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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,393 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 984
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 250
Gots: 470 | 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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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks (once again) to Yamar18 for the hook-up!

Appearance: Pours out like motor oil with a very slowly forming and quickly dissipating brown head. All that remains after about 15 seconds is a very thin (yet sticky) ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. To my surprise, no lacing. An extremely viscous pour netted a 1-finger, very tight, sticky, creamy head. Retention was still just mediocre. Body, on the other hand, looks great: pitch black, opaque, thick, and oily. Still, as far as imperial stouts go this one looks pretty dull.

Smell: A very strong toffee aroma jumps out, followed by coffee and chocolate, vanilla, oats, nuts and maybe even bourbon. A lot of sweetness, though the overall strength is fairly subdued.

Taste: Dark chocolate, roasted barley, and toffee come to mind first. Wow, oats are huuuge in the aftertaste! Dark currants, leather, and even citrus make a decent showing, but (surprisingly) I'm not getting a whole lot of coffee. Hops snowball into the finish, leaving a bitter and dry aftertaste, yet whetting the palate for another delicious sip. Alcohol is somewhat apparent in the finish as well. The taste is very complex and enjoyable, and I seem to catch a new flavor every minute. Great balance too!

Mouthfeel: Big-bodied and chewy with low carbonation. Very thick and malty with nice mouth-coating and an excellent aftertaste. Rich and bold, yet very smooth.

Drinkability: This is the most drinkable R.I.S. I've ever encountered. Flavor is complex and subtle, allowing the imbiber to discover different nuances in smell and flavor throughout the session. Normally, I'm more of a punch-you-in-the-face R.I.S. fan, but this was a great change-up. Watch out for the ABV - it has already caught me off-guard!

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 29, 2008
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a fantastic beer. I did not expect this. Pours black with the darkest brown head I ever saw. Smells cool, refreshing, with lots of chocolate and coffee - fruits underneath too. Taste is phenomenal - very rich chocolate. Taste lingers in the mouth for a while after each sip. Man this beer is thick, syrupy - just how I love my beer. Alcohol is blended well - its hard to tell its as strong as it really is. Man I wish I could get some more of this! My folks were passing by a store near the brewery in Ohio on a trip and new I liked stouts - so they got it, not knowing how good it would be. Highly recommended.

prsguitarsr4me, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somebody put a black and tan in my bottle. Black fluid with a brown head. Not much retention. Guess it's a black and was tan.

Smells like wet dog. Seriously. Like my friggin saint bernard just walked in after a rainstorm.

I taste some candy up front. Biting bitter coffee at the end. I taste RED licorice instead of black licorice for the first time in a beer. Very, very nice.

I was about to have a bad impression because I didn't like the smell, but the flava comes through and saves the day.

Full bodied. Definite sipper. A pleasant 9.4%. Pleasant not great that is. I love 9% in my D/IPA but in my stouts 11-13% range is much butter. This one is still pretty good though. Love the red licorice snapshots.

Overall: unique tasting treasure

PatronWizard, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of waltonc
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this for dinner last night. Black, labrea tarpit-like appearance. Tons of roasted malt in the smell, as well as the usual coffee and chocolate. Same with the taste, which also includes, as advertised, oatmeal goodness. Mouthfeel is very thick and creamy, with light to medium carbonation. I really enjoyed this one.

waltonc, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of abfraser
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to waltonc for sharing this one.

A: Thick motor oil pour with big dark brown head. Classic looking imperial stout

S: Coffee, roasted malt, sugary toffee. Just a beautiful aroma, you can tell this is going to be a good one

T/M: Damn good stuff. Russian Imperial Stout flavors of coffee, roasted malt and toffee are very well balanced. Thick, full-bodied.

D: Would love to drink this more often but that would mean moving to Ohio

A fantastic beer. Up there with the other great RIS I've had the fortune to try, like Stone & Santa's Little Helper

abfraser, Oct 25, 2008
Photo of corey0212
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a slow/thick black, brownish highlights when held up to light, tiny mocha-colored head rises and fades pretty quickly. So much dark chocolate in the nose, dark fruit notes, and some faint alcohol fumes rising out of the glass. Taste is chocolatey as hell, roasty, some espresso, slightly charred around the edges, slight alcohol burn on the lips. Moutfheel is perfect, creamy, just-right carbonation, and tons of lingering espresso aftertaste. Love this one....B.O.R.I.S. rocks!

corey0212, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of ph2001
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

it pours black and a hard pour gets one finger of dark creamy head. the smell is mild and sweet, almost like a milk stout. medium body that is very smooth and a little creamy. full flavored with a sweetness like coffee and chocolate and the oatmeal gives a nice smoothness to it. the aftertaste is very pleasant of coffee notes.

ph2001, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of rhinos00
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A- dark, like engine oil, with little to no carbonation. tan head that formed initially, quickly dissipated.

S- had a very nice smell. mix of oatmeal and malt with chocolate undertones.

T- the taste of malt and oatmeal was real prevalent. at the end of each sip, chocolate and a small hint of hops came out.

M- thick with little carbonation. seemed to just coat the throat as the beer was consumed.

D- for a beer with a high abv., this was quite tasty. thoroughly enjoyed my first experience with a RIS.

rhinos00, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of drnknmnky
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes

22oz bomber Bought in Davis Square

A - Nice thick head settled quickly though and like most oatmeal stouts does not keep the head for long. nice dark black.

S - nice roasted malt smell, dark choco

T - tatse follows nose. acohol present not over powering. taste of chocolate roasted taste mocha, tasty

M- thick, very heavy beer matches the combination of the styles

D - Very heavy like the beer but loses some points for viscous nature.

Definitely worth a try.

drnknmnky, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Heard a lot of good things about this R.I.S. so I was curious to give it a shot when I saw it available for the first time...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a thick, viscous, obsidian, jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal red, tannish head that quickly receded...
Smell: Immediately was greeted with a thick, overpowering whiff of pure, dark chocolate and mocha...
Taste: Robust, full-bodied, thick, alcoholic flavor with intense dark-chocolate flavors, rich espresso, mocha, and roasted malts...
Mouthfeel: Extremely full-bodied, viscous...
Drinkability took a hit due to the intense flavor and hefty 9.4% ABV...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

dsa7783, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice inky black from a 22 oz bomber. Tan head left some patchy lacing.

Good coffee, molasses, and deep roasted malt aromas. Very nice scents here.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, some malt sweetness peeks thru here with a touch of creaminess. Alcohol peeks thru here too.

Fuller mouthfeel. This one is one to sip. Enjoyable flavors, and warming alcohol will make this a winter visitor to my fridge. Not exactly something I'd want to chug with burgers, and one big bottle will do it for the night for me.

OtherShoe2, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of roadhouse
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter. Not sure of the date on this one but I figure it must be at least a year old.

Appears pitch black and viscous with a half inch dark tan head that goes away fairly quickly, though it can be revitalized with a good swirl. A bit of lacing.

Aroma is amazing. Chocolate and coffee goodness with a prominent molasses note and some subtle vanilla. Slight alcohol in the background.

The taste starts off with dark chocolate and molasses then progessively gets more bitter with a coffee-like roastiness and some hops at the end.

Mouthfeel is just short of being full, but very smooth and creamy. If it was a bit thicker I would rate it a five without hesitation.

Very good stuff. I was hesitant to try it after trying their IPA and being thoroughly disgusted but I finally caved and bought this one up. Glad I did, it's deserving of it's place in the top beers.

roadhouse, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of sulldaddy
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampling this beer poured at cellar temp into a snifter and splitting with Stopper. The beer pours pitch black with a creamy brown head of 1 cm resting easily on the surface. Aroma is deep chocolate malt and roasted notes, some molasses in there as well. Very hearty nose.
First sip reveals a thick body with fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is chocolate, molassess and roasted malt. Some hints of booze but mild for a 9.5% brew. the booze is just enough to remind you this is a big beer, I could see consuming this too fast as it is fairly easy drinking for the size.
VERY nice beer!

sulldaddy, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of seanpachefddfa
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - poured a deep dark brown with a thick fomy brown head.
Smell - Rich chocolate, coffee oats and a bit of vanilla
Taste - The taste is of a heavy rich chocolate. Also getting some coffee and vanilla.The oats come out at the end very nice.
Mouthfeel - Full body beer smooth/creamy mouthfeel. good carbonation
Drinkability - A very good beer overall.

seanpachefddfa, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is as black as satens hart, thick and lushous. i taste sweet carmel notes and strong alcohal in the begining, the middle is one of strong darkley roasted oatmeal and the first hint of hops. the end is nice coffie and pungent floral hops and smooth alcohal. this is a beer that improves as it warms! i need to get more of this one for sure.

orcasteve, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Mauerhan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

first of all thanks to jcjwebster for tossing this in our latest trade.

poured into a bodington's pint glass. pours black. light couldnt get through this beer if i paid it to. a half finger of rich dark mocha colored head sits on top and leaves a slight lacing. this is what dark stouts want to grow up to be like.

smell is rich. full of roasted malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, and some slight spice or nuttiness.

taste matches up to the smell. goes even further in my opinion. i get rich roasted malty goodness. some dark chocolate like in the nose. this beer is just delicious. i cant put my finger on it but i swear i get some nuts, it might just be the roasted malts but whatever it is, its great.

mouth feel is rich and creamy. this beer is incredibly smooth. full bodied. i seriously just cant get enough of this. i would drink this beer again in the drop of a hat. pity is doesn't come out to California. :(

Mauerhan, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of thethrone
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with thick foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Chocolatey, roasted aroma, with some dark fruit and alcohol added in.

T - Lots of dark malty flavor, with coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy bite.

M - Full bodied, a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

D - Excellent brew, highly recommended.

thethrone, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeall sweetness and a small alcohol note. In the taste, roasty oatmeal sweetness. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. Big flavor, roasty malt and delicious.

OWSLEY069, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of marksto
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the recent Tampa BA gathering - thanks to whoever brought it.

Pours deep and dark with garnet highlights when held to light. Aroma displays coffee and roast along with some fruit (cherry). Flavor displays that smooth richness that comes from the well done use of oatmeal. Also has nice roast and black cherry notes. Alcohol flavor and strength are suprisingly low for an imperial stout.

Overall, a pleasant RIS and one that highlights very nicely the use of oatmeal. Recommended.

marksto, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Body is a thick, dark black with a small chocolate-brown head that settles quickly, leaving behind no lace.

S: Strong nose, with port-like qualities (raisins), fruit (berries) and roasted malt and coffee. Hint of cocoa powder too.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much. Raisins, berries, roasted coffee and even some black licorice. Chocolate flavor lingers on the mouth, though it's more of a dry, cocoa powder-type taste and feel than a sweet, milk chocolatey flavor.

M: Heavy in body, but a nice creamy feel to it makes it seem a bit lighter than the weight.

D: Very good. Went down easily for a bomber of 9+% ABV.

Kendo, Sep 20, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that's really thick.

S - Rich and Chocolaty, very bold.

T - Rich and velvety, strong and bold with a slight chocolate bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had.

jeffmonarch, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of MDekker
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber that I got for Xmas 2007, finally consumed in September of 2008.

A: Totally black, like I expected. A thin head, lilght brown in color. Looks appealing.

S: Very sweet, boozy, dark, malty aroma. I smell dark chocolate, some licorice, and some coffee too.

T: Yum! Definitely chocolate, dark rich fruit, java, and alcohol. It all goes together very nicely.

M: Oatmeal smooth - thick and syrupy. No irritation from the carbonation. Nice.

D: Overall, I'd gladly return to this brew, although it's got serious competition from the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout (regular and Kentucky), Stones Russian Imperial Stout, and Bell's Expedition.

MDekker, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of callmemickey
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark black with thick brown head... good lacing..

S: Coffee, chocolate, some yeastyness and oaty goodness

T: Fruity hit and then chocolate and coffee take over... some caramel and oat malts...

M: Good masking of the alcohol.. medium full body with nice creaminess.. some bitterness

D: Solid..

callmemickey, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of alovesupreme
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black, with a little head, that sits for a bit.
Chocolate, alcohol, and raisons.
Reminds me of molasses, chocolate, raisons or some other dark fruit.
Very syrupy, felt a little stagnant, especially near the end of the glass.
A friend split this with me which was good because I could not finish the 22 on my own, but what I had I enjoyed.

alovesupreme, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours deep deep black and initially the head pours out blood red but then turns back to a deep caramel brown, but eventually fades into a very thin ring. A dark and imposing beer.

S: Strong roasted coffee, oatmeal, vanilla and brown sugar. I am not kidding about it being strong, seriously. Amazingly sweet.

T/MF: Full bodied, almost chewy yet still maintains a smooth and creamy mouthfeel along with a solid back ended bitterness. Beer sits on your tongue. Smooth almost milky chocolate, smooth oatmeal, roasted coffee and brown sugar, mild caramel, a bit of alcohol heat with a mix of tobacco and dark fruits. Damn, this beer is just an exercise in smoothness.

D: An excellent sipper, a great beer, if a bit expensive but well worth the price.

bluemoonswoon, Sep 14, 2008
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.