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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,347 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 BrewCrew2010
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours like oil. Black in color with NO head. If you swirl the beer in your glass to agitate it, then you get a tan head, but it dissipates as quickly as it comes.

S: It took a while for us to figure out what this beer smells like. Had to pull an old wine maneuver and swirl it around to get the full aroma out. There is clearly a smell of oats, chocolate, booze, brown sugar &/or cinnamon spice (but that could be the booze), roasted malts. It definately has a sweet bouquet.

T: A creamy, chocolate flavor beer with hints of oats. However, there are undertones of raisins and sweet malts in this beer creating a likable and playful palate. A very creamy and enjoyable beer.

M: A buttery texture that is smooth, yet "fizzles" on the back of the tongue. If it's PC to say, it's comparable to a Merlot in the sense that it is dry and sweet.

D: Love this beer. No need to say anything else.

BrewCrew2010, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Bonis
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil, black as night. 1/4 inch moderately thick creamy dark tan head, stays for the duration. Looks incredible.

S - Sweet oatmeal chocolate and molasses. Some alcohol is there, almost giving it a bourbonlike smell. Very good.

T - Intense sweet chocolate and roasted malts to start. Then it turns a little bittersweet giving it a nice rich dark chocolate flavor, but the bitterness quickly vanishes. A very smooth finish to this one. The alcohol is there, but nicely masked by the other flavor components--well balanced. Tastes like liquid heaven to me.

M - Surprisingly smooth and somewhat thinner than expected. This definitely doesn't have the feel of a 9+ abv beer, which makes it so much better.

D - Very easy to drink for a strong stout, but watch out... You'll feel the effects of BORIS if you don't take your time drinking this one. Definitely a sipper, but it's hard to sip a beer that tastes this good.

Bonis, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of korguy123
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

korguy123, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of punkrkr27
3.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with minimal head. Lots of chocolate aroma, molasses, and a fair amount of alcohol. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront, oats lending to a nice smoothness of flavors and a very bitter coffee finish. Medium-thin body, lots of alcohol warming, dry finish.

punkrkr27, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely black; looks like dark coffee and the head is dark brown--looks like chocolate mousse; the head tries to dissipate but clings on relatively long for the style

S: Loads of roasted dark malts and oats--lots of oats; coffee, chocolate, and grains; a touch of a spicy quality as well

T: Lots of oats and dark roasted maltiness with subtle coffee bitterness and a touch of chocolate; chewy and bready

F: So thick, creamy, and chewy; this beer just sits on the tongue

D: Alcohol is well masked and though the bitter coffee and over the top oat maltiness can be somewhat cumbersone, this is still a damn drinkable and delicious brew

dbossman, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Naugros
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I opened it I opened it carefully and near the sink remembering the near disaster with The Dogfather. I had stout foam everywhere! Not so with this beer. The bottle opened with a weak pfft and nothing moved inside. After pouring it, it seemed to have a hard time generating a head and when it finally did (huffing and puffing the whole time), it sank back quicker than it had formed. When it briefly had a head, it was light brown to mocha in color and the beer is jet black and appears flat.

Smells like an RIS...toast and espresso, but you get a whiff of alcohol and chocolate, like Godiva liqueur, but not as smooth.

More of that chocolate comes out in the flavor backed by a roasted malt bitterness. This is sweeter than most RISs and that sweetness presents itself as molasses. I'm drinking it a little colder than I should, but I don't get the usual stout uber-bitterness that rears its ugly head when its temperature drops below 55 degrees. After warming up, the molasses goes to the background and the chocolate comes to the fore, but more in cocoa-like flavor with a little nice not-so-bitter finish. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is silky and full, which is better than silly and fulk. I have no idea what fulk might be, but it doesn't sound good. Anyway, the heat is barely detectable, but it is detectable. After warming up a bit it seems to get a little thinner and the alcohol recedes. Odd for an oatmeal stout. Drink this as close to room temperature as you're comfortable with.

Not sure how many of these I can pound down. After half a glass I'm making stupid Spoonerisms in my beer review and have a strong desire to visit Vietnam due to a show I'm watching on Travel Channel. Yeah, this is good beer, but I'm glad I don't have to drink another. I'd be on the roof yelling stuff at the neighbor about figs and getting shades on their second floor bathroom. Frankly, I looked at the word "roof" a few times and it looked funny to me. Could be a long night and a rough morning as I am now rooting around the beer fridge for something else. :)

Naugros, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Spider889
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, I feel, was hard pressed to live up to the hype. I definitely enjoyed it, but when I see it's medals from the GABF and read the reviews... even the name means this beer's sights are aiming very high.

The beer pours a thick black - best comparison is used motor oil or day-old coffee. There is a very dark mocha head on it but it was short-lived.

Smelled of burnt malt, roasted coffee beans, and had some oaky, bready notes.

Tastes of sweet molasses, oak, and chocolate espresso beans. There is a huge amount of maltiness and decent hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as thick and chewy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely not thin either. There is medium heat on this beer too.

The high abv and richness of this beer make it hard to drink quickly. Nevertheless, I found it extremely enjoyable and look forward to drinking this again, preferably where I can split the bottle with a friend or two!

Spider889, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of UnDeadly
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, pint glass
*1 year cellar aged! Thanks Bruisin' Ales, you rock :D

Appearance - Black as midnight. Not sure if the age had anything to do with the carbonation, but I had to do a full, aggressive center-pour to produce a one-finger foam. Head was very very dark...I would say a gunmetal color. Lingered for a while but eventually settled into a ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Chocolate malts, but otherwise a very quiet and balanced scent. I can smell the alcohol as well...9.4% + whatever a year of aging gives you though, makes that forgivable.

Taste - Burnt sugar sweetness in the front that mellows through the middle, and gives way to coffee off the back and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. A fun ride, well balanced. Despite smelling the alcohol, it is almost unnoticeable in the taste.

Mouth Feel - Pretty good here. I still think its a touch low on the carbonation, but has a nice creamy feel and is smooth all the way down. No sting from the alcohol - this puppy is dangerous!

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink, however at the end of the bottle I was feeling...well, nice :) Two bombers of this stuff would probably be my limit. But the ABV is really the only thing that would keep me from drinking this over a long period of time.

UnDeadly, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smooth and rather pleasing Imperial Stout, nothing crushing about it though.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label pivoting around the image of a standing/hopping frog holding a jar of beer (black on this offering). Again from the distance the label is forgivable, and given its poor design is almost noteworthy for that first impression. On a second look it is another terribly designed label with at least 4 different fonts in an awful array with dreadful blending and color effects. Side paragraphs offer a general description of the brew, and intent. Lacks any bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9.4%), IBUs (60), FG (38), and OG (107). Served in a snifter.

A - Black body, small brown frothy head with very poor retention, faint surface memory ring, and no lacing.

S - Roasted aroma with a touch of coffee, boozy and fruity hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with coffee highlights and a lightly hoppy citrus bitter finish.

M - Full body, creamy with small but adequate carbonation, rather smooth with a nice sustained finish.

D - Nice offering, well rounded, a solid mid-gear sip.

Notes: Hmmm, nice quality brew, but it is not half as outstanding as the hype would have one believe. Since this is relatively newly distributed to the area it will pick up on the novelty but on a regular basis it will have a tough competition from some other regular distributed brews on an equal or superior footing.

Daniellobo, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Axic10
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 13oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a thin (half finger) layer of dark mocha head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good sipper. Not a beer that I could throw back 3 or more glasses of in a night. Even with a sub 10% abv, this one matches up fairly well with the heavy hitters.

Axic10, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of BarrelO
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Body is pitch black. Tan head recedes to a thin film. Aroma is heavily reminiscent of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Flavors are quite complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Hints of dark fruits in the aftertaste. In all, a well-done stout worth going out of your way for.

BarrelO, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of popery
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to stacecom via reddit. Delicious imperial stout. B.O.R.I.S. pours black with brown highlighting the very edges of the glass. The most negative thing that I can say about this beer is that there's almost no head. You can swirl one up - it's very dark even for a stout, a medium brown - but it dissipates quickly. The aroma is rich with roast and chocolate. There's just a ton of malt packed into this one. Vanilla bean, caramel and molasses round things out. This beer would be a great base for a beer float. The taste is also quite good. It's sweet with a warming finish. Roasty notes persist in the aftertaste. The feel is smooth and soft as a dog's ear. I like the low carbonation and it's definitely worth the lack of a head. It's a very easy beer to drink; my bomber is going fast. I would love to have this beer available in my area, and I'm very happy to have a second bottle in the cellar.

popery, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I have cellar-ed for a year into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip-ed snifter...

A - Dark black and hints of brown along the edges of the glass. Nice one finger burnt caramel color head recedes after just a few seconds.

S - Lots going on here. Big roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, and in the background, hints of vanilla. Almost a barrel aged quality to this nose.

T - Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, some molasses, and a much bigger barrel aged presence comes out. Not sure why the taste has developed like this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. The alcohol is present but nothing that overpowers, instead complements everything else that is going on. Also get dark fruits as well: raisins and figs.

M - Creamy and thick. Exactly the way I like big bold stouts. This one is as smooth as velvet the whole way through the bottle.

D - Pretty bold and thick so it was a little slower to get done, but nothing that couldn't be handled. It would be great to have in the middle of winter to warm up in front of a fire.

Can't wait to try the other bottles I am going to let age even longer.

KAP1356, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of abecall98
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh boy, pouring a bottle of this BA badboy.

A - pours a nice thick black. Minimal head, not much lacing, but it's Bal-Aged, so it gets a 4.

S - due to the minimal head, the aroma suffers, but you can still get some great bourbon, malt, coffee and vanilla notes, and it's so damn pleasing.

T - oh boy. It taste like hella things. Starts off se coffee and chocolate roast, perfectly melding. Next the flavors of a nice bourbon and wood kick in. Vanilla hits at the end, followed by some slight dark fruit goodness.

M - very creamy. This beer is perfectly carbonated to style. It coats the mouth with it's vanilla flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasing, and it lasts.

D - wow, perfectly hidden abv. This beer is worth the price tag because it makes you want more of it's flavor after every sip. You can't out this down.

O - amazing. This beer doesn't get enough talk, and it deserves all of it's praises.

abecall98, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours midnight dark; light cannot penetrate this beast. Pours with a 1/4" tan head that reduces to a thin blanket cover keeping it warm.

Has a warm roasted aroma, coffee, toffee, even a little vanilla extract. Smells like dessert, with a hint of alcohol warmth to its smell.

Tastes of dark currants, apples, dark chocolate, and roasted coffee beans, with alcohol warming its descent. Sweet, yet toasted in flavor. A nice nippy hop flavor finishes it, grabbing the tongue with slight astringency.

This is a thick-tasting beer, rich and full in the mouth. I have other Hopping Frog beers already in the cellar (they're easy pickings around here, given that it is an Akron brewery), otherwise I'd get another the next time I was out.

TheHoppiest, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of Pencible
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured like inky syrup, and was pitch black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich mocha and toasted oats, with some brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and bitter coffee and toasted oats, with a bit of licorice and dark fruit and soy. It had an ultra rich but smooth aftertaste.
M: It was super thick with a bit of carbonation. I was practically chewing this to swallow.
D: This was a fantastically crafted beer with lots of flavors all blended and balanced perfectly. It hid the alcohol very well, so it was dangerously easy to drink. But the thickness and complexity made it better for sipping. This Hoppin' Frog met the hype; definitely recommended.

Pencible, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Purchased Autumn 2009.

A: Syrupy dark black that clings to the edges of the glass. Scant, short-lived tan head.

S: Lots of oats at first. In addition, ample vanilla, caramel and chocolate malts suggest this should be on the sweeter side. There's also a slight roasted component, but leans much more toward sweeter end of spectrum. Also a faint booziness.

T: Sweet and malty with dark chocolate flavors front and center. There's also plenty of dark fruit, especially raisin, along with roasted malts and anise. Not a whole lot in the way of bitterness or roast malt to balance out all that sweetness. Finishes with a little alcohol heat.

M: Syrupy with the nice smoothness you get from the oats. Very lightly carbonated.

A good RIS, but not really my preferred approach to the style.

GeezLynn, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

A - true to its bretheren in the style, pours a very dark brown/almost pure black with a finger of tan head... decent retention and lacing.

S - coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

T - very tasty. coffee at first, followed by chocolate and oatmeal, the latter being more subdued. the alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering by a long shot.

M - full-bodied, thick and rich.

D - surprisingly drinkable for an imperial stout... i could have another.

perrymarcus, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy/creamy, fairly long-lasting, brown-colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, oatmeal, and a bit of hops.

T: Tasted of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and a nice bitter hoppiness in the finish. Alcohol is quite as omnipresent as it is with some other Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: A very well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied, but doesn't weigh you down.

D: One of the best, most drinkable beers of the style.

avalon07, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been wating to try this bad boy for some time. It begins. The pour results in a thick, viscous tar pit filling my snifter, topped by a half-finger of dark brown foam, which sinks into the dinosaurs' abyss fairly quickly. The nose comprises dark coffee (complete with a light hint of olfactory bitterness), roasted and toasted malts, and charred wheat. Something seems off here, but I can't put my finger on it. Are the malts too blackened? I dunno, but it's something like that. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, blackened oats, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A step above the nose, fer sure. The body is pretty thick 'n' chewy, but not too, with a moderate carbonation (higher than I expected, but, again, not too much so) and a decent oral coating. Overall, I see this as a solid stout, but not among the better ones. Still definitely worth a shot, though.

TMoney2591, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another "Beer of the Week" from BA Gborobeer!

A - Black. Hardly any head or lacing and not transparent in the slightest sense.

S - Very impressive...at first whiff I thought it was the barrel-aged version (it's not, I checked). Lots of roasted malt aroma with pseudo-bourbon smells as well. Don't get much of the oatmeal aroma in it though.

T - Again, without me knowing I would have thought this one was barrel aged, quite impressive. Lots of roasted malt flavor followed by a quit coffee burst in the beginning. Oatmeal much more present in the taste at the end of the swig, accompanied by the slight bittering of hops and chocolate malt.

M/D - Heavy body, very slight dry finish...more of a bitter aftertaste due to the roasted malts. High alcohol is slightly present in the heat but not enough to destroy the beer at all. Due to the heavy nature and great flavor profile it's definitely a sipper.

Very impressive beer, must try the barrel-aged version ASAP!

VaTechHopHead, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of brianjay
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark dark dark. This beer is pure black, with almost no head. A very thin, cinnamon-colored eclipse floats on top, but quickly subsides leaving a slight dusting of foam on the glass.
Notes are not as intense as I would have thought from the sight of it.
There seems to be a light, coco aroma. Let's dive right into drinking this one...

Taste has a light beginning, but ends with a strong, dry finish which sets up shop on your entire tongue. Chocolate comes through after some time, and it is sweet. Like something you would order from a Starbucks.
Thick and viscous body, almost like a syrup. but goes down very smooth. An interesting taste overall (sweet, sour, dry), and it is hard to find the 9.4% alcohol. A word of warning: take your time with this one. It will sneak up on you. Makes a great dessert beer.

brianjay, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of connecticutpoet
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my pint glass, this beer was an intensely dark brown, nearly black slice of heaven. I got almost no head, and what little appeared went away almost immediately.

Aroma can pretty much be summed up as STRONG. Strong dark malts, and strong dark fruits (mostly figs and prunes). After I became accustomed to it, I detected some faint hops. Seriously, this aroma was so thick I could almost chew it.

Taste was strong dark malt, roasted barley, and coffee at first. This was followed by strong dark fruits, and a slight sweetness. Nice. Unlike many others, I didn't get any chocolate or cocoa flavors.

Mouthfeel was awesome. Thick and rich, full-bodied, but not heavy, if you can believe it.

Drinkability is very high. I didn't have any problems finishing this bottle. That being said, I don't think I could have more than two pints should I be lucky enough to find it on tap somewhere. One bottle did nicely.

connecticutpoet, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of hopstradamus
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Pours a thick, syrup-like, jet black like an Imperial Stout should. Seriously, it lets no light through. It has a thick brown head that lasts.

S. Dark and Chocolaty, with strong roasted malt. Sweet with hints of coffee and brown sugar.

T. Dark, very roasted, almost burnt flavor. This beer is sweet and strong. The flavor lives up to the appearance and smell like few others do.

M. Strong and chewy with great body and decent carbonation. This beer is not just a pleasure, but also a meal in itself.

D. A couple of pints would be my limit. While the 9.4% alcohol is not overbearing, there is a lot here to enjoy. This would be a great beer to sip on a cold winter night.

This beer is an excellent example of the style and a true pleasure to enjoy. Great beer!

hopstradamus, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes in December 09

This beer is quite good. Yes, that just about sums it up. Poured extremely dark, pretty much pitch black with a tannish head. Retained for a while, no lace. This is an incredibly chocolatey beer with bits of cocoa powder, earthy bitterness, more chocolate, and roastiness. Maybe a touch of leather as well. Silky smooth and velvety. I'd drink this all day.

DmanGTR, Jun 10, 2010
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,347 ratings.