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

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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:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#886
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,749
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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293
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Ratings: 2,749 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of Brian29
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AltBock
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk green with a white chest frog toasting a pitcher of black beer in front of a bright yellow rectangle. This frog is toasting his mug so hard, that he's just whipping his beer all around and spilling it into his little secluded Akron pond. Above the frog is the name of the brewery in big black letters, but the letter "o" is replaced with a pitcher of yellow beer. Just below the black beer pitcher the frog is toasting, is a red oval that states this is an Ohio beer. I didn't know Ohio breweries had a symbol. To the left of happy drunk frog is the Government warning, the city it's brewed in, and the barcode. On the other side of the frog is a little paragraph telling you about the beer, its specifications, and another picture of the drunk happy frog. This little picture had him toasting a mug of yellow beer. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number because there isn't one anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Appearance: Do you remember seeing the mug of black beer the frog is toasting on the label? To save money, Hoppin' Frog took the same ink they used for their label and then bottled it as B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. This beer had the same size head of foam as brewed ink (if it's possible) does. The only thing there was, was just a small skim of Cherry Coke colored foam that dissipated quite quickly into a few colored rings and no lace whatsoever anywhere around the glass. After about a minute, it looked like I poured a glass of ink instead of a black beer. There was nothing there to indicate that it was a beer by just looking at it from a distance. In case your pen runs out of black ink, just refill it back up with some B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Nothing really stands out by itself because they all combined together to create a very nice and pleasant aroma. That means it had a little bit of roasted malts, a pinch of chocolate covered cherries, a dab of regular black cherries, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and then ended with a little nip of alcohol. Toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol aroma really kicks into gear and dominates over all of the other aromas that were in this beer.

Taste: The first flavor that hopped its way onto my tastebuds were the high quality dark chocolate covered cherries. Not the kind of chocolate covered cherries you would find at your local drug store, the kind you can find at your fine local chocolatier. After that came the roasted malts, chocolate malts, black cherries, other dark fruits, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and a huge alcohol bullfrog drop kick at the finish line. That alcohol kick at the end really warms up your throat and esophagus. It almost makes you feel like you just drank a shot of whiskey and not a sip of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. Where was the robust hop character the label said that this beer was going have? I don't know, but it could have used it. There was some bitterness at the end, but it was more of a dark chocolate bitter than a hop bitter.

Mouthfeel: When I first took a few big sips of this beer, there wasn't any aftertaste to it. The dark taste hopped on in and then hopped on out without leaving an aftertaste of anything. When it warms up and you get toward the bottom of the glass, an aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and alcohol emerges. If you couldn't guess already, this beer was thick, chewy, and full bodied to the max.

Drinkability: If you drink the beer cold, you really don't have a problem with it. If you let it sit there to warm up, you're going to be sorry. All the roasted and dark flavors will be there, but you're really going to feel the burn, alcohol burn that is. If you like big chewy alcoholic beers, then this Hoppin' Frog is for you! Will this beer crush like you like the label stated? Not really. It will be the alcohol burn that will do you in and not its dark and roasted flavors.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head settling into an equally thick ring of lacing.

Scent of heavy roasted malts, oats, prunes, brown sugar.

Taste of oatmeal, prunes, brown sugar, slight coffee, and some damn good roasted malts linger.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, silky smooth and as thick as chocolate milk.

Drinkability is very high, surprising for the style and strength.

This is one of the very best Imperial Stouts available year round and is absolutely deserving of a purchase. Please go buy this beer and support Hoppin' Frog for making an incredible product.

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Photo of mgr78704
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

pour black and thick like cream. opaque with little to no head. would like to see a bit more with this aggressive pour. chocolate milk foam. tight with no lace. smell is malt and molasses. taste has that same backbone. nice bitter hop with a light sweetness all matched with the alcohol and density giving it a liquor candy syrup aspect. sweeter than some but balanced. oat is lightly smoked with a woody nature. great beer... would recommend. really comes through and is consistent as it gets warmer.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date printed anywhere. No drink-by, no bottled-on, not even a year for the vintage. Very annoying. I'm gonna guess this was bottled at some point in 2012 because I purchased it in late 2012.

A: Super black with a nice, thick, dense, dark brown head that fades into some decent lace and retention. A very dark, viscous liquid.

S: Very charred and smoky nose. Almost metallic or soy sauce aromas but it's closer to earthy. A bit of chocolate to complement the heavily roasted malt. Not as strong as I expected.

T: Very smooth and creamy. You get the oatmeal in it right away. Dark, rich, roasty, malty goodness. Charred, smoked, earthy malts. As it warms up, chocolate flavors stand out as does some hot booze.

M: Great body to match the rich flavor. Creamy and just sweet enough to be noticeable and enjoyable. The oats really contribute to this beer. As it warms, it loses body and thickness. Is that normal? Too thin and watery at this point.

O: I can tell it's been in the bottle for a while because all the flavors seemed to have mellowed out to create a very delicious stout that does not overpower nor does it disappoint. Wait...now that it's warmed up significantly...it's lost a lot of the great flavors it had when it was sort of cold. Too boozy and has aromas and flavors of soy sauce and other acidic qualities. Too bad, really. Still enough stout in this beer to be alright, though.

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Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near midnight black. Near oily in appearance. No head and essentially flat. Nose is slightly sulphuric with a nice wholesome breadiness.

Flavor is quite good. I thought I was going to be disappointed by this beer but was not. Coffee and oats. Some chocolate. Light spruce-ness to balance out the sweet. Body is a bit of a downer. I thought it'd be thicker after seeing it pour. A tad thinner than I thought it was going to be and what I was hoping for. Still a good beer altogether.

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Photo of greg4579
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown dating. The bottle does have a sticker on the neck that says G.A.B.F Gold Medal WINNER! IMPERIAL STOUT 2008...

A= Pours a nice deep black color. The head is a small skin on top of the glass that fades quickly to an active looking ring around the glass. The head itself is a very dark brown color while it lasts and the lacing is spotty.

S= The smell is rich with roast and oats. A nice chocolaty character to it with no detectable hops present. The alcohol is well hidden in the smell and it smells smooth if that makes sense. Sometimes RISs can smell a little rough around the edges.

T= The taste is just as I expected. A nice roasty chocolaty stout flavor with a great amount of oats to back it all up. Again not as harsh as some RISs but still nice and flavorful. Sometimes you don't want to turn your taste buds upside down and this is a nice smooth taster that won't. I will say it does seem to be a little one dimensional for an RIS however. Roast, chocolate, and oats make up the flavor profile without too much complexity.

M= Nice and velvety.

O= This is a beer I would buy often if it were avalible. It's just a solid well made imperial stout that is very drinkable for what it is and keeps you interested without being overly complex.

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Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of KAP1356
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I have cellar-ed for a year into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip-ed snifter...

A - Dark black and hints of brown along the edges of the glass. Nice one finger burnt caramel color head recedes after just a few seconds.

S - Lots going on here. Big roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, and in the background, hints of vanilla. Almost a barrel aged quality to this nose.

T - Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, some molasses, and a much bigger barrel aged presence comes out. Not sure why the taste has developed like this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. The alcohol is present but nothing that overpowers, instead complements everything else that is going on. Also get dark fruits as well: raisins and figs.

M - Creamy and thick. Exactly the way I like big bold stouts. This one is as smooth as velvet the whole way through the bottle.

D - Pretty bold and thick so it was a little slower to get done, but nothing that couldn't be handled. It would be great to have in the middle of winter to warm up in front of a fire.

Can't wait to try the other bottles I am going to let age even longer.

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Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CGMLS3
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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

750ml into a pint

A - Extremely thick, oily, clingy to the edges. Light head formation, down to a mocha colored film.

S - Lots of chocolate and a little bit of breadiness and oats. No hopping comes through.

T - Starts off smoothly sweet, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Mid-stream gets a combination of roast, even some burnt wood, and chocolate. Finishes with a hair of vanilla and some sweetness. Aftertaste is somewhat burnt. Hopping is hard to detect.

M - Strong bodied beer, light carbonation. Very thick, creamy, sticky, and clinging to the tongue.

O/D - A nice sipping beer, incredibly smooth and generally unobtrusive to the palette. ABV is high, but not obvious. Somewhat filling at times.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of TooGood
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,749 ratings
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