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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

2,492 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,492
Reviews: 1,000
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 256
Gots: 498 | FT: 44
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:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,492 | Reviews: 1,000
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew is easily in the top 3 darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Very bubbly and quick to dissipate, but leaves a moderate amount of lace to make up for it.

S: The aroma includes lots of oat like roastiness, mounds of bitter sweet chocolate. Little shots of espresso become present as the brew warms.

T: The flavor is much better than the nose. More coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. This stout is more like a desert at times. It's that well crafted.

MF: Mouthfeel is easily one of the best in any brew. Creamy, thick, viscous, this is what a stout is supposed to be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This brew is mouth watering flavorful. Perfect at just under 10%. Huge without being too filling.

Overall, as soon as I found out BORIS hit Florida I asked Chris at Florida Wine and Spirits to order some. He hooked it up and I am now a happy BA. Thanks Chris!

Photo of ahbithwabm
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Goliath
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and completely opaque with a quarter inch frothy dark brown head. Decent retention and some weak lacing.

The aroma is nice. Big roasty tones with some nice bitter chocolate taking the lead. There's a bit of coffee in there too.

The taste is decent. Some roasted malts with dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Slightly bitter on the back end

Mouthfeel is full bodied, silky and creamy. A low dose of carbonation suits the beer perfectly.

Drinkability is suprisingly high. Good flavor profiles and well concealed alcohol make for a pretty damn good stout.

Photo of bschinelli
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of ramrod666
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

A- super dark black and ominous, like pouring used motor oil with no hope of letting light through save for a hair-thin, no exaggeration, line of deep bright red at the very bottom, that is most likely created by the beer's color reflecting off a facet in the glass. rich creamy head is tremendously dark as well, probably the darkest i've seen, a very warm dark brown sugar color with delicate lace the consistency of partially melted parmigiano-reggiano cheese. after it settles, it takes on this spooky silent-but-deadly look and i'm getting some serious dark side of the harvest moon vibes.

S- freshly brewed high quality kona coffee is the main aroma with some dark chocolate and burnt raisins. maybe some prune, maybe some black cherry, but in no way does this beer smell fruity. roasted malt and burnt wood, campfire, and a hidden earthy hop aroma play backup.

T- not a fan of coffee, but i love imperial stouts. that being said, this tastes better than any coffee i've ever had in my life, and i've tried some pretty high class varieties. at first it's slightly tart with raisin and dark berries and thich resinous hops, moving into dark chocolate and coffee, then right on the swallow i'm hit with a huge cocoa & coffee resurgence with smokey burnt wood, and the oatmeal lending a certain creamy tiramisu flavor. diving in a little deeper, behind the coffee and cocoa, there's a peppery spicy shiraz wine grape taste and what some might call licorice, to me is more like star anise pods thrown on hot charcoal. very woodsy and ethereal with no detectable alcohol.

MF- very full and dense, but not syrupy at all. medium carbonation keeps things lively and the oatmeal creaminess seems pure and refined without much powdery feeling.

D- i have to restrain myself a little on this one, all of its complexities could make me drink faster while trying to ponder the subtleties, resulting in another empty glass. they call this one 'the crusher' for a reason...

Photo of SilentSabre
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours up very nicely. Thick, inky black body through which *no* light passes. Rocky, khaki coloured head takes a good minute or so to wane from a 2 finger thickness to about a half-inch or so.
Smell is big coffee / baker's chocolate with a subtle booze aroma and a mild earthiness. So far, there are no signs of high alpha acid hops that I hate so much in stouts such as this; so far so good.
Huge, rich flavour with big coffee notes, big, bitter chocolate notes, and some detectable whisky-like alcohol, but not enough to amount to anything offensive or have much impact on drinkability. The oatmeal in this really smooths it out and makes for an exceptional mouthfeel.
Very well crafted stout, and a solid example of the style.

Photo of Hypersomnia
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nzerbe
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of alamode
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark black color with one and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruits and some alcohol notes on the finish.

T-Deep dark chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

M-I was hoping that as an Oatmeal Stout that the mouthfeel would be a little thicker on this one; it's not quite thick bodied but it's close with low carbonation and a slight warming alcohol finish.

D-This is a pretty good beer, but the alcohol is a little obvious for my taste. I might try this one again.

Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured very dark brown with a very dark brown head. The smell is pretty strong, but average for an imperial stout. Very strong burnt smell with oats and sweet-malt. The taste was slightly sweet and malty initially, with a roasted finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of Ohiovania
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into tulip
Aroma of roasted malt, some bitter chocolate
Head poor (< 1 cm, aggressive pour), light brown, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm ring
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, figs, and just a hint of alcohol. No hops, no diacetyl.
Palate full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4

Photo of Flabbyjandro
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of korguy123
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

Photo of meanmutt
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of xdtfx
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,492 ratings.