B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by Pahn:
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
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
More User Reviews:
2.73/5 rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Pours a dark jet black. No head, just the thinnest tan ring around the edge. No lacing.
Smells like booze. Minimal other aromas, maybe a hint of roasted malt and sweetness.
Taste is super thin, watery, mild sweetness, molasses and alcohol. Nothing lingers. Really disappointing. As it warms it get bigger and has some chocolate and coffee flavors, but still unusually thin and watery.
Thin mouthfeel. Very watery, alcohol is prevalent but not something that gets in the way.
Big let down. Maybe the most watery stout ever. Not much flavor either. I don't get what went wrong here. I sipped it, tasted little. Let it warm to room temp and still got a watery, boozy miss that only got a hair more flavor and body...
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2014 21:58:48 | More by Thads324
4.31/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head.
S - Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.
T - Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. There is a nice amount of dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums) in the finish. ABV is not noticeable at all.
M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.
O - This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 02:41:14 | More by TreyIsWilson
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,132 ratings.