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

Not Rated.
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
94
outstanding

2,250 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,250
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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DiffuseTheBob

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.9%

12-01-2011 00:23:21 | More by DiffuseTheBob
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-30-2011 23:51:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.23/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a thin, fizzy copper mousse that dies away within seconds. As far as color goes, this looks spot on, but with regard to head retention, it leaves a lot to be desired.

S: Gentler than expected on the nose, with aromas of roasted grain, oatmeal, heavy cream, bitter chocolate, and coffee easily detectable. There is a mild alcohol scent as well, but it is neither distracting nor harsh.

T: Initially, this beer displays notes of oatmeal, roasted grain, strong coffee, dark fruits, burnt toast, heavy cream, and bitter chocolate. Around mid-palate, a grassy, herbal hoppiness takes over. The finish is strong and punchy with grassy, bitter hops, heavy cream, chocolate, and coffee swirled in cleansing alcohol. I was expecting the flavors to be better integrated because this doesn't taste much like a stout after a point.

M: This is the best aspect of this beer. In the mouth, B.O.R.I.S. is creamy, silky, and smooth with a luscious full body. Carbonation is gentle and there is only a hint of an alcohol burn. For such a heavy, filling beer, it goes down very smoothly.

O: B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher is not a bad stout, but it is not great either. As a matter of fact, I consider this beer to be extremely overrated. Like most American craft breweries these days, Hoppin' Frog seems to have forgotten that not all ales need to be heavily hopped. The high hop bitterness of this beer distracts from the great roasted malt and oatmeal flavors it initially displays, making it seem a bit muddled and off-kilter. If the hops had been reigned in a bit, this would be a fantastic imperial stout, but as is, it's merely okay.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 14:51:44 | More by mrfrancis
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ixodus

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-30-2011 03:32:42 | More by ixodus
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-29-2011 23:20:41 | More by xnicknj
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BeerFiend2002

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Yuengling draft glass.

A- Motor oil black body with a half finger of foamy mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly. Given the high ABV and my passive pour, couldnt expect much of a head.

S- Not a very strong aroma, but picked up some hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T- Chocolate, black coffee up front are followed by a burnt, almost charred malt flavor culminating in a slight bitterness on the finish that lingers a little. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but not overpowering.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. A tad less body to it than I wouldve liked, but not bad. If it were a little heavier, it would've likely given a better backdrop to the 9.4% ABV coming through and a more balanced taste.

O- A solid, but not spectacular RIS. With it being a GABF winner, I hoped for a little more, but it didn't suck. Still not North Coast's Old Rasputin though.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 23:15:47 | More by BeerFiend2002
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-29-2011 20:22:32 | More by brandoman63
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JayAre46

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-29-2011 07:51:51 | More by JayAre46
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ortie

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-28-2011 03:38:46 | More by ortie
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LiquidDegenerate

Florida

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-28-2011 01:44:09 | More by LiquidDegenerate
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EricCioe

Montana

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-27-2011 06:11:42 | More by EricCioe
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46333

Illinois

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-27-2011 04:32:13 | More by 46333
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RTrain12

Illinois

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-26-2011 21:33:00 | More by RTrain12
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thisladyluck

Iowa

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-26-2011 00:20:37 | More by thisladyluck
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raznug

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-26-2011 00:18:59 | More by raznug
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jIsh

Colorado

3/5  rDev -29.2%

11-26-2011 00:10:34 | More by jIsh
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thedoer

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-25-2011 15:53:14 | More by thedoer
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Agold

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

BORIS pours pitch black with a little bit of head which recedes quickly. There is no lacing, but this is a pretty big beer, and I am not super surprised by the appearance. The aroma is very roasty with little else going on in the aroma. Not bad, actually pretty nice, just doesn't jump out at me. Taste is also very roasty with a bit of coco with a touch of hot alcohol. Not much, but enough to notice. I am also noticing a touch of sweetness which is a nice balance to the roasted barley. Mouthfeel is very good. Thick, but not overly so and it is very smooth. Good level of carbonation as well. Definitely the best part about this beer. Overall, this is a very nice beer that is well brewed, but is not anything outstanding. Definitely liked it though.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 06:49:09 | More by Agold
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shwillivanilli

California

4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-24-2011 04:08:00 | More by shwillivanilli
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gregshead

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-24-2011 02:03:26 | More by gregshead
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beercar

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, not great. Not worth the price. Can't understand why a 22 oz. Bomber of beer made 1 state away is $9.99 locally and the much tastier, higher ABV, Duck Rabbit Rabid Duck Imperial Stout made in North Carolina is $1 more for a 6 pack of bottles. This is not a bad beer, just an overpriced one. Color is as any Imperial should be. Head is almost non existant. No lacing noted. Sweet chocolate, dark fruit and coffee are the overriding flavors. Does not do a good job of hiding the alcohol. This is its weakness and makes it much less drinkable than others. Average American Imperial.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 00:44:28 | More by beercar
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spoonhawk

Iowa

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-23-2011 22:57:02 | More by spoonhawk
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pest

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-23-2011 04:49:56 | More by pest
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CardShark

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-23-2011 04:18:44 | More by CardShark
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HeavyTaste

California

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-23-2011 00:37:34 | More by HeavyTaste
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,250 ratings.