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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pop this in honor of the 2011 GABF news. Big thanks to Charliedvrs for this one!
*22oz with tulip glass

A: BORIS pours incredibly dark and black with just the slightest hint of a brownish edge. A thin dark brown sugar colored head fizzled out rather quick and only left some spotted lace. Looks a touch viscous as the carbonation struggles.

S: Smells rich with roasty malts. A chocolatey chewy nutty and earthy aroma exudes. And a bit of sweetness comes through as the brew sits.

T: Tastes of dry roast coffee beans and chocolatey toasted grains. A bit of an earthy smokiness. Grassy pine and spice hops bitter the palate and really work well here. It's actually rather quite hoppy for a stout. Touch sweet and a tiny bit hot on the finish but does not detract from overall enjoyment. Real intense robust flavs for sure.

M: Semi thick and heavier body but with a relatively light and creamy slick texture from the oats that provide a rather enjoyable drink.

D: A tad on the syrupy sweet side but with a great hop presence and slightly hot exhalation. Overall a very classy stoot that is well balanced for such awesome big intense robust flavors. I can see why all the accolades.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like an imperial stout should, which is to say dark as hell with a thick tan head.
Smell: again, as it should be, not the most complex ris but well balanced coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of banana.
Taste: no surprises but damn tasty.
Overall: Yea, I know the overall is higher than the any of the other scores. This one warrants it. Better than the sum of it's parts.

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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 SDDanC
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass courtesy of jeddsp. Wow. What a tantalizing product. Slowly rolling out the bottle I found a thick dark flow, topped eloquently by a creamy, chocolate crown. Gorgeous. Head lingered a while to boot. Right up front on the nose there is a good mass of chocolate and booze, then behind, the oat and grain. In the mouth it warms, clinging with effervesence, coating the orafice with dark chocolates and fresh oats. The alcohol hides well in the flavor, but is apparent. Good hints of coffee compliment the warm nature. Nice voluptuous body makes this a wonderful beverage. Excellent tick. Competes strongly with the d.o.r.I.s. the destroyer.

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Photo of BBP
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Quite black with a dark brown head. The retention is pretty good and there's slight lacing.

S- Roasty and slightly hoppy. A touch of sweetness from the oatmeal.

T- Very balanced and full tasting. The first taste is more rounded to feature sweetness from the oatmeal and the bitterness but the finish is far more bitter and potent with a rich chocolate flavor that can't be missed.

If you take what's good tasting about most imperial stouts and sum it up, it's pretty much the flavor of BORIS. That being said, it's like the mold of how a RIS should start. I thought that after all of that was done, it didn't go much further. There wasn't much it could improve on, but it didn't seem to differentiate itself enough to be very memorable.

A bit more distinction could have earned it the 5.

M- Thick body, with a considerably dry, moderately sticky finish. The oatmeal definitely thickened it up.

O- A solid brew. No weaknesses at all, aside from not standing out from most solid imperial stouts.

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3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 08/28/11.

Thick, opaque black appearance, almost zero head and no retention. Aroma is chocolate coffee, oatmeal, and roasted notes. Nice smell. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very enjoyable. Taste starts with chocolate, coffee, oatmeal with hints of leather, tobacco, and vanilla before finishing with a chalky bitterness. Overall, a barebones RIS but maybe I expected too much given friends recommendations and the rating on this site. The flavors are balanced nicely and complement each other minus the finish, which I don't think matched up to the rest of the present flavors. Didn't find much to distinguish it from the rest of the pack which is a bummer because I really wanted to like it. Just ok.

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Photo of StarshipPoopers
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up during a trip to Chicago this summer.

A - Nothing too special. Pours heavily, the inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Very smooth appearing, not much lacing at all.

S - Excellent smell, reminds me of Peche Mortel. It has a rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffee and vanilla which freshens it up. The oatmeal is quite subtle but definitely detectable. At room temperature the booziness comes through as well, well masked by the rich aromas but still present.

T - The taste mostly mirrors the smell, however in different stages. Initially you have the oatmeal, vanilla, and sweet milk chocolate with moderate amounts of roasted malts lingering in the background. This assortment of flavours is then overtaken by oatmeal, very rich roasted malts, and alcohol heat. In the finish you have bitter dark coffee, the same strong roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal, and a beautiful split between chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Very solid tasting.

M/D - The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation, almost creamy while still retaining a slightly lighter feel than some RIS'. I'd place it at the high end of medium. Definitely one to take slowly and enjoy each sip for a few minutes.

O - I am very impressed. This is a well done RIS that lives up to a lot of the style's best examples. It's quite intense without overdoing the flavours in any single area, leading to a great balance and finish.


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Photo of bogus564
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

I've actually been looking forward to trying this beer, having heard good things about it. Having said that, let's away...

A: It certainly rates in the looks department; it's a lovely dark brown, with a nice foamy chocolate head that holds up roughly two minutes before dissolving into the expected lace.

S: I dive in with my nose, and... success. I've got coffee. I've got milk chocolate. I've got citrus hops. And, I've got oatmeal. I'm praying right now that this lives up to its aroma.

T: I open my mouth, tilt the glass, and... oh yes, this is a good 'un. I taste the expected coffee, chocolate, orange, and oatmeal, but there's a hint, if not a reasonable suggestion, of pepper. Wasn't expecting that, but it works, kind of like the fourth ingredient in 'Chopped'. I'm so glad it stood up to the weight of expectation.

M: Okay, so I'm a big stout fan, sue me. No, don't. I'm going through a divorce, and finances are tough, though I manage successfully to keep beer in the budget. With ramen noodles. I digress. Medium-bodied, good carbonation, really nice on the palate, wonderful citrus finish.

O: I really like this beer. I picked up two in anticipation of liking it, as well as three other offerings from Hopping Frog. Looks like I chose wisely.

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Photo of claytong
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.

appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.

smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.

taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.

mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.

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Photo of monitorpop
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Motor oil with a thin tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Bright and sweet. Hints of vanilla.

T: Starts sweet and creamy. Fades to dark chocolate coffee that sticks until the next dip. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Silky smooth with a slight carbonation. 

O: This is one of the better non-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date. After 4 months in the cellar there is a slight bitter finish that is more coffee like than hoppy. It's great well balanced beer as is, but I bet this will continue to improve with age.

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Photo of aficionado
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Used motor oil black with deep dark brown tints. Pours a bit thinner than motor oil, but not by much. Glistening carb bubbles rise to the surface during the pour to create a tiny dark brown head with golden hints that altogether quickly fades. Can't really complain... It's a friggin' Imperial stout.

Smells similar to Bourbon County Vanilla Stouts and Founders KBS sans the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasty coffee. I would love to try the barrel-aged version.

The flavor is great... but it's not utterly AMAZING like KBS. Not too sweet, but sweet enough to balance all of the upfront bitter hops and French vanilla coffee that comes first. These flavors are followed by loads of dark chocolate coated espresso beans and sweet cigar tobacco paper.

Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Ridiculously smooth. Like velvet. So drinkable yet you obviously have to take your time with it given the intense flavor and high abv. This one beer will put you on your ass. Definitely a repeat buy and this is my second time trying it.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Way more hoppy than expected -- ruins what could have been an exceptional beer in my opinion. I can taste some interesting flavors in the background but have a difficult time enjoying them with the hop pucker coming on so strongly. For reasons unclear to me, the Barrel Aged version seems less hoppy and more enjoyable.

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Photo of DUBinMIA
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep black color this tan head of about 1 in. that stick around... and around .... and around... still there....

smell is of oats and malty sweetness... very odd to smell oat to me.... always thought of it as a taste and mouth-feel character. slight ginger bread aroma. no real hop presence.

sweet malt followed by coffee and chocolate flavors... then a warming alcohol taste and then some bitter pine like hops. some oat flavor in the beginning but rather light compared to what the aroma would lead you to believe... good taste

mouth feel is thick and creamy like a stout should be... higher carbonation for a stout i thought as well.

Overall a great beer.... Thanks to HippityHop24 for the trade... CHEERS!!!

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is blacker than black. opaque. creamy dark brown head. head died down after two minutes.

hops are the most apparent aroma. piney hops. then roasted grains are after hops in intensity. it does smell a little sweet, it also smells a little boozy. slight coffee and chocolate aroma.

right up front, HUGE malt flavor. roasted, malt biscuit, toast, chocolate, coffee. nice hop bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malts both very apparent, and nicely balanced with each other and the body/sweetness/F.G. of the beer. i may have tasted a touch of banana. and the alcohol is apparent in the flavor though by no means a dominant flavor. no hop flavor. i dont give it a 5 because i dont taste oatmeal (but in all honesty i may not know what oatmeal tastes like.) medium sweet.

huge body. thick like molasses, coats the tongue. soft carbonation. flavor lingers.

i like this beer alot. i think a will cook with this beer. i nice beef braise, served over buttery egg noodles, with a warm pint of this beer.

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Photo of mavbrew
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky, jet black color with a dark mocha, finger thick head that leaves little evidence of a head being there at all.

S: There is a sweet chocolate scent that comes off strong and pleasing. The dark fruits come through as well with a bit of booze and faint notes of charred wood.

T: Lots of roasted malt flavor of the bat followed by sweet chocolates, not as strong as you'd expect from the smell. The alcohol comes in late and finishes with a charred wood flavor.

M: Medium to full bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is mostly roasted malts and chocolates.

D: This is a good beer, it has good flavor and is well balanced. In my opinion DORIS is far and away a better beer, but as far as RIS's go, its above average but not quite in the elite category.

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Photo of djura
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got it from the U.S. Bottle 0.6l

A-Very dark with darker foam lasting for not so long,can't see anything in the glass.

S- You have everything in the nose,dark chocolate,alcohol,dark fruits,spices..

T/M-Nice taste with all that ingredients like in the smell,plus some coffee and hops. Minus is some strong astringent aftertaste.

O-Very strong beer,hits you directly in the head after just one glass. You could easily drink it like a wine on some winter months or with some good food.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed, cylindrical glass at Michael's Bistro in Charlottesville. Paid $14 for it...problem? It was room temperature (apparently the refrigeration unit malfunctioned. I'm going to go ahead and try to review it anyway, but keep this in mind. From notes. Reviewed 7 July 2011.

A: Super-dark coffee-brown head fizzes and fades to absolutely nothing. The edges are dark brown, but the beer is *black*. 100% opaque.

S: Molasses. Liquorice. Vague berries. Alcohol.

T: Too warm, but other than that it's good. Strongly bitter coffee on the aftertaste. Some smooth, creamy, alcoholic, anise excellence. I dig it. The espresso taste on the aftertaste makes the beer.

M: Slinky smooth, slips down the throat.

O: The temperature moderated my enthusiasm (they ended up taking it back) but, even so, it's obviously a good beer. I would love to try it again more chilled.

ABV: 9.4%
OG: 107
FG: 38
IBU: 60

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Photo of JayS2629
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep, dark black with a creamy tan head that faded too fast for me, but left good rings of thick lace.

The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and dark fruit. Earthy hops peek through to balance with a smooth vanilla hint in the back.

The taste follows with a robust roasted malt taste, a lingering sweet chocolate and caramel middle, hints of mocha and vanilla and earthy elements balancing things out.

Very smooth, creamy and thick.

Overall, a nicely balanced, rich, and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of mikereaser
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a pitch black with just a little bit of tan foam that quickly faded into a ring of bubbles around the glass
Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla along with a bit of a burnt aroma
Nice smooth roasted malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla and a bit of caramel. Very nice flavor
Very silky smooth mouthfeel, just a bit of carbonation and not overly heavy body
Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I finally drank this one.

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Photo of matttttYCE
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Poured this into my Deschutes balloon/snifter glass. Head was very small, not even half a finger high, and dark brown chocolate in color. Disappeared in the blink of an eye it seems (or as long as it took me to recap and put the second half of the bomber back in the fridge/cellar). No lacing. Color is the deepest of darkest of blacks.

Smell - Very dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, lots of roasted malts, some burnt malts as well, coffee, dark fruit/raisins, and a hint of molasses, and licorice on the back end. Maybe just an ever so slight wisp of vanilla in the background. A nice smelling stout, though not my favorite.

Taste - Lots of rich dark chocolate and cocoa nibs like the nose. Big roasted malt flavor as well, some burnt notes (but not too much, just the right touch), fresh espresso, some light hints of dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar, molasses, and licorice. There's also a touch of vanilla on the finish. A pleasant stout for sure.

Mouthfeel - Consistency is silky smooth, maybe even velvety. Carbonation is light. Body is medium-full, almost viscous. And the finish is actually pretty moderate. Some hints of dark fruit, bitterness, chocolate, roasted malt, and sweetness left in the mouth.

Overall - Overall a great Russian Imperial Stout. I don't get much, if any, of the hop additions as the bottle mentions, but I'll just take their word for it. This is probably one of the nicer RISs that I've had the pleasure of trying. Still not quite my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm quite excited to try the Barrel Aged version. Thank you very much kevinv for this beer as an extra in our trade! Really enjoyed it!

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Photo of chocosushi
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of a good trader.
750ml split w/ Saramisu
Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Black as oil with a small cap of burnt chocolate-colored
head. I was able to stir up a small amount of bubbles, but carbonation is pretty reserved. Good amount of stain.

S ~ Blackberries, Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Banana Peel &
Roasted Malt in copious amounts. There's a whiff of
tree-sap & molasses. Some Vanilla after warming up.

T ~ Coffee in Espresso-form & Roasty/Toasty Malt Goodness
follow through from the Nose. Also, Oatmeal with sliced Bananas play in the background throughout. Bit of Raisin, Cherry Juice, Cocoa Powder, Dried Pepper, & Powdered Milk as well.

M ~ Long...Long...Long & Dry finish. Lingers excessively
to the point where it becomes more enjoyable the more you wait between tips. Sweetness & Creamyness one expects from
an Oatmeal Stout is very prevalent, but this combined with a good amount of bittering from the roasted malt & hops.

D ~ Delectable Stout. A sipper for sure, but one you enjoy sipping rather than grow weary of. This is a good one to drink 6-8 oz of & cap up with a rubber cork to be saved for later. It opened up quite a bit.

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Photo of dubinsky
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter. Acquired in N00B BIF #5 from Axic10.

A - Pours super viscous jet black with absolutely zero head to speak of. As the bubbles that formed the pour settle i see a nice amber edge on the side of the glass. Swirling the beer vigorously barely creates any head, but what does form is a great medium brown color, like what i have come to expect from an imperial stout.

S - What a great smelling beer. Fairly sweet smelling with dark stone fruits, raisins on the front end and espresso and the darkest chocolate on the back. I smell a bit of oak and perhaps some vanilla as well. The nose it not overpowering at all, and is truly marvelous.

T - Not nearly as sweet as i was expecting. Huge coffee flavors jump out with some bitter sweet chocolate to balance out the coffee. Again there is a hint of charred oak, not sure why, cause this isn’t a BA beer. Those stone fruits that i picked up in the smell as virtually non existent and only manifest themselves with a burp. Weird, but cool.

M - This is one of the thickest and heaviest beers i have ever had. Like Old Viscosity, only more viscous. Thick, oily, great carbonation. Supper smooth and a pleasure to sip. The ABV although 9.4% is masterfully hidden.

O - I was really impressed with this beer and am glad i have another from a previous visit to NY that i was too afraid to open since i was certain i would really like it and not be able to find one for a while. Glad i waited cause the expectation was worth it. One of the best RIS's available.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served into a 12oz. snifter.
A-Pours a deep midnight black, no accents. One finger dark brown khaki head, head retention is good. Leaves some good lacing as well.

S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, very light notes of vanilla and mint.

T-Very much of the same, not getting any mint in the taste though. Opens very smooth with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate.I get some oatiness in there too. Finishes bitter with some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D-Creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. There's definitely some heat from the alcohol but it is not overpowering at all.

O-I really enjoyed this one and I will seek it out again. Nothing extremely complex, but it definitely kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours jet black with a 2 finger chocolate colored head that sticks around and makes some sexy bubblework

S: Plenty of coffee aromas at first, with a mix of vanilla/caramel, hints of cinnamon and a bready sweetness, then a nice crisp dryness and light smokiness at the end of the aroma

T: Huge double espresso dryness and dark roast richness hit you at first, then slight notes of miscellaneous dark fruits in the middle, and a chewy, bittersweet chocolate and bready sweetness at the end. Excellent flavor.

O: I love this stout. An excellent RIS, this will definitely have me looking for more hoppin frog.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure that I got this from Double06 a looong time ago. Thanks Eric... don't know why I waited so long!

Pours black as night, with a dark mocha head which I admitted forced.

Aroma is wonderful. Light coffee, cocoa powder, graham crackers, and chocolate.

Loads of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, a bit of coffee. Big and bold.

Full bodied, not too coating or chewy, but good still.

Definitely a stupendous stout! Johnny Boy, hook it up!

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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 2,738 ratings.
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