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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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of mkh012
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured at 52° into a snifter.

Black with a very short-lived brown head despite a vigorous pour.

Nose is pretty typical of a RIS. Raisins, wood, dark chocolate syrup, and a savory, almost meaty note. Hints of caramel, ethanol, and coffee.

The taste largely follows. Figs, chocolate covered raisins, earth, a bit more savoriness. Pretty drinkable and smooth. Alcohol is well-concealed.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, an above average RIS but not one I'd rush back to. I prefer American stouts in general, though, so my opinion may be skewed. I look for a bit more coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I actually like this more than DORIS. It's an easier drinking Stout and the flavor profile comes through more in the lover ABV version. Overall, they are both solid brews.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours jet black with nice thick mocha colored head that sticks around for several minutes before settling to a thin cap.

Aroma - Wow this thing smells amazing, dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, hints of coffee and molasses as well. I also swear I smell some banana.

Taste - The flavors are very balanced. roasted malts, dark bitter chocolate, vanilla and coffee. There is only a slight hint of the alcohol.

Feel - Full bodied, very creamy and smooth. There is a warming feel from the alcohol. I would say an almost perfect feel

Overall - This is just an amazing beer, wonderful nose and flavors and so smooth. There is no sign of the 9.4% ABV other than a little warmth.

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Photo of cbutova
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had this brew many times over the years but pushed off taking notes as I would certainly have it again, and again. Now is finally the time.

A- Pitch black, thick and oily pour from the bomber into a narrow stange. A light tan head forms with a thick and frothy texture to about a finger high. Good head retention and a wide ring drops webs of lace at each sip.

S- Like a very rich and intense brownie. The grains bring both deep darkened tones and nutty hints. Honestly like a brownie with pecans. Cocoa, deep roast coffee, burnt barley, dark yet sweet chocolates, vanilla sweets and general chocolate chip cookie.Just a hint of hops. Oh the oats come out with warmth big time.

T- Much like the aroma the overall flavor profile is akin to a rich and nutty dark chocolate cookie or brownie. General balance between the rich malty flavors of charred barley, burnt grain, toasted oats, caramel malts, medium sweetness and toast. Rich chocolate and coffee come into play and balance well with a vanilla bean sweetness. An oat based brownie with heavy chocolate and general charred flavors.

MF- Really thick and perhaps the best part about this beer beyond the very excellent flavor. Just chewy, silky and all things smooth. The carbonation is fairly high but so smoothed out. Ends with a very subtle hop bitterness as well as some burnt bitters lingering.

No idea how I never got around to making this official. BORIS is a true classic and one of the best plain, no frills RIS on the market. Just a decadent, perfect mouthfeel with the flavor profile resembling a brownie filled with toasted nuts.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick, opaque black with a one finger brown sugar color head. Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruit, with dark jam like sweetness and vanilla. Taste is big dark chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit, vanilla, and a finish of coffee/espresso, and some bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and fully mouthcoating. Overall, this is an excellent oatmeal imperial stout that lives up to its name, reputation, and awards.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Woodstock Inn Brewery snifter not sure when it was bottled. Pours a very slick black with a massive 2 plus finger sticky brown head, that leaves loads of lace behind.

Smell is dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, figs, molasses, and some hints of booze.

Taste follows huge roasty expresso up front, dark chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruit and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is almost large, enough life, a touch dry, and a complex sipper that goes down to fast.

Overall this thing is really awesome, delivers in every category.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black with a thin cola colored head. The head doesn't last long but there is some nice lacing. The smell is roasts, leather, chocolate and toffee. In a word fantastic. All of that transfers to the taste. The roasts are actually quite mellow on taste and the chocolate really comes through. I love the way the leather translates to flavor. Smooth is the strongest word I would use to describe this. The carbonation is medium low and there is just a nice creaminess to it.

Okay, obviously I liked this beer. It really did live up to its hype and it tastes even better with age on it. If you get a chance, grab it.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very black with good head. Aroma of roasted malts, and subtle hops. Taste was very strong with the promised toasted malt. The feel is very full-bodied like it should be for an oatmeal. The finish was very balanced with the hops, leaving a pleasant after-taste. Really liked this one.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Overall: this is a very good stout, very easy to drink. If ever there were a session imperial stout, it could be this one. Or at least you could imagine enjoying the second one, which, frankly, with most of it's peers, I find a stretch, even the ones I love (ten fiddy, big bad baptist).

Deep black beer, medium brown head, fine lace. Inspiring. What could you want a stout to look like, if not exactly this?

Mild (or frig too cold). Clean. Malty. Hint of blood orange?

Flavor is mild, some sweet malty notes up top, some deep black bitter licorice notes way down below the surface. Very good indeed.

Oh this has a beautiful mouthfeel. Rich, but not silly. Perfectly carbonated. Oh this is good.

Good finish. Has integrity. Has the length and intensity of a very good beer, not perhaps among the greatest.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems to me that Hoppin' Frog stouts are all subtle variations on the same base beer. This one looks great with a real nice head, lots of different smells here with coffee leading, and taste follows - quite complex. A bit more coffee bitterness than I care for, but still excellent. Mouthfeel is excellent, chewy with just the right amount of carbonation. Overall excellent and near-outstanding.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a: slick dark black color, with just the faintest murky brown notes towards the bottom of the glass. poured a very nice looking 1/2 finger dark tan head that faded as i typed this, and now there is no head at all

s: wow, this is a super-rich smelling beer. right off the bat TONS of toasted malt, milk chocolate, and dark caramel malt sweetness. creamy oats, a hint of earthy leather and faint sweet berry. very subtle licorice and molasses towards the end of the aroma. this beer smells thick and rich

t: huge roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate upfront. behind that is a sharp alcohol bite, followed by molasses, more dark chocolate, and some earthy leather. the oats bring nice balance here. just a hint of raisin and plum in here as well, which really gives the sweetness a nice complexity. the finish has a nice hit of roasted malt, wood, and malt

m: its a heavy, yet silky, mouthfeel, and even though there is no head it is quite well carbonated

o: i'd passed on this many times due to price. i am very glad the price came down - this is a very good stout. it is complex, and well-harmonized. Definitely a sipper, but worth taking your time on to enjoy

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is a jet black, not much light getting through. Thick brown/khaki colored head with tight bubbles. Excellent lacing and stickiness on glass.

Smell is roasted malt foward, with chocolate and coffee in the background. Some very subtle dark fruit.

Taste is roasted malt, and an even share of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Thick chocolate profile, don't taste much coffee like everyone else seems to mention.

Mouthfeel is pretty thick and velvety. Rich and malty.

Overall solid stout. Nothing stepping out the box, but robust and gets the job done.

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Photo of TheBrosy
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz Bomber

Appearance: Pours jet black with a nice caramel head that stays.

Smell: Beautiful aroma of roasted malts and coffee. Very slight alcohol smell as well. Some fruity esters are noticeable

Taste: Chocolate and coffee flavors are well balanced by alcohol sweetness. The oats lend some nice flavor later in the palate.

Mouthfeel: Richly malty body that is creamy with medium carbonation.

Overall this is a really good RIS. The oats do lend well to the taste and certainly help retain the head for so long.

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Photo of rypkr
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great at first but noticed a weird after taste after first sip..that grew into a fishy aftertaste... which grew into an almost drain pour because by the end it tasted like I was drinking shamu

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: As black as black gets. Thick brown head retains well. Spotty lacing.

S: Rich and super moist double chocolate cake dusted with espresso powder. Roasty and smokey undertones. Unsweetened dark chocolate. Dark roast coffee. Plum and grape dark fruit.

T: Thick chocolate throughout. Chocolate caramel chews. Double chocolate cake. Fudge and brownie batter. Lots of dark chocolate. Smokey, Roasty, French roast coffee. Hop bitterness and piney hop flavor. Deeply laid prune dark fruit flavors. Trailing piney hops and coffee on the finish.

M: Ridiculously thick mouthfeel. Round, chewy, silky, slick, and coating. Ample carbonation pricks at the tongue.

O: Feels like the biggest, most souped-up oatmeal stout you've ever had. The body is thick, chewy, silky, and meal-like. In flavor it is a deep chocolate and coffee abyss supported by well by ample hopping. If you're a fanatic about big honkin' stouts, this reaaaalllly scratches the itch nicely. Put it on the short list.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark dark brown with 2 finger mocha head that laced great. Fairly strong scent of coffee and chocolate. Flavor follower scent, heavy on coffee, followed by chocolate, roasted malt, and dried fruit. Well balanced carbonation and mouthfeel! Poured from bomber. I'd go out of my way to try on tap!

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau stout glass

A: Blackish brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to foam. Sudsy lacing.

S: Anise, leather, dark fruit, molasses. I'm ready to dive right in.

T: Fantastic! Dark fruit, molasses and anise blend for a powerful elixer that turns to chocolate and soothes the soul. A slow sipper that only gets better with warmth.

M: Medium with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Hop on over and enjoy the buzz. Highly recommended. Can't wait to try the barrel aged.

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Photo of do_ob
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Black as oil on the pour - probably the darkest-bodied beer I have ever seen. About 1/2 a finger of mocha-colored foam on top that receded to a lacing after about a minute. Aromas of sweet baker's chocolate, HUGE oats, roasted malt, dark fruit, leather, figs, and lactose. Wonderfully balanced and pleasant nose on this guy. Upon tasting, a surge of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front with accompanying notes of dark fruit, raisins, leather, caramel, light coffee, and vanilla. Very, very roasty and choclatey, but backed with enough sweetness to create a near-perfect balance. The feel is chewy, slightly syrupy, and dense. Slightly watery for the style up front, but thickens up nicely as it warms.

Overall, an amazing beer. One of the best balanced brews I've had of the style. I dare say that I liked this better than almost all the most popular RIS's out there.

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Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black, has nearly no head at all. Contains armoas of malt, burned malt, chocolate, barley, toffee, which are pleasant, but don’t stand out too much. Has a very oily, creamy, soft mouthfeel, aromas of licorice, coffee, forest berries, very dark roasted bread, chocolate and sugar. Gets sweeter to the finish, with a long lingering aftertaste, very well balanced. Has nearly no present carbonation, gives the beer an enormous, big character, with no distractions. Taste is never too bitter or too aggressive, but very well balanced at every moment. Ends with a long lasting, bittersweet coffee finish, which gives the beer a unique, loveable finish.

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

Pours a pitch black body with a very large amount of head. As with other roasted malt beers, hints of coffee and chocolate are present, but with this one I found the chocolate to be slightly more present. I generally found this to be rather sweet and more bitter on the after-taste. An amazing beer, albeit rare and expensive.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick, dense tan head, and some legs that stain the glass brown for a short period.

Smell is very reminiscent of chocolate covered frozen banana, with a little cola and roasted nuts.

Taste is chocolate, roasted nuts, and some bitter woody hops that are almost bringing me to Oak Aged Yeti land, but not quite. Bitterness actually makes it seem a little hotter than its bigger sister DORIS.

Super frothy with a full body but surprisingly bitter. Still, BORIS is super smooth and semi-dry.

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Photo of ZAP
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Dark brown/black....scarlet like light head and tan lacing

S-Very roasty with dark fruits....plums...figs....a bit of leather

T-Big on the dark fruits....plums...dark berries....figs.....also a nice dark chocolate impression....very roasty,...any coffee notes are very mild and not prominent but are there.

F-Love what the oatmeal did for this...very creamy, and smooth...full bodied but not ultra full bodied....it's immense but not like drinking motor oil immense like some.

O-This is a high quality imperial stout with a flavor profile I enjoy...the roastiness is impressive and not sidetracked by a biting hop load. The dark cocoa adds a touch of finishing bitterness but I like how the hops are really understated in this. Well done.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

** FROM 4/4/15
Aroma is coffees. App+- Jet black pour. Thick! Tan head, short lasting but lacing remains. Taste-alcohol is present, chocolate coffee, toasted malt. Very nice and tasty. Bready taste comes late. Smooth feel with medium carbonation. Acidic after taste. Very nice beer. Thickest I think I?ve seen, except maybe Goose Island Big John.

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Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: jet black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head
S: Dark fruits and booze
T: rich, slightly boozy, dark fruit, some bitter chocolate
F: silky on the tongue, good mouthfeel
O: excellent beer, I haven't had a ton of oatmeal RISs, and this one is 2 years old

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Photo of delta490
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep, deep brown? Black? It's almost impossible to tell. The head is a deep chocolate brown that pours big and disappears quickly. A thin rim rings the glass and leaves no lacing whatsoever. The aroma is rich malts, with coffee and chocolate and a slight alcohol tinge. The taste is surprisingly refined, the benefit of the oatmeal, with the alcohol hidden and the roasted qualities at forefront, buttressed by subtle earthy hops. The body is lighter, slick and smooth with just a little tingle from the 10& ABV.

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