Rocky Mountain B.O.R.I.S. | 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:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 52
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on February 20, 2019. Aged in very special whiskey barrels to add a super smooth, buttery and complex whiskey character to BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout. More assertive than the standard bourbon barrel aged BORIS Stout.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap. After tasting and handing to a friend I asked, "would you like some beer with your whiskey?". Wow this is booze city on the smell, and the biggest factor in the taste. Woof! Nice roasted malts in the background, frolicking with coffee, wood, smoke, soil, dark chocolate, and tobacco, unaware of the booze monster about to consume them. A sipper to be sure

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Photo of Jeffo
3.3/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one in Buffalo last summer. Apparently this has been aged in “very special whisky barrels” that are more assertive than the standard barrel aged BORIS.

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.107
IBU: 60

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a three finger, medium looking, semi-creamy dark tan head with good retention. Black body with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full can and clings to the glass a bit. Splotchy wisp remains leaving decent lacing down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Plenty of wood and bourbon on the nose. Some sweet cream and dark chocolate there as well, with notes of coconut and butterscotch as well.

TASTE: Barrel and wood up front, with some cream, chocolate and leathery notes at the swallow. Some definite spirit as well, moving into a medium and lingering finish of bourbon, oak, cream, some coconut and butterscotch sweetness. A good bit of spirit lingers as well. Definitely oaky and boozy.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, enough weight, goes down fine and finishes a touch mouth coating. Some booze lingers.

OVERALL: Well, it’s not quite as good as I remember all of the other barrel aged incarnations of BORIS, but it’s nothing to scoff at either. It’s a little rough around the edges and the barrels are a little overly woody and boozy, but there’s still enough going on to make it enjoyable. One of the least impressive imperial stouts by Hoppin’ Frog, unfortunately, but they can’t all be as insanely good as they usually are.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color with brown head. Aroma has chocolate, cacao, fudge, quite sweet. Taste is sweet at first with some spicy chocolate notes, more bitter and roasty on the finish. Medium to full bodied, smooth feel. Quite smooth and tasty, goes down really well.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

special edition boris aged in stranahans bourbon barrels, which is pretty awesome. i am generally not a huge fan of this whiskey, i find it a bit sweet and one dimensional, overly corny, and just not worth what they charge for it in general, but this barrel makes a pretty significant impact on the beer, and i like the whiskey better in this context. it almost takes on a peppery character, black pepper specifically, with all the char in the wood and the bitterness of the dark roast, tastes very mature, more than others, and much more than the normal barrel aged boris, not sure what barrels that beer is done with. lots of vanilla, and the sweetness of stranahans is almost needed to balance that bitter earthy low end. plenty of chocolate is highlighted well here, subtle cinnamon and apple even, the more i think about this beer the more i taste in it. brandy and licorice and tobacco, its intense on the charred wood too, really tremendous. not sticky sweet, but some brown sugar lingers, its not too much. nice to see this on tap over at asbury provisions here in town, i rarely see hoppin frog tap handles in colorado!

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Photo of hardy008
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark black with a one finger mocha head. The aroma has dark chocolate, whiskey, dark roasted malt, vanilla, and wood. Tastes like it smells. The alcohol is not well hidden, and the ber tastes like it is more than 9.4 % abv. The wood also has a stronger taste than I would like it to have. On the light side of medium bodied, for the style. Moderate carbonation and smooth. My biggest complaint is this beer is boozier than I would like, but still good. I am glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


22oz. Bottle to snifter.

Dark black pour, thick. Small tan head.
AROMA: whiskey,
TASTE: whiskey, whiskey, and more whiskey. Tastes way too strong for 9.4%.
FEEL: astringent, thick body.
Disappointed. I love the regular Boris and Doris; the Boris reserve was similar, but this just tastes and feels like they just dropped a shot of bourbon in each bottle. Not smooth at all.

Good flavors nonetheless.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on draft side by side with Rocky Mountain DORIS.

This is black with a moderate head that is a lighter colored, bubbly tan compared to regular, but shockingly retains more of a head than Rocky Mountain DORIS.

The base stout here holds up less to the whiskey barrels than DORIS, becoming quite a bit boozier with a lot of oak taking over the not so subtle characteristics of the otherwise supremely roasty BORIS. Yet at the same time, this is also somehow frothier than the DORIS version.

I think fans of very powerful BA stouts will prefer this one over the DORIS version.

Update: as is the case with many of Frog's barrel aged beers, time has done this beer a great service. Normally it only takes a few months but it's been a year and a half, and in this case it's stellar, bringing delicious notes of Tootsie Roll, fudge, roasted nuts and chocolate wafer. Divine!

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic pitch black Boris but with a dark brown head. Aroma is sweet bakers chocolate, caramel, carmalized brown sugar, and slight vanilla. Taste is dark chocolate, really nice coffee, mild to medium whiskey (but very smooth), caramelized brown sugar, and a vestige of cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium heavy and killer smooth. Price is still a little steep but rarely does a base beer mesh so well with a barrel without being completely masked.

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Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 52 ratings