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

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2,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 463 | 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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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

A - Pretty darned black, minimal mocha head that ends fast, lacing thin and unimpressive.

S - Cocoa, coffee, malt and maybe some oats.

T - Rich Mocha intake, malts blend well, oatmeal is visible towards the end. Nice hops at end, too.

M - Medium to full body, good coat, great carb.

D - Delicious.

06-17-2008 04:50:44 | More by srandycarter
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South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Finally got around to reviewing this black beauty. Thanks Brendon fer the sample on a hot back porch summer night in Columbia. Inexplicably, a cute Peruvian also drank this with us.

A. Pitch opaque black, low dirty red head, thick and dense looking. I'm scared...

S. Subdued all the way around. Roast grains, chocolate, noticeable smoothness (via oat), some coffee and altogether too light smelling for a 9.4% Imp stout. A little nutty toasty scent is here, and way too little alcohol...

T. Mmm, slick. Big upfront roast grains with bittersweet coffee / chocolate (milk) and mellow, afterthought bittering hops to balance the large amounts of charred grain and sugar. Very blended, nothing jumps out really. Really quite smooth and seductive. Cocoa and coffee as per the smell. Rather tame and not adventuresome, but it all works together and is easy to drink... perhaps too easy...

M. Very thick and slick. Finishes roasty and bittersweet. Coating. Heavy.

D. 8 ounces was ok. But if the night wasn't 90 degrees, I could see myself drinking more.

B.O.R.I.S. is a well blended, easy to drink heavy Imperial stout that is too smooth for its own good. Recommended, but drink with caution -- the frog means business.

06-16-2008 03:02:18 | More by kkipple
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New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

I was lucky enough to do a trade with STLStoutAddict and I got 2 bottles of this
Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout.
Thanks Steve!

22oz bottle served in a Stone IRS glass.

L - black in color with a good sized light brown head that settled to a ring, leaving bits and trails of sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some dark fruit.

T - rich, roasted flavors - sweetness of chocolate and figs/dates along with espresso bitterness on the finish. very good tasting brew.

F - full bodied, excellent mouthfeel.

D - very nice!

06-16-2008 01:51:11 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Thanks to shbobdb for the opportunity to imbibe in this top 100 beer!

Moderate pour at 50 degrees into a .4 liter chalice yields a dark tan rocky soft two-finger head over an opaque mahogany body. Head fades pretty soon to the smallest slim ring. No lacing. Still, a pretty beer.

Smell is chocolate malt, hazelnut coffee, Play-do, cola, chocolate-chip cookie dough, a bit of vinous booziness, some dark cherries, and way in the back, a hint of strawberry bubblegum. Mmmmm. Really smells good, but the smell is not very strong.

Taste is magnificently rich, with the malt and coffee dominating. Rich burned cherry-sugar taste drips off everything like syrup. The cookie dough taste is subtle but definitely present, especially in the finish, where it is accomplished by a dry metallic hop note. The warmer it gets (I finished this at about room temp), the richer it gets.

Mouthfeel is elegant and slurpalicious. Truly decadent. I swirled and slurped this alot, because it felt so delightful and smooth. Nice mild effervescence spreads the flavors all around the palate. The rich mouthfeel belies the lack of head and lacing.

This would be better in 12-ounce bottles: 22 ounces at 9.4% means it takes a long time to consume one and still be able to type clearly for the review. There is a lot going on, so it's very drinkable, but as with most RIS's, it's too strong to drink more than one.

Hats off again to shbobdb. Wish I could get this in Colorado! If it's available where you live, go get some today.

06-14-2008 03:31:25 | More by ColoradoBobs
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4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks to Goliath for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger mocha head that disipated quickly into a ring leaving a heavy lace.

S - Dark Fruits, some coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted grain. A little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Definatie oatmeal and molassas, with some dark chocolate and a mild coffee and dark fruit finish. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

M - Chewy with a decent carbonation and a present alcohol burn.

D - Good Brew. Lots of oatmeal that makes the beer a tad bland, but is true to the style. Would love more of this beer.

06-13-2008 05:17:54 | More by turbine2475
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing and leaves no lacing.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate cake are predominant. A little of bit of raisin and alcohol.

T: Chocolate cake, dark dried fruits, pronounced coffee and roasted flavors mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of a lactic or malted milk ball flavor, some vanilla. Some sweetness from the malt and the oats add a nice touch.

M: Very velvety smooth, full bodied, creamy, like syrup. Not much carbonation.

D: Would be nice on a cold winter day, and a good dessert beer, however it is rather filling.

Another excellent imperial stout. It seems like it must be an easy style to brew since good ones are all over the place. I think I will save my second bottle to see how this beer changes after a year.

06-11-2008 02:34:56 | More by Phenom
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4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

This beer is rated among the best and there are no questions why. This beer has all the strength, complexity, pleasantries, and balance that it takes to be great. While low on esters, this beer delivers a whollop of espresso and raw cocoa up front and never relinquishes. Nutty flavors along with the light caramels, toffees, and a hint of cherries woven late into the alcohol warmth give the beer its charm without muddling. Very rich, viscous, and downright chewy textured, but smoothed to a velvety touch by more than just a little bit of oats. These round the beer out perfectly. Set among a backdrop of motor-oil looking liquid, this beer proves worthy of greatness. Very drinkable for such power and flavor. Its the best stout I've had in a long, long time.

06-09-2008 02:00:43 | More by BEERchitect
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4.63/5  rDev +9.2%

A: Black with a very thin brown head that fades real quick to noghintg.

S: Great unique aroma. Very rich. Coffee but mostly chocolate, but heavy vanilla with some cherries, plum and raisins.. Very sweet. Booziness creeps in with an oakiness and roasted malts.

T/M: Really smooth and heavy. Very little carbonation which works in this very rich beer. Starts off all chocolate for a while, developing into roasted malt, vanilla then comes in and mixes with cherries and rasins. Finsish is smoky and oaky and looong with the hop spiciness coming to the front. Big and fat and chewy though the slightest bit hot.

D: This is a huge fat and chewy beer meant to be sipped.

Ovr: I've been drinking a lot of oatmeal stouts recently, Devil Over a Barrel, and KBS, and this is right up there with all of those. Definitely heavier than all of them, and more full bodied. Great great great beer.

06-09-2008 00:58:28 | More by ejquin
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Jet black think dark brown head fades quickly leaving just a little bit of head floating around

smells like chocolate hops and booze

Patent Malt chocolate toffee and coffee your styleistic stout flavors done well with a nice hop counter Balance to even out the flavors
coffee follows a little bit behind

Good mouthfeel very well balanced moves in and out quickly doesn't linger

Very drinkable no problem putting down a bomber on a warm night

06-07-2008 05:14:17 | More by mully
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. pours a pitch black, like used motor oil, with a dark, rich tan head. decent/low retention rate and an OK amount of lacing that flows back into the beer.

S: nice rich aroma of roasted malts, tons of coffee, chocolate, toffee and molasses. slight bitter aroma from the hops.

T: some very intense flavors in this one. some cherries, chocolate, coffee are the major flavors. I taste the oatmeal smoothing everything out as well.

M: very thick and sticky. a little rough, but well worth it. very nice palate, and smooth carbonation.

D: wonderful RIS! I will definitely drink this again, but it is a sipping beer.

06-07-2008 00:42:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
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4.45/5  rDev +5%

Pours a deep dark brown nearly lightless with a pure black center. Thin 1/2 pinky of burnt orange head has little retention and leaves thin spotty lacing and an oily residue. Smells of chocolate, oat, coffee, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts out with dark chocolate and toffee. Dark fruits like plum and raisins follow along with some roasted oat flavor. Finish is bitter and roasty with lots of coffee expression as well as a touch of citrus hops. Thick and full bodied, smooth and creamy with low carbonation. A good balance and a great transition from sweet to bitter, not overly crazy with different flavors popping out at inappropriate times. An excellent RIS that is fairly low in ABV and easy enough to obtain that I can dive into one of these anytime I feel the RIS urge.

06-03-2008 22:30:26 | More by HopDerek
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4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Nearly black in color. Light brown head with spotty ring lace. No light shines through.

Lots of mocha in this beer's smell. Sweet chocolate with some coffee and a touch of English toffee. Inviting.

Strongly alcoholic stout is my first impression. There's an oiliness to the brew and a richness to the taste that is special. Obviously, the alcohol comes through in a big way, but the flavor of dark chocolate (different from the smell) and espresso mutes this. Very rich beer with good carbonation to counteract the syrup feel.

This could not be an everyday beer for me. But as an Imperial Stout, this would be close to my favorite.

06-01-2008 22:48:17 | More by smcolw
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

A- Pours either a really dark brown or black with a light brown head that goes away quickly and leaves pretty much no lacing at all. This brew also pours nice and thick like syrup.

S- Could pick up chocolate, roasted oats, smoke, tiny bit of dark fruits and alcohol.

T- Very nice brew tons of flavour jump out. Tons of roasted oats/malts then it gets sweet with chocolate and finishes with a bitter taste from hops and a little warmth from the alcohol.

M- Full in body. Nice and thick but also creamy and smooth.

D- Is very great here. Not over filling like some RIS. Very enjoyable.

06-01-2008 20:59:37 | More by nrbw23
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Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours dark brown with a small thick hear. Aroma of chocolate, oats and hops. Taste is similar, with additional notes if licorice and molasses. Very thich, oily mouthfeel. Tastes like a meal. Reletively low carbonation. Strong bitter ending. Really nice beer.

06-01-2008 03:25:53 | More by RomanW70
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%

Totally black body, not a highlight to be seen. Small dark tan/light brown head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is swirls of cooca, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of licorice.

Taste follows nose. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of alcoholic bite near the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinnish. Perhaps its the oatmeal, but the RIS here needs to be slicker, oilier, and most of all fuller.

Very good drinkability. Not just a sipper. Maybe too drinkable.

Its been enjoyable cooler seasons with this and Troegs ImpOatSt.

05-30-2008 05:34:50 | More by RonfromJersey
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a nice black with a sweet looking head. It looks awesome. Its sweet and coffeeful. I've tried this a couple times and it seems to be different each and everytime so I will just review the last time.

The taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bourbon but this is a good stout!

Its pretty damn drinkable too. At 9.4% it is a little hot and could use age. Either way its still a good stout!

05-21-2008 00:08:44 | More by iconoklaztor
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3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

ok. My initial caveat is that I have Zero experience with style. I've always been a Belgian ale drinker, and a relative novice at that. But, I came to this site to expand my palate and seeing that more than 50% of RIS get A's, I figured I should introduce myself. Where better to start than with my local Akron brewery.

A - viscous and black. Oil in a glass. Very thin khaki head.

S- chocolate, burnt sugar, coffee beans

T- all of the above plus a bitter tobacco flavor that slowly transforms on the palate to a more conventional hop flavor.

M- it thick but not as thick as I would have guessed

D- what can I say. Its a sipper for me but there's nothing wrong with that. Don't imagine it was designed for quaffing.

05-14-2008 23:59:12 | More by brushtachio
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4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, I shared a taste of this w/ carlos and his gf Rianna. Poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a goblet at cellar temp.

A - Thick black like pitch w/ a very thin tan head that is essentially a ring of lace atop the opaque dense ale.

S - A very full aroma of many malts w/ a boozy and fruity nose. The odors are coffee-like w/ plenty of plum and berry notes and subtle vanilla w/ creamy cocoa sweetness. The aroma also has a dry nutty edge w/ roasted coffee-like hints under the fruity instense sweet note.

M- Thick, almost viscous w/ very little bitterness and a deeply chocolate-like dry roastiness w/ a little booziness for good measure

T - Deep, dark chocolate like a fresh baked triple chocolate desert w/ bean essence and coffee accent in the taste. The flavor has an instense bittersweet cocoa and toffee taste w/ thick dark berry and raisiny sweetness. The flavor is not overly sweet though with the balance of the roasted and dry toasty elements playing counterpoint until the boozy finish

D - A great oatmeal Imperial Stout, just fantastic to sip. The strength is a bit limiting and I recommend savoring this for at 9.4% it is like a meal in a glass. The overall drinkability for me is excellent since there really aren't many beers that match the quality and layered maltiness in the oatmeal accented stout world. The booziness is expected, but subtle for the strength, A must try!

05-14-2008 18:55:32 | More by Slatetank
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my Buddy Drake, poured into Guinness pub glass

A-Black and I mean black color, you can barely see light through the one inch dark tan soapy head, stuck around for almost ten minutes, nice retention, some great lacing at the beginning

S-Aroma was all over the place but still pretty inviting, chocolate, sweetness, booze, grains, raisins, tobacco, black licorice, espresso, burned accents, caramel, toffee, and vanilla

T-Started off with a big dark chocolate and coffee taste, more chewiness and grains in the middle than I thought there would be, some dryness in the finish with a hint of vanilla and sweetness, no booze whatsoever and it was not too roasty either, very nice balance overall, would have liked to see some more hops in this one but it was still pretty good just the way it was

M-Dry, slightly sweet, roasty, and chewy mouthfeel, full bodied, average level of carbonation for this style, taste did linger a while though

D-Probably could drink the bottle by myself, had about ten ounces and that was enough for me, strong and heavy on the stomach, nearly ten percent so it will catch up to you, smooth though, all alcohol was hidden surprisingly

Heard a lot hype about this one and I agree with the majority of it, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have tasted, definitely one of the stronger ones, could possibly make a serious black and tan if you are into those, would definitely drink again, recommended

05-14-2008 17:30:48 | More by Floydster
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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours a massive oily black and just a slight off white head that fades quickly.
Smells very sweet and malty, lots of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit.
Taste is massive as well, very smooth and creamy. Lots of sweet chocolaty fruit, plum, raisin, slight coffee. There's lots going on and this is a great tasting brew. Very smooth and creamy and a super sipper.
Very easy to drink.

05-14-2008 00:29:52 | More by kirok1999
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Thanks to limesmut for this one.

Pours from a 22oz bottle into a snifter a black-as-the-soul-of-hell color with very little head to speak of. What head there was was mocha colored, but there really wasnt much to speak of.

Aroma was full of chocolate and sweet alcohol. Raisins and tobacco also rear their heads. Perhaps even a bit of licorice. Smells dessert like.

A little sweet in the beginning. Syrupy. A good hop bite in the finish helps a little to balance out the immense sweetness in the front. Mostly bitter chocolate and roasted coffee. I guess the best way to describe this one is a piece of chocolate cake with some black cherry syrup on top and a cup of coffee on the side.

Sweet and sticky and a little cloying. Overall, this was a little too sweet for me. I can see how people like it but it just was too cloying to me. I do love the coffee and chocolate flavors but the alcoholic burn and heat ond other factors make this one just an average RIS in my book.

05-13-2008 21:12:20 | More by SaCkErZ9
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

This was one hell of a Stout.

It poured like texas tea out of the bottle with a thin, mocha colored head. So black, Me thinks Hades himself has ever seen such a hue.

The aroma coincides with the taste, a truly layered, roasty, carmely, toffee-like, hoppy, explosion of flavors, centered with an ethanol bite that brings everything to a point.

Truly a REAL ALE, I actually opened it up, and recapped it after having it open for about 30 mins. 18 hrs later when I took the cap off expecting a flat stout, the cap rocketed off such a vigo as Ive never seen!

This beer would proudly tango any dairy laiden dessert, however can march into the world venison, and aged steak quite nicley. I would also thing certain cajun seafood dishes would meet their match with this guy.

05-08-2008 21:46:27 | More by GFSchwab
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance: Pours a brackish, blackish body with no real head.

Smell: Rich dark, roasty malts nose with full notes of molasses, creosote, charred oats, and ground licorice root.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a dialed up licorice taste. Smokey creosote character. Only a mild sweetness. Oats coated in molasses. Mild, earthy bitterness. Finishes roasty with a touch of pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Man, that's one yummy frog. Very drinkable, very tasty.

05-05-2008 00:04:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours deep black/dark brown with a motor oil like constituency. Almost no head. Average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of coffee and roasted malts. Smokey, chocolaty, coffee with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet the bitter. This is a world class beer!

05-03-2008 23:34:06 | More by ATLbeerDog
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

All around a great RIS. I'm still really enjoying stouts at all temps. Too cold to too warm.

A-Dark black with a caramel colored head. About half a finger on a hard pour.

S-Sweet and smooth. No overpowering tones of alcohol.

T-Very good for me. I drank it far faster than I should have, since it went down so smooth. Perfect bitterness and oatmeal flavoring.

M-Not much to say here. Smooth with the right amount of lingering pop.

D-If it were in a smaller bottle, could definitely have a 6-er and feel alright.

05-03-2008 04:18:09 | More by TasteTester
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,313 ratings.