Tuesday, February 9, 2010

224. Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Our first beer from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, OH; this beer was a GABF Gold Medal winner in 2008, although that was before the barrel aging part of the equation.

I found a good use for the label from the bottle...

B.O.R.I.S.’s nose is made up of burnt malt mixed with oakiness—there is vanilla, creaminess, and some tannic aromas mingling with the malt. It is an opaque deep brown with red highlights, and the head is a dirty light brown—I’d call the head baby poo colored, but I still have to drink it. B.O.R.I.S. starts with rich malt creamy sweetness in the front before the oak flavor kicks in in the middle, bringing with it vanilla and wood character and some low levels of burnt malt. The finish has a fair amount of alcohol warmth with some oak wood and burnt malt flavors lingering on the palate. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy and the body is medium to heavy. The oak and the oatmeal offer added creaminess and richness, although the oak is more readily apparent in the flavor than the oatmeal. Some alcohol emerges in the nose with warmth, though it does mix well with the oak. Overall, a good big beer, but not particularly balanced; the oak and malt are still rather harsh and unmarried, even though the flavors are quite good.

From the bottle: “Made from our award-winning stout, rated one of the Top 50 Best Beers in the World in 2008!! Beware: this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout will crush you like no other! This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance.”

From the Hoppin’ Frog website: “Made from our B.O.R.I.S. Imperial Stout, that was rated one of the World’s 50 Best Beers, and won the Gold Medal at the GABF in 2008. Barrel-Aged B.O.R.I.S. has picked up rich characters of vanilla, dark fruit, oak, and spice. It’s unbelievably complex and savory”

ABV: 9.4%
OG: 25.3° P
IBU: 60


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