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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,161 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2161
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

BORIS pours pitch black with a little bit of head which recedes quickly. There is no lacing, but this is a pretty big beer, and I am not super surprised by the appearance. The aroma is very roasty with little else going on in the aroma. Not bad, actually pretty nice, just doesn't jump out at me. Taste is also very roasty with a bit of coco with a touch of hot alcohol. Not much, but enough to notice. I am also noticing a touch of sweetness which is a nice balance to the roasted barley. Mouthfeel is very good. Thick, but not overly so and it is very smooth. Good level of carbonation as well. Definitely the best part about this beer. Overall, this is a very nice beer that is well brewed, but is not anything outstanding. Definitely liked it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:49:09 | More by Agold
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance:
This beer is dark, black with a rich chestnut head even though from a rough pour not much head is produced. Since the head is a little weak there's little retention and lacing to speak of.

Smell:
The first thing I picked up was a stinging alcohol presence which is a little surprising since generally speaking 9% is pretty easy to bury, especially in rich malts. Aside from the rough alcohol there's big scents of coffee and strawberry fruit snacks. Overall the scent has a good potency which has been missing in some recent beers I've had.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The coffee subsides in the flavor giving way to more of the candy cherry and strawberry notes. The malts come across in more of a bitter dark chocolate kind of way and there's a healthy dose of oatmeal which lends a substantial amount of viscosity to the beer. The alcohol has become a bit more subdued but it's still apparent as a brief astringent tinge towards the end of the drink. The finish is Ovaltine like and carries that flavor in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
This is a decent stout but it doesn't play well to my flavor preference for stouts (it's a little too dark and rich) and as such I'm not finding it very downable. I don't know, I just got done with my daily run an hour ago so maybe it's just not refreshing enough at the moment but either way I'm not feeling it.

Bottom Line:
Another pretty good beer from Hoppin' Frog, a brewery I'm coming to like more and more. If you're in to really rich stouts then this would be the one for you. I'm looking forward to revisiting this beer during the winter, perhaps an aged bottle as I feel this beer could benefit from some rounding of the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:50:44 | More by Grundle20
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Shaw

Florida

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours all black with a chocolate-brown head that almost instantly reduces to just a ring in my glass.

It has a light aroma of roasted malt and alcohol.

The taste is creamy and chocolaty, with big alcohol flavors that are overpowering the malt.

A very nice body, no doubt thanks to the oatmeal and high alcohol.

This is a decent RIS. There are better, and cheaper, Russian Imperial Stouts out there. Check out North Coast's Old Rasputin and Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout (that's only a winter release, though).

This is the third of three Hoppin' Frog beers I bought, seeing as they are new in Florida. My overall opinion is their beers are way overpriced.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2009 03:30:24 | More by Shaw
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PDXHops

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pieper for this '08 vintage bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours almost black capped with 2 fingers of dark brown foam with some reddish highlights. This settles into a creamy skim after a few minutes and leaves some decent lacing.

Smells like it will be a sweetish beer. Some black malt, but mostly chocolate chips, cherry, vanilla, maybe some raspberry and a hint of sherry. Very sweet and gentle, like a freshly baked chocolate torte.

Thankfully there proves to be some bitterness in the mouth, including a subtle hop presence I didn't pick up in the nose and a decent level of dark roasted malts. The flavor profile is strongly fruity and sweet overall, though, with lots of dark fruit, raisins and cherry along with sweet chocolate. Hints of sherry and leather. The sweetness limits drinkability a bit.

A full bodied brew with moderate carbonation, smooh mouthfeel with a lingering fruity/chocolate/alcohol combo.

Overall impression: Pretty enjoyable. I think it would be improved by replacing some of the chocolate malts with more of the burnt variety to counteract the sweetness and fruitiness a bit.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 14:35:54 | More by PDXHops
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bum732

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits, touch of dark bread, cinnamon.

L: Thick, thick black, viscous, nice dark tan head, creamy retention.

T: Sweet toffee malt with a mellow roastiness on the backbone. Coffee and cappucino flavors persist throughout. Spicy dryness keeps everything together. Alcohol noticable.

M: Creamy body, full, alcohol noticable, slightly warming.

For wahtever reason, i found the flavors lacking in such a big beer, maybe it was the amount of oatmeal? Not sure, but i was definitely expecting more.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 04:33:47 | More by bum732
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1.5 finger tan head, black body.

Nutty, woody nose.

Oaky body, surprising tartness and some coffee with milk chocolate and some hop tang.

Slightly foamy... okay.

A good imperial stout... some of that oatmeal.

Pretty all right, on the whole, but didn't live up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 00:27:34 | More by zaphodchak
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NCBeernut

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour of this black oily elixir yields about a centimeter of head that just falls into nothing but a little ring...Smell is chocolaty and boozy. Chocolaty taste as well, like a boozy gouache or a heavy dark chocolate liquor. Heavy bitter and roasted flavors as well. Slight astringency. Silky, chewy, thick mouthfeel. It really just seems like the thought behind this was something like "lets see how EXTREME we can make this!!!" but without much effort to really produce something drinkable. I have been hanging onto this bomber for about a month for a good night to drink it and...disappointed. At the price they are charging, not worth it at all. It will surely get you a hell of a buzz though, since the only option is to buy it in a bomber. Thanks, but at this price point, I will happily stick to my KBS.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:46:13 | More by NCBeernut
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punkrkr27

Michigan

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with minimal head. Lots of chocolate aroma, molasses, and a fair amount of alcohol. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront, oats lending to a nice smoothness of flavors and a very bitter coffee finish. Medium-thin body, lots of alcohol warming, dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 16:27:30 | More by punkrkr27
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jordanblaskey

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass.

A:
Pours a deep, luscious black with a nearly two-finger cocoa colored head that quickly diminishes and leaves no lacing. This stout is as dark as they come.

S:
I'm fairly certain you could smell this from across the room. Very potent. Notes of oatmeal cookies, black coffee, slight cocoa and soy sauce are prominent. Further agitation brings forth a little heat. There's a subtle maraschino cherry sweetness underlying as well.

T:
This is a very nutty brew with loads of coffee on the backend. You catch some heat right before the swallow. Bitter aftertaste coincides with the aforementioned alcohol heat. Very warming, similar to hot cocoa on a cold, winter night. Boris tends to coat your throat and keeps going after the swallow.

M:
Smooth and thick with very low carbonation. Very velvety.

O:
A decent imperial that's worth a try. It's a tad bit too bitter to mark next to my favorites in this genre, but a worthy purchase nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 02:35:29 | More by jordanblaskey
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to limesmut for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a snifter a black-as-the-soul-of-hell color with very little head to speak of. What head there was was mocha colored, but there really wasnt much to speak of.

Aroma was full of chocolate and sweet alcohol. Raisins and tobacco also rear their heads. Perhaps even a bit of licorice. Smells dessert like.

A little sweet in the beginning. Syrupy. A good hop bite in the finish helps a little to balance out the immense sweetness in the front. Mostly bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. I guess the best way to describe this one is a piece of chocolate cake with some black cherry syrup on top and a cup of coffee on the side.

Sweet and sticky and a little cloying. Overall, this was a little too sweet for me. I can see how people like it but it just was too cloying to me. I do love the coffee and chocolate flavors but the alcoholic burn and heat ond other factors make this one just an average RIS in my book.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2008 21:12:20 | More by SaCkErZ9
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kbutler1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this recently at a tasting where we tasted it along side the BA version. I was excited to try this beer as I have heard a lot about it.
Pours a dark brown almost black color with a slight tan head. The aroma is the biggest let down. I didn't get a real strong aroma at all from it. The taste is quite flat as well in my opinion as there really isn't too much there. Dark roast malt. The mouthfeel is medium. The drinkability is fairly low for me. We had 4 guys splitting a bottle and no one really wanted to finish it off. One thing to say is that the abv is well hidden as it did not seem boozy to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 14:28:25 | More by kbutler1
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chugalug06

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome pourability. builds nice head. Brew is black as night. Very little, if any, lacing.

S - Super chocolate. Lots of rich caramel. Sweet mother molasses inside. Brilliant vanilla, can't wait to try the barrel aged.

T - Lots of super chocolate. A little bit too sweet. Less than i expected.

M - Way too aggressive! Lots of strong bitterness. Not quite my speed for a RIS.

O - I wonder if the barrel aged is more smooth... Not worth seeking especially for the price(10.99). There are much better stouts.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 19:42:34 | More by chugalug06
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with absolutely no opacity and a brown head. Roast almost burnt coffee on the nose.

Very long finish on this beer.big toasty flavor of both malts and coffee. Very smooth rolling body.a lot of stuff going on. Lots of layers of flavor going on with a distinct roasted character to it all. Lots of complex coffee notes.the oats really add a nice sweetness and mouthfeel that counter some of the most stringent and harsh flavors of the beer.

While there are some harsh aspects to this beer, they cover it up and compliment them pretty nicely. Oddly no alcohol detection

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:02:15 | More by jtierney89
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BORIS has a dark body that doesn't allow any light to travel through it. The head is a deep brown color, and it is at least two fingers tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has loads of chocolate, coffee, black malt, light roasted notes and malt sweetness.

I think I like how this one smells more than it tastes. Up front is a good dose of chocolate, with a moderate amount of coffee; the chocolate definitely dominates. Next comes a bit of black malt that mixes with a sweet, molasses or toffee flavor. A hint of dark fruit lurks underneath the malt base. The finish is where things go off course for me a little bit. A big American hop profile adds more bite or bitterness than flavor. The hops are followed by a huge alcohol warmth and a bit of a harsh alcohol flavor, which makes me less enthusiastic to take my next sip. The malt up front is so good, but it's always followed by that booze.

Although the heat and alcohol detract from how BORIS feels, it is still a full-bodied and creamy beer that feels pretty good.

Less booze and a little bit less hops and this one could rock. The malt base is pretty good. I'm guessing plenty of people love this the way it is, but it isn't quite there for me yet. Although BORIS is Certainly a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 00:01:45 | More by Hojaminbag
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beercar

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. Not worth the price. Can't understand why a 22 oz. Bomber of beer made 1 state away is $9.99 locally and the much tastier, higher ABV, Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout made in North Carolina is $1 more for a 6 pack of bottles. This is not a bad beer, just an overpriced one. Color is as any Imperial should be. Head is almost non existant. No lacing noted. Sweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee are the overriding flavors. Does not do a good job of hiding the alcohol. This is its weakness and makes it much less drinkable than others. Average American Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:44:28 | More by beercar
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fmccormi

New York

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to my Cigar City snifter. Not dating visible anywhere on the bottle or label, but my best guess is that this bottle is about a year old. The store I got it from received one shipment, I believe, of Hoppin’ Frog about a year ago, so that’s my estimate.

Appearance (3.5): Head is minimal, but the color of chocolate milk while it sticks around. Fades quickly to leave a couple of sudsy spots on the sides of the glass, but that’s about it. The body is black-black-black, not even turning reddish at the corners, which I dig. Just wish there was more head going on here.

Smell (2.0): Very tame aroma here. Wish there was a lot more. What’s there recalls dark fruits, sweet molasses and some very faint char. Some chocolate?

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, there’s a strong malty component in the background that’s like dark stone fruits—dates, raisins, prunes—mulled in warm molasses. A bit sweet in that regard, though there’s a lightly bitter coffee note that comes around and cuts through it, which is nice. The oats really are quite noticeable though, smoothing everything over and even helping to mask the alcohol (which is present, too). Light, bittersweet chocolate character floats around everything else going on. The more this warms, the more I enjoy what’s going on.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Nice and thick, viscous but not syrupy, but the carbonation is incredibly subdued—just a light tingle towards the end.

Overall (3.5): This beer feels like it could be great. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Maybe it really benefits from barrel aging. But right now, at about one year on the bottle (at my best estimate), it’s relatively smooth and subdued but not necessarily for the better. I’m not into the harshness of a lot of Russian Imperials, so the “Imperial Oatmeal” idea really speaks to me, but I think there are better examples out there. Good beer, above average, but not a stunner.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2012 05:03:14 | More by fmccormi
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jsanford

Georgia

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Inky black with a small mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and a surprising amount of hops for such a dark stout.

T - Bitter chocolate, expresso, dark malts and more citrus-y hops. This is one of the hoppiest stouts I've tasted.

M - Very smooth and silky with a nice "prickly" carbonation. Does run a bit "hot" though.

D - Fairly easy to drink, just not sure if I'd want to. It was certainly smooth and creamy, but I just found this to be too hoppy for my taste. I like my stouts roasty and chocolately and the like. Other reviews mention nothing about the hop level, so perhaps I'll have to revisit this to see if it was an off bottle. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2010 15:37:37 | More by jsanford
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-black, thin tan head

S-strong dark roasted malts. a tad boozey smelling. smells like quite a serious stout!

T-comes in with really deep and strong roasted malts. there's a large booziness of coffee and chocolate malts much like many of the imperial stout that I've had. the oats don't really come in til the after-taste along with some chocolate notes. overall, its a good imperial stout though i don't know if it compares to many of the others that i've tasted

M-low carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-this is definitely a sipper and its not my stout of choice. the tastes do stay well but a whole bomber of this is just too much.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 05:15:06 | More by AdamBear
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THEOPTIMATOR88

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 08/28/11.

Thick, opaque black appearance, almost zero head and no retention. Aroma is chocolate coffee, oatmeal, and roasted notes. Nice smell. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very enjoyable. Taste starts with chocolate, coffee, oatmeal with hints of leather, tobacco, and vanilla before finishing with a chalky bitterness. Overall, a barebones RIS but maybe I expected too much given friends recommendations and the rating on this site. The flavors are balanced nicely and complement each other minus the finish, which I don't think matched up to the rest of the present flavors. Didn't find much to distinguish it from the rest of the pack which is a bummer because I really wanted to like it. Just ok.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 23:05:39 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout is a big imperial stout that spent a bit too long in the fermentation vessel for my taste.

A: Deep black colour and a good brown head that lasts quite well. 4.5

S: Malty and strong yeast autolysis. 3

T: Malty with a sharp coffee flavour and yeast autolysis. This puppy was a little overcooked for my taste (i.e. spent too long fermenting). 3.5

M: Foamy and smooth. 4.5

O: 3.5

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:44:44 | More by vandemonian
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes! Hoppin' Frog is in South Bend! Pours really dark, black. Walnut colored head. Odor is chocolately, fruity and boozy. Smells fairly inviting and like it has the ability to make me drunk. Taste is a big smack of bitter chocolate and even more bitter coffee. a little harsh, probably a little young. Somewhat of a plummy, pruney taste as well. Velvety and full-bodied and thick. Yeah, its a bit harsh and overly bitter for how i like my RIS, but it might even out a bit with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 21:23:28 | More by aforbes10
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah it's big and it's big and chocolaty, but I didn't find this to be a particularly outstanding. It appeared pitch black with a tan head in my pint glass. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and burnt grains. The oats contribute to a very smooth flavor, but I'm thrown off by the feel and balance between what seems to be citrus hops and chocolate malts. They just aren't working. It makes for a less than ideal feel, but this beer is still very drinkable for it's size and weight.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:05:06 | More by tempest
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CampusCrew

Florida

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure this was better than my expereince as I did a side by side comparision with marshall zuzkov and it's blowing it away. I'l try again on its own.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth. little lacign and froth did not hold well.

smell: vanilla and uncomfortable smell. I bathe my dog in oatmeal shampoo and it smells the same. Unfortuate thinking about it as I was drinking.

taste: again the weird oatmeal smell/taste and vs the zuzkov kille dthis beer for me. roasted flavors mixed with vanilla. not the best stout ever by far

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: possilbly an unfiar assestment. I will try again. I have another bottle for later.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 17:54:31 | More by CampusCrew
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ccahoon22

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, close to black and almost syrup like. There was a very small head that dissipated within a few seconds.

S - Smells of sweets and coffee, with hints of chocolate and oatmeal.

T - The taste is somewhat like chocolate/cocoa but without the sweetness. Slightly bitter but not overpowering with a coffee consistency.

Notes - Overall this is a good beer but it didn't blow my socks off. I would have another but wouldn't rush to the store to buy one.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 18:12:09 | More by ccahoon22
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redsand22

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pitch black, very litte head

Smell - malty, chocolate, coffee, oatmeal

Taste - dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malt. Picked up some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - low to Medium... like my stouts to be a bit

Drinkability - decent, better then some, many Id prefer over it. I'd give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 02:17:03 | More by redsand22
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,161 ratings.