Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.46/5 rDev +4%
Big thanks to Sliverx and Markintihar for getting this bottle to me...
A: Pours a deep pitch black with one full finger of dark khaki colored head. The foam takes a little while to settle, yeah spotty lacing along the edges of the glass and a thin ring of bubbles along the top of the beer.
S: The nose is roasted malt, toast, milk chocolate, mild vanilla, a touch of caramel, and a good amount of barrel treatment. The whiskey is present underneath and it really adds to the complexity of the nose. It's not a vanilla forward or sweet and many other barrel aged beers.
T: It starts out with a mix of bitter roast/toast, chocolate, and whiskey barrel. I'm really impressed by the balance in the barrel treatment. The whiskey notes and vanilla notes don't overpower the base beer. You can feel the heat from the barrel, but it's just right.
M: Full bodied beer. It's smooth and coating, the flavors mingle well on the palate, and it slides off smooth. The barrel imparts some booze, but it doesn't dry the beer out or make it too cloying.
O: Really nice beer. This might be one of the best Hoppin' Frog barrel aged beers that i have tried. It's just really well done. I would drink this again in a heartbeat.
07-01-2013 12:11:23 | More by trxxpaxxs
4.43/5 rDev +3.3%
Appearance: I like this a lot. This stuff has a thick appearance. I accidentally spilled some on myself and it looked as though I was bleeding stout (perhaps this biased my score a tad, but it was cool)! In the glass it was very dark and light did not pass through the glass.
Smell: Nothing out of this world. It is on par with most BA Stouts.
Taste: This is not a disappointment at all and I was worried because the age of the barrel is different for irish wiskey. I know that it doesn't have a lot of the tannens from the barrel because it was aged in an Irish whisky barrel, but the buttery whiskey taste along with the cocoa, oatmeal and tobacco are all present. Like others have posted if this ages well in the cellar and the flavors come together this bottle could become something truly remarkable. (I'll let you know in six months).
Mouthfeel: Even though this pours out really thick it did not feel very thick once I drank it. It was like the Irish wiskey thinned it out a bit. I really do hope it thickens out over time.
Overall: This was very good, and certainly better than regular BA Boris. However, I can't wait to drink some a few months from now (fingers crossed)
06-26-2013 21:15:38 | More by dmhurdle
4.15/5 rDev -3.3%
Appearance fades to black. No light pass through this beer. The taste is like a toasted marshmallow in Irish whiskey. Its really good. I suck at reviews. I don't know what to say drink this beer. It is by far the easiest drinking Boris. Go Akron. Get on the craft brew map.
06-18-2013 01:44:19 | More by Jonp82
Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.