1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

Educational use only; do not reuse.

2,448 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,448
Reviews: 988
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 252
Gots: 497 | FT: 43
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:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,448 | Reviews: 988 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of rudylaw
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this during Thanksgiving dinner.

Dark as all get out... thin brown head that sticks around a little while.

Tons of malt, chocolate, coffee in the nose. This is a very sweet beer! There's some hoppiness, but I'm getting tons of chocolate and oat in here. Very sticky mouthfeel.

This is worth the $10 price tag. I will definitely be drinking this again.

Photo of sholland119
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a deep opaque black. Little to no head or lacing.

S-Chocolate, caramel, vanilla and roasted malts, maybe a hint of peat.

T-Nicely complex. Sweet front with toffee and milk chocolate. A bourbony vanilla flavor and roasted coffee blend nicely in the finish. Moderate alcohol warmth at the end too.

M-Rich and creamy, a bit viscous.

D-Deliciously drinkable. Complex and tasty. Lots of flavor for the ABV.

My favorite Hoppin' Frog Beer.


Photo of UA8
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- The color of mahogany wood with a light dusting of caramel head. (prob would have had more head but was poured into a balloon glass.)

S- Rich with caramel malts, sour yeast, dates, and hint of released alcohol.

T- Leads with a quick to fade chocolate covered candied fruit note, mid palate is a smoky charcoal. Finishes bitter sweet with piny hops and dark roasted chocolate malts.

M- Light carbonation and a syrupy rich mouth feel.

D- Definitely a nice blend of the smoothness of oats, chocolate accents and the largess of a true RIS.

Photo of gdfan47
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

first off let me say im not a big stout guy or coffee guy

but I checked it out

it pours a jet black, like black black
some brown head

the smell is like coffee mixed with a little oats and some faint chocolate

it tastes just like it smells

its smooth to drink

its a good beer, just not my favorite style

i would have it again though

the high abv really works for me with this beer

Photo of TommyBuckeye
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick tan head with beer being dark brown / black. Full body that pours almost as thick as oil.
S: If smelling were enough I would be in heaven. Roasted grain, oatmeal, coffee and chocolate.
T: Nice roasted nutty chocolate with slight coffee. Smooth after burn with little alcohol (compared to content).
M: Full body with thick creamy mouthfeel.. Definitely a meal in a bottle
D: As soon as you open the bottle, and until the last drop, this is as good as it gets. I'm very lucky to be from the Akron area to have this excellent beer any time. I've had some excellent stouts, but nothing comes close to what this has to offer.

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

ours pitch black with a ark chocolate brown head. Beautiful roasty aroma of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, sugar cane, oatmeal and hazelnut. Flavor has simialr attributes as its aroma. Very malty with lots of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol and caramel. Very smooth with a burnt, bittry dry finish. Amazing!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with no real head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, and booze. Flavor is less intense, lots of general roasted malts and alcohol. A little flavorless for an imperial stout. Smooth drinking. Ok, but nothing I'm jumping over joy for.
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 3/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 15/20

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Joe Canal's in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ. Drank from a pint glass.

A: Very dark brown/ black body. Small brown head dissipated quickly.

S: Full of roasted malt. Big earthy coffee smell with dark chocolate presence.

T: Slightly sweet beginning but finishes dry. Taste is also full of roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. A slight hoppiness and very faint alcohol note in the finish.

M: Thick, syrupy, full body coats the mouth. Very smoothe.

D: An awesome, well balanced and flavorful beer. Very drinkable for it's thickness and 9.4% abv. Can't wait to get some more. Glad to see this one in NJ.

Photo of BirdFlu
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a pewter stein.
pours super dark blackish brown with a brown, cappucino head. Exceptional.
Taste is very chocolatey, a lot of espresso, roasted malt, some dark fruit, not much bitterness (hop bitterness, that is. There IS bitter chocolate to it, though).
Aroma is similar, mostly espresso beans and fruit.
Mouth is viscous but not overwhelmingly so. It is smooth and has a nice thickness that swallows nicely. Good amount of carbonation. It is delicious.

Photo of gonzo46and2
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for bringing this to a beer tasting at a good friends house.

Pours a very opaque black with a very dark brown head that looked frothy hot cocoa.

The taste wasn't all too complex with the usual suspects for the style but it was well executed. Coffee, brown sugar and dark bitter chocolate.

Heavy and viscous mouthfeel. The finish was quite strong and bitter from the hops.

This is a very good RIS but nothing too unique. Well executed for the style.

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

BORIS pours a deep black into the glass with a frothy, one finger brown head on top. The foam dissolves down to a thick ring on the surface leaving behind a fair amount of netted lace on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is very malty with noticeable alcohol mixed in. Coffee, nuts, roasted malt and a hint of chocolate are also present. Each sip of this full bodied beer is silky on the tongue with a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue.

The flavor has a nice balance of sweet malt and hop bitterness. It begins with dark flavors of roasted malt, molasses, coffee and hints of cocoa. Towards the end some hoppy notes of pine and grass help balance out all the malt. It finishes with a nuttyness and warming alcohol flavor. Once gone, the roast malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This beer does a decent job of hiding it's 9.4% alcohol. The flavor is well balanced and with the smooth mouthfeel it makes this beer quite drinkable.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint

Pours a viscous midnight black. Absolutely no light gets through Boris. A brown, one finger head rose and subsided on the quicker side. Dots and scattered lines of lace leave their mark.

Dark fruits really cut through everything. Roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, booze, and flaky oats have their place, but the fruits really ring the loudest.

Wow. Flavor is like a dark cherry dipped in bittersweet chocolate and dropped in an espresso. A touch of hop bitterness and a lingering boozy chocolate--cherry flavor. Rich and indulgent. There is almost a whiskey-like flavor hidden in there that really builds over time.

A big thick body on this guy. Velvety smooth. This might be as perfect as it gets. Coats the mouth and leaves a good amount of heat in its wake.

The thickness, booze, and rich chocolate and cherry really make you put the brakes on. This is one to sip and enjoy. With that in mind, this guy is exactly what you are looking for.

Photo of ATPete
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to #300!!

I had a lot of self debate over which beer i would review for number 300 and as it turns out BORIS is it!.

22oz bottle.

This beer pours black as freakin night! No light is shining through this bad boy. Small sticky brown head with some crazy red highlights to it. Very nice. Coffee, brown sugar sweetened oatmeal and sweet chocolate malt in the nose, standard but very inviting. A big whiff reveals sweet hops and the slightest hint of alcohol that just gets me more interested. This beer has absolutely fantastic body to it. Just chewy enough without becoming cloying and "heavy", slick and smooth as all hell. The taste is explosive as well. Big blast of chocolate and a pleasant and welcomed nutty-ness begins it right upfront, then some creamy coffee notes and ripe fruits invade next, followed by a slight hop bite and its subtle bitterness balanced by a bready, pie crust like, finish. Wonderful after taste of ripe cherries, smoke and sweet chocolate malts. Fantastic, without a doubt a well made beer. This beer was everything i hoped it would be and more. A 22oz bomber is an ideal serving size for a beer as tasty as this. Dont let the 9.4% ABV scare you this ones a paper tiger when it comes to an alcohol burn. Well done. I hope to try many more from Hoppin' Frog!

Photo of Derek
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd say it's more of an american double stout, but either way it's a great brew!

A: Black with a dark, tan head; very little retention, only a slight leg.

S: Very roasty: coffee, black-strap molasses, dark chocolate, nuts; a good hop nose: pine, grass, floral & a little citrus. As it warms the alcohol comes forward with sherry cask-like aroma's, along with a slight bubble-gum fruitiness.

T: Awesome tar-like bitterness upfront, black-strap molasses, bakers chocolate, pine, hints of floral and a little citrus in the finish. There's also a slight fruitiness (dark & candied) from the ale yeast, which is often lacking in the new-world versions.

M: Thick, syrupy body has a slightly dry, alcohol finish. A fair amount of roasted & hop acidity, though the oats do smooth it out. Wow, the FG is 38! I'm not sure I've drank anything that thick before! Surprisingly, there isn't a hint of cloying sweetness.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat!

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: BORIS pours a very dark black with brown highlights around the edges, and it is capped off with a very thin head that dissipated quite quickly and left minimal lacing.
Smell: The nose starts off with plenty of roasted grain, coffee, bitter chocolate, and some oat flakes coming in nicely as well.
Taste: The flavor profile is much more pronounced than the smell with big flavors of roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, oats, and a thick dark fruit quality as well.
Mouthfeel: The oats make this RIS one of the smoothest stouts with this much alcohol that you will find. The warming alcohol kicks in after only a few drinks in this thick and chewy sipper.
Drinkability: This beer is delicious and very easy to drink.

Better head and nose on this beer and it would be one of my highest rated beers out there, but the flavor profile to me was awesome and I will be buying this beer again.

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

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black with no light penetrating through. Slight ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. The dark tan head poured 1/2" and slowly dropped to a thin cap. Nice broken lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of sweet and roasty malts, coffee, milk chocolate, and dark ripe cherries. A boozy alcohol note in the aroma too.

T= Very good flavor profile which consisted of a nice balance of sweet up front and bitter in the end. Chewy malts, milk chocolate, and dark ripe fruits lent the sweetness and the bitter notes came from roasted grains, coffee, and a flash of bittering hops in the middle. The finish was 60/40 bitter to sweet and was full of warming alcohol.

MF= Heavy body, viscous, with an oatmeal chewiness. Carbonation was moderate. This was a real tongue coating beer.

D= I tried this one based solely on the good reviews it has received here on BA and I was not disappointed. Very good and highly drinkable RIS here. Can't wait to get some more!

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

Appearance: pours a black color with a light brown colored 1" head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and a general sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, oatmeal, prunes, loads of milk chocolate, and a nice balancing bitterness provides a great flavored beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Heavier in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavor profile sticks itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: great for flavor but less for the high alcohol levels. One bottle will suffice in a single session.

Photo of joepais
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285and his generous LIF
Bottle poured into a snifter produced finger worth of tan head that dissipates to a whisper of lace. This is of course on top of pitch black body ale

Smells like a chocolate oatmeal cookie great stuff. The flavors in this ale are sweet grains with a light bitter chocolate finish. This ale was nice and thick in the mouth with little carbonation on my tongue if any at all.

Great drinkability I savored every drop from this bomber for brunch. A great way to start of a nice New England fall day

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

Thanks to corey0212 who offered this in a trade.

Appearance: Opaque brown black oil slick with a brownish slightly grape 1 finger rocky foam head that dissipates quickly and leaves mild amounts of lacing.

Smell: Mainly roasted coffee with some caramelish sweetness and oats. its well done and a touch subtle. The nose is not as in your face as other selections in this style.

Taste: Over roasted malts couple with some chocolate bitterness and coffee flavor. Oatmeal really comes through too. This RIS doesn't smack your taste buds but it certainly gets there attention.

Mouthfeel: The oats really add silky smooth softness to this brew that I find very enjoyable. Honestly this RIS has one of the better mouthfeels for the style in my humble opinion.

Drinkability: Very drinkable for the style. Actually I'd say this is one of the most approachable RIS's for a newbie.

Photo of wisrarebeer
2.13/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

OK. I'm not one to review a beer that hundreds have already acclaimed but the bottle I'm currently drinking does not equate to BAs general rating.

The nose has hints of the addition of cheap fruit syrup and the taste is the same. Too sweet. Am I just not getting it?

Photo of egajdzis
3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and vanilla beans. Taste of more roasted and chocolate malts, dried fruits, cherry, with an alcoholic backbone. This exhibited a creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of JohnTravolta21 - thanks!!! Shared w/ proteus93, w/ my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a thick, thick black beer, syrupy, messy, viscous, with splotches and rings of dark, chocolate lacing, left over from a two-finger chocolate milk-like head - Abyss-esque, really.

Aroma: Similar to Terrapin's Wake and Bake, like an oatmeal cookie. Great, wholesome oaty oat that lends a thick, full aroma to the proceedings. I don't like it quite as much as Wake-n-Bake, which is straight up raisin and oatmeal ... this one has a little more bitter, dry chocolate, less sweet, a little darker, and fruitier. Still pleasant, complex, interesting. A nice aroma, almost like chocolate covered espresso beans in the nose (very similar to the Black Butte XX, actually). A freshly baked loaf of oatmeal bread.

Taste: A little bitter, obviously from the bitter baker's chocolate. A definite wholesome bready note lent by the oatmeal, with some faint coffee grounds coming out as it warms. Yeah, the oatmeal is pretty strong on this one, and is a predominant player in the aftertaste, moreso than in most beers I've had. Great toasted malt notes here, nice oaty wholesomeness, bitter chocolate ... very nice.

Mouthfeel: A great, solid note lent from the oatmeal, and for the most part thick and heavy, but the fluffy head balances things out.

Drinkability: Whew. This one's good. It's chocolately and really wholesome, has a lot of other pleasant notes, and a well-hidden (and not too unreasonable for the style) abv%. The bitter chocolately notes are a little pungent in the mouth, but the nose is out of this world, the mouthfeel great, and everything melds really well. Recommended.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go to Mudpuppet for trading me this one.

Poured in a big wine glass at 56 F/ 13 C.

Dark and opaque. Dark tan creamy head that mostly subsides. Finely textured tan lace.

Sweet rich aroma of oatmeal and dark chocolate, along the lines of a fresh batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.

Tastes sweet, roasty, and delicious. Loads of oatmeal and chocolatey malt. Excellent balance between the sweetness, roast, and some hop bitterness that rolls in. Faint citrusy hop flavor. Long bittersweet roasty finish, with a leathery savory note, and some spice in the throat. Cohesive, characterful, and very tasty.

Killer thick rich texture. Quite drinkable.

Great beer, I thoroughly enjoyed this.

Photo of beachbum1975
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this badboy up at Jungle's in Fairlfield for $7.99. I've been eyeing this one in the basement for the last few days, so let's crack this one for the elections. Split with my buddy Rusty. Not my favorite label, but I am happy this is an Ohio made beer! No freshness date on this bomber but I am certain it's a batch from 2008.

A: Pours black. Not a trace of brown, not dark root beer, not mahogany - but, black. The head of this bastard is 2 inches tall after an average pour into my imperial pint glass. The head is dark brown, like the froth on a rich espresso. Looks intimidating!

S: Wickedly rich mix of charred wood, FRESH coffee grounds, light molasses and bourbon.

T/M: Medium to full bodied and full flavored. Flavors exploded in my mouth with the typical cherry-like sweetness, whiskey, smoke and dark chocolate - wow. Low carbonation and finishes slightly hoppy.

D: Great price for an amazingly well-crafted and solid brew. DON'T judge a beer by it's label, this is a badass brew.

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

pour black and thick like cream. opaque with little to no head. would like to see a bit more with this aggressive pour. chocolate milk foam. tight with no lace. smell is malt and molasses. taste has that same backbone. nice bitter hop with a light sweetness all matched with the alcohol and density giving it a liquor candy syrup aspect. sweeter than some but balanced. oat is lightly smoked with a woody nature. great beer... would recommend. really comes through and is consistent as it gets warmer.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,448 ratings.