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RATINGS: 1416   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout and it will crush you like no other stout! Named for its intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor and extreme weight of barley used to make it,BORIS The Crusher will crush your taste buds under its intense flavor and full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bomber from black95tt, drunk on 5/26/07
Quickly rising medium-tan head tops a (nearly?) opaque black body with deep, chartreuse highlights. Head recedes to cover much more quickly than in HF’s other beers, and provides only spotty lacing.
Waxy, almost papery dark malt notes are the first thing I note in the nose, but a lush, though somewhat pepper-tinged, citric hoppiness breaks through, mingling with strong coffee to provide quite a charge of dryness. Black licorice notes rise up only to fall in to a chocolatey death of moist, double chocolate cake splashed with espresso. Somewhat of a short finish to the aroma, however, full of vanilla and light char, and again, that slightly astringent/papery dark malt note. Something slightly unpleasant hangs on the finish as well, perhaps just some higher alcohol or possibly a light phenolic note, but it saps the malt of its richness prematurely. Otherwise, the beer is clean and mostly devoid of alcohol.
Old coffee and bittersweet prunes jolt the palate as the liquid first enters the mouth, but are nipped by a particularly bold Spanish coffee note that seems quite dry and a little grating on the palate. However, in quick succession, a massively cakey fudginess takes over the palate and never lets go. Aided by the low, subversively loose carbonation, it gets intensely sweet and very sticky. You almost have to chew through to the finish, which has a minimal drying sensation from some green, citric hops and charred black malts. As the bottle progresses the heavily sweet chocolate flavors pick up sticky caramel as well and it just becomes too much, especially given the low, loose carbonation. More attenuation and stronger vinousness and/or balancing dryness would really do the trick, as this is a pretty tasty beer. Alcohol is mostly well-concealed. Definitely not a cookie-cutter American Imperial, but not where it could be yet, IMHO.
Yay, I just rated my 100th Imp. Stout....

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
islay (1248) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Approximately 1.5 oz. sample at the Grand Tasting of the RateBeer Summer Gathering 2007 in the Twin Cities, MN on July 23, 2007. This was the second of 26 beers that I sampled and rated during the tasting (and the first that I actually had heard of). Fantastic aroma of banana bread, chocolate chip cookies, and brownies, with a hint of roasted coffee. It’s hard to find a beer that smells much better than this one. Pours a dark brown with an amber ring around the sides and a small amount of short-lasting tan head. Roasted coffee, grape, plum, dark chocolate, and vanilla are present in the port-like flavor. Sweetened roasted coffee aftertaste. Medium to full body. Smooth but crisp in the palate. BORIS the Crusher is the real deal and well worth trying for the smell alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Pours a rich deep black with a nice tight thcik deep beige head and nice lace. Aroma is loaded with tons of chocolate malts, roasted barley, ligth on the american hops, light alcohol pressence, and a nice fruity raisiny ester profile with some tar and licorice. Sugary sweet dates in the flavor, chocolate, and black malts, roast and hints of coffee, licorice and a moderate hop bitterness. Tar and leather hints in the aftertaste. Real smooth and alcohol is hidden well. Nice Impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Sampled at the RBSG 07 Grand Tasting. Dark dark opaque brown body with no head. Strong vanilla to the point it reminded me of an oak aged liquor. Smooth body with coffee and chocolate flavors dominant.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1182) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Bottle from RBSG Grand Tasting. The head totally is gone after the initial pour. Strong intense licorice, vanilla, and caramel aromas greet the nose. Very smooth flavor, and the ingredients just all seem to work in harmony with each other. This is a top notch brew!

Thanks to the Ohio crew for picking this brew up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcr (2221) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Rich, dark and filled with flavor. Thick, oily black pour with deep tan head that diminishes faster than you would think. Dark roasted malts dominate the nose eliciting aromas of expresso and chocolate. There’s a sweet side in the nose, as well, with hints of plum. The flavor is softly sweetened, a sweetness that turns bitter by the end of the swallow. The finish stays bitter and last moderately long revealing notes of licorice. Full body. Moderate carbonation. While this beer makes a great first impression, it grew a little tedious by the end of the glass. Still, a nicely crafted Russian imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
toncatcher (228) - Santee - SAN DIEGO, California, USA - JUN 24, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2008 22 oz bomber. Pours a very dark black with a slight tanish head. Aroma of toasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, molasses. Flavors much the same. Very nice stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
nicolascage (116) - Copenhagen (Virum), DENMARK - JUN 20, 2007
Bottle. thin head that disappears fast. heavy chocolate notes, on the edge of getting too much. long after taste of chocolate

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. Black coloured with a beige ehad. Roasted aroma of oat, coffee and liquorice. Sweet and roasted flavour of coffee and liquorice with notes of cocoa.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, rye bread, vanilla, chocolate and oat, the taste is much the same with some alcohol present. Medium to full body with a long plesant finish. Vell balanced.

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