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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
B.O.R.I.S. Bairille AoisB.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois
170 Ratings
B.O.R.I.S. Bairille AoisB.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 05-25-2013

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 170 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of soup_or_crackers
4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Treyliff
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a motor-oil thick opaque black color with a small creamy dark tan head that retains for a while, eventually settling to a thin film floating on top

S- deep dark roasted chocolate malt aroma up front with a hint of char & dark fruit, big barrel presence that adds notes of buttered pretzel, vanilla oak & Irish whiskey

T- big flavors of dark chocolate malt up front with some nutty walnut notes, very light smoke, caramel, vanilla & barrel juice additions from the barrel, rich buttery finish with lingers of oak barrel and Irish whiskey

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- a nice variation on an already great beer, the Irish whiskey adds a nice buttery notes that surprisingly meshes well with the other flavors

 837 characters

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jas45678
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ttylicki
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 4lo
4.54/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dicers
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of grover37
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of dspinler
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jeffo
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!

 2,323 characters

Photo of wellsnb
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of dvmin98
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of OleDixie
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cwelsh55
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Pitch black and creamy looking. Faint khaki head that completely disappears.

This smells like all kinds of baked goods. Sugar cookie, brownies, fudge, and coffee.

Coffee, cookie dough, oak, vanilla. The barrel flavors are modest but it works.

Velvety smooth, low carbonation. Heavy body.

A fantastic beer and worth seeking out.

 335 characters

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of EgadBananas
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of masterofsparks
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of ToadiesForCody
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of a_beckman25
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of toppoop
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of IWannaEatFood
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours black with minimal tan head that settles around the glass's circumference with oily lacing. The nose is a carpet of barrel caramel over thick oat sweetness followed by hinting booze and a little spice. The beer's thick, rich, chocolatey, slightly roasty malts infuse well with the burnt wood vanillin and caramel in the beer's flavor profile. There is a bit of fruit/licorice in the finish, but roasted grain is what lingers. This is a chewy, full bodied stout with unquestionable barrel characteristics cutting deeply through the beer's sweet, roasty base. As the beer warms it has a bit more bite, but doesn't change significantly. This is definitely my favorite beer from hoppin frog, though not my favorite BA stout (mainly due to the abrasive mouthfeel).

 774 characters

B.O.R.I.S. Bairille Aois from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 170 ratings