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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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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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.

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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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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

A- Black body with brown hues. Thick 1 finger coffee colored head. Recedes to a cap quickly. Lace is OK.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Little whiff of the ABV. Would've liked the aroma to be stronger.

T- Vanilla, as if it was oaked aged. Burnt chocolate, and slight warming alchohol in the end.

MF/D- So creamy you could walk on it. Excellent body that just coats your mouth. Other than the 9.4%, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown, a little thick with a tiny, short lived mocha head which quickly dissipates forming a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, a little roast, malty sweetness, caramel. A light perfumy alcohol which develops as the beer warms. Very nice.

F/M - Dark bitter chocolate with a pleasant and well balanced malt sweetness. Notes of caramel, toffee, bready malts and sweet dark fruits emerge. Spicy, piny hops with a moderate bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Medium full bodied with a slick and oily feel, but finishes a little drier than this would suggest. Pleasant alcoholic bitterness and light warming. Moderately low carbonation. Light roasty chocolate aftertaste.

D - Tasty, smooth, rather easy drinking for a big beer. Pretty good, although the BA version ups the ante for this series for sure.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the darkness settles into the glass, a joyous array of roasty chocolate and oatmeal dance towards my nose, ascending with a slight fusel burn. As it sits meatily in my hand, I await the first sip. Ready myself, and embark on the adventure.
Too smooth, rich and perfectly carbonated. Reminiscent of the oatmeal bourbon and chocolate cookies I had eaten earlier in the day. Phenomenol flavor, and so drinkable. There is a hint of dark fruit in there, but not too much. Drank this warm and the flavors were perfectly aligned.

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Photo of nismo80
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. This is what I compare other Imperial Stouts to.

what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Smooth and full of flavor. Award winning for a reason.

Well worth it. a must try. I love many beers but too lazy I am only mentioning A+ ones.

Hoppin' Frog is one of my favorite brewers thanks to this awesome brew.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to movajo

A- Pours opaque black with a real nice brown 1 finger head that leaves alright lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts with a definite booze presence. Also some nice coffee and chocolate is noticeable.

T- Delicious roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes like a tall cup of black coffee with some perfectly blended alcohol booze that is nothing like the aroma.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a strong dry bitter finish.


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

22oz Bomber into a Snifter

Picked up in a trade with 7ways. This is the second time i've had B.O.R.I.S. The first was from a whiskey-snob friend of mine, who had absolutely no idea what he was buying me, and I drank it from the bottle with a friend ... and we were entirely oblivious to what we were drinking. Although we very quickly realized it was something spectacular.

A: This thing pours dark and thick like used motor oil. Let me be more specific: like abused, drove through the desert for 10 years on 1 quart motor oil. Black. Deep brown hinting here and there as it catches the light.

S: Deep, lasting bitterness with a freshness in the front of the nose. Strong. Seems like there's some hoppiness there too, which is exciting.

T: Blast of booze right up front, then fades into chocolatey bitterness, dulling out into a rich lingering sweetness. Yum.

F: Hella-thick. As thick as the pour looked, and thicker.

D: Yeah ... this thing is phenomenal.

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Photo of jillmart
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with fellow user promark420. Fittingly enough, we'll be flying to Cleveland tomorrow (catching the Falcons/Browns game).

A -- Pours dark brown with no head and not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S -- Syrupy smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

T -- It's a syrupy taste that also has hints of oatmeal and chocolate with a smoky finish.

M -- For me personally, it has the mouthfeel of a good coffee stout. A bit thick, but it works.

D -- This went down pretty easily, which is mildly alarming at 9.4 percent abv. I definitely will buy this beer again.

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Photo of ccahoon22
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, close to black and almost syrup like. There was a very small head that dissipated within a few seconds.

S - Smells of sweets and coffee, with hints of chocolate and oatmeal.

T - The taste is somewhat like chocolate/cocoa but without the sweetness. Slightly bitter but not overpowering with a coffee consistency.

Notes - Overall this is a good beer but it didn't blow my socks off. I would have another but wouldn't rush to the store to buy one.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this one on the shelves since I moved to this part of the country and I had yet to even pick this one up. Finally did it, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. This beer was great and I feel it lives up to the positive hype. Review is from notes taken on 10/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour just looks thick and oily and is darkest brown, like Hershey's syrup or fresh brewed coffee; no head whatsoever, just 3 tiny dark tan spots floating on the surface; body is entirely opaque; only a couple of spots of lacing stick around and even they eventually slip back into the drink.

Smell: Nice! Lots of dark syrupy chocolate (again, like Hershey's); some dark and sweet cherries are lying in the back; a tall, dry oaty scent definitely lingers in the back as well; bit of a dank and musty scent in there as well, but not like it's a bad thing; nice and dark and some burnt roastiness as well; nose is very robust and I feel like I'm finally getting what I'm looking for in an RIS after a few disappointments as of late.

Taste: Love it! Finally an RIS that is what it claims to be! Lots of thick, syrupy and dark chocolate and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder aspect; nice dark cherry sweetness is followed by a nice roastiness from some dark/burnt malted barley; definite warming presence of alcohol throughout and there is a bit of a carmalized sugar aspect as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel: Body is syrupy and thick, albeit a little bit slick; carbonation is really a non-factor due to the viscosity; a thick, moist and sticky coating is left holding hard to the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: One word comes to mind when I think back fondly to this beer: THICK. This beer is great and lives up to the hype! Big and heavy ABV does knock it down a bit, but this is a great beer for a cooler/cold night and I will definitely be picking some up to age for a bit, but don't let it fool you, it could be enjoyed anytime.

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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 2,751 ratings
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