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

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94
outstanding
2,736 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
Ratings:
2,736
Reviews:
1,035
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
569
For Trade:
44
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Ratings: 2,736 |  Reviews: 1,035
Photo of Sammy
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bold roasty flavour, almost wafting several feet. Some material head. Dark black. Very full mouthfeel, breakfast in the glass. A prominent sourness, yet well balanced by caramel maltiness yet not too sweet, cocoa, creamy milk chocolate, nutty and cherry and drinkable. Understated carbonation.

Outstanding RIS, oatmeal stout, beer thanks to Aofoxxy. I left one glass for 24 hours for my buddy and he thougt it was good even then.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SamuelJackson45 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark tan head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Tiny spots of lacing dot the glass on the drink down. Smells strongly of dark fruits with some milder dark chocolate and toasted oat aromas. A slight hint of soy sauce comes about as the beer warms. Taste is more stout forward than the smell. Rich dark chocolate, toasted oats, with a cookie dough aftertaste. Very nice. Low carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS with some nice oat qualities. I have been wanting to try this one for a long time and I am glad I finally got the chance.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

a much more drinkable, and frankly more likable stout than the destroyer they make. this one still has all the viscosity and alcohol kick, just in slightly less offensive form. it pours impossibly dark, syrupy thick, with a small cocoa colored head on top. its got powerful aromas of dark chocolate and heavy roasted coffee. its also got a lot of booze, so the nose tells me. it almost stings to breath this in deeply. the flavor is very intense, nothing subtle about this beer at all, it really hits you in the face. bitter coffee and unsweetened chocolate are the most obvious flavors, but the residual sugar from the oat addition is also quite bold. the feel is majorly thick, and a whole bomber to the head could kill the inexperienced. a definitely slow sipper that evolves as it warms. its sticky in the mouth, leaving a lot behind, and the alcohol is warming. a great fireside brew in the winter. perhaps a bit too much for this time of year, but this is a monument to what is possible in the big stout category, a massive beer for those so inclined.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This big stout pours as a motor oil thick looking brew with a black as night color. The head is thick and brown, with a strong retention of lacing down the glass. The smell of the beer has a big roasted malt aroma with some chocolate, oatmeal and a light hop quality in there too. The taste of the beer is big and chocolatey, it's roasted with some coffee in there. The other flavors on some very mild oatmeal come through in the aftertaste. Finishes on a dry burnt taste. The mouthfeel is thick and oily with some carbonation in there. Overall it's a hefty stout, it's got a ton of body to it and loads of flavor. Very good stuff though.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A great, all-around beer. Pours a jet black color and reeks of roastiness. Taste is full bodied with notes of chocolate, nuts, whiskey, roasted malts, and oatmeal. A bit strong, but a great blend of flavors that finishes smooth. One of the better oatmeal stouts I have tried and worth seeking out.

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a creamy mocha colored head that faded down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate.
T: The overall taste has bold flavors of roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, bitter coffee beans, and oatmeal. The initial taste has some hints of sweetness but the finish is very bitter.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit chewy and creamy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol as well as a bit of dryness.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, the robust flavors make this beer a good sipper and the full-bodied nature makes it feel quite filling.

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

This beer is rated among the best and there are no questions why. This beer has all the strength, complexity, pleasantries, and balance that it takes to be great. While low on esters, this beer delivers a whollop of espresso and raw cocoa up front and never relinquishes. Nutty flavors along with the light caramels, toffees, and a hint of cherries woven late into the alcohol warmth give the beer its charm without muddling. Very rich, viscous, and downright chewy textured, but smoothed to a velvety touch by more than just a little bit of oats. These round the beer out perfectly. Set among a backdrop of motor-oil looking liquid, this beer proves worthy of greatness. Very drinkable for such power and flavor. Its the best stout I've had in a long, long time.

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

Bottle acquired at Binny's in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given its history on top 100 rankings and Hoppin' Frog's reputation. 9.4% ABV confirmed. 60 IBU. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard unbranded gold pressure cap served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quarter finger dark rich ran colour floater. No real head per se. Body colour is a solid dark black; nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. No lacing as the head recedes. It's appealing and the floater - though not a head - is attractive.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malt (with a bit of bitterness), caramel, and deep roast. I dig the roast. Cocoa. Lovely oats. Light proteins. A moderate strength aroma. Burnt malt. Fennel. Dark fruit emerges as it swarms. Milky. Marshmallow. Balanced and inviting. No hop or yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol.

T: Rich oats mix well with burnt malts, chocolate malt, and grains. Rich cocoa. Marshmallow. Buried roast. Light vanilla. Cream. Burnt bread. Chocolate bitterness. Charred bread. Light raisin. Well balanced; very drinkable for the style. Complex and tasty. Well put together. I do like it, but I'm not blown away. I don't find the "robust hop character" mentioned on the label, but the sweetness is nicely checked - I assume by the hop bitterness. No yeast character comes through, nor does any boozy alcohol.

Mf: Silky. Smooth and wet. Well carbonated. Good thickness. I love the smoothness contributed by the oats. Good thickness. Full body.

Dr: Drinkable, especially for its well hidden ABV. A solid Russian Imperial Stout that pushes the style. I'd get it again on-draught, but given its reputation I expected better. It's a tasty beer. I'll actually be able to kill this bomber alone, though I do wish I had a friend to help me. Luckily, it's not too sweet.

B

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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer leaves the bottle with such a pitch black color that at first I couldn't discern the liquid from the head; eventually, the head rose but departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace

Smell: Chocolate syrup, oatmeal, dark fruit and some espresso

Taste: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit (prune, primarily) laden chocolate flavor that introduces the espresso elements by mid-palate; at the same time, the hops kick in with a citrus bitterness that adds complexity; after the swallow, the oatmeal joins the fray to mellow out the other, more robust flavors; lenghty, satisfying finish, with plenty of sweet prune and chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso bitterness underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: One of these days, I'll have to try this head to head with Breakfast Stout; it's mighty competitive

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I'm hoping this will be a better experience than the lukewarm 2oz. sample I had at Dark Lord Day...

A cascading brown tar head of foam builds itself quickly, two fingers deep, which then forms a convex, pillowy surface rising above the rim of the glass. This soon recedes into a tight tan cap of dense foam. The viscous liquid pours with a visible "weight" to it.

Familiar aromas of the produce aisle, plum and possibly banana, that moves into fried plantain territory. Roasted chocolate malt figures in too.

First notable attribute is it's velvety smoothness on the palate. Notes of plum, cocoa, and tobacco, finished with a dry earthiness. Exceptionally silky, no indication of harshness from alcohol or any unrefined elements. Slight lactic character like a milkshake, but not at all sour. It seems to take notes from the best aspects of Baltic Porter and BSDA's. Roasty, with a dark fruit undercurrent, and a well-hidden ABV.

One bomber of this is quite a treat in one sitting. Couldn't see having more than that at a time. Deinitely one to share...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with limited retention but some nice lacing. Aroma of light chocolate with some subtle coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste of black chocolate is sublime with some nice roasted malt and some nice coffee subtle notes. Body is quite full with some medium to low carbonation. Alcohol was not noticeable with some medium sweetness. Can’t find much negative on this beer except a bit lacking in complexity to overtake some of my favourite from this style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, cappuccino-like, tan head. It left thin rings of lace on the sides of the glass..

S - It smelled of oatmeal, roasted malt and coffee. There were very mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, sharp oatmeal and sweet caramel malt. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was smooth and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a interesting take on an RIS. It really tastes like an oatmeal stout that has been cranked up.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Appearance - Black. A semi-hard pour provided little more than a quater-inch of dark brown head, which dissipated pretty quickly.

Smell - Sweet and rich. Chocolate, toast and caramel. Pleasant.

Taste/mouthfeel - Sweet and milky with moderate roasty bitterness. Very chocolatey. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, though not actually very viscous. Low carbonation. Highly drinkable for an imperial stout.

Notes - Nice stuff. Not the best imperial stout around, but definitely a good one.

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