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

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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

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.

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1/5  rDev -77%

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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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3/5  rDev -31%

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3/5  rDev -31%

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3.25/5  rDev -25.3%

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3.41/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

Not a big fan of this. I'm sure it suffered due to comparison (this was drunk right after Assassin, Life is Like, and three BCBS variants), but this beer was extremely hot and very abrasive. Not much to be enjoyed in terms of flavors, the booze really covered everything up.

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

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

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3.7/5  rDev -14.9%

Tap at the release. Pour is jet black with a tight mocha head. Nose has a strong bourbon note with subtle wood nuances. The malt profile isn't super bright, dry chocolate and a moderate roasted malt. Sweetness kicks in with a touch of ink. Taste is a bit brighter and richer, bourbon is clean with wood notes and more rich chocolate. Some notes of roasted malt and a hint of bitter coffee with the bitterness lingering through the finish. Sweetness starts to pick up towards the finish as it warms. Full bodied with strong carbonation and a soft delicate feel.

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.77/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing the Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Van Wink from the Hoppin' Frog Brewery out of Akron, Ohio. This beer is Hoppin' Frog's signature BORIS Russian imperial stout aged in pappy van winkle barrels.

Score: 84

November 2013 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 07/12/14. Thank you Kevin S. for sending me this brew!

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with just under a finger of khaki head that recedes quickly to a thick ring around the glass. Okay lacing and retention, light browning from swirling. 4/5

Smell: Fudge, bourbon, oak, caramel, chocolate and a little roast. Really nice mix! 4.5/5

Taste: Taste is boozier, oakier and less integrated than the nose. Licorice, oak, dark fruit, booze and baker's chocolate. Has a kiss of ashiness. Not bad at all, but it is a far cry from the quality that the nose led on or even regular barrel aged BORIS. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. More bitter than anticipated. Creamy mouthfeel. 3.5/5

Overall: A solid, but far from spectacular beer that proves that using Pappy barrels does not always make a beer better. Regular barrel aged BORIS, and even non-barrel aged BORIS, were better in my opinion.

Cost: $15.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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3.79/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into snifter. Thanks Eric!

A: Pours a think dark black color with cola highlights. There's no head at all on this one, which is slightly disappointing.
S: Warming whiskey on the nose is mellow but noticeable, and I get rich notes of fudge and vanilla. Not a strong nose.
T: Thick dark chocolate fudge brownie dominates with traces of licorice and caramel. The finish is full of mellow whiskey, oak, and vanilla. This beer is not especially complicated, as all I get is pretty much chocolate and mellow whiskey. The pappy is definitely pappy, but it's not very strong.
M: Thick and viscous body, chewy and sticky mouthfeel, fizzier than expected carbonation, with a frothy mouthfeel at first that leads into a very smooth and thick beer.
O: A fairly decent stout but definitely a let down, especially given the barrel treatment. I love the thick body, as this beer is viscous as hell, and I also think what barrel flavors are there work well. This just wasn't on the level as the top tier barrel aged stouts. Thanks again for the hookup, TurdFurgison.

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

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