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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 dismal
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

This one has been pushed towards the back of the fridge (where it's been for about half a year) so I thought I would bust it out and review for my one year anniversary of being on beer advocate. Into a pint glass it pours pitch black with a small dark tan head. The head fades to almost nothing but it slightly there. No lacing to be found. The smell right off is really chocolatey followed by some roasted malts. There is also a small hint of coffee buried underneath as well. For the taste it's mainly chocolate, roasted malts, and coffee followed by alcohol. There is another underlying taste I can't quiet put my finger on, maybe it's the oats. A nice thick creamy mouthfeel. A bit higher ABV on this one which usually isn't noticeable to me but on this one it is though it still isn't a problem at least it's nice on this cold night. And I could do another bomber afterward if I had one. Overall it's really good. My first beer from Hoppin Frog and one of my favorite styles. I'll probably pick another bomber of this up sometime soon.

dismal, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

bought early 2009 - almost a year old

pours dark dark brwon almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that has good retetion and left some lacing

smells of roasted malts some chocolate some fruity hops

taste - great - roasted malts and oats coffee chocolate some dark fruit and some fruity hops the roasted malts and oats shine here though

mouthfeel is heavy and slick very smooth

drinkability - very good yet high priced might get one a year

jsh420, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of billab914
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a very small tan covering for a head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma has some dark chocolate and roasted flavors with a moderate amount of sweetness.

Taste has chocolate and roasted grains with some slight burntness. Slight sweetness up front with a nice long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good and the abv is well hidden. Very tasty stout that I enjoyed.

billab914, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%

Black as night with a pretty modest brown cover with very little lacing. The aroma brings a malty coffee marriage of sweet and bitter. There's a hamlike quality as well, mellow and meaty. The first sip is an intense licorice rhubarb and malt with coffee bean bitterness. Not really getting a lot of oatmeal, more winelike with pretty notable alcohol but not bad. Seems to go very well with cheese but I wouldn't call this a classic session brew. However, it is a flavorful stout, pretty heavy duty feel and a bit of a meal. Generally nice when in the mood for something to sink your teeth into.

Durge, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

A - what can I say, its yet another pitch black RIS that allows no light to transgress its ominous borders. Dark, almost reddish head that rises to a finger and falls quickly, with plentiful lacing.

S - Alcohol dominates, with sweet malts, chocolate and molasses. Dark cherries. There's something else interesting there, but I just can't draw it out.

T - Acrid, (in a good way) candied, smoky malt flavor. This one's still pretty hot, but its much more ready for consumption relatively fresh than alot of other awesome RIS's.

M - Unusually light and airy for the style, IMHO. Not necessarily a bad thing, but neither is it necessarily up to standard.

D - Given the light body, its very drinkable for a RIS

Not a standard-setting RIS by a long shot, but good. All around reminds me of a less smoky Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nowhere near one of the greats, but good and relatively available.

NYCWheatFanSC, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%

I feel like I should be pouring this in an engine, not a snifter, as it's a thick, pure evil black liquid--like the stuff that killed Tasha Yar-- with a bubbly brown head. Dies down to to a ring of foam, not a load of retention, but with some nice streaks of lacing.

The aroma is vanilla and candy and licorice and toffee and citrus and chocolate and alcohol, maybe even a hint of black, so-ripe-it-makes-you-gag banana and some sherry notes.

The taste is like boozy chocolate covered cherries paired with espresso with a pinch of pepper. The alcohol warms. Plasticy phenols are present but in a good way, very anise like, like black licorice. Hints of vanilla round things out. Some sherry in the taste as well. This is just a really dense, deep, and complex beer with a semi-dry finish.

Low carbonation and I'd say only medium bodied. Not as slick or oily as you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Which is a surprise

Drinkability...for what it is it's tastes great but I think too much might kill you. This is a seriously high gravity beer. And perfect for a cold, blustery December night. Except that I have half a bomber to finish. And I'm not sure I can...

MeisterBurger, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of vacax
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%

Bomber aged well over a year. Pours black with a large, thick, nearly charred oak colored head. Decent retention and some lacing left behind after dwindling down to a ring of a fine bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aromas of dark fruits (prunes, figs, raisin) mesh with earthy and herbal tobacco leaves. Layers of roastiness and chocolate liqueur also waft up. The taste brings the same load of succulent dark fruits up front, plus some concord grapes. Some of the herbal and tobacco notes add complexity on the midpalate before the finish brings out a bittersweet cocoa, cookies and biscuits, and some warming and herbal liqueur. Full bodied, slick, with a moderate yet fine carbonation. The taste both intense and outstanding, with remarkable drinkability for such a full flavored brew. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts on the market, and better than most of the hyped up limited releases.

vacax, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a very thin and quickly dissipating dark brown head. No lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of raisins and figs, as well as a note of alcohol. Pretty mellow.

T: Predominately dark chocolate and roasted malts, very coffee lke. I've had this one in the "cellar" for roughly 9 months, so I'm sure some of the hops have faded. Sweet chocolate finish. I think I actually might prefer this one fresh with a bit more hop balance, the sweet finish is just a bit much.

M/D: Velvety smooth and a sensational full body. Warming alcohol sensation is just right and is not too hot.

I'm fortunate enough to have this at my disposal at all times! A local favorite, and probably one of my all-time favorite brews.

TheViolator666, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of scootny
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

A delicious, mellow, roasted treat. Not much of a head on the black brown opaque fluid. What there is is tight and firm, dark tan in color. Smell is roasty and sweet with malt and oats, chocolate and toasted coconut. A superb light banana like fruitiness. Taste is full of mocha and mild chocolate. Coffee bitterness fuses with roasted oats to form a rich luxurious bed for the sweeter flavors to play out. Caramel and burnt sugar flow gently underneath. That faint banana again. Finish is smooth and mellow with a firm hop bittering that moves into a delicious dark bready malt lingering. It keeps the coffee and oats on the palate. Feel is full and thick with a superb carbonation that keeps it lively on your tongue. A very easy going sipper. There is no trace of the alcohol and it goes down like a much lighter beer.

scootny, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +8%

Wow! The first thing you notice is an intense caramelly sweetness that luckily ISN'T marked by diacetyl. It balances with a wonderful roasty oatness that lingers in your mouth with slight coffee notes. I should also mention that the head is a GORGEOUS dark tan.

drowland, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Freethyhops
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

bottle thanks to Ryan011235. been wanting to try this one for a while. 22oz bottle split between a friend and I. my half served in a pint glass.

A- pours thick and pitch black. I can't even see the black Sweetwater logo on the side of the glass, perfectly camouflaged. produced less than a finger of dark brown head that disappeared almost immediately.

S- not a huge aroma on this one. a decent roasted character some dark bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee and sweet molasses.

T- I'm suprised there wasn't more coffee on the nose. this thing has a ton of it. it's borderline burnt, but it's on the ride side of the border. there's a load of chocolate creating a nice espresso taste. the 60 IBUs adds alot to the bitter coffee/chocolate tastes. the ABV does come out to play a little as it warms but still a hell of a stout

M/D- this is some seriously thick stuff. so creamy and delicous. an ample amount of carbonation for the style helps remind you it's a beer. Can't give it perfect scores in the drinkability. this is a BIG stout. one that needs to be sipped. it is deliciou,s though.

Freethyhops, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Absumaster
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

A viscous black beer with a minimal head. Only a small layer of off-white foam on the side of the glass.

Smell is black molasses, roasted malts, cold coffee, chocolate. Some hop whiffs try to get passed this roast.

Taste is roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is not as bog as I expected. Off course it is a big beer but drinkability is OK. The roasted malt adds a molasses and grainy taste. The big body of this beer inhibits the hops to glow. I can taste a nice US hoppiness. A piney and a little citric taste.

Absumaster, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Jmoore50
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

The appearance of this one is dark black, the actual beer looks pretty thick. I could get almost no head out of this, even with a very vigorous poor. There are thick alcoholic legs on this one, looks like it is more that 9.4% ABV.

The smell is of hops and chocolate. There is some boozy characteristic to the smell, LOTS of roasted and dark malts. A bit of licorice in the smell as well.

The taste is mighty delicious! Chocolate and roasted malts, an almost bourbon ABV is detected. LOTS of thick dark malts. There is a slight hops bitterness in this as well, not citrus or sweet but more of a bitter backing to the other malt sweetness in the brew. Licorice in the after tastes. Again, a bit hot on the ABV which is fantastic.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a thick chewy body.

The drinkability is good, especially for being a big bodied thick RIS. I have another one and am going to age it for about another year and see what happens.

Good brew!

Jmoore50, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of biggred1
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Dark brown, almost black with a thick creamy finger of cocoa colored foam that leaves nice lace on the glass. The nose is dark chocolate, dark fruit and anise. The flavors are much like the smell rich chocolatey fudge and black licorice with a touch of citric hop and coffee like bitterness struggling to the surface. The mouthfeel is velvet smooth with mild carbonation. An easy sipping RIS for sure, I dig it.

biggred1, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of PDXHops
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%

Thanks to pieper for this '08 vintage bomber, poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours almost black capped with 2 fingers of dark brown foam with some reddish highlights. This settles into a creamy skim after a few minutes and leaves some decent lacing.

Smells like it will be a sweetish beer. Some black malt, but mostly chocolate chips, cherry, vanilla, maybe some raspberry and a hint of sherry. Very sweet and gentle, like a freshly baked chocolate torte.

Thankfully there proves to be some bitterness in the mouth, including a subtle hop presence I didn't pick up in the nose and a decent level of dark roasted malts. The flavor profile is strongly fruity and sweet overall, though, with lots of dark fruit, raisins and cherry along with sweet chocolate. Hints of sherry and leather. The sweetness limits drinkability a bit.

A full bodied brew with moderate carbonation, smooh mouthfeel with a lingering fruity/chocolate/alcohol combo.

Overall impression: Pretty enjoyable. I think it would be improved by replacing some of the chocolate malts with more of the burnt variety to counteract the sweetness and fruitiness a bit.

PDXHops, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Love it, a twist on the Russian Imperial Stout. Oats do a Stout good. Dead of night blackness pours from the bottle, slow moving bubbles all jockey for position within the tightly-kept froth. The aroma is so mellow, almost too mellow. Deep, dark berry fruitiness meets soft dark-roasted coffee and a sultry dark chocolate nose. Sublime smoothness, we thank the oats and full body for that. The roasted or burnt grain flavor is firm but not sharp, with massive mocha flavor throughout. Yeah, mocha ... the chocolate and coffee overtones battle it out with suggestions of high-percent cocoa chocolate and a Sumatra roasted coffee flavor. Sounds complex because it is. Alcohol is there, warming, but does not make too much noise. Oats and malt lend some sweetness which solidifies the balance. Finishes bitter semisweet.

Saying it is a lovely Stout is being a bit simple, but we think this review breaks it down enough. Even if you are not big on Stouts give this one a shot.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Viscous-looking black body; vigorous pour yields only a finger of dense brown foam; mediocre retention and a small amount of fine lacing. Pretty standard for the style.

S: Big rich chocolate - sweet at first, transitioning into a darker, more bittersweet aroma. Some alcohol fruitiness towards the end. Sweet, balanced, and inviting, but not as complex as could be. Still, great smelling beer.

T: Sweet chocolate roasted malts up front, moving seamlessly into a bitter coffee finish. Mildly boozy aftertaste. Tasty enough, but nothing outside of the ordinary for an RIS. Definitely nothing off, though. Solid brew.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, with lots of beautifully soft, mouth-filling carbonation. Perfect.

D: A little too sweet for me (I'm really not finding the 60 IBUs promised on the label), but the coffee on the finish is just bitter and dry enough to keep things from getting cloying. I'll have no problems finishing the bomber by myself.

Notes: Great beer, but doesn't do it for me quite as much as Old Rasputin or FBS. Definitely a great choice for an RIS that emphasizes the sweet chocolatey side of things (far better than Brooklyn BCS, IMO). I'd love to try the barrel aged version someday...


woosterbill, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Stigs
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

bomber poured into a DFH snifter

A - wow, big mean dark and scary. absolutely no light gets through this one. very very small amount of chocolate milkshake colored foam, dropping down to a small patch of bubbles within a minute.

S - mostly roasted dark chocolate, strong coffee, vanilla sweetness, small notes of maple syrup, dark fruitiness, brown sugar and nuts.

T - tons of flavors here, coffee jumps a bit up front then the chocolate. slight bit of hop bitterness.

M - lightly carbonated, but so thick and rich. perfect for the style.

D - wonderfully pleasant aftertaste teases you into tasting another sip. a real treat for any kind of night.

loved it - cant wait to try the BA version...but will go back to this as a staple RIS many times.

Stigs, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of rpstevens
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%

Thanks to corby112 for this bomber, poured into a smuttynose tulip.

The beer pours pitch black with a frothy mocha head. As the head fades there is a persistent oily lacing left on the glass.

The smell is dark roasted coffee, bittersweet dark chocolate. There are also some dark fruits and crisp oatmeal qualities that make the smell very enticing.

The taste is just perfect for the style. The bittersweet chocolates hit me first, followed by roasted bitter coffee. There is a nice sharp hop character that balances the roasted characteristics nicely. The oatmeal balances out all the flavors and adds great depth to the beer.

The beer is perfectly carbonated for the style, the flavors are well balanced and the alcohol is not present at all. This is a great example of a RIS, and I will be seeking it out in the future.

rpstevens, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of jhoban19
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. well paired with a chocolate brownie topped with cherry ice cream.

A: pours thick and black with a thin caramel foam. foam dissipates quickly with just a bit of lacing.

S: just what I was expecting for a RIS- dark malts, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate battle for top billing. bitter coffee starts out strong, but the sweet milk chocolate takes over and lasts throughout.

T: again, as expected. roasted, bitter coffee and milk chocolate.

M: thick and rich. a bit dry at first, but just as with the aromas, the sweet chocolate takes over and this brew becomes smooth and creamy.

D: at 9.4% in a 22oz bottle, difficult to have too many of these, but B.O.R.I.S. is incredibly drinkable. a good representation of the RIS style.

jhoban19, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of adamette
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Poured from tap at Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon last night into a clean, clear glass. Review from notes taken at the time.

A Oil black body under a nice, medium brown head which leaves nice lacing upon repeated sips. Great, classic look. 4.5

S Sublime smell of dark roast malt, chocolate goodness. Inviting, interesting devoid of any strong alcohol smell despite the ABV%. 4.5

T The smell highly suggests the taste which is a great, big smooth RIS with dark roast malt, dark milk chocolate goodness with even some hops in the background. Chocolate, roasted goodness stays with you for several minutes after the last sip. A classic, great tasting beer. 4.5

M Maybe the best feature of the beer, just smooth as can be with a nice thickness to it. Great, great feel. 5.0

D Really good for the style and the ABV, both of which would normally be drinkability limiters. 4.0

Notes: A treat to have on tap at Fat Head's last night. Bravo!

adamette, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of rapidsequence
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

22 oz bottle. I think it was 11.99.

Appearance: Pours thick and opaque. The head is dark brown and foamy, but only lasts a couple of minutes. Not the most persistent lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Rich, rich roasty malts. Coffee and chocolate notes, and some hops smell as well. This smells big.

Taste: Huge breadlike maltiness with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Definitely get a sense of the 60 IBUs. This is not one of those RISs that tastes like sweet chocolate. Its on the dry side and is more heavy and roasty than chocolatey. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little thin up front, but as this thing goes down, you almost have to chew. As I said, its on the dry side and not at all syrupy like an RIS sometimes gets.

Drinkability: This is wonderful stuff, and I'd love another, but its overpriced, and that may stop me from buying another. Thats a shame.

rapidsequence, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of infi
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

2008 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours complete darkness in a glass along with audible 'glugs.' By no means is there any light passing through this abyss of a beer. Was surprised to find no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour. Some streaky lacing of weak grip can also be found. Smell is straight-forward: immensely roasted malt and coffee alongside dark and milk chocolate. The most surprising aspect to me is that the oatmeal is more pronounced than any other stout that says they put oatmeal in it. There's also some cinnamon in the back end of the scent. Damn, this is enticing just by scent alone.

Taste is exactly like the scent with roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Surprising to find no definite malt backbone in here, unlike the aroma. The oatmeal is readily identifiable and delightfully so. It's really like drinking a cold cup of black coffee - you might forget this was a beer aside from the alcohol. The roasted qualities are nicely balanced by a delicate hop bitterness that also adds a nice earthy tone to the stout. And the 9.4% ABV is hidden extraordinarily well. Incredible overall.

Mouthfeel is all full-bodied with low carbonation. This really drinks creamily and smoothly - perfect for a stout. The oatmeal really adds a nice dimension of chewiness that I always look for in imperial stouts. Drinkability is very high, albeit slow. Definitely suitable for the cold weather and a winter warmer. I was very happy to be able to find this beer and it didn't let me down. Well worth the money.

infi, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of armock
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Thanks to JoeCeez for sending this to me a long time ago review was lost in notes for awhile.

A - Poured a black color with a thin tan head that leaves some lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt that give of chocolate and coffee scents

T - Follows the nose roasted malt with chocolate and coffee flavors

M - This beer has a full body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a very easy to drink RIS abv is well hidden and has a good taste make this a beer thats worth getting your hands on

armock, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%

i'm gonna relent on this,i really dislike hoppin frog cause i feel most of their beers are overrated.but this is a really good RIS.

nose has alot of dark fruit,milk and dark chocolate,coffee.nose is the same,really smooth.good beer.gonna be an every so often beer for me,i'd rather pick up a more affordable RIS.

wyattshotmaker, Oct 30, 2009
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.