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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,159 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2159
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

year old bottle, stored in the cellar for 11 months, then into my wine fridge for a month. poured a dark brown/black with a finger of dark tan colored head. smells of roasted grains, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee. the flavor profile is sweet up front, like molasses, then goes straight into a roasty wood-like flavor. getting a hint of cedar in here. chocolate, slight grape-like flavor, coffee. definitely a unique flavor profile.

medium body with low carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel.

this is an outstanding stout, and wonderfully enough can be found off the shelf. a year in the cellar did this one some good, but honestly, it's just as good fresh.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 13:17:02 | More by facundoCNB
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weonfire

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Jet Black. zero head. Aside from the thick look- initially, not impressed.

S - Very nice Roast. chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, biscuit and vanilla.

T - Strong roast. but not the smoked kind. Real smooth- like a nice coffee but my smell deceived me- no coffee taste. Alcohol has bite.

M - Thick- descent froth as it goes down.

O - Excellent roast flavors. Leaves a very nice aftertaste. Only downsides: missing the velvety/creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol taste is a bit strong.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 00:49:14 | More by weonfire
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ngeunit1

California

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

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a thin layer of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, some dark fruit, molasses, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, vanilla, with a touch of smoke and citrus hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, raisin, date, and other dark fruits, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, molasses, some citrus hops and vanilla, a bit of smoke, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit velvety with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced with great mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 07:02:04 | More by ngeunit1
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Raven3464

Japan

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a pitch black body with a one finger brown, almost crimson, head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, and a pinch of citrus can all be detected.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. Dark fruits and licorice are noticed early before blending with a creamy oatmeal touch. Chocolate is noticeable towards the end along with a slight hop punch. Bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste together with a reminder of the licorice.

Mouth feel: Big, thick, and creamy are the best adjectives to describe this beer. There is a slight amount of carbonation which compliments the hops nicely. It is very refreshing.

Overall: Sweetness, bitterness, and a creamy feel are balanced wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 10:38:06 | More by Raven3464
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daledeee

Iowa

4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that has been in my frig for maybe 6 months.

Poured into my Stone glass. Got a big head if I really tried. Poured slowly into my friend's glass and got hardly any. The head was pretty dark brown with an absolute dark body.

Nose was charcoal and malty and chocolate.

Taste was one of the best balanced stouts I have had. It had chocolate, sweetness, bitterness(not much) and malt balance. Really easy to drink and the mouth feel was just right. This is a heavy bodied beer with medium carbonation. One of the best stouts I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 21:33:17 | More by daledeee
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but probably 2-ish years old.

A: Pours a very dark born with a nice, good sized and dense medium-brown head. Fades very slowly. Top-notch head retention with a thick layer of foam persisting. Moderate splotches of lacing is left behind.

S: Dark fruits initially. Lots of oatmeal give it a creamy, grainy quality. Mild roasted malt character, some char and chocolate mainly. Hints of smoke.

T: Lots of chocolate with hints of char and smoke. Super creamy oatmeal smooths it out immediately but is most apparent in the middle where it is pure creamy oatmeal. Chocolate shows up in the finish again but it's more of a bitter dark chocolate here. Goes great with the oatmeal. Hints of anise and chocolate and oatmeal in the lingering aftertaste. Lightest hints of smoke throughout.

M: Heavy, thick, amazingly creamy and smooth. A wonder to drink.

O: This is one helluva beer. Great RIS but with a strong oatmeal character, making it oh so smooth and creamy. A little age may have mellowed it out even more. Flavors are well integrated and smooth. Beer goes down amazingly easy for a 9.4% RIS. I really enjoyed this one. Only reason I can't give it top marks is because of the relatively simple flavors (not as complex as some big RISes can be) and plain, mellow aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 05:22:10 | More by Dope
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

BORIS pours a mahogany molasses brown, nearly black with a frothy mocha brown head.

The nose has some milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of smoke, coffee grounds, and some vanilla. It is fairly sweet, but there is a coffee bitterness on the back end.

The flavor starts with a bit of milk chocolate and a strong roast malt character. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee add some depth to the flavor as the bitterness grows. There is a modest coffee bitterness that peaks toward the end. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish.

This has a nice, thick, viscous body with a light to medium carbonation that stays out of the way. A bit sticky on the lips.

Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. The bitterness from the middle of the sip on is not my favorite, but this is very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 05:06:08 | More by KickInTheChalice
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is black, dirty motor oil black. A dark mocha head slowly recedes to a thin wisp while light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The beer smells a bit alcoholic up front with faint licorice notes. There's a real subtle yet hearty oatmeal note in the middle, and some sweet chocolate as well.

Exceptionally sweet and smooth dark chocolates come first in the taste profile, followed by hearty oat flakes and bitter roasted coffee and dark rich chocolates. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, and exceptionally smooth, a tad heavy.

Overall, just damn delicious, smooth, a great slow sipper with great character. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:36:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
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ONUMello

Ohio

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

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black color with a one-finger mocha-colored head that slowly settles
S: Very rich nose, with deeply roasted malt, mocha, vanilla and a hint of spicy hops
T: Matches the nose- deep dark malts, a bit of spice, coffee, but a bit too bitter on the finish
M: Smooth, full-bodied, with a pleasant carbonation
O: A rich, tasty, complex stout. Easy to see why this rates as highly as it does; very well made

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:26:00 | More by ONUMello
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Redrover

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I split this one with my wife. Poured into a pint glass the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head.

I liked the aggressive aroma of darkly roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, a bit of coffee and toffee.

I was kind of surprised the alcohol is almost nonexistent in the taste. There are heavily roasted malts, dark fruits (plums and raisins), sweet oatmeal, coco, and molasses. It’s all there and it all works. Its rich and roasty on the best way.

The beer has a substantial and thick mouth. Just a great beer that I will purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 17:07:41 | More by Redrover
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superspak

Michigan

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, light char, dark bread, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and balance of roasted malty notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, caramel, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, earth, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of roasted flavors; with a nice malt/roasted bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a thick, creamy, and slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! Huge complexity and balance of highly robust roasted flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An incredibly enjoyable offering; one of the best RIS I have had for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2013 05:25:44 | More by superspak
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Hoppin' Frog Brewery branded snifter

Pours nearly pitch black with a dark beige two finger fluffy head. Dark fruits, berries and chocolate on the nose. Smooth dark fruits, smooth coffee and chocolate notes that are never bitter-almost like a mocha latte but much more subtle. Likewise, regarding the roasted grain and malt. The roastiness is there, but smooth, absolutely no bitterness. Finishes with underlying warming alcohol. Creamy and velvetly full-bodied, exceptional mouthfeel. Excellent variation on an RIS. A perfect example of how a "big beer" can subtlely deliver a very high level of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2013 05:35:59 | More by chanokokoro
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased around in mid to late 2010 for $9. Poured into a Delirium snifter.

Appearance (3.5): Dark, oily black with only a touch of brown around the edges. Brown head recede to almost nothing and doesn't leave lacing.

Aroma (4.25): Dark, roasty malts. Dark chocolate and some toasted bread. A touch muted for how strong the flavors are.

Taste (4.75): Full flavored and aggressive lots of cocoa then mocha through the middle. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate with a lingering slight burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very smooth but not creamy. A touch of bitterness in the middle but well masked by the chocolate in the finish followed by the char. Full bodied and medium-low carbonation.

Overall (4.5): This beer aged really well. You can tell there was a bit of heat that has faded and this is smooth and enjoyable. Really glad I kept this one to myself.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 00:46:49 | More by grover37
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JEdmund

Kansas

2.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pure black color, but sadly no head formation. Aroma is somewhat mild, but I do get the normal RIS notes of dark chocolate, coffee, and even a light cherry/raspberry fruit. Big flavor with a really big blast of alcohol heat in the finish. Mouthfeel is disappointing; not only is it somewhat thin for the style, but I’m not getting any of the creamy/silkiness you normally get when oats are added to the mash. I was really looking forward to that component of the beer. Those complaints aside, the flavor was still good and I enjoyed the beer. It just didn’t live up to the hype and my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 19:21:44 | More by JEdmund
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly, this is the first beer I've had from Hoppin' Frog. Doesn't help that they only sell big bottles. On to the beer.

Pours black in the glass, deep coffee brown at the edges. A vigorous pour yields about 1 millimeter of head, the color of hot chocolate. Gone in a second, leaving the tiniest smidge of lacing. Not the best.

Smell is big, sweet, and chocolatey. I'm loving the oats, adding a slick full sweetness to an already sweet beer. There's a rich roast in the back, but it doesn't really penetrate the sweetness.

Taste is good, but not amazing. Very rich and very sweet. Chocolate, oats, molasses, a touch of coffee. Sugary, dessert-like. Smooth.

Mouthfeel is stellar. Big and heavy, very smooth thanks to those lubricating oats. Just the right amount of carbonation - low, but enough to lighten that heaviness.

A very tasty big stout. I find it to be a bit too sweet, and not complex enough, to really wow me. But it's tasty. A little like drinking chocolate milk. Chocolate milk that gets you drunk.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 04:49:42 | More by zeledonia
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MadScientist

New York

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a thin head of espresso colored compact bubbles that dissipate into a collar after a minute. The head retention is less than average.

S: The aroma is soft and inviting with deep rich roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a moderate fruitiness that smells like fresh figs although raisin esters come through as it warms. There is a bit of molasses and a faint coconut like aroma. The alcohol brings a faint floral aroma and there is a light citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee and roast with a smooth moderate sweetness dominate the flavor followed by moderately-light oat flavor and a moderately light hops bitterness. There is a slight graininess to the malt. There is moderately-light amount of dark fruit mostly plums and a bit of fig. The balance is somewhat sweet with a slightly sweet finish with a cocoa aftertaste.

M: full bodied with a moderate alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation. It's kind of thick with bit of slickness from the oats.

O: An intense dark and roast malt amusement ride for the palate. The sweetness is restrained and they even made a light touch of molasses an enjoyable component

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 01:26:17 | More by MadScientist
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haddon

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down rather quickly.

aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. believe there is a bit of alcohol lingering in there somewhere.

Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts, coffee and bitter hops.

Full in body & medium carbonation.

Great beer. I don't usually care for oatmeal stouts but this hardly categorizes since it is an imperial stout. Will gladly kiss this frog again to get to the gem of a beer that's inside.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 19:10:37 | More by haddon
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smonice

New Jersey

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

So I have been waiting on drinking this one until the time was right and I think tonight was the perfect night to kick back, relax, and open this bad boy.

A - Motor oil color and look, about a half inch of caramel colored head, minimal lacing

S - Sweet coffee and chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, little bit of bitter coffee, roasted malts; didn't pick up on the oatmeal though

M - Thick, just the way I like my RISs

O - Really great bang for the buck. Definitely a beer that I will be buying more of to try at different intervals.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 01:31:19 | More by smonice
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured very dark brown with a very dark brown head. The smell is pretty strong, but average for an imperial stout. Very strong burnt smell with oats and sweet-malt. The taste was slightly sweet and malty initially, with a roasted finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 03:50:50 | More by NilocRellim
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SkeeterBoganski

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip-pint

A - dark, viscous looking; quarter-inch deep mocha head; significant lacing and retention

S - dark, sweet chocolate; some maple and vanilla notes too; lots of coffee and roasted malts

T - oatmeal; baking chocolate; dark coffee; caramel and roasted malts; malty as shit actually; nice hoppy flavors too

M - slick and chewy; rich; heavy as oil; it's like chocolate syrup in oatmeal stout form

O - this is a damn fine beer with a lot of solid flavors without being unnecessarily complex; deep, heavy, dark, malty goodness; this beer is quite nectar-y and delicious; looking forward to trying BA BORIS and DORIS.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:41:04 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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BeerNFoodDood

Colorado

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

B.O.R.I.S pored from a bomber into a tasting glass.

Pours jet black with little to no head. The slight caramel head that appears resides to the sides quickly.

Beer smells of toffee, maple, coffee and chocolate. The nose it pretty light but what I can smell is complex.

The beer is very smooth and incredibly easy drinking at near 10% abv. I taste some smoky notes as well as coffee, maple and chocolate. This beer drinks great for what the nose lacks the taste conquers.

Great Beer.

Cheers

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2012 02:36:54 | More by BeerNFoodDood
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ZirconTweezer

Alabama

4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Tucher Helles glass.

A: Thick, opaque with a creamy 2 finger head that dissipated fairly quickly and left little lacing.

S: Nice, earthy smell with dark fruit aroma.

T: Smooth up front with full flavor developing near the finish. Notes of coffee and dark chocolate and a near perfect amount of hops round out the taste.

M: Smooth as silk and creamy.

O: This is a very well balanced stout with a big, malt-forward flavor and just right hoppiness. Be careful though: it goes down easily so don't get ahead of yourself...

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 03:32:57 | More by ZirconTweezer
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RuckusDu

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but I think it is about a year old. 22oz into Duvel tulip. A pretty good looking beer. Over a finger of dark mocha colored head which stays for a bit. Body is pitch black and nobody is seeing through this thing. Aroma wants to hide from me. Some milky chocolate and a little sourness. Very roasty mixed nuts. Flavor is too much bitter chocolate for me. A little bit of dark roasty almonds. There is a sweetness too that turns into sour milk. Body is right where I enjoy my stouts. Some good carbonation but not overpowering and a solid body.

Overall a nice beer, but too roasty and bitter for me. The other aspects of the beer are very good however.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 00:19:30 | More by RuckusDu
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negroobserver

New York

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Appearance - Deep Dark Rich Black color. Almost no light passes through the glass.

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee,

Taste... Malty,

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich texture.

Overall - A very smooth and enjoyable beer. It doesn't have any spectacularly distinctive qualities, other than being a highly well balance and enjoyable beer. This is particularly true with respect to the mouthfeel of the beer. That is clearly the highlight.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2012 00:35:59 | More by negroobserver
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themind

New Jersey

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

Picked up a bottle because I am a stout lover. This brew is very good. Has a creamy texture to it which is why I gave it an excellent mouthfeel rating. If you like big stouts this beer is right up your alley. Has an very good aroma and is not overly boozy. I would buy this again for sure. Worth the money! I can down this bomber without a problem, well besides walking to the fridge to grab another.

Bottom line-if you like stouts this is worth your time.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 05:04:48 | More by themind
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.