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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Photo of Maltus
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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Photo of stoutlover1978
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Egor1020
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of dwduncan2
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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

Photo of lancer42678
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of cynical1027
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Ultraman9000
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of aorloski
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Viscous as hell, black as night, can't see through it, motor oil. thin mocha head that disappears quick, about a fingers worth

S: Big rich chalky bitter dark chocolate wrapped up in some dark fruits

T: Burnt toast, dark chocolate, espresso, roasted malts with a little bit of a hop bite to finish

M: Full bodied, sticks to the side of my cheeks, velvety like any good oatmeal stout should be

O: An incredibly well balanced, deliciously drinkable imperial oatmeal stout. Went down lovely.

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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 uustal
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a chocolate color head. Aroma of bakers chocolate, mocha, and a bit of vanilla mixed with alcohol. Flavor beings with unsweetened chocolate, before moving to sweeter marshmallow and vanilla notes. Toasted cereal, molasses and mocha follow before a roasty finish. Silky smooth. Very cohesive flavor. Finishing a bomber of this won't be a problem.

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Photo of DiscGolfRobot
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stouttyme
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tasteegood
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served up this bad boy in two Hopleaf tulip glasses. Pours dark black, with very little head and minimal lacing. Not a lot of corbonation but it works for me. Smells roasty and sweet. Tastes great, definitely not too overbearing and I can probably finish a bomber without feeling too heavy or burdened with a sugar overload. This is a good buy for the quantity, quality, taste and ABV (10 bills). I actually prefer it over the barrel aged version. If you see it, scoop it up and see why everyone is digging on Hoppin Frog.

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Photo of danolson312
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

No born on date or other distinguishing numbers on the bottle

A: Pours a viscous jet black with a big 2.5 fingers width of a real nice dark mocha colored head that takes a good while to dissipate. Leaves absolutely no lacing

S: earthy/grainy, roasted malts, milk chocolate, dark fruit (raisin) which is the most prominent aroma, slight alcohol presence; more dark fruit aromas than most RIS’s

T: First sip is loaded with the earthy/grainy malt flavors with hints of the dark fruit, next comes a heavy roasted character mixed with some baker’s chocolate with the earthy flavor on the back end; hints of milk chocolate, an interesting vanilla flavor pops up every once in a while; pretty complex there are a lot of flavors hitting the palate; the gainy/earthy character is the most prominent flavor and a little too strong; alcohol comes out and makes itself known but never overwhelms; dark chocolate; dark fruits present in the taste but subtle and not nearly as much as the nose

M/D: kind of a carbonation bite on the mouthfeel at first, then its smooths out with a slick mouth feel; alcohol noticeable but not over whelming; this beer is def a sipper, medium to heavy body

O: overall quiet a good RIS. Complex palate profile, relatively good drinkability, and a pleasant but unique scent for a stout. I’ve had better RIS’s, but this one is certainly still enjoyable. Worth a try, esp if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of SickGnar
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black & quite opaque – looks thick. Medium size brown cap of large bubbles that settles fast to a ring that also fades with time. There a few bubbles popping to the surface. It leaves just a few gobs of 3D tan lace at the top of the glass. Strongly hints at having legs. I’d still like some lace, but for a big, boozy monster it is okay.

S: Whoa . . . Obviously potent – big whiff of boozy & spicy/sweet alcohol up front with a hint of vanilla. Very firm - yet not cloying - molasses, burnt toffee, & malty sweetness. Behind the initial boozy & sweet wallop is some nice dark chocolate – real rich if not super strong. More faint still is roast with both coffee and scorched grain. Hints at dark fruit as it breathes and warms.

T: Way complex, rich, and robust. Initial taste is quite the punch of sweetness wrapped up with spicy & boozy alcohol and a sharp, acrid bitter roastiness. This doesn’t so much fade as round-out and soften. Sweetness takes on notes of burnt toffee, molasses, raisins & prunes, & a really dark & rich maltiness. Acrid roast slowly looses the sharpness and some bitterness to let notes of espresso & very dark bittersweet & rich fancy desert chocolate emerge and linger of ages in the finish along with a bit of woody/earthy/resiny hop character. Alcohol notes give way a bit to let herbal/medicinal/earthy hot character come out, and hop bitterness makes its own fair showing free of roast bitterness. Some spicy booze does survive to the finish before leaving the long finish to the roast and hops. Burps are surprisingly leafy/hoppy with more than a bit of roast.

M: Very, very much over medium body – big really. Carbonation is soft in comparison, but it does provide enough zip to keep the mouthfeel from being really thick or syrupy. Still it is very rich – tons of chew and sticky sugars. Creamy from the oatmeal and high F.G. Total meal in a glass feel. Stays sweet (bitters/spicy sweet) long into the finish. Finally the roast, with some help from the alcohol, pushes it just a touch drying. Despite alcohol being fairly prominent in the aroma and flavor, it is pretty well disguised in the mouthfeel – just a bit of a bite and hardly even a hint of warmth.

D: Unabashedly boozy, sweet, & very rich. This is a big one – a crusher. There is no doubt that BORIS is hefty - it almost seems barrel aged, but probably isn’t. Robustness & heft slow you down a bit, but incredibly interesting, evolving, and rich flavor keeps bringing you back for more. This beer is a joy to savor.

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Photo of RobertTheRogue
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black, with a thin, dark tan head that goes away rather quickly

S: Chocolate with a hint of dark cherries or dates

T: Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee, dark fruit

M: Full bodied, yet smooth with a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Very well balanced

O: The oats in the mash add the perfect complement of smoothness and sweetness to the imperial stout style. With 60 IBUs, the hop balance is absolutely perfect. At a deceiving 9.4% abv, this is one of the most well balanced and drinkable RIS's I've had so far. A definite winner.

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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 JohnnyMc
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of alkemy
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bomber...

A - Pours like used motor oil. Nearly a finger of head that looks like it should be sitting atop an espresso.

S - I get dark fruits and molasses first. Then the burnt malts come in. Some dark chocolate and coffee as well. As far as oatmeal goes, I'm not smelling it.

T - Bitter chocolate overwhelms you at first. Coffee and a touch of vanilla. There's also some dark fruit again. Alcohol is faint on the palate, but definitely felt on the way down.

M - Heavenly. Rich and creamy. Carbonation is pretty tame. It feels like velvet in your mouth.

D - While it doesn't smell or taste boozy to me, it's fairly hot on the way down. Despite the richness and heat of the alcohol, this is quite drinkable. I can't stop sipping just to get that luscious feel.

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Photo of DougBrandt513
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of zrab11
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a jet black color with a 1 finger creamy tan head, decent lacing

S- Has a nice aroma of Dark chocolate and hops, i also catch some coffee and malts as well. Maybe a little oats on the end of the nose as well

T-Has a nice chocolate flavor up front then followed by a roast coffee flavor in the middle and then moves on to home carmely hops and finish's with a nice chocolate flavor again

M-Medium bodied with Decent carbonation

D-Overall this was a solid brew. I enjoyed the different flavors it brought to the table but i can think of many RIS that i like better than this.. This is only my 2nd brew from them so id like to try more. Overall this is a solid RIS and at 9.99$ a bottle a def. pick up if ur craving a RIS

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,732 ratings.
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