Preamble: I must admit, I am really getting into this Stout thing. It seems that every time you open a bottle of Stout you are getting something different every time. In fact, so good have the Stouts been thus far that you almost don’t want to find a “poor” one so as to not shatter this idea that all Stout brewed in the US are pretty darn good. Some can be (at first) shockingly expensive, in terms of bottle price per unit; if my memory serves me right this particular bottle was $10, and the crime is that it has been sitting in the fridge and not being drunk for quite a while. But once you get used to the idea that, even with beers, you pay for what you get, then sooner or later you don’t mind spending such “large” sums of money on a single bottle; you are, at least I would like to think, paying for the time, energy and devotion that has been put into each and every beer in order to make your life a little better, at least at one point during the day.
The Beer: Hopping Frog – BORIS the crusher, Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, 9.4% abv, 60 IBU
Aroma: A dark roasted nasal hit, with some coffee traces
Appearance: Jet back, tan head, looks like a thick ooze whilst being poured
Flavour: A dark, deeply roasted malt, with an even deeper taste; some “other” grainy tastes, coffee elements and some caramel traces, even a splash of vanilla
Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied; not too much bitter aftertaste, even “sweet” at times
Although this is an Imperial style stout, I imagine that the combination of the oatmeal side takes away some of that bitter kick that a lot of other Imperial styles have given. This is very drinkable, and whilst it would be an effort (at least for me) to have more than one in a sitting, it is never the less drinkable and enjoyable. Worth $10? Of course, if you like that sort of thing.
Website: Hoppin Frog