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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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of AJStank
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- 11/21/11 Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown as it pours and looks darn near black as night in the glass. Almost intimidating to look at. Thin, caramel colored head that fades quickly.

S-Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee aromas. Nothing jumps out and dominates, well balanced aroma.

T-Smooth. Mocha taste right away with some sweetness that fades into a little bitterness from the hops on the tail end. Alcohol is present all the way through, warming but not overpowering.

M-Thick and rich with light carbonation. Really smooth.

O- Heck of a beer and definitely my favorite RIS to date. I'm glad I live close to Akron so I can get more of this easily. I'll be looking for the barrel aged variety.

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Photo of kwjd
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black colour with hints of brown. Almost no head. This looks very thick. Smell is huge of roasted malt, oatmeal, vanilla and sweet raisins. Flavour has a kick of bitterness to join the roasted flavours. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Hard to drink a lot of this with the abv, but I'm having no issue polishing off this bomber after my first ever 10km run. One of the better imperial stouts I've had.

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Photo of wcintula
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

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

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

I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.

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Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a dark and syrupy black body into an imperial pint glass. One finger tan head seems to have a garnet hue. Excellent head retention with some patchy sheets of lacing.

Bold aroma of chocolate and roast as soon as the bottle is opened. A complex bouquet emanates from the glass as notes of prunes, raisins, red cherries, port wine, almond nuttiness, and hops spring forth to join the chocolate and coffee roastiness. Nice.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and coating with a low medium carbonation.

Taste has an amazing complexity. Roasty chocolate and coffee, dark fruits, cherries, cocoa, crushed walnuts, tobacco, and some vinous alcohol mingle across the palate. There is an oatmeal presence that rolls and smooths. A nice hops bitterness adds an additional dimension.

An excellent big stout here. Best new stout I've sampled in a long while.

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Photo of BDooley
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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

Black/brown pour with ruby tones. Barely present brown bubbles. Roasty aromas of malt, coffee, grains. Initial taste is roast malt, roasted oat and quite a bit of coffee. As it warms it mellows a bit and hits the mocha and port like flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel, not quite creamy. A big beer, full bodied for sure. Not over run with alcohol or bitterness. The oat sets this apart a bit from the typical RIS. If it was available to me other than mail order, would definetely buy again. Would like to see what some age does to this also. May have to make my way through Akron on the way home to Michigan.

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

Pours from the bottle like I just struck oil. A dark chocolate mousse head forms in slow motion, this is some 10W30. Smells of dark chocolate covered cherries with a hint of expresso. Big roasted malt and ground coffee taste. Finishes with the chocolate covered cherry taste. Full in the mouth with some carbonation. Between warming effect and taste, the A.B.V. is noticeable. A sipper no doubt. Quite a delight this one, a must try.

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

Pours black as night and looks thick coming out of the bottle. Big and creamy cocoa colored head starts at 3 fingers before eventually settling to a thin sheet and leaves sporadic lace.

Deep aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, and molasses. More sweet than malty. Some dark fruit lies in the background, and the alcohol is evident. I get just a bit of some oatmeal as well.

Initial flavor is sweet with molasses and brown sugar. Some dark chocolate comes next leading the way for a big espresso flavor. Nice roasted bitterness balances and complements the sweetness - dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Dark fruit and some alcohol round things out before a milk chocolate finish.

Velvety smooth, very rich and creamy. On the medium side of full bodied - not as full as expected. A little tingly/numbing on the tongue towards the end of the bottle. Goes down a little too easily.

Very nice - best example of the Imperial-Oatmeal I've had so far, and not as boozy. Recommended. Thanks out to ahatcher78!

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review seemed to have disappeared from a couple of years ago. Whats up with that? Anyway.

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a thin whimzy coca cola colored heading. Little lacing thoughout but the heading in the beginning was impressive.

Nose was mostly of toasted malts and oats. Decent mocha middle with chocolate coming out in the finish.

Nice and sweet at first with that classic caramel malt taste. A heavy molasses and slight sourness follow up, but quickly put away with the chocolate and coffee finish.

Full bodied ,decent carbonation but the kicker is the heavier molasses and extremely smooth mouth. Slight lactic cocoa is left lingering.

Excellent R.I.S. Everytime I see this one on tap I am forced to get a sample or a pint. So tasty!.

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Photo of pkkosmatka
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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

Thanks to bluz4frank for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a black as night color. A small mocha colored head dissipates to a thin film across the top.

S: Lots of roasted malts up front. Hints of coffee, sweet molasses, and a touch of milk chocolate. A slight hoppiness finishes it off.

T: Similar to the aroma but where some aspects were minimized in the aroma, they come out stronger in the taste. There are the deep brunt and roasted malts again, but instead of dominating the other characteristics (the sweet milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee) there is a wonderful harmony. The hops toward the finish create a slight bite that makes you want to go back for more.

M: Full body and minimal carbonation. Very smooth to drink and the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

O: I was blown away by the taste of this thing. This is one of the better tasting RIS's I've enjoyed. I'm thoroughly impressed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bort11
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to leftmindedrighty for this one.

22 oz bottle split between me and my wife. My half was poured into an imperial pint glass, hers was into the Boulevard Smokestack goblet. I had a tall coffee colored head that leaves a pleasant spider web of lacing. Color was pure black.

Smell is very rich dark chocolate, coconuts and dark coffee. There is a sweet gooey cookie dough malt character. Taste is black sweetness. A lot more coconut, some raisin and chocolate.

Smooth yet chewy mouthfeel. It is a joy to let sit on the tongue. Oh man this is good stuff. This one is staying on the want list. Blipped Soul Crusher by White Zombie for this one.

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

Glooey, viscous jet black with purple-black stiff head. Smoke, toasted oats, tar, ash and blackberry on the nose.
Char, coffee, black currant, a big slice of chocolate cake, and a hint of vanilla with a branch hops end plus some salt and black malt acidity.
Late chocolate truffle comeback and berry and ash linger. Heavy, smooth, chewy as heck.

Crazy complex – sweet over roast with hops working in the background. Big, well-constructed and balanced. Well-named; as serious as they come.

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

Sampled from a 22 oz bomber.

Pours a pitch blackish-brown. A bold, dark tan head laces the glass, yes. Smell is excellent, dark-roasted espresso coffee and oatmeal cookies. Taste is excellent as well, an almost harmonious blend of coffee, dark chocolate, and oats. A perfectly suitable hop backbone and bitter/sweet aftertaste all the while. I'd drink a few, and that's about all I could drink. My favorite RIS I've sampled so far. Great beer.

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Photo of Steve_Trick
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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

Used motor oil black with deep dark brown tints. Pours a bit thinner than motor oil, but not by much. Glistening carb bubbles rise to the surface during the pour to create a tiny dark brown head with golden hints that altogether quickly fades. Can't really complain... It's a friggin' Imperial stout.

Smells similar to Bourbon County Vanilla Stouts and Founders KBS sans the bourbon. Lots of vanilla, dark chocolate, and roasty coffee. I would love to try the barrel-aged version.

The flavor is great... but it's not utterly AMAZING like KBS. Not too sweet, but sweet enough to balance all of the upfront bitter hops and French vanilla coffee that comes first. These flavors are followed by loads of dark chocolate coated espresso beans and sweet cigar tobacco paper.

Smooth full bodied mouthfeel. Ridiculously smooth. Like velvet. So drinkable yet you obviously have to take your time with it given the intense flavor and high abv. This one beer will put you on your ass. Definitely a repeat buy and this is my second time trying it.

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

Bomber (thx milwaukeeclassic!) cellared for about 9 months, poured into my Delirium snifter, B.O.R.I.S is dark black garnet with a light brown head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is roasted malt, toffee like, some coffee, a hint of butterscotch, a nice acidic bite to the dark malts, which sweetens as it warms from cellar temp, picking up some prune notes, perhaps a hint of lactose as well.

Taste is very nice, rich and flavorful, yet smooth. Nice roast, well tempered by the sweetness of the malts. I've had this once before, on draught, and this age version might be preferable, in spite of how enjoyable that first glass was. It's picked up some nice dark fruit notes with age, which is why I love cellared RIS.

Mouthfeel is exceptional. The oatmeal really shines here, silky smooth, medium bodied.

Drinkability is very good, an awesome RIS that has developed well with some light cellar time, very smooth and satisfying. Great beer.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black, flows thick and smooth and gives just a bit of reddish, dark brown foam.

S: Aroma is rich and bitter; black and chocolate maltiness abound with just a touch of spiciness and licorice, a bit more formidable than most stouts of this caliber.

T/M: Feels very thick right away and coats the tongue and mouth like Pepto Bismol. Carbonation is low which lends to a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and bitter black malt approach at first which make it like a strong chocolate milk. Towards the end, some nuttiness shines through and finishes with a little more bitterness.

This is an exceptionally balanced Imperial stout with a consistency that makes it like a delicious dessert. Thank you, leap year, for bringing this beer to me. I already can’t wait for the next one four years from now.


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

Pours a nice oily black with a thin tan head.

Scent of oats in front of chocolate an roasted Malts.

Taste is quite creamy, then chocolate, then coffee bean bitterness. No sign of alcohol, Excellent.

Mouth is thick, carbon is low. This is one of the best feeling stouts i've had.

Extremely drinkable, I will track this one down again.

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Photo of Beastcpa
4.4/5  rDev +4%

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

Poured from brown bomber bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a dark black with dark brown edges. A nice 2 finger brown chocolate head. Good retention and lacing.

S - The aroma is that of milk chocolate, roasted barley, a bit of fruity character, a mild hop character, and some licorice. Very good.

T/M - Just like the nose the beer starts with a nice blend of chocolate and roasted malts. It expands with a mild bitterness along with some light licorice. The oatmeal allows for a full mouthfeel without being overpowering. Good carbonation. The beer finishes creamy and smooth with a nice roastiness that lasts.

D - The beer hides the alcohol well. Good drinkability.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 02:36:03

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

22oz Bomber into a Snifter

Picked up in a trade with 7ways. This is the second time i've had B.O.R.I.S. The first was from a whiskey-snob friend of mine, who had absolutely no idea what he was buying me, and I drank it from the bottle with a friend ... and we were entirely oblivious to what we were drinking. Although we very quickly realized it was something spectacular.

A: This thing pours dark and thick like used motor oil. Let me be more specific: like abused, drove through the desert for 10 years on 1 quart motor oil. Black. Deep brown hinting here and there as it catches the light.

S: Deep, lasting bitterness with a freshness in the front of the nose. Strong. Seems like there's some hoppiness there too, which is exciting.

T: Blast of booze right up front, then fades into chocolatey bitterness, dulling out into a rich lingering sweetness. Yum.

F: Hella-thick. As thick as the pour looked, and thicker.

D: Yeah ... this thing is phenomenal.

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Photo of Shanty76
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,751 ratings
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