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

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Ratings: 2,336
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 245
Gots: 466 | FT: 38
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of SAAZbrewer
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.

SAAZbrewer, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
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.

CDBeerDisappear, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of vacax
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.

vacax, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of prsguitarsr4me
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.

prsguitarsr4me, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of chipsbr
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!!

chipsbr, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of scottyg354
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.

scottyg354, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
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!

Cyberkedi, May 14, 2010
Photo of LuckyRVA
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.

LuckyRVA, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of ndekke39
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
Photo of Domingo
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!

Domingo, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of PorterLambic
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.

PorterLambic, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of Birdiebeagle
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.

Birdiebeagle, May 20, 2009
Photo of easement
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

easement, May 08, 2009
Photo of imaguitargod
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

imaguitargod, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of corby112
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!

corby112, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
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.

orcasteve, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
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!

barleywinefiend, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of ikenney87
4.85/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this 22 ounce bomber in Manhattan, KS today. Was hoping to try the oak-aged version, but the price tag got the best of me. But hell, 7 bucks for this bomber was well worth it.

Appearance: As dark as a struck match. Only the most aggressive pour will reward you with a 1/2 finger head. The color of the head resembles the foam you get after quickly stirring up a glass of ovaltine.

Smell: You can go so many ways with this one. Besides the dark baker's chocolate, I'm getting brown banana, cherry, molasses, and a little bit of alcohol. Very nice interaction between the malt and hops.

Taste: I notice the malt sweetness as soon as it hits the front of my tounge. It stays sweet all the way through, picking up bitterness gradually. It's probably the hops, but I'd like to think I'm getting some bitterness from the dark cocoa that I'm smelling and tasting. I notice some cherry/dark fruit flavors when I breathe in slightly with the beer still on the back of my tounge. Also possibly a note of anise all the way through. The alcohol doesn't jump out until it's down your throat, as it begins to warm you up. Leaves you with a nice dark chocolate aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth from start to finish. As expected, not much carbonation. Bordering on syrupy and aqueous, I wouldnt quite call this chewy; it's at a perfect mid-point.

Drinkability: This 22 ounce bottle is the perfect amount for me...I think. I could probably drink a couple if I had the time, and money, but I would rather not judge imperial stouts on drinkability. In my opinion, if you can drink a bottle (whatever size) of this style of beer without getting alcohol poisoning, it's drinkable.

ikenney87, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of Risser09
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.

Risser09, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mntlover
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

mntlover, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of stumac
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What is "B.O.R.I.S."? Probably "Big Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout", eh?

this brew pours up black with a nice brown head. the nose is oats and roasted malts, a very pungent aroma. the taste is oats, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. its full bodied, has a sweet finish. Definately a winner...

stumac, Dec 15, 2008
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 tblfan04
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter

A: A nice dark color with tan head on it that disappeared within the first couple sips

S: has a nice roasted chocolate smell to it with a hint of dark brown sugar

T: kind of sweet with a roasted chocolate taste with a little bit of a hop undertone also little to no alcohol flavor to it

M: Has good mouthfeel to it leaves a nice after taste that lingers for little bit

D: I could have a couple pints of this with out it getting to old. definitely one of the better stouts I have had

tblfan04, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of Scoobydank
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

Scoobydank, Jul 13, 2008
Photo of redblacks75
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle, to a pint glass.

A: Jet black pour, with no lacing to speak of. A tan, mocha, frothy head that quickly dissipates.

S: Whiskey! Molasses, Sweetness in the form of chocolate, and brownies, dark fruits, and a little vanilla. The nose on this is great!

T: Vanilla hits you immediately. Chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is exceptional as well.

M: Medium bodied. A fair amount of carbonation. With a dry finish that can not avoid being noted.

O: I would recommend this to anyone looking to try BA beers. While it may be more than the uninitiated may expect, that is what makes it exceptional. Even with the price tag the Hoppin' Frog caries, and then a BA version, it's worth it in my opinion. This is the first Whiskey version of a stout I have had, and I am pleased all around.

redblacks75, Dec 21, 2011
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.