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/ 2,745 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:
#849
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,745
Liked:
2,569
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.22%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
569
Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,745 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this bottle a while ago at West Lakeview Liquors - shared with friends alongside BA B.O.R.I.S. and served in a generic pint glass.

A - Big late-rising dark mocha foam that slowly settles to a thick ring and nearly complete cap with some patchy lacing. Pitch black - not even the slightest bit of color.

S - Cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt sugars. This smells like an older bottle, without any hint of the higher IBUS listed on the bottle. Smells kind of like a higher-gravity L'Aphrodisiaque, but without the vanilla presence. It's a pretty solid, but perhaps slightly too sweet, RIS.

T - The taste is a fair bit different, with more emphasis on dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, and roastiness galore. There's a strong acidic and bitter aftertaste that I'm not sure is related to the hop content or to the intense roast flavors. Again, good stuff here, but nothing mind-blowing.

M - The mouthfeel is superb - the oatmeal really comes out here. Cask-like smoothness with mild carbonation that keeps things from being syrupy. Big, viscous, body that supports the ABV and flavor exceptionally well.

D - The ABV is very well hidden, and the mouthfeel is superb. Combined with the more than adequete flavor this is an excellent, and fairly easy to obtain, RIS. Just watch out for the mounting bitterness!

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Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Wasatch
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to trep for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a deep black color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, some oil slicks were left behind. The nose is malty, roasted, slightly oaked, tons of toffee/coffee/caramel. The taste is malty/roasted, big big toffee/coffee/caramel flavour, YUMMY! The alcohol is hidden pretty well, a slight dry/bitter finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome RIS, highly recommended. I will have to try some of the other offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a light brown colored 1" head. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: loads of roasted malts and a general sweetness is easy to detect.

Taste: roasted malts, oatmeal, prunes, loads of milk chocolate, and a nice balancing bitterness provides a great flavored beer. Alcohol is mildly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Heavier in body. Aftertaste is long as the flavor profile sticks itself to the tongue.

Drinkability: great for flavor but less for the high alcohol levels. One bottle will suffice in a single session.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

NOTE: This is a 2-year old bottle from my cellar

Pours a reddish black. Big tan head, rocky. Some lacing. Looks promising.

Aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, prune and baked caramel. Nothing strong like a RIS under normal conditions, but delish nonetheless

Flavors follow the nose. Chocolate, mocha, coffee and soft prune. It's like a regular RIS (but with alcohol a bit softer from aging) and the oats make is smooooth. Easy drinking. You get the robustness of a RIS with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout.

Very nice. I have the BA Boris "on ice". Can't wait for that one.

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Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah it's big and it's big and chocolaty, but I didn't find this to be a particularly outstanding. It appeared pitch black with a tan head in my pint glass. The aroma is a mix of cocoa and burnt grains. The oats contribute to a very smooth flavor, but I'm thrown off by the feel and balance between what seems to be citrus hops and chocolate malts. They just aren't working. It makes for a less than ideal feel, but this beer is still very drinkable for it's size and weight.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Nichols33
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich roasted and chocolate malt scent that is sweet and dessert like with a nice subtle roasted malt aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a wonderfully warm black and chocolate malt flavor. It's rich and powerful, yet highly enjoyable. This is a meal of a beer. It has a complex palate that resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's bold and flavorful as well as enjoyable. Nice work!

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Photo of plaid75
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bling Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a structured dark chocolate and burnt grain.

The taste consisted of a very dry semi sweet chocolate with elements of caramel, coffee and smoke. Perugina dark chocolate came to mind.

The mouthfeel was toward the drier side of the style.

Overall a superior RIS.

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Photo of dar482
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours out in a deep black oil color with a brown head.

The aroma is lovely. Big bitter chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and definitely some umami.

The flavor follows with a deep chocolate flavor and hugely roasted/burnt malt. It transforms to a bit of licorice, but not in an offensive way. It’s almost smokey and burnt with how deep and rich it is.

The mouthfeel is huge on this. It’s so velvety and creamy.

As a beer, this is less big and heavy, compared to the DORIS. This is more drinkable, though still being a huge mouthfeel and flavor beer. I can’t decide which I prefer because they’re both all so good. This definitely has less big burnt flavors and is less heavy on the tongue, despite being only about 1% ABV less.

A really fantastic beer.

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

Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to slasher007 for sharing this bottle.

Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit (figs) and milk chocolate. Overall, a little less aroma than I expected. The flavor is roasted, almost burnt malt, as well as some coffee and chocolate. You get a little bit of vanilla as well as some bitterness at the end of the taste. Very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

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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 2,745 ratings
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