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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours with very little head. What’s here is medium dark. Rapidly diminishes to nothing. You can repeat the process with a swirl of the glass. Surprisingly there is a little lace, though short lived.
Pitch black color.

The aroma hits you first with deep rich malt, followed by some dark chocolate and light Bourbon notes with some vanilla scented wood. Hints of dark yeasty bread and as this stout warms a little alcohol kicks in. Lasts. Enjoyable.

Crisp entry on the palate of delicious, viscous, extraordinarily rich malt, followed by vanilla, medium intense mouth drying wood, very distinct exceptionally rich dark unsweetened chocolate and cocoa. As this stout warms, a bit of the alcohol comes out, which I personally find very enjoyable. Very full mouth feel, with excellent acidity and fine carbonation. The flavor is very well balanced. Exceptional flavor profile.

Long, dry, wood influenced finish. Rich malts and dark chocolate that last forever. The dark chocolate sticks to your mouth like glue. Let’s say it again, viscous!

A very delicious and warming stout. Unbelievably rich!
The barrel ageing seems a little light to me but my tastes do lean towards aggressive wood.
That being said this is an extraordinarily rich brew on the palate with an exceptional finish.
Ridiculously expensive in my area at $22 a bomber, but it was worth trying one.
Recommended, and highly recommended if you can find it at a decent price.

After reading the other posts I have to mention that my bottle also had a "gold" cap, which means what?

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Photo of superspak
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, 2011 bottling. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, light char, bourbon, oak, clove, toast, toffee, vanilla, coffee, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with big complexity and great balance of roasted malt notes with barrel character; and big strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee, clove, toast, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness. Slight roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toast, clove, toffee, oatmeal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Absolutely incredible complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel flavors; with an amazing barrel/malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is fantastic. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an absolutely insane barrel aged imperial stout with a couple years of age. All around amazing complexity and balance of roasted malt and barrel character flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A world class imperial stout offering for sure.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I believe this one had a green cap.

A-Poured pitch black with a motor oil consistency. Not much head but it was a mocha color that did create some slight cascading.

S-Chocolate, whiskey, coconut, molasses, roasted malt, and brown sugar

T-Milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey, cream, alcohol, coconut, and some oak. It tasted truly amazing, one of the best RISs I've ever tasted, especially barrel aged, which is not many. However, the flavors meld together and create a truly great drinking experience.

M-Thick and creamy

D-Like other barrel aged RISs I find the coconut flavor imparted by the whiskey barrels does somewhat cut into the drinkability. However, it was delicious and I wish I had more. I split this with my brothers and father in law.

Overall, a truly great experience. Excellent beer, my hat goes off to Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout
HUGE thanks to Brian23456 for this one--thanks Brian!

Marked 6/09 on the cap. Taken out of the fridge and allowed to warm to proper temperature.

A: An aggressive pour into an etched Duvel tulip yields little head, a ¼" dark tan coating which recedes within a couple seconds. Held up to a lamp, no light penetrates it.

S: Chocolate, citric hops, dark fruit, roast, and a well integrated vanillin/oak and bourbon character. Quite a bit of vanilla in fact, with the roast providing an underlying acidity. Light spiced character.

T: Citric hops melding with pleasant dark fruit, all covered in dark chocolate. Vanilla follows, with the spicy bourbon character providing support and keeping things interesting. Sweet then bitter, lightly tannic finish.

M: Velvetty, with low carbonation. Nice and viscous, while not needing to be chewed. A perfect match for this beer.

D: This is a delicious beer. I'm not sure how it is fresh, but the vanilla character in this slightly aged version is big and can definitely stand up to whatever else is in here. Well done Hoppin' Frog!

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a large snifter a pitch black color (or lack thereof) with a somewhat fizzy type, bourbon colored head with a touch of lacing. The head receded rather abruptly and remains a swirling, Kharybdis-like whirlpool in the middle with some foamy rings around the edges.

Aroma is very very nice. Loads of bourbon without being too bourbony. A great deal of vanilla as well. Oaky woodiness appears as well as the large bit of roastiness. Slight bit of raw cocoa and some raisin like qualities as well.

Super solid flavor. Great bourbon and vanilla flavors balance and compliment each other very nicely. A hefty dose of hop bitterness keeps the sweetness in check on this one. Chocolate and coffee are less evident in the flavor as the bourbon and oakiness seem to be the star here.

A little light bodied and somewhat fizzy for the style. Coats the tongue and teeth nicely, though. This is one great beer and is very easy to drink. Drinks like a 6% beer, and that is dangerous.

Thanks a bunch to ncsincere for this beauty.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, batch 1, into snifter. This is courtesy of Dev (buckeyesox). I can't count how many beers he hooked me up with. Reviewed at just below room temp and up.

Pours black, opaque, with a thin dark-brown head that settles into a soapy cap.

Nose is quite nice - bourbon leaves notes of vanilla and spicy brown sugar to complement the nutty oatmeal, with light notes of rich espresso and dark chocolate underneath. Spicy alcohol is definitely noticeable as well.

Taste follows through as expected. Bourbon is neither under nor overstated, instead striking a nice balance as it melds with the big dark chocolate and light roasty espresso notes to create a beautiful spicy brown sugar-alcohol presence. Oatmeal is much more prominent than in any other oatmeal stout I've tried, leaving a nutty signature that's quite nice. Some noticeable alcohol bite at the back of the throat, but not too boozy overall. Finish is bourbony, maybe a bit of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is very silky, with a biting but tiny-bubbled carbonation over that medium-full, silky body. Best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability is very good; the alcohol still shows through a bit, but not too much. The flavors are robust without getting out of hand, and everything is put together fairly well. For such a huge style, I was pleasantly surprised. It gets better as you drink.

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Photo of rhinos00
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, almost like a fudge brownie with a nice cocoa colored head. Head doesn't last very long and reduced to a circle after a few minutes.

S- Nice combination of chocolate malts, cocoa, and sweet molasses. There is also a slight presence of whiskey.

T- Mmmm....delcious. Initially, there was nice cornecopia of chocolate malts, sweet molasses, and cocoa. What I really liked was that the whiskey played a secondary roll to the taste. Well played.

M- Perfect. Very nice, thick viscosity. Thoroughly enjoyed.

D- As far as BA RIS go, this was damn drinkable. Alcohol is not that noticieable.

Overall, perfect meld of whiskey and RIS. I think 2 months of aging in whiskey barrels was perfect. It allowed the flavors of the beer to come out without being dominated by the whiskey. This was a very, very good BA RIS.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle courtesy of jampics2, poured in to a 14 oz. cervoise.

Appearance: Pours precisely like you would expect and imagine - a thick, robustly singed body, a deep shade of still-recognizable-as-brown brown, a fairly pleasant color actually. It's sort of a deep brownie, capped by a fast-fading moderately-tanned head. The retention on this one's the biggest knock, really - the lacing is runny, glittery, and though pleasing to the eye, makes this one look a little stale and still. A small amount of carbonation maintains the slightest of collars, though it's less existent than nearly any other beer I've ever had. Indeed, I knocked this one down from a 4.0 to a 3.5 after the second pour when I actually timed the head fade - fizz and fade to black.

Aroma: Sweet, creamy fudge and dark, whiskey-soaked raisins, wooden, toasty coconut and caramel, this one's an array of evenly balanced though mild aromatics, covering all the bases you'd expect without ramming any of them down your throat (or nose, really).

Taste: Amazing. This one has some really fantastic barrel notes going for it - strong toasted coconut is more dominant than I've ever experienced in a beer before and melds wonderfully with the malt base. So about that malt base, it's wonderfully solid. It's more on the sweet side than not, showcasing caramelized sugars, dark toffee, sweet fudgy milk chocolate, earthy toast, and plenty of wholesome oat notes. The barrel aging also (obviously) imparts a moderate, well-blended, slightly spicy, but eminently reasonable in all aspects. Every element in this beer is perfectly in balance (if you like your RISs a little sweeter, that is), it's truly impressive.

Mouthfeel: Of a moderate thickness and a moderate level of carbonation. The result is a creamy, smooth, slightly slick brew, amplifying and complimenting the brownie chocolate sweetness. Whatever thinning resulted from the barrel aging is made up for by the oatmeal addition of the base beer nicely.

Drinkability: At 9.4%, this one is remarkably drinkable for a barrel-aged RIS. The alcohol heat is entirely masked by that "acceptable burn" that's associated with spirit-barrel-aged brews, and the base beer here is, of course, very solid (anyone's who had the regular B.O.R.I.S. can attest to that). This beer showcases everything by showcasing nothing in particular, and is a testament to what can be done when you barrel age something right.

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Photo of weonfire
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet Black. Certainly has the 'Motor Oil' look. Small bit of mocha colored head around rim. Thick and Frothy.

S - HUGE chocolate & carmel and whiskey. Wow does that smell excellent. That puts a smile on my face. Vanilla and oatmeal come thru next. Great sweetness.

T - Awesome chocolate whiskey. Carmel. Sweet initially, bitter finish. A taste that lingers for minutes after tasting.

M - Exactly the velvety thickness you hope for. flavor combine superbly.

O - Excellent. One of the best Stouts i've tasted to date.

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Photo of TheKingsOfHop
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber poured into tulip glasses:

A: Aggressive pour which created no head just a lace of mocha on the top. The beer itself....well if you close your eyes really tight, so that not even a sliver of light can get in, that's how dark this brew is. It most certainly looks viscous, and rich.

S: The nose on this one is robust black coffee, bitter sweet dark chocolate, with notes of vanilla and butterscotch. Then just a touch of whiskey towards the end.

T: The chocolate and coffee marries very well in this RIS, leaving you with a rich dark mocha flavor throughout the entire palate. Very bitter sweet, whiskey showing through near the finish. Leaving your mouth watering for more.

M: Heavy, viscous, and creamy just how we would expect a great RIS to be. Little to no carbonation, with a warming sensation from the alcohol in the chest.

D: Hoppin Frog did a great job on this one, it is definitely "Bodacious", and we will be purchasing more in the near future. We didn't want this bottle to end.

Cheers,
The Kings Of Hop

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Photo of Treb0R
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2013 vintage - 25.3 Plato, 60 IBU

A good example of how barrel-aging can elevate an RIS.

Motor oil black body, very thick. 1-cm dark brown head that disappears within a minute or so.

A harmonious blend of dark bittersweet chocolate, real quality vanilla, complex whiskey, used characterful oak barrel, roasty malts, bitter coffee, and toasted coconut that perfectly meld with each other to create a wonderful drinking experience. Some alcohol hotness is sensed in the tummy, but it is not too hot when you sip it. Very smooth and rich with just enough sweetness where things don't become cloying. The hop bitterness helps in that regard.

Full-bodied mouthfeel. Probably my 2nd fav barrel aged whiskey stout other than Founders KBS.

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Photo of Brent
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm surprised this beer does not show up in the top rated listings. I was most impressed. Poured a tarry black with a thin, milk-chocolate colored head, like the froth on a cup of hot chocolate. Mouthfeel had a bit of pleasant oilyness that balanced against the dense malt. Liquor notes were present but not overwhelming. ETOH was also evident, but also not out of balance and without heat. Overall, a well-crafted Russian Imperial Stout.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green cap. Poured into a snifter.

A: BLACK, BLACK, BLACK! There is no seeing through this one. There's 1 finger of deep brown head that dissipates quickly. A layer of film clings to the glass with sparse lacing. I'm loving it!

N: Rich dark chocolate, vanilla, deep roasted barley, caramel, deep roasted almonds and only the faintest of bourbon and oak.

T: Rich dark chocolate, caramel, vanilla, pecans and cherry cordial upfront. Mid-palate brings in deep roasted barley, coffee grounds, chocolate covered raisins, a hint of coconut and something slightly tangy...apricot? Finishes with dry oak, molasses, charred chocolate, notes of espresso, another layer of vanilla and the subtlest of sweet bourbon.

M: Medium bodied, silky, smooth, warming, sticky and dry.

O: Oh yeah...beautifully complex and has everything right going for it. Top notch Barrel Aged RIS! Incredibly smooth with no alcohol presence.

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Photo of chilly460
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pitch black with an abundant head, chocolate in color. Half inch of head sticks around pretty well to a thin cap on the beer, some spotty lacing stays behind. Simply put, this is what I think of when I think of what a RIS should look like.

S - Bigtime bourbon notes hit first, as you'd expect. Nice sweet/smoky booze, very enjoyable. Pick up plenty of vanilla as well, integrated with the deep roast backbone of this beer. Plenty of sweet chocolate as well, this is one happy smelling beer.

T - I'm not one that likes a deep roasted stout, and I feel the BA does a huge service to this beer. It integrates a solid, but bitter, beer in BORIS with the sweetness and other benefits of the BA to make a great beer. Sweet vanilla hits first, along with distinct oak. Then it blends with that deep roast, to tune it down a bit, and results in an awesome roasted flavors with plenty of depth to accompany the vanilla/oak tones. The booze on this one is fully integrated, never got any "hot" flavors, just moves along to the lighter chocolate tones and finish.

M - Quite good, thick and velvety as I'd want it in a big BA stout.

O - So happy to finally try this one. Kind of "meh" on BORIS, but the BA does so much for this beer and puts it into the exceptional category for me. Complexity, big flavors perfectly integrated, balance...it does everything well.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites. Bottled 22oz into a DFH Chalice.

A - Perfect RIS appearance. Pitch black body with an amazingly dark brown head. Lasts forever.

S - Awesome bourbon notes with a backbone of roasted malts and coffee. Bourbon is complimentary and not overwhelming. Everything works together wonderfully.

T - Just like the aroma. Big bourbon and toffee notes with a roasted malt rear. Woodiness and oh-so-slight alcohol burn in the rear end. The bourbon notes are incredibly smooth in the taste.

M - Fantastic mouthfeel. Carbonated just right with a perfect mouth coating. This beer is effing huge. Thick, chewy and silky smooth.

O - One of my absolute favorite barrel aged stouts. Right up there with KBS for me, and more accessible. Expensive, but it makes up for it in quality and availability. Make the splurge and try it once. I guarantee you'll want more.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very oily and thick velvety black color. There is a thin quarter inch brown head that is nice and dense but it recedes slowly. Amazing.

Great oat notes start things off. Nice and roasted. Amazing cocoa powder that is rich, sweet and slightly bitter is followed with some really nice barrel notes. The nice brown sugar and slightly caramel notes are so perfectly blended with the RIS roast and the chocolate notes. Amazing nose.

Flavor is quite similar to the nose. The barrel aging definitely adds a lot to BORIS. Very delicious roasted notes with cocoa from the base RIS. Nice dark malts with good milk chocolate sweetness and also some nice oat and grain notes. The whiskey notes are very nice and add some nice caramel and some dark fruit notes. Mouthfeel is very nice and slick. Oily, velvety ands soo smooth. Nice strong medium body. 9.4% what?! The carbonation is

Overall. As stated previously. I enjoy this BA BORIS better than the base but I still think that DORIS is top dog. It is still and amazing brew and one of the best RIS out there.

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Photo of Vierenner
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Superb beer! A beautiful blend of flavors ... no particular taste screams out ... nicely done, Hoppin' Frog! It pours deep black ... probably the darkest beer I've ever encountered. The hops provide a nice, delicate finish to each mouthful. Everything you'd expect from an Imperial Stout and more!!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Charred oak barrel black with no highlights whatsoever. No how, no way. The magnificent cap of foam is the color of a double chocolate fudge milkshake and looks to be as creamy and as thick. It melts in super-slow motion and is absolutely plastering the glass with lace. Yeah, but is it perfect? Yessiree.

If the aroma is any indication, Fred left B.O.R.I.S. in the whiskey barrels for precisely the right length of time. The roasted maltiness of the base RIS is easily appreciated alongside the beautiful burnt sugar and vanilla notes imparted by the barrels. This is shaping up to be one gobsmacker of a stout.

Regular B.O.R.I.S. needs a re-review in the worst way. I had a feeling that my experience on the day of that review wasn't what it should have been (because I was lucky enough to taste the beer right out of the tanks on a visit to the brewery). I say that because simply aging this beast in whiskey barrels couldn't have improved it this much. Even without the bourbon, it's a remarkable RIS. A bodacious one even.

The flavor profile can only be described as thunderous, thanks to what tastes like several metric tons of roasted and black malt. There aren't too many versions with this much dark chocolatiness. Other flavors include espresso, blackstrap molasses, dark caramel, vanilla beans and coconut. The flavor and bitterness of the hops gives it that edge that puts it over the top. Even more whiskey would have been welcome, but the beer is still amazing.

The mouthfeel was flirting with the next lowest score until the last few mouthfuls. Warming firms things up, smooths them out and adds a luscious creaminess akin to... well... heavy cream. Laid back bubbles are dead solid perfect.

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. is Hoppin' Frog's best beer (and they brew some beauties). It has everything that I look for in a bourbon barrel aged Russian Imperial Stout, and then some. Here's hoping that Mr. Karm releases it yearly. And that some kind Ohio BA will hook me up if I'm not able to make it back in time to clear out a few stores.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review # 300. Cheers, BA community... This one's for you!

I have not had regular B.O.R.I.S.... but it's all good.

22oz into tulip.

A- Dark as all hell... brown beyond belief, bordering black but not quite there. Head is caramel brown, 5 fingers after an agressive pour.. very active and settling nicely. Great head formation. Settles to 1cm after 3-4 minutes, looks like an oatmeal cookie.

S- Whisky... indeed. Sweet, caramel and milk chocolate notes, although whisky takes the lead here.

T- Fantastic. Whisky is dominant but not overbearing... what's the phrase.. assertive but not pushy. Base is rich, malty, bitter chocolate with a hop spice that bites nicely. This is one of the best-tasting barrel beers I've had... the spirit is incorporated flawlessly.

M- Complex, tasty, a bit boozy, but it's oh-so-good. Thick, rich, and smooth, all things considered. Cannot get better.

D- High, ABV in mind. The price tag on this one makes it little more than a rare occasion beer. But it is fantastic. For some reason I thought this was an overhyped beer. No justification, just what I thought. Not so. This is one beer that is so wonderfully made and gained so much from the barrel that I'm floored.

Seek it, drink it, cherish it!

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Photo of jmalex
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A barrel-aged version of my favorite stout? Sounds like I need to try this.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip black as black could be. The head is very small and light brown in color. It shrinks immediately to just a thin collar and some stray bubbles.

SMELL: Now that's nice. Everything you could ever want and more. Loads of chocolate mesh with intense vanilla joined with notes of coffee, caramel, oak, and then shot through with the piercing aroma of whiskey. Can I get this as an air freshener for my car?

TASTE: Starts off rich and luxurious with immense amounts of chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The whiskey flavor and bite starts to creep in across the palate before giving way on the finish. In its place, the coffee really intensifies and lasts roasty and nutty the entire way through.

MOUTHFEEL: Wonderfully milkshake-thick, which is ideal in my book. The carbonation is lower where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Fine for the style, and fine for a chilly afternoon like this one. It'll last a while for sure, but I have no problem drinking the whole bomber.

While certainly a VERY different beer than regular B.O.R.I.S., this one should be world class on its own merits. Definitely seek this one out, as it's one of the best barrel-aged stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for sharing this brew at our tasting. This review is written from a group audio review that also included BuckyFresh and TCHopCraver.

BA B.O.R.I.S. poured your typical imperial stout deep dark brown. It seemed quit opaque and while it lacked much of a head, when swirled it had a pretty amazing mocha brown head.

The smell was AMAZING. This was probably one of the best smelling BA stouts I have ever sniffed. Plenty of bourbon whiskey notes, loads of vanilla, dark cocoa, oak, coffee and burnt wood. I realize an aroma cannot be creamy, but more than one person described it as being just that.

The taste did not disappoint either as we were treated to a taste sensation of rich dark cocoa, coffee, caramel, burnt wood, bourbon, vanilla, oak and some toasted marshmallow. The spirit flavors were a bit more muted in the flavor, which is something that I enjoyed.

The mouthfeel was also excellent with a medium body and a wonderful sweetness. The carbonation seems right on and the finish is well balanced with a nice amount of richness and char.

This has to be one of the most enjoyable BA stouts I have ever had. I think this bottle might have had some age on it (we could not find a date) which may have mellowed a bit of the whiskey and improved our ratings some. I have had normal Boris before and really liked it, so I guess it should not be a surprise that I enjoyed this one as well. I would definitely pick this one up if you find it on a shelf somewhere.

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Photo of klewis
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a small frothy head. Light lacing.

S: Aromas of mocha, hazelnuts, and a hint of vanilla.

T: Full-flavored and a bit bitter. Earthy with prominent oak and vanilla flavors followed by coffee and bitter chocolate. Quite a lot of bourbon character.

M: Full-bodied with light carbonation. Sticky and dense.

D: Not quite as easy to drink as the regular BORIS; the bourbon is a bit too aggressive I think. With a year or two of aging, this one should be amazing.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes a week ago(March 2013)

Got this filled off tap at Ashland Beverage Center(Ashland, Ky.). Poured into a 16 oz brown flip top growler. I'm assuming this is the most recent batch. Cool looking Frog Head tap handle. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - This thing is a wicked black with hints of dark brown painting the bottom corners. Rich medium brown head sits nicely on top. Bigger and fluffier than I expected. The black liquid produces a good bit of stick to the glass.

S - Black English malts with big whiffs of sweetness and some ridiculously crazy dark fruit. Good roastiness to the aroma with a woodiness that grabs you. Sweet caramel and vanilla like bourbon aroma. A small hint of licorice and spice. This is how a big stout is supposed to smell. Black and no nonsense.

T - big and bold alcohol flavors give off a nice complex flavor. Bourbon barrel goodness with sweet notes of caramel and vanilla. Thick molasses like within the sweetness. Roasted black malt and a touch of dark fruit. Black licorice and the hop spices balance the flavor.

M - pretty damn smooth for a stout of this size. I've read this stout was a bit thin, but I get nothing but a thick mouthfeel. Smooth and luscious. Goes down very nicely and I found it fairly easy to drink compared to some big stouts. But hey maybe it's just bc it came off tap. Idk.

O - Hoppin' Frog is a fine brewery and they have a stout thats as good as any I've ever had. With all the focus going to a certain well deserved Am Double Stout this time of year this thing was kind of just sitting there on tap getting no attention. Well, I'll tell you now, this thing will grab your attention and blow you away with its all business style. It has the quality to stand beside anything in the world. I've never had the standard Boris, but the barrel aged version is top shelf. I think they use Heaven Hill barrels. I'd like to know which specific bourbon was in those barrels. Regardless I'll buy this again if it's available. A fantastic experience. A fantastic stout.

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4.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

White top ('12) 22oz poured into softball sized snifter.

Poured with the thinnest of brown heads on top of deep black. No carbonation or lacing. Just what I was expecting.

All kinds of dark fruit aroma: plums and raisins. Maybe some brownie batter. When I first popped this I overlooked the tremendous oatmeal character. Just like how ginger ale's a little better with a dash of bourbon... you know what I'm talking about, same here. It's subtle but it rounds everything out.

Depth is the keyword on the taste. Starts a touch sweet, finishes perfectly bitter + dry. I get a little mineral content at first and then it reminds of of walking into a bakery: vanilla, coffee, cocoa being melted, (candied) dark fruits, oatmeal cookies, etc. There's a few bba stouts I've had that take me to "that place." This is definitely one of them.

It really sits perfectly on the palate. Extremely silky and creamy, much more so the the std BORIS. Just a touch of drying booze as it goes down.

Absolutely an awesome beer with tons of character and depth. The price point makes this a "once in a while" beer, but I kind of appreciate that model versus something like BCBS being unavailable 90% of the time. If you're reading this on a phone standing in an aisle, go for it, it's worth the money.

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4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick black and brown with a nice frothy mocha head that dissipates into a ring fairly quickly. Good frothiness as you swirl, and nice (but not super sticky) lacing.

S: Roasted coffee, whiskey, chocolate

T: Tastes much more smooth and complex than it smells. It's like you're drinking an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie that's been dipped in sweet mocha. Bitter dark chocolate and roasted coffee, with a strong but nicely balanced whiskey kick. Some hints of vanilla and cherry. Earthly woody oatmeal undertones. You have to look for the hops but they're there, rounding out the phenomenal complexity.

F: Very thick, creamy, and sticky. Like I said above, it's like a liquid version of an oatmeal chocolate cookie.

O: A GREAT barrel-aged stout. One of the most complex I've had. I'd put it up there with barrel-aged Dark Lord for complexity and enjoyment.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,346 ratings.
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