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

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4.3/5
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2,405 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
English-style Imperial Stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#545
Reviews:
627
Ratings:
2,405
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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286
Gots:
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Photo of Rogerlb
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

B.O.R.I.S. has a lot of variants -- this is the 2nd I've had. Pours dark and rather thick. Head is brown and inconsequential.

Smell is tobacco, coffee, some roasted bread. Taste is burnt toast, anise (black licorice), caramel, the wood of a charred barrel, chocolate-covered cherries that have been left on the frying pan too long, and cheap bourbon. Hoppy; and much more bitter and harsh than the Crusher/Oatmeal Reserve variant. This one, also at 9.4%, has a cloying alcohol aftertaste that gets worse the more it warms. Gets a little sickly and slick. Boozy can be done well. Here, I feel a headache coming on.

Any benefit of the barrel aging seems to have been missed, too much bourbon in the wood and burnt malt way too forward rather than mellowing, a silky vanilla undercurrent only barely there. You know how your wife says stouts are "nasty"? This.

I got a Hopping Frog logo cap, not sure how old this was as there is no date, and I did cellar it for 4 months. Longer might have mellowed the tastes? Careful with your BORIS.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date, so I'm unsure how long this sat

Look: Barrel aged BORIS pours a viscous black, with a minimal khaki head appearing up top. The head dissipated quite quickly.

Smell: Judging from the nose, this has aged for a bit. I get whiskey notes, a hint of cherry, which seems to be something I get with aged BA beers, tootsie roll, and some chocolate

Taste: Whiskey, cherry, tootsie roll, and pretty much everything I get in the nose. I am not big on beers that have been cellared, so I'm sure I'd enjoy a fresh batch much more.

Feel: The mouthfeel is pretty nice and full on this, with some creamy aspects. There is a little burn on the finish, showcasing the whiskey notes

Overall: My main issue was that this wasn't a fresh representation, but that said I enjoyed the beer. The flavors and aromas seem a little subdued, but this could be due to age.

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Photo of MJSFS
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BFCarr
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin tan head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma is of dark fruit and whiskey. Whiskey flavors start out strong but mellow after a few sips. Roasted flavor and molasses are present. Feel is very smooth for an oatmeal stout. Overall, a very nice stout that is high on my list.

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Photo of HopSavant
3.92/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bschmidt_37
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MjBrewhouse
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of leitmotif
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sohearn
4.71/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2010, tasted in 2016.

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Photo of Cpmitchno1
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bammer21
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dasotelo50
3/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of pezhead_79
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The barrel aging takes an already solid Oatmeal RIS and kicks it up to 11. The booziness of this is not overpowering and it is very drinkable. It's characteristics are for pronounced with letting it come to room temp. Overall, I really enjoy the stouts from Hoppin' Frog.

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

Photo of NMA
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date to be found. Served chilled in a snifter

Appearance: deep and dark brown with a creamy coffee colored head

Nose: chocolate, coffee, oaky, light Barrel character, cinnamon, nutmeg, roast, graham cracker, tobacco, dark fruits, raisins, smells spiced

Taste: alcohol heat, whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, roast, char, Barrel character, follows the nose with a fruity finish. Bitter tannins in the finish. Lingering astringency in the finish. Heavy mouthfeel from the oats

Overall: wow this was amazing. I really liked the spics nose. Unusual to get cinnamon and nutmeg in there. DORIS was amazing and this one is great too.

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Photo of captainkrad
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 10Crumra
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pstam87
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,405 ratings
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