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

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one was really surprising. I didn't think this was going to be much, but was very surprised. Lots of barrel and good adjuncts throughout and on the finish. Nice boozing said, but not overpowering.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice chocolate brown head that dissipates rather quickly and doesn't leave very much. The beer itself is a very nice dark chocolate black with a bit of an oily sheen to it.

The smell is pretty good. It has a nice mix of the whiskey and the chocolate notes and a bit of creamy oatmeal notes. The whiskey gives the beer a nice spice to it. The roasted malts are there with a bit of coffee supplementing the other notes. The smell has an ever present vanilla note that is a bit subtle but still there.

The taste is very good. The whiskey seems to be the most present note that is noticeable. The dark chocolate and roasted malt notes mix very well with the creamy oatmeal to create a fairly delicious mixture. The whiskey lingers a bit afterwards, which isn't a bad thing. The taste also has that subtle vanilla note but is a bit more strong.

The feel is pretty good. It is a heavy bodied beer that is very creamy and borders on silky. The carbonation is light and noticeable but adds to the silkiness of the beer.

Overall, a very good beer and worthy of being consumed. The beer isn't too taxing for something that's been barrel aged and has nice, vivid notes. The notes in the smell and taste tend to blend together fairly well but manage to remain distinct enough that you can tell them apart. This one is definitely worth picking up if you come across it.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.02/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged BORIS on tap. I liked the frog, particularly the tap handle - a frog. A bit bourbon forward, some coffee, but overall excellent. Weirdest thing happened just after I got my beer - there was a huge bang and the building really shook, like it dropped several inches. We all thought someone had crashed a car into the building, but when we went outside to see what it was, could not figure it out, went back to drinking. Later news stories indicated a tectonic plate shift or a meteor exploding in the atmosphere. A friend of mine felt and heard the same thing at his house 4 miles away.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Super dark body, small chocolate head even with an aggressive pour. Head dies out quickly with little lacing.
S: Whiskey is definitely present, but it is entertwined with a malty sweetness. My mouth is watering, so I think we're good here.
T: Follows the nose, with hints of vanilla. Whiskey lingers on the tongue with a slight burn
F: Nice thickness to the feel here, goes down surprisingly smooth.
O: Solid beer here. Not best in class for the style, but solidly above average. It is worth noting that I so want to dock them points for logo here as it had me convinced that there wouldn't be a good beer within. Learn from my mistake; this is one beer you don't want to judge by its cover.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Just had the latest release of Barrel Aged BORIS Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in whiskey barrels, from Hoppin Frog, and it was delicious, top notch. Might be the best Imperial Stout I've ever had. Akron seems to have a great brewery in Hoppin Frog. A friend mailed the beer to me.

(L) The color is dark brown almost black with a two inch thick light brown head

(A) The aroma is roasty malts, coffee, and bourbon.

(T) The taste is chocolate, coffee, oats, bourbon, sweetness, pine, all together in a really nice flavor.

(F) Velvety, creamy, thick, easy drinking, and barely a hint of the alcohol.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Pitch black. One finger brown head retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Brownie batter and fudge sauce. Good amount of roast. Whiffs of mocha. Some earthy and piney hops. Chewy caramel, whiskey, and wood.

T: Good and roasty up front. A bit ashy even. Fudge sauce and brownie batter. Mocha. French roast. Big spike of hop bitterness and a lot of earth and pine hop flavor. Hints of vague dark fruit. Bite of whiskey is quite potent. Woody barrel. Bitter finish.

M: Huge, thick body. Weighty, chewy, viscous, and slick. Fine carbonation has some bite.

O: I'm a big whiskey drinker too, but the bite of the whiskey in this one did become a bit distracting. It's kinda hot. It isn't enough to derail the experience by any means, but I suppose I do prefer the base BORIS. Perhaps the batch I got just ended up hotter than usual.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in the middle, brown to the edge. Small 1/5" brown head. Aroma was a delicate touch of bourbon, not too small, just, small, with a little bit of chocolate.

Taste was an appreciable beer that wasn't the biggest at anything it did, the base was veritable and sturdy, but wasn't the sludgiest of imperial stouts, allowed for the minor bourbon touch to sit confidently. Warming, smooth stout, would bang again, good price, good availability. Have had batches 5 & 6.

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Photo of MIchelle
4.71/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A beautiful thick dark pour with a nice inch light brown head. A light sweet smell and a great mouth feel. It goes down VERY smooth. It has a full bodied sweet taste traditional of oatmeal stout. It's such a smooth drinker it really packs a punch at 9.3% abv. It has a nice added flavor with the barrel aging. This is an amazing beer. I paid $18.00 for the 1 pint 6oz bottle and i'd buy it again. I am very impressed.

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Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark black with a one finger mocha head. The aroma has chocolate, dark roasted malt, molasses, whiskey, oak, vanilla, and dark fruit.

Tastes just like it smells. Sweet, without being overly sweet. There is no alcohol taste, which is great for a 9.4 % abv beer. Gets sweeter as it warms up.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a chocolate and molasses aftertaste. An enjoyable beer, which i will gladly buy again.

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Photo of CHickman
4.19/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in E. Northport, pours pitch black color with a small beige head that faded quickly and left decent spotty lacing. I suspect it was the bartenders pour that produced such a little head.

Smells of smoked malts, coffee grinds, piney hops, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, oats and some earthy notes. Pretty basic with not as much barrel influence at first, coming out later as it warmed up with minor oaky and vanilla notes.

Tastes much better than it smells with a nice roasty malt foundation that then turns to cocoa powder, dark chocolate, oats, vanilla bean, toffee, brown sugar, molasses and what seems like espresso. The next wave of flavors tie it all together with piney hops, earthy notes, oaky barrel notes and a little sweet booze. Minor oat presence for an oatmeal stout, but the char, barrel and chocolate accents more than make up for it and mask the ABV well.

Mouthfeel is thin and slick, sliding down easy with almost no carbonation, a medium feel that has a little texture but is generally thin and not boozy like I expected from a barrel aged stout. Complex, smooth and tasty, overall this was quite enjoyable and much easier to drink than a 9.4% ABV beer should be. No clue what year this stout is but I bet it's better aged longer.

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Photo of nodder
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle

A- Pitch black with a thin tan head. Slight sticky lacing on glass.

S- Dark chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla beans. Smells very sweet like molasses.

T- Heavy bourbon flavor throughout. Also coffee, chocolate, oak, vanilla. Very sweet. Boozy as expected with a BA stout.

M- Medium/full with lower/average carbonation. The oatmeal makes for a smooth finish.

O- A very good barrel aged stout. Pricey, but glad I tried it. Well done.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This had everything that I was looking for in a barrel aged oatmeal stout. It was smooth and creamy. Not too boozy or too hot. The barrel complemented the oatmeal stout instead of overpowering it. Wish I had another!

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. Very dark brown pour with a tall and lively espresso-coloured head, as well as visible carbonation. Smells of dark cherries, green hops, cocoa, coffee, bourbon and oak. Smooth mouthfeel, made slightly rough by the carbonation. Notes of bourbon up front, followed by dark cherries, roasted malts, milk chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Warm and bitter-sweet aftertaste. Very well balanced BA beer, with the base beer notes in balance with the barrel notes. A solid RIS, definitely one I will try again.

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Photo of _LOD
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big and boozey chocolate bomb!! Whiskey barrel is prominent and chocolate richness is awesome on the finish! Really enjoyed as I weather thru a blizzard!!!

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Photo of Phil-Fresh
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2015 Bottle.

A: Boozy; lots of whiskey upfront, followed by some roasted malt and a light amount of wood.

A: Black color, totally opaque with a small tan head that recedes pretty quickly into a thin ring around the glass.

T: The barrel presence is really noticeable; moderate whiskey and oak, followed by roasted malt. The beer finishes with a light bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Solid; but could have used some aging, the whiskey barrel is really prominent. Such a large barrel presence makes this beer a less quaffable, though still enjoyable.

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Photo of JustinCider
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a black opaque color with a small dark tan head that leave a small ring on top of the beer.

Smell: Aromas of bourbon, oak, chocolate and roasted malt.

Taste: Strong oak presence and bourbon (more subdued than on the nose) lead the flavors followed by roasted malt with hints of chocolate and vanilla.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy.

Overall: This a beer that I received as a gift back in June 2014 that I had cellared. Thoroughly enjoyed the oakiness of this beer.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had to finish a new bottle that was partially opened during travel. Black as night with saccharine bourbon nose. Great chocolate malt flavor. Not too boozy but could have used a few more years in the bottle to balance out. Awful label, stellar beer.

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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 TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque dark brown almost black like oil color with khaki colored head. Whiskey, oak, chocolate, roast, and some oats on the nose; follows onto the palate. Very smooth, full bodied. Finishes with whiskey and cocoa.

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Photo of Glanzman
4.89/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 ounce bottle served in 2 pint glasses (shared with my dad)

Pours a jet-black color with 1 finger tan head.

Smells great... dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate... and of course bourbon.

Taste awesome! Really love this beer. Really hate the $15/bottle price! Otherwise I'd buy many more.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black with that classic thick, dense mocha BORIS head--but it doesn't retain as long as the base brew's does.

Smell is nutty molasses, chocolate, boozy oak, with a good amount of vanilla blossoming as it warms.

Oh so luscious in taste, there's that BORIS flavor. Big roasted malt, big chocolate, but the booze is kicked up obviously, with some oak and molasses kicking in that I don't usually get in the base.

This still has a really thick and frothy body, but it's quite hot compared to regular. Can you tell? I don't really like the barrel treatment unless it truly enhances a beer without simply adding booziness.

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Photo of ccg
3.66/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with an inch of creamy brown froth. Swirling it, it leaves thick legs on the glass. It looks rich.
The smell is just bourbon, and even that is fairly subtle. As it warms up, I also smell brown sugar and rich malt. It reminds me a bit of Evil Twin's "Lil B."
It tastes like an awful lot like Lil' B too, except a bit more bitter and maybe even a little burnt. Normally, I enjoy toasted malt flavors, but here it's a little over the top, and, at the same time, there's also too much sugar, but they don't really balance each other. That said, some chocolate flavors come through, and the toasted flavor malt combines with the bitterness to give it a bit of a coffee flavor.
The mouthfeel is quite good: full and round.
Overall: unfortunately, it was a mild disappointment. Looking at all the other, much higher ratings, I'm thinking that maybe my bottle or my palate was off somehow.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into stout glass. This stout pours a deep mahogany, nearly black with a very thin mocha-colored head and minimal lacing. The primary smell is coffee and chocolate although there is faint oatmeal and subtle, but pleasant, whiskey. The taste features dark coffee with bitter chocolate, caramel, vanilla, and cherry. The whiskey is pretty hot and it hits you at first sip. It also finishes with a slight bitterness. This is a full-bodied, moderately carbonated stout with a pretty strong alcohol burn. It's definitely a sipper. Overall, it's a very good oatmeal imperial stout. It incorporates all of the taste elements I enjoy, including some nice dark fruit. It also has quite a kick to it.

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Photo of Tilly
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

P: Black pour, huge dark brown two finger head that doesn't last to long but has great lacing.
A: Coffee, chocolate, caramel, malt and cherry.
T: Dark bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, mild cherry, malt.
M: Week balanced, full body, semi sweet, a bite of syrup, mild alcohol.
O: A truly excellent Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I WILL have another!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into a snifter at ~40 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours your standard stout black, and forms almost no head (we're talking quarter-finger or less here) of a dark brown foam that vanishes swiftly and leaves only an infintesimally small ring in its wake.

Smell: Warm, boozy, oaky, vanilla-caramel bourbon wafts out of the glass, atop a cloud of blackened malt and sweet molasses.

Taste: A shot of straight bourbon, like a Basil Hayden grade, without the alcohol burn and with a bite of a stick of black licorice or perhaps some freshly ground star anise - that's more or less the flavor profile here. There are hints of molasses, caramel, plum, and vanilla extract, especially in the finish and aftertaste, but for the most part, this is a bourbon and anise ride. What ABV may be present is well hidden, lending no heat to the beer.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thin for a stout, on the very heavy side of medium-bodied, or the lightest side of full-bodied.

Overall: A solid BA stout, up there with Thirsty Dog as far as concealing the ABV while bringing the flavors through is concerned. It's a bit less complex than a BA Siberian Night, but there is something to be said for a well-executed simplicity.

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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 2,374 ratings.
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