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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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2,454 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,454
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 250
Gots: 497 | FT: 43
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of sidetracked
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of Jazzcrop
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of gopens44
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Extremely thick, oily, clingy to the edges. Light head formation, down to a mocha colored film.

S - Lots of chocolate and a little bit of breadiness and oats. No hopping comes through.

T - Starts off smoothly sweet, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Mid-stream gets a combination of roast, even some burnt wood, and chocolate. Finishes with a hair of vanilla and some sweetness. Aftertaste is somewhat burnt. Hopping is hard to detect.

M - Strong bodied beer, light carbonation. Very thick, creamy, sticky, and clinging to the tongue.

O/D - A nice sipping beer, incredibly smooth and generally unobtrusive to the palette. ABV is high, but not obvious. Somewhat filling at times.

Photo of mdvatab
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
Born-on date probably not an issue with this one. Would like to know the vintage, though.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, coconut, and cabernet sauvignon. I'm curious what strain of yeast they're using--there's definitely a wine-like character to the aroma. I prefer more of a dark, malty chocolate aroma, but the fruitiness definitely adds complexity.

Appearance: The darkest opaque espresso one could imagine. Pretty thin light brown head disappears quickly per style. Minimal lacing per style, but she's got legs!

Flavor: Bittersweet dark chocolate. Definitely a fruity Bordeaux-like character, as the aroma suggested. Bitterness and dark malty sweetness are well-balanced. I notice a slight earthiness, either from roasted barley (or possibly mineral from the water?) prior to the finish. Speaking of finish-- hoppy bitterness remains at the end, and holds on for more than a minute. Lots to talk about here.

Mouthfeel: On a scale of 1 - 5, this one gets a 10 for mouthfeel! It has the smooth viscosity of whole chocolate milk. This is definitely one of the thickest brews I've ever had, thanks to the oatmeal.

Overall: When the other aspects of this review are so great, what else can I add? B.O.R.I.S. has a dark, malty whallop, a thick body, a bass-line of hop bitterness, and the high alcohol content is very well-concealed. It's definitely not a brew that one would necessarily want to drink all night, but neither are its best bretheren from other breweries. I know the Dark Lords of the world must be great and all (I'm still trying to get my hands on one), but how much better can it get than this??? We're definitely splitting hairs at some point. I can thankfully walk into any of my three favorite liquor stores in my area and buy this whenever I want!

Photo of jamescain
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Saint Arnold’s sniffer, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one. We did a side by side comparison with the BA version.

Appearance: Black with a thick mocha head about a finger thick, which receded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer. This version had better head retention the BA version.

Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, roasted grain, surprisingly subdued. It was nice and complex, just not as in your face as I was expecting, not sure why I was expecting that.

Taste: Bold chocolate and coffee flavors with a hint of caramel sweetness and roasted grain. I preferred this taste to the BA version.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a sweet finish.

Overall: I preferred this one to the BA version. The enjoyed the aroma of the BA version more but the flavor and the mouthfeel of the non-BA version was better in my opinion.

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

Shared with walows, from his cellar. Thanks beer geek girlfriend! You are the best.

It's a perfectly delicious Oatmeal Imperial Stout, and totally sexy pouring out of the bottle. Smells good, tastes good. It's thick, viscous, and luscious. But the best part: I love the way it slinks across my tongue.

Photo of busterthecat
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on bottle. Poured into an oversized stout tulip glass.

A- Pours a thick brown viscous hue. A big brown mocha head forms and lingers really nicely after fading down. Sits blackish in glass. Good lacing.

S- Nice mellow roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee with a ting. Good but perhaps just a tad higher then average for an IRS. Could be more robust.

T- Lots of smooth roasted dark malt and mellow melted chocolate. A good bitterness upfront but becomes subdued after initial taste. The chocolate character is center stage. The oatmeal quality comes out some in the end and finish and really helps with the mouthfeel & increases as warms, but could be more robust in the flavor department.

M- A big body. A nice velvety feel after initial bite wears off. An alcoholic warming on the throat as it goes down. Nice and creamy. Starts wet and rather sharp and dries well. Kinda thin for how it starts.

O- A really good IRS. I didn't get all that much of the oatmeal quality as expected. Perhaps some age would help bring that out and also reduce some of the alcohol burn felt. At $10.50 a bomber a bit on the steeper side for the quality.

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz purchased at the Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S Royale release 5/26/11 into a snifter.

A. A vigorous pour yielded 2 fingers of a nice cocoa brown head. The body is the darkest brown imaginable and approaches black.

S. The nose starts off with a roasted malt aroma, which quickly mingles with roasted coffee and a cocoa-like smell.

T. Flavor starts off a mix of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Hops quickly make their presence known with a slight bitterness that mingles with coffee. Heavy alcohol taste finishes it off. A nuttiness appears on the tail end as it warms up.

M. Full. Bodied. This is a thick beer that one might have to chew if not for the carbonation helping it go along. Definitely leaves a lasting flavor and ends with an alcohol burn.

O. A slow drinker. Between the alcohol feel/content and the definite full body on this bad boy, you want to take your time to enjoy this beer. Not that that is a bad thing, as the flavor will keep you happy the whole way through.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip may,21,2011

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle with some cola around the edges of the glass. It has one of the darker mocha heads I've seen recently but it falls fairly quickly and leaves just a few random patches of lace

S lots of bakers chocolate, some booze, raisin, and a little licorice and espresso

T what I smell but darker with some charred wood and even more espresso and super dark chocolate. A little more intense then the smell with just a little sweetness, the booze gets in the way just a little but for 9.4% its not to bad

M nothing to thick but far from thin with enough carbonation to give it some life and just a little booze burn, flavors linger very strong for quite some time

O pretty solid beer overall, something I wish I could get in my part of the world, tasty stuff

I'm pretty happy I got to finally try this one and I need to thank liamt07 for sending it my way

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this as part of an 8 beer, blind imperial stout tasting - re-reviewed on 5/14/11

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a New Belgium globe.

A - Clear, nearly black body with a low head with a cappuccino coloring that dies quickly and leaves behind only a low collar and a smattering of lace on the glass.

S - Floral, perfumey, berries, bit of chocolater. Almost raspberry-ish and a bit of lemony, citrusy aromas too.

T - Chocolatey - mostly milky with some darker bitter chocolate mixed in. Berry like sweetness and some hoppy bitterness. Low coffee-like and dark roasted malt bitterness too.

M - Lightish medium body with a lively light carbonation. Hoppy and bitter roast throughout

O - OK - middle of the tasting group so far. Not bad, not amazing. I recalled really liking this beer last time I had it, and we inserted this as a "control stout" into our tasting of mostly well hyped imperial stouts. Going in, we thought we might end up ranking this one very high in the group. Found that I was a bit let down and it didn't hold up to my memories. Body was a bit thin, not much roast/chocolate/coffee - fairly simple and low in complexity compared to the group.

Photo of teromous
2.91/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer pours velvet black. Even the head on this thing is dark! It's completely opaque, and the head is a thin dark brown. The head doesn't last long, and leaves only a ring with little foam bubble lily-pads.

S: I could smell it from my desk before even getting near it. It has a coffee smell. It smells like roasted nuts, and I get a bit of alcohol smell. It doesn't smell bad, so I'd put it about average.

T: Immediately I get a dark herbal and fruity flavor. Similar to figs and licorice. It has a lot of sweetness and has a roasted flavor but isn't bitter. There is definitely alcohol flavor in this one. It's not all that impressive, but there is some complexity to it. It probably just needs to age more before I drink it.

M: The mouthfeel is pretty good, it has a decently smooth and sweet character to coat the mouth. The light bitterness hangs out for a bit but goes away quickly. One of the main detracting feelings can be attributed to alcohol burn.

O: Overall I thought it was an alright beer. I probably wouldn't get it again if looking for an oatmeal stout or a stout of any kind. After being aged it would probably be a lot nicer, but there are many beers out there that taste much better straight from the beer store, out of my fridge, and into a glass.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CoastieSimon for sharing this brew with me. Discretely consumed out of plastic cups in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

A - It pours a oily crude brown-black hue, and is capped with an oxblood-mocha hued head. Legs are demonstrated upon the white lining of the Solo cup.

S - The nose is quite hoppy and bitter, with an undertone of coffee grinds, charred grain, and oatmeal(!?!). I must say that the degree to which you can specifically pick out oatmeal is pretty impressive; it is not merely a listed ingredient. As it airs out, raisin and general dark fruit is appreciable, along with anise and some burnt sugar.

T - The brew is quite big, giving full account of roasted grain, burnt sugar, charred coffee, vinous notes, anise, and, again, straight-up oatmeal. The booze is there too, but not so much that it is intrusive, it just adds to the general 'bigness' of the brew. There is a heavy hop dose, but it seems to meld with the burnt-coffee astringency at this point, and does not contribute flavor beyond a general grassy-herbal bitterness.

M - The feel is big, ultra-viscous, and has a long bitter finish. Too long and bitter, perhaps.

O - Good beer. This bottle was about 2 years old, so it may have reaped benefit from the time mellowing; then again, it could've lost a distinctive hoppy punch, just as likely.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to dontcostnuthin for sending this one my way. Review from notes.

A: Pours an inky/oily dark black. A one finger tan/mocha colored head forms on top, with decent retention and no lacing.

S: I immediately get the sweet oats. There is also some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of hops.

T: Very roasty flavor with the oats coming through as well, but not as strong as the aroma indicated, and not as sweet either. Nice mixture of coffee, licorice, and a little bit of molasses.

M: Full bodied and on the thicker side, but very smooth. Has a bitter-sweet finish.

O: A solid RIS, but not my favorite. From what I have seen a bit pricey as well, even though I got this one in a BIF. If I found it for the right price I would certainly get it again though.

Photo of jordanblaskey
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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

I poured my Hoppin' Frog BORIS Oatmeal Stout into a tulip glass at about 55 degrees. It poured viscous and black with a nice brown head that receded quickly with nice lacing.

My initial nosing was all roasted malt but as I let it sit the hops came through with underlying subtle roasted coffee and cherry notes.

The taste is not overpowering at all and very balanced. It starts with the roasted malty sweetness with the subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate and finishes very cleanly with a nice hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully heavy and viscous just like the pour indicated. It coats the mouth with a chewiness and mild carbonation I look for in an imperial stout.

Overall this is a very easy drinking and excellent example of an Imperial Stout. Those of you out there that enjoy your Imperial Stouts should not hesitate to try this brew. Enjoy!!!

Photo of output01x
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored creamy head that diminishes in a minute or two to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a deep black that has no traces of color even when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Deep coffee aromas dominate the nose. Roasted malts and dark chocolate help to round it out.

Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee flavors all come together with none really dominating. A slight nuttiness and almost unnoticable alcohol warmth end each sip nicely.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation make this beer very drinkable considering the thickness. While still a sipper, it goes down smooth. It coats your mouth well but isn't really sticky.

The main attraction I have to this beer is the balance. All the flavors flow nicely together with nothing overpowering. Better head retention and lacing would have helped this beer, but the aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel make this beer outstanding.

Photo of rootbeerman
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours black as used motor oil. Head is a short lasted thin finger that barely leaves any lacing.
S: dark roasted malt. A swirl brings out a little cherry along with chocolate and coffee.
T: dark roasted nutty malt. A little alcohol burn, coffee and chocolate a light but easily noticed. There is a small amount of sweet maraschino cherry. Aftertaste is long and very roasty with some coffee bitterness.
M: thick like a RIS should be, as well as low carbonation.
O: I really like this stout, smooth yet robust flavor. Very good sippin stout.

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.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,454 ratings.