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

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BA SCORE
95
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134 Ratings
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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 60
Gots: 43 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 05-25-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

VonZipper, Aug 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

djtomain, Jul 26, 2013
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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.

Brenden, Jul 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

kevin7912, Jul 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Buff0910, Jul 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

pyite, Jul 25, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

dn2222, Jul 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Coldsnack, Jul 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

thegoon55, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

danwho, Jul 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Turney, Jul 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

mjw1200, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

PStriedl, Jul 13, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

RayOhioFelton, Jul 12, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

match1112, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

POTABLE83, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Matthewpakula, Jul 05, 2013
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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.

trxxpaxxs, Jul 01, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

WesM63, Jun 30, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Ecil, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

TDavis, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

nrbw23, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of dmhurdle
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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)

dmhurdle, Jun 26, 2013
Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.