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

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BA SCORE
4.3/5
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2,398 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#540
Reviews:
625
Ratings:
2,398
pDev:
8.37%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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283
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 2,398 |  Reviews: 625
Photo of Overlord
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks RoyMunson.

Pours a dark, brownish black with a very tiny dark tan foam which leaves a thin crust behind. Pours fairly thick, though not a sludge machine like Dark Lord.

Smells faintly, very faintly, of bourbon, but mostly of mocha, chocolate, and vanilla. Mmmm..

Taste is surprisingly sweet, and mild on the bourbon. Clearly, these guys aren't of the "bourbon bomb" philosophy. The bourbon is understated and supporting, and there's both dark and milk chocolate along with a huge amount of vanilla, some sour oatmeal twangs, and a nice billowy dark sweet fruit background.

This is one delicious beer, I must say. It is not that thick, but it is perfectly carbonated.

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Photo of mcallister
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a RIS looks like. Black, oily, thick and viscous. A tan head instantly fades into a splotch of tan bubbles and a surrounding ring around the neck of the snifter.

Full of chocolate and black fruits in the nose. Vanilla, toasty oak, and very light bourbon. A slight must and effervescence of blueberry. Roasted malts as well.

Well balanced and very nice!! The barrel aging added a soft and roundness to the mouthefeel and really helps the drinkability compared to regular BORIS. Bourbon doesn't show overly so, slightly in the finish. Big chocolate, caramel, vanilla, toasty oak, black currant, hints of blueberry. Burnt milk chocolate covered caramel. Would love to drink this daily.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Oh. Em. Gee.

In a line-up of phenomenal beers graciously supplied by JDV at his birthday tasting in Austin, which included the likes of Kate the Great, Brooklyn Black OPS, East End Toaster, Full Sail Black Gold, and Pisgah Valdez, Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. took the cake. Deniz may have cried, I'm not sure...

Sits a thick, seal-brown body in the tasting glass, letting in a little light at the edges to take on a mahogany hue. A fat custard head floats aimlessly atop, unaware of the deliciousness lurking beneath. Excellent nose on this RIS, as the oak-aging adds an intoxicating vanilla profile that complements well the espresso coffee and dark chocolate.

Too many flavorical (I just made that up) nuances to count. Chocolate, bourbon, immensely fruity tastes of blackberry and raisin...spiced wood, charcoal...the list goes on. This could have easily been a cluster-fuck of flavors, but everything is so well balanced in this beer that they all achieve a zen-like harmony across every part of the palate. Mouthfeel is no slouch, either. A hint of heat from the booze compliments a perfect carbonation level and a medium-thick body. I can feel my stomach warming with every sip. Bravo to Hoppin' Frog---I repeat: BRAVO! I thought regular old B.O.R.I.S. was amazing (and, rightfully so, it still is) but the Barrel-Aged version takes it to a whole 'nother level.

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Photo of funkel81
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

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4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of GilGarp
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served slightly chilled into a goblet. No date on the bottle but purchased 2 years ago. On the first cold night of the season and a perfect beer to enjoy with the Buckeyes game.

Barrel aged B.O.R.I.S. pours a very dark brown color, nearly black, with no head.

Aroma is sweet and boozy with an obvious influence from the whiskey barrel aging.

Flavor is really exceptionally well done. It begins roasty and sweet before the whiskey flavor begins to come through. The vanilla from the oak barrels is really nice and comes through big near the end. It finishes bitter, boozy, and dry with the alcohol evaporating off the tongue.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and nice and low in carbonation. Surprisingly easy to drink at nearly ten percent.

Overall I'm really impressed with this beer. One of the best barrel aged stouts I've had recently.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jpd7374
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***UPDATE 7/20/2010***
Side-by-side, it's apparent that regular BORIS is actually better. This beer gets a little drowned out by the barrel, believe it or not. Lowering my 4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 to 4.5/4.5/4/4/4.5.

***ORIGINAL RATING***
Bottle shared by Nick3 on BA at a tasting. Thanks, Nick! This beer definitely lived up to expectations.

Pours jet black and thick with a small tan head and some good lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, whiskey, roast, wood, and chocolate.

Flavor is similarly complex, yet balanced. All the typical imperial stout notes are in there - roast, chocolate, and coffee - as well as oak, whiskey, dark fruits, and spice. Whiskey flavor is balanced however and does not overpower like it does in some barrel-aged beers.

Very smooth and creamy palate with low carbonation and fairly full body. Not at all boozy. Excellent beer overall. A sipper, but drinkable given the style and -bal-agedness

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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 larryi86
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Hallertau
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of babaracas
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

The beer is black and has a small brown head. Nearly no lacing but curtains.

The smell is sweet fruits and almonds.

The taste is full of dried fruits, dates and figs, vanilla and almonds, a bit alcohol. Not much bitterness.

Medium low carbonation, a complex oily body.

Interesting how much the barrel aging actually has changed the taste and feel. Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of brez8791
4/5  rDev -7%

Photo of Devman171
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of apasternak
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Photo of atsprings
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a Duvel snifter pours a deep opaque black with almost no head, just a dark tan ring and a tiny island of thin tan froth, slight lacing is left behind on the glass. Aroma is Bourbon oak up front with roasted malts, espresso, vanilla and slight bitter cocoa. The taste is loads of sweet roasted malts with a bit of boozy alcohol, way sweeter than I expected from the aroma. The sweetness does settle down a bit as the beer warms. The beer is fairly heavy, but an enjoyable sipper. I was able to enjoy this one, but I really wish the taste had lived up to the aroma.

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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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