Friday, January 22, 2010

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

Considering my recent score from Greenville, South Carolina, my sometimes affiliation with the Claymont store in Delaware (which rightfully brags 200 feet south of the PA border), and of course my beloved Pembroke Pines store amongst several here in South Florida, I'd say Total Wine is a regular stop. It actually crossed my mind that in essence I have "Ho's" in different area codes. The 864, The 302, The 954. OK, don't make me drop a rap on you guys. And considering the Ho's in that video clearly relish their title, I consider that word the sincerest of compliments for Total Wine, who I have regularly identified as a steady girlfriend!

Tonight I'm drinking B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout brewed by Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio. This beer you probably noticed was part of the gift from my colleague in South Carolina. Nice bottle, big 22, and the frog with the beer and colors grab your attention. There is also a sticker that lets you know this beer won a Gold Medal at the 2008 GABF in the Imperial Stout category. Mmmm. One of my absolute favorite categories! Also, should you be in an inquisitive mood, B.O.R.I.S. stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. Let's go!

Chocolate and roasted scents are the key factors, but some dark fruit in the background also enhances an already nice aroma. The flavors start out with dark fruit and raisins intertwined with milk chocolate in a silky smooth introduction. Very rich, full body and chewy texture. There is also a really unique tart raspberry fruity element, and it's not just a glancing flavor. Very refreshing in the middle of a giant thick stout. Black licorice says hello, too. Smokey and roasted malts play along in this very complex beer. Everything is enhancing everything else--great. Even the 9.4% alcohol is a prominent player, and for sure you will feel the bite and warmth, but not in any kind of overbearing way. This beer coats the entire mouth, and the medium carbonation is right on target. Well, I know what to buy next time I'm in Akron, OH or Greenville, SC. This is a superb beer!

Chicken N Beer -- Ludacris

PUMA Ludacris Clyde New Lace-Ups Black Mens

raspberry powder


Ed Roberts said...

What's your affiliation to the Claymont, DE store? I trained there when I got hired there in Oct 07. Massive store 50K sq ft. Really busy too.

Mike said...

You can actually get Hoppin Frog in Orlando. That's where I got my bottle of this and I enjoyed it quite a bit.

Beer Drinker said...

Hey Ed.

No affiliation except being a sometimes heavy shopper there. I have a bunch of family in the Philadelphia suburbs of Media, PA. If you haven't heard, the alcohol laws of PA suck and it's easier to just drive 200 feet over the border for absolute bliss.

Beer Drinker said...

Hi Mike.

I didn't know that. Sounds like S. Florida is do-able then for that brewery. Yep, really good beer!

Mike said...

Yeah if you are ever in Orlando you must go to Knightly Spirits, Ed told me about them. Great selection with lots of stuff we don't get in South Florida.

Beer Drinker said...

Back in August I was in Orlando for a week. I heard about Knightly Spirits, but opted for Total Wine instead. I ended up with at least 70 bottles that were not at that time available here. A few have made it since then but not most.

Here is the story.