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

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Reviews: 1,011
Hads: 2,606
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 279
Gots: 539 | 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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Reviews: 1,011 | Hads: 2,606
Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a deep black oil color with a brown head.

The aroma is lovely. Big bitter chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and definitely some umami.

The flavor follows with a deep chocolate flavor and hugely roasted/burnt malt. It transforms to a bit of licorice, but not in an offensive way. It’s almost smokey and burnt with how deep and rich it is.

The mouthfeel is huge on this. It’s so velvety and creamy.

As a beer, this is less big and heavy, compared to the DORIS. This is more drinkable, though still being a huge mouthfeel and flavor beer. I can’t decide which I prefer because they’re both all so good. This definitely has less big burnt flavors and is less heavy on the tongue, despite being only about 1% ABV less.

A really fantastic beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Likely a bottle from before GABF 2011 as the sticker still only indicated that it was a gold medal winner in 2008.

A: Pours an opaque thick dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and no real highlights to speak - this beer is extremely dark. The beer pours with a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate and moderate notes of dark fruit (plum and fig).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some dark fruit sweetness (plum and fig). That is followed by some light hints of espresso/bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy with some light notes of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable sipping beer due to the strength and fairly intense yet complex flavors and fuller body - even though the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I have also picked up the barrel aged version which I am looking forward to trying though this beer is excellent and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: truly pours like motor oil; got a thin dark brown head; no real lace

S: rich smooth espresso and cocoa - bittersweet dark chocoloate

T: the smoothness of the oats makes this a particularly decadent and chocolatey-tasting take on the RIS - sweet and chewy dark chocolate, black espresso dryness in the background

M: very smotth, very creamy, bittersweet finish, full, dense body

O: I can see why this is a top 250 beer - a rich, treat of a RIS

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Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, viscous and thick this Imperial shows its pedigree in the pour. The head was brown and bubbly but rushed away and never mounted, giving it a poorer appearance than it deserved. There was no lacing and a brown sheen down the glass.

The scent is of strong chocolate and hints of oat. The chocolate is thick, creamy and sweet with just a hint of oat.

The taste is of HUGE milk chocolate, tremendous roast coffee, espresso and caramel. The roasted taste extends to a roasted oatey malt as well. The chocolate is the main player here and it serves the beer well.

The feel is smooth and silky, slightly thick and velvety. It seems more suited to winter as it gives significant warming in the chest.

Overall, I see why it's a Gold Medal winner and lives up to the hype.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife got a bottle for me on a work trip, she is great.

Poured into my specialty pint glass. The beer is dark, black with a think very dark head very pretty beer.

The nose was apparent from the moment I popped the top, dark chocolate, slight roasted with chocolate being dominate. The nose is classic imperial stout but a little more aromatic.

The flavor is initially full of dark chocolate, with hints of dark fruits. there is a slight off flavor, mainly bitterness that is left on the tongue as it drys. I very much like the complexity of this beer, however the slight bitterness is a little odd.

Overall a great beer, great with the steak I grilled.

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Photo of Stunmai
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The problem with this beer isn't that its a good beer - it is actually quite good, the problem is that there are many other, cheaper beers that do it a lot better. This one was a pretty steep price to pay for a good, dark, strong ABV oatmeal stout but in comparison to Sam Smith's, Rouge or Wolavers Oatmeal Stouts they all do it a lot better and Wolavers and Sam Smiths do it for a reduced price.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have too many bombers to choose from at my local Giant Eagle so I finally gave up the coin (10 bucks) for this imperial stout.

A - Very carbonated with over a inch of deep mocha head atop of a deep dark bodied beer. Didn't poor as thick as I expected for such a world class stout.
S - Deep coffee roast and anise, mild molasses, and some cocoa powder.
T - Very silky flavors of coffee roast, mild anise and some chalky yeast and some chocolate malt with a dash of cocoa powder. Hops and roast is kind of dry with a bitter finish. Overall quite tasty.
M - Silky, somewhat overly bitter, and kind of thin especially for a stout.

Overall it's a very traditional RIS not too sweet or too roasty, maybe could use a bit more balance since to me it's very bitter. To me though not worth the price of admission, hell for two dollars cheaper I could have got a Stone RIS... shit.

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Photo of Gmann
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a frothy brown head, mostly dense with some moderate sized bubbles, that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of heavily toasted pumpernickle with some caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Some carob and earthy wood aromas.

Moderate to full roast. Quite bitter but the bitter seems to be more of a coffee ground bitter than a heavily roasted malt. The taste starts off with more of a sour dark fruit, unripe plum, flavor. It actually feels weak but then the flavor transitions. From dark fruit it goes into a wet bark to coffee ground flavor. A good amount of anise. Some scorched caramel sweetness. Quite flavorful though I thought that oat would have smoothed things out a bit.

Well bodied feel with quite soft carbonation. Smooth but not velvty. Some sweetness on the palate but mostly bitter. Quite sticky in the finish.

Good imperial stout. Again, i thought it would be smoother with the additon of oat. Pretty big roasty bomb.

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Photo of brureview
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very opaque chocolate into a pint glass( second night in a snifter).
Very little head.

Noticeable coffee-chocolate from the head. Not strong, but good.

The mouth feel was lightly carbonated, negligible bitterness.

The taste is highly complex.
Oatmeal, chocolate, lemon, hops. This is a slow sipper, worthwhile to contemplate the taste profile changes with warming.

One of the most complex Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Changes considerably with warming while reaching greater complexity.

Serving temp. I am beginning to prefer colder serving temps for Imperial Stouts. The brewer does recommend refrigeration, although I only refrigerated it before serving. It was better the second night at a colder fridge temp, and was mellower.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of minterro
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Ross' Deli in Lakewood Ohio.

camel colored head that dies quickely.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the taste and smell.
not much head or lacing, super smooth. Very big body and low carbonation.

chewy texture.
Oily feel to the mouthfeel, that is perceived as a bitter coffee touch.
The texture and taste hangs around for a long time.

Pretty impressive taste and texture for a beer that is about 10%.

Very long taste

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre sifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- big chocolate, maple syrup, molasses

T- roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, light pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick and slightly syrupy.

O- very good stout. Nice balance of sweet and roast.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at Binny's in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its history on top 100 rankings and Hoppin' Frog's reputation. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger dark rich ran colour floater. No real head per se. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. It's appealing and the floater - though not a head - is attractive.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt (with a bit of bitterness), caramel, and deep roast. I dig the roast. Cocoa. Lovely oats. Light proteins. A moderate strength aroma. Burnt malt. Fennel. Dark fruit emerges as it swarms. Milky. Marshmallow. Balanced and inviting. No hop or yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Rich oats mix well with burnt malts, chocolate malt, and grains. Rich cocoa. Marshmallow. Buried roast. Light vanilla. Cream. Burnt bread. Chocolate bitterness. Charred bread. Light raisin. Well balanced; very drinkable for the style. Complex and tasty. Well put together. I do like it, but I'm not blown away. I don't find the "robust hop character" mentioned on the label, but the sweetness is nicely checked - I assume by the hop bitterness. No yeast character comes through, nor does any boozy alcohol.

Mf: Silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Good thickness. I love the smoothness contributed by the oats. Good thickness. Full body.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for its well hidden ABV. A solid Russian Imperial Stout that pushes the style. I'd get it again on-draught, but given its reputation I expected better. It's a tasty beer. I'll actually be able to kill this bomber alone, though I do wish I had a friend to help me. Luckily, it's not too sweet.


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Photo of nataku00
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I've had this bottle for about two years at least, before I found it in a box recently. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of dark brown creamy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing, to a thin collar of foam around the edges. Good amount of alcohol legs when swirled.

Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, roasted malt, savory soy sauce, dark fruit.

Taking a sip, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, mellowing to sweeter fudge and cocoa. Some dark fruit sweetness mid tongue. Finishes with a salty and savory soy sauce along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor, lingering for a bit on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Plenty of body and mouthfeel from being an oatmeal stout. Alcohol is non existent, making the beer really smooth and easy to drink right now.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very oily and black with an inch of dark brown head. Nice and thick. Good legging on the glass. Looks great.

Dusty dry cocoa, major roast, char, burly oats, a touch of holiday spices, and hints of black coffee. Faint nuance of black licorice. Good nose.

Charred and exacting. Lots of husky black grains, black chocolate, licorice root, booze, hard candy, and burnt raisin. Awesome stout-y flavors. Has a firm roast bitterness all its own. Dark, gruff, and decadent.

Alcohol level is awakening, and rightly so. Body is thick, dense, and chewy; yet without being super-viscous. Feels great with this slow-releasing carbonation.

A killer brew. I have no idea why I waited this long to enjoy one. More enjoyable than D.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with absolutely no opacity and a brown head. Roast almost burnt coffee on the nose.

Very long finish on this beer.big toasty flavor of both malts and coffee. Very smooth rolling body.a lot of stuff going on. Lots of layers of flavor going on with a distinct roasted character to it all. Lots of complex coffee notes.the oats really add a nice sweetness and mouthfeel that counter some of the most stringent and harsh flavors of the beer.

While there are some harsh aspects to this beer, they cover it up and compliment them pretty nicely. Oddly no alcohol detection

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

year old bottle, stored in the cellar for 11 months, then into my wine fridge for a month. poured a dark brown/black with a finger of dark tan colored head. smells of roasted grains, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee. the flavor profile is sweet up front, like molasses, then goes straight into a roasty wood-like flavor. getting a hint of cedar in here. chocolate, slight grape-like flavor, coffee. definitely a unique flavor profile.

medium body with low carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel.

this is an outstanding stout, and wonderfully enough can be found off the shelf. a year in the cellar did this one some good, but honestly, it's just as good fresh.

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

A - Jet Black. zero head. Aside from the thick look- initially, not impressed.

S - Very nice Roast. chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, biscuit and vanilla.

T - Strong roast. but not the smoked kind. Real smooth- like a nice coffee but my smell deceived me- no coffee taste. Alcohol has bite.

M - Thick- descent froth as it goes down.

O - Excellent roast flavors. Leaves a very nice aftertaste. Only downsides: missing the velvety/creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol taste is a bit strong.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a thin layer of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, some dark fruit, molasses, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, vanilla, with a touch of smoke and citrus hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, raisin, date, and other dark fruits, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, molasses, some citrus hops and vanilla, a bit of smoke, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit velvety with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced with great mouthfeel.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a pitch black body with a one finger brown, almost crimson, head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, and a pinch of citrus can all be detected.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. Dark fruits and licorice are noticed early before blending with a creamy oatmeal touch. Chocolate is noticeable towards the end along with a slight hop punch. Bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste together with a reminder of the licorice.

Mouth feel: Big, thick, and creamy are the best adjectives to describe this beer. There is a slight amount of carbonation which compliments the hops nicely. It is very refreshing.

Overall: Sweetness, bitterness, and a creamy feel are balanced wonderfully.

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Photo of daledeee
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that has been in my frig for maybe 6 months.

Poured into my Stone glass. Got a big head if I really tried. Poured slowly into my friend's glass and got hardly any. The head was pretty dark brown with an absolute dark body.

Nose was charcoal and malty and chocolate.

Taste was one of the best balanced stouts I have had. It had chocolate, sweetness, bitterness(not much) and malt balance. Really easy to drink and the mouth feel was just right. This is a heavy bodied beer with medium carbonation. One of the best stouts I have tried.

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Photo of Dope
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, but probably 2-ish years old.

A: Pours a very dark born with a nice, good sized and dense medium-brown head. Fades very slowly. Top-notch head retention with a thick layer of foam persisting. Moderate splotches of lacing is left behind.

S: Dark fruits initially. Lots of oatmeal give it a creamy, grainy quality. Mild roasted malt character, some char and chocolate mainly. Hints of smoke.

T: Lots of chocolate with hints of char and smoke. Super creamy oatmeal smooths it out immediately but is most apparent in the middle where it is pure creamy oatmeal. Chocolate shows up in the finish again but it's more of a bitter dark chocolate here. Goes great with the oatmeal. Hints of anise and chocolate and oatmeal in the lingering aftertaste. Lightest hints of smoke throughout.

M: Heavy, thick, amazingly creamy and smooth. A wonder to drink.

O: This is one helluva beer. Great RIS but with a strong oatmeal character, making it oh so smooth and creamy. A little age may have mellowed it out even more. Flavors are well integrated and smooth. Beer goes down amazingly easy for a 9.4% RIS. I really enjoyed this one. Only reason I can't give it top marks is because of the relatively simple flavors (not as complex as some big RISes can be) and plain, mellow aroma.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

BORIS pours a mahogany molasses brown, nearly black with a frothy mocha brown head.

The nose has some milk chocolate, dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of smoke, coffee grounds, and some vanilla. It is fairly sweet, but there is a coffee bitterness on the back end.

The flavor starts with a bit of milk chocolate and a strong roast malt character. Dark chocolate, vanilla, and some coffee add some depth to the flavor as the bitterness grows. There is a modest coffee bitterness that peaks toward the end. There is a bit of bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish.

This has a nice, thick, viscous body with a light to medium carbonation that stays out of the way. A bit sticky on the lips.

Overall this is a very nice imperial stout. The bitterness from the middle of the sip on is not my favorite, but this is very nice.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is black, dirty motor oil black. A dark mocha head slowly recedes to a thin wisp while light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The beer smells a bit alcoholic up front with faint licorice notes. There's a real subtle yet hearty oatmeal note in the middle, and some sweet chocolate as well.

Exceptionally sweet and smooth dark chocolates come first in the taste profile, followed by hearty oat flakes and bitter roasted coffee and dark rich chocolates. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, and exceptionally smooth, a tad heavy.

Overall, just damn delicious, smooth, a great slow sipper with great character. Love it.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,011 ratings.