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
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
Ratings:
2,729
Reviews:
1,034
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
565
For Trade:
44
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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.

Cheers

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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 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

Photo of tastybeer
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown, totally opaque, and clings to the glass. Head is nice and fluffy initially, then turns to a thin, bubbly ring around the glass. Aroma is deeply chocolatey at first, then opens up with some vanilla, caramel drizzle, soft alcohol, prunes, very faint candy orange, oatmeal cookies, and again very chocolatey. Taste is big. A lot of flavor in one sip... Chocolate liquor, oatmeal, molasses, charcoal comes to mind, figs, caramel, more chocolate. So much going on, harmoniously though. This is a sipper. Body is super heavy, thick and blankety. Smooth, broken up only by some piney bitterness. Carbonation is mellow underneath. A big beer with a lot of pleasant qualities, meant for slow absorption.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another "Beer of the Week" from BA Gborobeer!

A - Black. Hardly any head or lacing and not transparent in the slightest sense.

S - Very impressive...at first whiff I thought it was the barrel-aged version (it's not, I checked). Lots of roasted malt aroma with pseudo-bourbon smells as well. Don't get much of the oatmeal aroma in it though.

T - Again, without me knowing I would have thought this one was barrel aged, quite impressive. Lots of roasted malt flavor followed by a quit coffee burst in the beginning. Oatmeal much more present in the taste at the end of the swig, accompanied by the slight bittering of hops and chocolate malt.

M/D - Heavy body, very slight dry finish...more of a bitter aftertaste due to the roasted malts. High alcohol is slightly present in the heat but not enough to destroy the beer at all. Due to the heavy nature and great flavor profile it's definitely a sipper.

Very impressive beer, must try the barrel-aged version ASAP!

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Photo of crossovert
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. 2012 vintage.

It pours an inky black, one of the darkest beers I have seen. It has a creamy but foamy dark tan head that sticks for a good while.

The smell is really clean for a RIS. You can pick out the malts and hops and even yeast easily. It has nice fruity notes, some interesting hops that are a bit earthy and dank, and some creamy stout notes that include chocolate , cake, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Initial notes are bitter coffee and booze. There is a noticeable grainy malt kick as well. The alcohol mellows out after the first few sips and it is smooth bitter chocolatey goodness.

A fine brew.

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, I feel, was hard pressed to live up to the hype. I definitely enjoyed it, but when I see it's medals from the GABF and read the reviews... even the name means this beer's sights are aiming very high.

The beer pours a thick black - best comparison is used motor oil or day-old coffee. There is a very dark mocha head on it but it was short-lived.

Smelled of burnt malt, roasted coffee beans, and had some oaky, bready notes.

Tastes of sweet molasses, oak, and chocolate espresso beans. There is a huge amount of maltiness and decent hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as thick and chewy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely not thin either. There is medium heat on this beer too.

The high abv and richness of this beer make it hard to drink quickly. Nevertheless, I found it extremely enjoyable and look forward to drinking this again, preferably where I can split the bottle with a friend or two!

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Photo of Portertime
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am now going to review Hoppin’ Frog “B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout” from Akron, Ohio. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. I like to admire beer labels and see if there are any serving temperature suggestions or even glassware suggestions. This label has neither. On the neck, it does state that it is a Great American Beer Festival gold medal winner in the Imperial stout category, a very nice accolade. It is a hefty 9.4% ABV. I have it slightly chilled and I will serve it in my wide Duvel goblet to open up the flavor.

Appearance - It pours a thick, motor oil black with almost a two finger mocha colored head that is holding steady. I am holding it up to the light and I cannot even see through it! This may be one of the darkest beers I have ever had.

Smell – The nose is intense and very potent. I detect toasty malts, fresh roasted coffee, baker’s chocolate, and a hint of candied figs. This is a great smelling brew, perfect for breakfast.

Taste - The first sip is smooth with a multitude of tongue enveloping tastes. The coffee is strong. We are talking Starbucks brand French Roast here. It imparts rich smokiness and mocha flavors. The oats are playing in the background with a good, resin-y hop balance in the finish. Each sip is as powerful as the last.

This is a fantastic rendition of the Russian Imperial Stout style. For coffee lovers it is very drinkable with savory flavors. As it is warming up a bit to room temperature, the smokiness is easy up and more bittersweet chocolate flavors are coming out. Also, the first sip was almost like tannins on the side of my tongue, now it is more mellow. Hoppin’ Frog, hold your gold medal high!

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Photo of jdubjacket
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with limesmut.

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a deep black color with a mocha chocolate-colored head that lingers throughout the beer. Alot of lacing.

Smell and taste are a lot of sweet, roasted malts. This beer was like drinking a meal in a bottle. It was very rich, and very creamy.

An outstanding beer, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to try it out.

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Photo of rhodeska
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ridglens and AWolf for this beer!

Intresting beer, was really looking forward to this taste, Hoppin' Frog really impressed me with some of their beers.

Solid head and look, nice and deep brown.

A lot thinner than I thought it would be, but a solid coffee and oatmeal taste the whole way throughout. Really balanced beer, which I think is sometimes underappreciated these days.

Kind of disappointed as the beer fades, doesn't really linger as long as thought it would, but still good!

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Photo of dcbobcat
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 SQNfan
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle (as they are now distributed to IL, woo hoo!): Black in color with a moderately thick head of tight brown bubbles. The aromas are on the sweet side with scents of oats, Valrhona chocolate, coffee, aniseed and Christmas spices. The palate is dense and concentrated with the chocolate & coffee from the nose showing in the front follwed by a sweet midpalate of brown sugar and oats. The finish lingers on and on but picks up some bitter hops to balance the sweetness of the midplate. A very nicely balanced beer that is both complex and layered while also being quite drinkable.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for awhile now. I was so excited to get it that I had to immediately review it. I poured into a Bud Light Cleveland Caveliers glass to a brown head with very little carbonation. The chocolate and bready, roasted malts come to the forefront. It tastes great. I don't know if it's $9 a bomber great, but great nevertheless. I am a Siberian Night fan but I think this is a nudge better. Being a simple man of humble means I will have to stick with Siberian Night. But someday I will try some Founders Breakfast Stout and curse my meanial job. Oh well, I'm enjoying this for now.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark, midnight black with dark auburn & purple highlights when held up to the light. A small, dark tan head fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit phenols, yeasty, cocoa, grapes, sugary, creamy...almost smells like a Belgian strain was used. Not a bad thing if that's the case and quite enticing.
Taste is of rich cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy, sugary, fruity, with cocoa powder and light chalkiness.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Oozes out of the bottle a positively inky pitch black with a very creamy/pillowy dark tan head. Black. Black. Black.

S: Strong aromas of dark chocolate, toasted oat, spices, licorice, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruit.

T: Strong chocolate and dark roasted malt with sweet dark fruit, cocoa, toffee, bitter hops, dark roast coffee, with a healthy whack of fruity/boozy alcohol.

M: Very full and creamy and quite viscous. Spicy and sweet. Chocolate, dark fruit, and hops in the long and sticky finish.

D: Everything works in concert to help keep the alcohol from getting too far out of hand. That being said, my cheeks and ears were pretty warm as I finished my glass of this. Good stuff and very enjoyable.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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