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

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2,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,274
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 451 | FT: 37
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:
No notes at this time.

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

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

11-20-2011 00:34:59 | More by OddNotion
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-11-2014 00:24:34 | More by VaTechPhilly
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-05-2012 00:28:57 | More by Mscarpen
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 01:42:09 | More by HeyYoMar
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-24-2014 13:56:15 | More by dseanv
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DL day 2007-- I can't remember who to thank for it, though...

Pours black with a small tan head.

Aroma is chocolatey and oaky, with some dark fruit and yeast character. Alcoholic spiciness is absent and coffee notes are very light.

Tastes like it smells, but with more coffee flavor, less fruit/yeast, and a lot more malt-derived bitterness. The finish is similar to Old Rasputin, but the overall flavor is woodier and a little less assertive. Booze is nowhere in sight.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light-- it seems like the oatmeal didn't really contribute any of the protein or creaminess that it's supposed to. Carbonation is appropriate. A few other people on here have called it thick, rich, and chewy, but I didn't really get that at all, or else my imperial stout standards have just gotten ridiculous.

Pretty drinkable as far as imperial stouts go, owing to the weirdly light body. I'd be open to try this again and dissect it a little more if the opportunity presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 19:12:11 | More by kajerm
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3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Head continues to expand for several minutes, leaves sticky residue on glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Definite sweetness from the oats, quite a bit of powdery cocoa and dark chocolate. Malt background, no hops to speak of.

T - Initial dry chocolate taste gives way to oatmeal sweetness. For me, the beer was a bit over-roasted and had an acidic bitterness.

M - Nice, thick and chewy, very smooth.

D - I had a hard time with the bitterness in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 17:51:22 | More by chilly460
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle served in a snifter. Pours Hershey Syrup brown and forms an oily black mass with a cocoa power brown head that faded disappointingly quick. Aroma of chocolate cover black cherries, a ton of fresh dark roasted coffee beans, tobacco spit, and salty and smokey notes. Giant flavor. Very roasted, charcoal, lots cocoa. Big Bitter Bitch. Thick mouthfeel, and leaves a nice oily film on my tongue. Each drink leaves a sticky film on my top lip and my mustache.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 13:38:20 | More by tjthresh
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-28-2013 00:39:43 | More by uncccegr
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glasses with Fr. Ian (Who also supplied the bottle. Thank you!)

A: Semi-thick looking pour that did not have much in the way of head formation. I am sure that it had warmed up sufficiently during the ride home. The color is very dark brownish-red.

S: This smells like an RIS. Dark chocolate, roasty malts, good heat in the nose leading towards a touch of sharp/sour grains. I don't pick out much in the way of hops.

T: Very nice chocolate and dark fruit. Excellent dose of hops bitterness. Very well balanced.

M: Incredibly smooth and round on the tongue.

D: Very, very easy to make this one disappear.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 19:38:57 | More by Spica66
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-19-2013 03:20:40 | More by InfragilisBrew
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-29-2011 07:51:51 | More by JayAre46
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-03-2013 17:27:52 | More by ygolordned
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Projectflam86 for this beer.

Nothing special in the look but it was average for a good beer. Black with a darker beige head. Nose suggested oatmeal stout right away with sweet vanilla and oats mixed with chocolate. Some bitterness in the taste, becomes more creamy and mellows as it warms. Does not remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, but an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Lot's of oatmeal in this with some mild vanilla bean. Very sweet beer with slight booze in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2009 06:56:51 | More by natelocc787
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-09-2013 02:23:13 | More by mattsmith413
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-10-2013 01:02:27 | More by dbattey
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine. Poured into a Terrapin 22 oz snifter.

A: Pours a jet black and appears completely flat when you initially start pouring. A beautiful brown head rises slowly as you finish pouring. Unfortunately, it disappears much faster than in rose. The small ring of bubbles left behind tries to leave lacing behind, but it doesn't stick to the slanted sides of the glass. The score would be higher if I judged in on those few seconds with the head.

S: Huge roasted malt aroma. There is a bit of chocolate aroma as well. It smells very good.

T: Wow, what a bold yet smooth flavor. Chocolate roasted malt flavors typically are more aggressive than this. Is there oatmeal in there making it this smooth? The hops are just enough to balance what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. It is a very tasty stout for sure.

M: This is a very full bodied beer. It almost seems like you could chew it. Nice level of in mouth carbonation gives it a creamy feeling as well.

D: This one is a bit of a sipper due to its thickness and full body. However, there are many RIS beers that are much more aggressive than this one. For the style, its an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:33:16 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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North Carolina

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

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this sent to me by both bkrefetz and masterchiefMD in a trade. Thanks again to both of you guys!

A- Pours jet black, very viscous. About a finger of brown sugar colored head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and dark chocolates along with dark fruits. A bit boozy but not overpowering.

T- Roasted flavors really come through on this one. Coffee and dark fruits. Bitter dark chocolates make an appearance also, along with a bite from the alcohol.

M- Heavy bodied, good amount of carbonation. Smooth as engine oil, just like a good RIS should be.

D- High ABV and relative sweetness hurt it a little bit, but every sip left me wanting more.

This was an excellent RIS. I'll probably leave the other one in the cellar for awhile and see waht happens.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:09:27 | More by kbeals
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-19-2013 16:47:16 | More by tubeman
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-10-2013 00:03:24 | More by Dhamma73
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

10-31-2013 03:09:36 | More by BradleyR
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3.35/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass.

Pours like oil, very heavy body and no head. Very aggressive final pour generates some coarse bubbles.

Aroma is sweet, with coffee and malt predominating, followed with some fruitiness and chocolate.

Flavor is heavy with oatmeal and coffee, a nice burnt whiff. No defects for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel is slick and mighty heavy. Lots of aftertaste filling the mouth, low bitterness for the style.

Drinkability is decent but there are so many better recipes out there. Oatmeal stouts don't lend well to being amped up. This one has no technical brewing defects, just doesn't taste that good. The nice burnt malt note and strong coffee are the redeeming features.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 23:16:24 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly

S - Not a big smell. Caramel, malty, chocolate, leather, minor char, vaguely vegetal in that molassessy way.

T - Something in the toffee neighborhood, but really closer to the background taste in chocolate ice cream, which pushes right up to the edge of mocha. The alcohol is very well masked. It manifests only as pleasant mildly warm fumes wafting up after the swallow.

M - Medium-heavy, somewhat viscous

O - Satisfying, rich, and nice. I might favor a little more complexity in other areas such as char or wood notes, but it's still distinct. I might buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 22:36:19 | More by BrownNut
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

04-15-2014 02:03:00 | More by marmstrong1212
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-26-2013 00:41:06 | More by OhioBobcat
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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