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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

2,331 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 2,331
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 466 | FT: 38
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 pwoods
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

22oz. brown bomber, poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Pours deep black with big viscosity. A semi short head forms from a small pour and holds for a bit. Head is deep espresso froth. Decent lacing.

S: Some of the oats pop out right away, along with a subtle porter like cola. Burnt malts and dark, alcoholic fruits.

T/M: Big robust malt backbone. Lots of roasted, charred, smoky, and woody malt notes. A bit of underlying sweetness accompanied by some dark, juicy fruits. Definitely some chocolate covered cherries, very distrinctive. Some oats come out but as undertones. Enough hops to balance but not to the 'Expedition Stout degree', lol. Mouthfeel is fan-fucking-tastic. Big, full mouthfeel; not heavy, overpowering, cloying. Big velvety, silky feel and is so extremely inviting. Alcohol is hidden rather well. A bit of drying at the end, especially after warming a bit. Bitterness peaks in the long drying finish.

D: 9.4% RIS and it drinks like a low ABV oatmeal stout. I haven't had this in a long time and I have no idea why. I'm glad I realized I hadn't reviewed it.

pwoods, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.8/5  rDev +13.2%

Appearance: This beer leaves the bottle with such a pitch black color that at first I couldn't discern the liquid from the head; eventually, the head rose but departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace

Smell: Chocolate syrup, oatmeal, dark fruit and some espresso

Taste: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit (prune, primarily) laden chocolate flavor that introduces the espresso elements by mid-palate; at the same time, the hops kick in with a citrus bitterness that adds complexity; after the swallow, the oatmeal joins the fray to mellow out the other, more robust flavors; lenghty, satisfying finish, with plenty of sweet prune and chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso bitterness underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: One of these days, I'll have to try this head to head with Breakfast Stout; it's mighty competitive

brentk56, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%

A- big black body with a minuscule brown head and no lacing. pretty typical or a big stout

S- roasted oats with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. the faintest smell of alcohol finishes this one up. as the beer warmed, the chocolate smell gets stronger.

T- very dry and roasted malt up front with a stronger chocolate taste than i could smell.

M- Wonderfully thick and creamy with a very pleasant dry coffee like aftertaste.

D- finishing this was about as easy as it gets. especially for something this potent. very smooth, enjoyable, and well balanced. this one exceeded expectations and im sure ill try it again. recommended.

jwinship83, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of Metalmonk
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Looks like any decent stout...very little head, and what's there is a glowing toasted-marshmallow brown. Head disappears quickly to a thin crown, while the color is deep, deep, deep black. Zero lace.

Sweet lactic creamy chocolate center, Batman...this aroma is fantastic! Deeply nutty, mellow roast, fresh cream and Hershey bar, all superbly balanced and mingled. Yeah.

Again with the dreamy chocolate and full-on dark roast coffee, the flavor is balanced and big. Plenty of milky sweetness to offset the bitter, roasted flavors. Hops magically weave their way through all the other big stuff here, the balance making this 9.4% RIS insanely drinkable. Just a flash of heat from the alcohol, only adding another depth level to this tasty, tasty beer.

Texture is uber-smooth, round and slick, maybe not quite the creamy insanity I want from any stout (like, say, Bell's Expedition Stout--best stout ever?), but it does a fine enough job.

Very, very good beer. The flavor seems to only improve with warming and repeated contemplation. Perhaps the most drinkable beer of its type...not sure why. Maybe it's the superb balance or relatively sensible ABV. Whatever the case, B.O.R.I.S. = B.A.D.A.S.S.

Metalmonk, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque brown about two shades away from black. Quarter-inch mocha-colored head dissipated into a thin slick of tiny effervescing bubbles; lacing was almost non-existent during the tasting. Very sweet nose consisting of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some dark fruit detectable as the brew warmed and a pronounced hops bitterness indicated at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a subtle carbonation to add some additional character. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden, but presented slightly as it warmed. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. This is an excellent brew that is widely accessible.

Jwale73, Jul 22, 2008
Photo of Scoobydank
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

Scoobydank, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of PorterLover83
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

poured out black as night which was expected. The head had a brown lacing to it. Dark malts and coffee were right up front on the smell, with oat overtones coming through as it warmed. Coffee was in the taste too with a little bit of hops to even it out. Very good brew in my opinion with a heavy mouthfeel.

PorterLover83, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of paco1029384756
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head settling into an equally thick ring of lacing.

Scent of heavy roasted malts, oats, prunes, brown sugar.

Taste of oatmeal, prunes, brown sugar, slight coffee, and some damn good roasted malts linger.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, silky smooth and as thick as chocolate milk.

Drinkability is very high, surprising for the style and strength.

This is one of the very best Imperial Stouts available year round and is absolutely deserving of a purchase. Please go buy this beer and support Hoppin' Frog for making an incredible product.

paco1029384756, Jul 11, 2008
Photo of Domingo
4.88/5  rDev +15.1%

Man is this stuff good!
It has a bit of a brown motor-oil look when it hits the side of the glass, but when it hits the bottom it's as black as night. Really thick looking with a moderate tan head.
Smells very chocolaty and coffee infused, but with a hint of sweetness.
This brew is like drinking liquid silk. Super smooth and chocolaty with just the right amount of sweetness and roasted nut flavors. The flavor finishes very clean and you can't help but want more immediately.
My 1/2 of this bottle was finished off before I knew it.
This has to be the smoothest textured beer I've ever had.
World class for sure!

Domingo, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Split a bottle at Eulogy in Philly.

A: Just shy of pitch black with a hint of dark brown when held up to light. Mocha head with almost no lacing.

S: Big roast smell with coffee and chocolate mixed in. Slight hint of booze but overall very pleasant.

T: Nice mix of the chocolate, roast, oatmeal, coffee and some fruitiness in the back. Very complex. Reminded me of coffee with a little bit of hooch in it in a way.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel. Very smooth though.

D: A damn good stout. Would love to try this again with some snow on the ground but it was damn good even in July. Had this as a dessert beer and it went really well. Would grab this again if I saw it.

aerozeppl, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Rzzzzz
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a Chimay glass. A drip pan may have been more appropriate. Oily black with an appropriate sized milk chocolate head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee & booze. If that sounds like a recipe for an all night party, wait'll you taste it.

A deliciously balanced mix of dark fruits, coffee, dark roasted malt and traces of smoke, with some hops at the end to bring it back, and though the alcohol doesn't get in the way of the flavor, the warmth it provides going down is extremely pleasant. Full bodied and smooth overall but with just a touch of sharpness. Great beer.

Rzzzzz, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of gford217
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

Bottle courtesy of leftmindedrighty poured into a snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a small dense mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving sporadic lacing.

S: The smell starts with a big sweet roasted malt aroma mixed with dark chocolate and oatmeal. There is also a good bit of dark fruits in the nose with raisins and plums with a hint of alcohol burn in the background.

T: The taste is bigger, more complex version of the smell. The sweet malts form a backbone throughout that has dark chocolate and coffee up front. The same dark fruits are in the taste and the alcohol again makes itself felt with a slight burn on the tongue.

M: Mouthfeel is creamy and dessert-like with a bit of carbonation to give it balance.

D: This is a very drinkable RIS and, while it's not the most complex version I've had, it's an extremely good stout and I would seek this one out.

gford217, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of rallison
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bottle 6 months to a year old.

Thick, viscous black pour with a 1/2 finger tan head that recedes to a light covering.

Coffee, smooth chocolate and dark fruits make for a very pleasant nose.

Excellent taste. Dark fruits against a backdrop of rich, smooth espresso and dark chocolate. Extremely well integrated, with a great smoothness from the oatmeal. Very light hopping at the end. I've had this before, but do not remember it being nearly this good. The age seems to have treated it extremely well - 6 months to a year seems perfect as the none of the flavors drop out but all the flavors just mesh better.

Mouthfeel is decadent and smooth, with a drinkability that is too good for such a beer.

Highly recommended. One of the better imperial stouts I've had in recent memory.

rallison, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of brewdogmrb
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%

Hoppin' Frog says that B.O.R.I.S. (Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout) the crusher, its Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, "...will crush you like no other!" Consider me crushed. This is the last of the good number of Hoppin' Frog brews I grabbed on a trip to Philadelphia a couple months back. Ohio's Hoppin' Frog beers are rating pretty high for me at this point, their one misstep being the "Golden Fraug" I reviewed a little while back. The BORIS, which is a gigantic beer in a Brew Dog style session beer's clothing is not one to be taken lightly. This is a straight up mind eraser of a beer that has a good amount of bitterness to balance out the insanity of the normal pantheon of "dark" flavors - coffee, smoke, chocolate, and the kinds of fruits you find in dried form in a typical geriatric kitchen cupboard. The body is very nice and it pours black as ink with a chocolatey looking head, not unlike another Brew Dog favorite, Oskar's Ten Fiddy, and it has the right amount of carbonation, which is key to this style. Not exactly the perfect beer for a hot summer day, but turned out to be pretty perfect for a cool summer night after a long day of work.

brewdogmrb, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of objectivemonkey
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Into an imperial pint, pours pitch black, no hints, no hues, just black. The head starts at a creamy inch of dark brown and settles to a thin film with bubbly borders around the glass, and lacing in arches and blobs.

The taste and aroma offer up a bevy of beauties. The roasted malt is nearly palpable, offering hints of coffee, chocolates, cocoa, and molasses. Dig deeper, and hints of anise, spicy alcohol, oatmeal, and vanilla.

The body is thick, not massive, with a fine carbonation, slightly warming alcohol, and velvety smooth texture. In all, its a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable impy stout.

objectivemonkey, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Purchased this bottle at Keg Liquors up in Indiana...

This literally glugs out of the bomber as thick as motor oil... Not completely black, but pretty close...it slowly forms a 2 inch thick creamy head that is pretty persistent for an Impy...

Loads of dark fruits present early on in the aroma along with some very dark chocolate and licorice as well as some strong coffee...

Surprisingly strong hoppiness in the taste that melds beautifully into a chocolate covered raisin filled coffee cake... Its delicious and there's not a hint of any booze at all... My 3 year old took a sip and begged me for more... (Only 2 more little sips). This one finishes long and slow with a truly remarkable coffe flavor..

This is an elite Imperial Stout no doubt. Dark, creamy, and delicious!!

Tilley4, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

I got this in a trade with Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

It pours a very very dark brown(not quite black to my eyes) and whilst pouring, I didn't see any foam until I finished. Then, a small but nice inch of tan foam showed up. Nice looking lacing hugging my glass.

The smell has notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Oh, and it smells pretty roasty too. I almost forgot to mention that. ;^)

The taste is yummy. I'm getting milk chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, oats(yeah!)and some dark fruit. I love the way the sweet malty flavour from the chocolate works so well with the roasted malt and coffee bitterness; I notice it mentions hops on the label and I guess there's some there but I feel most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malt and coffee.

This certainly is a very smooth drinker and the alcohol, though noticed in the nose, is pretty well hidden when I'm sipping on it. It also has a nice thickish and creamy mouthfeel.

Ok, I've had a few more sips and the sweet aspect of this Stout is a bit more pronounced(maybe because it's warming up? I took it straight out of the fridge) and actually, quite welcome. I love what is going on here so I'll have to give a big salute to Hoppin' Frog for brewing it and again, to Kevin for sending it my way. I have *another* bottle to enjoy but I'm going to drink it fresh as well so no cellaring for this baby. ;^)

Bitterbill, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev -5%

reviewed from notes. 05/02/08

This beer poured a pitch black body with traces of yellow around the rim with a tan head that died somewhat quickly.

Nose was a mix of dark roasted malt, coffee, sweet dark chocolate, raisins, oats, dates and a mild sting of alcohol. An interesting and very unique imperial stout smell. The oats give it a strange, oat taste, that's foreign in other beers like this.

Taste is full bodied and very rich. A big strong hop bitterness and numbing quality immediately stand out as waves of dark roasted malts flow in behind it. Dark malt, dark bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark raisins or dates and even a faint wood quality. The oatmeal aspect of this beer is a bit more muted in the taste, but it definitely has hints of that milky, chewy, oat-like, oatmeal taste. It fits nicely into the imperial stout setting. It ends with a lingering dark roasted malt bitterness.

An interesting beer. An imperial stout with traces of oatmeal stout. It works, but at the same time, I'm not sure if it does. The oatmeal sort of feels like it doesn't belong in the imperial stout, or maybe I'm just too used to imperials a certain. Anyway... a good beer none the less.

taez555, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
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.

srandycarter, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of kkipple
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.

kkipple, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
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!

JoeyBeerBelly, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
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.

ColoradoBobs, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of turbine2475
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.

turbine2475, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Phenom
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.

Phenom, Jun 11, 2008
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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.

BEERchitect, Jun 09, 2008
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,331 ratings.