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

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2,249 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,249
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 451 | FT: 36
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to Dana (Tayner) for sending this to me as the winner of one of her many LIF's as of late.

A: Deep dark black with hints of brown. Pours with a rather wimpy mocha head that dies rather quickly. There is no lacing but an oily film does coat the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt characters right up front. Charcoal and smoke noted right from the start along with hints of anise. Notes of chocolate can be picked up as well.

T: Wow B.O.R.I.S is infact bodacious. This is one big beer. this is big, full flavor. Tons of charred right up front in the taste. Hints of chocolate come at you in the middle as does the anise. The booze comes in at the finish along with a tinge of bitter hops.

M: Nice and thick full bodied brew. This one is almost chewy, if you baked it you could pass it off as some nice dark chocolate brownies. Perfect level of carbonation with an oilness that coats the mouth and throat.

D: Very drinkable brew but one bomber is enough.

Overall: Thanks Tayner for the try. This is one beer that I have wanted to try for sometime and I enjoyed it. Tons of big bold flavors make it a winner. It is not the best RIS in the world but will hold its own against the big boys. Thanks for sharing this true Ohio gem.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 20:01:27 | More by tpd975
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bad-boy in a trade some time ago & it's been lurking patiently in the fridge ever since, waiting for me. I have an almost pathological aversion to oatmeal, so I've had a slow start on picking up the oatmeal stouts. But I'm hear now, BORIS. Take me.

Dark black with little evident carbs. Smells fantastic, dark, malty, hoppy. Very nice. Makes me want to take a sip.

So go ahead. Ahhhh, yummy. The hops are a surprise, since most RIS I've had that claim to be hoppy aren't; this is the third I've had that I can really dig (along with Darkness & Smutty IS). Love it! Then there's the chocolate, which really lingers, & the nice dark malts that have just a tiny tinkle of coffee, almost. Lalalala good.

BORIS is dark, slick, oily, & bold. And easy drinking. Split the bomber with the wife but could have easily had this myself.

Excellent brew. I'll find this one again!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 04:10:48 | More by maximum12
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New York

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

Appearance-Pours black into the snifter with that trademark RIS viscous, slick motor-oil consistency. A tiny bit of really dark brown head, no lacing to speak of either but it still has that classic RIS look.

Aroma-Some mild hopping upfront followed by an overload of dark maltiness; black molasses, chocolate and darkly roasted oats come to mind. Some alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste-Dark roasty malts reminiscent of the aforementioned oat character minlge with more of that black molasses quality upfront. Something of a licorice flavor as well. A mild kind of bitterness enters towards the end and finalizes the finish bitter.

Mouthfeel-Somewhat oily with a mild level of carbonation. Could be plusher with more of that viscous chewiness I like in my RISes.

Drinkability-Very drinkable, quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 00:45:19 | More by Manoftyr
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North Carolina

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

1 year old bottle aged in the beer fridge.

Dark black with a rich dark chocolate 1-finger head. Very faint lace, though.

Aroma is very rich cocoa with strong hints of mocha. Very little in the way of anise. Vanilla and a slight woodiness round things out. Faint hint of alcohol, too.

Strong dark chocolate malt flavor. Weaker roast coffee. Nice hops in the finish, with a hint of pine and a sharp bite from the chocolate malt. Hint of alcohol in the finish, but not as strong as the abv would suggest.

Feel is weaker than expected, more of a porter than a stout.

Fairly easy drinker for a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 03:24:25 | More by beer2day
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Gainesville HOB and took it home. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Aroma of rich chocolate, roastiness, and hops. Heavy roasty chocolate flavor with a little bite going down. Finishes with slight currant then explodes with another burst of chocolate. The black currants and sweetness are much higher than the DORIS. Thick mouthfeel. Hearty oatmeal presence and rather easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 17:53:35 | More by BMMillsy
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one. We did a side by side comparison with the BA version.

Appearance: Black with a thick mocha head about a finger thick, which receded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer. This version had better head retention the BA version.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, surprisingly subdued. It was nice and complex, just not as in your face as I was expecting, not sure why I was expecting that.

Taste: Bold chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of caramel sweetness and roasted grain. I preferred this taste to the BA version.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: I preferred this one to the BA version. The enjoyed the aroma of the BA version more but the flavor and the mouthfeel of the non-BA version was better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 17:01:54 | More by jamescain
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black color, no light gets through the beer when held up to the light. The look of the beer is "thick" which I find appealing for a stout and goes the a liquid meal standard. Head is minimal on a standard pour into a glass and would be nice if it could be a bite thicker.
-- Bottle is well designed and catches the eye when on a shelf. Bottle cap is a boring gold cap, probably one of my few critiques of the beer I have.

S: Great roasty/smokey smell with a rich malt. However, as the beer warms up, there is a distinct alcohol smell on the backend that can be appreciated

T: Fantastic, full bodied stout with roasted caramel/malt flavor and smokey flavors. Again as the beer warms, the high alcohol content can be appreciated.

M: Silky smooth through and through

O: One the best oatmeal stouts I have had to date. Highly recommended but if the taste of "liquor style alcohol" is turn off for you, make sure to keep the bottle chilled as you enjoy.

Serving Style: Bottled

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 03:04:16 | More by Archimetez
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North Dakota

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

Pours up very nicely. Thick, inky black body through which *no* light passes. Rocky, khaki coloured head takes a good minute or so to wane from a 2 finger thickness to about a half-inch or so.
Smell is big coffee / baker's chocolate with a subtle booze aroma and a mild earthiness. So far, there are no signs of high alpha acid hops that I hate so much in stouts such as this; so far so good.
Huge, rich flavour with big coffee notes, big, bitter chocolate notes, and some detectable whisky-like alcohol, but not enough to amount to anything offensive or have much impact on drinkability. The oatmeal in this really smooths it out and makes for an exceptional mouthfeel.
Very well crafted stout, and a solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 17:49:30 | More by SilentSabre
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: B.O.R.I.S. pours pitch black and pretty thick and viscous looking. Just over a finger of dark khaki head forms; retention time is decent, and the lacing hangs around the whole time.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee form the base of this beer. I can also detect a bit of chocolate, but a lot more expresso than chocolate. Booziness, fig, and slight hop notes form the back end.

Taste: Dark roasted malts assault the palate at first taste, along with a bit of coffee. Booziness, vanilla and fig emerge in the middle towards the back end, and the finish is coffee with slight hop notes. This is a hell of a tasting beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is close to heavy, but not exceptionally so. Carbonation is low and it feels pretty creamy in the mouth. This is one hell of a stout. I can see how it does so well at G.A.B.F. I bought the barrel-aged version as well, which I am very excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:45:54 | More by zhanson88
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric Bart for hooking me up.

Pitch black in appearance. Brown head dissipates quickly. Minimal brown lacing around the edges of my glass. Smells of wet camp fire, chocolate brownies, sweet dark fruits, a hint of maple syrup and roasted burnt malt. The taste is incredible! So much going on. Rich chocolate, raisins, sweet roast malt, and some bitter hops at the end. Mouth feel is thick and smooth then becomes sticky. Low carbonation. This RIS coats your teeth and your glass! Overall drinkability is great. Hardly detected the high ABV. A bomber to myself went down quite easily. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 04:32:49 | More by DavidEddie
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, all-around beer. Pours a jet black color and reeks of roastiness. Taste is full bodied with notes of chocolate, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts, and oatmeal. A bit strong, but a great blend of flavors that finishes smooth. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have tried and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:16:49 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with thick foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Chocolatey, roasted aroma, with some dark fruit and alcohol added in.

T - Lots of dark malty flavor, with coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy bite.

M - Full bodied, a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

D - Excellent brew, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 03:21:49 | More by thethrone
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive opaque black with very dark brown edges, but virtually non-existent head at proper temp w/ aggressive pour. Smell: dark chocolate, plum, roasty with a little coffee and burnt characteristics, earthy hops, whiff of wood smoke. Taste: upfront it's big time dark chocolate and prune juice, followed by roasted with a slight coffee and borderline burnt flavors (black malt), decently hopped too: citrus, earthy. Mouthfeel: a nice mix of syrupy and creamy, turns out there was just enough carbonation despite the lack of head... not quite as full as I'd expect though. Very enjoyable and easy drinking without a hint of booze. Thanks to Hoppin' Frog for coming to FL!

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 05:22:16 | More by babaracas
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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. There is a nice amount of dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums) in the finish. ABV is not noticeable at all.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:41:14 | More by TreyIsWilson
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a thin head of espresso colored compact bubbles that dissipate into a collar after a minute. The head retention is less than average.

S: The aroma is soft and inviting with deep rich roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a moderate fruitiness that smells like fresh figs although raisin esters come through as it warms. There is a bit of molasses and a faint coconut like aroma. The alcohol brings a faint floral aroma and there is a light citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee and roast with a smooth moderate sweetness dominate the flavor followed by moderately-light oat flavor and a moderately light hops bitterness. There is a slight graininess to the malt. There is moderately-light amount of dark fruit mostly plums and a bit of fig. The balance is somewhat sweet with a slightly sweet finish with a cocoa aftertaste.

M: full bodied with a moderate alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation. It's kind of thick with bit of slickness from the oats.

O: An intense dark and roast malt amusement ride for the palate. The sweetness is restrained and they even made a light touch of molasses an enjoyable component

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:26:17 | More by MadScientist
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit (figs) and milk chocolate. Overall, a little less aroma than I expected. The flavor is roasted, almost burnt malt, as well as some coffee and chocolate. You get a little bit of vanilla as well as some bitterness at the end of the taste. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 18:01:57 | More by Mora2000
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque almost black with a one and a half finger deep tan head. Head receded fairly quickly, and no lacing left behind. Smell was coffee, bittersweet chocolate, just a touch of dark fruits and caramel.

Taste is great. So creamy from the oatmeal, with dark and milk chocolate and coffee being the driving flavors. A bit of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits are there too. Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, viscous, smooth. Just a bit of carbonation that makes it feel velvety.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 12:26:25 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a thick and viscose engine oil color with deep plum highlights around the edges. A cinnamon colored head with dark cherry tints sits atop that was creamy and flat, about ½ finger high, before quickly diminishing to a scattered whispy covering. The head coloring I thought was the best aspect here while it left a thin, broken ring lacing behind upon its demise.

S: a fresh hot creamy oatmeal aspect to it to start out backed by a strong dark roasted coffee offering. Alcohol also dominates here with some dried cherries adding to the supporting cast. A touch of burnt chocolate, and dark ripe plums become evident before yielding to a earthy soil bitterness on the finish. Moderate in strength overall, my only complaint here is I wish it was stronger, otherwise was nicely done.

T: The flavor begins with a deep earthy soil bitterness as dictated by the nose, dark plums and roasted coffee dominate right from the start. Ripe cherries and alcohol add medicinal notes and a warming flavor and sensation. The malting was rich and dark with a light smooth charred flavor that was surprisingly clean off the tongue. A big earthy bitterness lingers a bit after the swallow with a noticeable alcohol detection.

M: thick and viscose as the pour suggested with a silky smooth texture and feel. A soft carbonation adds to the luscious and creaminess of the body making this a fit example per style.

D: Overall drinkability was good, a beer that was certainly big on style and substance, one that deserves to be sipped and savored. Boozy, thick and viscose one should be enough to satisfy. The beer does get progressively smoother to drink while the alcohol is quite noticeable upon warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:58:09 | More by beerthulhu
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black & quite opaque – looks thick. Medium size brown cap of large bubbles that settles fast to a ring that also fades with time. There a few bubbles popping to the surface. It leaves just a few gobs of 3D tan lace at the top of the glass. Strongly hints at having legs. I’d still like some lace, but for a big, boozy monster it is okay.

S: Whoa . . . Obviously potent – big whiff of boozy & spicy/sweet alcohol up front with a hint of vanilla. Very firm - yet not cloying - molasses, burnt toffee, & malty sweetness. Behind the initial boozy & sweet wallop is some nice dark chocolate – real rich if not super strong. More faint still is roast with both coffee and scorched grain. Hints at dark fruit as it breathes and warms.

T: Way complex, rich, and robust. Initial taste is quite the punch of sweetness wrapped up with spicy & boozy alcohol and a sharp, acrid bitter roastiness. This doesn’t so much fade as round-out and soften. Sweetness takes on notes of burnt toffee, molasses, raisins & prunes, & a really dark & rich maltiness. Acrid roast slowly looses the sharpness and some bitterness to let notes of espresso & very dark bittersweet & rich fancy desert chocolate emerge and linger of ages in the finish along with a bit of woody/earthy/resiny hop character. Alcohol notes give way a bit to let herbal/medicinal/earthy hot character come out, and hop bitterness makes its own fair showing free of roast bitterness. Some spicy booze does survive to the finish before leaving the long finish to the roast and hops. Burps are surprisingly leafy/hoppy with more than a bit of roast.

M: Very, very much over medium body – big really. Carbonation is soft in comparison, but it does provide enough zip to keep the mouthfeel from being really thick or syrupy. Still it is very rich – tons of chew and sticky sugars. Creamy from the oatmeal and high F.G. Total meal in a glass feel. Stays sweet (bitters/spicy sweet) long into the finish. Finally the roast, with some help from the alcohol, pushes it just a touch drying. Despite alcohol being fairly prominent in the aroma and flavor, it is pretty well disguised in the mouthfeel – just a bit of a bite and hardly even a hint of warmth.

D: Unabashedly boozy, sweet, & very rich. This is a big one – a crusher. There is no doubt that BORIS is hefty - it almost seems barrel aged, but probably isn’t. Robustness & heft slow you down a bit, but incredibly interesting, evolving, and rich flavor keeps bringing you back for more. This beer is a joy to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:37:28 | More by SickGnar
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to CrellMoset for the chance to try this one.

A: Black and viscous pour, a nice brown head. Nice and foamy, with some great sticky lacing.

S + T: A huge oatmeal scent... Big and creamy. Oatmeal raisin cookie. Taste is similar. Got notes like this from Wake n Bake. Some bakers chocolate in there, and date flavours. A hop note in there gives it a touch of bitterness. Some spent coffee as it warms - not too big, but it's there.

M: Heavy body... Not molasses thick, but getting there! Slick and creamy.

D: A great sipper. Another that gets pretty nice as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:45:03 | More by Proteus93
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours like a can of 5w-40 with a creamy mocha color head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S: Very strong notes of coffee, chocolate, chocolate malts, espresso, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, and a hop profile that is pretty unique

T: Very similar to the nose...fudge, chocolate, espresso, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, citrus!, and some delicious hop flavors that help balance this crusher.

MF/D: Very viscous (one of the thickest I've come across), slightly bittering finish that lingers with coffee and hops

Pretty damn expensive, but worth the price tag, especially on tap

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 01:31:06 | More by scottyshades
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful jet black with a nice tan foam halo around the edge. Leaves pretty nice thin lacing around the glass. The nose is of coffee and bitter chocolates. Perhaps a bit of earthy hop to it as well. The taste is bitter coffee and roasted malts. There is a nice soft bitter chocolate taste as well. A minor alcohol whisp while bitter hop and chocolate compunded with a nice smooth creamy oat flavor create a nice finish. Mouthfeel is very nice a creamy. This is defintely a sipper for a cold night. Overall this is pretty damn good. Its not your typical outmeal stout. Its almost more RIS than oat. Whatever it is....its good!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 07:16:03 | More by ShrLSU
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New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 13oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a thin (half finger) layer of dark mocha head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good sipper. Not a beer that I could throw back 3 or more glasses of in a night. Even with a sub 10% abv, this one matches up fairly well with the heavy hitters.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 04:47:09 | More by Axic10
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 01:01:00 | More by mdm46410
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 is a pleasure to savor-a perfect nightcap. Or a meal. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 23:59:02 | More by IBUnit63
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,249 ratings.