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

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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,505 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,505
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 265
Gots: 508 | FT: 48
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,505 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of BYOBxMadman7X
1.11/5  rDev -73.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Not good, the alcohol
Wasn't blended in well enough.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice brown and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black that has a fairly viscous appearance.

The beer smell is pretty chocolatey with a strong oatmeal note to it. The main notes appear to be a milk chocolate supported with a creamy oatmeal note. The smell is not very complex but is still pretty good. The hop note is pretty slight in the nose.

The beer taste is a bit different from the smell. The taste has all the same notes but that the hop taste is stronger and balances out the chocolate and oatmeal notes pretty well. The beer has a fairly light roasted malt note.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice viscosity to it. The beer has a feel like syrupy but with a little more texture.

Overall, a very good Imperial Oatmeal Stout and worth getting when you can. The taste is more chocolate than roast with a much creamier feel to it.

Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch black with ruby highlights.

Some booze in the nose along with the typical roasted malt and the oatmeal is picked up some. Faint coffee and chocolate and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is sweet up front followed with some bitterness. A little hoppy bite for a stout. Continues with coffee and roast and bitterness mellows out as it warms.

Almost medium body and carbonation is a bit more than expected.

Above average. All blends well together but I can't pick out anything that puts this above some other RIS's. Had the barrel aged version on tap which was much more memorable.

Photo of RobPete
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just took my first sip. it's a decent imperial. I poured it into a snifter and it's as dark as abused motor oil. Great aroma...taste pretty much agrees with aroma. Lots of roasted malts, some coffee and some chocolate. Light carbonation. The only turn off for me is the amount of alcohol that I'm sometimes picking up on the front. It masks all of the things that I love about imperials. I'm going to let one sit for a while and see if it softens.

Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, almost purple pour leads to a short cap of dark brown foam.
Aroma-Dark malts and dark fruit, alcohol
Taste-Burnt dark malt, charred dark fruit, boozy and warming

Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with some dark chocolate highlights around the edge. Small, dark khaki head which disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of rich roasted malt. Some espresso, dark chocolate and smoke. Solid earthy and herbal hops underneath. Some notes reminiscent of a peaty scotch.

Heavy malt and hops both on the taste. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Dank, earthy hops. Hints of smoke, salt and peat.

Rich creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

Very nice RIS with big flavors all around.

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not getting next to any smell on this...maybe it was served too cold? But it tastes like dark chocolate and a touch of cherries. It doesn't taste like it's 9.4% abv though, interesting brew

Photo of Greggio
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark and good looking beer. A good head that was on the darker brown side.
Taste is strong and a solid stout. Has a bit of a cocoa flavor.
Moderate carbonation.
Solid and very easy to drink. Would buy again.

Photo of Beachpig
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour, nice and dark, with solid head. Nice coffee flavor, strong aftertaste.

Photo of adam1111
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complex, well balanced RIS. Would have liked it to be creamier in feel.

Photo of ajm5108
4.84/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Light roasted coffee, cocoa & some hazlenut on the nose, and those flavors follow through along with some semi-sweet dark chocolate and very distant burnt fruit. That said it is a surprisingly smooth brew considering most of the elements at play. The oatmeal gives a thinner mouthfeel but that compliments the flavor profile. Excellent beer.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate
Head poor (< 1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, figs, and just a hint of alcohol. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

Photo of wahsrek1987
2.16/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Beautiful looking beer that is thick and dark as motor oil.

Smell: Rich, hearty smell.

Taste: Too much going on with this brew. The multitude of flavors is overwhelming. The flavors ultimately drown each other out. The aftertaste is powerful and nutty.

Feel: The feel is alright, but does not pair well with the taste.

Too complex.

Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, almoust black, engine oil with just a little head that’s on the top like golden-brown whipped cream.

Nose: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, leather, kakao and dark syrup. Almoust a little sour nose.

Taste: Wow! This is f-ing awesome! Sweet coffee, oatmeal, brownies, boubon , vanilla, red berries and dried fruit.

Mouth: Large complex body with smooth, silky taste. Very soft carbonation.

This is almoust a perfect stout. I’m glad I bought 7 bottles (six to cellar)

Photo of JohnPolino
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing Oatmeal Stout. Amazing Balance. Full bodied and deep roasted...Alcohol is well hidden. Great beer!

Photo of Can_has_beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. It's got a silky mouthfeel and a roasty aroma. I was quite surprised with how this almost tasted barrel-aged. Very well-integrated flavors.

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Different than D.O.R.I.S. but just as powerful. This is my favorite oatmeal stout that I've ever tasted. It is slightly bitter but mostly sweet, with an emphasis on a cream flavor, I'm assuming because of the oatmeal. It''s not super oily but has a decent thickness to it. The bitterness is the first flavor to hit you, and has a mixture of coffee, cocoa, and malts. This quickly morphs into a sweet creamy stout though and you can really taste the oatmeal. Excellent beer, buy it if you come across it.

Photo of SurferEric
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%

Really sweet up front with lots of fruity flavors followed by the oatmeal cloaked in milk chocolate and coffee.

Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. Very good head, especially for 9.4% alcohol. Retention is slightly below normal, as is lacing. The nose is rather subdued, chocolate and coffee are noted over a light alcohol base. As it warms, chocolate comes more forward as does vanilla, dark fruit and roast. Light full body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, complex, but is not well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden well enough. It begins with a rush of coffee that quickly yields to a rich dark chocolate with notes of vanilla. A bit of effervescence in the middle brings out the mild roast and hop bitterness. The bitterness is citric in nature and fades into light dark fruit, mostly fig, notes with a bit of char and smoke. Throughout alcohol is in the background, but as the flavors fade in the finish, it predominates. Take the alcohol content down a bit, and this becomes outstanding. As is, it's very good.

Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured motor oil thick and dark. Very little head, and receded to nothing. Smell was big coffee, chocolate mad dark roasted malt. Flavor was chocolatey up front with the coffee on the back end with some light caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thick with a bit of alcohol burn, very little carbonation - quite nice. This is a very good beer, might have to try the barrel aged version soon!

Photo of antott0523
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque coffee with an attractive thick, foamy and deep brown head. No lacing not the glass and no visible carbonation.

S: Intense roasted malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. A hint of booze.

T: Big roasted malt profile. Semi-dry and moderately bitter finish with notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A warm, slightly boozy finish.

M: Velvety smooth.

D: Big roasted malts from start to finish in this well constructed oatmeal stout. Big nose and flavor, looks and feels great. This is always on the shelf. Definitely could be a to too stout.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Yes indeed, The Crusher! This most excellent stout pours a thick rich black with a thin dark tan
head and moderate lacing. A most excellent nose of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa, and dark
roasted goodness. Taste is incredibly complex. Flavors of coffee and chocolate crash in waves
with butterscotch notes on the back and cocoa notes up front. A light dry cocoa coating to the
tongue with deep roasted coffee and chocolate malts leaving a pleasant coating that easily
declares that this is a stout to be sipped and enjoyed. Alcohol is well hidden in this one---
WATCH OUT! It will definitely kick ya' in the jimmy! Delicious.
A most exuberant CHEERS!

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours very black with a one finger slight dark khaki head. Leaves a thin lacing.

S-Aroma has a nice chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramel.

T-Taste gives a roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet caramel.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body, creamy alcohol and a dry residue. Has a low carbonation.

O-Overall a great beer hoppin' frog, a must try.

Photo of Bone53
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Thick, motor oil pour and jet black in the glass with no light coming through. A half finger foamy dark brown head. Alcohol legs present. Great looking stout

Smell: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill with a undertone of dark fruit. I detect a good amount of alcohol in the nose as well

Taste: Wow, bold roasted malts upfront, milk chocolate sweetness in the middle, with an espresso like finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied; Coats my mouth with a velvety feel. Some heat from the alcohol and a moderately bitter finish

Overall: It was a surprisingly cool fourth of July. After a night of pyrotechnics, I sit alone in complete silence on my porch as I analyze this beer. I could not have asked for a much better one. It's thick, bold, and velvety; Everything you'd want in a RIS. The only thing I can nit pick about is the presence of alcohol which takes away from the aroma and taste a little bit. But on a cold winter day that could be complimenting. I could see this aging beautifully. Reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Went perfectly with my Sarris chocolate bar. Not the best RIS I've had, but not too far behind either. A sipper of a beer. I'm looking forward to having this come winter. Holds its own next to the likes of Founders and Expedition. Highly recommended. Cheers!

Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Fathers Day from my son, and I am not sharing (I would, but he's not here and I'm thirsty. This is a good sucker too.

It pours a bit thick and exudes a little head. The aroma is sweet and thick with a bit of chocolate or something along with that oatmeal stoutiness.

The taste is sweet, roasty, thick and malty, with some hops too. It has a bit of creaminess too. The aftertaste is very sweet, but the burp is wonderful. This is a great stout from right in my backyard.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,505 ratings.