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

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial StoutBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout
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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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of shehateme
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of pisano
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of seeswo
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a half finger of cocoa head into my Surly Darkness snifter. Looks good for a BA imperial stout. Oak, whiskey, roast and booze are the predominant flavors in a somewhat tame nose. Body is pretty creamy for the style, with a medium mouthfeel and decent medium-low carbonation. Taste is roast and chocolate melded with big boozy whiskey. That said, it is pretty doable in that it is more whiskey flavor than harsh booze. I think the barrel again represents a pretty strong improvement over the base beer. The oak hangs out in the finish, partially disguised by the rest of the flavor. This is definitely a good one. The balance tilts in the direction of the barrel, but I think for this beer, that works.

Edit: shortly after this review, I did a vertical of all 5 batches of this beer. Batch 1 was super oaky. Batch 2 was really malty and unlike the other beers in the series. Batch 3 was more balanced and batches 4 and 5 were like better, tamer versions of batch 1 (read:less oak). Batch 4 was the best, but the cuvees were the best for sure. Batch 2 and batch 4 mixed was sublime.

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Photo of drbenderdo
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bottle split with onix1agr and poured into duvel tulips. Its either a batch 1 or 2.

A- a hard pour yields only a small cap of mocha colored head that settles quickly and leaves no lace. A good swirl bring a bit back but leaves just as quick. Absolutely black body with some serious legs.

S- that's bourbon all right. Loads of barrel even on the colder side of things with vanilla and booze galore. Malts are very dark and bring some molasses and bakers chocolate to mind. There's some brown sugar and condensed milk in the back.

T- barrel forward with the booze a bit heavy really. Some oak and vanilla with a sweet molasses and brown sugar background. The whole ride is dominated by the barrel and really puts an impression on you.

M- full bodied and a bit sticky with a light carb and a ton of heat on the palate.

O- this is one monster ba stout and even with a good bit of time on it still retains a ton of heat. Ill scoop another and lay it down some more.

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Photo of twenty5
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of duff247
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Houser
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of ONUMello
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Tasted back-to-back with the regular BORIS.
A: Pitch black with a 1/2 finger head that dissipates quickly. Much smaller head/ quicker settling than the non-barrel aged version.
S: A bit muted compared to the regular, though similar characteristics- dark roasted malt, mocha, vanilla
T: The palate is where this is better- smoother flavors, featuring toasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, & a hint of coffee
M: Full-bodied, smooth, a bit of bite on the finish from the hops
O: I can't decide if I like this or the regular BORIS better. They're very similar overall, each with separate strengths, though at $5/btl less, I guess I would give more props to the non-barrel-aged version, even if my end score for this is higher b/c of the higher taste score

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black-really a very, very dark brown. Nice tight cocoa head on top. Sticky lacing on the glass as it goes down. Rich espresso aroma with a faint touch of oak-just enough to make it noticeable. Deep, rich and chocolatey flavors right upfront. Roasted and espresso like flavors. Slightly hot, boozey bite to it. Nice oak flavors in the backround. Velvety smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Really well done all in. Not as in your face oaked as many beers seem to be. Damn yummy.

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of coz
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lanciloti
5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tclapper
5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of random846
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Nat1975
4.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the first bottling run. Much thanks to Deuane for bringing a few of these back from OH for me. Out of a 22 ounce bomber bottle and into my tulip. The stout appears a nearly pitch black color with a healthy two fingers of creamy tan foam. Nose and flavors consist of deep roasted grains, both dark and bittersweet chocolates at varying degrees of intensity, raisins, prunes, a good amount of sweetness, almost too much at times. I recall reading that this particular batch only spent a few (3-4?) months in the barrels and it shows. Bourbon notes are mild, but certainly present. This one is quite viscous with medium carbonation. The bubbles help to cut through the richness. This is, without a doubt, a sipper for sure. Glad I got into it while it's still chilly out. Thanks again D!

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.22/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass. I can't for the life of me remember who sent this. Whoever you are, please BM me so I can give you credit. I should track my trades better. What I do remember is that it cost about $17 in trade (shows you where my priorities are, heh).

Anyway, I appreciate having the chance to try this.

A: Pours an opaque black body with a short-lived mocha head. The bubbles vanish into nothing; the beer looks completely still and leaves no lacing down the sides.

S: Lots. Of. Whiskey. I'm one of those guys that likes a little more balance; the base beer should hold up well against the barrel. It smells like the barrel won, here. I still get the base beer, with a rummy sweetness, chocolate, roasted malt, and molasses.

T: See above. Whiskey starts the taste, and it nearly pushes the beer into being over-sweet; with the molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and some raisins, I'm a little taken aback with how saccharine it is. The finish tips it slightly toward balance by bringing in some oaky astringency and coffee, but it's fighting a losing slide into sweetness. Which is what you'd expect from the style, admittedly -- but it doesn't stand far above the middle.

M: Very smooth and creamy, and I'm reminded that this is the oatmeal contribution. Low-carbed, but it goes down with a velvety presence. A small booziness. Quite nice.

D: Independent of price, this isn't in the upper-tier of barrel-aged imperial stouts. At $17 a pop I'm just going to ignore it.

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Photo of robgage
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of knicks19947
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vande
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of portia99
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (Batch 1) generously shared by nonstick. Poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anny. snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black color...when held to a light it shows brown highlights and excellent clarity. A full finger of rocky cappuccino colored foam lingers briefly and dies to a thick foamy collar. Plenty of lacing coats the glass as I make my way through this one.

S - Dark chocolate, powdered cocoa, vanilla (especially as it warms), a toll house cookie dough like character, plenty of bourbon, some coffee and a touch of molasses.

T - Not what I was expecting from the aroma, but pretty damn good on its own. Lots of complexity here - rich chocolate, mild bourbon (much lower than the aroma would indicate), coffee, vanilla smoothness, caramel, slightly sweet overall. Dark roast and espresso join in as the beer approaches room temperature. I also got a good amount of raspberry in the flavor...I thought this tasted a lot like dark chocolate covered raspberry jelly candies. There was some debate about this at the tasting with others getting prunes (which I didn't get at all).

M - Medium full bodied with light/middle level carbonation. The slightest hint of alcohol warmth creeps in...very smooth overall with a bit of an oily and slick character.

D - Very smooth...this is barrel aging done right. Not too hot, great flavor and complexity additions from the barrels. Gotta try a batch 2, if they are this good I'm gonna have to buy a couple before they disappear.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 95.4% out of 100 with 2,393 ratings
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