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

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2,270 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,270
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 241
Gots: 450 | FT: 36
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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:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

VERY black body with a small brown head that falls fast to a brown ring.Very thick,oily looking.

Vanilla,roasted grains,chocolate,fruity(hops),coffee,oat notes.

I taste banana.This is one the best tasting RIS i have ever had.You can instantly taste and feel the oats upon the first sip.Its very creamy and silky.The hops sorda take a back seat to the malts.The coffee isnt overdone like alot of RIS.Chocolate is very tastfully done also.

Carbonation is superb.Mouthful is silky.The abv is warming and you can taste it.That goes with the style.

Great beer that EVERYONE needs to try.I am gonna get one for my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 14:36:40 | More by MmmIPA
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my recent trip to Ohio at vintage estate in Boardman , a must if your in the area. Poured into a chalice, pours a dark black with a bit of a dark head that leaves a ring around the glass, typical for this type of stout. Smell was amazing dark chocolate burnt figs and grapes, sweet smell of alcohol. Taste was amazing I can taste strong coffee, hints of roasted malt and toffee, chocolate and a bit of a velvet german cake in there, Simply awesome stuff. Overall this was one fine damn offering, I am glad to have had this on draft awesome beer at an awesome place.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 00:08:20 | More by gunnerman
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Purchased this bomber at Capone's- Norristown, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown but settles into deep black with a big foamy brown head.
S- I can't detect much! Slight cocoa powder and multi-grain.
T- Strong dark chocolate, mocha, dried cherries, with a toasty biscuit malt.
M- Bitter sweet up front with a dry body and a dry, slighty creamy, boozy finish.

Overall- Whoo boy, strong flavors and alc. in this 1! Would've scored higher but I didn't detect much smell from the bottle or my Special Samual Adams glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 20:29:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pickd up @ Kahn's in Indianapolis while visiting my girlfriends mother.

Pours that good ol' black with a deep brown head that leaves quickly, but leaves a cool coating of bubbles on the glass after each sip. The aroma makes me think of blackened oats. with some burnt grapes and currents in the middle. With soe creamed coffee and a dash of alcohol. The taste starts with some coffee and oats up front. Lots of blackened fruits. Maybe even chocolate covered black cherries. Dark chocolate that would explain he bitterness with a little softened black licorice. The palate is pretty dark, yet warm and inviting mixed with some sweet bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 07:23:14 | More by scruffwhor
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric Bart for hooking me up.

Pitch black in appearance. Brown head dissipates quickly. Minimal brown lacing around the edges of my glass. Smells of wet camp fire, chocolate brownies, sweet dark fruits, a hint of maple syrup and roasted burnt malt. The taste is incredible! So much going on. Rich chocolate, raisins, sweet roast malt, and some bitter hops at the end. Mouth feel is thick and smooth then becomes sticky. Low carbonation. This RIS coats your teeth and your glass! Overall drinkability is great. Hardly detected the high ABV. A bomber to myself went down quite easily. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 04:32:49 | More by DavidEddie
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Very dark brown in color, really deep brown, not quite black. Darkish brown head, one inch or so. Head is bubbly and falls fairly quickly. Sheets of slippery lacing, tiny bubbles.
S: Nutty, earthy malts. Notably “oaty”. Floral hops mingle with the earthy malts. Really slight sweetness, tied to the chocolate scents; sugars are roasted, muted. Tiny grassy/leafiness later on. Really avoids all the unpleasant stout scents, like bizarre grassiness, dull chocolate malts, dry/stale malts, etc.
T: Chocolate and hops right away. Very malty and smooth with an underlying hoppy taste, floral and earthy. Middle is even more malty smooth, earthy and nutty. Finish lets the malts fade out, revealing the tiny hops that had been there all along. Well-balanced; flavorful without being too full. Sugary taste in the finish, particularly after warming.
M: Creamy and satisfying. Kinda too sugary in the finish, but other than that, nothing to complain about.
D: Very nice. However, could tell it was 9.4% ABV, but not in the taste, just the effects.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 04:03:42 | More by LeftyBWS
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the leftmindedrighty for this one.

This one pours a deep dark black with a dark tan collar that's revitalized with a swirl.

Smells of chocolate milk, a touch of espresso, light cherry and creamy oatmeal with a light astringent alcohol.

Tastes of big dark chocolate, day old coffee, sour dark fruit, sweet cream and a light dry sting.

Feels light with a tingly carbonation that froths up a bit in my mouth, but over all it feels thin and slick.

A tasty mix of flavors and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2007 16:36:18 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!

Pours a deep and opaque black, like night, thick brown head, nice lacing and great retention, looks pretty badass. Smell is alcohol, chocolate and coffee roast, some oats, licorice, cherries, quite nice, very rich. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast, oats, dark fruits, alcohol, touch of licorice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty smooth. Nicely done but you really get the 9.4%. Thanks again Nate!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 22:01:39 | More by Viggo
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Intimidating yet inviting dark. The kind of dark that you know you need to try it as thick and mysterious as it is.

S: Really pleasant. Nutty, and caramelly, sweet and earthy.

T: Very nice. Nutty, caramelly, toasty, and chocolatey; just as the smell(s) indicated.

M: SMOOTH. Not a beer to chug or gulp. Carbonation was really good.

D: Wow, totally enjoyable. (For me) it is a little better toward room temperature than cold.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 19:06:57 | More by gkatsoris
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North Carolina

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

An excellent brew that I was happy to receive from Shades in Secret Halloween 2007.

Basically black in color with a nice frothy tan head that lasts for a while. Very rich roasted smell. Coffee and chocolate are huge here, along with a grassy hop and faint nutty undertone. Taste is much of the same. One of the most robust roasted Stouts I've tried for sure. Oatmeal comes through more in the taste than I noticed in the nose. Mouthfeel is rich and full with no alcohol present at all. Drinkability is good with the only setback being that this one is almost too full of roasted flavor. I really enjoyed this and will seek it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 23:24:53 | More by ncvbc
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with limesmut.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep black color with a mocha chocolate-colored head that lingers throughout the beer. Alot of lacing.

Smell and taste are a lot of sweet, roasted malts. This beer was like drinking a meal in a bottle. It was very rich, and very creamy.

An outstanding beer, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it out.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2007 02:36:43 | More by jdubjacket
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vintage, this big beer pours near black with some deep brown highlights. The dark mocha head holds very well and leaves a nice lace on the walls of the glass.

The aroma consists of cocoa and some lighter coffee. Very roasty as well. Deep and earthy. Very appetizing.

Heavily roasted malt flavor hits you initially and lingers throughout. Sweet with lots of dark cocoa. A syrupy sweetness arises with espresso as well. A strong bread/grain backbone ties everything together nicely. A well pronounced bitterness in the finish rounds out this extremely flavorful and complex beer.

The mouthfeel is very thick and decadent with a heavy syrupiness and low carbonation. Formidable and satisfying on the palate. Certainly a must try, and one of my favorite selections from one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2007 20:44:16 | More by letsgopens
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decanted this fine beverage into my De Garre snifter. I received this beer in a trade from jdoolin. Drinking this brew whilst continuing my month long Sopranos marathon.

This beer pours a thick looking, inky black with a thin dark brown head. No lacing. I know big beers can sometimes be undercarbonated, but this one needed a bigger head and more co2.

This beer has a nice smell. Chocolate dominates the nose, while there is a faint presence of earth hops as well. The roasted flavors come through, but are fairly light. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well, but the main smell is a complex sweet maltiness.

This is one thick, powerful brew. It was the taste of a thick molasses. But to compliment such a sweet taste, the roasted flavors come through. The roastiness is mush more present than in the smell. The hops are present in the aftertaste, and that along with a touch of alcohol really bring a nice depth to the beer. A dark chocolate bitterness lingers with this beer and will not leave my tounge (I just bumped up the taste to 5, I have not had a better RIS, taste-wise).

I am halfway through the beer now, and oddly enough I detect a bit more carbonation now. Still it could have used a bit more, this beer is a touch syrupy.

This is a very fine tasting beer. It would have been near perfect and much more drinkable if it had a bit more co2.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 00:41:06 | More by IPAcraig


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one at cellar tempature. A vigorous pour gets a beautiful rsult. Thick oil black body hosts a one inch milk chocolate colored head. Looks like I might need a spoon for this one. Nice chocolate cola nose is vibrant and hosts notes of minerals and alchol. At first sip you get wonderful up front dark cacao chocolate. Roasty burnt malt highlights a tingley mouthfeel. Alchol is slightly noticeable on the tongue and on the belly. Ends with a slightly soured bitter that is indective of good dark chocolate finish. Drinks well even as it warms. For those who like thier stouts on the more bitter side.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 18:21:55 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one of two cellared bottles at near cellar temperature to a half-pint glass.

A: Glugs from the bottle a rich, oily near-black. A fizzy lavender-brown head - yes, I said lavender - crests at about half a finger and dissipates fairly quickly; I'll attribute this to a warmer serving temperature(?). Held to light, this is virtually black, with only a sliver of ruddy amber hugging the edges.

S: Ho hum, just another awesome-smelling RIS. This one is big on the sweeter malts (thank you, oatmeal) with ample doses of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate-covered cherries. Only a trace of the medicinal bittering and a souring oxidation. Not quite as rich and complex as I'd hoped for; coffee, where are you?

T: Oh, very nice. Begins a little sweet: slightly smoky, tangy barbecued flavor. But ashy charcoal, tanned leather, and deeply-burnt grain quickly dispel any notions that this one will skimp on the bitterness. A full-on infusion of raw, ground coffee, splashed with drops of pure vanilla extract and juicy citrus hopping follows. Wow, this one builds and builds until, after several minutes, the taste buds beg for mercy. 'Only' 60 IBU's? Seems alot more bitter than that...

M: Smooth, velvety, flowing rich and full across the tongue and then grabbing hold. As thick as this one looked going into the glass, it was almost as thick in the mouth. This one developed slowly but surely, a thinner and more viscous mouthfeel at first, then layering warmth with each sip. Long-, long-, lo-o-o-n-g-lasting bitterness - the deepest and richest coffee roast I've encountered in a while.

D: Something to sip and savor - one of my new favorite RISs. A rich and complex ale worthy of high praise, one I'm very glad to have tried and will look forward to enjoying again. Very highly recommended. Thank you to jpm30 for sending a while ago...

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 07:20:19 | More by msubulldog25
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintage wine and beer, just tapped...

A---deep black with a nice reddish hue to the head, plenty of retention

S---You can really smell the chocolate, barley, and oats..

T---Absolutely delicious, rich and flavorful, chocolate abound.

M---Full and chewy, nice.

D---This is a terrific beer. I had it on tap along with the Founders Breakfast stout at the same time, yeah, lucky me huh? I have to say that the Hoppin Frog took the Pepsi challenge and stood up quite nicely. This is a must try for anyone who loves this style of beer...

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 23:11:48 | More by garbercury
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New York

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich roasted and chocolate malt scent that is sweet and dessert like with a nice subtle roasted malt aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a wonderfully warm black and chocolate malt flavor. It's rich and powerful, yet highly enjoyable. This is a meal of a beer. It has a complex palate that resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's bold and flavorful as well as enjoyable. Nice work!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:57:46 | More by WesWes
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been looking forward to trying Hoppin’ Frog since I learned of their existence. Through a stroke of luck there is a store in my area (From The Vine of course) that now carries them. As usual I went right to my favorite style first. This beer turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Pours thoroughly black with a medium thick and foamy head that lasts awhile. Nice patchy lacing. Big roasted malt aroma that has touches of chocolate and coffee as well. Rich body with a really flavorful with a roasty character. Lots of malt, chocolate, nuts and coffee flavors. Sweet touches of vanilla as well, and a bit of an alcohol presence. The finish is long and tasty with hops and sweet malt. An admirable offering from a new brewer!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 17:50:06 | More by Dogbrick
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep inky black. no light even sneaking through around the edges. a nice dense brown head rises up and very slowly falls leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. nice roast. big bread and biscuit malts. alcohol. light anise. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. toasted multigrain bread. a bit of vanilla. dark chocolate.

taste is great. roast. bit of alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of vanilla. caramel sweetness. coffee. toasted bread. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level, mostly coming through as bakers chocolate. as it warms the alcohol comes through a little more, and it seems to get even more biscuit character.

mouthfeel is good. big and chewy, especially as it warms. slightly less than medium carbonation level works ok. just a touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very good. as it warms the alcohol comes out a bit more, but mostly as a little bit of warmth and isn't at all unpleasant. great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 20:45:23 | More by grub
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New York

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Like used motor oil, but with less lubricating properties. There was a small milk chocolate colored head right after the pour, but it went away pretty quickly.

S: Dark roasty coffee and chocolate dominates in this aroma.

T: Wow. This is good. The coffee and chocolate flavors are more subdued in the flavor than they were in the aroma for sure, but it's still damn tasty. The creaminess from the oatmeal is there as well and there is some vanilla in the background. There is a bunch of residual sweetness.

M: It actually is a bit thin for the style, but still decently heavy. It actually gets a big heavier towards the back of the palate.

D: This is a good beer all around. I do question why they put strong beers in bigger bottles though. This is the equivalent of almost 4 regular beers worth of alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 03:48:02 | More by drseamus
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely delicious. Be extremely careful, it is very potent, too. I could drink 100 of these in a sitting if I could walk upright. Nice chocolatey malts, poured nice tan head, but disapated quickly. Different than most imperial stouts because the bitterness is NOT overwhelming. It's dry, sweet, and clean. Some coffee flavors but they do not dominate. Very smooth beer and very underrated!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:28:29 | More by bigdeuce
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5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most memorable beers I've had.

This brew combines my two favorite styles and delivers on both with a payload of flavor, body, and interest.

Pour: Black, thick, with a dark head. Yes!

Smell: Enormous, malty, and with some sweetness. Yes!!

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, slick. Yes!!!

Taste: Huge helping of malts, boosted by a tremendous body and presented nicely with just the right combination of the flinty or grainy notes of dark malts and the balancing and body-fortifying effects of the oats. Perfect amount of carbonation carries this beer effectively on the palate. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and an almost wine-like presence made this one incredible beer. YES!!!!

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher now has a space in my top ten favorite beers, and it will become a regular in my purchases. I'm also pleased to be able to support an Ohio brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 12:45:32 | More by MrBen
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle like I just struck oil. A dark chocolate mousse head forms in slow motion, this is some 10W30. Smells of dark chocolate covered cherries with a hint of expresso. Big roasted malt and ground coffee taste. Finishes with the chocolate covered cherry taste. Full in the mouth with some carbonation. Between warming effect and taste, the A.B.V. is noticeable. A sipper no doubt. Quite a delight this one, a must try.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 03:43:38 | More by franksnbeans
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4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a masterpiece. I had the opportunity to taste it again thanks to Risser09 who brought this back from his trip to Ohio. I had B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher mixed in with a stout tasting once before and really enjoyed it. This time, the opportunity to sit and leisurely quaff B.O.R.I.S. I realized how truly magnificent the beer is. We then lined up some other highly regarded stout and BORIS Crushed them.

Appearance: Absolute Black! It formed a small brown thick head even in my tasting snifter.

Smell: It has a rich aroma of molasses and bold thick chocolate, dark heavy fruits and booze. A port like attribute and a roasted grain chocolate milkshake character. To simply call it 'enticing' is a gross understatement of the aroma.

Taste: How could this possibly follow through on all the nose promises? ... Well, it does. And beautifully too. Bold black malt, coffee, roasted grain, chocolate, prune, date, cherry, cocoa again, milk, caramel and grape with vinous alcohol and an espresso bitterness. Spectacular!

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is this beer is what crushed all the other stouts it was put up against. It is ridiculously viscous! It leaves a thick coat that looks like sticky motor oil behind on the glass. Reminiscent of Dark Lord. The carbonation is irrelevant with this huge full body.

Drinkability: This beer is a nightcap. In fact you could skip dinner and just eat this as your meal. It is very tasty and I would like an entire bomber to myself. After that I am going to sleep. It won't take much more.

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 19:44:09 | More by Phatz
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Bold roasty flavour, almost wafting several feet. Some material head. Dark black. Very full mouthfeel, breakfast in the glass. A prominent sourness, yet well balanced by caramel maltiness yet not too sweet, cocoa, creamy milk chocolate, nutty and cherry and drinkable. Understated carbonation.

Outstanding RIS, oatmeal stout, beer thanks to Aofoxxy. I left one glass for 24 hours for my buddy and he thougt it was good even then.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 02:34:50 | More by Sammy
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,270 ratings.