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

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2,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 451 | FT: 37
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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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found the Crusher to be almost identical to Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. with the exception on not getting the grapes taste this time. Below is my eval for Barrel Aged which works but for the above exception. BTW, Crusher was $8.99/bomber, Barrel Aged was $13.99/bomber; there's a difference!

It pours with the absence of all light with very little head, vigorous pour (who cares). The aroma was not overpowering, of choco-coffee. As for taste, I rate it a bit ahead of Speedway stout, chocolate, coffee (not overwelming), and don't ask me where this comes from, but I'm getting grapes too. Someone mentioned that it looks like motor oil... well it feels that way too. Overall, top-notch. I will buy, share and drink again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 05:26:56 | More by kegger22
Photo of BeerSox


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into 25oz snifter.

Pitch black - no chance of light getting through this one. The head is a little under a finger high, even with a rather aggressive pour. It eventually settles to a thin rim along the glass.

A little bit of citrus-like aromas sit on top of the roasted malts. Lots of brown sugar. The alcohol is a detectable, but not overwhelming.

A very complex taste - where to start? The base, of course, are some very roasted, almost burnt, malts, which impart a little smoke flavor. The hops add a little bit of a dark fruit flavor, along with a bit of citrus that manages to make its way through. The sweeter side of the beer is created by a bit of milk chocolate. Some black coffee and molasses makes its way in as well. The flavor lingers with just a bit of anise in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, the carbonation is just barely on the low-side of average, giving it a slightly oily feel.

No style can compete with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout, even if it's an imperial/double version. The velvet characteristics show well, mixed with assertive hops and a strong malt presence. Complex. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:25:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of DefenCorps


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

I got bottles from czoch75 (in April 08) and Nephilium (in the Virgin BIF). This one's from Nephilium, thanks, Marty! Let's see how the Crusher fares when pitted against my headache...

A: Pours black with a very dark brown head that's rather thin. Retention could be better, but the mild lacing makes up, kinda.

S: The nose is where it's at. A decadent blend of oats, milk chocolate, coffee, with some dark chocolate as well. The combination of sweet and bitter chocolate is enjoyable. In addition, there's some sweetness, reminiscent of malted milk balls. As it warms up, the coffee grows in strength, gaining in bitterness. Overall, the combination of oats, coffee and chocolate makes for a decadent, cookie-like beer.

T: Opens up with a pretty big bitterness with bitter chocolate and coffee characteristics, brought in on a wave of oatmeal flavor and slickness. This is followed by sweetness that's a combination of raisins and milk chocolate, and a little licorice. The finish is long and a little disappointing in that it doesn't have the same depth and lusciousness as the rest of the beer does. With bitterness, oatmeal and dark chocolate, it's hard to complain too much, though.

M: Big and super slick on the palate with soft carbonation that works wonderfully, this beer is truly decadent. An excellent mid-palate with a blend of chocolate and dark fruit is unfortunately not sustained in the finish, that seems a little simple and (comparatively) light.

D: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, and glad I have another bottle in the cellar along with the BA version

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 00:52:31 | More by DefenCorps
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber in NYC, and as I don't really want to drink that much on my own I sat down and split it with Eric.

This beer pours the deepest jet black I have ever seen, and kicks up only the briefest of mocha heads. Within seconds the surface is as still and dark as Satan's infernal lake. Its a daunting black, but the lack of head brings things down. Loads of coffee, anise and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. A very heavy roast announcing a serious stout. This is an imperial that doesn't need any added bells or whistles. Its not steeped in coffee beans, barrel aged or brewed with vanilla beans... its just a damn solid regular imperial stout. Coffee is the dominant feature of the flavour, but with a backing of bittersweet chocolate and anise. Some faint dark fruit and moderate hopping add some more complexity. A nice combination of roasted malt flavours. The one thing that does disappoint is that for an oatmeal added stout the body is far lighter than it should be to maximise the flavours and heft. I was hoping for a thick, almost sludgy pour, but its actually fairly medium-bodied in the mouth, with a medium carbonation.

The flavour on this stout is great, as is the aroma which announces it, but I can't help but be somewhat disappointed by the lighter than hoped for body and the complete lack of head.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 13:16:54 | More by bobsy
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Ontario (Canada)

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

22oz bottle split with Bobsy at the tail end of a nice evening. Thanks man! Pours a viscous black with just a faint whisp of head that quickly dies down leaving a still black pond.

Nose reveals coffee grounds, dark fruits and a honey/anise mix that reminds me of my mother's honey cake. Waves of roasting malts, chocolate and a hint of fresh hops.

The flavor features some hefty layers of flavor. Lots of roasting/burnt malts, sweet caramel, honey and anise, faint notes of oats, coffee, chocolate, some heat in the finish along with a bit of hops bite. The body is a bit of a let-down for such a big ABV stout as this but, combined with the very light carbonation, it makes for a smooth, easy sipping, big flavored brew.

I am impressed with the flavors but, in light of other world-class stouts, it can't quite compare. The body lets it down and it seems a little more raw, though just as complex. A very nice stout. Thanks Rob!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:37:52 | More by ritzkiss
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I have seen this brew at my local bottle shop for a while now, but never got around to buying one. I finally decided to pick one up...

Appearance: Pours a very viscous, very deep dark black. A very slight amount of light brown head that fades quickly leaving behind some sporadic lacing.

Smell: Delicious chocolately goodness with a bit of coffee in the background. A very nice, sweet overall smell.

Taste: Wow. I have read reviews that claim this brew isn't quite worth the price, and I have to say they are wrong. A deliciously smooth blend of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: The best feature of this brew. Thick and full bodied, but very smooth and creamy. Wow.

Drinkability: This is one of the finer stouts that I have had the privilege of drinking. Robust in flavor, yet smooth in texture. This is one tasty beer that I will look forward to drinking again. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 01:46:27 | More by krisandajt
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this as a trade extra!

Pours just perfect - nice and gooey, big poofey tan head with sweet lacing left in its wake. Smells chocolatey, lightly toasted without being a full-on roast bomb. Not much taste of oats in this one, but it is still a full-bodied, smooth imperial stout. Very chocolatey, lightly roasted, and pretty low on bitterness. No massive overhopping, which I love. A hint of coffee, but nowhere near prominent. Big thick mouthfeel, this is one you can still taste long after it is gone. A pretty well balanced package, flavor and drinkability. I'll have to remember this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 03:13:20 | More by damienblack
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a slow to develop and somewhat thin dark tan head.

Smell is sort of a roasty plum with some coffee in the background. Not as burned as some RIS's.

Taste is roasty and a little bitter. Slightly tart finish. Some fruit flavor in there.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable. Not sludgy like some, but not light like a regular stout.

there is some alcohol fruitiness and sweetness, but very drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:34:38 | More by aubuc1
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/12/09

A - Deep brown in color, very close to black. Poured a caramel colored head that soon became thin & wispy. There is some lacing.

S - Roasted malts make up the nose one this one. Coffee with some toffee notes brought out as it warmed.

T - Robust malty flavor in line with the nose. Roasted coffee taste works in conjunction with some hints of chocolate & a sweetness that seems to be toffee or maybe caramel. A pointed, yet hardly overwhelming, hop bite rounds out the malts.

M - Smooth & somewhat slick on the tongue. Carbonation is low. Hops allow for a touch of bitterness to linger.

D - I found this to be a rather enjoyable stout. Alcohol is hidden for the most part. I wouldn't be inclined to drink more than one at a time, but it certainly makes for a killer after work treat.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 20:02:12 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of fff


4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished one a few moments ago.

A- Black, viscous fluid with a thin brown head. Very good-looking pour. Lacing throughout, albeit a bit thin.

S- Coffee, malt, toffee, roasted scent. Not very smokey.

T- Coffee, oatmeal, roasted taste. Middle of the beer thinned in flavor it seemed, ending the beer in a
molasses flavor. Very complex journey.

M- Not as thick as I normally like in a Russian Imperial Stout. Not a bad mouthfeel, just not substantial enough.

D- A good session beer. It did give me the burps a little, but it was geat otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 00:42:43 | More by fff
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: um, did I just pour a beer into my glass or some Quaker State? Poured s-l-o-w-l-y like motor oil. No head what so ever.

S: smells yummy. Like oatmeal covered in chocolate. Sweet

T: tastes almost like it smelled. Sweet with hints of toasted chocolate malts and coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M: Feels thick and heavy yet smooth and silky. Light carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable being over 9% abv. A very nice Oatmeal Stout. I'm sure it will be even better on a cold winter night.

Would drink again and recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 22:26:11 | More by CosmoHopHead
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber -

App: Poured super-black, viscous (glug-glug-glug), like motor oil, with a pretty smallish light brown head
Aroma: Pretty chocolaty, sweet, very light roasty notes, oats
T: Pretty sweet, malty, dark chocolate, hints of coffee, creamy
M: silky-smooth and velvety, heavy-bodied, light carbonation, rich
D: incredibly drinkable, despite being 9.4% (kind of hard to believe, actually - its barely noticeable)

Good stuff - hope to sample the barrel aged at some point

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:08:38 | More by jpro
Photo of Arbitrator


3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. First time I had this was courtesy of a trade with Hexxed, and second was an extra from amietaj1. Thanks guys.

A: Pours an impenetrable black body into a glass. Head is the usual tan affair, but somewhat substantial for the style (a couple of fingers), and decently long-lived. Several minutes' wait lets the head collapse into a light film on the brew, and it leaves washes of lacing with each sip -- but nothing that sticks.

S: Roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some grain, and some coffee.

T: Leans heavily toward the sweet side -- a nice blend of chocolate and cream with plums and figs to form a nearly anise-like flavor. Progresses into bitterness imparted from roasted malt and grains (I suppose this was the oatmeal) with a coffee closing taste. The beer becomes drier toward the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Definitely sweet at first, but cleans up and becomes drier as the taste progresses. ABV is hidden very well, and this will sneak up on you.

D: I am quoted $10 for this in trades. I don't really feel a bomber is worth that price, but this is a pretty decent stout and I'm happy to have had it.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 16:10:07 | More by Arbitrator
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours black with a half inch dark tan head that quickly disappeared. No lacing.

S - Dark malts, some coffee and chocolate.

T - Roasted flavors. Malts. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is hidden.

M - Smooth. Medium carbonation.

D - Balanced, good drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 01:38:31 | More by tedpeer
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3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours dark dark black with a dark tan head that rises about one finger, but it lasts a long time. This is a very carbonated beer, it bubbles everytime you take a sip. The lacing is great and sticky, but it sticks in small amounts.

I'm not a big fan of smell, the overwhelming flavor is alcohol, mixed in with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is very complex with a ligtht chocolate taste on the front end and black coffee bitter strong finish. I think its a little too bitter for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 18:08:30 | More by jrallen34
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West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black viscous liquid the no doubtedly remind of used motor oil. Thick tan head of course leaving copious amounts of lacing.
Roasted chocolate in the nose, coffee. Depp and rich. Bready.
Taste was huge. Thick, creamy and full. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee.
Very good beer. Turning into one of my favorite styles!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 12:31:46 | More by dmamiano
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from Draught2012. Excellent trader.

This bottle has about 6-7 months of age on it.

When I poured this the head was a little disappointing. Very dark brown, very active and quick to fade to nothing. Pitch black beer that does not allow any light through.

Aroma of Chocolate, dark roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit.

A moment of black licorice, lots of dark chocolate. I get lots of chocolate covered cherries. Smooth front to back. Towards the end a moment of dark coffee and some hop bitterness. The alcohol is not "well hidden" it's TOTALLY hidden.

Mouth feel is silky smooth, carbonation is very light. Luscious comes to mind. Despite the fact that I never use that word.

Very drinkable and a beer that totally hides the ABV. I do like this beer, but don't rate it amongst my favorite Imperial Stouts. While good, not worth twice as much as a Stone Russian Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 01:17:37 | More by Reagan1984
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South Carolina

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

This beer is priced high, and the price might just be worth it. I know that after drinking it, I certainly don't feel ripped off.
Pours a midnight brown with a smallish tan head that fades fast but laces the whole way through.

The smell and taste are dominated by some chocolate, a bit of some dark bitterness, maybe some coffee or licorice, some oats can also be smelt hiding behind a little bit of liquor.

The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, melds with the flavor impressively well. I could drink this all night, delicious sipper that I have to pull myself away from to avoid supreme inebriation. Damn fine beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 03:02:01 | More by grayburn
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New York

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

As I really like the style, I rate it high on drinkability.
Poured from a bomber acquired from Halftime Bev. in Poughkeepsie months ago (other HF still available, not this one), I poured it into a pint glass that I have no idea where the hell it came from (Coors Light and NYGiants logo??!!?) thick and dark, thin brown lacing that quickly disappears, smells of I dont know? smoked licorice? Similiar in nose to Old Rasputin, and tastes similiar as well. A bit oily, but overall an outstanding beer, and any fan of the style must try one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 02:55:52 | More by caminiti
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North Carolina

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

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: black, very dark with a one finger brown head that laces down the glass

S: roasted grains, roasted coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. very bold and refreshing.

T: mimics the aroma. very roasty. roasted grains, coffee, chocolates. the alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. you can also taste some caramel and molasses.

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation, very thick, creamy, and chewy.

Drinkability: the sticker on the bottle says its a GABF Gold Medal winner 2008 for Imperial Stouts. it certainly deserves the prize cause this beer is awesome.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 16:14:44 | More by porterwoobie
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hugely thick pitch black with not much of a brown head. What little head was there is retained.

S: Everything you'd want in a RIS. Roasted malt, espresso, some coffee, a bit of sweet cream, chocolate, dark fruit. Incredible and intense.

T: Bitter roasted malt throughout. 9.40% is felt from midway through until the end. Espresso, roasted malt, chocolate round out the finish. Booze can be a bit overpowering at times and is slightly out of tune with the overall bitterness I fell. Bit of cream in the middle as well.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is slightly prickly. Body could be a little smoother I think. Drinkability is about as good as it gets for what is a huge, in your face beer. The alcohol character, although welcome, does hinder the drinkability at times. Overall, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:18:49 | More by NCSUdo
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recieved in a trade from guzzle211, thanks for the great brew!

Poured a lovely black in to the glass with a pretty good head formation. Being that this brew is an oatmeal RIS I honestly did not expect big flavors or aromas...I was happily wrong. The aroma is the first thing that tiped me off, Big waves of roasted coffee comes powering threw with chocolate in the background. Flavors are very strong in this brew again with the Coffee, chocolate and I would have to say mollasses. Brew is very smooth with very little alcohol coming threw, but that amount helped push the other flavors threw very well. Afterwards this big brew hit's the spot and does not leave you feeling woopy. Great brew that I will pick up when I come accross it in my travels.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 01:25:30 | More by BZero007
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (obtained in a trade) into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Darkest opaque brown with a dark bronze head of foam that is slow to develop and quick to recede. A thin ring forms with slight lacing and sticky caramel legs.

Aroma is faint but suggests coffee, maple syrup, malt, and stewed fruit. Roasted flavors increase as the temperature rises.

The flavor is roasted malt, a little sharpness from hops and alcohol, sweet grain (barely identifiable as oatmeal), figs/plums, vanilla, Scottish breakfast tea, and a nice dry finish suggesting wood, coffee grounds, and cocoa nibs. Bitterness comes across as dark chocolate with some roasted malt acidity - rather than from hops.

Thick viscous mouthfeel (though not syrupy, sticky, or supremely heavy), tingling gum-sensation from the alcohol and roasted malt astringency, and sweet struggling effervescene from the carbonation (overwhelmed by the high ABV). This goes down all too easily...

Not an especially domineering brew, despite the name. Nicely balanced, quite strong breakfast stout, though lacking some complexity or intensity (of flavors) for the style. Still, a very enjoyable beer overall, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 21:06:31 | More by augustgarage
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, brown head.

Smell: Big chocolate aroma, dark fruits, booze.

Taste: Sweetened dark chocolate, quite creamy, finishes with a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Not available around here.

Another beer from my Chicago haul. A tasty imperial stout, it was nice that the booze in the smell was well hidden in the taste. Definitely worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 02:15:38 | More by Mdog
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bling Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a structured dark chocolate and burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a very dry semi sweet chocolate with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke. Perugina dark chocolate came to mind.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a superior RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 20:10:57 | More by plaid75
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.