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

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4.35/5
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310 Ratings
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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:
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Added by StoutSnob40 on 11-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
310
pDev:
9.89%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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145
Gots:
70
Trade:
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Ratings: 310 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Gambyt20
3.64/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of M-Fox24
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WanderingFool
4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sposter4
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rcjennings
4.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryanpalmier123
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of greg4579
4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mendvicdog
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sabtos
3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Black, with essentially no head.

I get vanilla up front with the oak, which helps emulate toasted marshmallow, while BORIS comes in with a fudge and woody nut decadence. However there's a noticeable but moderate heat from the bourbon, and a bit of a soft drink mixed in, most reminiscent of Dr. Pepper, thinning the body out.

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.

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Photo of moarmare
3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gregf51
4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnphish
4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of twizzard
4.79/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of freshcarl
4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GypsySon
4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of liamt07
3.84/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kscaldef
2.5/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Harsh, medicinal alcohol finish kills this one.

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B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.35 out of 5 with 310 ratings