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
2,747 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Ratings: 2,747 |  Reviews: 1,038
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour shows an Inky Black beer, no head to speak of, but i like seeing inky looking beers, so this looks nice to me. No real legs on the glass upon swirl, but a few tiny bubbles. Browning around the thin edges.
Aroma is primarily roast forward. There is some chocolate also. The bottle says this one is 60ibus but i am having a hard time finding that in this beers aroma.
The flavors are a creamy melted milk chocolate, the Oatmeal comes through with it's trademark creamy result on the mouthfeel while lending a bit to the malt character. The roast profile is very smooth, and bears a resemblance to a low acidity coffee with a medium roast from the sumatra/timor area with a splash of cream. mouthfeel could use a bit more viscosity, that would really bump this beer miles ahead, if this one had a darklord consistency it would be fantastic, pure chocolate milkshake.

i have eyed this one up for years, and just now got around to picking one up, it's a good beer that people who love beers that are chocolate forward but not cloying will enjoy.

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Cigar City sifter.

A: Pours a dark thick black with little to no head and little lacing retention.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee come to the forefront almost immediately. Can smell traces of dark fruit and malt as well.

T: A sweeter than normal taste, loads of sweet chocolate and dark fruit swamp the palate. Burnt malts also ring out as the beer warms.

M: Really smooth for such a thick stout. Carbonation is just right.

O: I would like to try some of this aged and compare tastes.

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4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Can't really take anything away from this one, perfect tan head on top of a pitch black body. No need to nitpick.

S: Very roasty, full of chocolate and coffee. Has a sweet side to it too, which is nice. Just a great example of chocolate malts at their finest.

T: Sweet, roasty. You get a bit of dark cherry but it is gone quickly. Bitter chocolate and vanilla intermingle.

M: Leaves a sweet and roasty flavor in the mouth, with some bittersweet chocolate. Not harsh, but not easy to drink.

O: Solid stout of its style, roast is full on and the bitterness is all there. Deep, dark and luscioius but it just seems to be missing something.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a thin, fizzy copper mousse that dies away within seconds. As far as color goes, this looks spot on, but with regard to head retention, it leaves a lot to be desired.

S: Gentler than expected on the nose, with aromas of roasted grain, oatmeal, heavy cream, bitter chocolate, and coffee easily detectable. There is a mild alcohol scent as well, but it is neither distracting nor harsh.

T: Initially, this beer displays notes of oatmeal, roasted grain, strong coffee, dark fruits, burnt toast, heavy cream, and bitter chocolate. Around mid-palate, a grassy, herbal hoppiness takes over. The finish is strong and punchy with grassy, bitter hops, heavy cream, chocolate, and coffee swirled in cleansing alcohol. I was expecting the flavors to be better integrated because this doesn't taste much like a stout after a point.

M: This is the best aspect of this beer. In the mouth, B.O.R.I.S. is creamy, silky, and smooth with a luscious full body. Carbonation is gentle and there is only a hint of an alcohol burn. For such a heavy, filling beer, it goes down very smoothly.

O: B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher is not a bad stout, but it is not great either. As a matter of fact, I consider this beer to be extremely overrated. Like most American craft breweries these days, Hoppin' Frog seems to have forgotten that not all ales need to be heavily hopped. The high hop bitterness of this beer distracts from the great roasted malt and oatmeal flavors it initially displays, making it seem a bit muddled and off-kilter. If the hops had been reigned in a bit, this would be a fantastic imperial stout, but as is, it's merely okay.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,747 ratings
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