Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout

This review was shot on my iPhone 3GS literally taped on top of Jay's camera. I stopped by his apartment to drop off a beer and he suggested we shoot a review while I was there. Since I didn't have my camera on me I thought it'd be fun to do an experimental review using the iPhone. Anyway, this is a beer a lot of viewers have been requesting I review which I've never been able to since Hoppin' Frog wasn't distributed to Albany until recently. With a name like this, it's gotta be an amazing beer, right?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (572) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2011
I split a 22oz bomber with a friend. I poured my half into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Opaque black all the way to the edges. No signs of carbonation. Forms a very small, brown, soapy head which doesn’t last very long but can be easily regenerated with a vigorous swirl (little to no lacing, though).

Smell: Black licorice, a clean rum alcoholic aroma and pure chocolate syrup or baker’s chocolate block.

Taste: Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout is a by-the-book Russian Imperial Stout. Beer geeks tend to hold that style in high regard, so even an okay or average RIS is usually a pretty good beer, and I’d say that’s the best way to describe this one. Nothing particularly original to it, but the taste that’s there is plenty flavorful and appealing.

It begins with a remarkably sweet, cola-like taste. This gives way to more traditional imperial stout palate: deeply roasted malts, black licorice, bittersweet chocolate and a hint of coffee bitterness and dryness. The alcohol is slightly prominent, imparting a dry rubbing alcohol effect as well as some richer, more vanilla and rum-like flavors and gives the beer a warming sensation. Satisfying all around to be sure, but no true wow factor for me.

Mouthfeel: Surprising thin for such a big beer. Coats the mouth at the time, but leaves an aftertaste similar to eating too much chocolate - cloying or annoying? You decide.

Drinkability: Oatmeal tends to be used in stouts more for texture than taste, and is probably what accounts for Boris’s velvety smooth body and easy drinkability. Definite alcohol presence, although a little more than I’d expect for a 9.4% ABV brew, but I bet this beer tastes better and becomes even smoother as it ages. A good dessert beer or a nightcap.
Grade: 8/10

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