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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

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
Reviews:
1,025
Ratings:
2,678
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
15.13%
 
 
Wants:
288
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561
For Trade:
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Photo of biglite351
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color was very nice, but I could not get a good foam going, at all.

S - very deep and inviting. One of the best scents that I have come across.

T - the taste id complex. There is a Lo going on. A bit too much alcohol after taste, but not enough to negate the rest of the flavor.

M - tingle in the top back of the mouth during the after taste.

D - I would order this regularly, but only one a night.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as a starless night. Very good head, especially for 9.4% alcohol. Retention is slightly below normal, as is lacing. The nose is rather subdued, chocolate and coffee are noted over a light alcohol base. As it warms, chocolate comes more forward as does vanilla, dark fruit and roast. Light full body with a creamy texture. Slightly above normal carbonation with effervescence in the middle and finish. The flavor profile is intense, complex, but is not well balanced. The alcohol is not hidden well enough. It begins with a rush of coffee that quickly yields to a rich dark chocolate with notes of vanilla. A bit of effervescence in the middle brings out the mild roast and hop bitterness. The bitterness is citric in nature and fades into light dark fruit, mostly fig, notes with a bit of char and smoke. Throughout alcohol is in the background, but as the flavors fade in the finish, it predominates. Take the alcohol content down a bit, and this becomes outstanding. As is, it's very good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in body and dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is very little head to begin with. What is there fizzes away immediately, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It resembles a cola.

S: Big chocolate presence, roasted malt

T: Again, a very large chocolate flavor. The body is medium-full. The beer has a nice taste, but overall, I find it to be a bit one dimensional. The oatmeal aspect is there, but I wish it had a larger role in the taste profile. There is a subtle roasted or burnt malt flavor near the finish. This brew has potential, but is just not quite there.

M: Carbonation is too low. Otherwise, the feel is pretty good.
Alcohol is disguised very well.

D: A good, but not great, beer. I really enjoy oatmeal and imperial stouts. I was hoping for a little more.

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Photo of ajhod
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is CERTAINLY a powerful stout.

The color is BLACK, almost sucking the light out of the room.

Head is nominal and passing but does recover when swirled slightly.

Has long legs in the glass, indicating its strength and body.

Aroma is nominal, fresh and slightly coffee/alcohol.

Flavor is full, a bit bitter with roast (very nice) and slightly sweet.

A very enjoyable imperial stout, not the most complex I've ever had, but really nice.

Strong though.

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Photo of UDbeernut
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter

a: deep brown color, off white head with decent retention

s: chocolate malt, roasted malt, slight dull earthy hop

t: bitter-sweet chocolate with a strong roasted coffee. citrus bitterness, slight oat and molasses. alchohol is warming

m&d: crisp mouth, slightly chewy. Very nice and unique RIS.

Cheers!!!

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Photo of ph2001
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

it pours black and a hard pour gets one finger of dark creamy head. the smell is mild and sweet, almost like a milk stout. medium body that is very smooth and a little creamy. full flavored with a sweetness like coffee and chocolate and the oatmeal gives a nice smoothness to it. the aftertaste is very pleasant of coffee notes.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I feel like I should be pouring this in an engine, not a snifter, as it's a thick, pure evil black liquid--like the stuff that killed Tasha Yar-- with a bubbly brown head. Dies down to to a ring of foam, not a load of retention, but with some nice streaks of lacing.

The aroma is vanilla and candy and licorice and toffee and citrus and chocolate and alcohol, maybe even a hint of black, so-ripe-it-makes-you-gag banana and some sherry notes.

The taste is like boozy chocolate covered cherries paired with espresso with a pinch of pepper. The alcohol warms. Plasticy phenols are present but in a good way, very anise like, like black licorice. Hints of vanilla round things out. Some sherry in the taste as well. This is just a really dense, deep, and complex beer with a semi-dry finish.

Low carbonation and I'd say only medium bodied. Not as slick or oily as you might expect from an oatmeal stout. Which is a surprise

Drinkability...for what it is it's tastes great but I think too much might kill you. This is a seriously high gravity beer. And perfect for a cold, blustery December night. Except that I have half a bomber to finish. And I'm not sure I can...

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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 TenHornsProud
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers. Very viscous.

Smells of cherry, chocolate, roasty almost wood character, sweetness. Nice, sweet fruit and roast aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee up front that goes into a boozy and roasted middle that ends on a sweeter chocolate, silky finish with enough bitterness to balance. Surprisingly alcoholic and sweet, which is not a good thing. There are notes of fruit, cherry/grapefruit as well. I don't know, the flavor seems to be missing something.

Great, creamy mouthfeel from the oats but the hot alcohol makes this a bit of a mess.

As it stands, this is a fine RIS but the flavors don't stand out as particularly interesting or special, though they are pleasant in their own regard. The alcohol and residual sweetness stand out far too much, maybe some age will help. Almost cloying.

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Photo of RussBecker1
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a peculiar stout. For someone who has been drinking a good deal of stouts lately BORIS completely colored out of the lines and changed the way I look at stout potential. The flavor is sharp as a knife and gets more and more pungent as the tasting goes on. Surprisingly, the sweetness of the oatmeal is not used to cut the alcohol which instead makes the flavor profile come off as a very harsh raisin. It looks just beautiful however, which was the most impressive part of this stout. Frankly this beer is better for just a tasting as the flavors tire out the palate towards the end making it not nearly as enjoyable as it was towards the start. BORIS is necessary to try due to the creativity displayed, and I am sure I will have it again no matter the finish.

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Photo of rustymoore
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somebody put a black and tan in my bottle. Black fluid with a brown head. Not much retention. Guess it's a black and was tan.

Smells like wet dog. Seriously. Like my friggin saint bernard just walked in after a rainstorm.

I taste some candy up front. Biting bitter coffee at the end. I taste RED licorice instead of black licorice for the first time in a beer. Very, very nice.

I was about to have a bad impression because I didn't like the smell, but the flava comes through and saves the day.

Full bodied. Definite sipper. A pleasant 9.4%. Pleasant not great that is. I love 9% in my D/IPA but in my stouts 11-13% range is much butter. This one is still pretty good though. Love the red licorice snapshots.

Overall: unique tasting treasure

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black, with a little head, that sits for a bit.
Chocolate, alcohol, and raisons.
Reminds me of molasses, chocolate, raisons or some other dark fruit.
Very syrupy, felt a little stagnant, especially near the end of the glass.
A friend split this with me which was good because I could not finish the 22 on my own, but what I had I enjoyed.

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Photo of scooter231
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark brown color- not quite motor oil black. No light coming through this fellow, though- none at all. Pour is very lightly carbonated, and leaves a thin ring of sudsyness around the glass. Ominous looking sucker.

Smells strongly of sweet cocoa flavored coffee; the oatmeal scent is there, but it's not overwhelming at all, which is a good thing for me because I despise the stuff. Lots of roasty malty scents coming through as well. I can tell right now- I am going to dig this brew.

First sip- the alcohol is ever present- I was hoping it would be a little more sneakily hidden. After that initial shock, the sweetness of the beer comes through quite strongly. There's a bit of a bitterness that balances it out, but it's still sweeter than I would prefer. Too much dark fruit flavor, perhaps.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not too try. A hint of carbonation. Overall it's a nice RIS, but too sweet for my palate. I prefer more roasted, bitter flavors. But that's just me. This fellow is certainly worth a try. If only for the awesome frog on the bottle.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #450

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears black, with thin dark tan head that fades fast. aroma of bitter roasted espresso, licorice, a touch of smoke. taste is not as bitter, more balanced. but still very roasty, and leans towards savory. medium body, low carbonation. maybe not quite as thick as I'd like to match the rest of the beer.

overall - let the beer warm up, the aroma and taste opens up a lot. but for the very high price of the Hoppin Frog beers, a bit under whelming.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice inky black from a 22 oz bomber. Tan head left some patchy lacing.

Good coffee, molasses, and deep roasted malt aromas. Very nice scents here.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, some malt sweetness peeks thru here with a touch of creaminess. Alcohol peeks thru here too.

Fuller mouthfeel. This one is one to sip. Enjoyable flavors, and warming alcohol will make this a winter visitor to my fridge. Not exactly something I'd want to chug with burgers, and one big bottle will do it for the night for me.

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Photo of SirSketch
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thin but dense head the color of brown sugar. Nearly 100% opaque with just a tinge of light escaping along the edge of the glass.

S - Wonderful chocolate aroma similar to melted milk chocolate or a chocolate milkshake. Some subtle vanilla bean as, too. Not an outstanding nose, but pretty good.

T - More of the aroma, but with the tastes of cherries and some burnt character as well. Perhaps a very tiny amount of smoke.

M/D - Very thick oily mouthfeel that is a bit juicy, in the sense of the way a berry sort of explodes in your mouth after taking a bight. Great beer altogether!

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Photo of egajdzis
3.86/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and vanilla beans. Taste of more roasted and chocolate malts, dried fruits, cherry, with an alcoholic backbone. This exhibited a creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of goldbot
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color; essentially no head aside from a few brown hued bubbles here and there. Chocolate malt dominates the aroma with some roasted malt as well. Aroma is a bit subdued and underwhelming. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, accompanied by more roasted malts, coffee flavors and a nice bitterness. A lasting rich, dark-roasted coffee aftertaste. Sweet with a full, chewy mouthfeel. Tasty, definitely shows the full body and sweetness of an oatmeal stout with the flavor and complexity of an RIS. Just had a few shortcomings I couldn't overlook.

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Photo of Traquairlover
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ne0m00re for this 22-oz bottle which I served in snifters.

A = Dark mahogany with a creamy, caramel colored head, light lacing. Head was about one finger and receded quicker than I expected leaving less lacing than I expected. That said, it has a nice creamy look to it, is impenetrably dark and has a certain luster that is appealing.

S = Smells almost like a milk stout, with rich cream, and light milk chocolate being the most prominent smells. Beneath those though there is more waiting as it opens up, I also get very lightly burnt toast with just a touch of medium roasted coffee beans.

T = The taste surprises me somewhat as there is a real grassiness in there, like a sencha tea mixed with a hojicha tea, that is not to say the expected and more common imperial stout flavors are not there in abundance. The first thing to hit the mouth is cappuccino with a couple pumps of chocolate syrup, but a certain amount of anise and the grassy flavors hits from the beginning of the sip until somewhere in the middle of the finish. It has a long finish which is medium dry with milk chocolate being the primary flavor characteristic. I could see this being someone's favorite pretty easily, but it's just not quite for me with its somewhat vegetal qualities mixed in with the more standard fare.

M = This has a marvelous full bodied, creamy feel with light carbonation giving a good smooth texture to it, mouthcoating is decent, perhaps just slightly less than I would have expected, but still pretty heavy.

D = This is pretty easy drinking for the style. The bitterness and sweetness are both present and well balanced, a good drinking imperial stout.

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Photo of Durge
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black as night with a pretty modest brown cover with very little lacing. The aroma brings a malty coffee marriage of sweet and bitter. There's a hamlike quality as well, mellow and meaty. The first sip is an intense licorice rhubarb and malt with coffee bean bitterness. Not really getting a lot of oatmeal, more winelike with pretty notable alcohol but not bad. Seems to go very well with cheese but I wouldn't call this a classic session brew. However, it is a flavorful stout, pretty heavy duty feel and a bit of a meal. Generally nice when in the mood for something to sink your teeth into.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly dies down.

S- Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, rum soaked raisins, bold roasted coffee, burnt toast. Awesome.

T/M- sticky sweet molasses, rum raisins again, dark expresso, anise, nice citrus hop bite in the back end. Velvety smooth and oily, just short of chewy.

O- One of the better imperial oatmeals out there. Complex and robust. This bad boy has later after layer of flavor and they almost all hit the mark. That said, it needs to be dialed in just a notch and it would give beers like FBS a good run for their money. If the hop bite was toned down a bit, body tuned up, this could be one of the best imperial stouts period. The more I drink the more I feel like this beer wants to be great, it just can't quite get there.

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Photo of samie85
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a very dark black color with one and a half fingers of light brown head.

S-Dark chocolate with lots of dark fruits and some alcohol notes on the finish.

T-Deep dark chocolate and roasted notes with some vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

M-I was hoping that as an Oatmeal Stout that the mouthfeel would be a little thicker on this one; it's not quite thick bodied but it's close with low carbonation and a slight warming alcohol finish.

D-This is a pretty good beer, but the alcohol is a little obvious for my taste. I might try this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I've been wating to try this bad boy for some time. It begins. The pour results in a thick, viscous tar pit filling my snifter, topped by a half-finger of dark brown foam, which sinks into the dinosaurs' abyss fairly quickly. The nose comprises dark coffee (complete with a light hint of olfactory bitterness), roasted and toasted malts, and charred wheat. Something seems off here, but I can't put my finger on it. Are the malts too blackened? I dunno, but it's something like that. The taste holds notes of dark chocolate syrup, coffee, blackened oats, and a slightly bitter aftertaste. A step above the nose, fer sure. The body is pretty thick 'n' chewy, but not too, with a moderate carbonation (higher than I expected, but, again, not too much so) and a decent oral coating. Overall, I see this as a solid stout, but not among the better ones. Still definitely worth a shot, though.

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Photo of BeerFiend2002
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into Yuengling draft glass.

A- Motor oil black body with a half finger of foamy mocha-colored head that dissipated quickly. Given the high ABV and my passive pour, couldnt expect much of a head.

S- Not a very strong aroma, but picked up some hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T- Chocolate, black coffee up front are followed by a burnt, almost charred malt flavor culminating in a slight bitterness on the finish that lingers a little. Alcohol is noticeable in the taste but not overpowering.

M- Medium-heavy mouthfeel. A tad less body to it than I wouldve liked, but not bad. If it were a little heavier, it would've likely given a better backdrop to the 9.4% ABV coming through and a more balanced taste.

O- A solid, but not spectacular RIS. With it being a GABF winner, I hoped for a little more, but it didn't suck. Still not North Coast's Old Rasputin though.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,025 ratings.
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