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

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2,737 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
Ratings:
2,737
Reviews:
1,036
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
570
For Trade:
44
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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

bomber into tulip. cant seem to find a bottled on date, but it cant be too old considering the neck has a sticker recognizing their gold at the 2011 GABF.

A: im going to call this right on the cusp of being pitch black. head is a very dark tan. darker than anything i have seen in a while. however, retention isnt great nor the lacing.

S: chocolate and raisins. dare i say raisinettes? this aroma is primarily chocolate and oats which makes for a very inviting aroma. chocolate milk.

T: big notes of dark chocolate. charcoal. prunes. a brief wave or dry, burnt/char flavor. finish is more of a milk chocolate/chocolate milk flavor. lingering sweetness.

M: silky smooth carbonation on a full body. very well done. the body cloys to the palate. this is probably one of my favorite stouts to sip on, mostly from the silky undertones the oats give.

D: please do this brew justice and savor it at slightly below room temp. just too much to enjoy to have it chilled out. the sweetness is dried out just a touch from the roast and makes everything enjoyable. please enjoy one if you can find it.

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

served in a st bernardus oversized wineglass.

true to its brethren in the style, pours a very dark brown/almost pure black with a finger of tan head... decent retention and lacing.

nose offers ample amounts of coffee, chocolate, roasted malt.

very tasty. coffee at first, followed by chocolate and oatmeal, the latter being more subdued. the alcohol is definitely there but it's not overpowering by a long shot. fairly full-bodied mouthfeel, thick and rich.

surprisingly drinkable for a big beer - i could have another. overall a fantastic RIS, one of my favorites non-barrel aged stouts.

originally reviewed on: 06-25-2010

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

650 mL bottle poured into a CCB snifter. No bottle date. Silly breweries with no bottle date.

Appearance - Deep inky black body. Almost no head, but some mocha foam surfaces before dissipating into hardly anything.

Smell - Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. Sweet molasses and booze. Quite boozy, really.

Taste - Really chocolatey in the smell. Some coffee persists, but it's less intense than the chocolate. The coffee comes out in the bitter finish as the roasted malts really come out.

Mouthfeel - Excessively boozy. Really strange considering it's only 9.4%. Low carbonation with a nice body.

Overall - Nothing stands out as spectacular in this beer, but everything really works well together. Oatmeal gives it good body and the rich chocolate gives it a wonderful flavor, really despite the booze. I look forward to the variations on this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of DWolf
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of transmogrified
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of fmccormi
3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz bottle to my Cigar City snifter. Not dating visible anywhere on the bottle or label, but my best guess is that this bottle is about a year old. The store I got it from received one shipment, I believe, of Hoppin’ Frog about a year ago, so that’s my estimate.

Appearance (3.5): Head is minimal, but the color of chocolate milk while it sticks around. Fades quickly to leave a couple of sudsy spots on the sides of the glass, but that’s about it. The body is black-black-black, not even turning reddish at the corners, which I dig. Just wish there was more head going on here.

Smell (2.0): Very tame aroma here. Wish there was a lot more. What’s there recalls dark fruits, sweet molasses and some very faint char. Some chocolate?

Taste (4.0): Following the nose, there’s a strong malty component in the background that’s like dark stone fruits—dates, raisins, prunes—mulled in warm molasses. A bit sweet in that regard, though there’s a lightly bitter coffee note that comes around and cuts through it, which is nice. The oats really are quite noticeable though, smoothing everything over and even helping to mask the alcohol (which is present, too). Light, bittersweet chocolate character floats around everything else going on. The more this warms, the more I enjoy what’s going on.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Nice and thick, viscous but not syrupy, but the carbonation is incredibly subdued—just a light tingle towards the end.

Overall (3.5): This beer feels like it could be great. Maybe it needs to be fresher. Maybe it really benefits from barrel aging. But right now, at about one year on the bottle (at my best estimate), it’s relatively smooth and subdued but not necessarily for the better. I’m not into the harshness of a lot of Russian Imperials, so the “Imperial Oatmeal” idea really speaks to me, but I think there are better examples out there. Good beer, above average, but not a stunner.

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Photo of mcbeerbrew
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with modest medium-brown head. Nice looking stout.

Smell: Chocolate,roast malts, and some brown sugar. The chocolate is prominent here.

Taste: The chocolate is prominent with some roasted malt notes. There is also a well integrated hop element.

Mouth-feel: fairly full-bodied with modest carbonation. The oatmeal is playing a significant role resulting in a creamy and full bodied beer.

Overall: My first time trying this one and I'm pleased. I would have no problem picking this one up again.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of crossovert
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. 2012 vintage.

It pours an inky black, one of the darkest beers I have seen. It has a creamy but foamy dark tan head that sticks for a good while.

The smell is really clean for a RIS. You can pick out the malts and hops and even yeast easily. It has nice fruity notes, some interesting hops that are a bit earthy and dank, and some creamy stout notes that include chocolate , cake, and caramel.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth. Initial notes are bitter coffee and booze. There is a noticeable grainy malt kick as well. The alcohol mellows out after the first few sips and it is smooth bitter chocolatey goodness.

A fine brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of woodjjacct
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jnikkel
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of egrace84
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,737 ratings.
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