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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

2,433 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 255
Gots: 485 | FT: 40
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 MPLS
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was cracked while watching WWE's Royal Rumble..wtf? Thanks to Rich for this one.

A: Black beer with some impressive soap. I am burnt out on describing the RIS.

S: This beer isn't gigantic, but has a good nose on it. Roasted malts dominate it's stout stench, but there is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a good mix of chocolate + molasses sweetness with the heavy amount of roast that is going on. Definitely enjoyable, but there are so many beers in this heavyweight category. This offering needs to mask the alcohol just a bit more and increase it's depth of flavor before it's perfect. I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. next.

M: There is a nice silky texture that lingers. Just the fact that they used the word oatmeal in this beer leads me to crave more creaminess.

D: Good stout offering from Hoppin' Frog. BA'd is next.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black, motor oil looking liquied that lets no light through. the head is light brown with very good retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-light nose with hints of the oat up front giving way to some sweet dark fruits, dark berries, plum and fig.

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose; but still not huge. the oatmeal flavor comes in first with hints of dark chocolate and some coffee. the dark berries, ripe plum and fig come in towards the back with some hints of the alcohol warming a bit.

M-lighter end of a full body and silky smooth. carbonated just right to flow comfortably down the thoat and still have body.

D-this is actually a very drinkable RIS. the booze shows up but not too much at all. it is so smooth and the lighter body actually works with the lighter flavors. not a huge beast i fall in love with but still quite tasty!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle.

Pours an inky jet black. No light transparency. No head at first, but a bit of a brown sugar head develops and sticks around as a light film.

Smells of toasted nuts, molasses, and dark fruits like figs, with a chocolate or coffee accent.

Tastes rich and sweet like brown sugar. Aftertaste is roasted coffee beans and vanilla. The alcohol is ever so slightly detectable.

Feels a bit thick, very smooth. Minimal carbonation detectable.

So incredibly easy to drink. It basically pours itself down your throat. Rich and sweet enough to practically be a dessert. I would drink this once a week if I could.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at room temperature into a tulip glass.

A-Deep opaque brown with a creamy tan head that seems to settle rapidly then all but dissappears.

S-Nose is surprisingly light for a RIS. Roasted dark malts of chocolate, coffee, anise, some hops in the background and light alcohol vapors.

T-Bittersweet bakers chocolate gives way to an anise infused expresso backbone with dark fruits present. Warming alcohol present in the back end but in no way interferes with the taste.

M-Oats clearly make themselves present in the mouth in the initial taste. Creamy with a medium body and slightly higher than average carbonation.

D-A very drinkable and solid stout, not as good as some of the best, but one of the better ones out there. Get Ye some....

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is a completely opaque black. There is no head but for a ring around the edge. The pour seems almost creamy. The beer looks almost completely flat.

S: Very intense aroma, many components of which I was unprepared for. There is a lot of dark fruit...figs, dates, and some plum-like esters, mainly. Hints of chocolate, a mild roast, and some boozy warmth.

T: Intense flavors more or less mirror the aromas. Dates and figs are the dominant flavor up front. Bittersweet chocolate comes through much more here than in the aromas. Hops and dry roasty malts round out the flavor in the finish with a really phenomenal traditional RIS-type character. There is some alcohol warmth in the aftertaste as well.

M/D: Thick and syrupy with only slight carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering. Thick and a bit too boozy even after a year, I would put this away for a little longer next time.

Photo of rustymoore
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

Photo of Patrick999
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, today isn't much of an imperial stout day here in Miami. In fact, this late January afternoon is pretty warm and humid. Therefore, I myself am surprised that I reached for this bomber of B.O.R.I.S. and popped the cap.

Poured into a large snifter. The beer looks lazy in the glass. In fact, it looks somewhat flat. Yet, I am able to swirl up a thin layer of foam. It looks suitably dark; indeed, there is very little light penetration. Still, I've seen better-looking RIS's.

Not a lot in the aroma at first, but in all fairness, the bottle had been in the fridge for several weeks. The ambient temperature in my apartment is now an even 70 degrees, so it'll warm quickly. Indeed, as it does, the dominant aroma is chocolate liquor, perhaps even some Kahlua as well. There's a good deal of almond-pecan nuttiness too. Peanut brittle.

As I sip, this still may be too cold. There's not a lot to it chilled at all. Warming reveals a good deal of vanilla and lightly charred wood - blindly, I might mistake this for a barrel-aged beer. Beyond that, it does have something of a sweet chocolate liquor taste...not just straight up chocolate and coffee like many stouts....it's like a liquor-filled chocolate. Interestingly, when I tried pairing this with dark chocolate covered espresso beans, this made the beer taste more like an "ordinary" RIS; it added some bitterness. On its own, this beer is not very bitter, even though it clocks in at 60 IBU.

It feels somewhat limp, thin on the palate. I expect lush and creamy from an oatmeal stout, so I have to dock some points here.

For a beer of its size, it goes down easily. The only real limiting factor I find is the chocolatey sweetness. I don't know that this is my absolute favorite RIS, but it's certainly distinctive enough to warrant seeking it out.

Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, hats off to funkadelic for hooking me up with this bottle in a trade, cheers to you Cameron!

The appearance is pitch black and shiny with a tall and sticky brown head.

The aroma is filled with loads of roasted and chocolate malt, some espresso, milk chocolate, oatmeal and black licorice round it out nicely.

The flavor on this beast is what I will call 'exceptional.' It opens up with a rich and decadent chocolate paired with dark malts and espresso beans, but then rewards the taste buds even more with some citrus hops, cherry and dark fruit sweetness mid sip. Finally things dry up and get bitter for a lingering aftertaste of coffee and earthy hops.

It is my belief that mouthfeels don't get much better than this. If I could grade higher than 5 I would not hesitate to do so. Ultra smooth and silky, full bodied, rich and creamy. I just can't say enough!

This is liquid desert. I cannot wait to give the BA version a go.

Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black from my bomber to a pint glass.The head dissipates quickly some light lace remains,lots of roasted malt coffee and oatmeal,reminds me of a bowl of oatmeal with tons of brown sugar,nice alcohol finish,but not at all overpowering,highly drinkable,solid RIS

Photo of erosier
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, black malt, sweet oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate. Everything smells very balanced.
T: Like the nose, deep roasted malts followed by deep sweet caramel, chewy oatmeal, and rich chocolate. Really well done on this one.
M: Slightly chewy, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I didn't even feel the alcohol, all of the flavors blended together and with that classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, it was easy going down. Too bad I only had 1 bomber!

Photo of yelterdow
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to review this elusive, lone bottle from the cellar... a long-awaited sampling of a much sought-after Hoppin' Frog beer. I'll serve this in an oversize snifter and see what the beer judge (me) determines.

Appearance- Deep brown with a ruby red underpinning, the beer builds and supports a thin, cocoa-tinged head. With each swirl, the tiny bubbles re-emerge and fizzle away into the black abyss.

Smell- A magical balance of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, hops, and espresso come together seamlessly... it's hard to imagine how this aroma could possibly be improved.

Taste- Exquisite in every regard... the roasty, rich, decadent malt profile is in perfect harmony with the wickedly fresh hop bitterness that stings the tongue and lasts long after the swallow. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly on the tip of the tongue, the bubbles pull back immediately and spread out, laying a large canvas for the rich flavors to unfurl in the mouth. This is a huge, complex, immaculate example of a RIS that must be experienced at least once.

Photo of nsmartell
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, motor oil-like black with a thin brown head that does not stick around for long.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts and sweet raspberries. Very interesting.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests. Chocolate, roasted malt and raspberries dominate along with other tastes I am not smart enough to identify.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Goes down smooth as it is nice and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew for the abv. Would recommend and drink again.

Photo of bret27
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Chocolate, bananas briefly, more generic fruit sweetness as it warms

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge in the light. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but with oat and roast involved.

M: Fairly thick and very smooth

D: Very smooth and drinkable, despite sweetness and fairly high abv. Pretty tasty. Reminds me of Ten FIDY from oskar blues quite a bit.

Photo of CampusCrew
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure this was better than my expereince as I did a side by side comparision with marshall zuzkov and it's blowing it away. I'l try again on its own.

appearance: deep dark black, nearly ebony, loaded head and creamy froth. little lacign and froth did not hold well.

smell: vanilla and uncomfortable smell. I bathe my dog in oatmeal shampoo and it smells the same. Unfortuate thinking about it as I was drinking.

taste: again the weird oatmeal smell/taste and vs the zuzkov kille dthis beer for me. roasted flavors mixed with vanilla. not the best stout ever by far

mouthfeel: full bodied

drinkability: possilbly an unfiar assestment. I will try again. I have another bottle for later.

Photo of Mora2000
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit (figs) and milk chocolate. Overall, a little less aroma than I expected. The flavor is roasted, almost burnt malt, as well as some coffee and chocolate. You get a little bit of vanilla as well as some bitterness at the end of the taste. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of Lunch
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle, obtained via trade with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Cigar City snifter (01/02/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a very thick motor oil black with a one finger mocha colored head that fades to just a skin leaving a little bit of lace.

S: A complex and rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge. The oatmeal really is the focus of the non-BA version and it is very rich and slightly sweet.

T: Extremely complex taste including; oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, vanilla, fresh roasted coffee and dry cocoa. As with the smell, the oatmeal jumps out and engulfs the palate in a rich and semi-sweet chocolate covered oatmeal.

M: Wonderfully thick and creamy with an approximately low and creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored beer, but the 9.4% abv. will catch up to you along with the heaviness of the flavors.

Overall this beer was an excellent Oatmeal Imperial Stout that was a pleasure to drink. I must say that if given the option to choose either this of the BA version, I would have to give the slight edge to the BA based upon a slightly more complex flavor profile. By itself though, this is another exceptional offering from Hoppin' Frog and thanks again to Jared for this one. Highly Recommended.

Photo of babaracas
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an impressive opaque black with very dark brown edges, but virtually non-existent head at proper temp w/ aggressive pour. Smell: dark chocolate, plum, roasty with a little coffee and burnt characteristics, earthy hops, whiff of wood smoke. Taste: upfront it's big time dark chocolate and prune juice, followed by roasted with a slight coffee and borderline burnt flavors (black malt), decently hopped too: citrus, earthy. Mouthfeel: a nice mix of syrupy and creamy, turns out there was just enough carbonation despite the lack of head... not quite as full as I'd expect though. Very enjoyable and easy drinking without a hint of booze. Thanks to Hoppin' Frog for coming to FL!

Photo of Brez07
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from yesterday's notes. 22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter

A: A DARK pour with a 1/2 finger coffee colored head that dissipates quickly. There is a ring of foam that lasted for most of the glass

S: Lots going on here - coffee, toasted coconut, caramel, maple, molasses. Wonderful aroma

T: Similar to the smell (toasted coconut, molasses) with a slight smokey, roasted coffee flavor. The coffee flavor resonates on the palate for a while. There is a small amount of alcohol present, which increases as the beer warms up

M: Thick and oh-so creamy

D: This is what a RIS should be. I found this easy to get through a bomber, but that's probably where I'd stop as the ABV caught up to me at the end. Sip and enjoy. I'll be looking to pick up another bottle to age

Photo of manahansf
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black color topped with a thin and lacy brown head. From the head flows a deep dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. The viscous body with low carbonation is a velvety drink. It is sweet with tastes of coffee and chocolate. The sweetness and chocolate become emphasized in the finish which fades gracefully with just a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

Photo of Lerxst
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black as night with a thin mocha head that faded quick and left very little lacing.

S-Intense is the word. Booze/Whiskey, plums, figs, a bit of chocolate, not picking up any coffee surprisingly.

T-Matches the nose-Whiskey, plums, figs and some chocolate. Very boozy. But this is a big, intense beer with a ton of flavor.

M-Not quite as viscous as I thought it would be, but its still pretty heavy with a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Slick and oily.

D-This is a big, big beer. Its very drinkable, but certainly not a session beer. One is enough.

This was one big, bad stout. This was a fresh one so it was a bit hot and boozy. But I think with a year or so on this one it will be amazing.

Photo of backfat
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

what can you say about this beer? well except sit down when you drink it. it was a cold winter night in between whiffle ball innings, and me and a buddy decided to split this epic brew. smells of burnt marshmallows and roasty dark chocolate. can't wait to try the bourbon barrel.

Photo of morimech
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served slightly chilled, poured into a chalice. The color is black and foreboding but the head that forms is small and did not have the greatest retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. I took a whiff even before I poured this beer and I just fell in love with the aroma. The black malt just shines. Hints of chocolate, molassas, espresso melds nicely together. There is also a hint of citrus which I assume comes from the hops. Alcohol is not detected.

Despite this not being barrel-aged, I pick up whisky like flavors. It is subtle. The malt gives pleasant flavors of chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and coffee. Bitterness is not all that high despite the claim of 60 IBUs. A little burnt bitterness however. I do not taste the alcohol but there is a definate warming affect. I thought the body might be a little bigger and smoother with the addition of oatmeal. The oatmeal should of helped the appearance as well.

Without any barrel-aging voodoo, this developed a really complex aroma and flavor. I would like to enjoy this beer again someday. One of the better examples of the style that I have had.

Photo of redsonja
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A/dark choclate like

S/ it smells like whiskey barrel some wood

T/ it taste like whiskey with a hint of vanilla and wood

M/ the whiskey taste stys in your mouth quite a while

D/ if you like whiskey you like this beer good imperial stout a winter warmer.

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Kind of a rough pour. Beer appears dark, jet, pitch black and kind of thick. A thick dark brown head made up of medium sized bubbles forms but as it falls away it doesn't leave lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and alcoholic with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Smells like a Russian Imperial, good job.

Taste is really strong. Medium body (not as thick as I expected) and there is a strong alvalache of roast flavor in the back of the mouth. Strong coffee taste almost makes the beer crunchy. I can taste the alcohol (I believe this was bottled in 2009 but I can't say for sure). Overall its a very big stout. Strong and flavorful. Its all a little much to take in at once. I did enjoy this beer. The flavors skew toward the sweet as the beer warms.

Photo of steve8robin
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one for Christmas...

A: Very dark with no head and a slight mocha colored ring around the edges that disappears quickly.

S: This smell phenomenal! This took me by surprise. I smell awesome oakiness and roastiness in the scent. Smells amazingly smooth and tasty.

T: Very surprising. I love the taste on this. Has a sweetness upfront followed by oaky oatmeal flavors that linger on my taste buds. Taste amazingly smooth! So close to perfect! Just a little againg would make this one perfect!

M: The carbonation on this is good. A little sloppy in the stickiness feeling, but not too bad.

D: This one goes down very easy. I might finish this entire bomber myself.

All in all, this brew was a pleasant surprise. I'm very happy I got to try this brew. This is an awesome example of a stout for people looking for the best of the genre that is easily attainable. Highly recommended!

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.