B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. Not sure of the date on this one. A slighty drunk frog graces the label. Served right out of the fridge.
A- Boris pours out a very dark brown to black color while becoming completely black while relaxing in the glass. This one looks quite thick. A semi dense 1 1/2 finger dark tan head made an appearance before leaving. Some minimal lace is seen.
S- A pleasant smell of roasted malts and grain and a lot of bitte chocolate. The oatmeal is there but is pretty faint. Some earthy hops as well as roasted coffee. These smells double with warming so take your time.
T- Boris Packs more coffee in the taste than in the nose with a roasty appeal as well as espresso qualities. Very nice. This is backed by a nice supply of roasted malt as well. A nice chocolate taste, somewhat bitter but certainly dark and full. The oatmeal qualities come out more than in the nose and shine when it reaches room temp. Some dark fruit and slight hop presence is there when you search for it.
M- A very smooth stout with a bit of an alcohol note detected. Slighty warming qualities as well as some bitterness on the top of the mouth with coffee. Not as full bodied as expected from the look but boris gets the job done. Nice carbonation level.
D- If I could afford this I would drink it all winter. A nice amount of alcohol so one bottle would do me good. Not as much oatmeal as expected but the other flavors really shined. This is going into steady rotation for me. I need to invest in a case.
A great job from what I hear is a very small brewery in Akron. Well done!!
02-05-2009 07:05:10 | More by BARFLYB
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
08-03-2007 22:01:10 | More by Wasatch
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, light char, dark bread, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and balance of roasted malty notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, caramel, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, earth, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of roasted flavors; with a nice malt/roasted bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a thick, creamy, and slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! Huge complexity and balance of highly robust roasted flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An incredibly enjoyable offering; one of the best RIS I have had for sure.
01-25-2013 05:25:44 | More by superspak
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
02-17-2008 21:00:24 | More by ppoitras
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: Dark brown motor oil with some soapy "snake eyed" bubbles. Just a bit of lace. Head is tan in color.
Smell: Whiff of malt, chocolate, roasted coffee. A very pleasant aroma.
Taste: Complex for sure with some decadant chocolate. Some coffee, roasted malt and a subtle oatmeal flavor.
Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth with a lingering finish of malt, cocoa and hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Hint of warming booze is felt but not tasted.
Drinkability: A very nice oatmeal stout with great flavor. The ABV is well hidden. I would like to drink this again sometime.
04-21-2010 14:17:35 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
3.8/5 rDev -10.4%
A: The beer is black in body and dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is very little head to begin with. What is there fizzes away immediately, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It resembles a cola.
S: Big chocolate presence, roasted malt
T: Again, a very large chocolate flavor. The body is medium-full. The beer has a nice taste, but overall, I find it to be a bit one dimensional. The oatmeal aspect is there, but I wish it had a larger role in the taste profile. There is a subtle roasted or burnt malt flavor near the finish. This brew has potential, but is just not quite there.
M: Carbonation is too low. Otherwise, the feel is pretty good.
Alcohol is disguised very well.
D: A good, but not great, beer. I really enjoy oatmeal and imperial stouts. I was hoping for a little more.
09-09-2010 00:58:50 | More by Huhzubendah
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
NOTE: This is a 2-year old bottle from my cellar
Pours a reddish black. Big tan head, rocky. Some lacing. Looks promising.
Aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, prune and baked caramel. Nothing strong like a RIS under normal conditions, but delish nonetheless
Flavors follow the nose. Chocolate, mocha, coffee and soft prune. It's like a regular RIS (but with alcohol a bit softer from aging) and the oats make is smooooth. Easy drinking. You get the robustness of a RIS with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout.
Very nice. I have the BA Boris "on ice". Can't wait for that one.
09-30-2012 17:25:23 | More by Mebuzzard
4.63/5 rDev +9.2%
Hoppin' Frog's Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (BORIS) is bodaciously black. It takes the term opaque to a seriously hard-line level. There is not even a faint hope of highlighting even when held directly into bright florescence lighting. Despite marveling at the rustic toned spectacle of head that arose from the pour, the surface is now bare with only the thinnest possible strand of outlining.
What I really like about the nose is that it is foremost chocolate, and not coffee. Too often lately, I've found the higher gravity stouts relying on espresso for their decadent, dark roast flavour - not this one. This smells like grated dark chocolate melted into a sea of toffee laced biscuits and caramelized malts. BORIS more closely resembles an after dinner dessert rather than an after-dinner drink.
As if the taste had to come on this strong, I was already impressed by the aroma. Still, it's much appreciated. The taste reminds me of double chocolate muffins and double chocolate chip cookies - there is a ton of chocolate and plenty of crispy, toasty biscuits and cookie malt to compliment it. There's just a touch of hot fudge syrup over French vanilla ice cream too.
60 IBUs is a modest amount of bitterness for a Russian Imperial Stout and it shows. I can't find any factor to hinder drinkability - the beer is only as bitter as it is sweet (like melted bakers chocolate) and the alcohol has curiously vanished. This sample was aged about a year and half but still, it's a wonder how this got to be so smooth.
That taste of bittersweet (more bitter than sweet, but it's close) chocolate lingers for an exceptionally long time. There isn't nearly the level of astringently roasted coffee or harshly smoked, burnt grains that other examples of the style usually offer. This profile suits me well and if possible, I plan to stock the cellar with as much of this as I can.
For any fans of the style this is a must-try. It definitely places on my (as well as Beer Advocate's) list of top RIS and Double Stouts. Actually, I'm struggling to think of a better, more enjoyable drinking Imperial Stout. It's like a roasty, rich beer with creamy dark chocolate and hop filling. I don't think beers like this can get any better, all hail BORIS!!!
02-17-2009 02:57:51 | More by biegaman
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pure walnut opaqueness dark as brown can get on the body without being black. This really nice borderline thick syrup pour also. Head is really tiny maybe a finger at most, but a great coffee espresso color looking head with tight bubbles. Leaves about 2mm collar throughout the glass for a good while. Minimal lacing.
Toasty oats and malt, with faint milk chocolate on the nose. Very nice smelling. This has to be the only Oatmeal Imperial stout beer I've whiffed that actually smells like it has oats in it. Love the bouquet feels like that malt shake is coming.
As for taste, big chocolate boom, and mild carbonation. Expansive feel in the back palate of an thick anisette aftertaste with a not to big alcohol heat but noticeable.
Pretty good mix of flavors and feel. I'd have again, another winner for drinkability from Hoppin' Frog.
01-20-2011 03:12:30 | More by smakawhat
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
On tap at The Bling Tiger, NYC.
Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured a structured dark chocolate and burnt grain.
The taste consisted of a very dry semi sweet chocolate with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke. Perugina dark chocolate came to mind.
The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.
Overall a superior RIS.
06-02-2009 20:10:57 | More by plaid75
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
A: Poured a thick and viscose engine oil color with deep plum highlights around the edges. A cinnamon colored head with dark cherry tints sits atop that was creamy and flat, about ½ finger high, before quickly diminishing to a scattered whispy covering. The head coloring I thought was the best aspect here while it left a thin, broken ring lacing behind upon its demise.
S: a fresh hot creamy oatmeal aspect to it to start out backed by a strong dark roasted coffee offering. Alcohol also dominates here with some dried cherries adding to the supporting cast. A touch of burnt chocolate, and dark ripe plums become evident before yielding to a earthy soil bitterness on the finish. Moderate in strength overall, my only complaint here is I wish it was stronger, otherwise was nicely done.
T: The flavor begins with a deep earthy soil bitterness as dictated by the nose, dark plums and roasted coffee dominate right from the start. Ripe cherries and alcohol add medicinal notes and a warming flavor and sensation. The malting was rich and dark with a light smooth charred flavor that was surprisingly clean off the tongue. A big earthy bitterness lingers a bit after the swallow with a noticeable alcohol detection.
M: thick and viscose as the pour suggested with a silky smooth texture and feel. A soft carbonation adds to the luscious and creaminess of the body making this a fit example per style.
D: Overall drinkability was good, a beer that was certainly big on style and substance, one that deserves to be sipped and savored. Boozy, thick and viscose one should be enough to satisfy. The beer does get progressively smoother to drink while the alcohol is quite noticeable upon warming.
03-23-2009 22:58:09 | More by beerthulhu
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!
Pours a deep and opaque black, like night, thick brown head, nice lacing and great retention, looks pretty badass. Smell is alcohol, chocolate and coffee roast, some oats, licorice, cherries, quite nice, very rich. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast, oats, dark fruits, alcohol, touch of licorice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty smooth. Nicely done but you really get the 9.4%. Thanks again Nate!
11-19-2007 22:01:39 | More by Viggo
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to dontcostnuthin for sending this one my way. Review from notes.
A: Pours an inky/oily dark black. A one finger tan/mocha colored head forms on top, with decent retention and no lacing.
S: I immediately get the sweet oats. There is also some roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and a little bit of hops.
T: Very roasty flavor with the oats coming through as well, but not as strong as the aroma indicated, and not as sweet either. Nice mixture of coffee, licorice, and a little bit of molasses.
M: Full bodied and on the thicker side, but very smooth. Has a bitter-sweet finish.
O: A solid RIS, but not my favorite. From what I have seen a bit pricey as well, even though I got this one in a BIF. If I found it for the right price I would certainly get it again though.
05-11-2011 13:02:41 | More by mdaschaf
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a very small tan covering for a head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Aroma has some dark chocolate and roasted flavors with a moderate amount of sweetness.
Taste has chocolate and roasted grains with some slight burntness. Slight sweetness up front with a nice long bitterness.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.
Drinkability is good and the abv is well hidden. Very tasty stout that I enjoyed.
12-17-2009 00:31:16 | More by billab914
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink.
07-21-2007 04:01:59 | More by DrJay
4.28/5 rDev +0.9%
Near black; opaque; red-brown at the edges; rather clear.
This Imperial stout has a better bitter/sweet balance than average. Nonetheless, it is quite sweet up front. Beyond this, the flavor is very rich and complex. Full body; creamy feel; ~perfect carbonation.
O: superb, rich and balanced.
10-09-2013 03:09:31 | More by chinchill
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz (cellared for at least 6 months) ... I can't remember who I got this one from ... but if you're the person, please contact me so I can edit the review. Shared with trading partner... mine from my New Belgium snifter. Reviewed last night .. but I kept really good notes.
1" very dark brown head.. looks like the cap on an espresso... No light is making it through this one ... no lacing.
Aroma is coffee and semisweet chocolate .. some cinnamon notes ... traditional roasted smells .. but smoother... spicy alcohol as it warms.
Flavor is reminiscent of a thick extremely rich Mexican hot chocolate ... or just a tab of Mexican chocolate melted and poured into my mouth.. French Roast with a thick lingering finish. Fairly viscous .. not much carbonation.
Very tasty but I would really only be able to handle one glass .. maybe a bomber .. Simply too lush ... This is definitely a special occasion beer for me, even if I had ready access.
03-22-2008 07:15:40 | More by JohnGalt1
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Picked up a bottle of this at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.
Pours opaque black with a half-finger tan head. I think this beer actually sucks in light, I feel like I'm holding a black hole in my hand. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.
Smells of roasted malt, with solid amounts of molasses and dark chocolate. As it warms the molasses overtakes the roasted malt aromas and whiffs of dark fruit come out every now and then.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front while it's warm with molasses joining in midway through the sip and ending with a mild dark chocolate bitterness. As with the smell, as it warms the molasses takes over.
Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a silky thickness with soft carbonation.
Drinkability is good. I would prefer a bit more roasted malt, but as it is it's still very easy to drink.
Overall this beer definitely delivered on the mouthfeel, but I was a bit let down in the aroma and flavor departments - though I must say my expectations were high. Certainly worth a shot for you to judge for yourself.
03-07-2009 22:28:22 | More by glid02
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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