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

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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
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of beerforpresident
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, all-around beer. Pours a jet black color and reeks of roastiness. Taste is full bodied with notes of chocolate, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts, and oatmeal. A bit strong, but a great blend of flavors that finishes smooth. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have tried and worth seeking out.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was really excited to pop this one open after all the praises i had heard...

A - poured a rich thick milky black with a thin tan head. really gorgeous. you can see the oaty thickness. in my opinion you simply can't make a more appetizing and appealing RIS. leaves a nice snail trail of lacing on the glass that slowly crawls home.

S - very chocolaty and oaty. nutty and roasted malts but not in the typical coffee and wood way but rather thick and once again oaty. There is a subtle alcohol thing going on in the back ground that refreshes the nose with a mentholated feel.

T/M/D - oh wow. it all leads up to that first sip and no disappointment at all. its a very filling and rich RIS in every way. it has the full bodied thickness of a mature oatmeal stout. the flavor is essentially all roasted malt. it's a meal in a 12oz glass let alone a 22oz bottle. but damn good beer. new style - RIOS. all though oatmeal spin adds some fantastic flavor and body it really is a bit filling. drinking two of these would be like drinking two milkshakes. mmm...milkshakes.

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2011-11-06 Cellar Aged BORIS (with "cellar aged 1 Yr" sticker on the neck of the bottle. It is actually probably 2+ years old at this point, but I suppose the brewery released cellar aged version at some point? bottle also had a sticker that says "17497"

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured sludgy black. not much head and what was there was gone quick. looks thick and delicious. 4

s - dhocolate roasted malts. perfectly mellow and balanced. the roastiness is perfectly paired with the chocolate. also has a touch of a briskness to it. 4.5

t - ah yes...BORIS!!! love this beer. rich thick chocolatey bold roastiness. really well rounded. 4.5

m - here's where i feel the cellaring has done the beer some good. i remember this beer as a monster on fullness and this aged version is quite silky and smooth. much more of a softer oatmeal stout. 4.5

o - overall just a great beer. time does nice for this one...one of my favs. 4.5

Photo of DIM
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rzzzzz
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass. A drip pan may have been more appropriate. Oily black with an appropriate sized milk chocolate head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee & booze. If that sounds like a recipe for an all night party, wait'll you taste it.

A deliciously balanced mix of dark fruits, coffee, dark roasted malt and traces of smoke, with some hops at the end to bring it back, and though the alcohol doesn't get in the way of the flavor, the warmth it provides going down is extremely pleasant. Full bodied and smooth overall but with just a touch of sharpness. Great beer.

Photo of aepb1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a creamy brown head

S- Sweet chocolatey malts and sweet oats as well

T- Chocolate malts, some oaty sweetness, roasty creamy milky finish

M- Full-bodied and creamy with a lower level of carbonation but that adds to the mouthfeel

D- Very easy to sip on this one and I will seek out more to enjoy again!

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

Photo of BeerSox
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of The_Beer_Shark
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rbfurr3
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of mdm46410
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from HoppinÂ’ Frog. Highly recommended!

Photo of gunnerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my recent trip to Ohio at vintage estate in Boardman , a must if your in the area. Poured into a chalice, pours a dark black with a bit of a dark head that leaves a ring around the glass, typical for this type of stout. Smell was amazing dark chocolate burnt figs and grapes, sweet smell of alcohol. Taste was amazing I can taste strong coffee, hints of roasted malt and toffee, chocolate and a bit of a velvet german cake in there, Simply awesome stuff. Overall this was one fine damn offering, I am glad to have had this on draft awesome beer at an awesome place.

Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had B.O.R.I.S. on numerous occasions. Bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a vicious black w/ nice thick dark fluffy head and very sticky lacing. Great aromas going on! I'm picking up scents of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, oats. There's a nice roastiness to it, a nuttiness as well. The flavors come through in the taste, wow. I'm picking up a slight amount of smoke. This is what I look for in an Imperial Stout, wow. Mouthfeel is exceptional as well. It's very thick, rich, and creamy. Almost like oil, but it all works due to the style. Drinkability is good, but there's no denying this is a heavy one; very chewy. It's not the easiest drinking beer, but it tastes so good, it's hard to stop.

One of my faves. I'm glad to see Ohio brewing some insane stouts. I'm always down for some B.O.R.I.S. Highly recommended! Go get this one right now..

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, comes out a thick black body with a medium brown "tapioca" head, about a finger. Leaves some serious lacing, head drops to less than half an inch.

Smell is riiiich, like an S'more made with dark chocolate & soaked in alcohol. Definitely smell the booze up front. The taste is right along with it, and adds some dark roasted coffee. The taste of espresso lingers in the aftertaste, like I just actually chewed on the beans instead of drinking the beverage. Those rich, creamy dark chocolate flavors are really dominant, almost like a liqueur. Very roasty aspects, on the verge of burnt.

The mouthfeel's thick, like most RIS. I have yet to experience the oily slickness that so many attribute to oatmeal stouts -- might be there, but I just don't recognize it. Bottom line: this is deliciious & I want more.

Photo of feelmefoam
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's getting a little colder out and I wanted a big beer for my 200th review, so when I stumbled upon old B.O.R.I.S. here I knew he was the one.

B.O.R.I.S., which apparently stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (badass name for an Impy Stout), pours a deep, opaque black color similar to the darkest chocolate in liquid form (though maybe not the same consistency). The beer puts up about a finger of milk-chocolate colored head that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating, leaving some nice drapes of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is pretty good. Some earthy hops, molasses, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, and maybe a bit of maple oatmeal all float around in a fragrant soup of smell. Complex and ever-changing, especially as it warms, this is one inviting beer.

Similar to the nose, the flavor is deep and complex. Some dark roasted malts up front, drizzled with dark chocolate. Oatmeal, molasses, and dark licorice through the middle. A little bit of herbal/earthy hop flavor, alcohol spice, and more bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Complicated and ever-changing... even though BORIS has a manly name, he's a bit like a woman. All joking aside, this is a good RIS.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's nice and smooth, with an oily feel in the mouth. Maybe it could be a bit creamier, but that's nitpicking. Either way, though, it still boasts a body that's a notch or two above medium and has a well-regulated amount of carbonation, as well as a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and my bomber is going pretty quickly. Complex, flavorful, and a good-lookin' beer too. B.O.R.I.S. was a good choice for a 200th review.

Photo of Tolann
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome bottle obtained in a trade with jleblanc!

A - Looks way yummy! head a roasty cocoa colored head that faded to nothing, not even a ring. Super dark denying any light.

S - sweet chocolate. I anticipated some roasted coffee characteristics, tho I'm not picking that up. The sweetness is pretty damn sweet and you really don't need anything else. There's something going on in the background playing the supporting role. Caramel? Licorice?

T - Chocolatey sweetness. Licorice. I knew it. There's some hops that bite back at the end of the sip.

M - Some dry chocolate bitter at the back of your mouth. the alcohol isn't exactly hiding, but it isn't too offensive. almost a milk stout mouthfeel...no not quite. Something gooey about the sip. Lighter mouthfeel and little carbonation.

D - Certainly not a beer I'd ever turn down! Just wish it was easier to obtain.Even with the higher abv. its pretty easy to sip away. I almost feel guilty cuz this beer is too much fun.

Photo of chocosushi
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Courtesy of a good trader.
750ml split w/ Saramisu
Unibroue Tulip

A ~ Black as oil with a small cap of burnt chocolate-colored
head. I was able to stir up a small amount of bubbles, but carbonation is pretty reserved. Good amount of stain.

S ~ Blackberries, Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Banana Peel &
Roasted Malt in copious amounts. There's a whiff of
tree-sap & molasses. Some Vanilla after warming up.

T ~ Coffee in Espresso-form & Roasty/Toasty Malt Goodness
follow through from the Nose. Also, Oatmeal with sliced Bananas play in the background throughout. Bit of Raisin, Cherry Juice, Cocoa Powder, Dried Pepper, & Powdered Milk as well.

M ~ Long...Long...Long & Dry finish. Lingers excessively
to the point where it becomes more enjoyable the more you wait between tips. Sweetness & Creamyness one expects from
an Oatmeal Stout is very prevalent, but this combined with a good amount of bittering from the roasted malt & hops.

D ~ Delectable Stout. A sipper for sure, but one you enjoy sipping rather than grow weary of. This is a good one to drink 6-8 oz of & cap up with a rubber cork to be saved for later. It opened up quite a bit.

Photo of IPAcraig
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decanted this fine beverage into my De Garre snifter. I received this beer in a trade from jdoolin. Drinking this brew whilst continuing my month long Sopranos marathon.

This beer pours a thick looking, inky black with a thin dark brown head. No lacing. I know big beers can sometimes be undercarbonated, but this one needed a bigger head and more co2.

This beer has a nice smell. Chocolate dominates the nose, while there is a faint presence of earth hops as well. The roasted flavors come through, but are fairly light. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well, but the main smell is a complex sweet maltiness.

This is one thick, powerful brew. It was the taste of a thick molasses. But to compliment such a sweet taste, the roasted flavors come through. The roastiness is mush more present than in the smell. The hops are present in the aftertaste, and that along with a touch of alcohol really bring a nice depth to the beer. A dark chocolate bitterness lingers with this beer and will not leave my tounge (I just bumped up the taste to 5, I have not had a better RIS, taste-wise).

I am halfway through the beer now, and oddly enough I detect a bit more carbonation now. Still it could have used a bit more, this beer is a touch syrupy.

This is a very fine tasting beer. It would have been near perfect and much more drinkable if it had a bit more co2.

Photo of NEhophead
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.

Pours a syrupy, opsque oil in color beneath a carbonation-filled brown head that settles to a thin film after a moment. No visible lacing.

Milk and dark chocolate; rich, roasted malts. Vinous, fruity esters: blackberry, grape. Spicy, floral hops; notes of bubblegum. Notes of smokey toffee and lingering port-like alcohol.

Ripe, vinous fruit flavors: grape, red apple, currant, plum. Robust, roasted malts; dark chocolate and toffee. Slick, intense alcohol over an aggressive, floral hop bite. Notes of vinous, dark fruit and dark chocolate in the aftertaste.

Full in body; syrupy slick. Just a touch too slick given such a bold range of flavors.

A full-flavored, intense Imperial Stout. A nice offering from a brewery I've never even heard of before. Hopefully I can sample some of their other offerings in the future.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer smells really chocolaty and sweet. The beer is extremely black with a small head, and it goes to a ring. The beer is really chocolaty and sweet. A slight bit of alcohol comes through as well. Extremely balanced. The beer is creamy and thick. The beer is super easy to drink as well.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Photo of armock
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JoeCeez for sending this to me a long time ago review was lost in notes for awhile.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that give of chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink RIS abv is well hidden and has a good taste make this a beer thats worth getting your hands on

Photo of rtaps
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.