Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 60
Gots: 43 | FT: 11
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: MasterSki on 05-25-2013)
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4.4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from Hotpipes a while back. Love the base beer, so really happy to see this barrel aged variant. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.107
IBU: 60
Aged in Irish Whisky barrels
Tried this and BORIS van Wink back to back for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black, like thick, sludgy motor oil, producing a two finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and a creamy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Very dark and menacing looking brew. Enticing.

SMELL: Decadence. No doubt. Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee notes, whisky, milk chocolate and sweet cream notes. Chocolate milk shake qualities are in there. Chocolate fudge with Werther’s Original butterscotch candies. Sweet cream and oaky wood aromas in there as well. Really beautiful.

TASTE: Also excellent. Butterscotch, whisky and oak notes up front, the some more chocolate and alcohol at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of butterscotch and caramel sweetness, sweet cream and chocolate milk shake, whisky and oak notes. Some bitter chocolate fudge offers a nice touch of balance to all the sweet malt and barrel flavors. Alcohol and whisky are wonderfully measured as well. This is very flavorful and well balanced, but perhaps a touch too boozy for a perfect score.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Enough weight for sure. Some heat lingers as well. Nice stuff here again.

OVERALL: This is outstanding. BORIS is fantastic as it is, as are the barrel aged variants, but this is probably the best of the bunch. This is just as good as BORIS van Wink, and if you didn’t know any better, the two variants could very well have come from the same barrel. I really must admit that with all the barrel aging and variants breweries do on their base stouts, the BORIS set is probably the best in the world. Bold, persistent and decadent flavors are supported by a big, thick and creamy feel, while the aromas and appearance make the opening act just as good as the closer. Excellent, and better than 99% of the BA stouts out there. Cheers!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Pitch black and creamy looking. Faint khaki head that completely disappears.

This smells like all kinds of baked goods. Sugar cookie, brownies, fudge, and coffee.

Coffee, cookie dough, oak, vanilla. The barrel flavors are modest but it works.

Velvety smooth, low carbonation. Heavy body.

A fantastic beer and worth seeking out.

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4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours black with minimal tan head that settles around the glass's circumference with oily lacing. The nose is a carpet of barrel caramel over thick oat sweetness followed by hinting booze and a little spice. The beer's thick, rich, chocolatey, slightly roasty malts infuse well with the burnt wood vanillin and caramel in the beer's flavor profile. There is a bit of fruit/licorice in the finish, but roasted grain is what lingers. This is a chewy, full bodied stout with unquestionable barrel characteristics cutting deeply through the beer's sweet, roasty base. As the beer warms it has a bit more bite, but doesn't change significantly. This is definitely my favorite beer from hoppin frog, though not my favorite BA stout (mainly due to the abrasive mouthfeel).

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Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.