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

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Reviews: 1,005
Hads: 2,579
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 277
Gots: 535 | FT: 47
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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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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark stout. Little disappointed by the head. Dark lacing on the glass doesn't disappoint.

S - Molasses nose and roasted malty goodness. Nose mimics and prepares you for the taste. WYSIWYG.

T - Caramel / Molasses taste. Just the perfect amount of sweetness to go with the dark roasted malt. Just a hint of dark cherry /berry to go with espresso malt. Fantastic.

M - Right amount of body as a good porter should be. Maybe just a touch more carbonation would round out.

D - Very interesting and I could put down pint after pint.

O - Fantastic stout I will definitely be revisiting in the future. 9.4% alcohol by volume could have fooled me. Instead of a port for dessert give me B.O.R.I.S

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Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer is blacker than black. opaque. creamy dark brown head. head died down after two minutes.

hops are the most apparent aroma. piney hops. then roasted grains are after hops in intensity. it does smell a little sweet, it also smells a little boozy. slight coffee and chocolate aroma.

right up front, HUGE malt flavor. roasted, malt biscuit, toast, chocolate, coffee. nice hop bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malts both very apparent, and nicely balanced with each other and the body/sweetness/F.G. of the beer. i may have tasted a touch of banana. and the alcohol is apparent in the flavor though by no means a dominant flavor. no hop flavor. i dont give it a 5 because i dont taste oatmeal (but in all honesty i may not know what oatmeal tastes like.) medium sweet.

huge body. thick like molasses, coats the tongue. soft carbonation. flavor lingers.

i like this beer alot. i think a will cook with this beer. i nice beef braise, served over buttery egg noodles, with a warm pint of this beer.

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Photo of B33R501
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i dont know. this was just not as good as i was expecting, gold medal gabf 2011? what do they know? hehe.

black, maybe the most black beer ive seen, real dark brown head. i liked the smoothness of the oats but my problem with the appearance and mouthfeel is the beer quickly went to a still, lifeless state in the glass. not any better in my convenience store coffee cup either. same thing i dont like about southern tier stouts. if you look like this, you better be samichlaus and up around 15% abv. sorry, no excuse for that.

big aroma of chocolate, the best part of the beer. thought i would absolutely love this, oh well.

my issues with the taste are, can a beer be too dark roasted, black malted? i didnt think so, but i know better now. this beer is way over the top with the darkness, the hops tried to break thru, but failed. really just tastes like bad, burnt, black coffee or espresso.

oh no, the darkness, the blackness. come to the light. come to the light.

i never need to try this again, obviously.

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

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Muddy brown-black body with almost no head formation, even with an aggressive pour. Slowly, though, a thin layer of brown head rises from the depths and rests quietly atop the brew.

S - Chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, and raisins. Big aromas compete with one another, but no one aroma dominates, and there is still room for subtlety, with soft fruity esters hiding in the background.

T - This brew is BIG. I like the balance between dark-roasted and sweet flavors, like espresso beans coated in rich milk chocolate. The juicy dark fruit flavors (raisin, ripe blackberry) that were in the background on the nose come to fore on the finish. I also pick up on the hop bitterness on the finish, and it is pretty distinct from the roasty bitterness on the attack.

M - This brew has that mouth-coating mouthfeel that makes milk chocolate so appealing. Very little carbonation, but it works well here.

D - Freakin' delicious. Every sip and every quaff is different and unique. Just about the perfect brew to sip slowly with some Chopin playing in the background. Beers as big, bold, and stout (no pun intended) as this deserve to be enjoyed on their own - so I'll offer no food pairings this time. This brew is absolutely worth the hype that it gets in the craft beer community!

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from via trade from jlindros. Much appreciated!

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a very thin mocha brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass and not a lot of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal, toasted oats, and toasted malts predominate. The beer smells rich. The coffee and chocolates combine with hints of vanilla to create a very tantalizing smell.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate goodness right off the bat. Some hop bitterness on the back end. The middle is all toasted oats and grains, with some toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla mixed in for good measure. There's also slight alcohol taste, but the higher ABV combined with the sweet nose means this isn't too surprising.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, syrupy, sticky, smooth. The four S's! This beer coats the tongue and mouth, and permeates every corner with sweet chocolates and slightly bitter coffee flavors. There's a twinge of an aftertaste, but this beer finishes fairly clean for the style.

Drinkability: This beer straddles the line between drinkably sweet and overly sweet. The toasted grains and oats balance the sweetness nicely, and the hop addition helps as well. This is a quality beer, and I'm really glad I got the chance to try this hearty brew!

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Photo of Fubar1453
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a big ole bottle of this having never tried an oatmeal stout before, this definitely made me a fan. I made a real rookie move drank the first half straight out of the fridge and it didn't do it for me at all, after I let it warm for 15 min, its one of my favorite stouts.

A: Always weird to judge the appearance of an imperial stout. Muddy black, thick as motor oil.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, little bit of booze and licorice.

T: Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, grainy oatmeal and the small bit of licorice that was on the nose.

M: Milkshake, thick and creamy, low carbonation with a small bitter bite on the end.

O: Great beer, definitely grabbing some more of this. It also makes me want to try a lot more oatmeal stouts. If you are a dark beer drinker, don't pass on this.


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Photo of Scoobydank
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a deep black with a decent tan head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. Has a great aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and malts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is very good. The alcohol is very hidden. Blending is excellent. Has a hearty flavor of chocolate and malts. This is a thick beer that sicke to the ribs. Has a full body. The finish is very good and the aftertaste lingers for full apriciation of this beer. Very well done.

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

Once again richbrew feeds me another great impy. Poured from 22oz bottle to snifter on 4/3. Black in color with a thin mocha head. Oily all the way. Smells of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, and light alcohol. Taste follows smell to the T. Full bodied and low carbonation. Very bloody delish!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled June 2014 from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the hops, oatmeal, and the malts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal.

Overall: This was the first time I tried this beer, but I love it. Overall an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of DeltaFour
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a used oil med-thin head depending on the aggressiveness

S-Ample dark malts with a mild black coffee/soft licorice

T-Definitive strong black coffee flavor with a intermediate yet complementing mix of dark fruits (raisins, dates(soft),fig, and black cherry) finish is a awesomely enjoyable mix with a soft tail. The ABV as stated before is not noticeable.

M-In between a milky and silky smooth with a great tacky end-all. Mild to light carbonation.

O-A delicious Imperial stout that does not disappoint and only grow's with a little warmth, almost a cask flavor at room temp. Defiantly recommended.

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Photo of abecall98
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh boy, pouring a bottle of this BA badboy.

A - pours a nice thick black. Minimal head, not much lacing, but it's Bal-Aged, so it gets a 4.

S - due to the minimal head, the aroma suffers, but you can still get some great bourbon, malt, coffee and vanilla notes, and it's so damn pleasing.

T - oh boy. It taste like hella things. Starts off se coffee and chocolate roast, perfectly melding. Next the flavors of a nice bourbon and wood kick in. Vanilla hits at the end, followed by some slight dark fruit goodness.

M - very creamy. This beer is perfectly carbonated to style. It coats the mouth with it's vanilla flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasing, and it lasts.

D - wow, perfectly hidden abv. This beer is worth the price tag because it makes you want more of it's flavor after every sip. You can't out this down.

O - amazing. This beer doesn't get enough talk, and it deserves all of it's praises.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a small thick hear. Aroma of chocolate, oats and hops. Taste is similar, with additional notes if licorice and molasses. Very thich, oily mouthfeel. Tastes like a meal. Reletively low carbonation. Strong bitter ending. Really nice beer.

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

Sampled at the recent Tampa BA gathering - thanks to whoever brought it.

Pours deep and dark with garnet highlights when held to light. Aroma displays coffee and roast along with some fruit (cherry). Flavor displays that smooth richness that comes from the well done use of oatmeal. Also has nice roast and black cherry notes. Alcohol flavor and strength are suprisingly low for an imperial stout.

Overall, a pleasant RIS and one that highlights very nicely the use of oatmeal. Recommended.

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Photo of TMB0424
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an extremely thick looking black body with no head to speak of. Looks like motor oil. Tan, coffee colored ring lined the glass. Some sticky lacing.

I can smell this guy from a mile away - strong scent. Rich roasted coffee and sweet cocoa... emphasis on rich. Roasty malts mixed with hints of alcohol. Hints of dark fruits and candy sugar. Sweet, earthy oatmeal all throughout. Nice.

Taste is huge. Of freshly roasted coffee and malt, melted milk chocolate, purple grapes, raisins. Creamy oatmeal, nuances of milk. The alcohol warms, but I'm not detecting it in the taste. Finishes with a bitter expresso flavor that compliments the earlier sweetness excellently. Complex as anything - I'm really digging this.

Mouthfeel is heavy, full, rich, thick - and any other synonyms. Full bodied, but not extremely filling. Extremely creamy. Carbonation is high but is not distracting. Drinkability is damn near perfect, this bomber is no problem to sip away.

Only improves as it warms, as well. I always get the blues when I think about how I can't get Dark Lord or The Abyss in Jersey... but I'm not sure how much better it gets than this brew.

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Photo of dougofthefuture
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I cracked the BA version for St. Patty's Day with the family, so I figured I'd follow up with the regular the next night. I didn't review the other bottle, but I'm surprised to like this one almost as much if not more... 2009 poured into a tulip.

A - Dark creamy black with a thin brownish head. Good lacing.

S - I definitely get cherry in here - it is a rich dark chocolate without much bitterness at all, and just the smallest indication of alcohol.

T & M - This is a creamy, chocolate-cherry, dessert-like beer. Very well-balanced, albeit intense. I need to seek out more oatmeal stouts - I love how chewy it is. There is a nice warming finish, but the flavors do die out pretty quickly. For as creamy as it is at first, it almost finishes a bit watery if that is possible.

D - Dangerous. I had no trouble with this bomber and I could drink more, but I think I need a nap now...

This is a great beer. I am going to have to get some more soon! It is also worth noting that the BA version was very different. The whiskey was intense, which was tasty on its own accord, but this beer stands on its own without the barrel aged aspects.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz glass

A- Poured a tar black- head starts at an inch and goes to nothing. No lacing at all.
S- has an oak-like, hardwood smell to it. You get some of that whiskey coming through as well.
T- little hints of coffee and chocolate coming through. Towards middle you get a big punch of the whiskey- you can really tell this is a barrel aged brew. Finishes with a touch of whiskey and then leaves you with bitter dark fruits. Fairly smooth.
M- very silky and thick brew. Good feel to it.

Overall this is a tasty brew. Very high abv and you can tell after the first swig- Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

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Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not getting next to any smell on this...maybe it was served too cold? But it tastes like dark chocolate and a touch of cherries. It doesn't taste like it's 9.4% abv though, interesting brew

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Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown/ black body. Small brown head dissipated quickly.

S: Full of roasted malt. Big earthy coffee smell with dark chocolate presence.

T: Slightly sweet beginning but finishes dry. Taste is also full of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. A slight hoppiness and very faint alcohol note in the finish.

M: Thick, syrupy, full body coats the mouth. Very smoothe.

D: An awesome, well balanced and flavorful beer. Very drinkable for it's thickness and 9.4% abv. Can't wait to get some more. Glad to see this one in NJ.

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Photo of TheViolator666
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a very thin and quickly dissipating dark brown head. No lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of raisins and figs, as well as a note of alcohol. Pretty mellow.

T: Predominately dark chocolate and roasted malts, very coffee lke. I've had this one in the "cellar" for roughly 9 months, so I'm sure some of the hops have faded. Sweet chocolate finish. I think I actually might prefer this one fresh with a bit more hop balance, the sweet finish is just a bit much.

M/D: Velvety smooth and a sensational full body. Warming alcohol sensation is just right and is not too hot.

I'm fortunate enough to have this at my disposal at all times! A local favorite, and probably one of my all-time favorite brews.

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Photo of rustymoore
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay glass. A drip pan may have been more appropriate. Oily black with an appropriate sized milk chocolate head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee & booze. If that sounds like a recipe for an all night party, wait'll you taste it.

A deliciously balanced mix of dark fruits, coffee, dark roasted malt and traces of smoke, with some hops at the end to bring it back, and though the alcohol doesn't get in the way of the flavor, the warmth it provides going down is extremely pleasant. Full bodied and smooth overall but with just a touch of sharpness. Great beer.

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Photo of CaptainTripps
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Poured pitch black with small amounts of brown hues poking out the edges. Pour came with about a half a finger to about a fingers worth of a tan to mocha head. Left small amount of lacing of glass.

S: Chocolate is the first thing to come through followed by a earthy/grainy aroma. Oatmeal? Roasted malts are also very present along with some yeast character (small). There is also some dark fruit present in the beer, almost giving me a slight wine impression.

T: Again, following the nose, Chocolate is the most pronounced flavor pairing nicely with the roasted malt and barely character of the beer. Again you get the earthy-oatmeal taste that was present in the smell. Beer is very mellow and smooth. (-small traces of dark fruits are present)

M: Very, Very thick beer that had an impressive amount of carbonation for a imperial stout of its kind. Leaves a wonderful after taste, with a slight alcohol burn, but not bad.

O: Great beer that i would love to have again. It was very interesting to get some dark fruit notes out of the beer- somthing i havn't seen yet in a imperial stout. Very smooth beer that would be great on a nice cold evening.

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Photo of TVolt1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice dark dark brown color with a decent amount of reddish/brown head and some of the nicest lacing I have seen.

S: Has a good mellow coffee smell to it but really enjoy the follow through of somewhat of a fruity orange undertone to the coffee bean and milk chocolate smell.

T: This is a great taste! It actually has the initial of a raspberry dark chocolate dask and then follows with the coffee. I think this is a great beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Thick and creamy.

O: overall, I think this is a delicious beer. One of the best actually. It doesn't overpower with the coffee flavor and they incorporated great tastes and flavors together.

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Photo of Contagion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark black, with a touch of brown. There was no sign of light passing through at all, even around the edges. With an aggressive pour I was able to get a good half inch head to form. It was dark tan in color, and consisted mainly of large bubbles. It faded to a ring around the edge of the mug. There was some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a strong dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent. I could detect a touch of molasses. As it warms more of a smoky scent was in the background. A touch of citrusy hops was detectable as well. As the beer warmed up you could also start to get an alcohol smell from it.

Taste: The tongue is treated to a rich dark roasted malts, mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruit and molasses flavors help to enhance the flavors tremendously. There is a good hop finish to it that helps bring all the flavors together. The aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness on the back of the tongue that fades slowly. The beer has a slight alcohol taste, which isn't surprising based on the 9.4% ABV.

Body: This is a medium bodied beer, which I did find a little disappointing because I personally would like a more full bodied beer for an imperial stout. I personally would have liked a bit more of a creaminess that coats the mouth. It has a mild carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I had my eye on this beer for a while. I'd heard good things about it and jumped on a chance to buy a bottle when I saw it at a local store. Am I ever glad that I did! I can definitely see myself getting another bottle of this in the future. If you like stouts, and especially an imperial stout, I would go out and try to find one of these. I give it 9 out of 10.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.