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
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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

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

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Ratings: 2,746 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown motor oil with some soapy "snake eyed" bubbles. Just a bit of lace. Head is tan in color.

Smell: Whiff of malt, chocolate, roasted coffee. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Complex for sure with some decadant chocolate. Some coffee, roasted malt and a subtle oatmeal flavor.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth with a lingering finish of malt, cocoa and hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Hint of warming booze is felt but not tasted.

Drinkability: A very nice oatmeal stout with great flavor. The ABV is well hidden. I would like to drink this again sometime.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Projectflam86 for this beer.

Nothing special in the look but it was average for a good beer. Black with a darker beige head. Nose suggested oatmeal stout right away with sweet vanilla and oats mixed with chocolate. Some bitterness in the taste, becomes more creamy and mellows as it warms. Does not remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, but an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Lot's of oatmeal in this with some mild vanilla bean. Very sweet beer with slight booze in the finish.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Glass

A- Black as night, slight tan head but barely anything at all, with a bit of lacing

S- First smell is chocolate with coffee malts, lots of dry roast smell in this

T- Almost same as smell, dark roasted malts with slight coffee oatmeal, little sweetness and bitterness, nothing to overbearing.

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T- Great beer, not like other imperial stouts, definitely will be having this again.

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Photo of tiffany0322
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Lerxst
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Black as night with a thin mocha head that faded quick and left very little lacing.

S-Intense is the word. Booze/Whiskey, plums, figs, a bit of chocolate, not picking up any coffee surprisingly.

T-Matches the nose-Whiskey, plums, figs and some chocolate. Very boozy. But this is a big, intense beer with a ton of flavor.

M-Not quite as viscous as I thought it would be, but its still pretty heavy with a creamy mouthfeel. Light carbonation. Slick and oily.

D-This is a big, big beer. Its very drinkable, but certainly not a session beer. One is enough.

This was one big, bad stout. This was a fresh one so it was a bit hot and boozy. But I think with a year or so on this one it will be amazing.

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Photo of GradyS1
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pour a dark, thick black. Small amounts of carbination with a lacing that disapears fast.
S- this smells great! Dark chocolate mixed with red fruits and not in a bad way. coffee and sweet malts. Small amount of alcohol but, like a desert wine.
T- chocolate and licorice, alomost a chocolate cherry, this may have turned a little but, this is great as is, red fruit and chocolate mixed togeather, a coffee finish
M-Smooth, full bodies with a nice silky fininish, There is alot of dark chocolate texture to this.

O- Not sure if it was suppose to have the red fruit element or not but, it was very good. Overall a very smooth beer that has a good amount of fruit characteristic for a stout

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Photo of DispyDnb
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours dark and velvety like a demi sauce with butter as a liason. real real quick mocha head with minimal lacing

S:really roasted dark chocolate mocha with just a hint of coffee. a little booze in the background

T: creamy oatmeal bitter chocolate. that pretty much explains it. no real hop profile to me but its not to sweet. the oatmeal tames the roasted bitterness

M: really smooth that covers my whole mouth real nicely with just a little pop of bubbles to keep it interesting

D: quite the easy one to drink. I dont see any problem finishing the whole beer. no hotness from alcohol and the creamy finish just lets me keep sippin away. Quite enjoyable i must say

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Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black with a one finger head that lingers enough to cover the entire top of the beer. Great looking motor oil thickness.

S: big roasted smell with some earthiness, coffee, and a bit of the sweet malt smell just behind the roast.

T: tastes of burnt coffee, slight sweet malt balanced by bitterness and a huge chocolate aftertaste.

M: thicker than just about any stout in this ABV range. I can feel it coating my teeth and tongue. Still, it has great carbonation, and feels wonderful.

O: this is one delicious beer, and probably better than the barreled version for all but the taste. Not really easy to drink, but that's to be expected with a RIS. Would happily buy it again if it weren't as much as a 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter- my first hoppin' frog review-despite its wide availability in the burgh.

A-Body is an opaque, thick black hue. Pours with no head at all-then an elusive dark mocha colored foamy head bubbles up quickly to about 1/2 finger then fades away just as quickly as it enters but leaves a thin collar. No lacing in the glass.

S- Smell is great and very typical of an IRS. Anise, molasses, roasted malt, oatmeal, and just a hint of phenols make up an excellent balance.

T-Flavor is good but not as complex and balanced as the nose. Upfront is a mostly roasted malt flavor with overtones of licorice and vanilla sweetness. The finish is similar to the initial flavor with the whole profile intensifying a bit. Roasted malt/ coffee tones are definitely the main character of the brew though other characteristics can be detected in the background. What lingers on the palate is a moderate roasted malt bitterness.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a mouthfeel that is thick and viscous.

D- This brew is packed with a lot of BIG flavor and this hybrid seems to line up better with the coffee imperial stouts than the IRS's- though this brew does contain some distinctive IRS character. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew. It is a good imperial stout overall and I like the idea of an IRS/oatmeal hybrid. Optimally, for me this brew would have a little bit less roasted malt character and more balance. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Kind of a rough pour. Beer appears dark, jet, pitch black and kind of thick. A thick dark brown head made up of medium sized bubbles forms but as it falls away it doesn't leave lacing on the glass.

The aroma is sweet and alcoholic with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Smells like a Russian Imperial, good job.

Taste is really strong. Medium body (not as thick as I expected) and there is a strong alvalache of roast flavor in the back of the mouth. Strong coffee taste almost makes the beer crunchy. I can taste the alcohol (I believe this was bottled in 2009 but I can't say for sure). Overall its a very big stout. Strong and flavorful. Its all a little much to take in at once. I did enjoy this beer. The flavors skew toward the sweet as the beer warms.

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Photo of Mdog
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, brown head.

Smell: Big chocolate aroma, dark fruits, booze.

Taste: Sweetened dark chocolate, quite creamy, finishes with a lasting bitterness.

Drinkability: Not available around here.

Another beer from my Chicago haul. A tasty imperial stout, it was nice that the booze in the smell was well hidden in the taste. Definitely worth the purchase.

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Photo of nsmartell
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, motor oil-like black with a thin brown head that does not stick around for long.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts and sweet raspberries. Very interesting.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests. Chocolate, roasted malt and raspberries dominate along with other tastes I am not smart enough to identify.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Goes down smooth as it is nice and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew for the abv. Would recommend and drink again.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a very small tan covering for a head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma has some dark chocolate and roasted flavors with a moderate amount of sweetness.

Taste has chocolate and roasted grains with some slight burntness. Slight sweetness up front with a nice long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good and the abv is well hidden. Very tasty stout that I enjoyed.

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Photo of azdback
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Tulip glass. Deep depths of despair, with no light at the end of the tunnel. One finger stout golden brown head, which didn't lace all that well.

Smell is reminiscent of my favorite RIS The Abyss. Dark chocolate, licorice, dark roasted coffee, this nose has it all. A bit of booze. Right on the money!

Tastes like coffee with cocoa powder, and brown sugar. Not quite as good as the smell, but a solid RIS. It is similar to Old Rasputin from North Coast. I am not at all disappointed, but not really blown away either.

For the style the mouth is spot on. It is not watery, and the carbonation is nice and mellow.

All in all, a solid example of a Russian Imperial, however there really isn't much sweetness to call it an oatmeal stout. That really is why I gave it the score that I did. Maybe it should be called B.R.I.S. But isn't that the Jewish ceremony where a baby boy is circumcised?

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Photo of Jimmys
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber into tulip. cant seem to find a bottled on date, but it cant be too old considering the neck has a sticker recognizing their gold at the 2011 GABF.

A: im going to call this right on the cusp of being pitch black. head is a very dark tan. darker than anything i have seen in a while. however, retention isnt great nor the lacing.

S: chocolate and raisins. dare i say raisinettes? this aroma is primarily chocolate and oats which makes for a very inviting aroma. chocolate milk.

T: big notes of dark chocolate. charcoal. prunes. a brief wave or dry, burnt/char flavor. finish is more of a milk chocolate/chocolate milk flavor. lingering sweetness.

M: silky smooth carbonation on a full body. very well done. the body cloys to the palate. this is probably one of my favorite stouts to sip on, mostly from the silky undertones the oats give.

D: please do this brew justice and savor it at slightly below room temp. just too much to enjoy to have it chilled out. the sweetness is dried out just a touch from the roast and makes everything enjoyable. please enjoy one if you can find it.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed as part of the Blind Bomber BIF. Thanks to JamnesCameron for including it.

Per instructions, I poured this with vigor into a snifter. A decent head started to form and I stopped pouring about two thirds of the way up the glass to let it catch up and settle. The "reverse waterfall" kept building the body and head until the head almost over flowed the brim of the glass. The body is black, black, black with a dark tan head. This is pretty viscous with some legs and moderate lacing. I must say its about as good as they come. We're looking at 4/5 here.

Smell is pretty faint. A little burnt chocolate and a big alcohol presence. 3.5/5 if this is indeed a stout.

Great taste here! Big bitter cocoa dusted alcohol with a little touch of sweet bourbon. It has a tongue numbing bitterness I happen to like in big stouts. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel is smooth, viscous, and coats my tongue! 4.5/5

Drinkability is fantastic! Its among the easiest drinking big stouts I've ever had! No gumminess to speak of, I was able to down a whole bomber by myself in under an hour! 4/5

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Photo of Allurex
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, sweet oatmeall sweetness and a small alcohol note. In the taste, roasty oatmeal sweetness. A smooth and big bodied mouthfeel, with a dry chocolate aftertaste. Big flavor, roasty malt and delicious.

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Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Came to me with a one finger dark mocha head atop a dark black brew. Smelled fairly sweeter than others I have had of the style. There was a lot of sweet malts and a sweeter chocolate than most. There was also coffee and some dark fruit flavors. The taste was again very sweet with more of a creamy milk chocolate rather than mild dark chocolate. There were hints of coffee and vanilla as well as some licorice and lactose. This was a very well balanced imperial stout that had a good creamy mouthfeel and just the right carbonation. This brew went down smooth but I think I just drinking it fairly quickly because they were bringing out my Heavyweight Perkuno's Hammer. Overall though I could drink this all night and will definitely be picking up a bottle or two next week.

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Photo of Contagion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark black, with a touch of brown. There was no sign of light passing through at all, even around the edges. With an aggressive pour I was able to get a good half inch head to form. It was dark tan in color, and consisted mainly of large bubbles. It faded to a ring around the edge of the mug. There was some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a strong dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent. I could detect a touch of molasses. As it warms more of a smoky scent was in the background. A touch of citrusy hops was detectable as well. As the beer warmed up you could also start to get an alcohol smell from it.

Taste: The tongue is treated to a rich dark roasted malts, mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruit and molasses flavors help to enhance the flavors tremendously. There is a good hop finish to it that helps bring all the flavors together. The aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness on the back of the tongue that fades slowly. The beer has a slight alcohol taste, which isn't surprising based on the 9.4% ABV.

Body: This is a medium bodied beer, which I did find a little disappointing because I personally would like a more full bodied beer for an imperial stout. I personally would have liked a bit more of a creaminess that coats the mouth. It has a mild carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I had my eye on this beer for a while. I'd heard good things about it and jumped on a chance to buy a bottle when I saw it at a local store. Am I ever glad that I did! I can definitely see myself getting another bottle of this in the future. If you like stouts, and especially an imperial stout, I would go out and try to find one of these. I give it 9 out of 10.

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Photo of budsboy
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Viscous, black on the pour with a thick leather head with lots of lacing. Very, very dark.

Coffee-chocolate aroma, dirt, alcohol and dark juicy fruit.

Bitter chocolate, metal, licorice and coffee grounds flavor, alcohol is as close to hot as it gets. Finish is espresso like and lingers for a long, long time.

Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, like a milkshake. How'd they do that. The only beer that comes close to that silkiness is Dark Lord. Very well done.

A strong stout lover will love this strong stout. I do. It's big and bold and strong. If you like dark roast coffee, strong and black, I'd bet you'd like this beer.

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Photo of hozersr
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Junior
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of erz316
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

big bottle into spaten becker

A - sure as hell pours out like a stout! big thick stream goes into the glass and barely makes any head, until the end of the pour when the head all foams up at once. the foam is about one finger thick and has a full tan colour. the body is pitch black and there is no light getting in anywhere. looks good, but the foam is a bit of a downer.

S - good coffee and roasted malt flavour. the most noticeable thing is the coffee along with the malts. there is also a bit of chocolate bitterness in there, mixing with a slight aromatic hop aroma. overall, it could be more potent.

T - its a good beer no doubt, but it is missing something. the initial taste is coffee, malts, and chocolate with a touch of fresh citrus or hebal like hops. there is a definitve lack of malt for my palate. this style, and especially a good example of this style, should really lay down the malt bomb. this one perhaps is a bit too hoppy, as there is certain unlikeable sourness to the brew, somehting like a lacto sour but not quite as potent. the finish is more coffee than before and a bit more citrusy spicy hops. the aftertaste is a good blend of coffee and malts.

MF&D - the feel for an ris is perfect, it is just as thick as it can be without infringing onto american double territory. this is a most good feelign brew, but the flavours could be honed a bit.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 2,746 ratings
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