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

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2,429 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,429
Reviews: 987
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 255
Gots: 482 | FT: 40
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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 derkfromwi
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Half-finger dark mocha head that fades fairly quickly, jet black color, decent carbonation

S: Dark chocolate, oats, nice blend of malts including some roasted notes, molasses, toffee, earthy

T: Roasted malts, oats, dark chocolate, bit of caramel, touch of citrus, hop bitterness from middle through finish

M: Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, medium bodied, slightly boozy

O: Good RIS, can't really smell the hops, but can definitely taste them

Photo of MCain04
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into Vault 16 oz oversized snifter.

Black motor oil pour with a thin dark khaki head which dissipates quickly into a rim around the edge.

Roasty toasted malt, vanilla, cacao, caramel, alcohol, dark fruits, coffee

Malty and toasted, sweetness, vanilla, chocolate, bitter hops, coffee, figs, pretty much to the smell.

Feel is full, sticky and chewy, really great body for a stout. A tad high on the carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall, a solid enjoyable RIS, nothing special to the point of being on anyone's top 10 lists, but for $9 and available year round this is a very solid option. Definitely one of the blackest stouts I've seen in a while.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Love it, a twist on the Russian Imperial Stout. Oats do a Stout good. Dead of night blackness pours from the bottle, slow moving bubbles all jockey for position within the tightly-kept froth. The aroma is so mellow, almost too mellow. Deep, dark berry fruitiness meets soft dark-roasted coffee and a sultry dark chocolate nose. Sublime smoothness, we thank the oats and full body for that. The roasted or burnt grain flavor is firm but not sharp, with massive mocha flavor throughout. Yeah, mocha ... the chocolate and coffee overtones battle it out with suggestions of high-percent cocoa chocolate and a Sumatra roasted coffee flavor. Sounds complex because it is. Alcohol is there, warming, but does not make too much noise. Oats and malt lend some sweetness which solidifies the balance. Finishes bitter semisweet.

Saying it is a lovely Stout is being a bit simple, but we think this review breaks it down enough. Even if you are not big on Stouts give this one a shot.

Photo of hopsbreath
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of the Blind Bomber BIF. Thanks to JamnesCameron for including it.

Per instructions, I poured this with vigor into a snifter. A decent head started to form and I stopped pouring about two thirds of the way up the glass to let it catch up and settle. The "reverse waterfall" kept building the body and head until the head almost over flowed the brim of the glass. The body is black, black, black with a dark tan head. This is pretty viscous with some legs and moderate lacing. I must say its about as good as they come. We're looking at 4/5 here.

Smell is pretty faint. A little burnt chocolate and a big alcohol presence. 3.5/5 if this is indeed a stout.

Great taste here! Big bitter cocoa dusted alcohol with a little touch of sweet bourbon. It has a tongue numbing bitterness I happen to like in big stouts. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel is smooth, viscous, and coats my tongue! 4.5/5

Drinkability is fantastic! Its among the easiest drinking big stouts I've ever had! No gumminess to speak of, I was able to down a whole bomber by myself in under an hour! 4/5

Photo of jhoban19
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. well paired with a chocolate brownie topped with cherry ice cream.

A: pours thick and black with a thin caramel foam. foam dissipates quickly with just a bit of lacing.

S: just what I was expecting for a RIS- dark malts, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate battle for top billing. bitter coffee starts out strong, but the sweet milk chocolate takes over and lasts throughout.

T: again, as expected. roasted, bitter coffee and milk chocolate.

M: thick and rich. a bit dry at first, but just as with the aromas, the sweet chocolate takes over and this brew becomes smooth and creamy.

D: at 9.4% in a 22oz bottle, difficult to have too many of these, but B.O.R.I.S. is incredibly drinkable. a good representation of the RIS style.

Photo of Rutager
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks Yeahnatenelson!!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with just a ring of dark brown foam.

Smell. Dark chocolate and some sweet black licorice with a little dark coffee and some booze.

Taste. Sweet dark malts, bakers chocolate, a drop of molasses and a hint of dark fruits. A little coffee and black licorice in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly sticky. Medium-low carbonation and some boozy warmth.

Overall. Great tasting, big stout. A bit of a sipper to say the least.

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near midnight black. Near oily in appearance. No head and essentially flat. Nose is slightly sulphuric with a nice wholesome breadiness.

Flavor is quite good. I thought I was going to be disappointed by this beer but was not. Coffee and oats. Some chocolate. Light spruce-ness to balance out the sweet. Body is a bit of a downer. I thought it'd be thicker after seeing it pour. A tad thinner than I thought it was going to be and what I was hoping for. Still a good beer altogether.

Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with almost no head whatsoever
S-I think there is actually oatmeal in the smell
T-alot like it smells with a strong mocca finish.suprising amount of oatmeal...
M-medium body and a nice aftertaste. Cant quite nail it down though
D-very drinkable. Nice brew

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled this beer at a recent home brew club meeting (shouldn't we have been drinking home brew? we were using this beer and barrel aged boris to tell the difference between an ris and a barrel aged ris which is wour next group brew)

this beer pours pitch black with a thin tan head even though it was poured vigorously. the smell s of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and the abv is a little aparent in the nose. the taste is fairly similar to the smell, the roasted burnt malt character comes through nicely, but the abv is more apparent than would be expected for the style. even though the alcohol heat is apparent the beer is still very drinkable.

Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 5/22/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown with 2 inches of brown head and light carbonation,

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Very nice balance.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, bitter hops, and hints of alcohol.

m - Medium to full body and low carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

d - A very nice RIS. I thought the smell was great and taste was quite enjoyable as well. Would definitely have again.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pickd up @ Kahn's in Indianapolis while visiting my girlfriends mother.

Pours that good ol' black with a deep brown head that leaves quickly, but leaves a cool coating of bubbles on the glass after each sip. The aroma makes me think of blackened oats. with some burnt grapes and currents in the middle. With soe creamed coffee and a dash of alcohol. The taste starts with some coffee and oats up front. Lots of blackened fruits. Maybe even chocolate covered black cherries. Dark chocolate that would explain he bitterness with a little softened black licorice. The palate is pretty dark, yet warm and inviting mixed with some sweet bitterness.

Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. Nearly black in appearance with a brown head of about two fingers. Leaves minimal lacing.

S. Cream, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, chocolate - everything you'd expect.

T. Plenty of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. I nice shot of lingering hop bitterness kicks in to clean things up. Sort of reminds me of Old Rasputin.

M. Creamy and thick with minimal carbonation.

O. My first Hoppin Frog - call me impressed. This is a big beer that still drinks easily given its ABV and size. Makes for a nice sipper on a cool spring evening. I wish I had access to this around here.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Mudpuppet. Cellared for over a year. Poured from 22oz. bottle into a Yeti chalice. Beer was thick and black, with a toffee colored, one-finger head.

Aroma was heavy coffee, light licorice, vanilla and chocolate.

Taste was chocolate, espresso and roasted malts. Long bitter finish.

Mouthfeel was thick and creamy, almost a little chewy.

Very nice beer. Let this one warm before drinking.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours an absolute midnight black with a fluffy two finger brown head that definitely takes its time to die down to a nice layer that lasts throughout. Stickiness is amazing, all over the sides of the glass. Smell, now this is how an Imperial Stout should smell. Sweet toasted oat is what mostly dominates the nose followed by a milk chocolate mixed with brown sugar. A nice roasted nut smell and a tiny hint of alcohol seem to tingle the nose as well. Taste is a bit of a shock. Lots of smokey, pitch black french roast coffee off the tongue first thing followed by a very woody/caramel malt. Finish and aftertaste is a bit sweeter, luckily, with a nice oatmeal and sugar flavor. I really didn't expect the taste of this one to be so smokey. Mouthfeel is creamy and full bodied with minimal carbonation. Big warming sensation while it slides down the throat. Warming comes from the alcohol but it isn't overwhelming by any means. Somewhat tough to finish a bomber by myself, I recommend sharing with a friend.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as oil. Really not much of a head.

Smell - CLassic stout smell of hops, sugars, malts, barley and some spices. Though not as strong as i figured it would be

Taste - Well first drink and i was pleasently happy. Smooth and stout with a bite. Has a real nice bitter kick that is matched with sugar and spices. Cant beleive how smooth this drink is for being so strong. The malts are sweet and work nice with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is long and strong. Really nice stout

Mouthfeel - I really like how tounge gets the bitter kick, then palette picks up the sweet sugars and malts. It lasts long in mouth, forget about drinking anything else unless you eat and drink some water first.

Drinkabilty - Well, this 22oz'er is nice for a sitting, i can leave it sit and sip on it. But its strong and bold, you cant treat this like a regular stout, so one and done for me. Fantastic, will be buying again.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Likely a bottle from before GABF 2011 as the sticker still only indicated that it was a gold medal winner in 2008.

A: Pours an opaque thick dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and no real highlights to speak - this beer is extremely dark. The beer pours with a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate and moderate notes of dark fruit (plum and fig).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some dark fruit sweetness (plum and fig). That is followed by some light hints of espresso/bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy with some light notes of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable sipping beer due to the strength and fairly intense yet complex flavors and fuller body - even though the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I have also picked up the barrel aged version which I am looking forward to trying though this beer is excellent and quite enjoyable.

Photo of smakawhat
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pure walnut opaqueness dark as brown can get on the body without being black. This really nice borderline thick syrup pour also. Head is really tiny maybe a finger at most, but a great coffee espresso color looking head with tight bubbles. Leaves about 2mm collar throughout the glass for a good while. Minimal lacing.

Toasty oats and malt, with faint milk chocolate on the nose. Very nice smelling. This has to be the only Oatmeal Imperial stout beer I've whiffed that actually smells like it has oats in it. Love the bouquet feels like that malt shake is coming.

As for taste, big chocolate boom, and mild carbonation. Expansive feel in the back palate of an thick anisette aftertaste with a not to big alcohol heat but noticeable.

Pretty good mix of flavors and feel. I'd have again, another winner for drinkability from Hoppin' Frog.

Photo of dsa7783
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Heard a lot of good things about this R.I.S. so I was curious to give it a shot when I saw it available for the first time...
Appearance: A hefty pour yielded a thick, viscous, obsidian, jet-black, ebony hue with a minimal red, tannish head that quickly receded...
Smell: Immediately was greeted with a thick, overpowering whiff of pure, dark chocolate and mocha...
Taste: Robust, full-bodied, thick, alcoholic flavor with intense dark-chocolate flavors, rich espresso, mocha, and roasted malts...
Mouthfeel: Extremely full-bodied, viscous...
Drinkability took a hit due to the intense flavor and hefty 9.4% ABV...
Good stuff...
Recommended...

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog
B.o.r.i.s. the crusher
Imperial-Oatmeal stout
ABV 9.4%
IBU's 60

L= 5.0 Thin white dispersing head. This brew pours a beautiful oily dark brown black body with little carbonation to be seen

S= 4.0 Lots of dark ester, dark cherry, fig and it has a certain roasted sweetness as well. A light alcohol presence 

T= 4.0 Dark cherry! Mmm lots of dark fruit and sweetness upfront the flows so smoothly to creamy chewy finish. Medium finishing bitters that seems to coat your mouth for a good while. Very nice beer

F= 4.5 really creamy feel. Very chewy beer.

D= 4.5 this is one of those really rare beers that you could drink everyday for your entire life and not get tired of it. Great beer and it holds a flame against some of the greats, but is shadowed by its big brother the bourbon barrel Boris which is a life beer.

Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with very little head. Smell is a complex blend - chocolate covered cherrys (chocolate, cherry and cream), coffee, prune, raisin, vanilla, anise, smoke. Taste follows smell with a robust chocolate and fruity flavor (above mentioned cherry, prune, raisin). Background has vanilla, anise, herbal notes, hints of earth and wood. Nice resiny piney hop flavor in the back end. Slightly noticeable booze. Would have enjoyed a more robust malt presence, or tuned down fruit and herbalness. Full bodied yet smooth, oily and coating, warming, decent carbonation. Very good RIS which sits on the bold and assertive side of complex, some of the malt charachter does get lost in the shuffle.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, thick black with a nice mocha head. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate alongside dark malt, a bit of coffee, and some alcohol heat.

T: Not as complex or intense as the nose, but the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt work quite well together.

M: Full-bodied, but not too much compared with the pour.

D: With the less-viscous body, it's more drinkable. Definitely a tradeoff I've noticed quite often lately with some of the imperial stouts.

Photo of zookerman182
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flexabull
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black color with a nice sized brown head, that settles into a tan color.

Smells of dark roasted malts, brown sugars, oatmeal, bitter chocolate, and espresso. Very nice nose!

Tastes of bitter chocolates, the hops are surprisingly strong here. I've sat on the bottle for about 4 months, and it still has a very bitter hop flavor. There are some burnt sugar flavors, and some oatmeal notes as well.

Mouthfeel is nice, it is full and thick in the mouth. A bit prickly from the carbonation.

Drinkability is good. A nice example of the style, but not quite in my top five, but still quite tasty and potent.

Bottle courtesy of nlmartin, thanks again!

Photo of fff
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just finished one a few moments ago.

A- Black, viscous fluid with a thin brown head. Very good-looking pour. Lacing throughout, albeit a bit thin.

S- Coffee, malt, toffee, roasted scent. Not very smokey.

T- Coffee, oatmeal, roasted taste. Middle of the beer thinned in flavor it seemed, ending the beer in a
molasses flavor. Very complex journey.

M- Not as thick as I normally like in a Russian Imperial Stout. Not a bad mouthfeel, just not substantial enough.

D- A good session beer. It did give me the burps a little, but it was geat otherwise.

Photo of Damian
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz./22 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Cambridge Wine & Spirits, Cambridge, MA

Poured a super viscous, absolute pitch black with a thin, bubbly, cocoa colored head that quickly dissipated. Motor oil-like in appearance. With every sip, the beer left a thin, sticky film along the glass.

The aroma was intense. Deep and malty rich (heavily roasted malts). Super oaky and bourbony. Brown sugar was apparent along with dark chocolate. Dark fruits including prunes and raisins were also noticeable. A slight hoppiness wafted in the background. As the beer warmed, the booziness came out even more.

The flavor profile was very similar to the aroma. Woody, oaky and super dark. Robust. Deep, rich French roast coffee notes along with bakers chocolate came through in the center. The finish was boozy (bourbony) and hoppy (minty hops) with an even stronger dry, hoppy aftertaste. As the beer warmed, the hoppiness intensified.

The mouthfeel was thick and chewy yet ultra creamy and smooth. Even though the oatmeal did not appear in the flavor or the aroma, it definitely seemed to contribute to the slick, somewhat fluffy texture of the liquid.

This was definitely an intense beer, albeit not quite as extreme as I anticipated. Definitely a flavorful and interesting offering nevertheless. However, at $11 a bottle I must say it was rather pricey.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,429 ratings.