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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,266 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,266
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 240
Gots: 449 | FT: 36
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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beernads

Florida

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-05-2013 06:47:21 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at Binny's in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its history on top 100 rankings and Hoppin' Frog's reputation. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger dark rich ran colour floater. No real head per se. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. It's appealing and the floater - though not a head - is attractive.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt (with a bit of bitterness), caramel, and deep roast. I dig the roast. Cocoa. Lovely oats. Light proteins. A moderate strength aroma. Burnt malt. Fennel. Dark fruit emerges as it swarms. Milky. Marshmallow. Balanced and inviting. No hop or yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Rich oats mix well with burnt malts, chocolate malt, and grains. Rich cocoa. Marshmallow. Buried roast. Light vanilla. Cream. Burnt bread. Chocolate bitterness. Charred bread. Light raisin. Well balanced; very drinkable for the style. Complex and tasty. Well put together. I do like it, but I'm not blown away. I don't find the "robust hop character" mentioned on the label, but the sweetness is nicely checked - I assume by the hop bitterness. No yeast character comes through, nor does any boozy alcohol.

Mf: Silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Good thickness. I love the smoothness contributed by the oats. Good thickness. Full body.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for its well hidden ABV. A solid Russian Imperial Stout that pushes the style. I'd get it again on-draught, but given its reputation I expected better. It's a tasty beer. I'll actually be able to kill this bomber alone, though I do wish I had a friend to help me. Luckily, it's not too sweet.

B

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:47:06 | More by kojevergas
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2014 16:07:37 | More by GClarkage
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-05-2013 03:11:58 | More by XmnwildX12
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

ours pitch black with a ark chocolate brown head. Beautiful roasty aroma of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, sugar cane, oatmeal and hazelnut. Flavor has simialr attributes as its aroma. Very malty with lots of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol and caramel. Very smooth with a burnt, bittry dry finish. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 08:49:18 | More by corby112
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-07-2013 18:16:10 | More by imperialking
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark, midnight black with dark auburn & purple highlights when held up to the light. A small, dark tan head fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit phenols, yeasty, cocoa, grapes, sugary, creamy...almost smells like a Belgian strain was used. Not a bad thing if that's the case and quite enticing.
Taste is of rich cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy, sugary, fruity, with cocoa powder and light chalkiness.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 20:34:45 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-12-2013 03:27:37 | More by MarkyMOD
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -5.7%

01-18-2013 02:14:23 | More by yourefragile
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:45:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah it's big and it's big and chocolaty, but I didn't find this to be a particularly outstanding. It appeared pitch black with a tan head in my pint glass. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and burnt grains. The oats contribute to a very smooth flavor, but I'm thrown off by the feel and balance between what seems to be citrus hops and chocolate malts. They just aren't working. It makes for a less than ideal feel, but this beer is still very drinkable for it's size and weight.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 16:05:06 | More by tempest
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2007 02:09:16 | More by akorsak
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

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

A great, all-around beer. Pours a jet black color and reeks of roastiness. Taste is full bodied with notes of chocolate, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts, and oatmeal. A bit strong, but a great blend of flavors that finishes smooth. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have tried and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 21:16:49 | More by oriolesfan4
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-16-2011 22:48:52 | More by orangesol
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a very dark brown head that is creamy and thick with a few big bubbles pushing through. There is a few microbubbles of brown sticking to the side of the glass in an otherwise jet black body.

S- The smell has notes of prunes and dates with black roasted malt and black grain and a very light hint of earthiness. As this beer warms a bit there is notes of dark raisins and graham with a dry port note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big black bitter black malt and coffee malt flavor with an inky tar note that hangs on the finish like a nice espresso. There is a green hint to the finish that could be from hops but it is mysterious.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess and the finish has a nice slipperiness that warms to a soft alcohol heat as it warms.

D- This beer has a big complex flavor but it is not heavy but the finish makes it light and smooth while still remaining dark black in flavor and smell.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 04:59:45 | More by rhoadsrage
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up 2 years ago not knowing if it was the fresh release or a leftover. I guess that places this bottle in the 2008 range. There is no visible indication on the bottle to confirm.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a faint amount of brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger's worth of creamy dark tan head forms and holds for awhile before retreating to the edge of the glassware where it holds throughout the duration. Some faint spotty lace sticks and holds on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with some signs of light oxidation. Licorice is present along with a solid oatmeal to grain characteristics. It is sweet with a scent of chocolate mixed with coffee and caramel, lightly citrusy with hops and a touch of dark fruity character almost like raisins.

The taste of this brew is bitter roasted grain with a flavoring of licorice coupled with semisweet chocolate. The chocolate flavor develops into something more in-line with a flavor that is left in your mouth after eating 75% cacao. There is some herbal bitterness which mixes and contrast with a dark fruity flavor like raisins. Throughout the body are flavors of oats and sweet grains keeping the bitterness and fruity alcohol elements of this brew in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9+% alcohol is well integrated and as the brew warms maybe becomes a touch distracting. I almost forgot that I had this brew and a recent taste of the new Royale offering reminded me that I need to have a taste of the base brew. This is a pretty solid example but perhaps a bit dated at this point. For as much as I enjoyed the Royale version, it is my intension to get out there and snag a fresh bottle of Boris and the normal barrel aged version.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2011 02:03:05 | More by stakem
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Likely a bottle from before GABF 2011 as the sticker still only indicated that it was a gold medal winner in 2008.

A: Pours an opaque thick dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and no real highlights to speak - this beer is extremely dark. The beer pours with a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate and moderate notes of dark fruit (plum and fig).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some dark fruit sweetness (plum and fig). That is followed by some light hints of espresso/bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy with some light notes of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable sipping beer due to the strength and fairly intense yet complex flavors and fuller body - even though the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I have also picked up the barrel aged version which I am looking forward to trying though this beer is excellent and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:25:11 | More by dbrauneis
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger tan head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet roasted chocolate and coffee. Bitterness stays in background. High ABV is hidden. Decent oatmeal stout. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 22:17:15 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

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

BLACK!

Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 04:54:31 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

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

Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 02:22:21 | More by Georgiabeer
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zestar

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-30-2013 07:57:29 | More by zestar
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Wasatch

Utah

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to trep for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some oil slicks were left behind. The nose is malty, roasted, slightly oaked, tons of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is malty/roasted, big big toffee/coffee/caramel flavour, YUMMY! The alcohol is hidden pretty well, a slight dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome RIS, highly recommended. I will have to try some of the other offerings from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 22:01:10 | More by Wasatch
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duceswild

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

08-29-2012 03:18:41 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with this and BA Boris.

Pours very little tan head that fades down fast. Leaves no lace. color is a solid black.

Aroma: Roasted, malts, chocolate, some light coffee. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Rich and chocolaty, roasted dry malt, sharp grassy hops, caramel, and then some dark fruit in the aftertaste. Better than the aroma, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and warm, a little creamy. Fuller bodied than the ba version with a low amount of carbonation. Ends sweet, dry, and malty.

Overall, not a very solid RIS imo. The barrel aging helps this beer a lot. This beer is not something I want a lot of. I would rather drink the BA version.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 00:51:16 | More by mothman
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" purply dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lace. Aroma is dark roasty malts with an undercurrent of alcohol. Taste follows the nose, rich and creamy, with the alcohol bringing it on at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. I'll be back for more.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 21:00:24 | More by ppoitras
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,266 ratings.