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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Fubar1453
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a big ole bottle of this having never tried an oatmeal stout before, this definitely made me a fan. I made a real rookie move drank the first half straight out of the fridge and it didn't do it for me at all, after I let it warm for 15 min, its one of my favorite stouts.

A: Always weird to judge the appearance of an imperial stout. Muddy black, thick as motor oil.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, little bit of booze and licorice.

T: Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, grainy oatmeal and the small bit of licorice that was on the nose.

M: Milkshake, thick and creamy, low carbonation with a small bitter bite on the end.

O: Great beer, definitely grabbing some more of this. It also makes me want to try a lot more oatmeal stouts. If you are a dark beer drinker, don't pass on this.


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Photo of jegross2
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery. BeerAdvocate lists this one as a Russian Imperial Stout. I've cross-tagged it below as an Imperial Stout, Russian Imperial Stout and Oatmeal Stout just to cover all my bases.
Score: 94

Unknown vintage bottle, purchased Thanksgiving weekend in 2011. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed 01/18/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black, motor oil color. Completely opaque. Quarter finger of darker brown/khaki colored head that quickly settles into a ring around the glass. Pretty good lacing for a 9.4% ABV beer. 4.5/5

Smell: Lots of mellow, but sweet raisin/fig/dark fruit and milk chocolate upfront. A little earthy nuttiness too. Behind the raisins and milk chocolate is freshly cooked oatmeal and toasted oats. You can tell this is going to be a sweeter stout from the aroma. Tons of classic Russian Imperial Stout flavors here, but they are more mellowed out rather than in-your-face. 4.5/5

Taste: Sweet, roasted chocolate and raisin throughout, but not as sweet of a stout as anticipated from the aroma. Certainly nowhere near as sweet as the Baller Stout. Raw/bitter dark chocolate on the midpalate and in the finish. Some toasted oat on the midpalate too, though the oat characteristics are much more subdued than they were in the aroma. Finish is sweet dark fruit and bitter chocolate. As the beer layers, a little tobacco/leather comes out in the finish. The level of sweetness in the beer also gradually grows as the beer layers, with increasing amounts of raisins, but it never gets overly sweet. Absolute no alcohol presence in the taste. The finish really lingers on this beer and is quite superb. Some 30 seconds after my last sip I am still tasting residual raw chocolate and raisin. Yum! 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, light-medium carbonation. Very viscous, chewy mouthfeel. Finish is sweet and sticky. Perfect mouthfeel for a Russian Imperial Stout. 5/5

Overall: After drinking this brew, there is no doubt in my mind that this is a Russian Imperial Stout. Some of the 4.5's in my review are "soft" 4.5's because they are really 4.3's and I do not do quarter step ratings. B.O.R.I.S. is one of the better beers that I have had in the style, though it is on the sweeter end for an imperial stout. I prefer the original version (this brew) to either D.O.R.I.S. or Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. If you have not yet had this beer, I highly recommend seeking it out.

Recommendation: A great starter Russian Imperial Stout for casual beer drinkers, and a must try brew for beer geeks.

Pairings: Creamy French vanilla ice cream (maybe even a sundae with nuts).

Cost: $9.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of alpenglocken
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of papat444
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought this near Cocoa Beach in 2010.

Poured from a 22oz. bomber and shared with a few friends.

Appearance: Dense black body with some brown tones. This dark brown ring that kind of hangs around.

Smell: Oats, chocolate and fresh brewed coffee.

Taste: Stronger on the chocolate than the oatmeal. Has a sweetened coffee taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation and ultra smooth. I did find the body lacked a certain robustness.

Overall: A solid stout but not top tier in my book. Still, the ease of consumption and the flavors are attractive.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a foamy, thin tan head. Kind of a mellow but pleasant smell. Mostly light coffee and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness hints up front, which turns into coffee, roasted malts, and light chocolate. they blend well to give it a very nice sweetness. Finish is relatively smooth but leaves a very profound coffee taste on the back of the tongue. ABV is hidden well. But this sat around for about a year, so it ages well.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Glooey, viscous jet black with purple-black stiff head. Smoke, toasted oats, tar, ash and blackberry on the nose.
Char, coffee, black currant, a big slice of chocolate cake, and a hint of vanilla with a branch hops end plus some salt and black malt acidity.
Late chocolate truffle comeback and berry and ash linger. Heavy, smooth, chewy as heck.

Crazy complex – sweet over roast with hops working in the background. Big, well-constructed and balanced. Well-named; as serious as they come.

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Photo of BearsDitkaBears
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a crystal wine glass- pours a very dark brown/charcoal bordering on black; impenetrable by light except around the edges. There was almost no head when poured; it retains a trace amount of foam and lacing. The smell is faint- at first it smells only slightly of dark malt but I noticed a hint of oatmeal after a few seconds. It tastes of dark malt and molasses up front and then the slight bitterness of coffee towards the end. Only as an aftertaste did I notice any sign of the 9.4 percent abv. This brew is thick and syrupy but with a nice light carbonation to keep it drinkable. This is an excellent Imperial stout and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rka758
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a thick brown with minimal to no head. Nice lacing along the glass.
S: Sweet licorice.
T: Upfront-dark fruit, Finish-roast. Somewhat more boozy than I would have thought for 9.4% abv.
M: Nice

This is my first Hoppin' Frog experience. There's nothing bad about this beer, but at the same time I don't find anything great about it.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has pretty low carbonation. It is extremely black and viscous with little to no head and some faint brown lacing on the sides. A little swirling brings the head back fine and brown. I didn't detect much of a nose at first, but after some swirling I detected some burnt toast, candy apples, and licorice.

One taste and you realize that, oatmeal or no oatmeal, this is a genuine Russian Imperial Stout. No question about it. It has that rummy char-like flavor that one finds in no other style of beer. Nice accents of dark toast, figs, licorice, and cola accompany this flavor along with a nice hop kiss. It has a firm, creamy mouthfeel that is divine. I'm not sure what role the oatmeal plays here, but if it's to make the beer smoother and creamier, then it is performing this role admirably.

This is simply an outstanding beer. It has a huge flavor with no booziness or unwanted sweetness. Easily one of the better RISs I've had. It is very reminiscent of Old Rasputin in that it has a lot of character, but is quite a bit smoother, creamier, and better balanced. I can't wait to crack open my bottles of DORIS and barrel-aged BORIS.

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

Pretty darn good RIS

A: Single fingered creamy light brown head with good retention and some lacing. The head settles to a thin ring and lasts throughout the tasting.

S: Dark chocolate, little bit of coffee with molasses and syrup.

T: Dark chocolate accompanied by earth undertones. Fairly dry for the style, which is a pleasant surprise.

M: Fairly heavy and well carbonated.

O: I loved that the beer was drier than others of this variety, but still felt the flavors could have been more robust.

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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 2,732 ratings.
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