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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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2,492 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 256
Gots: 498 | FT: 44
Brewed by:
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,492 | Reviews: 1,000
Photo of glass_house
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Thick, dark black. No true head to speak of, just a thin dark brown rim around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Roasted dark chocolate, slight touch of vanilla. Some alcohol can be detected along with some bitterness from the hops.

Taste - Dark chocolate flavones are strong and prominent. A touch of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, thick, sticky, and smooth. Some bitterness, but not a lot. Gives off a nice warming feeling.

Overall - A delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Hope to try the barrel aged version soon!

Photo of output01x
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger mocha-colored creamy head that diminishes in a minute or two to a thin dusting and thick foam ring. The body is a deep black that has no traces of color even when held to light. Very little lacing can be seen throughout consumption.

Deep coffee aromas dominate the nose. Roasted malts and dark chocolate help to round it out.

Roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee flavors all come together with none really dominating. A slight nuttiness and almost unnoticable alcohol warmth end each sip nicely.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation make this beer very drinkable considering the thickness. While still a sipper, it goes down smooth. It coats your mouth well but isn't really sticky.

The main attraction I have to this beer is the balance. All the flavors flow nicely together with nothing overpowering. Better head retention and lacing would have helped this beer, but the aromas, flavors, and mouthfeel make this beer outstanding.

Photo of devilben02
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with chocolate-brown fringes, but there is literally no head, even in the Duvel tulip that can normally create an outrageous head on anything. The aroma is a welcoming blend of earthy sweetness and roasted malt. The flavor seems to be predominantly dark chocolate, though. And not "dark chocolate" in the sense of what Hershey's considers dark chocolate to be, either. Straight-up gourmet, 70% pure cocoa, who-pays-this-much-for-a-candy-bar dark chocolate. The texture is likewise decadent, being somehow both silky and creamy. The high alcohol is only barely detectible, which combined with the luxurious flavor makes BORIS highly drinkable.

Photo of Joshpu
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a half finger of brown head.

S: Primarily chocolate malts. Roasted malts. Black licorice. Maybe a dark fruit as well. Oatmeal.

T: Taste really follows the nose well. A sweet middle of the mouth feel to it. It has a fairly bitter body to it, hop and coffee/dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very easy to drink. Don't taste the alcohol. The carbonation makes the beer glide through your mouth, velvety smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall a great beer. I really got a lot of flavors out of this one, it changed a bit as it warmed as well. As others have said, no one flavor dominates through the whole beer, but a bit on the bitter side for my liking.

Photo of dnichols
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bomber into a pint glass.

A: It poured a thick, black with a massive dark chocolate three finger sticky head. The head receded slowly and left an even cover of medium and small bubbles over the liquid and thick chunky lacing that lined the entire glass.

S: The initial aroma was dominated by a rich, dark milk chocolate smell. Then I picked up roasted malts and light whifs of hops.

T: It tasted of dark malts, oatmeal, dark yeasty bread, dark fruits (plums and raisins), and milk and bitter bakers chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: It was medium-bodied with well balanced flavors and a clean warm finish.

D: Full flavored, balanced and rich. Smooth and creamy with a pleasant warm and clean finish. Wonderful, powerful, complex stout...a joy to drink.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ricke
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Stigs
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

bomber poured into a DFH snifter

A - wow, big mean dark and scary. absolutely no light gets through this one. very very small amount of chocolate milkshake colored foam, dropping down to a small patch of bubbles within a minute.

S - mostly roasted dark chocolate, strong coffee, vanilla sweetness, small notes of maple syrup, dark fruitiness, brown sugar and nuts.

T - tons of flavors here, coffee jumps a bit up front then the chocolate. slight bit of hop bitterness.

M - lightly carbonated, but so thick and rich. perfect for the style.

D - wonderfully pleasant aftertaste teases you into tasting another sip. a real treat for any kind of night.

loved it - cant wait to try the BA version...but will go back to this as a staple RIS many times.

Photo of scott
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.06
Monsterously dark pour with a deeply burnt head that reduces itself to lacy marshmellow topping.
Smell is a well represented nose of dark chocolate & espresso.
Tastes of a pleasantly robust treat consisting of a well masked, but noticeable alcohol finish. Coats the mouth and tongue, smooth as silk, and as edible as a mousse pie.
This an absolute must try. I wish they didn't price themselves out of my "regular" drinking budget, because there's always something more out there for me to try. This I would go back to if it were cheaper.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber at 50 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pure opaque black with a two-finger dome of chocolate milk colored creaminess. It holds up very well and the lacing is exceptional.

S: Milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits, some anise-licorice notes, and light to average roastiness.

T: Strong milk chocolate, sweet figs and dates, moderate and semi-citrusy hoppiness, and anise and licorice late. There is a lack of roastiness in this that makes it refreshingly unique.

M: This is the most velvety-smooth Imperial Stout I've ever had. B.O.R.I.S. on nitro-tap might not be much smoother.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BA Boris The Crusher

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

Solid chocolatelly big BA stout, great balance and taste. Almost has a chocolate and maple taste. Whisky takes a back seat but stays prevalent. May not be the most complex BA stout, but the maple/chocolate sure shines enough to put a smile on my face and crave for more~

Photo of ShrLSU
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a beautiful jet black with a nice tan foam halo around the edge. Leaves pretty nice thin lacing around the glass. The nose is of coffee and bitter chocolates. Perhaps a bit of earthy hop to it as well. The taste is bitter coffee and roasted malts. There is a nice soft bitter chocolate taste as well. A minor alcohol whisp while bitter hop and chocolate compunded with a nice smooth creamy oat flavor create a nice finish. Mouthfeel is very nice a creamy. This is defintely a sipper for a cold night. Overall this is pretty damn good. Its not your typical outmeal stout. Its almost more RIS than oat. Whatever it is....its good!

Photo of trep
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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 bruachan
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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

Photo of JDV
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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

Photo of spointon
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at Gainesville HOB and took it home. Pours pitch black with almost no head. Aroma of rich chocolate, roastiness, and hops. Heavy roasty chocolate flavor with a little bite going down. Finishes with slight currant then explodes with another burst of chocolate. The black currants and sweetness are much higher than the DORIS. Thick mouthfeel. Hearty oatmeal presence and rather easy drinking.

Photo of caminiti
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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