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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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Oatmeal Stout
Ranked #14
Ranked #1,372
4.29 | pDev: 8.39%
Oct 29, 2023
Feb 02, 2009
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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Rated: 3.93 by einman from Minnesota

Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by UWDAWG from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 16 ounce can marked best by 12/29/24 into a snifter.

Look- Black, medium brown frothy head, opaque, average head retention and lacing.

Smell- Bourbon, coffee, vanilla, oak, cocoa, strong strength of scent.

Taste- Cocoa, bourbon, coffee, strong strength of flavor.

Feel- Full body, syrup like, below average carbonation, highly creamy, mildly bitter, mildly mouth warming.

Overall- Deep black color with average head retention and lacing. Bouquet of bourbon, coffee, vanilla and cocoa that was vibrant and well balanced. Cocoa with notes of bourbon and coffee set up an enjoyable well rounded flavor profile. Feel was full bodied with plenty of creaminess. Overall this beer provided a well balanced and enjoyable nose and flavor profile with a great look and feel.
Feb 16, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Feb 13, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Dec 27, 2022
Rated: 4.53 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Dec 27, 2022
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Reviewed by MaddDoGG5150 from California

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: pours a jet black color with brown hues, and a dark tan non-retentive foam head.

Aroma: sweet malts, vanilla, and oak barrel.

Taste: smooth, dark roasted malt, oatmeal, vanilla, raisin, a little bit of coconut, marshmallow and Bourbon barrel. Quite complex, and balanced well.

Overall: a delicious imperial Stout. Not overbearing, yet not the least bit watery. Rich aroma in full of flavor. Perfect for this 15° wind chill.
Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle into a goblet. No freshness dating that I could find.

Looks decent enough. Black as black body. Dark tan head shrinks to a ring, no lacing.

Sweet malt aroma, a whiff of the barrel and a touch of vanilla.

On tasting, it seems a pretty basic barrel aged stout. Sweet, warming, full, slightly boozy.

Mouth close to full, finish warm booze.

Overall, not much complexity here. Not a bad tasting drink, but some dried dark fruit notes would have added a lot to this beer.
Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Mavigo from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can poured into a snifter.

A- pours a jet, oil-like black color with a one finger foamy dark brown foam with little lacing

S- deep roasted chocolate and coffee notes gives through to the aromas of black licorice, molasses, malts, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Bit on the bitter side.

T- tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, burnt toast, black licorice, malts, molasses, raisins, vanilla, figs and hops.

M- full body with medium carbonation yields to a complex mouthfeel with a strong aftertaste and burn

O- a shining example of what an imperial stout should be.
Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I assume this is the 2010 version because it has a black cap and it's still in a bomber forum. Judging by the glass I got no head whatsoever and a deep dark blackness so I assume it's that old. Smells of obvious whiskey tones some earthy hops and a good bit of charcoal with some chocolate tones. Taste is very balanced smooth no off flavors of wet cardboard or anything just barrel a tiny aspect of whiskey some chocolate and Folgers roast. Body is pretty slick pretty heavy but goes down smooth enough. Overall I only paid $7 for the bottle so I wouldn't consider it a wash but I'm not sure I would go back and get another one even at that price.
Oct 19, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Oct 16, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Best By Date 12/9/24. Poured at 52°. Opaque black with ruby edges; fizzy dark tan head; poor cap retention; fizzy band of spotty lace, and medium legs on swirl. Roast malt nose with just a whiff of whiskey. Bitter roast malt, licorice, bittersweet dark chocolate; spicy currants and a little vanilla as it warms; no whiskey flavors. Medium body, light carbonation; no warmth from 9.4% abv; dry barrel tongue coating. Overall, sharp bitter roast linger; multiple layers of base and barrel flavors, which sadly do not include whiskey.
Sep 14, 2022
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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.
Nov 20, 2021
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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 2487 ratings