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

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Reviews: 1,005
Hads: 2,579
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 277
Gots: 536 | FT: 47
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a very dark brown head that is creamy and thick with a few big bubbles pushing through. There is a few microbubbles of brown sticking to the side of the glass in an otherwise jet black body.

S- The smell has notes of prunes and dates with black roasted malt and black grain and a very light hint of earthiness. As this beer warms a bit there is notes of dark raisins and graham with a dry port note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big black bitter black malt and coffee malt flavor with an inky tar note that hangs on the finish like a nice espresso. There is a green hint to the finish that could be from hops but it is mysterious.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess and the finish has a nice slipperiness that warms to a soft alcohol heat as it warms.

D- This beer has a big complex flavor but it is not heavy but the finish makes it light and smooth while still remaining dark black in flavor and smell.

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Photo of jmalex
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today marks my first St. Patrick's Day staying in since I turned 21. B.O.R.I.S. will surely make a fantastic consolation prize.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a thick, slick, syrupy motor-oil black. This is one of the absolute most blackest beers I've ever seen. The head is latte brown but is quite small. It settles to a thin collar and a few splotchy bubbles.

SMELL: The aroma is filled with all the decadent smell you'd want from a big stout like this. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, licorice, and raisin. Though these aromas are huge in richness, they lack the intensity that one would want. However, as the beer warms, the strength increases immesely. Hop aroma is at even lower levels - nearly non-existent.

TASTE: The beer starts with a dessert-like chocolate quality to it with coffee, licorice, and some dark fruits coming along for the ride. Across the palate, it becomes slightly nutty as the beer begins to balance itself out. And it almost gets there through the finish as the first hints of hops show themselves in the form of very light citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and chewy yet markedly silky smooth. Combined with a carbonation level on the lower end, this can't get any better.

DRINKABILITY: This goes down so damn easy, it's scary. The alcohol is completely missing from the taste. It doesn't beat this.

Wow, this one far exceeded my expectations despite it's already high marks. Let me tell you - this ain't no Guinness nor should anyone mistake it for such, but I'd definitely prefer a B.O.R.I.S. for St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black, completely opaque, thick and syrupy- dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Light lacing

Smell- Scents of rich chocolate, some oatmeal and light coffee

Taste- Sweet and roasty character- notes of caramel malt and a citrusy hop background- slight bitterness balances the rich milk chocolate. wonderful cocoa finish

Mouthfeel- Incredibly thick and creamy- fills every crevasse of my mouth

Drinkability- Despite the high 9.4 ABV, i'd say drinkability is moderately high. This is one extremely well-balanced stout that i'll definitely pick up again.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick single finger head, the color of creamy coffee. Quick dissipation leaving behind no lace. Black, Black body...like a glass full of melted asphalt. You cannot force light through this...

The nose is a combination of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Roasted malts and caramel in the background.

The taste starts out with a sweet creamy caramel flavor that fades into a bitter coffee finish. The roasted malts are in the background throughout, keeping everything in perfect balance. Black coffee aftertaste lingers, making you want more!

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, very creamy with little carbonation...almost perfect!

A very drinkable beer. The ABV is well hidden in the complex flavors. Super example of the style!

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Photo of ajm5108
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light roasted coffee, cocoa & some hazlenut on the nose, and those flavors follow through along with some semi-sweet dark chocolate and very distant burnt fruit. That said it is a surprisingly smooth brew considering most of the elements at play. The oatmeal gives a thinner mouthfeel but that compliments the flavor profile. Excellent beer.

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Photo of natasharai
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amietaj1 for this beer!!

Appearance: Poured with a thick satiny creamy medium brown head that dissipated leaving very little lacing. The beer is BLACK, and lets absolutely no light through.

Smell: Strong oat, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, small amount of sweet ripe plum and cherry.

Taste: Small hop, oat, sweet roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and very ripe cherry.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth, pretty thick and creamy feeling, leaves mouth pretty clean and ready for more. No alcohol sting.

Overall: Very drinkable for style and ABV, flavors really develop as it warms, nice subtle flavors, very nice mouthfeel that keeps me wanting more.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely thick looking black body with no head to speak of. Looks like motor oil. Tan, coffee colored ring lined the glass. Some sticky lacing.

I can smell this guy from a mile away - strong scent. Rich roasted coffee and sweet cocoa... emphasis on rich. Roasty malts mixed with hints of alcohol. Hints of dark fruits and candy sugar. Sweet, earthy oatmeal all throughout. Nice.

Taste is huge. Of freshly roasted coffee and malt, melted milk chocolate, purple grapes, raisins. Creamy oatmeal, nuances of milk. The alcohol warms, but I'm not detecting it in the taste. Finishes with a bitter expresso flavor that compliments the earlier sweetness excellently. Complex as anything - I'm really digging this.

Mouthfeel is heavy, full, rich, thick - and any other synonyms. Full bodied, but not extremely filling. Extremely creamy. Carbonation is high but is not distracting. Drinkability is damn near perfect, this bomber is no problem to sip away.

Only improves as it warms, as well. I always get the blues when I think about how I can't get Dark Lord or The Abyss in Jersey... but I'm not sure how much better it gets than this brew.

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Photo of ejquin
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a very thin brown head that fades real quick to noghintg.

S: Great unique aroma. Very rich. Coffee but mostly chocolate, but heavy vanilla with some cherries, plum and raisins.. Very sweet. Booziness creeps in with an oakiness and roasted malts.

T/M: Really smooth and heavy. Very little carbonation which works in this very rich beer. Starts off all chocolate for a while, developing into roasted malt, vanilla then comes in and mixes with cherries and rasins. Finsish is smoky and oaky and looong with the hop spiciness coming to the front. Big and fat and chewy though the slightest bit hot.

D: This is a huge fat and chewy beer meant to be sipped.

Ovr: I've been drinking a lot of oatmeal stouts recently, Devil Over a Barrel, and KBS, and this is right up there with all of those. Definitely heavier than all of them, and more full bodied. Great great great beer.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Widely regarded as both one of the best Oatmeal Stouts as well as one of the best RISs, this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout is not for the weak-palated.

Pours a creamy deep coffee that looks silky smooth. Floating on top is the darkest head you'll ever see with incredibly tight, Guinnessesque froth. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and sweet toffee. Remarkably smooth as it coats the mouth. So many interweaving flavors including currants, sweet malt, deeply roasted malt, some char and smoke. Exceptionally well balanced. Oatmeal comes more in the texture than it does the flavor. The 9.4% ABV is surprisingly restrained. Not hot at all, just a pleasing warmth after the swallow. 60 IBUs, as well, but it doesn't feel like nearly that many.

Amazing flavors, outstanding balance and complexity, delightful texture. It's not a wonder Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. is a multiple GABF Gold Medal winner

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- super dark black and ominous, like pouring used motor oil with no hope of letting light through save for a hair-thin, no exaggeration, line of deep bright red at the very bottom, that is most likely created by the beer's color reflecting off a facet in the glass. rich creamy head is tremendously dark as well, probably the darkest i've seen, a very warm dark brown sugar color with delicate lace the consistency of partially melted parmigiano-reggiano cheese. after it settles, it takes on this spooky silent-but-deadly look and i'm getting some serious dark side of the harvest moon vibes.

S- freshly brewed high quality kona coffee is the main aroma with some dark chocolate and burnt raisins. maybe some prune, maybe some black cherry, but in no way does this beer smell fruity. roasted malt and burnt wood, campfire, and a hidden earthy hop aroma play backup.

T- not a fan of coffee, but i love imperial stouts. that being said, this tastes better than any coffee i've ever had in my life, and i've tried some pretty high class varieties. at first it's slightly tart with raisin and dark berries and thich resinous hops, moving into dark chocolate and coffee, then right on the swallow i'm hit with a huge cocoa & coffee resurgence with smokey burnt wood, and the oatmeal lending a certain creamy tiramisu flavor. diving in a little deeper, behind the coffee and cocoa, there's a peppery spicy shiraz wine grape taste and what some might call licorice, to me is more like star anise pods thrown on hot charcoal. very woodsy and ethereal with no detectable alcohol.

MF- very full and dense, but not syrupy at all. medium carbonation keeps things lively and the oatmeal creaminess seems pure and refined without much powdery feeling.

D- i have to restrain myself a little on this one, all of its complexities could make me drink faster while trying to ponder the subtleties, resulting in another empty glass. they call this one 'the crusher' for a reason...

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Photo of DownDaHatch
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!! Be careful with this one. It pours like the finest motor oil available. Super-dark, super-rich with little head. This bomber will leave you bombed by the end if your not careful. Great chocolate, oatmeal, and slight alcohol taste upfront. I detected a nice, clean, coffee, roasted malt and molassas-like finish. While there isn't much of a head, it drinks rather creamy. If you are looking for a Big, I mean Big beer. This one is for you. It was worth the wait, as it took a while for me to locate a bottle. Drink responsibly...this one could hit you like a hammer as the alcohol seems more prevelant as the beer opens. What a great imperial.

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown/ black body. Small brown head dissipated quickly.

S: Full of roasted malt. Big earthy coffee smell with dark chocolate presence.

T: Slightly sweet beginning but finishes dry. Taste is also full of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. A slight hoppiness and very faint alcohol note in the finish.

M: Thick, syrupy, full body coats the mouth. Very smoothe.

D: An awesome, well balanced and flavorful beer. Very drinkable for it's thickness and 9.4% abv. Can't wait to get some more. Glad to see this one in NJ.

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Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a one finger brown head. No lacing which is disappointing. Would have liked a little bit bigger head too

S- coffee, chocolate, and booze! Balanced really well, nothing is too overwhelming

T- shockingly, the flavors aren't huge...but they're there, and they're glorious. Smooth chocolate with a slight bite of coffee near the end with some booziness in there as well...getting some dark fruits too.

M- perfect. Creamy and has a body that's not too thick, but thick enough to give you some lift.

D- fantastic RIS. Worthy of all the love it gets. The flavors aren't big enough to knock you on your ass, but they are definitely there. And they are awesome

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from my bomber to a pint glass.The head dissipates quickly some light lace remains,lots of roasted malt coffee and oatmeal,reminds me of a bowl of oatmeal with tons of brown sugar,nice alcohol finish,but not at all overpowering,highly drinkable,solid RIS

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black and boy is it viscous. Just nice thick pour, small brown head that dissipates quickly. Not a ray of light getting through this one.

S - Nice sweet smell, lots of caramely chocolate, dark fruits, raisins. Actually now that I think about it, it sort of smells like a Raisinette. Even a bit of oakyness and vanilla. Lots of smells to work with here. It's not extremely strong in the nose, but it takes some work to decipher what's in there. Great smell.

T - Wow. It's a wallop of coffee. And not that burnt coffee that a lot of stouts give off, but this is Grade A premium roasted coffee here. Has a tangyness to it that balances well with a lot of chocolate. The aftertaste provides some of that oakyness again as well as the dark fruits. What a delicious beer!

M - Great mouthfeel, it's thick, but smooth. The alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall - I was blown away by this one. An incredibly complex beer. It reminds me a lot of The Abyss. Not QUITE to that, but extremely delicious in it's own right. Def. one of the best RIS out there. Cheers

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer. Black in color looks really thick. Not alot of head and the little disapears quickly. Nice tanish color head.

Smells heavy of licorice coffee and chocolate. Can also smell the alchol.

Taste just like it smells licorice is there in the back ground very smooth and complex. something I can't pin point but reminds me of some sort of childrens medicine. Could be the licorice, but I don't know yet.

Nice and creamy goes down easy. Taste lingers for a bit leaving you wanting more. Kind of coats your mouth.

Awesome beer! Loved every sip of it and regret splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, I shared a taste of this w/ carlos and his gf Rianna. Poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a goblet at cellar temp.

A - Thick black like pitch w/ a very thin tan head that is essentially a ring of lace atop the opaque dense ale.

S - A very full aroma of many malts w/ a boozy and fruity nose. The odors are coffee-like w/ plenty of plum and berry notes and subtle vanilla w/ creamy cocoa sweetness. The aroma also has a dry nutty edge w/ roasted coffee-like hints under the fruity instense sweet note.

M- Thick, almost viscous w/ very little bitterness and a deeply chocolate-like dry roastiness w/ a little booziness for good measure

T - Deep, dark chocolate like a fresh baked triple chocolate desert w/ bean essence and coffee accent in the taste. The flavor has an instense bittersweet cocoa and toffee taste w/ thick dark berry and raisiny sweetness. The flavor is not overly sweet though with the balance of the roasted and dry toasty elements playing counterpoint until the boozy finish

D - A great oatmeal Imperial Stout, just fantastic to sip. The strength is a bit limiting and I recommend savoring this for at 9.4% it is like a meal in a glass. The overall drinkability for me is excellent since there really aren't many beers that match the quality and layered maltiness in the oatmeal accented stout world. The booziness is expected, but subtle for the strength, A must try!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- big black body with a minuscule brown head and no lacing. pretty typical or a big stout

S- roasted oats with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. the faintest smell of alcohol finishes this one up. as the beer warmed, the chocolate smell gets stronger.

T- very dry and roasted malt up front with a stronger chocolate taste than i could smell.

M- Wonderfully thick and creamy with a very pleasant dry coffee like aftertaste.

D- finishing this was about as easy as it gets. especially for something this potent. very smooth, enjoyable, and well balanced. this one exceeded expectations and im sure ill try it again. recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppin' Frog's Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (BORIS) is bodaciously black. It takes the term opaque to a seriously hard-line level. There is not even a faint hope of highlighting even when held directly into bright florescence lighting. Despite marveling at the rustic toned spectacle of head that arose from the pour, the surface is now bare with only the thinnest possible strand of outlining.

What I really like about the nose is that it is foremost chocolate, and not coffee. Too often lately, I've found the higher gravity stouts relying on espresso for their decadent, dark roast flavour - not this one. This smells like grated dark chocolate melted into a sea of toffee laced biscuits and caramelized malts. BORIS more closely resembles an after dinner dessert rather than an after-dinner drink.

As if the taste had to come on this strong, I was already impressed by the aroma. Still, it's much appreciated. The taste reminds me of double chocolate muffins and double chocolate chip cookies - there is a ton of chocolate and plenty of crispy, toasty biscuits and cookie malt to compliment it. There's just a touch of hot fudge syrup over French vanilla ice cream too.

60 IBUs is a modest amount of bitterness for a Russian Imperial Stout and it shows. I can't find any factor to hinder drinkability - the beer is only as bitter as it is sweet (like melted bakers chocolate) and the alcohol has curiously vanished. This sample was aged about a year and half but still, it's a wonder how this got to be so smooth.

That taste of bittersweet (more bitter than sweet, but it's close) chocolate lingers for an exceptionally long time. There isn't nearly the level of astringently roasted coffee or harshly smoked, burnt grains that other examples of the style usually offer. This profile suits me well and if possible, I plan to stock the cellar with as much of this as I can.

For any fans of the style this is a must-try. It definitely places on my (as well as Beer Advocate's) list of top RIS and Double Stouts. Actually, I'm struggling to think of a better, more enjoyable drinking Imperial Stout. It's like a roasty, rich beer with creamy dark chocolate and hop filling. I don't think beers like this can get any better, all hail BORIS!!!

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Photo of Tsekouratos
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guest tap at The Local Pub, Athens Greece.

Appearance - Darkness black color with a wonderful brown head!!

Smell - Aromas were subtle at first, but when the beer got warmer.. BOOM!!! In your face!! chocolate, coffee, lots of malts, maybe some liqourice

Taste -. The taste was excellent, especially at warmer temperatures! Tones of malts and chocolate, coffee, liqourice, oat, some alcohol notes just biting the tongue, maybe some dark fruits! Really complex beer with an extremely pleasant and long aftertaste, somewhat bitter from the coffe and chocolate!!!

Mouthfeel - Body was full, mouthfeel was great and the carbonation was low, just enough to complement the body and the aromas!!! Excellent beer!!!

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Photo of corey0212
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slow/thick black, brownish highlights when held up to light, tiny mocha-colored head rises and fades pretty quickly. So much dark chocolate in the nose, dark fruit notes, and some faint alcohol fumes rising out of the glass. Taste is chocolatey as hell, roasty, some espresso, slightly charred around the edges, slight alcohol burn on the lips. Moutfheel is perfect, creamy, just-right carbonation, and tons of lingering espresso aftertaste. Love this one....B.O.R.I.S. rocks!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa am I ready for the weekend!! Another great trade from excellent trader GraniteSkunk. Cheers!!

The basics: No idea on price and 9.4% ABV...Yeah Baby!!

Gorgeous lookin' beer. Pours a super thick, syrupy and opaque black. Huge, frothy, creamy dark tan head - two to three fingers - and never really dissipates. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. Sweet!!

Aromas are very rich and robust...and unique. I'm getting like a chocolate-chip pancake type of thing amoidst the roasted chocolate malt and huge oatmeal component. It's like a really sweet breakfast in a glass. The smell is so roasted and huge - it really smells like toasted pancakes or somethin'. Super cool and unique. Top notch on aroma.

Whoa man is this a robust beer. It's super creamy and delicious. This is a highly impressive beer. It's big...I mean REALLY big. It's goin' to be too big for many people. Very thick and chewy in the mouth. Alcohol is very forward and obvious, which is really the only drawback with this beer. The mouthfeel has to be tried to be understood. It's the creamiest beer I've ever had - it's like silk in your mouth, but with tons of chocolate and espresso. This is like Sofia Vergara - it's so smooth and round and really big all the way around...It's incredible. As far as flavor components - I get a lot of chocolate malt and espresso, as is to style. In the front, though, I'm getting stuff like Black Cherry juice, too. It's awesome. Maybe a hint of apricot nectar - all the stone fruits in there. The middle and finish are long and bitter in a good way. Superior effort from what I hope is a brewery I drink a lot from. Must find folks - definitely something to be had with BBQ and perhaps big, complicated burgers...

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: The less than hidden alcohol notes in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Superior Imperial Stout - World Class and a must find.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the darkness settles into the glass, a joyous array of roasty chocolate and oatmeal dance towards my nose, ascending with a slight fusel burn. As it sits meatily in my hand, I await the first sip. Ready myself, and embark on the adventure.
Too smooth, rich and perfectly carbonated. Reminiscent of the oatmeal bourbon and chocolate cookies I had eaten earlier in the day. Phenomenol flavor, and so drinkable. There is a hint of dark fruit in there, but not too much. Drank this warm and the flavors were perfectly aligned.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.