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

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

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Reviews: 999
Hads: 2,545
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 5.44%
Wants: 266
Gots: 524 | 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 Nugganooch
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Decided to pop this in honor of the 2011 GABF news. Big thanks to Charliedvrs for this one!
*22oz with tulip glass

A: BORIS pours incredibly dark and black with just the slightest hint of a brownish edge. A thin dark brown sugar colored head fizzled out rather quick and only left some spotted lace. Looks a touch viscous as the carbonation struggles.

S: Smells rich with roasty malts. A chocolatey chewy nutty and earthy aroma exudes. And a bit of sweetness comes through as the brew sits.

T: Tastes of dry roast coffee beans and chocolatey toasted grains. A bit of an earthy smokiness. Grassy pine and spice hops bitter the palate and really work well here. It's actually rather quite hoppy for a stout. Touch sweet and a tiny bit hot on the finish but does not detract from overall enjoyment. Real intense robust flavs for sure.

M: Semi thick and heavier body but with a relatively light and creamy slick texture from the oats that provide a rather enjoyable drink.

D: A tad on the syrupy sweet side but with a great hop presence and slightly hot exhalation. Overall a very classy stoot that is well balanced for such awesome big intense robust flavors. I can see why all the accolades. (1,195 characters)

Photo of BrownNut
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly

S - Not a big smell. Caramel, malty, chocolate, leather, minor char, vaguely vegetal in that molassessy way.

T - Something in the toffee neighborhood, but really closer to the background taste in chocolate ice cream, which pushes right up to the edge of mocha. The alcohol is very well masked. It manifests only as pleasant mildly warm fumes wafting up after the swallow.

M - Medium-heavy, somewhat viscous

O - Satisfying, rich, and nice. I might favor a little more complexity in other areas such as char or wood notes, but it's still distinct. I might buy it again. (633 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is viscous and jet black with a dark chocolate colored, thin, dense head. Smells of chocolate, dark malt, and booze. The beer has a smooth start of subtle chocolate notes followed quickly by a bitter blast of coffee. Slightly malty and syrupy finish with smooth and coffee flavored aftertaste, and a boozy highlight. Strong flavors make a decent winter warmer, but not a high volume consumption. (444 characters)

Photo of Brettster
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a thick and deep black with a brown head. I definitely pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, some roasted malt, and with hints of alcohol. I can taste the coffee and alcohol, but I can also pick up a little hop at the end. It is a nice Imperial with good balance. (280 characters)

Photo of Luchman
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A thick, black, sludgy body with a dark cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee,molasses, and a hint of alcohol. I also get a hint of caramel and oatmeal? (That might just be me knowing that its an "oatmeal stout" though.) Either way, smells pretty tasty.

T: A nice chocolate/coffee/earthy taste with some warming of alcohol.Little sign of some hops, ending with a roasted note. Not too shabby.

M: Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D:I enjoyed it but it's definitely nothing special. I have had better RIS and better oatmeal stouts in my day.. (629 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black, almost purple pour leads to a short cap of dark brown foam.
Aroma-Dark malts and dark fruit, alcohol
Taste-Burnt dark malt, charred dark fruit, boozy and warming (168 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber -> Imperial pint
no date

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

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

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

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

A smooth RIS for sure, a little less alcohol presense would do wonders for the drinkability. (559 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this near Cocoa Beach in 2010.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber and shared with a few friends.

Appearance: Dense black body with some brown tones. This dark brown ring that kind of hangs around.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste: Stronger on the chocolate than the oatmeal. Has a sweetened coffee taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and ultra smooth. I did find the body lacked a certain robustness.

Overall: A solid stout but not top tier in my book. Still, the ease of consumption and the flavors are attractive. (553 characters)

Photo of treehouse
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nose of slight bananas and milk. maltiness...a touch of copper..

mouthed:...peppery chocolate banana milk with an afterthought of black licorice... dark tart chocolate and something savory...

at 9.4%...i can drink a bomber alone....but that is it..the alcohol is well blended and not obvious... (296 characters)

Photo of onthefarside
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continuing the night of stouts, and hopefully ending it now, heh. Got this one also from my pal in Ohio and I hope he's enjoying the Middle ages i sent him.

Poured out from a bomber into my DFH snifter, very harshly, it produced an almost non-existant head with a very nice dark black body.

Smell is quite typical for an oatmeal stout, but reveals a slight but of alcohol spice for the journey ahead.

Taste is quite a pleasant experience. Very smooth toasted oat flavor starts out the sip, followed by a slight bit of alcohol spice and fruit flavor. It's quite hard to detect the flavors in this brew, it's a nice challence to pick them out. I can feel some dark fruit and some milky chocolate, it makes me quite happy.

mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. It's quite silky and smooth and the carbonation doesn't assault your tounge. It's almost as drinking chocolate milk. Very impressed with this aspect of this beer.

Drinkablity is also impressive. for a beer that is 9.5% it hides it exceptionally well. I could drink quite a bit of this and wouldn't know it until I was on the floor.

Over all I was very impressed with this brew and would you should definately crack it now. i would love to see what happens in a year or two as well. A very decent example of an imperial oatmeal stout, actually it might be one of the only ones I've had. (1,361 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a dark mocha head that quickly recedes. Alright lacing. A rich, roasty aroma of dark chocolate, roasted barley, some oats and a some alcohol. Flavor follows suit; a very sweet but rich oatmeal stout. A nice thick hit of sweet and bitter chocolate alongside some roastiness and mild coffee notes with a hit of alcohol showing itself. A thick, creamy mouthfeel that is quite awesome. Overall, a bit too sweet an oatmeal stout for my personal tastes. That said, its good for what it is and still an enjoyable brew. (528 characters)

Photo of atsprings
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass a nice opaque black with a thin tan quickly diminishing head. Aroma is loads of bitter cocoa and roasted malts. The taste is a nice blend of cocoa and roasted malts with hints of espresso and molasses. The beer is fairly heavy bodied with plenty of warming alcohol. This is an enjoyable Imperial Stout, but there are better ones out there. (378 characters)

Photo of brewdogmrb
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog says that B.O.R.I.S. (Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout) the crusher, its Oatmeal-Imperial Stout, "...will crush you like no other!" Consider me crushed. This is the last of the good number of Hoppin' Frog brews I grabbed on a trip to Philadelphia a couple months back. Ohio's Hoppin' Frog beers are rating pretty high for me at this point, their one misstep being the "Golden Fraug" I reviewed a little while back. The BORIS, which is a gigantic beer in a Brew Dog style session beer's clothing is not one to be taken lightly. This is a straight up mind eraser of a beer that has a good amount of bitterness to balance out the insanity of the normal pantheon of "dark" flavors - coffee, smoke, chocolate, and the kinds of fruits you find in dried form in a typical geriatric kitchen cupboard. The body is very nice and it pours black as ink with a chocolatey looking head, not unlike another Brew Dog favorite, Oskar's Ten Fiddy, and it has the right amount of carbonation, which is key to this style. Not exactly the perfect beer for a hot summer day, but turned out to be pretty perfect for a cool summer night after a long day of work. (1,159 characters)

Photo of BlindPig
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body. While pouring it just looks like pouring black ink.
S- Big coffee malts, oatmeal is in there pretty big too, light nut aroma too(?), hints of vanilla, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol flavor, hops help balance it out a bit, medium bitterness, light warming too.
M- Full body low carbonation and kind of sticky feel.
D- It's ok. Nothing great IMO. (413 characters)

Photo of busterthecat
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on bottle. Poured into an oversized stout tulip glass.

A- Pours a thick brown viscous hue. A big brown mocha head forms and lingers really nicely after fading down. Sits blackish in glass. Good lacing.

S- Nice mellow roasted malt, chocolate, some coffee with a ting. Good but perhaps just a tad higher then average for an IRS. Could be more robust.

T- Lots of smooth roasted dark malt and mellow melted chocolate. A good bitterness upfront but becomes subdued after initial taste. The chocolate character is center stage. The oatmeal quality comes out some in the end and finish and really helps with the mouthfeel & increases as warms, but could be more robust in the flavor department.

M- A big body. A nice velvety feel after initial bite wears off. An alcoholic warming on the throat as it goes down. Nice and creamy. Starts wet and rather sharp and dries well. Kinda thin for how it starts.

O- A really good IRS. I didn't get all that much of the oatmeal quality as expected. Perhaps some age would help bring that out and also reduce some of the alcohol burn felt. At $10.50 a bomber a bit on the steeper side for the quality. (1,146 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with 1/4 inch of medium brown head. Lots of sticky brown lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, dark chocolate, cinammon, and black coffee. The taste is of bitter dark chocolate, roasted malts,vanilla, and some burnt coffee. Hints of cinammon at the end. Very malty and roasty taste. Nice warming alcohol presence. Rich and heavy mouthfeel. Overall, this is big stout worth having again. (422 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up 2 years ago not knowing if it was the fresh release or a leftover. I guess that places this bottle in the 2008 range. There is no visible indication on the bottle to confirm.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a faint amount of brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger's worth of creamy dark tan head forms and holds for awhile before retreating to the edge of the glassware where it holds throughout the duration. Some faint spotty lace sticks and holds on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with some signs of light oxidation. Licorice is present along with a solid oatmeal to grain characteristics. It is sweet with a scent of chocolate mixed with coffee and caramel, lightly citrusy with hops and a touch of dark fruity character almost like raisins.

The taste of this brew is bitter roasted grain with a flavoring of licorice coupled with semisweet chocolate. The chocolate flavor develops into something more in-line with a flavor that is left in your mouth after eating 75% cacao. There is some herbal bitterness which mixes and contrast with a dark fruity flavor like raisins. Throughout the body are flavors of oats and sweet grains keeping the bitterness and fruity alcohol elements of this brew in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9+% alcohol is well integrated and as the brew warms maybe becomes a touch distracting. I almost forgot that I had this brew and a recent taste of the new Royale offering reminded me that I need to have a taste of the base brew. This is a pretty solid example but perhaps a bit dated at this point. For as much as I enjoyed the Royale version, it is my intension to get out there and snag a fresh bottle of Boris and the normal barrel aged version. (1,853 characters)

Photo of jxhill
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pitch black pour with small but dense tawny head. Smells of molasses sweetness and alcohol with slight toasty smell behind and the faintest hop character underneath. Strong alcohol and treacly tang on the front of tongue. Almost lactose sweetness throughout. Sweetness fades to soft toasted flavors on the back of tongue and through the mouth. Alcohol warmth lingers in throat. Medium bodied with little lacing. A solid Imperial stout, though a bit raisiny to be a personal favorite. (483 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of dark brown, almost black head and a completely opaque, black body. The foam dies down pretty quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty, lots of caramel and nutty brown malt. Yeasty fruit notes of plums and figs with moderate, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of chicory. There is also a light, but boozy alcohol note with a hint of acetone.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front; dark, fruity caramel and toffee. Cherry and candy apple notes in the middle with the toffee and caramel remaining strong. Finishes with darker roast notes of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as renewed sweet cherry notes.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - After all I have heard about it, I am surprised to find myself a bit disappointed in this one. The sweetness is excessive and overwhelming and really sticks on the palate in an unpleasant way. The flavor itself is nice, but lacks in roast character or even chocolate, instead relying on fruity caramel notes that are, admittedly, fairly enjoyable, if a bit out of character. I hate to complain about a beer being out of style, since nitpicking style guidelines really misses the point of enjoying beer, but for what it is worth this strikes me as closer to a Baltic porter than an Imperial Stout. Whatever you want to call it, this is cloyingly sweet and hard to drink and it doesn't quite have the complexity to make up for what it lacks in drinkability. It is a good beer, but it certainly doesn't live up to the hype. Worth a try, but I probably won't be coming back to it in the future. (1,596 characters)

Photo of One2Remeber
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time having BORIS, have heard great things.

A: Pours slow, black syrup of a body. Thin bubbly head fades after seconds to leave a thin ring on edge. Not tons of activity.

S: Rich chocolate with tons of grain aroma. Crisp and clean.

T/M: Smell carries over to the taste with a powerful oatmeal backbone. Tastes more like cooked oats than fluffy. Resinous mouthfeel with hints of dark fruits (chocolate covered berries). Big yeast flavor as it warms up, banana/fruity esters. Hint of booze afterwards.

O: This did not live up to the hype. It is incredibly delicious and spot on for style. I would still prefer a TenFidy which has the same flavors yet more potent or a Yeti that is on the same line as Boris just a bit more complex. Still I would recommend this stout and will be drinking more of Hopping Frog in the future. (831 characters)

Photo of quasimoto
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I know Fred and his beers and congrats to him on winning gold on this one. (Well I don't know him personally, but I know him as a colleague) It is a nice deep opaque, black with a nice tan head, and ruby/mahogany highlights at the edge. The aromas of light chocolate, alcohol, toast, banana, pear, and almost a cool whip flavor come through in the nose. Very interesting combo. But rather strong on the banana.
The taste is a combo of the aforementioned, along with a cheerio grainy flavor, that seems to be a perceived sweetness, rather than an actual sweetness. nice balance of bitterness, and dryness finishes this O.I.S and a alcohol-kissed finish tops it off.
Very drinkable. The man knows his stouts. (708 characters)

Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark black color with one and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruits and some alcohol notes on the finish.

T-Deep dark chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

M-I was hoping that as an Oatmeal Stout that the mouthfeel would be a little thicker on this one; it's not quite thick bodied but it's close with low carbonation and a slight warming alcohol finish.

D-This is a pretty good beer, but the alcohol is a little obvious for my taste. I might try this one again. (559 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been wating to try this bad boy for some time. It begins. The pour results in a thick, viscous tar pit filling my snifter, topped by a half-finger of dark brown foam, which sinks into the dinosaurs' abyss fairly quickly. The nose comprises dark coffee (complete with a light hint of olfactory bitterness), roasted and toasted malts, and charred wheat. Something seems off here, but I can't put my finger on it. Are the malts too blackened? I dunno, but it's something like that. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, blackened oats, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A step above the nose, fer sure. The body is pretty thick 'n' chewy, but not too, with a moderate carbonation (higher than I expected, but, again, not too much so) and a decent oral coating. Overall, I see this as a solid stout, but not among the better ones. Still definitely worth a shot, though. (922 characters)

Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Yuengling draft glass.

A- Motor oil black body with a half finger of foamy mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly. Given the high ABV and my passive pour, couldnt expect much of a head.

S- Not a very strong aroma, but picked up some hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T- Chocolate, black coffee up front are followed by a burnt, almost charred malt flavor culminating in a slight bitterness on the finish that lingers a little. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but not overpowering.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. A tad less body to it than I wouldve liked, but not bad. If it were a little heavier, it would've likely given a better backdrop to the 9.4% ABV coming through and a more balanced taste.

O- A solid, but not spectacular RIS. With it being a GABF winner, I hoped for a little more, but it didn't suck. Still not North Coast's Old Rasputin though. (912 characters)

Photo of Tropicalslip
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this beverage quite a bit because it's a drinkable Imperial Stout. For me the fact that it's not overwhelming is great. Rich flavor and well balanced to me makes it something I can really enjoy on my own. Not that I don't enjoy sharing but when you got a beer that is so rich you better bring back up.

A- Poured in pint with a nice big head 2+ in. Holding up to the light Red brown glow in Frothiness. Body color absorbing all light, black darkness to my eyes.

S- Roasty with hidden underlying sweet oatmeal accent.

T-Delicious, can't be all that imperial not really tasting alcohol, and wouldn't say it's overwhelmingly roasty, but it's sticking to dahhh tung, leggy.

M- This was my lowest rating of the categories, mostly because unexpected easiness of intake. Now updating rating, because I think this is a plus and unusual for this style, not syrupy. Origionally rate as 3, upping to 4, works for me.

O- I must qualify my changing of review. Recently returning to enjoying more of the classic micro style of all beers. I know everyones pushing the limits, but taste has a lot to do with final impresions. Sometime IMPERIAL just means to much. I like flavor but when a pallette is overwhelmed at what point does it stop being able to continuously enjoy the beverage in hand. (1,287 characters)

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.