B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout will crush you like no other! This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance.

Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,683
Reviews:
1,047
Ratings:
2,777
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
290
Gots:
571
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,777 |  Reviews: 1,047
Photo of Carmack
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky black pour with thin brown head. Nice ring of lacing.

S: Roast... sweet burned sugars, espresso, and cocoa.

T/F: Bittersweet... strong roasted grains/sugars... coffee and dark chocolate keep up the bitter/sweet theme. Faint dark fruit, but mostly cocoa and espresso. A little harsh but it gets better/more complex as it warms. The ABV is hidden... creamy and medium bodied. Complex and tasty.

O: A rock solid Russian Imperial Stout. Big flavor and a great cold weather beer.

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Photo of RollBounce
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoctor
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving: Bottle
No date
Thanks, ozzylizard!

A:
Pours looking like crude oil with a couple fingers of espresso crema head that pretty much evaporates. Little retention; confetti lacing. (3.75)

S:
Roasty malts of the "softer" variety, dark chocolate, tobacco and some sticky oatmeal sweetness. (4.25)

T:
Wow what a flavor! Rich and thick with maple-like sweetness, with milk chocolate, caramel, and espresso. (4.5)

M:
Soft, almost-viscous, rich, faint carbonation, coating sweetness. (4.25)

O:
This is good god damned beer if there ever was.
It pours thick and lackadaisical with a head that calls to mind espresso. The aroma is very solidly dark chocolate, as is the flavor. Intense roastiness all around with absolutely nothing I'd consider harsh. It reminds me of Mexican chocolate melted in a shot of espresso (not the beer-nerd/foody pseudo spicy version, I mean real Mexican chocolate like Abuelita). Really a dark chocolate bomb that mashes to be really drinkable, just like other great stouts, both despite and because of how beefy it is. Absolutely excellent. (4.5)

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

Pours dark with little head. Aroma of coffee and taste of mocha. Light carbonation and a full-bodied flavor. Nice balance in his stout

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Photo of Kshind59
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has mocah hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice mocha flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice complex stout

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Photo of tourdot
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ananddullabh
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AyatollahGold
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pouring from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. This will be my first offering from Hoppin Frog. Pours out pitch black and looking thick like motor oil. A thin caramel/mocha colored crown forms and holds retention for a few minutes until it's only a ring around the glass. The smell is filled with dark fruit like raisins and plums. Some tobacco notes even make its way in there along with oats and some roastiness. Bread and dark cracker like notes as well. The taste brings in those same dark fruit notes strong and they stay all the way through remaining to the back end. Everything else from the nose is more muted in the taste. Something about those fruit notes really take over. Even raspberries are coming to taste. Roast is still there. And it seems it's fighting over whether to be dry from the bread notes or wet and juicy from the fruit notes. Thinner body than expected for an imperial oatmeal and for seeing how thick it looked upon the pour. But overall this beer works and the dark fruit notes are powerful. Wish there was a little more bread or oat life to it but it's still good.

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Photo of MGoeltz
3.99/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ghatz
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Can_if_you_can
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of trygelski1
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rspauldi
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hermit990
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color, above average bidy. Seems to have a decent creamy thick feel. Aroma is alcohol, malt, coffee,chocolate, and a little dark fruit. Taste is very identical, the alcohol comes off strong and dominates. Overall it's very good but the alcohol is well hidden and masks some of the other flavors

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Photo of travelguy
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zuidman
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ajdemma
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stephenlee
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of JeffSK
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mush
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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