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
BA SCORE
93.6%
Liked This Beer
4.23 w/ 2,746 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:
#864
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,746
Liked:
2,570
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.22%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
570
Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Warren2621
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scud83rp
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this a few times, review consists of culmination of all those times, although this one is pretty consistent, so I'll say I haven't seen much, if any variation between bottles.

Pours a black ale, mostly black, slight brown, not the darkest but plenty thick and dark, with 1/2" brown head on top. Looks pretty. Aroma of roasted malt and maybe some Chinook hops.

Taste has a little less of the dark fruit bitterness than your average Russian Imperial Stout (RIS). I like that. It is more of a hybrid with an American stout, as this one goes hard with the malt and less with the bitterness. Its all for the better. Usual suspects, heavily roasted chocolate malt, C hop bitterness, slight raisin/prune backdrop, baker's licorice. Hides the alcohol nicely.

A better than average RIS at the end of the day. Bomber format though, would not purchase again, but people love sending these as extras.

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Photo of Eddieeight
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks pitch black like the night Im drinking it
Smells like dark fruits, cherry, dates, stuff like that and alcohol
Tastes like semisweet chocolate, burned oats, and bitter coffee.
Chewy and thick mouthfeel
Overall I understand why this beer is so highly rated by so many people. It's truly a delicious and heavy stout perfect for a cold winter night

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Photo of akopczyk
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Coho11
2.47/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BEER88
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 AmeriCanadian
3.52/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Guess I'm just not getting it. Pretty pedestrian and un-noteworthy Russian Imperial for my tastes. Little dark fruit and an awful lot of dark wood in the mix, but otherwise dominated by licorice, which for me is a good complimentary flavor but not one I want to dominate. And unfortunately the look and feel were thin and average. So many better beers out there.

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Photo of Beer-Ed
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Pours an inky black color with two fingers of dense mocha colored head, excellent retention and sheets of lacing.
Aroma - Charcoal, coffee grounds, minerals, hint of alcohol, charred grain.
Taste - Not as sweet as most Russian imperials I've had. A little coarse up front with massive amounts of roasted malt, a hint of bakers chocolate towards the middle before a fresh and strong coffee flavor takes over. Hops are on the mild side which I like. A clean and sweet alcohol comes through towards the finish and the aftertaste is long and roasty.
Feel - Full bodied, chewy, ample carbonation. Very smooth with a gentle warming alcohol.

Overall - Well made and delicious. Nothing crazy in terms of complexity but it delivers everything I want in a stout.

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Photo of JoeLacy
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chaseclary
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank with a Little Debbie Creme Pie. Amazing

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mltobin
4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Michiganman2325
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MTKATL
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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 Stofko1992
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zach136
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkh012
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured at 52° into a snifter.

Black with a very short-lived brown head despite a vigorous pour.

Nose is pretty typical of an RIS. Raisins, wood, dark chocolate syrup, and a savory, almost meaty note. Hints of caramel, ethanol, and coffee.

The taste largely follows. Figs, chocolate covered raisins, earth, a bit more savoriness. Pretty drinkable and smooth. Alcohol is well-concealed.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Overall, an above average RIS but not one I'd rush back to. I prefer American stouts in general, though, so my opinion may be skewed. I look for a bit more coffee and chocolate.

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Photo of MuFugga
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wiescins
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattyrubes
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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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