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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of Risser09
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a tall glass - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours dark dark black with a dark brown head. The head rises up really high to about 3 inches and shows off its cakiness. The carbonation looks similar to a Guinness. The head sticks around for awhile. Plenty of dark lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt and sweet cane sugar. Molasses and espresso round out the aroma. Dark fruit is also apparent. Figs, plums and raisins.

Taste: Sugary sweet with plenty of chocolate flavor. Magnificently dark and perfect for a dessert beer. I remember having this with other RISs like Stone and Heresy and the magnitude of flavor that pounds out of this beer is unmatched by most RISs. Cocoa, espresso, root beer barrel. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sugary. Plenty of sweetness and booze is subdued. Sugary but bitter cocoa finish. Long and drawn out.

Drinkability: This beer could compete with Speedway Stout for the magnitude of flavor. It is highly drinkable and would be an excellent dessert pairing. I only paid $6.25 for a 22 ounce bottle, so I feel like I got a good deal. You can't find a better beer for the money. No problem drinking a bottle or so. Seek it out.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired this brew in a trade with mcallister. Thanks for sending me some great beer! Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Poured a very deep oily black color that no light could pass through. About two good fingers of tight, thick, bubbly dark brown head formed. Head had pretty good retention. Smell: Wonderful aromas of strong roasted coffee beans, sweet milk chocolate, notes of toffee and caramel rose from the glass. Awesome nose on this one. Taste: Tons of flavor here. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and some spicey black licorice. All balanced out just about perfectly. Delicious. Mouthfeel was full and thick, with little carbonation. Pretty creamy and complex. I could drink this all day long. Great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously!

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Photo of tblfan04
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

A: A nice dark color with tan head on it that disappeared within the first couple sips

S: has a nice roasted chocolate smell to it with a hint of dark brown sugar

T: kind of sweet with a roasted chocolate taste with a little bit of a hop undertone also little to no alcohol flavor to it

M: Has good mouthfeel to it leaves a nice after taste that lingers for little bit

D: I could have a couple pints of this with out it getting to old. definitely one of the better stouts I have had

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Photo of redblacks75
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, to a pint glass.

A: Jet black pour, with no lacing to speak of. A tan, mocha, frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Whiskey! Molasses, Sweetness in the form of chocolate, and brownies, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. The nose on this is great!

T: Vanilla hits you immediately. Chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is exceptional as well.

M: Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. With a dry finish that can not avoid being noted.

O: I would recommend this to anyone looking to try BA beers. While it may be more than the uninitiated may expect, that is what makes it exceptional. Even with the price tag the Hoppin' Frog caries, and then a BA version, it's worth it in my opinion. This is the first Whiskey version of a stout I have had, and I am pleased all around.

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Photo of mntlover
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark deep black with a nice rich chocolate head that falls to clumped bubbles. Leaves some decent chocolate lace on my glass.

Aroma is smooth sweet oats mingle with chocolate and dark fruits. Whiffs of smoke, peat mingle underneath the sweet chocolate fruitiness, hints of some espresso bitterness try to sneak thru the sweetness also.

Taste is just like the smell sweet malts, oats, chocolate, and dark fruits roll smoothly along your tonuge leaving sweet goodness in its wake. Then smoky peat makes itself known jumping to coffee bitterness and a noticeable but mellow hop presence that adds it bitterness to the roasted coffee. One of those beers you should sit back and enjoy almost hate to be typing instead of just enjoying.

Mouthfeel is great really smooth and creamy, not really heavy full but so nice. There is a light tingle on your tongue in the finish but other wise just smooth creamy sweetness.

Drinkability is great if you have this available too you it should be in your fridge. I know it would be in mine. Damn fine brew many thanks to merlin48 for this wonderful treat. Perfect dessert brew, don't know if I am just in the mood for an RIS, but really enjoying myself now.

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Photo of stumac
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What is "B.O.R.I.S."? Probably "Big Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout", eh?

this brew pours up black with a nice brown head. the nose is oats and roasted malts, a very pungent aroma. the taste is oats, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. its full bodied, has a sweet finish. Definately a winner...

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Photo of DCon
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought a 1 PINT 6 FL.OZ. (22 FL.OZ.) bottle of this from Payless Liquors in Fischers, IN for $10.99. Shared with our previous bartender Kim O. (& other staff) @ the Wolf Public House to show them how Imperial Stouts really are! Poured from the Black bottle with the Green/Yellow Frog on it into a 0,47l New Belgium Oversized Snifter Glass. Does not have a freshness date but not too worried.

Aroma- One of the most complexed aromas I've EVER came across in a R.I.S.! Starts with tons of molasses, oaky notes all around, a bit of bourbon, strong burnt chocolates, and then at the end (and hard to catch) but an oatmeal aroma! Has a bit of coffee even but this wasn't one of the aromas that mattered. These other 5 were awesome!

Appearance- Pours a .25 (or less) finger head that is the darkest brown you can get and is motor oil coming from the bottle. The deepest brown you can get without being black on the body and very viscous. Opaque of course. Leaves good sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Very sweet/dark chocolate, light roasted coffee, and stirred in oats taste from the beginning. Has an unflavored syrup at the end of the drink that I want to come back to next time I enjoy... Hops are evident in this rich stout and the complexity is awesome!

Mouthfeel- Fullest Body you can get, Low Carbonation, Viscous as Hell, and has an Oatmeal finish. This oatmeal throws a ton of texture and chewiness to the mouthfeel.

Overall Impression- Can't get much better for a Russian Imperial Stout! The only two I've come across that match this one are the Parabola & the Abyss. After enjoying this w/ my cousin, I had to bring back 2 bottles of this to share with friends! I'm going to be sitting on the other one to see how it ages. The flavor of this one did have a minor flaw, but I could pick it out this time around... I say you get this for yourself (If you can find!) and tell me it. Everything else was beyond perfect! A+++ Hoppin Frog!

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one hell of a RIS.
It's got all of the features I like in an Imperial Stout, coffee, chocolate, maltyness, a balanced hop character. And nothing is overwhelming; all of the different aspects of the beer are in harmony with each other and create a delicious brew. Great mouthfeel and wonderful drinkability. This beer kicks butt.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to review this elusive, lone bottle from the cellar... a long-awaited sampling of a much sought-after Hoppin' Frog beer. I'll serve this in an oversize snifter and see what the beer judge (me) determines.

Appearance- Deep brown with a ruby red underpinning, the beer builds and supports a thin, cocoa-tinged head. With each swirl, the tiny bubbles re-emerge and fizzle away into the black abyss.

Smell- A magical balance of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, hops, and espresso come together seamlessly... it's hard to imagine how this aroma could possibly be improved.

Taste- Exquisite in every regard... the roasty, rich, decadent malt profile is in perfect harmony with the wickedly fresh hop bitterness that stings the tongue and lasts long after the swallow. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly on the tip of the tongue, the bubbles pull back immediately and spread out, laying a large canvas for the rich flavors to unfurl in the mouth. This is a huge, complex, immaculate example of a RIS that must be experienced at least once.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz. Menacingly, rich, deep, black with a dark brown head. I've had my share of stouts, but never have I seen one this dark and rich looking. Good dense head, nice brown lacing like caramel spiderwebs. Nose shows coffee, roast barley - great balance with hops in the background. Taste is superb. Heavy oats, coffee, roasted barley, black barley, hop bitterness counters well the sweetness of unfermented gravity.

Mouthfeel is what sets this stout apart. It's almost chocolate milk, so thick. Coats the tongue, but doesn't stick. Carbonation is present, but very soft. Beautiful.

I'm floored by Hoppin' Frog. Glad they've showed up. I'll be trying more of their beers from now on.

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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer leaves the bottle with such a pitch black color that at first I couldn't discern the liquid from the head; eventually, the head rose but departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace

Smell: Chocolate syrup, oatmeal, dark fruit and some espresso

Taste: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit (prune, primarily) laden chocolate flavor that introduces the espresso elements by mid-palate; at the same time, the hops kick in with a citrus bitterness that adds complexity; after the swallow, the oatmeal joins the fray to mellow out the other, more robust flavors; lenghty, satisfying finish, with plenty of sweet prune and chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso bitterness underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: One of these days, I'll have to try this head to head with Breakfast Stout; it's mighty competitive

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Photo of Avagadro
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: BORIS is viscous, pouring like motor oil into my goblet. It's ebony body blocks even the most stubborn light from penetrating. While the head is a beautiful mocha color, it is fleeting, falling within a few minutes to nothing.

S: Bouquet is upfront, and loaded with chocolate, dulce de leche, and coconut.

T: This beer presents a perfect balance between the sweet and the bitter. Milk chocolate, caramel, and creme brulee are balanced out by espresso, licorice, and a touch of hops.

M: The words "full body" don't even begin to describe this brew. It is chewy, savory, and satisfying. There is little carbonation in this beer, allowing the delicious flavors to linger on the pallet between sips.

D: This is a top notch RIS without following the herd. Truly unique, yet, recognizable as an RIS. This is a must have for any who can get their hands on it.

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Photo of backfat
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what can you say about this beer? well except sit down when you drink it. it was a cold winter night in between whiffle ball innings, and me and a buddy decided to split this epic brew. smells of burnt marshmallows and roasty dark chocolate. can't wait to try the bourbon barrel.

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Photo of manahansf
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black color topped with a thin and lacy brown head. From the head flows a deep dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. The viscous body with low carbonation is a velvety drink. It is sweet with tastes of coffee and chocolate. The sweetness and chocolate become emphasized in the finish which fades gracefully with just a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours pitch black, 1” tan head, clingy.
S: oatmeal, roast, chocolate, fruit, espresso, hint of sherry,
T: Bittersweet chocolate followed by espresso and faint sherry notes. No harsh roast flavors, primarily chocolate.
F: Creamy, chewy, thick and oily, has the oatmeal mouth feel, a slight slickness, average carbonation to a little less.
O: Have had this fresh and aged 2 years and both are very good.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bottle into imperial pint glass.
Born-on date probably not an issue with this one. Would like to know the vintage, though.

Aroma: Dark chocolate, coconut, and cabernet sauvignon. I'm curious what strain of yeast they're using--there's definitely a wine-like character to the aroma. I prefer more of a dark, malty chocolate aroma, but the fruitiness definitely adds complexity.

Appearance: The darkest opaque espresso one could imagine. Pretty thin light brown head disappears quickly per style. Minimal lacing per style, but she's got legs!

Flavor: Bittersweet dark chocolate. Definitely a fruity Bordeaux-like character, as the aroma suggested. Bitterness and dark malty sweetness are well-balanced. I notice a slight earthiness, either from roasted barley (or possibly mineral from the water?) prior to the finish. Speaking of finish-- hoppy bitterness remains at the end, and holds on for more than a minute. Lots to talk about here.

Mouthfeel: On a scale of 1 - 5, this one gets a 10 for mouthfeel! It has the smooth viscosity of whole chocolate milk. This is definitely one of the thickest brews I've ever had, thanks to the oatmeal.

Overall: When the other aspects of this review are so great, what else can I add? B.O.R.I.S. has a dark, malty whallop, a thick body, a bass-line of hop bitterness, and the high alcohol content is very well-concealed. It's definitely not a brew that one would necessarily want to drink all night, but neither are its best bretheren from other breweries. I know the Dark Lords of the world must be great and all (I'm still trying to get my hands on one), but how much better can it get than this??? We're definitely splitting hairs at some point. I can thankfully walk into any of my three favorite liquor stores in my area and buy this whenever I want!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery.Poured from the bomber bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this brew's head is 2 fingers thick and brown, with solid lacing, and an extremely dark brown body. I can't even shine an LED flashlight though it!

I smell roasted malts accented with black coffee and semisweet chocolate notes. Not much "oatmeal" going on, but I think this was mislabeled in that sense,

Tastes like much of the elements descibed above. Along with dark fruits and a fair amount of warming "booziness". Pleasant, all in all.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is smooth and crisp. Not too chewy and only a small amount of lingering elements.

Overall, I'm giving B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery a 4.75. This is a great Russian imperial that I will probably pick up again

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Photo of russpowell
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from beeronthebrain, cheers Khen!!

Pours black with 2 fingers of brown mocha head & a nice oily shimmery look. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Rich chocolate, vanilla, toasty malt & a hint of bananas??

T: Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, & dryness up front. Roasty malt & rich chocolate take over as this warms, with a touch of coffee, a bit of nuttyness & some bananas (it's working for me!). Finishes dry, oaky, with vanilla, pecans & rich dark chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, slick, a touch over-carbonated, once warm this is no longer a detractor, smooths out nicely

Drinks through the roof for the style & ABV. I like this one a lot! Recommended

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Photo of TVolt1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice dark dark brown color with a decent amount of reddish/brown head and some of the nicest lacing I have seen.

S: Has a good mellow coffee smell to it but really enjoy the follow through of somewhat of a fruity orange undertone to the coffee bean and milk chocolate smell.

T: This is a great taste! It actually has the initial of a raspberry dark chocolate dask and then follows with the coffee. I think this is a great beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Thick and creamy.

O: overall, I think this is a delicious beer. One of the best actually. It doesn't overpower with the coffee flavor and they incorporated great tastes and flavors together.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Phatz
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling this beer poured at cellar temp into a snifter and splitting with Stopper. The beer pours pitch black with a creamy brown head of 1 cm resting easily on the surface. Aroma is deep chocolate malt and roasted notes, some molasses in there as well. Very hearty nose.
First sip reveals a thick body with fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is chocolate, molassess and roasted malt. Some hints of booze but mild for a 9.5% brew. the booze is just enough to remind you this is a big beer, I could see consuming this too fast as it is fairly easy drinking for the size.
VERY nice beer!

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Photo of rhamning
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil. Held up to several lights, this beer is absolutely opaque. IKEA black-brown, very slight orange-bronze head when poured, ... really, this looks like motor oil. Under several different conditions and settings, I could not detect any light shining through. But, it tastes like pure, unfiltered and uncompromised heaven. This is an outstanding stout. Balanced, smooth, almost chewy as it slides down your throat. I chilled this one too much. As a result, the nose was closed and the taste was like a shout without the nuances and subtleties you find in normal speech. After 20 minutes of exposure to room temperature (68 degrees), the aromas burst from this extraordinarily well made beer, and the complexities in the taste became apparent. Caramel, subtle molasses, caramel again. Subtle, nothing overwhelming, nothing dominates the flavor or the aroma. A perfectly balanced stout to warm your insides on a delightfully crisp autumn evening in Cincinnati.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,710 ratings.
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