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

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139 Ratings
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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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4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip.

A. Poured very dark brown. Fairly thin viscosity. Poured an excellent frothy fine bubble amber head that retreat to an impressive rim.

S. The nose has a layered malt/coffee/whiskey/oak presence.

T. A contrast between the malts and whiskey and the malts win. A bitterness follows indicating a hops presence. I notice the base stout. Heavy on the grain. A little coco and coffee. The whiskey (could have fooled me for bourbon) is certainly prevalent.

M. Slightly silky finish. Moderate carbonation. Uber full body.

O. Bourbon or whiskey, when its good your splitting hairs. Each is very similar to the other and this ale is similar to some dang fine bourbon aged stouts. This is a well crafted ale.

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick and black with a gradually rising reddish brown head. Good retention and some light lace with each sip. A good looking beer.

S: Takes a little while to get there, but once this warms up, it's pretty solid. Lots of heavily roasted malt, wet barrel, mild dark fruit, amaretto, whiskey and some cherry. The wood really starts to come through the more this beer warms.

T: Definitely doesn't have the sweetness that most bourbon barrel aged stouts have. The whiskey gives this one much more of an edge. Dark chocolate, just a hint of dark fruit, a thick pull of whiskey, a touch of toffee and just a bit of burnt espresso alongside some booze on the finish. Mouthfeel is maybe a touch thin, and this may be just a touch hot, but this is some pretty solid stuff.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with stillmatic 2232. Thanks man.

Pours a very dark black, basically opaque, into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Small head that fades away after a while.

Smells roasty, with additional mild flavors of whiskey and chocolate.

Tastes incredible. Subtle, creamy, almost buttery Irish whiskey, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, mild roasty bitterness, and love. Normally I wouldn't love a "buttery" flavor in the beer, but I think it is intended, and it adds so much to the beer. It's most likely the Irish whiskey barrel aging. Adds a dimension to barrel aged stouts I've never had before. Love it!

Smooth and silky on the tongue. Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the high imperial ABV.

Very recommended!

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4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A - pours dark brown, almost black with a thin, quickly disappearing tan head. No lacing

S - sweet chocolate aroma dominates. Hints of vanilla and oak from the barrel, subtle scent of whiskey.

T - front taste of dark chocolate. Bitterness is well balanced with a sweet okay vanilla from the barrel ageing. Strong/hot alcohol after taste.

M - thinner than your average stout (let alone a BA beer). Lacks that lasting mouth feel of a full bodied stout.

O - This beer has such great potential...a nicely balanced bittersweet dark chocolate flavor...that is hampered by an overly strong alcohol burn. The whiskey barrels add a wonderful vanilla and oak taste. Perhaps it would benefit from some cellar aging.

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