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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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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of TenHornsProud
3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, sludgy black with a small tan head that lingers. Very viscous.

Smells of cherry, chocolate, roasty almost wood character, sweetness. Nice, sweet fruit and roast aroma.

Tastes of chocolate and coffee up front that goes into a boozy and roasted middle that ends on a sweeter chocolate, silky finish with enough bitterness to balance. Surprisingly alcoholic and sweet, which is not a good thing. There are notes of fruit, cherry/grapefruit as well. I don't know, the flavor seems to be missing something.

Great, creamy mouthfeel from the oats but the hot alcohol makes this a bit of a mess.

As it stands, this is a fine RIS but the flavors don't stand out as particularly interesting or special, though they are pleasant in their own regard. The alcohol and residual sweetness stand out far too much, maybe some age will help. Almost cloying.

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Photo of splendidsplinter
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Finally! I had one of these once and dropped it and broke the bottle and lost the beer.

Oily black, dense, with a fizzy chocolaty looking head that is way darker than mocha. Retention is short lived and lacing nearly absent. But she's a good looker regardless.

The smell is roasty and smoky with a nip of dark fruit. The underlying malty body is detectable, but not really asserting any sweetness. I can feel some boozy heat, but not really smell it. It may not be crazily complex, but it is very smooth.... as it warms it opens up (surprise surprise) and gains more depth and complexity, most notably the rich malty sweetness gains strength. The sweetness gets to such a level that it is almost chocolaty.

Super smooth roasty stout with some smoke, malty sweetness, and dark fruit that is also gently boozy. It's so smooth that it's hard to point at the elements for description. Though a bit more complex than the nose, it is not overwhelmingly so. But what it may lack in complexity, it more than makes up for in smoothness and balance. Really great tasting beer.

Perfect carbonation, plenty but not too much. Moderate level of boozy warming coincides with a rich, full bodied beer having medium viscosity. The creamy feel of the oats certainly adds to the pleasant texture.

Damn, this is a good beer! I so regret breaking that bottle. And it was an extra from the one-and-only Buckeyenation from an IP trade. This stout may not be all barrel aged Belgian vanilla bean anise chocolate coffee bourbon (am I forgetting anything) triple fermented orange peel bretanomyces ... but it's good. Really good. I will get some more BORIS the next time I have a chance! And I left so many on the shelves back east...

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter, unknown freshness. This pours a semi thick pitch black motor oil color with a smaller mocha colored head which quickly dissipates. The smells are of dark roasted malts, coco, dark chocolate, espresso. The feel is thick and creamy. The taste is great super bitter, lots of dark roasted malts, espresso, dark chocolate. Excellent stout.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

A: Jet black, one finger head quickly recedes to small bubbles.

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, bitter smell

T: Dark chocolate, espresso, a little heat, roasted malt with nice clean finish. A bit of bitterness lingers

M: Thick and waxy. Coats the whole mouth. Very nice

O: Well balanced. Quite drinkable. Bought two so we'll see how one does a few months down the road.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My review seemed to have disappeared from a couple of years ago. Whats up with that? Anyway.

Poured into a snifter. Pours an opague black with a thin whimzy coca cola colored heading. Little lacing thoughout but the heading in the beginning was impressive.

Nose was mostly of toasted malts and oats. Decent mocha middle with chocolate coming out in the finish.

Nice and sweet at first with that classic caramel malt taste. A heavy molasses and slight sourness follow up, but quickly put away with the chocolate and coffee finish.

Full bodied ,decent carbonation but the kicker is the heavier molasses and extremely smooth mouth. Slight lactic cocoa is left lingering.

Excellent R.I.S. Everytime I see this one on tap I am forced to get a sample or a pint. So tasty!.

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Photo of yamar68
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to brandy snifter:

Pitch black sludge with an edge of coffee clarity. Fizzy medium brown head that fades to a ring within a minute. Nose is massive. Who knew oats could take such a dominating role in a beer? Supported with sweet cream, coffee and chocolates. On the tongue, the coffee plays a more apparent part. The oats are still at work though. Tastes like an oatmeal carbonated cold press - spiked, not stirred. A tasty beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours black, flows thick and smooth and gives just a bit of reddish, dark brown foam.

S: Aroma is rich and bitter; black and chocolate maltiness abound with just a touch of spiciness and licorice, a bit more formidable than most stouts of this caliber.

T/M: Feels very thick right away and coats the tongue and mouth like Pepto Bismol. Carbonation is low which lends to a smooth mouthfeel. Sweet chocolate and bitter black malt approach at first which make it like a strong chocolate milk. Towards the end, some nuttiness shines through and finishes with a little more bitterness.

This is an exceptionally balanced Imperial stout with a consistency that makes it like a delicious dessert. Thank you, leap year, for bringing this beer to me. I already can’t wait for the next one four years from now.


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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, purchased 9/2011, Well stored.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Signature Snifter

Pours a rather thin 1/8” head typical of the style, reduces rapidly to a thin film. This can be revived with a swirl of the glass. It is a live ale.
Black opaque color with a medium dark tan colored head. Some light lace.

Rich, chocolately, malty aroma hits you first, followed by yeast and some nice hops. With warming the yeast really comes forward in a positive way, followed by more rich malt. Very enjoyable.

Crisp, rich, malt driven, chocolately entry on the palate, followed by nicely integrated hops, and dark unsweetened chocolate.
Everything from the smell seems to follow into the flavor.
The malt and yeast and hops play against one another in a most pleasant way.
Very full mouth feel, crisp acidity and perfect light carbonation makes for a very balanced brew.
After all this in the background there is a faint hint of the 9.4% ABV, thank you HF!

Long finish of rich, chocolately, hop tinged malt. Quite enjoyable.

This is a very delicious and exceptionally enjoyable stout. I think the overall balance of the malt and hops and yeast are near perfect and go a long way toward the pleasure of drinking this brew.
Plus the slightly noticeable ABV adds another dimension of complexity and to my tastes a very pleasurable one.

This is a unique stout and unlike any other I have tasted and I mean that as a compliment.
It has a most pleasurable hop forward character to it.

Highly recommended!

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,751 ratings
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