B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Bold roasty flavour, almost wafting several feet. Some material head. Dark black. Very full mouthfeel, breakfast in the glass. A prominent sourness, yet well balanced by caramel maltiness yet not too sweet, cocoa, creamy milk chocolate, nutty and cherry and drinkable. Understated carbonation.
Outstanding RIS, oatmeal stout, beer thanks to Aofoxxy. I left one glass for 24 hours for my buddy and he thougt it was good even then.
09-02-2007 02:34:50 | More by Sammy
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!
Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Tiny spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of dark fruits with some milder dark chocolate and toasted oat aromas. A slight hint of soy sauce comes about as the beer warms. Taste is more stout forward than the smell. Rich dark chocolate, toasted oats, with a cookie dough aftertaste. Very nice. Low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS with some nice oat qualities. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time and I am glad I finally got the chance.
05-22-2011 00:15:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours a dark, thick black with a nice mocha head. Not much lacing.
S: Loads of chocolate alongside dark malt, a bit of coffee, and some alcohol heat.
T: Not as complex or intense as the nose, but the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt work quite well together.
M: Full-bodied, but not too much compared with the pour.
D: With the less-viscous body, it's more drinkable. Definitely a tradeoff I've noticed quite often lately with some of the imperial stouts.
05-03-2010 18:52:25 | More by Thorpe429
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a creamy mocha colored head that faded down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate.
T: The overall taste has bold flavors of roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, bitter coffee beans, and oatmeal. The initial taste has some hints of sweetness but the finish is very bitter.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit chewy and creamy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol as well as a bit of dryness.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, the robust flavors make this beer a good sipper and the full-bodied nature makes it feel quite filling.
03-21-2011 01:33:41 | More by metter98
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Onyx, ebony, obsidian, pitch, midnight... you get the picture. Ain't no accents in this bad boy, I don't care how bright your light source is. The mochachino colored cap started out creamy and is becoming even more so as it melts. Spider web-like lace graces the glass in fine fashion. What's not to love?
If you like your big stouts to smell like an explosion of black malt and hops, look no further than B.O.R.I.S. Aromas include bittersweet chocolate, espresso, licorice and a not-quite-citric hoppiness. German Northern Brewer were used for bittering and Liberty were used for flavor.
I have no doubt that this is going to be great beer because I've already tasted it... back in the fall of '06 when I visited Hoppin' Frog. Fred Karm was kind enough to show me around and to get us each a plastic cupful of B.O.R.I.S. straight from the tank. It was amazing at 34 degrees, so it should be even more incredible at 60. Incidently, my knowledge of the ingredients is from notes that I took that day after talking with Fred.
I'm a little let down (but only a little). This is unquestionably a good RIS, but it can't hold a candle to the best of style, which are some of the finest beers in all the world. More malt would help since it feels a bit thin relative to where it ought to be. That said, it's bursting with loads of 'black' flavor... from the black patent malt, no doubt.
The flavor profile includes dark chocolate fudge brownies, espresso, blackstrap molasses, licorice and a few shavings of citrus peel. Pretty similar to the nose, which isn't surprising. There's minimal char and no smoke. I can't believe I'm saying this, but fewer hops might have resulted in better beer. This should be a malt bomb all the way.
The mouthfeel just does manage to hang in there and earn the above score. It's plenty smooth, but needs to be creamier and chewier. The gentle carbonation is right about where it should be.
B.O.R.I.S. is a killer name for a Russian Imperial stout. Too bad the beer itself can't stand toe-to-toe with the greats. It's still worth a purchase and I will still buy a bomber or two whenever I make it back to the Buckeye State.
04-24-2009 21:06:00 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.8/5 rDev +13.2%
Appearance: This beer leaves the bottle with such a pitch black color that at first I couldn't discern the liquid from the head; eventually, the head rose but departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace
Smell: Chocolate syrup, oatmeal, dark fruit and some espresso
Taste: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit (prune, primarily) laden chocolate flavor that introduces the espresso elements by mid-palate; at the same time, the hops kick in with a citrus bitterness that adds complexity; after the swallow, the oatmeal joins the fray to mellow out the other, more robust flavors; lenghty, satisfying finish, with plenty of sweet prune and chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso bitterness underneath
Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation and some warmth
Drinkability: One of these days, I'll have to try this head to head with Breakfast Stout; it's mighty competitive
08-11-2008 00:05:27 | More by brentk56
4.68/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured a thick black as night liquid with a huge cream colored head that just did not go down. Very milkshake looking in consistency and took a very long time to settle. I knew immediatly I was about to get my butt kicked by this one. Perfect looking stout. Smell was very sweet, with hints of milk and sugar intermixing with the big players which were coffee and chocolate. Hints of alcohol as well, which at 9.2%abv does not shock me in the least. Had a very dessert like look and smell to it, getting very excited to try this one. Taste was very thick, milkshake like consistency. Big creamy and very smooth going down, definatly made this a dessert beer. Taste again was very sweet, roasted coffee with milk and sugar. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, very rich. Slight warming from the alcohol, but not too bad at all. Very filling and just very very good all around, thats all that really needs to be said. Nice long lingering dry finish capped it off beautifully. This was really a treat and I would never turn it down anywhere at anytime. Really great and I hope to be able to try it again one day.
03-03-2007 01:48:46 | More by mikesgroove
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
This beer is rated among the best and there are no questions why. This beer has all the strength, complexity, pleasantries, and balance that it takes to be great. While low on esters, this beer delivers a whollop of espresso and raw cocoa up front and never relinquishes. Nutty flavors along with the light caramels, toffees, and a hint of cherries woven late into the alcohol warmth give the beer its charm without muddling. Very rich, viscous, and downright chewy textured, but smoothed to a velvety touch by more than just a little bit of oats. These round the beer out perfectly. Set among a backdrop of motor-oil looking liquid, this beer proves worthy of greatness. Very drinkable for such power and flavor. Its the best stout I've had in a long, long time.
06-09-2008 02:00:43 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with limited retention but some nice lacing. Aroma of light chocolate with some subtle coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste of black chocolate is sublime with some nice roasted malt and some nice coffee subtle notes. Body is quite full with some medium to low carbonation. Alcohol was not noticeable with some medium sweetness. Cant find much negative on this beer except a bit lacking in complexity to overtake some of my favourite from this style.
05-15-2007 20:04:38 | More by Phyl21ca
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Finally getting around to reviewing the regular version. Bottle courtesy of Eric in a recent trade.
A: The pour is viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down to a thin ring.
S: Really intense aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Some burnt sugar notes, hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. Just a little bit of alcohol in there as well.
T: Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts with a hint of char and burnt sugar, as well as a little bit of coffee and bitter hops.
M: Full in body with a smooth, medium level of carbonation.
O: Really solid and possibly even better than the barrel aged version.
04-02-2011 17:30:20 | More by womencantsail
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
Appearance: Pours a brackish, blackish body with no real head.
Smell: Rich dark, roasty malts nose with full notes of molasses, creosote, charred oats, and ground licorice root.
Taste: Dark maltiness with a dialed up licorice taste. Smokey creosote character. Only a mild sweetness. Oats coated in molasses. Mild, earthy bitterness. Finishes roasty with a touch of pine bark.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Man, that's one yummy frog. Very drinkable, very tasty.
05-05-2008 00:04:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
This big stout pours as a motor oil thick looking brew with a black as night color. The head is thick and brown, with a strong retention of lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer has a big roasted malt aroma with some chocolate, oatmeal and a light hop quality in there too. The taste of the beer is big and chocolatey, it's roasted with some coffee in there. The other flavors on some very mild oatmeal come through in the aftertaste. Finishes on a dry burnt taste. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with some carbonation in there. Overall it's a hefty stout, it's got a ton of body to it and loads of flavor. Very good stuff though.
07-02-2011 18:48:32 | More by Knapp85
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.
02-06-2010 22:32:30 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev -8%
Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.
I've been wating to try this bad boy for some time. It begins. The pour results in a thick, viscous tar pit filling my snifter, topped by a half-finger of dark brown foam, which sinks into the dinosaurs' abyss fairly quickly. The nose comprises dark coffee (complete with a light hint of olfactory bitterness), roasted and toasted malts, and charred wheat. Something seems off here, but I can't put my finger on it. Are the malts too blackened? I dunno, but it's something like that. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, blackened oats, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A step above the nose, fer sure. The body is pretty thick 'n' chewy, but not too, with a moderate carbonation (higher than I expected, but, again, not too much so) and a decent oral coating. Overall, I see this as a solid stout, but not among the better ones. Still definitely worth a shot, though.
06-21-2010 04:28:35 | More by TMoney2591
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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