Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.46/5 rDev +3.7%
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%
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 -3.5%
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
4.41/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured into Hoppin Frog tulip , 2013 Brewery only release
A: Pours a deep black that light will not penetrate , half an inch of off white/tan head that descends into a thin frothy lacing.
S: Roasted malts with slight bittersweet coco , tobacco, vanilla , and whisky.
T: Taste is very smooth , Irish whiskey , roasted malt , vanilla , bittersweet chocolate , tobacco .
M: Thick, almost syrupy , coats the tongue , minimal carbonation but yet feels lively and inviting.
O: Very pleased with this beer , very smooth and gets easier to drink with each sip ,
Great Job Hoppin Frog !
06-14-2013 23:15:31 | More by InebriatedJoker
4.31/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bottle poured into my Hoppin' Frog snifter. Released today as a brewery-only exclusive. This is BORIS aged in a certain famous triple distilled Irish Whiskey barrel that shares a last name with the biggest porn star of the early 2000's and JJJ from Spiderman.
A vigorous pour yields about a finger of head. The bottle glugs as the precious liquid inside escapes with the speed of molasses and the consistency of oil.
This beer is completely opaque. The cappuccino colored head dissipates quickly. There is little to no lacing but the beer sticks to the side of the glass when swirled. These attributes are par for the course for beers of this gravity that spend a considerable time on wood.
Notes of cocoa, slight roast, chocolate dipped anise and a smooth, buttery whiskey jump from the glass. As it warms, some barrel notes, including slight vanilla and oak emerge. The whiskey is relatively pleasant and not too hot. There's a slight boozy, fusel note but the great chocolate holds it in check. Wonderful and cohesive.
The taste is also pleasant. Obviously, this isn't a beer in the business of quenching thirst, but I must say it has a rather addictive quality to the flavor cycle that makes each sip practically beg for another. There's a ton of cocoa, macerated dark fruit, smooth Irish whiskey and some hidden barrel notes that vary in proportion each time I raise my glass. There is a bit of booze but it's not unpleasant. If anything, it provides the beer's identity with some slight nuttiness and smooth buttery notes (please, don't think for a second this refers to the "d" word - we are talking whiskey taste not flaws here). A sweet finish fades to roast and a snap of honey, then a touch of hot whiskey. I prefer the way bourbon barrel aging seems to bring more woody (vanilla, coconut) notes, but this beer holds true to the BORIS series and presents something unique and enjoyable. If the past does indeed repeat itself, this beer will become more smoother and less boozy with age and, if the sting drops a touch, will be the stuff of legends in about 6 months.
The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. The beer feels heavy and thick; it actually sticks to my teeth a bit. Carbonation is spot-on, and the lingering finish and residual flavors are pleasant and invite me to raise my glass again and again.
Overall, this is another winner from Fred and the Frogs. If you like Jame..err...Generic Irish Whiskey and stouts, meet your new best friend. If you're like me and you like BA Stouts and could take or leave whiskey, your mileage may vary. However, no one can deny this adds a new, unique and successfully executed shade to the BORIS rainbow. Now I absolutely have to do a Royale VS BA VS Bairille Aois side-by-side. Sláinte!
06-14-2013 19:25:22 | More by jampics2
Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.