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

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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2,493 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 259
Gots: 500 | FT: 45
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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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Ratings: 2,493 | Reviews: 1,001
Photo of AgingWarrior
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours coal black. It looks like motor oil, thick and black. Held up to the light, nothing comes through. Nice one finger reddish brown head. Nice bubbly lacing holds up well.

Smell is raisins, vanilla, cocoa and some other sweet notes. As the beer warms the smell gets stronger and better.

Tastes as good as it smells! This is one smooth brew. Like a good oatmeal stout should taste, sweet and no alcohol burn. Nice balance between the sweetness and the roasty notes.

Mouth feel is very nice. It feels like my mouth is completely laced by this brew. Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation, just velvety smoothness.

This brew is about as drinkable as you can get for the style and the 9.4% ABV. This is a very very good beer.

Photo of gameface23
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with burnt amber edges when held up to a light. There was a very small, khaki colored head that dissipated very quickly. The smell was average for an imperial stout- creamy milk chocolate and roasted malt, but nothing stood out too much. There was one point in the sip that did have a nice roasted bitterness, but transitioned into an almost cloyingly sweet finish. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Drinkability was average. It's a sipper.

Photo of morningthief
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of kenzilka007
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of budsboy
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Viscous, black on the pour with a thick leather head with lots of lacing. Very, very dark.

Coffee-chocolate aroma, dirt, alcohol and dark juicy fruit.

Bitter chocolate, metal, licorice and coffee grounds flavor, alcohol is as close to hot as it gets. Finish is espresso like and lingers for a long, long time.

Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, like a milkshake. How'd they do that. The only beer that comes close to that silkiness is Dark Lord. Very well done.

A strong stout lover will love this strong stout. I do. It's big and bold and strong. If you like dark roast coffee, strong and black, I'd bet you'd like this beer.

Photo of ejyoung
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of klikger
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

10 oz. pour served in a snifter

A - Dark brown/black, with a small brown head and lacing which disappears quickly

S - Molasses, oatmeal, and malted milk balls

T - Bright coffee and milk chocolate are evident up front and stick around throughout. This is really a two-note beer for me; that being said, it's very well done and balanced nicely. Although it's certainly sweet, a slightly bitter finish brings it back to equilibrium.

M - Very creamy; substantial, but not overly thick. The carbonation is noteworthy & works well.

D - The alcohol was masked extremely well. Granted, I only had 10 oz., but I wanted more. At the same time, and although well balanced, I think that the sweetness would keep me from having more than a bomber (which is fine).

A very well-made RIS, BORIS is worthy seeking out. Despite not tasting the variety of flavors which many beers of the style impart, the combo of fresh coffee and sweet chocolate made this memorable for me. Now on to the barrel-aged version...

Photo of alovesupreme
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black, with a little head, that sits for a bit.
Chocolate, alcohol, and raisons.
Reminds me of molasses, chocolate, raisons or some other dark fruit.
Very syrupy, felt a little stagnant, especially near the end of the glass.
A friend split this with me which was good because I could not finish the 22 on my own, but what I had I enjoyed.

Photo of Richardberg
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: poured from a bomber into a beer stein. Jet black liquid topped by a thin brown foam. The small head vanishes quickly.

S: wow, lots going on here. Big roasty malts. Complex floral perfumes. Notes of dark bitter chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar. Hint of ethanol. (I must have hit upon the perfect serving temp - about 55F)

T: all the elements from the smell are on the tongue but in different proportion. Chocolate malt at the forefront, with sweetness winning over the bitter side. Toffee in the middle. Finishes with a little alcohol bite (though not nearly what you'd expect from the ABV). Can't taste perfumey aromas, obviously :)

M: oily & rich, coats the tongue. I'm sensing a pattern here: adding oatmeal to an otherwise big/bold stout works wonders on the palate/finish. Touch of carbonation rounds things out. A bit more creaminess and it too would rate a 5.

D: yum yum yum. But for me, the taste is too sweet to have more than, say, two of these, despite the more complex/rounded nature implied in the nose. Fans of this style will find a real winner here.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of JakeEsterly
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of haddon
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down rather quickly.

aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. believe there is a bit of alcohol lingering in there somewhere.

Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts, coffee and bitter hops.

Full in body & medium carbonation.

Great beer. I don't usually care for oatmeal stouts but this hardly categorizes since it is an imperial stout. Will gladly kiss this frog again to get to the gem of a beer that's inside.

Photo of deekyn
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Bluecane
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of westcott
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Triklino
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of thetimhortonsman
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of benmiliron
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz. Menacingly, rich, deep, black with a dark brown head. I've had my share of stouts, but never have I seen one this dark and rich looking. Good dense head, nice brown lacing like caramel spiderwebs. Nose shows coffee, roast barley - great balance with hops in the background. Taste is superb. Heavy oats, coffee, roasted barley, black barley, hop bitterness counters well the sweetness of unfermented gravity.

Mouthfeel is what sets this stout apart. It's almost chocolate milk, so thick. Coats the tongue, but doesn't stick. Carbonation is present, but very soft. Beautiful.

I'm floored by Hoppin' Frog. Glad they've showed up. I'll be trying more of their beers from now on.

Photo of reaganrvltn
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of raznug
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of frazbri
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog poured motor oil black topped by a short, creamy brown head. Aroma had notes of cocoa, peanut butter, berries, and coffee. Flavor starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by banana, a touch of ameretto and cherries and finished off with a hit of espresso. The body was full and the carbonation was moderate.

This stout has the look and feel of a top-notch imperial stout. The beer clinges to the glass after you take a drink. It's thick and chewy in the mouth. The only thing keeping it from elite status, is the sharp finish. Don't let this little review keep you from drink this. Boris has much to offer.

Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin but dense head the color of brown sugar. Nearly 100% opaque with just a tinge of light escaping along the edge of the glass.

S - Wonderful chocolate aroma similar to melted milk chocolate or a chocolate milkshake. Some subtle vanilla bean as, too. Not an outstanding nose, but pretty good.

T - More of the aroma, but with the tastes of cherries and some burnt character as well. Perhaps a very tiny amount of smoke.

M/D - Very thick oily mouthfeel that is a bit juicy, in the sense of the way a berry sort of explodes in your mouth after taking a bight. Great beer altogether!

Photo of Benjiehorn
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of zander4dawin
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A completely black beer with a thin mocha head. BORIS is a thick, almost to the point of sludgy beer with a roasted malt taste with a noticeable but background hop presences. The oatmeal comes into play as a slight cookie taste. Overall it's a great beer that worthy of a try.

Photo of BellsFan
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%

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