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%
Wants: 267
Gots: 524 | FT: 47
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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: 2,547
Photo of Raven3464
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a pitch black body with a one finger brown, almost crimson, head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, and a pinch of citrus can all be detected.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. Dark fruits and licorice are noticed early before blending with a creamy oatmeal touch. Chocolate is noticeable towards the end along with a slight hop punch. Bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste together with a reminder of the licorice.

Mouth feel: Big, thick, and creamy are the best adjectives to describe this beer. There is a slight amount of carbonation which compliments the hops nicely. It is very refreshing.

Overall: Sweetness, bitterness, and a creamy feel are balanced wonderfully. (737 characters)

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

I poured my Hoppin' Frog BORIS Oatmeal Stout into a tulip glass at about 55 degrees. It poured viscous and black with a nice brown head that receded quickly with nice lacing.

My initial nosing was all roasted malt but as I let it sit the hops came through with underlying subtle roasted coffee and cherry notes.

The taste is not overpowering at all and very balanced. It starts with the roasted malty sweetness with the subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate and finishes very cleanly with a nice hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully heavy and viscous just like the pour indicated. It coats the mouth with a chewiness and mild carbonation I look for in an imperial stout.

Overall this is a very easy drinking and excellent example of an Imperial Stout. Those of you out there that enjoy your Imperial Stouts should not hesitate to try this brew. Enjoy!!! (869 characters)

Photo of Crundy
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like motor oil, black as night, no head and no lacing

S: dark fruits like sweet plum or dark cherry, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, slight malt presence

T: follows the nose, molasses sweetness, sweet dark fruits, hop presence as well and some roasted malt.

M: very thick and heavy, full bodied and coats the mouth. very smooth, delicious, molasses sweet aftertaste.

O: very delicious, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV, Just a very good beer. (458 characters)

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on bottle. Consumed on 12/1. Written from notes.

A - Poured black and thick with a half inch of light cocoa colored head. No lasting lacing. Head mostly dissipates, with a light ring around the edge and some thin foam covering part of the surface of the beer.

S - Heavy cream, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and amaretto.

T - Strong vanilla, some tart coffee, bitter chocolate and amaretto. Some burnt flavor. Not boozy, but very warming.

M - Interesting. Higher viscosity balanced by higher carbonation. Different but very nice.

O - Very enjoyable. Worth a try. (616 characters)

Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally picked one up tonight, there is no excuse as to why I haven't tried this earlier. The color is an opaque motor oil black with a bit of head from a vigorous pour that quickly dies down to a slight ring around the outside of the glass. Not much carbonation.

The smell isn't too assertive; roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a bit of alcohol are all present in the bouquet.

The taste is great! Huge creamy mouth feel, this is where the oatmeal really shines! Lots of dark fruits, coffee, molasses and chocolate up front. Hints of vanilla and caramel come in as well. The finish accentuates some of the earthy bitterness of the hops and coffee while still retaining a fantastic creamy smoothness. The 9.5% abv is hidden very well!

Holy $#!% is all I can say. What a great beer! And the price is reasonable, too! This is way better than many beers I've paid twice as much for. This is definitely getting a spot in the regular rotation. (975 characters)

Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - what can I say, its yet another pitch black RIS that allows no light to transgress its ominous borders. Dark, almost reddish head that rises to a finger and falls quickly, with plentiful lacing.

S - Alcohol dominates, with sweet malts, chocolate and molasses. Dark cherries. There's something else interesting there, but I just can't draw it out.

T - Acrid, (in a good way) candied, smoky malt flavor. This one's still pretty hot, but its much more ready for consumption relatively fresh than alot of other awesome RIS's.

M - Unusually light and airy for the style, IMHO. Not necessarily a bad thing, but neither is it necessarily up to standard.

D - Given the light body, its very drinkable for a RIS

Not a standard-setting RIS by a long shot, but good. All around reminds me of a less smoky Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nowhere near one of the greats, but good and relatively available. (903 characters)

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

A- Pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly dies down.

S- Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, rum soaked raisins, bold roasted coffee, burnt toast. Awesome.

T/M- sticky sweet molasses, rum raisins again, dark expresso, anise, nice citrus hop bite in the back end. Velvety smooth and oily, just short of chewy.

O- One of the better imperial oatmeals out there. Complex and robust. This bad boy has later after layer of flavor and they almost all hit the mark. That said, it needs to be dialed in just a notch and it would give beers like FBS a good run for their money. If the hop bite was toned down a bit, body tuned up, this could be one of the best imperial stouts period. The more I drink the more I feel like this beer wants to be great, it just can't quite get there. (789 characters)

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours dark and velvety like a demi sauce with butter as a liason. real real quick mocha head with minimal lacing

S:really roasted dark chocolate mocha with just a hint of coffee. a little booze in the background

T: creamy oatmeal bitter chocolate. that pretty much explains it. no real hop profile to me but its not to sweet. the oatmeal tames the roasted bitterness

M: really smooth that covers my whole mouth real nicely with just a little pop of bubbles to keep it interesting

D: quite the easy one to drink. I dont see any problem finishing the whole beer. no hotness from alcohol and the creamy finish just lets me keep sippin away. Quite enjoyable i must say (671 characters)

Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a fantastic beer. I did not expect this. Pours black with the darkest brown head I ever saw. Smells cool, refreshing, with lots of chocolate and coffee - fruits underneath too. Taste is phenomenal - very rich chocolate. Taste lingers in the mouth for a while after each sip. Man this beer is thick, syrupy - just how I love my beer. Alcohol is blended well - its hard to tell its as strong as it really is. Man I wish I could get some more of this! My folks were passing by a store near the brewery in Ohio on a trip and new I liked stouts - so they got it, not knowing how good it would be. Highly recommended. (623 characters)

Photo of BostonBrewRu
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not getting next to any smell on this...maybe it was served too cold? But it tastes like dark chocolate and a touch of cherries. It doesn't taste like it's 9.4% abv though, interesting brew (194 characters)

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

A - Beer poured out of a bomber dark black and thick like oil. Very little head that reduces to nothing quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, boozy alcohol and a bitter roasted malt.

T - Big coffee flavor with dark chocolate and bitter malt. Notes of dark fruit (cherry and plum?). Very nice, deep, complex Impy Stout flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just like you would expect.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the style and high alcohol content.

Very good Impy Stout. I would definately buy this again. This will be a regular beer for me once the weather cools. (606 characters)

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

As I really like the style, I rate it high on drinkability.
Poured from a bomber acquired from Halftime Bev. in Poughkeepsie months ago (other HF still available, not this one), I poured it into a pint glass that I have no idea where the hell it came from (Coors Light and NYGiants logo??!!?) thick and dark, thin brown lacing that quickly disappears, smells of I dont know? smoked licorice? Similiar in nose to Old Rasputin, and tastes similiar as well. A bit oily, but overall an outstanding beer, and any fan of the style must try one. (538 characters)

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

22oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A thick, black, sludgy body with a dark cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee,molasses, and a hint of alcohol. I also get a hint of caramel and oatmeal? (That might just be me knowing that its an "oatmeal stout" though.) Either way, smells pretty tasty.

T: A nice chocolate/coffee/earthy taste with some warming of alcohol.Little sign of some hops, ending with a roasted note. Not too shabby.

M: Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D:I enjoyed it but it's definitely nothing special. I have had better RIS and better oatmeal stouts in my day.. (629 characters)

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

pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep black color this tan head of about 1 in. that stick around... and around .... and around... still there....

smell is of oats and malty sweetness... very odd to smell oat to me.... always thought of it as a taste and mouth-feel character. slight ginger bread aroma. no real hop presence.

sweet malt followed by coffee and chocolate flavors... then a warming alcohol taste and then some bitter pine like hops. some oat flavor in the beginning but rather light compared to what the aroma would lead you to believe... good taste

mouth feel is thick and creamy like a stout should be... higher carbonation for a stout i thought as well.

Overall a great beer.... Thanks to HippityHop24 for the trade... CHEERS!!! (761 characters)

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

Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Has an arome of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Has a smooth stout taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth brew. Nice bitters on the back end. Very Subdued. A very delicious Imperial Stout. (258 characters)

Photo of tommy78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out of a bomber, the beer had a pitch black colour with little head on top.

S: Nice combo of burned malts and sweet oatmeal.

T: Very sweet cacao taste to the beer. I also detected some malts and roasted coffee flavor.

M: Extremely smooth for an imperial stout. Usually, with imperial stouts, there's some sort of aftertaste kick, but with this one, there isn't one.

D: Right now, it is about 30 degrees F outside and the beer has warmed me up very nicely. Great beer overall! (490 characters)

Photo of goethean
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Six month old bottle poured pitch black at 62F into a Duvel tulip. Aroma is surprisingly mild.

Very big. Very smooth. Great big smooth roastiness. Noticeable alcohol burn. Main flavor is of oats (toasted oats?), which manifests as a soft graininess. I didn't detect the fruitiness which other reviewers found. There is sweetness here, but it is more than balanced by the strong roastiness and the hops bitterness.

Overall, a little disappointing given the extreme hype on this website around this beer. (504 characters)

Photo of mully
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black think dark brown head fades quickly leaving just a little bit of head floating around

smells like chocolate hops and booze

Patent Malt chocolate toffee and coffee your styleistic stout flavors done well with a nice hop counter Balance to even out the flavors
coffee follows a little bit behind

Good mouthfeel very well balanced moves in and out quickly doesn't linger

Very drinkable no problem putting down a bomber on a warm night (446 characters)

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

Picked this up during a trip to Chicago this summer.

A - Nothing too special. Pours heavily, the inch of tan head dissipates quickly into a thin ring. Very smooth appearing, not much lacing at all.

S - Excellent smell, reminds me of Peche Mortel. It has a rich chocolate, roasted malts, dark coffee and vanilla which freshens it up. The oatmeal is quite subtle but definitely detectable. At room temperature the booziness comes through as well, well masked by the rich aromas but still present.

T - The taste mostly mirrors the smell, however in different stages. Initially you have the oatmeal, vanilla, and sweet milk chocolate with moderate amounts of roasted malts lingering in the background. This assortment of flavours is then overtaken by oatmeal, very rich roasted malts, and alcohol heat. In the finish you have bitter dark coffee, the same strong roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal, and a beautiful split between chocolate sweetness and bitterness. Very solid tasting.

M/D - The mouthfeel is thick and smooth with low carbonation, almost creamy while still retaining a slightly lighter feel than some RIS'. I'd place it at the high end of medium. Definitely one to take slowly and enjoy each sip for a few minutes.

O - I am very impressed. This is a well done RIS that lives up to a lot of the style's best examples. It's quite intense without overdoing the flavours in any single area, leading to a great balance and finish.

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

Poured to a 1 finger, bone white head. Color of the beer is black as night with very little carbonation. This is one THICK beer, I love it! Nice, dark fruit taste comes right out front with a beautiful malt sweetness. Great oatmeal smoothness with a slight caramel backend. I like how this took the sweeter route than the bitter route that some RIS' take. Definitely my favorite for the style.

~Jonathan Passow (411 characters)

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

This beer pours a thick and deep black with a brown head. I definitely pick up notes of chocolate and coffee, some roasted malt, and with hints of alcohol. I can taste the coffee and alcohol, but I can also pick up a little hop at the end. It is a nice Imperial with good balance. (280 characters)

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

Shared a bomber of the Crusher tonight with a fellow BA. I've been eager to try this one for some time now. Served in traditional pint glasses at 50F.

Pours hugely thick, like used motor oil. Took forever for every last drop to work its way out. The two-finger thick tan head is nice and dark, just the way I like it. Head retention is low, but it recedes to a thick foamy halo that stays until nearly the end. A minimal amount of lacing sticks around.

An oat presence is immediately apparent on the nose in this bodacious year-old bottle. Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit and alcohol round things out. Overall very complex and full.

Wow. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, right up there with Dark Lord, Stone IRS, or Abyss. It is ridiculous that this keeps falling off the Best of BA. Dark bitter chocolate and oats are the order of the day here, balanced with what is perhaps the perfect amount of bitter hops for a beer of this style. The finish reminds me of the bitterness that remains after savoring a piece of 85% dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full, offset only slightly by the higher-than-expected level of biting carbonation. B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of those stouts that gets better as it sits, warms, and loses a bit of its carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience.

This is a sipper, a beer that is best experienced shared with a friend that would appreciate such craftsmanship in a beer.

Seek this beer out if you enjoy big stouts. You will not be disappointed. (1,604 characters)

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

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, burnt grain. Not a very strong aroma, but it is complex.

T - Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Alcohol really isn't noticeable even at 9.4% ABV. Finishes smooth and slightly bitter.

M - A bit lighter than some other imperial stouts - but creamy. Very pleasant.

D - Alcohol is masked well and lighter mouthfeel makes this one go down easier than the normal imperial stout.

An excellent stout worth checking out! (570 characters)

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

Dark dark dark. This beer is pure black, with almost no head. A very thin, cinnamon-colored eclipse floats on top, but quickly subsides leaving a slight dusting of foam on the glass.
Notes are not as intense as I would have thought from the sight of it.
There seems to be a light, coco aroma. Let's dive right into drinking this one...

Taste has a light beginning, but ends with a strong, dry finish which sets up shop on your entire tongue. Chocolate comes through after some time, and it is sweet. Like something you would order from a Starbucks.
Thick and viscous body, almost like a syrup. but goes down very smooth. An interesting taste overall (sweet, sour, dry), and it is hard to find the 9.4% alcohol. A word of warning: take your time with this one. It will sneak up on you. Makes a great dessert beer. (814 characters)

Photo of scottyg354
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black. Small 1/2" head. No light coming through at all. Thick as motor oil. The way an imperial should look.

S: chocolate and dried fruits up front. Some booze. Sweet smelling and malty.

T: Molasses and raisins stand out. Followed by smokey dark chocolate and burnt oats. Mild coffee type finish.

M: Thick and creamy. Goes down smooth. Slight after burn from the alcohol

O: Good beer. Give it a try. (406 characters)

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