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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2,517 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 265
Gots: 513 | FT: 45
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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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Photo of rka758
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a thick brown with minimal to no head. Nice lacing along the glass.
S: Sweet licorice.
T: Upfront-dark fruit, Finish-roast. Somewhat more boozy than I would have thought for 9.4% abv.
M: Nice

This is my first Hoppin' Frog experience. There's nothing bad about this beer, but at the same time I don't find anything great about it.

Photo of AltBock
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk green with a white chest frog toasting a pitcher of black beer in front of a bright yellow rectangle. This frog is toasting his mug so hard, that he's just whipping his beer all around and spilling it into his little secluded Akron pond. Above the frog is the name of the brewery in big black letters, but the letter "o" is replaced with a pitcher of yellow beer. Just below the black beer pitcher the frog is toasting, is a red oval that states this is an Ohio beer. I didn't know Ohio breweries had a symbol. To the left of happy drunk frog is the Government warning, the city it's brewed in, and the barcode. On the other side of the frog is a little paragraph telling you about the beer, its specifications, and another picture of the drunk happy frog. This little picture had him toasting a mug of yellow beer. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number because there isn't one anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Appearance: Do you remember seeing the mug of black beer the frog is toasting on the label? To save money, Hoppin' Frog took the same ink they used for their label and then bottled it as B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. This beer had the same size head of foam as brewed ink (if it's possible) does. The only thing there was, was just a small skim of Cherry Coke colored foam that dissipated quite quickly into a few colored rings and no lace whatsoever anywhere around the glass. After about a minute, it looked like I poured a glass of ink instead of a black beer. There was nothing there to indicate that it was a beer by just looking at it from a distance. In case your pen runs out of black ink, just refill it back up with some B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Nothing really stands out by itself because they all combined together to create a very nice and pleasant aroma. That means it had a little bit of roasted malts, a pinch of chocolate covered cherries, a dab of regular black cherries, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and then ended with a little nip of alcohol. Toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol aroma really kicks into gear and dominates over all of the other aromas that were in this beer.

Taste: The first flavor that hopped its way onto my tastebuds were the high quality dark chocolate covered cherries. Not the kind of chocolate covered cherries you would find at your local drug store, the kind you can find at your fine local chocolatier. After that came the roasted malts, chocolate malts, black cherries, other dark fruits, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and a huge alcohol bullfrog drop kick at the finish line. That alcohol kick at the end really warms up your throat and esophagus. It almost makes you feel like you just drank a shot of whiskey and not a sip of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. Where was the robust hop character the label said that this beer was going have? I don't know, but it could have used it. There was some bitterness at the end, but it was more of a dark chocolate bitter than a hop bitter.

Mouthfeel: When I first took a few big sips of this beer, there wasn't any aftertaste to it. The dark taste hopped on in and then hopped on out without leaving an aftertaste of anything. When it warms up and you get toward the bottom of the glass, an aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and alcohol emerges. If you couldn't guess already, this beer was thick, chewy, and full bodied to the max.

Drinkability: If you drink the beer cold, you really don't have a problem with it. If you let it sit there to warm up, you're going to be sorry. All the roasted and dark flavors will be there, but you're really going to feel the burn, alcohol burn that is. If you like big chewy alcoholic beers, then this Hoppin' Frog is for you! Will this beer crush like you like the label stated? Not really. It will be the alcohol burn that will do you in and not its dark and roasted flavors.

Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours dark dark black with a dark tan head that rises about one finger, but it lasts a long time. This is a very carbonated beer, it bubbles everytime you take a sip. The lacing is great and sticky, but it sticks in small amounts.

I'm not a big fan of smell, the overwhelming flavor is alcohol, mixed in with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is very complex with a ligtht chocolate taste on the front end and black coffee bitter strong finish. I think its a little too bitter for my liking.

Photo of Anthony1
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, oats, dark malts and a touch of dark fruit. The taste is full of roasted coffee & oats, smoky malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats some dark fruit and an ever-so-slight alcohol burn. The beer has a very mild hops presence but it's stronger than you would expect in the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

Photo of frazbri
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog poured motor oil black topped by a short, creamy brown head. Aroma had notes of cocoa, peanut butter, berries, and coffee. Flavor starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by banana, a touch of ameretto and cherries and finished off with a hit of espresso. The body was full and the carbonation was moderate.

This stout has the look and feel of a top-notch imperial stout. The beer clinges to the glass after you take a drink. It's thick and chewy in the mouth. The only thing keeping it from elite status, is the sharp finish. Don't let this little review keep you from drink this. Boris has much to offer.

Photo of becktone
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: This beer is so thick and black that when it pours from the bottle it looks like dirty engine oil, or molasses. Forms finger's size head but it quickly receedes to what I wouldn't even call a film. Could be this glass, never have had a good head in this snifter.

Nose: Strong malt backbone on this one. Strong notes of chocolate malt make their way to the foreground. Alcohol is evident, warm to the nose. No hop aroma present. Pretty much right on for what one of these should smell like.

Tongue: This brew is intense. The most prevalent flavor characteristic is chocolate, Alcohol is detectable, and there's a bit of grain bitterness at the end of this beer. Also just a bit of a roasted quality. All in all pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is thick in the mouth, full bodied with little carbonation. Exactly what one expects. I also enjoy the warming sensation of the alcohol as this beer slides down the throat. This is a good beer, but at $7.00 for a bomber its a bit pricey. I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Its good but not that good.

Photo of Gtreid
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pitch black. The pour produces a half finger of dark sand colored head that receeds quickly and leaves no lace.

A: Very nice chocolate and roasted malts. I also get vanilla, licorice, and cherry. Some earth from the hops come through as well.

T: I get the big chocolate and sweetness first, then the oats, then comes something I can't quite put my finger on, I think it's sour cherry. The beer finishes quite dry, with some alcohol heat.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it is with most oatmeal stouts. Heavy body and light carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little lower due to the viscosity and ABV. Overall BORIS is a good Impy Stout. The sourness I got in the middle I could do without, but all in all this is a fine beer. Skal.

Photo of Murchmac
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adamb84 for this tasty brew in a trade.

half finger tan head, black. Legs running around the snifter like Carl Lewis round that track.

Oatmeal, coffee, chocolate smells.

Thin but tasty for a RIS, not boozy.

Been wanting to have this beer for a while, besides it being thin for the style, tasty brew that i'd have again.

Photo of ColbyPants
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark as night with a thin chocolate brown head that held well. Viscosity is thick like motor oil.

S- Dark Bitter Chocolate and Coffee, Toasted grain and oatiness. Also a note of alcohol is present in the nose.

T- Dark Chocolate Bitterness and Roasted Oatiness are what I get the most in this beer, along with an almost wine like warming alcohol zip. The bitter mocha/coffee note lingers on the palate for a LONG time. There is a lot going on in this beer, though not always in concert

M- Pretty big, oily, and round. Mouthcoating.

D-Definitely a contemplative sipping beer. Perhaps two huge and warm (alcoholic) for me. I had a Bomber and could not finish it. A smaller amount, sipped slowly from a snifter, paired with a nice cigar might be a delightful combination, though.

Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. First time I had this was courtesy of a trade with Hexxed, and second was an extra from amietaj1. Thanks guys.

A: Pours an impenetrable black body into a glass. Head is the usual tan affair, but somewhat substantial for the style (a couple of fingers), and decently long-lived. Several minutes' wait lets the head collapse into a light film on the brew, and it leaves washes of lacing with each sip -- but nothing that sticks.

S: Roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some grain, and some coffee.

T: Leans heavily toward the sweet side -- a nice blend of chocolate and cream with plums and figs to form a nearly anise-like flavor. Progresses into bitterness imparted from roasted malt and grains (I suppose this was the oatmeal) with a coffee closing taste. The beer becomes drier toward the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Definitely sweet at first, but cleans up and becomes drier as the taste progresses. ABV is hidden very well, and this will sneak up on you.

D: I am quoted $10 for this in trades. I don't really feel a bomber is worth that price, but this is a pretty decent stout and I'm happy to have had it.

Photo of kajerm
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DL day 2007-- I can't remember who to thank for it, though...

Pours black with a small tan head.

Aroma is chocolatey and oaky, with some dark fruit and yeast character. Alcoholic spiciness is absent and coffee notes are very light.

Tastes like it smells, but with more coffee flavor, less fruit/yeast, and a lot more malt-derived bitterness. The finish is similar to Old Rasputin, but the overall flavor is woodier and a little less assertive. Booze is nowhere in sight.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light-- it seems like the oatmeal didn't really contribute any of the protein or creaminess that it's supposed to. Carbonation is appropriate. A few other people on here have called it thick, rich, and chewy, but I didn't really get that at all, or else my imperial stout standards have just gotten ridiculous.

Pretty drinkable as far as imperial stouts go, owing to the weirdly light body. I'd be open to try this again and dissect it a little more if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin, maybe a cm or so, brown head, which leaves a little lacing here and there. Looks pretty standard for the style. The smell seems to be overpowered with alcohol, with a bid of roastiness. Kind of like bad coffee, mixed in with the smell of black patent malt. Not a bad smell, but seems a bit harsh for an oatmeal stout. I kind of expected to smell more sweetness. The taste is much better than the smell suggests. There's immediately the oatmeal taste, I mean not like a bowl of oatmeal, but like beer oatmeal, if you know the taste. The taste kind of has the old, low quality coffee taste from the smell, which I guess comes from a low dose of roasted barley. I would like to taste a bit more. I can also notice this oiliness, which I think comes from black patent malt, which is pleasant in low doses. I can also get this chocolate taste, kind of toned down, but I think its at the right level with the oatmeal added. If I could make any suggestions, it would be to substitute some roast barley for the black patent, and I'll hold off a higher rating for that. The mouthfeel, as you would expect from an oatmeal stout, is spot on. So smooth and creamy. with just the right amount of sweetness. This doesn't even need carbonation, but its delightful. And I'm sure I could drink this for hours. I just kept reaching back, and nothing slowed me down.

Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rich, deep oily black with a very nice one finger deep, dark mocha head that faded away quickly to leave really nothing.

S - Smell is slightly underwhelming mostly dark roasty malts with nice chocolate notes. Whats underwhelming or well, shocking is how present the ABV is, too bad.

T - Very nice flavour profile here. Starts nice and deep and roasty with slightly bitter (as if roasted too long) malts that result in a complex chocolate and light coffee notes. Unfortunately, those nice flavours are slammed down into submission by the ABV on the tongue. So sad.

M - Waaaay too thin for a RIS of this caliber. Combine that thinness with how potent the ABV is and you've got a rather ehhh mouthfeel.

O - I want to like this stout, I really do, just the ABV is FAR too prevalent. Really killed this beer for me.

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with this and BA Boris.

Pours very little tan head that fades down fast. Leaves no lace. color is a solid black.

Aroma: Roasted, malts, chocolate, some light coffee. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Rich and chocolaty, roasted dry malt, sharp grassy hops, caramel, and then some dark fruit in the aftertaste. Better than the aroma, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and warm, a little creamy. Fuller bodied than the ba version with a low amount of carbonation. Ends sweet, dry, and malty.

Overall, not a very solid RIS imo. The barrel aging helps this beer a lot. This beer is not something I want a lot of. I would rather drink the BA version.

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gets to just about one finger of thick brown cream, full mixture of bubble sizes, above average lacing, more sheets than sticky streaks. Pitch black, no real color to the liquid, of course completely opaque. Black licorice, creamed coffee, hazelnuts, bittersweet dark chocolate, black grape to raisin, cherry fruit scents, caramelized brown sugar, very dense thus hard to really get full effect, witch hazel and spiced oatmeal break the surface before it's all gone. Full-bodied is not quite adequate, it's a damn brick in the mouth, you almost feel like you have to spoon it into your mouth and then swallow hard to get it down. Heavy roast to the coffee, chocolate flavors, caramel and brown sugar too, still too heavy to truly be as sweet as it should be. Grape, cherry, plum fruit flavors only flirt with dried fruit characteristics. The carbonation is near unnoticeable. The licorice comes out at the finish along with a bit of floral mist and mint. Dry, concentrated and obviously built to "crush," however, even a 22oz bomber is somewhat tiring to finish.

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black, thick, syrupy looking with very little head (what there was was very dark colored) and very little carbonation.

Roasty, coffee, sweet aroma with some vanilla notes as it warmed. Nothing stood out, though.

Flavor was sweet and malty, roasty and finished with an almost sourish, bitter hop finish. Fairly complex, though not the most pleasing RIS taste I've had.

Mouthfeel was very thick, syrupy, but quite smooth on the palate. A little to syrupy for me, and the flavors were just not balanced and harmonious to make me love it.

Photo of tr4nc3d
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark color with a mocha colored one finger head. Very small amounts of lacing, barely there.

Smell is of brown sugar, sweet maple syrup, cocoa, roasted malts, espresso.

Taste has a sweet sugary maple syrup feel, soy, caramelized brown sugar, hints of roasted malts, slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is full and thick with good carbonation(more then other RIS).

This is tasty but not that great. I still prefer other RIS which have more flavor.

Photo of korguy123
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very little head with little retention. I know most stouts aren't highly carbonated, but I'd like to see some lace. The color is beautifully dark. VERY DARK.

Smell is of some chocolate malts with a bit of licorice. There is a tiny bit of a black patent smell as well. However, it isn't strong or complex.

Taste is of big chocolate malts with some black patent to compliment. It seems decently straightforward. The oats add a little smoothness and help give a little bit of body to this huge ABV beer. There is a hint of caramel and burnt sugar with a touch of raisins. This beer REALLY comes together and smooths out as it warms.

It's hard to get a big body with this much ABV.

Photo of Natural510
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet-black, like ink, with some dark-brown highlights. Nice color. A small amount of tan head quickly dissipates into a minimal ring of lacing to the edges of the glass.
Scent is mostly malty and sweet, with hints of dark, dried fruit such as raisins & dates. Not the coffee/cocoa notes of most RIS, which is a refreshing change.
There is a deep carmalized flavor, brought out by the roasted malts. Hints of coffee, date and fig. Thick on the palate, with a noticable hop reverberation and semi-dry finish. Alcohol content fairly noticable.
Thick & robust in body, yet a lack of carbonation cripples what could be an all-around excellent brew.
Needs more carbonation, because it tastes quite flat. It is otherwise a quite tasty brew....and certainly warms you up on a 20F day.

Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one on the shelf for a bit, so I was pretty excited for it. 22 oz bottle purchased for $10.

A - very pretty. Jet black with very little head.

S - the alcohol begins, chocolate, coffee. Subtle.

T - there is a lot going on with this brew. Plenty of tastes to go around. The barley and the alcohol actually make it a little too much though. Almost tastes like a barleywine.

M - not great. The myriad flavors leave you with an unpleasant tingling.

O - I'd be interested to try this one on tap. The best comparison I can think of is Bell's Expeditioner's Stout, which isn't a great compliment.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served into a 12oz. snifter.
A-Pours a deep midnight black, no accents. One finger dark brown khaki head, head retention is good. Leaves some good lacing as well.

S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, very light notes of vanilla and mint.

T-Very much of the same, not getting any mint in the taste though. Opens very smooth with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate.I get some oatiness in there too. Finishes bitter with some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D-Creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. There's definitely some heat from the alcohol but it is not overpowering at all.

O-I really enjoyed this one and I will seek it out again. Nothing extremely complex, but it definitely kept me coming back for more.

Photo of mattcrill
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Faint notes of roasted malt, creamed coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a sudsy, tight beige head. The head collapses slowly and rings the glass elegantly. Gentle carbonation streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: Roasted bitterness up front that reminds me of coffee, mocha, and a touch of Hershey's kisses. Fruity esters are low and in the background. Definitely pick up some dried fig and raisin but it's muted.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full bodied, slightly slippery, creamy, and a drying pleasant alcohol finish. The chocolate sweetness barely keeps this from being astringent.

Overall impression: A big, full bodied, and chewy beer. A tad underattenuated a bit one-dimensional which makes me wonder if this should be classified as an RIS. Still, it's a good effort overall. I hope this brewery keeps improving.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Purchased this bomber at Capone's- Norristown, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown but settles into deep black with a big foamy brown head.
S- I can't detect much! Slight cocoa powder and multi-grain.
T- Strong dark chocolate, mocha, dried cherries, with a toasty biscuit malt.
M- Bitter sweet up front with a dry body and a dry, slighty creamy, boozy finish.

Overall- Whoo boy, strong flavors and alc. in this 1! Would've scored higher but I didn't detect much smell from the bottle or my Special Samual Adams glass.

Photo of biglite351
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color was very nice, but I could not get a good foam going, at all.

S - very deep and inviting. One of the best scents that I have come across.

T - the taste id complex. There is a Lo going on. A bit too much alcohol after taste, but not enough to negate the rest of the flavor.

M - tingle in the top back of the mouth during the after taste.

D - I would order this regularly, but only one a night.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,517 ratings.