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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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2,312 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,312
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 462 | FT: 39
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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4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Pours a deep opaque black color with a very small tan and mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimal lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Dark chocolates, some dark roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal and brown sugar, followed by some coffee notes and dark fruits.

T: Dark malts immediately present with roasted coffee notes and dark bitter cocoa. Some hints of the oatmeal follow on the back end.

M: A nice heavy beer with a mild amount of carbonation and a full body.

O: Very good overall, BORIS is definitely going to be a repeat buy if I can find it again.

10-14-2011 22:14:48 | More by Daktyls
Photo of ffejherb


4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

On tap at Capone's on 4/17/10.

A - Jet black with the slightest hint of deep burgundy around the bottom edges and a slim yet creamy burnt mocha head that reduced to a delicate web of lacing.

S - Complex RIS nose, though not as overwhelming on the coffee or chocolate, which is typical of the style. Instead, the olfactory is greeted with licorice and molasses notes, oatmeal, leather and earthy hop notes. A waft of alcohol also pushes its way through.

T - Neither coffee nor chocolate really stand out in the flavor, either. However, there is a hint of tangy dark fruit, sweet tobacco and licorice notes, and a subtle alcohol presence. Finishes with a hint of earthy hops and semi-sweet chocolate, which add a nice dose of bitterness to the mix.

M - Full-bodied with a smooth, oily yet chewy texture. Plenty of alcohol warmth on the palate, although it doesn't overwhelm at all. finishes with moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of the best of its kind in America, no doubt about it. Goes down quite easily for being an almost 10% monster! However, I will say that I enjoyed this slightly more from the bottle than on tap, although I never reviewed the bottle version. I'll have to get on that... pronto!

05-04-2010 19:06:56 | More by ffejherb
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Jet Black. zero head. Aside from the thick look- initially, not impressed.

S - Very nice Roast. chocolate, coffee, oatmeal, biscuit and vanilla.

T - Strong roast. but not the smoked kind. Real smooth- like a nice coffee but my smell deceived me- no coffee taste. Alcohol has bite.

M - Thick- descent froth as it goes down.

O - Excellent roast flavors. Leaves a very nice aftertaste. Only downsides: missing the velvety/creamy mouthfeel and the alcohol taste is a bit strong.

02-25-2013 00:49:14 | More by weonfire
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

pours a viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down rather quickly.

aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. believe there is a bit of alcohol lingering in there somewhere.

Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts, coffee and bitter hops.

Full in body & medium carbonation.

Great beer. I don't usually care for oatmeal stouts but this hardly categorizes since it is an imperial stout. Will gladly kiss this frog again to get to the gem of a beer that's inside.

01-06-2013 19:10:37 | More by haddon
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Viscous black with a thin brown head. Aroma is rich, creamy oat/malt. Taste is amazing decadent chocolate, oats, dark malt, silky expresso, dry and char/ leather tobacco, and a bitter chocolate finish. Some near dried fruit or cherry notes in the trailing alcohol finish. Good beer!

03-25-2012 21:03:06 | More by badbilly30
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North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

A-Poured into a snifter. It is pitch black and dense like motor oil. No head, but a tiny ring of mocha colored foam around the edges.

S-espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate

T-essentially the same as the nose with espresso, dark chocolate, and semi-heavily roasted malts. It wasn't overly roasted, which I enjoyed. Not too sweet either but you can taste a hint of booze.

M-Thick and creamy because it didn't seem to have much carbonation, which I really enjoyed.

Overall, this is really good RIS and I would recommend it.

11-17-2013 15:19:27 | More by thegodfather2701
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Bomber to tulip-pint

A - dark, viscous looking; quarter-inch deep mocha head; significant lacing and retention

S - dark, sweet chocolate; some maple and vanilla notes too; lots of coffee and roasted malts

T - oatmeal; baking chocolate; dark coffee; caramel and roasted malts; malty as shit actually; nice hoppy flavors too

M - slick and chewy; rich; heavy as oil; it's like chocolate syrup in oatmeal stout form

O - this is a damn fine beer with a lot of solid flavors without being unnecessarily complex; deep, heavy, dark, malty goodness; this beer is quite nectar-y and delicious; looking forward to trying BA BORIS and DORIS.

12-16-2012 22:41:04 | More by SkeeterBoganski
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a very very dark pitch black beer. Midnight color with some intense jet black notes. There is a nice thin light tan head that is dense and slightly sticky. Pours quite viscous and oily.

Aroma is deep dark chocolate. Sweet milk chocolate. SOO much chocolate. Dark, dark malts with some nice roasted notes. Slight coffee and some chocolate. The aroma is delicious with some awesome black malt notes and some slight dark fruits. There are some nice slight vanilla spice notes and some slight cinnamon as well.

Flavors follow the nose but is a bit more roasty. It is slightly thin and not as fulfilling as D.O.R.I.S. Some nice dark chocolate bitterness and some sweetness. Slight milk chocolate notes as well with some coffee. The beer is smooth and slick. Not as big and full as DORIS. Still very delicious.

Overall this is very delicious. Roasty and dark coffee notes. Still not my favorite form Hoppin' Frog but a very delicious Imperial Stout. Well done.

11-07-2012 00:07:08 | More by JoEBoBpr
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz Bomber
Sams Marcey

B.O.R.I.S. exits the glass more viscous then I expected and pools in the snifter midnight black. The pour produced a half finger worth dark brown head. The head fades rather quickly to a small cap but each swirl of the glass brings it back to life. The viscosity and dark head make this look like a big bold stout.

The aroma, upfront at least, reminds me of a peanut infused stout I sampled a couple months back from Short's. The peanut butter presence is big throughout but is greeted by a solid amount of roasty malts and dark, slightly under ripe berries from middle to end. The peanut butter is always there and comes in waves, cresting and falling all the while my nose is in the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this stout.

Now this is a quality beer! Peanut butter, thick roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate all come together right off the bat. These three flavors intertwine and mingle throughout and the peanut butter comes on a little stronger on the swallow. There's a little berriness here and there from mid-palate through the finish but I have to work to pick them out and the faintest amount of alcohol on the finish adds depth. An excellent beer!

The body has some weight but it's where it should be instead of the huge thickness, more silky then creamy. Leaves a little stick on the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy bomber to put away. All the flavors mingle really well so it doesn't kill the palate like some others. The silkiness keeps it flowing.

I'm really impressed by this stout from Hoppin' Frog. I've heard good things and am glad we now have distribution in Illinois. I'll be stocking up on B.O.R.I.S. from now on. The peanut butter character is very unique and delicious.

Reviewed: 5/4/08

08-19-2013 00:53:49 | More by joe1510
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4.23/5  rDev -0.2%

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasty, little earthy, slight sweetness

T-milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, caramel, hint of dark cherry, alcohol well-integrated

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice mouthfeel and flavor make for enjoyable sipping

06-17-2014 11:08:29 | More by MDDMD
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4.24/5  rDev 0%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. I've had this bottle for about two years at least, before I found it in a box recently. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of dark brown creamy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing, to a thin collar of foam around the edges. Good amount of alcohol legs when swirled.

Nose is dark chocolate, cocoa, fudge, roasted malt, savory soy sauce, dark fruit.

Taking a sip, roasted malt, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, mellowing to sweeter fudge and cocoa. Some dark fruit sweetness mid tongue. Finishes with a salty and savory soy sauce along with the roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor, lingering for a bit on the tongue.

Full body, thick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Plenty of body and mouthfeel from being an oatmeal stout. Alcohol is non existent, making the beer really smooth and easy to drink right now.

03-23-2013 02:37:00 | More by nataku00
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4.24/5  rDev 0%

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip. Review #900

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Super delicious sweet milk chocolate, toffee, caramel, molasses, smoke, warm booze, and some sweet and bready oats.

Taste: Balance of aromas from above. Definitely dark fruit taste too with some mild bitterness in the end. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Silky creamy smooth, delicious, warm alcohol, medium to full bodied, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: One of the best RIS that I have ever had. Comes off a little thin, but still packed with a lot of flavor and balance. Great choice for my 900th review.

05-10-2014 07:02:31 | More by Flounder57
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-19-2013 01:09:03 | More by DanGeo
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

09-26-2013 00:41:06 | More by OhioBobcat
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 16:34:18 | More by SkiBum22
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-08-2012 21:50:52 | More by sabitu
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

08-16-2008 18:16:33 | More by JasonA
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-27-2014 05:00:55 | More by DaftPatrick
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-28-2013 04:46:30 | More by Shagator
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-22-2013 03:16:09 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

03-25-2013 01:16:10 | More by bigdipip
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-27-2014 17:24:25 | More by Chris_Panos
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

07-29-2013 04:12:19 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 21:53:29 | More by Prospero
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

11-18-2013 00:26:35 | More by WeymouthMike
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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