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

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2,316 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,316
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 463 | FT: 39
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 22:45:33 | More by kkrez
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-14-2011 21:30:32 | More by bpfrush
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 21:05:35 | More by Geno78
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 20:42:42 | More by Adamostella
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 19:24:38 | More by thebouch01
Photo of AlexM


5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 19:05:47 | More by AlexM
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-14-2011 18:41:31 | More by JRod1969
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 18:18:22 | More by sbricker
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 17:33:55 | More by Sarlacc83
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 17:06:23 | More by aandresen
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 15:48:27 | More by Jspriest
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 15:08:43 | More by hu5om
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

11-14-2011 14:41:12 | More by shuajw
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

11-14-2011 14:03:49 | More by s1ckboy
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A - Pours like motor oil into my snifter with a one finger dark mocha head, moderate retention and and nice rings of lace.

S - Sweet molasses, roared caramel malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toasted oats.

T - Sweet syrupy dark chocolate, toasted oats, coffee, vanilla and a bourbon like mild alcohol presence.

M - Full body with exceptional balance, viscous and creamy.

O - This is one of my very favorite stouts, highly recommend this and doubt one would be very disappointed.

11-08-2011 23:35:44 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
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4.03/5  rDev -5%

A- Pour really looks like changed motor oil after about 4,000 miles. Sludgy black, there is no light getting in here. 1 3/4 finger of creamy tan head. It lasts for awhile, tumbling down and leaves lacing down the side. Beautiful stout.

S- Charred roasty malts filled the air as soon as I poured this. Big time roast,and healthy doses of coffee and espresso. Nestle kwik powder, and more malt. No real hint of booze.

T- Everything in the nose but a little less pronounced. Charred malts, chocolate syrup, some dark fruit as well. The booze comes in the flavor unfortunately but not overbearing. Some oats on the backend.

M- This is the downfall of the brew. It's actually too thin for my liking. Low amount of carbonation felt in the mouth. A bit of dryness from the extreme roast malt.

O- Beautiful looking, great smelling, tasty stout. The mouthfeel needs some reworking however. I would like to try the barrel offerings, but I can't imagine the body holding up. I see this beer everywhere and glad I finally picked one up to try.

11-07-2011 02:42:26 | More by haazer
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

Goblet. Glugs out of the 22 like old, gooey coffee. No head, just a faint ring of oatmeal.

Smells of lightly charred coffee roast. Fumey dark fruit, dusty cocoa, & toasted whole wheat.

Sweet burnt nuts & toast. Coffee grounds, rich blackened fruit, fudge, & pungent bitter green hops that linger on & on. Tar.

Thick, fudge-y, & barely carbed. Hot.

Too Intense. I feel defeated. Where's my teddy bear?

11-06-2011 09:06:41 | More by PEBKAC
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a creamy brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a boozy aroma of dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is slightly boozy with a lot of dark fruit flavor. Overall the beer is balanced a little towards the sweet side - although not so much as to be cloying.

Mouthfeel: Decadent, rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent imperial oatmeal stout. One of my favorite beers and one I go back to again and again.

11-02-2011 02:12:32 | More by agomega
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

22 oz bottle poured into a pretty things pint glass

A - thick syrupy black body with a dark brown milk chocolate colored head that is about a finger thick and moves to a layer real quick. decent lacing.

S - chocolate and booze with some oatmeal in the back.

T - booze chocolate and grass/pine hops hit quickly all up front. give way to a booze after taste with a great hint of oatmeal in the back.

M - full bodied some hop pucker lots of booze felt in the mouth and throat.

O - this is a fine RIS. a little too boozy for me to absolutely love it but its an excellent beer.

11-01-2011 00:40:33 | More by celticfutblclub
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

I bought this beer at the Molen during the Borefts beer festival.

A - A pitch black oily kind of beer with a brown head that unfortunately fairly quickly sinks in..

S - A heavy boozy air mixed with dark chocolate and coffee.

T - A little sweet taste mixed with bitter chocolate and coffee stout, very good. Tasty and drinkable, well balanced. In the distance there is a noticeable hint of dark fruit such as cherries.

M - A soft to medium carbonation that suits the tastes fantastic, perfect thickness, a little creamy and a bit sticky. This is how I like them. The finish is bitter and then comes the alcohol heat.

O - A very good stout and well worth purchasing. I am definitely going to it buy again if I run into it. Even my wife found it delicious.

10-30-2011 07:29:53 | More by Mar02x
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New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Pours as thick as oil. Black doesn't even begin to describe how dark this was. It was pitch black in the stream flowing from the bottle. Head is one of the darkest I have seen. Thin though, about 1/4 finger of deep brown head that fades to a ring quickly.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, not too much oatmeal. Hints of alcohol as well. Mostly chocolate in the aroma.

T&M - I still don't get too much oatmeal. I guess it was used primarily for the body, which shows. This is an extremely smooth beer. Chocolate is still the dominant taste, rich milky chocolate, combines with hints of coffee, dark roasted malts, even some slight earthy hops, all rounded out by a nice warmth of alcohol as it slides down your throat. Finish is sticky sweet with lingering milk chocolate and oatmeal aftertastes with that slight alcohol burn to remind you of the 9.4% this is.

O - Very smooth, very drinkable, great stout. I would have liked to see more oatmeal flavor in it though.

10-27-2011 20:08:39 | More by GarrettMD
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a tulip glass. No foam at all. Small carmel colored ring forms around the edge. Color is black in the glass. No light comes through at all. The scent is roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little hop. Very nice. First sip while cold is intense coffee and chocolate. Smooth heavy mouthfeel with surprising carbonation. As it warms up you get a little more carmel sweetness in both the smell and taste. Still lots of dark chocolate. This is great beer. Definitely something to try if you haven't.

10-19-2011 02:08:41 | More by Kbogac
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

Tried side-by-side with the barrel-aged version. Poured cola black with a thin khaki film. Aroma of cocoa, roasty malt, and slight caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth cocoa-dominated malt character with some roasty coffee and hints of vanilla and toffee.

A little two-dimensional between the cocoa and roasty malt, but a solid stout to be sure.

10-15-2011 02:47:22 | More by grittybrews
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

This is the first review of an epic bundle trade with TheHoppiest. Midwest exchange for some of Boston's brews.

Black gold smells great. Sweet roasted malts (of course), rolled oats, warmth.

Taste and feels like . . . creamy, silky, warm, roasted barley and rolled oats, dark roasted coffee beans, bitter cocoa, alcohol. A bit sticky.

Note: Drink it paired with something. I drank the first half pint alone -the ph and carbonation take over the palate, mucking with the finish in particular. I drank the rest of the bomber with a well paired appetizer . . . boom! This thing comes alive! Put hair on my chest.

10-15-2011 00:48:37 | More by CheezyBlaster
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a deep opaque black color with a very small tan and mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimal lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Dark chocolates, some dark roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal and brown sugar, followed by some coffee notes and dark fruits.

T: Dark malts immediately present with roasted coffee notes and dark bitter cocoa. Some hints of the oatmeal follow on the back end.

M: A nice heavy beer with a mild amount of carbonation and a full body.

O: Very good overall, BORIS is definitely going to be a repeat buy if I can find it again.

10-14-2011 22:14:48 | More by Daktyls
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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