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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,250 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,250
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 452 | FT: 36
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Rzzzzz

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass. A drip pan may have been more appropriate. Oily black with an appropriate sized milk chocolate head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee & booze. If that sounds like a recipe for an all night party, wait'll you taste it.

A deliciously balanced mix of dark fruits, coffee, dark roasted malt and traces of smoke, with some hops at the end to bring it back, and though the alcohol doesn't get in the way of the flavor, the warmth it provides going down is extremely pleasant. Full bodied and smooth overall but with just a touch of sharpness. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 15:59:24 | More by Rzzzzz
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber at 50 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pure opaque black with a two-finger dome of chocolate milk colored creaminess. It holds up very well and the lacing is exceptional.

S: Milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits, some anise-licorice notes, and light to average roastiness.

T: Strong milk chocolate, sweet figs and dates, moderate and semi-citrusy hoppiness, and anise and licorice late. There is a lack of roastiness in this that makes it refreshingly unique.

M: This is the most velvety-smooth Imperial Stout I've ever had. B.O.R.I.S. on nitro-tap might not be much smoother.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 14:29:29 | More by bucklemyshoe
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:09:16 | More by akorsak
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of Philly Beer Week 2009 on tap @ Capone's...

A - Silky opaque black... Still, with no visible carbonation... One finger of dark tan head which fades leaving only a black abyss...

S - More subdued than I expected, but still quite enticing... Rich malts... Chocolate... Hint of alcohol... Slightly grainy...

T - Well crafted and quite complex... Equal parts dark and milk chocolate... Coffee... Roasted Malt... An ever so slight hint of licorice...

M - Slick and smooth... Rich... Medium to full bodied... Slightly oily... Slightly chewy... Ever so faint warming feeling of the 9.4% ABV can be detected as the session matures... Also a faint smokiness was detected...

D - Quite the memorable Oatmeal Stout... Impressive in all facets... Hides the 9.4% ABV well, which could be dangerous... Goes down very easy... I would highly recommend and seek out again in the future...

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 01:14:51 | More by philbe311
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gunnerman

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my recent trip to Ohio at vintage estate in Boardman , a must if your in the area. Poured into a chalice, pours a dark black with a bit of a dark head that leaves a ring around the glass, typical for this type of stout. Smell was amazing dark chocolate burnt figs and grapes, sweet smell of alcohol. Taste was amazing I can taste strong coffee, hints of roasted malt and toffee, chocolate and a bit of a velvet german cake in there, Simply awesome stuff. Overall this was one fine damn offering, I am glad to have had this on draft awesome beer at an awesome place.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 00:08:20 | More by gunnerman
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, comes out a thick black body with a medium brown "tapioca" head, about a finger. Leaves some serious lacing, head drops to less than half an inch.

Smell is riiiich, like an S'more made with dark chocolate & soaked in alcohol. Definitely smell the booze up front. The taste is right along with it, and adds some dark roasted coffee. The taste of espresso lingers in the aftertaste, like I just actually chewed on the beans instead of drinking the beverage. Those rich, creamy dark chocolate flavors are really dominant, almost like a liqueur. Very roasty aspects, on the verge of burnt.

The mouthfeel's thick, like most RIS. I have yet to experience the oily slickness that so many attribute to oatmeal stouts -- might be there, but I just don't recognize it. Bottom line: this is deliciious & I want more.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 21:32:33 | More by OneDropSoup
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's getting a little colder out and I wanted a big beer for my 200th review, so when I stumbled upon old B.O.R.I.S. here I knew he was the one.

B.O.R.I.S., which apparently stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (badass name for an Impy Stout), pours a deep, opaque black color similar to the darkest chocolate in liquid form (though maybe not the same consistency). The beer puts up about a finger of milk-chocolate colored head that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating, leaving some nice drapes of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is pretty good. Some earthy hops, molasses, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, and maybe a bit of maple oatmeal all float around in a fragrant soup of smell. Complex and ever-changing, especially as it warms, this is one inviting beer.

Similar to the nose, the flavor is deep and complex. Some dark roasted malts up front, drizzled with dark chocolate. Oatmeal, molasses, and dark licorice through the middle. A little bit of herbal/earthy hop flavor, alcohol spice, and more bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Complicated and ever-changing... even though BORIS has a manly name, he's a bit like a woman. All joking aside, this is a good RIS.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's nice and smooth, with an oily feel in the mouth. Maybe it could be a bit creamier, but that's nitpicking. Either way, though, it still boasts a body that's a notch or two above medium and has a well-regulated amount of carbonation, as well as a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and my bomber is going pretty quickly. Complex, flavorful, and a good-lookin' beer too. B.O.R.I.S. was a good choice for a 200th review.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 02:40:14 | More by feelmefoam
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

true to its brethren in the style, pours a very dark brown/almost pure black with a finger of tan head... decent retention and lacing.

nose offers ample amounts of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

very tasty. coffee at first, followed by chocolate and oatmeal, the latter being more subdued. the alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering by a long shot. fairly full-bodied mouthfeel, thick and rich.

surprisingly drinkable for a big beer - i could have another. overall a fantastic RIS, one of my favorites non-barrel aged stouts.

originally reviewed on: 06-25-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 15:17:34 | More by BostonHops
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Hoppin' Frog Brewery branded snifter

Pours nearly pitch black with a dark beige two finger fluffy head. Dark fruits, berries and chocolate on the nose. Smooth dark fruits, smooth coffee and chocolate notes that are never bitter-almost like a mocha latte but much more subtle. Likewise, regarding the roasted grain and malt. The roastiness is there, but smooth, absolutely no bitterness. Finishes with underlying warming alcohol. Creamy and velvetly full-bodied, exceptional mouthfeel. Excellent variation on an RIS. A perfect example of how a "big beer" can subtlely deliver a very high level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 05:35:59 | More by chanokokoro
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark milk chocolate, 2-finger head with nice lacing. Licorice black, opaque espresso body. Slightly alcoholic aroma and usual suspects of deep, rich malt roast and mix of floral/grassy hops. Creamy, sweet oatmeal-raisin cookie with even some prune/plum tones. Alcohol is definitely there but well-blended with sugar and nice chicory finish. This coats well and takes balance of all in excess - natural sweetness, hop bitterness and solid chocolatey, coffee malt. This was a pleasure to savor and now one of my favorite oatmeal-inspired Russian Imperial Stouts.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 16:02:12 | More by CuriousMonk
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FosterJM

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

130th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

22oz.

App- It poured a big heavy brown viscous stout pour. No head on it.

Smell- Big flavors of the Oatmeal and malty. Even some chocolate in there. Smelled fairly sweet as well.

Taste- A big rich oatmeal malt flavor. Very very smooth. IT was very good.

Mouth- It's lighter than I would thought but that was okay. Creamy, and a touch of oily richness make it very appealing.

Drink- I'm all for this beer. I'm now super anxious to try the B.A. version for X-mas eve.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 04:07:58 | More by FosterJM
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Tolann

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle obtained in a trade with jleblanc!

A - Looks way yummy! head a roasty cocoa colored head that faded to nothing, not even a ring. Super dark denying any light.

S - sweet chocolate. I anticipated some roasted coffee characteristics, tho I'm not picking that up. The sweetness is pretty damn sweet and you really don't need anything else. There's something going on in the background playing the supporting role. Caramel? Licorice?

T - Chocolatey sweetness. Licorice. I knew it. There's some hops that bite back at the end of the sip.

M - Some dry chocolate bitter at the back of your mouth. the alcohol isn't exactly hiding, but it isn't too offensive. almost a milk stout mouthfeel...no not quite. Something gooey about the sip. Lighter mouthfeel and little carbonation.

D - Certainly not a beer I'd ever turn down! Just wish it was easier to obtain.Even with the higher abv. its pretty easy to sip away. I almost feel guilty cuz this beer is too much fun.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:50:18 | More by Tolann
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tchaos

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

A- Pours dark black with 1 1/2 finger deep brown foam that settles gently into a nice lace with fair retention.

S - Exceptional roasted malt characteristics, with coffee at the forefront. Nuttiness and minor cereal notes are also present. Sweet, dark stone fruit drives home that this is a Russian Imperial Stout

T- Freaking great. Roasted coffee and chocolate; lots of it. Mild alcohol and sweetness bring some warmth towards the end, before a lingering espresso finish.

M- Medium/full body; soft and creamy. Slight bitterness in the finish.

D- My friend and I usually split a bomber over the course of an hour while playing guitar. We finished this in under 20 minutes -- that is to say, this is extremely drinkable, especially for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 23:28:07 | More by tchaos
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Joshpu

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a half finger of brown head.

S: Primarily chocolate malts. Roasted malts. Black licorice. Maybe a dark fruit as well. Oatmeal.

T: Taste really follows the nose well. A sweet middle of the mouth feel to it. It has a fairly bitter body to it, hop and coffee/dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very easy to drink. Don't taste the alcohol. The carbonation makes the beer glide through your mouth, velvety smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall a great beer. I really got a lot of flavors out of this one, it changed a bit as it warmed as well. As others have said, no one flavor dominates through the whole beer, but a bit on the bitter side for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 09:36:50 | More by Joshpu
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cosmicevan

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was really excited to pop this one open after all the praises i had heard...

A - poured a rich thick milky black with a thin tan head. really gorgeous. you can see the oaty thickness. in my opinion you simply can't make a more appetizing and appealing RIS. leaves a nice snail trail of lacing on the glass that slowly crawls home.

S - very chocolaty and oaty. nutty and roasted malts but not in the typical coffee and wood way but rather thick and once again oaty. There is a subtle alcohol thing going on in the back ground that refreshes the nose with a mentholated feel.

T/M/D - oh wow. it all leads up to that first sip and no disappointment at all. its a very filling and rich RIS in every way. it has the full bodied thickness of a mature oatmeal stout. the flavor is essentially all roasted malt. it's a meal in a 12oz glass let alone a 22oz bottle. but damn good beer. new style - RIOS. all though oatmeal spin adds some fantastic flavor and body it really is a bit filling. drinking two of these would be like drinking two milkshakes. mmm...milkshakes.

--- EDIT ---
2011-11-06 Cellar Aged BORIS (with "cellar aged 1 Yr" sticker on the neck of the bottle. It is actually probably 2+ years old at this point, but I suppose the brewery released cellar aged version at some point? bottle also had a sticker that says "17497"

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured sludgy black. not much head and what was there was gone quick. looks thick and delicious. 4

s - dhocolate roasted malts. perfectly mellow and balanced. the roastiness is perfectly paired with the chocolate. also has a touch of a briskness to it. 4.5

t - ah yes...BORIS!!! love this beer. rich thick chocolatey bold roastiness. really well rounded. 4.5

m - here's where i feel the cellaring has done the beer some good. i remember this beer as a monster on fullness and this aged version is quite silky and smooth. much more of a softer oatmeal stout. 4.5

o - overall just a great beer. time does nice for this one...one of my favs. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:23:03 | More by cosmicevan
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themedievalist

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber of this with my gentleman friend (is that the appropriate masculine version), CharlatanSin. While I normally seek out stouts which emphasize chocolate or coffee flavors, I was happy to give this oatmeal imperial stout a try.

This beer is attractive enough, but not anything special - very dark color; slight tan head which quickly dissipated; no lacing.

The smell had a nice roasted malt element, combined with coffee and chocolate. I was happy that those coffee and chocolate flavors definitely came out in the taste; I found the coffee to be a bit stronger, but the chocolate was definitely there. This is very smooth, luxurious-feeling beer, somewhere between silk and velvet.

I quite enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again; I found it to be a particularly good example of an imperial stout which has those rich coffee and chocolate flavors and scents, but presents them more subtly than would a specifically coffee or chocolate stout. It is an ideal dessert beer, rich and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 18:42:47 | More by themedievalist
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. Not sure of the date on this one. A slighty drunk frog graces the label. Served right out of the fridge.

A- Boris pours out a very dark brown to black color while becoming completely black while relaxing in the glass. This one looks quite thick. A semi dense 1 1/2 finger dark tan head made an appearance before leaving. Some minimal lace is seen.

S- A pleasant smell of roasted malts and grain and a lot of bitte chocolate. The oatmeal is there but is pretty faint. Some earthy hops as well as roasted coffee. These smells double with warming so take your time.

T- Boris Packs more coffee in the taste than in the nose with a roasty appeal as well as espresso qualities. Very nice. This is backed by a nice supply of roasted malt as well. A nice chocolate taste, somewhat bitter but certainly dark and full. The oatmeal qualities come out more than in the nose and shine when it reaches room temp. Some dark fruit and slight hop presence is there when you search for it.

M- A very smooth stout with a bit of an alcohol note detected. Slighty warming qualities as well as some bitterness on the top of the mouth with coffee. Not as full bodied as expected from the look but boris gets the job done. Nice carbonation level.

D- If I could afford this I would drink it all winter. A nice amount of alcohol so one bottle would do me good. Not as much oatmeal as expected but the other flavors really shined. This is going into steady rotation for me. I need to invest in a case.

A great job from what I hear is a very small brewery in Akron. Well done!!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:05:10 | More by BARFLYB
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a syrupy, opsque oil in color beneath a carbonation-filled brown head that settles to a thin film after a moment. No visible lacing.

Milk and dark chocolate; rich, roasted malts. Vinous, fruity esters: blackberry, grape. Spicy, floral hops; notes of bubblegum. Notes of smokey toffee and lingering port-like alcohol.

Ripe, vinous fruit flavors: grape, red apple, currant, plum. Robust, roasted malts; dark chocolate and toffee. Slick, intense alcohol over an aggressive, floral hop bite. Notes of vinous, dark fruit and dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Full in body; syrupy slick. Just a touch too slick given such a bold range of flavors.

A full-flavored, intense Imperial Stout. A nice offering from a brewery I've never even heard of before. Hopefully I can sample some of their other offerings in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 01:32:52 | More by NEhophead
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swizzlenuts

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer smells really chocolaty and sweet. The beer is extremely black with a small head, and it goes to a ring. The beer is really chocolaty and sweet. A slight bit of alcohol comes through as well. Extremely balanced. The beer is creamy and thick. The beer is super easy to drink as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 23:46:58 | More by swizzlenuts
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beergoot

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coal-black body with a relatively thin but creamy brown head. Mocha and coffee grounds dominate the aroma; supplemented with bitter chocolate, nougat, and raisin. Burnt bread, espresso, bitter chocolate; bold bitterness combined with a warming alcohol glow. Rich, heavy, smooth mouthfeel.

A powerhouse Russian imperial stout! Bold flavors, nicely balanced, outstanding complexity...well worth the plunge into its dark, inviting depths...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:30:32 | More by beergoot
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gford217

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a small dense mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving sporadic lacing.

S: The smell starts with a big sweet roasted malt aroma mixed with dark chocolate and oatmeal. There is also a good bit of dark fruits in the nose with raisins and plums with a hint of alcohol burn in the background.

T: The taste is bigger, more complex version of the smell. The sweet malts form a backbone throughout that has dark chocolate and coffee up front. The same dark fruits are in the taste and the alcohol again makes itself felt with a slight burn on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and dessert-like with a bit of carbonation to give it balance.

D: This is a very drinkable RIS and, while it's not the most complex version I've had, it's an extremely good stout and I would seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:32:22 | More by gford217
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DUBinMIA

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep black color this tan head of about 1 in. that stick around... and around .... and around... still there....

smell is of oats and malty sweetness... very odd to smell oat to me.... always thought of it as a taste and mouth-feel character. slight ginger bread aroma. no real hop presence.

sweet malt followed by coffee and chocolate flavors... then a warming alcohol taste and then some bitter pine like hops. some oat flavor in the beginning but rather light compared to what the aroma would lead you to believe... good taste

mouth feel is thick and creamy like a stout should be... higher carbonation for a stout i thought as well.

Overall a great beer.... Thanks to HippityHop24 for the trade... CHEERS!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 18:07:12 | More by DUBinMIA
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armock

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeCeez for sending this to me a long time ago review was lost in notes for awhile.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that give of chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink RIS abv is well hidden and has a good taste make this a beer thats worth getting your hands on

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 23:30:38 | More by armock
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czfreeman

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, tan espresso head. Copious lacing all around my goblet. Black oatmeal-like stout goodness. mmmm..mmmm how love Oatmeal Stouts!
A delicious aroma of musty oaty cocoa goodness is making its way to my nose. Bitter cocoa, espresso, phenols, deep spicy alcohol interplays a sweetish lactic almost Kahlua like aroma. Deep in there some spiced figs, deeply roasted malts, and an overall impressive amount of "oatiness" make for a deliciously good smelling brew.
This finger-lickin good. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and seemingly light touch on the finish. Cocoa, figs, a twang of Phenolic "crush" , a spiced Meican cocoa like warmness. German oatmeal with cocoa,(Havaflucken) if you 've ever had it. As it comes up to temperature, 70% Cocoa comes out, warm oatmeal, what a great cold-night brew, or breakfast for that matter.
Mouthfeel is great. Boris is on the spicy, warm side. The flavor of the 9%ABV swaggers here in a big, quite frankly, enjoyable way. All heavy, rich oatmeally(is that a word?) goodness is balanced by the warming alcohol quality that makes for a good glass of oatmeal if you will.
I was expecting this to be extremely rich and filling, yet it suprisingly stayed on the medium bodied, warm and intriguing side. One of the main strong points of this brew is it's drinkability.
The bottom of my glass came all too soon, and I felt "crushed"...sorry. Great brew, look foward to future Hoppin Frog brews. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:14:00 | More by czfreeman
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perrymarcus

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

A - true to its bretheren in the style, pours a very dark brown/almost pure black with a finger of tan head... decent retention and lacing.

S - coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

T - very tasty. coffee at first, followed by chocolate and oatmeal, the latter being more subdued. the alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering by a long shot.

M - full-bodied, thick and rich.

D - surprisingly drinkable for an imperial stout... i could have another.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 23:30:08 | More by perrymarcus
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.