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

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2,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,473
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 251
Gots: 503 | FT: 43
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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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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Joshpu
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle to a snifter.

A: Poured black with a half finger of brown head.

S: Primarily chocolate malts. Roasted malts. Black licorice. Maybe a dark fruit as well. Oatmeal.

T: Taste really follows the nose well. A sweet middle of the mouth feel to it. It has a fairly bitter body to it, hop and coffee/dark chocolate bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Very easy to drink. Don't taste the alcohol. The carbonation makes the beer glide through your mouth, velvety smooth. Finishes dry.

Overall a great beer. I really got a lot of flavors out of this one, it changed a bit as it warmed as well. As others have said, no one flavor dominates through the whole beer, but a bit on the bitter side for my liking.

Photo of redblacks75
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, to a pint glass.

A: Jet black pour, with no lacing to speak of. A tan, mocha, frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Whiskey! Molasses, Sweetness in the form of chocolate, and brownies, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. The nose on this is great!

T: Vanilla hits you immediately. Chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is exceptional as well.

M: Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. With a dry finish that can not avoid being noted.

O: I would recommend this to anyone looking to try BA beers. While it may be more than the uninitiated may expect, that is what makes it exceptional. Even with the price tag the Hoppin' Frog caries, and then a BA version, it's worth it in my opinion. This is the first Whiskey version of a stout I have had, and I am pleased all around.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep opaque black color with a very small tan and mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimal lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Dark chocolates, some dark roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal and brown sugar, followed by some coffee notes and dark fruits.

T: Dark malts immediately present with roasted coffee notes and dark bitter cocoa. Some hints of the oatmeal follow on the back end.

M: A nice heavy beer with a mild amount of carbonation and a full body.

O: Very good overall, BORIS is definitely going to be a repeat buy if I can find it again.

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

Whoa am I ready for the weekend!! Another great trade from excellent trader GraniteSkunk. Cheers!!

The basics: No idea on price and 9.4% ABV...Yeah Baby!!

Gorgeous lookin' beer. Pours a super thick, syrupy and opaque black. Huge, frothy, creamy dark tan head - two to three fingers - and never really dissipates. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. Sweet!!

Aromas are very rich and robust...and unique. I'm getting like a chocolate-chip pancake type of thing amoidst the roasted chocolate malt and huge oatmeal component. It's like a really sweet breakfast in a glass. The smell is so roasted and huge - it really smells like toasted pancakes or somethin'. Super cool and unique. Top notch on aroma.

Whoa man is this a robust beer. It's super creamy and delicious. This is a highly impressive beer. It's big...I mean REALLY big. It's goin' to be too big for many people. Very thick and chewy in the mouth. Alcohol is very forward and obvious, which is really the only drawback with this beer. The mouthfeel has to be tried to be understood. It's the creamiest beer I've ever had - it's like silk in your mouth, but with tons of chocolate and espresso. This is like Sofia Vergara - it's so smooth and round and really big all the way around...It's incredible. As far as flavor components - I get a lot of chocolate malt and espresso, as is to style. In the front, though, I'm getting stuff like Black Cherry juice, too. It's awesome. Maybe a hint of apricot nectar - all the stone fruits in there. The middle and finish are long and bitter in a good way. Superior effort from what I hope is a brewery I drink a lot from. Must find folks - definitely something to be had with BBQ and perhaps big, complicated burgers...

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: The less than hidden alcohol notes in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Superior Imperial Stout - World Class and a must find.

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3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers. Very viscous.

Smells of cherry, chocolate, roasty almost wood character, sweetness. Nice, sweet fruit and roast aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee up front that goes into a boozy and roasted middle that ends on a sweeter chocolate, silky finish with enough bitterness to balance. Surprisingly alcoholic and sweet, which is not a good thing. There are notes of fruit, cherry/grapefruit as well. I don't know, the flavor seems to be missing something.

Great, creamy mouthfeel from the oats but the hot alcohol makes this a bit of a mess.

As it stands, this is a fine RIS but the flavors don't stand out as particularly interesting or special, though they are pleasant in their own regard. The alcohol and residual sweetness stand out far too much, maybe some age will help. Almost cloying.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -40.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Can't really take anything away from this one, perfect tan head on top of a pitch black body. No need to nitpick.

S: Very roasty, full of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet side to it too, which is nice. Just a great example of chocolate malts at their finest.

T: Sweet, roasty. You get a bit of dark cherry but it is gone quickly. Bitter chocolate and vanilla intermingle.

M: Leaves a sweet and roasty flavor in the mouth, with some bittersweet chocolate. Not harsh, but not easy to drink.

O: Solid stout of its style, roast is full on and the bitterness is all there. Deep, dark and luscioius but it just seems to be missing something.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of UA8
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of mahogany wood with a light dusting of caramel head. (prob would have had more head but was poured into a balloon glass.)

S- Rich with caramel malts, sour yeast, dates, and hint of released alcohol.

T- Leads with a quick to fade chocolate covered candied fruit note, mid palate is a smoky charcoal. Finishes bitter sweet with piny hops and dark roasted chocolate malts.

M- Light carbonation and a syrupy rich mouth feel.

D- Definitely a nice blend of the smoothness of oats, chocolate accents and the largess of a true RIS.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%

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

A: um, did I just pour a beer into my glass or some Quaker State? Poured s-l-o-w-l-y like motor oil. No head what so ever.

S: smells yummy. Like oatmeal covered in chocolate. Sweet

T: tastes almost like it smelled. Sweet with hints of toasted chocolate malts and coffee. Alcohol is noticeable but not overwhelming.

M: Feels thick and heavy yet smooth and silky. Light carbonation.

D: Surprisingly drinkable being over 9% abv. A very nice Oatmeal Stout. I'm sure it will be even better on a cold winter night.

Would drink again and recommend.

Photo of taylorhamrick
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a thin, maybe a cm or so, brown head, which leaves a little lacing here and there. Looks pretty standard for the style. The smell seems to be overpowered with alcohol, with a bid of roastiness. Kind of like bad coffee, mixed in with the smell of black patent malt. Not a bad smell, but seems a bit harsh for an oatmeal stout. I kind of expected to smell more sweetness. The taste is much better than the smell suggests. There's immediately the oatmeal taste, I mean not like a bowl of oatmeal, but like beer oatmeal, if you know the taste. The taste kind of has the old, low quality coffee taste from the smell, which I guess comes from a low dose of roasted barley. I would like to taste a bit more. I can also notice this oiliness, which I think comes from black patent malt, which is pleasant in low doses. I can also get this chocolate taste, kind of toned down, but I think its at the right level with the oatmeal added. If I could make any suggestions, it would be to substitute some roast barley for the black patent, and I'll hold off a higher rating for that. The mouthfeel, as you would expect from an oatmeal stout, is spot on. So smooth and creamy. with just the right amount of sweetness. This doesn't even need carbonation, but its delightful. And I'm sure I could drink this for hours. I just kept reaching back, and nothing slowed me down.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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