B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
A- Pours jet black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Can't see any light through this beer at all- it's dark! Nice lacing on the glass as well. Lots of bubbles in the head, but they quickly disappear. Classic RIS looking beer.
S- Some hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Great balance, and really well done on the nose. I could smell this for hours and not get tired or overwhelmed by it. Definitely not an overpowering nose- just right.
T- Really nice. Hops are a little much for me, I'd like the malt to be the prevailing taste. Same profile as the nose, which is nice... but a little bit of a letdown from what I was expecting. Still, this is a really nice tasting brew. None of the 9.4% ABV comes out at all in the taste as well.
M- Thinner than I was expecting, w/ a smooth/bitter balanced feel. Aftertaste is pretty nice, and lingers a while.
O- This is a nice brew that falls just short of the best in the style. Still, really enjoyable and highly recommended. Pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.
07-03-2011 23:52:56 | More by jayhawk73
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. Appears a complete black color with a thin dark brown head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The black is absolutely midnight dark and is beautiful, the head, slightly less than impressive.
The nose is complex. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, grains, slight hints of yeast and some alcohol notes. There is something present that I don't normally get in a stout, but it is definitely welcoming. The taste is also complex with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and the grainy notes as well. The alcohol is much better hidden in the taste than in the nose, although there is still a hint of it. This finishes slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the inside of your mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew! Another wonderful RIS with a full body and extremely complex flavors. Not the best stout I've ever experienced but still very enjoyable.
08-04-2011 01:10:12 | More by zimm421
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Poured from a bomber, comes out a thick black body with a medium brown "tapioca" head, about a finger. Leaves some serious lacing, head drops to less than half an inch.
Smell is riiiich, like an S'more made with dark chocolate & soaked in alcohol. Definitely smell the booze up front. The taste is right along with it, and adds some dark roasted coffee. The taste of espresso lingers in the aftertaste, like I just actually chewed on the beans instead of drinking the beverage. Those rich, creamy dark chocolate flavors are really dominant, almost like a liqueur. Very roasty aspects, on the verge of burnt.
The mouthfeel's thick, like most RIS. I have yet to experience the oily slickness that so many attribute to oatmeal stouts -- might be there, but I just don't recognize it. Bottom line: this is deliciious & I want more.
04-19-2009 21:32:33 | More by OneDropSoup
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, unknown freshness. This pours a semi thick pitch black motor oil color with a smaller mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of dark roasted malts, coco, dark chocolate, espresso. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great super bitter, lots of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Excellent stout.
03-11-2012 03:45:36 | More by DavidST
3.9/5 rDev -8%
A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body. While pouring it just looks like pouring black ink.
S- Big coffee malts, oatmeal is in there pretty big too, light nut aroma too(?), hints of vanilla, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol flavor, hops help balance it out a bit, medium bitterness, light warming too.
M- Full body low carbonation and kind of sticky feel.
D- It's ok. Nothing great IMO.
04-19-2007 03:26:21 | More by BlindPig
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Served from a 22oz. bottle, obtained via trade with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Cigar City snifter (01/02/10) at cellar temperature.
A: Pours a very thick motor oil black with a one finger mocha colored head that fades to just a skin leaving a little bit of lace.
S: A complex and rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge. The oatmeal really is the focus of the non-BA version and it is very rich and slightly sweet.
T: Extremely complex taste including; oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, vanilla, fresh roasted coffee and dry cocoa. As with the smell, the oatmeal jumps out and engulfs the palate in a rich and semi-sweet chocolate covered oatmeal.
M: Wonderfully thick and creamy with an approximately low and creamy carbonation.
D: Very drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored beer, but the 9.4% abv. will catch up to you along with the heaviness of the flavors.
Overall this beer was an excellent Oatmeal Imperial Stout that was a pleasure to drink. I must say that if given the option to choose either this of the BA version, I would have to give the slight edge to the BA based upon a slightly more complex flavor profile. By itself though, this is another exceptional offering from Hoppin' Frog and thanks again to Jared for this one. Highly Recommended.
01-04-2010 16:49:27 | More by Lunch
4.75/5 rDev +12%
Pours a super viscous deep black with no head. No lacing either.
Smells like the toasted sides of brownies that were touching the side of the pan. Hint of coffee and sweetness.
Tastes of sweet smooth roasted malts with a little burnt toast
The flavor is awesome. The smoothness of the oats is wonderfull. I like the slight sweetness as well. Very good.
Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and smooth thickness
Overall a very good beer that I am glad I got to try.
03-31-2009 07:29:55 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.6/5 rDev +8.5%
Thick black viscous liquid the no doubtedly remind of used motor oil. Thick tan head of course leaving copious amounts of lacing.
Roasted chocolate in the nose, coffee. Depp and rich. Bready.
Taste was huge. Thick, creamy and full. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee.
Very good beer. Turning into one of my favorite styles!
07-19-2009 12:31:46 | More by dmamiano
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
A - Pours black, leaves an inch of tan head that leaves within a minute to a ring around the glass.
S - Coffee bean, roasted malt and faint dark chocolate.
T - Huge roasted malt hit followed with coffee. There's a lingering, cloying sweet taste like dark fruits or the like.
M - Heavy, low carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.
O - Such a rich beer, I didn't do it justice.
07-08-2012 02:32:26 | More by cvm4
4.45/5 rDev +5%
A very huge thanks to tprokop7 for this one. I've wanted this for a long time, had the oppertunity to get one, but passed and let a more deserving BA get it. I knew it was only a matter of time for me and hey look, I was right.
A- This for sure is a thick oatmeal stout. Thick could be an understatement. The very dark brown head even looks heavy. As the head was settling it was like watching slugs race. And yes there is a place that has slug races, I lived there. The beer is very black, but in very thin quanitites it is dark brown. This looks great, a nice thick beer for the cold time of the year.
S- When I smell this I think of oatmeal and brown sugar with coffee brewing in the background. There is a nice vanilla smell that is very faintly mixed in with the roasty malts and sweetness. There is also something else I can't quite put my finger on, but if I were to guess I would say a wood smell of sorts.
T- Talk about oatmeal taste, this is just like oatmeal and brown sugar in a bottle. It's even thick like oatmeal should be. There is a nice sweetness and I even get a slight taste of cherries. This is an excellent tasting RIS. The use of oatmeal adds a new level and expands the boundries of what a RIS is.
M- I enjoy the very thickness that this beer has to offer. I like having a thick slow moving stout to drink. It makes the experience that much better.
D- Very nicely done, and easy to drink. I wish this was sold out here in the PNW, I would definately have to buy some.
10-31-2008 02:44:30 | More by Wetpaperbag
4.03/5 rDev -5%
22 oz. bottle. Pours deep brown with a nice caramel head. Great lacing with thousands of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass. Rich aroma of some kind of good coffee and bitter chocolate. An almost vinous note also, which I really love in a big stout. Flavor is heavy, some hops up front, dark fruits, that vinous touch, and creamy and lush in the finish. Very impressive, especially because this is not my favorite style by any stretch. The bottle becomes a little bit heavy and burdensome after time.
01-27-2011 01:31:29 | More by JAXSON
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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