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

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2,429 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 255
Gots: 481 | FT: 40
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Poured into a snifter. It is pitch black and dense like motor oil. No head, but a tiny ring of mocha colored foam around the edges.

S-espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T-essentially the same as the nose with espresso, dark chocolate, and semi-heavily roasted malts. It wasn't overly roasted, which I enjoyed. Not too sweet either but you can taste a hint of booze.

M-Thick and creamy because it didn't seem to have much carbonation, which I really enjoyed.

Overall, this is really good RIS and I would recommend it.

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to tulip-pint

A - dark, viscous looking; quarter-inch deep mocha head; significant lacing and retention

S - dark, sweet chocolate; some maple and vanilla notes too; lots of coffee and roasted malts

T - oatmeal; baking chocolate; dark coffee; caramel and roasted malts; malty as shit actually; nice hoppy flavors too

M - slick and chewy; rich; heavy as oil; it's like chocolate syrup in oatmeal stout form

O - this is a damn fine beer with a lot of solid flavors without being unnecessarily complex; deep, heavy, dark, malty goodness; this beer is quite nectar-y and delicious; looking forward to trying BA BORIS and DORIS.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very very dark pitch black beer. Midnight color with some intense jet black notes. There is a nice thin light tan head that is dense and slightly sticky. Pours quite viscous and oily.

Aroma is deep dark chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate. SOO much chocolate. Dark, dark malts with some nice roasted notes. Slight coffee and some chocolate. The aroma is delicious with some awesome black malt notes and some slight dark fruits. There are some nice slight vanilla spice notes and some slight cinnamon as well.

Flavors follow the nose but is a bit more roasty. It is slightly thin and not as fulfilling as D.O.R.I.S. Some nice dark chocolate bitterness and some sweetness. Slight milk chocolate notes as well with some coffee. The beer is smooth and slick. Not as big and full as DORIS. Still very delicious.

Overall this is very delicious. Roasty and dark coffee notes. Still not my favorite form Hoppin' Frog but a very delicious Imperial Stout. Well done.

Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Sams Marcey

B.O.R.I.S. exits the glass more viscous then I expected and pools in the snifter midnight black. The pour produced a half finger worth dark brown head. The head fades rather quickly to a small cap but each swirl of the glass brings it back to life. The viscosity and dark head make this look like a big bold stout.

The aroma, upfront at least, reminds me of a peanut infused stout I sampled a couple months back from Short's. The peanut butter presence is big throughout but is greeted by a solid amount of roasty malts and dark, slightly under ripe berries from middle to end. The peanut butter is always there and comes in waves, cresting and falling all the while my nose is in the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this stout.

Now this is a quality beer! Peanut butter, thick roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate all come together right off the bat. These three flavors intertwine and mingle throughout and the peanut butter comes on a little stronger on the swallow. There's a little berriness here and there from mid-palate through the finish but I have to work to pick them out and the faintest amount of alcohol on the finish adds depth. An excellent beer!

The body has some weight but it's where it should be instead of the huge thickness, more silky then creamy. Leaves a little stick on the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy bomber to put away. All the flavors mingle really well so it doesn't kill the palate like some others. The silkiness keeps it flowing.

I'm really impressed by this stout from Hoppin' Frog. I've heard good things and am glad we now have distribution in Illinois. I'll be stocking up on B.O.R.I.S. from now on. The peanut butter character is very unique and delicious.

Reviewed: 5/4/08

Photo of MDDMD
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasty, little earthy, slight sweetness

T-milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, caramel, hint of dark cherry, alcohol well-integrated

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice mouthfeel and flavor make for enjoyable sipping

Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at room temperature into a tulip glass.

A-Deep opaque brown with a creamy tan head that seems to settle rapidly then all but dissappears.

S-Nose is surprisingly light for a RIS. Roasted dark malts of chocolate, coffee, anise, some hops in the background and light alcohol vapors.

T-Bittersweet bakers chocolate gives way to an anise infused expresso backbone with dark fruits present. Warming alcohol present in the back end but in no way interferes with the taste.

M-Oats clearly make themselves present in the mouth in the initial taste. Creamy with a medium body and slightly higher than average carbonation.

D-A very drinkable and solid stout, not as good as some of the best, but one of the better ones out there. Get Ye some....

Photo of Crass3000
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out black as night with a two+finger, dark brown head.

Smell is dark roasty, definate dark fruits, etc. Taste is really nice dark roast with the dark fruits but just a really nice combo Really impressed. Mouthfeel is is plenty thick and definately up to expectation. Really a nice beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm hoping this will be a better experience than the lukewarm 2oz. sample I had at Dark Lord Day...

A cascading brown tar head of foam builds itself quickly, two fingers deep, which then forms a convex, pillowy surface rising above the rim of the glass. This soon recedes into a tight tan cap of dense foam. The viscous liquid pours with a visible "weight" to it.

Familiar aromas of the produce aisle, plum and possibly banana, that moves into fried plantain territory. Roasted chocolate malt figures in too.

First notable attribute is it's velvety smoothness on the palate. Notes of plum, cocoa, and tobacco, finished with a dry earthiness. Exceptionally silky, no indication of harshness from alcohol or any unrefined elements. Slight lactic character like a milkshake, but not at all sour. It seems to take notes from the best aspects of Baltic Porter and BSDA's. Roasty, with a dark fruit undercurrent, and a well-hidden ABV.

One bomber of this is quite a treat in one sitting. Couldn't see having more than that at a time. Deinitely one to share...

Photo of EgadBananas
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm pretty sure that I got this from Double06 a looong time ago. Thanks Eric... don't know why I waited so long!

Pours black as night, with a dark mocha head which I admitted forced.

Aroma is wonderful. Light coffee, cocoa powder, graham crackers, and chocolate.

Loads of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, a bit of coffee. Big and bold.

Full bodied, not too coating or chewy, but good still.

Definitely a stupendous stout! Johnny Boy, hook it up!

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz (cellared for at least 6 months) ... I can't remember who I got this one from ... but if you're the person, please contact me so I can edit the review. Shared with trading partner... mine from my New Belgium snifter. Reviewed last night .. but I kept really good notes.

1" very dark brown head.. looks like the cap on an espresso... No light is making it through this one ... no lacing.

Aroma is coffee and semisweet chocolate .. some cinnamon notes ... traditional roasted smells .. but smoother... spicy alcohol as it warms.

Flavor is reminiscent of a thick extremely rich Mexican hot chocolate ... or just a tab of Mexican chocolate melted and poured into my mouth.. French Roast with a thick lingering finish. Fairly viscous .. not much carbonation.

Very tasty but I would really only be able to handle one glass .. maybe a bomber .. Simply too lush ... This is definitely a special occasion beer for me, even if I had ready access.

Photo of mdwalsh
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of the Minnesota BA's Secret Santa. Yeah, I didn't deserve this.

A: Velvety black with a thin brown head and no active carbonation. Poured like a cola extract.

S: Very grainy, no hops. Heavy roast, but not as intense as I expected.

T: There is a certain toastiness to this more so than roastiness, it's very nice. Sort of a "diet" RIS, in a good way. Also, no chocolate.

M: Light (for a RIS) and smooth. Low carbonation (but not flat).

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the leftmindedrighty for this one.

This one pours a deep dark black with a dark tan collar that's revitalized with a swirl.

Smells of chocolate milk, a touch of espresso, light cherry and creamy oatmeal with a light astringent alcohol.

Tastes of big dark chocolate, day old coffee, sour dark fruit, sweet cream and a light dry sting.

Feels light with a tingly carbonation that froths up a bit in my mouth, but over all it feels thin and slick.

A tasty mix of flavors and easy to drink.

Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber split between klikger and I.

a - black. chocolate brown head.

s - chocolate, caramel sweeteness, malts, some booze.

t - mostly chocolate malts, some roasted flavor. ends with heavy chocolate like fudge. molasses. coffee. some booze hottness.

m - medium body, good thickness and carbonation.

o - very smooth drinking beer. sweet and chocolaty, but not over powering as its balanced by a slight bitterness on the end.

Photo of joekfsu
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with 2 cm of dark tan head that lasted a while. Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of cherries. Initial flavor includes chocolate, grains, and a hint of something sweet, maybe cherry. Flavor ends with some dryer components from the hops and oatmeal. Light carbonation, medium body, some lacing, and noted alcohol towards the end of the taste. High drinkability, very tasty, and have had it before and will continue to keep it in my stout rotation.

Photo of Douglas14
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black color with brown coming through the edges. It has a big brown head that leaves good stick lace. The nose is mainly of molasses and it has less burrnt and roasted characters than I expect with RIS's. The taste has a nice higly roasted and burnt fla or to it. Very to style. Very creamy, which I suppose is from the oatmeal. Heavy body. Finished sweet with lingering roastiness. It doesn't taste too young...I wonder how age would affect this beer.

Photo of ruckus232
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: When poured out of the bottle it looked almost like a blacker then black syrup. The head retention was a little bit disappointing but otherwise looks good.

Smell: A fruity sweet smell but not like you might expect. It actually has more of a raisin (dried fruit smell). I realize that doesn't sound appealing but it is actually a good smell. There is a little roasted scent but nothing extremely noticeable.

Taste: There is an initial taste of alcohol but not too much. Then a nice roasted taste appears followed by a little sweetness to balance the roasted taste. Leaves a pleasant dry bitterness as an aftertaste.

Note: Even though it looked like syrup with little head, the carbonation was actually pretty good. This was not as toasted as I expected (flavor wise) but it was a really good beer.

Photo of UA8
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of mahogany wood with a light dusting of caramel head. (prob would have had more head but was poured into a balloon glass.)

S- Rich with caramel malts, sour yeast, dates, and hint of released alcohol.

T- Leads with a quick to fade chocolate covered candied fruit note, mid palate is a smoky charcoal. Finishes bitter sweet with piny hops and dark roasted chocolate malts.

M- Light carbonation and a syrupy rich mouth feel.

D- Definitely a nice blend of the smoothness of oats, chocolate accents and the largess of a true RIS.

Photo of KidsDoc
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL (shared with Shelton/Howard)

A: Dark brown, near black. Modest, even tan head with soft bubbles. Sticky lacing down the glass.

S: chocolate malt, roasted coffee

T: starts with bready malt and semisweet chocolate, some slightly bitter/roasted coffee; floral hops and earthy tones round out the finish while holding onto the roasted character. I did not sense the oatmeal per se but that may have been the blend up front on this one

M: thick, full, chewy but drinks smooth. Finishes very clean/crisp for a big RIS. Settles heavy as it should. A meal in a bottle as they say

D: all around a very pleasant drinking experience. Leaves me feeling feel so this is one I would reserve for a night cap or as a dessert - not the brew to start of a night of activity.

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this one on the shelves since I moved to this part of the country and I had yet to even pick this one up. Finally did it, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. This beer was great and I feel it lives up to the positive hype. Review is from notes taken on 10/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour just looks thick and oily and is darkest brown, like Hershey's syrup or fresh brewed coffee; no head whatsoever, just 3 tiny dark tan spots floating on the surface; body is entirely opaque; only a couple of spots of lacing stick around and even they eventually slip back into the drink.

Smell: Nice! Lots of dark syrupy chocolate (again, like Hershey's); some dark and sweet cherries are lying in the back; a tall, dry oaty scent definitely lingers in the back as well; bit of a dank and musty scent in there as well, but not like it's a bad thing; nice and dark and some burnt roastiness as well; nose is very robust and I feel like I'm finally getting what I'm looking for in an RIS after a few disappointments as of late.

Taste: Love it! Finally an RIS that is what it claims to be! Lots of thick, syrupy and dark chocolate and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder aspect; nice dark cherry sweetness is followed by a nice roastiness from some dark/burnt malted barley; definite warming presence of alcohol throughout and there is a bit of a carmalized sugar aspect as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel: Body is syrupy and thick, albeit a little bit slick; carbonation is really a non-factor due to the viscosity; a thick, moist and sticky coating is left holding hard to the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: One word comes to mind when I think back fondly to this beer: THICK. This beer is great and lives up to the hype! Big and heavy ABV does knock it down a bit, but this is a great beer for a cooler/cold night and I will definitely be picking some up to age for a bit, but don't let it fool you, it could be enjoyed anytime.

Photo of patmcd
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber, which I was surprised to find at a hole-in-the-wall liquor store.

Poured a pitch black with a think, dark brown head which laced extremely well.

The nose is dominated by chocolate, coffee and some roasted oatmeal.

I get malty and sweet chocolate right away laced with a mild but pleasant alcohol. The oats provide a pleasant base that really compliments the malts and the beer is very well done with a perfect balance of hops and sweet undertones.

Felt thick and earthy in the mouth, but it was pleasant to drink and my pint glass emptied rather quick.

Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as night with no light getting through. It formed a dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and black strap molasses. The flavor was of malt, coffee and dark fruit, The body is medium and slightly oily and the finish is slightly burnt, yet sweet. A nice stout.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Tiny spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of dark fruits with some milder dark chocolate and toasted oat aromas. A slight hint of soy sauce comes about as the beer warms. Taste is more stout forward than the smell. Rich dark chocolate, toasted oats, with a cookie dough aftertaste. Very nice. Low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS with some nice oat qualities. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time and I am glad I finally got the chance.

Photo of Mistofminn
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to kmurray8621 for sending me this bottle! Thanks Kevin.

Pours a deep black color with a brown sugar colored head. It looks like someone squeezed brown mousse on top of my beer. Thick and sticky, it leaves awesome lacing and has great retention.

The nose is nice and roasted, with a solid chocolate aroma to it. Can definitely tell this is an Imperial Oatmeal stout, as it has that distinct smell. Smells good.

Taste is smooth and creamy, with chocolate and lightly roasted malts, vanilla and molasses. I get a little bit of tart cherries in the background, which I'm not used to in an oatmeal stout, but it seems to work here. Great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation and a nice drinkability.

Overall, a solid Imperial Oatmeal stout. Glad I got a chance to try this one...now I have an excuse to crack one of my multiple Barrel Aged BORIS!

Photo of Franz4
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, reviewed from notes taken earlier this week.

A- it's a stout, it's black, delivers as you would expect it to.

S- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts are all present, but none really overpower the other, very nicely balanced in that regard.

T- Wow, the balance in the different flavors really shines through here. Coffee noticeable up front but that mellows out pretty quickly and gives way to a dark chocolate.

M- Nice body to it, minimal carbonation, easy to drink.

O- I was very impressed with this one, did a side-by-side with the barrel aged version, they were both good, but I may actually prefer this one.

Photo of Finatic
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Cigar City sifter.

A: Pours a dark thick black with little to no head and little lacing retention.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee come to the forefront almost immediately. Can smell traces of dark fruit and malt as well.

T: A sweeter than normal taste, loads of sweet chocolate and dark fruit swamp the palate. Burnt malts also ring out as the beer warms.

M: Really smooth for such a thick stout. Carbonation is just right.

O: I would like to try some of this aged and compare tastes.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.