B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedB.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
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Stout - Oatmeal
Ranked #8
Ranked #803
4.31 | pDev: 8.35%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-AgedB.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged
Notes: English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Made from our B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout, which has been rated one of the World’s 50 Best Beers, and won the Gold Medal at the GABF in 2008 AND 2011. Our World Beer Cup Gold Medal award winning BARREL-AGED B.O.R.I.S. has picked up rich characters of vanilla, dark fruit, oak, and spice. It’s unbelievably complex and savory.

Batch 1- 2009(April) GOLD cap
Batch 2- 2009(July) GOLD
Batch 3- 2009(Oct) GREEN
Batch 4- 2010 BLACK
Batch 5- 2011 RED
Batch 6- 2012 WHITE
Reviews: 648 | Ratings: 2,464 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tar-black body with a fairly thin, light brown head. Huge nose, rich with roasted grains, chocolate, a touch of bourbon; cherries. Big roasted and charred grain flavors interspersed with baker's chocolate and a big whiskey edge and phenolic bite; earthy esters. Heavy body; slick and oily; boozy warmth; residual sugars coat the palate with a dull fuzziness.

Hoppin' Frog are well-known for their big stouts, and this barrel-aged Russian imperial stout is certainly a winner. The appearance would be helped with a thicker, lasting head, but other than that, it's a beautiful beast of a beer.

Bottom of can data: BEST BY APR 1 2024

May 08, 2021
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StJamesGate from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Viscous jet with sepia froth that can’t stay. 4.25
Raisinettes, French vanilla ice cream, brown sugar, chocolate-covered cherries, cologne… 4.5
Grenache, a whisky edge, vanilla, figs, licorice, black grape and woody end. 4.25
Dead smooth, smooth, low carb, med-full, chewy, round. 4.25

Insane nose: deep as the ocean + ever-shifting.
Not as complex in taste and sits boozy without being hot - that’d be whisky character rather than ABV overall.
That bourbon edge wrestles with chocolate and dark fruit and plenty of vanilla and a hint of peppery spice. It’s low on ash, espresso and roast in general, though neither is it over-sweet.
Steps lightly; medium more than full.
Smooth, subtle and refined. Not sure it’s an improvement on the original - they’re very different animals - but this is a bit legendary.


Jan 07, 2021
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stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from Tavour. Near black pour, thin ring of tan head. Rich roasty malty aroma with traces of whiskey. Taste is roast malts, chocolate, notes from the whiskey barrels. Velvety smooth, luscious. Gentle warmth. This a beauty of a beer and worth its high scores.

Sep 13, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The Oatmeal version of B.O.R.I.S The Crusher - 9.4% seems a bit tame for a bad ass frog.
DEEP black with glints of garnet in the sunlight. A 1 inch rose hued head of mocha brown forms but slides away quickly leaving little trace of lace as if the liquid is as oily as it looks. Completely opaque.
The bouquet is campfire and Cabernet - very vinous and syrupy with distinct maple and alcohol in the nose. More notes of chocolate and roasted grains come forward as it warmed with the tingle of port wine always present.
It tastes like a well made RIS. I dont get much creamy oat texture and the blackened malt flavor dominates - which is ok per style. Alcohol plays a big role here but it kinda is supposed to in a RIS right? Great flavors abound all fully steeped in a boozy tincture. The sharp roasted character provides as much bitterness as do the hops where both work to balance a heavy residual sugar load.
Body is full. Very in fact and just a bit cloying.
This beer seemed to get better with each sip. It's kind of easy to make an acceptable RIS. Making one with real balance and layers of interesting flavors is not , in my experience, so easy. BORIS of the Oat achieves that for me.
I'd like to try one of these fresh, then aged 3-5 years, then on cask. Then a rosin rip and a nap.

May 31, 2020
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schoolboy from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To preface, I am not sure I got a good sample. My retailer may have pushed a shopworn bottle on me, as he often does. It had very little pop when I opened it, and it has only been in my fridge a week or two.

It opens with very little head, but some, and it is creamy and brown. The aroma hinered by this lack of head, and is mostly missing. What is there is a boozy malty smell, and quite nice, it is just too faint. The taste is a malty, sticky mess with little hops showing though and mucho boozy taste and aftertaste - a good warning, I suppose.

Not recommended. There are better, less boozy-tasting examples of the style all over the place.

Apr 23, 2020
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L -- Deep black in the glass with barely any tan head produced with aerated pour. Looks almost still
S -- Bourbon, oak, herbal hop, char, roast, bittersweet chocolate, leather
T -- Herbal hop, roast, bourbon, bittersweet chocolate, espresso. Quite dry and bitter
F -- Big mouthfeel, medium carb. Feels much bigger than 9.5%, although theres not a ton of viscosity by any means
O -- Wayyyy too expensive for what it is ($20/22 oz bottle here in MA), but I can see how this was some hot shit back in the early 2000s


Feb 29, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz undated bottle poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at just above fridge temp 9.4% ABV 60 IBU. This beer was purchased (freezing) cold at a reduced price in a gas station walk-in cooler, so I assume it's a couple years old. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration. The head is rusty, mocha in color and recedes to a thin ring and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is vanilla, fudge, mild barrel featuring oak much more than bourbon. The taste is bittersweet chocolate with caramel, oak, vanilla, slight bourbon and coffee all coming through before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is full to medium bodied with slightly less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent. Another quality product from Hoppin Frog.

Feb 08, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap at Melzingah Tap House in Beacon, New York.
A: Pours a dark color with a much less than finger, tan head, little or no retention or lacing.
S: Aromas of dark chocolate, black, dark roast coffee, and star anise/licorice. Cherry and plum notes.
T: Semiweet. Rich flavors that are a melange of the nose, but now molasses evident and pitted fruit more notable. Relatively strong bitterness consistent with the style.
M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: This is a very enjoyable Russian Imperial Stout. Cannot say I picked up the oats in the flavor or mouthfeel. Maybe a bit smoother.

Oct 03, 2019
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Wolvmar from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No bottled on date I could find.

Pour: dark, dark and more dark. 1-2 finger deep tan head. Fades pretty quickly leaving a thin ring. Minimal lacing.

Nose: molasses, brown sugar, sweet whisky

Taste: follows the nose with hops and/or coffee/dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, super velvety. Easy to drink. Coats the tongue, slight oiliness.

Overall: excellent BA Stout. The oatmeal really makes it smooth. Fairly complex but balanced and not overdone. Slightly more bitter than I would like on the finish but that’s about the only complaint.

Jul 26, 2019
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MaximalC from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours like motor oil, allowing only the barest traces of light through the stream as it flows forth. A transient crest of coarse, khaki foam sputters away almost instantly. Robust aroma smells of caramel brownies, toffee, and peat with hints of nuts and bourbon.

The taste features molasses and earthy, herbal hops up front, complemented by notes of soy sauce, dark chocolate, and toasted marshmallow. Warming reveals oats and a mellow veil of bourbon that mostly recedes into the background. Medium-heavy body, oats, and low carbonation make for an ultra-smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, this delivers pretty much what you'd expect from an imperial oatmeal stout. It's smooth, balanced, and drinkable while remaining more subdued than a proper imperial stout. Probably overpriced for what it is, but quite good on its own merits.

Jun 18, 2019
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stonebits from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I’ve been drinking this beer for years. It’s consistently good, and even though it’s not an “everyday” beer, the flavor is complex without being gimmicky it overwhelming

Apr 11, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottled on date. 9.4%.

Dark, nearly black pour. Cold temp, no residual lace or much head. What does rise up is tan in color and quick to dissipate.

Rich vanilla and chocolate on the nose. Sweet, with French roast vibes as it finishes. Very balanced, very inviting.

Getting a small amount of oxidation, but much roastier flavors and bakers chocolate that lingers. Subtle oak, good barrel presence. Good contrast from the nose.

Smooth, fairly thin with a medium carbonation and a warm, sticky finish.

Apr 03, 2019
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KurtisCarman from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was a little hotter to taste than I expected for the standard BORIS at 9.4. I can forgive that level of booziness in TORIS or the Gavel Slammer but this was just a little over the top for me. Still very enjoyable. Looks beautiful.

Jan 08, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick looking black with a finger of tan head that dissipated pretty quickly.
Getting dark roasty malt, sweet dark fruits, strong barrel notes, alcohol definitely present.
Taste follows, dark roast, plum, cherry. The alcohol burn dulls the tongue a bit.
Medium bodied, not as full as I expected from the pour.
Overall a good BA stout, might be better with some time on it that would mellow the barrel heat a bit.

Nov 19, 2018
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Tomahock from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Wow this stuff pours like used motor oil. Incredibly opaque and dark. Like something out of the Willie Wonka factory circa 1971. It’s thick and rich. Mouth feel is silky and coating. Both sweet and bitter. Impressive and enjoyable. Alcohol is masked but warming like Kalua (sp?). Worth the scratch.

Nov 17, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Label notes: "A delicious Bourbon barrel-aged version of our Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout, which is complimented by a wonderful whiskey and oak character! A robust hop presence adds a refreshing balance."

Poured from a 12oz bottle into glass. Bottle is marked '27012 172973A'.
Black colored body, with a ruby edge when presented to the light. Slight tan head settles to swirls of islands and ring. Leaves behind a sheets of spots as lacing.
Smells like oats, with rich, dark chocolate, along with bourbon barrel.
Rich taste of fudgy chocolate and vanilla, oak and bourbon barrel, with a little vanilla, nutty flavor. After taste has a dark chocolate and orange mix.
Thicker mouth feel, very smooth. No harshness. Supportive carbonation.
Well done barrel aged stout, with the oats component and the fudgy chocolate taste made complex with the bourbon barrel.

Aug 05, 2018
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black and very viscous like motor oil, impervious to light. Fluffy mocha head dissappates quickly. Aroma is chocolate, ample bourbon barrel, faint anise and coffee. Flavor is big and full bodied, gobs of chocolate fudge, bittersweet chocolate, a touch on the sweet side, plenty of barrel flavor, sweet vanilla and espresso on the finish. Thick and creamy, full bodied, low carbonation. Overall a great BA imperial stout, exceeded my high expectations of Hoppin Frog. My only criticism is it is a little on the sweet side IMO. Love this beer and love the 12 oz format!!!

12 oz bottle, no date
4.5 rating

May 09, 2018
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark purple-tinted black with a thin finger of soupy mocha head that's quick to dissipate. It leaves a wisp across the top and a nice crown. Sloppy lacing.

Baker's chocolate, creamy dark chocolate, cherry cordial and some booze in the nose.

Hints of cherry, chocolate, almond, plum and vanilla are up front in the taste, somewhat masked by the strong alcohol burn. The backend comes across somehow watery; then bitter, powdered, low-quality chocolate, earthy hops, wood and hints of the fruit and almond linger in the aftertaste.

Feel is on the thin side of medium bodied.

Honestly, I was expecting better. The body isn't full enough to my preference. More so, the combo of powdery chocolate and fruity, almond isn't my thing. It's bitter and cloying at the same time. People rave about this one, but IMO, it's about as polished as the label.

Feb 08, 2018
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12/17/17...thick black, no motion no foam, like spent motor oil. Heavy bourbon barrel nose, some coffee espresso mixed in. Whisky front taste, pungent, forward. Boozy. Light bodied espresso bitter stout lies beneath but takes a back seat. A sipper for certain.

Dec 22, 2017
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Deep opaque brown color with a modest dark tan head. Scant lacing in the glass. Milk chocolate, vanilla, oak, and bourbon on the nose. Tasted as expected - very chocolatey with some roasted malt and bourbon. The bourbon was well integrated and not overpowering. A slick, soft feel. Easy to drink.

Nov 26, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter. Given to me by @mr-jj. Don't see a date.

Pours black, thick, almost no head, and what little head there is is brownish. Smell is chocolate, roast, and coffee.

Taste is surprisingly mild. It's like a light bourbon barrel aged stout -- flavors are all there, but not really popping out at me. Vanilla, chocolate, coffee, booze and bourbon, wood.

Mouthfeel is not "light" however. Thick, rich, and pleasing. Overall, good beer.

Jun 04, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black, little head
S - Definitely boozy, fantastic notes of vanilla, roasted malt, light chocolate
T - same as, the nose, very smooth with little booze bite
M - super thick and chewy. Coats the mouth.
O - fantastic. It's not the best barrel aged RIS, but still one that I will seek out when available.

May 20, 2017
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big bourbon notes on the nose, immediately airborne from the pour, and conveying sweet notes of coconut and vanilla, woody and dull oak notes, and a sweet and slightly spicy liquor quality. Chocolate and roast from the base beer are present but restrained. It is evocative of a sea of chocolate and roasted barley, covered by a thick oily sheen of bourbon.

On the palate, the relative strengths are swapped: the base beer comes through solidly and pleasantly, while the bourbon proves to be a refined plus one to the dance. Chocolate and bourbon take the first steps together, before switching partners and allowing chocolate to pair up with a modestly charred roast. The final third sees bourbon rejoining her partner for the remaining steps. As the music stops, the echo of oak, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, and bourbon leave a lasting impression.

Thick and nearly chewy feel; wonderfully smooth. Surprising amount of heat on the very back-end. Fairly long and more or less wet finish, although there's a touch of a drying effect from the alcohol. Wonderfully easy to drink, each sip inviting the next before you've even finished contemplating the flavors still present.

The nose had me fearing this would be a bourbon lover's BBA stout. It isn't; it is a beer first and foremost, and a wonderful one, at that.

May 04, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

I smell bourbon right away. I get caramel and vanilla notes along with roasted malt and light anise.

Full, chewy mouthfeel

This is a solid BA stout. It may have lost something in four years. There are certainly better beers. I wonder what Fred is charging for this vintage at the taproom. I saw some ridiculous pricing of vintage beer when I was there in July.

Mar 26, 2017
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Josholson666 from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor-oil black with a very dark brown small head. head dissipates quickly, leaving a very small ring around the glass. Beautiful head color.
Smell is a surprising amount of whiskey for the abv. Also chocolate, dark roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit.
Tastes like a well-rounded BA stout. Similar to the nose, but more whiskey and a bit of coffee and vanilla. Finishes a bit bitter.
Feel is semi-viscous, pretty thick for the abv. Nice and thick, minimal alcohol heat.

Very good BA stout here, I've passed on these seeing them on the shelves in Wis. before, will have to pick up some other variants next time.

Mar 24, 2017
B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 2464 ratings