jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2008
Poured opaque black with almost no head at all. Bonus, i dont prefer big stouts w much carbonation... Taste of deeply roasted malts with hints of chocolates... I would drink this everyday... Amazing beer.... clingman71 (300) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2008
Bottle. WOW! I have previously tried 2 other Hoppin’ Frog beers, that while not bad, did nothing to impress me in this day and age of beer geeks being spoiled with an abundance of spectacular brews. This beer is the one to impress said beer geek. There are many solid RIS on the market, this is right up there with the elite. Pours a deep, deep brown with a light brown head that began thick and full and disippated into a nice tan 1/8" layer, but with no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate and roasted malts, with a little burnt sugar smell in the background. The flavor is HUGE! It has a serious dark chocolate thing going on, bittersweet, with a sweetish creamy undertone. The balance between the creamy sweetness and roasty bitterness is outstanding. The mouthfeel is tremendous. I have had too many stouts of late that have great flavor with a mouthfeel that is too thin. Not so with B.O.R.I.S., huge, huge, huge, so thick and full. I can’t wait to get some more of this! NJDevilz69 (28) - Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, USA - APR 12, 2008
Poured with a very thin dark brown head, very little lacing on the glass. Very rich chocolate and alcohol smell. Very in your face malt, nice roasted flavor. Rich chocolate and some coffee in there. Up there with some of the best Imp Stouts I have had. RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2008
Pours jet black into the snifter with a half inch of dark tan head. Minimal lacing stuck to the glass. Scents of malt, chocolate and coffee. Very complex flavor, hoppy upfront with strong notes of coffee and roasted barley. Finish was somewhat sweet with chocolate, carmel, vanilla and oatmeal. A very interesting, drinkable RIS. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 7, 2008
Bomber courtesy of nolankowal. Pours an opaque deep dark brown/black with almost no head. The head it has fades into an oil slick, and even that doesn’t stick around long. Nose is coffee, cocoa, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Palate is coffee, chocolate, molasses and a smooth, almost salty finish. Didn’t detect any oatmeal in the flavors. Medium mouth feel and some what creamy. Alcohol is present, but not overpowering. A very nice impy stout. Thanks John.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2008
This was also a very good imperial stout but I did not like the oat flavor that makes the beer a bit dryer. iride15 (238) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2008
Amazingly dark and full of chocolate and roasted malt. Pour nearly black and has a delayed dark brown head. This was a great find for an mixed up order. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Bottle. Aroma of some chocolate, some dark fruit, some alcohol (or combined into alchol soaked fruit), nothing terribly overwhelming. Flavor continued with the chocolate, was moderately (for an imperial stout at least) roasted, some citrus hop accents snuck through, smooth, sweet finish. For me, though, there was no defining characteristic to make this one of the great imp stouts. Nonetheless, a very nice brew. 7-5-8-4-15/3.9LilBeerDoctor (4229) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2008
Rerate 11/08. Bottle. Just a bunch of sweet roastiness with a creamy but rather heavy mouthfeel. Very little in the way of nuance or complexity, just a good beer if you want a massive stout thingy, but if you’re searching for something interesting, falls short. 7-4-7-4-14/3.6
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2008 Bottle. Poured a dark black with a small, quickly dissipating dark brown head. Aroma not very strong--slight coffee/roast, some alcohol, prunes. Taste stronger of coffee and roast, some oat. and a sweet finish. Smooth drinking for an imperial stout and not as bitter as others (a plus for me!). A very good beer, but it doesn’t quite stand up to the top beers in this category. 7/4/8/4/17
daftwankie (2) - USA - APR 5, 2008 does not count
Update 11/26/08: Had a second go at this beer and was similarly unimpressed. Pours black with no real head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and booze. Flavor is less intense, lots of general roasted malts and alcohol. A little flavorless for an imperial stout. Smooth drinking. Ok, but nothing I’m jumping over joy for. Had to bring the numbers down on this one.
My current favorite. Incredibly dark and chocolatey. From the same brewmaster that created Thirsty Dog’s Leghumper, another great dark beer.