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
Reviews:
1,033
Ratings:
2,723
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
565
For Trade:
45
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Reviews: 1,033 | Ratings: 2,723
Photo of TVolt1
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very nice dark dark brown color with a decent amount of reddish/brown head and some of the nicest lacing I have seen.

S: Has a good mellow coffee smell to it but really enjoy the follow through of somewhat of a fruity orange undertone to the coffee bean and milk chocolate smell.

T: This is a great taste! It actually has the initial of a raspberry dark chocolate dask and then follows with the coffee. I think this is a great beer.

M: Great mouthfeel. Thick and creamy.

O: overall, I think this is a delicious beer. One of the best actually. It doesn't overpower with the coffee flavor and they incorporated great tastes and flavors together.

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Photo of Contagion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark black, with a touch of brown. There was no sign of light passing through at all, even around the edges. With an aggressive pour I was able to get a good half inch head to form. It was dark tan in color, and consisted mainly of large bubbles. It faded to a ring around the edge of the mug. There was some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a strong dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent. I could detect a touch of molasses. As it warms more of a smoky scent was in the background. A touch of citrusy hops was detectable as well. As the beer warmed up you could also start to get an alcohol smell from it.

Taste: The tongue is treated to a rich dark roasted malts, mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruit and molasses flavors help to enhance the flavors tremendously. There is a good hop finish to it that helps bring all the flavors together. The aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness on the back of the tongue that fades slowly. The beer has a slight alcohol taste, which isn't surprising based on the 9.4% ABV.

Body: This is a medium bodied beer, which I did find a little disappointing because I personally would like a more full bodied beer for an imperial stout. I personally would have liked a bit more of a creaminess that coats the mouth. It has a mild carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I had my eye on this beer for a while. I'd heard good things about it and jumped on a chance to buy a bottle when I saw it at a local store. Am I ever glad that I did! I can definitely see myself getting another bottle of this in the future. If you like stouts, and especially an imperial stout, I would go out and try to find one of these. I give it 9 out of 10.

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Photo of ph2001
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in pint glass

it pours black and a hard pour gets one finger of dark creamy head. the smell is mild and sweet, almost like a milk stout. medium body that is very smooth and a little creamy. full flavored with a sweetness like coffee and chocolate and the oatmeal gives a nice smoothness to it. the aftertaste is very pleasant of coffee notes.

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Photo of Blitzstyle
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a sniffer. Black in color looks really thick. Not alot of head and the little disapears quickly. Nice tanish color head.

Smells heavy of licorice coffee and chocolate. Can also smell the alchol.

Taste just like it smells licorice is there in the back ground very smooth and complex. something I can't pin point but reminds me of some sort of childrens medicine. Could be the licorice, but I don't know yet.

Nice and creamy goes down easy. Taste lingers for a bit leaving you wanting more. Kind of coats your mouth.

Awesome beer! Loved every sip of it and regret splitting it with a friend.

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Photo of xanok
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Palm tulip, reviewed from my phone.

A-Jet black with very little head. The head that was there was off-white that leaves little lacing.

S-Chocolate and oats dominate the aroma. Much sweeter than other imperial oatmeal stouts I've had. Hints of fudge, caramel, and coffee as well. Barely noticing some dark fruit hints. Very balanced.

T-Follows the nose mostly here, but maybe not as balanced. Malt, caramel, and dark fruit take a far back seat to the oat and chocolate.

M-Thick and full bodied. Medium carb. Nice warming feeling on the way down. Leaves a nice oatmeal aftertaste.

D-High abv obviously makes it a sipper. Fairly smooth though, and could probably do two of these bombers on a Saturday night.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog
B.o.r.i.s. the crusher
Imperial-Oatmeal stout
ABV 9.4%
IBU's 60

L= 5.0 Thin white dispersing head. This brew pours a beautiful oily dark brown black body with little carbonation to be seen

S= 4.0 Lots of dark ester, dark cherry, fig and it has a certain roasted sweetness as well. A light alcohol presence 

T= 4.0 Dark cherry! Mmm lots of dark fruit and sweetness upfront the flows so smoothly to creamy chewy finish. Medium finishing bitters that seems to coat your mouth for a good while. Very nice beer

F= 4.5 really creamy feel. Very chewy beer.

D= 4.5 this is one of those really rare beers that you could drink everyday for your entire life and not get tired of it. Great beer and it holds a flame against some of the greats, but is shadowed by its big brother the bourbon barrel Boris which is a life beer.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a chalice. well paired with a chocolate brownie topped with cherry ice cream.

A: pours thick and black with a thin caramel foam. foam dissipates quickly with just a bit of lacing.

S: just what I was expecting for a RIS- dark malts, bitter coffee and sweet chocolate battle for top billing. bitter coffee starts out strong, but the sweet milk chocolate takes over and lasts throughout.

T: again, as expected. roasted, bitter coffee and milk chocolate.

M: thick and rich. a bit dry at first, but just as with the aromas, the sweet chocolate takes over and this brew becomes smooth and creamy.

D: at 9.4% in a 22oz bottle, difficult to have too many of these, but B.O.R.I.S. is incredibly drinkable. a good representation of the RIS style.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. No foam at all. Small carmel colored ring forms around the edge. Color is black in the glass. No light comes through at all. The scent is roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little hop. Very nice. First sip while cold is intense coffee and chocolate. Smooth heavy mouthfeel with surprising carbonation. As it warms up you get a little more carmel sweetness in both the smell and taste. Still lots of dark chocolate. This is great beer. Definitely something to try if you haven't.

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

I poured my Hoppin' Frog BORIS Oatmeal Stout into a tulip glass at about 55 degrees. It poured viscous and black with a nice brown head that receded quickly with nice lacing.

My initial nosing was all roasted malt but as I let it sit the hops came through with underlying subtle roasted coffee and cherry notes.

The taste is not overpowering at all and very balanced. It starts with the roasted malty sweetness with the subtle coffee and bittersweet chocolate and finishes very cleanly with a nice hoppy bitterness.

The mouthfeel is wonderfully heavy and viscous just like the pour indicated. It coats the mouth with a chewiness and mild carbonation I look for in an imperial stout.

Overall this is a very easy drinking and excellent example of an Imperial Stout. Those of you out there that enjoy your Imperial Stouts should not hesitate to try this brew. Enjoy!!!

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Photo of KBoudreau66
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber in to my Sierra Nevada pint glass.

Pours pitch black, with a dark brown translucent ring at the top of the glass. Has no head to speak of, but there was a very thin layer of dark brown fizz at the top of the glass that eventually dissipated to nothing.

Smells of very rich toasted malts, roasted coffee beans, mocha, oats, caramel, and slight spice in the undertone.

This brew is pretty complex because there are so many different flavors that stand out. Strong burnt coffee flavors, dark chocolate, brown sugar, caramel and toffee. Very strong alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly carbonated and dry.

This was a big beer and did not disappoint me, it had a ton of different bold flavors going on and it was definitely worth drinking. This is a brew I will only be drinking from time to time and not on a regular basis.

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Photo of Raven3464
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a pitch black body with a one finger brown, almost crimson, head. Retention is good.

Smell: Dark malts, chocolate, licorice, oatmeal, and a pinch of citrus can all be detected.

Taste: It mainly follows the nose. Dark fruits and licorice are noticed early before blending with a creamy oatmeal touch. Chocolate is noticeable towards the end along with a slight hop punch. Bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste together with a reminder of the licorice.

Mouth feel: Big, thick, and creamy are the best adjectives to describe this beer. There is a slight amount of carbonation which compliments the hops nicely. It is very refreshing.

Overall: Sweetness, bitterness, and a creamy feel are balanced wonderfully.

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Photo of Crundy
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like motor oil, black as night, no head and no lacing

S: dark fruits like sweet plum or dark cherry, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, slight malt presence

T: follows the nose, molasses sweetness, sweet dark fruits, hop presence as well and some roasted malt.

M: very thick and heavy, full bodied and coats the mouth. very smooth, delicious, molasses sweet aftertaste.

O: very delicious, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV, Just a very good beer.

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Photo of Duane_Opfer
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No date on bottle. Consumed on 12/1. Written from notes.

A - Poured black and thick with a half inch of light cocoa colored head. No lasting lacing. Head mostly dissipates, with a light ring around the edge and some thin foam covering part of the surface of the beer.

S - Heavy cream, vanilla, bitter dark chocolate, and amaretto.

T - Strong vanilla, some tart coffee, bitter chocolate and amaretto. Some burnt flavor. Not boozy, but very warming.

M - Interesting. Higher viscosity balanced by higher carbonation. Different but very nice.

O - Very enjoyable. Worth a try.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Finally picked one up tonight, there is no excuse as to why I haven't tried this earlier. The color is an opaque motor oil black with a bit of head from a vigorous pour that quickly dies down to a slight ring around the outside of the glass. Not much carbonation.

The smell isn't too assertive; roasted malts, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, hints of vanilla and a bit of alcohol are all present in the bouquet.

The taste is great! Huge creamy mouth feel, this is where the oatmeal really shines! Lots of dark fruits, coffee, molasses and chocolate up front. Hints of vanilla and caramel come in as well. The finish accentuates some of the earthy bitterness of the hops and coffee while still retaining a fantastic creamy smoothness. The 9.5% abv is hidden very well!

Holy $#!% is all I can say. What a great beer! And the price is reasonable, too! This is way better than many beers I've paid twice as much for. This is definitely getting a spot in the regular rotation.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - what can I say, its yet another pitch black RIS that allows no light to transgress its ominous borders. Dark, almost reddish head that rises to a finger and falls quickly, with plentiful lacing.

S - Alcohol dominates, with sweet malts, chocolate and molasses. Dark cherries. There's something else interesting there, but I just can't draw it out.

T - Acrid, (in a good way) candied, smoky malt flavor. This one's still pretty hot, but its much more ready for consumption relatively fresh than alot of other awesome RIS's.

M - Unusually light and airy for the style, IMHO. Not necessarily a bad thing, but neither is it necessarily up to standard.

D - Given the light body, its very drinkable for a RIS

Not a standard-setting RIS by a long shot, but good. All around reminds me of a less smoky Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Nowhere near one of the greats, but good and relatively available.

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Photo of sentomaster
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a small mocha colored head that quickly dies down.

S- Bittersweet chocolate, licorice, rum soaked raisins, bold roasted coffee, burnt toast. Awesome.

T/M- sticky sweet molasses, rum raisins again, dark expresso, anise, nice citrus hop bite in the back end. Velvety smooth and oily, just short of chewy.

O- One of the better imperial oatmeals out there. Complex and robust. This bad boy has later after layer of flavor and they almost all hit the mark. That said, it needs to be dialed in just a notch and it would give beers like FBS a good run for their money. If the hop bite was toned down a bit, body tuned up, this could be one of the best imperial stouts period. The more I drink the more I feel like this beer wants to be great, it just can't quite get there.

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Photo of prsguitarsr4me
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow this is a fantastic beer. I did not expect this. Pours black with the darkest brown head I ever saw. Smells cool, refreshing, with lots of chocolate and coffee - fruits underneath too. Taste is phenomenal - very rich chocolate. Taste lingers in the mouth for a while after each sip. Man this beer is thick, syrupy - just how I love my beer. Alcohol is blended well - its hard to tell its as strong as it really is. Man I wish I could get some more of this! My folks were passing by a store near the brewery in Ohio on a trip and new I liked stouts - so they got it, not knowing how good it would be. Highly recommended.

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Photo of chefmikeanderson
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Pours dark and velvety like a demi sauce with butter as a liason. real real quick mocha head with minimal lacing

S:really roasted dark chocolate mocha with just a hint of coffee. a little booze in the background

T: creamy oatmeal bitter chocolate. that pretty much explains it. no real hop profile to me but its not to sweet. the oatmeal tames the roasted bitterness

M: really smooth that covers my whole mouth real nicely with just a little pop of bubbles to keep it interesting

D: quite the easy one to drink. I dont see any problem finishing the whole beer. no hotness from alcohol and the creamy finish just lets me keep sippin away. Quite enjoyable i must say

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

A - Beer poured out of a bomber dark black and thick like oil. Very little head that reduces to nothing quickly.

S - Aromas of coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, boozy alcohol and a bitter roasted malt.

T - Big coffee flavor with dark chocolate and bitter malt. Notes of dark fruit (cherry and plum?). Very nice, deep, complex Impy Stout flavors.

M - Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, just like you would expect.

D - Pretty drinkable considering the style and high alcohol content.

Very good Impy Stout. I would definately buy this again. This will be a regular beer for me once the weather cools.

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Photo of caminiti
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As I really like the style, I rate it high on drinkability.
Poured from a bomber acquired from Halftime Bev. in Poughkeepsie months ago (other HF still available, not this one), I poured it into a pint glass that I have no idea where the hell it came from (Coors Light and NYGiants logo??!!?) thick and dark, thin brown lacing that quickly disappears, smells of I dont know? smoked licorice? Similiar in nose to Old Rasputin, and tastes similiar as well. A bit oily, but overall an outstanding beer, and any fan of the style must try one.

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Photo of Luchman
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A thick, black, sludgy body with a dark cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee,molasses, and a hint of alcohol. I also get a hint of caramel and oatmeal? (That might just be me knowing that its an "oatmeal stout" though.) Either way, smells pretty tasty.

T: A nice chocolate/coffee/earthy taste with some warming of alcohol.Little sign of some hops, ending with a roasted note. Not too shabby.

M: Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D:I enjoyed it but it's definitely nothing special. I have had better RIS and better oatmeal stouts in my day..

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

pours from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Deep black color this tan head of about 1 in. that stick around... and around .... and around... still there....

smell is of oats and malty sweetness... very odd to smell oat to me.... always thought of it as a taste and mouth-feel character. slight ginger bread aroma. no real hop presence.

sweet malt followed by coffee and chocolate flavors... then a warming alcohol taste and then some bitter pine like hops. some oat flavor in the beginning but rather light compared to what the aroma would lead you to believe... good taste

mouth feel is thick and creamy like a stout should be... higher carbonation for a stout i thought as well.

Overall a great beer.... Thanks to HippityHop24 for the trade... CHEERS!!!

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Photo of goethean
3.57/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Six month old bottle poured pitch black at 62F into a Duvel tulip. Aroma is surprisingly mild.

Very big. Very smooth. Great big smooth roastiness. Noticeable alcohol burn. Main flavor is of oats (toasted oats?), which manifests as a soft graininess. I didn't detect the fruitiness which other reviewers found. There is sweetness here, but it is more than balanced by the strong roastiness and the hops bitterness.

Overall, a little disappointing given the extreme hype on this website around this beer.

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

Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Has an arome of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Has a smooth stout taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth brew. Nice bitters on the back end. Very Subdued. A very delicious Imperial Stout.

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Photo of tommy78
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out of a bomber, the beer had a pitch black colour with little head on top.

S: Nice combo of burned malts and sweet oatmeal.

T: Very sweet cacao taste to the beer. I also detected some malts and roasted coffee flavor.

M: Extremely smooth for an imperial stout. Usually, with imperial stouts, there's some sort of aftertaste kick, but with this one, there isn't one.

D: Right now, it is about 30 degrees F outside and the beer has warmed me up very nicely. Great beer overall!

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