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

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2,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 451 | FT: 37
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of fitzy84


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ended my night at Moan and Dove awesomely. A slight head formed when formed but it quickly dissipates. Very, very dark colors with brown-color lacing. The aromas were rich in earthy mocha, dark chocolate flavors. Taste-wise, this was like a delicious coffee frappe: strong in mocha, caramel, coffee, espresso dimensions. Like I said, the drink definitely was frappe-like, making it more dessert than drink. I highly suggest then having this as your final drink of the night because it is so good.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 18:16:40 | More by fitzy84
Photo of BeerSox


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber into 25oz snifter.

Pitch black - no chance of light getting through this one. The head is a little under a finger high, even with a rather aggressive pour. It eventually settles to a thin rim along the glass.

A little bit of citrus-like aromas sit on top of the roasted malts. Lots of brown sugar. The alcohol is a detectable, but not overwhelming.

A very complex taste - where to start? The base, of course, are some very roasted, almost burnt, malts, which impart a little smoke flavor. The hops add a little bit of a dark fruit flavor, along with a bit of citrus that manages to make its way through. The sweeter side of the beer is created by a bit of milk chocolate. Some black coffee and molasses makes its way in as well. The flavor lingers with just a bit of anise in the finish. The alcohol is well hidden. Full bodied, the carbonation is just barely on the low-side of average, giving it a slightly oily feel.

No style can compete with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout, even if it's an imperial/double version. The velvet characteristics show well, mixed with assertive hops and a strong malt presence. Complex. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 00:25:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of abfraser


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to waltonc for sharing this one.

A: Thick motor oil pour with big dark brown head. Classic looking imperial stout

S: Coffee, roasted malt, sugary toffee. Just a beautiful aroma, you can tell this is going to be a good one

T/M: Damn good stuff. Russian Imperial Stout flavors of coffee, roasted malt and toffee are very well balanced. Thick, full-bodied.

D: Would love to drink this more often but that would mean moving to Ohio

A fantastic beer. Up there with the other great RIS I've had the fortune to try, like Stone & Santa's Little Helper

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 19:45:03 | More by abfraser
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District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, with a thin, dark tan head that goes away rather quickly

S: Chocolate with a hint of dark cherries or dates

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, dark fruit

M: Full bodied, yet smooth with a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Very well balanced

O: The oats in the mash add the perfect complement of smoothness and sweetness to the imperial stout style. With 60 IBUs, the hop balance is absolutely perfect. At a deceiving 9.4% abv, this is one of the most well balanced and drinkable RIS's I've had so far. A definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:56:21 | More by RobertTheRogue
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West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with Wagenvolks and Kristen613

Super dark black body with a dark brown head. Looks like Expedition sitting in the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits such as plums and raisins are all present in the aroma. very complex and delicious smelling.

Dark chocolate, fruity, roasted malts and coffee. Same as aroma, except I get to taste it this time! Very complex and very balanced.

Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, the thickness isn't overwhelming and this is a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 04:08:52 | More by trep
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" purply dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lace. Aroma is dark roasty malts with an undercurrent of alcohol. Taste follows the nose, rich and creamy, with the alcohol bringing it on at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 21:00:24 | More by ppoitras
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law from Ohio who brought this out on a visit earlier this month.

A-Pours a virtually black hue with a two finger head with decent retention and modest lacing. Head is a beautiful tan color like the type that accompanies a high quality espresso. This looks very promising.

S-Dark chocolate, roasted malts, booze, and a hint of licorice. Aroma is big, indicating a robust brew that may be able to crush me.

T-Chocolate goodness, dark sugar sweetness (like brown sugar or molasses), the warming taste of alcohol, and hints of licorice and coffees.

M-Medium to full body, but a tad astringent and dry. Very smooth, though not as luxuriant as the best RIS beers. Could use a bit more carbonation too.

D-This is a very good RIS, but not quite capable of sharing the accolades of the very finest of this great style. That said, I am disappointed this bomber is depleted and I can't buy this in Oregon

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:44:27 | More by velosuds
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep inky black. no light even sneaking through around the edges. a nice dense brown head rises up and very slowly falls leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. nice roast. big bread and biscuit malts. alcohol. light anise. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. toasted multigrain bread. a bit of vanilla. dark chocolate.

taste is great. roast. bit of alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of vanilla. caramel sweetness. coffee. toasted bread. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level, mostly coming through as bakers chocolate. as it warms the alcohol comes through a little more, and it seems to get even more biscuit character.

mouthfeel is good. big and chewy, especially as it warms. slightly less than medium carbonation level works ok. just a touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very good. as it warms the alcohol comes out a bit more, but mostly as a little bit of warmth and isn't at all unpleasant. great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 20:45:23 | More by grub
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

A- Black body with brown hues. Thick 1 finger coffee colored head. Recedes to a cap quickly. Lace is OK.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Little whiff of the ABV. Would've liked the aroma to be stronger.

T- Vanilla, as if it was oaked aged. Burnt chocolate, and slight warming alchohol in the end.

MF/D- So creamy you could walk on it. Excellent body that just coats your mouth. Other than the 9.4%, extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 04:10:55 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of iconoklaztor


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black with a sweet looking head. It looks awesome. Its sweet and coffeeful. I've tried this a couple times and it seems to be different each and everytime so I will just review the last time.

The taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bourbon but this is a good stout!

Its pretty damn drinkable too. At 9.4% it is a little hot and could use age. Either way its still a good stout!

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 00:08:44 | More by iconoklaztor
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm excited about this. i hear good things

looks like tar in my glass and i don't think i've ever seen a darker head. it remains in limited form and some nice lace coats the glass

complex coffee aroma, not immensely sweet. piney hops

the taste is sweeter, but not cloying. NW hop flavor, and the oatmeal evens it all out. this is a tasty brew: well-stacked, well-hopped, well-roasted. all in a nice manageable package

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 04:09:02 | More by bruachan
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Miketd for the bottle!
Pours a solid dark black with a nice sized creamy but somewhat short lived tan head into a snifter. Smell was big and of oatmeal sweetness, dark roasted malt and I got a big fire roasted marshmallow gooeyness out of it as well. Taste was also fantastic, very nice roasty character with oatmeal creaminess and chewiness making an obvious presence. Very full mouthfeel, and on the sweeter side of an imperial stout, which I tend to like. I got a big marshmallow like character in the taste as well and overall this was an amazing beer. The hint of alcohol that shows as it warms was pretty mild and unobtrusive.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 20:00:51 | More by JDV
Photo of claytong


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.

appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.

smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.

taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.

mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 23:44:58 | More by claytong
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, probably around 6-8 months old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick deep black with a one finger brown head that is very active for its short life (I can hear it hissing as I pour). Recedes to a wispy cap and ring in no time leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma is deep dark roasted malts, rich chocolate, premium coffee, dark fruits such as raisins, figs, plums and cherries, anise/licorice, a hint of smoke. Complex, good, but not great strength.

Flavor, however, is a huge blast of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, robust coffee, dark fruits, anise, oats, just a touch of hops and a bit of alcohol but nicely integrated. Somewhat sweet, some astringency from the heavy roasted malt bill, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and velvety thanks to the oats, medium carbonation.

A fantastic Imperial Stout. Dunno why I waited so long to try this as I had a feeling I'd love it and I indeed do. Can't wait to crack open the barrel-aged version I have sitting in the cellar!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 16:08:11 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of spointon


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black with no light penetrating through. Slight ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. The dark tan head poured 1/2" and slowly dropped to a thin cap. Nice broken lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of sweet and roasty malts, coffee, milk chocolate, and dark ripe cherries. A boozy alcohol note in the aroma too.

T= Very good flavor profile which consisted of a nice balance of sweet up front and bitter in the end. Chewy malts, milk chocolate, and dark ripe fruits lent the sweetness and the bitter notes came from roasted grains, coffee, and a flash of bittering hops in the middle. The finish was 60/40 bitter to sweet and was full of warming alcohol.

MF= Heavy body, viscous, with an oatmeal chewiness. Carbonation was moderate. This was a real tongue coating beer.

D= I tried this one based solely on the good reviews it has received here on BA and I was not disappointed. Very good and highly drinkable RIS here. Can't wait to get some more!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 18:48:49 | More by spointon
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black/dark brown with a motor oil like constituency. Almost no head. Average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of coffee and roasted malts. Smokey, chocolaty, coffee with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet the bitter. This is a world class beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:34:06 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of rtaps


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small brown head that doesn't hang around very long with minimal lacing

Nice ostmeal around with some of the whiskey coming through, roasted chocolate

Taste fallows the nose with a lot more of the whiskey barrel character to it that's very good.

Full bodied light-medium carbonation. Pretty viscous.

Overall this was a tasty little treart with a lot more of the whiskey barrel elements to it than I expect and it makes this beer as good as it is IMO

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 04:48:45 | More by rtaps
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night and not letting any light through even when held up to a lamp. One finger chocolate brown head with decent retention. Little lacing but I dont expect much at damn near 10%.

S - Aroma of roasted chocolate maltiness. Hints of alcohol as well. Somewhat faint aroma.

T - A hint of sweetness up front before the roasted malty chocolatness comes through in a big way. Just a hint of bitterness to provide an excellent balance.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Very good oatmeal stout. Very big beer which makes this a sipper, but damn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:27:17 | More by ckeegan04
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I really like the style, I rate it high on drinkability.
Poured from a bomber acquired from Halftime Bev. in Poughkeepsie months ago (other HF still available, not this one), I poured it into a pint glass that I have no idea where the hell it came from (Coors Light and NYGiants logo??!!?) thick and dark, thin brown lacing that quickly disappears, smells of I dont know? smoked licorice? Similiar in nose to Old Rasputin, and tastes similiar as well. A bit oily, but overall an outstanding beer, and any fan of the style must try one.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 02:55:52 | More by caminiti
Photo of DIM


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: BORIS is damn near black but not quite. It pours with a medium sized mocha head; decent lace and retention.

s: Relatively mild roasty, almost charred, malts that smell of cocoa. The alcohol in moderately noticeable. Nice nose, but it's pretty one dimensional.

t: Wow, this is big, full flavored, and satisfying! The malts taste heavily roasted to the point of being bitter and a bit smokey.A nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor lingers for quite a while. The alcohol is barely discernible, but provides a welcome warming feeling.

m: Super thick and chewy with a fantasticly foamy carbonation. It has the texture of really good hot chocolate made with whole mlik instead of water.

d: This is a fantastic beer that I would love to have on a regular basis. I don't let price influence my drinkability score, but I must write the following. This stuff is over $70 a case for 12 bombers. Stoudt's Fat Dog is every bit as good and at a little more than half the price. I am glad I tried a bottle but I won't pay for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 15:53:22 | More by DIM
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Hoppin' Frog bomber into pint glasses. The beer was thick and black with a poofy tan & wet head. The aroma was coffee and burnt malts, the flavor was smooth dark sweet malts. Very thick and rich, but still a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Real nice, my first and only imperial oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 06:00:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a chocolate color head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, mocha, and a bit of vanilla mixed with alcohol. Flavor beings with unsweetened chocolate, before moving to sweeter marshmallow and vanilla notes. Toasted cereal, molasses and mocha follow before a roasty finish. Silky smooth. Very cohesive flavor. Finishing a bomber of this won't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:08:48 | More by uustal
Photo of Reagan1984


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from Draught2012. Excellent trader.

This bottle has about 6-7 months of age on it.

When I poured this the head was a little disappointing. Very dark brown, very active and quick to fade to nothing. Pitch black beer that does not allow any light through.

Aroma of Chocolate, dark roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit.

A moment of black licorice, lots of dark chocolate. I get lots of chocolate covered cherries. Smooth front to back. Towards the end a moment of dark coffee and some hop bitterness. The alcohol is not "well hidden" it's TOTALLY hidden.

Mouth feel is silky smooth, carbonation is very light. Luscious comes to mind. Despite the fact that I never use that word.

Very drinkable and a beer that totally hides the ABV. I do like this beer, but don't rate it amongst my favorite Imperial Stouts. While good, not worth twice as much as a Stone Russian Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 01:17:37 | More by Reagan1984
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a very thin and quickly dissipating dark brown head. No lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of raisins and figs, as well as a note of alcohol. Pretty mellow.

T: Predominately dark chocolate and roasted malts, very coffee lke. I've had this one in the "cellar" for roughly 9 months, so I'm sure some of the hops have faded. Sweet chocolate finish. I think I actually might prefer this one fresh with a bit more hop balance, the sweet finish is just a bit much.

M/D: Velvety smooth and a sensational full body. Warming alcohol sensation is just right and is not too hot.

I'm fortunate enough to have this at my disposal at all times! A local favorite, and probably one of my all-time favorite brews.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 00:22:10 | More by TheViolator666
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black in color with just a ring of brown head around the top

S-not very strong, but smells of roasted malts, coffee, sweet oatmeal

T-similar to the smell with roasted malts, a bit of coffee bitterness, but the sweetness comes out more from the oatmeal and what tastes like melted chocolate. A bit of alcohol warming at the end, but no bite

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T-really great, not like other imperial stouts I have had due to the major silkiness of it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 22:00:06 | More by ksimons
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94 out of 100 based on 2,274 ratings.