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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,736 |  Reviews: 1,035
Photo of Peyton5410
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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

A - Black, finger of light brown head that dissipates quickly

S - Not a big smell. Caramel, malty, chocolate, leather, minor char, vaguely vegetal in that molassessy way.

T - Something in the toffee neighborhood, but really closer to the background taste in chocolate ice cream, which pushes right up to the edge of mocha. The alcohol is very well masked. It manifests only as pleasant mildly warm fumes wafting up after the swallow.

M - Medium-heavy, somewhat viscous

O - Satisfying, rich, and nice. I might favor a little more complexity in other areas such as char or wood notes, but it's still distinct. I might buy it again.

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Photo of Brutesling57
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jaasen64
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into Hunahpu snifter

A- Opaque pitch black, no head- just a mocha brown ring around the edge of the glass that leaves no lacing, no carbonation bubbles can be seen, looks appealing.

S- Oatmeal, booze, leather, dark chocolate, hints of raisins and licorice.

T- A little bit of oatmeal, some roasty maltiness, lactose sugars, hints of dark fruits. Slightly leathery, lightly sweet aftertaste.

M- Creamy without being too syrupy, medium bodied to a little bit on the heavier side, below average carbonation.

O- This was definitely a quality RIS all around with a nice slight oatmeal flavor. Nice complexity while still tasting great. Right up there with some of the better ones, however definitely not my favorite. For the price ($12) this was definitely worth it, however there are some even cheaper ones out there that are even better: Stone RIS ($8), Ten Fidy ($16/4-pack), and Speedway (~$15). Definitely recommended to try, however I might go with some others before trying this one again.

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Photo of TimP2115
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of HopsintheSack
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of kwa357
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

22 oz bomber pours an opaque black with lovely tan head and lacing. Aromas are mild cocoa, dark coffee, and charcoal. Flavor is complex cocoa, coffee, dark fruit, smoke, and a little licorice. Very smooth mouthfeel with dry finish. Overall a very nice RIS!

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Photo of mattenglish
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: Like motor oil thick and black as the night. Really dark tan head is bubbly thick rising to roughly 2/3" .

Smell: Little like wine with chocolate not very sticking but an aroma you can't forget.

Taste: Very overwhelming taste of chocolate, roasted coffee bean and lightly bitter.

Mouth: Very smooth with a medium carbonation coming off little light.

Overall: Bought this on a whim nothing about the brewery nor the beer, I took a chance and I won. Great and I do mean great overall beer that exceeded any expectation I could have had. Hope you all enjoy, salud!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to get a bottle of this after tasting a D.O.R.I.S. the other week – Hoppin’ Frog has been consistently awesome.

A: Pours like sexy sludge, as black and thick as ever. A modest head of dark, shining brown forms for a second, but disappears without a trace in seconds. Very little lacing…it eventually looks like black, black coffee.

S: Smells like a campfire: marshmallow, honey, chocolate caramel, graham cracker, smoke, and char. The roasts are big, but they have a distinct burnt-sugar sweetness to them; I absolutely love it. It’s a deep brown, deeply rich combination of warm aromas. Alcohol and hops pick up to finish it out, leaving with a note of cinnamon, mild oaken whiskey, and bright pine and hop oils.

T: Roasts, earthy and smooth, ring true from start to finish, and it’s my favorite part of the Hoppin’ Frog stout palate: char, French roast coffee, and smoked hickory. The bitter flavors carry on from the start, going back and forth from kilned grains to the slightly brighter hops (pine-forward, but leafy and light). It’s no surprise to find the alcohol somewhere in between, toying between the two flavors with an air of acidic, vodka-like booze. I’m struggling because that’s the only way I know how to describe it, but it’s much more delicious than it sounds; it’s a little much, but it’s just about right for the palate. Mild finish, with an effortless evaporation of smoke and woody spice.

M: I’m feeling a creamy bit of thinness to the body – it’s more coffee than beer, it seems like. Still, it has a moment or two of light carbonation before the slickness overwhelms it again.

O: This is the perfect beer for Hoppin’ Frog’s B.O.R.I.S. variations: it’s satisfying, complex, and full-flavored. An excellent stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bluz4frank for hooking me up with this.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a black as night color. A small mocha colored head dissipates to a thin film across the top.

S: Lots of roasted malts up front. Hints of coffee, sweet molasses, and a touch of milk chocolate. A slight hoppiness finishes it off.

T: Similar to the aroma but where some aspects were minimized in the aroma, they come out stronger in the taste. There are the deep brunt and roasted malts again, but instead of dominating the other characteristics (the sweet milk chocolate, molasses, and coffee) there is a wonderful harmony. The hops toward the finish create a slight bite that makes you want to go back for more.

M: Full body and minimal carbonation. Very smooth to drink and the alcohol is hidden extremely well.

O: I was blown away by the taste of this thing. This is one of the better tasting RIS's I've enjoyed. I'm thoroughly impressed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of slvrmon82
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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