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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
622
Ratings:
2,376
Avg:
4.26
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
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Reviews: 622 | Ratings: 2,376
Photo of sidetracked
3.92/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 3 bottle. Pours black with a very thin light/medium brown head. Mahogany highlights. No lacing.

Smell is dominated by bourbon and wood but no real alcohol presence. Slight sweetness. Roasted malts and a little vanilla.

Upfront taste is slightly sweet; bourbon mixed with roasted malts, raisin-like fruitiness, caramel and molasses. Bourbon increases through the finish--still some molasses sweetness present along with a little vanilla.

Full bodied, creamy and smooth. Finish is syrupy with a light alcohol heat. Light carbonation.

Good balance of bourbon and stout, but gets a little boring half way through the bottle.

2/11/2011

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Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to brees6221 for this one...

Poured from a bomber into a Ballast Point pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger brown head. Head dissipates at a fairly quick pace, and there is not much lacing to be had...

S - Smell is pretty docile. All I pick up is Chocolate and Bourbon...

T - Chocolate, molasses, dark roasted malts, and dark fruits. Bourbon comes through in the finish. Tasty...

M - Rich and creamy with next to no carbonation...

O - Not my favorite from the style, but still solid. Think I might perfer the regular version a little more, but still glad I got a chance to try this one...

Cheers...

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Acquired in a trade and poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Bruery tulip glass.

A: Thick and viscous black liquid that supported a dark mocha colored head. Lacing and head didn't seem to last very long.

S: Definitely picked up the whiskey, very similar to Jack Daniels, along with dark fruit and subtle chocolate.

T: I was a little suspicious about how this beer was going to turn out after sticking my nose in my glass for a few minutes, but I was pleasantly surprised by how well all the flavors gelled together. I picked up this sweet chocolate up front that was backed up by very minute, but noticeable notes of caramel, whiskey, dark fruit, and vanilla. There may possibly be some anise in this brew as well.

M: Creamy, oily, full-body...basically awesome!

D: Even though I was able to pick up some of the alcohol hotness...I found this beer incredibly easy to drink. The immense and complex flavor profile probably had a lot to do with it.

Overall: One of the most flavorful and complex Imperial Stouts out there! I was really impressed on how well all the flavors came together in the end. A must try beer and something I'll be tracking down again. Cheers!

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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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Photo of levifunk
4.8/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

gold cap bottle, so mostly likely batch 2.

a - pour it deep black. opaque. lower carbonation/head.

s - sweet whiskey, dark fruit, chocolate, roasted malts, and a bit of tobacco.

t - so smooth. i love this beer. perfect balance between whiskey and the chocolate caramel sweetness. I get a bit of coffee, but that might be the roasted malts.

m - thick, chewy, perfect carbonation level for me.

o - my only negative thought on this beer when having it fresh was that it was a bit hot, but with a couple years on it this is perfect.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Green Cap

A: Pitch black body with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves next to no lacing.

S: Chocolate, alcohol, and I think cinnamon. Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms up.

T: Intensely sweet and alcoholic, kind of like a chocolate liqueur. Lots of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, cinnamon, and spices. Also plenty of alcohol burn. Aftertaste is somewhat fruity.

M: Thick and sludgy, just the way a big stout should be.

D: Regular BORIS is one of my favorite imperial stouts, so I was eager to give this a try. I really enjoyed this one and see what it would be like aged in whiskey barrels. I normally don't like beer that is aged in whiskey barrels but this one was really enjoyable.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%

Rich and complex mix of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of caramel. Bourbon is there just enough but not as prominent as other BBA beers I've head. Rounds out with some vanilla notes. Think they hit it just right. Silky smooth and mouth coating. Really liked this one and hope to be able to find somewhere this season.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: jet black, viscosity of oil, no head at all. Intriguing.
S: butter, vanilla, booze, some oak. Ironically, the roasted malt and coffee notes are kind of muted by the bourbon overtones.
T: very close to the nose. Sweet notes of vanilla up front accompanied by a boozy taste. The roasted malts step up here and do well to balance the sweetness. At the back, some hoppy bitterness comes into play. Nice.
M: Low to medium carbonation. Slick, but chewy. A nicely balanced aftertaste of booze, hops and coffee.
O: An outstanding brew. Maybe just a bit over the top with the bourbon, but a great imperial stout and an interesting take on the style. Expenisve, but worth a try for sure.

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Photo of jwhawkins81
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma - Vanilla, bourbon, and roasted malts make up a fine aroma profile

Appearance - Poured a dark dark brown with a thin brown head that settled down to a collar.

Taste - Coffee upfront with a light bitterness and barrel wood notes. An slight alcohol bite that was still drinkable. A smooth roasty RIS that was probably smoothed out a little thanks to the barrel aging.

Notes - A thinner mouthfeel than I would have liked. This is a good sipping beer. Unfortunately I have yet to try the non-barrel aged version.

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Photo of Franz4
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, reviewed from notes

A- good looking stout, pours thick and crude-like.

S- I thought the nose was great, all the roastiness of the base beer with the added dimension from the barrel. Lately I've noticed a overly evident graininess in some barrel aged versions, but this one kept that from being an issue.

T- Very good here, but I think the barrel actually took a bit away from the base beer in this area, not sure what it was, but I preferred the base to this version.

M- Still drinks very smooth, abv is present, but not overpowering. Feel was slick with a nice full finish.

O- Nice RIS, as I mentioned I think I preferred the base beer, but this one was well crafted and was a joy to drink as well. I'm glad I was able to do a side by side with both versions.

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Photo of timc100
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Black cap

Really impressive pour - dirty motor oil black, minimal burnt mocha head. Really nice aroma of bourbon booze, caramel, some vanilla, syrupy chocolate, and some almost-sour oak tannins. Some dark roast and espresso as well. Taste is much of the same with more dark roasted coffee - big chocolate syrupy notes and vanilla/caramel whiskey. Drinks incredibly smooth - not much of a boozy burn from the alcohol I enjoy in bigger imperial stouts, though.

Very impressed. A little pricey but a great beer no doubt.

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Photo of BradC
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours opaque jet black, looks like old motor oil. Thin tan head falls quickly and leaves very little lacing.

Smells of bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit

Tastes of bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, not overly boozy

Full body am slight carbonation makes this easy drinking

Overall, one of the best barrel aged Imperial stouts I've had....will try to get another bottle of this tomorrow!

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Photo of chilly460
4.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear pitch black with an abundant head, chocolate in color. Half inch of head sticks around pretty well to a thin cap on the beer, some spotty lacing stays behind. Simply put, this is what I think of when I think of what a RIS should look like.

S - Bigtime bourbon notes hit first, as you'd expect. Nice sweet/smoky booze, very enjoyable. Pick up plenty of vanilla as well, integrated with the deep roast backbone of this beer. Plenty of sweet chocolate as well, this is one happy smelling beer.

T - I'm not one that likes a deep roasted stout, and I feel the BA does a huge service to this beer. It integrates a solid, but bitter, beer in BORIS with the sweetness and other benefits of the BA to make a great beer. Sweet vanilla hits first, along with distinct oak. Then it blends with that deep roast, to tune it down a bit, and results in an awesome roasted flavors with plenty of depth to accompany the vanilla/oak tones. The booze on this one is fully integrated, never got any "hot" flavors, just moves along to the lighter chocolate tones and finish.

M - Quite good, thick and velvety as I'd want it in a big BA stout.

O - So happy to finally try this one. Kind of "meh" on BORIS, but the BA does so much for this beer and puts it into the exceptional category for me. Complexity, big flavors perfectly integrated, balance...it does everything well.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter, a deep opaque brown body with practically no head, and fast dissipating at that. Minimal lacing. Smells quite nice, with a little bourbon nose, some wet wood evoking chicory character, some sweet milk chocolate and a little vanilla. For want of pungency, I can't ask for more nose in a barrel-aged RIS.

Tastes pretty delicious. Smooth milky chocolaty vanillaey flavors hit the tongue first, followed by a great big bourbon oak presence. The oatmeal does a lot to the texture, making it rich and creamy without sludging up the body... more of a careful syrupiness. It tastes hotter than it feels, but there is a sure alcohol presence. Fairly sweet, but quite drinkable. A little roasted wood notes in the finish. Pretty well-balanced on the barrel-aged character compared to others of its kind.

Overall this is a fine offering. I would wish for more carbonation before anything else, otherwise this is one of the best barrel-aged RIS's around.

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Photo of mikecharley
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed on Halloween night, while handing out candy to the neighborhood kids.

Pours a flatish coffee color. Little to no head. Obviously, due to the lack of head, this was in a barrel.

Smells of strong vanilla. Wood, toffee, chocolate, some boozy whiskey. Great nose.

The taste is really great. Strong vanilla, nice oatmealish smoothness. Great use of barrel aging. This is the best use of bourbon barreling that ive found thus far in a stout.

Recommended.

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Photo of Xul
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jcb890 for hooking this up in a trade.

A: Pours a viscous pitch black with a scant layer of mocha colored foam that quickly settles into a ring of lacing.

S: Very well integrated aroma for a barrel aged stout - moderate whiskey character with a little bit more charred oak than usual, along with vanilla, dark chocolate, strong dark fruit notes - dark cherries, plums, and figs - along with some caramel and a bit of bitter coffee.

T: Starts out fairly subdued with some dark malts and oat character, before whiskey notes pop up in the mid-palate with some light booze and vanilla. Semi-sweet chocolate and light coffee come in late, leading to a sweet, lightly oaked chocolate finish.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation, feels a little too thin and slick.

D: Booze is kept in check well, and the aromas and flavors are well integrated - very drinkable for a barrel aged stout.

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Photo of youradhere
3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Green cap. Pours black with a small tan head, carbonation crackles and dissipates the head in a quick fashion. Smells of bourbon and toffee, a little bit of vinous notes. Taste is smooth bourbon, vanilla, chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel is a bit thin which amplifies the bourbon flavors. High carbonation, lil bit of alcohol burn. Not a too smooth a sipper, but I'll drink it, I will!

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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 klikger
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz. pour served in a snifter

A - Brown/black, very little head, and brown lacing which doesn't last

S - Bourbon and vanilla

T - Whiskey is apparent from the moment it touches the tongue and is prevalent throughout the tasting. There are distinctive notes of toffee and molasses, and these elements, coupled with the lack of detectable hops, help to make this marginally sweeter than normal BORIS. At the same time, the bourbon aging works to mitigate the sugary side.

M - Very smooth; not as carbonated as the normal BORIS.

D - Despite having the same ABV %, the barrel-aged version was substantially hotter than the normal. This, along with the sweetness, make this beer slightly less drinkable than the non-aged version. It's good for a bourbon-aged stout, nonetheless.

Overall - a very good barrel-aged RIS, this is worth searching for. The nose and taste are more complex than the original BORIS, and if you like that beer, there's a good chance that you'll prefer this. I'm very glad that I had this and will look forward to drinking it again.

Economics - in my opinion, the incremental improvement in taste vs. the normal BORIS is only worth two or three dollars - while the bourbon and additional complexities improved that component, the balance and drinkability suffer a bit. If these beers were both on the shelf, I'd opt for the original if the difference in price was >= $3.

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Photo of alovesupreme
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip which briefly yielded a 1 finger head. Minimal lacing with light penetrating the corners of the glass.
Dark fruit dominates the aroma with lots of berry specifically blueberry and black berry. Alcohol but not necessarily whiskey.
Taste is composed of dark berries, coffee, some alcohol and a subtle molasses finish.
A good mouthfeel with a full body.
This is a good beer I was happy to have but will not be dishing out 20 dollars for it again.

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Photo of xenjoiii
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from batch 2 (green cap) poured into my Southampton RIS Snifter.

A: Black with a two finger dark tan head that receded to a thin ring of film around the glass.

S: The nose is full of bourbon like qualities from the barrel aging; tons of vanilla, oak, and spicy bourbon. Faint notes of bakers chocolate are also noticeable.

T: The front of the mouth is filled with oats, caramel, faint toffee notes and bitter dark chocolate; these flavors push forward toward the middle of the mouth and are rounded out with notes of vanilla and oak out the back.

M: Lightly carbonation and a full body. Quite smooth, as expected from the oatmeal.

O: This is a fine example of a barrel aged Imperial Stout. The taste is on point. The only flaw (if you even want to call it a flaw) is the overwhelming barrel quality that dominates the nose. Definitely worth the price tag. I may even want to snag a few more of these to age.

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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 Pinknuggets
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of fastsrt
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle in a snifter. with a sliver cap.

A: black, creamy head, nice lace,

S: whisky, coffee,

T: wow, this is regular boris with a improved complexity, well done the whisky is spot on.

M: creamy, with amazing body.

D: went down smooth, liked it more than the regular one.

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Photo of 303beer
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a heavy thick blackness with a strong barrel nose to it. Has a small coffee colored head. Well this beer is exactly what it says it is. Imperial oatmeal stout in a barrel. Can taste all of that at separate times.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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