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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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Reviews: 1,010
Hads: 2,605
Avg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 279
Gots: 539 | FT: 46
Brewed by:
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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: 1,010 | Hads: 2,605
Photo of Can_has_beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely the best oatmeal stout I've ever encountered. It's got a silky mouthfeel and a roasty aroma. I was quite surprised with how this almost tasted barrel-aged. Very well-integrated flavors.

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Photo of Pourharddrinkslow
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Different than D.O.R.I.S. but just as powerful. This is my favorite oatmeal stout that I've ever tasted. It is slightly bitter but mostly sweet, with an emphasis on a cream flavor, I'm assuming because of the oatmeal. It''s not super oily but has a decent thickness to it. The bitterness is the first flavor to hit you, and has a mixture of coffee, cocoa, and malts. This quickly morphs into a sweet creamy stout though and you can really taste the oatmeal. Excellent beer, buy it if you come across it.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. Very good head, especially for 9.4% alcohol. Retention is slightly below normal, as is lacing. The nose is rather subdued, chocolate and coffee are noted over a light alcohol base. As it warms, chocolate comes more forward as does vanilla, dark fruit and roast. Light full body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, complex, but is not well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden well enough. It begins with a rush of coffee that quickly yields to a rich dark chocolate with notes of vanilla. A bit of effervescence in the middle brings out the mild roast and hop bitterness. The bitterness is citric in nature and fades into light dark fruit, mostly fig, notes with a bit of char and smoke. Throughout alcohol is in the background, but as the flavors fade in the finish, it predominates. Take the alcohol content down a bit, and this becomes outstanding. As is, it's very good.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured motor oil thick and dark. Very little head, and receded to nothing. Smell was big coffee, chocolate mad dark roasted malt. Flavor was chocolatey up front with the coffee on the back end with some light caramel and toffee notes. Mouthfeel was pretty thick with a bit of alcohol burn, very little carbonation - quite nice. This is a very good beer, might have to try the barrel aged version soon!

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Photo of antott0523
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque coffee with an attractive thick, foamy and deep brown head. No lacing not the glass and no visible carbonation.

S: Intense roasted malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. A hint of booze.

T: Big roasted malt profile. Semi-dry and moderately bitter finish with notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A warm, slightly boozy finish.

M: Velvety smooth.

D: Big roasted malts from start to finish in this well constructed oatmeal stout. Big nose and flavor, looks and feels great. This is always on the shelf. Definitely could be a to too stout.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Yes indeed, The Crusher! This most excellent stout pours a thick rich black with a thin dark tan
head and moderate lacing. A most excellent nose of coffee, toffee, dark cocoa, and dark
roasted goodness. Taste is incredibly complex. Flavors of coffee and chocolate crash in waves
with butterscotch notes on the back and cocoa notes up front. A light dry cocoa coating to the
tongue with deep roasted coffee and chocolate malts leaving a pleasant coating that easily
declares that this is a stout to be sipped and enjoyed. Alcohol is well hidden in this one---
WATCH OUT! It will definitely kick ya' in the jimmy! Delicious.
A most exuberant CHEERS!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours very black with a one finger slight dark khaki head. Leaves a thin lacing.

S-Aroma has a nice chocolate, coffee, toffee, and caramel.

T-Taste gives a roast malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, and sweet caramel.

M-Mouthfeel has a full body, creamy alcohol and a dry residue. Has a low carbonation.

O-Overall a great beer hoppin' frog, a must try.

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Photo of Bone53
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees Fahrenheit

Appearance: Thick, motor oil pour and jet black in the glass with no light coming through. A half finger foamy dark brown head. Alcohol legs present. Great looking stout

Smell: Huge roasted and chocolate malt bill with a undertone of dark fruit. I detect a good amount of alcohol in the nose as well

Taste: Wow, bold roasted malts upfront, milk chocolate sweetness in the middle, with an espresso like finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly full bodied; Coats my mouth with a velvety feel. Some heat from the alcohol and a moderately bitter finish

Overall: It was a surprisingly cool fourth of July. After a night of pyrotechnics, I sit alone in complete silence on my porch as I analyze this beer. I could not have asked for a much better one. It's thick, bold, and velvety; Everything you'd want in a RIS. The only thing I can nit pick about is the presence of alcohol which takes away from the aroma and taste a little bit. But on a cold winter day that could be complimenting. I could see this aging beautifully. Reminds me a lot of Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Went perfectly with my Sarris chocolate bar. Not the best RIS I've had, but not too far behind either. A sipper of a beer. I'm looking forward to having this come winter. Holds its own next to the likes of Founders and Expedition. Highly recommended. Cheers!

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Photo of schoolboy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy Fathers Day from my son, and I am not sharing (I would, but he's not here and I'm thirsty. This is a good sucker too.

It pours a bit thick and exudes a little head. The aroma is sweet and thick with a bit of chocolate or something along with that oatmeal stoutiness.

The taste is sweet, roasty, thick and malty, with some hops too. It has a bit of creaminess too. The aftertaste is very sweet, but the burp is wonderful. This is a great stout from right in my backyard.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my first review on a stout so this one will be rocky.

Bottle poured into a tulip

A - Pours black and thick with a half finger reddish brown head.

S - Chocolate, toffee, coffee, and a hint of caramel.

T - Milk chocolate is the primary flavor. Midpalate turns to some toffee and caramel sweetness. It finishes with a coffee flavor that lingers on the tongue.

M - Borderline chewy. Very thick and full on the tongue with a lingering coffee flavor that's very subtly bitter.

O - I've been sitting on this bottle for a couple of months now and I am really glad I cracked it. I am not a stout fan in general but this one was very enjoyable. The mouthfeel is very big and the flavor is quite pleasant.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft @ Local Option. I definitely underrated this beer.

Deep, dark-tan pour with a dark brown head/lacing. You taste and smell chocolate, coffee, sweetness from the oatmeal and experience a strong bodied taste from the malt backbone. What I really enjoyed was the creamy mouth-feel no doubt influenced by the oatmeal as well.

What I would really like to try is BA Boris but still hard for me to justify @$18.00 a bomber. After having Boris, though, I may find it easier to open up the wallet going forward.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled June 2014 from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the hops, oatmeal, and the malts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal.

Overall: This was the first time I tried this beer, but I love it. Overall an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of EvoRich
4.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours very dark. Basically black. Very little head, but very dark tan-brown in color. Very little lacing. But it's a good looking stout.

Smell: Strong chocolate smell up front, with a little bit of cherry and a touch of brown sugar. Like a chocolate covered cherry. Very good smell.

Taste: Almost the same as the smell, chocolate and cherry and brown sugar. A hint of coffee bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Fulled bodied. Medium levels of carbonation.

Overall: This is fantastic. One of the better stouts I've had. I've had so many good stouts, it's hard to say this IS the best, but it's not far off.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of foobula
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is a couple of years old. Bottlecap darkly discolored under the seal, but seal still intact. Pretty intense sweet & sour nose. Tres tasty. Good balance between sweet & roasty, so that every sip and swish brings different tastes. Not a lot of bitterness, which is right up my alley. One of the better RIS's I've had.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black with a very short brown head, leaves some lacing

Smell: Roasted barley, chocolate, coffee, earthy hops

Taste: Again, nice roasted barley up front, some coffee and chocolate, earthy hops, some dark fruits as well, lower bitterness than standard for the style

Mouthfeel: Full body, low carbonation, appropriate for the style

Overall: Excellent, but there are so many good brews in the style, its hard to justify the cost. A nice touch is the lower bitterness, makes it easier to drink, more desirable.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to pitch black with a barely there tan head that is quick to fade to a small collar around the glass
S: smells big and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, and some cocoa powder. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with more roasted malt flavor
M: Full in the mouth with a nice smooth feel on the palate. carbonation is there but it isn't assertive. nice finish that isn't drying
O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer that drinks very well and has good flavors. I want to try this after a barrel treatment.

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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.

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Photo of Thads324
2.7/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a dark jet black. No head, just the thinnest tan ring around the edge. No lacing.
Smells like booze. Minimal other aromas, maybe a hint of roasted malt and sweetness.

Taste is super thin, watery, mild sweetness, molasses and alcohol. Nothing lingers. Really disappointing. As it warms it get bigger and has some chocolate and coffee flavors, but still unusually thin and watery.
Thin mouthfeel. Very watery, alcohol is prevalent but not something that gets in the way.

Big let down. Maybe the most watery stout ever. Not much flavor either. I don't get what went wrong here. I sipped it, tasted little. Let it warm to room temp and still got a watery, boozy miss that only got a hair more flavor and body...

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a motor oil black with a very thin tan head.

S - Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - Lots of dark roasted malts, coffee, and bitter dark chocolate. There is a nice amount of dark fruit (cherries, raisins, plums) in the finish. ABV is not noticeable at all.

M - Heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a sticky finish.

O - This is a delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours extremely dark from the bottle, opaque black in the glass. A luscious, dark brown head settles on top. Smells of heavy, chocolaty malt upfront with some dark fruity esters tagging along. Roasted malt and some nutty coffee joins a soft molasses and burnt sugar sweetness. Bold roasted malt flavor, semi-sweet chocolate, a little vanilla, and oats. The overall richness is kept in check, which is a good thing. Some coffee and fig. Mmmm...tastiness. Super creamy, plush mouthfeel, heavy, and chewy. I look forward to trying a fresher bottle sometime, as this one has been around a couple years, and I'm definitely interested in the variants as well.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, totally opaque, and clings to the glass. Head is nice and fluffy initially, then turns to a thin, bubbly ring around the glass. Aroma is deeply chocolatey at first, then opens up with some vanilla, caramel drizzle, soft alcohol, prunes, very faint candy orange, oatmeal cookies, and again very chocolatey. Taste is big. A lot of flavor in one sip... Chocolate liquor, oatmeal, molasses, charcoal comes to mind, figs, caramel, more chocolate. So much going on, harmoniously though. This is a sipper. Body is super heavy, thick and blankety. Smooth, broken up only by some piney bitterness. Carbonation is mellow underneath. A big beer with a lot of pleasant qualities, meant for slow absorption.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Thick, dark black. No true head to speak of, just a thin dark brown rim around the edge of the beer.

Aroma - Roasted dark chocolate, slight touch of vanilla. Some alcohol can be detected along with some bitterness from the hops.

Taste - Dark chocolate flavones are strong and prominent. A touch of vanilla as well.

Mouthfeel - Full bodied, thick, sticky, and smooth. Some bitterness, but not a lot. Gives off a nice warming feeling.

Overall - A delicious Russian Imperial Stout. Hope to try the barrel aged version soon!

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

BA Boris The Crusher

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 39/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 94/100

Solid chocolatelly big BA stout, great balance and taste. Almost has a chocolate and maple taste. Whisky takes a back seat but stays prevalent. May not be the most complex BA stout, but the maple/chocolate sure shines enough to put a smile on my face and crave for more~

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,010 ratings.