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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

2,272 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,272
Reviews: 978
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 242
Gots: 449 | FT: 37
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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BdubleEdubleRUN

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-20-2013 20:42:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black, leaves an inch of tan head that leaves within a minute to a ring around the glass.

S - Coffee bean, roasted malt and faint dark chocolate.

T - Huge roasted malt hit followed with coffee. There's a lingering, cloying sweet taste like dark fruits or the like.

M - Heavy, low carbonation. Somewhat syrupy.

O - Such a rich beer, I didn't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 02:32:26 | More by cvm4
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-20-2013 18:14:58 | More by 4ster
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Walkerjgt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -5.7%

07-16-2014 13:45:58 | More by Walkerjgt
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FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pour is pitch black with a half finger of brown foam. Aroma is boozy, dark candied fruits, ripe plum. No hops detected in the nose.

First impresion is alcohol burn, followed by a roast, bready flavor. not as much coffee or chocolate flavors as I would expect. There is a lingering alcohol burn. While this beer is very viscous, I am not tasting a corresponding amount of intense flavor to back it up... a bit too boozy for my preference. This is by no means bad, just a little unbalanced. I'd like to see some more roasted flavor, or a nice hoppiness to round this beer away from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 02:39:35 | More by FickleBeast
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HumphreyLee

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -5.7%

12-14-2011 06:55:27 | More by HumphreyLee
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czfreeman

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black, tan espresso head. Copious lacing all around my goblet. Black oatmeal-like stout goodness. mmmm..mmmm how love Oatmeal Stouts!
A delicious aroma of musty oaty cocoa goodness is making its way to my nose. Bitter cocoa, espresso, phenols, deep spicy alcohol interplays a sweetish lactic almost Kahlua like aroma. Deep in there some spiced figs, deeply roasted malts, and an overall impressive amount of "oatiness" make for a deliciously good smelling brew.
This finger-lickin good. Exceptionally smooth, creamy, and seemingly light touch on the finish. Cocoa, figs, a twang of Phenolic "crush" , a spiced Meican cocoa like warmness. German oatmeal with cocoa,(Havaflucken) if you 've ever had it. As it comes up to temperature, 70% Cocoa comes out, warm oatmeal, what a great cold-night brew, or breakfast for that matter.
Mouthfeel is great. Boris is on the spicy, warm side. The flavor of the 9%ABV swaggers here in a big, quite frankly, enjoyable way. All heavy, rich oatmeally(is that a word?) goodness is balanced by the warming alcohol quality that makes for a good glass of oatmeal if you will.
I was expecting this to be extremely rich and filling, yet it suprisingly stayed on the medium bodied, warm and intriguing side. One of the main strong points of this brew is it's drinkability.
The bottom of my glass came all too soon, and I felt "crushed"...sorry. Great brew, look foward to future Hoppin Frog brews. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 02:14:00 | More by czfreeman
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kkrez

Colorado

5/5  rDev +17.9%

11-14-2011 22:45:33 | More by kkrez
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throwback

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-06-2012 01:49:02 | More by throwback
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hugely thick pitch black with not much of a brown head. What little head was there is retained.

S: Everything you'd want in a RIS. Roasted malt, espresso, some coffee, a bit of sweet cream, chocolate, dark fruit. Incredible and intense.

T: Bitter roasted malt throughout. 9.40% is felt from midway through until the end. Espresso, roasted malt, chocolate round out the finish. Booze can be a bit overpowering at times and is slightly out of tune with the overall bitterness I fell. Bit of cream in the middle as well.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is slightly prickly. Body could be a little smoother I think. Drinkability is about as good as it gets for what is a huge, in your face beer. The alcohol character, although welcome, does hinder the drinkability at times. Overall, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2009 00:18:49 | More by NCSUdo
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 20:11:51 | More by jjheinrichs
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into snifter. Purchased Autumn 2009.

A: Syrupy dark black that clings to the edges of the glass. Scant, short-lived tan head.

S: Lots of oats at first. In addition, ample vanilla, caramel and chocolate malts suggest this should be on the sweeter side. There's also a slight roasted component, but leans much more toward sweeter end of spectrum. Also a faint booziness.

T: Sweet and malty with dark chocolate flavors front and center. There's also plenty of dark fruit, especially raisin, along with roasted malts and anise. Not a whole lot in the way of bitterness or roast malt to balance out all that sweetness. Finishes with a little alcohol heat.

M: Syrupy with the nice smoothness you get from the oats. Very lightly carbonated.

A good RIS, but not really my preferred approach to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 03:35:44 | More by GeezLynn
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zhanson88

California

4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: B.O.R.I.S. pours pitch black and pretty thick and viscous looking. Just over a finger of dark khaki head forms; retention time is decent, and the lacing hangs around the whole time.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee form the base of this beer. I can also detect a bit of chocolate, but a lot more expresso than chocolate. Booziness, fig, and slight hop notes form the back end.

Taste: Dark roasted malts assault the palate at first taste, along with a bit of coffee. Booziness, vanilla and fig emerge in the middle towards the back end, and the finish is coffee with slight hop notes. This is a hell of a tasting beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is close to heavy, but not exceptionally so. Carbonation is low and it feels pretty creamy in the mouth. This is one hell of a stout. I can see how it does so well at G.A.B.F. I bought the barrel-aged version as well, which I am very excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 21:45:54 | More by zhanson88
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brentblack1

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2012 00:20:50 | More by brentblack1
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a snifter. Almost tudor brown head, moderate retention on a black body, clear, oily lacing. Aroma includes notes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, slight alcohol and slight caramel, hint of vanilla cream. Taste follows the aromas closely with a nice thick mouthfeel. Warming on tasting but the alcohol is hidden quite well. No off flavors and quite a delicious monster.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2013 03:30:12 | More by KickbacksSteve
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tripledbrew

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

04-24-2013 22:57:21 | More by tripledbrew
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hellhammermario

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-29-2013 15:38:47 | More by hellhammermario
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Prospero

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-15-2013 21:53:29 | More by Prospero
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srw

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-05-2012 14:46:53 | More by srw
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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-25-2012 16:54:28 | More by sammo
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SkiBum22

New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 16:34:18 | More by SkiBum22
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BostonPhilly

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-24-2013 16:40:19 | More by BostonPhilly
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is a completely opaque black. There is no head but for a ring around the edge. The pour seems almost creamy. The beer looks almost completely flat.

S: Very intense aroma, many components of which I was unprepared for. There is a lot of dark fruit...figs, dates, and some plum-like esters, mainly. Hints of chocolate, a mild roast, and some boozy warmth.

T: Intense flavors more or less mirror the aromas. Dates and figs are the dominant flavor up front. Bittersweet chocolate comes through much more here than in the aromas. Hops and dry roasty malts round out the flavor in the finish with a really phenomenal traditional RIS-type character. There is some alcohol warmth in the aftertaste as well.

M/D: Thick and syrupy with only slight carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering. Thick and a bit too boozy even after a year, I would put this away for a little longer next time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 01:21:20 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +12%

04-25-2013 21:13:03 | More by Brushkanna
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Lynn

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2014 14:13:10 | More by Lynn
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,272 ratings.