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

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2,271 Ratings

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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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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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New York

3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown color- not quite motor oil black. No light coming through this fellow, though- none at all. Pour is very lightly carbonated, and leaves a thin ring of sudsyness around the glass. Ominous looking sucker.

Smells strongly of sweet cocoa flavored coffee; the oatmeal scent is there, but it's not overwhelming at all, which is a good thing for me because I despise the stuff. Lots of roasty malty scents coming through as well. I can tell right now- I am going to dig this brew.

First sip- the alcohol is ever present- I was hoping it would be a little more sneakily hidden. After that initial shock, the sweetness of the beer comes through quite strongly. There's a bit of a bitterness that balances it out, but it's still sweeter than I would prefer. Too much dark fruit flavor, perhaps.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not too try. A hint of carbonation. Overall it's a nice RIS, but too sweet for my palate. I prefer more roasted, bitter flavors. But that's just me. This fellow is certainly worth a try. If only for the awesome frog on the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 04:00:55 | More by scooter231
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour of this black oily elixir yields about a centimeter of head that just falls into nothing but a little ring...Smell is chocolaty and boozy. Chocolaty taste as well, like a boozy gouache or a heavy dark chocolate liquor. Heavy bitter and roasted flavors as well. Slight astringency. Silky, chewy, thick mouthfeel. It really just seems like the thought behind this was something like "lets see how EXTREME we can make this!!!" but without much effort to really produce something drinkable. I have been hanging onto this bomber for about a month for a good night to drink it and...disappointed. At the price they are charging, not worth it at all. It will surely get you a hell of a buzz though, since the only option is to buy it in a bomber. Thanks, but at this price point, I will happily stick to my KBS.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:46:13 | More by NCBeernut
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3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Eh, this beer just never came together for me. Pours soft, thick looking, not much head to speak of despite me trying to build one up. Yes, there is lots of flavor in this beer. Chocolate cake, dark fruits, a touch of coffee maybe, but it never really gets deep. And despite my initial impression on the pour this beer doesn't really have a lot of body to it to hold everything together. At times it kind of tasted like flavored sugar water, unfortunately. Was hoping for more but this just seemed like a confused beer to me.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 14:48:12 | More by twelvsies
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near midnight black. Near oily in appearance. No head and essentially flat. Nose is slightly sulphuric with a nice wholesome breadiness.

Flavor is quite good. I thought I was going to be disappointed by this beer but was not. Coffee and oats. Some chocolate. Light spruce-ness to balance out the sweet. Body is a bit of a downer. I thought it'd be thicker after seeing it pour. A tad thinner than I thought it was going to be and what I was hoping for. Still a good beer altogether.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:19:30 | More by MuddyFeet
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Black body w/dark tan head that fades quickly into a ring around the snifter.

S. Chocolate, cold coffee, alcohol, roasted malt

T. Robust black coffee, chocolate, faint smoke roasted malt,

M. Creamy, sweet, robust, alochol in the finish

D. Well balanced stout. Highly drinkable for almost 10%

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 00:09:13 | More by mikeale
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head. The lacing dissipates quickly, seeming flat. The smell is a nice mixture of fruit and roasted coffee. The taste starts off of dark chocolate and espresso, then turns more nutty and fruity - i get hints of almond and raisins. The mouthfeel is superb, very thick and delicious with mellow carbonation. It finishes smooth, with a little hop bitterness and warmth from the alcohol. Overall, a very nice imperial stout - but amidst so much hype, it fell a little short.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 22:40:30 | More by DousedInStout
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of the Crusher tonight with a fellow BA. I've been eager to try this one for some time now. Served in traditional pint glasses at 50F.

Pours hugely thick, like used motor oil. Took forever for every last drop to work its way out. The two-finger thick tan head is nice and dark, just the way I like it. Head retention is low, but it recedes to a thick foamy halo that stays until nearly the end. A minimal amount of lacing sticks around.

An oat presence is immediately apparent on the nose in this bodacious year-old bottle. Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit and alcohol round things out. Overall very complex and full.

Wow. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, right up there with Dark Lord, Stone IRS, or Abyss. It is ridiculous that this keeps falling off the Best of BA. Dark bitter chocolate and oats are the order of the day here, balanced with what is perhaps the perfect amount of bitter hops for a beer of this style. The finish reminds me of the bitterness that remains after savoring a piece of 85% dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full, offset only slightly by the higher-than-expected level of biting carbonation. B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of those stouts that gets better as it sits, warms, and loses a bit of its carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience.

This is a sipper, a beer that is best experienced shared with a friend that would appreciate such craftsmanship in a beer.

Seek this beer out if you enjoy big stouts. You will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 07:30:05 | More by ThirdLap
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super viscous deep black with no head. No lacing either.

Smells like the toasted sides of brownies that were touching the side of the pan. Hint of coffee and sweetness.

Tastes of sweet smooth roasted malts with a little burnt toast
The flavor is awesome. The smoothness of the oats is wonderfull. I like the slight sweetness as well. Very good.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and smooth thickness

Overall a very good beer that I am glad I got to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 07:29:55 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, tan espresso head. Copious lacing all around my goblet. Black oatmeal-like stout goodness. mmmm..mmmm how love Oatmeal Stouts!
A delicious aroma of musty oaty cocoa goodness is making its way to my nose. Bitter cocoa, espresso, phenols, deep spicy alcohol interplays a sweetish lactic almost Kahlua like aroma. Deep in there some spiced figs, deeply roasted malts, and an overall impressive amount of "oatiness" make for a deliciously good smelling brew.
This finger-lickin good. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and seemingly light touch on the finish. Cocoa, figs, a twang of Phenolic "crush" , a spiced Meican cocoa like warmness. German oatmeal with cocoa,(Havaflucken) if you 've ever had it. As it comes up to temperature, 70% Cocoa comes out, warm oatmeal, what a great cold-night brew, or breakfast for that matter.
Mouthfeel is great. Boris is on the spicy, warm side. The flavor of the 9%ABV swaggers here in a big, quite frankly, enjoyable way. All heavy, rich oatmeally(is that a word?) goodness is balanced by the warming alcohol quality that makes for a good glass of oatmeal if you will.
I was expecting this to be extremely rich and filling, yet it suprisingly stayed on the medium bodied, warm and intriguing side. One of the main strong points of this brew is it's drinkability.
The bottom of my glass came all too soon, and I felt "crushed"...sorry. Great brew, look foward to future Hoppin Frog brews. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:14:00 | More by czfreeman
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4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Big dark brown head lay atop a midnight black beer. Moderate head retention with zero lacing. This beer looked grand until the head dissipated.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted barley and molasses up front. Subtle hops and a hint of vanilla are the next things I notices in the aroma. I also got lots of oat aromas, some dark ripe fruit as it warmed and subtle smoke.

T- Dark chocolate roasted barley and hints of charcoal. Some roasted nuts and nice dark fruit sweetness. Very little alcohol presence.

M- Nice thick and chewy mouth feel with some crisp bite in the middle to mix things up a bit, then becomes smooth and slowly fades. Very pleasant and leaves your palate pretty clean.

Overall a very good RIS not as big or complex as some I have had but makes up for it in drinkability and mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 17:32:25 | More by br3wmeister
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North Carolina

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured an incredibly thick, dark, dark brown, which looks black as night in the glass. Two fingers of dark, chocolate brown head that subsided slowly, and left a thin layer for most of the glass. A heavy layer of dark brown lacing.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted malts, a sweetness from the oats. Hints of the alcohol in the background. Smells a lot like a chocolate brownie. Hints of hop bitterness come through.

Taste: Wow. Incredibly smooth. Roasted flavors right away, with some oak notes, which fade into a chocolate/coffee sweetness. Hints of hop bitterness accentuate the roasted malts in the background. The chocolate/coffee notes linger into the aftertaste for quite some time. The alcohol is slightly noticeable in the background, and leaves a nice warming sensation on the back of your throat.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly thick and creamy - definitely a sipper. Excellent carbonation, maybe a tad high, but that's nitpicking.

Drinkability: Absolutely phenomenal beer. This is an RIS I will absolutely seek out again. Incredibly smooth, yet very well balanced. Obviously a sipper, and it's so thick and chewy it can be tough to finish a bottle. This is the epitome of a dessert beer, and one best shared with friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:42:57 | More by StarlightSeraph
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gets to just about one finger of thick brown cream, full mixture of bubble sizes, above average lacing, more sheets than sticky streaks. Pitch black, no real color to the liquid, of course completely opaque. Black licorice, creamed coffee, hazelnuts, bittersweet dark chocolate, black grape to raisin, cherry fruit scents, caramelized brown sugar, very dense thus hard to really get full effect, witch hazel and spiced oatmeal break the surface before it's all gone. Full-bodied is not quite adequate, it's a damn brick in the mouth, you almost feel like you have to spoon it into your mouth and then swallow hard to get it down. Heavy roast to the coffee, chocolate flavors, caramel and brown sugar too, still too heavy to truly be as sweet as it should be. Grape, cherry, plum fruit flavors only flirt with dried fruit characteristics. The carbonation is near unnoticeable. The licorice comes out at the finish along with a bit of floral mist and mint. Dry, concentrated and obviously built to "crush," however, even a 22oz bomber is somewhat tiring to finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 01:23:02 | More by farrago
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Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color, head didn't stick around.

smell = Chocolate, malt.

taste - Nice chocolate with a bitterness taste at the end. Has an espresso taste to it.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, one of the best RIS i have had. wish to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 05:49:50 | More by auxiliary
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to amietaj1 for this beer!!

Appearance: Poured with a thick satiny creamy medium brown head that dissipated leaving very little lacing. The beer is BLACK, and lets absolutely no light through.

Smell: Strong oat, dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, small amount of sweet ripe plum and cherry.

Taste: Small hop, oat, sweet roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and very ripe cherry.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, very smooth, pretty thick and creamy feeling, leaves mouth pretty clean and ready for more. No alcohol sting.

Overall: Very drinkable for style and ABV, flavors really develop as it warms, nice subtle flavors, very nice mouthfeel that keeps me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 05:01:07 | More by natasharai
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

As expected, this one pours totally black. Medium pour produces a dense two-finger head of espresso-froth colored foam. Retention is great. Lacing is spotty, but very sticky.

Big robust nose. Nice roasted malts blend with wonderful notes of dark chocolate. Hints of black cherries. Toasted oats. Brown sugar. A touch of earthiness hangs over it all.

Dark roasted chocolate malts have been formed into balls and rolled in toasted oats. Either that, or some very good oatmeal raisin cookies have been dipped in dark chocolate.
Oatmeal sweetness/earthiness cuts through the bite of dark chocolate roastiness. Some dark fruit juiciness comes up to the front, then retreats. Cherries, raisins, plums.... Mild brown sugar notes and a light kiss of vanilla. Extremely well-balanced and very tasty.

Good, full-bodied brew. Nice and thick, yet not oily or chewey. Very smooth, thanks to the oats, and nicely creamy. Carbonation level is very good, but I'd like it to be boosted, just a touch, in order to make this one super creamy. That would be excellent, IMO.

Super smooth and easy drinking. If you have the slightest liking of stouts, I don't see how you could possibly pass this one up.
Alcohol is almost non-existent and this is highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 19:58:46 | More by coldmeat23
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to NJpadreFan and his Clue LIF. Been looking forward to this one for a long time since I am such a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Not bad, but not amazing. Pours a really dark black in color. I mean this is a shiny inky black that has a nice shimmer to it. The pour appears to be thick and viscous. As it brushes the glass, a dark yellow tinted film coats the glass showing you how thick this baby is. The disappointing part of this beer is the fact that only a few bubbles of dark brown foam came up to the top. Those bubbles didn't last whatsoever, so this is a beer with a clean cap. Just the body is present. LIke I said it is not bad, but not mindblowing or anything too special here.

S: Smell is quite nice. Getting some really nice roasted malty goodness coming out first. The roast is rich without being burnt. The oatmeal really comes out here with a really rich and creamy earthiness. It has a slight amount of sweetness rolling out, but nothing crazy. Nice touch of dark, slightly bitter chocolate in here as well. Likey the smelly.

T: Oh this is damned nice. The malt is nicely roasted but still has a good amount of sweetness to it, balancing that bitter and sweet. The oatmeal is really pronounced and has just this clean earthiness to it, but still has a rich creaminess to it as well. Behind that is a bit of some really nice cherry presence. The cherries linger in the background beautifully and really add that perfect something here. Dark chocolate and a touch of coffee give you a little more bitter/sweet presence. Hops linger in here just a touch with a bit of some medicinal presence. This is a fine friggin beer.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has a really nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light, butit is what this beer needs. This is a heavy beer that coats and relaxes on that palate. ABV does show some heat, but nothing that is not expected and its quite comforting with just a slight warmth coming up in the belly. The beer leaves a little bitterness on the palate but it isn't to dry. Aftertaste is all malt and chocolate. The real show stopper here is just how creamy this beer is.

D: Oh, yes sir this is a really damned good Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I had to get past that look that really had me worried, but it more than delights in everyother category. This brew is smooth and easy drinking, and for such a big beer, it actually doesn't sit too heavy. I could easily entertain another bomber of this tonight. That aroma, taste, and feel are worth killing for. If you have the chance, get some. Do whatever it takes.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:11:29 | More by everetends
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3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Six month old bottle poured pitch black at 62F into a Duvel tulip. Aroma is surprisingly mild.

Very big. Very smooth. Great big smooth roastiness. Noticeable alcohol burn. Main flavor is of oats (toasted oats?), which manifests as a soft graininess. I didn't detect the fruitiness which other reviewers found. There is sweetness here, but it is more than balanced by the strong roastiness and the hops bitterness.

Overall, a little disappointing given the extreme hype on this website around this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 23:51:30 | More by goethean
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New Jersey

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

A: Poured a thick and viscose engine oil color with deep plum highlights around the edges. A cinnamon colored head with dark cherry tints sits atop that was creamy and flat, about ½ finger high, before quickly diminishing to a scattered whispy covering. The head coloring I thought was the best aspect here while it left a thin, broken ring lacing behind upon its demise.

S: a fresh hot creamy oatmeal aspect to it to start out backed by a strong dark roasted coffee offering. Alcohol also dominates here with some dried cherries adding to the supporting cast. A touch of burnt chocolate, and dark ripe plums become evident before yielding to a earthy soil bitterness on the finish. Moderate in strength overall, my only complaint here is I wish it was stronger, otherwise was nicely done.

T: The flavor begins with a deep earthy soil bitterness as dictated by the nose, dark plums and roasted coffee dominate right from the start. Ripe cherries and alcohol add medicinal notes and a warming flavor and sensation. The malting was rich and dark with a light smooth charred flavor that was surprisingly clean off the tongue. A big earthy bitterness lingers a bit after the swallow with a noticeable alcohol detection.

M: thick and viscose as the pour suggested with a silky smooth texture and feel. A soft carbonation adds to the luscious and creaminess of the body making this a fit example per style.

D: Overall drinkability was good, a beer that was certainly big on style and substance, one that deserves to be sipped and savored. Boozy, thick and viscose one should be enough to satisfy. The beer does get progressively smoother to drink while the alcohol is quite noticeable upon warming.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:58:09 | More by beerthulhu
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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 CrellMoset for the chance to try this one.

A: Black and viscous pour, a nice brown head. Nice and foamy, with some great sticky lacing.

S + T: A huge oatmeal scent... Big and creamy. Oatmeal raisin cookie. Taste is similar. Got notes like this from Wake n Bake. Some bakers chocolate in there, and date flavours. A hop note in there gives it a touch of bitterness. Some spent coffee as it warms - not too big, but it's there.

M: Heavy body... Not molasses thick, but getting there! Slick and creamy.

D: A great sipper. Another that gets pretty nice as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:45:03 | More by Proteus93
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber in to my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Pours pitch black, with a dark brown translucent ring at the top of the glass. Has no head to speak of, but there was a very thin layer of dark brown fizz at the top of the glass that eventually dissipated to nothing.

Smells of very rich toasted malts, roasted coffee beans, mocha, oats, caramel, and slight spice in the undertone.

This brew is pretty complex because there are so many different flavors that stand out. Strong burnt coffee flavors, dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Very strong alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly carbonated and dry.

This was a big beer and did not disappoint me, it had a ton of different bold flavors going on and it was definitely worth drinking. This is a brew I will only be drinking from time to time and not on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 23:04:15 | More by KBoudreau66
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured like printers ink into my pint glass. Two full fingers of fine foam that is almost purple. Clarity??? It's too dark to tell if it's cloudy or not.

The aroma reminds me of caramel corn. Pleanty of brown sugar and raosted malt.

You could almost use a knife and fork to consume this beer, but it's easier to drink it from a glass. Chocolaty! Smokey! A perfect blend of sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is almost the best part of the ale. Full and velvety. Absolutely one of the best Imperial Oatmeat Stouts I have ever drank. Than you Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 22:29:25 | More by ABOWMan
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from mday

Poured into a pint glass at 54 degrees

Appearance: A very thick dark oily brown burnt color. There is a one finger dark tan head that really has not a lot of retention. There some tiny effervescence escaping into the abyss. The clarity of the beer is Opaque, this sucker is like the black hole.

Nose: A rich robust roasted malt with espresso, oatmeal, dark chocolate, and cream. A mild hops which carry the floral and citrus notes. Hints of raisins, toffee, caramel, and anise.

Taste: A rich seriously complex roasted malts, with espresso, oatmeal, chocolate, and toffee. There are hints of toffee, caramel, and anise. The hops has a nice but mild presents in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The body is super thick, need to cut it with a butter knife. The finish is medium full. Okay, this beer has a hell of a wallop. There is some serious flavors in this beer. The oatmeal lends to a nice creamy mouth feel. They say it is an Oatmeal Imperial Stout, and BA says it is a RIS. I think that it is a cross. The hops it not very present in the beer, I think that it was intended that way. This is a great and a seriously full body beer not for the faint of heart. I loved it.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 05:34:34 | More by colts9016
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is where this beer lacked as it poured with no head! I tried to finish the pour vigorously but that did nothing. Body was super dark black. Aroma was of malts and oats. Flavor is full of oatmeal, chocolate and malty goodness. Probably the richest oatmeal stout i have had to date.This is super smooth and thick to the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 01:25:09 | More by kbnooshay
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South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a dark brown/tan..ok fine..black in color. Little light escapes this black hole. Carbonation is somewhat light and resolves to a thin ring that encircles the rim. Lacing is present as I sampled this offering, but again, somewhat thin.

Smell - Somewhat restrained, not something that leaped across the room at me. Mild roasted malt aroma with a coffee nose as well. Also a biting hop presence as well. Smells very dense, we shall see. The one down mark comes from the phenol aroma of which I caught a constant whiff. Distracting.

Taste - Nice chewy malty sweet opening. Grows as the offering warms as well. Nice smooth middle with almost a fruit (i.e. plum) presence. Big roasted malt/coffee flavor from start to finish, but mellows towards the end. A mild, but present, hop bite at the finish, muted. I'm feeling due to the oatmeal addition.

Mouthfeel - Wonderfully balanced. I would recommend that you allow this to warm a bit to open up the body of this offering. Very dense and complex with the carbonation transporting the sweetness around the mouth well. Heavy/dense and worth sipping.

Drinkability - This one had potential for being an outstanding RIS. The oatmeal addition seemed to smooth over the frequent rough edges present in many RIS's. I can see why it did well (i.e. Gold medal) at the 2008 G.A.B.F. Yep, I'll put this in my RIS rotation.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 23:50:24 | More by Nesued
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at 52 F. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium burnt bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:19:49 | More by tmoneyba
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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