Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

BA SCORE
93
outstanding
310 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van WinkBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by dwagner003 on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
310
Reviews:
29
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
10.35%
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
72
For Trade:
15
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz.bomber

A: Pitch black with smallish one finger deep mocha head. Settles fairly quickly to a thin cap with moderate lacing.

S: Sweet bourbon, rich chocolate, and espresso with hints of vanilla and coconut.

T: Chocolate fudge, vanilla, espresso, and molasses. Subtle charred oak notes.

M: Full bodied with fairly light carbonation. Creamy texture with a lightly sweet finish.

O: Excellent barrel aged stout. Very enjoyable indeed.

 461 characters

Photo of Gambyt20
3.64/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: An elegant, creamy, mocha pour, topped with an off-white/brown head; moderate retention with lacing

S: Whiskey and bourbon complemented with the convolutions of vanilla, oak/wood, espresso, butterscotch, chocolate, malt, and subtle coconut. Had to delve into the deep sea to pull out some more dark fruit and certain vinous frills

T: Lots to be found here, and can tune in and out to the preference: wood roasted espresso, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, lingering dark fruit in the faded background. The balancing of the flavors/of everything going on is remarkable

M: Dangerous at creamy and sticky; smooth, full body, moderate carbonation

O: Seems that one is more likely to experience an improper overhyped/rated barrel aged Pappy variant. Hoppin’ Frog does it right; the time and precision shows. The excessive niceties were extremely well balanced yet the complexities linger on...these fellas know their way around a stout

 937 characters

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours out super dark. Toasted coconut, bitter dark chocolate, vanilla, some oak, hint of cinnamon spiciness and a little bit of booze sweetness. Medium, very dry mouthfeel. Classic Hoppin' Frog bitterness. This is pretty good.

 226 characters

Photo of jaydoc
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanpalmier123
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greg4579
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.41/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Black, with essentially no head.

I get vanilla up front first. A touch of oak, noticeable but moderate heat from the bourbon, and a bit of a soft drink mixed in, most reminiscent of Dr. Pepper.

It's no secret I'm not a huge fan of bourbon barrel aging. While this is not as offensive as so many other offerings, it's nicely done. Smooth and dry is how I like it if it has to be done to a stellar stout, it's not as dry as others I've had but well on its way. It's just not as good as the hype-inducing name suggests. Personally, I like both their BA DORIS, and especially their BORIS 200, better--if I absolutely have to drink a bba stout.

 641 characters

Photo of moarmare
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnphish
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twizzard
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Motor oil thick and a smooth 9.9 ABV. I just wish I had more that the one bottle.

82 characters

Photo of freshcarl
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GypsySon
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
3.84/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harsh, medicinal alcohol finish kills this one.

47 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.25 out of 5 based on 310 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.