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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,457 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,457
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 250
Gots: 496 | FT: 43
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of everetends
4.54/5  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.

Photo of goethean
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of ABOWMan
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  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.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.22/5  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.

Photo of Nesued
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Mudpuppet. Cellared for over a year. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Yeti chalice. Beer was thick and black, with a toffee colored, one-finger head.

Aroma was heavy coffee, light licorice, vanilla and chocolate.

Taste was chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost a little chewy.

Very nice beer. Let this one warm before drinking.

Photo of alyankus
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown black color nice head with some subtle lacing on the top.

Nose: Coffee black roasted coffee, some graininess and very dark chocolate

Palate: More coffee notes richer notes than what might be seen in Founder's breakfast stout but a similar coffee flavor. It's good diner coffee not some gourmet coffee. Nice bittersweet chocolate flavor akin to Stone 12th. Maltier than either of the beers I mentioned in the finish.

Final thoughts: A few months ago when this beer first hit NJ I wasn't sure if this was worth aging and I'm still not sure. It's capable of going the long haul but I'm not sure if it is worth the wait. Whatever you choose this beer is very yummy.

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours opaque black with a half-finger tan head. I think this beer actually sucks in light, I feel like I'm holding a black hole in my hand. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, with solid amounts of molasses and dark chocolate. As it warms the molasses overtakes the roasted malt aromas and whiffs of dark fruit come out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front while it's warm with molasses joining in midway through the sip and ending with a mild dark chocolate bitterness. As with the smell, as it warms the molasses takes over.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a silky thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I would prefer a bit more roasted malt, but as it is it's still very easy to drink.

Overall this beer definitely delivered on the mouthfeel, but I was a bit let down in the aroma and flavor departments - though I must say my expectations were high. Certainly worth a shot for you to judge for yourself.

Photo of philbe311
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of Philly Beer Week 2009 on tap @ Capone's...

A - Silky opaque black... Still, with no visible carbonation... One finger of dark tan head which fades leaving only a black abyss...

S - More subdued than I expected, but still quite enticing... Rich malts... Chocolate... Hint of alcohol... Slightly grainy...

T - Well crafted and quite complex... Equal parts dark and milk chocolate... Coffee... Roasted Malt... An ever so slight hint of licorice...

M - Slick and smooth... Rich... Medium to full bodied... Slightly oily... Slightly chewy... Ever so faint warming feeling of the 9.4% ABV can be detected as the session matures... Also a faint smokiness was detected...

D - Quite the memorable Oatmeal Stout... Impressive in all facets... Hides the 9.4% ABV well, which could be dangerous... Goes down very easy... I would highly recommend and seek out again in the future...

Photo of endincolorado
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black, completely opaque, thick and syrupy- dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Light lacing

Smell- Scents of rich chocolate, some oatmeal and light coffee

Taste- Sweet and roasty character- notes of caramel malt and a citrusy hop background- slight bitterness balances the rich milk chocolate. wonderful cocoa finish

Mouthfeel- Incredibly thick and creamy- fills every crevasse of my mouth

Drinkability- Despite the high 9.4 ABV, i'd say drinkability is moderately high. This is one extremely well-balanced stout that i'll definitely pick up again.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice oily black with a thin tan head.

Scent of oats in front of chocolate an roasted Malts.

Taste is quite creamy, then chocolate, then coffee bean bitterness. No sign of alcohol, Excellent.

Mouth is thick, carbon is low. This is one of the best feeling stouts i've had.

Extremely drinkable, I will track this one down again.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up recently up in Totowa. I heard a lot about this beer and this was pretty heavily hyped. This wasn't a disappointment by any stretch of the imagination, but maybe I've had too many RIS's and this just doesn't measure up to some of the others that I've enjoyed. Regardless of that, this was a solid beer that packed quite a punch!

This had a decent pour to it - nice, dark, and coffee-like. It was a bit thinner than I thought and didn't have that "motor-oil" feel to it. Instead, this is thin, roasted, and strong! Lots of coffee, toffee, and a bit of dark chocolate here. Not terribly bitter, not the smoothest, but it went down nicely and had an aftertaste like a coffee with a few creams in it. If you're after a bitter stout, this isn't it. Instead, this would be better suited as a introduction to this style, for those who aren't used to something so intense.

Personally, I wish this was a bit lighter on the alcohol. It feels stronger than 9.40%, but I don't consider it a knock on the beer. It's a personal preference and looking at the bigger picture, Hoppin' Frog has something good here. I'd love to try their other offerings, even though if I have another RIS again, it's pretty unlikely that I'd reach for this. Not an easy choice with so many stellar choices out there!

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

22 oz bomber bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine. Poured into a Terrapin 22 oz snifter.

A: Pours a jet black and appears completely flat when you initially start pouring. A beautiful brown head rises slowly as you finish pouring. Unfortunately, it disappears much faster than in rose. The small ring of bubbles left behind tries to leave lacing behind, but it doesn't stick to the slanted sides of the glass. The score would be higher if I judged in on those few seconds with the head.

S: Huge roasted malt aroma. There is a bit of chocolate aroma as well. It smells very good.

T: Wow, what a bold yet smooth flavor. Chocolate roasted malt flavors typically are more aggressive than this. Is there oatmeal in there making it this smooth? The hops are just enough to balance what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. It is a very tasty stout for sure.

M: This is a very full bodied beer. It almost seems like you could chew it. Nice level of in mouth carbonation gives it a creamy feeling as well.

D: This one is a bit of a sipper due to its thickness and full body. However, there are many RIS beers that are much more aggressive than this one. For the style, its an easy drinker.

Photo of Richardberg
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer stein. Jet black liquid topped by a thin brown foam. The small head vanishes quickly.

S: wow, lots going on here. Big roasty malts. Complex floral perfumes. Notes of dark bitter chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar. Hint of ethanol. (I must have hit upon the perfect serving temp - about 55F)

T: all the elements from the smell are on the tongue but in different proportion. Chocolate malt at the forefront, with sweetness winning over the bitter side. Toffee in the middle. Finishes with a little alcohol bite (though not nearly what you'd expect from the ABV). Can't taste perfumey aromas, obviously :)

M: oily & rich, coats the tongue. I'm sensing a pattern here: adding oatmeal to an otherwise big/bold stout works wonders on the palate/finish. Touch of carbonation rounds things out. A bit more creaminess and it too would rate a 5.

D: yum yum yum. But for me, the taste is too sweet to have more than, say, two of these, despite the more complex/rounded nature implied in the nose. Fans of this style will find a real winner here.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with chocolate syrup highlights and a thin, dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S - Black coffee; sour and smokey. Bittersweet chocolate.

T - Lots going on here. Cocoa power and dark chocolate, fresh ground roasted coffee beans, very faint dark fruit and maybe licorice. Sweet alcohol finish.

M - Creamy, velvety, with a good level of carbonation.

Notes - As good as was billed.

Photo of cvstrickland
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The bomber bottle label sports a frog sloshing beer out of a tankard and a neck band proclaiming Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S. the 2008 G.A.B.F. Imperial Stout Gold Medal Winner. Whoa! Stupid frog! Party foul!

The cellar-cool bottle yields an inky body the hue of chocolate syrup topped with a thin layer of oily walnut-brown foam. The cap recedes into a bubbly ring that leaves wisps and freckled lacing clinging to the interior of my Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The smell is roasty and blackened with strong smoky notes of smutty, savory dark chocolate laced with the stinging acrid tanginess of French roast coffee and charred grain. Black licorice and caramel-infused brandy contribute considerable fruitiness and a touch of spice to the bitter burntness of the profile. As the drink warms, rich oats gain stature in the aroma, layering on the sweet, scratchy starchiness of cereal-grain sweetness.

The taste is quite bitter and laden with espresso and unsweetened bakers' chocolate. Gritty, grainy-sweet oats and tangy, acrid scorched malts collide with boozy vanilla caramel and creamy chocolate liqueur. An earthy hop note swirled with powdered cocoa mix and dusty instant coffee dries the finish.

The drink is creamy, silky, and full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to lighten things up a bit. Quite delicious and very drinkable for style.

Photo of Goliath
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a quarter inch frothy dark brown head. Decent retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is nice. Big roasty tones with some nice bitter chocolate taking the lead. There's a bit of coffee in there too.

The taste is decent. Some roasted malts with dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Slightly bitter on the back end

Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky and creamy. A low dose of carbonation suits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability is suprisingly high. Good flavor profiles and well concealed alcohol make for a pretty damn good stout.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin, maybe a cm or so, brown head, which leaves a little lacing here and there. Looks pretty standard for the style. The smell seems to be overpowered with alcohol, with a bid of roastiness. Kind of like bad coffee, mixed in with the smell of black patent malt. Not a bad smell, but seems a bit harsh for an oatmeal stout. I kind of expected to smell more sweetness. The taste is much better than the smell suggests. There's immediately the oatmeal taste, I mean not like a bowl of oatmeal, but like beer oatmeal, if you know the taste. The taste kind of has the old, low quality coffee taste from the smell, which I guess comes from a low dose of roasted barley. I would like to taste a bit more. I can also notice this oiliness, which I think comes from black patent malt, which is pleasant in low doses. I can also get this chocolate taste, kind of toned down, but I think its at the right level with the oatmeal added. If I could make any suggestions, it would be to substitute some roast barley for the black patent, and I'll hold off a higher rating for that. The mouthfeel, as you would expect from an oatmeal stout, is spot on. So smooth and creamy. with just the right amount of sweetness. This doesn't even need carbonation, but its delightful. And I'm sure I could drink this for hours. I just kept reaching back, and nothing slowed me down.

Photo of ColbyPants
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark as night with a thin chocolate brown head that held well. Viscosity is thick like motor oil.

S- Dark Bitter Chocolate and Coffee, Toasted grain and oatiness. Also a note of alcohol is present in the nose.

T- Dark Chocolate Bitterness and Roasted Oatiness are what I get the most in this beer, along with an almost wine like warming alcohol zip. The bitter mocha/coffee note lingers on the palate for a LONG time. There is a lot going on in this beer, though not always in concert

M- Pretty big, oily, and round. Mouthcoating.

D-Definitely a contemplative sipping beer. Perhaps two huge and warm (alcoholic) for me. I had a Bomber and could not finish it. A smaller amount, sipped slowly from a snifter, paired with a nice cigar might be a delightful combination, though.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,457 ratings.