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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Photo of aewinte1
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours black with nice 2" tan head. Had to pour very vigorously to get foamage, but it was there.
S- So complex, its somewhat hard to pick out all the scents. I get coffee, chocolate malts, booze, vanilla, and a smokey oakey flavor. Smells very sweet, but slightly boozey. Really a great smelling beer.
T- Again, this beer is very complex, but the taste is truly remarkable. At first sip, bourbon, chocolate, and coffee creaminess hit the palate. Has a nice smokey flavor, possible from the oak. Finishes sweet and creamy with a nice coffee-bourbon aftertaste. Really, really dank.
M- was creamy and viscous with the carbonation really being perfectly adequate.
D- Would be a shame if you didn't sip this to savor all the awesomeness in every drop. That being said, I could like drink 3-4 of these in one sitting if they weren't so expensive and unavailable in my area.
Overall, A truly excellent beer. I will throw this on my mental top 10 list.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I want to thank BigEarl for this bottle. Dan provided this to me as he made his way back to Chicago to work at FFF. Dan we miss you here in Boston.

Poured this into my favorite snifter. A finger of dark tan head forms. Not very aggressive and shy of creamy. The beer is quite shiny and the deepest brown. (not black)
The head does fade in ½ rather quickly then sits as a thin cap. Some slight lacing remains.

Tons of vanilla in the aroma. Slightly woody and of slight chocolate.

Flavor is just fantastic. Layers of vanilla and dark roasted malt. Some dark fruits and I almost swear I taste cherry or to be more specific, chocolate covered cherry. Lots of bourbon which again takes me back to the vanilla. Such a wonderful smooth finish. You really get a touch of wood as it fades.

Creamy, full bodied and silky smooth.

Just wonderful. I am happy that I have another bottle of this. Fantastic.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a dark black color with hardly any head at all. A tan, caramel color froth was thin and only covered 1/4 of the glass. A very thin ring of lacing remains.

S - Bodacious bourbon and booze scents with notes of fig & raisin. Very pleasant.

T - Wow. Incredible taste. Bourbon and booze for sure but the booze was not overpowering. Some dark chocolate, figs, and a creamy coffee taste as well. Just a great mixture of flavors here.

M - Smooth with mild/medium carbonation. Coats the tongue and mouth well but doesn't stick. Just leaves a tease of flavors after consumption.

O - An awesome stout. Highly recommend this frog brew.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to CBS Snifter. 2011 Vintage.

A - Thick inky dark black pour with a small amount of medium brown head that quickly receded to a ring around the glass.

S - Big chocolate aroma up front with some dark fruit that give way to bourbon, vanilla and oak aromas.

T - Bourbon up front with hints of oak and vanilla from the barrel. Big chocolate flavours with some lighter dark fruit notes and a touch of brown sugar from the base beer. A remarkable balance of the base beer and the barrel aging.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy.

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Photo of BuckyFresh
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to TCGoalie for hooking our tasting group up with this delicious beer. Enjoyed with TCGoalie, zoso1967, and TCHopCraver.

Appearance: Pours an impenetrable brown/black with little to no head. There is a ring of mocha foam around the edges, however, that hangs around throughout drinking. Dark bubbles can be summoned by agitation and leave interesting designs on the surface.

Smell: Awesome smell, with dark chocolate, lots of oatmeal, vanilla, coffee, oak, and bourbon. Very creamy smelling as well. One of the better smelling barrel aged stouts I can remember enjoying.

Taste: Flavor is equally amazing and really smooth. Lots of dark chocolate, coffee, charred oak, caramel, marshmallow, vanilla, and just a hint of bourbon. A glass full of roasty toasty deliciousness. Everyone at our tasting party REALLY enjoyed this one.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, adequate carbonation, and well-balanced. I would have liked a tad more body, but it is a very small ding in what is a very stupendous beer.

Overall: If I see this again, I will buy it in a heartbeat. One of the best barrel aged stouts I have ever had.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid, deep, mesmerizing black. Chocolate milkshake one finger head that looks amazing. Head eventually goes into marbled streaks across the top of the beer. Epic lacing on the glass. This is an amazing looking beer for the style. I really can't think of anything to improve it- thus the super rare 5.

S- Holy crap. It's not very often that I yell "WOW!!" on the first sniff. This is one of those times. Simply amazing nose. Bourbon smell is rich, smooth, not overpowering... Perfect. Malt, sugar, and vanilla in there as well. I really hate giving 5's, but this is a 5 for the style if I've ever smelled one.

T- Wow. I was expecting to be let down by the taste compared to the nose. Wrong. This is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I've ever had. Espresso, caramel, whiskey, vanilla, it's all there. I don't taste a lick of the 9.4% alcohol either. Super smooth, but the whiskey makes it's presence known big time. The flavor of this beer explodes once it hits your taste buds, and doesn't let go until long after your last sip. Truly outstanding.

M- Very smooth, and very drinkable considering the big flavors in this beer. The hops give it a little bite on the feel, but not overwhelming. Everything just WORKS in this beer, and the feel is no exception. Aftertaste lasts an eternity. Simply great.

O- This is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and there's no doubt about it.... it's World Class. This is definitely in the top 3 or 4 beers I've had in this style, and absolutely a top tier beer of all that I've enjoyed. I'm really humbled I got to try this, and I will absolutely pick it up by the armful whenever I see it again. Cheers!

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Photo of larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to misterhops for this one
Review from notes taken on 7/9/11
22 oz bomber, red cap batch 5, poured into a snifter

A- Very dark brown/black with no head

S- Bitter-sweet chocolate, bourbon, oak, coffee

T- Roasted malts/coffee, chocolate, big oak flavor, nice bourbon finish without having much alcohol burn.

M- Smooth, full-body, good carbonation, creamy

O- This is a good barrel aged stout that I really enjoyed. Nose is a little boozy, but the taste isn't. Great oak flavor. I am very glad I have another bottle to age.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A little smokey hazlenut, oak and dark malt on the nose with some faint bourbon. Taste is very similar to the standard Boris, but smoothed-out by the aging & picking-up some vanilla & caramel from the barrel. It certainly is not boozey or soaked in bourbon flavor like many of these aged stouts. It is very well blended, adding some new flavors to this base brew but not overpowering it. M

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled December 2015 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. Sampled side-by-side with BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time. Same as BORIS The Crusher.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. The is a little edge that may be due to the barrel aging, that is not in the BORIS The Crusher. Nice combination and balance between the hops, oatmeal, and the malts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this. I don't know if it is due to barrel aging, but I do not get that flavor from the BORIS The Crusher. This vanilla flavor is very slight and does not detract from the other flavors, nor does it make the overall taste too sweet. The alcohol flavor is slightly stronger than BORIS The Crusher. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal. Strong alcohol which matches with the 9.4% on the label.

Overall: This was the first time I tried thbarrel-aged version of BORIS, but it is the third time I have tried BORIS The Crusher. I love both of these beers it. Overall this is an excellent stout. I enjoy both BORIS recipes, and like the added edge and flavors that the barrel aging adds. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What a great bourbon barrel aged beer - as good as any of the big hitters, but with none of the truck chain necessary to get it.

Nicely thick, perfectly bourbon-y, and full of thick roasty chocolate coffee flavors.

Deep and delicious!

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Photo of cameraman
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a black opaque color, with no hints of light. A thick and oily look with a small creamy caramel colored head. The sweet scent of oatmeal hits the nose, followed by a whiskey fragrance, with touches of chocolate at the end. Oatmeal and malt sweetness is the strength at first taste that is soon overtaken by bourbon, whiskey flavor. A dried fruit flavor comes forward soon after, mostly of raisons and currants, finishing with a touch of grapefruit and citric bitterness. A very slick and oily finish that spreads out evenly, it finishes with a mild dryness on the back of the palate with a slight burn of alcohol. This is an in your face beer, an intense fragrance and flavor are top notch. A thick and dark look with the slick and oily texture make this a great night cap beer.

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Photo of jdklks
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to normyk for this one.

wow. this beer looks and smells phenomenal. one of the darkest beers ive seen. black all the way through with just the slightest tinge of amber on the edges when held directly up to the light. dark brown head that recedes quickly but leaves a nice ring around a thin island of bubbles in the middle. zero lacing.

everything great about an imperial stout is here, and here in a big way. the barrel aging is fantastic. a good whiskey flavor all the way through that is not overwhelming at all, but rather nice and calm, subtle and classy. a good deal of chocolate sweetness through the middle with hints of caramel and molasses. a great roasty/smokiness accompanied by a dry hazelnut flavor that gives way to a sweet oak whiskey flavor in the finish/aftertaste. very warming. the 9.4% is pronounced, and awesome. as if all this were not enough, the hop character perfectly compliments the onslaught of malty awesomeness. an absolutely fantastic beer.

mouthfeel is slightly tingly, though it is not because of excessive carbonation, but rather the sting of the alcohol. otherwise, it is just a little too thin, but exceptionally smooth. drinkability is huge... i cant stop sipping.

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Photo of dqrull
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cheers Oskar, thanks alot for sharing!

Poured black as coal with light red tints at the edge when held up to a the light. Creamy thick head that dies out fairly quick and leaves some lacing.

Smells really fruity, especially of dark berries, blackberries first and foremost. Imagine blackberryjam on a piece of toasted rye bread, and a light note of coffee and a very light hint of vanilla in the back, or is it the oats?

Starts of with the toasted rye bread again, but this time the blackberries are accompanied by raspberries and an ever so light touch of blueberries. This is all followed by a little raisin and dried figs, all the while having the toasted bread along. Mid-palate it all transforms into a much less fruity experience, but with a rather bitter cocoa, and dark semi-sweet milk chocolate. There is cofee as well, and just after you have recognized these for the style signature characteristics, the creamy vanilla and oak notes push through and finishes thebeer off ever so smoothly, awesome.

Mouthfeel is creamy, almost overly creamy to me, and the carbonation is light and contributing to the creamyness.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark root beer color - black with beautiful brown highlights and very little carbonation. Smells of whiskey with some tobacco and deep roasted malt notes that dominate the nose. First sip is oaked whiskey with a ton of fruits like a stick of juicy fruit gum. To compliment the bouquet of dark fruits, there is plenty of roasted malts and tobacco too. Light bodied but not to a fault. My winner in a NCAA bracket style face-off of 10 World Class BA RIS's.

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Photo of Beejay
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to dstoke85 for this bottle.

A: Black as black can be. Nice creamy coffee colored head on the top.

S: Huge chocolate, bourbon and oak. A bit of a bite from the alcohol. Smells really nice to me.

T: Drumroll please... Yowser. Smack in the face! Big Bourbon and oak flavor up front. Then comes a strong vanilla flavor, and it ends with a nice toasted malt flavor with just a hint of smoke. As this warms the smokey oak really comes out.

M: Creamy and smooth, just a little bite from the alcohol. Very nice.

D: Oh yes. Anytime.. tastes great and is creamy smooth. Definitely something I would drink again. Very nice beer.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4.6/5  rDev +8%

Strong bourbon nose. Very smooth mouthfeel. Bourbon is very evident in the taste, but so incredibly smooth and compliments the excellent base beer well. A great drink, and one to savor!

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Photo of hopwilder
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A beautiful dark pour that leaves a fluffy, tan, creamy ring of head around the glass. Leaves little lacing upon sitting.
Smell - The barrel aging is apparent, with hints of sweet, roasted coffee, and a light hop aroma to finish it off.
Taste - Again an initial hit of the wood barrels, followed by the roasted coffee, as the sweet sugary flavors come out right in your face. The finish is a fantastic combination of the woody, roasted flavors and the sweet creaminess.
Mouthfeel - The creamy texture of the stout is slightly lighter due to the barrel aging, with appropriate levels of carbonation.
Drinkability - The weakest asset of this beer, due mostly to the harder woody, bourbon flavors brought out due to aging.

Overall I loved this beer, one of the best OIS I have had in a long time. However, with some aging the balance in flavors will have a chance to settle to complete awesomeness!

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Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a CBS Snifter

A: Pours a dark dark brown, almost black. 1finger deep mocha head. Decent amounts of lacing and retention.

S: Smells of Oak, Bourbon/Whiskey, Vanilla, Coffee and some chocolate. None are more overpowering all are subtle.

T: Bourbon/Whiskey and Oak on the tongue, followed by delicious creamy vanilla, chocolate, coffee. Hint of burn as it travels down.

M: Full body and medium carbonation.

O: Outstanding BA IRS. The flavors work extremely well in this. Nothing is overpowering, but you can definitely taste the details in all of it. FYI, This was a green cap but some say they are re-using colored caps.. no idea how old this guy is.

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Photo of Spectre
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.Poors like motor oil with a copper head.

S.The whiskey carry's a similar scent to a bourbon. Strong alcohol with grinded coffee and chocolate.

T.Sweeter than you would expect. Milk, coco, coffee, and a strong whiskey burn at the end.

M.Real smooth, not too thick not too thin.

Overall this is a top ten stout. Unlike this unique beer most whiskey aged stouts are terrible.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bombers of this at Binny's in Des Plaines, IL.

A: Pours a completely black used motor oil color with less than a finger of beautiful dark mocha colored head that recedes quickly to just a rim of small bubbles around the edge.

S: Smells like mostly dark chocolate, with roasted malts, black coffee...surprisingly not much of a "barrel aged" scent as I don't pick up much vanilla, oak, or even whiskey...when it warms up you can smell more whiskey/boozy scents

T: Lots of the scents are present in the flavors, with a little of the barrel aging coming out more - super dark chocolatey, roasted malts, some dark coffee then a little whiskey comes out at the halfway point until the finish along with subtle vanilla and oak

M: Mouthfeel is amazing on this beer, super creamy and thick, almost syrupy and oily, some tingling from the carbonation

D: Surprisingly drinkable for the style, I keep looking at the glass and it's going down quick. There's some great intense flavor here without being "too much". There is a slight tinge of alcohol, but I really think it's a great aspect of the beer.

Overall, the smell left a little to be desired and the appearance to a smaller extent. However, the flavor of this beer is just awesome. I think a lot of other breweries are barrel aging the heck out of their beers, but I think the fact that Hoppin' Frog only put this in barrels for a few months really made this beer what it is. It's a great RIS base with just a bit of barrel aging that really gives this beer that little bit extra and makes it special.

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Photo of tsauce2
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 22 oz bomber poured in to a DFH tulip.

A: SRM is near black. Nearly opaque. Head is dark tan, foamy, 2 in, dissipates to cover the top of the beer.

S: Dark roast malt, chocolate, bourbon, toffee, vanilla.

T: Follows suit with smell. Great balance of ingredients and barrel aging. Aftertaste follows suit.

M: Good body fortified by barrel aging.

O: Great beer up front. Gets even better with age. Kinda pricey in Indy market, but have found this for much less in other markets. Fantastic.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2013 (3yr old) 22oz bomber purchased for $17.99.

Very dark brown 1" head which quickly dissipated to small ring. Liquid is nearly black with just a hint of brown.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate and coffee, leather, hint of sweetness (molasses?)

Taste reveals dark roasted malts balanced with bit of sweetness, chocolate and coffee, bourbon and alcohol definitely present - but more in the background

Full mouthfeel, slightly syrupy - allowing tastes to coat and linger

Aging did improve this already impressive ale. I'll be looking for this again and setting aside for a while again.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bought this on my trip to Chicago in April. Just now getting around to opening it.

Poured out of the bottle, with a black cap, a thick motor oil black into a Stone RIS glass. Thin head with little retention. Scent of the bourbon hits my nose, but that's all I get, I have a terrible nose. The taste has the bourbon burst up front with a bit of a hop presence. Then bring on the oats . . . the mouth just shuts down and goes dryer than a desert. A wonderful complexity and very well balanced. No two flavors are stronger than the other. Mouthfeel is perfectly bodied for the style and dry.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After a long drive home I decided it was time to crack open a biggie that I have been dying to try, served chilled and poured into a darkness snifter, this one was consumed on 07/26/2009.

Appearance - The poor was black as night with a thin tan head on top. Not hanging around long it faded back into the abyss and left some light side glass lacing that webbed out decently.

Smell - Big aroma here. Lots of dark fruity notes which suprised me, but melted into rich vanilla and oak like notes that wrapped around a soild base of chocolate and coffee. Very well done.

Taste - Again huge here. There are loads of vanilla and oak notes that wash across the tongue first, filling the palate and really exploring the full spectrum of taste here. Chocolate and coffee move in but then the suprise, nice notes of plums maybe? Perhaps figs, where this fruit like note is coming from I am not sure but it is more then a welcome sight here and really serves to thicken the flavor. A long drawn out finish winds down with a light hint of vanilla and cocoa dacing on the tongue.

Feel - Big, but not too thick it is very well balanced. Despite the lack of the big head on it there is very good carbonation that works on all levels quite nicely.

Drinkabilty - Very nicely done again here. The ABV is deceptively smooth and none of the flavors overbearing. I literally thought it was outstanding to sip on and found myself indulging in a bit more then I thought during the course of the night.

Overall it was outstanding. One of the better barrel aged stouts I have had in a very long time. Why it took me soo long to get ahold of this one I have no idea but it was well worth it for sure. I would do this again any day, I may have a new favorite!

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Photo of weeare138
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears an opaque black with a fluffy tan cap that slowly fades into a gentle cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of complex dark ripe fruit, vanilla, bourbon, black grapes, raisins, caramel, buttercream candies, dark chocolate, intense ride here.
Taste is of the aromas with a superb complex blend of cocoa, sea salted caramels, dark cocoa truffles, turbinado sugar, vanilla, and the obvious bourbon blend. As a bourbon fan - this is outrageous.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, syrupy, slick in the finish, with a boozy finish that screams, "hope this is a nightcap, bitch!". That it is. Loving it! Well done.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.26 out of 5 based on 2,367 ratings.
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