jercraigs (8423) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2009-08-01. Black body with a bit of a tan head. (3+) Aroma of dark malt, light roast, just a bit of wood. Flavour is rich dark malt, wood overtones, light bitterness. (7+) Smooth medium to full bodied palate is lightly carbonated. (3+) Oak seemed relatively restrained, which I like. The overall impression is surprisingly mild though, I remember the regular version being more assertive. I would like a return visit to full appreciate the more subtle nuances. Bottle at BCTC 2009
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - AUG 7, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle shared by hellbilly at tasteing. Good chcolate coco and wooden barrel aroma. Black body with an head. Flavor had a good mix of chcolate, vanilla and oatmeal all good ingrediants for a good stout. Of course the alcohol barrel affect in palay here also. Good imy stout.
jkwalking05 (4185) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black in color with a small tan head. Aroma is wood, sausage, smoke, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste is wood, dark chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly disappointed by the BA version. All of the strong aromas and flavors of the regular
Boris have fallen away here. I do like
the smoothness and palate of this version more though. Easier to drink, but not as much
flavor. The flavors of the regular Boris have been sacrificed here.
NachlamSie (2944) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with Tronraner. This is a black ass beer with serious lacing. Lots of barrel char is evident in the aroma along with brownies, vanilla, and unabashed oak. The palate is quite thick and creamy. Earthy and wooden at first, this gets noticeably sweeter as it warms. Hints of milk chocolate, black cherries, and light coffee are all rounded out by an oaky smoothness. This is not as ashy or roasty as I expected, but is highly delicious.
AndyReynolds (1048) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Bottle. Thanks to BigMmartin, NATIFEST ’09. Pours a rich mocha with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, and bitter chocolate. On the palate, it was smooth and creamy. As far as the flavoring the bourbon is a bit overpowering, taking away from what would be a much better beer in my mind. I have not had the B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, so it is tough to confirm that. I was a little disappointed with it, but that’s how over-hyped beers can be sometimes.
Re-rating 09/17/2009 - bottle thanks to ewestern. My buddy insisted that I had a bad batch one and to give this another chance. I did and I am raising my rating, just a little bit (from a 3.6 to a 3.9). The older one he brought me was not as strong with a whiskey flavor. This brought out more of the complexity found in the regular B.O.R.I.S.
shigadeyo (3246) - 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.