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

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2,455 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,455
Reviews: 990
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 250
Gots: 497 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

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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%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Black, thick, syrupy looking with very little head (what there was was very dark colored) and very little carbonation.

Roasty, coffee, sweet aroma with some vanilla notes as it warmed. Nothing stood out, though.

Flavor was sweet and malty, roasty and finished with an almost sourish, bitter hop finish. Fairly complex, though not the most pleasing RIS taste I've had.

Mouthfeel was very thick, syrupy, but quite smooth on the palate. A little to syrupy for me, and the flavors were just not balanced and harmonious to make me love it.

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4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours complete darkness in a glass along with audible 'glugs.' By no means is there any light passing through this abyss of a beer. Was surprised to find no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour. Some streaky lacing of weak grip can also be found. Smell is straight-forward: immensely roasted malt and coffee alongside dark and milk chocolate. The most surprising aspect to me is that the oatmeal is more pronounced than any other stout that says they put oatmeal in it. There's also some cinnamon in the back end of the scent. Damn, this is enticing just by scent alone.

Taste is exactly like the scent with roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Surprising to find no definite malt backbone in here, unlike the aroma. The oatmeal is readily identifiable and delightfully so. It's really like drinking a cold cup of black coffee - you might forget this was a beer aside from the alcohol. The roasted qualities are nicely balanced by a delicate hop bitterness that also adds a nice earthy tone to the stout. And the 9.4% ABV is hidden extraordinarily well. Incredible overall.

Mouthfeel is all full-bodied with low carbonation. This really drinks creamily and smoothly - perfect for a stout. The oatmeal really adds a nice dimension of chewiness that I always look for in imperial stouts. Drinkability is very high, albeit slow. Definitely suitable for the cold weather and a winter warmer. I was very happy to be able to find this beer and it didn't let me down. Well worth the money.

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

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty darn good RIS

A: Single fingered creamy light brown head with good retention and some lacing. The head settles to a thin ring and lasts throughout the tasting.

S: Dark chocolate, little bit of coffee with molasses and syrup.

T: Dark chocolate accompanied by earth undertones. Fairly dry for the style, which is a pleasant surprise.

M: Fairly heavy and well carbonated.

O: I loved that the beer was drier than others of this variety, but still felt the flavors could have been more robust.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark, dark, black in color with very little tan lacing but no head. Smooth chocolate, roasted malt and oats are the major flavors. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery for a russian imperial stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Very drinkable.

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4.27/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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