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

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BA SCORE
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2,271 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,271
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 449 | FT: 37
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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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JayS2629

Alabama

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep, dark black with a creamy tan head that faded too fast for me, but left good rings of thick lace.

The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and dark fruit. Earthy hops peek through to balance with a smooth vanilla hint in the back.

The taste follows with a robust roasted malt taste, a lingering sweet chocolate and caramel middle, hints of mocha and vanilla and earthy elements balancing things out.

Very smooth, creamy and thick.

Overall, a nicely balanced, rich, and enjoyable sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 02:55:44 | More by JayS2629
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

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

pours a pitch black with just a little bit of tan foam that quickly faded into a ring of bubbles around the glass
Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla along with a bit of a burnt aroma
Nice smooth roasted malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla and a bit of caramel. Very nice flavor
Very silky smooth mouthfeel, just a bit of carbonation and not overly heavy body
Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I finally drank this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 05:21:25 | More by mikereaser
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matttttYCE

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured this into my Deschutes balloon/snifter glass. Head was very small, not even half a finger high, and dark brown chocolate in color. Disappeared in the blink of an eye it seems (or as long as it took me to recap and put the second half of the bomber back in the fridge/cellar). No lacing. Color is the deepest of darkest of blacks.

Smell - Very dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, lots of roasted malts, some burnt malts as well, coffee, dark fruit/raisins, and a hint of molasses, and licorice on the back end. Maybe just an ever so slight wisp of vanilla in the background. A nice smelling stout, though not my favorite.

Taste - Lots of rich dark chocolate and cocoa nibs like the nose. Big roasted malt flavor as well, some burnt notes (but not too much, just the right touch), fresh espresso, some light hints of dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar, molasses, and licorice. There's also a touch of vanilla on the finish. A pleasant stout for sure.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is silky smooth, maybe even velvety. Carbonation is light. Body is medium-full, almost viscous. And the finish is actually pretty moderate. Some hints of dark fruit, bitterness, chocolate, roasted malt, and sweetness left in the mouth.

Overall - Overall a great Russian Imperial Stout. I don't get much, if any, of the hop additions as the bottle mentions, but I'll just take their word for it. This is probably one of the nicer RISs that I've had the pleasure of trying. Still not quite my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm quite excited to try the Barrel Aged version. Thank you very much kevinv for this beer as an extra in our trade! Really enjoyed it!

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 00:49:14 | More by matttttYCE
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of a good trader.
750ml split w/ Saramisu
Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Black as oil with a small cap of burnt chocolate-colored
head. I was able to stir up a small amount of bubbles, but carbonation is pretty reserved. Good amount of stain.

S ~ Blackberries, Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Banana Peel &
Roasted Malt in copious amounts. There's a whiff of
tree-sap & molasses. Some Vanilla after warming up.

T ~ Coffee in Espresso-form & Roasty/Toasty Malt Goodness
follow through from the Nose. Also, Oatmeal with sliced Bananas play in the background throughout. Bit of Raisin, Cherry Juice, Cocoa Powder, Dried Pepper, & Powdered Milk as well.

M ~ Long...Long...Long & Dry finish. Lingers excessively
to the point where it becomes more enjoyable the more you wait between tips. Sweetness & Creamyness one expects from
an Oatmeal Stout is very prevalent, but this combined with a good amount of bittering from the roasted malt & hops.

D ~ Delectable Stout. A sipper for sure, but one you enjoy sipping rather than grow weary of. This is a good one to drink 6-8 oz of & cap up with a rubber cork to be saved for later. It opened up quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:19:32 | More by chocosushi
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dubinsky

California

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter. Acquired in N00B BIF #5 from Axic10.

A - Pours super viscous jet black with absolutely zero head to speak of. As the bubbles that formed the pour settle i see a nice amber edge on the side of the glass. Swirling the beer vigorously barely creates any head, but what does form is a great medium brown color, like what i have come to expect from an imperial stout.

S - What a great smelling beer. Fairly sweet smelling with dark stone fruits, raisins on the front end and espresso and the darkest chocolate on the back. I smell a bit of oak and perhaps some vanilla as well. The nose it not overpowering at all, and is truly marvelous.

T - Not nearly as sweet as i was expecting. Huge coffee flavors jump out with some bitter sweet chocolate to balance out the coffee. Again there is a hint of charred oak, not sure why, cause this isn’t a BA beer. Those stone fruits that i picked up in the smell as virtually non existent and only manifest themselves with a burp. Weird, but cool.

M - This is one of the thickest and heaviest beers i have ever had. Like Old Viscosity, only more viscous. Thick, oily, great carbonation. Supper smooth and a pleasure to sip. The ABV although 9.4% is masterfully hidden.

O - I was really impressed with this beer and am glad i have another from a previous visit to NY that i was too afraid to open since i was certain i would really like it and not be able to find one for a while. Glad i waited cause the expectation was worth it. One of the best RIS's available.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 03:43:44 | More by dubinsky
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YourMomDrinksBud

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served into a 12oz. snifter.
A-Pours a deep midnight black, no accents. One finger dark brown khaki head, head retention is good. Leaves some good lacing as well.

S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, very light notes of vanilla and mint.

T-Very much of the same, not getting any mint in the taste though. Opens very smooth with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate.I get some oatiness in there too. Finishes bitter with some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D-Creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. There's definitely some heat from the alcohol but it is not overpowering at all.

O-I really enjoyed this one and I will seek it out again. Nothing extremely complex, but it definitely kept me coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 04:12:54 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
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Krakistophales

California

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

A: Pours jet black with a 2 finger chocolate colored head that sticks around and makes some sexy bubblework

S: Plenty of coffee aromas at first, with a mix of vanilla/caramel, hints of cinnamon and a bready sweetness, then a nice crisp dryness and light smokiness at the end of the aroma

T: Huge double espresso dryness and dark roast richness hit you at first, then slight notes of miscellaneous dark fruits in the middle, and a chewy, bittersweet chocolate and bready sweetness at the end. Excellent flavor.

O: I love this stout. An excellent RIS, this will definitely have me looking for more hoppin frog.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 04:02:20 | More by Krakistophales
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure that I got this from Double06 a looong time ago. Thanks Eric... don't know why I waited so long!

Pours black as night, with a dark mocha head which I admitted forced.

Aroma is wonderful. Light coffee, cocoa powder, graham crackers, and chocolate.

Loads of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, a bit of coffee. Big and bold.

Full bodied, not too coating or chewy, but good still.

Definitely a stupendous stout! Johnny Boy, hook it up!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:56:52 | More by EgadBananas
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of the "cellared for 1-year sticker" version of BORIS. Probably 2009 vintage as I have had it in my beer fridge for quite some time as well. Pours very black with a frothy brown head. Spotty lacing and retention is average.

Nose is terrific...black licorice, cocoa, dark bread and fruit. Moderate chocolate and roast is pretty light. There is something unique about the nose that I cant quite pin down...like a jar of old chocolate sprinkles or something.

Pretty damn tasty, huge chocolate and dark fruit. Lots of ancillary stout flavors going on; anise, cardamom, walnuts, black licorice, cocoa nibs...very complex. So smooth and the oats really add to a silky mouthfeel. Awesome beer, I will be more than happy to perpetually have this on my wants list. I really want to try the barrel aged version now.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 01:57:25 | More by twiggamortis420
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zimm421

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. Appears a complete black color with a thin dark brown head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The black is absolutely midnight dark and is beautiful, the head, slightly less than impressive.

The nose is complex. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, grains, slight hints of yeast and some alcohol notes. There is something present that I don't normally get in a stout, but it is definitely welcoming. The taste is also complex with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and the grainy notes as well. The alcohol is much better hidden in the taste than in the nose, although there is still a hint of it. This finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the inside of your mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew! Another wonderful RIS with a full body and extremely complex flavors. Not the best stout I've ever experienced but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:10:12 | More by zimm421
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brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a small snifter. Brew is black as night and looks thick like oil as a stout should. A nice caramel colored head appears but leaves quickly. A little lacing occurs as well.

S - Loads of oats with sweet malts, chocolate, some caramel, leather and a hint of licorice.

T - Just like the smell except a more powerful dark chocolate tone with a bit of coffee as well.

M - Crisp and slightly bitter on the tongue.

O - A very nice bodacious stout. Makes an excellent dessert item for me right now! I'd easily buy more of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:10:27 | More by brstls4drmrs
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 00:38:37 | More by BeerBuckeye
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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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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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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

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

A: The pour is pitch black, kind of thick. The head is brown and of medium-size, compact. Dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malt, lots of dark dried fruits. Dark bitter chocolate togheter with strong black coffee. Some vanilla.

T: Roasted malt, still sweet. Dark dried fruits. The chocolate is well balanced by the espresso-like coffee. Some bitter hops and vanilla.

M: Medium boyd (?!) and low carboantion - very smooth though. Aftertaste stays for some time and holds both sweetness as well as bitterness.

O: A nice beer that is highly gulpable, despite the high ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 17:50:56 | More by Evil_Pidde
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r0nyn

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into my DFH snifter. Shared with three other BAs for the 4th of July! Vintage of 2008.

Typical stouty darkness fills the glass. Not too much of a head buildup; what little appears is caramel-colored, with some spotty lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Smell has notes of cocoa and a very subtle vanilla presence. Malts also make an appearance, with a unique aroma that defines oatmeal-based stouts. Bitter chocolate rounds off the nose.

Taste starts off with toasted malts, leading into the cocoa and mild vanilla from the nose. Little bit of a hop presence on the end to round out the flavors. The age has definitely erased most traces of coffee from the taste. It's also taken all of the booziness, as I couldn't taste any of this brew's substantial 9.4% ABV.

Mouthfeel is good and slick, with a viscous feel that sits well on the tongue. No carbonation at all, and that's much appreciated. On the whole, a great stout all around. I'll have to have it fresh to catch up on the coffee, but it's good to know that it's still retained some excellent qualities given a few years on it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:54:16 | More by r0nyn
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Portertime

Florida

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

I am now going to review Hoppin’ Frog “B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout” from Akron, Ohio. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. I like to admire beer labels and see if there are any serving temperature suggestions or even glassware suggestions. This label has neither. On the neck, it does state that it is a Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner in the Imperial stout category, a very nice accolade. It is a hefty 9.4% ABV. I have it slightly chilled and I will serve it in my wide Duvel goblet to open up the flavor.

Appearance - It pours a thick, motor oil black with almost a two finger mocha colored head that is holding steady. I am holding it up to the light and I cannot even see through it! This may be one of the darkest beers I have ever had.

Smell – The nose is intense and very potent. I detect toasty malts, fresh roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate, and a hint of candied figs. This is a great smelling brew, perfect for breakfast.

Taste - The first sip is smooth with a multitude of tongue enveloping tastes. The coffee is strong. We are talking Starbucks brand French Roast here. It imparts rich smokiness and mocha flavors. The oats are playing in the background with a good, resin-y hop balance in the finish. Each sip is as powerful as the last.

This is a fantastic rendition of the Russian Imperial Stout style. For coffee lovers it is very drinkable with savory flavors. As it is warming up a bit to room temperature, the smokiness is easy up and more bittersweet chocolate flavors are coming out. Also, the first sip was almost like tannins on the side of my tongue, now it is more mellow. Hoppin’ Frog, hold your gold medal high!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:49:04 | More by Portertime
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sidetracked

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours solid black with a thin deep brown head. Head dissipates quickly.

Smell is slightly sweet dried fruit and molasses. Little vanilla.

Upfront taste is roasted malts, sweet dried fruits--raisins and dates--some milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate. Bitter roasted malts and chocolate mix at the finish along with a little vanilla.

Medium to full bodied and syrupy with light carbonation. A little thin, but still good.

Really good flavor, but the body could be heavier. Dark, sweet dried fruits dominate the aroma and flavor with some roasty bitterness rounding it out.

3/25/2011

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 03:50:37 | More by sidetracked
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jayhawk73

Maryland

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Can't see any light through this beer at all- it's dark! Nice lacing on the glass as well. Lots of bubbles in the head, but they quickly disappear. Classic RIS looking beer.

S- Some hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Great balance, and really well done on the nose. I could smell this for hours and not get tired or overwhelmed by it. Definitely not an overpowering nose- just right.

T- Really nice. Hops are a little much for me, I'd like the malt to be the prevailing taste. Same profile as the nose, which is nice... but a little bit of a letdown from what I was expecting. Still, this is a really nice tasting brew. None of the 9.4% ABV comes out at all in the taste as well.

M- Thinner than I was expecting, w/ a smooth/bitter balanced feel. Aftertaste is pretty nice, and lingers a while.

O- This is a nice brew that falls just short of the best in the style. Still, really enjoyable and highly recommended. Pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:52:56 | More by jayhawk73
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 18:48:32 | More by Knapp85
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vkv822

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Black with a foamy dark brown head.

The aroma is briefly of bittersweet cocoa, and coffee that transitions very nicely to a sweet oatmeal finish.

The taste follows the nose, with cocoa, coffee, roasty malts, and sweet oatmeal, though the flavors seem a little less well-integrated. The ABV is completely hidden in this one.

The mouthfeel has decent carbonation and is medium bodied, though it may be a bit light at times.

A decent oatmeal RIS, though I was surprised to find this wasn't brewed with any coffee as the flavor profile reminded me a bit of Mikeller's Beer Geek Breakfast.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 05:07:53 | More by vkv822
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CaptainTripps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Poured pitch black with small amounts of brown hues poking out the edges. Pour came with about a half a finger to about a fingers worth of a tan to mocha head. Left small amount of lacing of glass.

S: Chocolate is the first thing to come through followed by a earthy/grainy aroma. Oatmeal? Roasted malts are also very present along with some yeast character (small). There is also some dark fruit present in the beer, almost giving me a slight wine impression.

T: Again, following the nose, Chocolate is the most pronounced flavor pairing nicely with the roasted malt and barely character of the beer. Again you get the earthy-oatmeal taste that was present in the smell. Beer is very mellow and smooth. (-small traces of dark fruits are present)

M: Very, Very thick beer that had an impressive amount of carbonation for a imperial stout of its kind. Leaves a wonderful after taste, with a slight alcohol burn, but not bad.

O: Great beer that i would love to have again. It was very interesting to get some dark fruit notes out of the beer- somthing i havn't seen yet in a imperial stout. Very smooth beer that would be great on a nice cold evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2011 11:29:22 | More by CaptainTripps
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up 2 years ago not knowing if it was the fresh release or a leftover. I guess that places this bottle in the 2008 range. There is no visible indication on the bottle to confirm.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a faint amount of brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger's worth of creamy dark tan head forms and holds for awhile before retreating to the edge of the glassware where it holds throughout the duration. Some faint spotty lace sticks and holds on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with some signs of light oxidation. Licorice is present along with a solid oatmeal to grain characteristics. It is sweet with a scent of chocolate mixed with coffee and caramel, lightly citrusy with hops and a touch of dark fruity character almost like raisins.

The taste of this brew is bitter roasted grain with a flavoring of licorice coupled with semisweet chocolate. The chocolate flavor develops into something more in-line with a flavor that is left in your mouth after eating 75% cacao. There is some herbal bitterness which mixes and contrast with a dark fruity flavor like raisins. Throughout the body are flavors of oats and sweet grains keeping the bitterness and fruity alcohol elements of this brew in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9+% alcohol is well integrated and as the brew warms maybe becomes a touch distracting. I almost forgot that I had this brew and a recent taste of the new Royale offering reminded me that I need to have a taste of the base brew. This is a pretty solid example but perhaps a bit dated at this point. For as much as I enjoyed the Royale version, it is my intension to get out there and snag a fresh bottle of Boris and the normal barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:03:05 | More by stakem
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Jazzcrop

California

4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are fully deep dark dark chocolate, soy sauce, French toast, smoke, smog, booze, engine fuel, (milk of) magnesium, plum skins, hops, graham crackers, tree leaves, dark fruits, week-old coffee, cough medicine, and kilned malt. Quite the journey, maaaan.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 05:12:24 | More by Jazzcrop
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gopens44

Virginia

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

A - Pours super black with a used motor oil consistency and develops about a half inch of dark brown foamy head with a fairly aggressive pour.

S - Tons of bitter chocolate and a touch spicy.

T - Dark bitter chocolate and a little bit of licorice compliment a freshly brewed espresso taste.

M - Chewy full bodied greatness with a bitter dark chocolate aftertaste.

O - Just great! Wonderful complexity and consistent throughout the entire bomber.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 20:18:17 | More by gopens44
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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