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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
94
outstanding

2,480 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,480
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 252
Gots: 504 | FT: 43
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:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Can't really take anything away from this one, perfect tan head on top of a pitch black body. No need to nitpick.

S: Very roasty, full of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet side to it too, which is nice. Just a great example of chocolate malts at their finest.

T: Sweet, roasty. You get a bit of dark cherry but it is gone quickly. Bitter chocolate and vanilla intermingle.

M: Leaves a sweet and roasty flavor in the mouth, with some bittersweet chocolate. Not harsh, but not easy to drink.

O: Solid stout of its style, roast is full on and the bitterness is all there. Deep, dark and luscioius but it just seems to be missing something.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.23/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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3.41/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,480 ratings.