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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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2,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 2158
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%

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:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of jsulko


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

Bottle poured into sa snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a slight chocolate colored head.

Smell is chocolate and oats with a roastyness and slight sweetness.

Very full bodied on the taste with a heavy sweetness combined with the roasty flavor. Very smooth finish.

My first Oatmeal RIS and it does make it quite unique. Not something I would see drinking all the time but a high quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 02:55:06 | More by jsulko
Photo of derkfromwi


4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-finger dark mocha head that fades fairly quickly, jet black color, decent carbonation

S: Dark chocolate, oats, nice blend of malts including some roasted notes, molasses, toffee, earthy

T: Roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate, bit of caramel, touch of citrus, hop bitterness from middle through finish

M: Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied, slightly boozy

O: Good RIS, can't really smell the hops, but can definitely taste them

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:56:44 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


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

Pours motor-oil black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving only a ring along edge of glass.

Smell is intensly chocolate with caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. A hint of ripe fruit (plum) is present also.

Taste is heavy with sweet chocolate and caramel. Nice balanced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Like drinking chocolate half-and-half. Very smooth and chewy.

Overall this was excellent. I will be on the lookout for some more.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 22:42:02 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of birchstick


3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color without much of a head on it. A very small rim sits atop. Nose is chocolates with some vanilla and caramel. Taste is pretty similar. Really chocolaty all over with some nice notes of caramel and vanilla. Smooth, sweet RIS on display here. I have been wanting to try BORIS for a while and was really please with it. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 17:02:58 | More by birchstick
Photo of hardy008


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, with a two finger dark mocha head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Smells smooth and mellow. Must be the oatmeal. I always love a good oatmeal stout, and love the idea of oats in a RIS.

Nice smooth flavor with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. I can detect the smoothness of the oats, and love what it does for this beer.

Full bodied. smooth, rich, and creamy, with medium carbonation. There is a slight bit of alcohol noticeable, but not enough to be intrusive. I really like this beer a lot. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 04:19:39 | More by hardy008
Photo of vobr0002


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

A- deep brown with a tan head that fades away to nothing but leaves lacing on the glass.

S- roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a little Smokey.

T- very similar to the smell but it also has some dark fruit flavor, and is bitter. Not too much going on but a really good balance. A little bit heavy on the booze but still not bad.

M- smooth creamy mouth filling body.

O- surprised by how much I like this beer. Its a solid RIS everything just goes together well.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:30:44 | More by vobr0002
Photo of TVolt1


4.75/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2012 02:21:53 | More by TVolt1
Photo of nukem5


4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a black color like used motor oil with a rich chocolaty frothy cap which clings to walls of glass all the way down.

S: Aroma is of rich malts and oats slightly hopped in great balance.

T: Taste is of much of the aroma with chocolaty rich coffee/espresso, bready, and some graininess and light hops.

M: Mouthfeel is silky and warm like drinking a thick warm alcoholic chocolate shake...mmmm. The more it warms up to room temp. this one really gets better and better,thick and viscous and really creamy.

O: This beer is what makes this style one of my favs.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 04:55:02 | More by nukem5
Photo of badbilly30

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viscous black with a thin brown head. Aroma is rich, creamy oat/malt. Taste is amazing decadent chocolate, oats, dark malt, silky expresso, dry and char/ leather tobacco, and a bitter chocolate finish. Some near dried fruit or cherry notes in the trailing alcohol finish. Good beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 21:03:06 | More by badbilly30
Photo of TenHornsProud


3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers. Very viscous.

Smells of cherry, chocolate, roasty almost wood character, sweetness. Nice, sweet fruit and roast aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee up front that goes into a boozy and roasted middle that ends on a sweeter chocolate, silky finish with enough bitterness to balance. Surprisingly alcoholic and sweet, which is not a good thing. There are notes of fruit, cherry/grapefruit as well. I don't know, the flavor seems to be missing something.

Great, creamy mouthfeel from the oats but the hot alcohol makes this a bit of a mess.

As it stands, this is a fine RIS but the flavors don't stand out as particularly interesting or special, though they are pleasant in their own regard. The alcohol and residual sweetness stand out far too much, maybe some age will help. Almost cloying.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 01:33:37 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of sprucetip


4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! I had one of these once and dropped it and broke the bottle and lost the beer.

Oily black, dense, with a fizzy chocolaty looking head that is way darker than mocha. Retention is short lived and lacing nearly absent. But she's a good looker regardless.

The smell is roasty and smoky with a nip of dark fruit. The underlying malty body is detectable, but not really asserting any sweetness. I can feel some boozy heat, but not really smell it. It may not be crazily complex, but it is very smooth.... as it warms it opens up (surprise surprise) and gains more depth and complexity, most notably the rich malty sweetness gains strength. The sweetness gets to such a level that it is almost chocolaty.

Super smooth roasty stout with some smoke, malty sweetness, and dark fruit that is also gently boozy. It's so smooth that it's hard to point at the elements for description. Though a bit more complex than the nose, it is not overwhelmingly so. But what it may lack in complexity, it more than makes up for in smoothness and balance. Really great tasting beer.

Perfect carbonation, plenty but not too much. Moderate level of boozy warming coincides with a rich, full bodied beer having medium viscosity. The creamy feel of the oats certainly adds to the pleasant texture.

Damn, this is a good beer! I so regret breaking that bottle. And it was an extra from the one-and-only Buckeyenation from an IP trade. This stout may not be all barrel aged Belgian vanilla bean anise chocolate coffee bourbon (am I forgetting anything) triple fermented orange peel bretanomyces ... but it's good. Really good. I will get some more BORIS the next time I have a chance! And I left so many on the shelves back east...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 05:01:47 | More by sprucetip
Photo of DavidST


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, unknown freshness. This pours a semi thick pitch black motor oil color with a smaller mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of dark roasted malts, coco, dark chocolate, espresso. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great super bitter, lots of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Excellent stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 03:45:36 | More by DavidST
Photo of FishPondManager


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

A: Jet black, one finger head quickly recedes to small bubbles.

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, bitter smell

T: Dark chocolate, espresso, a little heat, roasted malt with nice clean finish. A bit of bitterness lingers

M: Thick and waxy. Coats the whole mouth. Very nice

O: Well balanced. Quite drinkable. Bought two so we'll see how one does a few months down the road.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 05:47:18 | More by FishPondManager
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review seemed to have disappeared from a couple of years ago. Whats up with that? Anyway.

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a thin whimzy coca cola colored heading. Little lacing thoughout but the heading in the beginning was impressive.

Nose was mostly of toasted malts and oats. Decent mocha middle with chocolate coming out in the finish.

Nice and sweet at first with that classic caramel malt taste. A heavy molasses and slight sourness follow up, but quickly put away with the chocolate and coffee finish.

Full bodied ,decent carbonation but the kicker is the heavier molasses and extremely smooth mouth. Slight lactic cocoa is left lingering.

Excellent R.I.S. Everytime I see this one on tap I am forced to get a sample or a pint. So tasty!.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 01:25:18 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of yamar68


4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to brandy snifter:

Pitch black sludge with an edge of coffee clarity. Fizzy medium brown head that fades to a ring within a minute. Nose is massive. Who knew oats could take such a dominating role in a beer? Supported with sweet cream, coffee and chocolates. On the tongue, the coffee plays a more apparent part. The oats are still at work though. Tastes like an oatmeal carbonated cold press - spiked, not stirred. A tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 04:14:24 | More by yamar68
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black, flows thick and smooth and gives just a bit of reddish, dark brown foam.

S: Aroma is rich and bitter; black and chocolate maltiness abound with just a touch of spiciness and licorice, a bit more formidable than most stouts of this caliber.

T/M: Feels very thick right away and coats the tongue and mouth like Pepto Bismol. Carbonation is low which lends to a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and bitter black malt approach at first which make it like a strong chocolate milk. Towards the end, some nuttiness shines through and finishes with a little more bitterness.

This is an exceptionally balanced Imperial stout with a consistency that makes it like a delicious dessert. Thank you, leap year, for bringing this beer to me. I already can’t wait for the next one four years from now.


Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 02:32:49 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of JTSbeerislife


4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 9/2011, Well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours a rather thin 1/8” head typical of the style, reduces rapidly to a thin film. This can be revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live ale.
Black opaque color with a medium dark tan colored head. Some light lace.

Rich, chocolately, malty aroma hits you first, followed by yeast and some nice hops. With warming the yeast really comes forward in a positive way, followed by more rich malt. Very enjoyable.

Crisp, rich, malt driven, chocolately entry on the palate, followed by nicely integrated hops, and dark unsweetened chocolate.
Everything from the smell seems to follow into the flavor.
The malt and yeast and hops play against one another in a most pleasant way.
Very full mouth feel, crisp acidity and perfect light carbonation makes for a very balanced brew.
After all this in the background there is a faint hint of the 9.4% ABV, thank you HF!

Long finish of rich, chocolately, hop tinged malt. Quite enjoyable.

This is a very delicious and exceptionally enjoyable stout. I think the overall balance of the malt and hops and yeast are near perfect and go a long way toward the pleasure of drinking this brew.
Plus the slightly noticeable ABV adds another dimension of complexity and to my tastes a very pleasurable one.

This is a unique stout and unlike any other I have tasted and I mean that as a compliment.
It has a most pleasurable hop forward character to it.

Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 01:47:26 | More by JTSbeerislife
Photo of aorloski


4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Viscous as hell, black as night, can't see through it, motor oil. thin mocha head that disappears quick, about a fingers worth

S: Big rich chalky bitter dark chocolate wrapped up in some dark fruits

T: Burnt toast, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts with a little bit of a hop bite to finish

M: Full bodied, sticks to the side of my cheeks, velvety like any good oatmeal stout should be

O: An incredibly well balanced, deliciously drinkable imperial oatmeal stout. Went down lovely.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 17:47:14 | More by aorloski
Photo of sentomaster


3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly dies down.

S- Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, rum soaked raisins, bold roasted coffee, burnt toast. Awesome.

T/M- sticky sweet molasses, rum raisins again, dark expresso, anise, nice citrus hop bite in the back end. Velvety smooth and oily, just short of chewy.

O- One of the better imperial oatmeals out there. Complex and robust. This bad boy has later after layer of flavor and they almost all hit the mark. That said, it needs to be dialed in just a notch and it would give beers like FBS a good run for their money. If the hop bite was toned down a bit, body tuned up, this could be one of the best imperial stouts period. The more I drink the more I feel like this beer wants to be great, it just can't quite get there.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:09:09 | More by sentomaster
Photo of uustal

Rhode Island

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a chocolate color head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, mocha, and a bit of vanilla mixed with alcohol. Flavor beings with unsweetened chocolate, before moving to sweeter marshmallow and vanilla notes. Toasted cereal, molasses and mocha follow before a roasty finish. Silky smooth. Very cohesive flavor. Finishing a bomber of this won't be a problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 00:08:48 | More by uustal
Photo of tasteegood


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

Served up this bad boy in two Hopleaf tulip glasses. Pours dark black, with very little head and minimal lacing. Not a lot of corbonation but it works for me. Smells roasty and sweet. Tastes great, definitely not too overbearing and I can probably finish a bomber without feeling too heavy or burdened with a sugar overload. This is a good buy for the quantity, quality, taste and ABV (10 bills). I actually prefer it over the barrel aged version. If you see it, scoop it up and see why everyone is digging on Hoppin Frog.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 04:01:07 | More by tasteegood
Photo of zac16125

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

No born on date or other distinguishing numbers on the bottle

A: Pours a viscous jet black with a big 2.5 fingers width of a real nice dark mocha colored head that takes a good while to dissipate. Leaves absolutely no lacing

S: earthy/grainy, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark fruit (raisin) which is the most prominent aroma, slight alcohol presence; more dark fruit aromas than most RIS’s

T: First sip is loaded with the earthy/grainy malt flavors with hints of the dark fruit, next comes a heavy roasted character mixed with some baker’s chocolate with the earthy flavor on the back end; hints of milk chocolate, an interesting vanilla flavor pops up every once in a while; pretty complex there are a lot of flavors hitting the palate; the gainy/earthy character is the most prominent flavor and a little too strong; alcohol comes out and makes itself known but never overwhelms; dark chocolate; dark fruits present in the taste but subtle and not nearly as much as the nose

M/D: kind of a carbonation bite on the mouthfeel at first, then its smooths out with a slick mouth feel; alcohol noticeable but not over whelming; this beer is def a sipper, medium to heavy body

O: overall quiet a good RIS. Complex palate profile, relatively good drinkability, and a pleasant but unique scent for a stout. I’ve had better RIS’s, but this one is certainly still enjoyable. Worth a try, esp if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 02:56:46 | More by zac16125
Photo of SickGnar


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

A: Pitch black & quite opaque – looks thick. Medium size brown cap of large bubbles that settles fast to a ring that also fades with time. There a few bubbles popping to the surface. It leaves just a few gobs of 3D tan lace at the top of the glass. Strongly hints at having legs. I’d still like some lace, but for a big, boozy monster it is okay.

S: Whoa . . . Obviously potent – big whiff of boozy & spicy/sweet alcohol up front with a hint of vanilla. Very firm - yet not cloying - molasses, burnt toffee, & malty sweetness. Behind the initial boozy & sweet wallop is some nice dark chocolate – real rich if not super strong. More faint still is roast with both coffee and scorched grain. Hints at dark fruit as it breathes and warms.

T: Way complex, rich, and robust. Initial taste is quite the punch of sweetness wrapped up with spicy & boozy alcohol and a sharp, acrid bitter roastiness. This doesn’t so much fade as round-out and soften. Sweetness takes on notes of burnt toffee, molasses, raisins & prunes, & a really dark & rich maltiness. Acrid roast slowly looses the sharpness and some bitterness to let notes of espresso & very dark bittersweet & rich fancy desert chocolate emerge and linger of ages in the finish along with a bit of woody/earthy/resiny hop character. Alcohol notes give way a bit to let herbal/medicinal/earthy hot character come out, and hop bitterness makes its own fair showing free of roast bitterness. Some spicy booze does survive to the finish before leaving the long finish to the roast and hops. Burps are surprisingly leafy/hoppy with more than a bit of roast.

M: Very, very much over medium body – big really. Carbonation is soft in comparison, but it does provide enough zip to keep the mouthfeel from being really thick or syrupy. Still it is very rich – tons of chew and sticky sugars. Creamy from the oatmeal and high F.G. Total meal in a glass feel. Stays sweet (bitters/spicy sweet) long into the finish. Finally the roast, with some help from the alcohol, pushes it just a touch drying. Despite alcohol being fairly prominent in the aroma and flavor, it is pretty well disguised in the mouthfeel – just a bit of a bite and hardly even a hint of warmth.

D: Unabashedly boozy, sweet, & very rich. This is a big one – a crusher. There is no doubt that BORIS is hefty - it almost seems barrel aged, but probably isn’t. Robustness & heft slow you down a bit, but incredibly interesting, evolving, and rich flavor keeps bringing you back for more. This beer is a joy to savor.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:37:28 | More by SickGnar
Photo of RobertTheRogue


4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, with a thin, dark tan head that goes away rather quickly

S: Chocolate with a hint of dark cherries or dates

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, dark fruit

M: Full bodied, yet smooth with a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Very well balanced

O: The oats in the mash add the perfect complement of smoothness and sweetness to the imperial stout style. With 60 IBUs, the hop balance is absolutely perfect. At a deceiving 9.4% abv, this is one of the most well balanced and drinkable RIS's I've had so far. A definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 22:56:21 | More by RobertTheRogue
Photo of Crundy


4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like motor oil, black as night, no head and no lacing

S: dark fruits like sweet plum or dark cherry, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, slight malt presence

T: follows the nose, molasses sweetness, sweet dark fruits, hop presence as well and some roasted malt.

M: very thick and heavy, full bodied and coats the mouth. very smooth, delicious, molasses sweet aftertaste.

O: very delicious, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV, Just a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:00:02 | More by Crundy
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,158 ratings.