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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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours jet black with not much light getting through; small mocha head that fades and leaves solid retention and not much lacing. The aromas are loaded with roasted cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate syrup. Hints of oak and whiskey, but it's not too dominant. The flavors are extremely bitter. Very roasty. Hints of black coffee. Lots of dark chocolate. A little vanilla. Not too sweet. Lots of wood/oak. The whiskey is pretty subtle and is basically just an accent and not the star. Subtle wamth. Finishes pretty dry. Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but not super thick. There's active carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden and it's not boozy. There's just a subtle kiss of warmth. This is a nice beer to sip on.

I'm not sure when this was bottled. This has always been a favorite and it's good stuff, but this wasn't the best I've had from them. The craftsmanship is there, but I guess I'm just a fan of the regular B.O.R.I.S. much more.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of MNMike
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of GRFounder
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black cap

Really impressive pour - dirty motor oil black, minimal burnt mocha head. Really nice aroma of bourbon booze, caramel, some vanilla, syrupy chocolate, and some almost-sour oak tannins. Some dark roast and espresso as well. Taste is much of the same with more dark roasted coffee - big chocolate syrupy notes and vanilla/caramel whiskey. Drinks incredibly smooth - not much of a boozy burn from the alcohol I enjoy in bigger imperial stouts, though.

Very impressed. A little pricey but a great beer no doubt.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this didn't amaze me the way others said it would, but I really liked it. I don't know how much time this spends in barrels, but it seems lighter in all the woody charcoal bourbon properties than so barrel aged stouts. the oatmeal is nice in this, gives it a richness of feel and a smooth texture, as well as a moderate sweetness that all really work well. as for the stout itself, its big and roasty, very minimal bitterness, milk chocolate notes, and a massive body. smoothed out and soft on the palate, even nicer as it warms. limited alcohol coming through, maybe the barrel helps that too. its a well refined product, not skewed one way or the other. hoppin frog has a number of delicious stouts, and while this one stands out to me a little less than some reviews suggest it should, its still superbly well done, and one that is probably still worth the roughly 18 dollar price tag.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of serotoninronin
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a regular ole pint glass. 2012 batch.

A: This shit is black. Like inky sludgy bottom of the ocean after a BP oil spill black. An anglerfish would have a tough time finding its way around this stuff. The color holds almost entirely to the edge on the tilt. Some almost dainty carbonation clinging to the sides of the glass like clusters of barnacles. A small head that's only a couple shades brighter than the beer itself doesn't stick around for the action other than in the form of a thin film. The lacing is super fine-grained. Really pretty beer.

S: The bourbon is there, but it hides itself in some charred wood and dusty earth up front. Slips backward into a veil of vague sweetness that doesn't have a particular character other than the expected vanilla. I feel as though I'm chasing it around. Some mocha vibrations, with a double shot of espresso.

T: Bourbon lets itself be seen in the open for the first time on initial contact, but is quickly pulled under a tide of cascading layers of sweetness, from syrupy canned pineapple to fresh buttercream to sweet tobacco and light spearmint. Oatmeal cookies wrapped in tanned leather usher in a final kiss of bitterness and alcohol before fading into a smoky, old fireplace of a finish. Just gorgeously integrated and concerted. All of the elements know their roles here and play them to near perfection.

M: Marginally lighter than some of the bigger takes on the style, but avoids the pitfalls of syrupiness and overstaying its welcome on the palate that the aforementioned are prone to. Alcohol brings a bite at the end but sucks everything into it and just makes you want another sip almost immediately. I almost wish it loitered around slightly longer.

O: I cannot stress enough how properly the bourbon is handled here. Yes it BA, but its not a bourbon bomb. The bourbon isn't allowed to steal the show from the other worthy aspects of this beer, which is so often a problem in BA variants of already strong stouts. The bourbon is just another player on the team, not the coach.

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Photo of macher0
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to tulip

4.00 A: Jet black. Opaque. Thick. Aggressive pour yielded a finger depth deep-amber head that quickly retreats to a fine-bubble, deep-amber rim. Slight blotchy film. Slight amber, viscous layer when swirled. Not much for lacing.

S: Whiskey-soaked oak and dark roasted malts dominate. TONS of Booze. Highly fragrant, but not a complex smell.

T: Whiskey, seasoned oak, and dark roasted malts. Hints of hops, coco, and toffee. Hops are well hidden but do come through. Well balanced. TONS of booze at the end.

M: Very full bodied. Fine carbonation but not flat. Fairly smooth. Highly viscous.

O: A very boozey BA stout. I’m a huge fan of BA stouts so I enjoy this a lot. It’s not close to the top-tier BA stouts, but I would consider it second tier. Along the likes of Dragons Milk. Given the boozey nature, I can still drink an entire bomber no problem. A wonderful way to begin a session.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a dark black with a small mocha head that fades fairly quickly. Smell is bourbon with notes of toffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is big on bourbon upfront with vanilla, coffee and chocolate flavors in the mix as well. Lower carbonation with a bit thinner mouthfeel than a lot of RISs these days. Overall a very good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of reebtaerG
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to snifter
A-pours to a jet black and a tan head
S-big bourbon aroma with chocolate, sweet malt, caramel and coffee
T-the same as the smell, sweet roasted and the bourbon
M-mouthfeel is sticky and smooth
O-this is great oatmeal imperial stout especially with the bourbon had to pair with a cheesecake

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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