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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

2,162 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2162
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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MrBen

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the most memorable beers I've had.

This brew combines my two favorite styles and delivers on both with a payload of flavor, body, and interest.

Pour: Black, thick, with a dark head. Yes!

Smell: Enormous, malty, and with some sweetness. Yes!!

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy, slick. Yes!!!

Taste: Huge helping of malts, boosted by a tremendous body and presented nicely with just the right combination of the flinty or grainy notes of dark malts and the balancing and body-fortifying effects of the oats. Perfect amount of carbonation carries this beer effectively on the palate. Flavors of chocolate, coffee, nuts, and an almost wine-like presence made this one incredible beer. YES!!!!

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher now has a space in my top ten favorite beers, and it will become a regular in my purchases. I'm also pleased to be able to support an Ohio brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 12:45:32 | More by MrBen
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TommyBuckeye

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick tan head with beer being dark brown / black. Full body that pours almost as thick as oil.
S: If smelling were enough I would be in heaven. Roasted grain, oatmeal, coffee and chocolate.
T: Nice roasted nutty chocolate with slight coffee. Smooth after burn with little alcohol (compared to content).
M: Full body with thick creamy mouthfeel.. Definitely a meal in a bottle
D: As soon as you open the bottle, and until the last drop, this is as good as it gets. I'm very lucky to be from the Akron area to have this excellent beer any time. I've had some excellent stouts, but nothing comes close to what this has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 16:39:01 | More by TommyBuckeye
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nismo80

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. This is what I compare other Imperial Stouts to.

what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Smooth and full of flavor. Award winning for a reason.

Well worth it. a must try. I love many beers but too lazy I am only mentioning A+ ones.

Hoppin' Frog is one of my favorite brewers thanks to this awesome brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 01:40:25 | More by nismo80
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phiberoptik

Ohio

5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2011 Vintage pours like used 5-W20, but in the best way possible. This is a rich, black beer with a mocha trace of a head. Thick and viscous with molasses legs. This bottle is going to last me all night!

Very complex nose almost port or marsala wne like. Bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, coffee, dry dark chocolate, anise... wow, everytime I put it to my nose I smell something new.

Intense is an understatement for the flavor if this.Sweet maltiness up front with hints of vanilla, dark fruit, and a balanced hop bitterness. Tobacco, charred oak, and bitter dark chocolate finish with a roasted peanut shell aftertaste. At 9.4%, the alcohol is remarkably hidden but then again the is over a year old as well.

Thick, viscous, full bodied, little carbonation, almost like a bordeaux with a hint of tongue tingling fizz..

Call me an amateur, or a band wagoner, or what have you but I simply cannot fault this beer. If I nicked it half a point anywhere, it would be just because I dont want to rate something all 5's, but if a beer exceeds all of my expectations, why doesnt it deserve all 5's? This one does. If you like BIG, rich, sipping beers that warm your soul, this is an absolute experience for you.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:27:34 | More by phiberoptik
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illidurit

California

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my trusty snifter. Jet black body with a very dark 1 finger head The suds is composed of relatively large bubbles, which isn't really conducive to retention or lacing. Not a problem for a stout.

The aroma here is strikingly potent. Rich, sweet chocolate and a soft, fruity alcohol note combine to become extremely appetizing. I may be crazy but the harder I inhale, the more the fruitiness attenuates to a honeydew note.

The flavor is intensely chocolatey, with an impeccable roasty coffee/oat bitterness in the finish. The balance is sublime. The alcohol is almost entirely unapparent but I can detect it's subtle sharpness under the chocolate.

This beer is incredibly smooth. The body is luxuriously full, with just the right amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is amazingly clean relative to the body, and the bitterness creates a wonderfully dry finish.

Spectacular beer. One of those ones that you would kill to have available locally.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 05:59:26 | More by illidurit
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Beer Hunter snifter.

A - black as night, oily, viscous, slight deep tan head. As you swirl the beer in the glass, this baby has legs. The head does not last, though, like a virgin groom on his wedding night.

S - coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, like praline ice cream. This smells like a dessert cart in a glass.

T - my first sip: creamy, lucious, coffee, caramel. Whipped foam. Chocolate on the aftertaste. I'll come back to this as it warms up. this is dangerous, there is no alcohol bite at all. Be careful with this one. As it warms, the coffee and roast malt come through more.

M - like whipped cream with coffee, caramel, and chocolate.

D - beer orgasm. let me rest and I'll have another. be gentle with me. In a recent forum, someone asked what was the last beer that wowed you. This is it!

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:56:01 | More by JamnesCameron
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, hats off to funkadelic for hooking me up with this bottle in a trade, cheers to you Cameron!

The appearance is pitch black and shiny with a tall and sticky brown head.

The aroma is filled with loads of roasted and chocolate malt, some espresso, milk chocolate, oatmeal and black licorice round it out nicely.

The flavor on this beast is what I will call 'exceptional.' It opens up with a rich and decadent chocolate paired with dark malts and espresso beans, but then rewards the taste buds even more with some citrus hops, cherry and dark fruit sweetness mid sip. Finally things dry up and get bitter for a lingering aftertaste of coffee and earthy hops.

It is my belief that mouthfeels don't get much better than this. If I could grade higher than 5 I would not hesitate to do so. Ultra smooth and silky, full bodied, rich and creamy. I just can't say enough!

This is liquid desert. I cannot wait to give the BA version a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 02:41:49 | More by bonsreeb85
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chipsbr

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is called B.O.R.I.S for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. That’s a great name, fits the beer well but it could be called; W.W.A.A.B., for Wow What A Awesome Beer!

It has to be the oatmeal that makes this extremely smooth for a Russian Imperial Stout. This is the easiest drinking Russian Stout I’ve ever had. BORIS has a 9.4% alc/vol so the easy drink ability could call for a warning label.

Boris is very dark like most Russian Imperials. Not “flat” like some, but not overly carbonated. An awesome roasted malt – chocolate flavor. I can not get over how smooth this beer is! The hops are not overwhelming. The brewer has done a great job in keeping them balanced with the malt!

Being a “hop head” this is not normally my beer of choice. This is the best beer I’ve had in recent memory!!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2006 01:04:31 | More by chipsbr
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SAAZbrewer

Ohio

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Russian Imperial Stout - 22 oz Bottle

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a brown creamy head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Very roasty with expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones. Hint of alcohol. Some earthy hop aromas.

Flavor: Rich and roasty. Very big in the mouth. Expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Big malt flavor nicely balanced with lots of hop bitterness. Relatively dry with roastiness, coffee, and hop bitterness in the finish. Slight taste and warming from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very big and chewy. Has a creaminess in the mouth that I haven't experienced in many Russian Imperials. Most likely due to the oatmeal. Good caronation for style. High ABV gives a warming sensation.

Overall: A Great Russian Imperial Stout. Very drinkable, be careful though, this one will sneak up on you. I think that the oatmeal provides for a creaminess that you usually don't get from this style of beer. This is now my favorite big stout that I can get in these parts.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2006 02:21:19 | More by SAAZbrewer
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

4.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 18:37:14 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a fantastic beer. I did not expect this. Pours black with the darkest brown head I ever saw. Smells cool, refreshing, with lots of chocolate and coffee - fruits underneath too. Taste is phenomenal - very rich chocolate. Taste lingers in the mouth for a while after each sip. Man this beer is thick, syrupy - just how I love my beer. Alcohol is blended well - its hard to tell its as strong as it really is. Man I wish I could get some more of this! My folks were passing by a store near the brewery in Ohio on a trip and new I liked stouts - so they got it, not knowing how good it would be. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 02:41:22 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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vacax

California

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber aged well over a year. Pours black with a large, thick, nearly charred oak colored head. Decent retention and some lacing left behind after dwindling down to a ring of a fine bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aromas of dark fruits (prunes, figs, raisin) mesh with earthy and herbal tobacco leaves. Layers of roastiness and chocolate liqueur also waft up. The taste brings the same load of succulent dark fruits up front, plus some concord grapes. Some of the herbal and tobacco notes add complexity on the midpalate before the finish brings out a bittersweet cocoa, cookies and biscuits, and some warming and herbal liqueur. Full bodied, slick, with a moderate yet fine carbonation. The taste both intense and outstanding, with remarkable drinkability for such a full flavored brew. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts on the market, and better than most of the hyped up limited releases.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 04:08:13 | More by vacax
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a luscious opaque sable that is just one red tomcat whisker above black, with a fine-bubbled chocolaty head that sticks around for a bit - most inviting! Rich, oily aroma has a strong tone of quality roast coffee with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of sweet chocolate. Lip-smacking flavor fills the mouth with fine coffee, chocolate and molasses as well as a nice but not overly fierce alcohol bite. Sublime texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly, leaving a lively and slightly sweet finish. The Crusher indeed!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 23:32:46 | More by Cyberkedi
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scottyg354

Pennsylvania

4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black. Small 1/2" head. No light coming through at all. Thick as motor oil. The way an imperial should look.

S: chocolate and dried fruits up front. Some booze. Sweet smelling and malty.

T: Molasses and raisins stand out. Followed by smokey dark chocolate and burnt oats. Mild coffee type finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Goes down smooth. Slight after burn from the alcohol

O: Good beer. Give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 01:00:34 | More by scottyg354
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ndekke39

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 16:24:42 | More by ndekke39
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Domingo

Colorado

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man is this stuff good!
It has a bit of a brown motor-oil look when it hits the side of the glass, but when it hits the bottom it's as black as night. Really thick looking with a moderate tan head.
Smells very chocolaty and coffee infused, but with a hint of sweetness.
This brew is like drinking liquid silk. Super smooth and chocolaty with just the right amount of sweetness and roasted nut flavors. The flavor finishes very clean and you can't help but want more immediately.
My 1/2 of this bottle was finished off before I knew it.
This has to be the smoothest textured beer I've ever had.
World class for sure!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 21:11:19 | More by Domingo
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easement

Georgia

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours with little head that fades immediately.

Smell: sweet chocolate and caramel

Taste: chocolate, caramel, sweet cream, burnt malt, molasses, toffee

Mouthfeel: thick, smooth, and almost chewy.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. It goes down smoothly and hides the alcohol very well. I definitely need to track down more. I think that this exemplifies the best of the style.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2009 20:38:57 | More by easement
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Birdiebeagle

Pennsylvania

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a deep black with a decent tan head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. Has a great aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and malts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is very good. The alcohol is very hidden. Blending is excellent. Has a hearty flavor of chocolate and malts. This is a thick beer that sicke to the ribs. Has a full body. The finish is very good and the aftertaste lingers for full apriciation of this beer. Very well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2009 00:51:26 | More by Birdiebeagle
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LuckyRVA

New York

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the first sip you know this is a great beer. Was slightly surprised at the lack of carbonation. It had practically no head.

Very smooth with a distinct dark chocolate flavor. As someone else mentioned, almost no taste of oatmeal.

Very drinkable considering the alcohol content. You do notice a slight alcohol finish after it warms a bit.

Overall great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2010 14:32:52 | More by LuckyRVA
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a creamy dark tan head. Good retention and great lace.
Smell is rich, malty, whiskey, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits.
Taste is amazing. Rich, dark fruits, whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla.
Rich, smooth, full-bodied, very light effervescence. Even better warm. This is a truly great beer. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 01:55:05 | More by PorterLambic
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 21:37:07 | More by Risser09
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 03:45:14 | More by barleywinefiend
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is as black as satens hart, thick and lushous. i taste sweet carmel notes and strong alcohal in the begining, the middle is one of strong darkley roasted oatmeal and the first hint of hops. the end is nice coffie and pungent floral hops and smooth alcohal. this is a beer that improves as it warms! i need to get more of this one for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 16:57:27 | More by orcasteve
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

ours pitch black with a ark chocolate brown head. Beautiful roasty aroma of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, sugar cane, oatmeal and hazelnut. Flavor has simialr attributes as its aroma. Very malty with lots of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol and caramel. Very smooth with a burnt, bittry dry finish. Amazing!

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 08:49:18 | More by corby112
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imaguitargod

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a 1 finger, bone white head. Color of the beer is black as night with very little carbonation. This is one THICK beer, I love it! Nice, dark fruit taste comes right out front with a beautiful malt sweetness. Great oatmeal smoothness with a slight caramel backend. I like how this took the sweeter route than the bitter route that some RIS' take. Definitely my favorite for the style.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 03:01:28 | More by imaguitargod
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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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