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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

2,362 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,362
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 249
Gots: 468 | FT: 41
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 tempest
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah it's big and it's big and chocolaty, but I didn't find this to be a particularly outstanding. It appeared pitch black with a tan head in my pint glass. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and burnt grains. The oats contribute to a very smooth flavor, but I'm thrown off by the feel and balance between what seems to be citrus hops and chocolate malts. They just aren't working. It makes for a less than ideal feel, but this beer is still very drinkable for it's size and weight.

tempest, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a name like Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout the Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, who has enough room to write a review? This beer pours out a lighter black color with brown hues noticeable around the edge of the glass. A good pour provided a frothy head that did dissipate to a thin ring around the edge of the glass.

The nose is light overall for style. Noticeable malty notes with chocolate and some black mostly coming out with the astringency.
Not much on the oatmeal but some lighter woody characteristics such as vanilla and a light tannin flavor. The alcohol/solvent notes are light but some fruity flavors are detectable.

The taste is more balance and fits the mold of an Imp Oatmeal Stout. The malt is the center here with a nice roast and chocolate flavors coming out. Some lighter coffee and caramel notes as well. There is a nice oatmeal cookie taste in the finish which leaves a nice after taste. Interesting there is a noticeable bit from the hops as well which could be a bit high for style. There are noticeable alcohol flavors but this is really smoothed out by the oat silkiness.

The body is big but smooth but limited. There was some watery/wispy flavors that I would off set by. This really is a big deterrent overall in the beer. Maybe its young but there are some rough edges with the astringent, velvet and bitterness that I didn't agree with. I would like to try this again but maybe we some age.

Oxymoron, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of illidurit
4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty snifter. Jet black body with a very dark 1 finger head The suds is composed of relatively large bubbles, which isn't really conducive to retention or lacing. Not a problem for a stout.

The aroma here is strikingly potent. Rich, sweet chocolate and a soft, fruity alcohol note combine to become extremely appetizing. I may be crazy but the harder I inhale, the more the fruitiness attenuates to a honeydew note.

The flavor is intensely chocolatey, with an impeccable roasty coffee/oat bitterness in the finish. The balance is sublime. The alcohol is almost entirely unapparent but I can detect it's subtle sharpness under the chocolate.

This beer is incredibly smooth. The body is luxuriously full, with just the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is amazingly clean relative to the body, and the bitterness creates a wonderfully dry finish.

Spectacular beer. One of those ones that you would kill to have available locally.

illidurit, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of MayorAdamWest
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have a bottle or two delivered from Ohio every time friends come to visit. Hoppin' Frog does some pretty amazing stuff.

Appearance: Black as black could be with a small amount of coffee colored foam head. No light gets through this one.

Smell: If dark had a smell it would be this... Roasted malts, coffee and chocolates... with a hint of somethig else... After four bottles I still can't put my finger on it.

Taste: THIS IS STOUT! I know that goes without saying but is a near perfect example of the style in my opinion. Tastes just as it smells... notes of malt, dark coffee blends and rich dark chocolate... Not enough that it over powers the taste but enough that you know it is there

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk. As dark and rich a flavor it has I find myself surprised at just how smooth it is. Thick creamy... yet glides around one's mouth like dancer on a stage.

Drinkability: Every time I have this beer I am shocked at just how quickly it disappears. I've been trying to cellar a bottle for the past six months but find my self drinking it when I've had run of bad stouts to redeem the style.

My dream: Bourbon aged version...

MayorAdamWest, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of sweethome
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy pours a deep, dark, mystical black color with a deep tan head. Very nice head for style. Rich malty nose...nuts, dried fruits, alcohol. Alcohol hit upfront...then nice rich malts, plenty of roast malts, chocolate, a hint of figs, and alcohol fire. A nice hop balance. Hop flavors fight in the middle of the mouth - bittering provides excellent balance to all the malty goodness. WELL DONE!!!!

sweethome, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of doppelmeup
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an very dark brown with no light shining through. Thick brown head. Aromas of roasted coffee and malt. Taste was very nice. Hints of coffee, with a dark cocoa bitterness. Alcohol well hidden. Slightly warming finish. Overall, a very nice beer and I would definitely drink again.

doppelmeup, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and thick with a smaller dark tan head that forms and falls to nothing. No lacing. Malty tones on the nose. Extremely slight amount of roasted edge to it. Flavor is extremely smooth. Unbelievably smooth. Thick malts accented by mild oat. Sweet tone almost like a molasses that's more smooth and sweet than thick and bitter with a biting edge. Man, oh man. Very mild amount of alcohol biting on the back side. On the aftertaste I feel it burning just a slight bit as well. Feel is thick on liquid and carries a low, but smooth enough carbonation. Is this easy to drink? You better believe it. Truly exceptional. I wish I had a case of this instead of just this one bottle.

RblWthACoz, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of bennetj17
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly viscous, deep black appearance, topped with a thin ring of foam supported by subtle carbonation. Aroma of light smoke, roasty malt, and a hint of fruit. Suprisingly the fruitiness in the smell is almost like banana giving it a bit of a dunkelweizen like character when paired with the toasty malt. Light alcohol fume in the nose also.

The taste is very dry and toasty with almost a cookie-like malt sweetness finishing with notes of dark chocolate. I would say it is more fruity/tangy up front and more sweet/sugary toward the end. Unfortunately the rich chocolate flavors start to become a bit cloying after while. There is a full mouthfeel with a milk-like thickness, and the mild carbonation is just enough.

Not a bad Stout but I think it could have used more hop balance to stand up to the sweetness. A lot of people are going to like this beer, it's not quite what I had in mind but it is still pretty good... Thanks to ClockworkOrange for the bottle...

bennetj17, Jan 16, 2008
Photo of mntlover
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark deep black with a nice rich chocolate head that falls to clumped bubbles. Leaves some decent chocolate lace on my glass.

Aroma is smooth sweet oats mingle with chocolate and dark fruits. Whiffs of smoke, peat mingle underneath the sweet chocolate fruitiness, hints of some espresso bitterness try to sneak thru the sweetness also.

Taste is just like the smell sweet malts, oats, chocolate, and dark fruits roll smoothly along your tonuge leaving sweet goodness in its wake. Then smoky peat makes itself known jumping to coffee bitterness and a noticeable but mellow hop presence that adds it bitterness to the roasted coffee. One of those beers you should sit back and enjoy almost hate to be typing instead of just enjoying.

Mouthfeel is great really smooth and creamy, not really heavy full but so nice. There is a light tingle on your tongue in the finish but other wise just smooth creamy sweetness.

Drinkability is great if you have this available too you it should be in your fridge. I know it would be in mine. Damn fine brew many thanks to merlin48 for this wonderful treat. Perfect dessert brew, don't know if I am just in the mood for an RIS, but really enjoying myself now.

mntlover, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, looke like oil pouring into the glass, with a one finger brown head that recedes to a layer of foam that coats the beer wit hsome lacing.

S: Roasted dark sweet malts, a menthol, citussy, piney hop note, and a bit of banana, and oatmeal.

T: Oatmeal upfront, washed away by espresso, roasted and slightly smoky malts, bittersweet cooking chocolate, followed by some cream.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bosied and a long roasted chocolate slightly bitter finish.

D: This is a great after dinner RIS. There is a nice touch of sweetness.

This is the first oatmeal stoat that I was able to notice an oatmeal flavor.

Biscuit033, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours inky black with barely visible burgundy highlights. Looks viscous like syrup. Small head of light brown foam. Huge aroma that is mostly dark fruit – prunes, raisins, figs over a sweet chocolate maltiness. Flavor is outstanding. If you’re a fan of sweet stouts this is among the best – sweet robust chocolate malt with plenty of fruity esters with a dry bitter finish, lots of stuff going on here in the flavor department. It has a great slick mouthfeel that is back up by just the right amount of carbonation. If you’re a fan of huge tasting Russian imperial stouts then you are going to love this.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a tall glass - 2007 bottling - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours dark dark black with a dark brown head. The head rises up really high to about 3 inches and shows off its cakiness. The carbonation looks similar to a Guinness. The head sticks around for awhile. Plenty of dark lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt and sweet cane sugar. Molasses and espresso round out the aroma. Dark fruit is also apparent. Figs, plums and raisins.

Taste: Sugary sweet with plenty of chocolate flavor. Magnificently dark and perfect for a dessert beer. I remember having this with other RISs like Stone and Heresy and the magnitude of flavor that pounds out of this beer is unmatched by most RISs. Cocoa, espresso, root beer barrel. Awesome.

Mouthfeel: Thick and sugary. Plenty of sweetness and booze is subdued. Sugary but bitter cocoa finish. Long and drawn out.

Drinkability: This beer could compete with Speedway Stout for the magnitude of flavor. It is highly drinkable and would be an excellent dessert pairing. I only paid $6.25 for a 22 ounce bottle, so I feel like I got a good deal. You can't find a better beer for the money. No problem drinking a bottle or so. Seek it out.

Risser09, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this Oatmeal-Imperial Stout tonight into a small Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter, just because...and then I realize it's too small and doesn't do the head justice, and pour it into a wider mouthed Belgian chalice.

Solid black, with a roasty brown head, oatmea meets cocoa powder.

Big, fat, wide and out loud aroma. bitter hops, molasses, chocolate, a trickle of anise...rich and decadent, potent and luxurious, edging into whiskey-ish flavors.

Drinkin' it...there we go, the vastness, the slick, viscous feel, with smooth, roasty oatmeal riding under it...terribly full-flavored, full-bodied, though not as thick as I like an Imperial Stout. Fine as it is, though. Goodness, it's good.

A well-balanced, multi-layered, drinkable RIS. Tasty. This does a body good on a cold December night. Alcohol doesn't intrude on the enjoyment.
Gets sharp at times, bright fruit flavor flashes in...but remains a solid Imperial Stout. Delicious stuff.

Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing!

feloniousmonk, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black color-poured into a DFH snifter-great slight tan head. Deep, deep roasted aroma-somewhat port like. Slight vinuous aroma. Inky, deep flavor. Strong roasted taste as it warms. Flavor continues to improve. An at first perceived harshness is balanced against a stiff, malty and full bodied, deep licorice taste. Velvety and slick mouthfeel. I wasnt impressed at first but over 30 minutes this has really turned into a great, great beer. Killer stuff.

lackenhauser, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of Wildman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as night with no light getting through. It formed a dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and black strap molasses. The flavor was of malt, coffee and dark fruit, The body is medium and slightly oily and the finish is slightly burnt, yet sweet. A nice stout.

Wildman, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid black with ruby highlights when held to the light and a thin creamy brown head.

S - Molasses and dark chocolate. Smells heavy. Dark fruits, caramel, toffee and a port like character.

T - Roasted malt, a touch of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits and anise. Mild hop presence but some bitterness is present.

M - Thick and motor oil like with a slick syrupy mouthfeel.

D - I didn't really pick up any oatmeal stout qualities in taste, just mouthfeel. Very drinkable even though the abv hits like a brick.

brewcrew76, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of rye726
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F

Dark black color with some brown hues. Very nice espresso head that vaniched towards the end of the bottle. The poor head retention is my only gripe here.

Nice nose that really opens up as it warms. The oats are very powerful and go well with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and ripe pitted fruit aromas. More sweet smells come from the roasty malts but are kept in balance by a faint lavender hop character.

More sweet oats and chocolate. The big roasted malts add a robust flavor. There are also caramel, molasses and vanilla. Sweet, but well controlled by the hops.

Thick full body and silky smooth feel. Perfect carbonation.

Possibly the best Oatmeal stout around. The Oats compliment everything very well. Great balance and very drinkable

rye726, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

VERY black body with a small brown head that falls fast to a brown ring.Very thick,oily looking.

Vanilla,roasted grains,chocolate,fruity(hops),coffee,oat notes.

I taste banana.This is one the best tasting RIS i have ever had.You can instantly taste and feel the oats upon the first sip.Its very creamy and silky.The hops sorda take a back seat to the malts.The coffee isnt overdone like alot of RIS.Chocolate is very tastfully done also.

Carbonation is superb.Mouthful is silky.The abv is warming and you can taste it.That goes with the style.

Great beer that EVERYONE needs to try.I am gonna get one for my cellar.

MmmIPA, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on my recent trip to Ohio at vintage estate in Boardman , a must if your in the area. Poured into a chalice, pours a dark black with a bit of a dark head that leaves a ring around the glass, typical for this type of stout. Smell was amazing dark chocolate burnt figs and grapes, sweet smell of alcohol. Taste was amazing I can taste strong coffee, hints of roasted malt and toffee, chocolate and a bit of a velvet german cake in there, Simply awesome stuff. Overall this was one fine damn offering, I am glad to have had this on draft awesome beer at an awesome place.

gunnerman, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Purchased this bomber at Capone's- Norristown, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown but settles into deep black with a big foamy brown head.
S- I can't detect much! Slight cocoa powder and multi-grain.
T- Strong dark chocolate, mocha, dried cherries, with a toasty biscuit malt.
M- Bitter sweet up front with a dry body and a dry, slighty creamy, boozy finish.

Overall- Whoo boy, strong flavors and alc. in this 1! Would've scored higher but I didn't detect much smell from the bottle or my Special Samual Adams glass.

NJpadreFan, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pickd up @ Kahn's in Indianapolis while visiting my girlfriends mother.

Pours that good ol' black with a deep brown head that leaves quickly, but leaves a cool coating of bubbles on the glass after each sip. The aroma makes me think of blackened oats. with some burnt grapes and currents in the middle. With soe creamed coffee and a dash of alcohol. The taste starts with some coffee and oats up front. Lots of blackened fruits. Maybe even chocolate covered black cherries. Dark chocolate that would explain he bitterness with a little softened black licorice. The palate is pretty dark, yet warm and inviting mixed with some sweet bitterness.

scruffwhor, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of DavidEddie
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric Bart for hooking me up.

Pitch black in appearance. Brown head dissipates quickly. Minimal brown lacing around the edges of my glass. Smells of wet camp fire, chocolate brownies, sweet dark fruits, a hint of maple syrup and roasted burnt malt. The taste is incredible! So much going on. Rich chocolate, raisins, sweet roast malt, and some bitter hops at the end. Mouth feel is thick and smooth then becomes sticky. Low carbonation. This RIS coats your teeth and your glass! Overall drinkability is great. Hardly detected the high ABV. A bomber to myself went down quite easily. Highly recommended!

DavidEddie, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of LeftyBWS
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: Very dark brown in color, really deep brown, not quite black. Darkish brown head, one inch or so. Head is bubbly and falls fairly quickly. Sheets of slippery lacing, tiny bubbles.
S: Nutty, earthy malts. Notably “oaty”. Floral hops mingle with the earthy malts. Really slight sweetness, tied to the chocolate scents; sugars are roasted, muted. Tiny grassy/leafiness later on. Really avoids all the unpleasant stout scents, like bizarre grassiness, dull chocolate malts, dry/stale malts, etc.
T: Chocolate and hops right away. Very malty and smooth with an underlying hoppy taste, floral and earthy. Middle is even more malty smooth, earthy and nutty. Finish lets the malts fade out, revealing the tiny hops that had been there all along. Well-balanced; flavorful without being too full. Sugary taste in the finish, particularly after warming.
M: Creamy and satisfying. Kinda too sugary in the finish, but other than that, nothing to complain about.
D: Very nice. However, could tell it was 9.4% ABV, but not in the taste, just the effects.

LeftyBWS, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to the leftmindedrighty for this one.

This one pours a deep dark black with a dark tan collar that's revitalized with a swirl.

Smells of chocolate milk, a touch of espresso, light cherry and creamy oatmeal with a light astringent alcohol.

Tastes of big dark chocolate, day old coffee, sour dark fruit, sweet cream and a light dry sting.

Feels light with a tingly carbonation that froths up a bit in my mouth, but over all it feels thin and slick.

A tasty mix of flavors and easy to drink.

DarkerTheBetter, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!

Pours a deep and opaque black, like night, thick brown head, nice lacing and great retention, looks pretty badass. Smell is alcohol, chocolate and coffee roast, some oats, licorice, cherries, quite nice, very rich. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast, oats, dark fruits, alcohol, touch of licorice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty smooth. Nicely done but you really get the 9.4%. Thanks again Nate!

Viggo, Nov 19, 2007
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,362 ratings.