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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

Brewed by:
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

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.17/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of whiskey in this one- clean, strong taste of a lighter, cleaner style of Bourbon are evident throughout here. Nice, but this is one that would probably benefit from a little aging. Not because it's harsh or hot, but because the Bourbon could use some more integration with the rest of the beer. As it is it's a little dominant. Pours black and viscous- like a light weight motor oil. Little head, and what there is fades completely in a short while. Lots of whiskey in the mose as well as a silky oatmeal stout aroma with a light roastiness and some bitter chocolate notes. Aside from the smooth stout flavors, and the whiskey, there is a particularly nice aftertaste of dark chocolate that is accented by the whiskey. Very smooth, and both the smoothness and the aftertaste of chocolate are empasized by allowing the beer to open upo for awhile, while the whiskey is brought a little more under control. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this at Dyan's place yesterday.

BA Boris pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and decent lacing. The nose is likewise attractive, with leather, tobacco, coffee and dark chocolate. Flavors replicate the nose in this fairly sweet stout, but it delivers more flavor then I was expecting from the aroma profile. The chocolate flavor really comes on strong on the palate, along with considerable coffee and vanilla. There is a hint of leather and tobacco in the long finish. Mouthfeel is fairly soft and creamy, and seemed to improve the longer the beer sat in the glass. Drinkability is good, with the alcohol well disguised.

Re-sampled on 6/28/11. Very little difference from previous version. Still quite excellent. Did find the aroma profile a bit more attractive, and so adjusted review score slightly.

This was a very easy to take, very enjoyable beer. Haven't had the regular Boris in some time, but this is clearly superior to the regular version of this beer (IMHO). Impressive.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY. Hoppin' Frog has some of the worst label art by a brewery I've ever seen.

Pours a thick, deep, motor oil black into my glass. Small but long lasting head.

Smells roasty, with sweet bourbon and chocolate.

Tastes similar, with lots of chocolate, some oats, bourbon, and a bit of soy sauce that is slightly off-putting. Other than off-note, great taste.

Full, thick, syrupy body- a meal in a glass. Low carbonation.

A great BA brew- but not their best treatment of B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed on 8/28/09 next to the regular version and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. The beer appears black with a light brown head, decent retention, and decent scattered lacing.

Whisky is immediately apparent and dominant in the nose. Vanilla and tannins are noticeable, as well as cherries. Rich chocolate is present in the background. The whisky is pervasive and seems to swallow up the other aromas.

The taste opens up with bitter chocolate and strong booze. The whisky takes over almost instantly and drowns out the chocolate and oatmeal I so enjoyed in the reguilar B.O.R.I.S. The beer is very sweet and boozy and it becomes cloying.

Barrel Aging has been detrimental to the mouthfeel of this beer. It comes off thin and watery and nowhere near as satisfying as the regular version.

This beer could use some time to mellow out as it's quite hot and boozy. It became a chore to drink near the end. The regular B.O.R.I.S. is clearly superior.

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex dark ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon, black grapes, raisins, caramel, buttercream candies, dark chocolate truffles...man, intense ride here.
Taste is of the aromas with a superb complex blend of cocoa, sea salted caramels, dark cocoa truffles, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and the obvious bourbon blend. As a bourbon fan - this is outrageous.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, syrupy, slick in the finish, with a boozy finish that screams, "hope this is a nightcap, bitch!". That it is. Loving it! Well done.

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Photo of dar482
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a dark black color with some dark brown head.

The aroma has forward whiskey with the base beer, fudgey chocolate, dark chocolate, umami of mushroom and seaweed, hint of dark fruit, a decent roasted quality.

The beer in general has whiskey in front, base beer BORIS, more whiskey on finish.

There’s a whiskey, then onto nuttiness, fudgey chocolate, a bit of umami, then onto strong whiskey and a bit of roasted coffee on the finish.

In the end, the beer just is not very cohesive. It’s more whiskey combined with the base beer, which is not bad by any means. This base beer still stands up and this is still enjoyable, but not exactly where I love my bourbon barrel beers.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Nose has light hints chocolate, , coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, coffee, oak and bourbon. Taste coffee, chocolate, vanilla, oak, and mild bourbon. Big roastiness and the bourbon is well hidden. ABV is upfront for sure. It tasted hotter than it is. Loved this beer!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
maybe a red cap?

A- This beer pours a jet black inky body with a thick cocoa head that fades to a thick ring and sticks to the glass a bit after each sip.

S- The chocolate rich nougat malt character is full and out shadows other aromas.

T- The full smooth dark malt has some soft barrel finish with notes of caramel and graham sweetness coming through as the beer opens up. There is a spicy heat in the finish that supports and cuts the thick malt a bit. Some vanilla notes with the bourbon in the finish takes on an inky note in the finish.

M- The full mouthfeel has an alcohol warmth in the finish.

O- The nice rich dark roasted stout as some good bourbon and barrel flavors with a nice amount of heat to just through the heavy beer.

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Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bomber from the first batch. Thanks to Deuane for picking it up for me. Shared with janlud and ksak.

A: The stout is dark, a thick oily morass that absorbs every spectrum of visible light. Opaque? Nope, this one is a bird's eye view into the heart of darkness. Albeit a heart of darkness with a thin tan-colored head.

S: Cocoa powder, oak and vanilla drive the aroma, a soft nose that doesn't come across as overbearing. Dark malts emerge on closer inspection, smelling like a good stout.

T: The regular BORIS does its best to stand out up front, throwing out dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee flavors. After the initial stout flavors, the bourbon and barrel gradually emerge. Oak and vanilla stand out, softening up the stout to a cocoa powder sweetness. A flourish of booziness peaks through near the end of each sip. The bourbon adds a bit of burn to each sip.

M: The mouthfeel doesn't skimp on either the stout or the barrel. The bourbon isn't as crisp as in some stouts but you can tell that it is there.

D: At nearly 10%, this is a sippin' stout. I've had both Batch 1 and 2 and I cast my vote for Batch 1.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A normal pour yielded a black liquid with a 3 finger head of tan foam that threatened to go above and beyond the lip of the glass but it didn't.

Smell wise, I'm getting strong notes of roasted malt, some sweetish fruity tones, good chocolate and coffee aromas, and a nice light nose of the barrel aging. A very nice, not too strong nose that pleases me.

First sips in and the roasted malt comes with a light graininess, nice chocolate of the sweet kind coffee bringing some bitterness, a little bit of a fruity(black cherries?) character that's very faint but there, and a light but right presence of Bourbon that is growing a bit after a few more sips. Very tasty.

It's close to full bodied with a lightish amount of carbonation. A very smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? This certainly is drinkable enough because of the taste and mouthfeel and the alcohol is pretty well hidden. A nice twist on the regular B.O.R.I.S and I like them both very much. A very nice brew!

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

650ml bomber poured into tulip 29/12/14 thanks kumatmebrew for the bottle

A shes black with a thin cola edge, super dark foam but it fizzes out quickly leaving no lace

S lots of fudge and chocolate cake, plenty of barrel, vanilla, coffee, bakers chocolate, char, smells solid

T lots of wood and whiskey, booze comes out a little more, dark roasted coffee and charred wood, dark licorice, tastes rather intense, amped up version of the nose, very rich and strong in the mouth

M silky on the way in and creams up from the bubbles, a little heat and a fair bit of weight, sticky on the lips with heaps of barrel on the finish

O great stuff, plenty of barrel and chocolate of all kinds, a little boozy for under 10 but drinkable and delicious

Silver cap so I'm guessing its fairly fresh, If I had a second bottle I'd sit on it for a while but that being said this is great beer today

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A poor representation of BA stout. While not bad or abrasive like some of the Arcadia beers, it makes you regret getting it everytime. Just too hot and unbalanced to be enjoyable.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle obtained via Growling at the Moon from bb8189. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into a DFH tulip, formed an uneven dark brown skim above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Skim recedes to the rim and the slighted swirling in the center of the glass, with heavy legs as well as slow-falling lace. Aroma is vanilla, oak, dark sweetness, and alcohol.

Taste begins with dark syrupy sweetness, a peek of dried fruits and hops in the middle, and then oak and booze come along and kick ass. Swallow finds slight numbing, and definite lingering warmth. Mouthfeel is slickery smooth, with good drinkability in that the depth and variety of flavors invites you back for more. Busy offering, but still a nice treat.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.82/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours black with about a half inch brown head. The head went away quickly, and there's just a bit of lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet and malty, there's roasted malt, dark fruit/berries and chocolate along with some light aromas of oak, vanilla and bourbon. Taste is similar to the aroma, however the oak and bourbon flavors are stronger than the aroma would indicate. Also, all of the flavors mesh well together. No one flavor overpowers the others. There's also a nice slight bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, a bit slick and has low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, it's very smooth and extremely easy to drink. It's probably meant to be a sipping beer, but I had problems just sipping it because I liked it so much. I think this is an excellent beer. I liked the regular BORIS a lot, and the Barrel Aged verson is just as good if not better in my opinion. I could drink this all the time if available. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aftr a hard pour, only a flash in the pan black foam lasts for about ten seconds. Pitch black, viscous liquid that leaves a light brown syrup on the inside of my glass. Chocolate, roasted oats, and creamy bourbon greet my nostrils. The taste is full of rich, roasted malts, molasses that sweetens the dark coffee and chocolate flavors. While the whiskey and wood adds depth and warmth. The palate is silky smooth and warm with just great balance and character. One primo nightcap, thats for sure.

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Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a totally thick, impenetrable consistency. There was a thin layer of tan-colored, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A big aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal and a hint of bourbon.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, a little hops and some bourbon in the finish. Alcohol is somewhat noticable, but not overwhelmingly so. Complex, chewy and tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a slightly slick finish. Full-bodied.

D: This is a drinkable beer. Not something I'd want to drink a lot of, but definitely drinkable.

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

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, roast, and some oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-reviewing this one- I've opened up 2 bottles in the past, but never got around to doing a review/recall on it. 22oz bottle with the white bottle cap (probably produced in 2012-2013), poured into CCB snifters with friends yesterday, 5/25/2013.

Aroma: A bit of sweet chocolate up front. I can almost smell the viscousness. And then the barrels kick me in the face. It smells like I just took a bottle of Jack Daniels, agitated it and opened it up to sniff it. Bourbon, vanilla, oak is all there. Smells boozy as hell. (4)

Colour: Dark, dark, dark beer that pours like motor oil. Light does not penetrate. Comes with a 2cm mocha head that dissipates into the beer quickly. Lacing is sporadic and not much of a player here. (4)

Flavour: Phew. It's heavy on the bourbon and the barrel, but it's got a nice underlying sweet chocolate and toffee flavours. It's strong enough that it isn't completely overwhelmed by the bourbon barrels but not cloyingly sweet that it would be annoying. The malts of this beer is definitely in a supporting role. It is basically bourbon with a lot of oak and some vanilla. A bit of coffee bitterness throughout as well. Despite all the strong bourbon components, it ends up being tasty- it comes together pretty well. (4.5)

Mouthfeel: Very thick bodied, light on the carbonation. Finish is on the sweet and dry side. The beer has the smells and tastes of bourbon but there isn't a whole lot of heat to be detected. Definitely a sipper and not to be enjoyed alone. (4.25)

Overall: Excellent barrel aged stout that you don't mess around with. It's strong, intense and rich. Doesn't necessarily showcase all of its components as well as other beers do (BCBS, Black Note comes to mind) but the amount of bourbon flavour and aromas blows every other BA beer away. I don't always like having such strong bourbon presence in my beers- I would also like the sweet malts to show up even more here rather than being a supporting player. But I can't deny that this is a very good bourbon'ed up stout.. I was lucky to get it for $10 a bomber, so I'm not sure I'd pay full price ($16-19) to drink more once my stash is gone. (4.25)

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a snifter glass. bottle has a red cap, so this would be batch 5.

Appearance: dark black body and creamy tan head with small head that dissolves into a thin ring around outside of glass.

Smell: Wiskey, vanilla and raisins.

Taste: This beer has a really strong whiskey flavor that stays through the taste thoughout the middle and even some of the end of the beer. Sweet vanilla, roasted coffee, and dark fruits. Has a wine like vinous, acidic, and bitter aftertaste. Then comes the alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than expected. Low carbonation. It is a very smooth beer.

Drinkability: This beer is a big beer with alot of flavors. It is still very drinkable for this style.

Overall: The beer reminds me of Dark Lord that drinks easier and is not as big as a 16% stout, but it has all the flavors. i still like Dark Lord better, but it really gives it a run for the money when considering the ease of getting this beer compared to Dark Lord. Good surprise and quite enjoyable. Better than i expected!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle split and poured into a snifter. No bottled date found.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color that produced a tan head that dissipated quickly to bubbles.

(S)- A dark roasted profile with molasses and cocoa with a hint of peanuts.

(T)- A good roastedness with molasses, cocoa, raisin, and a light nuttiness from the oats probably. Has a light warmth as it goes down.

(M)- A good carbonation level with a good balance to it. Smooth, yet has a good roasted profile. Has a slight warmth as it goes down from the whiskey barrel aging no doubt.

(D)- A good stout. Smooth, with the right flavors going on. For the $$ of what I paid for this however, I would much rather reach for something else instead; definitely not worth the hefty $17 price tag. Enjoyable though.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you, Alex!

Jet black with a thin, brown head with rather poor retention and lacing, this still manages to retain more than a modicum of attractiveness. Beer goggles?
The nose is excellent. Vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, a little leather, cocoa, coffee and plenty of raisin, this is great stuff. A touch earthy too? The palate opens with chocolate, coffee and bourbon and plenty of heat. Alcohol, vanilla, chocolate are present. This is super smooth, much like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Sweet finish with medium roast, this is a great beer.

**Edit 15 Feb 2012**
Bottle, batch 1. Thank you, George!

I believe my last review was for batch 3. I don't have much to add, except that there isn't any leather. This is also a lot more oxidized, with port and raisins. The palate has an excellent blend of roast, chocolate, caramel and a rather wonderful bourbon character. Vanilla, (toasted) coconut and some bourbon. Excellent stuff, I'll let my scores stand. Highly recommended.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter glass. Straight from the cellar.
A: Pitch black. A gentle pour yielded a finger and a half of mocha head. Left no lacing.
S: Bourbon, vanilla, and Coconut. A little booze too.
T: Bourbon and Oak are present. Also pick up some roasty coconut flavors. Bourbon and alcohol after taste.
M: Fairly thick with a light to medium carbonation.
Very good BA stout. Will definitely buy this again!

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip; my cap was gold, batch 1 or 2, which puts this at about 2.5-3 years old.

Pours a thick, viscous ink black with a minimal brown head. Dissipates to nearly nothing. Some minor rings of lace show where I started.

Good nose on this beast. Ethanol heat, loads of vanilla and bourbon soaked cherries. Some dry oak, dark Belgian chocolate and roast round it out. This is a little strong on the barrel aging characteristics, but that is OK, so far.

Bourbon soaked cherries up front before a wave of vanilla, oak and lightly charred roast comes through.The finish is warming, full of vanilla and bourbon with some cherries poking through. Dry, oaky/roasty finish.

The feel is thick; carbonation is low. Viscous, and lush. The abv can put a hurting on you.

This is a nice barrel aged offering. I really like BORIS, didn't care for the DORIS as much, but this is a solid version of the BORIS. I wish some of the original beer came through a little more, this is a little one dimensional, but it still tasted very good.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 7.15.13

2009 Vintage

A - Pours a black in the glass with a smaller dark tan-brown head that creeps to the edges slowly.

S - Sweet chocolate, oatmeal, booze, a touch oxidized.

T - Booze and oatmeal, then finishes with sweet chocolate - really sweet still. Still lots of booze as well.

D - Good carbonation with a heavy body, but it finishes thin.

O - Still lots of booze and overly sweet for me after four years.

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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 2,351 ratings.
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