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/ 2,746 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:
#868
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,746
Liked:
2,570
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.22%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
570
Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,746 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Alfredo_NewMexico
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FrankShirley
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Smconnor
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gemini6
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 maplebaconassassin
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black, has nearly no head at all. Contains armoas of malt, burned malt, chocolate, barley, toffee, which are pleasant, but don’t stand out too much. Has a very oily, creamy, soft mouthfeel, aromas of licorice, coffee, forest berries, very dark roasted bread, chocolate and sugar. Gets sweeter to the finish, with a long lingering aftertaste, very well balanced. Has nearly no present carbonation, gives the beer an enormous, big character, with no distractions. Taste is never too bitter or too aggressive, but very well balanced at every moment. Ends with a long lasting, bittersweet coffee finish, which gives the beer a unique, loveable finish.

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

Pours a pitch black body with a very large amount of head. As with other roasted malt beers, hints of coffee and chocolate are present, but with this one I found the chocolate to be slightly more present. I generally found this to be rather sweet and more bitter on the after-taste. An amazing beer, albeit rare and expensive.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black with a thick, dense tan head, and some legs that stain the glass brown for a short period.

Smell is very reminiscent of chocolate covered frozen banana, with a little cola and roasted nuts.

Taste is chocolate, roasted nuts, and some bitter woody hops that are almost bringing me to Oak Aged Yeti land, but not quite. Bitterness actually makes it seem a little hotter than its bigger sister DORIS.

Super frothy with a full body but surprisingly bitter. Still, BORIS is super smooth and semi-dry.

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I had the pleasure of cracking a 2011 bottle in May 2017, and was floored at how well it developed. It somehow becomes even more roasty over time, more nutty, more bitter with cocoa powder and baker's chocolate character, but also with some sweet raspberry, hot molasses and fine aged grape skins with leather and hints of bacon. I mean, this is a hell of a beer. All the time I've spent trying to look out for all the other beers out there with big names, I could have had 20 of these in the cellar enjoying them over the years whenever I felt the need to drink something truly stellar.

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

Photo of Kinger86
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of monkeybone7504
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good standalone oatmeal stout, I just think the bitterness of the oats eclipsed the barrel- that I got none of at all.

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Photo of Norvelljeff
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of hashmads
3.8/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Photo of ZAP
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L-Dark brown/black....scarlet like light head and tan lacing

S-Very roasty with dark fruits....plums...figs....a bit of leather

T-Big on the dark fruits....plums...dark berries....figs.....also a nice dark chocolate impression....very roasty,...any coffee notes are very mild and not prominent but are there.

F-Love what the oatmeal did for this...very creamy, and smooth...full bodied but not ultra full bodied....it's immense but not like drinking motor oil immense like some.

O-This is a high quality imperial stout with a flavor profile I enjoy...the roastiness is impressive and not sidetracked by a biting hop load. The dark cocoa adds a touch of finishing bitterness but I like how the hops are really understated in this. Well done.

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Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of q33jeff
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

** FROM 4/4/15
Aroma is coffees. App+- Jet black pour. Thick! Tan head, short lasting but lacing remains. Taste-alcohol is present, chocolate coffee, toasted malt. Very nice and tasty. Bready taste comes late. Smooth feel with medium carbonation. Acidic after taste. Very nice beer. Thickest I think I?ve seen, except maybe Goose Island Big John.
**

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Photo of emeyer
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bylerteck
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Super thin body for the style. Otherwise tasty and spot on.

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Photo of tlema1
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: jet black with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head
S: Dark fruits and booze
T: rich, slightly boozy, dark fruit, some bitter chocolate
F: silky on the tongue, good mouthfeel
O: excellent beer, I haven't had a ton of oatmeal RISs, and this one is 2 years old

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Photo of dbell23
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Boverhof3
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 2,746 ratings
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