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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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 DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black body with not much head or lacing.

S - Rich roasty malts, molasses, smokey oats, oats, and licorice.

T - Dark chocolate, a pretty minor malt character, massive (like oldcrustacian's hamstrings because he deadlift's 395) licorice presence. Nice smokey accents. Oats, molasses. Subtle bitterness in the backround.

M - Feels a little thinner than I like from a stout.

D - Much better than the BA version.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Capt. Chapman USAF for giving me a bottle of this.

Appearance is a deep dark brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipates down to a thin lace. Minimal lacing as it goes down. Smells of dark rich chocolate, and slight alcohol notes. Taste is of toasty malt with mocha. Oats give it a nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Drinkability I think was quite high for a big beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

A- Pours dark black with 1 1/2 finger deep brown foam that settles gently into a nice lace with fair retention.

S - Exceptional roasted malt characteristics, with coffee at the forefront. Nuttiness and minor cereal notes are also present. Sweet, dark stone fruit drives home that this is a Russian Imperial Stout

T- Freaking great. Roasted coffee and chocolate; lots of it. Mild alcohol and sweetness bring some warmth towards the end, before a lingering espresso finish.

M- Medium/full body; soft and creamy. Slight bitterness in the finish.

D- My friend and I usually split a bomber over the course of an hour while playing guitar. We finished this in under 20 minutes -- that is to say, this is extremely drinkable, especially for the ABV.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours beautiful black color with a lovely, foamy head. Aroma is of coffee, dark fruit and brown sugar. Flavor is coffee, chocolate with lingering hoppiness at the end, liquorish like. Smooth, full body. Wonderful Imperial Stout. One of my favorate.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark black with some brown tinges around the edges... Dark mocha head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... vanilla, butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, strong dark espresso, light fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes. Good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts... slight warming from the alcohol

Feel - Very smooth, creamy and a little oily... full bodied... pretty drinkable for 9.4% altough it does become quite sweet after a while...

Overall - A supremely good stout but a 650ml bottle of this is way too much in one sitting... recommended...

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

Bold and dark roasty Imperial Stout. Enjoyed this with my wife at Rattle N Hum in NYC. We have been looking to try this one for a while, and were excoted to see they had a bottle.

Impressive wafting roasty aromas and tastes. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, balanced well with some hop character and dark caramel malts. Full body with lower carbonation.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate fudge, oats, roasted grains, a little anise and a little coffee.

The flavor is chocolate fudge, oats and coffee with some anise and a good sized bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is pretty full with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Reminds me a bit of the Yeti, but I believe sweeter and more bitter. Some age might make this awesome.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Secret Santa Stigs

A: Pours a deep dark black, very oil like, with a very small dark brown head that fades to near nothing very quickly leaving no lacing. The cap barely made a hiss when I opened it and I thought "uh oh", plus as I was pouring a head wasn't forming but some bubbles appeared at the end of the pour. Still could be a little better in the head department though.

S: The nose is extremely good. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells like a beautiful RIS and I can't wait to take a sip.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits along with a dark roasty element that reminds me a bit of burnt coffee. Hints of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and oily with minimal carbonation. I don't mind less carbonation in the feel but there should be a bit more here.

D: This is tasty and I would probably buy it occasionaly if it was in my area. The ABV is decent for a RIS and the alcohol is well hidden in the big roasty/chocolate flavors.

I prefer the barrel aged version slightly over this one but it's still very good.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: B.O.R.I.S. pours pitch black and pretty thick and viscous looking. Just over a finger of dark khaki head forms; retention time is decent, and the lacing hangs around the whole time.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee form the base of this beer. I can also detect a bit of chocolate, but a lot more expresso than chocolate. Booziness, fig, and slight hop notes form the back end.

Taste: Dark roasted malts assault the palate at first taste, along with a bit of coffee. Booziness, vanilla and fig emerge in the middle towards the back end, and the finish is coffee with slight hop notes. This is a hell of a tasting beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is close to heavy, but not exceptionally so. Carbonation is low and it feels pretty creamy in the mouth. This is one hell of a stout. I can see how it does so well at G.A.B.F. I bought the barrel-aged version as well, which I am very excited about.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 year old bottle aged in the beer fridge.

Dark black with a rich dark chocolate 1-finger head. Very faint lace, though.

Aroma is very rich cocoa with strong hints of mocha. Very little in the way of anise. Vanilla and a slight woodiness round things out. Faint hint of alcohol, too.

Strong dark chocolate malt flavor. Weaker roast coffee. Nice hops in the finish, with a hint of pine and a sharp bite from the chocolate malt. Hint of alcohol in the finish, but not as strong as the abv would suggest.

Feel is weaker than expected, more of a porter than a stout.

Fairly easy drinker for a big beer.

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

22oz. poured into a goblet.

A: Pitch black with a chocolaty colored head.

S: Chocolate, oats, and toasted malts.

T: Very strong chocolate flavor with a coffee backbone and some vanilla notes.

M: Smooth, light and creamy body.

D: Definetly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. Its not too heavy, but still nice and rich. A perfect sipper if you're into chocolate stouts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was really excited to pop this one open after all the praises i had heard...

A - poured a rich thick milky black with a thin tan head. really gorgeous. you can see the oaty thickness. in my opinion you simply can't make a more appetizing and appealing RIS. leaves a nice snail trail of lacing on the glass that slowly crawls home.

S - very chocolaty and oaty. nutty and roasted malts but not in the typical coffee and wood way but rather thick and once again oaty. There is a subtle alcohol thing going on in the back ground that refreshes the nose with a mentholated feel.

T/M/D - oh wow. it all leads up to that first sip and no disappointment at all. its a very filling and rich RIS in every way. it has the full bodied thickness of a mature oatmeal stout. the flavor is essentially all roasted malt. it's a meal in a 12oz glass let alone a 22oz bottle. but damn good beer. new style - RIOS. all though oatmeal spin adds some fantastic flavor and body it really is a bit filling. drinking two of these would be like drinking two milkshakes. mmm...milkshakes.

--- EDIT ---
2011-11-06 Cellar Aged BORIS (with "cellar aged 1 Yr" sticker on the neck of the bottle. It is actually probably 2+ years old at this point, but I suppose the brewery released cellar aged version at some point? bottle also had a sticker that says "17497"

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured sludgy black. not much head and what was there was gone quick. looks thick and delicious. 4

s - dhocolate roasted malts. perfectly mellow and balanced. the roastiness is perfectly paired with the chocolate. also has a touch of a briskness to it. 4.5

t - ah yes...BORIS!!! love this beer. rich thick chocolatey bold roastiness. really well rounded. 4.5

m - here's where i feel the cellaring has done the beer some good. i remember this beer as a monster on fullness and this aged version is quite silky and smooth. much more of a softer oatmeal stout. 4.5

o - overall just a great beer. time does nice for this one...one of my favs. 4.5

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured leisurely while waiting for a good laugh, because we all know that you can't win friends with salad. Gold capped bottle that I think I've had for a while, though not certain how long.

Black pour, short lived head, and spotty suds along the rim.

Sweet molasses, coffee, meld of chocolate, and a dash of liqueur. It's a nice blend of scents if even on the sweeter side.

All that from the nose and more. Battle royale of darker fruits and sweeter malts. Coffee, chocolate, and green raisins all play a firm supporting role. As in the nose, the scale tends to dip towards the sweet end, but never too far and never to the point of cloying. It's a give and take of North Korean brutality and South Korean diplomacy. Damn if I didn't go current events. Hops ooze all over the back on this beer adding a nice contrast.

Creamy, silky, a touch oily, but with nary a burn and very, very smooth. Honestly not sure I'd have picked up oats on the flavor, but it certainly makes sense in the mouthfeel. Really quite nice.

I get a little pissy when I see the tag on Hoppin Frog beers and I've been burned by their prune-tastic IPA's in the past. But this entry is a winner and by memory only, better than the barrel version. There will be verification.

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

Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Has an arome of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Has a smooth stout taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth brew. Nice bitters on the back end. Very Subdued. A very delicious Imperial Stout.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly viscous black sludge with a small light brown colored head, fades a bit fast but there's some sticky patchy lacing on the glass as it slowly empties.

Smell has a nice deep roasted malt aroma, the hops have faded but that's okay, what replaces the hops is a nice dark fruit presence that otherwise would have been overshadowed.

Taste has a thick and sticky mouthfeel, a nice balance between the roasted malt and the sweet dark fruit, not cloyingly sweet either thanks to the roasted aspect, there is a slight heat to this beer (as it should at this strength) but it's more of a warming sensation than a direct burn, has soft carbonation to make it a bit creamy.

Really great, sadly it's just a tad on the expensive side for a beer I'd get often (if only it was even distributed in Maine).

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Photo of wcintula
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black in color with just a ring of brown head around the top

S-not very strong, but smells of roasted malts, coffee, sweet oatmeal

T-similar to the smell with roasted malts, a bit of coffee bitterness, but the sweetness comes out more from the oatmeal and what tastes like melted chocolate. A bit of alcohol warming at the end, but no bite

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T-really great, not like other imperial stouts I have had due to the major silkiness of it.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as oil. Really not much of a head.

Smell - CLassic stout smell of hops, sugars, malts, barley and some spices. Though not as strong as i figured it would be

Taste - Well first drink and i was pleasently happy. Smooth and stout with a bite. Has a real nice bitter kick that is matched with sugar and spices. Cant beleive how smooth this drink is for being so strong. The malts are sweet and work nice with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is long and strong. Really nice stout

Mouthfeel - I really like how tounge gets the bitter kick, then palette picks up the sweet sugars and malts. It lasts long in mouth, forget about drinking anything else unless you eat and drink some water first.

Drinkabilty - Well, this 22oz'er is nice for a sitting, i can leave it sit and sip on it. But its strong and bold, you cant treat this like a regular stout, so one and done for me. Fantastic, will be buying again.

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

Poured an opaque almost black with a one and a half finger deep tan head. Head receded fairly quickly, and no lacing left behind. Smell was coffee, bittersweet chocolate, just a touch of dark fruits and caramel.

Taste is great. So creamy from the oatmeal, with dark and milk chocolate and coffee being the driving flavors. A bit of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits are there too. Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, viscous, smooth. Just a bit of carbonation that makes it feel velvety.

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

It's getting a little colder out and I wanted a big beer for my 200th review, so when I stumbled upon old B.O.R.I.S. here I knew he was the one.

B.O.R.I.S., which apparently stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (badass name for an Impy Stout), pours a deep, opaque black color similar to the darkest chocolate in liquid form (though maybe not the same consistency). The beer puts up about a finger of milk-chocolate colored head that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating, leaving some nice drapes of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is pretty good. Some earthy hops, molasses, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, and maybe a bit of maple oatmeal all float around in a fragrant soup of smell. Complex and ever-changing, especially as it warms, this is one inviting beer.

Similar to the nose, the flavor is deep and complex. Some dark roasted malts up front, drizzled with dark chocolate. Oatmeal, molasses, and dark licorice through the middle. A little bit of herbal/earthy hop flavor, alcohol spice, and more bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Complicated and ever-changing... even though BORIS has a manly name, he's a bit like a woman. All joking aside, this is a good RIS.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's nice and smooth, with an oily feel in the mouth. Maybe it could be a bit creamier, but that's nitpicking. Either way, though, it still boasts a body that's a notch or two above medium and has a well-regulated amount of carbonation, as well as a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and my bomber is going pretty quickly. Complex, flavorful, and a good-lookin' beer too. B.O.R.I.S. was a good choice for a 200th review.

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

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Black as night with a thick and dark mocha-colored head, though with little retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell: A lot going on here. Initial rich, dark caramel, molasses, dark berries, mildly charred brown sugar, rich coffee with cream, hot fudge, black magic marker. As it warms there's some vanilla with bright maraschino cherries, contrasted with the roasted malt aromas throughout. There's a lot going on here. Initially seemingly really sweet out of the fridge, but sipping on it long, for me, as far as a brew like this goes, is most interesting: seeing how it changes from temperature to temperature instead of drinking a brew like this at cellar temperature, which I used to do, or maybe a bit above that. The roasted characteristics and fierceness come through a lot more once it warms. This is one of the most nuanced of the style I've had in a while.

Taste: Hugely dark and roasted, but what I like at the beginning is the good amount of oatmeal creaminess balancing everything out, as long as a good amount of nuanced sweetness. A lot of brews like this need to be laid down, the heavy versions of the style, because they seem to be so overloaded with hops. I think this has been so well-received is from the already-balanced-and-nuanced state of things. Nothing outdoes itself here as far as all the elements. You have mild coffee, charred malts, chocolate, dark berries, mocha cream, nice earthiness, and lingering dark chocolate. But everything works with each other so nicely, providing a nice lingering subtle burst of hops to add some citrus and minor sourness, but the lingering balance of all the dark and charred flavors is what makes this so damn good, along with the oatmeal, which seems to be the creaminess and the binding agent of everything. I could be wrong about that, But I see this as a style more folks will be trying to brew in the future.

Mouthfeel: Ultra heavy-bodied with a fighting creaminess that cuts through the cloying nature, letting it become extremely coating, with a burst of even thicker carbonation, extremely concentrated, at the end.

Drinkability: This is pretty much a no-brainer if you see it. I imagine it could be laid down, but as I said before, I really don't think it has to be. A rich, balanced, bold, nuanced version of the style that's completely worth the time and effort to track down and sip. This is only my second Hoppin' Frog brew, but I'll be on the lookout for everything I can find from now on.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber I snagged at Julio's. Poured into a balloon glass, it's a deep, dark, sexy shade with a small head but good lacing. Nice burnt coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Taste is just the right balance of coffee notes, chocolate notes, and roasted malt notes, plus a wee bit of hop presence in the back. A little boozy, but I didn't mind that while watching Sunday football. It actually made me yell at the TV less, which rarely happens. This is a great all-around stout. Maybe not as stellar as Stone IRS, but right up there.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew is easily in the top 3 darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Very bubbly and quick to dissipate, but leaves a moderate amount of lace to make up for it.

S: The aroma includes lots of oat like roastiness, mounds of bitter sweet chocolate. Little shots of espresso become present as the brew warms.

T: The flavor is much better than the nose. More coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. This stout is more like a desert at times. It's that well crafted.

MF: Mouthfeel is easily one of the best in any brew. Creamy, thick, viscous, this is what a stout is supposed to be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This brew is mouth watering flavorful. Perfect at just under 10%. Huge without being too filling.

Overall, as soon as I found out BORIS hit Florida I asked Chris at Florida Wine and Spirits to order some. He hooked it up and I am now a happy BA. Thanks Chris!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a black motor oil color. No light is getting through this bottle. One finger coffee colored head rises and falls in the same minute. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts and chocolate malts in the front of this. Alcohol actually comes through in the middle. Light vanilla notes toward the ending with a strong blast of coffee.

T- Alcohol sneaks its way upfront to start with. Nice roasted malts come in next with light chocolate notes. Middle of the beer has some vanilla and oats that come and go with the chocoalte malts still being dominate. Coffee roast on the finsh with a light alcohol flavor that still is apparent from the begining.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lower but still works well with this beer. Roasted malts and chocoalte malts left on the palate. Some light roast and alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well blended and this beer shows what a good stout should taste like.

D- This beer was good. In fact it was the whole bomber good. The higher ABV though limits it to just about that...a bomber. Hoppin Frog is a brewery that I always seem to forget about but make fantastic beer from what I have had.

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Photo of Hex92
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BLACK - no light gets through this beer.

Smells like chocolate and maybe some of the alcohol

Tastes malty good with none of the burnt flavors

Syrupy. Coats the mouth real nice. Have to scrape it off.

I think one will do ya with this beer. VERY sweet and high alcohol.

I like it and would definitely buy this one again.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,760 ratings