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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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Ratings: 2,398 |  Reviews: 625
Photo of KevBot89
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Skellbop
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Roguer
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Big bourbon notes on the nose, immediately airborne from the pour, and conveying sweet notes of coconut and vanilla, woody and dull oak notes, and a sweet and slightly spicy liquor quality. Chocolate and roast from the base beer are present but restrained. It is evocative of a sea of chocolate and roasted barley, covered by a thick oily sheen of bourbon.

On the palate, the relative strengths are swapped: the base beer comes through solidly and pleasantly, while the bourbon proves to be a refined plus one to the dance. Chocolate and bourbon take the first steps together, before switching partners and allowing chocolate to pair up with a modestly charred roast. The final third sees bourbon rejoining her partner for the remaining steps. As the music stops, the echo of oak, roast, bitter bakers chocolate, and bourbon leave a lasting impression.

Thick and nearly chewy feel; wonderfully smooth. Surprising amount of heat on the very back-end. Fairly long and more or less wet finish, although there's a touch of a drying effect from the alcohol. Wonderfully easy to drink, each sip inviting the next before you've even finished contemplating the flavors still present.

The nose had me fearing this would be a bourbon lover's BBA stout. It isn't; it is a beer first and foremost, and a wonderful one, at that.

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Photo of A_Rad
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EvoRich
4.94/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of buschbeer
4.16/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves no lacing.

I smell bourbon right away. I get caramel and vanilla notes along with roasted malt and light anise.

Full, chewy mouthfeel

This is a solid BA stout. It may have lost something in four years. There are certainly better beers. I wonder what Fred is charging for this vintage at the taproom. I saw some ridiculous pricing of vintage beer when I was there in July.

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Photo of Josholson666
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor-oil black with a very dark brown small head. head dissipates quickly, leaving a very small ring around the glass. Beautiful head color.
Smell is a surprising amount of whiskey for the abv. Also chocolate, dark roasted malts, a bit of dark fruit.
Tastes like a well-rounded BA stout. Similar to the nose, but more whiskey and a bit of coffee and vanilla. Finishes a bit bitter.
Feel is semi-viscous, pretty thick for the abv. Nice and thick, minimal alcohol heat.

Very good BA stout here, I've passed on these seeing them on the shelves in Wis. before, will have to pick up some other variants next time.

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Photo of Muss42
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamesLeung
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of Rick778
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bartleby91
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance is pitch black with a finger of dark brown head that dissipated quickly. Left copious alcohol legs on the glass.

The aroma is big chocolate, intense roasted malts, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruits and some earthy hop notes.

The taste is coffee like roast malts, chocolate, vanilla sweetness, bourbon, oak, dark fruit and earthy hop bitterness.

The palate is full and creamy with a big lingering bitter roast that mingles well with the hops to help balance it out. It is relatively drinkable for the abv.

Overall this is an excellent rendition of a barrel aged imperial stout from a brewery that seems kind of under the radar. I really like that the notes from the barrel don't overpower the base beer but instead accentuate it.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tylerstravis
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of miniditka77
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with very little head.
Smells sweet and roasty - not super complex, but very nice.
Taste is pretty good, but the bourbon doesn't really come through much other than putting a little bit of burn on it. A little sweet, a little chocolate and vanilla.
Feel is moderately heavy/thick with a little bit of a burn, but surprisingly drinkable for a BBA stout.
Overall - I'd buy it again. Maybe not the best BBA stout out there, but it's a good BBA stout that only cost me $15 for a bomber (much less than some stouts that aren't any better).

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Photo of Zazzi82
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fubudu187
3.27/5  rDev -24%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a thick black, with a thin, creamy brown head.
S- Lots of sweet malt smell. Chocolate and black licorice. Oaky smell.
T- Very sweet right off the bat. Nice hop and spice that transitions into the chocolate and oat. Bitterness balances te begining sweetness. Bitterness resinates for a long time along with the chocolate. Whiskey botes slides im after initial sweetness and does not overpower. Wonderfully complex.
M- Wonderfully smooth symphony of tastes. Warming.
O- Complexitu makes this a wonderful offering

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Photo of Chackman151
4.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TylerJ
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rogerlb
3.24/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

B.O.R.I.S. has a lot of variants -- this is the 2nd I've had. Pours dark and rather thick. Head is brown and inconsequential.

Smell is tobacco, coffee, some roasted bread. Taste is burnt toast, anise (black licorice), caramel, the wood of a charred barrel, chocolate-covered cherries that have been left on the frying pan too long, and cheap bourbon. Hoppy; and much more bitter and harsh than the Crusher/Oatmeal Reserve variant. This one, also at 9.4%, has a cloying alcohol aftertaste that gets worse the more it warms. Gets a little sickly and slick. Boozy can be done well. Here, I feel a headache coming on.

Any benefit of the barrel aging seems to have been missed, too much bourbon in the wood and burnt malt way too forward rather than mellowing, a silky vanilla undercurrent only barely there. You know how your wife says stouts are "nasty"? This.

I got a Hopping Frog logo cap, not sure how old this was as there is no date, and I did cellar it for 4 months. Longer might have mellowed the tastes? Careful with your BORIS.

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Photo of Cfred371
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

No bottle date, so I'm unsure how long this sat

Look: Barrel aged BORIS pours a viscous black, with a minimal khaki head appearing up top. The head dissipated quite quickly.

Smell: Judging from the nose, this has aged for a bit. I get whiskey notes, a hint of cherry, which seems to be something I get with aged BA beers, tootsie roll, and some chocolate

Taste: Whiskey, cherry, tootsie roll, and pretty much everything I get in the nose. I am not big on beers that have been cellared, so I'm sure I'd enjoy a fresh batch much more.

Feel: The mouthfeel is pretty nice and full on this, with some creamy aspects. There is a little burn on the finish, showcasing the whiskey notes

Overall: My main issue was that this wasn't a fresh representation, but that said I enjoyed the beer. The flavors and aromas seem a little subdued, but this could be due to age.

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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 2,398 ratings
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