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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Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon last night into a clean, clear glass. Review from notes taken at the time.

A Oil black body under a nice, medium brown head which leaves nice lacing upon repeated sips. Great, classic look. 4.5

S Sublime smell of dark roast malt, chocolate goodness. Inviting, interesting devoid of any strong alcohol smell despite the ABV%. 4.5

T The smell highly suggests the taste which is a great, big smooth RIS with dark roast malt, dark milk chocolate goodness with even some hops in the background. Chocolate, roasted goodness stays with you for several minutes after the last sip. A classic, great tasting beer. 4.5

M Maybe the best feature of the beer, just smooth as can be with a nice thickness to it. Great, great feel. 5.0

D Really good for the style and the ABV, both of which would normally be drinkability limiters. 4.0

Notes: A treat to have on tap at Fat Head's last night. Bravo!

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

22 oz bottle. I think it was 11.99.

Appearance: Pours thick and opaque. The head is dark brown and foamy, but only lasts a couple of minutes. Not the most persistent lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Rich, rich roasty malts. Coffee and chocolate notes, and some hops smell as well. This smells big.

Taste: Huge breadlike maltiness with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Definitely get a sense of the 60 IBUs. This is not one of those RISs that tastes like sweet chocolate. Its on the dry side and is more heavy and roasty than chocolatey. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little thin up front, but as this thing goes down, you almost have to chew. As I said, its on the dry side and not at all syrupy like an RIS sometimes gets.

Drinkability: This is wonderful stuff, and I'd love another, but its overpriced, and that may stop me from buying another. Thats a shame.

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Photo of infi
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours complete darkness in a glass along with audible 'glugs.' By no means is there any light passing through this abyss of a beer. Was surprised to find no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour. Some streaky lacing of weak grip can also be found. Smell is straight-forward: immensely roasted malt and coffee alongside dark and milk chocolate. The most surprising aspect to me is that the oatmeal is more pronounced than any other stout that says they put oatmeal in it. There's also some cinnamon in the back end of the scent. Damn, this is enticing just by scent alone.

Taste is exactly like the scent with roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Surprising to find no definite malt backbone in here, unlike the aroma. The oatmeal is readily identifiable and delightfully so. It's really like drinking a cold cup of black coffee - you might forget this was a beer aside from the alcohol. The roasted qualities are nicely balanced by a delicate hop bitterness that also adds a nice earthy tone to the stout. And the 9.4% ABV is hidden extraordinarily well. Incredible overall.

Mouthfeel is all full-bodied with low carbonation. This really drinks creamily and smoothly - perfect for a stout. The oatmeal really adds a nice dimension of chewiness that I always look for in imperial stouts. Drinkability is very high, albeit slow. Definitely suitable for the cold weather and a winter warmer. I was very happy to be able to find this beer and it didn't let me down. Well worth the money.

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

Thanks to JoeCeez for sending this to me a long time ago review was lost in notes for awhile.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that give of chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink RIS abv is well hidden and has a good taste make this a beer thats worth getting your hands on

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

i'm gonna relent on this,i really dislike hoppin frog cause i feel most of their beers are overrated.but this is a really good RIS.

nose has alot of dark fruit,milk and dark chocolate,coffee.nose is the same,really smooth.good beer.gonna be an every so often beer for me,i'd rather pick up a more affordable RIS.

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

Pours a deep dark black with very little head. Smell is a complex blend - chocolate covered cherrys (chocolate, cherry and cream), coffee, prune, raisin, vanilla, anise, smoke. Taste follows smell with a robust chocolate and fruity flavor (above mentioned cherry, prune, raisin). Background has vanilla, anise, herbal notes, hints of earth and wood. Nice resiny piney hop flavor in the back end. Slightly noticeable booze. Would have enjoyed a more robust malt presence, or tuned down fruit and herbalness. Full bodied yet smooth, oily and coating, warming, decent carbonation. Very good RIS which sits on the bold and assertive side of complex, some of the malt charachter does get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Projectflam86 for this beer.

Nothing special in the look but it was average for a good beer. Black with a darker beige head. Nose suggested oatmeal stout right away with sweet vanilla and oats mixed with chocolate. Some bitterness in the taste, becomes more creamy and mellows as it warms. Does not remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, but an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Lot's of oatmeal in this with some mild vanilla bean. Very sweet beer with slight booze in the finish.

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

Poured into a sniffer. Black in color looks really thick. Not alot of head and the little disapears quickly. Nice tanish color head.

Smells heavy of licorice coffee and chocolate. Can also smell the alchol.

Taste just like it smells licorice is there in the back ground very smooth and complex. something I can't pin point but reminds me of some sort of childrens medicine. Could be the licorice, but I don't know yet.

Nice and creamy goes down easy. Taste lingers for a bit leaving you wanting more. Kind of coats your mouth.

Awesome beer! Loved every sip of it and regret splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big bottle into spaten becker

A - sure as hell pours out like a stout! big thick stream goes into the glass and barely makes any head, until the end of the pour when the head all foams up at once. the foam is about one finger thick and has a full tan colour. the body is pitch black and there is no light getting in anywhere. looks good, but the foam is a bit of a downer.

S - good coffee and roasted malt flavour. the most noticeable thing is the coffee along with the malts. there is also a bit of chocolate bitterness in there, mixing with a slight aromatic hop aroma. overall, it could be more potent.

T - its a good beer no doubt, but it is missing something. the initial taste is coffee, malts, and chocolate with a touch of fresh citrus or hebal like hops. there is a definitve lack of malt for my palate. this style, and especially a good example of this style, should really lay down the malt bomb. this one perhaps is a bit too hoppy, as there is certain unlikeable sourness to the brew, somehting like a lacto sour but not quite as potent. the finish is more coffee than before and a bit more citrusy spicy hops. the aftertaste is a good blend of coffee and malts.

MF&D - the feel for an ris is perfect, it is just as thick as it can be without infringing onto american double territory. this is a most good feelign brew, but the flavours could be honed a bit.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is very nice. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and some alcohol in the aroma. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with notes of roasted coffee beans and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, BORIS is a good RIS that is definitely worth a try but there are many others that I would choose over this one.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

a: deep brown color, off white head with decent retention

s: chocolate malt, roasted malt, slight dull earthy hop

t: bitter-sweet chocolate with a strong roasted coffee. citrus bitterness, slight oat and molasses. alchohol is warming

m&d: crisp mouth, slightly chewy. Very nice and unique RIS.


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Photo of marvin213
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pouring like syrup, this pitch black molasses concoction offers a continually foaming, dark brown head. The cap dissipates to a thin but solid layer. Though it initially looks a bit on the thick side, it's undoubtedly stout.

I smell that maple syrup I saw. It's sweet malts with a spoonful of oatmeal. It does smell a bit "Russian," a flavor I have yet to pinpoint in origin (I don't want to read the appropriate link on this site; I'll figure it out myself). I'm guessing it's an alcohol component. The aroma is nothing unique but, again, it's solid.

My senses did not fool me: it's too syrupy sweet and thick. I want a potent elixir when I reach for a RIS, but this is like syrup with oatmeal (not oatmeal with syrup). Certainly I will flirt with hyperbole, but this ain't far off from pouring rubbing alcohol in my Aunt Jemima. The oatmeal in this imperial oatmeal is relatively subtle to and in the background of the candy-like sweetness. It's not that it tastes bad but, still, I don't want to keep drinking it. I poured some of the big bottle into a pint glass; it's better served in a sampler.

I guess the sweetness feels good, but it's tart. With most big oatmeal stouts, it's fair to consider them like breakfast. This BORIS is sweeter than my beloved Danish rolls. I keep detecting the oatmeal, but barely...thank goodness it's there because it's an alcoholic sweet tart without it.

For such a highly acclaimed beverage, I'm disappointed. Maybe my Southern style sorely swings with Hoppin' Frog, but I've yet to really love one. All I've had come in big ol' bottles and, understandably, you expect more from those. I'm glad I tried it only to know it, but I will not be selecting another.

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Photo of theghost3
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to vinyljunkie's generosity for this one.

Pours a thick, almost pitch black with some dark brown around the edges. There's a slight brown ring but no real head to speak of. Minimal retention.

The smell is complex--wood, espresso, molasses, toasted malts, oatmeal & slightly viney.

The taste is bitter from the burnt malts, strong roasted coffee, and surprising bitter citrus hops. There's also a richness with flavors of oatmeal and molasses. Mouthfeel is crisp and carbonated but thick like motor oil.

This is a complex RIS with the interesting hoppiness and crispness. It is a bit more burnt/bitter than I expected, but that helped completely cover the ABV.

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Photo of cvfish
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a pick black color that produced a beautiful chocolate brown head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer had it all, big roasted dark malts, espresso, dark chocolate, and a little bit of licorice

T - The taste of this beer was great from a big Stout like BORIS, roasted dark malts, smooth oatmeal-like feel, bittersweet dark chocolate, and espresso finish this big beer off

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, creamy heavy body that had a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a great example of a great, big Oatmeal Imperial Stout, not as good as the Oak Aged Yeti, but close

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

Pours coal black. It looks like motor oil, thick and black. Held up to the light, nothing comes through. Nice one finger reddish brown head. Nice bubbly lacing holds up well.

Smell is raisins, vanilla, cocoa and some other sweet notes. As the beer warms the smell gets stronger and better.

Tastes as good as it smells! This is one smooth brew. Like a good oatmeal stout should taste, sweet and no alcohol burn. Nice balance between the sweetness and the roasty notes.

Mouth feel is very nice. It feels like my mouth is completely laced by this brew. Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation, just velvety smoothness.

This brew is about as drinkable as you can get for the style and the 9.4% ABV. This is a very very good beer.

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Photo of jxhill
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with small but dense tawny head. Smells of molasses sweetness and alcohol with slight toasty smell behind and the faintest hop character underneath. Strong alcohol and treacly tang on the front of tongue. Almost lactose sweetness throughout. Sweetness fades to soft toasted flavors on the back of tongue and through the mouth. Alcohol warmth lingers in throat. Medium bodied with little lacing. A solid Imperial stout, though a bit raisiny to be a personal favorite.

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

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Muddy brown-black body with almost no head formation, even with an aggressive pour. Slowly, though, a thin layer of brown head rises from the depths and rests quietly atop the brew.

S - Chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, and raisins. Big aromas compete with one another, but no one aroma dominates, and there is still room for subtlety, with soft fruity esters hiding in the background.

T - This brew is BIG. I like the balance between dark-roasted and sweet flavors, like espresso beans coated in rich milk chocolate. The juicy dark fruit flavors (raisin, ripe blackberry) that were in the background on the nose come to fore on the finish. I also pick up on the hop bitterness on the finish, and it is pretty distinct from the roasty bitterness on the attack.

M - This brew has that mouth-coating mouthfeel that makes milk chocolate so appealing. Very little carbonation, but it works well here.

D - Freakin' delicious. Every sip and every quaff is different and unique. Just about the perfect brew to sip slowly with some Chopin playing in the background. Beers as big, bold, and stout (no pun intended) as this deserve to be enjoyed on their own - so I'll offer no food pairings this time. This brew is absolutely worth the hype that it gets in the craft beer community!

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of dark brown, almost black head and a completely opaque, black body. The foam dies down pretty quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty, lots of caramel and nutty brown malt. Yeasty fruit notes of plums and figs with moderate, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of chicory. There is also a light, but boozy alcohol note with a hint of acetone.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front; dark, fruity caramel and toffee. Cherry and candy apple notes in the middle with the toffee and caramel remaining strong. Finishes with darker roast notes of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as renewed sweet cherry notes.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - After all I have heard about it, I am surprised to find myself a bit disappointed in this one. The sweetness is excessive and overwhelming and really sticks on the palate in an unpleasant way. The flavor itself is nice, but lacks in roast character or even chocolate, instead relying on fruity caramel notes that are, admittedly, fairly enjoyable, if a bit out of character. I hate to complain about a beer being out of style, since nitpicking style guidelines really misses the point of enjoying beer, but for what it is worth this strikes me as closer to a Baltic porter than an Imperial Stout. Whatever you want to call it, this is cloyingly sweet and hard to drink and it doesn't quite have the complexity to make up for what it lacks in drinkability. It is a good beer, but it certainly doesn't live up to the hype. Worth a try, but I probably won't be coming back to it in the future.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Thick syrupy black. Two fingers of thick creamy medium brown head with good retention and moderate lacing. Definitely a looker.

4.5 S: Smells almost like straight up bootstrap molasses. Lots of roasted barley and caramelized malts. Oatmeal complements the other aromas well.

4.5 T: I haven't had many oatmeal stouts, but this is easily the best. Lots of roasted barley and toasty flavors. This has one of the most elegant flavor profiles for a stout that I've ever experienced. There are no off flavors: no fusels, no slightly sour flavor from the oats, no excessive burnt flavors. Oats complement the roasted flavors.

4.0 M: Smooth and creamy. Lower medium carbonation which works really well. Good, but not too impressive.

5.0 D: One hell of a brew. I could easily put down a few of these since it's really flavorful, but have no off flavors at all.

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Photo of Shaw
3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours all black with a chocolate-brown head that almost instantly reduces to just a ring in my glass.

It has a light aroma of roasted malt and alcohol.

The taste is creamy and chocolaty, with big alcohol flavors that are overpowering the malt.

A very nice body, no doubt thanks to the oatmeal and high alcohol.

This is a decent RIS. There are better, and cheaper, Russian Imperial Stouts out there. Check out North Coast's Old Rasputin and Brooklyn's Black Chocolate Stout (that's only a winter release, though).

This is the third of three Hoppin' Frog beers I bought, seeing as they are new in Florida. My overall opinion is their beers are way overpriced.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from via trade from jlindros. Much appreciated!

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a very thin mocha brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass and not a lot of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal, toasted oats, and toasted malts predominate. The beer smells rich. The coffee and chocolates combine with hints of vanilla to create a very tantalizing smell.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate goodness right off the bat. Some hop bitterness on the back end. The middle is all toasted oats and grains, with some toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla mixed in for good measure. There's also slight alcohol taste, but the higher ABV combined with the sweet nose means this isn't too surprising.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, syrupy, sticky, smooth. The four S's! This beer coats the tongue and mouth, and permeates every corner with sweet chocolates and slightly bitter coffee flavors. There's a twinge of an aftertaste, but this beer finishes fairly clean for the style.

Drinkability: This beer straddles the line between drinkably sweet and overly sweet. The toasted grains and oats balance the sweetness nicely, and the hop addition helps as well. This is a quality beer, and I'm really glad I got the chance to try this hearty brew!

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Photo of jdg204
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wife took me out for my bday to my fav place in the Lehigh Valley, Porter's Pub in Easton! I wanted to get something a little special to celebrate the big day and I thought a bottle of the Crusher would do nicely.

A: Pitch black color that light could not hoepe to penetrate with a thin head that departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, dark fruit, and some espresso.

T: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit laden chocolate flavor that introduces the dark roasted coffee elements by mid-palate. A bit of hoppy bitterness provided a decent balance at the end.

M: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation.

D: My first Hoppin' Frog brew and I was very pleased with the brew, a good bday choice. My only complaint is that it was a bit too sweet and lacked a good of balance with the hops. Still this was a rock solid brew and a yummmy RIS. If you're looking for something original try this one, but to be honest, there's probably better RIS's more easily available.

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Photo of thryn
2.87/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours deep brown and thick, looks black in the glass. small tan head fades fast. pretty.

chocolate, licorice, raisin and a bit of booze. really sweet nose, fruity, almost cherry? I want some bitterness to balance this out, and I'm not getting it.

I am sad to say I expected more from this beer. It's just too sweet. Licorice, a tiny bt of coffee, some chocolate, booze, and again, that cherrylike sweetness. weird. 2.5. It's good up front, and then it starts to taste a bit like cough syrup.

Feel is good. Smooth, heavy and slick. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability is not high for me.

I'll finish this, but I won't have another. For those who like cherry and licorice flavors, or like your RISes on the sweet end, this might be worth a try. For those who prefer roastier, more bitter RISes, find a beer-loving friend to taste this with if you simply must try it.

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Photo of Beejay
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Black, with a little bit of a brown sugar head from a fairly aggressive pour, this dissipated to a ring.

S: Sweet malt and chocolate. Smells great.

T: Delicious. Chocolate, a nice roasted kick, smooth, and rich. They hide the alcohol very well.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich.

D: A damn fine beer, and I cannot wait to taste it's barrel aged brother.

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Photo of drpimento
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was good. a very special, rich, fulll, tasty mf beer. Pat, Roger, Tim said mmm mm good. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a few months ago. Poured with a tan head and some lace. Color was an opaque black. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit, toffee. good. Body is nice with good carbonation. Finsih was easy. Not really a session beer tho.

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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 2,736 ratings.
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