B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by ThreeWiseMen:
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Big thanks (once again) to Yamar18 for the hook-up!
Appearance: Pours out like motor oil with a very slowly forming and quickly dissipating brown head. All that remains after about 15 seconds is a very thin (yet sticky) ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. To my surprise, no lacing. An extremely viscous pour netted a 1-finger, very tight, sticky, creamy head. Retention was still just mediocre. Body, on the other hand, looks great: pitch black, opaque, thick, and oily. Still, as far as imperial stouts go this one looks pretty dull.
Smell: A very strong toffee aroma jumps out, followed by coffee and chocolate, vanilla, oats, nuts and maybe even bourbon. A lot of sweetness, though the overall strength is fairly subdued.
Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, and toffee come to mind first. Wow, oats are huuuge in the aftertaste! Dark currants, leather, and even citrus make a decent showing, but (surprisingly) I'm not getting a whole lot of coffee. Hops snowball into the finish, leaving a bitter and dry aftertaste, yet whetting the palate for another delicious sip. Alcohol is somewhat apparent in the finish as well. The taste is very complex and enjoyable, and I seem to catch a new flavor every minute. Great balance too!
Mouthfeel: Big-bodied and chewy with low carbonation. Very thick and malty with nice mouth-coating and an excellent aftertaste. Rich and bold, yet very smooth.
Drinkability: This is the most drinkable R.I.S. I've ever encountered. Flavor is complex and subtle, allowing the imbiber to discover different nuances in smell and flavor throughout the session. Normally, I'm more of a punch-you-in-the-face R.I.S. fan, but this was a great change-up. Watch out for the ABV - it has already caught me off-guard!
Serving type: bottle
10-29-2008 19:05:09 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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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
94 out of 100 based on 2,265 ratings.