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 TrickkyGangsta
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Rutager
4.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Yeahnatenelson!! 2011 bottle ...I think anyways, possibly older.

Appearance. Pours black and fairly viscous with just a skim of dark brown head.

Smell. Bakers chocolate and whiskey, slightly woody and just a little roasty malt.

Taste. Sweet dark chocolate, some nice toasted oak and vanilla, a bit of smooth whiskey, a drop of dark coffee and just a hint of blackberries. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Full body, lightly warming and lowish carbonation.

Overall. A very nice big stout. Smooth, rich, and a nice level of whiskey and barrel. The sweetness is about as much as I would want in a beer like this. Well made.

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Photo of MaseFace
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sneaks2210
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MystikCelt
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of chanokokoro
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Hoppin Frog Brewery branded snifter (thanks Pensfan!)

Pours an opaque black with a one and finger dark beige head. The head quickly dissipates to form a foam ring around the glass. The nose is whiskey-forward, with dark fruit and roasty notes. Opens with a touch of roasted malt, bakers/dark chocolate, and dark fruit including hints of black cherry and plum joined by oak and whiskey notes. Finishes with continued whiskey and booziness, roasted malt and roasted espresso notes. Full bodied, low carbonation as expected with most barrel aged beers and a slightly creamy, smooth mouthfeel. The base beer is exceptional and the barrel adds a new dimension here. Really enjoyable and recommended.

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Photo of Mister_Joshy
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to HFS sniffer

A: black as night total opaque heavy Mocha head that fades quick super dark chocolate

S: a little boozy upfront I can smell the oats and the malt in there too but is slightly off putting

T:follows the nose with a little bit of alc upfront but it does fade quickly into a creamy oatmeal like flavor that goes to a bitter malt finish and you can taste the alc again a little but not horrible

M: thick but oily texture that has a creamy consistency were the carbonation is mixed in perfectly

O: really solid oatmeal imperial stout but the alc and bitterness of the hops kinda ruined it for me especially when paired with a weak smell but I liked the look and mouthfeel so though its not my favorite I still recommend it curious as to taste after some aging.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of kennylopez
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a 22Oz bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: a think dark black with a mocha colored head that is about a finger thick and fades rather quick leaving little to almost no lacing.

Smells: a nice roasted malt with some vanilla and beautiful barrel nose.

Tastes: as good the orginal version just alot better. There is whiskey layer that adds a velvety smooth sweetness to the perfect hoppy stout. there is a caramel/ vanilla hint that comes through more as it warms up that I love from this beer.

Mouthfeel: a full bodied stout with a slight burn from the 9.4% but the whiskey front blends well it.

Overall: I fully enjoy this beer. I have to call it a beer for an occasion for me with a tag of $18 but no doubt about it I will pick up some more and make a day to enjoy some more. My favorite brew from hoppin frog that I have tried so far.

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Photo of papat444
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was International Stout Day when we sampled this. Thanks the Masterski for this one.

Poured from a 22oz. bottle and shared with my wife.

Appearance: Pours thick and dark with a real dark brown head. Good sized retention that disappears in a few minutes.

Smell: Oat flakes, chocolate mixed with wood and whiskey notes that blend real well. Strong without being boozy.

Taste: Chocolate mixed with whiskey. Oatmeal felt in the finish and there's a robust, roasted flavor in the middle. Slightly less balanced than the aroma but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: Remarkably smooth, bit coarse midway with a medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Packs a punch and almost busts out of balance but doesn't Good stuff.

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Photo of bonez05404
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of KCM
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of sendbeer
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of tbone1384
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Gregwa
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of cvm4
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of gtermi
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +4.7%

Photo of sind310
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of CoryR
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.47/5  rDev +4%
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 -1.2%

Photo of azdback
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 2,405 ratings
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