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

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BA SCORE
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2,425 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,425
Reviews: 986
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 254
Gots: 479 | 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 bort11
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

22 oz bottle split between me and my wife. My half was poured into an imperial pint glass, hers was into the Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I had a tall coffee colored head that leaves a pleasant spider web of lacing. Color was pure black.

Smell is very rich dark chocolate, coconuts and dark coffee. There is a sweet gooey cookie dough malt character. Taste is black sweetness. A lot more coconut, some raisin and chocolate.

Smooth yet chewy mouthfeel. It is a joy to let sit on the tongue. Oh man this is good stuff. This one is staying on the want list. Blipped Soul Crusher by White Zombie for this one.

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

22oz bomber poured into a regular snifter twice. Not sure of the date on this one. A slighty drunk frog graces the label. Served right out of the fridge.

A- Boris pours out a very dark brown to black color while becoming completely black while relaxing in the glass. This one looks quite thick. A semi dense 1 1/2 finger dark tan head made an appearance before leaving. Some minimal lace is seen.

S- A pleasant smell of roasted malts and grain and a lot of bitte chocolate. The oatmeal is there but is pretty faint. Some earthy hops as well as roasted coffee. These smells double with warming so take your time.

T- Boris Packs more coffee in the taste than in the nose with a roasty appeal as well as espresso qualities. Very nice. This is backed by a nice supply of roasted malt as well. A nice chocolate taste, somewhat bitter but certainly dark and full. The oatmeal qualities come out more than in the nose and shine when it reaches room temp. Some dark fruit and slight hop presence is there when you search for it.

M- A very smooth stout with a bit of an alcohol note detected. Slighty warming qualities as well as some bitterness on the top of the mouth with coffee. Not as full bodied as expected from the look but boris gets the job done. Nice carbonation level.

D- If I could afford this I would drink it all winter. A nice amount of alcohol so one bottle would do me good. Not as much oatmeal as expected but the other flavors really shined. This is going into steady rotation for me. I need to invest in a case.

A great job from what I hear is a very small brewery in Akron. Well done!!

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black colour. Thin, dark brown head. Leaves no lacing.

Great smell of coffee, cacao and roasted malts.

Actually rather sweet taste of coffee, oatmeal and malts. There are even some hops making themselves apparent from behind the heavy malts.

Well balanced mouthfeel. Sweet, strong, the alcohol doesn't bother you at all.

Very high drinkability, the beers starts strong and grows on you throughout the session.

Photo of MCfunkyJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours: jet black with signs of amber

Aroma: coffee, oats, fruit & hoppy smell

Taste: dark chocolate, Oatmeal, strong coffee, creamy milk

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, strong Stout

Drinkability: the aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Goes good with reese cups.

Serving type: 22oz bottle

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

I randomly saw this at St. James Beverage back home on the island after hearing rave reviews about it on this very site. This bomber cost $9.49 and features a giant frog hoisting a green brew on the label.

This pours slow and thick like used motor oil and produces extremely dark brown head that lasts only a few minutes before thinning to a tiny cap. The nose is a melange of rolled oats, coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, toasted, and alcohol.

The flavor is a liquid version of the nose with a silky smooth finish and kick of alcohol burn at the end. I'm also starting to get a little touch of vanilla as well. This is velvety delicious and goes down so smooth. For 9.4 percent, this goes down ridiculously easy.

This is unbelievably enjoyable. I can't remember being so impressed with a RIS since I first tried Old Rasputin. This is terrific; expensive but worth it.

Photo of zeff80
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, cappuccino-like, tan head. It left thin rings of lace on the sides of the glass..

S - It smelled of oatmeal, roasted malt and coffee. There were very mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, sharp oatmeal and sweet caramel malt. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was smooth and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a interesting take on an RIS. It really tastes like an oatmeal stout that has been cranked up.

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

This poured a beautiful jet black with a nice tan foam halo around the edge. Leaves pretty nice thin lacing around the glass. The nose is of coffee and bitter chocolates. Perhaps a bit of earthy hop to it as well. The taste is bitter coffee and roasted malts. There is a nice soft bitter chocolate taste as well. A minor alcohol whisp while bitter hop and chocolate compunded with a nice smooth creamy oat flavor create a nice finish. Mouthfeel is very nice a creamy. This is defintely a sipper for a cold night. Overall this is pretty damn good. Its not your typical outmeal stout. Its almost more RIS than oat. Whatever it is....its good!

Photo of ryrust5301
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours quite like a RIS. Motor oil black, and slick and syrupy. Very little head to speak of. Eventually a thin layer of chocolate colored bubbles emerge from the bottom and coat the top. A thin ring of tan is left to haunt the beer all the way to the finish.

Smell - Hoppy to say the least, followed up by a sweet bitter chocolate. The coffee oatmeal scent is very noticeable.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Here's my problem with this one. I love my RIS, but for an oatmeal stout BORIS leans way to heavily to RIS country and against the style. Way to harsh with the hops and bitterness, while not concentrating anough on the smooth oatmeal flavor. Huge amounts of hops were dropped into this one, a decedant amount of chocolate and coffee, and it seems just a pinch of oatmeal. Alcohol is very present and warming.

Drinkability - St. Ambroise is still the king of the Oatmeal stouts, but if you are looking for something closer to a hopped up version of an RIS with some oatmeal thrown in, you've found your brew.

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

A big thanks to my buddy Dave for securing this bottle.

Pours an inky black with just the tiniest bit of red at the edges. Creamy and very dark brown head. Head lasted a couple minutes and fell to a few islands of bubbles. Very little lacing.

Aroma of chocolate, burnt coffee and molasses with a touch of alchohol. Inviting to be sure. I love the aroma of heavy stouts.

There was a nutty taste to this beer that I found a little surprising. Mild almonds. Chocolate and coffee show up in spades as well. The coffee flavor, like in the aroma, was a little burnt. Alcohol was present but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel was just short of outstanding. Smooth and creamy from the oatmeal. Very low carbonation levels with a slight alcohol pinch.

After 3/4 of the bomber I realized that I probably wouldn't want more than what was left in the bottle. Drinkability is decent, but nothing to write home about.

Photo of bigfoot13
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hoppin Frog is a very small brewery in the Akron Ohio area. (by the Goodyear Blimp hanger)

I have visited the brewery several times and it seems to be family owned and operated, never more than 3 or 4 employees working at any given visit.

The longer you let this beer sit/decant and warm up, the more you will be awarded.
If you drink this cold, you have wasted your money.

Pour-Syrup like

Body-Very full bodied

Color-Coal Black

Head-None

Taste-Coffee, fruity, big malt finish

This is a sipping beer and one is enough for me at a single sitting.

Photo of gameface23
3.6/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with burnt amber edges when held up to a light. There was a very small, khaki colored head that dissipated very quickly. The smell was average for an imperial stout- creamy milk chocolate and roasted malt, but nothing stood out too much. There was one point in the sip that did have a nice roasted bitterness, but transitioned into an almost cloyingly sweet finish. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Drinkability was average. It's a sipper.

Photo of DoctorDog
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 oz/22oz bottle into a pint glass. Brewed in Akron, Ohio- a mere 130 miles from my house.

A- Essentially black and opaque. Pours with a bare minimum of medium-brown head, which fades gradually, leaving a thin ring and no apparent lacing.

S- Strong earthy start, then mellows into a blended coffee/chocolate/alcohol smell as the drink warms a bit.

T- A bit of chocolate/espresso mixed with a hoppy earthiness. Perhaps a touch of dark fruitiness as it warms. Alcohol presence is fairly pronounced and apparent- less well concealed than I had anticipated/hoped.

M- Fairly creamy, smooth. Some heat and booziness.

D- Decent as a sipper. The flavors never quite came together for me, and it's slightly overly-boozy alcohol taste on the finish diminish this one a bit in my book.

Future outlook: Not a favorite, but it's decent and local-ish, so I'll probably give it another chance sooner or later.

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

22oz bottle opened on Christmas morning for brunch. I liked it quite a bit.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10.

A: Black and thick and when held to the light there is some auburn red that shines out. There was no head here and just a film on top of the beer that looked like scum.

S: Oatmeal, toasted coconut aromas. Not an overload of chocolate and I thank the brewer for that. Great start that brings a lot of character to sipping this one.

T: Roasted sugar flavors, primarily brown sugar. Some chocolate is present with on overlay of hops and warming booze. I really enjoy the flavors in this beer as the dried fruits and creamy milkiness come to play.

M: Completely creamy body, smooth as silk. A hop bitterness is left on the tongue which is unique and pleasant.

D: I did enjoy this quite a bit and it would go marvelously with some pancakes/waffles. It overpowered the omelette I had alongside a bit but this is definitely up there in terms of RISs that I have had.

Photo of hoegaardenhero
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep thick black like a glass full of black house paint w/ about one finger of milk chocolate and good retention

s: roasted coffee; dark chocolate; light hops; dark chocolate syrup; burnt toffee

t: deep dark roasted coffee; dark chocolate syrup; brown sugar; light alcohol

m: smooth thick creamy; light carb

d: a really nice imperial oatmeal stout; roasted and strong with light hops

Photo of jwc215
4.72/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that is well-retained. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, dark malt, dark fruit, a hint of booze.

The taste is of coffee with eathy/bready notes, some anise, some chocolate, a bit of citrus. Light roast is there, but not nearly in a burnt way. Well-hopped for a dark malty brew. Finishes long and bittersweet. Absolutely delicious!

Full-bodied and silky, this is smooth - almost no astringency here.

The hype is deserved, and then some. An awesome brew! The light booze in the aroma is covered in the taste. It has a deceptively drinkable character. A great beer!

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very little head with little retention. I know most stouts aren't highly carbonated, but I'd like to see some lace. The color is beautifully dark. VERY DARK.

Smell is of some chocolate malts with a bit of licorice. There is a tiny bit of a black patent smell as well. However, it isn't strong or complex.

Taste is of big chocolate malts with some black patent to compliment. It seems decently straightforward. The oats add a little smoothness and help give a little bit of body to this huge ABV beer. There is a hint of caramel and burnt sugar with a touch of raisins. This beer REALLY comes together and smooths out as it warms.

It's hard to get a big body with this much ABV.

Photo of sgoodship
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this bad boy up at Binny's in the South Loop for $9.99. There was a lot of snow on the ground today in Chicago and this brew felt like a good choice.

A: Reddish black. Very dark, oily liquid. Slight ruby highlights on the edges against the light. Even a vigorous pour did not give up much of a head. The cap was a nice creamy bronze, half finger that had a lot of carbonation activity and dissipated very quickly. The small spotty lacing does not stick around.

S: Good solid, earthy, roasty, oaty, malty smell. The alcohol is there but feels like it is embedded in a dominant sherry, dark cherry and coffee.

T: Big roasted malt at first, followed by a swift kick of piney hops. It then falls deeply into a very aggressive sweet tang that contains dark fruit, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate and licorice. Once this exceptionally bold taste dissipates, the aftertaste is a more subdued roasted malt and hop. An interesting profile and warming with the alcohol that feels pretty well masked.

M: Full bodied and smooth stout. Hops and a medium level of carbonation give it a little life.

D: I found it to be pretty drinkable. I can't say that I'll be rushing out for another one of these when I have other favorites that I enjoy more. Piney hops and licorice are two things that don't do it for me. So, it is a nice beer that I would recommend trying but, it wasn't for me.

Photo of eagles22
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice bitch black body with a alright tan head that dimmishes quickly

Smell: nice nutty and choclate...and also some roasted malts

Taste: very low carbonated beer...but its outstanding nice silky black chocolate feeling with a toffee and coffee taste at the end...very complex beer

Mouthfeel: very smooth and rich...mouth is very full i love it

Drinkability: very high could easily put them down

Photo of stumac
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What is "B.O.R.I.S."? Probably "Big Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout", eh?

this brew pours up black with a nice brown head. the nose is oats and roasted malts, a very pungent aroma. the taste is oats, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. its full bodied, has a sweet finish. Definately a winner...

Photo of BillyB
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow!
I had no idea that this beer had made it's way to N.J., so I was pleasantly surprised to find it at Super Saver Pennington(formerly Circle Liquors).
$9.49 was a bit steep, but what the hell.
Deep dark brown pour, almost black. No head.
Thick,syrupy,viscous mouthfeel.
Very sweet grainy tastes and aromas. Sweetness could be alcohol or oatmeal.
Overall fantastic beer. Quite drinkable.
Pour some Hershey's syrup on your oatmeal tomorrow morning!

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

Black/brown pour with ruby tones. Barely present brown bubbles. Roasty aromas of malt, coffee, grains. Initial taste is roast malt, roasted oat and quite a bit of coffee. As it warms it mellows a bit and hits the mocha and port like flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel, not quite creamy. A big beer, full bodied for sure. Not over run with alcohol or bitterness. The oat sets this apart a bit from the typical RIS. If it was available to me other than mail order, would definetely buy again. Would like to see what some age does to this also. May have to make my way through Akron on the way home to Michigan.

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

A - Pours into the snifter with a fine, tiny brown head. The body is black. The legs are awesome. There is no lacing. Quite quickly after the pour, the head vanishes completely and I'm left with a snifter of black goop.

S - A nice smelling dark chocolatey brew. Booze, molassesy sweetness, roasty. Bread... random yeasty notes. Maybe a slight citric hoppiness underlying. Smells like a solid malt bomb.

T - Ultra chocolatey. Chocolate liqueur, cocoa up front... a fruity middle which I'm really trying to decifer... and a super roasty malt finish combined with some nice hop bitterness. Finishes nearly like coffee. Not the best RIS I've ever had but definitely not bad. A great go-to.

M - Could stand to be slightly thicker feeling. Carbonation level is good, though.

D - Rather drinkable for the style. A bomber is enough for now, but I wouldn't really want to split one :)

Notes: A great brew from Ohio that I wish were available here in Michigan. I don't know of the price, but I'm sure I'd revisit it from time to time... and one I'll buy on every Toledo beer run.

Photo of bowersdm
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very black with no hints of light seeping through. There was a small 1cm head, but it disappeared quickly.

S - chocolate, nothing else. It was a pleasant chocolate smell, but it seemed one dimensional.

T - Chocolate (milk or semi-sweet) and oatmeal followed by a lingering bittersweet chocolate taste with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - good overall. It was above average for an RIS, but it wasn't perfect.

D - Good. It's not my favorite RIS, but I'll drink it. I wish it came in smaller bottles however. Putting down 22.9oz of a thick beer doesn't make the stomach feel so great.

Photo of calise1122
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a cold Sunday here in New York, a day that begs for some nice, high ABV Stouts. Luckily, I have been hanging onto BORIS for a while for a day just like this. So after scampering around all morning to get the stew on its slow simmer towards excellence, I sit down at my desk with a some nice aged sheep's milk cheese from Arthur Avenue, a pint glass and a 22 of this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. I click shuffle all on the ipod and we begin...

Song - I walk the Line; Johnny Cash.

BORIS promises to crush me like no other and the song is fitting, because being crushed is a line I don't mind tip-toeing down.

It pours a shade darker than coca-cola, but miles thicker. It has that red hue to it that coke seems to carry and as I watch the pour intently, I nearly let the glass over flow... crap.

Song change - Icky Thump; White Stripes

The beer doesn't carry much of a head, even though it was poured right down the pipe with some vigor. There is a tiny and very tan cap around the perimeter of the beer, but that is it. I can't recall if the last one I drank had the same results... I may be way off and I haven't been into a dark room in years (since photography class in Boarding School), but this reminds me of a dark room with all the red blubs out except one. It is dark, I can barley see, but there is a faint dark red color that allows some light to pass through if I tilt the glass enough.

Song Change - Lyrics to Go; A Tribe Called Quest

Imagine if someone spiked a tootsie roll. That is the initial smell I get, a tootsie roll, heated up a bit, then soaked in some rum or whiskey. With it comes the oatmeal and coffee, but this is a dark deep coffee with some dark fruit characters. I like the smell, its nice

BORIS has much more Hops here than I remembered it. Now, don't get me wrong... he is completely dominated by the dark chocolate, coffee, oatmeal...

Song Change - Money; Pink Floyd

... plums, raisins, and lots of good roastiness... but in the finish, there is more bitterness to it than I recall. Really complex beer, lot's to talk about, actually fits quite well with this song. Especially the trumpet solo (that is a trumpet right?). Mmm, really tasty, the alcohol doesn't tuck its self away in the corner, but it is not over the top by any means... I actually had a nice little game of hide and seek with it through out the entire beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, but still has a nice rich body. It is very well carbonated, maybe a bit too much, but as the songs past it seems to...

Song Change - I'm Only Sleeping; covered by Jeff Tweedy

... calm down and is really nice.

Very drinkable, as drinkable as a 22oz bottle of an almost 10% beer can be. Really nice offering and has accomplished the immediate task when I ...

Song Change - Like a Rock; Bob Seager

Woke, which was warm my bones. On a side note, this song has been permanently ruined for me because of the Ford commercials. I work in advertising/marketing and understand how necessary finding a great song is for commercials is, but I still hate how they ruin songs for me. My favorite band is Wilco and those godforsaken Volkswagen commercial's really crush me.

Speaking of crushing me, this beer did just that. Really great offering from Hoppin' Frog

EDIT: When refilling the glass I literally threw the beer into the glass and a nice rich, thick, khaki brown colored cloud formed over the beer and sank slowly. I apologize to BORIS for I don't want him to show up and kick down my door. Really nice coffee frappe (milk shake for non-new Englanders) colored head.

Photo of Natural510
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet-black, like ink, with some dark-brown highlights. Nice color. A small amount of tan head quickly dissipates into a minimal ring of lacing to the edges of the glass.
Scent is mostly malty and sweet, with hints of dark, dried fruit such as raisins & dates. Not the coffee/cocoa notes of most RIS, which is a refreshing change.
There is a deep carmalized flavor, brought out by the roasted malts. Hints of coffee, date and fig. Thick on the palate, with a noticable hop reverberation and semi-dry finish. Alcohol content fairly noticable.
Thick & robust in body, yet a lack of carbonation cripples what could be an all-around excellent brew.
Needs more carbonation, because it tastes quite flat. It is otherwise a quite tasty brew....and certainly warms you up on a 20F day.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 2,425 ratings.