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

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
4.23/5
Exceptional
2,753 Ratings
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#897
Reviews:
1,041
Ratings:
2,753
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
293
Gots:
565
Trade:
40
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,753 |  Reviews: 1,041
Photo of Shanty76
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joepais
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to moose3285and his generous LIF
Bottle poured into a snifter produced finger worth of tan head that dissipates to a whisper of lace. This is of course on top of pitch black body ale

Smells like a chocolate oatmeal cookie great stuff. The flavors in this ale are sweet grains with a light bitter chocolate finish. This ale was nice and thick in the mouth with little carbonation on my tongue if any at all.

Great drinkability I savored every drop from this bomber for brunch. A great way to start of a nice New England fall day

 538 characters

Photo of infi
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2008 vintage - poured into a snifter.

Pours complete darkness in a glass along with audible 'glugs.' By no means is there any light passing through this abyss of a beer. Was surprised to find no head whatsoever even with a vigorous pour. Some streaky lacing of weak grip can also be found. Smell is straight-forward: immensely roasted malt and coffee alongside dark and milk chocolate. The most surprising aspect to me is that the oatmeal is more pronounced than any other stout that says they put oatmeal in it. There's also some cinnamon in the back end of the scent. Damn, this is enticing just by scent alone.

Taste is exactly like the scent with roasted coffee and dark chocolate dominating the flavor profile. Surprising to find no definite malt backbone in here, unlike the aroma. The oatmeal is readily identifiable and delightfully so. It's really like drinking a cold cup of black coffee - you might forget this was a beer aside from the alcohol. The roasted qualities are nicely balanced by a delicate hop bitterness that also adds a nice earthy tone to the stout. And the 9.4% ABV is hidden extraordinarily well. Incredible overall.

Mouthfeel is all full-bodied with low carbonation. This really drinks creamily and smoothly - perfect for a stout. The oatmeal really adds a nice dimension of chewiness that I always look for in imperial stouts. Drinkability is very high, albeit slow. Definitely suitable for the cold weather and a winter warmer. I was very happy to be able to find this beer and it didn't let me down. Well worth the money.

 1,558 characters

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

Poured a very opaque chocolate into a pint glass( second night in a snifter).
Very little head.

Noticeable coffee-chocolate from the head. Not strong, but good.

The mouth feel was lightly carbonated, negligible bitterness.

The taste is highly complex.
Oatmeal, chocolate, lemon, hops. This is a slow sipper, worthwhile to contemplate the taste profile changes with warming.

One of the most complex Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Changes considerably with warming while reaching greater complexity.

Serving temp. I am beginning to prefer colder serving temps for Imperial Stouts. The brewer does recommend refrigeration, although I only refrigerated it before serving. It was better the second night at a colder fridge temp, and was mellower.

Highly recommended.

 767 characters

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

Photo of drpimento
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was good. a very special, rich, fulll, tasty mf beer. Pat, Roger, Tim said mmm mm good. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a few months ago. Poured with a tan head and some lace. Color was an opaque black. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit, toffee. good. Body is nice with good carbonation. Finsih was easy. Not really a session beer tho.

 363 characters

Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

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.

 505 characters

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

A 750 ml bottle that has been in my frig for maybe 6 months.

Poured into my Stone glass. Got a big head if I really tried. Poured slowly into my friend's glass and got hardly any. The head was pretty dark brown with an absolute dark body.

Nose was charcoal and malty and chocolate.

Taste was one of the best balanced stouts I have had. It had chocolate, sweetness, bitterness(not much) and malt balance. Really easy to drink and the mouth feel was just right. This is a heavy bodied beer with medium carbonation. One of the best stouts I have tried.

 553 characters

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew is easily in the top 3 darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Very bubbly and quick to dissipate, but leaves a moderate amount of lace to make up for it.

S: The aroma includes lots of oat like roastiness, mounds of bitter sweet chocolate. Little shots of espresso become present as the brew warms.

T: The flavor is much better than the nose. More coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. This stout is more like a desert at times. It's that well crafted.

MF: Mouthfeel is easily one of the best in any brew. Creamy, thick, viscous, this is what a stout is supposed to be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This brew is mouth watering flavorful. Perfect at just under 10%. Huge without being too filling.

Overall, as soon as I found out BORIS hit Florida I asked Chris at Florida Wine and Spirits to order some. He hooked it up and I am now a happy BA. Thanks Chris!

 1,007 characters

Photo of mikeale
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Black body w/dark tan head that fades quickly into a ring around the snifter.

S. Chocolate, cold coffee, alcohol, roasted malt

T. Robust black coffee, chocolate, faint smoke roasted malt,

M. Creamy, sweet, robust, alochol in the finish

D. Well balanced stout. Highly drinkable for almost 10%

 298 characters

Photo of Kegatron
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky blackness with 1+ fingers of a dark, burnt looking mocha colored head. A nice, big, creamy retention around the edges that produces a giant cascade of foam down the sides of the glass, leaving spotty lacing sticking around. The aroma starts off with a big ole' blast of chocolate sweetness, followed by notes of caramel, coffee, fairly prominant dark fruit, and just a underlying sense of alcohol.

The taste is chocolate sweetness (that's lent a velvety feel from the oatmeal) along with some tangy, lip smacking dark fruit character (with plums and cherries really sticking out). Some nice underlying (and balancing) bitterness comes from roasted malts, coffee, and a tingle of hops towards the backend. Finishes sticky and tangy on the lips. The mouthfeel is full and beefy yet silky smooth (from the oatmeal) with a rich feeling carbonation. Besides it's beefy feel, it is really hard to detect any heat in this whatsoever. Nicely done with that.

Packed with huge Imperial Stout flavor yet remaining extremely smooth and drinkable, I think that this is one criminally underrated Stout. I remember being really impressed when I first had a bottle of this (well over a year ago) and I'm glad to see that my opinion of it has held fast.

 1,285 characters

Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly.

 816 characters

Photo of sweethome
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bad boy pours a deep, dark, mystical black color with a deep tan head. Very nice head for style. Rich malty nose...nuts, dried fruits, alcohol. Alcohol hit upfront...then nice rich malts, plenty of roast malts, chocolate, a hint of figs, and alcohol fire. A nice hop balance. Hop flavors fight in the middle of the mouth - bittering provides excellent balance to all the malty goodness. WELL DONE!!!!

 405 characters

Photo of daliandragon
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I randomly saw this at St. James Beverage back home on the island after hearing rave reviews about it on this very site. This bomber cost $9.49 and features a giant frog hoisting a green brew on the label.

This pours slow and thick like used motor oil and produces extremely dark brown head that lasts only a few minutes before thinning to a tiny cap. The nose is a melange of rolled oats, coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, toasted, and alcohol.

The flavor is a liquid version of the nose with a silky smooth finish and kick of alcohol burn at the end. I'm also starting to get a little touch of vanilla as well. This is velvety delicious and goes down so smooth. For 9.4 percent, this goes down ridiculously easy.

This is unbelievably enjoyable. I can't remember being so impressed with a RIS since I first tried Old Rasputin. This is terrific; expensive but worth it.

 878 characters

Photo of DaveHS
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours solid black with a thin ring of mocha colored head. Leaves thick lacing.

S-Roasty, with aromas of oats, bakers chocolate, salted caramel.

T/M-This is awesome stuff. Soft and rich, with an underlying roastiness. There's an earthy bitter hop character in the back end, accompanied by a powdered hot chocolate mix flavor. Lush and full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-This would age beautifully, but is drinking really well now.

 436 characters

Photo of cameraman
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pitch black color, with a dark brown colored head forming, about an inch thick. Visually this beer looks thick, almost like oil. The scent of sweet malt, with chocolate and coffee fragrances, plus the sweet fragrance of oatmeal. That is followed by a dried fruit, mostly currants and raisons, there is the slightest twinge of alchol at the end. The malt and oatmeal starts at the front, then a coffee bitterness hits midway, then it has a bit of a citrus twange at the back of the palate. The oil look is deceiving, when it hits the mouth it is a lighter feel at the front and rolls to the back, gain weight to its texture along the way. There is a bit of warming feel of alchol at the end. This a very, very good beer, the usual suspects one would find in imperial stout, but the edition of oatmeal makes it sweeter and smoother. This just beckons one to drink this beer, a great sipping beer.

 896 characters

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into an imperial pint, pours pitch black, no hints, no hues, just black. The head starts at a creamy inch of dark brown and settles to a thin film with bubbly borders around the glass, and lacing in arches and blobs.

The taste and aroma offer up a bevy of beauties. The roasted malt is nearly palpable, offering hints of coffee, chocolates, cocoa, and molasses. Dig deeper, and hints of anise, spicy alcohol, oatmeal, and vanilla.

The body is thick, not massive, with a fine carbonation, slightly warming alcohol, and velvety smooth texture. In all, its a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable impy stout.

 604 characters

Photo of byronic
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tasteegood
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up this bad boy in two Hopleaf tulip glasses. Pours dark black, with very little head and minimal lacing. Not a lot of corbonation but it works for me. Smells roasty and sweet. Tastes great, definitely not too overbearing and I can probably finish a bomber without feeling too heavy or burdened with a sugar overload. This is a good buy for the quantity, quality, taste and ABV (10 bills). I actually prefer it over the barrel aged version. If you see it, scoop it up and see why everyone is digging on Hoppin Frog.

 522 characters

Photo of nlmartin
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a solid black body. The head is thick and fluffy with a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The beer has no ruby opaqueness to light. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer has heavily roasted ,toasted and chared malts. The aroma is dominated by a smoked dark roasted espresso. As the beer warms up toward room temperature vanilla and dark fruits raisins and figs come to the foreground.

Taste: The beer delivers a majorly smokey, roasted and chared maltyness. If you dont like roasted and toasted and burnt characters in your beer skip this one. The espresso vias for dominance in the flavor with smokey charcoal notes. The beer has undertones of cocoa and vanilla. The alcohol brings adds a zing to the flavor. The finish of the beer is earthy and just vaguely pine hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The roasted, and chared flavors of this beer is very evident. The finish is earthy and bitter. The beer has a silky smoothness to the mouth. The body of this beer is definately full. This is a very solid Russian Imperial Stout. The beer has been a frequent visitor to my beer glass. I would definately suggest you try this RIS if you like big stouts.

 1,272 characters

Photo of smonice
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So I have been waiting on drinking this one until the time was right and I think tonight was the perfect night to kick back, relax, and open this bad boy.

A - Motor oil color and look, about a half inch of caramel colored head, minimal lacing

S - Sweet coffee and chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, little bit of bitter coffee, roasted malts; didn't pick up on the oatmeal though

M - Thick, just the way I like my RISs

O - Really great bang for the buck. Definitely a beer that I will be buying more of to try at different intervals.

 534 characters

Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter. Tight, dark tan bubbles form a one-finger head on top of a black-as-night ale. Notes of earth and a touch of burned wood emerge.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel envelops a dark fruit, chocolate, espresso driven stout. Silky and very smooth. The body is on the light side of full. The taste reminds me of a dark chocolate covered blueberry. Toward the finish there is a brief moment in which you think you might be eating a chocolate mousse accompanied by fresh berries; the mouthfeel is truly special. The finish is bitter like a double shot of espresso. With that said, the finish is balanced, suggesting the brewer balanced the use of roasted barley along with toasted malts nicely. Alcohol is subtle. Complex without being overbearing or too busy.

A delicious imperial stout at a very reasonable price -- that alone should get you to buy a few of these; one for now, one for later (such as I have done). If you are new to craft beer, this might be a nice "bridge" beer to bring you to the darker and heavier side of the stout world. At the same time, seasoned veterans of stout drinking should find this spot on for full-flavor enjoyment. Beautiful by itself but might breathe fresh life into cheesecake or pannacotta.

 1,259 characters

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: This is a 2-year old bottle from my cellar

Pours a reddish black. Big tan head, rocky. Some lacing. Looks promising.

Aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, prune and baked caramel. Nothing strong like a RIS under normal conditions, but delish nonetheless

Flavors follow the nose. Chocolate, mocha, coffee and soft prune. It's like a regular RIS (but with alcohol a bit softer from aging) and the oats make is smooooth. Easy drinking. You get the robustness of a RIS with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout.

Very nice. I have the BA Boris "on ice". Can't wait for that one.

 590 characters

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.