B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
Caramel-raspberry colored foam thinly adorns the Yankees pint glass, capping deep, impenetrable black licorice black body. The color saves the presentation from a mediocre score because of a dud of a head, providing a dark, gorgeous body that one must see to believe. Light dies here. The nose is a delight, replete with varieties of roasted malt rich with caramel, coffee, lots of chocolate, and hints of fruit. Excellent.
I'm very fond of the taste, rich with malt but more--licorice, caramel, hazelnut coffee--bold and smooth. Its creamy smooth, mellifluous coating only adds to the delight that B.O.R.I.S. the RIS provides. Though the high ABV (9.4 %) does catch up to the drinker with this, it is really terrific beer. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try these excellent offerings from Hoppin' Frog. I'll frequently return to enjoy their wares, readily available in the Midwest. B.O.R.I.S. deserves ample attention from any aficionado of RIS. This won't disappoint.
04-30-2008 05:24:55 | More by Gehrig
4.78/5 rDev +12.7%
Got this bomber from beeronthebrain, cheers Khen!!
Pours black with 2 fingers of brown mocha head & a nice oily shimmery look. Average head retention & above average lacing
S: Rich chocolate, vanilla, toasty malt & a hint of bananas??
T: Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, & dryness up front. Roasty malt & rich chocolate take over as this warms, with a touch of coffee, a bit of nuttyness & some bananas (it's working for me!). Finishes dry, oaky, with vanilla, pecans & rich dark chocolate
MF: Medium bodied, slick, a touch over-carbonated, once warm this is no longer a detractor, smooths out nicely
Drinks through the roof for the style & ABV. I like this one a lot! Recommended
04-25-2008 05:51:22 | More by russpowell
4.38/5 rDev +3.3%
From bottle (as they are now distributed to IL, woo hoo!): Black in color with a moderately thick head of tight brown bubbles. The aromas are on the sweet side with scents of oats, Valrhona chocolate, coffee, aniseed and Christmas spices. The palate is dense and concentrated with the chocolate & coffee from the nose showing in the front follwed by a sweet midpalate of brown sugar and oats. The finish lingers on and on but picks up some bitter hops to balance the sweetness of the midplate. A very nicely balanced beer that is both complex and layered while also being quite drinkable.
04-25-2008 01:43:27 | More by SQNfan
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bomber from West Lakeview Liquors.
Appearance: dark brown, almost black with a thick and lasting brown head.
Aroma: Mellow compared to most imperials but I like that. Lots of oat/grain aroma, very roasty, with touches of dark fruit, vanilla, and citrus.
Taste: Great. Very much like an oatmeal stout but more pronounced with a greater body and some improved depth. Faint amounts of plum like dark fruits. Mildly chocolaty, but mostly this beer focuses a lot on well roasted malt and oats. Hint of citrus in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Chewy and luscious. Full bodied without being boozy. Just great.
Drinkability: Superb. Drinks like any old stout. It's just a lot better than most without being too boozy, too hoppy, or just too damned big.
04-21-2008 17:00:42 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.3/5 rDev +1.4%
Pours black with dark brown edges, the beautiful small bubbles of carbonation that I love, and a big deep brown head. Beautiful. Stays with mild carbonation throughout, and livens up the delicious syrupy mouthfeel.
Smells woodsy with roasted malt, big coffee notes, a hint of chocolate and ... not much oatmeal, actually. The taste introduces the oatmeal, which actually adds kind of an "old wood" or stale flavor which is offset by a huge roasted malt and coffee/chocolate backbone. Very flavorful, very robust. Thanks to RoyMunson!
04-20-2008 04:09:11 | More by Overlord
4.35/5 rDev +2.6%
This ended my night at Moan and Dove awesomely. A slight head formed when formed but it quickly dissipates. Very, very dark colors with brown-color lacing. The aromas were rich in earthy mocha, dark chocolate flavors. Taste-wise, this was like a delicious coffee frappe: strong in mocha, caramel, coffee, espresso dimensions. Like I said, the drink definitely was frappe-like, making it more dessert than drink. I highly suggest then having this as your final drink of the night because it is so good.
04-19-2008 18:16:40 | More by fitzy84
4.65/5 rDev +9.7%
A- super dark black and ominous, like pouring used motor oil with no hope of letting light through save for a hair-thin, no exaggeration, line of deep bright red at the very bottom, that is most likely created by the beer's color reflecting off a facet in the glass. rich creamy head is tremendously dark as well, probably the darkest i've seen, a very warm dark brown sugar color with delicate lace the consistency of partially melted parmigiano-reggiano cheese. after it settles, it takes on this spooky silent-but-deadly look and i'm getting some serious dark side of the harvest moon vibes.
S- freshly brewed high quality kona coffee is the main aroma with some dark chocolate and burnt raisins. maybe some prune, maybe some black cherry, but in no way does this beer smell fruity. roasted malt and burnt wood, campfire, and a hidden earthy hop aroma play backup.
T- not a fan of coffee, but i love imperial stouts. that being said, this tastes better than any coffee i've ever had in my life, and i've tried some pretty high class varieties. at first it's slightly tart with raisin and dark berries and thich resinous hops, moving into dark chocolate and coffee, then right on the swallow i'm hit with a huge cocoa & coffee resurgence with smokey burnt wood, and the oatmeal lending a certain creamy tiramisu flavor. diving in a little deeper, behind the coffee and cocoa, there's a peppery spicy shiraz wine grape taste and what some might call licorice, to me is more like star anise pods thrown on hot charcoal. very woodsy and ethereal with no detectable alcohol.
MF- very full and dense, but not syrupy at all. medium carbonation keeps things lively and the oatmeal creaminess seems pure and refined without much powdery feeling.
D- i have to restrain myself a little on this one, all of its complexities could make me drink faster while trying to ponder the subtleties, resulting in another empty glass. they call this one 'the crusher' for a reason...
04-15-2008 21:22:30 | More by hustlesworth
3.98/5 rDev -6.1%
black with clear mahogony highlights when held to the light and a really nice looking creamy brown head and lacing. molasses, dark dried fruits, coffee, and a bit of booziness in the nose. big chocolatey sweet malts in the mouth get balanced out by some sharp roastiness and an underlying herbal/piney bitterness. slick, viscous, and full-bodied, but not too big as some beers of this style can be. very creamy carbonation. definitely a complex sipping beer.
04-14-2008 01:23:12 | More by MrMcGibblets
4.2/5 rDev -0.9%
Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz./22 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA
Poured a super viscous, absolute pitch black with a thin, bubbly, cocoa colored head that quickly dissipated. Motor oil-like in appearance. With every sip, the beer left a thin, sticky film along the glass.
The aroma was intense. Deep and malty rich (heavily roasted malts). Super oaky and bourbony. Brown sugar was apparent along with dark chocolate. Dark fruits including prunes and raisins were also noticeable. A slight hoppiness wafted in the background. As the beer warmed, the booziness came out even more.
The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma. Woody, oaky and super dark. Robust. Deep, rich French roast coffee notes along with bakers chocolate came through in the center. The finish was boozy (bourbony) and hoppy (minty hops) with an even stronger dry, hoppy aftertaste. As the beer warmed, the hoppiness intensified.
The mouthfeel was thick and chewy yet ultra creamy and smooth. Even though the oatmeal did not appear in the flavor or the aroma, it definitely seemed to contribute to the slick, somewhat fluffy texture of the liquid.
This was definitely an intense beer, albeit not quite as extreme as I anticipated. Definitely a flavorful and interesting offering nevertheless. However, at $11 a bottle I must say it was rather pricey.
04-13-2008 22:13:11 | More by Damian
4.58/5 rDev +8%
Bottle. WOW! I have previously tried 2 other Hoppin' Frog beers, that while not bad, did nothing to impress me in this day and age of beer geeks being spoiled with an abundance of spectacular brews. This beer is the one to impress said beer geek. There are many solid RIS on the market, this is right up there with the elite. Pours a deep, deep brown with a light brown head that began thick and full and disippated into a nice tan 1/8" layer, but with no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate and roasted malts, with a little burnt sugar smell in the background. The flavor is HUGE! It has a serious dark chocolate thing going on, bittersweet, with a sweetish creamy undertone. The balance between the creamy sweetness and roasty bitterness is outstanding. The mouthfeel is tremendous. I have had too many stouts of late that have great flavor with a mouthfeel that is too thin. Not so with B.O.R.I.S., huge, huge, huge, so thick and full. I can't wait to get some more of this!
04-13-2008 19:31:56 | More by clingman71
Nova Scotia (Canada)
3.88/5 rDev -8.5%
This is CERTAINLY a powerful stout.
The color is BLACK, almost sucking the light out of the room.
Head is nominal and passing but does recover when swirled slightly.
Has long legs in the glass, indicating its strength and body.
Aroma is nominal, fresh and slightly coffee/alcohol.
Flavor is full, a bit bitter with roast (very nice) and slightly sweet.
A very enjoyable imperial stout, not the most complex I've ever had, but really nice.
04-12-2008 23:28:50 | More by ajhod
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Hoppin' Frog Brewing: B.O.R.I.S, The Crusher, Oatmeal Imperial Stout (2007) (Tasted 04/06/08)
22 oz. Bottle: poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours out pitch black, opaque when held to the light. A rocky, sticky, mocha colored head is slow to form and fade, roughly one inch high.
Odor: Strong oatmeal aroma up front, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans & slight whiffs of alcohol.
Consistency: Full body, slightly oily & viscous. Astringency from the roasted grains & alcohol is muted by the oats & "heavy" mouthfeel.
Taste: Sweet cream & chocolate come on strong at first, tempered by rough oatmeal & bitter roasted grain flavors with some flashes of ripe fruit. Finishes with rich chocolate & bit of dryness & bitter flavor from the roasted malt.
It took a beer like this to remind me how much I love stouts after spending the winter drinking mostly hop-laden brews and Belgian ales.
04-07-2008 19:17:42 | More by Walken
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours black as night and looks thick coming out of the bottle. Big and creamy cocoa colored head starts at 3 fingers before eventually settling to a thin sheet and leaves sporadic lace.
Deep aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. More sweet than malty. Some dark fruit lies in the background, and the alcohol is evident. I get just a bit of some oatmeal as well.
Initial flavor is sweet with molasses and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate comes next leading the way for a big espresso flavor. Nice roasted bitterness balances and complements the sweetness - dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Dark fruit and some alcohol round things out before a milk chocolate finish.
Velvety smooth, very rich and creamy. On the medium side of full bodied - not as full as expected. A little tingly/numbing on the tongue towards the end of the bottle. Goes down a little too easily.
Very nice - best example of the Imperial-Oatmeal I've had so far, and not as boozy. Recommended. Thanks out to ahatcher78!
04-06-2008 23:26:06 | More by Lupe
4.58/5 rDev +8%
A big thank you to goryshkewych for this one!!
S = Roasted malt and dark chocolate with a faint hint of alcohol in the background.
T = Dark chocolate flavor upfront with a very nice roasted coffee flavor near the end. The finish was like eating dark chocolate expresso beans. The bitterness level was very low along with no harsh, burnt coffee taste. The alcohol was well hidden.
MF = Not overly thick, lightly carbonated, incredibly smooth and creamy.
Overall, I highly recommend this beer. Exceptionally easy to drink and one of the best that I've tried.
04-06-2008 01:29:21 | More by Riverwarrior
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz bottle. Pours opaque black with 2 cm of dark tan head that lasted a while. Aroma of roasted malt with a hint of cherries. Initial flavor includes chocolate, grains, and a hint of something sweet, maybe cherry. Flavor ends with some dryer components from the hops and oatmeal. Light carbonation, medium body, some lacing, and noted alcohol towards the end of the taste. High drinkability, very tasty, and have had it before and will continue to keep it in my stout rotation.
04-04-2008 21:56:10 | More by joekfsu
4.4/5 rDev +3.8%
Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv.
04-02-2008 02:22:21 | More by Georgiabeer
4.43/5 rDev +4.5%
Pours a rich black color, thick looking, with a big and creamy dark brown colored head. Retains a really nice lace and leaves and a nice amount of stick.
Smells like dark bakers chocolate, good amount of sweetness. Roasty aromas, molasses, some booze.
Taste is initially sweet with nice chocolate and molasses flavors. Then comes some roasted malt and bitterness, before finishing with some dark chocolate sweetness. Velvety smooth mouthfeel, very creamy and rich tasting. Yet it's not as full bodied as I'd expect. Still, delicious and oh so smooth. Goes down way too easy.
Damn fine imperial stout. I'm glad this is available in PA now.
04-01-2008 01:25:23 | More by number1bum
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
A - Inky black dirty motor oil color, like liquid black licorice! A two finger head looks reddish brown, and leaves a crapload of dark brown lace on the snifter. Swirling deposits sheets of brown foam on the sides of the glass that slide down and leave some thick crust behind. This one is big, black, and beautiful!
S - Roasted cereal grains, oatmeal, cocoa powder, bitter baking chocolate, and chocolate malt-o-meal. I can also smell some raisins and salty nuts along with the chocolate...sort of like trail mix. I can also smell shelled sunflower seeds and some fresh soil.
T - Espresso, hot chocolate made double strength with two packets of cocoa powder, bitter baking chocolate, and burnt whole oats. Silky dark chocolate and espresso beans interact with sweet unprocessed cane sugar flavors (the brown grainy kind that comes in a brown recycled packet). There are a good deal of grassy, weedy hops that support the massively sweet chocolate flavors nicely.
M - Full bodied, creamy, foamy, thick, and extremely rich. This has a silky, low level carbonation and it finishes bitter and coffee-like with a lingering silky feeling of melted chocolate. Outstanding.
D - This is a kick ass brew! Not a session brew by any means, this is a world class sipping beer that is sweet and bitter at the same time. This would be sinful with a box of chocolates, but if there is any thing wrong with this beer, it's the sweetness that become a bit overbearing at times.
03-31-2008 18:30:22 | More by pmcadamis
4.08/5 rDev -3.8%
Appearance: It pours a very impressive dark, brown (nearly black) color. Head is chocolaty brown and about two fingers deep. Retention was pretty good and a nice web of lace lined the glass.
Smell: Chocolate and roasted malts are sweet and mix very well. Light roasted coffee fragrance is present. Slight notes of dark fruit (mostly plum) are notable. Light alcohol aroma on the tail.
Taste: Roasted malts are primarily its strength. Chocolate malt and coffee flavors are excellent. Dark fruit flavors add complexity and complement the other flavors very well. It has perhaps a very slight smoked taste. Alcohol is masked well and is not noticeable. Not picking up any oats. Interesting, but nonetheless very tasty.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium to full bodied. Carbonation is excellent. Extremely smooth and drinkable. I could drink a bomber or two despite its strength. It goes down that easy. Overall, this is an excellent beer. Highly recommended.
03-31-2008 03:05:36 | More by prototypic
4.33/5 rDev +2.1%
22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a snifter.
Pours a syrupy, opsque oil in color beneath a carbonation-filled brown head that settles to a thin film after a moment. No visible lacing.
Milk and dark chocolate; rich, roasted malts. Vinous, fruity esters: blackberry, grape. Spicy, floral hops; notes of bubblegum. Notes of smokey toffee and lingering port-like alcohol.
Ripe, vinous fruit flavors: grape, red apple, currant, plum. Robust, roasted malts; dark chocolate and toffee. Slick, intense alcohol over an aggressive, floral hop bite. Notes of vinous, dark fruit and dark chocolate in the aftertaste.
Full in body; syrupy slick. Just a touch too slick given such a bold range of flavors.
A full-flavored, intense Imperial Stout. A nice offering from a brewery I've never even heard of before. Hopefully I can sample some of their other offerings in the future.
03-31-2008 01:32:52 | More by NEhophead
4.55/5 rDev +7.3%
A great beer. Thanks to kryptic for this one.
Pours deep black with good dark tan head. The nose smells of good hops and oats. taste follows with great roasty malt flavors, good solid oatmeal presence and a wonderful hop character on this finish. The hop character in this one is about perfect, similar to TenFidy in that way. Not too bitter and not overmalty either. Mouthfeel is a touch thin on this one, but still quite good. Drinkability gets highest marks here as the abv is completely hidden. If it wasn't for the intensity of the flavors here you would never think this was imperial. This is one hell of a brew, great job to the boys at hoppin frog! Thanks again to Mike.
03-28-2008 00:15:38 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4/5 rDev -5.7%
Super black color with a dark brown head that quickly dissolved into a ring of bubbles. It smells like dark chocolate cake, yum. Interesting flavors that remind me of Stone IRS, dark fruity, nice beer. The mouthfeel is bubbly. the drinkability is obviously hampered by the ABV and the carbonation.
03-26-2008 05:35:06 | More by ArrogantB
3.9/5 rDev -8%
22 oz. B.O.R.I.S the Crusher
Enjoyed out of my Delirium Tulip with my bro. Listening to Radiohead.
Appearance: Little to no head, but what was there had a nice dark tan color. Very dark black, no light when held up to a light.
Aroma: Big roasted malts. Hints of chocolate and coffee There is little bit of rummy smell as well.
Flavor: Alcohol off the top , but it mellows out and fold into chocolate covered oatmeal and Roasted Malts... Starts off a little off balanced but ends up being pretty nicely balanced with a nice long finish
Mouth feel: The high alcohol content makes it a little more watery that you would expect.
Drink ability: Every now and then beer. I would like to sit on one for another year or two and then give it a go.
03-24-2008 20:26:18 | More by SAS
4.22/5 rDev -0.5%
22 oz (cellared for at least 6 months) ... I can't remember who I got this one from ... but if you're the person, please contact me so I can edit the review. Shared with trading partner... mine from my New Belgium snifter. Reviewed last night .. but I kept really good notes.
1" very dark brown head.. looks like the cap on an espresso... No light is making it through this one ... no lacing.
Aroma is coffee and semisweet chocolate .. some cinnamon notes ... traditional roasted smells .. but smoother... spicy alcohol as it warms.
Flavor is reminiscent of a thick extremely rich Mexican hot chocolate ... or just a tab of Mexican chocolate melted and poured into my mouth.. French Roast with a thick lingering finish. Fairly viscous .. not much carbonation.
Very tasty but I would really only be able to handle one glass .. maybe a bomber .. Simply too lush ... This is definitely a special occasion beer for me, even if I had ready access.
03-22-2008 07:15:40 | More by JohnGalt1
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
First of all, thanks to WVBeerGeek for the trade! Impossible to find this one out here in Oregon, thanks bud!
Shared this 22oz bottle with my lovely lady. Pours a dark brown/black. Super thick with litte-to-no light coming through. Pretty flimsy head.
Fruity and hoppy coffee in the nose.
Nice sweetness at first, and then a dry bitter coffee smack. Once it's noce and warm, there is a good alcohol bite there too. Nice creamy blend of vanilla and chocolate, like a liquid sundae!
Not finding any oatmeal in there, but i'll take their word for it. Nice earthiness though.
Thanks Tony! Good call!
03-20-2008 06:16:17 | More by SurlyDuff
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,312 ratings.