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

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Reviews: 1,005
Hads: 2,579
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 277
Gots: 535 | 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 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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of milesfan76
3.6/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I live in Ohio, I'm almost ashamed that this is the first time I've tried anything from this brewery. Oh well...

A: Pours black as night. About a finger thick tan head that doesn't last very long.

S: The first thing I smell is alcohol. A little bit of malts and chocolate follow.

T: I have to say not a very good job masking the alcohol. I realize it's 9.4%, but still. I've had plenty of beers with higher ABV's where I couldn't tell. Pretty good otherwise- roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Not much in the way of hops.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel, carbonation pretty good (surprising given the modest head).

D: As I said before, I've had beers with higher ABV's that mask them better than this. Those beers I could be tricked into drinking too many- this one, although I enjoyed, I knew from the beginning would be my only one.

Pretty good stout, just not a great one. I will have to try more of this brewery's offerings.

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Photo of brdc
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to markgugs for this one.

Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.
I think this one is a bit too cold, since the dark brown head above the pitch black brew is rather small.
Very nice aroma, milk and chocolate, coffee, evolving into some vanilla oakiness with hints of bourbon. Interesting, this one is not barrel aged as far as I know...
Full bodied, thick but creamy, and the palate is bursting with milk and chocolate, evolving into a bourbon-like alcoholic warmth, a nice hoppy byte, and some coffee.
Very well done.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, NO BS version 3.0 - notes found on laptop

Appearance: dark chocolate brown, creamy mocha head with strong retention

Smell: very nice, chocolatey, licorice, very roasty,

Taste: very creamy and smooth, dark chocolate, light espresso, roasty oatmeal,

Mouthfeel: very creamy, medium body

Drinkability: high

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

Appearance - Black. A semi-hard pour provided little more than a quater-inch of dark brown head, which dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell - Sweet and rich. Chocolate, toast and caramel. Pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel - Sweet and milky with moderate roasty bitterness. Very chocolatey. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, though not actually very viscous. Low carbonation. Highly drinkable for an imperial stout.

Notes - Nice stuff. Not the best imperial stout around, but definitely a good one.

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

Received via trade.
Pitch black with a dark brown 3 finger sized head. Head recedes and holds tight at 1/4".
Interesting aroma. Roasted malts and lot's of fruit with cherries being the most prominant.
Deep super rich roasted malts with more hop flavors than is typical for the style. Again I find cherries to be a pretty bold flavor in this beer.
The mouthfeel makes this beer. Thick yet silky smooth.
Easy to drink and damn tasty. This is my first sample from Hoppin Frog and I am impressed.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade with Akorsak

Pours a oily jet black with just a bit of a dark mocha head that didn't stick around. Left oily dregs on the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted almost smoky malts up front with vanilla and almost a (call me crazy) banana pudding finish. Taste is big on the roasted flavors, bourbon, vanilla with a bit of cherry. Mouthfeel is full but dry and tasty. Not a whole lot of carbonation. This is very drinkable. I wish I could get some more.

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

Pours a jet black syrupy looking liquid. It has a thin head with a mocha color to it.
Smells great. Strong with roasted malts with a great hint of caramel.
Sweet taste to start. Tastes of chocolate and caramel and then recedes to the burnt malts. No taste of alcohol.
Nice thickness to the mouthfeel. Very very smooth and pours directly from the front of your tongue to the back of the throat.
For the high ABV and dark drink the drinkability is amazing. So smooth and can't taste the alcohol going down. Great balance and taste all the way through.

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Photo of IBUnit63
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Milk chocolate, 2-finger head with nice lacing. Licorice black, opaque espresso body.

Slightly alcoholic aroma and usual suspects of deep, rich malt roast and mix of floral/grassy hops.

Creamy, sweet oatmeal-raisin cookie with even some prune/plum tones. Alcohol is definitely there but well-blended with sugar and nice chicory finish.

This coats well and takes balance of all in excess - natural sweetness, hop bitterness and solid chocolatey, coffee malt.

This is a pleasure to savor-a perfect nightcap. Or a meal. Awesome.

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Photo of zdk9
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night- thick as motor oil. No head and not really any lacing. Some oil slick look on the top.

S- Boozy, sweet, slight vanilla

T- Brown sugar. Some burnt notes, as in burnt coffee beans. Dairy cream.

M- Thick as all hell- the burntness adds quite a bitter punch but the beer is creamy and smooth enough to overcome that.

D- Great and delicious, everything I was hopping for from this beer.

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

BORIS poured black as oil and produced a nice brown head. It had some great banana esters and a solid, creamy body. Generally, it was a delicious beer and I wish it was more readily available on the west coast. It is on the level of great local San Diego offerings like Speedway Stout and Old Viscosity.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For those of us who know the history of this brew, and know Fred Karm's original recipe for Thirsty Dog's Siberian Night realize how contract brewing in Frederick brewing keeping the brand alive can kill what the beer was all about. Now enters Hoppin' Frog and all is right in the world. Appears pitch black motor oil that absolutely absorbs every band of the visible light spectrum where everything fades to black. Head is a dark brown mocha hue, forms thick. With my first gulp of the brew head is left evenly all around my Southern Tier pint glass. Aromatics bring out deep roasted malts with coffee and dark chocolate and the oatmeal adds that layer of cereal grain softness to the mix, while herbal hops flow as well. Sweet decadent creamy burnt marshmallows with singe of alcohol tickling the ol' nares. Flavor a rolling wave of oatmeal and roasted malt sweet and roasted malt bitterness. Creamy sweet syrup added to a bowl of plain oatmeal, with cocoa powder and flame roasted marshmallow added to the mix that's what this beer tastes like. After your first few sips you think where's the hops because in flavor only minimal herbal balancing hop flavor survives the malt trip, but by the third or fourth sip the hop burps arrive and you realize where those sixty international bitterness units are hiding. Huge yet perfectly balanced beer sweet and creamy yet roasty and hoppy, the ying and yang of all dark beers. Mouthfeel is huge creamy borderline custard at times, carbonation rolls sluggishly trying to move that high gravity around, you can tell when you watch the pour. It takes awhile for the head to form even after a vigorous pour. Drinkability is effortless even after 22oz I could have another glass. I learned this after having it on tap before it arrive in Pittsburgh. I made a beer run up to Boardman, OH to visit Ron Bush at his Diamond Bar where Boris was flowing. A couple glasses later had me owned by this brew, my second meeting with this fine brew came at Smokin' Joe's in the South Side after a Pirate's game, needles to say I tried to make this brew a session beer....I know I know...respect beer. By the way thanks to Valley Wine Cellar I can now by it in the city where I live for $7.99 a bottle, that's value.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" purply dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lace. Aroma is dark roasty malts with an undercurrent of alcohol. Taste follows the nose, rich and creamy, with the alcohol bringing it on at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a viscous looking opague brown/black. A nice looking mocha 1.5 finger head has some good staying power.

S_Nose is a very thick roasted malt with hints of coffee as well. Mostly bitter with no trace of alcohol. Smells nice without being overpowering.

T_Sweeter up front with the stout like chocolate notes. This is followed up by a very nice sourness. The finish is a rich bitterness that comes from both the hops and the roasted grains. Alcohol is hidden but comes through a bit more as it gets warmer.

M_Fairly sticky and oily with a decent level of carbonation. A bit of the silky mouthfeel I like from oatmeal stouts is missing but that really is the only negative.

D_Potent stout that is a fine as a sipper on a cold evening. While there is a good balance between the elements the overall strength of the taste limits the ammount one could drink making this a good special occasion beer.

Thanks go out to Rblwthacoz for the bottle.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber bottle acquired via trade from spacecoyote. Poured into a Martell cognac snifter.

A: Turbid black/brown with crimson edges and a nice head of deep ark espresso foam that fizzes and dies down to a small circular ring of skim.

S: Aromas are sweet and recall milk, various oats and grains, roasted malt tones, and some mellowed yet greenish hop cones. The aromas are good but not as pronounced and "in your face" as I would like.

T: Taste is bigger and more complex than the aroma suggests. Dark fruit, Christmas spices, plums, raisins, cocoa, and roasted malt with just a slight hint that there are any hops in the mix. Taste is good, but not over the top.

M: Mouth feel is thin, almost watery, but well balanced, with a slight prick of carbonation on the tongue.

D: The sum is greater than the parts with this beauty. Whilst it is a little simple for my liking the thin mouth feel and even flavours make for an incredibly easy drinking stout of this size and abv. Awesome.

Overall: This is a nice oatmeal/imperial/double stout from an Ohio brewery that I have not had any other beers from. Although not the most complex it is an easy sipper and a good introduction to heavier stouts in general.


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Photo of jjayjaye
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I vote for "Oatmeal-Imperial Stout" over RIS.

Poured aggressively, an opaque darkness with a full finger dark tan foamy head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty lacing patterns. IMO the smell is great. I get an almost syrupy dark chocolate over a vanilla-cherry alcohol that reminds me of an oak treated product. At the bottom of that chocolaty goodness is the roast oat aroma. Lightly carbonated, a tang of alcohol, the mouth feel is medium light, but what i am really drawn to is the 'coating' effect that is unforgettable; like my favorite Double Stouts. Full flavored, the oat chocolate oak treated-like taste is outside the box. There is a wonderful complexity to the flavor combinations that lingers appropriately and invoke involuntary lip smacking reflexes. You could say that its heavy, but i don't find the ABV distracting...at all. RIBIT!

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Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah it's big and it's big and chocolaty, but I didn't find this to be a particularly outstanding. It appeared pitch black with a tan head in my pint glass. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and burnt grains. The oats contribute to a very smooth flavor, but I'm thrown off by the feel and balance between what seems to be citrus hops and chocolate malts. They just aren't working. It makes for a less than ideal feel, but this beer is still very drinkable for it's size and weight.

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

With a name like Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, who has enough room to write a review? This beer pours out a lighter black color with brown hues noticeable around the edge of the glass. A good pour provided a frothy head that did dissipate to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

The nose is light overall for style. Noticeable malty notes with chocolate and some black mostly coming out with the astringency.
Not much on the oatmeal but some lighter woody characteristics such as vanilla and a light tannin flavor. The alcohol/solvent notes are light but some fruity flavors are detectable.

The taste is more balance and fits the mold of an Imp Oatmeal Stout. The malt is the center here with a nice roast and chocolate flavors coming out. Some lighter coffee and caramel notes as well. There is a nice oatmeal cookie taste in the finish which leaves a nice after taste. Interesting there is a noticeable bit from the hops as well which could be a bit high for style. There are noticeable alcohol flavors but this is really smoothed out by the oat silkiness.

The body is big but smooth but limited. There was some watery/wispy flavors that I would off set by. This really is a big deterrent overall in the beer. Maybe its young but there are some rough edges with the astringent, velvet and bitterness that I didn't agree with. I would like to try this again but maybe we some age.

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Photo of illidurit
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty snifter. Jet black body with a very dark 1 finger head The suds is composed of relatively large bubbles, which isn't really conducive to retention or lacing. Not a problem for a stout.

The aroma here is strikingly potent. Rich, sweet chocolate and a soft, fruity alcohol note combine to become extremely appetizing. I may be crazy but the harder I inhale, the more the fruitiness attenuates to a honeydew note.

The flavor is intensely chocolatey, with an impeccable roasty coffee/oat bitterness in the finish. The balance is sublime. The alcohol is almost entirely unapparent but I can detect it's subtle sharpness under the chocolate.

This beer is incredibly smooth. The body is luxuriously full, with just the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is amazingly clean relative to the body, and the bitterness creates a wonderfully dry finish.

Spectacular beer. One of those ones that you would kill to have available locally.

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Photo of MayorAdamWest
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a bottle or two delivered from Ohio every time friends come to visit. Hoppin' Frog does some pretty amazing stuff.

Appearance: Black as black could be with a small amount of coffee colored foam head. No light gets through this one.

Smell: If dark had a smell it would be this... Roasted malts, coffee and chocolates... with a hint of somethig else... After four bottles I still can't put my finger on it.

Taste: THIS IS STOUT! I know that goes without saying but is a near perfect example of the style in my opinion. Tastes just as it smells... notes of malt, dark coffee blends and rich dark chocolate... Not enough that it over powers the taste but enough that you know it is there

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk. As dark and rich a flavor it has I find myself surprised at just how smooth it is. Thick creamy... yet glides around one's mouth like dancer on a stage.

Drinkability: Every time I have this beer I am shocked at just how quickly it disappears. I've been trying to cellar a bottle for the past six months but find my self drinking it when I've had run of bad stouts to redeem the style.

My dream: Bourbon aged version...

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

This bad boy pours a deep, dark, mystical black color with a deep tan head. Very nice head for style. Rich malty nose...nuts, dried fruits, alcohol. Alcohol hit upfront...then nice rich malts, plenty of roast malts, chocolate, a hint of figs, and alcohol fire. A nice hop balance. Hop flavors fight in the middle of the mouth - bittering provides excellent balance to all the malty goodness. WELL DONE!!!!

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an very dark brown with no light shining through. Thick brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee and malt. Taste was very nice. Hints of coffee, with a dark cocoa bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Slightly warming finish. Overall, a very nice beer and I would definitely drink again.

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

Pours pitch black and thick with a smaller dark tan head that forms and falls to nothing. No lacing. Malty tones on the nose. Extremely slight amount of roasted edge to it. Flavor is extremely smooth. Unbelievably smooth. Thick malts accented by mild oat. Sweet tone almost like a molasses that's more smooth and sweet than thick and bitter with a biting edge. Man, oh man. Very mild amount of alcohol biting on the back side. On the aftertaste I feel it burning just a slight bit as well. Feel is thick on liquid and carries a low, but smooth enough carbonation. Is this easy to drink? You better believe it. Truly exceptional. I wish I had a case of this instead of just this one bottle.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.