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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,334 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,334
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 466 | FT: 38
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-10-2006)
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Photo of Kadonny
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a small tasting glass.

A: A deep dark black color with a wonderful light brown head. The head leaves nice light brown glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some faint coffee. A mellow hop smell is detected.

T: Wow, this is totally different from a keg than bottle. The tap version lets out flavors of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts a bit of coffee and this smack of sweet cherries towards the back end. A mellow hop taste underlies, but the sweet fruit/cherry flavor lasts on the finish. Freaking amazing. So good, smooth and different.

M: Full and coating but creamy too. You can feel the alcohol but not as much as I expected. Very smooth.

D: Medium drinkablility. One or two max based on the abv.

Overall I was not impressed with Boris from a bottle, just too much coffee flavors that seemed one dimensional to me. But from the tap, wow this is a different beer and so much better. Matt Capone talked me into trying it as I expressed to him that I was not a fan of it from bottle. Boy was I glad he did. Bottom line, from fresh draft this is a top notch impy stout that you should seek out. Still shaking my head how good this was.

Kadonny, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of fmccormi
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to my Cigar City snifter. Not dating visible anywhere on the bottle or label, but my best guess is that this bottle is about a year old. The store I got it from received one shipment, I believe, of Hoppin’ Frog about a year ago, so that’s my estimate.

Appearance (3.5): Head is minimal, but the color of chocolate milk while it sticks around. Fades quickly to leave a couple of sudsy spots on the sides of the glass, but that’s about it. The body is black-black-black, not even turning reddish at the corners, which I dig. Just wish there was more head going on here.

Smell (2.0): Very tame aroma here. Wish there was a lot more. What’s there recalls dark fruits, sweet molasses and some very faint char. Some chocolate?

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, there’s a strong malty component in the background that’s like dark stone fruits—dates, raisins, prunes—mulled in warm molasses. A bit sweet in that regard, though there’s a lightly bitter coffee note that comes around and cuts through it, which is nice. The oats really are quite noticeable though, smoothing everything over and even helping to mask the alcohol (which is present, too). Light, bittersweet chocolate character floats around everything else going on. The more this warms, the more I enjoy what’s going on.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Nice and thick, viscous but not syrupy, but the carbonation is incredibly subdued—just a light tingle towards the end.

Overall (3.5): This beer feels like it could be great. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Maybe it really benefits from barrel aging. But right now, at about one year on the bottle (at my best estimate), it’s relatively smooth and subdued but not necessarily for the better. I’m not into the harshness of a lot of Russian Imperials, so the “Imperial Oatmeal” idea really speaks to me, but I think there are better examples out there. Good beer, above average, but not a stunner.

fmccormi, May 06, 2012
Photo of ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

ChipMurray, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of RedHaze
4/5  rDev -5.7%

RedHaze, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Beer Buddy N. Ketchum for just giving me this bottle out of the kindness of his heart. You will surely receive good beer karma my friend.

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Deep... Deep... Brown. It is nearly black. About a finger of tan head that settles to a thin dusting. There was a bit of lacing, but it didn't last.

S) Dark roasted malt, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and some alcohol.

T) Sweet but not so sweet that other flavors are overpowered. There are nice coffee and chocolate tastes. The hops is present in the background. There is some booze, and this is enhanced as the brew warms.

M) Medium to full bodied. It is pretty well carbonated. This beer is so smooth and very creamy. There is a warm boozy finish that is somewhat sticky. The mouth feel on this beer is superb.

O) Quite tasty.... This one sneaks up on you and then... Pow... This is a nice beer to sip, savor and enjoy.

RoamingGnome, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of leedorham
4/5  rDev -5.7%

leedorham, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of imyourhero21
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

imyourhero21, May 31, 2013
Photo of bobhits
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Staring at the beer and not the glass you're pouring into is NOT a good idea. This stuff isn't going to come out easy!

The pour is deep dark brown and an agressive pour results in the beer coming out of the bottle even back lit being near black as night. A good sign! Carbonation is lacking though a swirl will leave a nice bubbly coating on the sides. Not nearly the alcohol legs I'd expect and there isn't much viscosity to be seen.

Very sweet and mellow Russian Imperial. Soft dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of perhaps lactose or just caramel and bread, and it finishes with a nice RIS style hop bitterness.

Unlike the aroma the flavor here is aggressive and in your face. I'm really interested in the hops used here, this beer finishes bitter and dry. No fruity esters or citrus hops, just sharp biting hops. The roast is mellow chocolate, almost milk chocolate. There is a lingering coffee flavor at the end.

I'm a bit surprised on the mouth feel. This beer isn't well carbonated nor is it really thick and creamy, but they seem to have found a place in the middle that I've never experienced and frankly works rather well. There's still some alcohol bite on this one.

60 IBUs were never more appreciated. This is a beat of a stout and very possibly the best I've had in a while. I really don't like the price on the barrel aged version, but I really am interested after this one.

A stellar imperial stout and worthy of the 2008 BABF gold medal. If they upped the body a hair this might be hands down the best Russian Imperial on the market and at 10 a bomber it is sadly priced competitively with the likes of Stone.

bobhits, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Pearlstreetbrewingco, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of kbnooshay
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is where this beer lacked as it poured with no head! I tried to finish the pour vigorously but that did nothing. Body was super dark black. Aroma was of malts and oats. Flavor is full of oatmeal, chocolate and malty goodness. Probably the richest oatmeal stout i have had to date.This is super smooth and thick to the mouth.

kbnooshay, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of jnardone235
4/5  rDev -5.7%

jnardone235, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev -5.7%

emottram, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of MadScientist
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as night with a thin head of espresso colored compact bubbles that dissipate into a collar after a minute. The head retention is less than average.

S: The aroma is soft and inviting with deep rich roasted malt aroma with lots of coffee and dark chocolate. There is a moderate fruitiness that smells like fresh figs although raisin esters come through as it warms. There is a bit of molasses and a faint coconut like aroma. The alcohol brings a faint floral aroma and there is a light citrus hops aroma.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee and roast with a smooth moderate sweetness dominate the flavor followed by moderately-light oat flavor and a moderately light hops bitterness. There is a slight graininess to the malt. There is moderately-light amount of dark fruit mostly plums and a bit of fig. The balance is somewhat sweet with a slightly sweet finish with a cocoa aftertaste.

M: full bodied with a moderate alcohol warmth and moderate carbonation. It's kind of thick with bit of slickness from the oats.

O: An intense dark and roast malt amusement ride for the palate. The sweetness is restrained and they even made a light touch of molasses an enjoyable component

MadScientist, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a slow to develop and somewhat thin dark tan head.

Smell is sort of a roasty plum with some coffee in the background. Not as burned as some RIS's.

Taste is roasty and a little bitter. Slightly tart finish. Some fruit flavor in there.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable. Not sludgy like some, but not light like a regular stout.

there is some alcohol fruitiness and sweetness, but very drinkable for such a big beer.

aubuc1, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle thanks to NJpadreFan and his Clue LIF. Been looking forward to this one for a long time since I am such a fan of Oatmeal Stouts and Impy Stouts. Served up in my Terrapin snifter.

A: Not bad, but not amazing. Pours a really dark black in color. I mean this is a shiny inky black that has a nice shimmer to it. The pour appears to be thick and viscous. As it brushes the glass, a dark yellow tinted film coats the glass showing you how thick this baby is. The disappointing part of this beer is the fact that only a few bubbles of dark brown foam came up to the top. Those bubbles didn't last whatsoever, so this is a beer with a clean cap. Just the body is present. LIke I said it is not bad, but not mindblowing or anything too special here.

S: Smell is quite nice. Getting some really nice roasted malty goodness coming out first. The roast is rich without being burnt. The oatmeal really comes out here with a really rich and creamy earthiness. It has a slight amount of sweetness rolling out, but nothing crazy. Nice touch of dark, slightly bitter chocolate in here as well. Likey the smelly.

T: Oh this is damned nice. The malt is nicely roasted but still has a good amount of sweetness to it, balancing that bitter and sweet. The oatmeal is really pronounced and has just this clean earthiness to it, but still has a rich creaminess to it as well. Behind that is a bit of some really nice cherry presence. The cherries linger in the background beautifully and really add that perfect something here. Dark chocolate and a touch of coffee give you a little more bitter/sweet presence. Hops linger in here just a touch with a bit of some medicinal presence. This is a fine friggin beer.

M: This is a full bodied brew that has a really nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light, butit is what this beer needs. This is a heavy beer that coats and relaxes on that palate. ABV does show some heat, but nothing that is not expected and its quite comforting with just a slight warmth coming up in the belly. The beer leaves a little bitterness on the palate but it isn't to dry. Aftertaste is all malt and chocolate. The real show stopper here is just how creamy this beer is.

D: Oh, yes sir this is a really damned good Imperial Oatmeal Stout. I had to get past that look that really had me worried, but it more than delights in everyother category. This brew is smooth and easy drinking, and for such a big beer, it actually doesn't sit too heavy. I could easily entertain another bomber of this tonight. That aroma, taste, and feel are worth killing for. If you have the chance, get some. Do whatever it takes.

everetends, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of mjw1200
4.75/5  rDev +12%

mjw1200, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of mixed_master7
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

mixed_master7, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of kzoobrew
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a deep ruby hued black. BORIS settles into the glass black and completely opaque. No light breaks through, even when held directly to the light. Zero head produced on the first pour. Second pour leaves a slight head which quickly recedes to a slim mocha colored ring. With such a limited head there is no chance for lacing. While BORIS is a bigger beer, I expect more of a head.

Boozey bite comes across at first sniff. Sweet chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt aroma. Molasses is subtle underneath.

Sweet chocolate and much less booze than the nose indicated. Deep roasted malt flavor. A light amount of char is picked up along with a touch of smoke.

Full bodied and smooth. Slightly thinner than I expected, not sure I could call this creamy. Carbonation is low but appropriate.

Good beer and rather enjoyable. BORIS did not live up to my expectations, I had hoped for much more. I would drink this one again, just not on the top of my list.

kzoobrew, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Kevincredible
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Kevincredible, May 06, 2013
Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

spw109, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black/dark brown with a motor oil like constituency. Almost no head. Average lacing. Slightly under carbonated with a sweet smells of coffee and roasted malts. Smokey, chocolaty, coffee with hint of tobacco. It finishes sweet the bitter. This is a world class beer!

ATLbeerDog, May 03, 2008
Photo of Lynn
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Lynn, Jan 05, 2014
Photo of AOShabaz
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

AOShabaz, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of GregSVT
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Secret Santa Stigs

A: Pours a deep dark black, very oil like, with a very small dark brown head that fades to near nothing very quickly leaving no lacing. The cap barely made a hiss when I opened it and I thought "uh oh", plus as I was pouring a head wasn't forming but some bubbles appeared at the end of the pour. Still could be a little better in the head department though.

S: The nose is extremely good. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells like a beautiful RIS and I can't wait to take a sip.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits along with a dark roasty element that reminds me a bit of burnt coffee. Hints of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and oily with minimal carbonation. I don't mind less carbonation in the feel but there should be a bit more here.

D: This is tasty and I would probably buy it occasionaly if it was in my area. The ABV is decent for a RIS and the alcohol is well hidden in the big roasty/chocolate flavors.

I prefer the barrel aged version slightly over this one but it's still very good.

GregSVT, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Gushue3
3.63/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours brown and sits black with a moderate head. No retention and lite lacing.

S- not much of a smell. Subtle sweetness with darker fruits.

T- light heat with oatmeal sweetness and lighter dark fruit. Burnt roastyness and malt in the middle.

M- very smooth, almost flat.

O- maybe because i just had a nice serpent stout but this seemed a little lackluster. Hopefully the barrel aged is better

Gushue3, Apr 16, 2011
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,334 ratings.