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

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2,452 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,452
Reviews: 989
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 250
Gots: 497 | FT: 43
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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 Spica66
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glasses with Fr. Ian (Who also supplied the bottle. Thank you!)

A: Semi-thick looking pour that did not have much in the way of head formation. I am sure that it had warmed up sufficiently during the ride home. The color is very dark brownish-red.

S: This smells like an RIS. Dark chocolate, roasty malts, good heat in the nose leading towards a touch of sharp/sour grains. I don't pick out much in the way of hops.

T: Very nice chocolate and dark fruit. Excellent dose of hops bitterness. Very well balanced.

M: Incredibly smooth and round on the tongue.

D: Very, very easy to make this one disappear.

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.

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

Caramel-raspberry colored foam thinly adorns the Yankees pint glass, capping deep, impenetrable black licorice black body. The color saves the presentation from a mediocre score because of a dud of a head, providing a dark, gorgeous body that one must see to believe. Light dies here. The nose is a delight, replete with varieties of roasted malt rich with caramel, coffee, lots of chocolate, and hints of fruit. Excellent.

I'm very fond of the taste, rich with malt but more--licorice, caramel, hazelnut coffee--bold and smooth. Its creamy smooth, mellifluous coating only adds to the delight that B.O.R.I.S. the RIS provides. Though the high ABV (9.4 %) does catch up to the drinker with this, it is really terrific beer. I can't believe it's taken me so long to try these excellent offerings from Hoppin' Frog. I'll frequently return to enjoy their wares, readily available in the Midwest. B.O.R.I.S. deserves ample attention from any aficionado of RIS. This won't disappoint.

Photo of hardy008
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, with a two finger dark mocha head with very nice retention and lacing. The aroma has dark roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocolate. Smells smooth and mellow. Must be the oatmeal. I always love a good oatmeal stout, and love the idea of oats in a RIS.

Nice smooth flavor with dark roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, and coffee. I can detect the smoothness of the oats, and love what it does for this beer.

Full bodied. smooth, rich, and creamy, with medium carbonation. There is a slight bit of alcohol noticeable, but not enough to be intrusive. I really like this beer a lot. Well done.

Photo of eagles22
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: nice bitch black body with a alright tan head that dimmishes quickly

Smell: nice nutty and choclate...and also some roasted malts

Taste: very low carbonated beer...but its outstanding nice silky black chocolate feeling with a toffee and coffee taste at the end...very complex beer

Mouthfeel: very smooth and rich...mouth is very full i love it

Drinkability: very high could easily put them down

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

A - Pours pitch black with thick foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Chocolatey, roasted aroma, with some dark fruit and alcohol added in.

T - Lots of dark malty flavor, with coffee and chocolate. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy bite.

M - Full bodied, a bit of an oily mouthfeel. Goes down smooth.

D - Excellent brew, highly recommended.

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, totally opaque, and clings to the glass. Head is nice and fluffy initially, then turns to a thin, bubbly ring around the glass. Aroma is deeply chocolatey at first, then opens up with some vanilla, caramel drizzle, soft alcohol, prunes, very faint candy orange, oatmeal cookies, and again very chocolatey. Taste is big. A lot of flavor in one sip... Chocolate liquor, oatmeal, molasses, charcoal comes to mind, figs, caramel, more chocolate. So much going on, harmoniously though. This is a sipper. Body is super heavy, thick and blankety. Smooth, broken up only by some piney bitterness. Carbonation is mellow underneath. A big beer with a lot of pleasant qualities, meant for slow absorption.

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another "Beer of the Week" from BA Gborobeer!

A - Black. Hardly any head or lacing and not transparent in the slightest sense.

S - Very impressive...at first whiff I thought it was the barrel-aged version (it's not, I checked). Lots of roasted malt aroma with pseudo-bourbon smells as well. Don't get much of the oatmeal aroma in it though.

T - Again, without me knowing I would have thought this one was barrel aged, quite impressive. Lots of roasted malt flavor followed by a quit coffee burst in the beginning. Oatmeal much more present in the taste at the end of the swig, accompanied by the slight bittering of hops and chocolate malt.

M/D - Heavy body, very slight dry finish...more of a bitter aftertaste due to the roasted malts. High alcohol is slightly present in the heat but not enough to destroy the beer at all. Due to the heavy nature and great flavor profile it's definitely a sipper.

Very impressive beer, must try the barrel-aged version ASAP!

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

650ml bottle. 2012 vintage.

It pours an inky black, one of the darkest beers I have seen. It has a creamy but foamy dark tan head that sticks for a good while.

The smell is really clean for a RIS. You can pick out the malts and hops and even yeast easily. It has nice fruity notes, some interesting hops that are a bit earthy and dank, and some creamy stout notes that include chocolate , cake, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Initial notes are bitter coffee and booze. There is a noticeable grainy malt kick as well. The alcohol mellows out after the first few sips and it is smooth bitter chocolatey goodness.

A fine brew.

Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, I feel, was hard pressed to live up to the hype. I definitely enjoyed it, but when I see it's medals from the GABF and read the reviews... even the name means this beer's sights are aiming very high.

The beer pours a thick black - best comparison is used motor oil or day-old coffee. There is a very dark mocha head on it but it was short-lived.

Smelled of burnt malt, roasted coffee beans, and had some oaky, bready notes.

Tastes of sweet molasses, oak, and chocolate espresso beans. There is a huge amount of maltiness and decent hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as thick and chewy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely not thin either. There is medium heat on this beer too.

The high abv and richness of this beer make it hard to drink quickly. Nevertheless, I found it extremely enjoyable and look forward to drinking this again, preferably where I can split the bottle with a friend or two!

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

I am now going to review Hoppin’ Frog “B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout” from Akron, Ohio. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. I like to admire beer labels and see if there are any serving temperature suggestions or even glassware suggestions. This label has neither. On the neck, it does state that it is a Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner in the Imperial stout category, a very nice accolade. It is a hefty 9.4% ABV. I have it slightly chilled and I will serve it in my wide Duvel goblet to open up the flavor.

Appearance - It pours a thick, motor oil black with almost a two finger mocha colored head that is holding steady. I am holding it up to the light and I cannot even see through it! This may be one of the darkest beers I have ever had.

Smell – The nose is intense and very potent. I detect toasty malts, fresh roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate, and a hint of candied figs. This is a great smelling brew, perfect for breakfast.

Taste - The first sip is smooth with a multitude of tongue enveloping tastes. The coffee is strong. We are talking Starbucks brand French Roast here. It imparts rich smokiness and mocha flavors. The oats are playing in the background with a good, resin-y hop balance in the finish. Each sip is as powerful as the last.

This is a fantastic rendition of the Russian Imperial Stout style. For coffee lovers it is very drinkable with savory flavors. As it is warming up a bit to room temperature, the smokiness is easy up and more bittersweet chocolate flavors are coming out. Also, the first sip was almost like tannins on the side of my tongue, now it is more mellow. Hoppin’ Frog, hold your gold medal high!

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.

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

Thanks to ridglens and AWolf for this beer!

Intresting beer, was really looking forward to this taste, Hoppin' Frog really impressed me with some of their beers.

Solid head and look, nice and deep brown.

A lot thinner than I thought it would be, but a solid coffee and oatmeal taste the whole way throughout. Really balanced beer, which I think is sometimes underappreciated these days.

Kind of disappointed as the beer fades, doesn't really linger as long as thought it would, but still good!

Photo of dcbobcat
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

From bottle (as they are now distributed to IL, woo hoo!): Black in color with a moderately thick head of tight brown bubbles. The aromas are on the sweet side with scents of oats, Valrhona chocolate, coffee, aniseed and Christmas spices. The palate is dense and concentrated with the chocolate & coffee from the nose showing in the front follwed by a sweet midpalate of brown sugar and oats. The finish lingers on and on but picks up some bitter hops to balance the sweetness of the midplate. A very nicely balanced beer that is both complex and layered while also being quite drinkable.

Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured motor oil thick and dark. Very little head, and receded to nothing. Smell was big coffee, chocolate mad dark roasted malt. Flavor was chocolatey up front with the coffee on the back end with some light caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thick with a bit of alcohol burn, very little carbonation - quite nice. This is a very good beer, might have to try the barrel aged version soon!

Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at the Molen during the Borefts beer festival.

A - A pitch black oily kind of beer with a brown head that unfortunately fairly quickly sinks in..

S - A heavy boozy air mixed with dark chocolate and coffee.

T - A little sweet taste mixed with bitter chocolate and coffee stout, very good. Tasty and drinkable, well balanced. In the distance there is a noticeable hint of dark fruit such as cherries.

M - A soft to medium carbonation that suits the tastes fantastic, perfect thickness, a little creamy and a bit sticky. This is how I like them. The finish is bitter and then comes the alcohol heat.

O - A very good stout and well worth purchasing. I am definitely going to it buy again if I run into it. Even my wife found it delicious.

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

I had no idea that this beer had made it's way to N.J., so I was pleasantly surprised to find it at Super Saver Pennington(formerly Circle Liquors).
$9.49 was a bit steep, but what the hell.
Deep dark brown pour, almost black. No head.
Thick,syrupy,viscous mouthfeel.
Very sweet grainy tastes and aromas. Sweetness could be alcohol or oatmeal.
Overall fantastic beer. Quite drinkable.
Pour some Hershey's syrup on your oatmeal tomorrow morning!

Photo of fitzy84
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This ended my night at Moan and Dove awesomely. A slight head formed when formed but it quickly dissipates. Very, very dark colors with brown-color lacing. The aromas were rich in earthy mocha, dark chocolate flavors. Taste-wise, this was like a delicious coffee frappe: strong in mocha, caramel, coffee, espresso dimensions. Like I said, the drink definitely was frappe-like, making it more dessert than drink. I highly suggest then having this as your final drink of the night because it is so good.

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

Thanks to waltonc for sharing this one.

A: Thick motor oil pour with big dark brown head. Classic looking imperial stout

S: Coffee, roasted malt, sugary toffee. Just a beautiful aroma, you can tell this is going to be a good one

T/M: Damn good stuff. Russian Imperial Stout flavors of coffee, roasted malt and toffee are very well balanced. Thick, full-bodied.

D: Would love to drink this more often but that would mean moving to Ohio

A fantastic beer. Up there with the other great RIS I've had the fortune to try, like Stone & Santa's Little Helper

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

L: Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, black malt, sweet oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate. Everything smells very balanced.
T: Like the nose, deep roasted malts followed by deep sweet caramel, chewy oatmeal, and rich chocolate. Really well done on this one.
M: Slightly chewy, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I didn't even feel the alcohol, all of the flavors blended together and with that classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, it was easy going down. Too bad I only had 1 bomber!

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law from Ohio who brought this out on a visit earlier this month.

A-Pours a virtually black hue with a two finger head with decent retention and modest lacing. Head is a beautiful tan color like the type that accompanies a high quality espresso. This looks very promising.

S-Dark chocolate, roasted malts, booze, and a hint of licorice. Aroma is big, indicating a robust brew that may be able to crush me.

T-Chocolate goodness, dark sugar sweetness (like brown sugar or molasses), the warming taste of alcohol, and hints of licorice and coffees.

M-Medium to full body, but a tad astringent and dry. Very smooth, though not as luxuriant as the best RIS beers. Could use a bit more carbonation too.

D-This is a very good RIS, but not quite capable of sharing the accolades of the very finest of this great style. That said, I am disappointed this bomber is depleted and I can't buy this in Oregon

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

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep inky black. no light even sneaking through around the edges. a nice dense brown head rises up and very slowly falls leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. nice roast. big bread and biscuit malts. alcohol. light anise. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. toasted multigrain bread. a bit of vanilla. dark chocolate.

taste is great. roast. bit of alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of vanilla. caramel sweetness. coffee. toasted bread. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level, mostly coming through as bakers chocolate. as it warms the alcohol comes through a little more, and it seems to get even more biscuit character.

mouthfeel is good. big and chewy, especially as it warms. slightly less than medium carbonation level works ok. just a touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very good. as it warms the alcohol comes out a bit more, but mostly as a little bit of warmth and isn't at all unpleasant. great stuff.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/12/09

A - Deep brown in color, very close to black. Poured a caramel colored head that soon became thin & wispy. There is some lacing.

S - Roasted malts make up the nose one this one. Coffee with some toffee notes brought out as it warmed.

T - Robust malty flavor in line with the nose. Roasted coffee taste works in conjunction with some hints of chocolate & a sweetness that seems to be toffee or maybe caramel. A pointed, yet hardly overwhelming, hop bite rounds out the malts.

M - Smooth & somewhat slick on the tongue. Carbonation is low. Hops allow for a touch of bitterness to linger.

D - I found this to be a rather enjoyable stout. Alcohol is hidden for the most part. I wouldn't be inclined to drink more than one at a time, but it certainly makes for a killer after work treat.

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,452 ratings.