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

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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

2,493 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 259
Gots: 500 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 2,493 | Reviews: 1,001
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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at Binny's in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its history on top 100 rankings and Hoppin' Frog's reputation. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger dark rich ran colour floater. No real head per se. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. It's appealing and the floater - though not a head - is attractive.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt (with a bit of bitterness), caramel, and deep roast. I dig the roast. Cocoa. Lovely oats. Light proteins. A moderate strength aroma. Burnt malt. Fennel. Dark fruit emerges as it swarms. Milky. Marshmallow. Balanced and inviting. No hop or yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Rich oats mix well with burnt malts, chocolate malt, and grains. Rich cocoa. Marshmallow. Buried roast. Light vanilla. Cream. Burnt bread. Chocolate bitterness. Charred bread. Light raisin. Well balanced; very drinkable for the style. Complex and tasty. Well put together. I do like it, but I'm not blown away. I don't find the "robust hop character" mentioned on the label, but the sweetness is nicely checked - I assume by the hop bitterness. No yeast character comes through, nor does any boozy alcohol.

Mf: Silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Good thickness. I love the smoothness contributed by the oats. Good thickness. Full body.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for its well hidden ABV. A solid Russian Imperial Stout that pushes the style. I'd get it again on-draught, but given its reputation I expected better. It's a tasty beer. I'll actually be able to kill this bomber alone, though I do wish I had a friend to help me. Luckily, it's not too sweet.

B

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I've had this bottle for about two years at least, before I found it in a box recently. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of dark brown creamy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing, to a thin collar of foam around the edges. Good amount of alcohol legs when swirled.

Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, roasted malt, savory soy sauce, dark fruit.

Taking a sip, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, mellowing to sweeter fudge and cocoa. Some dark fruit sweetness mid tongue. Finishes with a salty and savory soy sauce along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor, lingering for a bit on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Plenty of body and mouthfeel from being an oatmeal stout. Alcohol is non existent, making the beer really smooth and easy to drink right now.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very oily and black with an inch of dark brown head. Nice and thick. Good legging on the glass. Looks great.

Dusty dry cocoa, major roast, char, burly oats, a touch of holiday spices, and hints of black coffee. Faint nuance of black licorice. Good nose.

Charred and exacting. Lots of husky black grains, black chocolate, licorice root, booze, hard candy, and burnt raisin. Awesome stout-y flavors. Has a firm roast bitterness all its own. Dark, gruff, and decadent.

Alcohol level is awakening, and rightly so. Body is thick, dense, and chewy; yet without being super-viscous. Feels great with this slow-releasing carbonation.

A killer brew. I have no idea why I waited this long to enjoy one. More enjoyable than D.O.R.I.S.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,493 ratings.