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

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Ratings: 2,493
Reviews: 1,001
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 259
Gots: 500 | FT: 45
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of brewdogmrb
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog says that B.O.R.I.S. (Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout) the crusher, its Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, "...will crush you like no other!" Consider me crushed. This is the last of the good number of Hoppin' Frog brews I grabbed on a trip to Philadelphia a couple months back. Ohio's Hoppin' Frog beers are rating pretty high for me at this point, their one misstep being the "Golden Fraug" I reviewed a little while back. The BORIS, which is a gigantic beer in a Brew Dog style session beer's clothing is not one to be taken lightly. This is a straight up mind eraser of a beer that has a good amount of bitterness to balance out the insanity of the normal pantheon of "dark" flavors - coffee, smoke, chocolate, and the kinds of fruits you find in dried form in a typical geriatric kitchen cupboard. The body is very nice and it pours black as ink with a chocolatey looking head, not unlike another Brew Dog favorite, Oskar's Ten Fiddy, and it has the right amount of carbonation, which is key to this style. Not exactly the perfect beer for a hot summer day, but turned out to be pretty perfect for a cool summer night after a long day of work.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into an imperial pint, pours pitch black, no hints, no hues, just black. The head starts at a creamy inch of dark brown and settles to a thin film with bubbly borders around the glass, and lacing in arches and blobs.

The taste and aroma offer up a bevy of beauties. The roasted malt is nearly palpable, offering hints of coffee, chocolates, cocoa, and molasses. Dig deeper, and hints of anise, spicy alcohol, oatmeal, and vanilla.

The body is thick, not massive, with a fine carbonation, slightly warming alcohol, and velvety smooth texture. In all, its a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable impy stout.

Photo of Tilley4
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased this bottle at Keg Liquors up in Indiana...

This literally glugs out of the bomber as thick as motor oil... Not completely black, but pretty close...it slowly forms a 2 inch thick creamy head that is pretty persistent for an Impy...

Loads of dark fruits present early on in the aroma along with some very dark chocolate and licorice as well as some strong coffee...

Surprisingly strong hoppiness in the taste that melds beautifully into a chocolate covered raisin filled coffee cake... Its delicious and there's not a hint of any booze at all... My 3 year old took a sip and begged me for more... (Only 2 more little sips). This one finishes long and slow with a truly remarkable coffe flavor..

This is an elite Imperial Stout no doubt. Dark, creamy, and delicious!!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

It pours a very very dark brown(not quite black to my eyes) and whilst pouring, I didn't see any foam until I finished. Then, a small but nice inch of tan foam showed up. Nice looking lacing hugging my glass.

The smell has notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Oh, and it smells pretty roasty too. I almost forgot to mention that. ;^)

The taste is yummy. I'm getting milk chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, oats(yeah!)and some dark fruit. I love the way the sweet malty flavour from the chocolate works so well with the roasted malt and coffee bitterness; I notice it mentions hops on the label and I guess there's some there but I feel most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malt and coffee.

This certainly is a very smooth drinker and the alcohol, though noticed in the nose, is pretty well hidden when I'm sipping on it. It also has a nice thickish and creamy mouthfeel.

Ok, I've had a few more sips and the sweet aspect of this Stout is a bit more pronounced(maybe because it's warming up? I took it straight out of the fridge) and actually, quite welcome. I love what is going on here so I'll have to give a big salute to Hoppin' Frog for brewing it and again, to Kevin for sending it my way. I have *another* bottle to enjoy but I'm going to drink it fresh as well so no cellaring for this baby. ;^)

Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. 05/02/08

This beer poured a pitch black body with traces of yellow around the rim with a tan head that died somewhat quickly.

Nose was a mix of dark roasted malt, coffee, sweet dark chocolate, raisins, oats, dates and a mild sting of alcohol. An interesting and very unique imperial stout smell. The oats give it a strange, oat taste, that's foreign in other beers like this.

Taste is full bodied and very rich. A big strong hop bitterness and numbing quality immediately stand out as waves of dark roasted malts flow in behind it. Dark malt, dark bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark raisins or dates and even a faint wood quality. The oatmeal aspect of this beer is a bit more muted in the taste, but it definitely has hints of that milky, chewy, oat-like, oatmeal taste. It fits nicely into the imperial stout setting. It ends with a lingering dark roasted malt bitterness.

An interesting beer. An imperial stout with traces of oatmeal stout. It works, but at the same time, I'm not sure if it does. The oatmeal sort of feels like it doesn't belong in the imperial stout, or maybe I'm just too used to imperials a certain. Anyway... a good beer none the less.

Photo of srandycarter
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pretty darned black, minimal mocha head that ends fast, lacing thin and unimpressive.

S - Cocoa, coffee, malt and maybe some oats.

T - Rich Mocha intake, malts blend well, oatmeal is visible towards the end. Nice hops at end, too.

M - Medium to full body, good coat, great carb.

D - Delicious.

Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing this black beauty. Thanks Brendon fer the sample on a hot back porch summer night in Columbia. Inexplicably, a cute Peruvian also drank this with us.

A. Pitch opaque black, low dirty red head, thick and dense looking. I'm scared...

S. Subdued all the way around. Roast grains, chocolate, noticeable smoothness (via oat), some coffee and altogether too light smelling for a 9.4% Imp stout. A little nutty toasty scent is here, and way too little alcohol...

T. Mmm, slick. Big upfront roast grains with bittersweet coffee / chocolate (milk) and mellow, afterthought bittering hops to balance the large amounts of charred grain and sugar. Very blended, nothing jumps out really. Really quite smooth and seductive. Cocoa and coffee as per the smell. Rather tame and not adventuresome, but it all works together and is easy to drink... perhaps too easy...

M. Very thick and slick. Finishes roasty and bittersweet. Coating. Heavy.

D. 8 ounces was ok. But if the night wasn't 90 degrees, I could see myself drinking more.

B.O.R.I.S. is a well blended, easy to drink heavy Imperial stout that is too smooth for its own good. Recommended, but drink with caution -- the frog means business.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to do a trade with STLStoutAddict and I got 2 bottles of this
Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout.
Thanks Steve!

22oz bottle served in a Stone IRS glass.

L - black in color with a good sized light brown head that settled to a ring, leaving bits and trails of sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some dark fruit.

T - rich, roasted flavors - sweetness of chocolate and figs/dates along with espresso bitterness on the finish. very good tasting brew.

F - full bodied, excellent mouthfeel.

D - very nice!

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to shbobdb for the opportunity to imbibe in this top 100 beer!

Moderate pour at 50 degrees into a .4 liter chalice yields a dark tan rocky soft two-finger head over an opaque mahogany body. Head fades pretty soon to the smallest slim ring. No lacing. Still, a pretty beer.

Smell is chocolate malt, hazelnut coffee, Play-do, cola, chocolate-chip cookie dough, a bit of vinous booziness, some dark cherries, and way in the back, a hint of strawberry bubblegum. Mmmmm. Really smells good, but the smell is not very strong.

Taste is magnificently rich, with the malt and coffee dominating. Rich burned cherry-sugar taste drips off everything like syrup. The cookie dough taste is subtle but definitely present, especially in the finish, where it is accomplished by a dry metallic hop note. The warmer it gets (I finished this at about room temp), the richer it gets.

Mouthfeel is elegant and slurpalicious. Truly decadent. I swirled and slurped this alot, because it felt so delightful and smooth. Nice mild effervescence spreads the flavors all around the palate. The rich mouthfeel belies the lack of head and lacing.

This would be better in 12-ounce bottles: 22 ounces at 9.4% means it takes a long time to consume one and still be able to type clearly for the review. There is a lot going on, so it's very drinkable, but as with most RIS's, it's too strong to drink more than one.

Hats off again to shbobdb. Wish I could get this in Colorado! If it's available where you live, go get some today.

Photo of turbine2475
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger mocha head that disipated quickly into a ring leaving a heavy lace.

S - Dark Fruits, some coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted grain. A little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Definatie oatmeal and molassas, with some dark chocolate and a mild coffee and dark fruit finish. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

M - Chewy with a decent carbonation and a present alcohol burn.

D - Good Brew. Lots of oatmeal that makes the beer a tad bland, but is true to the style. Would love more of this beer.

Photo of Phenom
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a small tan head that dissipates quickly to almost nothing and leaves no lacing.

S: Brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate cake are predominant. A little of bit of raisin and alcohol.

T: Chocolate cake, dark dried fruits, pronounced coffee and roasted flavors mainly in the aftertaste. A little bit of a lactic or malted milk ball flavor, some vanilla. Some sweetness from the malt and the oats add a nice touch.

M: Very velvety smooth, full bodied, creamy, like syrup. Not much carbonation.

D: Would be nice on a cold winter day, and a good dessert beer, however it is rather filling.

Another excellent imperial stout. It seems like it must be an easy style to brew since good ones are all over the place. I think I will save my second bottle to see how this beer changes after a year.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is rated among the best and there are no questions why. This beer has all the strength, complexity, pleasantries, and balance that it takes to be great. While low on esters, this beer delivers a whollop of espresso and raw cocoa up front and never relinquishes. Nutty flavors along with the light caramels, toffees, and a hint of cherries woven late into the alcohol warmth give the beer its charm without muddling. Very rich, viscous, and downright chewy textured, but smoothed to a velvety touch by more than just a little bit of oats. These round the beer out perfectly. Set among a backdrop of motor-oil looking liquid, this beer proves worthy of greatness. Very drinkable for such power and flavor. Its the best stout I've had in a long, long time.

Photo of ejquin
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a very thin brown head that fades real quick to noghintg.

S: Great unique aroma. Very rich. Coffee but mostly chocolate, but heavy vanilla with some cherries, plum and raisins.. Very sweet. Booziness creeps in with an oakiness and roasted malts.

T/M: Really smooth and heavy. Very little carbonation which works in this very rich beer. Starts off all chocolate for a while, developing into roasted malt, vanilla then comes in and mixes with cherries and rasins. Finsish is smoky and oaky and looong with the hop spiciness coming to the front. Big and fat and chewy though the slightest bit hot.

D: This is a huge fat and chewy beer meant to be sipped.

Ovr: I've been drinking a lot of oatmeal stouts recently, Devil Over a Barrel, and KBS, and this is right up there with all of those. Definitely heavier than all of them, and more full bodied. Great great great beer.

Photo of mully
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black think dark brown head fades quickly leaving just a little bit of head floating around

smells like chocolate hops and booze

Patent Malt chocolate toffee and coffee your styleistic stout flavors done well with a nice hop counter Balance to even out the flavors
coffee follows a little bit behind

Good mouthfeel very well balanced moves in and out quickly doesn't linger

Very drinkable no problem putting down a bomber on a warm night

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. pours a pitch black, like used motor oil, with a dark, rich tan head. decent/low retention rate and an OK amount of lacing that flows back into the beer.

S: nice rich aroma of roasted malts, tons of coffee, chocolate, toffee and molasses. slight bitter aroma from the hops.

T: some very intense flavors in this one. some cherries, chocolate, coffee are the major flavors. I taste the oatmeal smoothing everything out as well.

M: very thick and sticky. a little rough, but well worth it. very nice palate, and smooth carbonation.

D: wonderful RIS! I will definitely drink this again, but it is a sipping beer.

Photo of HopDerek
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown nearly lightless with a pure black center. Thin 1/2 pinky of burnt orange head has little retention and leaves thin spotty lacing and an oily residue. Smells of chocolate, oat, coffee, grapefruit, and a hint of alcohol. Taste starts out with dark chocolate and toffee. Dark fruits like plum and raisins follow along with some roasted oat flavor. Finish is bitter and roasty with lots of coffee expression as well as a touch of citrus hops. Thick and full bodied, smooth and creamy with low carbonation. A good balance and a great transition from sweet to bitter, not overly crazy with different flavors popping out at inappropriate times. An excellent RIS that is fairly low in ABV and easy enough to obtain that I can dive into one of these anytime I feel the RIS urge.

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color. Light brown head with spotty ring lace. No light shines through.

Lots of mocha in this beer's smell. Sweet chocolate with some coffee and a touch of English toffee. Inviting.

Strongly alcoholic stout is my first impression. There's an oiliness to the brew and a richness to the taste that is special. Obviously, the alcohol comes through in a big way, but the flavor of dark chocolate (different from the smell) and espresso mutes this. Very rich beer with good carbonation to counteract the syrup feel.

This could not be an everyday beer for me. But as an Imperial Stout, this would be close to my favorite.

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours either a really dark brown or black with a light brown head that goes away quickly and leaves pretty much no lacing at all. This brew also pours nice and thick like syrup.

S- Could pick up chocolate, roasted oats, smoke, tiny bit of dark fruits and alcohol.

T- Very nice brew tons of flavour jump out. Tons of roasted oats/malts then it gets sweet with chocolate and finishes with a bitter taste from hops and a little warmth from the alcohol.

M- Full in body. Nice and thick but also creamy and smooth.

D- Is very great here. Not over filling like some RIS. Very enjoyable.

Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a small thick hear. Aroma of chocolate, oats and hops. Taste is similar, with additional notes if licorice and molasses. Very thich, oily mouthfeel. Tastes like a meal. Reletively low carbonation. Strong bitter ending. Really nice beer.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Totally black body, not a highlight to be seen. Small dark tan/light brown head. Decent lacing.

Aroma is swirls of cooca, coffee, dark fruit and a bit of licorice.

Taste follows nose. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and a bit of alcoholic bite near the finish.

Mouthfeel is a little thinnish. Perhaps its the oatmeal, but the RIS here needs to be slicker, oilier, and most of all fuller.

Very good drinkability. Not just a sipper. Maybe too drinkable.

Its been enjoyable cooler seasons with this and Troegs ImpOatSt.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black with a sweet looking head. It looks awesome. Its sweet and coffeeful. I've tried this a couple times and it seems to be different each and everytime so I will just review the last time.

The taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bourbon but this is a good stout!

Its pretty damn drinkable too. At 9.4% it is a little hot and could use age. Either way its still a good stout!

Photo of brushtachio
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

ok. My initial caveat is that I have Zero experience with style. I've always been a Belgian ale drinker, and a relative novice at that. But, I came to this site to expand my palate and seeing that more than 50% of RIS get A's, I figured I should introduce myself. Where better to start than with my local Akron brewery.

A - viscous and black. Oil in a glass. Very thin khaki head.

S- chocolate, burnt sugar, coffee beans

T- all of the above plus a bitter tobacco flavor that slowly transforms on the palate to a more conventional hop flavor.

M- it thick but not as thick as I would have guessed

D- what can I say. Its a sipper for me but there's nothing wrong with that. Don't imagine it was designed for quaffing.

Photo of Slatetank
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brewdlyhooked13 for this trade, I shared a taste of this w/ carlos and his gf Rianna. Poured from the 22oz brown bottle into a goblet at cellar temp.

A - Thick black like pitch w/ a very thin tan head that is essentially a ring of lace atop the opaque dense ale.

S - A very full aroma of many malts w/ a boozy and fruity nose. The odors are coffee-like w/ plenty of plum and berry notes and subtle vanilla w/ creamy cocoa sweetness. The aroma also has a dry nutty edge w/ roasted coffee-like hints under the fruity instense sweet note.

M- Thick, almost viscous w/ very little bitterness and a deeply chocolate-like dry roastiness w/ a little booziness for good measure

T - Deep, dark chocolate like a fresh baked triple chocolate desert w/ bean essence and coffee accent in the taste. The flavor has an instense bittersweet cocoa and toffee taste w/ thick dark berry and raisiny sweetness. The flavor is not overly sweet though with the balance of the roasted and dry toasty elements playing counterpoint until the boozy finish

D - A great oatmeal Imperial Stout, just fantastic to sip. The strength is a bit limiting and I recommend savoring this for at 9.4% it is like a meal in a glass. The overall drinkability for me is excellent since there really aren't many beers that match the quality and layered maltiness in the oatmeal accented stout world. The booziness is expected, but subtle for the strength, A must try!

Photo of Floydster
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired in a trade with pimpp, thanks for giving me the opportunity to try this brew, split with my Buddy Drake, poured into Guinness pub glass

A-Black and I mean black color, you can barely see light through the one inch dark tan soapy head, stuck around for almost ten minutes, nice retention, some great lacing at the beginning

S-Aroma was all over the place but still pretty inviting, chocolate, sweetness, booze, grains, raisins, tobacco, black licorice, espresso, burned accents, caramel, toffee, and vanilla

T-Started off with a big dark chocolate and coffee taste, more chewiness and grains in the middle than I thought there would be, some dryness in the finish with a hint of vanilla and sweetness, no booze whatsoever and it was not too roasty either, very nice balance overall, would have liked to see some more hops in this one but it was still pretty good just the way it was

M-Dry, slightly sweet, roasty, and chewy mouthfeel, full bodied, average level of carbonation for this style, taste did linger a while though

D-Probably could drink the bottle by myself, had about ten ounces and that was enough for me, strong and heavy on the stomach, nearly ten percent so it will catch up to you, smooth though, all alcohol was hidden surprisingly

Heard a lot hype about this one and I agree with the majority of it, one of the better oatmeal stouts I have tasted, definitely one of the stronger ones, could possibly make a serious black and tan if you are into those, would definitely drink again, recommended

Photo of kirok1999
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a massive oily black and just a slight off white head that fades quickly.
Smells very sweet and malty, lots of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit.
Taste is massive as well, very smooth and creamy. Lots of sweet chocolaty fruit, plum, raisin, slight coffee. There's lots going on and this is a great tasting brew. Very smooth and creamy and a super sipper.
Very easy to drink.

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