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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

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 244
Gots: 466 | FT: 38
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 BlindPig
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
Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk green with a white chest frog toasting a pitcher of black beer in front of a bright yellow rectangle. This frog is toasting his mug so hard, that he's just whipping his beer all around and spilling it into his little secluded Akron pond. Above the frog is the name of the brewery in big black letters, but the letter "o" is replaced with a pitcher of yellow beer. Just below the black beer pitcher the frog is toasting, is a red oval that states this is an Ohio beer. I didn't know Ohio breweries had a symbol. To the left of happy drunk frog is the Government warning, the city it's brewed in, and the barcode. On the other side of the frog is a little paragraph telling you about the beer, its specifications, and another picture of the drunk happy frog. This little picture had him toasting a mug of yellow beer. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number because there isn't one anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Appearance: Do you remember seeing the mug of black beer the frog is toasting on the label? To save money, Hoppin' Frog took the same ink they used for their label and then bottled it as B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. This beer had the same size head of foam as brewed ink (if it's possible) does. The only thing there was, was just a small skim of Cherry Coke colored foam that dissipated quite quickly into a few colored rings and no lace whatsoever anywhere around the glass. After about a minute, it looked like I poured a glass of ink instead of a black beer. There was nothing there to indicate that it was a beer by just looking at it from a distance. In case your pen runs out of black ink, just refill it back up with some B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Nothing really stands out by itself because they all combined together to create a very nice and pleasant aroma. That means it had a little bit of roasted malts, a pinch of chocolate covered cherries, a dab of regular black cherries, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and then ended with a little nip of alcohol. Toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol aroma really kicks into gear and dominates over all of the other aromas that were in this beer.

Taste: The first flavor that hopped its way onto my tastebuds were the high quality dark chocolate covered cherries. Not the kind of chocolate covered cherries you would find at your local drug store, the kind you can find at your fine local chocolatier. After that came the roasted malts, chocolate malts, black cherries, other dark fruits, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and a huge alcohol bullfrog drop kick at the finish line. That alcohol kick at the end really warms up your throat and esophagus. It almost makes you feel like you just drank a shot of whiskey and not a sip of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. Where was the robust hop character the label said that this beer was going have? I don't know, but it could have used it. There was some bitterness at the end, but it was more of a dark chocolate bitter than a hop bitter.

Mouthfeel: When I first took a few big sips of this beer, there wasn't any aftertaste to it. The dark taste hopped on in and then hopped on out without leaving an aftertaste of anything. When it warms up and you get toward the bottom of the glass, an aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and alcohol emerges. If you couldn't guess already, this beer was thick, chewy, and full bodied to the max.

Drinkability: If you drink the beer cold, you really don't have a problem with it. If you let it sit there to warm up, you're going to be sorry. All the roasted and dark flavors will be there, but you're really going to feel the burn, alcohol burn that is. If you like big chewy alcoholic beers, then this Hoppin' Frog is for you! Will this beer crush like you like the label stated? Not really. It will be the alcohol burn that will do you in and not its dark and roasted flavors.

AltBock, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Hoppin' Frog bomber into pint glasses. The beer was thick and black with a poofy tan & wet head. The aroma was coffee and burnt malts, the flavor was smooth dark sweet malts. Very thick and rich, but still a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Real nice, my first and only imperial oatmeal stout.

TurdFurgison, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of BMoney575
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-19-07

Pours thick, like chocolate syrup. A thin film of tan head with little lacing.

Smells very rich, subtly fruity, with tons of roasted malts. A sweet caramel/chocolate aroma is in there too.

Taste is very good, if black was a flavor, this is it. A ton a subtle flavors mingle to create one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. There is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, with a strong hop bitterness and an ultra-smooth alcohol finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is spectacular, like melted ice cream.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, for such an intense beer.

Overall a very good brew and my first from Hoppin' Frog. A very well crafted and well thought-out beer and a perfect example of an RIS.

BMoney575, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of jkaufman
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Session notes from March 15, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours opaque dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Looks very tasty.

S: Sweet, nutty, and alcohol.

T and M: Smooth, full-bodied, and surprisingly well-balanced. Finishes with a strong, syrupy, roasted flavor.

D: Very drinkable considering the size of this beer.

Highly recommended.

jkaufman, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired this brew in a trade with mcallister. Thanks for sending me some great beer! Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Poured a very deep oily black color that no light could pass through. About two good fingers of tight, thick, bubbly dark brown head formed. Head had pretty good retention. Smell: Wonderful aromas of strong roasted coffee beans, sweet milk chocolate, notes of toffee and caramel rose from the glass. Awesome nose on this one. Taste: Tons of flavor here. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and some spicey black licorice. All balanced out just about perfectly. Delicious. Mouthfeel was full and thick, with little carbonation. Pretty creamy and complex. I could drink this all day long. Great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

jaxon53, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass, thanks to BA klewis for hookin' up the beer :-)

A: Beer pours a delicious-looking rich, dark brown, with a milk chocolate-hinged head. Disappears quickly, but leaves lively, sticky lacing.

S: Has delightful notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted oatmeal. Nothing overpowering, but just a perfect representation of that "malted" smell.

T/M: Mmmm...this tastes and feels like drinking liquid dark chocolate, only with a juicy, mouth-watering finish. A robust dark fruit (cherry) nose leads seamlessly into a bitter coffee-flavored body. Oily, resiny hops finish it out, and help contribute to the overall velvety smooth feel to this beer. An absolutely delicious beer.

D: Dunkin' Donuts ought to just serve this, because it's pretty much the greatest iced mocha coffee ever, only it's beer. I almost wish it wasn't 9.4% ABV so I could drink it all night, every night.

markgugs, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of bigbubba
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is extremely dark. There is a big mocha colored head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet with a lot of chocolate. It smells a bit like a cappuccino. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It just doesn't taste "stout" enough. There is a bit of a Hershey Bar flavor, and some prune or plum like fruitiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin and weak for a stout, much less an imperial stout. The drinkability is better than average. It is pretty strong too!

bigbubba, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with a brown tan head about a finger thick when poured. It doesn't last too long but leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, toffee, and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt and coffee are strongly present followed by notes of caramel and dark chocolate alogn with a bit of hops at the end. Has a creamy, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. The best thing I have had from this brewery yet.

Eric

neenerzig, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick black as night liquid with a huge cream colored head that just did not go down. Very milkshake looking in consistency and took a very long time to settle. I knew immediatly I was about to get my butt kicked by this one. Perfect looking stout. Smell was very sweet, with hints of milk and sugar intermixing with the big players which were coffee and chocolate. Hints of alcohol as well, which at 9.2%abv does not shock me in the least. Had a very dessert like look and smell to it, getting very excited to try this one. Taste was very thick, milkshake like consistency. Big creamy and very smooth going down, definatly made this a dessert beer. Taste again was very sweet, roasted coffee with milk and sugar. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, very rich. Slight warming from the alcohol, but not too bad at all. Very filling and just very very good all around, thats all that really needs to be said. Nice long lingering dry finish capped it off beautifully. This was really a treat and I would never turn it down anywhere at anytime. Really great and I hope to be able to try it again one day.

mikesgroove, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.4% ABV, 60 IBU. Pitch black in color, no highlights at all. Thick dark tan head settles down quickly to a thin ring. Roasty, chocolate, espresso aroma. A large amount of sweetness is present in this beer. Lots of chocolate, warming alcohol. Some dark fruit and vinous flavors approach near the end. A little silky. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Lower amount of carbonation. Seems a bit thin for the size of this brew. Nicely done by this newer brewery. Certainly worth trying.

Bierguy5, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of nlmartin
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a solid black body. The head is thick and fluffy with a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The beer has no ruby opaqueness to light. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer has heavily roasted ,toasted and chared malts. The aroma is dominated by a smoked dark roasted espresso. As the beer warms up toward room temperature vanilla and dark fruits raisins and figs come to the foreground.

Taste: The beer delivers a majorly smokey, roasted and chared maltyness. If you dont like roasted and toasted and burnt characters in your beer skip this one. The espresso vias for dominance in the flavor with smokey charcoal notes. The beer has undertones of cocoa and vanilla. The alcohol brings adds a zing to the flavor. The finish of the beer is earthy and just vaguely pine hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The roasted, and chared flavors of this beer is very evident. The finish is earthy and bitter. The beer has a silky smoothness to the mouth. The body of this beer is definately full. This is a very solid Russian Imperial Stout. The beer has been a frequent visitor to my beer glass. I would definately suggest you try this RIS if you like big stouts.

nlmartin, Feb 21, 2007
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4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found some Hoppin' Frog beers in town! Very excited to see it. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. 9.4% ABV, label says 60 IBUs. I drank a 22 oz. bomber of this all by myself - talk about a good night. Pours like motor oil. It's an opaque black with a thick, reddish head. Great retention. Smells sweet: dark toasted malt, oats, caramel, syrup, dark chocolate. Tastes of the dark malt, chocolate, caramel, twinge of alcohol. Very nicely balanced - slightly hoppy finish - the bitterness balances the thick sweetness of it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied to the max. Thick beyond thick. Like drinking a rich chocolate milk. It was a wonderful beer - great example of the style - wonderful for slow sipping on a cold winter's evening.

ndekke39, Feb 16, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog poured motor oil black topped by a short, creamy brown head. Aroma had notes of cocoa, peanut butter, berries, and coffee. Flavor starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by banana, a touch of ameretto and cherries and finished off with a hit of espresso. The body was full and the carbonation was moderate.

This stout has the look and feel of a top-notch imperial stout. The beer clinges to the glass after you take a drink. It's thick and chewy in the mouth. The only thing keeping it from elite status, is the sharp finish. Don't let this little review keep you from drink this. Boris has much to offer.

frazbri, Feb 14, 2007
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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: This beer is so thick and black that when it pours from the bottle it looks like dirty engine oil, or molasses. Forms finger's size head but it quickly receedes to what I wouldn't even call a film. Could be this glass, never have had a good head in this snifter.

Nose: Strong malt backbone on this one. Strong notes of chocolate malt make their way to the foreground. Alcohol is evident, warm to the nose. No hop aroma present. Pretty much right on for what one of these should smell like.

Tongue: This brew is intense. The most prevalent flavor characteristic is chocolate, Alcohol is detectable, and there's a bit of grain bitterness at the end of this beer. Also just a bit of a roasted quality. All in all pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is thick in the mouth, full bodied with little carbonation. Exactly what one expects. I also enjoy the warming sensation of the alcohol as this beer slides down the throat. This is a good beer, but at $7.00 for a bomber its a bit pricey. I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Its good but not that good.

becktone, Feb 13, 2007
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4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow, after my second bottled sampling of this beer, I feel I should rate it. This is the best Imperial Stout i’ve had in awhile and i’m esprecially impressed by how good this is at its bright, young age. The color is dark, the darkest beer I’ve seen in awhile. Tremendous body. Fairly nice nose. Amazing flavor of chocolate and coffee, but there is also an inordinate, but graceful amount of fruit flavor going on. A really, really good beer!

Crosling, Feb 09, 2007
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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber -> Imperial pint
no date

Pours oil slick black with a thick fluffy brown head with decent stamina that leaves some nice droopy rings of lace.

Nose: Roasted dark malt, sweet dark chocolate, coffee, port, alcohol.

Taste: Smooth dark sweet malts, sugar, bitter cocoa, and a drying alcohol finish. Some dark fruit notes and a little port. No real bitterness present.

Mouth:Slick and full bodied, somewhat chewy, with some drying alcohol .

A smooth RIS for sure, a little less alcohol presense would do wonders for the drinkability.

beerphan, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is a bit muted, but chocolate, tobacco, roasted cocoa powder and mild wood smoke make a low key play at the olfactory senses. It smells good-ish, but could smell so much better.
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The body is a deep black and pours gloppy and this beer stands out in appearance. The head is massive, but not bubbly, and is an incredibly dark mocha color. It is impossibly lasting. Anyone who has seen me drink a new beer knows it takes me five minutes to smell it. Well this head stands strong for that whole period, diminshing only slightly and leaving almost uninterrupted
lacing on the glass.

Fore is tobacco ash, smoke, burnt and roasted malt, black chocolate and bitter burnt malts along with bitter hops. It’s fairly brutish. I’d prefer some fruit or even mildly sweet chocolate or cream notes. That being said I could see how this would be mother’s milk to some palates. It’s just not to mine. It’s still decent and you can feel the influence of oatmeal in the very creamy mouthfeel.

Jredner, Feb 01, 2007
Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm excited about this. i hear good things

looks like tar in my glass and i don't think i've ever seen a darker head. it remains in limited form and some nice lace coats the glass

complex coffee aroma, not immensely sweet. piney hops

the taste is sweeter, but not cloying. NW hop flavor, and the oatmeal evens it all out. this is a tasty brew: well-stacked, well-hopped, well-roasted. all in a nice manageable package

bruachan, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of mattcrill
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Faint notes of roasted malt, creamed coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a sudsy, tight beige head. The head collapses slowly and rings the glass elegantly. Gentle carbonation streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: Roasted bitterness up front that reminds me of coffee, mocha, and a touch of Hershey's kisses. Fruity esters are low and in the background. Definitely pick up some dried fig and raisin but it's muted.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full bodied, slightly slippery, creamy, and a drying pleasant alcohol finish. The chocolate sweetness barely keeps this from being astringent.

Overall impression: A big, full bodied, and chewy beer. A tad underattenuated a bit one-dimensional which makes me wonder if this should be classified as an RIS. Still, it's a good effort overall. I hope this brewery keeps improving.

mattcrill, Jan 28, 2007
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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark, midnight black with dark auburn & purple highlights when held up to the light. A small, dark tan head fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit phenols, yeasty, cocoa, grapes, sugary, creamy...almost smells like a Belgian strain was used. Not a bad thing if that's the case and quite enticing.
Taste is of rich cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy, sugary, fruity, with cocoa powder and light chalkiness.

weeare138, Jan 22, 2007
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4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big, black and thick. Dark head, as dark as I have ever seen, chocolate milk with an extra scoop. Toasty nose, slightly grassy.

Toasty, roasty and raw, chocolate tempered by alcohol heat-although the heat does die down a bit as the beer warms.

Smooth and airy, very easy to sip, tempered a bit, again, by some heat from the alcohol that lingers in the mouth and throat. But it is a nice heat, and overall a very nice brew.

hustlemuscle, Jan 22, 2007
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4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so dark brown frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats and chocolate, very nice. The flavor is good, it tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee, and it has a good bitter finish with some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is full, it's thick and very smooth. Drinkability is great too, this stout is very easy to drink. Almost as soon as I'm done with my last drink of the beer, I'm ready for another one. I was waiting to get my hands on this beer for a while now, and I'm pretty impressed. Easily one of the best beers I've tried lately, I'd recommend it to anyone. I'll definitely buy more of this.

bluejacket74, Jan 21, 2007
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4.8/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz. Menacingly, rich, deep, black with a dark brown head. I've had my share of stouts, but never have I seen one this dark and rich looking. Good dense head, nice brown lacing like caramel spiderwebs. Nose shows coffee, roast barley - great balance with hops in the background. Taste is superb. Heavy oats, coffee, roasted barley, black barley, hop bitterness counters well the sweetness of unfermented gravity.

Mouthfeel is what sets this stout apart. It's almost chocolate milk, so thick. Coats the tongue, but doesn't stick. Carbonation is present, but very soft. Beautiful.

I'm floored by Hoppin' Frog. Glad they've showed up. I'll be trying more of their beers from now on.

benmiliron, Jan 19, 2007
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4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alright, this is my first review, and I'm not going into a whole lot of detail. I actually had the beer a couple of days ago. It was the first I had seen of this brewery, and I was generally pleased with all four beers they had in their line-up. This beer, however, took top honors with me. It's very dark, very thick, and very smooth! I loved it. I've already passed word along to fellow connoisseurs. Hopefully they will all try it. As for me, there WILL be seconds!

MUST TRY IT FOLKS!
~UBS

ultimatebeersnob, Jan 15, 2007
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.