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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

2,358 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,358
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 248
Gots: 470 | FT: 40
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 Monsone
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Beer poured out of a bomber dark black and thick like oil. Very little head that reduces to nothing quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, boozy alcohol and a bitter roasted malt.

T - Big coffee flavor with dark chocolate and bitter malt. Notes of dark fruit (cherry and plum?). Very nice, deep, complex Impy Stout flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just like you would expect.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the style and high alcohol content.

Very good Impy Stout. I would definately buy this again. This will be a regular beer for me once the weather cools.

Monsone, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of blackie
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Comes out the 22 looking like used motor oil and a near nonexistent head, of which little there is soon disappears.

s: Coffee roasted barley upfront with aromas of creamy oatmeal. Sugary, booze infused dark cocoa. Concentrated dark cherries soaked in whiskey and dipped in bittersweet chocolate. Figs and molasses. Dripping with sweet, burnt sugars and cocoa. Rich, aromatic tobaccos. Subtle, dark and earthy pine-hops.

m: Loooow, extremely smooth carbonation and a luscious, thick mouthfeel that's not overbearing. Nice.

t: Oh man...even in the NC summer heat this thing is delicious. Big, smooth roasted barley flavors combine with delicious toasted oatmeal and cream. Dark, sugary fruits lie just beneath the balance of roast and are soon followed by an earthy hop flavor. The roast and hops dry the finish, and end with a woody, smoky note. Very deep in character.

d: very enjoyable

from mcallister for my anny bombing

blackie, Jul 12, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yes! Hoppin' Frog is in South Bend! Pours really dark, black. Walnut colored head. Odor is chocolately, fruity and boozy. Smells fairly inviting and like it has the ability to make me drunk. Taste is a big smack of bitter chocolate and even more bitter coffee. a little harsh, probably a little young. Somewhat of a plummy, pruney taste as well. Velvety and full-bodied and thick. Yeah, its a bit harsh and overly bitter for how i like my RIS, but it might even out a bit with age.

aforbes10, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of Daehpoh
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Nearly jet black, opaque, chocolate milk colored head. Hearty aroma of chocolate, oats and roated malts. Huge flavors, like a liquid dessert. Chocolate, dark roasted malts, some coffee. Very sweet at first, but just enough hop bitterness catches up and ends up being well balanced. This brew has layers. Feel is silky smooth, full body, slightly dry finish. Good drinkability despite girth and high abv. Overall, a deliciously heavy beer with bold flavors that ends up just slightly too sweet for Imp Stout perfection.

Daehpoh, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of mdm46410
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip. This Imperial stout poured a thick, opaque black color with a one finger thick dark tan head that slowly faded away, leaving behind some excellent lace. The aroma consisted of creamy dark chocolate, vanilla, and some faint molasses notes. A very big, robust aroma. Beautiful!!! The flavor did not disappoint. Very roasty and chocolatey. There are also notes of coffee and spices. The mouthfeel was definately full-bodied and a bit oily. Very minimal carbonation. A very impressive Imperial stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Highly recommended!

mdm46410, Jul 05, 2007
Photo of david131
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A pitch black, creamy liquid flows from the bottle into the glass. A hard pour is required to get some head out of this. The head that does form is brown and settles to a thin ring around the top of the liquid. Looks so menacing sitting there in the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, raisins. Very rich and sweet smelling. A little smokey as well. Some cinnamon. I get hints of grape and maybe a little bubble gum. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Wow, this is something. Very chocolaty and smokey. Booze is noticeable. Surprisingly hoppy in the mouth as well. A little cinnamon. Very complex. It stays on your breath for quite some time- just how I like it. This is a little different for the style, but I am digging this.

M- Perfect. This thing is thick and creamy, but with the right amount of carbonation to really allow the flavors to become pronounced. Not astringent or drying by any means.

D- This brew stands up there with the best of the RIS's. It may not be my favorite, but damn, I am impressed.

Thanks to eyebrews for the recommendation. I would have never thought to pick this up on my beer run to Toledo without him.

david131, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of Zorro
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BLACK!

Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this.

Zorro, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second Hoppin' Frog beer in two nights. Thanks to nlmartin for this one, too.

Umm...black, that describes it well. Half inch of brown head on top, truely brown. Reduced to a skim layer with a ring around the glass.

Dark toasted malts, or course, but with it comes dark chocolate, a bit of charcoal and smoke, black coffee as well. Has a touch of acridness from the oatmeal. Some lactic acid notes round this out. Lots going on here. I hope it tastes like this.

Yup, it basically tastes like the smell! Almost exactly the same. A bit biting when it first hits the tongue, then a slathering of dark chocolate and toffee flavors after the swallow. Finish has a touch of smokiness. Good stuff. A bit of alcohol is evident and probably adds to the biting nature.

Full bodied, not as thick as the true greats like KBS, but its slick and oily on the tongue and the flavors linger well after the swallow.

Good drinkability. This is a big beer, no doubt, but its super tasty and how I like my stouts with its huge roasted and dark character. A bit biting though and while the alcohol is pretty well hidden its effects on the stomach are felt quickly. I would drink this often if it was available to me. A must try.

blitz134, Jun 17, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After cracking open a bottle of this in the Dark Lord '07 line and hooking up about a dozen happy people, I was awfully glad to have reserved a bottle or two of this for a fuller examination...

Appearance - oily black pour, the head on top is such an intense color of mocha that it looks slighty orange. Some dotty lacing and a head that quite frankly evaporates all too quickly. Generates a partial thin covering only. Other than that though, a great start.

Aroma - intense aromas of coffee, chocolate syrup, and roasted grain, all enhanced by the alcohol. Not as eye-opening as the pour but still good.

Taste - bold charred malts underneath. Lots of dark coffee flavor, burnt at times. Sweetness helps the balance, general at times and dark fruit at others. The swallow brings out some rich chocolate flavors, turning smoky, dry, and a bit bitter on the aftertaste. Alcohol is there and while kept marvelously at bay in the overall profile, it enhances the flavors nicely. The finish is warm, with charcoal and coffee flavors.

Mouthfeel - velvety smooth and coating, under-stated carbonation, right on.

Drinkability - a fine imperial stout and a spiffy value to boot.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderful growler at room temp supplied by klewis and the New York Yankees. Thanks to all of you.
Filled the glass pitch black with a tan head that melted quickly to nothing.
Aromas are dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookies and a hint of coffee and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich.
Taste is dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookie dough, vanilla, some light citrus fruits like oranges and alcohol.
Aftertaste is wonderfully smooth and sweet dark chocolate...nothing cloying...just pleasantly sweet with a bit of the alcohol warming it's way down your torso.
Great take on a RIS...love the addition of Oatmeal..makes it very smooth and mellow even fresh.

IntriqKen, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer delivered to me by JeffKrenner

A: Pitch black with one of the darkest beige’s hues I’ve ever seen in a head. It is minimal, I would have preferred something a bit bigger.

S: Oatmeal cookies, milk chocolate, carob, crème fresh, gingerbread and banana.

T: Starts off oily with super robust bitter black chocolate. Next comes an awesome blend of cascade hops, burnt butter, roasted peanuts and espresso. Really fresh flavors…almost like there’s some cilantro, coriander and jasmine inter mingling with these rambunctious imperial stout flavors. Finishes even oilier than it starter with delicious heavy roasted barley, chewy chocolate brownie and café mocha. Aftertaste has an interesting banana dimension that I caught in the aroma as well.

M: Full mouthfeel, slightly sticky with good carbonation.

D: I’m totally digging this brew. Really, really good. Massively complex with awesome dimension.

Westsidethreat, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of Talisker
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Anderson Valley tulip from a 22oz bomber purchased May 2007 at Corral Liquor (Granite City, IL - St. Louis metro area).

Deep, dark, rich black. Little to no head on a gentle pour, but some very dark tan edging visible. Subsequent aggressive pours bring a multi-fingered richly carbonated dark tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is thick - bitter chocolate, with sweet syrup coming to the fore as the beer warms.

Taste is perfectly integrated with the smell - massive amounts of rich flavor, coffee-style bitterness fighting (and winning over) some malty sweetness - almost too much going on to process at one time. The taste gets better and less edgy as the beer warms.

Texture is Stone-like - thick syrup. Alcohol burn is minimal - detecible toward the middle of the aftertaste, but not dominant or unpleasant. The sweetness takes forever to dissipate, the bitterness even longer - like many a Stone beer, the overwhelming bitterness overstays its welcome.

Truly a massive beer. Everything's here but the kitchen sink. Ultimately it's not to my taste - I like to preserve my palate for more than just a few sips. But Stone fans and others who want more of everything will enjoy this over-the-top stout.

Talisker, May 31, 2007
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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm hoping this will be a better experience than the lukewarm 2oz. sample I had at Dark Lord Day...

A cascading brown tar head of foam builds itself quickly, two fingers deep, which then forms a convex, pillowy surface rising above the rim of the glass. This soon recedes into a tight tan cap of dense foam. The viscous liquid pours with a visible "weight" to it.

Familiar aromas of the produce aisle, plum and possibly banana, that moves into fried plantain territory. Roasted chocolate malt figures in too.

First notable attribute is it's velvety smoothness on the palate. Notes of plum, cocoa, and tobacco, finished with a dry earthiness. Exceptionally silky, no indication of harshness from alcohol or any unrefined elements. Slight lactic character like a milkshake, but not at all sour. It seems to take notes from the best aspects of Baltic Porter and BSDA's. Roasty, with a dark fruit undercurrent, and a well-hidden ABV.

One bomber of this is quite a treat in one sitting. Couldn't see having more than that at a time. Deinitely one to share...

emerge077, May 31, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark and syrupy black body into an imperial pint glass. One finger tan head seems to have a garnet hue. Excellent head retention with some patchy sheets of lacing.

Bold aroma of chocolate and roast as soon as the bottle is opened. A complex bouquet emanates from the glass as notes of prunes, raisins, red cherries, port wine, almond nuttiness, and hops spring forth to join the chocolate and coffee roastiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating with a low medium carbonation.

Taste has an amazing complexity. Roasty chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, crushed walnuts, tobacco, and some vinous alcohol mingle across the palate. There is an oatmeal presence that rolls and smooths. A nice hops bitterness adds an additional dimension.

An excellent big stout here. Best new stout I've sampled in a long while.

merlin48, May 25, 2007
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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with Wagenvolks and Kristen613

Super dark black body with a dark brown head. Looks like Expedition sitting in the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits such as plums and raisins are all present in the aroma. very complex and delicious smelling.

Dark chocolate, fruity, roasted malts and coffee. Same as aroma, except I get to taste it this time! Very complex and very balanced.

Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, the thickness isn't overwhelming and this is a pleasure to drink.

trep, May 23, 2007
Photo of WeisGuy
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber picked up at Friar Tuck's in Peoria on my journey west.

a - pour deep dark black and pretty thick, slow developing deep brown head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - big malty and chocolaty aroma, a significant hop profile for an RIS as well, some coffee, slight alcohol

t - big sweet maltiness up front, nice bittersweet chocolate, body has a good deal of citrusy hop bitterness, finish is more bitter chocolate and slight coffee, lingering alcohol notes

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, mildly dry finish, nice warming

d - very drinkable RIS, complex, yet doesn't wear out the palate

Very good RIS all around. Worthy of the high marks it's received. Will definitely try to pick up a few more bombers on my next trip back east.

WeisGuy, May 22, 2007
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4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with limited retention but some nice lacing. Aroma of light chocolate with some subtle coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste of black chocolate is sublime with some nice roasted malt and some nice coffee subtle notes. Body is quite full with some medium to low carbonation. Alcohol was not noticeable with some medium sweetness. Can’t find much negative on this beer except a bit lacking in complexity to overtake some of my favourite from this style.

Phyl21ca, May 15, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Props to trep for letting me in on this great RIS.

Poured a seal brown, nearly black hue with a creamy dark brown head that deepened into the body of the stout upon pouring. Okay lacing. Aroma had a semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol notes, as well as some roasted cocoa beans.

Taste is, as expected, stouty. Malt chocolate notes with some plum and raisin. Malts are well-balanced with a good hop note. Mouthfeel gives a big, thick body, creamy with a light carbonation level. Very easily drinkable for the high ABV. Complexity and flavor make this a fantastic RIS.

wagenvolks, May 15, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fairly aggressive pour resulted in a perfect looking brew – black gold in a glass, topped by an impressive tan head. Stuff sticks around like a bum at a free dinner.

Nice aroma of chocolate malt, laced with cinnamon. Also a nice touch of anise and plums. This just HAD to be good, and it was exceptional! Started with a chocky coffee stout aspect, then finished with a creamy and silky roasted smores with licorice.

Rich and robust, this death beer has to be over 250 calories per 12 ounce, but I could and would drink this stuff day and night – like a rat on cocaine. Gimme another.

Another hat off for the brew, sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

Vancer, May 07, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark chocolaty foam.

Smell is malty, faint hops , Some roasted malts coming through.

Taste is almost perfect. Roasted coffee , dark chocolate , and sweet malt are balanced by a nice addition of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium , not dry or to sweet. Good carbonation.

Overall this beer is dangerously drinkable. I don't think I've ever had an "oatmeal" Imperial, but I like it.

shroompod, May 03, 2007
Photo of kajerm
3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DL day 2007-- I can't remember who to thank for it, though...

Pours black with a small tan head.

Aroma is chocolatey and oaky, with some dark fruit and yeast character. Alcoholic spiciness is absent and coffee notes are very light.

Tastes like it smells, but with more coffee flavor, less fruit/yeast, and a lot more malt-derived bitterness. The finish is similar to Old Rasputin, but the overall flavor is woodier and a little less assertive. Booze is nowhere in sight.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light-- it seems like the oatmeal didn't really contribute any of the protein or creaminess that it's supposed to. Carbonation is appropriate. A few other people on here have called it thick, rich, and chewy, but I didn't really get that at all, or else my imperial stout standards have just gotten ridiculous.

Pretty drinkable as far as imperial stouts go, owing to the weirdly light body. I'd be open to try this again and dissect it a little more if the opportunity presents itself.

kajerm, Apr 30, 2007
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

akorsak, Apr 26, 2007
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4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mcallister for sending this along in my ba anniv. package.

Pours an perfect onyx color with a one finger caramel colored head. Slight retention on the edges of the glass. Sticky thick lacing. Smooth nestle cocoa and chocolate chips. Sweet caramel notes.

Thick, full, and robust body gave my throat a kick as it went down. Roasted malt flavors start this out followed sweet caramel and nestle cocoa powder. Oatmeal adds to the smoothness of the body. Coffee beans are subtle, but contribute to the bitterness. Dark fruit notes take on a spiciness and are noticeable in the aftertaste. Finishes quite dry with a good bitterness. A nice imperial stout with an interesting oatmeal twist. High abv goes almost unnoticed. Pick it up if you can.

bjohnson, Apr 22, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A thick, black, sludgy body with a dark cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee,molasses, and a hint of alcohol. I also get a hint of caramel and oatmeal? (That might just be me knowing that its an "oatmeal stout" though.) Either way, smells pretty tasty.

T: A nice chocolate/coffee/earthy taste with some warming of alcohol.Little sign of some hops, ending with a roasted note. Not too shabby.

M: Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D:I enjoyed it but it's definitely nothing special. I have had better RIS and better oatmeal stouts in my day..

Luchman, Apr 21, 2007
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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body. While pouring it just looks like pouring black ink.
S- Big coffee malts, oatmeal is in there pretty big too, light nut aroma too(?), hints of vanilla, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol flavor, hops help balance it out a bit, medium bitterness, light warming too.
M- Full body low carbonation and kind of sticky feel.
D- It's ok. Nothing great IMO.

BlindPig, Apr 19, 2007
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,358 ratings.