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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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2,448 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 251
Gots: 496 | FT: 43
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle which I served in snifters.

A = Dark mahogany with a creamy, caramel colored head, light lacing. Head was about one finger and receded quicker than I expected leaving less lacing than I expected. That said, it has a nice creamy look to it, is impenetrably dark and has a certain luster that is appealing.

S = Smells almost like a milk stout, with rich cream, and light milk chocolate being the most prominent smells. Beneath those though there is more waiting as it opens up, I also get very lightly burnt toast with just a touch of medium roasted coffee beans.

T = The taste surprises me somewhat as there is a real grassiness in there, like a sencha tea mixed with a hojicha tea, that is not to say the expected and more common imperial stout flavors are not there in abundance. The first thing to hit the mouth is cappuccino with a couple pumps of chocolate syrup, but a certain amount of anise and the grassy flavors hits from the beginning of the sip until somewhere in the middle of the finish. It has a long finish which is medium dry with milk chocolate being the primary flavor characteristic. I could see this being someone's favorite pretty easily, but it's just not quite for me with its somewhat vegetal qualities mixed in with the more standard fare.

M = This has a marvelous full bodied, creamy feel with light carbonation giving a good smooth texture to it, mouthcoating is decent, perhaps just slightly less than I would have expected, but still pretty heavy.

D = This is pretty easy drinking for the style. The bitterness and sweetness are both present and well balanced, a good drinking imperial stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of martyl1000
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into tulip glasses. A booziness in the nose, with some complex rose petals and molasses sweetness.

Sweet at first sip, dark stone fruit dark chocolate. Quiet coffee in the mouth. A bit of metallic acid, much more like a porter than an imperial stout. Too bad about that last bit, was expecting the oatmeal to make this much smoother.

Medium-heavy in the mouth. Tannic and coppery on the tongue.

Photo of Gtreid
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber poured into my Stone IRS tulip.

A: Pitch black. The pour produces a half finger of dark sand colored head that receeds quickly and leaves no lace.

A: Very nice chocolate and roasted malts. I also get vanilla, licorice, and cherry. Some earth from the hops come through as well.

T: I get the big chocolate and sweetness first, then the oats, then comes something I can't quite put my finger on, I think it's sour cherry. The beer finishes quite dry, with some alcohol heat.

M: Mouthfeel is very smooth, as it is with most oatmeal stouts. Heavy body and light carbonation.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is a little lower due to the viscosity and ABV. Overall BORIS is a good Impy Stout. The sourness I got in the middle I could do without, but all in all this is a fine beer. Skal.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with just a hint of a caramel colored head. Bubbly lacing with not a lot of retention, but a ring lingers around the edge. Looks quite viscous...almost intimidating.

S- Coffee, toffee, and cocoa. Roasted nuts and resinous hops. Its not necessarily powerful aroma, but quite inviting. Roasted oats reign supreme.

T- A solid mix of what the nose picked up. Plenty of oats again. Not as intense as others of the style, nor does it have any major characteristics that wow me, but carries a level of simplicity and balance that is not to be overlooked. Caramel and espresso care not to be hidden. A nice hop profile to balance out the oats and intense coffee notes without going raw, harsh, or overly bitter.

M- Here is the true highlight of this beer and the measuring stick of most imperial stouts. Thick, viscous as can be with chewy like texture. Full body, yet smooth drinkability. Slightly dry. Basically no booze detected. A true champion in this arena.

O- With a name like BORIS the Crusher, I guess I just expected to be pounded with an overpowering profile. On the contrary, it actually turned out to be quite balanced, smooth, and palatable.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stormking47 for an amazing extra. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black. There is a half finger coffee with a bit of cream colored head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam around the glass with some patches of foam on top.

Smells of oats and some dark fruits (raisins and plumb). There is also some hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste explodes with milk chocolate, oatmeal, some raisins and plumbs, and coffee. Very nice RIS with awesome oat characteristics thrown in.

Full bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Perfect.

Very nice drinkability. The oats add some awesome smoothness. Very nice. Also, the oats make the chocolate flavors more on the milk chocolate than dark chocolate side which is really awesome.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sixerofelixir
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a pitch blackish-brown. A bold, dark tan head laces the glass, yes. Smell is excellent, dark-roasted espresso coffee and oatmeal cookies. Taste is excellent as well, an almost harmonious blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. A perfectly suitable hop backbone and bitter/sweet aftertaste all the while. I'd drink a few, and that's about all I could drink. My favorite RIS I've sampled so far. Great beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown bomber bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark black with dark brown edges. A nice 2 finger brown chocolate head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of milk chocolate, roasted barley, a bit of fruity character, a mild hop character, and some licorice. Very good.

T/M - Just like the nose the beer starts with a nice blend of chocolate and roasted malts. It expands with a mild bitterness along with some light licorice. The oatmeal allows for a full mouthfeel without being overpowering. Good carbonation. The beer finishes creamy and smooth with a nice roastiness that lasts.

D - The beer hides the alcohol well. Good drinkability.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 02:36:03

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to pitch black with a barely there tan head that is quick to fade to a small collar around the glass
S: smells big and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, and some cocoa powder. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with more roasted malt flavor
M: Full in the mouth with a nice smooth feel on the palate. carbonation is there but it isn't assertive. nice finish that isn't drying
O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer that drinks very well and has good flavors. I want to try this after a barrel treatment.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.