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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours thick & black with a brown half finger head. Very little lacing once the minimal head disappears to but a memory.

S - The bourbon is on the forefront but not as dominant as other barrel aged stouts I've had. Behind the bourbon you get gobs of roasted malt, dark chocolate & a hint of coffee.

T - Bourbon comes through wonderfully with lots of bitter chocolate, vanilla and roasted malt.

M - Just velvety smooth. Really coats your mouth with the low carbonation.

O - A well balanced beer here. It's very nice to have a barrel aged beer where one flavor doesn't dominate, but they all meld together in harmony.

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Photo of whodeyvols
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

A: This beer pours a motor oil black body with a thin brown head that quickly fades and leaves a tiny bit of lace on the glass.

S: I am getting a strong amount of bourbon and roasted malt. I am also picking up a nice amount of sweetness.

T: There is a nice bourbon flavor and feel, but its not overpowering at all. The roasted malt and chocolate flavors linger for a long time.

M: The beer has a full body with a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the tongue and as it goes down. The bourbon leaves a nice warm mouthfell also.

O: This is a pretty tasty beer. I am a huge fan of Barrel Aged Imperial Stouts and this one for sure doesn't let me down.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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

Pours slick and pitch black like old motor oil. Light tan head that only appears with aggressive pour and dissipates quickly.

Smell is dark chocolate, toffee, caramel and booze.

Taste follows smell. Lots of chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, anise, oak. Booze comes through as well. Light bitter aftertaste. Chocolate lingers on the tongue afterward as well.

Mouthfeel is slick and oily. Full-bodied. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Overall this is excellent RIS. A little less booziness would make this perfect. Have never had a bad beer from Hoppin Frog. Wish I could get some glassware from this brewery too.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip. Deep, dark black. No light at all going through this one at all. Head is a small one finger of mocha colored and whipped appearing head. Lace is on the minimal side but respectable.

Smell is all barrel. Charred wood, vanilla, and alcohol. There are some dark roasted aromas there as well, like coffee and chocolate. This smells fantastic!!

Taste is much more subdued than the nose. Soft chocolate, some coffee and some tart cherry taste. There are some barrel flavors as well like vanilla and wood, some spice but they are a fraction of what they are in the nose.

Mouth is medium to full. Carbonation is on the light side with a long and wet finish. Not a hint of the 9.4% here at all.

Overall I have been waiting a long time to drink this out of my cellar. I finally pulled the trigger and am not disappointed at all. Pick this one up if given the chance.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this

Note: 2010 bottle

Appearance: Black, with a very small, tan head - still and oily looking - very minimal lacing, hard to even drum up lacing

Smell: Dark, burnt malts and lots of bourbon - dark chocolate, roasty, burnt coffee, with some wood and vanilla - dry and roasty but also sweet

Taste: Nice for a bourbon barrel-aged stout - burnt and roasty - chocolate malts, baker's chocolate, milk chocolate - lightly sweet, works well - lots of bourbon and wood without being gross - some molasses and some char

Mouthfeel: On the heavy side of medium, oily and slick, needs some carbonation (but I can forgive this since it's an older bottle)

Overall: A nice use of bourbon

Recently I've criticized some barrel-aged stouts for being utterly dominated by bourbon. Fortunately, this isn't one of them. There is some balance here. It's not astounding, but it's good.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased in 01/2010. Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Pours near black. Heavy. Minimal dark khaki head. No lacing. No carbonation. Still.

Smell: Vanilla, oak, toffee, and whiskey. Lingering boozy sweetness. Malts are deeply roasted. Lots of chocolate and old coffee. Sweet roasted malts. Whiskey adds a nice balance to some of the rougher edges I expect from BORIS. Mild smokiness in the back. Overall on the sweet side.

Taste: Roasted malts. Deep sweetness. Whiskey pushes some vanilla but loads of toffee. Slight acrid age. Minor smokiness. Age has mellowed everything out. Whiskey dominates some of the mellowed parts of the beer. Light caramel sweetness with some old coffee. Some char.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth. Barrel aging has dropped the carbonation to almost nothing. Body is medium, but feels a little thin from the barrel.

Overall: Better than the standard.

A notch up from standard BORIS thanks to the vanilla, oak, and toffee from the whiskey barrels. Other than that, it feels like the same beer. Nice use of whiskey barrels.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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5/5  rDev +17.4%

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

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet. No date on the bottle but purchased 2 years ago. On the first cold night of the season and a perfect beer to enjoy with the Buckeyes game.

Barrel aged B.O.R.I.S. pours a very dark brown color, nearly black, with no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with an obvious influence from the whiskey barrel aging.

Flavor is really exceptionally well done. It begins roasty and sweet before the whiskey flavor begins to come through. The vanilla from the oak barrels is really nice and comes through big near the end. It finishes bitter, boozy, and dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nice and low in carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink at nearly ten percent.

Overall I'm really impressed with this beer. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had recently.

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

Appearance: Poured black as night with a chocolate-brown colored head that stood a finger tall immediately following the pour, but receded rather fast to a thin and spotty layer. There's decent head retention and alcohol legs on the glass, but it all falls back into the beer eventually.

Aroma: Vanilla, Whiskey, Dark Fruits, Dark Chocolate, and Roasted Barley. Very nice.

Taste: I'm getting a nice roasted flavor right up front, but the oak, vanilla, & bourbon flavors from the barrels aren't far behind. I'm getting some subtle flavors of chocolate and dark fruits towards the middle as well. The finish features some roasty-bitterness and a touch of alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with low carbonation (which is on-point for the style).

Morey's Bottom Line: A really nice barrel aged stout. The oatmeal in the base beers lends a nice mouthfeel, and the barrel adds the familiar bourbon and vanilla flavors that you expect from a good barrel aged stout. It's a bit pricy, but worth picking up a couple of bottles without question.

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Little head on a slick black surface. Not much lacing.

Smells of whiskey, vanilla, roastyness in the background.

I really like the way this tastes. The barrel compliments but doesn't completely dominate. Whiskey, woody vanilla flavors. Some chocolate comes through as well. Finishes with a fair amount of sweetness.

Seems like an appropriate mouthfeel. Very like many BA stouts.

A very nice stout. I look forward to the bottle I will age and see what flavors emerge.

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

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S., Oatmeal Imperial Stout, stout aged in whiskey barrels. 1 pint 6 fl. ounces (22 fluid ounces) 9.4 % Alc/Vol.

Cast in the starkest style, ebon as the night, black as the raven, with a richly roasted dark tan head, which slims down to nil in a quickness.

Aromatics: The bourbon barrel hits at once, boom! bam-a-lam! All the big boys come out swinging, all the molasses, and the cocoa, the coffee, the sweet ichor, the richness of life, it's all swimming in this. Just right.

Taste: Slick, smooth, rich, and delicious. All that wrapped up in a tidy, tasty bow. The plain and simple qualities of the luscious and lovely oatmeal stout, dipped in the everlasting wonderfulness of an imperial stout. Got To, Love. It. Deep and delicious. Did I say that already? Smooth and slick, substantive and sumptuous. And the bourbon wraps it all up, the oatmeal and imperial, swept up in the vanilla and the sweet and rich whiskey flavor. Love. It. Yum. Deelish!

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Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,389 ratings.
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