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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

999 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 999
Hads: 2,547
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
Wants: 267
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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Reviews: 999 | Hads: 2,547
Photo of ABOWMan
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured like printers ink into my pint glass. Two full fingers of fine foam that is almost purple. Clarity??? It's too dark to tell if it's cloudy or not.

The aroma reminds me of caramel corn. Pleanty of brown sugar and raosted malt.

You could almost use a knife and fork to consume this beer, but it's easier to drink it from a glass. Chocolaty! Smokey! A perfect blend of sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is almost the best part of the ale. Full and velvety. Absolutely one of the best Imperial Oatmeat Stouts I have ever drank. Than you Hoppin' Frog. (556 characters)

Photo of everetends
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to NJpadreFan and his Clue LIF. Been looking forward to this one for a long time since I am such a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Not bad, but not amazing. Pours a really dark black in color. I mean this is a shiny inky black that has a nice shimmer to it. The pour appears to be thick and viscous. As it brushes the glass, a dark yellow tinted film coats the glass showing you how thick this baby is. The disappointing part of this beer is the fact that only a few bubbles of dark brown foam came up to the top. Those bubbles didn't last whatsoever, so this is a beer with a clean cap. Just the body is present. LIke I said it is not bad, but not mindblowing or anything too special here.

S: Smell is quite nice. Getting some really nice roasted malty goodness coming out first. The roast is rich without being burnt. The oatmeal really comes out here with a really rich and creamy earthiness. It has a slight amount of sweetness rolling out, but nothing crazy. Nice touch of dark, slightly bitter chocolate in here as well. Likey the smelly.

T: Oh this is damned nice. The malt is nicely roasted but still has a good amount of sweetness to it, balancing that bitter and sweet. The oatmeal is really pronounced and has just this clean earthiness to it, but still has a rich creaminess to it as well. Behind that is a bit of some really nice cherry presence. The cherries linger in the background beautifully and really add that perfect something here. Dark chocolate and a touch of coffee give you a little more bitter/sweet presence. Hops linger in here just a touch with a bit of some medicinal presence. This is a fine friggin beer.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has a really nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light, butit is what this beer needs. This is a heavy beer that coats and relaxes on that palate. ABV does show some heat, but nothing that is not expected and its quite comforting with just a slight warmth coming up in the belly. The beer leaves a little bitterness on the palate but it isn't to dry. Aftertaste is all malt and chocolate. The real show stopper here is just how creamy this beer is.

D: Oh, yes sir this is a really damned good Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I had to get past that look that really had me worried, but it more than delights in everyother category. This brew is smooth and easy drinking, and for such a big beer, it actually doesn't sit too heavy. I could easily entertain another bomber of this tonight. That aroma, taste, and feel are worth killing for. If you have the chance, get some. Do whatever it takes. (2,633 characters)

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer. Thanks to kryptic for this one.

Pours deep black with good dark tan head. The nose smells of good hops and oats. taste follows with great roasty malt flavors, good solid oatmeal presence and a wonderful hop character on this finish. The hop character in this one is about perfect, similar to TenFidy in that way. Not too bitter and not overmalty either. Mouthfeel is a touch thin on this one, but still quite good. Drinkability gets highest marks here as the abv is completely hidden. If it wasn't for the intensity of the flavors here you would never think this was imperial. This is one hell of a brew, great job to the boys at hoppin frog! Thanks again to Mike. (679 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery. BeerAdvocate lists this one as a Russian Imperial Stout. I've cross-tagged it below as an Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout and Oatmeal Stout just to cover all my bases.
Score: 94

Unknown vintage bottle, purchased Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 01/18/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black, motor oil color. Completely opaque. Quarter finger of darker brown/khaki colored head that quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Pretty good lacing for a 9.4% ABV beer. 4.5/5

Smell: Lots of mellow, but sweet raisin/fig/dark fruit and milk chocolate upfront. A little earthy nuttiness too. Behind the raisins and milk chocolate is freshly cooked oatmeal and toasted oats. You can tell this is going to be a sweeter stout from the aroma. Tons of classic Russian Imperial Stout flavors here, but they are more mellowed out rather than in-your-face. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet, roasted chocolate and raisin throughout, but not as sweet of a stout as anticipated from the aroma. Certainly nowhere near as sweet as the Baller Stout. Raw/bitter dark chocolate on the midpalate and in the finish. Some toasted oat on the midpalate too, though the oat characteristics are much more subdued than they were in the aroma. Finish is sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate. As the beer layers, a little tobacco/leather comes out in the finish. The level of sweetness in the beer also gradually grows as the beer layers, with increasing amounts of raisins, but it never gets overly sweet. Absolute no alcohol presence in the taste. The finish really lingers on this beer and is quite superb. Some 30 seconds after my last sip I am still tasting residual raw chocolate and raisin. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light-medium carbonation. Very viscous, chewy mouthfeel. Finish is sweet and sticky. Perfect mouthfeel for a Russian Imperial Stout. 5/5

Overall: After drinking this brew, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a Russian Imperial Stout. Some of the 4.5's in my review are "soft" 4.5's because they are really 4.3's and I do not do quarter step ratings. B.O.R.I.S. is one of the better beers that I have had in the style, though it is on the sweeter end for an imperial stout. I prefer the original version (this brew) to either D.O.R.I.S. or Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. If you have not yet had this beer, I highly recommend seeking it out.

Recommendation: A great starter Russian Imperial Stout for casual beer drinkers, and a must try brew for beer geeks.

Pairings: Creamy French vanilla ice cream (maybe even a sundae with nuts).

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle. (2,702 characters)

Photo of ironarrow42
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Chappy's Tap Room and Grille, Moraine, OH

Served in a snifter. Opaque black with a thin caramel-beige head and collar. Rich malt aroma with notes of molasses, coffee, alcohol, and sweet cocoa. Full bodied with a rich, heavy texture, smooth and creamy. Very low carbonation. Big flavours - bitter, roasty, bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, low esters. Some baked raisin with molasses (Boston brown bread) but not sweet, and a nutty note (pecan?). Awesome! Alcohol is noticeable but not hot. Bits of foam remain on the glass at the finish. Substantial and satisfying beer. (588 characters)

Photo of BMoney575
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-19-07

Pours thick, like chocolate syrup. A thin film of tan head with little lacing.

Smells very rich, subtly fruity, with tons of roasted malts. A sweet caramel/chocolate aroma is in there too.

Taste is very good, if black was a flavor, this is it. A ton a subtle flavors mingle to create one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. There is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, with a strong hop bitterness and an ultra-smooth alcohol finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is spectacular, like melted ice cream.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, for such an intense beer.

Overall a very good brew and my first from Hoppin' Frog. A very well crafted and well thought-out beer and a perfect example of an RIS. (740 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark mocha head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing on the way down. Aroma of Coffee roast chocolate and brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, a little alcohol. Has a roast bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste forever. The mouthfeel is oily yet creamy as hell. Thick syrupy body, light carbonation. This is a damn fine imperial oatmeal stout, I can't believe it took me so long to try this. (450 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is rated among the best and there are no questions why. This beer has all the strength, complexity, pleasantries, and balance that it takes to be great. While low on esters, this beer delivers a whollop of espresso and raw cocoa up front and never relinquishes. Nutty flavors along with the light caramels, toffees, and a hint of cherries woven late into the alcohol warmth give the beer its charm without muddling. Very rich, viscous, and downright chewy textured, but smoothed to a velvety touch by more than just a little bit of oats. These round the beer out perfectly. Set among a backdrop of motor-oil looking liquid, this beer proves worthy of greatness. Very drinkable for such power and flavor. Its the best stout I've had in a long, long time. (763 characters)

Photo of david131
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- A pitch black, creamy liquid flows from the bottle into the glass. A hard pour is required to get some head out of this. The head that does form is brown and settles to a thin ring around the top of the liquid. Looks so menacing sitting there in the glass.

S- Sweet chocolate, raisins. Very rich and sweet smelling. A little smokey as well. Some cinnamon. I get hints of grape and maybe a little bubble gum. Very aromatic and complex.

T- Wow, this is something. Very chocolaty and smokey. Booze is noticeable. Surprisingly hoppy in the mouth as well. A little cinnamon. Very complex. It stays on your breath for quite some time- just how I like it. This is a little different for the style, but I am digging this.

M- Perfect. This thing is thick and creamy, but with the right amount of carbonation to really allow the flavors to become pronounced. Not astringent or drying by any means.

D- This brew stands up there with the best of the RIS's. It may not be my favorite, but damn, I am impressed.

Thanks to eyebrews for the recommendation. I would have never thought to pick this up on my beer run to Toledo without him. (1,142 characters)

Photo of beachbum1975
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this badboy up at Jungle's in Fairlfield for $7.99. I've been eyeing this one in the basement for the last few days, so let's crack this one for the elections. Split with my buddy Rusty. Not my favorite label, but I am happy this is an Ohio made beer! No freshness date on this bomber but I am certain it's a batch from 2008.

A: Pours black. Not a trace of brown, not dark root beer, not mahogany - but, black. The head of this bastard is 2 inches tall after an average pour into my imperial pint glass. The head is dark brown, like the froth on a rich espresso. Looks intimidating!

S: Wickedly rich mix of charred wood, FRESH coffee grounds, light molasses and bourbon.

T/M: Medium to full bodied and full flavored. Flavors exploded in my mouth with the typical cherry-like sweetness, whiskey, smoke and dark chocolate - wow. Low carbonation and finishes slightly hoppy.

D: Great price for an amazingly well-crafted and solid brew. DON'T judge a beer by it's label, this is a badass brew. (1,000 characters)

Photo of dougofthefuture
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I cracked the BA version for St. Patty's Day with the family, so I figured I'd follow up with the regular the next night. I didn't review the other bottle, but I'm surprised to like this one almost as much if not more... 2009 poured into a tulip.

A - Dark creamy black with a thin brownish head. Good lacing.

S - I definitely get cherry in here - it is a rich dark chocolate without much bitterness at all, and just the smallest indication of alcohol.

T & M - This is a creamy, chocolate-cherry, dessert-like beer. Very well-balanced, albeit intense. I need to seek out more oatmeal stouts - I love how chewy it is. There is a nice warming finish, but the flavors do die out pretty quickly. For as creamy as it is at first, it almost finishes a bit watery if that is possible.

D - Dangerous. I had no trouble with this bomber and I could drink more, but I think I need a nap now...

This is a great beer. I am going to have to get some more soon! It is also worth noting that the BA version was very different. The whiskey was intense, which was tasty on its own accord, but this beer stands on its own without the barrel aged aspects. (1,139 characters)

Photo of BDIMike
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a jet black syrupy looking liquid. It has a thin head with a mocha color to it.
Smells great. Strong with roasted malts with a great hint of caramel.
Sweet taste to start. Tastes of chocolate and caramel and then recedes to the burnt malts. No taste of alcohol.
Nice thickness to the mouthfeel. Very very smooth and pours directly from the front of your tongue to the back of the throat.
For the high ABV and dark drink the drinkability is amazing. So smooth and can't taste the alcohol going down. Great balance and taste all the way through. (550 characters)

Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass, thanks to BA klewis for hookin' up the beer :-)

A: Beer pours a delicious-looking rich, dark brown, with a milk chocolate-hinged head. Disappears quickly, but leaves lively, sticky lacing.

S: Has delightful notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted oatmeal. Nothing overpowering, but just a perfect representation of that "malted" smell.

T/M: Mmmm...this tastes and feels like drinking liquid dark chocolate, only with a juicy, mouth-watering finish. A robust dark fruit (cherry) nose leads seamlessly into a bitter coffee-flavored body. Oily, resiny hops finish it out, and help contribute to the overall velvety smooth feel to this beer. An absolutely delicious beer.

D: Dunkin' Donuts ought to just serve this, because it's pretty much the greatest iced mocha coffee ever, only it's beer. I almost wish it wasn't 9.4% ABV so I could drink it all night, every night. (927 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from one of two cellared bottles at near cellar temperature to a half-pint glass.

A: Glugs from the bottle a rich, oily near-black. A fizzy lavender-brown head - yes, I said lavender - crests at about half a finger and dissipates fairly quickly; I'll attribute this to a warmer serving temperature(?). Held to light, this is virtually black, with only a sliver of ruddy amber hugging the edges.

S: Ho hum, just another awesome-smelling RIS. This one is big on the sweeter malts (thank you, oatmeal) with ample doses of vanilla, molasses, and chocolate-covered cherries. Only a trace of the medicinal bittering and a souring oxidation. Not quite as rich and complex as I'd hoped for; coffee, where are you?

T: Oh, very nice. Begins a little sweet: slightly smoky, tangy barbecued flavor. But ashy charcoal, tanned leather, and deeply-burnt grain quickly dispel any notions that this one will skimp on the bitterness. A full-on infusion of raw, ground coffee, splashed with drops of pure vanilla extract and juicy citrus hopping follows. Wow, this one builds and builds until, after several minutes, the taste buds beg for mercy. 'Only' 60 IBU's? Seems alot more bitter than that...

M: Smooth, velvety, flowing rich and full across the tongue and then grabbing hold. As thick as this one looked going into the glass, it was almost as thick in the mouth. This one developed slowly but surely, a thinner and more viscous mouthfeel at first, then layering warmth with each sip. Long-, long-, lo-o-o-n-g-lasting bitterness - the deepest and richest coffee roast I've encountered in a while.

D: Something to sip and savor - one of my new favorite RISs. A rich and complex ale worthy of high praise, one I'm very glad to have tried and will look forward to enjoying again. Very highly recommended. Thank you to jpm30 for sending a while ago... (1,849 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to do a trade with STLStoutAddict and I got 2 bottles of this
Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout.
Thanks Steve!

22oz bottle served in a Stone IRS glass.

L - black in color with a good sized light brown head that settled to a ring, leaving bits and trails of sticky lacing.

S - chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some dark fruit.

T - rich, roasted flavors - sweetness of chocolate and figs/dates along with espresso bitterness on the finish. very good tasting brew.

F - full bodied, excellent mouthfeel.

D - very nice! (550 characters)

Photo of keanex
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle with a gold cap and a sticker on the neck that displays the 2008 gold medal, no freshness date, into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pitch black with a thin dark tan head that quickly dissipates leaving only minimal traces of its existence. Tan carbonation bubbles sit on the side of the glass for a little before disappearing.

S: Slight alcohol on the nose, but masked wonderfully by the dark chocolate and roasted malts smell. Very slight floral hints come through with some dark fruits.

T: Dark chocolate melds with a roasty espresso bitterness in a perfect way making both flavors rich, yet mellow. There's a dry finish thanks to the oats with a slight floral hops hint and a tinge of alcohol down the throat.

M: Thick and syrupy with low carbonation, but enough to leave my tongue tingling.

O: This is a great stout at a good price. Very intense, yet mellow with great balance, each sip warms me up and I feel myself relaxing. If this were just a bit cheaper I would have given this a 5, it's not the best value stout, but very good. (1,067 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick black viscous liquid the no doubtedly remind of used motor oil. Thick tan head of course leaving copious amounts of lacing.
Roasted chocolate in the nose, coffee. Depp and rich. Bready.
Taste was huge. Thick, creamy and full. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee.
Very good beer. Turning into one of my favorite styles! (325 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a trade with Yamar18. Thanks Kevin!

It pours a very very dark brown(not quite black to my eyes) and whilst pouring, I didn't see any foam until I finished. Then, a small but nice inch of tan foam showed up. Nice looking lacing hugging my glass.

The smell has notes of coffee, dark chocolate, and dark fruit and a touch of alcohol. Oh, and it smells pretty roasty too. I almost forgot to mention that. ;^)

The taste is yummy. I'm getting milk chocolate and coffee, roasted malt, oats(yeah!)and some dark fruit. I love the way the sweet malty flavour from the chocolate works so well with the roasted malt and coffee bitterness; I notice it mentions hops on the label and I guess there's some there but I feel most of the bitterness comes from the roasted malt and coffee.

This certainly is a very smooth drinker and the alcohol, though noticed in the nose, is pretty well hidden when I'm sipping on it. It also has a nice thickish and creamy mouthfeel.

Ok, I've had a few more sips and the sweet aspect of this Stout is a bit more pronounced(maybe because it's warming up? I took it straight out of the fridge) and actually, quite welcome. I love what is going on here so I'll have to give a big salute to Hoppin' Frog for brewing it and again, to Kevin for sending it my way. I have *another* bottle to enjoy but I'm going to drink it fresh as well so no cellaring for this baby. ;^) (1,403 characters)

Photo of letsgopens
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Vintage, this big beer pours near black with some deep brown highlights. The dark mocha head holds very well and leaves a nice lace on the walls of the glass.

The aroma consists of cocoa and some lighter coffee. Very roasty as well. Deep and earthy. Very appetizing.

Heavily roasted malt flavor hits you initially and lingers throughout. Sweet with lots of dark cocoa. A syrupy sweetness arises with espresso as well. A strong bread/grain backbone ties everything together nicely. A well pronounced bitterness in the finish rounds out this extremely flavorful and complex beer.

The mouthfeel is very thick and decadent with a heavy syrupiness and low carbonation. Formidable and satisfying on the palate. Certainly a must try, and one of my favorite selections from one of my favorite styles. (806 characters)

Photo of DeltaFour
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-pours a used oil med-thin head depending on the aggressiveness

S-Ample dark malts with a mild black coffee/soft licorice

T-Definitive strong black coffee flavor with a intermediate yet complementing mix of dark fruits (raisins, dates(soft),fig, and black cherry) finish is a awesomely enjoyable mix with a soft tail. The ABV as stated before is not noticeable.

M-In between a milky and silky smooth with a great tacky end-all. Mild to light carbonation.

O-A delicious Imperial stout that does not disappoint and only grow's with a little warmth, almost a cask flavor at room temp. Defiantly recommended. (612 characters)

Photo of infestaxion
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a slight dark cappuccino head that settles quickly.

S - Sweet roasted malt and oat. A touch of cocoa.

T - I think my eyes just rolled to the back a little. That is delicious. The same roasted malt flavor. The oats sweeten it a bit. Some chocolate and coffee. Good hop profile provides a goo. Very good.

M - Coats the mouth well. Well carbonated.

D - Oh yeah. I could do this one all night.

The only problem with this beer is that for $1 more I can get a six pack of Siberian Night. (505 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fairly aggressive pour resulted in a perfect looking brew – black gold in a glass, topped by an impressive tan head. Stuff sticks around like a bum at a free dinner.

Nice aroma of chocolate malt, laced with cinnamon. Also a nice touch of anise and plums. This just HAD to be good, and it was exceptional! Started with a chocky coffee stout aspect, then finished with a creamy and silky roasted smores with licorice.

Rich and robust, this death beer has to be over 250 calories per 12 ounce, but I could and would drink this stuff day and night – like a rat on cocaine. Gimme another.

Another hat off for the brew, sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister) (678 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black into the glass. 1.5 inch dark mocha head, with good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells include intense dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

The taste is much the same, with some really nice intense roastiness that defines the best stouts for me. A little bit of soy sauce type flavor doesn't detract much. Mildly fruity, with a some toasty flavors that remind me of oats, which makes sense given this is a imperial oatmeal stout.

Thick, silky smooth mouthfeel from the addition of oats. Creamy. Low carbonation.

A great one from Hoppin' Frog, want to try all the BA variants of this that I can. (693 characters)

Photo of ThirdLap
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of the Crusher tonight with a fellow BA. I've been eager to try this one for some time now. Served in traditional pint glasses at 50F.

Pours hugely thick, like used motor oil. Took forever for every last drop to work its way out. The two-finger thick tan head is nice and dark, just the way I like it. Head retention is low, but it recedes to a thick foamy halo that stays until nearly the end. A minimal amount of lacing sticks around.

An oat presence is immediately apparent on the nose in this bodacious year-old bottle. Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit and alcohol round things out. Overall very complex and full.

Wow. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, right up there with Dark Lord, Stone IRS, or Abyss. It is ridiculous that this keeps falling off the Best of BA. Dark bitter chocolate and oats are the order of the day here, balanced with what is perhaps the perfect amount of bitter hops for a beer of this style. The finish reminds me of the bitterness that remains after savoring a piece of 85% dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full, offset only slightly by the higher-than-expected level of biting carbonation. B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of those stouts that gets better as it sits, warms, and loses a bit of its carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience.

This is a sipper, a beer that is best experienced shared with a friend that would appreciate such craftsmanship in a beer.

Seek this beer out if you enjoy big stouts. You will not be disappointed. (1,604 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy/creamy, fairly long-lasting, brown-colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, oatmeal, and a bit of hops.

T: Tasted of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and a nice bitter hoppiness in the finish. Alcohol is quite as omnipresent as it is with some other Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: A very well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied, but doesn't weigh you down.

D: One of the best, most drinkable beers of the style. (594 characters)

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