Image courtesy of Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company

Image courtesy of Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company

B.O.R.I.S. stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout , and it also calls itself a Barrel Aged Oatmeal Imperial Stout, but acronyms aside, Hoppin’ Frog Brewing Company of Akron, OH has gotten this beer right!  They claim to be rated one of the 50 best beers in the world, and maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t, but it is damn good at the very least.  B.O.R.I.S pours black as the old oil from my ’69 Nova looked when I changed it, but this beer produces a rich, medium brown head and generous, gooey head, whereas the Nova drippings just produced a rainbow film and a leaded gasoline funk.  Anyway, back to the head, a barrista could draw pictures and patterns on it it is so thick initially, and it produces lashings of gooey lacing.  Whiffs of cocoa, vanilla extract, coconut, whisky, coffee, smoked cherries, they’re all there.  It’s a treasure trove of great smells, and the beauty is that the taste follows closely, but add some licorice and finish it off with a healthy dose of bitterness to complete this very complex flavor profile.  It’s really good, but share the 22 oz. bottle with someone to enjoy the experience even more.  B.O.R.I.S. is a social drink (beer is in general), and one that you will enjoy comparing notes on.


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