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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,359 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,359
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 248
Gots: 469 | FT: 39
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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Photo of BARFLYB
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!

BARFLYB, Feb 05, 2009
Photo of Zorro
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.

Zorro, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Stinkypuss, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Mebuzzard, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
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.

Wasatch, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of BillRoth
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BillRoth, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

mdaschaf, May 11, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
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.

ppoitras, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

smakawhat, Jan 20, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

biegaman, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

plaid75, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of Latarnik
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Latarnik, May 24, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

billab914, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

chinchill, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of Kelp
2.75/5  rDev -35.1%

Kelp, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

beerthulhu, Mar 23, 2009
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JohnGalt1, Mar 22, 2008
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Zaphog, Apr 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of DrJay
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DrJay, Jul 21, 2007
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly.

liamt07, Aug 29, 2010
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,359 ratings.