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RATINGS: 1467   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Black pour thick brown head. Bittersweet chocolate taste with coffee in the background is the main flavor. Nice roastiness to it as well mixing with the high bitterness levels of the hops and warming alcohol. Very creamy and silky almost thin but great mouthfeel from the oats. A lot like siberian night, I wish the hops were backed down a little.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle at 52 F. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium burnt bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 15, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2007 Black body with a small tan head. The aroma is anise, chocolate, molases and roast. The flavor is chocolate, roast, moderate sweetness, burnt and oak. Medium/full body with a sticky texture and a bitter end. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drewbeerme (3915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 22oz bottle, thanks to sliffy for this. pours like motor oil, pitch black and so thick, thicker than anything i’ve seen in a while. not much head on this at first a beautiful deep blood red head around the rim but that left quickly. the appearance of the thickness of this beer is amazing and warrents a 5 even without much head. aroma is similar to the taste but what i find it so impressive about it is how tight it is, the nose is concentrated with the most bitter italian espresso and really dark chocolate. the flavor is much of the same, and this beer comes off feeling so focused and tight. extremely dark chocolate and bitter espresso roasted in perfect unison. finish has good amount of piney bitterness and faint alcohol burn. mouthfeel is very thick and rich. i prefer my imperial stouts a little less bitter but i am having trouble faulting this beer’s tremendous flavor. can’t wait to age this stuff to mellow the hops. however, this stuff is amazing. Hoppin Frog where did you come from?.8/5/8/5/18=4.4.

time for second impressions. thanks to moejuck for this bottle. pours thick and pitch black with almost no head. nose is loaded with coffee, chocolate, roast, and subtle tobacco. i just dont like this carbonation, too prickly. bottle conditioning could help that a lot. flavor is overly roasty and doesn’t have the hops i’d prefer to balance it, lots of chocolate and coffee. some charred nuts and vanilla in there too. this just isn’t as smooth and rich as a remember. overly roasty and robust though. abv is well hidden. this tasting is nothing like the first time i had it, mainly the carbonation is annoying. rating changed to reflect this tasting.3.9.

10/18/08, on draft at MapRoom, not as thick as the earlier vintages, still a nice solid oatmeal imperial stout that remains rather drinkable and not a syrupy monster hop bomb. tasty.3.8.

10/20/08, bottled Fall ’06, aged 2 years. i wasn’t expecting this filtered and non-bottle conditioned beer to age well and although it held up, it didn’t really improve. the flavors seems to meld together well, hops have dropped off, soy sauce is noticed which becomes too much, a few ounces works fine but i couldnt finish this bomber.3.7.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aracauna (3317) - Georgia, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with a brownish head. Big, beautiful aroma, chocolate and cigar ash, but in a good way. Alcohol is present. A bit of roasted nuts. The body isn’t a full or rich as expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2007
Huge thanks to Ohiodad for this one. Thank you, Scott. The aroma is a bit muted, but chocolate, tobacco, roasted cocoa powder and mild wood smoke make a low key play at the olfactory senses. It smells good-ish, but could smell so much better. <P> The body is a deep black and pours gloppy and this beer stands out in appearance. The head is massive, but not bubbly, and is an incredibly dark mocha color. It is impossibly lasting. Anyone who has seen me drink a new beer knows it takes me five minutes to smell it. Well this head stands strong for that whole period, diminshing only slightly and leaving almost uninterrupted lacing on the glass. <P> Fore is tobacco ash, smoke, burnt and roasted malt, black chocolate and bitter burnt malts along with bitter hops. It’s fairly brutish. I’d prefer some fruit or even mildly sweet chocolate or cream notes. That being said I could see how this would be mother’s milk to some palates. It’s just not to mine. It’s still decent and you can feel the influence of oatmeal in the very creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SpringsLicker (3288) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 30, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2011 Thanks to Captain Cougar for sharing this one at the pre Cask Ale tasting. As expected, a black pour with a firm head of light brown. Lots of dark roasted, almost burnt coffee in the aroma. The flavor some across as big and dry with lots of roasted malt. Not as sweet as many Imperial stouts. Very well balanced. Re-rate 1/6/11 As good if not better. +taste from previous rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2160) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Bomber from shigadeyo - thanks Craig! Pours black with a fluffy, lacy orange head. Coffee chocolate aroma. Sweet taste of chocolate, vanilla, smoke. Espresso finish. I hope to try this one again - I think my taste buds were shredded by Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast and Řlfabrikken Porter which I tried earlier this evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
WSSmiles (124) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2007
Wow, are you sure this is from the good old state of OH-IO? Thanks to the e to the d to the den for this one. Aka beer queen. Poured black as black body with a deep brownish tan head. With nice lace. The aroma is that of chocolate alcohol with i want to say a raisin in it. The alcohol is present throughout. It packs a punch. The chocolate is diffenitely at the end also. Its not as smooth as others I have had but that is not a bad thing. Did I say the alcohol is present throughout, cmon ratebeerer’s you need to try this one. The only problem is I am 100 miles away and having trouble picking up your beer, you need to distribute in the capitol city.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 28, 2007
From a 22oz Bottle. Dark, opaque black pour with a well sustaining head of foamy tan. Lots of toasted oatmeal in the nose, along with some powdered malt and a bit of brown sugar. Very soft and oatmeally, but not overly roasty - a conservative dose of coffee and mocha powder give the nose just a bit of roasted edginess. The oatmeal was instantly noticeable and powerful in the nose, but showed a bit more restraint in the flavor, mostly coming through in body and texture. Medium bodied, soft mouthfeel with a healthy, chewy carbonation. Some sticky chocolate fudge starts out with a chewy texture similar to the center of a truffle. A touch of leathery tannic acidity mingles with the roast coffee, which comes out toward the back end of the palate. A bit of acetonish alcohol flavor starts to reveal itself a bit unpleasantly at the finish too, but is restrained enough to keep from getting overly obnoxious. Thanks for sharing, Dillon!

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