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Hoppin’ Frog BOIS Van Wink

Hoppin Frog BORIS Van Wink9.4% ABV. Barrel aged Imperial Stout from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, OH. This is BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout aged in supposedly Pappy Van Wrinkle barrels. I got this beer through a beer buddy who survived in the cold waiting in line for several hours a the brewery during release day. I was stoked to try this beer out as Pappy Van Wrinkle itself is incredibly hard (and expensive) to land. Many of my favorite beers such as Goose Island’s Rare and King Henry have been aged in Pappy Van Wink barrels which contributed to their greatness in the craft beer world! Pours black with a one-finger beige head leaving behind mild lacing throughout which was sort of a letdown. The earthy aromas pick up roasted malts, milk chocolate, wood, some coffee, and slight bourbon. Rich and oily flavors along with cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, charred earth, burnt marshmallows, dried fruit, and vanilla. The finish was somewhat dry and lackluster with very slight Pappy Van Winkle undertones, which was disappointing. This beer is medium bodied unlike its older brother, BORIS the Oatmeal Crusher, which I found to be thicker and a bit more memorable than this one unfortunately. Still a nice beer nonetheless! I cannot say if it is because of the Pappy Van Winkle attachment to this beer that makes things a bit more overrated than should be. In any case, I will let my last bottle rest for another year and see if the beer evolves into something a bit more enjoyable.
theBeerAuthority: B+

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This entry was posted on July 17, 2014 by in Beer, Beer reviews and tagged , , , , , .

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