shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/01/2009: Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal-Imperial Stout... Aroma: Nice subtle char, mocha, somewhat weak aroma. Appearance: Black, opaque, not much foam on the top. Flavor: Candy orange and tons of semi-sweet chocolate; quite good but the barrel seems to have stipped all of the complexity out. Palate: Full-bodied, smooth and oily, syrupy even. Overall: Good and interesting, but it think the barrel really robbed the beer of its subtleties and deep complexities. The regular Hoppin’ Frog BORIGS The Crusher is TONS better!
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (9.4% alc/vol.) shared by Bigmmatin at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks Mike! Rating #119 for this beer.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty damn good. Eminently smooth, layered and oh so satisfying. Motor Oil, thick, mocha head. Cinnomon, coconut, milk chocolate. Oak is perfectly integrated.
raninator84 (3) - beavercreek, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with a small forced head and slow silky lacing. Smells of light bourbon, plum, and roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla. This is a very well balanced and tasty stout, much smoother than "The Crusher". Overall one of the better barrel aged stouts I’ve had. Well done Hoppin Frog.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by NachlamSie. It pours black with orqange=red highlights and a reddish tan head. The aroma is barrel char, black cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, cherry, char, and some distant chocolate and soy sauce. The finish reminds me of melted chocolate ice cream, and leads to a zesty and slightly woody bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a yummy one indeed.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is about time I was able to find this beer on the shelves in Chicago. $17.99 for the bottle. I love the regular Boris the Crusher beer. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla still and great flavor. I thought the whiskey barrels added just a touch of flavor and didn’t overwhelm the beer. I was almost expecting it to be a lot stronger than it was. Solid beer still. For the price difference I would probably stick with the normal one.
malrubius (1507) - Willowick, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring. Chocolate woody bourbon aroma. RICH woody mild bourbon bittersweet dark chocolate. Rich smooth clean and dry. Awesome.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely tremendous, even managed to finish off an entire bomber by myself. Lovely notes of vanilla and chocolate with a subdued bourbon sting throughout. Just a bit sweeter than I would want, hurting the drinkability just a bit.
FrigidRoses (14) - USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tried last night with the usual suspects. In the bottom half of barrel-aged stouts for me. A little chocolate and roasted malt on the nose but overpowered by liquor. Time would do this baby good. Wonderful jet black appearance, with a dark head that bubbles up out of nowhere. The positives stop here. Oatmeal is muted on this one, overpowered by vanilla and bourbon. Too much bourbon, not allowing the other flavors to shine. It wears on you after a glass and I’m glad I have friends to help me drink this one. Would love to see how time would treat this one but won’t be shelling out another 20 bucks to find out. Too many RIS that have a proven place in my cellar.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(bottle shared by tytoanderso, thanks Tyler!) Pours black with absolutely no head. The aroma is downright bizarre. It begins somewhat fishy, with some roasted malt, light cherry, ample alcohol, and some bourbon as well. The other scents were ok, but I couldn’t get past that fish scent. The flavors are really restrained here as well, with some light chocolate, light bourbon, and roasted malt that carries on towards the finish. Mouthfeel is very thin compared to regular BORIS, and the carbonation is minimal. This must have been a bad bottle, as it’s a shell of what BORIS is.
drewbeerme (3808) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
batch 1 from kan! pours black with tan head just around the rim. nose is ashy, dark fruit, chooclate, and booze. flavors of chocolate, dark fruit, espresso, oak, vanilla, resulting in a long finish. tasty stuff.