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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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2,159 Ratings
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Ratings: 2159
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


Brewed by:
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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seaoflament

California

3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I’d like to thank SPLITGRIN for sending me this interesting beer.

Pours very dark, very thick and with little to no foam, no matter how high I poured the bottle from to try and create some. The aroma is just like a well crafted RIS should smell like: roasted and chocolate malts, coffee and vanilla notes, very clean and intense. Time to taste this bad boy. It’s a deceptive beer I’ll say. Deceptive in the way that it shows hardly any carbonation and yet once you take a sip of this your mouth tingles from it. It’s a BIG beer. The coffee is intense and also the chocolate and roasted malts, but the only drawback is that the alcohol is noticeable enough to worry me if I’ll be able to finish this bomber while I’m getting sleepy. As the beer warms up the alcohol seems to overpower in the aroma. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety only a bit too much carbonation. The more I sip it the more I get the alcohol in the taste and aroma which reminds me more and more of liquor, which I find that hard to tolerate now. The biggest drawback of this beer, for my taste is the strong alcohol presence. This beer is just not for me, but at least I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2007 04:43:32 | More by seaoflament
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Grundle20

Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance:
This beer is dark, black with a rich chestnut head even though from a rough pour not much head is produced. Since the head is a little weak there's little retention and lacing to speak of.

Smell:
The first thing I picked up was a stinging alcohol presence which is a little surprising since generally speaking 9% is pretty easy to bury, especially in rich malts. Aside from the rough alcohol there's big scents of coffee and strawberry fruit snacks. Overall the scent has a good potency which has been missing in some recent beers I've had.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The coffee subsides in the flavor giving way to more of the candy cherry and strawberry notes. The malts come across in more of a bitter dark chocolate kind of way and there's a healthy dose of oatmeal which lends a substantial amount of viscosity to the beer. The alcohol has become a bit more subdued but it's still apparent as a brief astringent tinge towards the end of the drink. The finish is Ovaltine like and carries that flavor in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
This is a decent stout but it doesn't play well to my flavor preference for stouts (it's a little too dark and rich) and as such I'm not finding it very downable. I don't know, I just got done with my daily run an hour ago so maybe it's just not refreshing enough at the moment but either way I'm not feeling it.

Bottom Line:
Another pretty good beer from Hoppin' Frog, a brewery I'm coming to like more and more. If you're in to really rich stouts then this would be the one for you. I'm looking forward to revisiting this beer during the winter, perhaps an aged bottle as I feel this beer could benefit from some rounding of the rough edges.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:50:44 | More by Grundle20
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, thick, syrupy looking with very little head (what there was was very dark colored) and very little carbonation.

Roasty, coffee, sweet aroma with some vanilla notes as it warmed. Nothing stood out, though.

Flavor was sweet and malty, roasty and finished with an almost sourish, bitter hop finish. Fairly complex, though not the most pleasing RIS taste I've had.

Mouthfeel was very thick, syrupy, but quite smooth on the palate. A little to syrupy for me, and the flavors were just not balanced and harmonious to make me love it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 21:32:11 | More by AaronHomoya
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cameraman

Kentucky

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

A pitch black color, with a dark brown colored head forming, about an inch thick. Visually this beer looks thick, almost like oil. The scent of sweet malt, with chocolate and coffee fragrances, plus the sweet fragrance of oatmeal. That is followed by a dried fruit, mostly currants and raisons, there is the slightest twinge of alchol at the end. The malt and oatmeal starts at the front, then a coffee bitterness hits midway, then it has a bit of a citrus twange at the back of the palate. The oil look is deceiving, when it hits the mouth it is a lighter feel at the front and rolls to the back, gain weight to its texture along the way. There is a bit of warming feel of alchol at the end. This a very, very good beer, the usual suspects one would find in imperial stout, but the edition of oatmeal makes it sweeter and smoother. This just beckons one to drink this beer, a great sipping beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 17:06:16 | More by cameraman
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Figgy

Ohio

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

Reminds me of chocolate syrup, thin dark head matching the dark beer appearance, but thick taste and mouth consistency. Not just a nice chocolate but a good dark belgium chocolate with caramel, not to sweet, with a little coffee after taste. Wants to be drunk slowly and enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:08:20 | More by Figgy
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Wasatch

Utah

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

Thanks goes out to trep for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some oil slicks were left behind. The nose is malty, roasted, slightly oaked, tons of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is malty/roasted, big big toffee/coffee/caramel flavour, YUMMY! The alcohol is hidden pretty well, a slight dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome RIS, highly recommended. I will have to try some of the other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 22:01:10 | More by Wasatch
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TheBierBand

Ohio

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

Poured from the 22 oz bomber ($6.99 at Jungle Jim's) into a pint glass to produce a thick 1" layer of dark tan foam over an opaque ebony liquid. The lacing on the glass, as I drink, is probably the thickest lacing I've ever seen!

The aroma was very pungent... sweet caramel and dark chocolate.

The taste: WOW! a GREAT RIS! The first thing to hit me is a nice warming sweetness. Lots of dark chocolate and warm malt. What have I gotten myself into here?.... This is so rich and flavorful that I'm questioning my ability to finish the bomber on my own! Well, I'll take my time and thoroughly enjoy this one! The taste continues to produce many sensations as I drink. There is a bitterness in the finish that is like a woodsy, charcoal finish.... GREAT BALANCE of flavors.

Mouthfeel: Great for a RIS.... thick, robust, chewey, low carbonation. Mouth coating and aftertaste will be with me for quite some time.

Drinkability: HEY!... this is a Russian Imperial Stout.... 9.4% abv! You're not going to sit down and have 3 bombers of this by yourself! But for the style.... it's RIGHT ON! This is a beer that drinks like a MEAL!... in fact.... that's my LUNCH for today. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.... go out and find this and have one for yourself... half a pint to go.... I.... can... make.... it...OK... this is my new REFERENCE RIS... formerly Brooklyn Brewery's Black Chocolate Stout.... This one knocked Brooklyn off it's pedestal... It was VERY CLOSE.... but I think this one wins.... Just for kicks.... I should do a side-by-side comparison some day.

All 4.5's for this one.... I must leave room at the top for another beer to come along and dethrone this one...

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 14:41:24 | More by TheBierBand
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

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

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute midnight black with a fluffy two finger brown head that definitely takes its time to die down to a nice layer that lasts throughout. Stickiness is amazing, all over the sides of the glass. Smell, now this is how an Imperial Stout should smell. Sweet toasted oat is what mostly dominates the nose followed by a milk chocolate mixed with brown sugar. A nice roasted nut smell and a tiny hint of alcohol seem to tingle the nose as well. Taste is a bit of a shock. Lots of smokey, pitch black french roast coffee off the tongue first thing followed by a very woody/caramel malt. Finish and aftertaste is a bit sweeter, luckily, with a nice oatmeal and sugar flavor. I really didn't expect the taste of this one to be so smokey. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Big warming sensation while it slides down the throat. Warming comes from the alcohol but it isn't overwhelming by any means. Somewhat tough to finish a bomber by myself, I recommend sharing with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2007 23:54:09 | More by BeerTruth
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, oats, dark malts and a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste is full of roasted coffee & oats, smoky malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats some dark fruit and an ever-so-slight alcohol burn. The beer has a very mild hops presence but it’s stronger than you would expect in the style. There’s a very good balance for an RIS when most are usually overly sweet. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily for a beer with 9.40% ABV, not as filling as most stouts, excellent representation of style, this is a damn good beer that you could either knock back 2-3 bombers if you’re looking to pound a big stout or just sit back and sip slowly.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 04:24:25 | More by TheManiacalOne
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flexabull

California

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

Pours a deep dark black color with a nice sized brown head, that settles into a tan color.

Smells of dark roasted malts, brown sugars, oatmeal, bitter chocolate, and espresso. Very nice nose!

Tastes of bitter chocolates, the hops are surprisingly strong here. I've sat on the bottle for about 4 months, and it still has a very bitter hop flavor. There are some burnt sugar flavors, and some oatmeal notes as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, it is full and thick in the mouth. A bit prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A nice example of the style, but not quite in my top five, but still quite tasty and potent.

Bottle courtesy of nlmartin, thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 00:42:18 | More by flexabull
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2007 04:01:59 | More by DrJay
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Monsone

Illinois

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

A - Beer poured out of a bomber dark black and thick like oil. Very little head that reduces to nothing quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, boozy alcohol and a bitter roasted malt.

T - Big coffee flavor with dark chocolate and bitter malt. Notes of dark fruit (cherry and plum?). Very nice, deep, complex Impy Stout flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just like you would expect.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the style and high alcohol content.

Very good Impy Stout. I would definately buy this again. This will be a regular beer for me once the weather cools.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 18:00:36 | More by Monsone
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blackie

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Comes out the 22 looking like used motor oil and a near nonexistent head, of which little there is soon disappears.

s: Coffee roasted barley upfront with aromas of creamy oatmeal. Sugary, booze infused dark cocoa. Concentrated dark cherries soaked in whiskey and dipped in bittersweet chocolate. Figs and molasses. Dripping with sweet, burnt sugars and cocoa. Rich, aromatic tobaccos. Subtle, dark and earthy pine-hops.

m: Loooow, extremely smooth carbonation and a luscious, thick mouthfeel that's not overbearing. Nice.

t: Oh man...even in the NC summer heat this thing is delicious. Big, smooth roasted barley flavors combine with delicious toasted oatmeal and cream. Dark, sugary fruits lie just beneath the balance of roast and are soon followed by an earthy hop flavor. The roast and hops dry the finish, and end with a woody, smoky note. Very deep in character.

d: very enjoyable

from mcallister for my anny bombing

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2007 04:13:00 | More by blackie
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aforbes10

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes! Hoppin' Frog is in South Bend! Pours really dark, black. Walnut colored head. Odor is chocolately, fruity and boozy. Smells fairly inviting and like it has the ability to make me drunk. Taste is a big smack of bitter chocolate and even more bitter coffee. a little harsh, probably a little young. Somewhat of a plummy, pruney taste as well. Velvety and full-bodied and thick. Yeah, its a bit harsh and overly bitter for how i like my RIS, but it might even out a bit with age.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2007 21:23:28 | More by aforbes10
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Daehpoh

Ohio

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Nearly jet black, opaque, chocolate milk colored head. Hearty aroma of chocolate, oats and roated malts. Huge flavors, like a liquid dessert. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, some coffee. Very sweet at first, but just enough hop bitterness catches up and ends up being well balanced. This brew has layers. Feel is silky smooth, full body, slightly dry finish. Good drinkability despite girth and high abv. Overall, a deliciously heavy beer with bold flavors that ends up just slightly too sweet for Imp Stout perfection.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 01:00:50 | More by Daehpoh
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mdm46410

Indiana

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 01:01:00 | More by mdm46410
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david131

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A pitch black, creamy liquid flows from the bottle into the glass. A hard pour is required to get some head out of this. The head that does form is brown and settles to a thin ring around the top of the liquid. Looks so menacing sitting there in the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, raisins. Very rich and sweet smelling. A little smokey as well. Some cinnamon. I get hints of grape and maybe a little bubble gum. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Wow, this is something. Very chocolaty and smokey. Booze is noticeable. Surprisingly hoppy in the mouth as well. A little cinnamon. Very complex. It stays on your breath for quite some time- just how I like it. This is a little different for the style, but I am digging this.

M- Perfect. This thing is thick and creamy, but with the right amount of carbonation to really allow the flavors to become pronounced. Not astringent or drying by any means.

D- This brew stands up there with the best of the RIS's. It may not be my favorite, but damn, I am impressed.

Thanks to eyebrews for the recommendation. I would have never thought to pick this up on my beer run to Toledo without him.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 03:01:47 | More by david131
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Zorro

California

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

BLACK!

Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 04:54:31 | More by Zorro
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blitz134

California

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

Second Hoppin' Frog beer in two nights. Thanks to nlmartin for this one, too.

Umm...black, that describes it well. Half inch of brown head on top, truely brown. Reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.

Dark toasted malts, or course, but with it comes dark chocolate, a bit of charcoal and smoke, black coffee as well. Has a touch of acridness from the oatmeal. Some lactic acid notes round this out. Lots going on here. I hope it tastes like this.

Yup, it basically tastes like the smell! Almost exactly the same. A bit biting when it first hits the tongue, then a slathering of dark chocolate and toffee flavors after the swallow. Finish has a touch of smokiness. Good stuff. A bit of alcohol is evident and probably adds to the biting nature.

Full bodied, not as thick as the true greats like KBS, but its slick and oily on the tongue and the flavors linger well after the swallow.

Good drinkability. This is a big beer, no doubt, but its super tasty and how I like my stouts with its huge roasted and dark character. A bit biting though and while the alcohol is pretty well hidden its effects on the stomach are felt quickly. I would drink this often if it was available to me. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 01:57:12 | More by blitz134
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

After cracking open a bottle of this in the Dark Lord '07 line and hooking up about a dozen happy people, I was awfully glad to have reserved a bottle or two of this for a fuller examination...

Appearance - oily black pour, the head on top is such an intense color of mocha that it looks slighty orange. Some dotty lacing and a head that quite frankly evaporates all too quickly. Generates a partial thin covering only. Other than that though, a great start.

Aroma - intense aromas of coffee, chocolate syrup, and roasted grain, all enhanced by the alcohol. Not as eye-opening as the pour but still good.

Taste - bold charred malts underneath. Lots of dark coffee flavor, burnt at times. Sweetness helps the balance, general at times and dark fruit at others. The swallow brings out some rich chocolate flavors, turning smoky, dry, and a bit bitter on the aftertaste. Alcohol is there and while kept marvelously at bay in the overall profile, it enhances the flavors nicely. The finish is warm, with charcoal and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth and coating, under-stated carbonation, right on.

Drinkability - a fine imperial stout and a spiffy value to boot.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 16:24:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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IntriqKen

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderful growler at room temp supplied by klewis and the New York Yankees. Thanks to all of you.
Filled the glass pitch black with a tan head that melted quickly to nothing.
Aromas are dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookies and a hint of coffee and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich.
Taste is dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookie dough, vanilla, some light citrus fruits like oranges and alcohol.
Aftertaste is wonderfully smooth and sweet dark chocolate...nothing cloying...just pleasantly sweet with a bit of the alcohol warming it's way down your torso.
Great take on a RIS...love the addition of Oatmeal..makes it very smooth and mellow even fresh.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2007 04:50:06 | More by IntriqKen
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Westsidethreat

California

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

Another beer delivered to me by JeffKrenner

A: Pitch black with one of the darkest beige’s hues I’ve ever seen in a head. It is minimal, I would have preferred something a bit bigger.

S: Oatmeal cookies, milk chocolate, carob, crème fresh, gingerbread and banana.

T: Starts off oily with super robust bitter black chocolate. Next comes an awesome blend of cascade hops, burnt butter, roasted peanuts and espresso. Really fresh flavors…almost like there’s some cilantro, coriander and jasmine inter mingling with these rambunctious imperial stout flavors. Finishes even oilier than it starter with delicious heavy roasted barley, chewy chocolate brownie and café mocha. Aftertaste has an interesting banana dimension that I caught in the aroma as well.

M: Full mouthfeel, slightly sticky with good carbonation.

D: I’m totally digging this brew. Really, really good. Massively complex with awesome dimension.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 06:45:39 | More by Westsidethreat
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Talisker

California

3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Anderson Valley tulip from a 22oz bomber purchased May 2007 at Corral Liquor (Granite City, IL - St. Louis metro area).

Deep, dark, rich black. Little to no head on a gentle pour, but some very dark tan edging visible. Subsequent aggressive pours bring a multi-fingered richly carbonated dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is thick - bitter chocolate, with sweet syrup coming to the fore as the beer warms.

Taste is perfectly integrated with the smell - massive amounts of rich flavor, coffee-style bitterness fighting (and winning over) some malty sweetness - almost too much going on to process at one time. The taste gets better and less edgy as the beer warms.

Texture is Stone-like - thick syrup. Alcohol burn is minimal - detecible toward the middle of the aftertaste, but not dominant or unpleasant. The sweetness takes forever to dissipate, the bitterness even longer - like many a Stone beer, the overwhelming bitterness overstays its welcome.

Truly a massive beer. Everything's here but the kitchen sink. Ultimately it's not to my taste - I like to preserve my palate for more than just a few sips. But Stone fans and others who want more of everything will enjoy this over-the-top stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 06:01:59 | More by Talisker
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emerge077

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm hoping this will be a better experience than the lukewarm 2oz. sample I had at Dark Lord Day...

A cascading brown tar head of foam builds itself quickly, two fingers deep, which then forms a convex, pillowy surface rising above the rim of the glass. This soon recedes into a tight tan cap of dense foam. The viscous liquid pours with a visible "weight" to it.

Familiar aromas of the produce aisle, plum and possibly banana, that moves into fried plantain territory. Roasted chocolate malt figures in too.

First notable attribute is it's velvety smoothness on the palate. Notes of plum, cocoa, and tobacco, finished with a dry earthiness. Exceptionally silky, no indication of harshness from alcohol or any unrefined elements. Slight lactic character like a milkshake, but not at all sour. It seems to take notes from the best aspects of Baltic Porter and BSDA's. Roasty, with a dark fruit undercurrent, and a well-hidden ABV.

One bomber of this is quite a treat in one sitting. Couldn't see having more than that at a time. Deinitely one to share...

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 00:21:28 | More by emerge077
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

22 oz bottle pours a dark and syrupy black body into an imperial pint glass. One finger tan head seems to have a garnet hue. Excellent head retention with some patchy sheets of lacing.

Bold aroma of chocolate and roast as soon as the bottle is opened. A complex bouquet emanates from the glass as notes of prunes, raisins, red cherries, port wine, almond nuttiness, and hops spring forth to join the chocolate and coffee roastiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating with a low medium carbonation.

Taste has an amazing complexity. Roasty chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, crushed walnuts, tobacco, and some vinous alcohol mingle across the palate. There is an oatmeal presence that rolls and smooths. A nice hops bitterness adds an additional dimension.

An excellent big stout here. Best new stout I've sampled in a long while.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 12:46:38 | More by merlin48
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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