B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by StarshipPoopers:
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Picked this up during a trip to Chicago this summer.
A - Nothing too special. Pours heavily, the inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Very smooth appearing, not much lacing at all.
S - Excellent smell, reminds me of Peche Mortel. It has a rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffee and vanilla which freshens it up. The oatmeal is quite subtle but definitely detectable. At room temperature the booziness comes through as well, well masked by the rich aromas but still present.
T - The taste mostly mirrors the smell, however in different stages. Initially you have the oatmeal, vanilla, and sweet milk chocolate with moderate amounts of roasted malts lingering in the background. This assortment of flavours is then overtaken by oatmeal, very rich roasted malts, and alcohol heat. In the finish you have bitter dark coffee, the same strong roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal, and a beautiful split between chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Very solid tasting.
M/D - The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation, almost creamy while still retaining a slightly lighter feel than some RIS'. I'd place it at the high end of medium. Definitely one to take slowly and enjoy each sip for a few minutes.
O - I am very impressed. This is a well done RIS that lives up to a lot of the style's best examples. It's quite intense without overdoing the flavours in any single area, leading to a great balance and finish.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2011 02:53:33 | More by StarshipPoopers
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit
Appearance: Thick, motor oil pour and jet black in the glass with no light coming through. A half finger foamy dark brown head. Alcohol legs present. It doesn't look better than this for a stout
Smell: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill with a undertone of dark fruit. I detect a good amount of alcohol in the nose as well
Taste: Wow, bold roasted malts upfront, milk chocolate sweetness in the middle, with an espresso like finish.
Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied; Coats my mouth with a velvety feel. Some heat from the alcohol and a moderately bitter finish
Overall: It was a surprisingly cool fourth of July. After a night of pyrotechnics, I sit alone in complete silence on my porch as I analyze this beer. I could not have asked for a much better one. It's thick, bold, and velvety; Everything you'd want in a RIS. The only thing I can nit pick about is the presence of alcohol which takes away from the aroma and taste a little bit. But on a cold winter day that could be complimenting. I could see this aging beautifully. Reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Went perfectly with my Sarris chocolate bar. Not the best RIS I've had, but not too far behind either. A sipper of a beer. I'm looking forward to having this come winter. Holds its own next to the likes of Founders and Expedition. Highly recommended. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 05:21:06 | More by Bone53
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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