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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
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1,014 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,014
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 282
Gots: 549 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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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Reviews: 1,014 | Hads: 2,631
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very very dark pitch black beer. Midnight color with some intense jet black notes. There is a nice thin light tan head that is dense and slightly sticky. Pours quite viscous and oily.

Aroma is deep dark chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate. SOO much chocolate. Dark, dark malts with some nice roasted notes. Slight coffee and some chocolate. The aroma is delicious with some awesome black malt notes and some slight dark fruits. There are some nice slight vanilla spice notes and some slight cinnamon as well.

Flavors follow the nose but is a bit more roasty. It is slightly thin and not as fulfilling as D.O.R.I.S. Some nice dark chocolate bitterness and some sweetness. Slight milk chocolate notes as well with some coffee. The beer is smooth and slick. Not as big and full as DORIS. Still very delicious.

Overall this is very delicious. Roasty and dark coffee notes. Still not my favorite form Hoppin' Frog but a very delicious Imperial Stout. Well done.

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Photo of Roose13
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a glass

A: A deep, dark black with a nice chocolate head

S: Sweet, dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, oatmeal

T: Pretty sweet, especially with the dark chocolate, but not too sweet. After the initial sweetness, there is some nice roasted malts, the oatmeal backbone and some other sweet and bitter flavors.

M: Very thick and creamy. Little carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Excellent stout. This was my first offering from HF after a friend from the area suggested them. I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a darker, heavier stout that's on the sweet side, but not too sweet. Definitely a sipping stout and I made it last.

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Photo of williamjbauer
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - motor oil black with 1 finger thin bubbly brown head with moderate retention and Moderate thin lacing

S - dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, oatmeal, malt, booze, copper very pungent and enticing

T - sweet dark chocolate and malt followed by a refreshing smooth flaked oats backbone and a bit of robust coffee and some dark fruits and a nice moderately bitter finish with a nice helping of booze. Well balance, more chocolate than oatmeal and quite rich.

M - full body, low carbonation. Smooth, oily.

O - Boris is one Mac daddy of a oatmeal stout with a more robust choc presence than many in the style this beer is fairly complex and a touch bitter and would serve great as a nice dessert beer.

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Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks Yeahnatenelson!!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with just a ring of dark brown foam.

Smell. Dark chocolate and some sweet black licorice with a little dark coffee and some booze.

Taste. Sweet dark malts, bakers chocolate, a drop of molasses and a hint of dark fruits. A little coffee and black licorice in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly sticky. Medium-low carbonation and some boozy warmth.

Overall. Great tasting, big stout. A bit of a sipper to say the least.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a peculiar stout. For someone who has been drinking a good deal of stouts lately BORIS completely colored out of the lines and changed the way I look at stout potential. The flavor is sharp as a knife and gets more and more pungent as the tasting goes on. Surprisingly, the sweetness of the oatmeal is not used to cut the alcohol which instead makes the flavor profile come off as a very harsh raisin. It looks just beautiful however, which was the most impressive part of this stout. Frankly this beer is better for just a tasting as the flavors tire out the palate towards the end making it not nearly as enjoyable as it was towards the start. BORIS is necessary to try due to the creativity displayed, and I am sure I will have it again no matter the finish.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle has been in my cellar since August, 2009. I'm pouring it into my Smuttynose Big Beer Series goblet.

Poured into the center of the glass, the beer produces a small brown head. The body is opaque and colored a dark shade of brown—it's nearly black. The foam is disappearing quickly, but a good sized ring around the edge remains. A slight hiss was heard when I opened the bottle, one not a forceful as a non-cellared beer, so I am not surprised the head isn't lasting long. Swirling leaves a film and some clinging foam on the walls of the glass.

A strong chocolately aroma comes off of this beer. I am also picking up some roasted malt scents.

The beer has a very good flavor. Chcocolate is strong, but isn't sweet. I wouldn't call it baker's chocolate though. Oatmeal can be tasted as well.; it provides a nice contrast to the chocolate malts. Bitterness is very mild and alcohol flavors are non-existent.

My lips feel sticky after consuming a portion of the beverage, but inside my mouth it doesn't leave too much of a film. Carbonation is very low after three years of aging, and it remains full-bodied (but without being thick).

I like this beer. I'm not blown away by it, but perhaps drinking it fresh would have produced a more favorable review. I don't regret aging it. Cellar experiments are always fun.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black. Very black, with a brown head that dissipates quickly, but has some nice lacing.
Smells of dark chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee. The booze comes through a bit here.
Incredible smoothness from the oatmeal and low carbonation. Extremely rich and decadent. bitter and sweet flavors balance out nicely. Nice roasty chocolate taste. Slight alcohol warmth. Nice.

Fantastic RIS (though I'm not sure why this isn't categorized as American imperial stout) with an oatmeal addition. I'll be getting this one again next time I want something extremely thick and... crushing.

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Photo of phiberoptik
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage pours like used 5-W20, but in the best way possible. This is a rich, black beer with a mocha trace of a head. Thick and viscous with molasses legs. This bottle is going to last me all night!

Very complex nose almost port or marsala wne like. Bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, dry dark chocolate, anise... wow, everytime I put it to my nose I smell something new.

Intense is an understatement for the flavor if this.Sweet maltiness up front with hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and a balanced hop bitterness. Tobacco, charred oak, and bitter dark chocolate finish with a roasted peanut shell aftertaste. At 9.4%, the alcohol is remarkably hidden but then again the is over a year old as well.

Thick, viscous, full bodied, little carbonation, almost like a bordeaux with a hint of tongue tingling fizz..

Call me an amateur, or a band wagoner, or what have you but I simply cannot fault this beer. If I nicked it half a point anywhere, it would be just because I dont want to rate something all 5's, but if a beer exceeds all of my expectations, why doesnt it deserve all 5's? This one does. If you like BIG, rich, sipping beers that warm your soul, this is an absolute experience for you.

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Photo of JWU
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter

A- dark, used motor oil look, with the dark, dark tan head to match. Head dissipates quickly.

S- Sharp hop note, booze, cocoa, coffee, and char.

T- Follows the nose. The hops start things out, a bit boozy right from the jump, and transitions to the cocoa, coffee, with a big smooth char note. The hops hold on pretty much thoughout the sip.

M- Oatmeal lends more to the mouthfeel than anything else. The boozy/hoppy profile lends to a pretty dry overall mouthfeel.

O- It's well done, and very tasty, but there are others I'd certainly rather turn to. (Stone IRS comes to mind)

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a thick, viscous black, with a nice cap of fine dark brown head. A ring remains after a minute or so. No lacing.

S: Chocolatey with sharp roastiness, a little dark fruit (grape) and coffee.

T: Roasted malt in the forefront, supported by chewy dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied, thick and chewy, with light carbonation.

O: Pretty tasty RIS. Hits a nice level for the body. On the roastier side rather than chocolatey.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: This is a 2-year old bottle from my cellar

Pours a reddish black. Big tan head, rocky. Some lacing. Looks promising.

Aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, prune and baked caramel. Nothing strong like a RIS under normal conditions, but delish nonetheless

Flavors follow the nose. Chocolate, mocha, coffee and soft prune. It's like a regular RIS (but with alcohol a bit softer from aging) and the oats make is smooooth. Easy drinking. You get the robustness of a RIS with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout.

Very nice. I have the BA Boris "on ice". Can't wait for that one.

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Photo of NumberNone
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick inky black with a cocoa-colored head that dissipates quickly. Mild carbonation present with decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, chili pepper, oatmeal, smokiness, toastiness.

T: Cocoa, hops, slight malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal, slight chili pepper, smoky, toasty, caramel.

M: Smooth, well-balanced, good strands of bitterness and dryness coming through. Creamy with bold, definite flavors.

O: This is a bold, tasty RIS with a solid profile of flavors. Nice touches of bitterness and dryness. I picked a bottle of this up at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio, while visiting friends in the area in June. Unfortunately, along with the rest of the Hoppin' Frog line, it's not available in my state. Should've grabbed at least another bottle.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one on the shelf for a bit, so I was pretty excited for it. 22 oz bottle purchased for $10.

A - very pretty. Jet black with very little head.

S - the alcohol begins, chocolate, coffee. Subtle.

T - there is a lot going on with this brew. Plenty of tastes to go around. The barley and the alcohol actually make it a little too much though. Almost tastes like a barleywine.

M - not great. The myriad flavors leave you with an unpleasant tingling.

O - I'd be interested to try this one on tap. The best comparison I can think of is Bell's Expeditioner's Stout, which isn't a great compliment.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a much more drinkable, and frankly more likable stout than the destroyer they make. this one still has all the viscosity and alcohol kick, just in slightly less offensive form. it pours impossibly dark, syrupy thick, with a small cocoa colored head on top. its got powerful aromas of dark chocolate and heavy roasted coffee. its also got a lot of booze, so the nose tells me. it almost stings to breath this in deeply. the flavor is very intense, nothing subtle about this beer at all, it really hits you in the face. bitter coffee and unsweetened chocolate are the most obvious flavors, but the residual sugar from the oat addition is also quite bold. the feel is majorly thick, and a whole bomber to the head could kill the inexperienced. a definitely slow sipper that evolves as it warms. its sticky in the mouth, leaving a lot behind, and the alcohol is warming. a great fireside brew in the winter. perhaps a bit too much for this time of year, but this is a monument to what is possible in the big stout category, a massive beer for those so inclined.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Pours a jet black with caramel brown head. Tastes of roasted chocolate with the oatmeal and almost raisin like finish. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall and the big booze with this beer doesn't come through in the taste. A pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of SGDJosh
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frogs BORIS The Crusher Oatmeal imperial Stout. Poured from a 22oz bottle on 9/14. No date on the bottle but purchased on 9/13 from the Proof Brewing bottle shop in Tallahassee, FL.

A - dark brown/black with a dark Khaki colored head on top. Dissolves quickly and leaves a heady ring around the edge. 

S - lots of coffee, milk chocolate and dark fruit. No noticeable alcohol on the nose.

T - Loads of rich dark malts, milky chocolate and brown sugar oatmeal. Finishes with a licorice like qualities. Oatmeal smooths it over and finishes great.

Mouthfeel is great. Heavy and palate coating with a smooth finish. The alcohol cleans it all up for the next drink.

Overall, it's pretty awesome. Lots of nose and layers of rich flavors make this beer a great drinker. I'm really looking forward to trying D.O.R.I.S.!

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Photo of nppeders
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance
Jet black with a dark brown head. Very little head

Smell
Dark chocolate, espresso, a little dark fruit.

Taste
Follows through on the smell but more of a milk chocolate flavor. Middle of the sip is creamy, velvety, Graham cracker and finishes liKe a s'moore.

Mouthfeel
Medium and very low carbonation

Overall
Tis is frickin fantastic. Reminds me of Brooklyn chocolate stout but bigger and creamier. This may be mynfavorite RIS because I love the chocolate in stout and when dark fruits are barely there. A+. I will definitely seek more of this!!!

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Photo of Strix
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and near black with reddish-brown edges, chocolate head, fades to nothing.

Smells of roasted coffee, chocolate, malt, dark fruit.

Roasted coffee, malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, cocoa, a subtle lingering hop bitterness.

Super smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

A very nice RIS. No off-flavors. Killer mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for coffee and dark chocolate, so I thought this was great.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Widely regarded as both one of the best Oatmeal Stouts as well as one of the best RISs, this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout is not for the weak-palated.

Pours a creamy deep coffee that looks silky smooth. Floating on top is the darkest head you'll ever see with incredibly tight, Guinnessesque froth. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and sweet toffee. Remarkably smooth as it coats the mouth. So many interweaving flavors including currants, sweet malt, deeply roasted malt, some char and smoke. Exceptionally well balanced. Oatmeal comes more in the texture than it does the flavor. The 9.4% ABV is surprisingly restrained. Not hot at all, just a pleasing warmth after the swallow. 60 IBUs, as well, but it doesn't feel like nearly that many.

Amazing flavors, outstanding balance and complexity, delightful texture. It's not a wonder Hoppin' Frog B.O.R.I.S. is a multiple GABF Gold Medal winner

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Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black color with a small brown head forming, which dies down into a thin foam cap leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with dark chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. Some burnt sugar notes, hints of vanilla and molasses and some espresso in the background. Searching for some of the oats but not getting much to be honest.

The tastes begin with sweet caramel maltiness and loads of molasses to go along with the sweeter licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts with a hint of char and burnt sugar, as well as a little bit of coffee and bitter hops. Again searching for some sort of toasted oat flavor to balance the intense bitter darker malts but finding little.

The mouthfeel is full in body with a smooth, medium level of carbonation. Oats impart a sublte creaminess to balance the bitterness but not as substantial as I would have liked.

Overall this is a solid Imperial Stout but with the inference that this is an Oatmeal Imperial Stout, I was left wanting more. I enjoyed this more than the barrel aged version as that totally stripped the Oatmeal Stout theme.

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Photo of denver10
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark mocha head that quickly recedes. Alright lacing. A rich, roasty aroma of dark chocolate, roasted barley, some oats and a some alcohol. Flavor follows suit; a very sweet but rich oatmeal stout. A nice thick hit of sweet and bitter chocolate alongside some roastiness and mild coffee notes with a hit of alcohol showing itself. A thick, creamy mouthfeel that is quite awesome. Overall, a bit too sweet an oatmeal stout for my personal tastes. That said, its good for what it is and still an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of tut2528
3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: deep yet black on the pour, about ½ fingers worth of dark-tan head formation, moderate film remains on the outside of the glass. Head dies down rather quickly.

S: roasted malts and coffee notes are the first aroma notes I notice. Behind it lies mild notes of dark fruits, molasses, and just a enough alcohol to be noticeable. Nothing else really coming to mind

T: Chocolate, big grains, and mild dark fruits. Moderate coffee lingers there in the background. Finishes with a vanilla creaminess but this is immediately pulled from the palate due to the dry hop finish (60 IBUs).

M: big, very chewy.

O: Unimpressive to be honest. I thoroughly enjoyed the BA BORIS in the past, so I decided to give this one a try. I love hops, but the hops are completely off in this one creating an unbalanced aspect. I find myself only noticing chocolate, coffee and hops.

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Photo of cvm4
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, leaves an inch of tan head that leaves within a minute to a ring around the glass.

S - Coffee bean, roasted malt and faint dark chocolate.

T - Huge roasted malt hit followed with coffee. There's a lingering, cloying sweet taste like dark fruits or the like.

M - Heavy, low carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

O - Such a rich beer, I didn't do it justice.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time having BORIS, have heard great things.

A: Pours slow, black syrup of a body. Thin bubbly head fades after seconds to leave a thin ring on edge. Not tons of activity.

S: Rich chocolate with tons of grain aroma. Crisp and clean.

T/M: Smell carries over to the taste with a powerful oatmeal backbone. Tastes more like cooked oats than fluffy. Resinous mouthfeel with hints of dark fruits (chocolate covered berries). Big yeast flavor as it warms up, banana/fruity esters. Hint of booze afterwards.

O: This did not live up to the hype. It is incredibly delicious and spot on for style. I would still prefer a TenFidy which has the same flavors yet more potent or a Yeti that is on the same line as Boris just a bit more complex. Still I would recommend this stout and will be drinking more of Hopping Frog in the future.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.