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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,159 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2159
Reviews: 969
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.67%


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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Act25

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wine drinkers' stout. Poured from a 22 oz bomb into a pint glass... This beer is much better the longer you let it warm, the 2nd half better than the first.

A - 1 Fat finger dense, late-rising, very dark chocolate foam that slowly settles to a thin ring and patchy lacing. Tar black-brown - no color, dense. Serious.

S - Subtle. Sweet cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt caramel, a bit of tar, a railroad trail, herbs, and hops. Chocolate on a high pacific coastal trail with old timbers and melting tar. Or under the railroad trestle in the sunlit glade. But subtle. And a little metallic.

T - The taste is all of the trippy smell, but more aggressive, with dark hot chocolate, espresso coffee, prune juice, and much roastiness. Italian coffee house. Starts sweet, turns bitter. Hops are underneath. A fire, a late hour, charcoal, dancing sparks rising that flare your nostrils.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional -big, syrup without any cloying, chewy, original, bold. Like a great lover, the body supports the complexity, the ABV (which is not so apparent after it airs a bit - let this one breathe - again it's a wine lovers stout)...

Overall - Sipping beer. Strong. Worth letting it sit and warm. savor during and AFTER your meal. great after dinner stout.

I enjoyed with garden chard, tomatoes, peppers, sausage, pirogis simmered together with provolone melted on top. Great with spicy, rich, complex, saucy foods.

Great after dinner with more cheese.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 01:01:50 | More by Act25
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joe1510

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Sams Marcey

B.O.R.I.S. exits the glass more viscous then I expected and pools in the snifter midnight black. The pour produced a half finger worth dark brown head. The head fades rather quickly to a small cap but each swirl of the glass brings it back to life. The viscosity and dark head make this look like a big bold stout.

The aroma, upfront at least, reminds me of a peanut infused stout I sampled a couple months back from Short's. The peanut butter presence is big throughout but is greeted by a solid amount of roasty malts and dark, slightly under ripe berries from middle to end. The peanut butter is always there and comes in waves, cresting and falling all the while my nose is in the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this stout.

Now this is a quality beer! Peanut butter, thick roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate all come together right off the bat. These three flavors intertwine and mingle throughout and the peanut butter comes on a little stronger on the swallow. There's a little berriness here and there from mid-palate through the finish but I have to work to pick them out and the faintest amount of alcohol on the finish adds depth. An excellent beer!

The body has some weight but it's where it should be instead of the huge thickness, more silky then creamy. Leaves a little stick on the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy bomber to put away. All the flavors mingle really well so it doesn't kill the palate like some others. The silkiness keeps it flowing.

I'm really impressed by this stout from Hoppin' Frog. I've heard good things and am glad we now have distribution in Illinois. I'll be stocking up on B.O.R.I.S. from now on. The peanut butter character is very unique and delicious.

Reviewed: 5/4/08

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:53:49 | More by joe1510
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MCain04

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into Vault 16 oz oversized snifter.

Black motor oil pour with a thin dark khaki head which dissipates quickly into a rim around the edge.

Roasty toasted malt, vanilla, cacao, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, coffee

Malty and toasted, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, bitter hops, coffee, figs, pretty much to the smell.

Feel is full, sticky and chewy, really great body for a stout. A tad high on the carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall, a solid enjoyable RIS, nothing special to the point of being on anyone's top 10 lists, but for $9 and available year round this is a very solid option. Definitely one of the blackest stouts I've seen in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:42:30 | More by MCain04
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Holland

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black with a one finger head that lingers enough to cover the entire top of the beer. Great looking motor oil thickness.

S: big roasted smell with some earthiness, coffee, and a bit of the sweet malt smell just behind the roast.

T: tastes of burnt coffee, slight sweet malt balanced by bitterness and a huge chocolate aftertaste.

M: thicker than just about any stout in this ABV range. I can feel it coating my teeth and tongue. Still, it has great carbonation, and feels wonderful.

O: this is one delicious beer, and probably better than the barreled version for all but the taste. Not really easy to drink, but that's to be expected with a RIS. Would happily buy it again if it weren't as much as a 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 21:00:01 | More by Holland
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ThickNStout

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date but a sticker on the neck indicates a 2008 GABF gold medal instead of the more recent 2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with a quarter finger of dense mocha head. Head fades to a haze and doesn't lace any to speak of.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, flaked oats, creamed coffee and brown sugar.

Taste is bold and rich. Burnt coffee, extra dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit skins, caramel, lots of roast and a good dose of booze. A nice complex but fairly subtle and balance blend.

Creamy, medium thick body with light-to-moderate carbonation. Roasty cocoa and bitter coffee finish.

I've always enjoyed the Hoppin Frog BORIS & DORIS and consider BORIS one of the best year-round available Russian imperial stouts that I can find in Georgia but it's on the pricey side (typically $10+ for a bomber). This one was a happy extra in a trade a few months ago and it's always a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 03:15:32 | More by ThickNStout
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JWeldon

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured at 55F into a tulip

A: Pours black with a slight and quickly dissipating mocha head. No lace.

S: Strong bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes with prune and dark caramel—verging on burned sugar.

M: It’s like a velvet Elvis painting. This full-bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with light carb.

T: The flavor profile corresponds to its smell, but the oats and near-charred, roasty tail on this beer really come through here. It’s a little boozy with a beautifully subtle bitter finish.

O: What a great beer! Every time I have it, I think “it’s been way too long since last I drank this.” It’s complex, but not obnoxious. It’s huge, yet delicate—it’s just very well balanced. I’m going to torch off a crème brulée right now to pair with the rest of this fantastic brew. (Heck—a “BORIS float” made with good vanilla ice cream would also be perfectly appropriate.)

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 03:59:13 | More by JWeldon
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black into the glass. 1.5 inch dark mocha head, with good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells include intense dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

The taste is much the same, with some really nice intense roastiness that defines the best stouts for me. A little bit of soy sauce type flavor doesn't detract much. Mildly fruity, with a some toasty flavors that remind me of oats, which makes sense given this is a imperial oatmeal stout.

Thick, silky smooth mouthfeel from the addition of oats. Creamy. Low carbonation.

A great one from Hoppin' Frog, want to try all the BA variants of this that I can.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 20:12:32 | More by GreesyFizeek
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notchucknorris

California

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a thin but dense deep brown head. Some carbonation is evident in the glass on the pour, but soon after, you're left with a black void in your glass. I like it.

S: Roasted malt, lots of dark chocolate, anise, chocolate covered raisins, oats, coffee and a touch of cinnamon. The smell is a bit light, but it's solid.

T: Lays a smooth layer of roasted malt and coffee down on your tongue right away. The mouthfeel is pretty velvety from the oats, so it really makes this beer mouth coating. Some fudge, cola and dark chocolate come in to play before a finish of burnt raisin, heavily roasted malt, and some slightly acidic dark roasted coffee. Maybe just a hint of earthy hops in the finish as well. Glad I finally got to try this one. Maybe I'm getting spoiled by all the monster stouts I've been drinking lately, but this one just didn't feel big enough for me. If they had beefed this up another 2-3%, I think it would have been perfect. As is, it's still one of the better versions of the style I've had and a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:38:29 | More by notchucknorris
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dar482

New York

4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a deep black oil color with a brown head.

The aroma is lovely. Big bitter chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and definitely some umami.

The flavor follows with a deep chocolate flavor and hugely roasted/burnt malt. It transforms to a bit of licorice, but not in an offensive way. It’s almost smokey and burnt with how deep and rich it is.

The mouthfeel is huge on this. It’s so velvety and creamy.

As a beer, this is less big and heavy, compared to the DORIS. This is more drinkable, though still being a huge mouthfeel and flavor beer. I can’t decide which I prefer because they’re both all so good. This definitely has less big burnt flavors and is less heavy on the tongue, despite being only about 1% ABV less.

A really fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:25:30 | More by dar482
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Likely a bottle from before GABF 2011 as the sticker still only indicated that it was a gold medal winner in 2008.

A: Pours an opaque thick dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and no real highlights to speak - this beer is extremely dark. The beer pours with a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate and moderate notes of dark fruit (plum and fig).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some dark fruit sweetness (plum and fig). That is followed by some light hints of espresso/bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy with some light notes of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable sipping beer due to the strength and fairly intense yet complex flavors and fuller body - even though the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I have also picked up the barrel aged version which I am looking forward to trying though this beer is excellent and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 01:25:11 | More by dbrauneis
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Greywulfken

New York

4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: truly pours like motor oil; got a thin dark brown head; no real lace

S: rich smooth espresso and cocoa - bittersweet dark chocoloate

T: the smoothness of the oats makes this a particularly decadent and chocolatey-tasting take on the RIS - sweet and chewy dark chocolate, black espresso dryness in the background

M: very smotth, very creamy, bittersweet finish, full, dense body

O: I can see why this is a top 250 beer - a rich, treat of a RIS

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 01:12:32 | More by Greywulfken
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NWer

Washington

4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 21:54:57 | More by NWer
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, viscous and thick this Imperial shows its pedigree in the pour. The head was brown and bubbly but rushed away and never mounted, giving it a poorer appearance than it deserved. There was no lacing and a brown sheen down the glass.

The scent is of strong chocolate and hints of oat. The chocolate is thick, creamy and sweet with just a hint of oat.

The taste is of HUGE milk chocolate, tremendous roast coffee, espresso and caramel. The roasted taste extends to a roasted oatey malt as well. The chocolate is the main player here and it serves the beer well.

The feel is smooth and silky, slightly thick and velvety. It seems more suited to winter as it gives significant warming in the chest.

Overall, I see why it's a Gold Medal winner and lives up to the hype.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 00:48:55 | More by KYGunner
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body, clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol and slight caramel, hint of vanilla cream. Taste follows the aromas closely with a nice thick mouthfeel. Warming on tasting but the alcohol is hidden quite well. No off flavors and quite a delicious monster.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:30:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife got a bottle for me on a work trip, she is great.

Poured into my specialty pint glass. The beer is dark, black with a think very dark head very pretty beer.

The nose was apparent from the moment I popped the top, dark chocolate, slight roasted with chocolate being dominate. The nose is classic imperial stout but a little more aromatic.

The flavor is initially full of dark chocolate, with hints of dark fruits. there is a slight off flavor, mainly bitterness that is left on the tongue as it drys. I very much like the complexity of this beer, however the slight bitterness is a little odd.

Overall a great beer, great with the steak I grilled.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 01:23:14 | More by bishopdc0
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Stunmai

New York

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The problem with this beer isn't that its a good beer - it is actually quite good, the problem is that there are many other, cheaper beers that do it a lot better. This one was a pretty steep price to pay for a good, dark, strong ABV oatmeal stout but in comparison to Sam Smith's, Rouge or Wolavers Oatmeal Stouts they all do it a lot better and Wolavers and Sam Smiths do it for a reduced price.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 15:08:05 | More by Stunmai
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have too many bombers to choose from at my local Giant Eagle so I finally gave up the coin (10 bucks) for this imperial stout.

A - Very carbonated with over a inch of deep mocha head atop of a deep dark bodied beer. Didn't poor as thick as I expected for such a world class stout.
S - Deep coffee roast and anise, mild molasses, and some cocoa powder.
T - Very silky flavors of coffee roast, mild anise and some chalky yeast and some chocolate malt with a dash of cocoa powder. Hops and roast is kind of dry with a bitter finish. Overall quite tasty.
M - Silky, somewhat overly bitter, and kind of thin especially for a stout.

Overall it's a very traditional RIS not too sweet or too roasty, maybe could use a bit more balance since to me it's very bitter. To me though not worth the price of admission, hell for two dollars cheaper I could have got a Stone RIS... shit.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:19:16 | More by DrDemento456
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Gmann

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a frothy brown head, mostly dense with some moderate sized bubbles, that settles into a sparse cap.

The aroma is of heavily toasted pumpernickle with some caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Some carob and earthy wood aromas.

Moderate to full roast. Quite bitter but the bitter seems to be more of a coffee ground bitter than a heavily roasted malt. The taste starts off with more of a sour dark fruit, unripe plum, flavor. It actually feels weak but then the flavor transitions. From dark fruit it goes into a wet bark to coffee ground flavor. A good amount of anise. Some scorched caramel sweetness. Quite flavorful though I thought that oat would have smoothed things out a bit.

Well bodied feel with quite soft carbonation. Smooth but not velvty. Some sweetness on the palate but mostly bitter. Quite sticky in the finish.

Good imperial stout. Again, i thought it would be smoother with the additon of oat. Pretty big roasty bomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 01:52:37 | More by Gmann
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a very opaque chocolate into a pint glass( second night in a snifter).
Very little head.

Noticeable coffee-chocolate from the head. Not strong, but good.

The mouth feel was lightly carbonated, negligible bitterness.

The taste is highly complex.
Oatmeal, chocolate, lemon, hops. This is a slow sipper, worthwhile to contemplate the taste profile changes with warming.

One of the most complex Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Changes considerably with warming while reaching greater complexity.

Serving temp. I am beginning to prefer colder serving temps for Imperial Stouts. The brewer does recommend refrigeration, although I only refrigerated it before serving. It was better the second night at a colder fridge temp, and was mellower.

Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 02:03:23 | More by brureview
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minterro

Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Ross' Deli in Lakewood Ohio.

camel colored head that dies quickely.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the taste and smell.
not much head or lacing, super smooth. Very big body and low carbonation.

chewy texture.
Oily feel to the mouthfeel, that is perceived as a bitter coffee touch.
The texture and taste hangs around for a long time.

Pretty impressive taste and texture for a beer that is about 10%.

Very long taste

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:06:08 | More by minterro
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre sifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- big chocolate, maple syrup, molasses

T- roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, light pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick and slightly syrupy.

O- very good stout. Nice balance of sweet and roast.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:49:07 | More by kawilliams81
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kojevergas

Texas

3.64/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at Binny's in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its history on top 100 rankings and Hoppin' Frog's reputation. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger dark rich ran colour floater. No real head per se. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. It's appealing and the floater - though not a head - is attractive.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt (with a bit of bitterness), caramel, and deep roast. I dig the roast. Cocoa. Lovely oats. Light proteins. A moderate strength aroma. Burnt malt. Fennel. Dark fruit emerges as it swarms. Milky. Marshmallow. Balanced and inviting. No hop or yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Rich oats mix well with burnt malts, chocolate malt, and grains. Rich cocoa. Marshmallow. Buried roast. Light vanilla. Cream. Burnt bread. Chocolate bitterness. Charred bread. Light raisin. Well balanced; very drinkable for the style. Complex and tasty. Well put together. I do like it, but I'm not blown away. I don't find the "robust hop character" mentioned on the label, but the sweetness is nicely checked - I assume by the hop bitterness. No yeast character comes through, nor does any boozy alcohol.

Mf: Silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Good thickness. I love the smoothness contributed by the oats. Good thickness. Full body.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for its well hidden ABV. A solid Russian Imperial Stout that pushes the style. I'd get it again on-draught, but given its reputation I expected better. It's a tasty beer. I'll actually be able to kill this bomber alone, though I do wish I had a friend to help me. Luckily, it's not too sweet.

B

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 01:47:06 | More by kojevergas
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nataku00

California

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I've had this bottle for about two years at least, before I found it in a box recently. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of dark brown creamy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing, to a thin collar of foam around the edges. Good amount of alcohol legs when swirled.

Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, roasted malt, savory soy sauce, dark fruit.

Taking a sip, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, mellowing to sweeter fudge and cocoa. Some dark fruit sweetness mid tongue. Finishes with a salty and savory soy sauce along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor, lingering for a bit on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Plenty of body and mouthfeel from being an oatmeal stout. Alcohol is non existent, making the beer really smooth and easy to drink right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 02:37:00 | More by nataku00
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very oily and black with an inch of dark brown head. Nice and thick. Good legging on the glass. Looks great.

Dusty dry cocoa, major roast, char, burly oats, a touch of holiday spices, and hints of black coffee. Faint nuance of black licorice. Good nose.

Charred and exacting. Lots of husky black grains, black chocolate, licorice root, booze, hard candy, and burnt raisin. Awesome stout-y flavors. Has a firm roast bitterness all its own. Dark, gruff, and decadent.

Alcohol level is awakening, and rightly so. Body is thick, dense, and chewy; yet without being super-viscous. Feels great with this slow-releasing carbonation.

A killer brew. I have no idea why I waited this long to enjoy one. More enjoyable than D.O.R.I.S.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 04:13:13 | More by thecheapies
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with absolutely no opacity and a brown head. Roast almost burnt coffee on the nose.

Very long finish on this beer.big toasty flavor of both malts and coffee. Very smooth rolling body.a lot of stuff going on. Lots of layers of flavor going on with a distinct roasted character to it all. Lots of complex coffee notes.the oats really add a nice sweetness and mouthfeel that counter some of the most stringent and harsh flavors of the beer.

While there are some harsh aspects to this beer, they cover it up and compliment them pretty nicely. Oddly no alcohol detection

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 01:02:15 | More by jtierney89
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,159 ratings.