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: 999
Hads: 2,547
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 8.51%
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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 Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv. (640 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 750 ml. bottle.

ours pitch black with a ark chocolate brown head. Beautiful roasty aroma of coffee, toffee, dark chocolate, sugar cane, oatmeal and hazelnut. Flavor has simialr attributes as its aroma. Very malty with lots of oatmeal, chocolate, roasted coffee, toffee, sugar cane, alcohol and caramel. Very smooth with a burnt, bittry dry finish. Amazing! (371 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark, midnight black with dark auburn & purple highlights when held up to the light. A small, dark tan head fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit phenols, yeasty, cocoa, grapes, sugary, creamy...almost smells like a Belgian strain was used. Not a bad thing if that's the case and quite enticing.
Taste is of rich cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy, sugary, fruity, with cocoa powder and light chalkiness. (553 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark mocha head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little lacing on the way down. Aroma of Coffee roast chocolate and brown sugar. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, dried fruit, a little alcohol. Has a roast bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste forever. The mouthfeel is oily yet creamy as hell. Thick syrupy body, light carbonation. This is a damn fine imperial oatmeal stout, I can't believe it took me so long to try this. (450 characters)

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

BLACK!

Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this. (1,053 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 8/28/09 next to the -bal aged version and poured into a snifter. Thanks Torry. The beer appears black with a light brown head, decent retention, and decent scattered lacing.

I'm taken aback by the nose. This is really excellent stuff. The chocolate is rich and dark. Oatmeal is apparent, as well as vanilla and a little booze.

The taste is also surprisingly great. It tastes of boozy and rich dark chocolate. Traces of dark fruits and oatmeal are evident. There's a medium level of bitterness and molasses. The finish is dry and bittersweet. The beer is full bodied with low medium carbonation and a thick, viscous, and chewy mouthfeel.

This is a great Imperial Oatmeal stout and far better than the -bal aged version. Highly recommended. (753 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously! (465 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is viscous and jet black with a dark chocolate colored, thin, dense head. Smells of chocolate, dark malt, and booze. The beer has a smooth start of subtle chocolate notes followed quickly by a bitter blast of coffee. Slightly malty and syrupy finish with smooth and coffee flavored aftertaste, and a boozy highlight. Strong flavors make a decent winter warmer, but not a high volume consumption. (444 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppin' Frog's Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (BORIS) is bodaciously black. It takes the term opaque to a seriously hard-line level. There is not even a faint hope of highlighting even when held directly into bright florescence lighting. Despite marveling at the rustic toned spectacle of head that arose from the pour, the surface is now bare with only the thinnest possible strand of outlining.

What I really like about the nose is that it is foremost chocolate, and not coffee. Too often lately, I've found the higher gravity stouts relying on espresso for their decadent, dark roast flavour - not this one. This smells like grated dark chocolate melted into a sea of toffee laced biscuits and caramelized malts. BORIS more closely resembles an after dinner dessert rather than an after-dinner drink.

As if the taste had to come on this strong, I was already impressed by the aroma. Still, it's much appreciated. The taste reminds me of double chocolate muffins and double chocolate chip cookies - there is a ton of chocolate and plenty of crispy, toasty biscuits and cookie malt to compliment it. There's just a touch of hot fudge syrup over French vanilla ice cream too.

60 IBUs is a modest amount of bitterness for a Russian Imperial Stout and it shows. I can't find any factor to hinder drinkability - the beer is only as bitter as it is sweet (like melted bakers chocolate) and the alcohol has curiously vanished. This sample was aged about a year and half but still, it's a wonder how this got to be so smooth.

That taste of bittersweet (more bitter than sweet, but it's close) chocolate lingers for an exceptionally long time. There isn't nearly the level of astringently roasted coffee or harshly smoked, burnt grains that other examples of the style usually offer. This profile suits me well and if possible, I plan to stock the cellar with as much of this as I can.

For any fans of the style this is a must-try. It definitely places on my (as well as Beer Advocate's) list of top RIS and Double Stouts. Actually, I'm struggling to think of a better, more enjoyable drinking Imperial Stout. It's like a roasty, rich beer with creamy dark chocolate and hop filling. I don't think beers like this can get any better, all hail BORIS!!! (2,264 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a very dark brown head that is creamy and thick with a few big bubbles pushing through. There is a few microbubbles of brown sticking to the side of the glass in an otherwise jet black body.

S- The smell has notes of prunes and dates with black roasted malt and black grain and a very light hint of earthiness. As this beer warms a bit there is notes of dark raisins and graham with a dry port note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big black bitter black malt and coffee malt flavor with an inky tar note that hangs on the finish like a nice espresso. There is a green hint to the finish that could be from hops but it is mysterious.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess and the finish has a nice slipperiness that warms to a soft alcohol heat as it warms.

D- This beer has a big complex flavor but it is not heavy but the finish makes it light and smooth while still remaining dark black in flavor and smell. (1,018 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger tan head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet roasted chocolate and coffee. Bitterness stays in background. High ABV is hidden. Decent oatmeal stout. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma. (323 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle. (1,019 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bling Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a structured dark chocolate and burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a very dry semi sweet chocolate with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke. Perugina dark chocolate came to mind.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a superior RIS. (409 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to trep for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some oil slicks were left behind. The nose is malty, roasted, slightly oaked, tons of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is malty/roasted, big big toffee/coffee/caramel flavour, YUMMY! The alcohol is hidden pretty well, a slight dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome RIS, highly recommended. I will have to try some of the other offerings from this brewery. (511 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly. (816 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crush ME!!!! Damn that's a good Stout! Trying the Crusher Imperial Stout from Hoppin Frog after an evening of sled riding....Great beer to end the night with. The beer pour a oil black with very thin tan head that does not appear to be lacing in my chalice glass. The smell is a beautiful chocolate with hints of roast and espresso. The taste great balance of chocolate, roast, and booze. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer. (472 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz (cellared for at least 6 months) ... I can't remember who I got this one from ... but if you're the person, please contact me so I can edit the review. Shared with trading partner... mine from my New Belgium snifter. Reviewed last night .. but I kept really good notes.

1" very dark brown head.. looks like the cap on an espresso... No light is making it through this one ... no lacing.

Aroma is coffee and semisweet chocolate .. some cinnamon notes ... traditional roasted smells .. but smoother... spicy alcohol as it warms.

Flavor is reminiscent of a thick extremely rich Mexican hot chocolate ... or just a tab of Mexican chocolate melted and poured into my mouth.. French Roast with a thick lingering finish. Fairly viscous .. not much carbonation.

Very tasty but I would really only be able to handle one glass .. maybe a bomber .. Simply too lush ... This is definitely a special occasion beer for me, even if I had ready access. (946 characters)

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" purply dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lace. Aroma is dark roasty malts with an undercurrent of alcohol. Taste follows the nose, rich and creamy, with the alcohol bringing it on at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. I'll be back for more. (460 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one. (487 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a thick and viscose engine oil color with deep plum highlights around the edges. A cinnamon colored head with dark cherry tints sits atop that was creamy and flat, about ½ finger high, before quickly diminishing to a scattered whispy covering. The head coloring I thought was the best aspect here while it left a thin, broken ring lacing behind upon its demise.

S: a fresh hot creamy oatmeal aspect to it to start out backed by a strong dark roasted coffee offering. Alcohol also dominates here with some dried cherries adding to the supporting cast. A touch of burnt chocolate, and dark ripe plums become evident before yielding to a earthy soil bitterness on the finish. Moderate in strength overall, my only complaint here is I wish it was stronger, otherwise was nicely done.

T: The flavor begins with a deep earthy soil bitterness as dictated by the nose, dark plums and roasted coffee dominate right from the start. Ripe cherries and alcohol add medicinal notes and a warming flavor and sensation. The malting was rich and dark with a light smooth charred flavor that was surprisingly clean off the tongue. A big earthy bitterness lingers a bit after the swallow with a noticeable alcohol detection.

M: thick and viscose as the pour suggested with a silky smooth texture and feel. A soft carbonation adds to the luscious and creaminess of the body making this a fit example per style.

D: Overall drinkability was good, a beer that was certainly big on style and substance, one that deserves to be sipped and savored. Boozy, thick and viscose one should be enough to satisfy. The beer does get progressively smoother to drink while the alcohol is quite noticeable upon warming. (1,700 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I'd say it's more of an american double stout, but either way it's a great brew!

A: Black with a dark, tan head; very little retention, only a slight leg.

S: Very roasty: coffee, black-strap molasses, dark chocolate, nuts; a good hop nose: pine, grass, floral & a little citrus. As it warms the alcohol comes forward with sherry cask-like aroma's, along with a slight bubble-gum fruitiness.

T: Awesome tar-like bitterness upfront, black-strap molasses, bakers chocolate, pine, hints of floral and a little citrus in the finish. There's also a slight fruitiness (dark & candied) from the ale yeast, which is often lacking in the new-world versions.

M: Thick, syrupy body has a slightly dry, alcohol finish. A fair amount of roasted & hop acidity, though the oats do smooth it out. Wow, the FG is 38! I'm not sure I've drank anything that thick before! Surprisingly, there isn't a hint of cloying sweetness.

D: Incredibly drinkable for its weight.

Thanks to SkinnyElvis for this Halloween '08 treat! (1,005 characters)

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

A: The pour is pitch black, kind of thick. The head is brown and of medium-size, compact. Dissipation leaves decent lacings.

S: Roasted sweet malt, lots of dark dried fruits. Dark bitter chocolate togheter with strong black coffee. Some vanilla.

T: Roasted malt, still sweet. Dark dried fruits. The chocolate is well balanced by the espresso-like coffee. Some bitter hops and vanilla.

M: Medium boyd (?!) and low carboantion - very smooth though. Aftertaste stays for some time and holds both sweetness as well as bitterness.

O: A nice beer that is highly gulpable, despite the high ABV. (593 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink. (758 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!

Pours a deep and opaque black, like night, thick brown head, nice lacing and great retention, looks pretty badass. Smell is alcohol, chocolate and coffee roast, some oats, licorice, cherries, quite nice, very rich. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast, oats, dark fruits, alcohol, touch of licorice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty smooth. Nicely done but you really get the 9.4%. Thanks again Nate! (516 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head that quickly disappears.

S- The aroma is very nice. Dark roasted malts, chocolate and some alcohol in the aroma. 

T- The taste like the aroma is dark roasted malts with notes of roasted coffee beans and a warming finish from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount if carbonation.

D- Overall, BORIS is a good RIS that is definitely worth a try but there are many others that I would choose over this one. (521 characters)

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.