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

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

2,374 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,374
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 250
Gots: 468 | FT: 41
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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Photo of iconoklaztor
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice black with a sweet looking head. It looks awesome. Its sweet and coffeeful. I've tried this a couple times and it seems to be different each and everytime so I will just review the last time.

The taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bourbon but this is a good stout!

Its pretty damn drinkable too. At 9.4% it is a little hot and could use age. Either way its still a good stout!

iconoklaztor, May 21, 2008
Photo of bruachan
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i'm excited about this. i hear good things

looks like tar in my glass and i don't think i've ever seen a darker head. it remains in limited form and some nice lace coats the glass

complex coffee aroma, not immensely sweet. piney hops

the taste is sweeter, but not cloying. NW hop flavor, and the oatmeal evens it all out. this is a tasty brew: well-stacked, well-hopped, well-roasted. all in a nice manageable package

bruachan, Jan 29, 2007
Photo of JDV
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Miketd for the bottle!
Pours a solid dark black with a nice sized creamy but somewhat short lived tan head into a snifter. Smell was big and of oatmeal sweetness, dark roasted malt and I got a big fire roasted marshmallow gooeyness out of it as well. Taste was also fantastic, very nice roasty character with oatmeal creaminess and chewiness making an obvious presence. Very full mouthfeel, and on the sweeter side of an imperial stout, which I tend to like. I got a big marshmallow like character in the taste as well and overall this was an amazing beer. The hint of alcohol that shows as it warms was pretty mild and unobtrusive.

JDV, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of claytong
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.

appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.

smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.

taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.

mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.

claytong, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, probably around 6-8 months old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick deep black with a one finger brown head that is very active for its short life (I can hear it hissing as I pour). Recedes to a wispy cap and ring in no time leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma is deep dark roasted malts, rich chocolate, premium coffee, dark fruits such as raisins, figs, plums and cherries, anise/licorice, a hint of smoke. Complex, good, but not great strength.

Flavor, however, is a huge blast of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, robust coffee, dark fruits, anise, oats, just a touch of hops and a bit of alcohol but nicely integrated. Somewhat sweet, some astringency from the heavy roasted malt bill, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and velvety thanks to the oats, medium carbonation.

A fantastic Imperial Stout. Dunno why I waited so long to try this as I had a feeling I'd love it and I indeed do. Can't wait to crack open the barrel-aged version I have sitting in the cellar!

elgiacomo, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark black with no light penetrating through. Slight ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. The dark tan head poured 1/2" and slowly dropped to a thin cap. Nice broken lace down the glass.

S= Aromas of sweet and roasty malts, coffee, milk chocolate, and dark ripe cherries. A boozy alcohol note in the aroma too.

T= Very good flavor profile which consisted of a nice balance of sweet up front and bitter in the end. Chewy malts, milk chocolate, and dark ripe fruits lent the sweetness and the bitter notes came from roasted grains, coffee, and a flash of bittering hops in the middle. The finish was 60/40 bitter to sweet and was full of warming alcohol.

MF= Heavy body, viscous, with an oatmeal chewiness. Carbonation was moderate. This was a real tongue coating beer.

D= I tried this one based solely on the good reviews it has received here on BA and I was not disappointed. Very good and highly drinkable RIS here. Can't wait to get some more!

spointon, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black/dark brown with a motor oil like constituency. Almost no head. Average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of coffee and roasted malts. Smokey, chocolaty, coffee with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet the bitter. This is a world class beer!

ATLbeerDog, May 04, 2008
Photo of rtaps
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a small brown head that doesn't hang around very long with minimal lacing

Nice ostmeal around with some of the whiskey coming through, roasted chocolate

Taste fallows the nose with a lot more of the whiskey barrel character to it that's very good.

Full bodied light-medium carbonation. Pretty viscous.

Overall this was a tasty little treart with a lot more of the whiskey barrel elements to it than I expect and it makes this beer as good as it is IMO

rtaps, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of ckeegan04
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night and not letting any light through even when held up to a lamp. One finger chocolate brown head with decent retention. Little lacing but I dont expect much at damn near 10%.

S - Aroma of roasted chocolate maltiness. Hints of alcohol as well. Somewhat faint aroma.

T - A hint of sweetness up front before the roasted malty chocolatness comes through in a big way. Just a hint of bitterness to provide an excellent balance.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Very good oatmeal stout. Very big beer which makes this a sipper, but damn tasty.

ckeegan04, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of caminiti
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I really like the style, I rate it high on drinkability.
Poured from a bomber acquired from Halftime Bev. in Poughkeepsie months ago (other HF still available, not this one), I poured it into a pint glass that I have no idea where the hell it came from (Coors Light and NYGiants logo??!!?) thick and dark, thin brown lacing that quickly disappears, smells of I dont know? smoked licorice? Similiar in nose to Old Rasputin, and tastes similiar as well. A bit oily, but overall an outstanding beer, and any fan of the style must try one.

caminiti, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of DIM
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: BORIS is damn near black but not quite. It pours with a medium sized mocha head; decent lace and retention.

s: Relatively mild roasty, almost charred, malts that smell of cocoa. The alcohol in moderately noticeable. Nice nose, but it's pretty one dimensional.

t: Wow, this is big, full flavored, and satisfying! The malts taste heavily roasted to the point of being bitter and a bit smokey.A nice semi-sweet chocolate flavor lingers for quite a while. The alcohol is barely discernible, but provides a welcome warming feeling.

m: Super thick and chewy with a fantasticly foamy carbonation. It has the texture of really good hot chocolate made with whole mlik instead of water.

d: This is a fantastic beer that I would love to have on a regular basis. I don't let price influence my drinkability score, but I must write the following. This stuff is over $70 a case for 12 bombers. Stoudt's Fat Dog is every bit as good and at a little more than half the price. I am glad I tried a bottle but I won't pay for more.

DIM, Mar 09, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Hoppin' Frog bomber into pint glasses. The beer was thick and black with a poofy tan & wet head. The aroma was coffee and burnt malts, the flavor was smooth dark sweet malts. Very thick and rich, but still a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Real nice, my first and only imperial oatmeal stout.

TurdFurgison, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of uustal
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a chocolate color head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, mocha, and a bit of vanilla mixed with alcohol. Flavor beings with unsweetened chocolate, before moving to sweeter marshmallow and vanilla notes. Toasted cereal, molasses and mocha follow before a roasty finish. Silky smooth. Very cohesive flavor. Finishing a bomber of this won't be a problem.

uustal, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in trade from Draught2012. Excellent trader.

This bottle has about 6-7 months of age on it.

When I poured this the head was a little disappointing. Very dark brown, very active and quick to fade to nothing. Pitch black beer that does not allow any light through.

Aroma of Chocolate, dark roasted malts and a touch of dark fruit.

A moment of black licorice, lots of dark chocolate. I get lots of chocolate covered cherries. Smooth front to back. Towards the end a moment of dark coffee and some hop bitterness. The alcohol is not "well hidden" it's TOTALLY hidden.

Mouth feel is silky smooth, carbonation is very light. Luscious comes to mind. Despite the fact that I never use that word.

Very drinkable and a beer that totally hides the ABV. I do like this beer, but don't rate it amongst my favorite Imperial Stouts. While good, not worth twice as much as a Stone Russian Imperial.

Reagan1984, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of TheViolator666
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 fl. oz. bomber poured into snifter.

A: Pours pitch black with a very thin and quickly dissipating dark brown head. No lacing.

S: Roasted malts and hints of raisins and figs, as well as a note of alcohol. Pretty mellow.

T: Predominately dark chocolate and roasted malts, very coffee lke. I've had this one in the "cellar" for roughly 9 months, so I'm sure some of the hops have faded. Sweet chocolate finish. I think I actually might prefer this one fresh with a bit more hop balance, the sweet finish is just a bit much.

M/D: Velvety smooth and a sensational full body. Warming alcohol sensation is just right and is not too hot.

I'm fortunate enough to have this at my disposal at all times! A local favorite, and probably one of my all-time favorite brews.

TheViolator666, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of ksimons
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black in color with just a ring of brown head around the top

S-not very strong, but smells of roasted malts, coffee, sweet oatmeal

T-similar to the smell with roasted malts, a bit of coffee bitterness, but the sweetness comes out more from the oatmeal and what tastes like melted chocolate. A bit of alcohol warming at the end, but no bite

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T-really great, not like other imperial stouts I have had due to the major silkiness of it.

ksimons, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a viscous looking opague brown/black. A nice looking mocha 1.5 finger head has some good staying power.

S_Nose is a very thick roasted malt with hints of coffee as well. Mostly bitter with no trace of alcohol. Smells nice without being overpowering.

T_Sweeter up front with the stout like chocolate notes. This is followed up by a very nice sourness. The finish is a rich bitterness that comes from both the hops and the roasted grains. Alcohol is hidden but comes through a bit more as it gets warmer.

M_Fairly sticky and oily with a decent level of carbonation. A bit of the silky mouthfeel I like from oatmeal stouts is missing but that really is the only negative.

D_Potent stout that is a fine as a sipper on a cold evening. While there is a good balance between the elements the overall strength of the taste limits the ammount one could drink making this a good special occasion beer.

Thanks go out to Rblwthacoz for the bottle.

sleazo, Feb 17, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brackish, blackish body with no real head.

Smell: Rich dark, roasty malts nose with full notes of molasses, creosote, charred oats, and ground licorice root.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a dialed up licorice taste. Smokey creosote character. Only a mild sweetness. Oats coated in molasses. Mild, earthy bitterness. Finishes roasty with a touch of pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Man, that's one yummy frog. Very drinkable, very tasty.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

feloniousmonk, Dec 29, 2007
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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BA Boris The Crusher

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

Solid chocolatelly big BA stout, great balance and taste. Almost has a chocolate and maple taste. Whisky takes a back seat but stays prevalent. May not be the most complex BA stout, but the maple/chocolate sure shines enough to put a smile on my face and crave for more~

BrewUSA, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber from West Lakeview Liquors.

Appearance: dark brown, almost black with a thick and lasting brown head.

Aroma: Mellow compared to most imperials but I like that. Lots of oat/grain aroma, very roasty, with touches of dark fruit, vanilla, and citrus.

Taste: Great. Very much like an oatmeal stout but more pronounced with a greater body and some improved depth. Faint amounts of plum like dark fruits. Mildly chocolaty, but mostly this beer focuses a lot on well roasted malt and oats. Hint of citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Chewy and luscious. Full bodied without being boozy. Just great.

Drinkability: Superb. Drinks like any old stout. It's just a lot better than most without being too boozy, too hoppy, or just too damned big.

DaPeculierDane, Apr 21, 2008
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber pours a dark charcoal black with a bit of dark tan bubbles on top. Fairly low carbonation overall off the pour. Aromas kick in with a blast of deep, rich cocoa. Coffee, caramel and oats are in there as well but the rich cocoa runs the show.

First sip brings big malts upfront with a blast of cocoa that moves into tones of coffee, caramel and molasses as well. A bit sweet as it flows down with a touch of alcohol as well as dark fruits running through. Big and chewy malts run wild all over the place while the oats bring a slick smoothness to the entire experience. Just a damn good oatmeal imperial stout.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rather heavy. Quite a chewy drinking experience that is rather filling. A bit stout through and through that is smoothed out by the oats. A damn tasty beer here I'm glad I was able to try.

orbitalr0x, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of IntriqKen
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a wonderful growler at room temp supplied by klewis and the New York Yankees. Thanks to all of you.
Filled the glass pitch black with a tan head that melted quickly to nothing.
Aromas are dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookies and a hint of coffee and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and rich.
Taste is dark chocolate, carob, oatmeal cookie dough, vanilla, some light citrus fruits like oranges and alcohol.
Aftertaste is wonderfully smooth and sweet dark chocolate...nothing cloying...just pleasantly sweet with a bit of the alcohol warming it's way down your torso.
Great take on a RIS...love the addition of Oatmeal..makes it very smooth and mellow even fresh.

IntriqKen, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of glass_house
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

glass_house, May 15, 2014
Photo of calise1122
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's a cold Sunday here in New York, a day that begs for some nice, high ABV Stouts. Luckily, I have been hanging onto BORIS for a while for a day just like this. So after scampering around all morning to get the stew on its slow simmer towards excellence, I sit down at my desk with a some nice aged sheep's milk cheese from Arthur Avenue, a pint glass and a 22 of this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. I click shuffle all on the ipod and we begin...

Song - I walk the Line; Johnny Cash.

BORIS promises to crush me like no other and the song is fitting, because being crushed is a line I don't mind tip-toeing down.

It pours a shade darker than coca-cola, but miles thicker. It has that red hue to it that coke seems to carry and as I watch the pour intently, I nearly let the glass over flow... crap.

Song change - Icky Thump; White Stripes

The beer doesn't carry much of a head, even though it was poured right down the pipe with some vigor. There is a tiny and very tan cap around the perimeter of the beer, but that is it. I can't recall if the last one I drank had the same results... I may be way off and I haven't been into a dark room in years (since photography class in Boarding School), but this reminds me of a dark room with all the red blubs out except one. It is dark, I can barley see, but there is a faint dark red color that allows some light to pass through if I tilt the glass enough.

Song Change - Lyrics to Go; A Tribe Called Quest

Imagine if someone spiked a tootsie roll. That is the initial smell I get, a tootsie roll, heated up a bit, then soaked in some rum or whiskey. With it comes the oatmeal and coffee, but this is a dark deep coffee with some dark fruit characters. I like the smell, its nice

BORIS has much more Hops here than I remembered it. Now, don't get me wrong... he is completely dominated by the dark chocolate, coffee, oatmeal...

Song Change - Money; Pink Floyd

... plums, raisins, and lots of good roastiness... but in the finish, there is more bitterness to it than I recall. Really complex beer, lot's to talk about, actually fits quite well with this song. Especially the trumpet solo (that is a trumpet right?). Mmm, really tasty, the alcohol doesn't tuck its self away in the corner, but it is not over the top by any means... I actually had a nice little game of hide and seek with it through out the entire beer.

Mouthfeel is fairly light, but still has a nice rich body. It is very well carbonated, maybe a bit too much, but as the songs past it seems to...

Song Change - I'm Only Sleeping; covered by Jeff Tweedy

... calm down and is really nice.

Very drinkable, as drinkable as a 22oz bottle of an almost 10% beer can be. Really nice offering and has accomplished the immediate task when I ...

Song Change - Like a Rock; Bob Seager

Woke, which was warm my bones. On a side note, this song has been permanently ruined for me because of the Ford commercials. I work in advertising/marketing and understand how necessary finding a great song is for commercials is, but I still hate how they ruin songs for me. My favorite band is Wilco and those godforsaken Volkswagen commercial's really crush me.

Speaking of crushing me, this beer did just that. Really great offering from Hoppin' Frog

EDIT: When refilling the glass I literally threw the beer into the glass and a nice rich, thick, khaki brown colored cloud formed over the beer and sank slowly. I apologize to BORIS for I don't want him to show up and kick down my door. Really nice coffee frappe (milk shake for non-new Englanders) colored head.

calise1122, Dec 07, 2008
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
95 out of 100 based on 2,374 ratings.