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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

2,158 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2158
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%


Brewed by:
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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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MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a very short brown head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops

Taste: Again, nice roasted barley up front, some coffee and chocolate, earthy hops, some dark fruits as well, lower bitterness than standard for the style

Mouthfeel: Full body, low carbonation, appropriate for the style

Overall: Excellent, but there are so many good brews in the style, its hard to justify the cost. A nice touch is the lower bitterness, makes it easier to drink, more desirable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:08:55 | More by MadCat
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SHODriver

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to pitch black with a barely there tan head that is quick to fade to a small collar around the glass
S: smells big and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, and some cocoa powder. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with more roasted malt flavor
M: Full in the mouth with a nice smooth feel on the palate. carbonation is there but it isn't assertive. nice finish that isn't drying
O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer that drinks very well and has good flavors. I want to try this after a barrel treatment.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:36:08 | More by SHODriver
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DeltaFour

Florida

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a used oil med-thin head depending on the aggressiveness

S-Ample dark malts with a mild black coffee/soft licorice

T-Definitive strong black coffee flavor with a intermediate yet complementing mix of dark fruits (raisins, dates(soft),fig, and black cherry) finish is a awesomely enjoyable mix with a soft tail. The ABV as stated before is not noticeable.

M-In between a milky and silky smooth with a great tacky end-all. Mild to light carbonation.

O-A delicious Imperial stout that does not disappoint and only grow's with a little warmth, almost a cask flavor at room temp. Defiantly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 11:09:09 | More by DeltaFour
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

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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wedge

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark from the bottle, opaque black in the glass. A luscious, dark brown head settles on top. Smells of heavy, chocolaty malt upfront with some dark fruity esters tagging along. Roasted malt and some nutty coffee joins a soft molasses and burnt sugar sweetness. Bold roasted malt flavor, semi-sweet chocolate, a little vanilla, and oats. The overall richness is kept in check, which is a good thing. Some coffee and fig. Mmmm...tastiness. Super creamy, plush mouthfeel, heavy, and chewy. I look forward to trying a fresher bottle sometime, as this one has been around a couple years, and I'm definitely interested in the variants as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:29:02 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, totally opaque, and clings to the glass. Head is nice and fluffy initially, then turns to a thin, bubbly ring around the glass. Aroma is deeply chocolatey at first, then opens up with some vanilla, caramel drizzle, soft alcohol, prunes, very faint candy orange, oatmeal cookies, and again very chocolatey. Taste is big. A lot of flavor in one sip... Chocolate liquor, oatmeal, molasses, charcoal comes to mind, figs, caramel, more chocolate. So much going on, harmoniously though. This is a sipper. Body is super heavy, thick and blankety. Smooth, broken up only by some piney bitterness. Carbonation is mellow underneath. A big beer with a lot of pleasant qualities, meant for slow absorption.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:21:14 | More by tastybeer
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Thick, dark black. No true head to speak of, just a thin dark brown rim around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Roasted dark chocolate, slight touch of vanilla. Some alcohol can be detected along with some bitterness from the hops.

Taste - Dark chocolate flavones are strong and prominent. A touch of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, thick, sticky, and smooth. Some bitterness, but not a lot. Gives off a nice warming feeling.

Overall - A delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Hope to try the barrel aged version soon!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 13:04:12 | More by ChrisL24481
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BrewUSA

Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BA Boris The Crusher

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

Solid chocolatelly big BA stout, great balance and taste. Almost has a chocolate and maple taste. Whisky takes a back seat but stays prevalent. May not be the most complex BA stout, but the maple/chocolate sure shines enough to put a smile on my face and crave for more~

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:43:20 | More by BrewUSA
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alaimoa

Connecticut

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Overall near the top of my non-BA stout lists. Jet black pour with some mocha head that dissipates quick leaving thin ring around the glass but has nice sticking power with spotty legs after sips that maintains hold all along the side of the glass. Has a nice smell but a distinct dark fruit/vanilla aroma that slightly over powers the roasted dark chocolate. Can't put my finger on it but reminds me of prune. Taste amazingly roast and chocolatey in a non-sweet form that has a creamy feel

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 21:58:02 | More by alaimoa
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arizcards

Arizona

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber on LetsPour.com back in early October for $16.00. No freshness date.

Beer poured black with a brown head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is roasted malts and mocha.

Taste is roasted malts, mocha, chocolate, lemon, dark fruits.

Mouthfeel is smooth but thinner than what i would expect from an impy stout.

Overall this is a complex delicious brew that is worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:37:39 | More by arizcards
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint glass

a: Opaque black with a wo inch tall brown head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing

s: Dark malt

t: Bitter dark chocolate and black coffee, which persist to a bitter aftertaste with some hints of smokiness. High ABV is hardly evident.

m: Fairly hefty yet silky smooth.

o: An excellent imperial stout, although the bitterness became excessive at points.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:34:40 | More by scotorum
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Duane_Opfer

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on bottle. Consumed on 12/1. Written from notes.

A - Poured black and thick with a half inch of light cocoa colored head. No lasting lacing. Head mostly dissipates, with a light ring around the edge and some thin foam covering part of the surface of the beer.

S - Heavy cream, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and amaretto.

T - Strong vanilla, some tart coffee, bitter chocolate and amaretto. Some burnt flavor. Not boozy, but very warming.

M - Interesting. Higher viscosity balanced by higher carbonation. Different but very nice.

O - Very enjoyable. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 17:57:01 | More by Duane_Opfer
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Joshpu

California

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

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 09:36:50 | More by Joshpu
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thegodfather2701

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured into a snifter. It is pitch black and dense like motor oil. No head, but a tiny ring of mocha colored foam around the edges.

S-espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T-essentially the same as the nose with espresso, dark chocolate, and semi-heavily roasted malts. It wasn't overly roasted, which I enjoyed. Not too sweet either but you can taste a hint of booze.

M-Thick and creamy because it didn't seem to have much carbonation, which I really enjoyed.

Overall, this is really good RIS and I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 15:19:27 | More by thegodfather2701
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell champagne flute styled glass.

A: Pitch, opaque. Still. Thin head that settles quickly and is gone by the end. Little activity. Some legs.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, toffee and some coffee. Very inviting. No hop notes present, nor yeasty notes.

T: Big roasty explosion. Coffee, toffee, aromatic hydrocarbons. big strong malty goodness.

M: filling, not cloying, some spicyness on the side of the tongue. slightly chalky at first few sips, but it goes away. hot outbreath.

O: frickin' good. I recommend it and will continue to recommend it to anyone that will listen. It's very very good. Hits every note I want in a stout without being too overpowering in any one character.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 03:09:25 | More by Scrapss
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rhamning

Ohio

4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil. Held up to several lights, this beer is absolutely opaque. IKEA black-brown, very slight orange-bronze head when poured, ... really, this looks like motor oil. Under several different conditions and settings, I could not detect any light shining through. But, it tastes like pure, unfiltered and uncompromised heaven. This is an outstanding stout. Balanced, smooth, almost chewy as it slides down your throat. I chilled this one too much. As a result, the nose was closed and the taste was like a shout without the nuances and subtleties you find in normal speech. After 20 minutes of exposure to room temperature (68 degrees), the aromas burst from this extraordinarily well made beer, and the complexities in the taste became apparent. Caramel, subtle molasses, caramel again. Subtle, nothing overwhelming, nothing dominates the flavor or the aroma. A perfectly balanced stout to warm your insides on a delightfully crisp autumn evening in Cincinnati.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 03:01:11 | More by rhamning
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black; opaque; red-brown at the edges; rather clear.

This Imperial stout has a better bitter/sweet balance than average. Nonetheless, it is quite sweet up front. Beyond this, the flavor is very rich and complex. Full body; creamy feel; ~perfect carbonation.

O: superb, rich and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 03:09:31 | More by chinchill
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with just a hint of a caramel colored head. Bubbly lacing with not a lot of retention, but a ring lingers around the edge. Looks quite viscous...almost intimidating.

S- Coffee, toffee, and cocoa. Roasted nuts and resinous hops. Its not necessarily powerful aroma, but quite inviting. Roasted oats reign supreme.

T- A solid mix of what the nose picked up. Plenty of oats again. Not as intense as others of the style, nor does it have any major characteristics that wow me, but carries a level of simplicity and balance that is not to be overlooked. Caramel and espresso care not to be hidden. A nice hop profile to balance out the oats and intense coffee notes without going raw, harsh, or overly bitter.

M- Here is the true highlight of this beer and the measuring stick of most imperial stouts. Thick, viscous as can be with chewy like texture. Full body, yet smooth drinkability. Slightly dry. Basically no booze detected. A true champion in this arena.

O- With a name like BORIS the Crusher, I guess I just expected to be pounded with an overpowering profile. On the contrary, it actually turned out to be quite balanced, smooth, and palatable.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 02:08:27 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Archimetez

Pennsylvania

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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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date printed anywhere. No drink-by, no bottled-on, not even a year for the vintage. Very annoying. I'm gonna guess this was bottled at some point in 2012 because I purchased it in late 2012.

A: Super black with a nice, thick, dense, dark brown head that fades into some decent lace and retention. A very dark, viscous liquid.

S: Very charred and smoky nose. Almost metallic or soy sauce aromas but it's closer to earthy. A bit of chocolate to complement the heavily roasted malt. Not as strong as I expected.

T: Very smooth and creamy. You get the oatmeal in it right away. Dark, rich, roasty, malty goodness. Charred, smoked, earthy malts. As it warms up, chocolate flavors stand out as does some hot booze.

M: Great body to match the rich flavor. Creamy and just sweet enough to be noticeable and enjoyable. The oats really contribute to this beer. As it warms, it loses body and thickness. Is that normal? Too thin and watery at this point.

O: I can tell it's been in the bottle for a while because all the flavors seemed to have mellowed out to create a very delicious stout that does not overpower nor does it disappoint. Wait...now that it's warmed up significantly...it's lost a lot of the great flavors it had when it was sort of cold. Too boozy and has aromas and flavors of soy sauce and other acidic qualities. Too bad, really. Still enough stout in this beer to be alright, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 23:04:54 | More by Gatch
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RaulMondesi

California

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raul liked this. Raul liked this well and good. (Takes another sip...)

Good, but not great by any means...and Raul has no problem saying that. Thang is light like Laura Flynn Boyle and it needs to be barrel aged. Thang feels like that hot cheerleader that is rushed to prom as a Junior: one more year and, baby, you are golden.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 06:54:52 | More by RaulMondesi
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz glass

A- Poured a tar black- head starts at an inch and goes to nothing. No lacing at all.
S- has an oak-like, hardwood smell to it. You get some of that whiskey coming through as well.
T- little hints of coffee and chocolate coming through. Towards middle you get a big punch of the whiskey- you can really tell this is a barrel aged brew. Finishes with a touch of whiskey and then leaves you with bitter dark fruits. Fairly smooth.
M- very silky and thick brew. Good feel to it.

Overall this is a tasty brew. Very high abv and you can tell after the first swig- Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 00:55:46 | More by Glennlawless
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Zraly

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter. Tight, dark tan bubbles form a one-finger head on top of a black-as-night ale. Notes of earth and a touch of burned wood emerge.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel envelops a dark fruit, chocolate, espresso driven stout. Silky and very smooth. The body is on the light side of full. The taste reminds me of a dark chocolate covered blueberry. Toward the finish there is a brief moment in which you think you might be eating a chocolate mousse accompanied by fresh berries; the mouthfeel is truly special. The finish is bitter like a double shot of espresso. With that said, the finish is balanced, suggesting the brewer balanced the use of roasted barley along with toasted malts nicely. Alcohol is subtle. Complex without being overbearing or too busy.

A delicious imperial stout at a very reasonable price -- that alone should get you to buy a few of these; one for now, one for later (such as I have done). If you are new to craft beer, this might be a nice "bridge" beer to bring you to the darker and heavier side of the stout world. At the same time, seasoned veterans of stout drinking should find this spot on for full-flavor enjoyment. Beautiful by itself but might breathe fresh life into cheesecake or pannacotta.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:02:54 | More by Zraly
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Act25

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wine drinkers' stout. Poured from a 22 oz bomb into a pint glass... This beer is much better the longer you let it warm, the 2nd half better than the first.

A - 1 Fat finger dense, late-rising, very dark chocolate foam that slowly settles to a thin ring and patchy lacing. Tar black-brown - no color, dense. Serious.

S - Subtle. Sweet cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt caramel, a bit of tar, a railroad trail, herbs, and hops. Chocolate on a high pacific coastal trail with old timbers and melting tar. Or under the railroad trestle in the sunlit glade. But subtle. And a little metallic.

T - The taste is all of the trippy smell, but more aggressive, with dark hot chocolate, espresso coffee, prune juice, and much roastiness. Italian coffee house. Starts sweet, turns bitter. Hops are underneath. A fire, a late hour, charcoal, dancing sparks rising that flare your nostrils.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional -big, syrup without any cloying, chewy, original, bold. Like a great lover, the body supports the complexity, the ABV (which is not so apparent after it airs a bit - let this one breathe - again it's a wine lovers stout)...

Overall - Sipping beer. Strong. Worth letting it sit and warm. savor during and AFTER your meal. great after dinner stout.

I enjoyed with garden chard, tomatoes, peppers, sausage, pirogis simmered together with provolone melted on top. Great with spicy, rich, complex, saucy foods.

Great after dinner with more cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:01:50 | More by Act25
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joe1510

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Sams Marcey

B.O.R.I.S. exits the glass more viscous then I expected and pools in the snifter midnight black. The pour produced a half finger worth dark brown head. The head fades rather quickly to a small cap but each swirl of the glass brings it back to life. The viscosity and dark head make this look like a big bold stout.

The aroma, upfront at least, reminds me of a peanut infused stout I sampled a couple months back from Short's. The peanut butter presence is big throughout but is greeted by a solid amount of roasty malts and dark, slightly under ripe berries from middle to end. The peanut butter is always there and comes in waves, cresting and falling all the while my nose is in the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this stout.

Now this is a quality beer! Peanut butter, thick roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate all come together right off the bat. These three flavors intertwine and mingle throughout and the peanut butter comes on a little stronger on the swallow. There's a little berriness here and there from mid-palate through the finish but I have to work to pick them out and the faintest amount of alcohol on the finish adds depth. An excellent beer!

The body has some weight but it's where it should be instead of the huge thickness, more silky then creamy. Leaves a little stick on the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy bomber to put away. All the flavors mingle really well so it doesn't kill the palate like some others. The silkiness keeps it flowing.

I'm really impressed by this stout from Hoppin' Frog. I've heard good things and am glad we now have distribution in Illinois. I'll be stocking up on B.O.R.I.S. from now on. The peanut butter character is very unique and delicious.

Reviewed: 5/4/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:53:49 | More by joe1510
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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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