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

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2,272 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 449 | FT: 36
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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 Freethyhops


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

bottle thanks to Ryan011235. been wanting to try this one for a while. 22oz bottle split between a friend and I. my half served in a pint glass.

A- pours thick and pitch black. I can't even see the black Sweetwater logo on the side of the glass, perfectly camouflaged. produced less than a finger of dark brown head that disappeared almost immediately.

S- not a huge aroma on this one. a decent roasted character some dark bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee and sweet molasses.

T- I'm suprised there wasn't more coffee on the nose. this thing has a ton of it. it's borderline burnt, but it's on the ride side of the border. there's a load of chocolate creating a nice espresso taste. the 60 IBUs adds alot to the bitter coffee/chocolate tastes. the ABV does come out to play a little as it warms but still a hell of a stout

M/D- this is some seriously thick stuff. so creamy and delicous. an ample amount of carbonation for the style helps remind you it's a beer. Can't give it perfect scores in the drinkability. this is a BIG stout. one that needs to be sipped. it is deliciou,s though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 01:46:01 | More by Freethyhops
Photo of bret27


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Chocolate, bananas briefly, more generic fruit sweetness as it warms

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge in the light. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but with oat and roast involved.

M: Fairly thick and very smooth

D: Very smooth and drinkable, despite sweetness and fairly high abv. Pretty tasty. Reminds me of Ten FIDY from oskar blues quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 19:21:12 | More by bret27
Photo of WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Pours a jet black with caramel brown head. Tastes of roasted chocolate with the oatmeal and almost raisin like finish. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall and the big booze with this beer doesn't come through in the taste. A pretty good stout overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 02:18:08 | More by WeedKing4
Photo of AgentMunky


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed, cylindrical glass at Michael's Bistro in Charlottesville. Paid $14 for it...problem? It was room temperature (apparently the refrigeration unit malfunctioned. I'm going to go ahead and try to review it anyway, but keep this in mind. From notes. Reviewed 7 July 2011.

A: Super-dark coffee-brown head fizzes and fades to absolutely nothing. The edges are dark brown, but the beer is *black*. 100% opaque.

S: Molasses. Liquorice. Vague berries. Alcohol.

T: Too warm, but other than that it's good. Strongly bitter coffee on the aftertaste. Some smooth, creamy, alcoholic, anise excellence. I dig it. The espresso taste on the aftertaste makes the beer.

M: Slinky smooth, slips down the throat.

O: The temperature moderated my enthusiasm (they ended up taking it back) but, even so, it's obviously a good beer. I would love to try it again more chilled.

ABV: 9.4%
OG: 107
FG: 38
IBU: 60

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 18:13:15 | More by AgentMunky
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New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours jet black with a thin tan head. The nose has coffee, anise and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet and pleasantly bitter at the same time. Coffee and chocolate notes dominate, the finish is slightly bitter and it lingers. A full creamy mouthfeel makes this sipper very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 23:37:25 | More by bonkers
Photo of Contagion


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark black, with a touch of brown. There was no sign of light passing through at all, even around the edges. With an aggressive pour I was able to get a good half inch head to form. It was dark tan in color, and consisted mainly of large bubbles. It faded to a ring around the edge of the mug. There was some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a strong dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent. I could detect a touch of molasses. As it warms more of a smoky scent was in the background. A touch of citrusy hops was detectable as well. As the beer warmed up you could also start to get an alcohol smell from it.

Taste: The tongue is treated to a rich dark roasted malts, mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruit and molasses flavors help to enhance the flavors tremendously. There is a good hop finish to it that helps bring all the flavors together. The aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness on the back of the tongue that fades slowly. The beer has a slight alcohol taste, which isn't surprising based on the 9.4% ABV.

Body: This is a medium bodied beer, which I did find a little disappointing because I personally would like a more full bodied beer for an imperial stout. I personally would have liked a bit more of a creaminess that coats the mouth. It has a mild carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I had my eye on this beer for a while. I'd heard good things about it and jumped on a chance to buy a bottle when I saw it at a local store. Am I ever glad that I did! I can definitely see myself getting another bottle of this in the future. If you like stouts, and especially an imperial stout, I would go out and try to find one of these. I give it 9 out of 10.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 20:07:29 | More by Contagion
Photo of MayorAdamWest


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a bottle or two delivered from Ohio every time friends come to visit. Hoppin' Frog does some pretty amazing stuff.

Appearance: Black as black could be with a small amount of coffee colored foam head. No light gets through this one.

Smell: If dark had a smell it would be this... Roasted malts, coffee and chocolates... with a hint of somethig else... After four bottles I still can't put my finger on it.

Taste: THIS IS STOUT! I know that goes without saying but is a near perfect example of the style in my opinion. Tastes just as it smells... notes of malt, dark coffee blends and rich dark chocolate... Not enough that it over powers the taste but enough that you know it is there

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk. As dark and rich a flavor it has I find myself surprised at just how smooth it is. Thick creamy... yet glides around one's mouth like dancer on a stage.

Drinkability: Every time I have this beer I am shocked at just how quickly it disappears. I've been trying to cellar a bottle for the past six months but find my self drinking it when I've had run of bad stouts to redeem the style.

My dream: Bourbon aged version...

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 14:48:13 | More by MayorAdamWest
Photo of Jmoore50


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this one is dark black, the actual beer looks pretty thick. I could get almost no head out of this, even with a very vigorous poor. There are thick alcoholic legs on this one, looks like it is more that 9.4% ABV.

The smell is of hops and chocolate. There is some boozy characteristic to the smell, LOTS of roasted and dark malts. A bit of licorice in the smell as well.

The taste is mighty delicious! Chocolate and roasted malts, an almost bourbon ABV is detected. LOTS of thick dark malts. There is a slight hops bitterness in this as well, not citrus or sweet but more of a bitter backing to the other malt sweetness in the brew. Licorice in the after tastes. Again, a bit hot on the ABV which is fantastic.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a thick chewy body.

The drinkability is good, especially for being a big bodied thick RIS. I have another one and am going to age it for about another year and see what happens.

Good brew!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 20:40:25 | More by Jmoore50
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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at 52 F. Poured a black color with an average creamy brown head that mostly lasted and produced good lacing. Moderate roasted chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Good complex roasted flavor with a medium burnt bittersweet finish of long duration. Good complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2009 20:19:49 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of derkfromwi


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-finger dark mocha head that fades fairly quickly, jet black color, decent carbonation

S: Dark chocolate, oats, nice blend of malts including some roasted notes, molasses, toffee, earthy

T: Roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate, bit of caramel, touch of citrus, hop bitterness from middle through finish

M: Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied, slightly boozy

O: Good RIS, can't really smell the hops, but can definitely taste them

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:56:44 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of Beaver13


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 06:21:47 | More by Beaver13
Photo of augustgarage


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (obtained in a trade) into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Darkest opaque brown with a dark bronze head of foam that is slow to develop and quick to recede. A thin ring forms with slight lacing and sticky caramel legs.

Aroma is faint but suggests coffee, maple syrup, malt, and stewed fruit. Roasted flavors increase as the temperature rises.

The flavor is roasted malt, a little sharpness from hops and alcohol, sweet grain (barely identifiable as oatmeal), figs/plums, vanilla, Scottish breakfast tea, and a nice dry finish suggesting wood, coffee grounds, and cocoa nibs. Bitterness comes across as dark chocolate with some roasted malt acidity - rather than from hops.

Thick viscous mouthfeel (though not syrupy, sticky, or supremely heavy), tingling gum-sensation from the alcohol and roasted malt astringency, and sweet struggling effervescene from the carbonation (overwhelmed by the high ABV). This goes down all too easily...

Not an especially domineering brew, despite the name. Nicely balanced, quite strong breakfast stout, though lacking some complexity or intensity (of flavors) for the style. Still, a very enjoyable beer overall, worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 21:06:31 | More by augustgarage
Photo of Hopdaemon39

New York

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a crystal wine glass- pours a very dark brown/charcoal bordering on black; impenetrable by light except around the edges. There was almost no head when poured; it retains a trace amount of foam and lacing. The smell is faint- at first it smells only slightly of dark malt but I noticed a hint of oatmeal after a few seconds. It tastes of dark malt and molasses up front and then the slight bitterness of coffee towards the end. Only as an aftertaste did I notice any sign of the 9.4 percent abv. This brew is thick and syrupy but with a nice light carbonation to keep it drinkable. This is an excellent Imperial stout and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 03:11:06 | More by Hopdaemon39
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

650 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. No bottle date. Silly breweries with no bottle date.

Appearance - Deep inky black body. Almost no head, but some mocha foam surfaces before dissipating into hardly anything.

Smell - Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet molasses and booze. Quite boozy, really.

Taste - Really chocolatey in the smell. Some coffee persists, but it's less intense than the chocolate. The coffee comes out in the bitter finish as the roasted malts really come out.

Mouthfeel - Excessively boozy. Really strange considering it's only 9.4%. Low carbonation with a nice body.

Overall - Nothing stands out as spectacular in this beer, but everything really works well together. Oatmeal gives it good body and the rich chocolate gives it a wonderful flavor, really despite the booze. I look forward to the variations on this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 02:20:57 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of zimm421


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. Appears a complete black color with a thin dark brown head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The black is absolutely midnight dark and is beautiful, the head, slightly less than impressive.

The nose is complex. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, grains, slight hints of yeast and some alcohol notes. There is something present that I don't normally get in a stout, but it is definitely welcoming. The taste is also complex with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and the grainy notes as well. The alcohol is much better hidden in the taste than in the nose, although there is still a hint of it. This finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the inside of your mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew! Another wonderful RIS with a full body and extremely complex flavors. Not the best stout I've ever experienced but still very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 01:10:12 | More by zimm421
Photo of Kinsman


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loving the oatmeal twist on this stout.

Pitch black body with a big creamy brown sugar colored head. Sticky lace forms but it's a bit too quick to show as I like my head retention to hang around a bit longer.

Aroma is heavy on the stout malts, black patent and roasted malt and/or barley make up the bulk of this aroma. Lots of coffee/espresso bean aroma on this one but and not as much bittersweet chocolate as I've experienced.

Wonderful balance of flavors going on with the first taste. Lots of coffee-ish flavors show up as the aroma suggested, but more sweeter molasses and chocolate flavors become known too. Oats seem to give that sweeter and creamier flavor they are known for.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, suggesting the oats were a good idea. A slightly dry finish from the burnt flavor of the roasted barley.

Overall, I'm enjoying this Imperial Stout, and loving the name. Recently I've had both this and Beer Geek Breakfast and have decided that oats are definitely a good addition to any imperial stout. Something about the oats adds a certain quality of smoothness and creaminess that I don't always detect in non-oated stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 01:44:19 | More by Kinsman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with Bobsy at the tail end of a nice evening. Thanks man! Pours a viscous black with just a faint whisp of head that quickly dies down leaving a still black pond.

Nose reveals coffee grounds, dark fruits and a honey/anise mix that reminds me of my mother's honey cake. Waves of roasting malts, chocolate and a hint of fresh hops.

The flavor features some hefty layers of flavor. Lots of roasting/burnt malts, sweet caramel, honey and anise, faint notes of oats, coffee, chocolate, some heat in the finish along with a bit of hops bite. The body is a bit of a let-down for such a big ABV stout as this but, combined with the very light carbonation, it makes for a smooth, easy sipping, big flavored brew.

I am impressed with the flavors but, in light of other world-class stouts, it can't quite compare. The body lets it down and it seems a little more raw, though just as complex. A very nice stout. Thanks Rob!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 23:37:52 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of Zorro


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 04:54:31 | More by Zorro
Photo of jillmart


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with fellow user promark420. Fittingly enough, we'll be flying to Cleveland tomorrow (catching the Falcons/Browns game).

A -- Pours dark brown with no head and not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S -- Syrupy smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

T -- It's a syrupy taste that also has hints of oatmeal and chocolate with a smoky finish.

M -- For me personally, it has the mouthfeel of a good coffee stout. A bit thick, but it works.

D -- This went down pretty easily, which is mildly alarming at 9.4 percent abv. I definitely will buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 02:33:56 | More by jillmart
Photo of MPLS


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was cracked while watching WWE's Royal Rumble..wtf? Thanks to Rich for this one.

A: Black beer with some impressive soap. I am burnt out on describing the RIS.

S: This beer isn't gigantic, but has a good nose on it. Roasted malts dominate it's stout stench, but there is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a good mix of chocolate + molasses sweetness with the heavy amount of roast that is going on. Definitely enjoyable, but there are so many beers in this heavyweight category. This offering needs to mask the alcohol just a bit more and increase it's depth of flavor before it's perfect. I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. next.

M: There is a nice silky texture that lingers. Just the fact that they used the word oatmeal in this beer leads me to crave more creaminess.

D: Good stout offering from Hoppin' Frog. BA'd is next.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2010 18:48:39 | More by MPLS
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeall sweetness and a small alcohol note. In the taste, roasty oatmeal sweetness. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. Big flavor, roasty malt and delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 13:11:10 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of ObeerwanCO


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice imperial stout. Darkness washed over my glass when I poured this beer; there was no bottom. Got a nice brown head going too.

It smells like chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate predominating. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. At over 9% alcohol, this is not surprising. The taste is decadent. I get roasty chocolate, and malty sweet. There is also some slight bitter hoppiness and alcohol in the background. My lips were sticky after drinking this (and I liked it).

Overall a very good beer, but best to share this one with a friend. It's just so rich that it's hard to drink the whole bottle. I'm thinking it would be perfect after dinner.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 03:13:50 | More by ObeerwanCO
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with little head. The lacing dissipates quickly, seeming flat. The smell is a nice mixture of fruit and roasted coffee. The taste starts off of dark chocolate and espresso, then turns more nutty and fruity - i get hints of almond and raisins. The mouthfeel is superb, very thick and delicious with mellow carbonation. It finishes smooth, with a little hop bitterness and warmth from the alcohol. Overall, a very nice imperial stout - but amidst so much hype, it fell a little short.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 22:40:30 | More by DousedInStout
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to me with a one finger dark mocha head atop a dark black brew. Smelled fairly sweeter than others I have had of the style. There was a lot of sweet malts and a sweeter chocolate than most. There was also coffee and some dark fruit flavors. The taste was again very sweet with more of a creamy milk chocolate rather than mild dark chocolate. There were hints of coffee and vanilla as well as some licorice and lactose. This was a very well balanced imperial stout that had a good creamy mouthfeel and just the right carbonation. This brew went down smooth but I think I just drinking it fairly quickly because they were bringing out my Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Overall though I could drink this all night and will definitely be picking up a bottle or two next week.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 03:37:53 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Can't see any light through this beer at all- it's dark! Nice lacing on the glass as well. Lots of bubbles in the head, but they quickly disappear. Classic RIS looking beer.

S- Some hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Great balance, and really well done on the nose. I could smell this for hours and not get tired or overwhelmed by it. Definitely not an overpowering nose- just right.

T- Really nice. Hops are a little much for me, I'd like the malt to be the prevailing taste. Same profile as the nose, which is nice... but a little bit of a letdown from what I was expecting. Still, this is a really nice tasting brew. None of the 9.4% ABV comes out at all in the taste as well.

M- Thinner than I was expecting, w/ a smooth/bitter balanced feel. Aftertaste is pretty nice, and lingers a while.

O- This is a nice brew that falls just short of the best in the style. Still, really enjoyable and highly recommended. Pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 23:52:56 | More by jayhawk73
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,272 ratings.