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

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2,396 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,396
Reviews: 985
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 251
Gots: 471 | FT: 39
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

CarolinaKev, Oct 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

LightnerLiquorKS, Jan 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

sludgegnome, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of shivtim
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in Indiana and brought it home.
Poured this sucker out into a pint. Nearly opaque deep brown, with a small but very dense mocha brown head.

Nose is beautiful deep roasty malts. Sweet chocolate scents.

Taste is a very solid RIS. Dark chocolate and malts. Lingering roast malt goodness. Slight smoky hints. More burnt flavors and slight ethanol twang on warming.

Generally creamy mouth feel. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

Very solid

shivtim, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of Traquairlover
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle which I served in snifters.

A = Dark mahogany with a creamy, caramel colored head, light lacing. Head was about one finger and receded quicker than I expected leaving less lacing than I expected. That said, it has a nice creamy look to it, is impenetrably dark and has a certain luster that is appealing.

S = Smells almost like a milk stout, with rich cream, and light milk chocolate being the most prominent smells. Beneath those though there is more waiting as it opens up, I also get very lightly burnt toast with just a touch of medium roasted coffee beans.

T = The taste surprises me somewhat as there is a real grassiness in there, like a sencha tea mixed with a hojicha tea, that is not to say the expected and more common imperial stout flavors are not there in abundance. The first thing to hit the mouth is cappuccino with a couple pumps of chocolate syrup, but a certain amount of anise and the grassy flavors hits from the beginning of the sip until somewhere in the middle of the finish. It has a long finish which is medium dry with milk chocolate being the primary flavor characteristic. I could see this being someone's favorite pretty easily, but it's just not quite for me with its somewhat vegetal qualities mixed in with the more standard fare.

M = This has a marvelous full bodied, creamy feel with light carbonation giving a good smooth texture to it, mouthcoating is decent, perhaps just slightly less than I would have expected, but still pretty heavy.

D = This is pretty easy drinking for the style. The bitterness and sweetness are both present and well balanced, a good drinking imperial stout.

Traquairlover, Apr 24, 2010
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4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I have cellar-ed for a year into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip-ed snifter...

A - Dark black and hints of brown along the edges of the glass. Nice one finger burnt caramel color head recedes after just a few seconds.

S - Lots going on here. Big roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, and in the background, hints of vanilla. Almost a barrel aged quality to this nose.

T - Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, some molasses, and a much bigger barrel aged presence comes out. Not sure why the taste has developed like this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. The alcohol is present but nothing that overpowers, instead complements everything else that is going on. Also get dark fruits as well: raisins and figs.

M - Creamy and thick. Exactly the way I like big bold stouts. This one is as smooth as velvet the whole way through the bottle.

D - Pretty bold and thick so it was a little slower to get done, but nothing that couldn't be handled. It would be great to have in the middle of winter to warm up in front of a fire.

Can't wait to try the other bottles I am going to let age even longer.

KAP1356, Jul 08, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Prospero, Oct 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

JohnnyMc, Feb 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +17.9%

jriggins6, Dec 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kevincredible, May 06, 2013
Photo of TCgoalie
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/17/10.

Poured from a bomber, no head to speak of than the first bit from the aggressive pour. Black in color as to be expected. I am a bit disappointed in the appearance.

A lot of coffee and chocolate in the smell. Some malt creeps in for balance. The smell reminds me of baking...cookies maybe. I also detect some nuts in the scent.

Oh yes, wonderful taste. Loads of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, oatmeal, and a slight bitterness. The sum is a very tasty brew. I really enjoy the coffee that lingers in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is excellent! Smooth, full, low carbonation, and enticing. This is soft and supple, exceptional.

I really enjoy drinking this one. It is a perfect blend for the rocky road cake treat dessert I will be tasting soon.

TCgoalie, Jan 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from brown bomber bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark black with dark brown edges. A nice 2 finger brown chocolate head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of milk chocolate, roasted barley, a bit of fruity character, a mild hop character, and some licorice. Very good.

T/M - Just like the nose the beer starts with a nice blend of chocolate and roasted malts. It expands with a mild bitterness along with some light licorice. The oatmeal allows for a full mouthfeel without being overpowering. Good carbonation. The beer finishes creamy and smooth with a nice roastiness that lasts.

D - The beer hides the alcohol well. Good drinkability.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 02:36:03

hopfacebrew, Jan 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

johnyb, Feb 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hansavijaticar, Dec 31, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ethanmc12, Aug 31, 2014
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle. Appears a complete black color with a thin dark brown head that leaves a little bit of lacing. The black is absolutely midnight dark and is beautiful, the head, slightly less than impressive.

The nose is complex. Lots of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, grains, slight hints of yeast and some alcohol notes. There is something present that I don't normally get in a stout, but it is definitely welcoming. The taste is also complex with bitter chocolate, roasted malts and the grainy notes as well. The alcohol is much better hidden in the taste than in the nose, although there is still a hint of it. This finishes slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, with an average amount of carbonation. Leaves a thick film on the inside of your mouth with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew! Another wonderful RIS with a full body and extremely complex flavors. Not the best stout I've ever experienced but still very enjoyable.

zimm421, Aug 04, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

krl2112, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of billshmeinke
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Stormking47 for an amazing extra. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours pitch black. There is a half finger coffee with a bit of cream colored head that quickly dies down to a ring of foam around the glass with some patches of foam on top.

Smells of oats and some dark fruits (raisins and plumb). There is also some hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste explodes with milk chocolate, oatmeal, some raisins and plumbs, and coffee. Very nice RIS with awesome oat characteristics thrown in.

Full bodied. Low carbonation. Smooth and creamy. Perfect.

Very nice drinkability. The oats add some awesome smoothness. Very nice. Also, the oats make the chocolate flavors more on the milk chocolate than dark chocolate side which is really awesome.

billshmeinke, May 21, 2010
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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a pitch blackish-brown. A bold, dark tan head laces the glass, yes. Smell is excellent, dark-roasted espresso coffee and oatmeal cookies. Taste is excellent as well, an almost harmonious blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. A perfectly suitable hop backbone and bitter/sweet aftertaste all the while. I'd drink a few, and that's about all I could drink. My favorite RIS I've sampled so far. Great beer.

sixerofelixir, Mar 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

huntermop, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Retail1LO, Mar 31, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

AJ01923, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

scxcrunner, Aug 25, 2013
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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