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

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2,253 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,253
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 234
Gots: 452 | FT: 36
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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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4/5  rDev -5.7%

06-04-2013 16:40:13 | More by leedorham
Photo of KAP1356


4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I have cellar-ed for a year into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip-ed snifter...

A - Dark black and hints of brown along the edges of the glass. Nice one finger burnt caramel color head recedes after just a few seconds.

S - Lots going on here. Big roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, and in the background, hints of vanilla. Almost a barrel aged quality to this nose.

T - Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, some molasses, and a much bigger barrel aged presence comes out. Not sure why the taste has developed like this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. The alcohol is present but nothing that overpowers, instead complements everything else that is going on. Also get dark fruits as well: raisins and figs.

M - Creamy and thick. Exactly the way I like big bold stouts. This one is as smooth as velvet the whole way through the bottle.

D - Pretty bold and thick so it was a little slower to get done, but nothing that couldn't be handled. It would be great to have in the middle of winter to warm up in front of a fire.

Can't wait to try the other bottles I am going to let age even longer.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 17:41:31 | More by KAP1356
Photo of bobhits


4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Staring at the beer and not the glass you're pouring into is NOT a good idea. This stuff isn't going to come out easy!

The pour is deep dark brown and an agressive pour results in the beer coming out of the bottle even back lit being near black as night. A good sign! Carbonation is lacking though a swirl will leave a nice bubbly coating on the sides. Not nearly the alcohol legs I'd expect and there isn't much viscosity to be seen.

Very sweet and mellow Russian Imperial. Soft dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of perhaps lactose or just caramel and bread, and it finishes with a nice RIS style hop bitterness.

Unlike the aroma the flavor here is aggressive and in your face. I'm really interested in the hops used here, this beer finishes bitter and dry. No fruity esters or citrus hops, just sharp biting hops. The roast is mellow chocolate, almost milk chocolate. There is a lingering coffee flavor at the end.

I'm a bit surprised on the mouth feel. This beer isn't well carbonated nor is it really thick and creamy, but they seem to have found a place in the middle that I've never experienced and frankly works rather well. There's still some alcohol bite on this one.

60 IBUs were never more appreciated. This is a beat of a stout and very possibly the best I've had in a while. I really don't like the price on the barrel aged version, but I really am interested after this one.

A stellar imperial stout and worthy of the 2008 BABF gold medal. If they upped the body a hair this might be hands down the best Russian Imperial on the market and at 10 a bomber it is sadly priced competitively with the likes of Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 04:44:16 | More by bobhits
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

04-09-2014 01:24:35 | More by NonicPanic
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is where this beer lacked as it poured with no head! I tried to finish the pour vigorously but that did nothing. Body was super dark black. Aroma was of malts and oats. Flavor is full of oatmeal, chocolate and malty goodness. Probably the richest oatmeal stout i have had to date.This is super smooth and thick to the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 01:25:09 | More by kbnooshay
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tulip glass. Deep depths of despair, with no light at the end of the tunnel. One finger stout golden brown head, which didn't lace all that well.

Smell is reminiscent of my favorite RIS The Abyss. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark roasted coffee, this nose has it all. A bit of booze. Right on the money!

Tastes like coffee with cocoa powder, and brown sugar. Not quite as good as the smell, but a solid RIS. It is similar to Old Rasputin from North Coast. I am not at all disappointed, but not really blown away either.

For the style the mouth is spot on. It is not watery, and the carbonation is nice and mellow.

All in all, a solid example of a Russian Imperial, however there really isn't much sweetness to call it an oatmeal stout. That really is why I gave it the score that I did. Maybe it should be called B.R.I.S. But isn't that the Jewish ceremony where a baby boy is circumcised?

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2011 06:28:55 | More by azdback
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -5.7%

09-30-2012 02:50:55 | More by jnardone235
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

03-12-2012 22:05:32 | More by sludgegnome
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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a slow to develop and somewhat thin dark tan head.

Smell is sort of a roasty plum with some coffee in the background. Not as burned as some RIS's.

Taste is roasty and a little bitter. Slightly tart finish. Some fruit flavor in there.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable. Not sludgy like some, but not light like a regular stout.

there is some alcohol fruitiness and sweetness, but very drinkable for such a big beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 00:34:38 | More by aubuc1
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to NJpadreFan and his Clue LIF. Been looking forward to this one for a long time since I am such a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Not bad, but not amazing. Pours a really dark black in color. I mean this is a shiny inky black that has a nice shimmer to it. The pour appears to be thick and viscous. As it brushes the glass, a dark yellow tinted film coats the glass showing you how thick this baby is. The disappointing part of this beer is the fact that only a few bubbles of dark brown foam came up to the top. Those bubbles didn't last whatsoever, so this is a beer with a clean cap. Just the body is present. LIke I said it is not bad, but not mindblowing or anything too special here.

S: Smell is quite nice. Getting some really nice roasted malty goodness coming out first. The roast is rich without being burnt. The oatmeal really comes out here with a really rich and creamy earthiness. It has a slight amount of sweetness rolling out, but nothing crazy. Nice touch of dark, slightly bitter chocolate in here as well. Likey the smelly.

T: Oh this is damned nice. The malt is nicely roasted but still has a good amount of sweetness to it, balancing that bitter and sweet. The oatmeal is really pronounced and has just this clean earthiness to it, but still has a rich creaminess to it as well. Behind that is a bit of some really nice cherry presence. The cherries linger in the background beautifully and really add that perfect something here. Dark chocolate and a touch of coffee give you a little more bitter/sweet presence. Hops linger in here just a touch with a bit of some medicinal presence. This is a fine friggin beer.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has a really nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light, butit is what this beer needs. This is a heavy beer that coats and relaxes on that palate. ABV does show some heat, but nothing that is not expected and its quite comforting with just a slight warmth coming up in the belly. The beer leaves a little bitterness on the palate but it isn't to dry. Aftertaste is all malt and chocolate. The real show stopper here is just how creamy this beer is.

D: Oh, yes sir this is a really damned good Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I had to get past that look that really had me worried, but it more than delights in everyother category. This brew is smooth and easy drinking, and for such a big beer, it actually doesn't sit too heavy. I could easily entertain another bomber of this tonight. That aroma, taste, and feel are worth killing for. If you have the chance, get some. Do whatever it takes.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 04:11:29 | More by everetends
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

02-22-2014 19:06:17 | More by Skunkdrool
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

09-11-2012 22:42:52 | More by mixed_master7
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-17-2014 12:54:08 | More by johnyb
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip pint glass

a: Opaque black with a wo inch tall brown head which receded to heavy surface foam and dense lacing

s: Dark malt

t: Bitter dark chocolate and black coffee, which persist to a bitter aftertaste with some hints of smokiness. High ABV is hardly evident.

m: Fairly hefty yet silky smooth.

o: An excellent imperial stout, although the bitterness became excessive at points.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 05:34:40 | More by scotorum
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-15-2012 00:41:36 | More by JohnnyMc
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

08-25-2013 01:00:50 | More by scxcrunner
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black/dark brown with a motor oil like constituency. Almost no head. Average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of coffee and roasted malts. Smokey, chocolaty, coffee with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet the bitter. This is a world class beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:34:06 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-05-2013 22:41:32 | More by mjw1200
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-19-2012 23:25:03 | More by Birdlegs
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4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Secret Santa Stigs

A: Pours a deep dark black, very oil like, with a very small dark brown head that fades to near nothing very quickly leaving no lacing. The cap barely made a hiss when I opened it and I thought "uh oh", plus as I was pouring a head wasn't forming but some bubbles appeared at the end of the pour. Still could be a little better in the head department though.

S: The nose is extremely good. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells like a beautiful RIS and I can't wait to take a sip.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits along with a dark roasty element that reminds me a bit of burnt coffee. Hints of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and oily with minimal carbonation. I don't mind less carbonation in the feel but there should be a bit more here.

D: This is tasty and I would probably buy it occasionaly if it was in my area. The ABV is decent for a RIS and the alcohol is well hidden in the big roasty/chocolate flavors.

I prefer the barrel aged version slightly over this one but it's still very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 04:39:51 | More by GregSVT
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-31-2013 04:14:00 | More by imyourhero21
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-31-2013 04:27:04 | More by Casey3236
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An excellent brew that I was happy to receive from Shades in Secret Halloween 2007.

Basically black in color with a nice frothy tan head that lasts for a while. Very rich roasted smell. Coffee and chocolate are huge here, along with a grassy hop and faint nutty undertone. Taste is much of the same. One of the most robust roasted Stouts I've tried for sure. Oatmeal comes through more in the taste than I noticed in the nose. Mouthfeel is rich and full with no alcohol present at all. Drinkability is good with the only setback being that this one is almost too full of roasted flavor. I really enjoyed this and will seek it out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 23:24:53 | More by ncvbc
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bomber into a pint glass.

A: It poured a thick, black with a massive dark chocolate three finger sticky head. The head receded slowly and left an even cover of medium and small bubbles over the liquid and thick chunky lacing that lined the entire glass.

S: The initial aroma was dominated by a rich, dark milk chocolate smell. Then I picked up roasted malts and light whifs of hops.

T: It tasted of dark malts, oatmeal, dark yeasty bread, dark fruits (plums and raisins), and milk and bitter bakers chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: It was medium-bodied with well balanced flavors and a clean warm finish.

D: Full flavored, balanced and rich. Smooth and creamy with a pleasant warm and clean finish. Wonderful, powerful, complex stout...a joy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 03:38:48 | More by dnichols
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-17-2013 17:51:10 | More by Andreias21
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.