hopscotch (9161) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Pitch black ale with a miniscule, creamy, khaki head. The aroma is dark, roasty and woody with standout characteristics of coconut, chocolate and dark roasted nuts. Full-bodied and ultra-silky with gentle carbonation. Malty, roasty, almost peanut buttery. Way subtle oak and sourmash. Chocolaty, velvety, sweet finish. Thanks to mgumby10 for sharing his bottle of this world class brew!
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at local BA gathering.
Poured a clear dark brown color with a minimal brown head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Moderate to heavy roast coffee, chocolate, smoke wood and alcohol aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy roasted bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.
This is a standout smooth brew.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Super magic rating number 1000! Bottle purchased at Rozi’s in Lakewood last Thursday. There is a thin to almost no head on this shiny back beauty. The aroma on this, oh man, its freakin unbelievable. It has this wonderfully mellow vanilla, chocolate, oatmeal scent. Notes of fig and dried blueberry mingle with some wood notes and just a hint of alcohol As I was swirling this around in the glass the pretties little wisps of foam. Probably one of the most attractive beers I have seen in a good while. The flavor, that has the oatmeal stout characteristic taken to its peak. God, this is so smooth and chocolaty, but has the perfect level of whiskey oak and vanilla. This is all around fantastic, the perfect palate for an imperial stout. This hasn’t fallen into the realm of imperial stouts that are too coffee flavor, too bitter from hops, or the barrel aged ones that are too boozy. This just just fantastic. I nearly finished my first glass and had an ’oh shit’ moment: thanks to some minor jet lag I didn’t remember I still had another half bottle worth left to drink.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black as night, with a medium, swirly light brown head. Smells of big, rich, roasty, chocolatey goodness, with mild bourbon and sweet caramel as well. Also got a dose of some reses peanut butter cups as well. Delicious nose! There wasnt huge whiskey presence, butjust a mild one, which I think really worked for this beer. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Got alot more of that peanut butter and chocolate, with some roast and dark sweet malts. Slightly sticky in the finish, full on flavor, with efficiently masked alcohol. This is well done, I was glad to see it wasnt a whiskey bomb.
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 18, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours to an oily black with a thin, tan, slowly dissipating head that beautifully laces (and stains) the glass. Nose is whiskey and sweet roasted malts. This is an amazingly balanced beer, there are worlds of flavor - none of which stand in the foreground. A bit of whiskey, chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, dried fruit, and just enough finishing hops. I sincerely hope barrel aging Boris becomes standard practice to the fellas at Hoppin’ Frog. A job well done!
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to miketd. Black with brown showing through on the edges a bit of tan lacing. Roasty, chocolate, some barrel, bourbon isn’t boozy on the nose, comes across more as some vanilla and coconut. Sweet, lush oats in the mouth, roast chocolate oatmeal cookie, balanced bourbon and caramel. Very lush and solid, extremely satisfying mouthfeel--didn’t loose much too the barrel.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Huge thanks to miketd for sending this down to CheeseMan, just because. Black at first glance, the body shows a dark and dense chocolate mahogany hue upon closer inspection. Agitation of the glass reveals a small, foamy, dark brown head, with dense legging that coats the side of the glass in place of any lacing. Aromas of chocolate fudge, deeply toasted caramel, and earthy, stewed dark fruits all steep together wonderfully. The fudgy, fruity package is subtly infused with soft oak, vanilla, and sweet-twangy bourbon notes. As wonderful as it smells, this stuff tastes even better. Rich, dark chocolate fudge is again the primary focus, with dark caramel and fruit sliding in nicely. The bourbon comes through a bit more, infused with what seems like very old, seasoned oak, but it never takes over. Big, viscous, slick, and softly carbonated, the palate is everything that I look for in an imperial stout. Subtlety is the key here, keeping the bourbon to a level where it enhances an already excellent base RIS rather than making it too hot and thinning it out. Fantastic beer.
GodOfThunder (1247) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Special thanks to Cheeseman and MikeTd for getting us this brew. Big ups! Pours a viscous dark cherry color with aromas of cherries, bourbon and vanilla. The flavors are super smooth and well balanced. Lots of oak, bourbon, vanilla and dark fruits. This is a fantastic brew.
tjthresh (1865) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - APR 14, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pitch oily black with very little brown head. The nose is full of yummy chocolate and vanilla, light bourbon and oak, a bit of marshmallow, and a little bit of tobacco character. The flavor is really wonderfully balanced between the roasted chocolate hoppy goodness of the stout, and the oaky vanilla bourbon character imparted by the barrel. Really well done.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Fred Karm for getting into his personal stash at the brewery so that we could taste this exceptionally great offering Starts out with an awesome nose of chocolate vanilla and a slight hint of whiskey barrell the taste is awesome creamy mouthfeel with all the complex flavors dancing perfectly on your toungue. I hope that this becomes a regular brew. Thanks Hoppin Frog