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

Photo of mooseo
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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 petrusek23
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rypkr
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Most over priced beer ever. It's not a bad beer but $15-$18 for a so-so 9.4% bb stout? Lol.

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Photo of okono
4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michaelsmith11
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rydev24
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of rcjennings
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 RJGaible
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.62/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a khaki head.
The aroma is very bourbon forward followed by bittersweet chocolate and roast.
The flavor is very strong bourbon with a big malty body. It's sweet chocolate, roast and bourbon. The oatmeal adds a nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic stuff.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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