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

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

2,335 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,335
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 245
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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5/5  rDev +17.9%

LightnerLiquorKS, Jan 14, 2014
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
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Beezee, May 15, 2012
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
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

krl2112, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of zimm421
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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4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured a 22 ounce capped bomber into a pint glass.

A: It poured a thick, black with a massive dark chocolate three finger sticky head. The head receded slowly and left an even cover of medium and small bubbles over the liquid and thick chunky lacing that lined the entire glass.

S: The initial aroma was dominated by a rich, dark milk chocolate smell. Then I picked up roasted malts and light whifs of hops.

T: It tasted of dark malts, oatmeal, dark yeasty bread, dark fruits (plums and raisins), and milk and bitter bakers chocolate. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: It was medium-bodied with well balanced flavors and a clean warm finish.

D: Full flavored, balanced and rich. Smooth and creamy with a pleasant warm and clean finish. Wonderful, powerful, complex stout...a joy to drink.

dnichols, Mar 14, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

target88, Dec 03, 2013
Photo of vacax
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bomber aged well over a year. Pours black with a large, thick, nearly charred oak colored head. Decent retention and some lacing left behind after dwindling down to a ring of a fine bubbles around the edge of the glass. Aromas of dark fruits (prunes, figs, raisin) mesh with earthy and herbal tobacco leaves. Layers of roastiness and chocolate liqueur also waft up. The taste brings the same load of succulent dark fruits up front, plus some concord grapes. Some of the herbal and tobacco notes add complexity on the midpalate before the finish brings out a bittersweet cocoa, cookies and biscuits, and some warming and herbal liqueur. Full bodied, slick, with a moderate yet fine carbonation. The taste both intense and outstanding, with remarkable drinkability for such a full flavored brew. One of the best Russian Imperial Stouts on the market, and better than most of the hyped up limited releases.

vacax, Dec 04, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

pearljam118, Jun 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Grebdioz, Dec 28, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Can't see any light through this beer at all- it's dark! Nice lacing on the glass as well. Lots of bubbles in the head, but they quickly disappear. Classic RIS looking beer.

S- Some hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Great balance, and really well done on the nose. I could smell this for hours and not get tired or overwhelmed by it. Definitely not an overpowering nose- just right.

T- Really nice. Hops are a little much for me, I'd like the malt to be the prevailing taste. Same profile as the nose, which is nice... but a little bit of a letdown from what I was expecting. Still, this is a really nice tasting brew. None of the 9.4% ABV comes out at all in the taste as well.

M- Thinner than I was expecting, w/ a smooth/bitter balanced feel. Aftertaste is pretty nice, and lingers a while.

O- This is a nice brew that falls just short of the best in the style. Still, really enjoyable and highly recommended. Pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.

jayhawk73, Jul 04, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

vicsju1991, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

4ster, Oct 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Prospero, Oct 15, 2013
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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.

cvm4, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

alelover, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Denzo, Nov 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

mmcnaughton, Feb 20, 2013
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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, comes out a thick black body with a medium brown "tapioca" head, about a finger. Leaves some serious lacing, head drops to less than half an inch.

Smell is riiiich, like an S'more made with dark chocolate & soaked in alcohol. Definitely smell the booze up front. The taste is right along with it, and adds some dark roasted coffee. The taste of espresso lingers in the aftertaste, like I just actually chewed on the beans instead of drinking the beverage. Those rich, creamy dark chocolate flavors are really dominant, almost like a liqueur. Very roasty aspects, on the verge of burnt.

The mouthfeel's thick, like most RIS. I have yet to experience the oily slickness that so many attribute to oatmeal stouts -- might be there, but I just don't recognize it. Bottom line: this is deliciious & I want more.

OneDropSoup, Apr 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

Hopheadhiker, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

jjheinrichs, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of DavidST
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, unknown freshness. This pours a semi thick pitch black motor oil color with a smaller mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of dark roasted malts, coco, dark chocolate, espresso. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great super bitter, lots of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Excellent stout.

DavidST, Mar 11, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body. While pouring it just looks like pouring black ink.
S- Big coffee malts, oatmeal is in there pretty big too, light nut aroma too(?), hints of vanilla, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol flavor, hops help balance it out a bit, medium bitterness, light warming too.
M- Full body low carbonation and kind of sticky feel.
D- It's ok. Nothing great IMO.

BlindPig, Apr 19, 2007
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 2,335 ratings.