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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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BA SCORE
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2,159 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2159
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Durge

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with a pretty modest brown cover with very little lacing. The aroma brings a malty coffee marriage of sweet and bitter. There's a hamlike quality as well, mellow and meaty. The first sip is an intense licorice rhubarb and malt with coffee bean bitterness. Not really getting a lot of oatmeal, more winelike with pretty notable alcohol but not bad. Seems to go very well with cheese but I wouldn't call this a classic session brew. However, it is a flavorful stout, pretty heavy duty feel and a bit of a meal. Generally nice when in the mood for something to sink your teeth into.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 05:46:46 | More by Durge
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Vancer

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fairly aggressive pour resulted in a perfect looking brew – black gold in a glass, topped by an impressive tan head. Stuff sticks around like a bum at a free dinner.

Nice aroma of chocolate malt, laced with cinnamon. Also a nice touch of anise and plums. This just HAD to be good, and it was exceptional! Started with a chocky coffee stout aspect, then finished with a creamy and silky roasted smores with licorice.

Rich and robust, this death beer has to be over 250 calories per 12 ounce, but I could and would drink this stuff day and night – like a rat on cocaine. Gimme another.

Another hat off for the brew, sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 19:37:05 | More by Vancer
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark and syrupy black body into an imperial pint glass. One finger tan head seems to have a garnet hue. Excellent head retention with some patchy sheets of lacing.

Bold aroma of chocolate and roast as soon as the bottle is opened. A complex bouquet emanates from the glass as notes of prunes, raisins, red cherries, port wine, almond nuttiness, and hops spring forth to join the chocolate and coffee roastiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating with a low medium carbonation.

Taste has an amazing complexity. Roasty chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, crushed walnuts, tobacco, and some vinous alcohol mingle across the palate. There is an oatmeal presence that rolls and smooths. A nice hops bitterness adds an additional dimension.

An excellent big stout here. Best new stout I've sampled in a long while.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 12:46:38 | More by merlin48
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Thick syrupy black. Two fingers of thick creamy medium brown head with good retention and moderate lacing. Definitely a looker.

4.5 S: Smells almost like straight up bootstrap molasses. Lots of roasted barley and caramelized malts. Oatmeal complements the other aromas well.

4.5 T: I haven't had many oatmeal stouts, but this is easily the best. Lots of roasted barley and toasty flavors. This has one of the most elegant flavor profiles for a stout that I've ever experienced. There are no off flavors: no fusels, no slightly sour flavor from the oats, no excessive burnt flavors. Oats complement the roasted flavors.

4.0 M: Smooth and creamy. Lower medium carbonation which works really well. Good, but not too impressive.

5.0 D: One hell of a brew. I could easily put down a few of these since it's really flavorful, but have no off flavors at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:03:54 | More by DavoleBomb
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black, motor oil looking liquied that lets no light through. the head is light brown with very good retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-light nose with hints of the oat up front giving way to some sweet dark fruits, dark berries, plum and fig.

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose; but still not huge. the oatmeal flavor comes in first with hints of dark chocolate and some coffee. the dark berries, ripe plum and fig come in towards the back with some hints of the alcohol warming a bit.

M-lighter end of a full body and silky smooth. carbonated just right to flow comfortably down the thoat and still have body.

D-this is actually a very drinkable RIS. the booze shows up but not too much at all. it is so smooth and the lighter body actually works with the lighter flavors. not a huge beast i fall in love with but still quite tasty!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 21:37:44 | More by cpetrone84
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 01:33:23 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

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

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. Not sure of the date on this one. A slighty drunk frog graces the label. Served right out of the fridge.

A- Boris pours out a very dark brown to black color while becoming completely black while relaxing in the glass. This one looks quite thick. A semi dense 1 1/2 finger dark tan head made an appearance before leaving. Some minimal lace is seen.

S- A pleasant smell of roasted malts and grain and a lot of bitte chocolate. The oatmeal is there but is pretty faint. Some earthy hops as well as roasted coffee. These smells double with warming so take your time.

T- Boris Packs more coffee in the taste than in the nose with a roasty appeal as well as espresso qualities. Very nice. This is backed by a nice supply of roasted malt as well. A nice chocolate taste, somewhat bitter but certainly dark and full. The oatmeal qualities come out more than in the nose and shine when it reaches room temp. Some dark fruit and slight hop presence is there when you search for it.

M- A very smooth stout with a bit of an alcohol note detected. Slighty warming qualities as well as some bitterness on the top of the mouth with coffee. Not as full bodied as expected from the look but boris gets the job done. Nice carbonation level.

D- If I could afford this I would drink it all winter. A nice amount of alcohol so one bottle would do me good. Not as much oatmeal as expected but the other flavors really shined. This is going into steady rotation for me. I need to invest in a case.

A great job from what I hear is a very small brewery in Akron. Well done!!

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 07:05:10 | More by BARFLYB
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

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

After cracking open a bottle of this in the Dark Lord '07 line and hooking up about a dozen happy people, I was awfully glad to have reserved a bottle or two of this for a fuller examination...

Appearance - oily black pour, the head on top is such an intense color of mocha that it looks slighty orange. Some dotty lacing and a head that quite frankly evaporates all too quickly. Generates a partial thin covering only. Other than that though, a great start.

Aroma - intense aromas of coffee, chocolate syrup, and roasted grain, all enhanced by the alcohol. Not as eye-opening as the pour but still good.

Taste - bold charred malts underneath. Lots of dark coffee flavor, burnt at times. Sweetness helps the balance, general at times and dark fruit at others. The swallow brings out some rich chocolate flavors, turning smoky, dry, and a bit bitter on the aftertaste. Alcohol is there and while kept marvelously at bay in the overall profile, it enhances the flavors nicely. The finish is warm, with charcoal and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth and coating, under-stated carbonation, right on.

Drinkability - a fine imperial stout and a spiffy value to boot.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 16:24:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: small head that fades quickly--dark brown

Smell: chocolate malt, sugar, alcohol, and nuts

Taste: expresso, sweet cream, burnt malt, oats, molasses, cookie dough

Mouthfeel: thick, oliy, smooth, sweet, and chewy

Drinkability: This is one of my favorites in the style. The taste is awesome. It is like eating a big delicious cookie. I will search for this again and would gladly have several if not for the high abv

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 18:27:56 | More by tigg924
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ngeunit1

California

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 07:02:04 | More by ngeunit1
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks like any decent stout...very little head, and what's there is a glowing toasted-marshmallow brown. Head disappears quickly to a thin crown, while the color is deep, deep, deep black. Zero lace.

Sweet lactic creamy chocolate center, Batman...this aroma is fantastic! Deeply nutty, mellow roast, fresh cream and Hershey bar, all superbly balanced and mingled. Yeah.

Again with the dreamy chocolate and full-on dark roast coffee, the flavor is balanced and big. Plenty of milky sweetness to offset the bitter, roasted flavors. Hops magically weave their way through all the other big stuff here, the balance making this 9.4% RIS insanely drinkable. Just a flash of heat from the alcohol, only adding another depth level to this tasty, tasty beer.

Texture is uber-smooth, round and slick, maybe not quite the creamy insanity I want from any stout (like, say, Bell's Expedition Stout--best stout ever?), but it does a fine enough job.

Very, very good beer. The flavor seems to only improve with warming and repeated contemplation. Perhaps the most drinkable beer of its type...not sure why. Maybe it's the superb balance or relatively sensible ABV. Whatever the case, B.O.R.I.S. = B.A.D.A.S.S.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2008 23:06:11 | More by Metalmonk
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.38/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 03:05:49 | More by GbVDave
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morimech

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled, poured into a chalice. The color is black and foreboding but the head that forms is small and did not have the greatest retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. I took a whiff even before I poured this beer and I just fell in love with the aroma. The black malt just shines. Hints of chocolate, molassas, espresso melds nicely together. There is also a hint of citrus which I assume comes from the hops. Alcohol is not detected.

Despite this not being barrel-aged, I pick up whisky like flavors. It is subtle. The malt gives pleasant flavors of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and coffee. Bitterness is not all that high despite the claim of 60 IBUs. A little burnt bitterness however. I do not taste the alcohol but there is a definate warming affect. I thought the body might be a little bigger and smoother with the addition of oatmeal. The oatmeal should of helped the appearance as well.

Without any barrel-aging voodoo, this developed a really complex aroma and flavor. I would like to enjoy this beer again someday. One of the better examples of the style that I have had.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 18:18:02 | More by morimech
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srandycarter

California

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty darned black, minimal mocha head that ends fast, lacing thin and unimpressive.

S - Cocoa, coffee, malt and maybe some oats.

T - Rich Mocha intake, malts blend well, oatmeal is visible towards the end. Nice hops at end, too.

M - Medium to full body, good coat, great carb.

D - Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 04:50:44 | More by srandycarter
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $10.99.

A: Super-thick black with grape-juice edges and short beige head with little to no lacing.

S: Incredibly complex aroma including black malt, molasses, licorice with a strong tobacco and coffee flavor and citrus and pine hops aromas.

T: Delicious combination of molasses, espresso, dark chocolate and dark fruits like raisin and prune and topped off with sharp citrus hops.

M: Chewy and thick, underestimated by many, with soft carbonation without being flat and a dark malty but citrus hops aftertaste.

D: A truly unique amped-up oatmeal stout. The price tag is somewhat off-putting as I can think of a lot of beers I can pay under $5.50 for 12oz and enjoy as much if not more. Still, it is an outstanding beer with a good flavor niche.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:56:09 | More by argock
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Pencible

Virginia

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

A: This poured like inky syrup, and was pitch black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich mocha and toasted oats, with some brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and bitter coffee and toasted oats, with a bit of licorice and dark fruit and soy. It had an ultra rich but smooth aftertaste.
M: It was super thick with a bit of carbonation. I was practically chewing this to swallow.
D: This was a fantastically crafted beer with lots of flavors all blended and balanced perfectly. It hid the alcohol very well, so it was dangerously easy to drink. But the thickness and complexity made it better for sipping. This Hoppin' Frog met the hype; definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 19:17:40 | More by Pencible
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billab914

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a very small tan covering for a head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma has some dark chocolate and roasted flavors with a moderate amount of sweetness.

Taste has chocolate and roasted grains with some slight burntness. Slight sweetness up front with a nice long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good and the abv is well hidden. Very tasty stout that I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 00:31:16 | More by billab914
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emmasdad

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a very dark brown head. Aromas of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Thick and chewy body, with dark brown sugar, freshly brewed coffee with cream, dark raisins and baker's chocolate. Good, but a pedestrian imperial stout in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 22:06:56 | More by emmasdad
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Floydster

California

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my Buddy Drake, poured into Guinness pub glass

A-Black and I mean black color, you can barely see light through the one inch dark tan soapy head, stuck around for almost ten minutes, nice retention, some great lacing at the beginning

S-Aroma was all over the place but still pretty inviting, chocolate, sweetness, booze, grains, raisins, tobacco, black licorice, espresso, burned accents, caramel, toffee, and vanilla

T-Started off with a big dark chocolate and coffee taste, more chewiness and grains in the middle than I thought there would be, some dryness in the finish with a hint of vanilla and sweetness, no booze whatsoever and it was not too roasty either, very nice balance overall, would have liked to see some more hops in this one but it was still pretty good just the way it was

M-Dry, slightly sweet, roasty, and chewy mouthfeel, full bodied, average level of carbonation for this style, taste did linger a while though

D-Probably could drink the bottle by myself, had about ten ounces and that was enough for me, strong and heavy on the stomach, nearly ten percent so it will catch up to you, smooth though, all alcohol was hidden surprisingly

Heard a lot hype about this one and I agree with the majority of it, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have tasted, definitely one of the stronger ones, could possibly make a serious black and tan if you are into those, would definitely drink again, recommended

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 17:30:48 | More by Floydster
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cosmicevan

New York

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

was really excited to pop this one open after all the praises i had heard...

A - poured a rich thick milky black with a thin tan head. really gorgeous. you can see the oaty thickness. in my opinion you simply can't make a more appetizing and appealing RIS. leaves a nice snail trail of lacing on the glass that slowly crawls home.

S - very chocolaty and oaty. nutty and roasted malts but not in the typical coffee and wood way but rather thick and once again oaty. There is a subtle alcohol thing going on in the back ground that refreshes the nose with a mentholated feel.

T/M/D - oh wow. it all leads up to that first sip and no disappointment at all. its a very filling and rich RIS in every way. it has the full bodied thickness of a mature oatmeal stout. the flavor is essentially all roasted malt. it's a meal in a 12oz glass let alone a 22oz bottle. but damn good beer. new style - RIOS. all though oatmeal spin adds some fantastic flavor and body it really is a bit filling. drinking two of these would be like drinking two milkshakes. mmm...milkshakes.

--- EDIT ---
2011-11-06 Cellar Aged BORIS (with "cellar aged 1 Yr" sticker on the neck of the bottle. It is actually probably 2+ years old at this point, but I suppose the brewery released cellar aged version at some point? bottle also had a sticker that says "17497"

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured sludgy black. not much head and what was there was gone quick. looks thick and delicious. 4

s - dhocolate roasted malts. perfectly mellow and balanced. the roastiness is perfectly paired with the chocolate. also has a touch of a briskness to it. 4.5

t - ah yes...BORIS!!! love this beer. rich thick chocolatey bold roastiness. really well rounded. 4.5

m - here's where i feel the cellaring has done the beer some good. i remember this beer as a monster on fullness and this aged version is quite silky and smooth. much more of a softer oatmeal stout. 4.5

o - overall just a great beer. time does nice for this one...one of my favs. 4.5

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 03:23:03 | More by cosmicevan
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber in NYC, and as I don't really want to drink that much on my own I sat down and split it with Eric.

This beer pours the deepest jet black I have ever seen, and kicks up only the briefest of mocha heads. Within seconds the surface is as still and dark as Satan's infernal lake. Its a daunting black, but the lack of head brings things down. Loads of coffee, anise and bittersweet chocolate in the nose. A very heavy roast announcing a serious stout. This is an imperial that doesn't need any added bells or whistles. Its not steeped in coffee beans, barrel aged or brewed with vanilla beans... its just a damn solid regular imperial stout. Coffee is the dominant feature of the flavour, but with a backing of bittersweet chocolate and anise. Some faint dark fruit and moderate hopping add some more complexity. A nice combination of roasted malt flavours. The one thing that does disappoint is that for an oatmeal added stout the body is far lighter than it should be to maximise the flavours and heft. I was hoping for a thick, almost sludgy pour, but its actually fairly medium-bodied in the mouth, with a medium carbonation.

The flavour on this stout is great, as is the aroma which announces it, but I can't help but be somewhat disappointed by the lighter than hoped for body and the complete lack of head.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 13:16:54 | More by bobsy
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Purchased this bomber at Capone's- Norristown, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown but settles into deep black with a big foamy brown head.
S- I can't detect much! Slight cocoa powder and multi-grain.
T- Strong dark chocolate, mocha, dried cherries, with a toasty biscuit malt.
M- Bitter sweet up front with a dry body and a dry, slighty creamy, boozy finish.

Overall- Whoo boy, strong flavors and alc. in this 1! Would've scored higher but I didn't detect much smell from the bottle or my Special Samual Adams glass.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 20:29:25 | More by NJpadreFan
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cjgator3

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is very nice. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and some alcohol in the aroma. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with notes of roasted coffee beans and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, BORIS is a good RIS that is definitely worth a try but there are many others that I would choose over this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 02:32:55 | More by cjgator3
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flexabull

California

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black color with a nice sized brown head, that settles into a tan color.

Smells of dark roasted malts, brown sugars, oatmeal, bitter chocolate, and espresso. Very nice nose!

Tastes of bitter chocolates, the hops are surprisingly strong here. I've sat on the bottle for about 4 months, and it still has a very bitter hop flavor. There are some burnt sugar flavors, and some oatmeal notes as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, it is full and thick in the mouth. A bit prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A nice example of the style, but not quite in my top five, but still quite tasty and potent.

Bottle courtesy of nlmartin, thanks again!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2007 00:42:18 | More by flexabull
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illidurit

California

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 05:59:26 | More by illidurit
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.