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

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BA SCORE
94
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2,478 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,478
Reviews: 998
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 251
Gots: 506 | FT: 43
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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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Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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 PorterLover83
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured out black as night which was expected. The head had a brown lacing to it. Dark malts and coffee were right up front on the smell, with oat overtones coming through as it warmed. Coffee was in the taste too with a little bit of hops to even it out. Very good brew in my opinion with a heavy mouthfeel.

Photo of bound4er
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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 grittybrews
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried side-by-side with the barrel-aged version. Poured cola black with a thin khaki film. Aroma of cocoa, roasty malt, and slight caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth cocoa-dominated malt character with some roasty coffee and hints of vanilla and toffee.

A little two-dimensional between the cocoa and roasty malt, but a solid stout to be sure.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher
22oz. brown bomber

A: snifter. pours a pitch black, like used motor oil, with a dark, rich tan head. decent/low retention rate and an OK amount of lacing that flows back into the beer.

S: nice rich aroma of roasted malts, tons of coffee, chocolate, toffee and molasses. slight bitter aroma from the hops.

T: some very intense flavors in this one. some cherries, chocolate, coffee are the major flavors. I taste the oatmeal smoothing everything out as well.

M: very thick and sticky. a little rough, but well worth it. very nice palate, and smooth carbonation.

D: wonderful RIS! I will definitely drink this again, but it is a sipping beer.

Photo of potion
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of ffejherb
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jeffmonarch
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that's really thick.

S - Rich and Chocolaty, very bold.

T - Rich and velvety, strong and bold with a slight chocolate bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had.

Photo of Redrover
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I split this one with my wife. Poured into a pint glass the beer is jet black with a smallish tan head.

I liked the aggressive aroma of darkly roasted malts, baker’s chocolate, a bit of coffee and toffee.

I was kind of surprised the alcohol is almost nonexistent in the taste. There are heavily roasted malts, dark fruits (plums and raisins), sweet oatmeal, coco, and molasses. It’s all there and it all works. Its rich and roasty on the best way.

The beer has a substantial and thick mouth. Just a great beer that I will purchase again.

Photo of harrymel
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chaney (again!) for this extra.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Black stout pours to gain no head, but vigorous stirring provides a minimal dark mocha film. Little visible indicators of carbonation. No translucency whatsoever.

S: Dark chocolate, nutty, lightly woody. Somewhat sweet with graham, dark toffee, oats,licorice. These all come together and remind me of almond rocha candy.

T: Dark, malty, cocoa nibs, slight bitterness. Fired graham, nuts, toffee. The flavors resonate for minutes after finish. A nearly milky flavor in here.

M: Heavy, low carbonation. Slicks the tongue. Good.

D: If this was sold around here, I would absolutely have a few around at all times. Very good beer.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of DaliQualiti
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not getting next to any smell on this...maybe it was served too cold? But it tastes like dark chocolate and a touch of cherries. It doesn't taste like it's 9.4% abv though, interesting brew

Photo of weonfire
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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 minterro
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Ross' Deli in Lakewood Ohio.

camel colored head that dies quickely.
Alcohol is extremely well hidden.
Lots of sweet milk chocolate in the taste and smell.
not much head or lacing, super smooth. Very big body and low carbonation.

chewy texture.
Oily feel to the mouthfeel, that is perceived as a bitter coffee touch.
The texture and taste hangs around for a long time.

Pretty impressive taste and texture for a beer that is about 10%.

Very long taste

Photo of zdk9
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black as night- thick as motor oil. No head and not really any lacing. Some oil slick look on the top.

S- Boozy, sweet, slight vanilla

T- Brown sugar. Some burnt notes, as in burnt coffee beans. Dairy cream.

M- Thick as all hell- the burntness adds quite a bitter punch but the beer is creamy and smooth enough to overcome that.

D- Great and delicious, everything I was hopping for from this beer.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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 TheodorHerzl
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: BORIS pours a very dark black with brown highlights around the edges, and it is capped off with a very thin head that dissipated quite quickly and left minimal lacing.
Smell: The nose starts off with plenty of roasted grain, coffee, bitter chocolate, and some oat flakes coming in nicely as well.
Taste: The flavor profile is much more pronounced than the smell with big flavors of roasted malt, espresso, bitter chocolate, oats, and a thick dark fruit quality as well.
Mouthfeel: The oats make this RIS one of the smoothest stouts with this much alcohol that you will find. The warming alcohol kicks in after only a few drinks in this thick and chewy sipper.
Drinkability: This beer is delicious and very easy to drink.

Better head and nose on this beer and it would be one of my highest rated beers out there, but the flavor profile to me was awesome and I will be buying this beer again.

Photo of ruckus232
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: When poured out of the bottle it looked almost like a blacker then black syrup. The head retention was a little bit disappointing but otherwise looks good.

Smell: A fruity sweet smell but not like you might expect. It actually has more of a raisin (dried fruit smell). I realize that doesn't sound appealing but it is actually a good smell. There is a little roasted scent but nothing extremely noticeable.

Taste: There is an initial taste of alcohol but not too much. Then a nice roasted taste appears followed by a little sweetness to balance the roasted taste. Leaves a pleasant dry bitterness as an aftertaste.

Note: Even though it looked like syrup with little head, the carbonation was actually pretty good. This was not as toasted as I expected (flavor wise) but it was a really good beer.

Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this one on the shelves since I moved to this part of the country and I had yet to even pick this one up. Finally did it, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. This beer was great and I feel it lives up to the positive hype. Review is from notes taken on 10/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour just looks thick and oily and is darkest brown, like Hershey's syrup or fresh brewed coffee; no head whatsoever, just 3 tiny dark tan spots floating on the surface; body is entirely opaque; only a couple of spots of lacing stick around and even they eventually slip back into the drink.

Smell: Nice! Lots of dark syrupy chocolate (again, like Hershey's); some dark and sweet cherries are lying in the back; a tall, dry oaty scent definitely lingers in the back as well; bit of a dank and musty scent in there as well, but not like it's a bad thing; nice and dark and some burnt roastiness as well; nose is very robust and I feel like I'm finally getting what I'm looking for in an RIS after a few disappointments as of late.

Taste: Love it! Finally an RIS that is what it claims to be! Lots of thick, syrupy and dark chocolate and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder aspect; nice dark cherry sweetness is followed by a nice roastiness from some dark/burnt malted barley; definite warming presence of alcohol throughout and there is a bit of a carmalized sugar aspect as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel: Body is syrupy and thick, albeit a little bit slick; carbonation is really a non-factor due to the viscosity; a thick, moist and sticky coating is left holding hard to the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: One word comes to mind when I think back fondly to this beer: THICK. This beer is great and lives up to the hype! Big and heavy ABV does knock it down a bit, but this is a great beer for a cooler/cold night and I will definitely be picking some up to age for a bit, but don't let it fool you, it could be enjoyed anytime.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours motor-oil black with thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving only a ring along edge of glass.

Smell is intensly chocolate with caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. A hint of ripe fruit (plum) is present also.

Taste is heavy with sweet chocolate and caramel. Nice balanced bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Like drinking chocolate half-and-half. Very smooth and chewy.

Overall this was excellent. I will be on the lookout for some more.

Photo of HardTarget
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black glass doesn't hold more than a thin tan collar that just gives a few spots of lace.

Smell: Heady stuff. Alcoholic rich malt base gives an earthy hop whiff. Slightly split pea aspect, hearty.

Taste: Manages to be full and rich while going down fairly smooth. Malt is the main player, thinned out with alcohol and is only slightly sweet although all but a thin hop leaf is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, almost still, slick, chewy, smooth, a lot going on. A bit more carbonation would have been nice.

Overall: Great beer. A malt bomb that goes down easy. Classic RIS style, a bit heavy for everyday drinking but a nice New Year Treat.
Thanks to Illudium for the sample!

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,478 ratings.