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

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2,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,474
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 251
Gots: 504 | FT: 43
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of bret27
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle courtesy of photomike

S: Chocolate, bananas briefly, more generic fruit sweetness as it warms

A: Dark brn w/purple tinge in the light. Minimal head

T: Same as smell but with oat and roast involved.

M: Fairly thick and very smooth

D: Very smooth and drinkable, despite sweetness and fairly high abv. Pretty tasty. Reminds me of Ten FIDY from oskar blues quite a bit.

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip may,21,2011

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle with some cola around the edges of the glass. It has one of the darker mocha heads I've seen recently but it falls fairly quickly and leaves just a few random patches of lace

S lots of bakers chocolate, some booze, raisin, and a little licorice and espresso

T what I smell but darker with some charred wood and even more espresso and super dark chocolate. A little more intense then the smell with just a little sweetness, the booze gets in the way just a little but for 9.4% its not to bad

M nothing to thick but far from thin with enough carbonation to give it some life and just a little booze burn, flavors linger very strong for quite some time

O pretty solid beer overall, something I wish I could get in my part of the world, tasty stuff

I'm pretty happy I got to finally try this one and I need to thank liamt07 for sending it my way

Photo of bonkers
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. It pours jet black with a thin tan head. The nose has coffee, anise and dark chocolate. The flavor is sweet and pleasantly bitter at the same time. Coffee and chocolate notes dominate, the finish is slightly bitter and it lingers. A full creamy mouthfeel makes this sipper very enjoyable.

Photo of callmescraps
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a bid, although I have been very underwhelmed by Hoppin Frog in the past, especially at their price point. Still, maybe this one will be different.

Appearance- Pours thick and black. A very thin cap of rich dark mocha dissipates pretty quickly. No real head on this one, kind of disappointing. No lacing.

Smell- Strong roast coffee. Some nice rich chocolate as well. Definite some hops as well. Earthy and roasty.

Taste- Very nice and roasty, with some coffee bitterness, but not too much. Definitely some hops. It's got a nice nuttiness and sort of a coffee ice cream thing. There is some nice dark fruit hints. The chocolate sweetness really balances out the bitter coffee roast, making this a fine beer.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy, a little still. Downright chewy.

Drinkability- No hint of the booze, and very nice and balanced. The mouthfeel gets a little tiresome, and it might be a tad sweet.

I actually really like this beer. I'm not a huge coffee person, so the chocolate is nice, and I like how it's balanced out. It may still be a tad pricier than I'd prefer, but it's a nice beverage and I'm glad to have it.

Photo of ElGallo
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber I snagged at Julio's. Poured into a balloon glass, it's a deep, dark, sexy shade with a small head but good lacing. Nice burnt coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Taste is just the right balance of coffee notes, chocolate notes, and roasted malt notes, plus a wee bit of hop presence in the back. A little boozy, but I didn't mind that while watching Sunday football. It actually made me yell at the TV less, which rarely happens. This is a great all-around stout. Maybe not as stellar as Stone IRS, but right up there.

Photo of mpolewan
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of meatyard
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a hard pour, I only got a 1-finger dark, tan head that quickly fell to a cover without lacing. The body is an opaque, brownish black.

The smell is sweet-ish chocolate, alcohol

The taste is a bit of an improvement over the smell with a nice chocolate oatmeal flavor and a bit of bitterness and a hint of alcohol (less noticeable than in the aroma).

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with mild carbonation.

Drinkability is good though at 9+% ABV I have to go easy with it. It's a very nice sipping stout that I would like to try again.

Photo of derkfromwi
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Mcwill51
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jhoban19
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one at cellar tempature. A vigorous pour gets a beautiful rsult. Thick oil black body hosts a one inch milk chocolate colored head. Looks like I might need a spoon for this one. Nice chocolate cola nose is vibrant and hosts notes of minerals and alchol. At first sip you get wonderful up front dark cacao chocolate. Roasty burnt malt highlights a tingley mouthfeel. Alchol is slightly noticeable on the tongue and on the belly. Ends with a slightly soured bitter that is indective of good dark chocolate finish. Drinks well even as it warms. For those who like thier stouts on the more bitter side.

Photo of dsa7783
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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...

Photo of MCain04
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 fff
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 KidsDoc
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL (shared with Shelton/Howard)

A: Dark brown, near black. Modest, even tan head with soft bubbles. Sticky lacing down the glass.

S: chocolate malt, roasted coffee

T: starts with bready malt and semisweet chocolate, some slightly bitter/roasted coffee; floral hops and earthy tones round out the finish while holding onto the roasted character. I did not sense the oatmeal per se but that may have been the blend up front on this one

M: thick, full, chewy but drinks smooth. Finishes very clean/crisp for a big RIS. Settles heavy as it should. A meal in a bottle as they say

D: all around a very pleasant drinking experience. Leaves me feeling feel so this is one I would reserve for a night cap or as a dessert - not the brew to start of a night of activity.

Photo of kkipple
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally got around to reviewing this black beauty. Thanks Brendon fer the sample on a hot back porch summer night in Columbia. Inexplicably, a cute Peruvian also drank this with us.

A. Pitch opaque black, low dirty red head, thick and dense looking. I'm scared...

S. Subdued all the way around. Roast grains, chocolate, noticeable smoothness (via oat), some coffee and altogether too light smelling for a 9.4% Imp stout. A little nutty toasty scent is here, and way too little alcohol...

T. Mmm, slick. Big upfront roast grains with bittersweet coffee / chocolate (milk) and mellow, afterthought bittering hops to balance the large amounts of charred grain and sugar. Very blended, nothing jumps out really. Really quite smooth and seductive. Cocoa and coffee as per the smell. Rather tame and not adventuresome, but it all works together and is easy to drink... perhaps too easy...

M. Very thick and slick. Finishes roasty and bittersweet. Coating. Heavy.

D. 8 ounces was ok. But if the night wasn't 90 degrees, I could see myself drinking more.

B.O.R.I.S. is a well blended, easy to drink heavy Imperial stout that is too smooth for its own good. Recommended, but drink with caution -- the frog means business.

Photo of kegger22
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I found the Crusher to be almost identical to Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. with the exception on not getting the grapes taste this time. Below is my eval for Barrel Aged which works but for the above exception. BTW, Crusher was $8.99/bomber, Barrel Aged was $13.99/bomber; there's a difference!

It pours with the absence of all light with very little head, vigorous pour (who cares). The aroma was not overpowering, of choco-coffee. As for taste, I rate it a bit ahead of Speedway stout, chocolate, coffee (not overwelming), and don't ask me where this comes from, but I'm getting grapes too. Someone mentioned that it looks like motor oil... well it feels that way too. Overall, top-notch. I will buy, share and drink again.

Photo of turbine2475
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger mocha head that disipated quickly into a ring leaving a heavy lace.

S - Dark Fruits, some coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted grain. A little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Definatie oatmeal and molassas, with some dark chocolate and a mild coffee and dark fruit finish. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

M - Chewy with a decent carbonation and a present alcohol burn.

D - Good Brew. Lots of oatmeal that makes the beer a tad bland, but is true to the style. Would love more of this beer.

Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ClockworkOrange
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one has been down in the cellar for a little over a year. Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. B.O.R.I.S. appears an opaque deep brown color with at least two fingers of creamy ecru colored foam. Flavors and aromas are dominated by notes of bittersweet and milk chocolates, dark roasted grain, plenty of sweet malt, mocha, earthy and the slightest wisp of smoke. Quite smooth, as most oatmeal stouts are, with a rich body. Alcohol is still present, but not overpowering. A very satisfying stout.

Photo of oldsailor
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JasonA
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a oil slick black with little to no head. Just the first pour, but virtually no head present. No light getting through this brew. I gotta detract this stout as Im getting no carbonation, even with agitation/rough pour.

Light smell, but a rich roasted malt. Maybe some grain/oatmeal smell, but hard to tell.

Wow. Dry ABV is a really nice way. Its a shame there is no Oatmeal Imperial Stout style, as a RIS brew, this isnt the biggest in style. However, as an Oatmeal Stout with ABV, this brew is great. Back to the taste, subtle oatmeal, well balanced with not too to much roasted malt. Boy is the ABV hidden well, wonderfully warming. There is some syrup/molasses finish which adds depth to the full taste.

Extremely light for style. Fresh almost. There is carbonation in there, it just isnt coming out. Making some in the mouth is quite nice and creamy.

Bit more carbonation and I would give a 5 for drinkability. This is an incredibily well balanced Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
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 zookerman182
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveD082791
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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