BORIS Royale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BORIS RoyaleBORIS Royale

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

178 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
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 stakem
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jaymesbawned for picking this up for me.

Before I even open the bottle, I'm loving this beer. The label and notation on the side is priceless. Shared with Slatetank and wishuwerebeer, poured into a DFH snifter. This brew is black, a fine ring of lighter brown clarity is seen through the edge when the brew is held to the light. A finger of rich, creamy tan head appears and slowly fades to a ring that holds around the edge of the glass. Some spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is cocoa sweetness somewhat reminescent of brownie batter. Rich in chocolate with hints of sweet vanilla and coconut that is lightly toasted with an increasing amount of wooden scents. Some tangy whiskey elements come through the back imparting a bit of a fruit scent. As the brew warms, the alcohol presence gets increasingly more bold to the point of being fusel.

The taste is infused with whiskey to spirit spiked alcohol burn. Rich cocoa batter mixes with a woodsy element and some fruity alcohol esters. There is a contrasting herbal hop element which faintly makes it's presence known. Plenty of rich chocolate character mixes with the alcohol on multiple levels to create a deep layering of enjoyable flavors. The aftertaste leans more on the oak aspect than through the body with a lingering taste left in the mouth that isnt quite roasted yet delicious in a chocolate caramel or toffee sort of way.

This is a full bodied brew that is chewy and creamy. Very smooth feel despite it's modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is bold yet well integrated in flavor. If you are sensitive to alcohol burn in a beer, I'd suggest serving this one a little cooler so the alcohol doesn't come out quite as quick. Color me impressed with this beer. It packs a punch seemingly harder than 10% but I loved it. I'm a sucker for a well made barrel aged stout, this one is fantastic. With a base like Boris, I'm pretty sure Hoppin Frog could age this beer in used gym socks and it would still be awesome. I wish I had more of this.

Photo of superspak
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Served alongside B.O.R.I.S. & Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S.

All three variants had remarkably similar appearances: deep, dark black with a thin beige cap, and fairly low carbonation.

The aroma brings a more potent whiskey scent than the Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S., with a similar roasted malt profile.

Terrific flavor. I am a huge fan of this beer, as well as the other two variants. In addition to the whiskey and barrel flavors, notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate blend beautifully into the beer.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with subtle heat in the finish to tie it all together.

Great beer. Recommended.

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of HopHead84
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of bsuedekum
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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!

Photo of FosterJM
4.63/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

Photo of muskiesman
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cosmicevan
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

BORIS Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.