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RATINGS: 1505   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Have I made a serious error thinking I could drink a bomber of this myself? I’ve already dripped a stain of dark brown liquid on the "V" key of my Mac’s pristine white keyboard... Pours like tar with a thick, black body impervious to light under a short yet thick brownish head. Powerful chocolate syrup aroma with dark fruits and alcohol, cherries, Cocoa Puffs. Thick and syrupy in the mouth, it is a challenge to treat this as a liquid as my mouth assumes it’s eating, not drinking. Deep chocolaty flavor with deeper roasted malt. Pitted fruit and hop bitterings finish and linger. Alcohol apparent. A heavy hitter with a deceptively sweet facade. I finish the challenge but I know I’ll regret it in the morning. Hoo, mama.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
marcus (9014) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Bottle from trade with Pantanap. This black ale poured with a decent tan head that sticks to the glass. There is a pleasant roasted malt aroma. The flavor is, indeed, very intense with elements of chocolate, espresso, cereal and some alcohol. The body is thick and rich and the finish is slightly chalky and dry. I enjoyed this one to the last drop.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5553) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Bottle. Huge (coffee) roast and syrupy chocolate aroma fills the room. Sweetish with some lesser notes of lactose and wood. Really high quality roasted malt. Pitch pour with a typically gorgeous light brown head, full and creamy and rocky and creeping up the sides of the glass; has some legs, too. Obese velvety body, only lightly crisp, with sultry, thick chocolate overtones. Roast is really only established in the dry aftertaste, after the chocolate wave has washed over the tongue. Touch of alcohol seeping into the taste, but only lightly numbing, and a subtle acidity. Lightly plummy with deep-background berry and slippery oats. Constant vanilla lingers long after. Hops are really only complementary here (i.e., seemingly dominated by the malt), yet there’s a citric sweetness toward the back end and a measure of balance struck despite the crushingly robust flavor. Decadent, sticky-lipped love!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2010 Bottle one of two, courtesy crizay and nolankowal. Up against Speedway, DL07, DFHWWS06, and Expedition in a horizontal. Finished #3, nice job! Appearance typical for an Impy Stout. Aroma was milk chocolate more than anything else. Flavor was milk chocolate, light roast, dry coffee beans. Overall, somewhat sweet, little sticky, but enough carbonation to keep from being cloying. A nice brew, enjoyable. HF is a nice brewery. Re-rate, 1/10, came across quite nice, cocoa and chocolate notes very nice, oatmeal dryness still present but not enough, faint coffee in the finish. Numbers staying the same, perhaps they dserve a slight boost upward, but not significantly enough to split hairs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2009 Freakin BORIS. So delicious. Jet black little head. Aroma powerful of dark raosted malts and espresso and coffee. A little alcohol and hops on aroma as well. Taste amazing. Malts coffee, molasses, burnt caramel and hops. Body rich from oatmeal, very smooth. Savor this one baby.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 2, 2007
Black colour with a small light brown head. Light roasted and coffee bitter aroma balanced with a vague fruity note and hints of some chocolate sweetness. Coffee bitter flavor with some roasted malty notes and a vague sweetness. Vague hoppy bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3050) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2007
Thanks to Santa for this one. Pours out a dark black with a small brownish head. Aroma of roasted malt and slight coffee. Very thick mouthfeel rich and creamy. Roasted malts dominate with slight lingering sweet flavors, molasses, coffee, and some nutty flavors. Very solid beer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcox90 (1886) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 30, 2007
22 oz bomber courtesy of Acknud. Pours jet black with small tan head that does not last. No lacing on glass. Aroma is typical Impy Stout, coffee, roasted malts, and molasses. Taste is same as nose only with the addtion of some oatmeal. Drinking this brew is like eating fresh baked oatmeal bread while drinking strong black coffee. Definitely a sipper. Not a brew for lightweights. This is not available to me except in trade, so I’ll be looking to get hooked up again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Tried on tap. A very bold imperial stout. Very heavy in the roasted malt department. Nice dry roasted finish. A bold example of an imperial stout meant to be enjoyed slowly to both appreciate and not be overwhelmed by its rich character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MrBunn (2729) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2007
Bottle - 22 oz. As the thick blackish liquid slowly fills the glass the anticipation is building. The little bit of a head that is forming is that burnt orange color that I’ve only seen on a couple of other beers and the aromas are wonderful and detectable at a distance. Leaning forward for closer inspection, I pick up dark malt, oatmeal, alcohol, molasses, maybe a little bit of anise and a touch of espresso. First sip is really nice. Silky mouthfeel and burnt malt are the first things that hit, then a bit of an alcoholic warmth accompanies the dark fruit and molasses middle to end development. The best part of all of this is that everything balances really well and transitions are smooth... meaning that, although this is a high ABV imperial stout, and rich in flavors, there are no elements that stick out and distract.

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