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

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2,347 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,347
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 245
Gots: 467 | 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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Photo of Gushue3
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 12, 2011
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of Tropicalslip
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this beverage quite a bit because it's a drinkable Imperial Stout. For me the fact that it's not overwhelming is great. Rich flavor and well balanced to me makes it something I can really enjoy on my own. Not that I don't enjoy sharing but when you got a beer that is so rich you better bring back up.

A- Poured in pint with a nice big head 2+ in. Holding up to the light Red brown glow in Frothiness. Body color absorbing all light, black darkness to my eyes.

S- Roasty with hidden underlying sweet oatmeal accent.

T-Delicious, can't be all that imperial not really tasting alcohol, and wouldn't say it's overwhelmingly roasty, but it's sticking to dahhh tung, leggy.

M- This was my lowest rating of the categories, mostly because unexpected easiness of intake. Now updating rating, because I think this is a plus and unusual for this style, not syrupy. Origionally rate as 3, upping to 4, works for me.

O- I must qualify my changing of review. Recently returning to enjoying more of the classic micro style of all beers. I know everyones pushing the limits, but taste has a lot to do with final impresions. Sometime IMPERIAL just means to much. I like flavor but when a pallette is overwhelmed at what point does it stop being able to continuously enjoy the beverage in hand.

Tropicalslip, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a creamy mocha colored head that faded down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate.
T: The overall taste has bold flavors of roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, bitter coffee beans, and oatmeal. The initial taste has some hints of sweetness but the finish is very bitter.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit chewy and creamy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol as well as a bit of dryness.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, the robust flavors make this beer a good sipper and the full-bodied nature makes it feel quite filling.

metter98, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber procured from Akron brewery, poured into pint glass.

Thick, black elixir, thin brown head crowns, this totally opaque fluid.

Strong, flavorful aroma of anise, coffee, roasted malts, and hops.

This is where the B.O.R.I.S. shines. Smooth, chocolaty, roasted malts, balance by a nice amount of hops; coffee/molasses at the end.

One of the first Imperial stouts that really made an impression. Solidly above its peers

CaptCleveland, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of Brenden
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've still got the old notes from the first Toledo tasting...thanks to whoever brought this.

This one is a thick black color, not quite motor oil thick but not letting much light seep through. A soft brown head forms and retains a creamy presence for a substantial amount of time, leaving some good lacing as it recedes down the glass.
There is a lot in the nose, though not as much as in the flavor. A very nice mix of strong malt backbone, lots of roasted notes, a lactic sweetness, some typical coffee and baker's chocolate going on, and a doppelbock-like touch of licorice.
This all comes together in the flavor, but a bit bigger. The oats are full in here as well, and there's a bit more charred woods flavor. Hops also add some balance to this one without taking anything away from the focus. High ABV is very well masked.
This is a great oatmeal stout and has the characteristics in mouthfeel that make the style great. This is a thick, rich stout with a silky smooth feel. Big and bold while at the same time soft and creamy, this beer, while more filling than most, is a real treat just the same.
BORIS is a beauty and one of the better big beers out there, though the best in the world work out the subtleties to be world-class.

Brenden, Mar 17, 2011
Photo of Blanco
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours typical black stout color with frothy brown head. thick lacing. smells of faint roasted malt. slight chocolate notes. taste is of bitter dark chocolate, with very little sweetness. the alcohol is hot in the flavor as well. mouthfeel is nice and smooth. drinkability, well, I was disappointed in this one. It's highly rated (and maybe mine is too fresh) but the bitterness and bite from the alcohol make this a mediocre offering.

Blanco, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is viscous and jet black with a dark chocolate colored, thin, dense head. Smells of chocolate, dark malt, and booze. The beer has a smooth start of subtle chocolate notes followed quickly by a bitter blast of coffee. Slightly malty and syrupy finish with smooth and coffee flavored aftertaste, and a boozy highlight. Strong flavors make a decent winter warmer, but not a high volume consumption.

GarthDanielson, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of GradyS1
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pour a dark, thick black. Small amounts of carbination with a lacing that disapears fast.
S- this smells great! Dark chocolate mixed with red fruits and not in a bad way. coffee and sweet malts. Small amount of alcohol but, like a desert wine.
T- chocolate and licorice, alomost a chocolate cherry, this may have turned a little but, this is great as is, red fruit and chocolate mixed togeather, a coffee finish
M-Smooth, full bodies with a nice silky fininish, There is alot of dark chocolate texture to this.

O- Not sure if it was suppose to have the red fruit element or not but, it was very good. Overall a very smooth beer that has a good amount of fruit characteristic for a stout

GradyS1, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of ObeerwanCO
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice imperial stout. Darkness washed over my glass when I poured this beer; there was no bottom. Got a nice brown head going too.

It smells like chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate predominating. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. At over 9% alcohol, this is not surprising. The taste is decadent. I get roasty chocolate, and malty sweet. There is also some slight bitter hoppiness and alcohol in the background. My lips were sticky after drinking this (and I liked it).

Overall a very good beer, but best to share this one with a friend. It's just so rich that it's hard to drink the whole bottle. I'm thinking it would be perfect after dinner.

ObeerwanCO, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours solid black with a thin ring of mocha colored head. Leaves thick lacing.

S-Roasty, with aromas of oats, bakers chocolate, salted caramel.

T/M-This is awesome stuff. Soft and rich, with an underlying roastiness. There's an earthy bitter hop character in the back end, accompanied by a powdered hot chocolate mix flavor. Lush and full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-This would age beautifully, but is drinking really well now.

DaveHS, Mar 03, 2011
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.