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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 2159
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%

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:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of Thads324


2.73/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark jet black. No head, just the thinnest tan ring around the edge. No lacing.
Smells like booze. Minimal other aromas, maybe a hint of roasted malt and sweetness.

Taste is super thin, watery, mild sweetness, molasses and alcohol. Nothing lingers. Really disappointing. As it warms it get bigger and has some chocolate and coffee flavors, but still unusually thin and watery.
Thin mouthfeel. Very watery, alcohol is prevalent but not something that gets in the way.

Big let down. Maybe the most watery stout ever. Not much flavor either. I don't get what went wrong here. I sipped it, tasted little. Let it warm to room temp and still got a watery, boozy miss that only got a hair more flavor and body...

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2014 21:58:48 | More by Thads324
Photo of Tsekouratos


4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Guest tap at The Local Pub, Athens Greece.

Appearance - Darkness black color with a wonderful brown head!!

Smell - Aromas were subtle at first, but when the beer got warmer.. BOOM!!! In your face!! chocolate, coffee, lots of malts, maybe some liqourice

Taste -. The taste was excellent, especially at warmer temperatures! Tones of malts and chocolate, coffee, liqourice, oat, some alcohol notes just biting the tongue, maybe some dark fruits! Really complex beer with an extremely pleasant and long aftertaste, somewhat bitter from the coffe and chocolate!!!

Mouthfeel - Body was full, mouthfeel was great and the carbonation was low, just enough to complement the body and the aromas!!! Excellent beer!!!

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2013 02:40:27 | More by Tsekouratos
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body, clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol and slight caramel, hint of vanilla cream. Taste follows the aromas closely with a nice thick mouthfeel. Warming on tasting but the alcohol is hidden quite well. No off flavors and quite a delicious monster.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:30:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
Photo of Axic10

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 13oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a thin (half finger) layer of dark mocha head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good sipper. Not a beer that I could throw back 3 or more glasses of in a night. Even with a sub 10% abv, this one matches up fairly well with the heavy hitters.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 04:47:09 | More by Axic10
Photo of ffejherb


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - Jet black with the slightest hint of deep burgundy around the bottom edges and a slim yet creamy burnt mocha head that reduced to a delicate web of lacing.

S - Complex RIS nose, though not as overwhelming on the coffee or chocolate, which is typical of the style. Instead, the olfactory is greeted with licorice and molasses notes, oatmeal, leather and earthy hop notes. A waft of alcohol also pushes its way through.

T - Neither coffee nor chocolate really stand out in the flavor, either. However, there is a hint of tangy dark fruit, sweet tobacco and licorice notes, and a subtle alcohol presence. Finishes with a hint of earthy hops and semi-sweet chocolate, which add a nice dose of bitterness to the mix.

M - Full-bodied with a smooth, oily yet chewy texture. Plenty of alcohol warmth on the palate, although it doesn't overwhelm at all. finishes with moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of the best of its kind in America, no doubt about it. Goes down quite easily for being an almost 10% monster! However, I will say that I enjoyed this slightly more from the bottle than on tap, although I never reviewed the bottle version. I'll have to get on that... pronto!

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2010 19:06:56 | More by ffejherb
Photo of zoso1967


4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep dark impenetrable brown that one would expect from this style. The head is a nice tan color, but loosely packed and does not leave the greatest lacing. The aroma is very roasty but also has a nice malty sweetness to it, and a tinge of citrus hops. Very intense nose on this one with bittersweet chocolate, licorice and coffee notes in there as well. The flavor is similar with a nice deep roasty stout flavor balanced with plenty of sweetness from dark malts. Dark dried fruits, burnt sugar, chocolate and licorice flavors are evident, as are some piney hop notes and a bit of booziness. This also has a bit of that black patent astringency thing going on. This is a big chewy stout with a full mouthfeel to be sure, but not as full or chewy as the best in the class. The finish is a nice balance between sweet and dry that leaves a pleasant lingering taste on my tongue. If I have one complaint about this beer, it is that for being an oatmeal stout, it seemed to be lacking that silky smoothness. Still a great beer and a nicely drinkable RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 12:54:17 | More by zoso1967
Photo of adamette


4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon last night into a clean, clear glass. Review from notes taken at the time.

A Oil black body under a nice, medium brown head which leaves nice lacing upon repeated sips. Great, classic look. 4.5

S Sublime smell of dark roast malt, chocolate goodness. Inviting, interesting devoid of any strong alcohol smell despite the ABV%. 4.5

T The smell highly suggests the taste which is a great, big smooth RIS with dark roast malt, dark milk chocolate goodness with even some hops in the background. Chocolate, roasted goodness stays with you for several minutes after the last sip. A classic, great tasting beer. 4.5

M Maybe the best feature of the beer, just smooth as can be with a nice thickness to it. Great, great feel. 5.0

D Really good for the style and the ABV, both of which would normally be drinkability limiters. 4.0

Notes: A treat to have on tap at Fat Head's last night. Bravo!

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 00:58:22 | More by adamette
Photo of plaid75

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bling Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a structured dark chocolate and burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a very dry semi sweet chocolate with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke. Perugina dark chocolate came to mind.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a superior RIS.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 20:10:57 | More by plaid75
Photo of Douglas14


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super dark black color with brown coming through the edges. It has a big brown head that leaves good stick lace. The nose is mainly of molasses and it has less burrnt and roasted characters than I expect with RIS's. The taste has a nice higly roasted and burnt fla or to it. Very to style. Very creamy, which I suppose is from the oatmeal. Heavy body. Finished sweet with lingering roastiness. It doesn't taste too young...I wonder how age would affect this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2009 19:40:04 | More by Douglas14
Photo of thequeen711


4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark stout with a creamy beige head, minimal retention. Smooth, easy mouthfeel. Nose of coffee, chocolate and toffee..One of the better stouts available out there. Just the creamiest, smoothest stouts to enjoy. Taste is so similar to the nose, roasted coffee, warn=m chocolate and a touch of toffee. Highly recommend this pretty stout!

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2009 01:26:19 | More by thequeen711
Photo of ironarrow42


4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Chappy's Tap Room and Grille, Moraine, OH

Served in a snifter. Opaque black with a thin caramel-beige head and collar. Rich malt aroma with notes of molasses, coffee, alcohol, and sweet cocoa. Full bodied with a rich, heavy texture, smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Big flavours - bitter, roasty, bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, low esters. Some baked raisin with molasses (Boston brown bread) but not sweet, and a nutty note (pecan?). Awesome! Alcohol is noticeable but not hot. Bits of foam remain on the glass at the finish. Substantial and satisfying beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 22:03:24 | More by ironarrow42
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Black color, head didn't stick around.

smell = Chocolate, malt.

taste - Nice chocolate with a bitterness taste at the end. Has an espresso taste to it.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, one of the best RIS i have had. wish to have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 05:49:50 | More by auxiliary
Photo of philbe311


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My first beer of Philly Beer Week 2009 on tap @ Capone's...

A - Silky opaque black... Still, with no visible carbonation... One finger of dark tan head which fades leaving only a black abyss...

S - More subdued than I expected, but still quite enticing... Rich malts... Chocolate... Hint of alcohol... Slightly grainy...

T - Well crafted and quite complex... Equal parts dark and milk chocolate... Coffee... Roasted Malt... An ever so slight hint of licorice...

M - Slick and smooth... Rich... Medium to full bodied... Slightly oily... Slightly chewy... Ever so faint warming feeling of the 9.4% ABV can be detected as the session matures... Also a faint smokiness was detected...

D - Quite the memorable Oatmeal Stout... Impressive in all facets... Hides the 9.4% ABV well, which could be dangerous... Goes down very easy... I would highly recommend and seek out again in the future...

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2009 01:14:51 | More by philbe311
Photo of Kadonny


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a small tasting glass.

A: A deep dark black color with a wonderful light brown head. The head leaves nice light brown glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some faint coffee. A mellow hop smell is detected.

T: Wow, this is totally different from a keg than bottle. The tap version lets out flavors of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts a bit of coffee and this smack of sweet cherries towards the back end. A mellow hop taste underlies, but the sweet fruit/cherry flavor lasts on the finish. Freaking amazing. So good, smooth and different.

M: Full and coating but creamy too. You can feel the alcohol but not as much as I expected. Very smooth.

D: Medium drinkablility. One or two max based on the abv.

Overall I was not impressed with Boris from a bottle, just too much coffee flavors that seemed one dimensional to me. But from the tap, wow this is a different beer and so much better. Matt Capone talked me into trying it as I expressed to him that I was not a fan of it from bottle. Boy was I glad he did. Bottom line, from fresh draft this is a top notch impy stout that you should seek out. Still shaking my head how good this was.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 19:24:44 | More by Kadonny
Photo of sholland119


4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a deep opaque black. Little to no head or lacing.

S-Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and roasted malts, maybe a hint of peat.

T-Nicely complex. Sweet front with toffee and milk chocolate. A bourbony vanilla flavor and roasted coffee blend nicely in the finish. Moderate alcohol warmth at the end too.

M-Rich and creamy, a bit viscous.

D-Deliciously drinkable. Complex and tasty. Lots of flavor for the ABV.

My favorite Hoppin' Frog Beer.


Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2008 15:59:45 | More by sholland119
Photo of gdfan47


3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first off let me say im not a big stout guy or coffee guy

but I checked it out

it pours a jet black, like black black
some brown head

the smell is like coffee mixed with a little oats and some faint chocolate

it tastes just like it smells

its smooth to drink

its a good beer, just not my favorite style

i would have it again though

the high abv really works for me with this beer

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 08:09:26 | More by gdfan47
Photo of CrazyMacHarris99


4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2008 03:37:53 | More by CrazyMacHarris99
Photo of gunnerman


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my recent trip to Ohio at vintage estate in Boardman , a must if your in the area. Poured into a chalice, pours a dark black with a bit of a dark head that leaves a ring around the glass, typical for this type of stout. Smell was amazing dark chocolate burnt figs and grapes, sweet smell of alcohol. Taste was amazing I can taste strong coffee, hints of roasted malt and toffee, chocolate and a bit of a velvet german cake in there, Simply awesome stuff. Overall this was one fine damn offering, I am glad to have had this on draft awesome beer at an awesome place.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2007 00:08:20 | More by gunnerman
Photo of letsgopens


4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vintage, this big beer pours near black with some deep brown highlights. The dark mocha head holds very well and leaves a nice lace on the walls of the glass.

The aroma consists of cocoa and some lighter coffee. Very roasty as well. Deep and earthy. Very appetizing.

Heavily roasted malt flavor hits you initially and lingers throughout. Sweet with lots of dark cocoa. A syrupy sweetness arises with espresso as well. A strong bread/grain backbone ties everything together nicely. A well pronounced bitterness in the finish rounds out this extremely flavorful and complex beer.

The mouthfeel is very thick and decadent with a heavy syrupiness and low carbonation. Formidable and satisfying on the palate. Certainly a must try, and one of my favorite selections from one of my favorite styles.

Serving type: on-tap

11-01-2007 20:44:16 | More by letsgopens
Photo of garbercury


4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Vintage wine and beer, just tapped...

A---deep black with a nice reddish hue to the head, plenty of retention

S---You can really smell the chocolate, barley, and oats..

T---Absolutely delicious, rich and flavorful, chocolate abound.

M---Full and chewy, nice.

D---This is a terrific beer. I had it on tap along with the Founders Breakfast stout at the same time, yeah, lucky me huh? I have to say that the Hoppin Frog took the Pepsi challenge and stood up quite nicely. This is a must try for anyone who loves this style of beer...

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2007 23:11:48 | More by garbercury
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a very short brown head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops

Taste: Again, nice roasted barley up front, some coffee and chocolate, earthy hops, some dark fruits as well, lower bitterness than standard for the style

Mouthfeel: Full body, low carbonation, appropriate for the style

Overall: Excellent, but there are so many good brews in the style, its hard to justify the cost. A nice touch is the lower bitterness, makes it easier to drink, more desirable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 02:08:55 | More by MadCat
Photo of SHODriver


4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to pitch black with a barely there tan head that is quick to fade to a small collar around the glass
S: smells big and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, and some cocoa powder. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with more roasted malt flavor
M: Full in the mouth with a nice smooth feel on the palate. carbonation is there but it isn't assertive. nice finish that isn't drying
O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer that drinks very well and has good flavors. I want to try this after a barrel treatment.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 05:36:08 | More by SHODriver
Photo of DeltaFour


4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a used oil med-thin head depending on the aggressiveness

S-Ample dark malts with a mild black coffee/soft licorice

T-Definitive strong black coffee flavor with a intermediate yet complementing mix of dark fruits (raisins, dates(soft),fig, and black cherry) finish is a awesomely enjoyable mix with a soft tail. The ABV as stated before is not noticeable.

M-In between a milky and silky smooth with a great tacky end-all. Mild to light carbonation.

O-A delicious Imperial stout that does not disappoint and only grow's with a little warmth, almost a cask flavor at room temp. Defiantly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 11:09:09 | More by DeltaFour
Photo of TreyIsWilson


4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. There is a nice amount of dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums) in the finish. ABV is not noticeable at all.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 02:41:14 | More by TreyIsWilson
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark from the bottle, opaque black in the glass. A luscious, dark brown head settles on top. Smells of heavy, chocolaty malt upfront with some dark fruity esters tagging along. Roasted malt and some nutty coffee joins a soft molasses and burnt sugar sweetness. Bold roasted malt flavor, semi-sweet chocolate, a little vanilla, and oats. The overall richness is kept in check, which is a good thing. Some coffee and fig. Mmmm...tastiness. Super creamy, plush mouthfeel, heavy, and chewy. I look forward to trying a fresher bottle sometime, as this one has been around a couple years, and I'm definitely interested in the variants as well.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 00:29:02 | More by wedge
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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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