Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Royale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. RoyaleBarrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Royale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jampics2 on 05-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
188
Reviews:
68
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
10.36%
 
 
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144
Gots:
67
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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

Served alongside B.O.R.I.S. & Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S.

All three variants had remarkably similar appearances: deep, dark black with a thin beige cap, and fairly low carbonation.

The aroma brings a more potent whiskey scent than the Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S., with a similar roasted malt profile.

Terrific flavor. I am a huge fan of this beer, as well as the other two variants. In addition to the whiskey and barrel flavors, notes of oak, vanilla, and chocolate blend beautifully into the beer.

The feel is creamy and smooth, with subtle heat in the finish to tie it all together.

Great beer. Recommended.

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Photo of BMart
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of stakem
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to jaymesbawned for picking this up for me.

Before I even open the bottle, I'm loving this beer. The label and notation on the side is priceless. Shared with Slatetank and wishuwerebeer, poured into a DFH snifter. This brew is black, a fine ring of lighter brown clarity is seen through the edge when the brew is held to the light. A finger of rich, creamy tan head appears and slowly fades to a ring that holds around the edge of the glass. Some spotty lacework clings to the glass.

The smell of this brew is cocoa sweetness somewhat reminescent of brownie batter. Rich in chocolate with hints of sweet vanilla and coconut that is lightly toasted with an increasing amount of wooden scents. Some tangy whiskey elements come through the back imparting a bit of a fruit scent. As the brew warms, the alcohol presence gets increasingly more bold to the point of being fusel.

The taste is infused with whiskey to spirit spiked alcohol burn. Rich cocoa batter mixes with a woodsy element and some fruity alcohol esters. There is a contrasting herbal hop element which faintly makes it's presence known. Plenty of rich chocolate character mixes with the alcohol on multiple levels to create a deep layering of enjoyable flavors. The aftertaste leans more on the oak aspect than through the body with a lingering taste left in the mouth that isnt quite roasted yet delicious in a chocolate caramel or toffee sort of way.

This is a full bodied brew that is chewy and creamy. Very smooth feel despite it's modest level of carbonation. The alcohol is bold yet well integrated in flavor. If you are sensitive to alcohol burn in a beer, I'd suggest serving this one a little cooler so the alcohol doesn't come out quite as quick. Color me impressed with this beer. It packs a punch seemingly harder than 10% but I loved it. I'm a sucker for a well made barrel aged stout, this one is fantastic. With a base like Boris, I'm pretty sure Hoppin Frog could age this beer in used gym socks and it would still be awesome. I wish I had more of this.

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of 22Blue
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric (TurdFurgison) for hooking it up. Served in a Bell's tulip.

A - Quick-dissolving dark tan foam settles to a razor-thin cap, thicker collar, and spotty lace. Dark brown body with a reddish tinge at the bottom of the glass.

S - Woah! Lots of Crown Royal! Boozy! Underneath the sweet whiskey and vanilla flavors is hefty dose of roasted malts, milled grains, and dark chocolate. Not a ton of oak present - guessing this wasn't aged that long.

T - Taste is pretty similar - a mix of Crown Royal whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malts, hint of smoke and char, and a fairly intense bitter finish. Seems boozier than the listed 9.4%.

M - Medium-full body, smooth texture, lower carbonation, and a bit of alcohol warmth - nothing excessive, but not super well-hidden either. Not overly tannic or dry, which reinforces my suspicion this didn't spend a ton of time in the barrel.

D - I prefer BA BORIS, but this was a solid beer too. It's a bit hot, and the char in the finish gets somewhat fatiguing, but otherwise it's another high-quality offering from Hoppin' Frog. I'd like to try this again in six months to see if it has mellowed out a bit.

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Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of IrishColonial
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe, served side by side with a few other BORIS's provided by others. I'm such a bum.

Beer looks like BORIS, black, dark, tan to brown head, small bubbles, a little bit of lacing apparently low carbonation.

Lots of liquor in the nose, I suppose this is the Crown Royale. Mild oak and malt in the nose, whiskey wins.

The finish of this beer is bitter but with tannins, the midpalate is mildly vanillic with some mild malt sweetness, the forward of this beer is all liquor all the time. It is definitely hotter than the others but the others were also older. I enjoyed it but it would interesting to see it with a little age on it. I'd have it again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Creetoper for sharing this bottle.

A - Black with a thin layer of light brown head.

S - Toasted oak, whiskey and chocolate. Seems to be a good balance of the barrel and the base beer.

T - Toasted oak up front with nice sweet whiskey and vanilla undertones giving way to roast, chocolate fudge and caramel flavours from the base beer. Really good balance of the barrel qualities and the base beer.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of outoffocus
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing at bu11zeye's 10,000th rating tasting.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of chocolate in it, as well as some roasted malt, bourbon and oak. The flavor is very similar. I get a lot of chocolate and whiskey notes, as well as some oak, vanilla and maple. You can really get the barrel-aged notes in the beer and they compliment the other components very nicely. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice stout.

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Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8/27/2011

Bottle shared by Dan at Woodshop Classix, thanks!

A: Glugs out from the bottle like motor oil. The small brown head quickly recedes.

S: Chocolate and oatmeal with a lot of brown sugar. The chocolate is rich and there's a little nuttiness. Bourbon is light but really nice.

T: Rich dark chocolate with blackstrap molasses. Brown sugar and cocoa. Bourbon is light, blending with a low earthy bitterness. There's a burnt note at the end.

M: Full in body with moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and chewy with evident alcohol warming on the palate.

Overall: A good barrel aged Imperial Stout with a great nose. I thought this was a definite step up from Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of maximum12
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thank you to CaptCleveland for this bottle, among other Midwest gems dropped over a couple of boxes. Mmmmm.

Looks like a big stout, short-lived fluff, black as a moonless night on Pluto. Bottomless malts in the aroma holding steady with a harsh whiskey. Nice marriage.

BORIS Royale comes from a good line of brews & doesn't disappoint. Just like the smell, great big dark malts & whiskey make up about the entirety of BORIS. Low-level smokiness, gentle roasts, aged woods. Harshness in the nose is replaced by polished smoothness; lovely. That allows for a drinkability that belies it's almost 10% ABV, more like an oatmeal stout than a blasting-cap Monster Stout.

The icy smoothness of this brew is the high point & hell, it tastes pretty good too. Could do with a bit more depth, but still, very good beer. However, give me the straight-up BORIS any day; it's a remarkable stout, & some of its best traits are muted by the barrel.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to maniacal82 for hooking this one up in person at southampton. love me BORIS and all the varieties.

a - popped the cap and filled my duck rabbit snifter. dark sludgey with a thin creamy tan head that fizzled away in moments leaving a ring around the surface. looks great...leaves really spotty lacing specs that slide down the glass to the surface. super black.

s - nice rich BORIS oatmeal stout with a tingle of whiskey. i find that whiskey goes even better than bourbon with these big RIS. although it doesn't smell like top shelf whiskey (as others have appropriately mentioned) it does smell dirty and it really blends nicely with the rugged thickness of BORIS.

t - the barrels come in strong in the taste and really blast you with whiskey at first...not the best whiskey either...but on the way out...THERE she is...BORIS. lovely wonderful BORIS. so basically BORIS with a sharp whiskey bite at the start.

m - the barrel thins out this monster losing a lot of the luster...esp since the whiskey feels cheap as the wood is strong throughout.

o - overall, love me some RIS in whiskey. that being said, wish it was stranahan instead of crown royale. nice treatment on an old favorite...glad i got to try it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Used motor oil black with a thin, fuzzy light mocha head.

Smell is really nutty roastiness, and yet full of mocha too, with a touch of spicy whiskey and sugar cone.

Taste is chocolate bar with roasted nuts, as well as waxy oak, but not a lot of it--there's just a touch of heat. I can see this being disappointing for booze-hounds, but the whiskey cuts through the normal chocolate-nut overload that BORIS can bring. Still, whiskey heat builds and fumes out the nose as it warms, with a uniqueness compared other barrel-aged stouts that certainly makes this worth a try, kind of like woody or nutty liqueur.

Really round, full body with a thick froth though and through, and a semi-dry finish.

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Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Royale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.15 out of 5 based on 188 ratings.
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