B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by PorterLambic:
4.88/5 rDev +15.1%
Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Good retention and great lace.
Smell is rich, malty, whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits.
Taste is amazing. Rich, dark fruits, whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
Rich, smooth, full-bodied, very light effervescence. Even better warm. This is a truly great beer. Enjoy.
03-28-2011 01:55:05 | More by PorterLambic
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4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.
02-06-2010 22:32:30 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bomber from West Lakeview Liquors.
Appearance: dark brown, almost black with a thick and lasting brown head.
Aroma: Mellow compared to most imperials but I like that. Lots of oat/grain aroma, very roasty, with touches of dark fruit, vanilla, and citrus.
Taste: Great. Very much like an oatmeal stout but more pronounced with a greater body and some improved depth. Faint amounts of plum like dark fruits. Mildly chocolaty, but mostly this beer focuses a lot on well roasted malt and oats. Hint of citrus in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Chewy and luscious. Full bodied without being boozy. Just great.
Drinkability: Superb. Drinks like any old stout. It's just a lot better than most without being too boozy, too hoppy, or just too damned big.
04-21-2008 17:00:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
A: Pitch black with a beige head. Minimal lacings. Not much more to say, this looks really good.
S: The smell is dense, rich and round. Lots of roasted malts and wonderful notes of chocolate and coffee. Hints of molasses, licorice and a gentle hop note. I must say, this is not like many other imperial stouts due to the impressive round character of the smell.
T: The taste is very dense and heavy with lots of malt flavors all around. The roasted character is of course prominent, but I don't pick up much of that roasted malt acidity often found in imperial stouts. Here's a lot of malt flavors other than roasted, so I bet they used quite a lot of other malt varieties as well when they brewed this one. Rich notes of coffee and chocolate and hints of molasses, licorice and wood. The flavor is sweet but the roasted character and a gentle hop twang lift the taste up from the otherwise heavy and slow-moving character. The finish is bitter with notes of roasted malts, wood and alcohol.
M: Full body, very very smooth and creamy texture. Gentle carbonation.
D: This is a really good stout. Heavy and fat in character, yet surprisingly easy to drink. Complex and balanced - in short, very tasty.
08-22-2009 16:03:34 | More by ricke
3.93/5 rDev -7.3%
Hoppin' Frog says that B.O.R.I.S. (Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout) the crusher, its Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, "...will crush you like no other!" Consider me crushed. This is the last of the good number of Hoppin' Frog brews I grabbed on a trip to Philadelphia a couple months back. Ohio's Hoppin' Frog beers are rating pretty high for me at this point, their one misstep being the "Golden Fraug" I reviewed a little while back. The BORIS, which is a gigantic beer in a Brew Dog style session beer's clothing is not one to be taken lightly. This is a straight up mind eraser of a beer that has a good amount of bitterness to balance out the insanity of the normal pantheon of "dark" flavors - coffee, smoke, chocolate, and the kinds of fruits you find in dried form in a typical geriatric kitchen cupboard. The body is very nice and it pours black as ink with a chocolatey looking head, not unlike another Brew Dog favorite, Oskar's Ten Fiddy, and it has the right amount of carbonation, which is key to this style. Not exactly the perfect beer for a hot summer day, but turned out to be pretty perfect for a cool summer night after a long day of work.
07-03-2008 01:41:53 | More by brewdogmrb
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Black as night with a thin head of espresso colored compact bubbles that dissipate into a collar after a minute. The head retention is less than average.
S: The aroma is soft and inviting with deep rich roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a moderate fruitiness that smells like fresh figs although raisin esters come through as it warms. There is a bit of molasses and a faint coconut like aroma. The alcohol brings a faint floral aroma and there is a light citrus hops aroma.
T: Dark chocolate, coffee and roast with a smooth moderate sweetness dominate the flavor followed by moderately-light oat flavor and a moderately light hops bitterness. There is a slight graininess to the malt. There is moderately-light amount of dark fruit mostly plums and a bit of fig. The balance is somewhat sweet with a slightly sweet finish with a cocoa aftertaste.
M: full bodied with a moderate alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation. It's kind of thick with bit of slickness from the oats.
O: An intense dark and roast malt amusement ride for the palate. The sweetness is restrained and they even made a light touch of molasses an enjoyable component
01-11-2013 01:26:17 | More by MadScientist
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Picked this bad boy up at Binny's in the South Loop for $9.99. There was a lot of snow on the ground today in Chicago and this brew felt like a good choice.
A: Reddish black. Very dark, oily liquid. Slight ruby highlights on the edges against the light. Even a vigorous pour did not give up much of a head. The cap was a nice creamy bronze, half finger that had a lot of carbonation activity and dissipated very quickly. The small spotty lacing does not stick around.
S: Good solid, earthy, roasty, oaty, malty smell. The alcohol is there but feels like it is embedded in a dominant sherry, dark cherry and coffee.
T: Big roasted malt at first, followed by a swift kick of piney hops. It then falls deeply into a very aggressive sweet tang that contains dark fruit, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate and licorice. Once this exceptionally bold taste dissipates, the aftertaste is a more subdued roasted malt and hop. An interesting profile and warming with the alcohol that feels pretty well masked.
M: Full bodied and smooth stout. Hops and a medium level of carbonation give it a little life.
D: I found it to be pretty drinkable. I can't say that I'll be rushing out for another one of these when I have other favorites that I enjoy more. Piney hops and licorice are two things that don't do it for me. So, it is a nice beer that I would recommend trying but, it wasn't for me.
12-17-2008 05:26:06 | More by sgoodship
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
BORIS poured black as oil and produced a nice brown head. It had some great banana esters and a solid, creamy body. Generally, it was a delicious beer and I wish it was more readily available on the west coast. It is on the level of great local San Diego offerings like Speedway Stout and Old Viscosity.
02-20-2008 17:05:32 | More by explosivebeer
4.18/5 rDev -1.4%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:
Love it, a twist on the Russian Imperial Stout. Oats do a Stout good. Dead of night blackness pours from the bottle, slow moving bubbles all jockey for position within the tightly-kept froth. The aroma is so mellow, almost too mellow. Deep, dark berry fruitiness meets soft dark-roasted coffee and a sultry dark chocolate nose. Sublime smoothness, we thank the oats and full body for that. The roasted or burnt grain flavor is firm but not sharp, with massive mocha flavor throughout. Yeah, mocha ... the chocolate and coffee overtones battle it out with suggestions of high-percent cocoa chocolate and a Sumatra roasted coffee flavor. Sounds complex because it is. Alcohol is there, warming, but does not make too much noise. Oats and malt lend some sweetness which solidifies the balance. Finishes bitter semisweet.
Saying it is a lovely Stout is being a bit simple, but we think this review breaks it down enough. Even if you are not big on Stouts give this one a shot.
11-13-2009 18:55:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
Bomber pours a dark charcoal black with a bit of dark tan bubbles on top. Fairly low carbonation overall off the pour. Aromas kick in with a blast of deep, rich cocoa. Coffee, caramel and oats are in there as well but the rich cocoa runs the show.
First sip brings big malts upfront with a blast of cocoa that moves into tones of coffee, caramel and molasses as well. A bit sweet as it flows down with a touch of alcohol as well as dark fruits running through. Big and chewy malts run wild all over the place while the oats bring a slick smoothness to the entire experience. Just a damn good oatmeal imperial stout.
Mouthfeel is smooth and rather heavy. Quite a chewy drinking experience that is rather filling. A bit stout through and through that is smoothed out by the oats. A damn tasty beer here I'm glad I was able to try.
04-18-2009 06:41:41 | More by orbitalr0x
4.45/5 rDev +5%
Second Hoppin' Frog beer in two nights. Thanks to nlmartin for this one, too.
Umm...black, that describes it well. Half inch of brown head on top, truely brown. Reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.
Dark toasted malts, or course, but with it comes dark chocolate, a bit of charcoal and smoke, black coffee as well. Has a touch of acridness from the oatmeal. Some lactic acid notes round this out. Lots going on here. I hope it tastes like this.
Yup, it basically tastes like the smell! Almost exactly the same. A bit biting when it first hits the tongue, then a slathering of dark chocolate and toffee flavors after the swallow. Finish has a touch of smokiness. Good stuff. A bit of alcohol is evident and probably adds to the biting nature.
Full bodied, not as thick as the true greats like KBS, but its slick and oily on the tongue and the flavors linger well after the swallow.
Good drinkability. This is a big beer, no doubt, but its super tasty and how I like my stouts with its huge roasted and dark character. A bit biting though and while the alcohol is pretty well hidden its effects on the stomach are felt quickly. I would drink this often if it was available to me. A must try.
06-17-2007 01:57:12 | More by blitz134
4.25/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours a oil slick black with little to no head. Just the first pour, but virtually no head present. No light getting through this brew. I gotta detract this stout as Im getting no carbonation, even with agitation/rough pour.
Light smell, but a rich roasted malt. Maybe some grain/oatmeal smell, but hard to tell.
Wow. Dry ABV is a really nice way. Its a shame there is no Oatmeal Imperial Stout style, as a RIS brew, this isnt the biggest in style. However, as an Oatmeal Stout with ABV, this brew is great. Back to the taste, subtle oatmeal, well balanced with not too to much roasted malt. Boy is the ABV hidden well, wonderfully warming. There is some syrup/molasses finish which adds depth to the full taste.
Extremely light for style. Fresh almost. There is carbonation in there, it just isnt coming out. Making some in the mouth is quite nice and creamy.
Bit more carbonation and I would give a 5 for drinkability. This is an incredibily well balanced Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
08-16-2008 18:16:33 | More by JasonA
4.64/5 rDev +9.4%
First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.
05-31-2013 21:54:57 | More by NWer
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours pitch black with almost no head and a small amount of lacing
Smells primarily of chocolate with a mild alcohol presence. Very nice.
Similar to smell, the taste is primarily chocolate, though there is a mild hop presence. Maybe not overly complex, but very tasty.
Mouthfeel is very creamy, with light carbonation.
Drinkability is very high for an imperial stout, with only a mild alcohol presence. My glass was emptied pretty quickly, and I could easily drink a bomber or more of this.
02-24-2011 01:54:39 | More by warnerry
2.83/5 rDev -33.3%
Pouring like syrup, this pitch black molasses concoction offers a continually foaming, dark brown head. The cap dissipates to a thin but solid layer. Though it initially looks a bit on the thick side, it's undoubtedly stout.
I smell that maple syrup I saw. It's sweet malts with a spoonful of oatmeal. It does smell a bit "Russian," a flavor I have yet to pinpoint in origin (I don't want to read the appropriate link on this site; I'll figure it out myself). I'm guessing it's an alcohol component. The aroma is nothing unique but, again, it's solid.
My senses did not fool me: it's too syrupy sweet and thick. I want a potent elixir when I reach for a RIS, but this is like syrup with oatmeal (not oatmeal with syrup). Certainly I will flirt with hyperbole, but this ain't far off from pouring rubbing alcohol in my Aunt Jemima. The oatmeal in this imperial oatmeal is relatively subtle to and in the background of the candy-like sweetness. It's not that it tastes bad but, still, I don't want to keep drinking it. I poured some of the big bottle into a pint glass; it's better served in a sampler.
I guess the sweetness feels good, but it's tart. With most big oatmeal stouts, it's fair to consider them like breakfast. This BORIS is sweeter than my beloved Danish rolls. I keep detecting the oatmeal, but barely...thank goodness it's there because it's an alcoholic sweet tart without it.
For such a highly acclaimed beverage, I'm disappointed. Maybe my Southern style sorely swings with Hoppin' Frog, but I've yet to really love one. All I've had come in big ol' bottles and, understandably, you expect more from those. I'm glad I tried it only to know it, but I will not be selecting another.
10-10-2009 20:03:21 | More by marvin213
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
22oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is chocolate fudge, oats, roasted grains, a little anise and a little coffee.
The flavor is chocolate fudge, oats and coffee with some anise and a good sized bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is pretty full with low carbonation.
Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Reminds me a bit of the Yeti, but I believe sweeter and more bitter. Some age might make this awesome.
12-10-2010 06:21:47 | More by Beaver13
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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