Cliff (355) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2007
22 oz bottle. This is a great new Impy Stout. Pours jet black with a very thick dark brown head. Aromas of dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Great flavor, burnt malts laced with bitter hops that are perfectly balanced with the rich mouthfeel, immense malts and alcohol warmth. Wonderful lacing in my snifter and the beer keeps getting better as it warms. Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. The aroma has lots of chocolate with light vanilla and faint roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown, virtually black with a small brown head that lasts a minute or so. The flavor starts with moderate dark chocolate, light black licorice, and hints of vanilla. The is some light roasted coffee in the background. The finish is moderately bitter with burnt flavors and piney bitterness. The mouthfeel is slick and oily. Very nice. shigadeyo (3856) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Sampled on 1/05/2007 at River’s Bend. Thanks Matt! --
Let me start off by saying that Hoppin Frog "BORIS The Crusher" Imperial Stout is probably the best new beer offering from Ohio and will probably retain that title all the way through 2007... It is completely black in color and has a large, thick brown head. The aroma and flavor are both rich, robust, complex, and mouthwatering! This beer is packed full of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, cocoa, vanilla, and something else in the background that really adds to the complexity and intrigue of this beer that I can’t quite put my finger on yet (tobacco?, molasses?, raisins/dark fruit? - I’m just not sure!). The alcohol presence is noticeable, but is very complementary to the overall taste and complexity. This beer is even better than the Founder’s Breakfast Stout. It is less sweet, but richer, more complex, and has more dark chocolate and oatmeal in the aroma, flavor, and texture. "The Crusher" is full bodied (almost chewy) and is very SMOOTH and creamy on the palate.
Overall this is a very impressive Imperial Stout and by far the best and my favorite of the Hoppin Frog brews (although they are all pretty damn good!). I bet that this beer would also age superbly and would also be even more awesome it were also offered in bourbon-barrel aged version! --
I have no doubt that this will make the Top 50 list soon and quickly surpass Thirsty Dog Siberian Night Imperial Stout. Actually, this beer is so good that I have a feeling this beer will make it into the Top 20! --
22 oz bottle. Score: 8/5/9/4/18=4.4
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2/21/2011: Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout... Aroma: Loads of dark chocolate laced with high-octane espresso and notes of red wine, vanilla bean, cocoa, char, and more; develops even more as the beer warms. Appearance: Silky smooth pour; black and viscous liquid; dark as night; cratered, lasting brown head. Flavor: Chocolate (milk, semi-sweet, Belgian, you name it!), vanilla cream, CARAMELIZED malts, maybe just a splash of deep red wine; ultra smooth oatmeal quality shines through; delicious char; faint citrus hoppiness lurking in the dark underworld; mocha, dark chocolate, espresso beans, and roasted grain through the long and lingering finish; the after-taste is soft and milky like cream and milk chocolate syrup with a dusting of cocoa - actually, it is tasting more and more like Baileys Irish Creme liqueur!; alcohol is completely absent; some tobacco as well. Palate: Full-bodied; thick, yet really SMOOTH; carbonation is really soft and mild; coats the mouth nicely and seems the stick around long after swallowing. Overall: Aroma is fantastic and the beer is still really good, although the flavor has mellowed out somewhat.
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Specifications: 9.4% a/v, 107 OG, 38 FG, 60 IBU ) from River’s Bend Wine and Spirits in Maineville, Ohio. Score: 9/4/8/4=4.4
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2016 December 2016: Black with a thin ring of a head, unsustained. Sharp, fruity alcohol dominant in the nose (cherry-chocolate liqueur); roast, licorice, blackened coffee bean. Unpleasantly hot and boozy in the nose with unidimensional malt. In the mouth it’s medium-full bodied, rich and sticky, lightly sweet, finishing bitter, drying, and roast-y, and a little sour. It’s a nice textural experience, savory and chewy with an endless chocolate malt finish, but the aroma is off - too boozy and hot in the nose for a sub-10% stout, too much inky char-like black malt, and the peaked head retention suggests something is off as well. 4/2/7/4/13 = 3.1
Beerboy (5) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2006 does not count
December 2006: Deep pitch black body with a semi-dark caramel brown head. Rich smoked malt in the nose, starchy, oily aroma of tobacco and licorice. Mouthfeel is rich, silky, oily; full of smoke, while oatmeal is hard to detect. 8/5/8/3/16 = 4
Russian Imperial Stout - 22 oz Bottle
Appearance: Deep dark brown with a brown creamy head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.
Aroma: Very roasty with expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones. Hint of alcohol. Some earthy hop aromas.
Flavor: Rich and roasty. Very big in the mouth. Expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Big malt flavor nicely balanced with lots of hop bitterness. Relatively dry with roastiness, coffee, and hop bitterness in the finish. Slight taste and warming from the high ABV.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very big and chewy. Has a creaminess in the mouth that I haven’t experienced in many Russian Imperials. Most likely due to the oatmeal. Good caronation for style. High ABV gives a warming sensation.
Overall: A Great Russian Imperial Stout. Very drinkable, be careful though, this one will sneak up on you. I think that the oatmeal provides for a creaminess that you usually don’t get from this style of beer. This is now my favorite big stout that I can get in these parts.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2006
Bottle: Thick black pour, with a brown head. Motor oil would be very accurate here. Aroma, lots of coffee, some chocolate, big roasty malts, some hints earthy hops. Flavor, rich chocolaty, coffee, roasted malts. Some nuttiness, a bittersweetness on the finish. Great thickness on the palate, truly a monster. I can’t wait until this goes statewide. kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
22 oz bottle: Another beer that pours like used motor oil, but motor oil doesn’t have a lasting thin mocha colored head. The liquid also clings to the sides of the glass and looks like new 10/30 oil as it runs down the glass. Roasty, caramelly, chocolate, and nutty are the first impressions I get. A hint of toasted malt and burnt aromas and a whiff of alcohol. I also get a faint smell of herbal hops, but only every so often. Also a very light raisiny dark fruit that should develop well with age. Well balanced w/ a bit of a lingering bitter finish and aftertaste. Chocolate and roast are the dominant flavors. Light raisiny dark fruit, a hint of dark grain tartness. Some lightly toasty and nutty flavors mid palate. Aftertaste is roasty and chocolate w/ a touch of herbal hops, and I do mean just a touch. Light alcohol flavor as well. Very full bodied, but not sticky, lower medium carbonation, well hidden alcohol. The beer is a double edged sword. My palate likes it, but it might turn you smile brown if you drink a lot of it! Fantastic beer IMHO, and if you like big, heavy, Imp Stouts, this one’s for you!!!! TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Thick black pour. Like motor oil. Small reddish hued bubbley head. Very nice malty aromahints of chocolate and coffee abound. Very smokey flavor, on a very full bodied beer. there is a definate alcohol flavor present. There are big roasted malts, more hops than I have come to expect in an Imperial Stout. I realy like this beer. Due to the body and oatmeal, don’t plan on drinking alot of it, it will fill you. black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Bomber Shared with LeopoldStoch. Pours out the absolute blackest of black. Like crude oil, but darker. Insanely dark. Little to no head with just a swirl of bubbles lying on top of this viscous mixture. Aroma is roasty rum soaked raisins with a faint hint of booze. Very nice aroma. Taste follows suite with a super thick chewy roastiness that lingers on the palate for minutes after drinking. Hints of baker’s chocolate, dark fruit, and graininess. Alcohol is very faint in the finish with just the right amount of hops. Very nicely done. LeopoldStoch (201) - Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2006
22 oz bottle shared by my brother Black95tt. This was one hell of a russian oatmeal imperial stout. Apparently the brewer of this beer was the corporate brewer for Thirsty Dog, and had a hand in Siberian Night. And this stuff shows it!! This beer was really good. Poured as thick and black as possible. Only things darker or thicker have been dark lord or expedition. It had a nice roasted bitter aroma, and a really thick full mouth feel prolly from the oat contributions. This is a hell of a beer. Highly recommended!