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

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2,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,301
Reviews: 979
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 243
Gots: 460 | 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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4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

Served from a 22oz. bottle, obtained via trade with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Cigar City snifter (01/02/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a very thick motor oil black with a one finger mocha colored head that fades to just a skin leaving a little bit of lace.

S: A complex and rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge. The oatmeal really is the focus of the non-BA version and it is very rich and slightly sweet.

T: Extremely complex taste including; oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, vanilla, fresh roasted coffee and dry cocoa. As with the smell, the oatmeal jumps out and engulfs the palate in a rich and semi-sweet chocolate covered oatmeal.

M: Wonderfully thick and creamy with an approximately low and creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored beer, but the 9.4% abv. will catch up to you along with the heaviness of the flavors.

Overall this beer was an excellent Oatmeal Imperial Stout that was a pleasure to drink. I must say that if given the option to choose either this of the BA version, I would have to give the slight edge to the BA based upon a slightly more complex flavor profile. By itself though, this is another exceptional offering from Hoppin' Frog and thanks again to Jared for this one. Highly Recommended.

01-04-2010 16:49:27 | More by Lunch
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Pours a super viscous deep black with no head. No lacing either.

Smells like the toasted sides of brownies that were touching the side of the pan. Hint of coffee and sweetness.

Tastes of sweet smooth roasted malts with a little burnt toast
The flavor is awesome. The smoothness of the oats is wonderfull. I like the slight sweetness as well. Very good.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Nice and smooth thickness

Overall a very good beer that I am glad I got to try.

03-31-2009 07:29:55 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-23-2013 02:24:43 | More by Callmecoon
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

10-20-2013 18:14:58 | More by 4ster
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

10-05-2013 02:12:17 | More by tsauce2
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West Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%

Thick black viscous liquid the no doubtedly remind of used motor oil. Thick tan head of course leaving copious amounts of lacing.
Roasted chocolate in the nose, coffee. Depp and rich. Bready.
Taste was huge. Thick, creamy and full. Strong hints of chocolate and coffee.
Very good beer. Turning into one of my favorite styles!

07-19-2009 12:31:46 | More by dmamiano
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-05-2014 14:13:10 | More by Lynn
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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

07-08-2012 02:32:26 | More by cvm4
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

05-06-2013 02:21:45 | More by Kevincredible
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4.45/5  rDev +5%

A very huge thanks to tprokop7 for this one. I've wanted this for a long time, had the oppertunity to get one, but passed and let a more deserving BA get it. I knew it was only a matter of time for me and hey look, I was right.

A- This for sure is a thick oatmeal stout. Thick could be an understatement. The very dark brown head even looks heavy. As the head was settling it was like watching slugs race. And yes there is a place that has slug races, I lived there. The beer is very black, but in very thin quanitites it is dark brown. This looks great, a nice thick beer for the cold time of the year.

S- When I smell this I think of oatmeal and brown sugar with coffee brewing in the background. There is a nice vanilla smell that is very faintly mixed in with the roasty malts and sweetness. There is also something else I can't quite put my finger on, but if I were to guess I would say a wood smell of sorts.

T- Talk about oatmeal taste, this is just like oatmeal and brown sugar in a bottle. It's even thick like oatmeal should be. There is a nice sweetness and I even get a slight taste of cherries. This is an excellent tasting RIS. The use of oatmeal adds a new level and expands the boundries of what a RIS is.

M- I enjoy the very thickness that this beer has to offer. I like having a thick slow moving stout to drink. It makes the experience that much better.

D- Very nicely done, and easy to drink. I wish this was sold out here in the PNW, I would definately have to buy some.

10-31-2008 02:44:30 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.03/5  rDev -5%

2007 rate.

22 oz. bottle. Pours deep brown with a nice caramel head. Great lacing with thousands of tiny bubbles clinging to the glass. Rich aroma of some kind of good coffee and bitter chocolate. An almost vinous note also, which I really love in a big stout. Flavor is heavy, some hops up front, dark fruits, that vinous touch, and creamy and lush in the finish. Very impressive, especially because this is not my favorite style by any stretch. The bottle becomes a little bit heavy and burdensome after time.

01-27-2011 01:31:29 | More by JAXSON
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

01-06-2012 01:49:02 | More by throwback
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

06-07-2014 21:04:23 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-19-2013 20:11:51 | More by jjheinrichs
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3.45/5  rDev -18.6%

1.5 finger tan head, black body.

Nutty, woody nose.

Oaky body, surprising tartness and some coffee with milk chocolate and some hop tang.

Slightly foamy... okay.

A good imperial stout... some of that oatmeal.

Pretty all right, on the whole, but didn't live up to the hype.

07-16-2011 00:27:34 | More by zaphodchak
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2012 00:20:50 | More by brentblack1
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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

01-18-2014 23:01:47 | More by krl2112
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

appearance - Black color, head didn't stick around.

smell = Chocolate, malt.

taste - Nice chocolate with a bitterness taste at the end. Has an espresso taste to it.

mouthfeel - Full body.

drinkability - Easy drinking, one of the best RIS i have had. wish to have it again.

03-29-2009 05:49:50 | More by auxiliary
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4.97/5  rDev +17.2%

Poured into a Beer Hunter snifter.

A - black as night, oily, viscous, slight deep tan head. As you swirl the beer in the glass, this baby has legs. The head does not last, though, like a virgin groom on his wedding night.

S - coffee, toffee, caramel, roasted malt, vanilla, like praline ice cream. This smells like a dessert cart in a glass.

T - my first sip: creamy, lucious, coffee, caramel. Whipped foam. Chocolate on the aftertaste. I'll come back to this as it warms up. this is dangerous, there is no alcohol bite at all. Be careful with this one. As it warms, the coffee and roast malt come through more.

M - like whipped cream with coffee, caramel, and chocolate.

D - beer orgasm. let me rest and I'll have another. be gentle with me. In a recent forum, someone asked what was the last beer that wowed you. This is it!

09-01-2009 23:56:01 | More by JamnesCameron
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

01-20-2013 20:42:01 | More by BdubleEdubleRUN
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

3.68/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

08-21-2010 02:39:35 | More by FickleBeast
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4.13/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

08-04-2011 01:10:12 | More by zimm421
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

02-13-2013 13:01:32 | More by emottram
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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