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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
2,747 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,747 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, black malt, sweet oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate. Everything smells very balanced.
T: Like the nose, deep roasted malts followed by deep sweet caramel, chewy oatmeal, and rich chocolate. Really well done on this one.
M: Slightly chewy, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I didn't even feel the alcohol, all of the flavors blended together and with that classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, it was easy going down. Too bad I only had 1 bomber!

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Photo of velosuds
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a clear pint glass. Thanks to my sister-in-law from Ohio who brought this out on a visit earlier this month.

A-Pours a virtually black hue with a two finger head with decent retention and modest lacing. Head is a beautiful tan color like the type that accompanies a high quality espresso. This looks very promising.

S-Dark chocolate, roasted malts, booze, and a hint of licorice. Aroma is big, indicating a robust brew that may be able to crush me.

T-Chocolate goodness, dark sugar sweetness (like brown sugar or molasses), the warming taste of alcohol, and hints of licorice and coffees.

M-Medium to full body, but a tad astringent and dry. Very smooth, though not as luxuriant as the best RIS beers. Could use a bit more carbonation too.

D-This is a very good RIS, but not quite capable of sharing the accolades of the very finest of this great style. That said, I am disappointed this bomber is depleted and I can't buy this in Oregon

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Photo of grub
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo was nice enough to share this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle.

pours deep inky black. no light even sneaking through around the edges. a nice dense brown head rises up and very slowly falls leaving spotty lace behind.

aroma is great. nice roast. big bread and biscuit malts. alcohol. light anise. lots of caramel. bit of toffee. toasted multigrain bread. a bit of vanilla. dark chocolate.

taste is great. roast. bit of alcohol. big bread and biscuit malt. bittersweet and dark chocolate. touch of vanilla. caramel sweetness. coffee. toasted bread. hint of grain. medium-low bitterness level, mostly coming through as bakers chocolate. as it warms the alcohol comes through a little more, and it seems to get even more biscuit character.

mouthfeel is good. big and chewy, especially as it warms. slightly less than medium carbonation level works ok. just a touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. well balanced and very good. as it warms the alcohol comes out a bit more, but mostly as a little bit of warmth and isn't at all unpleasant. great stuff.

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Photo of Ryan011235
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 7/12/09

A - Deep brown in color, very close to black. Poured a caramel colored head that soon became thin & wispy. There is some lacing.

S - Roasted malts make up the nose one this one. Coffee with some toffee notes brought out as it warmed.

T - Robust malty flavor in line with the nose. Roasted coffee taste works in conjunction with some hints of chocolate & a sweetness that seems to be toffee or maybe caramel. A pointed, yet hardly overwhelming, hop bite rounds out the malts.

M - Smooth & somewhat slick on the tongue. Carbonation is low. Hops allow for a touch of bitterness to linger.

D - I found this to be a rather enjoyable stout. Alcohol is hidden for the most part. I wouldn't be inclined to drink more than one at a time, but it certainly makes for a killer after work treat.

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

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of NumberNone
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick inky black with a cocoa-colored head that dissipates quickly. Mild carbonation present with decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee, caramel, chili pepper, oatmeal, smokiness, toastiness.

T: Cocoa, hops, slight malt, dark chocolate, oatmeal, slight chili pepper, smoky, toasty, caramel.

M: Smooth, well-balanced, good strands of bitterness and dryness coming through. Creamy with bold, definite flavors.

O: This is a bold, tasty RIS with a solid profile of flavors. Nice touches of bitterness and dryness. I picked a bottle of this up at Jungle Jim's in Fairfield, Ohio, while visiting friends in the area in June. Unfortunately, along with the rest of the Hoppin' Frog line, it's not available in my state. Should've grabbed at least another bottle.

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Photo of sprucetip
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! I had one of these once and dropped it and broke the bottle and lost the beer.

Oily black, dense, with a fizzy chocolaty looking head that is way darker than mocha. Retention is short lived and lacing nearly absent. But she's a good looker regardless.

The smell is roasty and smoky with a nip of dark fruit. The underlying malty body is detectable, but not really asserting any sweetness. I can feel some boozy heat, but not really smell it. It may not be crazily complex, but it is very smooth.... as it warms it opens up (surprise surprise) and gains more depth and complexity, most notably the rich malty sweetness gains strength. The sweetness gets to such a level that it is almost chocolaty.

Super smooth roasty stout with some smoke, malty sweetness, and dark fruit that is also gently boozy. It's so smooth that it's hard to point at the elements for description. Though a bit more complex than the nose, it is not overwhelmingly so. But what it may lack in complexity, it more than makes up for in smoothness and balance. Really great tasting beer.

Perfect carbonation, plenty but not too much. Moderate level of boozy warming coincides with a rich, full bodied beer having medium viscosity. The creamy feel of the oats certainly adds to the pleasant texture.

Damn, this is a good beer! I so regret breaking that bottle. And it was an extra from the one-and-only Buckeyenation from an IP trade. This stout may not be all barrel aged Belgian vanilla bean anise chocolate coffee bourbon (am I forgetting anything) triple fermented orange peel bretanomyces ... but it's good. Really good. I will get some more BORIS the next time I have a chance! And I left so many on the shelves back east...

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Photo of claytong
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.

appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.

smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.

taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.

mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.

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Photo of sixthglass
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a extremely dark brown almost black. Held up to light, cannot see through it. Small off white head which quickly fades into, nice thin lacing.

S - chocolate, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Slight chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, raisins, something else thats tart.

M - Great coverage inside mouth, sticks for a moment then fades away leaving a flavorful aftertaste.

D - Great for any occasion, could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DmanGTR
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes in December 09

This beer is quite good. Yes, that just about sums it up. Poured extremely dark, pretty much pitch black with a tannish head. Retained for a while, no lace. This is an incredibly chocolatey beer with bits of cocoa powder, earthy bitterness, more chocolate, and roastiness. Maybe a touch of leather as well. Silky smooth and velvety. I'd drink this all day.

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Photo of BeerNFoodDood
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S pored from a bomber into a tasting glass.

Pours jet black with little to no head. The slight caramel head that appears resides to the sides quickly.

Beer smells of toffee, maple, coffee and chocolate. The nose it pretty light but what I can smell is complex.

The beer is very smooth and incredibly easy drinking at near 10% abv. I taste some smoky notes as well as coffee, maple and chocolate. This beer drinks great for what the nose lacks the taste conquers.

Great Beer.


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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alyankus
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep brown black color nice head with some subtle lacing on the top.

Nose: Coffee black roasted coffee, some graininess and very dark chocolate

Palate: More coffee notes richer notes than what might be seen in Founder's breakfast stout but a similar coffee flavor. It's good diner coffee not some gourmet coffee. Nice bittersweet chocolate flavor akin to Stone 12th. Maltier than either of the beers I mentioned in the finish.

Final thoughts: A few months ago when this beer first hit NJ I wasn't sure if this was worth aging and I'm still not sure. It's capable of going the long haul but I'm not sure if it is worth the wait. Whatever you choose this beer is very yummy.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dont ask me why its taken so long to get in a review of this. Ive had it many many times. It was one of the very first beers I got when I discovered Palmer's. Mostly though, I was sharing the bottle or hanging out.

A- Not much of a head, its very thin and deep red. Some pearls of foam stick to the side. The beer looks pretty thick on the pour but it does sport some red highlights. While its in my snifter its looking pretty deep.

S- Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, a touch of red wine, grape jelly, and spicy hops.

T- Very smooth and creamy flavor, especially at the front. Milk chocolate, vinous dark fruits, alcohol, bittering hops. It finishes vinous, roasty and hoppy all at once.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. Hoppin Frog never fails on the mouthfeel of their stouts.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark opaque brown and settles pitch black, although allowing light to show off some brown highlights around the edges. Very minimal mocha colored head stands less than a fingers worth and doesn't stick around too long.

The nose brings bold roasted malt up front and basically dominates the scent of this RIS. There is a faint hop smell with booze behind it.

The taste is very roasty all around and includes some bitter hops and sweet malt blended very well together. This is a very enjoyable RIS thus far. As it warms, some bitter chocolate mixed with light espresso is faintly noticable.

The viscious body is chewy and full bodied. Ahhh oil at it's best.

Overall, this is pretty drinkable and very tasty. Although quite thick, B.O.R.I.S it is very tasty and well balanced throughout with a pretty well hidden ABV. A great representation of the style IMO.

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

Photo of rtepiak
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pour black and thick like cream. opaque with little to no head. would like to see a bit more with this aggressive pour. chocolate milk foam. tight with no lace. smell is malt and molasses. taste has that same backbone. nice bitter hop with a light sweetness all matched with the alcohol and density giving it a liquor candy syrup aspect. sweeter than some but balanced. oat is lightly smoked with a woody nature. great beer... would recommend. really comes through and is consistent as it gets warmer.

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

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber procured from Akron brewery, poured into pint glass.

Thick, black elixir, thin brown head crowns, this totally opaque fluid.

Strong, flavorful aroma of anise, coffee, roasted malts, and hops.

This is where the B.O.R.I.S. shines. Smooth, chocolaty, roasted malts, balance by a nice amount of hops; coffee/molasses at the end.

One of the first Imperial stouts that really made an impression. Solidly above its peers

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i'm gonna relent on this,i really dislike hoppin frog cause i feel most of their beers are overrated.but this is a really good RIS.

nose has alot of dark fruit,milk and dark chocolate,coffee.nose is the same,really smooth.good beer.gonna be an every so often beer for me,i'd rather pick up a more affordable RIS.

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Photo of sleazo
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours a viscous looking opague brown/black. A nice looking mocha 1.5 finger head has some good staying power.

S_Nose is a very thick roasted malt with hints of coffee as well. Mostly bitter with no trace of alcohol. Smells nice without being overpowering.

T_Sweeter up front with the stout like chocolate notes. This is followed up by a very nice sourness. The finish is a rich bitterness that comes from both the hops and the roasted grains. Alcohol is hidden but comes through a bit more as it gets warmer.

M_Fairly sticky and oily with a decent level of carbonation. A bit of the silky mouthfeel I like from oatmeal stouts is missing but that really is the only negative.

D_Potent stout that is a fine as a sipper on a cold evening. While there is a good balance between the elements the overall strength of the taste limits the ammount one could drink making this a good special occasion beer.

Thanks go out to Rblwthacoz for the bottle.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this Oatmeal-Imperial Stout tonight into a small Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter, just because...and then I realize it's too small and doesn't do the head justice, and pour it into a wider mouthed Belgian chalice.

Solid black, with a roasty brown head, oatmea meets cocoa powder.

Big, fat, wide and out loud aroma. bitter hops, molasses, chocolate, a trickle of anise...rich and decadent, potent and luxurious, edging into whiskey-ish flavors.

Drinkin' it...there we go, the vastness, the slick, viscous feel, with smooth, roasty oatmeal riding under it...terribly full-flavored, full-bodied, though not as thick as I like an Imperial Stout. Fine as it is, though. Goodness, it's good.

A well-balanced, multi-layered, drinkable RIS. Tasty. This does a body good on a cold December night. Alcohol doesn't intrude on the enjoyment.
Gets sharp at times, bright fruit flavor flashes in...but remains a solid Imperial Stout. Delicious stuff.

Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing!

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Photo of 4lo
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | 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 2,747 ratings
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