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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
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 czfreeman


4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, tan espresso head. Copious lacing all around my goblet. Black oatmeal-like stout goodness. mmmm..mmmm how love Oatmeal Stouts!
A delicious aroma of musty oaty cocoa goodness is making its way to my nose. Bitter cocoa, espresso, phenols, deep spicy alcohol interplays a sweetish lactic almost Kahlua like aroma. Deep in there some spiced figs, deeply roasted malts, and an overall impressive amount of "oatiness" make for a deliciously good smelling brew.
This finger-lickin good. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and seemingly light touch on the finish. Cocoa, figs, a twang of Phenolic "crush" , a spiced Meican cocoa like warmness. German oatmeal with cocoa,(Havaflucken) if you 've ever had it. As it comes up to temperature, 70% Cocoa comes out, warm oatmeal, what a great cold-night brew, or breakfast for that matter.
Mouthfeel is great. Boris is on the spicy, warm side. The flavor of the 9%ABV swaggers here in a big, quite frankly, enjoyable way. All heavy, rich oatmeally(is that a word?) goodness is balanced by the warming alcohol quality that makes for a good glass of oatmeal if you will.
I was expecting this to be extremely rich and filling, yet it suprisingly stayed on the medium bodied, warm and intriguing side. One of the main strong points of this brew is it's drinkability.
The bottom of my glass came all too soon, and I felt "crushed"...sorry. Great brew, look foward to future Hoppin Frog brews. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:14:00 | More by czfreeman
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4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body, clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol and slight caramel, hint of vanilla cream. Taste follows the aromas closely with a nice thick mouthfeel. Warming on tasting but the alcohol is hidden quite well. No off flavors and quite a delicious monster.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:30:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 20:11:51 | More by jjheinrichs
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-24-2013 22:57:21 | More by tripledbrew
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-29-2013 15:38:47 | More by hellhammermario
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Purchased Autumn 2009.

A: Syrupy dark black that clings to the edges of the glass. Scant, short-lived tan head.

S: Lots of oats at first. In addition, ample vanilla, caramel and chocolate malts suggest this should be on the sweeter side. There's also a slight roasted component, but leans much more toward sweeter end of spectrum. Also a faint booziness.

T: Sweet and malty with dark chocolate flavors front and center. There's also plenty of dark fruit, especially raisin, along with roasted malts and anise. Not a whole lot in the way of bitterness or roast malt to balance out all that sweetness. Finishes with a little alcohol heat.

M: Syrupy with the nice smoothness you get from the oats. Very lightly carbonated.

A good RIS, but not really my preferred approach to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 03:35:44 | More by GeezLynn
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 16:30:07 | More by Segelstrom
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-25-2012 16:54:28 | More by sammo
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: B.O.R.I.S. pours pitch black and pretty thick and viscous looking. Just over a finger of dark khaki head forms; retention time is decent, and the lacing hangs around the whole time.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee form the base of this beer. I can also detect a bit of chocolate, but a lot more expresso than chocolate. Booziness, fig, and slight hop notes form the back end.

Taste: Dark roasted malts assault the palate at first taste, along with a bit of coffee. Booziness, vanilla and fig emerge in the middle towards the back end, and the finish is coffee with slight hop notes. This is a hell of a tasting beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is close to heavy, but not exceptionally so. Carbonation is low and it feels pretty creamy in the mouth. This is one hell of a stout. I can see how it does so well at G.A.B.F. I bought the barrel-aged version as well, which I am very excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:45:54 | More by zhanson88
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3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is a completely opaque black. There is no head but for a ring around the edge. The pour seems almost creamy. The beer looks almost completely flat.

S: Very intense aroma, many components of which I was unprepared for. There is a lot of dark fruit...figs, dates, and some plum-like esters, mainly. Hints of chocolate, a mild roast, and some boozy warmth.

T: Intense flavors more or less mirror the aromas. Dates and figs are the dominant flavor up front. Bittersweet chocolate comes through much more here than in the aromas. Hops and dry roasty malts round out the flavor in the finish with a really phenomenal traditional RIS-type character. There is some alcohol warmth in the aftertaste as well.

M/D: Thick and syrupy with only slight carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering. Thick and a bit too boozy even after a year, I would put this away for a little longer next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:21:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-27-2011 06:11:42 | More by EricCioe
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

04-28-2014 20:45:22 | More by tclipse
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-16-2012 00:07:52 | More by twowheelssoar
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 21:53:29 | More by Prospero
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-15-2011 05:36:04 | More by Pellinore1
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

05-31-2013 03:18:18 | More by GuttaMane138
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2012 00:20:50 | More by brentblack1
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this badboy up at Jungle's in Fairlfield for $7.99. I've been eyeing this one in the basement for the last few days, so let's crack this one for the elections. Split with my buddy Rusty. Not my favorite label, but I am happy this is an Ohio made beer! No freshness date on this bomber but I am certain it's a batch from 2008.

A: Pours black. Not a trace of brown, not dark root beer, not mahogany - but, black. The head of this bastard is 2 inches tall after an average pour into my imperial pint glass. The head is dark brown, like the froth on a rich espresso. Looks intimidating!

S: Wickedly rich mix of charred wood, FRESH coffee grounds, light molasses and bourbon.

T/M: Medium to full bodied and full flavored. Flavors exploded in my mouth with the typical cherry-like sweetness, whiskey, smoke and dark chocolate - wow. Low carbonation and finishes slightly hoppy.

D: Great price for an amazingly well-crafted and solid brew. DON'T judge a beer by it's label, this is a badass brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 03:05:06 | More by beachbum1975
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely delicious. Be extremely careful, it is very potent, too. I could drink 100 of these in a sitting if I could walk upright. Nice chocolatey malts, poured nice tan head, but disapated quickly. Different than most imperial stouts because the bitterness is NOT overwhelming. It's dry, sweet, and clean. Some coffee flavors but they do not dominate. Very smooth beer and very underrated!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:28:29 | More by bigdeuce
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Ontario (Canada)

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

I feel like I should be pouring this in an engine, not a snifter, as it's a thick, pure evil black liquid--like the stuff that killed Tasha Yar-- with a bubbly brown head. Dies down to to a ring of foam, not a load of retention, but with some nice streaks of lacing.

The aroma is vanilla and candy and licorice and toffee and citrus and chocolate and alcohol, maybe even a hint of black, so-ripe-it-makes-you-gag banana and some sherry notes.

The taste is like boozy chocolate covered cherries paired with espresso with a pinch of pepper. The alcohol warms. Plasticy phenols are present but in a good way, very anise like, like black licorice. Hints of vanilla round things out. Some sherry in the taste as well. This is just a really dense, deep, and complex beer with a semi-dry finish.

Low carbonation and I'd say only medium bodied. Not as slick or oily as you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Which is a surprise

Drinkability...for what it is it's tastes great but I think too much might kill you. This is a seriously high gravity beer. And perfect for a cold, blustery December night. Except that I have half a bomber to finish. And I'm not sure I can...

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 02:49:11 | More by MeisterBurger
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4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 21:54:57 | More by NWer
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-15-2012 04:46:23 | More by Devi0us
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-05-2012 14:46:53 | More by srw
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

01-18-2014 23:01:47 | More by krl2112
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

05-03-2014 21:56:58 | More by davidwhatshisnam
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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