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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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Reviews: 1,009
Hads: 2,600
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 279
Gots: 537 | FT: 46
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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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep, deep brown? Black? It's almost impossible to tell. The head is a deep chocolate brown that pours big and disappears quickly. A thin rim rings the glass and leaves no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is rich malts, with coffee and chocolate and a slight alcohol tinge. The taste is surprisingly refined, the benefit of the oatmeal, with the alcohol hidden and the roasted qualities at forefront, buttressed by subtle earthy hops. The body is lighter, slick and smooth with just a little tingle from the 10& ABV.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Super dark. Super thick. Pours the way you would expect an imperial stout to pour. Rich brown head. Settles quickly into the beer. No lacing..
Smell - Deep roasted grains. Rich milk chocolate.
Taste - Roasted bitterness, sweet chocolate and oatmeal.
Feel - Hefty. Creamy. Lingering.
Overall - An imperial stout you hate to see end. This beer has made me an Hoppin' Frog fan. Will buy this again and again.

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Photo of 303beer
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a super dark thick blackish brown. The head is the darkest brown white I have ever scene. The nose is slightly sweet but hard to describe. Like how cooking chocolate is not sweet like milk chocolate is. Wow what is that taste. It's roasty and has a hint of raisen right up front but goes to a roast flavor with slight sweetness and turns dry for the remainder. Pretty solid imperial. Not my favorite style of stout but this is a good take on it. Leaves nice lacing as well.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle flown home from Chicago by my wife. No dates that I see, but if it's an RIS, I won't worry too much. Split between a pair of large snifters.

Pours black with a medium brown head that fades fairly quickly to a brown sheet. Smell is anise and coffee. Yeast, and maybe a little cherry.

Taste is mild cherry sweetness up front with a little oatmeal, and a strong bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery.Poured from the bomber bottle into a Spiegelau stout glass, this brew's head is 2 fingers thick and brown, with solid lacing, and an extremely dark brown body. I can't even shine an LED flashlight though it!

I smell roasted malts accented with black coffee and semisweet chocolate notes. Not much "oatmeal" going on, but I think this was mislabeled in that sense,

Tastes like much of the elements descibed above. Along with dark fruits and a fair amount of warming "booziness". Pleasant, all in all.

The mouthfeel I'm picking up here is smooth and crisp. Not too chewy and only a small amount of lingering elements.

Overall, I'm giving B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery a 4.75. This is a great Russian imperial that I will probably pick up again

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, thick, viscous, oily. Big, bitter dark chocolate flavors on this one. Some roasted toffee like flavors. Boozy dark fruit. Thick. Very good RIS. Worth a buy if you see it.

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Photo of Buschyfor3
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber split with a friend; served in a standard pint glass

A: Dark, viscous pour; opaque body nestled beneath a dark khaki colored head; head recedes to a sheen of oily bubbles on the surface - like an oil slick

S: Espresso, toast; bittersweet dark chocolate; dark fruits; a touch of soy sauce

T: Starts with a nice espresso flavor that is quickly cut into by bittersweet dark chocolate - think chocolate covered espresso/coffee beans; toasted nuttiness, likely from the oatmeal; sweeter notes arrive courtesy of of dark fruit (booze-soaked raisin) and a touch of toffee/caramel; finish sees roasted coffee flavors lingering with a powdered cocoa note; alcohol really perks up late in the glass with a kiss of spicy heat.

M: Full bodied, slightly creamy with a nice slickness on the palate, thanks to the addition of the oatmeal.

O: Good interplay between the roasted profile of espresso/coffee/nuttiness and sweeter chocolate and dark fruit components, wrapped up in a creamy body. My only qualm is that it is a touch boozy near the end - perhaps a bit of age would mellow this out. Still, a very nice imperial oatmeal stout, worth trying if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ours a near black color. Dark head that dissipates. Some lacing and head on the edges. Clean malty smell. Taste is roasted malts with some bitter at the end. Creamy, decadent feel. Definitely the highlight.

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Photo of Buck89
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured thick as motor oil, dark brown with a dark tan head. Smells of cooked oatmeal and some booze. Chewy with roasty malts, raisins, chocolate and nuttiness with a light warming on the throat. Outstanding.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - motor oil with a dark tan sticky lacing
Smell - strong toasted malt oatmeal and slight sweetness
Taste - dark chocolate, lots of malts, some espresso and not over toasters
Feel - medium body with a medium lite carbonation and really creamy and smooth
Overall - really great beer!

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Photo of hardysf
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious chocolate and oatmeal nose. Poured a thick Brown head like chocolate milk. Taste was of chocolate and oatmeal. The mouthfeel was silky smooth. The booze was hidden, but the barrel characteristics were very present. Nice oak and vanilla flavors. Very delicious beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours pitch black, 1” tan head, clingy.
S: oatmeal, roast, chocolate, fruit, espresso, hint of sherry,
T: Bittersweet chocolate followed by espresso and faint sherry notes. No harsh roast flavors, primarily chocolate.
F: Creamy, chewy, thick and oily, has the oatmeal mouth feel, a slight slickness, average carbonation to a little less.
O: Have had this fresh and aged 2 years and both are very good.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a nice brown and bubbly head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is an opaque black that has a fairly viscous appearance.

The beer smell is pretty chocolatey with a strong oatmeal note to it. The main notes appear to be a milk chocolate supported with a creamy oatmeal note. The smell is not very complex but is still pretty good. The hop note is pretty slight in the nose.

The beer taste is a bit different from the smell. The taste has all the same notes but that the hop taste is stronger and balances out the chocolate and oatmeal notes pretty well. The beer has a fairly light roasted malt note.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice viscosity to it. The beer has a feel like syrupy but with a little more texture.

Overall, a very good Imperial Oatmeal Stout and worth getting when you can. The taste is more chocolate than roast with a much creamier feel to it.

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Photo of hopflyer
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch black with ruby highlights.

Some booze in the nose along with the typical roasted malt and the oatmeal is picked up some. Faint coffee and chocolate and maybe some vanilla.

Taste is sweet up front followed with some bitterness. A little hoppy bite for a stout. Continues with coffee and roast and bitterness mellows out as it warms.

Almost medium body and carbonation is a bit more than expected.

Above average. All blends well together but I can't pick out anything that puts this above some other RIS's. Had the barrel aged version on tap which was much more memorable.

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Photo of RobPete
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just took my first sip. it's a decent imperial. I poured it into a snifter and it's as dark as abused motor oil. Great aroma...taste pretty much agrees with aroma. Lots of roasted malts, some coffee and some chocolate. Light carbonation. The only turn off for me is the amount of alcohol that I'm sometimes picking up on the front. It masks all of the things that I love about imperials. I'm going to let one sit for a while and see if it softens.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, almost purple pour leads to a short cap of dark brown foam.
Aroma-Dark malts and dark fruit, alcohol
Taste-Burnt dark malt, charred dark fruit, boozy and warming

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with some dark chocolate highlights around the edge. Small, dark khaki head which disappears quickly. Minimal lacing.

Aroma of rich roasted malt. Some espresso, dark chocolate and smoke. Solid earthy and herbal hops underneath. Some notes reminiscent of a peaty scotch.

Heavy malt and hops both on the taste. Roasted malt and dark chocolate. Dank, earthy hops. Hints of smoke, salt and peat.

Rich creamy mouth feel. Moderate carbonation.

Very nice RIS with big flavors all around.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not getting next to any smell on this...maybe it was served too cold? But it tastes like dark chocolate and a touch of cherries. It doesn't taste like it's 9.4% abv though, interesting brew

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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.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light roasted coffee, cocoa & some hazlenut on the nose, and those flavors follow through along with some semi-sweet dark chocolate and very distant burnt fruit. That said it is a surprisingly smooth brew considering most of the elements at play. The oatmeal gives a thinner mouthfeel but that compliments the flavor profile. Excellent beer.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate
Head poor (< 1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, figs, and just a hint of alcohol. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

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Photo of wahsrek1987
2.16/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Beautiful looking beer that is thick and dark as motor oil.

Smell: Rich, hearty smell.

Taste: Too much going on with this brew. The multitude of flavors is overwhelming. The flavors ultimately drown each other out. The aftertaste is powerful and nutty.

Feel: The feel is alright, but does not pair well with the taste.

Too complex.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, almoust black, engine oil with just a little head that’s on the top like golden-brown whipped cream.

Nose: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, leather, kakao and dark syrup. Almoust a little sour nose.

Taste: Wow! This is f-ing awesome! Sweet coffee, oatmeal, brownies, boubon , vanilla, red berries and dried fruit.

Mouth: Large complex body with smooth, silky taste. Very soft carbonation.

This is almoust a perfect stout. I’m glad I bought 7 bottles (six to cellar)

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very average big stout. Has a lot of heat without redeemable flavors, which is quite off putting, keeping this from being an enjoyable beer in anyway.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. It's got a silky mouthfeel and a roasty aroma. I was quite surprised with how this almost tasted barrel-aged. Very well-integrated flavors.

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