Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.SBairille Aois B.O.R.I.S
BEER INFO

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

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 05-25-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
167
Reviews:
25
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
7.66%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
34
For Trade:
8
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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Thick black pour. Thin ring of foam and bubbles.

S: Barrel aged complexity. You catch the Chocolate, malt, vanilla etc. of their standard BORIS but the warmth of the irsh whiskey barrel it's been sitting in.

T: Everything's in its right place. You taste what your nose is picking up. The Irish whiskey gives it a milder more balanced barrel aged taste compared to you typical bourbon BA beer. This adds to balance of the beer though.

M: Full, rich and smooth. Not overwhelming. The BA aspect a seems to help the beer kind of coat you mouth.

O: By far the best Hoppin' Frog beer I've had. A little different because of the Irish barrels, honestly adds a briant balance to the beer. This could hang with most top notch BA Stouts.

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle shared with stillmatic 2232. Thanks man.

Pours a very dark black, basically opaque, into a Captain Lawrence tulip. Small head that fades away after a while.

Smells roasty, with additional mild flavors of whiskey and chocolate.

Tastes incredible. Subtle, creamy, almost buttery Irish whiskey, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, oak, mild roasty bitterness, and love. Normally I wouldn't love a "buttery" flavor in the beer, but I think it is intended, and it adds so much to the beer. It's most likely the Irish whiskey barrel aging. Adds a dimension to barrel aged stouts I've never had before. Love it!

Smooth and silky on the tongue. Great mouthfeel. Very drinkable for the high imperial ABV.

Very recommended!

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4.71/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, green cap, poured into KBS snifter. Opaque, black elixir, thin rim quickly dissipates. Legs coat the glass.

Holy hell the aroma really hits home: smooth Jameson whiskey, vanilla, honey, char, cocoa. Swirl this and smell all night long.

Smooth whiskey, vanilla, cocoa, subtle burnt malt lingers. Really nice combo.

The base beer provides a nice smooth mouth feel with the alcohol well hidden.

This is my favorite treatment of the base BORIS and the whiskey combined with the smooth oatmeal stout brings it home. Well done.

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4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured pitch lack with a khaki head. Smell is sweet chocolate, oak, dark fruit, some cinnamon, marshmallow. Taste starts with slightly smokey bourbon, cinnamon, dark fruit again, plenty of chocolate. Texture is very enjoyable, silky smooth. Overall this is a great variation on the regular bba Boris. This is much less of an in your face bourbon flavor that you get from the regular bba version. The whisky flavor is definitely more complex and once you've had a few sips you can taste the Irish whisky in the aftertaste especially. Glad I got a few of these, especially with it being a brewery only release.

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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick, oily, and black. Smells lightly boozy. Tastes, oh my, tastes slightly sweet with a slight bitter coffee finish. Feels amazing. Thick, slick, but not syrupy. Just great. I would drink this again. And again.

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4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from Hotpipes a while back. Love the base beer, so really happy to see this barrel aged variant. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.107
IBU: 60
Aged in Irish Whisky barrels
Tried this and BORIS van Wink back to back for comparative purposes

APPEARANCE: Pours out pitch black, like thick, sludgy motor oil, producing a two finger, medium looking, creamy, mocha colored head with good retention. Jet black body with next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and a creamy ring. A ring and splotchy wisp remain until the end but leave no real lacing down the glass. Very dark and menacing looking brew. Enticing.

SMELL: Decadence. No doubt. Lots of butterscotch, caramel and toffee notes, whisky, milk chocolate and sweet cream notes. Chocolate milk shake qualities are in there. Chocolate fudge with Werther’s Original butterscotch candies. Sweet cream and oaky wood aromas in there as well. Really beautiful.

TASTE: Also excellent. Butterscotch, whisky and oak notes up front, the some more chocolate and alcohol at the swallow. Big, bold and lingering finish of butterscotch and caramel sweetness, sweet cream and chocolate milk shake, whisky and oak notes. Some bitter chocolate fudge offers a nice touch of balance to all the sweet malt and barrel flavors. Alcohol and whisky are wonderfully measured as well. This is very flavorful and well balanced, but perhaps a touch too boozy for a perfect score.

PALATE: Fuller body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes rather sticky. Enough weight for sure. Some heat lingers as well. Nice stuff here again.

OVERALL: This is outstanding. BORIS is fantastic as it is, as are the barrel aged variants, but this is probably the best of the bunch. This is just as good as BORIS van Wink, and if you didn’t know any better, the two variants could very well have come from the same barrel. I really must admit that with all the barrel aging and variants breweries do on their base stouts, the BORIS set is probably the best in the world. Bold, persistent and decadent flavors are supported by a big, thick and creamy feel, while the aromas and appearance make the opening act just as good as the closer. Excellent, and better than 99% of the BA stouts out there. Cheers!

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4.6/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Bairille Aois B.O.R.I.S from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.31 out of 5 based on 167 ratings.
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