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

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Reviews: 1,009
Hads: 2,600
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 280
Gots: 538 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 1,009 | Hads: 2,600
Photo of 303beer
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super dark thick blackish brown. The head is the darkest brown white I have ever scene. The nose is slightly sweet but hard to describe. Like how cooking chocolate is not sweet like milk chocolate is. Wow what is that taste. It's roasty and has a hint of raisen right up front but goes to a roast flavor with slight sweetness and turns dry for the remainder. Pretty solid imperial. Not my favorite style of stout but this is a good take on it. Leaves nice lacing as well.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up 2 years ago not knowing if it was the fresh release or a leftover. I guess that places this bottle in the 2008 range. There is no visible indication on the bottle to confirm.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a faint amount of brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger's worth of creamy dark tan head forms and holds for awhile before retreating to the edge of the glassware where it holds throughout the duration. Some faint spotty lace sticks and holds on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with some signs of light oxidation. Licorice is present along with a solid oatmeal to grain characteristics. It is sweet with a scent of chocolate mixed with coffee and caramel, lightly citrusy with hops and a touch of dark fruity character almost like raisins.

The taste of this brew is bitter roasted grain with a flavoring of licorice coupled with semisweet chocolate. The chocolate flavor develops into something more in-line with a flavor that is left in your mouth after eating 75% cacao. There is some herbal bitterness which mixes and contrast with a dark fruity flavor like raisins. Throughout the body are flavors of oats and sweet grains keeping the bitterness and fruity alcohol elements of this brew in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9+% alcohol is well integrated and as the brew warms maybe becomes a touch distracting. I almost forgot that I had this brew and a recent taste of the new Royale offering reminded me that I need to have a taste of the base brew. This is a pretty solid example but perhaps a bit dated at this point. For as much as I enjoyed the Royale version, it is my intension to get out there and snag a fresh bottle of Boris and the normal barrel aged version.

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Photo of jxhill
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with small but dense tawny head. Smells of molasses sweetness and alcohol with slight toasty smell behind and the faintest hop character underneath. Strong alcohol and treacly tang on the front of tongue. Almost lactose sweetness throughout. Sweetness fades to soft toasted flavors on the back of tongue and through the mouth. Alcohol warmth lingers in throat. Medium bodied with little lacing. A solid Imperial stout, though a bit raisiny to be a personal favorite.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of dark brown, almost black head and a completely opaque, black body. The foam dies down pretty quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty, lots of caramel and nutty brown malt. Yeasty fruit notes of plums and figs with moderate, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of chicory. There is also a light, but boozy alcohol note with a hint of acetone.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front; dark, fruity caramel and toffee. Cherry and candy apple notes in the middle with the toffee and caramel remaining strong. Finishes with darker roast notes of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as renewed sweet cherry notes.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - After all I have heard about it, I am surprised to find myself a bit disappointed in this one. The sweetness is excessive and overwhelming and really sticks on the palate in an unpleasant way. The flavor itself is nice, but lacks in roast character or even chocolate, instead relying on fruity caramel notes that are, admittedly, fairly enjoyable, if a bit out of character. I hate to complain about a beer being out of style, since nitpicking style guidelines really misses the point of enjoying beer, but for what it is worth this strikes me as closer to a Baltic porter than an Imperial Stout. Whatever you want to call it, this is cloyingly sweet and hard to drink and it doesn't quite have the complexity to make up for what it lacks in drinkability. It is a good beer, but it certainly doesn't live up to the hype. Worth a try, but I probably won't be coming back to it in the future.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time having BORIS, have heard great things.

A: Pours slow, black syrup of a body. Thin bubbly head fades after seconds to leave a thin ring on edge. Not tons of activity.

S: Rich chocolate with tons of grain aroma. Crisp and clean.

T/M: Smell carries over to the taste with a powerful oatmeal backbone. Tastes more like cooked oats than fluffy. Resinous mouthfeel with hints of dark fruits (chocolate covered berries). Big yeast flavor as it warms up, banana/fruity esters. Hint of booze afterwards.

O: This did not live up to the hype. It is incredibly delicious and spot on for style. I would still prefer a TenFidy which has the same flavors yet more potent or a Yeti that is on the same line as Boris just a bit more complex. Still I would recommend this stout and will be drinking more of Hopping Frog in the future.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know Fred and his beers and congrats to him on winning gold on this one. (Well I don't know him personally, but I know him as a colleague) It is a nice deep opaque, black with a nice tan head, and ruby/mahogany highlights at the edge. The aromas of light chocolate, alcohol, toast, banana, pear, and almost a cool whip flavor come through in the nose. Very interesting combo. But rather strong on the banana.
The taste is a combo of the aforementioned, along with a cheerio grainy flavor, that seems to be a perceived sweetness, rather than an actual sweetness. nice balance of bitterness, and dryness finishes this O.I.S and a alcohol-kissed finish tops it off.
Very drinkable. The man knows his stouts.

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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark black color with one and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruits and some alcohol notes on the finish.

T-Deep dark chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

M-I was hoping that as an Oatmeal Stout that the mouthfeel would be a little thicker on this one; it's not quite thick bodied but it's close with low carbonation and a slight warming alcohol finish.

D-This is a pretty good beer, but the alcohol is a little obvious for my taste. I might try this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been wating to try this bad boy for some time. It begins. The pour results in a thick, viscous tar pit filling my snifter, topped by a half-finger of dark brown foam, which sinks into the dinosaurs' abyss fairly quickly. The nose comprises dark coffee (complete with a light hint of olfactory bitterness), roasted and toasted malts, and charred wheat. Something seems off here, but I can't put my finger on it. Are the malts too blackened? I dunno, but it's something like that. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, blackened oats, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A step above the nose, fer sure. The body is pretty thick 'n' chewy, but not too, with a moderate carbonation (higher than I expected, but, again, not too much so) and a decent oral coating. Overall, I see this as a solid stout, but not among the better ones. Still definitely worth a shot, though.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Yuengling draft glass.

A- Motor oil black body with a half finger of foamy mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly. Given the high ABV and my passive pour, couldnt expect much of a head.

S- Not a very strong aroma, but picked up some hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T- Chocolate, black coffee up front are followed by a burnt, almost charred malt flavor culminating in a slight bitterness on the finish that lingers a little. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but not overpowering.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. A tad less body to it than I wouldve liked, but not bad. If it were a little heavier, it would've likely given a better backdrop to the 9.4% ABV coming through and a more balanced taste.

O- A solid, but not spectacular RIS. With it being a GABF winner, I hoped for a little more, but it didn't suck. Still not North Coast's Old Rasputin though.

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Photo of Tropicalslip
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this beverage quite a bit because it's a drinkable Imperial Stout. For me the fact that it's not overwhelming is great. Rich flavor and well balanced to me makes it something I can really enjoy on my own. Not that I don't enjoy sharing but when you got a beer that is so rich you better bring back up.

A- Poured in pint with a nice big head 2+ in. Holding up to the light Red brown glow in Frothiness. Body color absorbing all light, black darkness to my eyes.

S- Roasty with hidden underlying sweet oatmeal accent.

T-Delicious, can't be all that imperial not really tasting alcohol, and wouldn't say it's overwhelmingly roasty, but it's sticking to dahhh tung, leggy.

M- This was my lowest rating of the categories, mostly because unexpected easiness of intake. Now updating rating, because I think this is a plus and unusual for this style, not syrupy. Origionally rate as 3, upping to 4, works for me.

O- I must qualify my changing of review. Recently returning to enjoying more of the classic micro style of all beers. I know everyones pushing the limits, but taste has a lot to do with final impresions. Sometime IMPERIAL just means to much. I like flavor but when a pallette is overwhelmed at what point does it stop being able to continuously enjoy the beverage in hand.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Poured pitch black with small amounts of brown hues poking out the edges. Pour came with about a half a finger to about a fingers worth of a tan to mocha head. Left small amount of lacing of glass.

S: Chocolate is the first thing to come through followed by a earthy/grainy aroma. Oatmeal? Roasted malts are also very present along with some yeast character (small). There is also some dark fruit present in the beer, almost giving me a slight wine impression.

T: Again, following the nose, Chocolate is the most pronounced flavor pairing nicely with the roasted malt and barely character of the beer. Again you get the earthy-oatmeal taste that was present in the smell. Beer is very mellow and smooth. (-small traces of dark fruits are present)

M: Very, Very thick beer that had an impressive amount of carbonation for a imperial stout of its kind. Leaves a wonderful after taste, with a slight alcohol burn, but not bad.

O: Great beer that i would love to have again. It was very interesting to get some dark fruit notes out of the beer- somthing i havn't seen yet in a imperial stout. Very smooth beer that would be great on a nice cold evening.

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Photo of SAS
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. B.O.R.I.S the Crusher

Enjoyed out of my Delirium Tulip with my bro. Listening to Radiohead.

Appearance: Little to no head, but what was there had a nice dark tan color. Very dark black, no light when held up to a light.

Aroma: Big roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee There is little bit of rummy smell as well.

Flavor: Alcohol off the top , but it mellows out and fold into chocolate covered oatmeal and Roasted Malts... Starts off a little off balanced but ends up being pretty nicely balanced with a nice long finish

Mouth feel: The high alcohol content makes it a little more watery that you would expect.

Drink ability: Every now and then beer. I would like to sit on one for another year or two and then give it a go.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown dating. The bottle does have a sticker on the neck that says G.A.B.F Gold Medal WINNER! IMPERIAL STOUT 2008...

A= Pours a nice deep black color. The head is a small skin on top of the glass that fades quickly to an active looking ring around the glass. The head itself is a very dark brown color while it lasts and the lacing is spotty.

S= The smell is rich with roast and oats. A nice chocolaty character to it with no detectable hops present. The alcohol is well hidden in the smell and it smells smooth if that makes sense. Sometimes RISs can smell a little rough around the edges.

T= The taste is just as I expected. A nice roasty chocolaty stout flavor with a great amount of oats to back it all up. Again not as harsh as some RISs but still nice and flavorful. Sometimes you don't want to turn your taste buds upside down and this is a nice smooth taster that won't. I will say it does seem to be a little one dimensional for an RIS however. Roast, chocolate, and oats make up the flavor profile without too much complexity.

M= Nice and velvety.

O= This is a beer I would buy often if it were avalible. It's just a solid well made imperial stout that is very drinkable for what it is and keeps you interested without being overly complex.

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Photo of RuckusDu
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but I think it is about a year old. 22oz into Duvel tulip. A pretty good looking beer. Over a finger of dark mocha colored head which stays for a bit. Body is pitch black and nobody is seeing through this thing. Aroma wants to hide from me. Some milky chocolate and a little sourness. Very roasty mixed nuts. Flavor is too much bitter chocolate for me. A little bit of dark roasty almonds. There is a sweetness too that turns into sour milk. Body is right where I enjoy my stouts. Some good carbonation but not overpowering and a solid body.

Overall a nice beer, but too roasty and bitter for me. The other aspects of the beer are very good however.

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Photo of goldbot
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color; essentially no head aside from a few brown hued bubbles here and there. Chocolate malt dominates the aroma with some roasted malt as well. Aroma is a bit subdued and underwhelming. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, accompanied by more roasted malts, coffee flavors and a nice bitterness. A lasting rich, dark-roasted coffee aftertaste. Sweet with a full, chewy mouthfeel. Tasty, definitely shows the full body and sweetness of an oatmeal stout with the flavor and complexity of an RIS. Just had a few shortcomings I couldn't overlook.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle which I served in snifters.

A = Dark mahogany with a creamy, caramel colored head, light lacing. Head was about one finger and receded quicker than I expected leaving less lacing than I expected. That said, it has a nice creamy look to it, is impenetrably dark and has a certain luster that is appealing.

S = Smells almost like a milk stout, with rich cream, and light milk chocolate being the most prominent smells. Beneath those though there is more waiting as it opens up, I also get very lightly burnt toast with just a touch of medium roasted coffee beans.

T = The taste surprises me somewhat as there is a real grassiness in there, like a sencha tea mixed with a hojicha tea, that is not to say the expected and more common imperial stout flavors are not there in abundance. The first thing to hit the mouth is cappuccino with a couple pumps of chocolate syrup, but a certain amount of anise and the grassy flavors hits from the beginning of the sip until somewhere in the middle of the finish. It has a long finish which is medium dry with milk chocolate being the primary flavor characteristic. I could see this being someone's favorite pretty easily, but it's just not quite for me with its somewhat vegetal qualities mixed in with the more standard fare.

M = This has a marvelous full bodied, creamy feel with light carbonation giving a good smooth texture to it, mouthcoating is decent, perhaps just slightly less than I would have expected, but still pretty heavy.

D = This is pretty easy drinking for the style. The bitterness and sweetness are both present and well balanced, a good drinking imperial stout.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with a pretty modest brown cover with very little lacing. The aroma brings a malty coffee marriage of sweet and bitter. There's a hamlike quality as well, mellow and meaty. The first sip is an intense licorice rhubarb and malt with coffee bean bitterness. Not really getting a lot of oatmeal, more winelike with pretty notable alcohol but not bad. Seems to go very well with cheese but I wouldn't call this a classic session brew. However, it is a flavorful stout, pretty heavy duty feel and a bit of a meal. Generally nice when in the mood for something to sink your teeth into.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly dies down.

S- Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, rum soaked raisins, bold roasted coffee, burnt toast. Awesome.

T/M- sticky sweet molasses, rum raisins again, dark expresso, anise, nice citrus hop bite in the back end. Velvety smooth and oily, just short of chewy.

O- One of the better imperial oatmeals out there. Complex and robust. This bad boy has later after layer of flavor and they almost all hit the mark. That said, it needs to be dialed in just a notch and it would give beers like FBS a good run for their money. If the hop bite was toned down a bit, body tuned up, this could be one of the best imperial stouts period. The more I drink the more I feel like this beer wants to be great, it just can't quite get there.

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Photo of egajdzis
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and vanilla beans. Taste of more roasted and chocolate malts, dried fruits, cherry, with an alcoholic backbone. This exhibited a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black, with a little head, that sits for a bit.
Chocolate, alcohol, and raisons.
Reminds me of molasses, chocolate, raisons or some other dark fruit.
Very syrupy, felt a little stagnant, especially near the end of the glass.
A friend split this with me which was good because I could not finish the 22 on my own, but what I had I enjoyed.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown color- not quite motor oil black. No light coming through this fellow, though- none at all. Pour is very lightly carbonated, and leaves a thin ring of sudsyness around the glass. Ominous looking sucker.

Smells strongly of sweet cocoa flavored coffee; the oatmeal scent is there, but it's not overwhelming at all, which is a good thing for me because I despise the stuff. Lots of roasty malty scents coming through as well. I can tell right now- I am going to dig this brew.

First sip- the alcohol is ever present- I was hoping it would be a little more sneakily hidden. After that initial shock, the sweetness of the beer comes through quite strongly. There's a bit of a bitterness that balances it out, but it's still sweeter than I would prefer. Too much dark fruit flavor, perhaps.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not too try. A hint of carbonation. Overall it's a nice RIS, but too sweet for my palate. I prefer more roasted, bitter flavors. But that's just me. This fellow is certainly worth a try. If only for the awesome frog on the bottle.

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3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #450

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears black, with thin dark tan head that fades fast. aroma of bitter roasted espresso, licorice, a touch of smoke. taste is not as bitter, more balanced. but still very roasty, and leans towards savory. medium body, low carbonation. maybe not quite as thick as I'd like to match the rest of the beer.

overall - let the beer warm up, the aroma and taste opens up a lot. but for the very high price of the Hoppin Frog beers, a bit under whelming.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice inky black from a 22 oz bomber. Tan head left some patchy lacing.

Good coffee, molasses, and deep roasted malt aromas. Very nice scents here.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, some malt sweetness peeks thru here with a touch of creaminess. Alcohol peeks thru here too.

Fuller mouthfeel. This one is one to sip. Enjoyable flavors, and warming alcohol will make this a winter visitor to my fridge. Not exactly something I'd want to chug with burgers, and one big bottle will do it for the night for me.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin but dense head the color of brown sugar. Nearly 100% opaque with just a tinge of light escaping along the edge of the glass.

S - Wonderful chocolate aroma similar to melted milk chocolate or a chocolate milkshake. Some subtle vanilla bean as, too. Not an outstanding nose, but pretty good.

T - More of the aroma, but with the tastes of cherries and some burnt character as well. Perhaps a very tiny amount of smoke.

M/D - Very thick oily mouthfeel that is a bit juicy, in the sense of the way a berry sort of explodes in your mouth after taking a bight. Great beer altogether!

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Photo of rustymoore
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.