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

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Reviews: 1,014
Hads: 2,632
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 282
Gots: 551 | FT: 46
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is black, dirty motor oil black. A dark mocha head slowly recedes to a thin wisp while light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The beer smells a bit alcoholic up front with faint licorice notes. There's a real subtle yet hearty oatmeal note in the middle, and some sweet chocolate as well.

Exceptionally sweet and smooth dark chocolates come first in the taste profile, followed by hearty oat flakes and bitter roasted coffee and dark rich chocolates. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, and exceptionally smooth, a tad heavy.

Overall, just damn delicious, smooth, a great slow sipper with great character. Love it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely delicious. Be extremely careful, it is very potent, too. I could drink 100 of these in a sitting if I could walk upright. Nice chocolatey malts, poured nice tan head, but disapated quickly. Different than most imperial stouts because the bitterness is NOT overwhelming. It's dry, sweet, and clean. Some coffee flavors but they do not dominate. Very smooth beer and very underrated!

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Photo of bobhits
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Staring at the beer and not the glass you're pouring into is NOT a good idea. This stuff isn't going to come out easy!

The pour is deep dark brown and an agressive pour results in the beer coming out of the bottle even back lit being near black as night. A good sign! Carbonation is lacking though a swirl will leave a nice bubbly coating on the sides. Not nearly the alcohol legs I'd expect and there isn't much viscosity to be seen.

Very sweet and mellow Russian Imperial. Soft dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of perhaps lactose or just caramel and bread, and it finishes with a nice RIS style hop bitterness.

Unlike the aroma the flavor here is aggressive and in your face. I'm really interested in the hops used here, this beer finishes bitter and dry. No fruity esters or citrus hops, just sharp biting hops. The roast is mellow chocolate, almost milk chocolate. There is a lingering coffee flavor at the end.

I'm a bit surprised on the mouth feel. This beer isn't well carbonated nor is it really thick and creamy, but they seem to have found a place in the middle that I've never experienced and frankly works rather well. There's still some alcohol bite on this one.

60 IBUs were never more appreciated. This is a beat of a stout and very possibly the best I've had in a while. I really don't like the price on the barrel aged version, but I really am interested after this one.

A stellar imperial stout and worthy of the 2008 BABF gold medal. If they upped the body a hair this might be hands down the best Russian Imperial on the market and at 10 a bomber it is sadly priced competitively with the likes of Stone.

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Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory - I had this beer at an evening tasting with friends, and was the star of the evening, together with DORIS. Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, thick mouthfeel but goes down easy.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - BORIS is a thick beer, dark, pretty much no head on it.

S - Smells like a thick coffee syrup, a hint of bitterness/bite on the end.

T - The first taste I got was a mild to strong coffee taste. The back end of this beer was a little burnt, oddly enough it tastes like burnt pretzels to me. Then the alcohol bite on the end.

M - Smooth like this beer should be, a little alcohol bite on the end.

D - This beer lives up to the hype: A big imperial stout that's dangerously drinkable. You can barely tell you're drinking a 9% ABV beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark with two fingers of brown small suds. This is one great looking pour. Color is solid no light comes through.
Smell is a sugary coffee malt with chocolate overtones. The yeast is mild here just as are the hops. Toasted malts are the star.
Taste is an immidiate fruityness then a watery lull then into the sweet coffee and burnt malt flavors. Aftertaste is an everlasting chocolate coffee with burnt toast. Stays forever. This is a sipper.
Mouthfeel is very bitter and sweet at the same time. No alcohol is present in the taste or aftertaste until the bitter coffee is gone from the palate.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this whenever I wanted!

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Photo of Bonis
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil, black as night. 1/4 inch moderately thick creamy dark tan head, stays for the duration. Looks incredible.

S - Sweet oatmeal chocolate and molasses. Some alcohol is there, almost giving it a bourbonlike smell. Very good.

T - Intense sweet chocolate and roasted malts to start. Then it turns a little bittersweet giving it a nice rich dark chocolate flavor, but the bitterness quickly vanishes. A very smooth finish to this one. The alcohol is there, but nicely masked by the other flavor components--well balanced. Tastes like liquid heaven to me.

M - Surprisingly smooth and somewhat thinner than expected. This definitely doesn't have the feel of a 9+ abv beer, which makes it so much better.

D - Very easy to drink for a strong stout, but watch out... You'll feel the effects of BORIS if you don't take your time drinking this one. Definitely a sipper, but it's hard to sip a beer that tastes this good.

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Photo of herman77
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dies off pretty quick. No lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit with roasted malt and a little espresso. A hint of unfermented sugars/alcohol. You can just tell from the nose this is gonna be rich and thick.

T: Oh yeah! Just what I was hoping for. The semi-sweet dark chocolate and dark fruits (dates, prunes, black cherries) are in perfect balance with the hops and espresso. Lightly roasted malt, not that burnt or over roasted malt taste you get in some stouts. Its incredibly smooth too, gotta be from the oats. It was actually more hoppier than I thought it would be, excellent balance. Finishes long and bittersweet, hop and espresso bitterness.

M: Full bodied, thick, chewy. Its beyond smooth and silky. Very low carbonation.

D: You can just barely detect that its 9.4% in the finish, other than that, it drinks very good for a RIS. Wish I had this in my fridge all the time or at least be more readily available.

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Photo of redsonja
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A/dark choclate like

S/ it smells like whiskey barrel some wood

T/ it taste like whiskey with a hint of vanilla and wood

M/ the whiskey taste stys in your mouth quite a while

D/ if you like whiskey you like this beer good imperial stout a winter warmer.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aged 18 months in biegaman's cellar, thanks for sharing. Opaque shiny black with short tan head leaving a ring and wispy, large bubbles on the side surface. Held in a bright light, there are miniscule bubbles shooting up the side of the glass almost invisible to the naked eye in the jet black beer. There is a distinct chocolate smell along with sweet, candied dark fruit and more chocolate, a bit of fresh leather aroma. Taste is rich and nicely blended, ABV hardly noticed, layers of chocolate like a tiramisu dessert with a gentle bitterness and a long lingering, satisfying finish. I imagine that the hops have settled with time and the overall balance is remarkably satisfying, this conjures up memories of the Founders Breakfast Stout I enjoyed a bit over a year ago. Nicely done, an oatmeal imperial stout to savour, thanks again, Jan.

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Photo of nppeders
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Jet black with a dark brown head. Very little head

Smell
Dark chocolate, espresso, a little dark fruit.

Taste
Follows through on the smell but more of a milk chocolate flavor. Middle of the sip is creamy, velvety, Graham cracker and finishes liKe a s'moore.

Mouthfeel
Medium and very low carbonation

Overall
Tis is frickin fantastic. Reminds me of Brooklyn chocolate stout but bigger and creamier. This may be mynfavorite RIS because I love the chocolate in stout and when dark fruits are barely there. A+. I will definitely seek more of this!!!

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Intimidating yet inviting dark. The kind of dark that you know you need to try it as thick and mysterious as it is.

S: Really pleasant. Nutty, and caramelly, sweet and earthy.

T: Very nice. Nutty, caramelly, toasty, and chocolatey; just as the smell(s) indicated.

M: SMOOTH. Not a beer to chug or gulp. Carbonation was really good.

D: Wow, totally enjoyable. (For me) it is a little better toward room temperature than cold.

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Photo of bigfoot13
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoppin Frog is a very small brewery in the Akron Ohio area. (by the Goodyear Blimp hanger)

I have visited the brewery several times and it seems to be family owned and operated, never more than 3 or 4 employees working at any given visit.

The longer you let this beer sit/decant and warm up, the more you will be awarded.
If you drink this cold, you have wasted your money.

Pour-Syrup like

Body-Very full bodied

Color-Coal Black

Head-None

Taste-Coffee, fruity, big malt finish

This is a sipping beer and one is enough for me at a single sitting.

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Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a one finger brown head. No lacing which is disappointing. Would have liked a little bit bigger head too

S- coffee, chocolate, and booze! Balanced really well, nothing is too overwhelming

T- shockingly, the flavors aren't huge...but they're there, and they're glorious. Smooth chocolate with a slight bite of coffee near the end with some booziness in there as well...getting some dark fruits too.

M- perfect. Creamy and has a body that's not too thick, but thick enough to give you some lift.

D- fantastic RIS. Worthy of all the love it gets. The flavors aren't big enough to knock you on your ass, but they are definitely there. And they are awesome

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from my bomber to a pint glass.The head dissipates quickly some light lace remains,lots of roasted malt coffee and oatmeal,reminds me of a bowl of oatmeal with tons of brown sugar,nice alcohol finish,but not at all overpowering,highly drinkable,solid RIS

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Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours jet black and boy is it viscous. Just nice thick pour, small brown head that dissipates quickly. Not a ray of light getting through this one.

S - Nice sweet smell, lots of caramely chocolate, dark fruits, raisins. Actually now that I think about it, it sort of smells like a Raisinette. Even a bit of oakyness and vanilla. Lots of smells to work with here. It's not extremely strong in the nose, but it takes some work to decipher what's in there. Great smell.

T - Wow. It's a wallop of coffee. And not that burnt coffee that a lot of stouts give off, but this is Grade A premium roasted coffee here. Has a tangyness to it that balances well with a lot of chocolate. The aftertaste provides some of that oakyness again as well as the dark fruits. What a delicious beer!

M - Great mouthfeel, it's thick, but smooth. The alcohol is hidden extremely well.

Overall - I was blown away by this one. An incredibly complex beer. It reminds me a lot of The Abyss. Not QUITE to that, but extremely delicious in it's own right. Def. one of the best RIS out there. Cheers

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer. Black in color looks really thick. Not alot of head and the little disapears quickly. Nice tanish color head.

Smells heavy of licorice coffee and chocolate. Can also smell the alchol.

Taste just like it smells licorice is there in the back ground very smooth and complex. something I can't pin point but reminds me of some sort of childrens medicine. Could be the licorice, but I don't know yet.

Nice and creamy goes down easy. Taste lingers for a bit leaving you wanting more. Kind of coats your mouth.

Awesome beer! Loved every sip of it and regret splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, I shared a taste of this w/ carlos and his gf Rianna. Poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a goblet at cellar temp.

A - Thick black like pitch w/ a very thin tan head that is essentially a ring of lace atop the opaque dense ale.

S - A very full aroma of many malts w/ a boozy and fruity nose. The odors are coffee-like w/ plenty of plum and berry notes and subtle vanilla w/ creamy cocoa sweetness. The aroma also has a dry nutty edge w/ roasted coffee-like hints under the fruity instense sweet note.

M- Thick, almost viscous w/ very little bitterness and a deeply chocolate-like dry roastiness w/ a little booziness for good measure

T - Deep, dark chocolate like a fresh baked triple chocolate desert w/ bean essence and coffee accent in the taste. The flavor has an instense bittersweet cocoa and toffee taste w/ thick dark berry and raisiny sweetness. The flavor is not overly sweet though with the balance of the roasted and dry toasty elements playing counterpoint until the boozy finish

D - A great oatmeal Imperial Stout, just fantastic to sip. The strength is a bit limiting and I recommend savoring this for at 9.4% it is like a meal in a glass. The overall drinkability for me is excellent since there really aren't many beers that match the quality and layered maltiness in the oatmeal accented stout world. The booziness is expected, but subtle for the strength, A must try!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- big black body with a minuscule brown head and no lacing. pretty typical or a big stout

S- roasted oats with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. the faintest smell of alcohol finishes this one up. as the beer warmed, the chocolate smell gets stronger.

T- very dry and roasted malt up front with a stronger chocolate taste than i could smell.

M- Wonderfully thick and creamy with a very pleasant dry coffee like aftertaste.

D- finishing this was about as easy as it gets. especially for something this potent. very smooth, enjoyable, and well balanced. this one exceeded expectations and im sure ill try it again. recommended.

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Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppin' Frog's Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (BORIS) is bodaciously black. It takes the term opaque to a seriously hard-line level. There is not even a faint hope of highlighting even when held directly into bright florescence lighting. Despite marveling at the rustic toned spectacle of head that arose from the pour, the surface is now bare with only the thinnest possible strand of outlining.

What I really like about the nose is that it is foremost chocolate, and not coffee. Too often lately, I've found the higher gravity stouts relying on espresso for their decadent, dark roast flavour - not this one. This smells like grated dark chocolate melted into a sea of toffee laced biscuits and caramelized malts. BORIS more closely resembles an after dinner dessert rather than an after-dinner drink.

As if the taste had to come on this strong, I was already impressed by the aroma. Still, it's much appreciated. The taste reminds me of double chocolate muffins and double chocolate chip cookies - there is a ton of chocolate and plenty of crispy, toasty biscuits and cookie malt to compliment it. There's just a touch of hot fudge syrup over French vanilla ice cream too.

60 IBUs is a modest amount of bitterness for a Russian Imperial Stout and it shows. I can't find any factor to hinder drinkability - the beer is only as bitter as it is sweet (like melted bakers chocolate) and the alcohol has curiously vanished. This sample was aged about a year and half but still, it's a wonder how this got to be so smooth.

That taste of bittersweet (more bitter than sweet, but it's close) chocolate lingers for an exceptionally long time. There isn't nearly the level of astringently roasted coffee or harshly smoked, burnt grains that other examples of the style usually offer. This profile suits me well and if possible, I plan to stock the cellar with as much of this as I can.

For any fans of the style this is a must-try. It definitely places on my (as well as Beer Advocate's) list of top RIS and Double Stouts. Actually, I'm struggling to think of a better, more enjoyable drinking Imperial Stout. It's like a roasty, rich beer with creamy dark chocolate and hop filling. I don't think beers like this can get any better, all hail BORIS!!!

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Photo of Tsekouratos
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guest tap at The Local Pub, Athens Greece.

Appearance - Darkness black color with a wonderful brown head!!

Smell - Aromas were subtle at first, but when the beer got warmer.. BOOM!!! In your face!! chocolate, coffee, lots of malts, maybe some liqourice

Taste -. The taste was excellent, especially at warmer temperatures! Tones of malts and chocolate, coffee, liqourice, oat, some alcohol notes just biting the tongue, maybe some dark fruits! Really complex beer with an extremely pleasant and long aftertaste, somewhat bitter from the coffe and chocolate!!!

Mouthfeel - Body was full, mouthfeel was great and the carbonation was low, just enough to complement the body and the aromas!!! Excellent beer!!!

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Photo of corey0212
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slow/thick black, brownish highlights when held up to light, tiny mocha-colored head rises and fades pretty quickly. So much dark chocolate in the nose, dark fruit notes, and some faint alcohol fumes rising out of the glass. Taste is chocolatey as hell, roasty, some espresso, slightly charred around the edges, slight alcohol burn on the lips. Moutfheel is perfect, creamy, just-right carbonation, and tons of lingering espresso aftertaste. Love this one....B.O.R.I.S. rocks!

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks (once again) to Yamar18 for the hook-up!

Appearance: Pours out like motor oil with a very slowly forming and quickly dissipating brown head. All that remains after about 15 seconds is a very thin (yet sticky) ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. To my surprise, no lacing. An extremely viscous pour netted a 1-finger, very tight, sticky, creamy head. Retention was still just mediocre. Body, on the other hand, looks great: pitch black, opaque, thick, and oily. Still, as far as imperial stouts go this one looks pretty dull.

Smell: A very strong toffee aroma jumps out, followed by coffee and chocolate, vanilla, oats, nuts and maybe even bourbon. A lot of sweetness, though the overall strength is fairly subdued.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, and toffee come to mind first. Wow, oats are huuuge in the aftertaste! Dark currants, leather, and even citrus make a decent showing, but (surprisingly) I'm not getting a whole lot of coffee. Hops snowball into the finish, leaving a bitter and dry aftertaste, yet whetting the palate for another delicious sip. Alcohol is somewhat apparent in the finish as well. The taste is very complex and enjoyable, and I seem to catch a new flavor every minute. Great balance too!

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied and chewy with low carbonation. Very thick and malty with nice mouth-coating and an excellent aftertaste. Rich and bold, yet very smooth.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable R.I.S. I've ever encountered. Flavor is complex and subtle, allowing the imbiber to discover different nuances in smell and flavor throughout the session. Normally, I'm more of a punch-you-in-the-face R.I.S. fan, but this was a great change-up. Watch out for the ABV - it has already caught me off-guard!

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa am I ready for the weekend!! Another great trade from excellent trader GraniteSkunk. Cheers!!

The basics: No idea on price and 9.4% ABV...Yeah Baby!!

Gorgeous lookin' beer. Pours a super thick, syrupy and opaque black. Huge, frothy, creamy dark tan head - two to three fingers - and never really dissipates. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. Sweet!!

Aromas are very rich and robust...and unique. I'm getting like a chocolate-chip pancake type of thing amoidst the roasted chocolate malt and huge oatmeal component. It's like a really sweet breakfast in a glass. The smell is so roasted and huge - it really smells like toasted pancakes or somethin'. Super cool and unique. Top notch on aroma.

Whoa man is this a robust beer. It's super creamy and delicious. This is a highly impressive beer. It's big...I mean REALLY big. It's goin' to be too big for many people. Very thick and chewy in the mouth. Alcohol is very forward and obvious, which is really the only drawback with this beer. The mouthfeel has to be tried to be understood. It's the creamiest beer I've ever had - it's like silk in your mouth, but with tons of chocolate and espresso. This is like Sofia Vergara - it's so smooth and round and really big all the way around...It's incredible. As far as flavor components - I get a lot of chocolate malt and espresso, as is to style. In the front, though, I'm getting stuff like Black Cherry juice, too. It's awesome. Maybe a hint of apricot nectar - all the stone fruits in there. The middle and finish are long and bitter in a good way. Superior effort from what I hope is a brewery I drink a lot from. Must find folks - definitely something to be had with BBQ and perhaps big, complicated burgers...

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: The less than hidden alcohol notes in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Superior Imperial Stout - World Class and a must find.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.