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: 2,545
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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Reviews: 999 | Hads: 2,545
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)

Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip may,21,2011

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle with some cola around the edges of the glass. It has one of the darker mocha heads I've seen recently but it falls fairly quickly and leaves just a few random patches of lace

S lots of bakers chocolate, some booze, raisin, and a little licorice and espresso

T what I smell but darker with some charred wood and even more espresso and super dark chocolate. A little more intense then the smell with just a little sweetness, the booze gets in the way just a little but for 9.4% its not to bad

M nothing to thick but far from thin with enough carbonation to give it some life and just a little booze burn, flavors linger very strong for quite some time

O pretty solid beer overall, something I wish I could get in my part of the world, tasty stuff

I'm pretty happy I got to finally try this one and I need to thank liamt07 for sending it my way (934 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pickd up @ Kahn's in Indianapolis while visiting my girlfriends mother.

Pours that good ol' black with a deep brown head that leaves quickly, but leaves a cool coating of bubbles on the glass after each sip. The aroma makes me think of blackened oats. with some burnt grapes and currents in the middle. With soe creamed coffee and a dash of alcohol. The taste starts with some coffee and oats up front. Lots of blackened fruits. Maybe even chocolate covered black cherries. Dark chocolate that would explain he bitterness with a little softened black licorice. The palate is pretty dark, yet warm and inviting mixed with some sweet bitterness. (645 characters)

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

Poured from a Hoppin' Frog bomber into pint glasses. The beer was thick and black with a poofy tan & wet head. The aroma was coffee and burnt malts, the flavor was smooth dark sweet malts. Very thick and rich, but still a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Real nice, my first and only imperial oatmeal stout. (303 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so dark brown frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats and chocolate, very nice. The flavor is good, it tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee, and it has a good bitter finish with some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is full, it's thick and very smooth. Drinkability is great too, this stout is very easy to drink. Almost as soon as I'm done with my last drink of the beer, I'm ready for another one. I was waiting to get my hands on this beer for a while now, and I'm pretty impressed. Easily one of the best beers I've tried lately, I'd recommend it to anyone. I'll definitely buy more of this. (737 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC.

Pours opaque black with a half-finger tan head. I think this beer actually sucks in light, I feel like I'm holding a black hole in my hand. The head dissipates fairly quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of roasted malt, with solid amounts of molasses and dark chocolate. As it warms the molasses overtakes the roasted malt aromas and whiffs of dark fruit come out every now and then.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors up front while it's warm with molasses joining in midway through the sip and ending with a mild dark chocolate bitterness. As with the smell, as it warms the molasses takes over.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a silky thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I would prefer a bit more roasted malt, but as it is it's still very easy to drink.

Overall this beer definitely delivered on the mouthfeel, but I was a bit let down in the aroma and flavor departments - though I must say my expectations were high. Certainly worth a shot for you to judge for yourself. (1,110 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a viscous black color with a small brown head forming, which dies down into a thin foam cap leaving minimal lacing.

Aromas begin with dark chocolate, roasted malt and licorice. Some burnt sugar notes, hints of vanilla and molasses and some espresso in the background. Searching for some of the oats but not getting much to be honest.

The tastes begin with sweet caramel maltiness and loads of molasses to go along with the sweeter licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts with a hint of char and burnt sugar, as well as a little bit of coffee and bitter hops. Again searching for some sort of toasted oat flavor to balance the intense bitter darker malts but finding little.

The mouthfeel is full in body with a smooth, medium level of carbonation. Oats impart a sublte creaminess to balance the bitterness but not as substantial as I would have liked.

Overall this is a solid Imperial Stout but with the inference that this is an Oatmeal Imperial Stout, I was left wanting more. I enjoyed this more than the barrel aged version as that totally stripped the Oatmeal Stout theme. (1,093 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have too many bombers to choose from at my local Giant Eagle so I finally gave up the coin (10 bucks) for this imperial stout.

A - Very carbonated with over a inch of deep mocha head atop of a deep dark bodied beer. Didn't poor as thick as I expected for such a world class stout.
S - Deep coffee roast and anise, mild molasses, and some cocoa powder.
T - Very silky flavors of coffee roast, mild anise and some chalky yeast and some chocolate malt with a dash of cocoa powder. Hops and roast is kind of dry with a bitter finish. Overall quite tasty.
M - Silky, somewhat overly bitter, and kind of thin especially for a stout.

Overall it's a very traditional RIS not too sweet or too roasty, maybe could use a bit more balance since to me it's very bitter. To me though not worth the price of admission, hell for two dollars cheaper I could have got a Stone RIS... shit. (880 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours dark dark black with a dark tan head that rises about one finger, but it lasts a long time. This is a very carbonated beer, it bubbles everytime you take a sip. The lacing is great and sticky, but it sticks in small amounts.

I'm not a big fan of smell, the overwhelming flavor is alcohol, mixed in with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is very complex with a ligtht chocolate taste on the front end and black coffee bitter strong finish. I think its a little too bitter for my liking. (541 characters)

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

Reviewed from notes 1/12/2011

A: chocolate, coffee, malts, oats, caramel

Ap: black with 1 finger mocha colored head, nice lacing

B/T: mild carbonation, smooth, creamy

Af: coffee, chocolate, toffee on the back end

O: very easy to drink

Cheers!
The CPJ (256 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Purchased at Julio's and poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a rich, deep oily black with a very nice one finger deep, dark mocha head that faded away quickly to leave really nothing.

S - Smell is slightly underwhelming mostly dark roasty malts with nice chocolate notes. Whats underwhelming or well, shocking is how present the ABV is, too bad.

T - Very nice flavour profile here. Starts nice and deep and roasty with slightly bitter (as if roasted too long) malts that result in a complex chocolate and light coffee notes. Unfortunately, those nice flavours are slammed down into submission by the ABV on the tongue. So sad.

M - Waaaay too thin for a RIS of this caliber. Combine that thinness with how potent the ABV is and you've got a rather ehhh mouthfeel.

O - I want to like this stout, I really do, just the ABV is FAR too prevalent. Really killed this beer for me. (879 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy/creamy, fairly long-lasting, brown-colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, oatmeal, and a bit of hops.

T: Tasted of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and a nice bitter hoppiness in the finish. Alcohol is quite as omnipresent as it is with some other Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: A very well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied, but doesn't weigh you down.

D: One of the best, most drinkable beers of the style. (594 characters)

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

22oz bomber, NO BS version 3.0 - notes found on laptop

Appearance: dark chocolate brown, creamy mocha head with strong retention

Smell: very nice, chocolatey, licorice, very roasty,

Taste: very creamy and smooth, dark chocolate, light espresso, roasty oatmeal,

Mouthfeel: very creamy, medium body

Drinkability: high (324 characters)

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

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass, thanks to BA klewis for hookin' up the beer :-)

A: Beer pours a delicious-looking rich, dark brown, with a milk chocolate-hinged head. Disappears quickly, but leaves lively, sticky lacing.

S: Has delightful notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted oatmeal. Nothing overpowering, but just a perfect representation of that "malted" smell.

T/M: Mmmm...this tastes and feels like drinking liquid dark chocolate, only with a juicy, mouth-watering finish. A robust dark fruit (cherry) nose leads seamlessly into a bitter coffee-flavored body. Oily, resiny hops finish it out, and help contribute to the overall velvety smooth feel to this beer. An absolutely delicious beer.

D: Dunkin' Donuts ought to just serve this, because it's pretty much the greatest iced mocha coffee ever, only it's beer. I almost wish it wasn't 9.4% ABV so I could drink it all night, every night. (927 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a light brown head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is roasted malt, toffee like, some coffee, a hint of butterscotch, a nice acidic bite to the dark malts, which sweetens as it warms from cellar temp, picking up some prune notes, perhaps a hint of lactose as well.

Taste is very nice, rich and flavorful, yet smooth. Nice roast, well tempered by the sweetness of the malts. I've had this once before, on draught, and this age version might be preferable, in spite of how enjoyable that first glass was. It's picked up some nice dark fruit notes with age, which is why I love cellared RIS.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome RIS that has developed well with some light cellar time, very smooth and satisfying. Great beer. (956 characters)

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

I got bottles from czoch75 (in April 08) and Nephilium (in the Virgin BIF). This one's from Nephilium, thanks, Marty! Let's see how the Crusher fares when pitted against my headache...

A: Pours black with a very dark brown head that's rather thin. Retention could be better, but the mild lacing makes up, kinda.

S: The nose is where it's at. A decadent blend of oats, milk chocolate, coffee, with some dark chocolate as well. The combination of sweet and bitter chocolate is enjoyable. In addition, there's some sweetness, reminiscent of malted milk balls. As it warms up, the coffee grows in strength, gaining in bitterness. Overall, the combination of oats, coffee and chocolate makes for a decadent, cookie-like beer.

T: Opens up with a pretty big bitterness with bitter chocolate and coffee characteristics, brought in on a wave of oatmeal flavor and slickness. This is followed by sweetness that's a combination of raisins and milk chocolate, and a little licorice. The finish is long and a little disappointing in that it doesn't have the same depth and lusciousness as the rest of the beer does. With bitterness, oatmeal and dark chocolate, it's hard to complain too much, though.

M: Big and super slick on the palate with soft carbonation that works wonderfully, this beer is truly decadent. An excellent mid-palate with a blend of chocolate and dark fruit is unfortunately not sustained in the finish, that seems a little simple and (comparatively) light.

D: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, and glad I have another bottle in the cellar along with the BA version (1,580 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a luscious opaque sable that is just one red tomcat whisker above black, with a fine-bubbled chocolaty head that sticks around for a bit - most inviting! Rich, oily aroma has a strong tone of quality roast coffee with a hint of brown sugar and a touch of sweet chocolate. Lip-smacking flavor fills the mouth with fine coffee, chocolate and molasses as well as a nice but not overly fierce alcohol bite. Sublime texture is smooth yet edgy and quite tingly, leaving a lively and slightly sweet finish. The Crusher indeed! (525 characters)

Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with a pretty modest brown cover with very little lacing. The aroma brings a malty coffee marriage of sweet and bitter. There's a hamlike quality as well, mellow and meaty. The first sip is an intense licorice rhubarb and malt with coffee bean bitterness. Not really getting a lot of oatmeal, more winelike with pretty notable alcohol but not bad. Seems to go very well with cheese but I wouldn't call this a classic session brew. However, it is a flavorful stout, pretty heavy duty feel and a bit of a meal. Generally nice when in the mood for something to sink your teeth into. (594 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber of the "cellared for 1-year sticker" version of BORIS. Probably 2009 vintage as I have had it in my beer fridge for quite some time as well. Pours very black with a frothy brown head. Spotty lacing and retention is average.

Nose is terrific...black licorice, cocoa, dark bread and fruit. Moderate chocolate and roast is pretty light. There is something unique about the nose that I cant quite pin down...like a jar of old chocolate sprinkles or something.

Pretty damn tasty, huge chocolate and dark fruit. Lots of ancillary stout flavors going on; anise, cardamom, walnuts, black licorice, cocoa nibs...very complex. So smooth and the oats really add to a silky mouthfeel. Awesome beer, I will be more than happy to perpetually have this on my wants list. I really want to try the barrel aged version now. (820 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque brown about two shades away from black. Quarter-inch mocha-colored head dissipated into a thin slick of tiny effervescing bubbles; lacing was almost non-existent during the tasting. Very sweet nose consisting of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some dark fruit detectable as the brew warmed and a pronounced hops bitterness indicated at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a subtle carbonation to add some additional character. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden, but presented slightly as it warmed. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. This is an excellent brew that is widely accessible. (748 characters)

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

Bottled served in a shaker pint glass

A - motor oil black with 1 finger thin bubbly brown head with moderate retention and Moderate thin lacing

S - dark chocolate, cocoa, espresso, oatmeal, malt, booze, copper very pungent and enticing

T - sweet dark chocolate and malt followed by a refreshing smooth flaked oats backbone and a bit of robust coffee and some dark fruits and a nice moderately bitter finish with a nice helping of booze. Well balance, more chocolate than oatmeal and quite rich.

M - full body, low carbonation. Smooth, oily.

O - Boris is one Mac daddy of a oatmeal stout with a more robust choc presence than many in the style this beer is fairly complex and a touch bitter and would serve great as a nice dessert beer. (741 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with very little head. Smell is a complex blend - chocolate covered cherrys (chocolate, cherry and cream), coffee, prune, raisin, vanilla, anise, smoke. Taste follows smell with a robust chocolate and fruity flavor (above mentioned cherry, prune, raisin). Background has vanilla, anise, herbal notes, hints of earth and wood. Nice resiny piney hop flavor in the back end. Slightly noticeable booze. Would have enjoyed a more robust malt presence, or tuned down fruit and herbalness. Full bodied yet smooth, oily and coating, warming, decent carbonation. Very good RIS which sits on the bold and assertive side of complex, some of the malt charachter does get lost in the shuffle. (703 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black, motor oil looking liquied that lets no light through. the head is light brown with very good retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-light nose with hints of the oat up front giving way to some sweet dark fruits, dark berries, plum and fig.

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose; but still not huge. the oatmeal flavor comes in first with hints of dark chocolate and some coffee. the dark berries, ripe plum and fig come in towards the back with some hints of the alcohol warming a bit.

M-lighter end of a full body and silky smooth. carbonated just right to flow comfortably down the thoat and still have body.

D-this is actually a very drinkable RIS. the booze shows up but not too much at all. it is so smooth and the lighter body actually works with the lighter flavors. not a huge beast i fall in love with but still quite tasty! (876 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cellar-aged version released by Hoppin' Frog. Had during Hobo Tasting #2 with mikesgroove. Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal brown head that subsided to no head to speak of slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, and dark fruit. The flavor was of roasted malt, sweet malt, chocolate, dark fruit, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a complete transformation of the regular brew. It has been in my cellar for a little over a year and there is no clue how long it was in storage before I bought it, but this thing was nice. As Mike stated, the alcohol burn was completely gone which allowed the dark fruits to open up in all their beauty that I had never experienced on this brew before. Definitely became a more complex and tasty brew with time. This brew really shocked me. An absolute MUST try if you can find the version to save yourself some time, or you can just throw a few in your own cellar and wait. Trust me, it is worth it! (1,110 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've still got the old notes from the first Toledo tasting...thanks to whoever brought this.

This one is a thick black color, not quite motor oil thick but not letting much light seep through. A soft brown head forms and retains a creamy presence for a substantial amount of time, leaving some good lacing as it recedes down the glass.
There is a lot in the nose, though not as much as in the flavor. A very nice mix of strong malt backbone, lots of roasted notes, a lactic sweetness, some typical coffee and baker's chocolate going on, and a doppelbock-like touch of licorice.
This all comes together in the flavor, but a bit bigger. The oats are full in here as well, and there's a bit more charred woods flavor. Hops also add some balance to this one without taking anything away from the focus. High ABV is very well masked.
This is a great oatmeal stout and has the characteristics in mouthfeel that make the style great. This is a thick, rich stout with a silky smooth feel. Big and bold while at the same time soft and creamy, this beer, while more filling than most, is a real treat just the same.
BORIS is a beauty and one of the better big beers out there, though the best in the world work out the subtleties to be world-class. (1,239 characters)

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