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

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136 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at AndrewK's tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, cookie dough, fruit, and slight whiskey aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and fruity flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a fantastic aroma but the barrel presence seems fairly subdued in my opinion.

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of beernads
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

LOOK: pours a dark brown with a khaki colored head

SMELL: Chocolate, roast, Irish whiskey.

TASTE: Vanilla, charcoal, chocolate, coffee and a bit of oaky tannins. Ashy smoke, spiked coffee and just a hint of booze.

FEEL: Medium bodied ale nice smooth medium low carbonation.

OVERALL: One helluva beer. Please try this if you can.

Photo of ShanePB
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.68/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Whiskey. Chocolate. Caramel. Doesn't really work that well thought.

Taste - Whiskey is strong. Chocolate. Very bitter. Kinda ashy. Uninspired finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Carbonation makes it feel thinner than it is. Boozy and bitter.

Overall - Not a good treatment of Boris. Ick.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 10.31.13
Thanks B!

A - Pours a dark brown with a dark brown head with solid retention.

S - Bourbon and chocolate.

T - Bourbon, bitter chocolate, and some acidic-wood.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body.

O - Bourbon is nice, but it falls off after that.

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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brenden
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thyis bad boy is dark, nice and viscous on the pour. It acheives a full finger of tight, creamy tan head that rests on top for the session. It also shows some cling, depositing itself in patches on my snifter.
This stuff smells fantastic. The wood is there without doing too much to dry it, which shows expertise when using a dry whiskey. It's well enough attuned to allow plenty of sweetness to come out without being at all cloying. A nice, hearty barley undertone sets it all down. Vanilla comes out with the oaky wood with a touch of roast and cocoa. There's something reminding me of malted milk in here too.
There's so much complexity and depth in this big beer's flavor that I really appreciate the balance here. It's nice to have a bit of a creamy, buttery note I got underneath the other elements in the nose. To use a dry whiskey puts a spin on things, and Hoppin's Frog did it right. The heat and booziness are heady but not overwhelming, blending with the rest of the beer's flavor very well.
This beer is smooth, crushed velvet on the tongue but still thick. It's got some dryness lingering from the wood, to good effect.

A huge thanks to Denny at the Beer and Wine Cave for just breaking this out at the end of a tasting. Possibly my only chance to have tried it and amazing.

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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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