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

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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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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

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 buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is pitch black with a finger of dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Left copious alcohol legs on the glass.

The aroma is big chocolate, intense roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and some earthy hop notes.

The taste is coffee like roast malts, chocolate, vanilla sweetness, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

The palate is full and creamy with a big lingering bitter roast that mingles well with the hops to help balance it out. It is relatively drinkable for the abv.

Overall this is an excellent rendition of a barrel aged imperial stout from a brewery that seems kind of under the radar. I really like that the notes from the barrel don't overpower the base beer but instead accentuate it.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with very little head.
Smells sweet and roasty - not super complex, but very nice.
Taste is pretty good, but the bourbon doesn't really come through much other than putting a little bit of burn on it. A little sweet, a little chocolate and vanilla.
Feel is moderately heavy/thick with a little bit of a burn, but surprisingly drinkable for a BBA stout.
Overall - I'd buy it again. Maybe not the best BBA stout out there, but it's a good BBA stout that only cost me $15 for a bomber (much less than some stouts that aren't any better).

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a thick black, with a thin, creamy brown head.
S- Lots of sweet malt smell. Chocolate and black licorice. Oaky smell.
T- Very sweet right off the bat. Nice hop and spice that transitions into the chocolate and oat. Bitterness balances te begining sweetness. Bitterness resinates for a long time along with the chocolate. Whiskey botes slides im after initial sweetness and does not overpower. Wonderfully complex.
M- Wonderfully smooth symphony of tastes. Warming.
O- Complexitu makes this a wonderful offering

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.24/5  rDev -23.9%
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 -2.1%
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 BFCarr
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
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 pezhead_79
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
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 ClavisAurea
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was really surprising. I didn't think this was going to be much, but was very surprised. Lots of barrel and good adjuncts throughout and on the finish. Nice boozing said, but not overpowering.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice chocolate brown head that dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave very much. The beer itself is a very nice dark chocolate black with a bit of an oily sheen to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice mix of the whiskey and the chocolate notes and a bit of creamy oatmeal notes. The whiskey gives the beer a nice spice to it. The roasted malts are there with a bit of coffee supplementing the other notes. The smell has an ever present vanilla note that is a bit subtle but still there.

The taste is very good. The whiskey seems to be the most present note that is noticeable. The dark chocolate and roasted malt notes mix very well with the creamy oatmeal to create a fairly delicious mixture. The whiskey lingers a bit afterwards, which isn't a bad thing. The taste also has that subtle vanilla note but is a bit more strong.

The feel is pretty good. It is a heavy bodied beer that is very creamy and borders on silky. The carbonation is light and noticeable but adds to the silkiness of the beer.

Overall, a very good beer and worthy of being consumed. The beer isn't too taxing for something that's been barrel aged and has nice, vivid notes. The notes in the smell and taste tend to blend together fairly well but manage to remain distinct enough that you can tell them apart. This one is definitely worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged BORIS on tap. I liked the frog, particularly the tap handle - a frog. A bit bourbon forward, some coffee, but overall excellent. Weirdest thing happened just after I got my beer - there was a huge bang and the building really shook, like it dropped several inches. We all thought someone had crashed a car into the building, but when we went outside to see what it was, could not figure it out, went back to drinking. Later news stories indicated a tectonic plate shift or a meteor exploding in the atmosphere. A friend of mine felt and heard the same thing at his house 4 miles away.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Super dark body, small chocolate head even with an aggressive pour. Head dies out quickly with little lacing.
S: Whiskey is definitely present, but it is entertwined with a malty sweetness. My mouth is watering, so I think we're good here.
T: Follows the nose, with hints of vanilla. Whiskey lingers on the tongue with a slight burn
F: Nice thickness to the feel here, goes down surprisingly smooth.
O: Solid beer here. Not best in class for the style, but solidly above average. It is worth noting that I so want to dock them points for logo here as it had me convinced that there wouldn't be a good beer within. Learn from my mistake; this is one beer you don't want to judge by its cover.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had the latest release of Barrel Aged BORIS Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels, from Hoppin Frog, and it was delicious, top notch. Might be the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. Akron seems to have a great brewery in Hoppin Frog. A friend mailed the beer to me.

(L) The color is dark brown almost black with a two inch thick light brown head

(A) The aroma is roasty malts, coffee, and bourbon.

(T) The taste is chocolate, coffee, oats, bourbon, sweetness, pine, all together in a really nice flavor.

(F) Velvety, creamy, thick, easy drinking, and barely a hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pitch black. One finger brown head retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Brownie batter and fudge sauce. Good amount of roast. Whiffs of mocha. Some earthy and piney hops. Chewy caramel, whiskey, and wood.

T: Good and roasty up front. A bit ashy even. Fudge sauce and brownie batter. Mocha. French roast. Big spike of hop bitterness and a lot of earth and pine hop flavor. Hints of vague dark fruit. Bite of whiskey is quite potent. Woody barrel. Bitter finish.

M: Huge, thick body. Weighty, chewy, viscous, and slick. Fine carbonation has some bite.

O: I'm a big whiskey drinker too, but the bite of the whiskey in this one did become a bit distracting. It's kinda hot. It isn't enough to derail the experience by any means, but I suppose I do prefer the base BORIS. Perhaps the batch I got just ended up hotter than usual.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in the middle, brown to the edge. Small 1/5" brown head. Aroma was a delicate touch of bourbon, not too small, just, small, with a little bit of chocolate.

Taste was an appreciable beer that wasn't the biggest at anything it did, the base was veritable and sturdy, but wasn't the sludgiest of imperial stouts, allowed for the minor bourbon touch to sit confidently. Warming, smooth stout, would bang again, good price, good availability. Have had batches 5 & 6.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful thick dark pour with a nice inch light brown head. A light sweet smell and a great mouth feel. It goes down VERY smooth. It has a full bodied sweet taste traditional of oatmeal stout. It's such a smooth drinker it really packs a punch at 9.3% abv. It has a nice added flavor with the barrel aging. This is an amazing beer. I paid $18.00 for the 1 pint 6oz bottle and i'd buy it again. I am very impressed.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, whiskey, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Tastes just like it smells. Sweet, without being overly sweet. There is no alcohol taste, which is great for a 9.4 % abv beer. Gets sweeter as it warms up.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a chocolate and molasses aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, which i will gladly buy again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, pours pitch black color with a small beige head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing. I suspect it was the bartenders pour that produced such a little head.

Smells of smoked malts, coffee grinds, piney hops, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, oats and some earthy notes. Pretty basic with not as much barrel influence at first, coming out later as it warmed up with minor oaky and vanilla notes.

Tastes much better than it smells with a nice roasty malt foundation that then turns to cocoa powder, dark chocolate, oats, vanilla bean, toffee, brown sugar, molasses and what seems like espresso. The next wave of flavors tie it all together with piney hops, earthy notes, oaky barrel notes and a little sweet booze. Minor oat presence for an oatmeal stout, but the char, barrel and chocolate accents more than make up for it and mask the ABV well.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick, sliding down easy with almost no carbonation, a medium feel that has a little texture but is generally thin and not boozy like I expected from a barrel aged stout. Complex, smooth and tasty, overall this was quite enjoyable and much easier to drink than a 9.4% ABV beer should be. No clue what year this stout is but I bet it's better aged longer.

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Photo of nodder
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle

A- Pitch black with a thin tan head. Slight sticky lacing on glass.

S- Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla beans. Smells very sweet like molasses.

T- Heavy bourbon flavor throughout. Also coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Very sweet. Boozy as expected with a BA stout.

M- Medium/full with lower/average carbonation. The oatmeal makes for a smooth finish.

O- A very good barrel aged stout. Pricey, but glad I tried it. Well done.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had everything that I was looking for in a barrel aged oatmeal stout. It was smooth and creamy. Not too boozy or too hot. The barrel complemented the oatmeal stout instead of overpowering it. Wish I had another!

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a tall and lively espresso-coloured head, as well as visible carbonation. Smells of dark cherries, green hops, cocoa, coffee, bourbon and oak. Smooth mouthfeel, made slightly rough by the carbonation. Notes of bourbon up front, followed by dark cherries, roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Warm and bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced BA beer, with the base beer notes in balance with the barrel notes. A solid RIS, definitely one I will try again.

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Photo of _LOD
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big and boozey chocolate bomb!! Whiskey barrel is prominent and chocolate richness is awesome on the finish! Really enjoyed as I weather thru a blizzard!!!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle.

A: Boozy; lots of whiskey upfront, followed by some roasted malt and a light amount of wood.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a small tan head that recedes pretty quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

T: The barrel presence is really noticeable; moderate whiskey and oak, followed by roasted malt. The beer finishes with a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; but could have used some aging, the whiskey barrel is really prominent. Such a large barrel presence makes this beer a less quaffable, though still enjoyable.

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