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

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Ratings: 2,517
Reviews: 1,003
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 264
Gots: 516 | FT: 45
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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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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Like motor oil thick and black as the night. Really dark tan head is bubbly thick rising to roughly 2/3" .

Smell: Little like wine with chocolate not very sticking but an aroma you can't forget.

Taste: Very overwhelming taste of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and lightly bitter.

Mouth: Very smooth with a medium carbonation coming off little light.

Overall: Bought this on a whim nothing about the brewery nor the beer, I took a chance and I won. Great and I do mean great overall beer that exceeded any expectation I could have had. Hope you all enjoy, salud!

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to get a bottle of this after tasting a D.O.R.I.S. the other week – Hoppin’ Frog has been consistently awesome.

A: Pours like sexy sludge, as black and thick as ever. A modest head of dark, shining brown forms for a second, but disappears without a trace in seconds. Very little lacing…it eventually looks like black, black coffee.

S: Smells like a campfire: marshmallow, honey, chocolate caramel, graham cracker, smoke, and char. The roasts are big, but they have a distinct burnt-sugar sweetness to them; I absolutely love it. It’s a deep brown, deeply rich combination of warm aromas. Alcohol and hops pick up to finish it out, leaving with a note of cinnamon, mild oaken whiskey, and bright pine and hop oils.

T: Roasts, earthy and smooth, ring true from start to finish, and it’s my favorite part of the Hoppin’ Frog stout palate: char, French roast coffee, and smoked hickory. The bitter flavors carry on from the start, going back and forth from kilned grains to the slightly brighter hops (pine-forward, but leafy and light). It’s no surprise to find the alcohol somewhere in between, toying between the two flavors with an air of acidic, vodka-like booze. I’m struggling because that’s the only way I know how to describe it, but it’s much more delicious than it sounds; it’s a little much, but it’s just about right for the palate. Mild finish, with an effortless evaporation of smoke and woody spice.

M: I’m feeling a creamy bit of thinness to the body – it’s more coffee than beer, it seems like. Still, it has a moment or two of light carbonation before the slickness overwhelms it again.

O: This is the perfect beer for Hoppin’ Frog’s B.O.R.I.S. variations: it’s satisfying, complex, and full-flavored. An excellent stout.

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

Thanks to bluz4frank for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a black as night color. A small mocha colored head dissipates to a thin film across the top.

S: Lots of roasted malts up front. Hints of coffee, sweet molasses, and a touch of milk chocolate. A slight hoppiness finishes it off.

T: Similar to the aroma but where some aspects were minimized in the aroma, they come out stronger in the taste. There are the deep brunt and roasted malts again, but instead of dominating the other characteristics (the sweet milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee) there is a wonderful harmony. The hops toward the finish create a slight bite that makes you want to go back for more.

M: Full body and minimal carbonation. Very smooth to drink and the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

O: I was blown away by the taste of this thing. This is one of the better tasting RIS's I've enjoyed. I'm thoroughly impressed. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into tulip. cant seem to find a bottled on date, but it cant be too old considering the neck has a sticker recognizing their gold at the 2011 GABF.

A: im going to call this right on the cusp of being pitch black. head is a very dark tan. darker than anything i have seen in a while. however, retention isnt great nor the lacing.

S: chocolate and raisins. dare i say raisinettes? this aroma is primarily chocolate and oats which makes for a very inviting aroma. chocolate milk.

T: big notes of dark chocolate. charcoal. prunes. a brief wave or dry, burnt/char flavor. finish is more of a milk chocolate/chocolate milk flavor. lingering sweetness.

M: silky smooth carbonation on a full body. very well done. the body cloys to the palate. this is probably one of my favorite stouts to sip on, mostly from the silky undertones the oats give.

D: please do this brew justice and savor it at slightly below room temp. just too much to enjoy to have it chilled out. the sweetness is dried out just a touch from the roast and makes everything enjoyable. please enjoy one if you can find it.

Photo of BostonHops
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

true to its brethren in the style, pours a very dark brown/almost pure black with a finger of tan head... decent retention and lacing.

nose offers ample amounts of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

very tasty. coffee at first, followed by chocolate and oatmeal, the latter being more subdued. the alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering by a long shot. fairly full-bodied mouthfeel, thick and rich.

surprisingly drinkable for a big beer - i could have another. overall a fantastic RIS, one of my favorites non-barrel aged stouts.

originally reviewed on: 06-25-2010

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

650 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. No bottle date. Silly breweries with no bottle date.

Appearance - Deep inky black body. Almost no head, but some mocha foam surfaces before dissipating into hardly anything.

Smell - Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet molasses and booze. Quite boozy, really.

Taste - Really chocolatey in the smell. Some coffee persists, but it's less intense than the chocolate. The coffee comes out in the bitter finish as the roasted malts really come out.

Mouthfeel - Excessively boozy. Really strange considering it's only 9.4%. Low carbonation with a nice body.

Overall - Nothing stands out as spectacular in this beer, but everything really works well together. Oatmeal gives it good body and the rich chocolate gives it a wonderful flavor, really despite the booze. I look forward to the variations on this beer.

Photo of fmccormi
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to my Cigar City snifter. Not dating visible anywhere on the bottle or label, but my best guess is that this bottle is about a year old. The store I got it from received one shipment, I believe, of Hoppin’ Frog about a year ago, so that’s my estimate.

Appearance (3.5): Head is minimal, but the color of chocolate milk while it sticks around. Fades quickly to leave a couple of sudsy spots on the sides of the glass, but that’s about it. The body is black-black-black, not even turning reddish at the corners, which I dig. Just wish there was more head going on here.

Smell (2.0): Very tame aroma here. Wish there was a lot more. What’s there recalls dark fruits, sweet molasses and some very faint char. Some chocolate?

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, there’s a strong malty component in the background that’s like dark stone fruits—dates, raisins, prunes—mulled in warm molasses. A bit sweet in that regard, though there’s a lightly bitter coffee note that comes around and cuts through it, which is nice. The oats really are quite noticeable though, smoothing everything over and even helping to mask the alcohol (which is present, too). Light, bittersweet chocolate character floats around everything else going on. The more this warms, the more I enjoy what’s going on.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Nice and thick, viscous but not syrupy, but the carbonation is incredibly subdued—just a light tingle towards the end.

Overall (3.5): This beer feels like it could be great. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Maybe it really benefits from barrel aging. But right now, at about one year on the bottle (at my best estimate), it’s relatively smooth and subdued but not necessarily for the better. I’m not into the harshness of a lot of Russian Imperials, so the “Imperial Oatmeal” idea really speaks to me, but I think there are better examples out there. Good beer, above average, but not a stunner.

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

Appearance: Black with modest medium-brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Chocolate,roast malts, and some brown sugar. The chocolate is prominent here.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. There is also a well integrated hop element.

Mouth-feel: fairly full-bodied with modest carbonation. The oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a creamy and full bodied beer.

Overall: My first time trying this one and I'm pleased. I would have no problem picking this one up again.

Photo of crossovert
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. 2012 vintage.

It pours an inky black, one of the darkest beers I have seen. It has a creamy but foamy dark tan head that sticks for a good while.

The smell is really clean for a RIS. You can pick out the malts and hops and even yeast easily. It has nice fruity notes, some interesting hops that are a bit earthy and dank, and some creamy stout notes that include chocolate , cake, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Initial notes are bitter coffee and booze. There is a noticeable grainy malt kick as well. The alcohol mellows out after the first few sips and it is smooth bitter chocolatey goodness.

A fine brew.

Photo of jsulko
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of derkfromwi
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.22/5  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.

Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  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.

Photo of vobr0002
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of TVolt1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of nukem5
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of badbilly30
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Photo of sprucetip
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
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...

Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of FishPondManager
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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!.

Photo of yamar68
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.4/5  rDev +4%
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.


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