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

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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 59
Gots: 41 | FT: 10
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:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick black pour. Thin ring of foam and bubbles.

S: Barrel aged complexity. You catch the Chocolate, malt, vanilla etc. of their standard BORIS but the warmth of the irsh whiskey barrel it's been sitting in.

T: Everything's in its right place. You taste what your nose is picking up. The Irish whiskey gives it a milder more balanced barrel aged taste compared to you typical bourbon BA beer. This adds to balance of the beer though.

M: Full, rich and smooth. Not overwhelming. The BA aspect a seems to help the beer kind of coat you mouth.

O: By far the best Hoppin' Frog beer I've had. A little different because of the Irish barrels, honestly adds a briant balance to the beer. This could hang with most top notch BA Stouts.

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4.47/5  rDev +4%
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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4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.