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: 999
Hads: 2,545
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 267
Gots: 524 | 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 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. (275 characters)

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. (410 characters)

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. (901 characters)

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. (599 characters)

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. (454 characters)

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 (168 characters)

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. (512 characters)

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 (194 characters)

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. (215 characters)

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. (343 characters)

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 (412 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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) (508 characters)

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. (153 characters)

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. (196 characters)

Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Different than D.O.R.I.S. but just as powerful. This is my favorite oatmeal stout that I've ever tasted. It is slightly bitter but mostly sweet, with an emphasis on a cream flavor, I'm assuming because of the oatmeal. It''s not super oily but has a decent thickness to it. The bitterness is the first flavor to hit you, and has a mixture of coffee, cocoa, and malts. This quickly morphs into a sweet creamy stout though and you can really taste the oatmeal. Excellent beer, buy it if you come across it. (509 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. Very good head, especially for 9.4% alcohol. Retention is slightly below normal, as is lacing. The nose is rather subdued, chocolate and coffee are noted over a light alcohol base. As it warms, chocolate comes more forward as does vanilla, dark fruit and roast. Light full body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, complex, but is not well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden well enough. It begins with a rush of coffee that quickly yields to a rich dark chocolate with notes of vanilla. A bit of effervescence in the middle brings out the mild roast and hop bitterness. The bitterness is citric in nature and fades into light dark fruit, mostly fig, notes with a bit of char and smoke. Throughout alcohol is in the background, but as the flavors fade in the finish, it predominates. Take the alcohol content down a bit, and this becomes outstanding. As is, it's very good. (1,017 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured motor oil thick and dark. Very little head, and receded to nothing. Smell was big coffee, chocolate mad dark roasted malt. Flavor was chocolatey up front with the coffee on the back end with some light caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thick with a bit of alcohol burn, very little carbonation - quite nice. This is a very good beer, might have to try the barrel aged version soon! (401 characters)

Photo of antott0523
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque coffee with an attractive thick, foamy and deep brown head. No lacing not the glass and no visible carbonation.

S: Intense roasted malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. A hint of booze.

T: Big roasted malt profile. Semi-dry and moderately bitter finish with notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A warm, slightly boozy finish.

M: Velvety smooth.

D: Big roasted malts from start to finish in this well constructed oatmeal stout. Big nose and flavor, looks and feels great. This is always on the shelf. Definitely could be a to too stout. (568 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Yes indeed, The Crusher! This most excellent stout pours a thick rich black with a thin dark tan
head and moderate lacing. A most excellent nose of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa, and dark
roasted goodness. Taste is incredibly complex. Flavors of coffee and chocolate crash in waves
with butterscotch notes on the back and cocoa notes up front. A light dry cocoa coating to the
tongue with deep roasted coffee and chocolate malts leaving a pleasant coating that easily
declares that this is a stout to be sipped and enjoyed. Alcohol is well hidden in this one---
WATCH OUT! It will definitely kick ya' in the jimmy! Delicious.
A most exuberant CHEERS! (662 characters)

Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours very black with a one finger slight dark khaki head. Leaves a thin lacing.

S-Aroma has a nice chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramel.

T-Taste gives a roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet caramel.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body, creamy alcohol and a dry residue. Has a low carbonation.

O-Overall a great beer hoppin' frog, a must try. (397 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Thick, motor oil pour and jet black in the glass with no light coming through. A half finger foamy dark brown head. Alcohol legs present. Great looking stout

Smell: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill with a undertone of dark fruit. I detect a good amount of alcohol in the nose as well

Taste: Wow, bold roasted malts upfront, milk chocolate sweetness in the middle, with an espresso like finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied; Coats my mouth with a velvety feel. Some heat from the alcohol and a moderately bitter finish

Overall: It was a surprisingly cool fourth of July. After a night of pyrotechnics, I sit alone in complete silence on my porch as I analyze this beer. I could not have asked for a much better one. It's thick, bold, and velvety; Everything you'd want in a RIS. The only thing I can nit pick about is the presence of alcohol which takes away from the aroma and taste a little bit. But on a cold winter day that could be complimenting. I could see this aging beautifully. Reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Went perfectly with my Sarris chocolate bar. Not the best RIS I've had, but not too far behind either. A sipper of a beer. I'm looking forward to having this come winter. Holds its own next to the likes of Founders and Expedition. Highly recommended. Cheers! (1,388 characters)

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

Happy Fathers Day from my son, and I am not sharing (I would, but he's not here and I'm thirsty. This is a good sucker too.

It pours a bit thick and exudes a little head. The aroma is sweet and thick with a bit of chocolate or something along with that oatmeal stoutiness.

The taste is sweet, roasty, thick and malty, with some hops too. It has a bit of creaminess too. The aftertaste is very sweet, but the burp is wonderful. This is a great stout from right in my backyard. (478 characters)

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review on a stout so this one will be rocky.

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours black and thick with a half finger reddish brown head.

S - Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a hint of caramel.

T - Milk chocolate is the primary flavor. Midpalate turns to some toffee and caramel sweetness. It finishes with a coffee flavor that lingers on the tongue.

M - Borderline chewy. Very thick and full on the tongue with a lingering coffee flavor that's very subtly bitter.

O - I've been sitting on this bottle for a couple of months now and I am really glad I cracked it. I am not a stout fan in general but this one was very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very big and the flavor is quite pleasant. (712 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasty, little earthy, slight sweetness

T-milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, caramel, hint of dark cherry, alcohol well-integrated

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice mouthfeel and flavor make for enjoyable sipping (347 characters)

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