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

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2,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,253
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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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 04:01:59 | More by DrJay
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured at 55F into a tulip

A: Pours black with a slight and quickly dissipating mocha head. No lace.

S: Strong bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes with prune and dark caramel—verging on burned sugar.

M: It’s like a velvet Elvis painting. This full-bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with light carb.

T: The flavor profile corresponds to its smell, but the oats and near-charred, roasty tail on this beer really come through here. It’s a little boozy with a beautifully subtle bitter finish.

O: What a great beer! Every time I have it, I think “it’s been way too long since last I drank this.” It’s complex, but not obnoxious. It’s huge, yet delicate—it’s just very well balanced. I’m going to torch off a crème brulée right now to pair with the rest of this fantastic brew. (Heck—a “BORIS float” made with good vanilla ice cream would also be perfectly appropriate.)

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:59:13 | More by JWeldon
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New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Used motor oil black with deep dark brown tints. Pours a bit thinner than motor oil, but not by much. Glistening carb bubbles rise to the surface during the pour to create a tiny dark brown head with golden hints that altogether quickly fades. Can't really complain... It's a friggin' Imperial stout.

Smells similar to Bourbon County Vanilla Stouts and Founders KBS sans the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasty coffee. I would love to try the barrel-aged version.

The flavor is great... but it's not utterly AMAZING like KBS. Not too sweet, but sweet enough to balance all of the upfront bitter hops and French vanilla coffee that comes first. These flavors are followed by loads of dark chocolate coated espresso beans and sweet cigar tobacco paper.

Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Ridiculously smooth. Like velvet. So drinkable yet you obviously have to take your time with it given the intense flavor and high abv. This one beer will put you on your ass. Definitely a repeat buy and this is my second time trying it.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 23:24:30 | More by aficionado
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 11/21/11 Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown as it pours and looks darn near black as night in the glass. Almost intimidating to look at. Thin, caramel colored head that fades quickly.

S-Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee aromas. Nothing jumps out and dominates, well balanced aroma.

T-Smooth. Mocha taste right away with some sweetness that fades into a little bitterness from the hops on the tail end. Alcohol is present all the way through, warming but not overpowering.

M-Thick and rich with light carbonation. Really smooth.

O- Heck of a beer and definitely my favorite RIS to date. I'm glad I live close to Akron so I can get more of this easily. I'll be looking for the barrel aged variety.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 02:39:07 | More by AJStank
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a light brown head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is roasted malt, toffee like, some coffee, a hint of butterscotch, a nice acidic bite to the dark malts, which sweetens as it warms from cellar temp, picking up some prune notes, perhaps a hint of lactose as well.

Taste is very nice, rich and flavorful, yet smooth. Nice roast, well tempered by the sweetness of the malts. I've had this once before, on draught, and this age version might be preferable, in spite of how enjoyable that first glass was. It's picked up some nice dark fruit notes with age, which is why I love cellared RIS.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome RIS that has developed well with some light cellar time, very smooth and satisfying. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 01:59:38 | More by ccrida
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a slight head, small bubbles, slight lacing, espresso in color.
S: One of this beer's finer qualities. Great deep molasses with hints of coffee and toasted barley.
T: Molasses initially followed by coffee and chocolate. The alcohol creeps in and is followed by slight, but not sharp bitterness. My wife compared it to Great Lakes Black Out Stout.
M: Initially a bit thin, then develops a soft bloom with the alcohol leaving a slight tingle.
D: Enjoying right now. Wondering how it compares The Dark Lord in the basement

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2010 02:28:40 | More by srlama1
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black, flows thick and smooth and gives just a bit of reddish, dark brown foam.

S: Aroma is rich and bitter; black and chocolate maltiness abound with just a touch of spiciness and licorice, a bit more formidable than most stouts of this caliber.

T/M: Feels very thick right away and coats the tongue and mouth like Pepto Bismol. Carbonation is low which lends to a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and bitter black malt approach at first which make it like a strong chocolate milk. Towards the end, some nuttiness shines through and finishes with a little more bitterness.

This is an exceptionally balanced Imperial stout with a consistency that makes it like a delicious dessert. Thank you, leap year, for bringing this beer to me. I already can’t wait for the next one four years from now.


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:32:49 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice oily black with a thin tan head.

Scent of oats in front of chocolate an roasted Malts.

Taste is quite creamy, then chocolate, then coffee bean bitterness. No sign of alcohol, Excellent.

Mouth is thick, carbon is low. This is one of the best feeling stouts i've had.

Extremely drinkable, I will track this one down again.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 23:54:47 | More by sonicdescent
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was good. a very special, rich, fulll, tasty mf beer. Pat, Roger, Tim said mmm mm good. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a few months ago. Poured with a tan head and some lace. Color was an opaque black. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit, toffee. good. Body is nice with good carbonation. Finsih was easy. Not really a session beer tho.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 03:26:50 | More by drpimento
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 05:03:27 | More by wcintula
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from yesterday's notes. 22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter

A: A DARK pour with a 1/2 finger coffee colored head that dissipates quickly. There is a ring of foam that lasted for most of the glass

S: Lots going on here - coffee, toasted coconut, caramel, maple, molasses. Wonderful aroma

T: Similar to the smell (toasted coconut, molasses) with a slight smokey, roasted coffee flavor. The coffee flavor resonates on the palate for a while. There is a small amount of alcohol present, which increases as the beer warms up

M: Thick and oh-so creamy

D: This is what a RIS should be. I found this easy to get through a bomber, but that's probably where I'd stop as the ABV caught up to me at the end. Sip and enjoy. I'll be looking to pick up another bottle to age

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 19:10:47 | More by Brez07
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine. Poured into a Terrapin 22 oz snifter.

A: Pours a jet black and appears completely flat when you initially start pouring. A beautiful brown head rises slowly as you finish pouring. Unfortunately, it disappears much faster than in rose. The small ring of bubbles left behind tries to leave lacing behind, but it doesn't stick to the slanted sides of the glass. The score would be higher if I judged in on those few seconds with the head.

S: Huge roasted malt aroma. There is a bit of chocolate aroma as well. It smells very good.

T: Wow, what a bold yet smooth flavor. Chocolate roasted malt flavors typically are more aggressive than this. Is there oatmeal in there making it this smooth? The hops are just enough to balance what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. It is a very tasty stout for sure.

M: This is a very full bodied beer. It almost seems like you could chew it. Nice level of in mouth carbonation gives it a creamy feeling as well.

D: This one is a bit of a sipper due to its thickness and full body. However, there are many RIS beers that are much more aggressive than this one. For the style, its an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:33:16 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this trade offering.

Pure black in color with some nice creamy foam which is dark tan in color.

Cream, chocolate and oats fill the nose. Mouth watering.

Tons of malt, nice hop bite as well. Chocolate, some cream and cola as well. Solid, well rounded flavor.

Silky smooth full body. There is some prickly carbonation though too. Dry finish.

Drinks phenomenally. Great all around RIS. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 01:02:56 | More by jera1350
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from mday

Poured into a pint glass at 54 degrees

Appearance: A very thick dark oily brown burnt color. There is a one finger dark tan head that really has not a lot of retention. There some tiny effervescence escaping into the abyss. The clarity of the beer is Opaque, this sucker is like the black hole.

Nose: A rich robust roasted malt with espresso, oatmeal, dark chocolate, and cream. A mild hops which carry the floral and citrus notes. Hints of raisins, toffee, caramel, and anise.

Taste: A rich seriously complex roasted malts, with espresso, oatmeal, chocolate, and toffee. There are hints of toffee, caramel, and anise. The hops has a nice but mild presents in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The body is super thick, need to cut it with a butter knife. The finish is medium full. Okay, this beer has a hell of a wallop. There is some serious flavors in this beer. The oatmeal lends to a nice creamy mouth feel. They say it is an Oatmeal Imperial Stout, and BA says it is a RIS. I think that it is a cross. The hops it not very present in the beer, I think that it was intended that way. This is a great and a seriously full body beer not for the faint of heart. I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 05:34:34 | More by colts9016
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours very think and dark with little to no head and some lacing. The smell is large with lots of toasted malts and sweetness. The taste threw me for a loop, but it grew on me fast, it had sourness, a large toasted malt base. The flavor that threw me for a loop seemed to be cherries and for a 9.4% abv you get non of it which is nice. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy but the carbonation level seemed a little low, I would love to try this beer on nitro! A very mystifying and drinkable brew that I will come back to now that its available in New York

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 12:07:18 | More by Biggness
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New York

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into a Snifter

Picked up in a trade with 7ways. This is the second time i've had B.O.R.I.S. The first was from a whiskey-snob friend of mine, who had absolutely no idea what he was buying me, and I drank it from the bottle with a friend ... and we were entirely oblivious to what we were drinking. Although we very quickly realized it was something spectacular.

A: This thing pours dark and thick like used motor oil. Let me be more specific: like abused, drove through the desert for 10 years on 1 quart motor oil. Black. Deep brown hinting here and there as it catches the light.

S: Deep, lasting bitterness with a freshness in the front of the nose. Strong. Seems like there's some hoppiness there too, which is exciting.

T: Blast of booze right up front, then fades into chocolatey bitterness, dulling out into a rich lingering sweetness. Yum.

F: Hella-thick. As thick as the pour looked, and thicker.

D: Yeah ... this thing is phenomenal.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 08:24:43 | More by codewarrior
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog Brewing: B.O.R.I.S, The Crusher, Oatmeal Imperial Stout (2007) (Tasted 04/06/08)
22 oz. Bottle: poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours out pitch black, opaque when held to the light. A rocky, sticky, mocha colored head is slow to form and fade, roughly one inch high.
Odor: Strong oatmeal aroma up front, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans & slight whiffs of alcohol.
Consistency: Full body, slightly oily & viscous. Astringency from the roasted grains & alcohol is muted by the oats & "heavy" mouthfeel.
Taste: Sweet cream & chocolate come on strong at first, tempered by rough oatmeal & bitter roasted grain flavors with some flashes of ripe fruit. Finishes with rich chocolate & bit of dryness & bitter flavor from the roasted malt.

It took a beer like this to remind me how much I love stouts after spending the winter drinking mostly hop-laden brews and Belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 19:17:42 | More by Walken
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4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a couple of years old. Bottlecap darkly discolored under the seal, but seal still intact. Pretty intense sweet & sour nose. Tres tasty. Good balance between sweet & roasty, so that every sip and swish brings different tastes. Not a lot of bitterness, which is right up my alley. One of the better RIS's I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2014 02:03:22 | More by foobula
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second Hoppin' Frog beer in two nights. Thanks to nlmartin for this one, too.

Umm...black, that describes it well. Half inch of brown head on top, truely brown. Reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.

Dark toasted malts, or course, but with it comes dark chocolate, a bit of charcoal and smoke, black coffee as well. Has a touch of acridness from the oatmeal. Some lactic acid notes round this out. Lots going on here. I hope it tastes like this.

Yup, it basically tastes like the smell! Almost exactly the same. A bit biting when it first hits the tongue, then a slathering of dark chocolate and toffee flavors after the swallow. Finish has a touch of smokiness. Good stuff. A bit of alcohol is evident and probably adds to the biting nature.

Full bodied, not as thick as the true greats like KBS, but its slick and oily on the tongue and the flavors linger well after the swallow.

Good drinkability. This is a big beer, no doubt, but its super tasty and how I like my stouts with its huge roasted and dark character. A bit biting though and while the alcohol is pretty well hidden its effects on the stomach are felt quickly. I would drink this often if it was available to me. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 01:57:12 | More by blitz134
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 22oz bottle into the Ohio State pint glass - an Ohio beer in honor of the OSU Buckeyes taking on USC tonight. GO BUCKS!

It's served at about 50 degrees, totally black in color with no light getting through, very thick and lots of light brown head settling on top. It sticks to the glass and doesn't settle down.

Aroma is rich in chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and malts. There's a red-wine sweetness to it as well.

Flavors are awesome with similar characteristics to the aroma like dark chocolate and coffee. It also has a great smooth silkiness to it from the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is outstanding as it's thick and creamy. Drinkability is very good considering the strength of this beer.

There are some great beers that come from Ohio and this ranks up there with the best. Here's to them and the Ohio State Buckeyes!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2008 00:14:31 | More by GilGarp
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Group rating

Appearance: satin black, small head, looks like a stout

Aroma: rich malts and chocolate dominated the nose. Great aroma!

Palate: smooth, full bodied, alcoholic is moderate.

Taste: huge chocolate flavors, mild malts, and graham flavors make this a great beer

Overall: a fantastically brew and I'm really looking forward to this comin to Wisconsin!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 03:23:37 | More by mobius387
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:33:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a pitch black body with a one finger brown, almost crimson, head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, and a pinch of citrus can all be detected.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. Dark fruits and licorice are noticed early before blending with a creamy oatmeal touch. Chocolate is noticeable towards the end along with a slight hop punch. Bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste together with a reminder of the licorice.

Mouth feel: Big, thick, and creamy are the best adjectives to describe this beer. There is a slight amount of carbonation which compliments the hops nicely. It is very refreshing.

Overall: Sweetness, bitterness, and a creamy feel are balanced wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 10:38:06 | More by Raven3464
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has pretty low carbonation. It is extremely black and viscous with little to no head and some faint brown lacing on the sides. A little swirling brings the head back fine and brown. I didn't detect much of a nose at first, but after some swirling I detected some burnt toast, candy apples, and licorice.

One taste and you realize that, oatmeal or no oatmeal, this is a genuine Russian Imperial Stout. No question about it. It has that rummy char-like flavor that one finds in no other style of beer. Nice accents of dark toast, figs, licorice, and cola accompany this flavor along with a nice hop kiss. It has a firm, creamy mouthfeel that is divine. I'm not sure what role the oatmeal plays here, but if it's to make the beer smoother and creamier, then it is performing this role admirably.

This is simply an outstanding beer. It has a huge flavor with no booziness or unwanted sweetness. Easily one of the better RISs I've had. It is very reminiscent of Old Rasputin in that it has a lot of character, but is quite a bit smoother, creamier, and better balanced. I can't wait to crack open my bottles of DORIS and barrel-aged BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 14:39:27 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 9/2011, Well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours a rather thin 1/8” head typical of the style, reduces rapidly to a thin film. This can be revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live ale.
Black opaque color with a medium dark tan colored head. Some light lace.

Rich, chocolately, malty aroma hits you first, followed by yeast and some nice hops. With warming the yeast really comes forward in a positive way, followed by more rich malt. Very enjoyable.

Crisp, rich, malt driven, chocolately entry on the palate, followed by nicely integrated hops, and dark unsweetened chocolate.
Everything from the smell seems to follow into the flavor.
The malt and yeast and hops play against one another in a most pleasant way.
Very full mouth feel, crisp acidity and perfect light carbonation makes for a very balanced brew.
After all this in the background there is a faint hint of the 9.4% ABV, thank you HF!

Long finish of rich, chocolately, hop tinged malt. Quite enjoyable.

This is a very delicious and exceptionally enjoyable stout. I think the overall balance of the malt and hops and yeast are near perfect and go a long way toward the pleasure of drinking this brew.
Plus the slightly noticeable ABV adds another dimension of complexity and to my tastes a very pleasurable one.

This is a unique stout and unlike any other I have tasted and I mean that as a compliment.
It has a most pleasurable hop forward character to it.

Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:47:26 | More by JTSbeerislife
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.