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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From:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Style:
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #9
ABV:
9.4%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,370
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
653
Ratings:
1,822
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 17, 2022
Added:
Feb 02, 2009
Wants:
  288
Gots:
  699
SCORE
95
World-Class
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
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Solid black appearance.
Thick,creamy,slightly oily feel,light carbonation.
Aroma is wood,whiskey, roasted malt, peat,coffee,and some dark bakers chocolate.
Taste has a very mild sweetness, alcohol burn,coffee bitterness, with an almost dry like taste.wood,whiskey, roasted malt, with some dark bakers chocolate.
This was an excellent well done beer. Not a post mowing the lawn but an excellent post dinner beer.
Jul 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours jet black with a one finger foamy dark brown head that has good retention

S- deep roasted notes on the nose gives aromas of char, anise, black licorice, molasses, figs & prunes and dark chocolate. Undertones of piney hops and oaky bourbon that adds a hint if caramel and vanilla

T- bold charred and roasted malt up front gives notes of burnt toast, black licorice, dark chocolate, black strap molasses, booze soaked raisins & figs and chocolate. Mid-palate brings out the barrel undertones, a bit more pronounced than in the nose; wet oak, barrel juice, caramel and a trace of coconut and vanilla. The finish gives more roast, with a malty sweat linger, bourbon creeping up after

M- medium body with moderate carbonation produces a silky mouthfeel that turns creamy into a slightly warming finish

O- one of the classics that still holds up after all of these years, outstanding
Apr 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.84 by LouisvilleMike from Kentucky

Mar 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Feb 27, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
"Best by 4/1/22"; drank 1/11/22 @ the Yarchives.

Black/brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big, noisy dark tan head; thick, frothy tree-rung lace.

Whiskey heat, dark chocolate & fresh earth notes in the nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Straight up whiskey heat, dill pickle & dark chocolate flavors.

Abrasive, boozy heavy & unpleasant. Go ahead & avoid this one.
Jan 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.93 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Dec 28, 2021
 
Rated: 4.49 by chossboss from Oregon

Dec 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Single pint copped from Joe Canal's in Parsippany.
Pours a jet black ebony hue with tremendous frothing.
Assertive aroma replete with hints of sugar plum, caramel and molasses.
Similar overall flavor profile.
Recommended.
Nov 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4.75 by admonster00 from Illinois

Oct 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Taste: Bold dark malts, oatmeal, chocolate, sweet smokey, woody, with whiskey bite. Same with the bourbon nose. Black, opaque, tall dark tan head and sticky lace. Intense sipper. 60 IBUs
Sep 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by WDJersey from Colorado

Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.34 by o29 from Texas

Jul 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by tux_alin from Romania

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
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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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

4.5
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 4.17 by Unclevince from West Virginia

Oct 20, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.79 by mpolewan from Ohio

Aug 30, 2020
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
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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Reviewed by schoolboy from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.59 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
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

74/100
Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.75 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Jan 16, 2020
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Rated by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Too powerful for me.
Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.15 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Oct 21, 2019
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Reviewed by VoxRationis from New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Reviewed by Wolvmar from Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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
 
Rated: 4.24 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Jul 23, 2019
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Reviewed by MaximalC from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.53 by TheRealMJB from Pennsylvania

Jun 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jun 10, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

May 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.4 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.34 by Calraven from Michigan

Apr 22, 2019
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Reviewed by stonebits from Massachusetts

4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by MI_beerdrinker from Texas

Apr 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.75 by Bryan12345 from Texas

Apr 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Apr 06, 2019
B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2475 ratings