH

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.8%

07-15-2012 05:12:37 | More by JMBSH
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AndrewK

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-07-2012 04:35:19 | More by AndrewK
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:15:53 | More by Mora2000
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

06-28-2012 19:12:45 | More by sammo
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mater

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

06-20-2012 06:51:39 | More by mater
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BruceBruce

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-18-2012 03:13:14 | More by BruceBruce
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing the BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery.
Score: 91

Unknown vintage bottle served in a plastic cup and enjoyed the night before Dark Lord Day (04/27/12). Review is from notes.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown, black coffee-like color. 4/5

Smell: Roasted chocolate, brown sugar, coconut, sweet chocolate and a little cherry. 4/5

Taste: Sweet milk chocolate, roast, and a light amount of oak. Cherry flavor on the midpalate. A little bit of whiskey flavor on the back half. Muted coconut throughout. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, no carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Roasty, slightly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A solid beer, but easily my least favorite of all the BORIS variations. Ironically, this is the hardest to find of those variations. Stick with the BORIS and Barrel Aged BORIS.

Recommendation: Worth trying, but not worth going out of your way to seek this one out when BORIS is readily available year-round for $10.

Pairings: Chocolate ice cream.

Cost: $14.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 23:51:50 | More by jegross2
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Jeffo

Netherlands

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this a while back from boatshoes. Thanks for the trade!

From a bomber into a snifter
Drunk right after a batch two regular BA BORIS from '09

APPEARANCE: Pours really thick and dark out of the bottle. Otherwise, very similar to the barrel aged BORIS. An aggressive pour yields a cascading 1+ finger, medium looking dark mocha head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some faint lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Medium strength nose of oak, wood, vanilla and sweet cream. Roasted and smoked malts are there, with dark baker’s chocolate and oats as well. A note of caramel and toffee sets it apart from the aged regular BA version. This one is fresher and the barrel is more apparent.

TASTE: Lots of whisky here, with oak, vanilla and a touch of milk chocolate as well. Toffee and caramel sweetness through the middle, making this version sweeter than the batch two regular BA version. A big aftertaste of barrel flavors, oak, vanilla and sweet cream, caramel and toffee, as well as some bitter dark chocolate and oat notes is very persistent. Somewhat boozy as well. A bigger barrel than the batch 2 barrel aged version at this point.

PALATE: Medium-full body, lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, very soft and easy, not bite at all, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Exactly the same as the regular BA version. Solid.

OVERALL: No question that Hoppin’ Frog’s BORIS is a quality barrel aged imperial stout. Just goes to show that a beer doesn’t have to be some kind of limited, brewery-only release to be of awesome quality. This Royale version was slightly sweeter and more barrel heavy than the older batch two regular BA version we tried it next to, but that’s not to say that it would be all that much different than a fresh BA BORIS. Better than many of the hard to get and highly sought after imperial stouts out there. Thanks again boatshoes. Highly recommended.

As a final note, the regular b.2 BA BORIS from '09 has definitely mellowed out. The barrel is much milder at this point, though the base beer is still holding up strong. The roasted and bitter flavors are quite nice at this point.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 19:12:26 | More by Jeffo
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kspongeworthy

Texas

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-05-2012 01:03:34 | More by kspongeworthy
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my brother from another mother JM03!

I poured the fuck out of this. However, the barrel has stripped the robust BORIS head. Not that that's a bad thing. There's a bit of a filmy dark brown"thing" there, produced with due diligence.

Light woody, slight whiskey, chocolate and intense roasted notes.

Vanilla, light wood, oak, mild whiskey, roast, chocolate. Not hugely forward for the BORIS, but hard to not find this delicious.

Thick, chewy, full bodied and lingering.

While a nice dynamic to the BORIS, I'd be hard pressed to call it necessary. Again, it's still delicious!

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2012 04:45:12 | More by EgadBananas
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originsbrewery

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-27-2012 01:17:33 | More by originsbrewery
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-20-2012 18:12:46 | More by nanobrew
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-20-2012 07:24:41 | More by pmarlowe
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Arbitrator

California

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03-17-2012: Re-review off a bottle sent to me by JeepCop. Thanks, Dale. Shared at a St. Paddy's Day party with a number of beer laymen against Elijah Craig 18 Eclipse. This was unanimously the favorite. Even I was surprised; could be bottle variation, could be that this thing is aging phenomenally, but I liked it more than Eclipse. So I'm obligated to give it a higher score. Refer to my notes below for the details, but the main improvement here was a pronounced fudge with moderate vanilla and restrained heat. Really well-done.

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01-18-2012: Re-review off a bottle given to me by Ryan011235, intended to be shared with nickd717. I did share it. Thanks, Ryan. I don't know if it was the age, the fact that almost everything else we opened was abysmal, or the fact that I was drinking with two indiscriminate tickers (nickd717 and largadeer) who may have rubbed off on me, but I found this much improved over my earlier (harsh) review. I'll focus on the salient points:

S: The brownie-vanilla sweetness I noted in the earlier bottle remains here. It used to have some heat to it, but that is now gone, resulting in a nice, sweet aroma that betrays only some rough tannins. largadeer remarked that you can smell and taste the "cheapness" of the whiskey barrels, which for some reason makes sense to me. There's a roughness to the aroma that may never really go away.

T: The base beer is reveals fudge, brownies, and a touch of grain. The barrels are still pronounced, delivering vanilla, some coconut, and oak. There is a mild heat to the taste that wasn't apparent in the nose, but the beer is cooler than it used to be (not as hot). Definitely improved over release. Pretty tasty on the whole.

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Original review: 3.5 / 3.5 / 3.0 / 2.0 / 3.0 (3.03)

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously gifted to me by TurdFurgison. Thanks, Eric. I owe you $Texas.

A: Pours a dark, nearly black body with a tan head. No lace.

S: This has a rich brownie-vanilla sweetness that I suppose is the whiskey contribution (Crown Royale?). I like the aroma, but it has a mild booze sting that lessens its smoothness. Nonetheless, quite solid, as is the BA BORIS.

T: The base beer is overridden by strong elements of vanilla, coconut, brownie batter. Mild elements of cocoa and grain become pronounced later. It becomes fusely as the beer warms, which takes a lot away from the flavor. But as it ages, I suspect this will improve.

M: A bit rough for the style. While medium-full bodied and appropriate in carbonation, the heat is brash and undesirable at this point.

O: I'm very happy to have tried this, thanks to the generosity of Turd as well as a second bottle from Ryan011235. Thanks, guys. I really wish I had more positive things to say about this beer; right now, I can only say that I enjoyed it, but it needs time.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 07:24:46 | More by Arbitrator
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Dope

Massachusetts

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

A: Pitch black pour with a medium sized but very dense mocha colored head. Retention is quite good and there's a decent amount of thick lacing on the glass.

S: Dark fruit like cherries, raisins and plums. Toffee, molasses and caramel. Oatmeal. Roasted malt shows up as it warms up.

T: Lots of whiskey up front with toffee, molasses, caramel, oaky vanilla and some dark fruit. Bourbon fades, leaving a wonderful roasted malt and oatmeal dream. Bitter char, coffee and even chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Oatmeal throughout, giving it a smooth and creamy taste.

M: Pretty heavy, smooth and creamy.

O: Lengthy flavor profile; it develops for a few seconds with each sip. Quite complex and balanced. Whiskey flavors aren't that great but are acceptable. Melds well with the normal BORISness.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 06:39:54 | More by Dope
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to CaptCleveland for this bottle, among other Midwest gems dropped over a couple of boxes. Mmmmm.

Looks like a big stout, short-lived fluff, black as a moonless night on Pluto. Bottomless malts in the aroma holding steady with a harsh whiskey. Nice marriage.

BORIS Royale comes from a good line of brews & doesn't disappoint. Just like the smell, great big dark malts & whiskey make up about the entirety of BORIS. Low-level smokiness, gentle roasts, aged woods. Harshness in the nose is replaced by polished smoothness; lovely. That allows for a drinkability that belies it's almost 10% ABV, more like an oatmeal stout than a blasting-cap Monster Stout.

The icy smoothness of this brew is the high point & hell, it tastes pretty good too. Could do with a bit more depth, but still, very good beer. However, give me the straight-up BORIS any day; it's a remarkable stout, & some of its best traits are muted by the barrel.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:41:54 | More by maximum12
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Beertrader60657

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

03-05-2012 02:23:43 | More by Beertrader60657
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woosterbill

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 21:17:20 | More by woosterbill
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cosmicevan

New York

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to maniacal82 for hooking this one up in person at southampton. love me BORIS and all the varieties.

a - popped the cap and filled my duck rabbit snifter. dark sludgey with a thin creamy tan head that fizzled away in moments leaving a ring around the surface. looks great...leaves really spotty lacing specs that slide down the glass to the surface. super black.

s - nice rich BORIS oatmeal stout with a tingle of whiskey. i find that whiskey goes even better than bourbon with these big RIS. although it doesn't smell like top shelf whiskey (as others have appropriately mentioned) it does smell dirty and it really blends nicely with the rugged thickness of BORIS.

t - the barrels come in strong in the taste and really blast you with whiskey at first...not the best whiskey either...but on the way out...THERE she is...BORIS. lovely wonderful BORIS. so basically BORIS with a sharp whiskey bite at the start.

m - the barrel thins out this monster losing a lot of the luster...esp since the whiskey feels cheap as the wood is strong throughout.

o - overall, love me some RIS in whiskey. that being said, wish it was stranahan instead of crown royale. nice treatment on an old favorite...glad i got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 03:50:52 | More by cosmicevan
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

03-02-2012 03:21:50 | More by JAHMUR
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Ultraman9000

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-20-2012 04:43:54 | More by Ultraman9000
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chrispoint

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2012 08:07:27 | More by chrispoint
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.8%

02-18-2012 05:59:26 | More by djrn2
BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.