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

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BA SCORE
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1,002 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,002
Hads: 2,560
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 273
Gots: 528 | FT: 47
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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 ajhod
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is CERTAINLY a powerful stout.

The color is BLACK, almost sucking the light out of the room.

Head is nominal and passing but does recover when swirled slightly.

Has long legs in the glass, indicating its strength and body.

Aroma is nominal, fresh and slightly coffee/alcohol.

Flavor is full, a bit bitter with roast (very nice) and slightly sweet.

A very enjoyable imperial stout, not the most complex I've ever had, but really nice.

Strong though. (466 characters)

Photo of Walken
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog Brewing: B.O.R.I.S, The Crusher, Oatmeal Imperial Stout (2007) (Tasted 04/06/08)
22 oz. Bottle: poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours out pitch black, opaque when held to the light. A rocky, sticky, mocha colored head is slow to form and fade, roughly one inch high.
Odor: Strong oatmeal aroma up front, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans & slight whiffs of alcohol.
Consistency: Full body, slightly oily & viscous. Astringency from the roasted grains & alcohol is muted by the oats & "heavy" mouthfeel.
Taste: Sweet cream & chocolate come on strong at first, tempered by rough oatmeal & bitter roasted grain flavors with some flashes of ripe fruit. Finishes with rich chocolate & bit of dryness & bitter flavor from the roasted malt.

It took a beer like this to remind me how much I love stouts after spending the winter drinking mostly hop-laden brews and Belgian ales. (899 characters)

Photo of Lupe
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as night and looks thick coming out of the bottle. Big and creamy cocoa colored head starts at 3 fingers before eventually settling to a thin sheet and leaves sporadic lace.

Deep aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. More sweet than malty. Some dark fruit lies in the background, and the alcohol is evident. I get just a bit of some oatmeal as well.

Initial flavor is sweet with molasses and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate comes next leading the way for a big espresso flavor. Nice roasted bitterness balances and complements the sweetness - dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Dark fruit and some alcohol round things out before a milk chocolate finish.

Velvety smooth, very rich and creamy. On the medium side of full bodied - not as full as expected. A little tingly/numbing on the tongue towards the end of the bottle. Goes down a little too easily.

Very nice - best example of the Imperial-Oatmeal I've had so far, and not as boozy. Recommended. Thanks out to ahatcher78! (1,006 characters)

Photo of Riverwarrior
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to goryshkewych for this one!!

S = Roasted malt and dark chocolate with a faint hint of alcohol in the background.

T = Dark chocolate flavor upfront with a very nice roasted coffee flavor near the end. The finish was like eating dark chocolate expresso beans. The bitterness level was very low along with no harsh, burnt coffee taste. The alcohol was well hidden.

MF = Not overly thick, lightly carbonated, incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. Exceptionally easy to drink and one of the best that I've tried. (560 characters)

Photo of joekfsu
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with 2 cm of dark tan head that lasted a while. Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of cherries. Initial flavor includes chocolate, grains, and a hint of something sweet, maybe cherry. Flavor ends with some dryer components from the hops and oatmeal. Light carbonation, medium body, some lacing, and noted alcohol towards the end of the taste. High drinkability, very tasty, and have had it before and will continue to keep it in my stout rotation. (479 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv. (640 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich black color, thick looking, with a big and creamy dark brown colored head. Retains a really nice lace and leaves and a nice amount of stick.

Smells like dark bakers chocolate, good amount of sweetness. Roasty aromas, molasses, some booze.

Taste is initially sweet with nice chocolate and molasses flavors. Then comes some roasted malt and bitterness, before finishing with some dark chocolate sweetness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, very creamy and rich tasting. Yet it's not as full bodied as I'd expect. Still, delicious and oh so smooth. Goes down way too easy.

Damn fine imperial stout. I'm glad this is available in PA now. (641 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Inky black dirty motor oil color, like liquid black licorice! A two finger head looks reddish brown, and leaves a crapload of dark brown lace on the snifter. Swirling deposits sheets of brown foam on the sides of the glass that slide down and leave some thick crust behind. This one is big, black, and beautiful!

S - Roasted cereal grains, oatmeal, cocoa powder, bitter baking chocolate, and chocolate malt-o-meal. I can also smell some raisins and salty nuts along with the chocolate...sort of like trail mix. I can also smell shelled sunflower seeds and some fresh soil.

T - Espresso, hot chocolate made double strength with two packets of cocoa powder, bitter baking chocolate, and burnt whole oats. Silky dark chocolate and espresso beans interact with sweet unprocessed cane sugar flavors (the brown grainy kind that comes in a brown recycled packet). There are a good deal of grassy, weedy hops that support the massively sweet chocolate flavors nicely.

M - Full bodied, creamy, foamy, thick, and extremely rich. This has a silky, low level carbonation and it finishes bitter and coffee-like with a lingering silky feeling of melted chocolate. Outstanding.

D - This is a kick ass brew! Not a session brew by any means, this is a world class sipping beer that is sweet and bitter at the same time. This would be sinful with a box of chocolates, but if there is any thing wrong with this beer, it's the sweetness that become a bit overbearing at times. (1,464 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a very impressive dark, brown (nearly black) color. Head is chocolaty brown and about two fingers deep. Retention was pretty good and a nice web of lace lined the glass.

Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts are sweet and mix very well. Light roasted coffee fragrance is present. Slight notes of dark fruit (mostly plum) are notable. Light alcohol aroma on the tail.

Taste: Roasted malts are primarily its strength. Chocolate malt and coffee flavors are excellent. Dark fruit flavors add complexity and complement the other flavors very well. It has perhaps a very slight smoked taste. Alcohol is masked well and is not noticeable. Not picking up any oats. Interesting, but nonetheless very tasty.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium to full bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Extremely smooth and drinkable. I could drink a bomber or two despite its strength. It goes down that easy. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended. (961 characters)

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. (868 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer. Thanks to kryptic for this one.

Pours deep black with good dark tan head. The nose smells of good hops and oats. taste follows with great roasty malt flavors, good solid oatmeal presence and a wonderful hop character on this finish. The hop character in this one is about perfect, similar to TenFidy in that way. Not too bitter and not overmalty either. Mouthfeel is a touch thin on this one, but still quite good. Drinkability gets highest marks here as the abv is completely hidden. If it wasn't for the intensity of the flavors here you would never think this was imperial. This is one hell of a brew, great job to the boys at hoppin frog! Thanks again to Mike. (679 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super black color with a dark brown head that quickly dissolved into a ring of bubbles. It smells like dark chocolate cake, yum. Interesting flavors that remind me of Stone IRS, dark fruity, nice beer. The mouthfeel is bubbly. the drinkability is obviously hampered by the ABV and the carbonation. (297 characters)

Photo of SAS
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. B.O.R.I.S the Crusher

Enjoyed out of my Delirium Tulip with my bro. Listening to Radiohead.

Appearance: Little to no head, but what was there had a nice dark tan color. Very dark black, no light when held up to a light.

Aroma: Big roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee There is little bit of rummy smell as well.

Flavor: Alcohol off the top , but it mellows out and fold into chocolate covered oatmeal and Roasted Malts... Starts off a little off balanced but ends up being pretty nicely balanced with a nice long finish

Mouth feel: The high alcohol content makes it a little more watery that you would expect.

Drink ability: Every now and then beer. I would like to sit on one for another year or two and then give it a go. (746 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz (cellared for at least 6 months) ... I can't remember who I got this one from ... but if you're the person, please contact me so I can edit the review. Shared with trading partner... mine from my New Belgium snifter. Reviewed last night .. but I kept really good notes.

1" very dark brown head.. looks like the cap on an espresso... No light is making it through this one ... no lacing.

Aroma is coffee and semisweet chocolate .. some cinnamon notes ... traditional roasted smells .. but smoother... spicy alcohol as it warms.

Flavor is reminiscent of a thick extremely rich Mexican hot chocolate ... or just a tab of Mexican chocolate melted and poured into my mouth.. French Roast with a thick lingering finish. Fairly viscous .. not much carbonation.

Very tasty but I would really only be able to handle one glass .. maybe a bomber .. Simply too lush ... This is definitely a special occasion beer for me, even if I had ready access. (946 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, thanks to WVBeerGeek for the trade! Impossible to find this one out here in Oregon, thanks bud!

Shared this 22oz bottle with my lovely lady. Pours a dark brown/black. Super thick with litte-to-no light coming through. Pretty flimsy head.

Fruity and hoppy coffee in the nose.

Nice sweetness at first, and then a dry bitter coffee smack. Once it's noce and warm, there is a good alcohol bite there too. Nice creamy blend of vanilla and chocolate, like a liquid sundae!

Not finding any oatmeal in there, but i'll take their word for it. Nice earthiness though.

Thanks Tony! Good call! (602 characters)

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

Today marks my first St. Patrick's Day staying in since I turned 21. B.O.R.I.S. will surely make a fantastic consolation prize.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a thick, slick, syrupy motor-oil black. This is one of the absolute most blackest beers I've ever seen. The head is latte brown but is quite small. It settles to a thin collar and a few splotchy bubbles.

SMELL: The aroma is filled with all the decadent smell you'd want from a big stout like this. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, licorice, and raisin. Though these aromas are huge in richness, they lack the intensity that one would want. However, as the beer warms, the strength increases immesely. Hop aroma is at even lower levels - nearly non-existent.

TASTE: The beer starts with a dessert-like chocolate quality to it with coffee, licorice, and some dark fruits coming along for the ride. Across the palate, it becomes slightly nutty as the beer begins to balance itself out. And it almost gets there through the finish as the first hints of hops show themselves in the form of very light citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and chewy yet markedly silky smooth. Combined with a carbonation level on the lower end, this can't get any better.

DRINKABILITY: This goes down so damn easy, it's scary. The alcohol is completely missing from the taste. It doesn't beat this.

Wow, this one far exceeded my expectations despite it's already high marks. Let me tell you - this ain't no Guinness nor should anyone mistake it for such, but I'd definitely prefer a B.O.R.I.S. for St. Patrick's Day. (1,555 characters)

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. (646 characters)

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. (794 characters)

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to me with a one finger dark mocha head atop a dark black brew. Smelled fairly sweeter than others I have had of the style. There was a lot of sweet malts and a sweeter chocolate than most. There was also coffee and some dark fruit flavors. The taste was again very sweet with more of a creamy milk chocolate rather than mild dark chocolate. There were hints of coffee and vanilla as well as some licorice and lactose. This was a very well balanced imperial stout that had a good creamy mouthfeel and just the right carbonation. This brew went down smooth but I think I just drinking it fairly quickly because they were bringing out my Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Overall though I could drink this all night and will definitely be picking up a bottle or two next week. (775 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Oozes out of the bottle a positively inky pitch black with a very creamy/pillowy dark tan head. Black. Black. Black.

S: Strong aromas of dark chocolate, toasted oat, spices, licorice, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruit.

T: Strong chocolate and dark roasted malt with sweet dark fruit, cocoa, toffee, bitter hops, dark roast coffee, with a healthy whack of fruity/boozy alcohol.

M: Very full and creamy and quite viscous. Spicy and sweet. Chocolate, dark fruit, and hops in the long and sticky finish.

D: Everything works in concert to help keep the alcohol from getting too far out of hand. That being said, my cheeks and ears were pretty warm as I finished my glass of this. Good stuff and very enjoyable. (800 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A thanks to Dana (Tayner) for sending this to me as the winner of one of her many LIF's as of late.

A: Deep dark black with hints of brown. Pours with a rather wimpy mocha head that dies rather quickly. There is no lacing but an oily film does coat the glass.

S: Nice roasted malt characters right up front. Charcoal and smoke noted right from the start along with hints of anise. Notes of chocolate can be picked up as well.

T: Wow B.O.R.I.S is infact bodacious. This is one big beer. this is big, full flavor. Tons of charred right up front in the taste. Hints of chocolate come at you in the middle as does the anise. The booze comes in at the finish along with a tinge of bitter hops.

M: Nice and thick full bodied brew. This one is almost chewy, if you baked it you could pass it off as some nice dark chocolate brownies. Perfect level of carbonation with an oilness that coats the mouth and throat.

D: Very drinkable brew but one bomber is enough.

Overall: Thanks Tayner for the try. This is one beer that I have wanted to try for sometime and I enjoyed it. Tons of big bold flavors make it a winner. It is not the best RIS in the world but will hold its own against the big boys. Thanks for sharing this true Ohio gem. (1,231 characters)

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. (1,019 characters)

Photo of edskirk3
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle that I'm pouring into a Samuel Smith pint.

It pours thick like motor oil. Extremely black motor oil. This stout is so black, it seems to make the room around it darker. Atop the darkness is a thin, toasted mocha head.

Rich aroma. There's some roasted coffee in there, licorice, chocolate... all very potent.

The flavor profile does not let me down. Awesome notes of dark roasted coffee and pure chocolate. It's almost like a liqueur, except for the full body provided by the oatmeal. This could surely substitute for a meal or dessert at the very least.

The flavors and aromas here are very strong but not overpowering, making for a pleasant drinking experience. Highly recommended. (699 characters)

Photo of Foxman
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It pours a perfectly impassable, squid ink black. Two fat fingers of puffy hot chocolate brown head sink slowly to tannish froth. Sticky tiers of lacing striate the inside of the glass.

The aroma is an absolute refreshing breath of sweet, dried dark fruit, charred roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, anise, and dusky, earthy oatmeal. A muted intimation of hops falls before some hefty alcohol winds.

Upon sipping, with a clear emphasis in sipping, the roasted malt is thick and sweet with raisins and dates, as well as molasses and chocolate and brown sugar, along with an aptly burnt malt bite. Vanilla and a puff of soft smokiness precede an incorporated but sinewy flex of alcohol. A slowly clamping edge of hop bitterness aids the burnt grain in turning over a very crisp card. A vinous presence is dried by a long lingering clean stout finish. It delivers a lot of extreme goodness in a brassy and highly impressive fashion.

Full bodied, it's motor oil slinky and it leaves a dense yet cleansing impression on the palate when at last it deigns to flow on.

It's busy and complex, but it's also artfully blended into a thick, rich, ichorous brew. Sweet and bitter are glued fetchingly together with stripe of oaty happiness. It's the crisp mix that helps make the ABV a willing accomplice in the journey to fine drinkability and impending inebriation. Dark as night, it's a froggy delight, not to mention a croaking good time. (1,440 characters)

Photo of karengarys
3.22/5  rDev -23.9%
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. (702 characters)

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,002 ratings.