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

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2,331 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 466 | FT: 38
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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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Photo of rootbeerman
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%

A: pours black as used motor oil. Head is a short lasted thin finger that barely leaves any lacing.
S: dark roasted malt. A swirl brings out a little cherry along with chocolate and coffee.
T: dark roasted nutty malt. A little alcohol burn, coffee and chocolate a light but easily noticed. There is a small amount of sweet maraschino cherry. Aftertaste is long and very roasty with some coffee bitterness.
M: thick like a RIS should be, as well as low carbonation.
O: I really like this stout, smooth yet robust flavor. Very good sippin stout.

rootbeerman, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

Whoa am I ready for the weekend!! Another great trade from excellent trader GraniteSkunk. Cheers!!

The basics: No idea on price and 9.4% ABV...Yeah Baby!!

Gorgeous lookin' beer. Pours a super thick, syrupy and opaque black. Huge, frothy, creamy dark tan head - two to three fingers - and never really dissipates. Lots of thick, sticky lacing. Sweet!!

Aromas are very rich and robust...and unique. I'm getting like a chocolate-chip pancake type of thing amoidst the roasted chocolate malt and huge oatmeal component. It's like a really sweet breakfast in a glass. The smell is so roasted and huge - it really smells like toasted pancakes or somethin'. Super cool and unique. Top notch on aroma.

Whoa man is this a robust beer. It's super creamy and delicious. This is a highly impressive beer. It's big...I mean REALLY big. It's goin' to be too big for many people. Very thick and chewy in the mouth. Alcohol is very forward and obvious, which is really the only drawback with this beer. The mouthfeel has to be tried to be understood. It's the creamiest beer I've ever had - it's like silk in your mouth, but with tons of chocolate and espresso. This is like Sofia Vergara - it's so smooth and round and really big all the way around...It's incredible. As far as flavor components - I get a lot of chocolate malt and espresso, as is to style. In the front, though, I'm getting stuff like Black Cherry juice, too. It's awesome. Maybe a hint of apricot nectar - all the stone fruits in there. The middle and finish are long and bitter in a good way. Superior effort from what I hope is a brewery I drink a lot from. Must find folks - definitely something to be had with BBQ and perhaps big, complicated burgers...

What I like most: Pretty much everything.

What I like least: The less than hidden alcohol notes in the flavor profile.

Verdict: Superior Imperial Stout - World Class and a must find.

SolomonGrundy, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of PrivateEquity
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Very dark stout. Little disappointed by the head. Dark lacing on the glass doesn't disappoint.

S - Molasses nose and roasted malty goodness. Nose mimics and prepares you for the taste. WYSIWYG.

T - Caramel / Molasses taste. Just the perfect amount of sweetness to go with the dark roasted malt. Just a hint of dark cherry /berry to go with espresso malt. Fantastic.

M - Right amount of body as a good porter should be. Maybe just a touch more carbonation would round out.

D - Very interesting and I could put down pint after pint.

O - Fantastic stout I will definitely be revisiting in the future. 9.4% alcohol by volume could have fooled me. Instead of a port for dessert give me B.O.R.I.S

PrivateEquity, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of Franz4
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass, reviewed from notes taken earlier this week.

A- it's a stout, it's black, delivers as you would expect it to.

S- Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts are all present, but none really overpower the other, very nicely balanced in that regard.

T- Wow, the balance in the different flavors really shines through here. Coffee noticeable up front but that mellows out pretty quickly and gives way to a dark chocolate.

M- Nice body to it, minimal carbonation, easy to drink.

O- I was very impressed with this one, did a side-by-side with the barrel aged version, they were both good, but I may actually prefer this one.

Franz4, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of nhindian
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

22oz bottle poured into a Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip.

A - Pours out thick and black like oil, with a certain lustrous sheen to it. A 2-finger head slowly grows out of the darkness, slowly at first then ending with a flourish. The head here is seriously dark; think dark mocha creme bloom that can be seen on the top of a dark roast. Retention is moderate, lasting a minute or two, and the lacing as it leaves resembles a spiderweb.

S - Smell is deep and robust. There's light characters of anise, dark fruits, and sweet malts. There's some roast here but not much; I'm actually getting some more chocolate here. At the back-end there is some alcohol heat astringency.

T - Much like in the nose, the first thing I'm getting in the taste is the anise licorice. Next comes a slight roastiness, but it doesn't linger long at all and adds a bit of bitterness. The chocolate is bittersweet as well. The malts add a nice chewiness to it, while adding some sweetness. Not the most complex RIS I've had, but there's nothing wrong with it at all. The finish has a good amount of alcohol in it, which lingers in the aftertaste.

M - Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy and feel the strong malt bill gives this an excellent feel. Not too thin but not overly thick.

D - Drinkability is moderately high. A nice tasting RIS, but not incredibly complex. At $8.99 a bomber, I think I'd rather take a 4-pack of Old Rasputin over this, but I feel this has the better mouthfeel than Old Rasputin.

nhindian, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of KajII
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

[Best served in a Snifter]

Poured a thick dark rich black with a very small (less than 1 finger) dark medium brown creamy head that was fully diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma hits you right off the bat with a strong tawny port alcohol scent followed by dark roasted cereal malts and a leathery yeast odor with hints of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, some dark fruitiness, oats and a touch of toffee.

It tasted mildly sweet with a note of toffee and dried fruit in the beginning then progressed into a nice bitter-sweet flavor with strong coffee and dark chocolate notes at the finish with the flavor lasting an average duration on the palate.

Mouthfeel was extremely full in body and a little syrupy yet rather creamy in texture with a nice soft carbonation.

Overall an awesome tasting Imperial Stout which has the flavors blending so well that the heavy alcohol odor barely shows itself in the taste.

KajII, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

A. Nearly black in appearance with a brown head of about two fingers. Leaves minimal lacing.

S. Cream, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate - everything you'd expect.

T. Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I nice shot of lingering hop bitterness kicks in to clean things up. Sort of reminds me of Old Rasputin.

M. Creamy and thick with minimal carbonation.

O. My first Hoppin Frog - call me impressed. This is a big beer that still drinks easily given its ABV and size. Makes for a nice sipper on a cool spring evening. I wish I had access to this around here.

bound4er, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Thanks to bulletburke for this one.

Poured from a bomber into a Cigar City pint glass...

A - Pours black with a one finger dark brown head that has pretty good retention. Lacing is spotty...

S - Chocolate, coffee, roast, licorice, and a hint of alcohol...

T - Chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Ends with lingering sweet chocolate and licorice. Don't pick up any of the alcohol that came through in the taste. Abv is well hidden. Very tasty...

M - Nice viscous mouthfeel. Rich and creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation...

O - Very solid RIS. Would definitely be in my regular rotation if it was more available in my area. Hoppin' Frog brewed a winner here...


comfortablynumb1, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of azdback
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into my Tulip glass. Deep depths of despair, with no light at the end of the tunnel. One finger stout golden brown head, which didn't lace all that well.

Smell is reminiscent of my favorite RIS The Abyss. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark roasted coffee, this nose has it all. A bit of booze. Right on the money!

Tastes like coffee with cocoa powder, and brown sugar. Not quite as good as the smell, but a solid RIS. It is similar to Old Rasputin from North Coast. I am not at all disappointed, but not really blown away either.

For the style the mouth is spot on. It is not watery, and the carbonation is nice and mellow.

All in all, a solid example of a Russian Imperial, however there really isn't much sweetness to call it an oatmeal stout. That really is why I gave it the score that I did. Maybe it should be called B.R.I.S. But isn't that the Jewish ceremony where a baby boy is circumcised?

azdback, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Gushue3
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%

A- pours brown and sits black with a moderate head. No retention and lite lacing.

S- not much of a smell. Subtle sweetness with darker fruits.

T- light heat with oatmeal sweetness and lighter dark fruit. Burnt roastyness and malt in the middle.

M- very smooth, almost flat.

O- maybe because i just had a nice serpent stout but this seemed a little lackluster. Hopefully the barrel aged is better

Gushue3, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, a hard pour with some distance at the end coaxed a 2+ inch espresso brown foamy head that bubbled away a lot like blooming coffee grounds.

S: Tons of dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, licorice, oats, dark molasses, a little dark fruit, slight citrus hops in the background, a tiny bit of alcohol. Smells divine.

T: Wow, it definitely follows the nose! The firs thing to hit the palate is that coffee, chocolate, and licorice. I absolutely love the flavor the coffee imparts, it's not just bitter, but has a nice earthy taste. The citrus hops comes break through the background as it moves to middle. A lot of hoppy stouts use really bitter, leafy hops and that's a huge turn off for me. This is all citrus with just a little bitterness. The dark roasted malts and molasses round out more in the middle, though the coffee and chocolate still dominates. I try to avoid the cookie reference, but this does remind me of a heavily chocolaty oatmeal cookie due to just massive amounts of malt and the perfect balance of oats. The dark fruits and licorice seems to get pulled out of the background as it transitions to the finish, leading to a little bit of a blast of citrus hops giving just a touch of bitterness. The coffee just doesn't want to give up, it lingers on well past the finish. The finish does remind me a lot of an cappuccino with a lemon peel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and is only ever evident occasionally in the finish or a big sip. Excellent.

M: Thick and chewy, though not the most viscous I've had, it's still pretty massive. Very smooth and creamy, it slides easily down the back of the throat. Coats every inch of the palate.

O: I had moderate expectations going into this, mainly due to the hoppy nature of this beer. I'm very glad to say this blew away my expectations. I know I don't dislike hops in Stouts, I just hadn't found a hoppy stout I liked yet, now I have. I just love the citrus hops in the background to balance things out and add a little depth, with the astringency kept to a minimum. There's absolutely none of the "chewying on grass root" finish in this I've grown to dislike in some hoppy stouts. If you like coffee, chocolate, and citrus, you'll love this beer.

Satchboogie, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

Syrupy, fruity, dry, baker's chocolate RIS.

A: Opaque black body with a hint of dull ruby highlights that are only revealed when held to a light. A one finger creamy dark khaki head that quickly settles to a thin layer tops it off. '

S: This nose is all about the intersection between powdered baker's chocolate and sweet, overripe dark fruit, namely prune. Little hints of molasses, cinnamon spice, and roasted coffee are present, but most definitely in low relief. If hops are detectable, they are of the earthy variety and are not contributing much. Alcohol is there, but just as a edgy presence, not at all spirity.

T: Hops come through on the palate much stronger, meeting you up front on the tip of your tongue at first sip, tasting as a generic bittering rather than with personality. Cream, baker's chocolate, and dark fruit make up the body, together creating an effect that is firmly on the sweet side of the fence, almost syrupy. Hops and bitter burnt cocoa are always there waiting to tighten up the reigns however. Finish is shorter than average, on dry baker's chocolate and a slight off flavor.

M: Overall dry with some creamy meat and a grainy texture that sticks in the tongue even after the flavor is gone.

O: A solid effort and an enjoyable beer, but firmly in 'B List' territory.

dmfrench, Apr 12, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from Bomber into my pint goblet - No best by date visible.

A: Poured so dark it would make a strong man turn on a night light,
One finger head that dissipated into a thin tan creamy lacing, moderate carbonation.

S: Deep roasted malts, bitter coffee ,slight vanilla.

T: Strong bitter coffee upfront, slight toffee and vanilla hints,slight hops, full body ,I'm really enjoying this - so many flavors crushing my taste buds however they are well balanced and blended , Hopping Frog did an outstanding job on this.

O: Overall B.O.R.I.S The Crusher isn't for the average beer drinker or the weak, It's depth of flavors open up nicely as it warms , Very solid RIS that I will be seeking out again.

InebriatedJoker, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%

BORIS has a dark body that doesn't allow any light to travel through it. The head is a deep brown color, and it is at least two fingers tall. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma has loads of chocolate, coffee, black malt, light roasted notes and malt sweetness.

I think I like how this one smells more than it tastes. Up front is a good dose of chocolate, with a moderate amount of coffee; the chocolate definitely dominates. Next comes a bit of black malt that mixes with a sweet, molasses or toffee flavor. A hint of dark fruit lurks underneath the malt base. The finish is where things go off course for me a little bit. A big American hop profile adds more bite or bitterness than flavor. The hops are followed by a huge alcohol warmth and a bit of a harsh alcohol flavor, which makes me less enthusiastic to take my next sip. The malt up front is so good, but it's always followed by that booze.

Although the heat and alcohol detract from how BORIS feels, it is still a full-bodied and creamy beer that feels pretty good.

Less booze and a little bit less hops and this one could rock. The malt base is pretty good. I'm guessing plenty of people love this the way it is, but it isn't quite there for me yet. Although BORIS is Certainly a pretty good beer.

Hojaminbag, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev -5.7%

No bottling date that I could find. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Dark, black body that looks foreboding. Thin, mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

Faint aromas overall. Sweet, dark fruit and a touch of chocolate. The alcohol is a little noticeable here as well.

Solid flavor mix of dark, roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark fruit, and a hint of coffee. Some notice, again, of the alcohol. But, a good blend of flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is a little thin for a stout like this. Good offering.

FanofHefe, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

A-Pours a very dark black color with one and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruits and some alcohol notes on the finish.

T-Deep dark chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

M-I was hoping that as an Oatmeal Stout that the mouthfeel would be a little thicker on this one; it's not quite thick bodied but it's close with low carbonation and a slight warming alcohol finish.

D-This is a pretty good beer, but the alcohol is a little obvious for my taste. I might try this one again.

samie85, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of tsatem
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%

22 oz. bottle into a snifter, thanks to calbertb2. No apparent bottled on/best by date to be found.

A: Pours black with a dark ruby-like tinge around the edges. Two finger, extremely active bubbly head that fades away quickly with an immediate amount of decent lacing.

S: Roasted malts, licorice, cinnamon, sweet chocolate. More alcohol than I was expecting. Very earthy, some smoke.

T: Actually fairly bitter up front, the hops are certainly present. Coffee/espresso, fades to sweet malts. Something slightly medicinal and off-putting (phenolic?) mixed with some berry aromas. Strong alcohol presence at the back end with a nice roasty oatmeal finish.

M: Low carbonation, fairly thin, but syrupy and oh so sticky.

O: This was pretty lacking, but I had pretty high expectations - the basic flavors were there, but they didn't seem to work together so well, the negative flavors and alcohol burn detracted from them, and the mouthfeel was really pretty thin. By no means a bad beer, but nothing too special either.

tsatem, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Finally getting around to reviewing the regular version. Bottle courtesy of Eric in a recent trade.

A: The pour is viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down to a thin ring.

S: Really intense aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Some burnt sugar notes, hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. Just a little bit of alcohol in there as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts with a hint of char and burnt sugar, as well as a little bit of coffee and bitter hops.

M: Full in body with a smooth, medium level of carbonation.

O: Really solid and possibly even better than the barrel aged version.

womencantsail, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to both betsona and mjmadden for this
22 oz bomber pour into a snifter

A- Black with a very small tan head.

S- Roasted malts, chocolate, hint of coffee and alcohol.

T- Sweet chocolate, some coffee, some hops in the finish that add a nice bitterness, hint of alcohol.

M- Full body, smooth, creamy.

O- This is a good stout and I am glad I have another bottle try, hopefully it has a head. I have to say this is not a complex stout but a nice sweeter/chocolaty stout.

larryi86, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

22oz bottle traded to me over a year ago by a generous BA. Poured into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours black with a rather thin and fizzy dark brown head that left little lacing.
S: Notes of roasted oats, rich dark malts, and a touch of dark chocolate syrup and alcohol.
T: Thick rich notes of dark chocolate, fudge even, mixed with roasted oats and sweet maple syrup. I get notes of bitter coffee in the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of sweet fruit and warm alcohol.
M: Thick and chewy mouthfeel with a full body and tingly carbonation. It's not the thickest, and it's not the chewiest, but it sure is good. Others have said "meal in a bottle", I agree.
D: The flaws in this one are very nitpicky as I am very impressed. I can't wait to try the other variations!

scottfrie, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a pitch blackish-brown. A bold, dark tan head laces the glass, yes. Smell is excellent, dark-roasted espresso coffee and oatmeal cookies. Taste is excellent as well, an almost harmonious blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. A perfectly suitable hop backbone and bitter/sweet aftertaste all the while. I'd drink a few, and that's about all I could drink. My favorite RIS I've sampled so far. Great beer.

sixerofelixir, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of DelMontiac
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

B.O.R.I.S. was poured into a heavy American pint glass. No date specified on the bottle, but I purchased this bottle in November of 2010, I believe.

The body is as probably as dark as any I've seen - pure black down to the last drink. Even with a rough pour, only a chincy mocha colored head is produced leaving behind scant lace. The look - somewhat lackluster.

The aroma from this imperial oatmeal stout is simple, but good. I get dark roasted coffee beans, semisweet chocolate, and slight hops.

Love the taste here - dark roast coffee up front which turns into dark chocolate. After that it's tangy hoppiness with alcohol peeking through then into milk chocolate leaving you with a milky sweet vanilla/coconut aftertaste. Wonderful.

The feel is full, velvety, and soothing. The way an oatmeal stout should be. Like comfort food in a brew.

This is one formidable stout. Lookout staple stout brewers, these guys are seriously out for blood. When I want an oatmeal stout, I will buy this again without question.

DelMontiac, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of PorterLambic
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Good retention and great lace.
Smell is rich, malty, whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits.
Taste is amazing. Rich, dark fruits, whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
Rich, smooth, full-bodied, very light effervescence. Even better warm. This is a truly great beer. Enjoy.

PorterLambic, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Pahn
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

22oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a half inch tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. Pours solid black and leaves occasional streaks of short lived lacing.

Smell: Lots of dark chocolate and roasted malt. Smaller notes of chocolate cake and plum. Heavy booziness comes out eventually, but it doesn't dominate away the other good smells, which themselves deepen over time.

Taste: Same heavy dark chocolate and roasted malt from the aroma, with mild sweetness and grain flavor. Tiny amount of plum. Very aggressively hot and bitter finish.

For the first several sips, there's a lot of good flavor up front (chocolate, growing plum influence, roasted malt, pastry like sweetness), which just gets pummeled away by the giant heat and bitterness (60 IBU sounds right; it's not like it's overhopped, just that the bitterness is harsh). By the end of the first glass, though, the two experiences somehow reconcile and blend into relatively hot, pleasantly bitter sips with steadily deepening flavor.

Once the flavor gets fully balanced, it stays there, and is just about perfect. Reminds me faintly of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, but might be a little better. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Thickly full bodied. Higher side of moderate carbonation. The bitterness and alcohol heat overshadow the silky smoothness and bring the score down, but it's still a good mouthfeel.

Overall: At first, I thought the beer was a bit simplistic and over the top. Once the flavors really clicked, though, I couldn't get enough. Will get this one again, definitely.

This is a great beer. I like oatmeal stouts to be a bit smoother feeling, but that's my only complaint here.

Pahn, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours very dark opaque brown and settles pitch black, although allowing light to show off some brown highlights around the edges. Very minimal mocha colored head stands less than a fingers worth and doesn't stick around too long.

The nose brings bold roasted malt up front and basically dominates the scent of this RIS. There is a faint hop smell with booze behind it.

The taste is very roasty all around and includes some bitter hops and sweet malt blended very well together. This is a very enjoyable RIS thus far. As it warms, some bitter chocolate mixed with light espresso is faintly noticable.

The viscious body is chewy and full bodied. Ahhh oil at it's best.

Overall, this is pretty drinkable and very tasty. Although quite thick, B.O.R.I.S it is very tasty and well balanced throughout with a pretty well hidden ABV. A great representation of the style IMO.

ChugginOil, Mar 23, 2011
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.