B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.03/5 rDev -5%
Poured from bottle into pint glass courtesy of jeddsp. Wow. What a tantalizing product. Slowly rolling out the bottle I found a thick dark flow, topped eloquently by a creamy, chocolate crown. Gorgeous. Head lingered a while to boot. Right up front on the nose there is a good mass of chocolate and booze, then behind, the oat and grain. In the mouth it warms, clinging with effervesence, coating the orafice with dark chocolates and fresh oats. The alcohol hides well in the flavor, but is apparent. Good hints of coffee compliment the warm nature. Nice voluptuous body makes this a wonderful beverage. Excellent tick. Competes strongly with the d.o.r.I.s. the destroyer.
09-25-2011 06:25:39 | More by SDDanC
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
A- Quite black with a dark brown head. The retention is pretty good and there's slight lacing.
S- Roasty and slightly hoppy. A touch of sweetness from the oatmeal.
T- Very balanced and full tasting. The first taste is more rounded to feature sweetness from the oatmeal and the bitterness but the finish is far more bitter and potent with a rich chocolate flavor that can't be missed.
If you take what's good tasting about most imperial stouts and sum it up, it's pretty much the flavor of BORIS. That being said, it's like the mold of how a RIS should start. I thought that after all of that was done, it didn't go much further. There wasn't much it could improve on, but it didn't seem to differentiate itself enough to be very memorable.
A bit more distinction could have earned it the 5.
M- Thick body, with a considerably dry, moderately sticky finish. The oatmeal definitely thickened it up.
O- A solid brew. No weaknesses at all, aside from not standing out from most solid imperial stouts.
09-24-2011 20:38:23 | More by BBP
3.55/5 rDev -16.3%
Reviewed from notes 08/28/11.
Thick, opaque black appearance, almost zero head and no retention. Aroma is chocolate coffee, oatmeal, and roasted notes. Nice smell. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, very enjoyable. Taste starts with chocolate, coffee, oatmeal with hints of leather, tobacco, and vanilla before finishing with a chalky bitterness. Overall, a barebones RIS but maybe I expected too much given friends recommendations and the rating on this site. The flavors are balanced nicely and complement each other minus the finish, which I don't think matched up to the rest of the present flavors. Didn't find much to distinguish it from the rest of the pack which is a bummer because I really wanted to like it. Just ok.
09-17-2011 23:05:39 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Picked this up during a trip to Chicago this summer.
A - Nothing too special. Pours heavily, the inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Very smooth appearing, not much lacing at all.
S - Excellent smell, reminds me of Peche Mortel. It has a rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffee and vanilla which freshens it up. The oatmeal is quite subtle but definitely detectable. At room temperature the booziness comes through as well, well masked by the rich aromas but still present.
T - The taste mostly mirrors the smell, however in different stages. Initially you have the oatmeal, vanilla, and sweet milk chocolate with moderate amounts of roasted malts lingering in the background. This assortment of flavours is then overtaken by oatmeal, very rich roasted malts, and alcohol heat. In the finish you have bitter dark coffee, the same strong roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal, and a beautiful split between chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Very solid tasting.
M/D - The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation, almost creamy while still retaining a slightly lighter feel than some RIS'. I'd place it at the high end of medium. Definitely one to take slowly and enjoy each sip for a few minutes.
O - I am very impressed. This is a well done RIS that lives up to a lot of the style's best examples. It's quite intense without overdoing the flavours in any single area, leading to a great balance and finish.
09-17-2011 02:53:33 | More by StarshipPoopers
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.
I've actually been looking forward to trying this beer, having heard good things about it. Having said that, let's away...
A: It certainly rates in the looks department; it's a lovely dark brown, with a nice foamy chocolate head that holds up roughly two minutes before dissolving into the expected lace.
S: I dive in with my nose, and... success. I've got coffee. I've got milk chocolate. I've got citrus hops. And, I've got oatmeal. I'm praying right now that this lives up to its aroma.
T: I open my mouth, tilt the glass, and... oh yes, this is a good 'un. I taste the expected coffee, chocolate, orange, and oatmeal, but there's a hint, if not a reasonable suggestion, of pepper. Wasn't expecting that, but it works, kind of like the fourth ingredient in 'Chopped'. I'm so glad it stood up to the weight of expectation.
M: Okay, so I'm a big stout fan, sue me. No, don't. I'm going through a divorce, and finances are tough, though I manage successfully to keep beer in the budget. With ramen noodles. I digress. Medium-bodied, good carbonation, really nice on the palate, wonderful citrus finish.
O: I really like this beer. I picked up two in anticipation of liking it, as well as three other offerings from Hopping Frog. Looks like I chose wisely.
09-16-2011 00:38:38 | More by bogus564
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.
appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.
smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.
taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.
mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.
09-12-2011 23:44:58 | More by claytong
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Motor oil with a thin tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.
S: Bright and sweet. Hints of vanilla.
T: Starts sweet and creamy. Fades to dark chocolate coffee that sticks until the next dip. Alcohol is well hidden.
M: Silky smooth with a slight carbonation.
O: This is one of the better non-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date. After 4 months in the cellar there is a slight bitter finish that is more coffee like than hoppy. It's great well balanced beer as is, but I bet this will continue to improve with age.
09-11-2011 02:47:15 | More by monitorpop
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Used motor oil black with deep dark brown tints. Pours a bit thinner than motor oil, but not by much. Glistening carb bubbles rise to the surface during the pour to create a tiny dark brown head with golden hints that altogether quickly fades. Can't really complain... It's a friggin' Imperial stout.
Smells similar to Bourbon County Vanilla Stouts and Founders KBS sans the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasty coffee. I would love to try the barrel-aged version.
The flavor is great... but it's not utterly AMAZING like KBS. Not too sweet, but sweet enough to balance all of the upfront bitter hops and French vanilla coffee that comes first. These flavors are followed by loads of dark chocolate coated espresso beans and sweet cigar tobacco paper.
Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Ridiculously smooth. Like velvet. So drinkable yet you obviously have to take your time with it given the intense flavor and high abv. This one beer will put you on your ass. Definitely a repeat buy and this is my second time trying it.
09-07-2011 23:24:30 | More by aficionado
2.95/5 rDev -30.4%
Way more hoppy than expected -- ruins what could have been an exceptional beer in my opinion. I can taste some interesting flavors in the background but have a difficult time enjoying them with the hop pucker coming on so strongly. For reasons unclear to me, the Barrel Aged version seems less hoppy and more enjoyable.
09-04-2011 20:41:31 | More by Vierenner
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep black color this tan head of about 1 in. that stick around... and around .... and around... still there....
smell is of oats and malty sweetness... very odd to smell oat to me.... always thought of it as a taste and mouth-feel character. slight ginger bread aroma. no real hop presence.
sweet malt followed by coffee and chocolate flavors... then a warming alcohol taste and then some bitter pine like hops. some oat flavor in the beginning but rather light compared to what the aroma would lead you to believe... good taste
mouth feel is thick and creamy like a stout should be... higher carbonation for a stout i thought as well.
Overall a great beer.... Thanks to HippityHop24 for the trade... CHEERS!!!
09-02-2011 18:07:12 | More by DUBinMIA
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
this beer is blacker than black. opaque. creamy dark brown head. head died down after two minutes.
hops are the most apparent aroma. piney hops. then roasted grains are after hops in intensity. it does smell a little sweet, it also smells a little boozy. slight coffee and chocolate aroma.
right up front, HUGE malt flavor. roasted, malt biscuit, toast, chocolate, coffee. nice hop bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malts both very apparent, and nicely balanced with each other and the body/sweetness/F.G. of the beer. i may have tasted a touch of banana. and the alcohol is apparent in the flavor though by no means a dominant flavor. no hop flavor. i dont give it a 5 because i dont taste oatmeal (but in all honesty i may not know what oatmeal tastes like.) medium sweet.
huge body. thick like molasses, coats the tongue. soft carbonation. flavor lingers.
i like this beer alot. i think a will cook with this beer. i nice beef braise, served over buttery egg noodles, with a warm pint of this beer.
08-27-2011 05:26:31 | More by spitInTheOcean
4/5 rDev -5.7%
A: Pours an inky, jet black color with a dark mocha, finger thick head that leaves little evidence of a head being there at all.
S: There is a sweet chocolate scent that comes off strong and pleasing. The dark fruits come through as well with a bit of booze and faint notes of charred wood.
T: Lots of roasted malt flavor of the bat followed by sweet chocolates, not as strong as you'd expect from the smell. The alcohol comes in late and finishes with a charred wood flavor.
M: Medium to full bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is mostly roasted malts and chocolates.
D: This is a good beer, it has good flavor and is well balanced. In my opinion DORIS is far and away a better beer, but as far as RIS's go, its above average but not quite in the elite category.
08-26-2011 00:31:11 | More by mavbrew
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
Got it from the U.S. Bottle 0.6l
A-Very dark with darker foam lasting for not so long,can't see anything in the glass.
S- You have everything in the nose,dark chocolate,alcohol,dark fruits,spices..
T/M-Nice taste with all that ingredients like in the smell,plus some coffee and hops. Minus is some strong astringent aftertaste.
O-Very strong beer,hits you directly in the head after just one glass. You could easily drink it like a wine on some winter months or with some good food.
08-22-2011 19:48:33 | More by djura
4.15/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed, cylindrical glass at Michael's Bistro in Charlottesville. Paid $14 for it...problem? It was room temperature (apparently the refrigeration unit malfunctioned. I'm going to go ahead and try to review it anyway, but keep this in mind. From notes. Reviewed 7 July 2011.
A: Super-dark coffee-brown head fizzes and fades to absolutely nothing. The edges are dark brown, but the beer is *black*. 100% opaque.
S: Molasses. Liquorice. Vague berries. Alcohol.
T: Too warm, but other than that it's good. Strongly bitter coffee on the aftertaste. Some smooth, creamy, alcoholic, anise excellence. I dig it. The espresso taste on the aftertaste makes the beer.
M: Slinky smooth, slips down the throat.
O: The temperature moderated my enthusiasm (they ended up taking it back) but, even so, it's obviously a good beer. I would love to try it again more chilled.
08-22-2011 18:13:15 | More by AgentMunky
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
This poured a deep, dark black with a creamy tan head that faded too fast for me, but left good rings of thick lace.
The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and dark fruit. Earthy hops peek through to balance with a smooth vanilla hint in the back.
The taste follows with a robust roasted malt taste, a lingering sweet chocolate and caramel middle, hints of mocha and vanilla and earthy elements balancing things out.
Very smooth, creamy and thick.
Overall, a nicely balanced, rich, and enjoyable sipper.
08-21-2011 02:55:44 | More by JayS2629
4/5 rDev -5.7%
pours a pitch black with just a little bit of tan foam that quickly faded into a ring of bubbles around the glass
Lots of roasted malts, chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla along with a bit of a burnt aroma
Nice smooth roasted malts, hints of chocolate and vanilla and a bit of caramel. Very nice flavor
Very silky smooth mouthfeel, just a bit of carbonation and not overly heavy body
Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I finally drank this one.
08-20-2011 05:21:25 | More by mikereaser
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance - Poured this into my Deschutes balloon/snifter glass. Head was very small, not even half a finger high, and dark brown chocolate in color. Disappeared in the blink of an eye it seems (or as long as it took me to recap and put the second half of the bomber back in the fridge/cellar). No lacing. Color is the deepest of darkest of blacks.
Smell - Very dark chocolate and cocoa nibs, lots of roasted malts, some burnt malts as well, coffee, dark fruit/raisins, and a hint of molasses, and licorice on the back end. Maybe just an ever so slight wisp of vanilla in the background. A nice smelling stout, though not my favorite.
Taste - Lots of rich dark chocolate and cocoa nibs like the nose. Big roasted malt flavor as well, some burnt notes (but not too much, just the right touch), fresh espresso, some light hints of dark fruit, a bit of brown sugar, molasses, and licorice. There's also a touch of vanilla on the finish. A pleasant stout for sure.
Mouthfeel - Consistency is silky smooth, maybe even velvety. Carbonation is light. Body is medium-full, almost viscous. And the finish is actually pretty moderate. Some hints of dark fruit, bitterness, chocolate, roasted malt, and sweetness left in the mouth.
Overall - Overall a great Russian Imperial Stout. I don't get much, if any, of the hop additions as the bottle mentions, but I'll just take their word for it. This is probably one of the nicer RISs that I've had the pleasure of trying. Still not quite my favorite but good nonetheless. I'm quite excited to try the Barrel Aged version. Thank you very much kevinv for this beer as an extra in our trade! Really enjoyed it!
08-20-2011 00:49:14 | More by matttttYCE
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Courtesy of a good trader.
750ml split w/ Saramisu
A ~ Black as oil with a small cap of burnt chocolate-colored
head. I was able to stir up a small amount of bubbles, but carbonation is pretty reserved. Good amount of stain.
S ~ Blackberries, Cocoa Nibs, Coffee, Banana Peel &
Roasted Malt in copious amounts. There's a whiff of
tree-sap & molasses. Some Vanilla after warming up.
T ~ Coffee in Espresso-form & Roasty/Toasty Malt Goodness
follow through from the Nose. Also, Oatmeal with sliced Bananas play in the background throughout. Bit of Raisin, Cherry Juice, Cocoa Powder, Dried Pepper, & Powdered Milk as well.
M ~ Long...Long...Long & Dry finish. Lingers excessively
to the point where it becomes more enjoyable the more you wait between tips. Sweetness & Creamyness one expects from
an Oatmeal Stout is very prevalent, but this combined with a good amount of bittering from the roasted malt & hops.
D ~ Delectable Stout. A sipper for sure, but one you enjoy sipping rather than grow weary of. This is a good one to drink 6-8 oz of & cap up with a rubber cork to be saved for later. It opened up quite a bit.
08-18-2011 22:19:32 | More by chocosushi
4.53/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes snifter. Acquired in N00B BIF #5 from Axic10.
A - Pours super viscous jet black with absolutely zero head to speak of. As the bubbles that formed the pour settle i see a nice amber edge on the side of the glass. Swirling the beer vigorously barely creates any head, but what does form is a great medium brown color, like what i have come to expect from an imperial stout.
S - What a great smelling beer. Fairly sweet smelling with dark stone fruits, raisins on the front end and espresso and the darkest chocolate on the back. I smell a bit of oak and perhaps some vanilla as well. The nose it not overpowering at all, and is truly marvelous.
T - Not nearly as sweet as i was expecting. Huge coffee flavors jump out with some bitter sweet chocolate to balance out the coffee. Again there is a hint of charred oak, not sure why, cause this isn’t a BA beer. Those stone fruits that i picked up in the smell as virtually non existent and only manifest themselves with a burp. Weird, but cool.
M - This is one of the thickest and heaviest beers i have ever had. Like Old Viscosity, only more viscous. Thick, oily, great carbonation. Supper smooth and a pleasure to sip. The ABV although 9.4% is masterfully hidden.
O - I was really impressed with this beer and am glad i have another from a previous visit to NY that i was too afraid to open since i was certain i would really like it and not be able to find one for a while. Glad i waited cause the expectation was worth it. One of the best RIS's available.
08-18-2011 03:43:44 | More by dubinsky
3.75/5 rDev -11.6%
Bomber served into a 12oz. snifter.
A-Pours a deep midnight black, no accents. One finger dark brown khaki head, head retention is good. Leaves some good lacing as well.
S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, very light notes of vanilla and mint.
T-Very much of the same, not getting any mint in the taste though. Opens very smooth with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate.I get some oatiness in there too. Finishes bitter with some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.
D-Creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. There's definitely some heat from the alcohol but it is not overpowering at all.
O-I really enjoyed this one and I will seek it out again. Nothing extremely complex, but it definitely kept me coming back for more.
08-17-2011 04:12:54 | More by YourMomDrinksBud
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
A: Pours jet black with a 2 finger chocolate colored head that sticks around and makes some sexy bubblework
S: Plenty of coffee aromas at first, with a mix of vanilla/caramel, hints of cinnamon and a bready sweetness, then a nice crisp dryness and light smokiness at the end of the aroma
T: Huge double espresso dryness and dark roast richness hit you at first, then slight notes of miscellaneous dark fruits in the middle, and a chewy, bittersweet chocolate and bready sweetness at the end. Excellent flavor.
O: I love this stout. An excellent RIS, this will definitely have me looking for more hoppin frog.
08-14-2011 04:02:20 | More by Krakistophales
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
I'm pretty sure that I got this from Double06 a looong time ago. Thanks Eric... don't know why I waited so long!
Pours black as night, with a dark mocha head which I admitted forced.
Aroma is wonderful. Light coffee, cocoa powder, graham crackers, and chocolate.
Loads of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malts, a bit of coffee. Big and bold.
Full bodied, not too coating or chewy, but good still.
Definitely a stupendous stout! Johnny Boy, hook it up!
08-12-2011 01:56:52 | More by EgadBananas
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
22 oz bomber of the "cellared for 1-year sticker" version of BORIS. Probably 2009 vintage as I have had it in my beer fridge for quite some time as well. Pours very black with a frothy brown head. Spotty lacing and retention is average.
Nose is terrific...black licorice, cocoa, dark bread and fruit. Moderate chocolate and roast is pretty light. There is something unique about the nose that I cant quite pin down...like a jar of old chocolate sprinkles or something.
Pretty damn tasty, huge chocolate and dark fruit. Lots of ancillary stout flavors going on; anise, cardamom, walnuts, black licorice, cocoa nibs...very complex. So smooth and the oats really add to a silky mouthfeel. Awesome beer, I will be more than happy to perpetually have this on my wants list. I really want to try the barrel aged version now.
08-10-2011 01:57:25 | More by twiggamortis420
4.13/5 rDev -2.6%
Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. Appears a complete black color with a thin dark brown head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The black is absolutely midnight dark and is beautiful, the head, slightly less than impressive.
The nose is complex. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, grains, slight hints of yeast and some alcohol notes. There is something present that I don't normally get in a stout, but it is definitely welcoming. The taste is also complex with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and the grainy notes as well. The alcohol is much better hidden in the taste than in the nose, although there is still a hint of it. This finishes slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the inside of your mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew! Another wonderful RIS with a full body and extremely complex flavors. Not the best stout I've ever experienced but still very enjoyable.
08-04-2011 01:10:12 | More by zimm421
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
A - Poured into a small snifter. Brew is black as night and looks thick like oil as a stout should. A nice caramel colored head appears but leaves quickly. A little lacing occurs as well.
S - Loads of oats with sweet malts, chocolate, some caramel, leather and a hint of licorice.
T - Just like the smell except a more powerful dark chocolate tone with a bit of coffee as well.
M - Crisp and slightly bitter on the tongue.
O - A very nice bodacious stout. Makes an excellent dessert item for me right now! I'd easily buy more of these.
07-23-2011 02:10:27 | More by brstls4drmrs
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,310 ratings.