Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300 | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300
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Average: 4.29 | pDev: 3.26%

Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12

Russian Imperial Stout | 9.40% ABV

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Notes: Limited (brewed once) availibility. Imperial stout aged in Port, Bourbon, and Rum barrels.
BA SCORE
91
Outstanding
Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12
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4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Roast and boozy aroma, pours an opaque black with a ring of tan head. Full bodied, with nice notes of oak, rum, and vanilla. Slightly warming with the high ABV. Overall it's another great version of BORIS.

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Holy barrels batman! Hard to believe it is only 9.4 abv. The barrel character with the wood, smoke and all three of the rum, bourbon and port booze adding their own touch. Little harsh on the finish of the taste. Smell is complex and deeply dark. Very chewy and thick beer, with complexity through out.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Starkly glossy BORIS black with a tall, dense mocha head that slowly sinks into the fluid to a still, syrupy surface, which leaves brown staining legs on the glass.

Smell is clearly boozier than regular BORIS, with notes of spiced rum first, even while the expected notes of nutty chocolate still take the fore. I think the port actually makes it even nuttier, almost nougatty, with some slightly sharp accents of red fruit.

With a full round body and moderately thick carbonation, roasted peanuts, dense chocolate wafer and waffle cone flavors take hold, but there's a significant barrel booze that has a tingly numbing heat to it. There's some faint accents of red grape before a chewy dry swallow that brings splintery rum barrel on the exhale.

While delicious, as is sometimes the case with the Frog I wish the meat of the barrel character played a larger role in the flavor profile. I found Extended and #200 to be more complex and enjoyable by comparison.

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4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

7600th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 10/2018. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky dark brown head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, port wine, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, marshmallow, fudge, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Slight booze in the aromas as it warms, but not overwhelming. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and rum/port/bourbon barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, port wine, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, and dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, marshmallow, fudge, dark fruit, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast/char bitterness and bourbon/rum/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, bourbon, rum, port wine, coconut, toasted oak, nuts, dark/brown bread, light molasses/licorice/fudge, smoke, leather, tobacco, and yeast/roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and rum/port/bourbon barrel flavors; with solid hop/roast bitter/sweet and barrel spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness and barrel spiciness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety mouthfeel that is perfect. Slight sticky hops, chalky roast, and oak tannins. Mildly increasing warmth of 9.4%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an insane barrel aged Russian imperial stout! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and rum/port/bourbon barrel flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV, with the minimally bitter/tannic/drying finish. Insanely rich malt complexity with perfect integration of all 3 barrels, without any booze. Also way more mellowed out on hop/char bitterness than the base beer from the barrel aging. Definitely has the best mouthfeel of any variant I've had thus far. A highly amazing offering, and top tier style example as expected.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Batch #300 from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 12 ratings