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

Not Rated.
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 244
Gots: 467 | FT: 38
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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3/5  rDev -29.2%

basickness, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

smartassboiler, Nov 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

chippo33, Jan 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

TheFlern, Dec 12, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

rpaul2012, Dec 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

radioscooter, Nov 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

jIsh, Nov 26, 2011
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

browniewithnuts, Feb 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

towlea25, Jan 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

myuncle, Jul 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -29.2%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of twelvsies
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Eh, this beer just never came together for me. Pours soft, thick looking, not much head to speak of despite me trying to build one up. Yes, there is lots of flavor in this beer. Chocolate cake, dark fruits, a touch of coffee maybe, but it never really gets deep. And despite my initial impression on the pour this beer doesn't really have a lot of body to it to hold everything together. At times it kind of tasted like flavored sugar water, unfortunately. Was hoping for more but this just seemed like a confused beer to me.

twelvsies, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of karengarys
3.13/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours like black ink with a head. Cool!

Smell contains bourbon and molasses, malts.

Taste is... Well, good and bad, but unfortunately I cannot get over the bad. There is nice rich sweet malts. yummy. But the alcohol flavor is just way too prominent - and it reminds me of generic vodka. Just too much edge. Ickey. So, the taste just fails me.

Mouthfeel isn't bad. Cold it is bubbly enough. As it warms it flattens quickly.

Finish is a bit harsh bitter, and it leaves a bit of an aftertaste.

I just am not screaming "give me another".

There are too many rich creamy RISs out there that do not have the alcohol bite to put this on the top of my list. I would not recommend this particular one.

karengarys, Mar 03, 2008
Photo of Blanco
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours typical black stout color with frothy brown head. thick lacing. smells of faint roasted malt. slight chocolate notes. taste is of bitter dark chocolate, with very little sweetness. the alcohol is hot in the flavor as well. mouthfeel is nice and smooth. drinkability, well, I was disappointed in this one. It's highly rated (and maybe mine is too fresh) but the bitterness and bite from the alcohol make this a mediocre offering.

Blanco, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of DoctorDog
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz/22oz bottle into a pint glass. Brewed in Akron, Ohio- a mere 130 miles from my house.

A- Essentially black and opaque. Pours with a bare minimum of medium-brown head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin ring and no apparent lacing.

S- Strong earthy start, then mellows into a blended coffee/chocolate/alcohol smell as the drink warms a bit.

T- A bit of chocolate/espresso mixed with a hoppy earthiness. Perhaps a touch of dark fruitiness as it warms. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced and apparent- less well concealed than I had anticipated/hoped.

M- Fairly creamy, smooth. Some heat and booziness.

D- Decent as a sipper. The flavors never quite came together for me, and it's slightly overly-boozy alcohol taste on the finish diminish this one a bit in my book.

Future outlook: Not a favorite, but it's decent and local-ish, so I'll probably give it another chance sooner or later.

DoctorDog, Jan 01, 2009
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3.18/5  rDev -25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: deep yet black on the pour, about ½ fingers worth of dark-tan head formation, moderate film remains on the outside of the glass. Head dies down rather quickly.

S: roasted malts and coffee notes are the first aroma notes I notice. Behind it lies mild notes of dark fruits, molasses, and just a enough alcohol to be noticeable. Nothing else really coming to mind

T: Chocolate, big grains, and mild dark fruits. Moderate coffee lingers there in the background. Finishes with a vanilla creaminess but this is immediately pulled from the palate due to the dry hop finish (60 IBUs).

M: big, very chewy.

O: Unimpressive to be honest. I thoroughly enjoyed the BA BORIS in the past, so I decided to give this one a try. I love hops, but the hops are completely off in this one creating an unbalanced aspect. I find myself only noticing chocolate, coffee and hops.

tut2528, Jul 11, 2012
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3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, shucks. It's kind of a sad event for me when I know ahead of time that I'm going to give a good beer a review that will be lower than the average score. Alas, the average score for this average beer has greatly suffered from grade inflation, I fear.

Pretty? Well. It's dark and opaque. But it doesn't have any head. Sadly, I had a KBS tonight against which I can compare it on a few levels. As for appearance, well, it falls short. It falls short in that it has zero head. Ah. But that's comparing an RIS with a DIS. Oh, excuse me for making the distinction! Well, still, this falls short. No head. Close to "average" for the style but not all that great.

Smells of coffee and dry chocolate. Smoke. Sand dunes after rain.

Tastes interesting. Lots of stuff going on. The only flavor that really sticks out is the chocolate milk. Boy, do I ever have a buddy who would like this stuff! There's a fair amount of smoke and a bit of coffee - but much less than the chocolate. A bit sweet and there's on interesting bitter tang that hits you around the cheeks - kind of a puckery thing. Certainly very interesting for all that is going on. Not a great flavor but something worth trying.

It's about right in the mouth and I suppose I'd drink another if given one but I won't seek it out.

charlesw, Apr 22, 2009
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3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Anderson Valley tulip from a 22oz bomber purchased May 2007 at Corral Liquor (Granite City, IL - St. Louis metro area).

Deep, dark, rich black. Little to no head on a gentle pour, but some very dark tan edging visible. Subsequent aggressive pours bring a multi-fingered richly carbonated dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is thick - bitter chocolate, with sweet syrup coming to the fore as the beer warms.

Taste is perfectly integrated with the smell - massive amounts of rich flavor, coffee-style bitterness fighting (and winning over) some malty sweetness - almost too much going on to process at one time. The taste gets better and less edgy as the beer warms.

Texture is Stone-like - thick syrup. Alcohol burn is minimal - detecible toward the middle of the aftertaste, but not dominant or unpleasant. The sweetness takes forever to dissipate, the bitterness even longer - like many a Stone beer, the overwhelming bitterness overstays its welcome.

Truly a massive beer. Everything's here but the kitchen sink. Ultimately it's not to my taste - I like to preserve my palate for more than just a few sips. But Stone fans and others who want more of everything will enjoy this over-the-top stout.

Talisker, May 31, 2007
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3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. no date found. poured into tulip. tasted in early april 2009

totally opaque! brown, 1-finger head fades to thin wisps, then mostly just a ring. lacing never sticks, always sliding back down after each sip.

very fruity aroma, with cherries and fresh figs. gentle caramel and molasses. touch of alcohol and phenols, almost boozy, yet not. some coffee and cocoa underneath. touch of grassy earthiness - hops? or roasted malt? whiffs of vanilla, especially in back.

taste: fruity character meets with light booziness, like dark rum. some caramel, some roasted malt, but a bit overtaken by the booze, with phenolic note to the vanilla. moderate bitterness also clashes with alcohol and phenols. coffee in the aftertaste.

lightly viscous, but has moments of watery thinness. acidity and astringency in the finish, which at least aren't overly affected by the phenols and alcohol. moderate carbonation doesn't contribute much.

wow... talk about overrated... or maybe it's just this batch. i remember this from a tasting a couple years back, and it definitely wasn't like this...

tai4ji2x, May 26, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a thin, fizzy copper mousse that dies away within seconds. As far as color goes, this looks spot on, but with regard to head retention, it leaves a lot to be desired.

S: Gentler than expected on the nose, with aromas of roasted grain, oatmeal, heavy cream, bitter chocolate, and coffee easily detectable. There is a mild alcohol scent as well, but it is neither distracting nor harsh.

T: Initially, this beer displays notes of oatmeal, roasted grain, strong coffee, dark fruits, burnt toast, heavy cream, and bitter chocolate. Around mid-palate, a grassy, herbal hoppiness takes over. The finish is strong and punchy with grassy, bitter hops, heavy cream, chocolate, and coffee swirled in cleansing alcohol. I was expecting the flavors to be better integrated because this doesn't taste much like a stout after a point.

M: This is the best aspect of this beer. In the mouth, B.O.R.I.S. is creamy, silky, and smooth with a luscious full body. Carbonation is gentle and there is only a hint of an alcohol burn. For such a heavy, filling beer, it goes down very smoothly.

O: B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher is not a bad stout, but it is not great either. As a matter of fact, I consider this beer to be extremely overrated. Like most American craft breweries these days, Hoppin' Frog seems to have forgotten that not all ales need to be heavily hopped. The high hop bitterness of this beer distracts from the great roasted malt and oatmeal flavors it initially displays, making it seem a bit muddled and off-kilter. If the hops had been reigned in a bit, this would be a fantastic imperial stout, but as is, it's merely okay.

mrfrancis, Nov 30, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

incubuscience, Apr 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Hophead717, Jul 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Kerne, Jul 01, 2014
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.