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

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Reviews: 1,005
Hads: 2,579
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 277
Gots: 535 | FT: 47
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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 bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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Photo of mntlover
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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Photo of Risser09
4.83/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing!

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of rye726
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F

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

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

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

Thick full body and silky smooth feel. Perfect carbonation.

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

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of gunnerman
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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Photo of DavidEddie
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric Bart for hooking me up.

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

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

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

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

Thanks to the leftmindedrighty for this one.

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

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

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

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

A tasty mix of flavors and easy to drink.

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Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!

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

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Dark dark brown. Intimidating yet inviting dark. The kind of dark that you know you need to try it as thick and mysterious as it is.

S: Really pleasant. Nutty, and caramelly, sweet and earthy.

T: Very nice. Nutty, caramelly, toasty, and chocolatey; just as the smell(s) indicated.

M: SMOOTH. Not a beer to chug or gulp. Carbonation was really good.

D: Wow, totally enjoyable. (For me) it is a little better toward room temperature than cold.

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

An excellent brew that I was happy to receive from Shades in Secret Halloween 2007.

Basically black in color with a nice frothy tan head that lasts for a while. Very rich roasted smell. Coffee and chocolate are huge here, along with a grassy hop and faint nutty undertone. Taste is much of the same. One of the most robust roasted Stouts I've tried for sure. Oatmeal comes through more in the taste than I noticed in the nose. Mouthfeel is rich and full with no alcohol present at all. Drinkability is good with the only setback being that this one is almost too full of roasted flavor. I really enjoyed this and will seek it out in the future.

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with limesmut.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep black color with a mocha chocolate-colored head that lingers throughout the beer. Alot of lacing.

Smell and taste are a lot of sweet, roasted malts. This beer was like drinking a meal in a bottle. It was very rich, and very creamy.

An outstanding beer, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it out.

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

On tap at Vintage, this big beer pours near black with some deep brown highlights. The dark mocha head holds very well and leaves a nice lace on the walls of the glass.

The aroma consists of cocoa and some lighter coffee. Very roasty as well. Deep and earthy. Very appetizing.

Heavily roasted malt flavor hits you initially and lingers throughout. Sweet with lots of dark cocoa. A syrupy sweetness arises with espresso as well. A strong bread/grain backbone ties everything together nicely. A well pronounced bitterness in the finish rounds out this extremely flavorful and complex beer.

The mouthfeel is very thick and decadent with a heavy syrupiness and low carbonation. Formidable and satisfying on the palate. Certainly a must try, and one of my favorite selections from one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of IPAcraig
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decanted this fine beverage into my De Garre snifter. I received this beer in a trade from jdoolin. Drinking this brew whilst continuing my month long Sopranos marathon.

This beer pours a thick looking, inky black with a thin dark brown head. No lacing. I know big beers can sometimes be undercarbonated, but this one needed a bigger head and more co2.

This beer has a nice smell. Chocolate dominates the nose, while there is a faint presence of earth hops as well. The roasted flavors come through, but are fairly light. There is a slight alcohol aroma as well, but the main smell is a complex sweet maltiness.

This is one thick, powerful brew. It was the taste of a thick molasses. But to compliment such a sweet taste, the roasted flavors come through. The roastiness is mush more present than in the smell. The hops are present in the aftertaste, and that along with a touch of alcohol really bring a nice depth to the beer. A dark chocolate bitterness lingers with this beer and will not leave my tounge (I just bumped up the taste to 5, I have not had a better RIS, taste-wise).

I am halfway through the beer now, and oddly enough I detect a bit more carbonation now. Still it could have used a bit more, this beer is a touch syrupy.

This is a very fine tasting beer. It would have been near perfect and much more drinkable if it had a bit more co2.

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

I drank this one at cellar tempature. A vigorous pour gets a beautiful rsult. Thick oil black body hosts a one inch milk chocolate colored head. Looks like I might need a spoon for this one. Nice chocolate cola nose is vibrant and hosts notes of minerals and alchol. At first sip you get wonderful up front dark cacao chocolate. Roasty burnt malt highlights a tingley mouthfeel. Alchol is slightly noticeable on the tongue and on the belly. Ends with a slightly soured bitter that is indective of good dark chocolate finish. Drinks well even as it warms. For those who like thier stouts on the more bitter side.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one of two cellared bottles at near cellar temperature to a half-pint glass.

A: Glugs from the bottle a rich, oily near-black. A fizzy lavender-brown head - yes, I said lavender - crests at about half a finger and dissipates fairly quickly; I'll attribute this to a warmer serving temperature(?). Held to light, this is virtually black, with only a sliver of ruddy amber hugging the edges.

S: Ho hum, just another awesome-smelling RIS. This one is big on the sweeter malts (thank you, oatmeal) with ample doses of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate-covered cherries. Only a trace of the medicinal bittering and a souring oxidation. Not quite as rich and complex as I'd hoped for; coffee, where are you?

T: Oh, very nice. Begins a little sweet: slightly smoky, tangy barbecued flavor. But ashy charcoal, tanned leather, and deeply-burnt grain quickly dispel any notions that this one will skimp on the bitterness. A full-on infusion of raw, ground coffee, splashed with drops of pure vanilla extract and juicy citrus hopping follows. Wow, this one builds and builds until, after several minutes, the taste buds beg for mercy. 'Only' 60 IBU's? Seems alot more bitter than that...

M: Smooth, velvety, flowing rich and full across the tongue and then grabbing hold. As thick as this one looked going into the glass, it was almost as thick in the mouth. This one developed slowly but surely, a thinner and more viscous mouthfeel at first, then layering warmth with each sip. Long-, long-, lo-o-o-n-g-lasting bitterness - the deepest and richest coffee roast I've encountered in a while.

D: Something to sip and savor - one of my new favorite RISs. A rich and complex ale worthy of high praise, one I'm very glad to have tried and will look forward to enjoying again. Very highly recommended. Thank you to jpm30 for sending a while ago...

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,005 ratings.