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
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:
2,729
Reviews:
1,034
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
565
For Trade:
44
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Ratings: 2,729 |  Reviews: 1,034
Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as night with no light getting through. It formed a dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and black strap molasses. The flavor was of malt, coffee and dark fruit, The body is medium and slightly oily and the finish is slightly burnt, yet sweet. A nice stout.

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Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around a great RIS. I'm still really enjoying stouts at all temps. Too cold to too warm.

A-Dark black with a caramel colored head. About half a finger on a hard pour.

S-Sweet and smooth. No overpowering tones of alcohol.

T-Very good for me. I drank it far faster than I should have, since it went down so smooth. Perfect bitterness and oatmeal flavoring.

M-Not much to say here. Smooth with the right amount of lingering pop.

D-If it were in a smaller bottle, could definitely have a 6-er and feel alright.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of jhartley
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lanstrum
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

The bomber bottle label sports a frog sloshing beer out of a tankard and a neck band proclaiming Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S. the 2008 G.A.B.F. Imperial Stout Gold Medal Winner. Whoa! Stupid frog! Party foul!

The cellar-cool bottle yields an inky body the hue of chocolate syrup topped with a thin layer of oily walnut-brown foam. The cap recedes into a bubbly ring that leaves wisps and freckled lacing clinging to the interior of my Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The smell is roasty and blackened with strong smoky notes of smutty, savory dark chocolate laced with the stinging acrid tanginess of French roast coffee and charred grain. Black licorice and caramel-infused brandy contribute considerable fruitiness and a touch of spice to the bitter burntness of the profile. As the drink warms, rich oats gain stature in the aroma, layering on the sweet, scratchy starchiness of cereal-grain sweetness.

The taste is quite bitter and laden with espresso and unsweetened bakers' chocolate. Gritty, grainy-sweet oats and tangy, acrid scorched malts collide with boozy vanilla caramel and creamy chocolate liqueur. An earthy hop note swirled with powdered cocoa mix and dusty instant coffee dries the finish.

The drink is creamy, silky, and full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to lighten things up a bit. Quite delicious and very drinkable for style.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LeftHanded666
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

A: Motor oil with a thin tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Bright and sweet. Hints of vanilla.

T: Starts sweet and creamy. Fades to dark chocolate coffee that sticks until the next dip. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Silky smooth with a slight carbonation. 

O: This is one of the better non-barrel aged Russian Imperial Stouts I've had to date. After 4 months in the cellar there is a slight bitter finish that is more coffee like than hoppy. It's great well balanced beer as is, but I bet this will continue to improve with age.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in Indiana and brought it home.
Poured this sucker out into a pint. Nearly opaque deep brown, with a small but very dense mocha brown head.

Nose is beautiful deep roasty malts. Sweet chocolate scents.

Taste is a very solid RIS. Dark chocolate and malts. Lingering roast malt goodness. Slight smoky hints. More burnt flavors and slight ethanol twang on warming.

Generally creamy mouth feel. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

Very solid

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

A: Dark black with thick brown head... good lacing..

S: Coffee, chocolate, some yeastyness and oaty goodness

T: Fruity hit and then chocolate and coffee take over... some caramel and oat malts...

M: Good masking of the alcohol.. medium full body with nice creaminess.. some bitterness

D: Solid..

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Photo of Lawnboy33
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of craftaholic
3.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JayS2629
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a deep, dark black with a creamy tan head that faded too fast for me, but left good rings of thick lace.

The aroma was of coffee, dark chocolate, mocha, and dark fruit. Earthy hops peek through to balance with a smooth vanilla hint in the back.

The taste follows with a robust roasted malt taste, a lingering sweet chocolate and caramel middle, hints of mocha and vanilla and earthy elements balancing things out.

Very smooth, creamy and thick.

Overall, a nicely balanced, rich, and enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of claytong
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow, im impressed. this could be a stand by for me. i wish the taste had a bit more of the smell in it but the ships dont sing for alaska.

appearance - coal black and looking nice and thick on the pour. mocha colored head. almost two inches on a not so gentle pour. great lacing, sticking to the side of the glass as i drink.

smell - lots of vanilla, and really nice vanilla at that. oats and chocolate, dark chocolate that is. some other malts.

taste - vanilla is there, but not as nicely. oats come in stronger. chocolate is thin and other malts play bigger this round.

mouthfeel - a bit thin for an imperial oatmeal in my opinion. carbonation is great. this is the biggest let down of the almost perfect drink for me.

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Photo of taez555
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes. 05/02/08

This beer poured a pitch black body with traces of yellow around the rim with a tan head that died somewhat quickly.

Nose was a mix of dark roasted malt, coffee, sweet dark chocolate, raisins, oats, dates and a mild sting of alcohol. An interesting and very unique imperial stout smell. The oats give it a strange, oat taste, that's foreign in other beers like this.

Taste is full bodied and very rich. A big strong hop bitterness and numbing quality immediately stand out as waves of dark roasted malts flow in behind it. Dark malt, dark bitter coffee, dark chocolate, dark raisins or dates and even a faint wood quality. The oatmeal aspect of this beer is a bit more muted in the taste, but it definitely has hints of that milky, chewy, oat-like, oatmeal taste. It fits nicely into the imperial stout setting. It ends with a lingering dark roasted malt bitterness.

An interesting beer. An imperial stout with traces of oatmeal stout. It works, but at the same time, I'm not sure if it does. The oatmeal sort of feels like it doesn't belong in the imperial stout, or maybe I'm just too used to imperials a certain. Anyway... a good beer none the less.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-black, thin tan head

S-strong dark roasted malts. a tad boozey smelling. smells like quite a serious stout!

T-comes in with really deep and strong roasted malts. there's a large booziness of coffee and chocolate malts much like many of the imperial stout that I've had. the oats don't really come in til the after-taste along with some chocolate notes. overall, its a good imperial stout though i don't know if it compares to many of the others that i've tasted

M-low carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-this is definitely a sipper and its not my stout of choice. the tastes do stay well but a whole bomber of this is just too much.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to pitch black with a barely there tan head that is quick to fade to a small collar around the glass
S: smells big and roasty with notes of coffee and chocolate
T: tastes of coffee, bitter dark chocolate, roast malt, and some cocoa powder. swallow is more chocolate and coffee with more roasted malt flavor
M: Full in the mouth with a nice smooth feel on the palate. carbonation is there but it isn't assertive. nice finish that isn't drying
O: Overall, this is a fantastic beer that drinks very well and has good flavors. I want to try this after a barrel treatment.

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Photo of NickyDee21
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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