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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,252 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,252
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.41%
Wants: 234
Gots: 452 | FT: 36
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Reviews by Pahn:
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Pahn

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Pours solid black and leaves occasional streaks of short lived lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Smaller notes of chocolate cake and plum. Heavy booziness comes out eventually, but it doesn't dominate away the other good smells, which themselves deepen over time.

Taste: Same heavy dark chocolate and roasted malt from the aroma, with mild sweetness and grain flavor. Tiny amount of plum. Very aggressively hot and bitter finish.

For the first several sips, there's a lot of good flavor up front (chocolate, growing plum influence, roasted malt, pastry like sweetness), which just gets pummeled away by the giant heat and bitterness (60 IBU sounds right; it's not like it's overhopped, just that the bitterness is harsh). By the end of the first glass, though, the two experiences somehow reconcile and blend into relatively hot, pleasantly bitter sips with steadily deepening flavor.

Once the flavor gets fully balanced, it stays there, and is just about perfect. Reminds me faintly of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but might be a little better. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Thickly full bodied. Higher side of moderate carbonation. The bitterness and alcohol heat overshadow the silky smoothness and bring the score down, but it's still a good mouthfeel.

Overall: At first, I thought the beer was a bit simplistic and over the top. Once the flavors really clicked, though, I couldn't get enough. Will get this one again, definitely.

This is a great beer. I like oatmeal stouts to be a bit smoother feeling, but that's my only complaint here.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 18:22:37 | More by Pahn
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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 2,252 ratings.