Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly disappointed by the BA version. All of the strong aromas and flavors of the regular
Boris have fallen away here. I do like
the smoothness and palate of this version more though. Easier to drink, but not as much
flavor. The flavors of the regular Boris have been sacrificed here.
NachlamSie (2752) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 4, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber shared with Tronraner. This is a black ass beer with serious lacing. Lots of barrel char is evident in the aroma along with brownies, vanilla, and unabashed oak. The palate is quite thick and creamy. Earthy and wooden at first, this gets noticeably sweeter as it warms. Hints of milk chocolate, black cherries, and light coffee are all rounded out by an oaky smoothness. This is not as ashy or roasty as I expected, but is highly delicious.
AndyReynolds (879) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2009 Bottle. Thanks to BigMmartin, NATIFEST ’09. Pours a rich mocha with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, bourbon, and bitter chocolate. On the palate, it was smooth and creamy. As far as the flavoring the bourbon is a bit overpowering, taking away from what would be a much better beer in my mind. I have not had the B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, so it is tough to confirm that. I was a little disappointed with it, but that’s how over-hyped beers can be sometimes.
Re-rating 09/17/2009 - bottle thanks to ewestern. My buddy insisted that I had a bad batch one and to give this another chance. I did and I am raising my rating, just a little bit (from a 3.6 to a 3.9). The older one he brought me was not as strong with a whiskey flavor. This brought out more of the complexity found in the regular B.O.R.I.S.
shigadeyo (3006) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/01/2009: Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Oatmeal-Imperial Stout... Aroma: Nice subtle char, mocha, somewhat weak aroma. Appearance: Black, opaque, not much foam on the top. Flavor: Candy orange and tons of semi-sweet chocolate; quite good but the barrel seems to have stipped all of the complexity out. Palate: Full-bodied, smooth and oily, syrupy even. Overall: Good and interesting, but it think the barrel really robbed the beer of its subtleties and deep complexities. The regular Hoppin’ Frog BORIGS The Crusher is TONS better!
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (9.4% alc/vol.) shared by Bigmmatin at NATIFEST ’09. Thanks Mike! Rating #119 for this beer.
WinoInTraining (109) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - AUG 3, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty damn good. Eminently smooth, layered and oh so satisfying. Motor Oil, thick, mocha head. Cinnomon, coconut, milk chocolate. Oak is perfectly integrated.
raninator84 (3) - beavercreek, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2009 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours thick black with a small forced head and slow silky lacing. Smells of light bourbon, plum, and roasted coffee with a hint of vanilla. This is a very well balanced and tasty stout, much smoother than "The Crusher". Overall one of the better barrel aged stouts I’ve had. Well done Hoppin Frog.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, shared by NachlamSie. It pours black with orqange=red highlights and a reddish tan head. The aroma is barrel char, black cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and wood. The flavor is vanilla, cherry, char, and some distant chocolate and soy sauce. The finish reminds me of melted chocolate ice cream, and leads to a zesty and slightly woody bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a yummy one indeed.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
It is about time I was able to find this beer on the shelves in Chicago. $17.99 for the bottle. I love the regular Boris the Crusher beer. Nice aroma of chocolate, vanilla still and great flavor. I thought the whiskey barrels added just a touch of flavor and didn’t overwhelm the beer. I was almost expecting it to be a lot stronger than it was. Solid beer still. For the price difference I would probably stick with the normal one.
malrubius (1683) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Time to catch up before BCTC. Bottle at PilsnerPeter’s Spring Throwdown. Thank to everyone who brought great beer and ribs and pickles and everything! Black with ring. Chocolate woody bourbon aroma. RICH woody mild bourbon bittersweet dark chocolate. Rich smooth clean and dry. Awesome.
Coltrane (108) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 31, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely tremendous, even managed to finish off an entire bomber by myself. Lovely notes of vanilla and chocolate with a subdued bourbon sting throughout. Just a bit sweeter than I would want, hurting the drinkability just a bit.