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

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Ratings: 2,519
Reviews: 1,004
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.46%
Wants: 264
Gots: 518 | FT: 46
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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 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 Scrapss
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Pilsner Urquell champagne flute styled glass.

A: Pitch, opaque. Still. Thin head that settles quickly and is gone by the end. Little activity. Some legs.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts, toffee and some coffee. Very inviting. No hop notes present, nor yeasty notes.

T: Big roasty explosion. Coffee, toffee, aromatic hydrocarbons. big strong malty goodness.

M: filling, not cloying, some spicyness on the side of the tongue. slightly chalky at first few sips, but it goes away. hot outbreath.

O: frickin' good. I recommend it and will continue to recommend it to anyone that will listen. It's very very good. Hits every note I want in a stout without being too overpowering in any one character.

Photo of rhamning
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks like motor oil. Held up to several lights, this beer is absolutely opaque. IKEA black-brown, very slight orange-bronze head when poured, ... really, this looks like motor oil. Under several different conditions and settings, I could not detect any light shining through. But, it tastes like pure, unfiltered and uncompromised heaven. This is an outstanding stout. Balanced, smooth, almost chewy as it slides down your throat. I chilled this one too much. As a result, the nose was closed and the taste was like a shout without the nuances and subtleties you find in normal speech. After 20 minutes of exposure to room temperature (68 degrees), the aromas burst from this extraordinarily well made beer, and the complexities in the taste became apparent. Caramel, subtle molasses, caramel again. Subtle, nothing overwhelming, nothing dominates the flavor or the aroma. A perfectly balanced stout to warm your insides on a delightfully crisp autumn evening in Cincinnati.

Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black; opaque; red-brown at the edges; rather clear.

This Imperial stout has a better bitter/sweet balance than average. Nonetheless, it is quite sweet up front. Beyond this, the flavor is very rich and complex. Full body; creamy feel; ~perfect carbonation.

O: superb, rich and balanced.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with just a hint of a caramel colored head. Bubbly lacing with not a lot of retention, but a ring lingers around the edge. Looks quite viscous...almost intimidating.

S- Coffee, toffee, and cocoa. Roasted nuts and resinous hops. Its not necessarily powerful aroma, but quite inviting. Roasted oats reign supreme.

T- A solid mix of what the nose picked up. Plenty of oats again. Not as intense as others of the style, nor does it have any major characteristics that wow me, but carries a level of simplicity and balance that is not to be overlooked. Caramel and espresso care not to be hidden. A nice hop profile to balance out the oats and intense coffee notes without going raw, harsh, or overly bitter.

M- Here is the true highlight of this beer and the measuring stick of most imperial stouts. Thick, viscous as can be with chewy like texture. Full body, yet smooth drinkability. Slightly dry. Basically no booze detected. A true champion in this arena.

O- With a name like BORIS the Crusher, I guess I just expected to be pounded with an overpowering profile. On the contrary, it actually turned out to be quite balanced, smooth, and palatable.

Photo of Archimetez
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black color, no light gets through the beer when held up to the light. The look of the beer is "thick" which I find appealing for a stout and goes the a liquid meal standard. Head is minimal on a standard pour into a glass and would be nice if it could be a bite thicker.
-- Bottle is well designed and catches the eye when on a shelf. Bottle cap is a boring gold cap, probably one of my few critiques of the beer I have.

S: Great roasty/smokey smell with a rich malt. However, as the beer warms up, there is a distinct alcohol smell on the backend that can be appreciated

T: Fantastic, full bodied stout with roasted caramel/malt flavor and smokey flavors. Again as the beer warms, the high alcohol content can be appreciated.

M: Silky smooth through and through

O: One the best oatmeal stouts I have had to date. Highly recommended but if the taste of "liquor style alcohol" is turn off for you, make sure to keep the bottle chilled as you enjoy.

Serving Style: Bottled

Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date printed anywhere. No drink-by, no bottled-on, not even a year for the vintage. Very annoying. I'm gonna guess this was bottled at some point in 2012 because I purchased it in late 2012.

A: Super black with a nice, thick, dense, dark brown head that fades into some decent lace and retention. A very dark, viscous liquid.

S: Very charred and smoky nose. Almost metallic or soy sauce aromas but it's closer to earthy. A bit of chocolate to complement the heavily roasted malt. Not as strong as I expected.

T: Very smooth and creamy. You get the oatmeal in it right away. Dark, rich, roasty, malty goodness. Charred, smoked, earthy malts. As it warms up, chocolate flavors stand out as does some hot booze.

M: Great body to match the rich flavor. Creamy and just sweet enough to be noticeable and enjoyable. The oats really contribute to this beer. As it warms, it loses body and thickness. Is that normal? Too thin and watery at this point.

O: I can tell it's been in the bottle for a while because all the flavors seemed to have mellowed out to create a very delicious stout that does not overpower nor does it disappoint. Wait...now that it's warmed up significantly...it's lost a lot of the great flavors it had when it was sort of cold. Too boozy and has aromas and flavors of soy sauce and other acidic qualities. Too bad, really. Still enough stout in this beer to be alright, though.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Raul liked this. Raul liked this well and good. (Takes another sip...)

Good, but not great by any means...and Raul has no problem saying that. Thang is light like Laura Flynn Boyle and it needs to be barrel aged. Thang feels like that hot cheerleader that is rushed to prom as a Junior: one more year and, baby, you are golden.

Photo of Glennlawless
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz glass

A- Poured a tar black- head starts at an inch and goes to nothing. No lacing at all.
S- has an oak-like, hardwood smell to it. You get some of that whiskey coming through as well.
T- little hints of coffee and chocolate coming through. Towards middle you get a big punch of the whiskey- you can really tell this is a barrel aged brew. Finishes with a touch of whiskey and then leaves you with bitter dark fruits. Fairly smooth.
M- very silky and thick brew. Good feel to it.

Overall this is a tasty brew. Very high abv and you can tell after the first swig- Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter. Tight, dark tan bubbles form a one-finger head on top of a black-as-night ale. Notes of earth and a touch of burned wood emerge.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel envelops a dark fruit, chocolate, espresso driven stout. Silky and very smooth. The body is on the light side of full. The taste reminds me of a dark chocolate covered blueberry. Toward the finish there is a brief moment in which you think you might be eating a chocolate mousse accompanied by fresh berries; the mouthfeel is truly special. The finish is bitter like a double shot of espresso. With that said, the finish is balanced, suggesting the brewer balanced the use of roasted barley along with toasted malts nicely. Alcohol is subtle. Complex without being overbearing or too busy.

A delicious imperial stout at a very reasonable price -- that alone should get you to buy a few of these; one for now, one for later (such as I have done). If you are new to craft beer, this might be a nice "bridge" beer to bring you to the darker and heavier side of the stout world. At the same time, seasoned veterans of stout drinking should find this spot on for full-flavor enjoyment. Beautiful by itself but might breathe fresh life into cheesecake or pannacotta.

Photo of Act25
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wine drinkers' stout. Poured from a 22 oz bomb into a pint glass... This beer is much better the longer you let it warm, the 2nd half better than the first.

A - 1 Fat finger dense, late-rising, very dark chocolate foam that slowly settles to a thin ring and patchy lacing. Tar black-brown - no color, dense. Serious.

S - Subtle. Sweet cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt caramel, a bit of tar, a railroad trail, herbs, and hops. Chocolate on a high pacific coastal trail with old timbers and melting tar. Or under the railroad trestle in the sunlit glade. But subtle. And a little metallic.

T - The taste is all of the trippy smell, but more aggressive, with dark hot chocolate, espresso coffee, prune juice, and much roastiness. Italian coffee house. Starts sweet, turns bitter. Hops are underneath. A fire, a late hour, charcoal, dancing sparks rising that flare your nostrils.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional -big, syrup without any cloying, chewy, original, bold. Like a great lover, the body supports the complexity, the ABV (which is not so apparent after it airs a bit - let this one breathe - again it's a wine lovers stout)...

Overall - Sipping beer. Strong. Worth letting it sit and warm. savor during and AFTER your meal. great after dinner stout.

I enjoyed with garden chard, tomatoes, peppers, sausage, pirogis simmered together with provolone melted on top. Great with spicy, rich, complex, saucy foods.

Great after dinner with more cheese.

Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
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

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 Holland
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black with a one finger head that lingers enough to cover the entire top of the beer. Great looking motor oil thickness.

S: big roasted smell with some earthiness, coffee, and a bit of the sweet malt smell just behind the roast.

T: tastes of burnt coffee, slight sweet malt balanced by bitterness and a huge chocolate aftertaste.

M: thicker than just about any stout in this ABV range. I can feel it coating my teeth and tongue. Still, it has great carbonation, and feels wonderful.

O: this is one delicious beer, and probably better than the barreled version for all but the taste. Not really easy to drink, but that's to be expected with a RIS. Would happily buy it again if it weren't as much as a 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date but a sticker on the neck indicates a 2008 GABF gold medal instead of the more recent 2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with a quarter finger of dense mocha head. Head fades to a haze and doesn't lace any to speak of.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, flaked oats, creamed coffee and brown sugar.

Taste is bold and rich. Burnt coffee, extra dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit skins, caramel, lots of roast and a good dose of booze. A nice complex but fairly subtle and balance blend.

Creamy, medium thick body with light-to-moderate carbonation. Roasty cocoa and bitter coffee finish.

I've always enjoyed the Hoppin Frog BORIS & DORIS and consider BORIS one of the best year-round available Russian imperial stouts that I can find in Georgia but it's on the pricey side (typically $10+ for a bomber). This one was a happy extra in a trade a few months ago and it's always a pleasure to drink.

Photo of JWeldon
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured at 55F into a tulip

A: Pours black with a slight and quickly dissipating mocha head. No lace.

S: Strong bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes with prune and dark caramel—verging on burned sugar.

M: It’s like a velvet Elvis painting. This full-bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with light carb.

T: The flavor profile corresponds to its smell, but the oats and near-charred, roasty tail on this beer really come through here. It’s a little boozy with a beautifully subtle bitter finish.

O: What a great beer! Every time I have it, I think “it’s been way too long since last I drank this.” It’s complex, but not obnoxious. It’s huge, yet delicate—it’s just very well balanced. I’m going to torch off a crème brulée right now to pair with the rest of this fantastic brew. (Heck—a “BORIS float” made with good vanilla ice cream would also be perfectly appropriate.)

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.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a thin but dense deep brown head. Some carbonation is evident in the glass on the pour, but soon after, you're left with a black void in your glass. I like it.

S: Roasted malt, lots of dark chocolate, anise, chocolate covered raisins, oats, coffee and a touch of cinnamon. The smell is a bit light, but it's solid.

T: Lays a smooth layer of roasted malt and coffee down on your tongue right away. The mouthfeel is pretty velvety from the oats, so it really makes this beer mouth coating. Some fudge, cola and dark chocolate come in to play before a finish of burnt raisin, heavily roasted malt, and some slightly acidic dark roasted coffee. Maybe just a hint of earthy hops in the finish as well. Glad I finally got to try this one. Maybe I'm getting spoiled by all the monster stouts I've been drinking lately, but this one just didn't feel big enough for me. If they had beefed this up another 2-3%, I think it would have been perfect. As is, it's still one of the better versions of the style I've had and a really great beer.

Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a deep black oil color with a brown head.

The aroma is lovely. Big bitter chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and definitely some umami.

The flavor follows with a deep chocolate flavor and hugely roasted/burnt malt. It transforms to a bit of licorice, but not in an offensive way. It’s almost smokey and burnt with how deep and rich it is.

The mouthfeel is huge on this. It’s so velvety and creamy.

As a beer, this is less big and heavy, compared to the DORIS. This is more drinkable, though still being a huge mouthfeel and flavor beer. I can’t decide which I prefer because they’re both all so good. This definitely has less big burnt flavors and is less heavy on the tongue, despite being only about 1% ABV less.

A really fantastic beer.

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 Greywulfken
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: truly pours like motor oil; got a thin dark brown head; no real lace

S: rich smooth espresso and cocoa - bittersweet dark chocoloate

T: the smoothness of the oats makes this a particularly decadent and chocolatey-tasting take on the RIS - sweet and chewy dark chocolate, black espresso dryness in the background

M: very smotth, very creamy, bittersweet finish, full, dense body

O: I can see why this is a top 250 beer - a rich, treat of a RIS

Photo of NWer
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First few pours into tulip taster sized sneaking up on this puppy. Last half of bottle more aggressively filled glass and displayed in all its splendor a dark black body with mocha brown head descending to a thin line of brown bubbles around the edge.
Aroma deceivingly simple giving no hint what is to come. Nothing extraordinary.
Taste is something else though. Explodes with flavors with dark burnt chocolate and coffee. More aggressive than most Oatmeal stouts for sure. None of the milky smoothness prevalent with the style.
Mouthfeel very pleasant. No cloy. A nice warm feeling that leaves you wanting more.
A great beer.

Photo of KYGunner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, viscous and thick this Imperial shows its pedigree in the pour. The head was brown and bubbly but rushed away and never mounted, giving it a poorer appearance than it deserved. There was no lacing and a brown sheen down the glass.

The scent is of strong chocolate and hints of oat. The chocolate is thick, creamy and sweet with just a hint of oat.

The taste is of HUGE milk chocolate, tremendous roast coffee, espresso and caramel. The roasted taste extends to a roasted oatey malt as well. The chocolate is the main player here and it serves the beer well.

The feel is smooth and silky, slightly thick and velvety. It seems more suited to winter as it gives significant warming in the chest.

Overall, I see why it's a Gold Medal winner and lives up to the hype.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body, clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol and slight caramel, hint of vanilla cream. Taste follows the aromas closely with a nice thick mouthfeel. Warming on tasting but the alcohol is hidden quite well. No off flavors and quite a delicious monster.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife got a bottle for me on a work trip, she is great.

Poured into my specialty pint glass. The beer is dark, black with a think very dark head very pretty beer.

The nose was apparent from the moment I popped the top, dark chocolate, slight roasted with chocolate being dominate. The nose is classic imperial stout but a little more aromatic.

The flavor is initially full of dark chocolate, with hints of dark fruits. there is a slight off flavor, mainly bitterness that is left on the tongue as it drys. I very much like the complexity of this beer, however the slight bitterness is a little odd.

Overall a great beer, great with the steak I grilled.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,519 ratings.