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

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 259
Gots: 500 | FT: 44
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of Lunch
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.32/5  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
4.42/5  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
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
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 +8.7%
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
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of Brettster
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick and deep black with a brown head. I definitely pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, some roasted malt, and with hints of alcohol. I can taste the coffee and alcohol, but I can also pick up a little hop at the end. It is a nice Imperial with good balance.

Photo of strictly4DK
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a flute glass.

A - Oil slick black with a brown tan head, about a 1/2 inch with a gentle pour. Recedes to almost nothing and leaves little lacing.

S - This where it starts to shine. First whiff gives an idea of the strong roasted malts used in this beer. Followed by notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee. At times there are faint scents of bitter hops that fight (feebly) to make it through.

T - Most evident flavor is roasted malts which with a combination of burnt oats almost lends a smoky flavor. Not sure if there may have been some smoked malts used here. Certain sips give notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted colombian coffee. The bitter bite of the burnt grains is complemented nicely by sweet citrus hops, maybe a sweeter grapefruit or even tangerine.

M - Medium to heavy body, almost chewy at times. Carbonation is spot on. Burnt oats sticks to the entire mouth and lingers for days.

D - I think even addressing whether I would drink this one again is a ridiculous question. I love that this RIS downplays the hop bite and instead really focuses on providing a complex profile of maltiness. An absolute treasure.

Photo of dismal
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jsh420
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

Photo of vacax
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of TheViolator666
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scootny
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Freethyhops
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Jmoore50
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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