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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,014 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,014
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 15.13%
Wants: 282
Gots: 549 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Reviews: 1,014 | Hads: 2,631
Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #450

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears black, with thin dark tan head that fades fast. aroma of bitter roasted espresso, licorice, a touch of smoke. taste is not as bitter, more balanced. but still very roasty, and leans towards savory. medium body, low carbonation. maybe not quite as thick as I'd like to match the rest of the beer.

overall - let the beer warm up, the aroma and taste opens up a lot. but for the very high price of the Hoppin Frog beers, a bit under whelming.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice inky black from a 22 oz bomber. Tan head left some patchy lacing.

Good coffee, molasses, and deep roasted malt aromas. Very nice scents here.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, some malt sweetness peeks thru here with a touch of creaminess. Alcohol peeks thru here too.

Fuller mouthfeel. This one is one to sip. Enjoyable flavors, and warming alcohol will make this a winter visitor to my fridge. Not exactly something I'd want to chug with burgers, and one big bottle will do it for the night for me.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin but dense head the color of brown sugar. Nearly 100% opaque with just a tinge of light escaping along the edge of the glass.

S - Wonderful chocolate aroma similar to melted milk chocolate or a chocolate milkshake. Some subtle vanilla bean as, too. Not an outstanding nose, but pretty good.

T - More of the aroma, but with the tastes of cherries and some burnt character as well. Perhaps a very tiny amount of smoke.

M/D - Very thick oily mouthfeel that is a bit juicy, in the sense of the way a berry sort of explodes in your mouth after taking a bight. Great beer altogether!

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Photo of rustymoore
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somebody put a black and tan in my bottle. Black fluid with a brown head. Not much retention. Guess it's a black and was tan.

Smells like wet dog. Seriously. Like my friggin saint bernard just walked in after a rainstorm.

I taste some candy up front. Biting bitter coffee at the end. I taste RED licorice instead of black licorice for the first time in a beer. Very, very nice.

I was about to have a bad impression because I didn't like the smell, but the flava comes through and saves the day.

Full bodied. Definite sipper. A pleasant 9.4%. Pleasant not great that is. I love 9% in my D/IPA but in my stouts 11-13% range is much butter. This one is still pretty good though. Love the red licorice snapshots.

Overall: unique tasting treasure

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers. Very viscous.

Smells of cherry, chocolate, roasty almost wood character, sweetness. Nice, sweet fruit and roast aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee up front that goes into a boozy and roasted middle that ends on a sweeter chocolate, silky finish with enough bitterness to balance. Surprisingly alcoholic and sweet, which is not a good thing. There are notes of fruit, cherry/grapefruit as well. I don't know, the flavor seems to be missing something.

Great, creamy mouthfeel from the oats but the hot alcohol makes this a bit of a mess.

As it stands, this is a fine RIS but the flavors don't stand out as particularly interesting or special, though they are pleasant in their own regard. The alcohol and residual sweetness stand out far too much, maybe some age will help. Almost cloying.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a peculiar stout. For someone who has been drinking a good deal of stouts lately BORIS completely colored out of the lines and changed the way I look at stout potential. The flavor is sharp as a knife and gets more and more pungent as the tasting goes on. Surprisingly, the sweetness of the oatmeal is not used to cut the alcohol which instead makes the flavor profile come off as a very harsh raisin. It looks just beautiful however, which was the most impressive part of this stout. Frankly this beer is better for just a tasting as the flavors tire out the palate towards the end making it not nearly as enjoyable as it was towards the start. BORIS is necessary to try due to the creativity displayed, and I am sure I will have it again no matter the finish.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

a: deep brown color, off white head with decent retention

s: chocolate malt, roasted malt, slight dull earthy hop

t: bitter-sweet chocolate with a strong roasted coffee. citrus bitterness, slight oat and molasses. alchohol is warming

m&d: crisp mouth, slightly chewy. Very nice and unique RIS.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of ph2001
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

it pours black and a hard pour gets one finger of dark creamy head. the smell is mild and sweet, almost like a milk stout. medium body that is very smooth and a little creamy. full flavored with a sweetness like coffee and chocolate and the oatmeal gives a nice smoothness to it. the aftertaste is very pleasant of coffee notes.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I should be pouring this in an engine, not a snifter, as it's a thick, pure evil black liquid--like the stuff that killed Tasha Yar-- with a bubbly brown head. Dies down to to a ring of foam, not a load of retention, but with some nice streaks of lacing.

The aroma is vanilla and candy and licorice and toffee and citrus and chocolate and alcohol, maybe even a hint of black, so-ripe-it-makes-you-gag banana and some sherry notes.

The taste is like boozy chocolate covered cherries paired with espresso with a pinch of pepper. The alcohol warms. Plasticy phenols are present but in a good way, very anise like, like black licorice. Hints of vanilla round things out. Some sherry in the taste as well. This is just a really dense, deep, and complex beer with a semi-dry finish.

Low carbonation and I'd say only medium bodied. Not as slick or oily as you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Which is a surprise

Drinkability...for what it is it's tastes great but I think too much might kill you. This is a seriously high gravity beer. And perfect for a cold, blustery December night. Except that I have half a bomber to finish. And I'm not sure I can...

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Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black, has nearly no head at all. Contains armoas of malt, burned malt, chocolate, barley, toffee, which are pleasant, but don’t stand out too much. Has a very oily, creamy, soft mouthfeel, aromas of licorice, coffee, forest berries, very dark roasted bread, chocolate and sugar. Gets sweeter to the finish, with a long lingering aftertaste, very well balanced. Has nearly no present carbonation, gives the beer an enormous, big character, with no distractions. Taste is never too bitter or too aggressive, but very well balanced at every moment. Ends with a long lasting, bittersweet coffee finish, which gives the beer a unique, loveable finish.

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Photo of ajhod
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is CERTAINLY a powerful stout.

The color is BLACK, almost sucking the light out of the room.

Head is nominal and passing but does recover when swirled slightly.

Has long legs in the glass, indicating its strength and body.

Aroma is nominal, fresh and slightly coffee/alcohol.

Flavor is full, a bit bitter with roast (very nice) and slightly sweet.

A very enjoyable imperial stout, not the most complex I've ever had, but really nice.

Strong though.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Purchased this bomber at Capone's- Norristown, PA.

A- Pours a deep reddish brown but settles into deep black with a big foamy brown head.
S- I can't detect much! Slight cocoa powder and multi-grain.
T- Strong dark chocolate, mocha, dried cherries, with a toasty biscuit malt.
M- Bitter sweet up front with a dry body and a dry, slighty creamy, boozy finish.

Overall- Whoo boy, strong flavors and alc. in this 1! Would've scored higher but I didn't detect much smell from the bottle or my Special Samual Adams glass.

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Photo of biglite351
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color was very nice, but I could not get a good foam going, at all.

S - very deep and inviting. One of the best scents that I have come across.

T - the taste id complex. There is a Lo going on. A bit too much alcohol after taste, but not enough to negate the rest of the flavor.

M - tingle in the top back of the mouth during the after taste.

D - I would order this regularly, but only one a night.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. Very good head, especially for 9.4% alcohol. Retention is slightly below normal, as is lacing. The nose is rather subdued, chocolate and coffee are noted over a light alcohol base. As it warms, chocolate comes more forward as does vanilla, dark fruit and roast. Light full body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, complex, but is not well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden well enough. It begins with a rush of coffee that quickly yields to a rich dark chocolate with notes of vanilla. A bit of effervescence in the middle brings out the mild roast and hop bitterness. The bitterness is citric in nature and fades into light dark fruit, mostly fig, notes with a bit of char and smoke. Throughout alcohol is in the background, but as the flavors fade in the finish, it predominates. Take the alcohol content down a bit, and this becomes outstanding. As is, it's very good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in body and dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is very little head to begin with. What is there fizzes away immediately, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It resembles a cola.

S: Big chocolate presence, roasted malt

T: Again, a very large chocolate flavor. The body is medium-full. The beer has a nice taste, but overall, I find it to be a bit one dimensional. The oatmeal aspect is there, but I wish it had a larger role in the taste profile. There is a subtle roasted or burnt malt flavor near the finish. This brew has potential, but is just not quite there.

M: Carbonation is too low. Otherwise, the feel is pretty good.
Alcohol is disguised very well.

D: A good, but not great, beer. I really enjoy oatmeal and imperial stouts. I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of JamesShoemaker
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this one on the shelf for a bit, so I was pretty excited for it. 22 oz bottle purchased for $10.

A - very pretty. Jet black with very little head.

S - the alcohol begins, chocolate, coffee. Subtle.

T - there is a lot going on with this brew. Plenty of tastes to go around. The barley and the alcohol actually make it a little too much though. Almost tastes like a barleywine.

M - not great. The myriad flavors leave you with an unpleasant tingling.

O - I'd be interested to try this one on tap. The best comparison I can think of is Bell's Expeditioner's Stout, which isn't a great compliment.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served into a 12oz. snifter.
A-Pours a deep midnight black, no accents. One finger dark brown khaki head, head retention is good. Leaves some good lacing as well.

S-Roasted malts, bitter chocolate, espresso, very light notes of vanilla and mint.

T-Very much of the same, not getting any mint in the taste though. Opens very smooth with hints of espresso and bitter chocolate.I get some oatiness in there too. Finishes bitter with some hints of dark fruits and licorice. Leaves a bitter aftertaste.

D-Creamy and smooth. Good level of carbonation, the mouthfeel is a bit thin for this style. There's definitely some heat from the alcohol but it is not overpowering at all.

O-I really enjoyed this one and I will seek it out again. Nothing extremely complex, but it definitely kept me coming back for more.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Faint notes of roasted malt, creamed coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a sudsy, tight beige head. The head collapses slowly and rings the glass elegantly. Gentle carbonation streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: Roasted bitterness up front that reminds me of coffee, mocha, and a touch of Hershey's kisses. Fruity esters are low and in the background. Definitely pick up some dried fig and raisin but it's muted.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full bodied, slightly slippery, creamy, and a drying pleasant alcohol finish. The chocolate sweetness barely keeps this from being astringent.

Overall impression: A big, full bodied, and chewy beer. A tad underattenuated a bit one-dimensional which makes me wonder if this should be classified as an RIS. Still, it's a good effort overall. I hope this brewery keeps improving.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very little head with little retention. I know most stouts aren't highly carbonated, but I'd like to see some lace. The color is beautifully dark. VERY DARK.

Smell is of some chocolate malts with a bit of licorice. There is a tiny bit of a black patent smell as well. However, it isn't strong or complex.

Taste is of big chocolate malts with some black patent to compliment. It seems decently straightforward. The oats add a little smoothness and help give a little bit of body to this huge ABV beer. There is a hint of caramel and burnt sugar with a touch of raisins. This beer REALLY comes together and smooths out as it warms.

It's hard to get a big body with this much ABV.

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Photo of Natural510
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet-black, like ink, with some dark-brown highlights. Nice color. A small amount of tan head quickly dissipates into a minimal ring of lacing to the edges of the glass.
Scent is mostly malty and sweet, with hints of dark, dried fruit such as raisins & dates. Not the coffee/cocoa notes of most RIS, which is a refreshing change.
There is a deep carmalized flavor, brought out by the roasted malts. Hints of coffee, date and fig. Thick on the palate, with a noticable hop reverberation and semi-dry finish. Alcohol content fairly noticable.
Thick & robust in body, yet a lack of carbonation cripples what could be an all-around excellent brew.
Needs more carbonation, because it tastes quite flat. It is otherwise a quite tasty brew....and certainly warms you up on a 20F day.

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Photo of korguy123
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adamb84 for this tasty brew in a trade.

half finger tan head, black. Legs running around the snifter like Carl Lewis round that track.

Oatmeal, coffee, chocolate smells.

Thin but tasty for a RIS, not boozy.

Been wanting to have this beer for a while, besides it being thin for the style, tasty brew that i'd have again.

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Photo of ColbyPants
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark as night with a thin chocolate brown head that held well. Viscosity is thick like motor oil.

S- Dark Bitter Chocolate and Coffee, Toasted grain and oatiness. Also a note of alcohol is present in the nose.

T- Dark Chocolate Bitterness and Roasted Oatiness are what I get the most in this beer, along with an almost wine like warming alcohol zip. The bitter mocha/coffee note lingers on the palate for a LONG time. There is a lot going on in this beer, though not always in concert

M- Pretty big, oily, and round. Mouthcoating.

D-Definitely a contemplative sipping beer. Perhaps two huge and warm (alcoholic) for me. I had a Bomber and could not finish it. A smaller amount, sipped slowly from a snifter, paired with a nice cigar might be a delightful combination, though.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Chilled bottle into a glass. First time I had this was courtesy of a trade with Hexxed, and second was an extra from amietaj1. Thanks guys.

A: Pours an impenetrable black body into a glass. Head is the usual tan affair, but somewhat substantial for the style (a couple of fingers), and decently long-lived. Several minutes' wait lets the head collapse into a light film on the brew, and it leaves washes of lacing with each sip -- but nothing that sticks.

S: Roasted malt, cream, dark chocolate, dark fruit, some grain, and some coffee.

T: Leans heavily toward the sweet side -- a nice blend of chocolate and cream with plums and figs to form a nearly anise-like flavor. Progresses into bitterness imparted from roasted malt and grains (I suppose this was the oatmeal) with a coffee closing taste. The beer becomes drier toward the finish.

M: Medium to full-bodied, moderate carbonation. Definitely sweet at first, but cleans up and becomes drier as the taste progresses. ABV is hidden very well, and this will sneak up on you.

D: I am quoted $10 for this in trades. I don't really feel a bomber is worth that price, but this is a pretty decent stout and I'm happy to have had it.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,014 ratings.