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

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94
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2,736 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:
2,736
Reviews:
1,035
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
569
For Trade:
44
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Ratings: 2,736 |  Reviews: 1,035
Photo of AlexM
5/5  rDev +18.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Sarlacc83
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of aandresen
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of shuajw
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of s1ckboy
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

A - Pours like motor oil into my snifter with a one finger dark mocha head, moderate retention and and nice rings of lace.

S - Sweet molasses, roared caramel malts, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, bourbon, vanilla and toasted oats.

T - Sweet syrupy dark chocolate, toasted oats, coffee, vanilla and a bourbon like mild alcohol presence.

M - Full body with exceptional balance, viscous and creamy.

O - This is one of my very favorite stouts, highly recommend this and doubt one would be very disappointed.

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Photo of haazer
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pour really looks like changed motor oil after about 4,000 miles. Sludgy black, there is no light getting in here. 1 3/4 finger of creamy tan head. It lasts for awhile, tumbling down and leaves lacing down the side. Beautiful stout.

S- Charred roasty malts filled the air as soon as I poured this. Big time roast,and healthy doses of coffee and espresso. Nestle kwik powder, and more malt. No real hint of booze.

T- Everything in the nose but a little less pronounced. Charred malts, chocolate syrup, some dark fruit as well. The booze comes in the flavor unfortunately but not overbearing. Some oats on the backend.

M- This is the downfall of the brew. It's actually too thin for my liking. Low amount of carbonation felt in the mouth. A bit of dryness from the extreme roast malt.

O- Beautiful looking, great smelling, tasty stout. The mouthfeel needs some reworking however. I would like to try the barrel offerings, but I can't imagine the body holding up. I see this beer everywhere and glad I finally picked one up to try.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.65/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Goblet. Glugs out of the 22 like old, gooey coffee. No head, just a faint ring of oatmeal.

Smells of lightly charred coffee roast. Fumey dark fruit, dusty cocoa, & toasted whole wheat.

Sweet burnt nuts & toast. Coffee grounds, rich blackened fruit, fudge, & pungent bitter green hops that linger on & on. Tar.

Thick, fudge-y, & barely carbed. Hot.

Too Intense. I feel defeated. Where's my teddy bear?

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

Bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a creamy brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a boozy aroma of dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is slightly boozy with a lot of dark fruit flavor. Overall the beer is balanced a little towards the sweet side - although not so much as to be cloying.

Mouthfeel: Decadent, rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent imperial oatmeal stout. One of my favorite beers and one I go back to again and again.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pretty things pint glass

A - thick syrupy black body with a dark brown milk chocolate colored head that is about a finger thick and moves to a layer real quick. decent lacing.

S - chocolate and booze with some oatmeal in the back.

T - booze chocolate and grass/pine hops hit quickly all up front. give way to a booze after taste with a great hint of oatmeal in the back.

M - full bodied some hop pucker lots of booze felt in the mouth and throat.

O - this is a fine RIS. a little too boozy for me to absolutely love it but its an excellent beer.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer at the Molen during the Borefts beer festival.

A - A pitch black oily kind of beer with a brown head that unfortunately fairly quickly sinks in..

S - A heavy boozy air mixed with dark chocolate and coffee.

T - A little sweet taste mixed with bitter chocolate and coffee stout, very good. Tasty and drinkable, well balanced. In the distance there is a noticeable hint of dark fruit such as cherries.

M - A soft to medium carbonation that suits the tastes fantastic, perfect thickness, a little creamy and a bit sticky. This is how I like them. The finish is bitter and then comes the alcohol heat.

O - A very good stout and well worth purchasing. I am definitely going to it buy again if I run into it. Even my wife found it delicious.

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Photo of GarrettMD
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours as thick as oil. Black doesn't even begin to describe how dark this was. It was pitch black in the stream flowing from the bottle. Head is one of the darkest I have seen. Thin though, about 1/4 finger of deep brown head that fades to a ring quickly.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, not too much oatmeal. Hints of alcohol as well. Mostly chocolate in the aroma.

T&M - I still don't get too much oatmeal. I guess it was used primarily for the body, which shows. This is an extremely smooth beer. Chocolate is still the dominant taste, rich milky chocolate, combines with hints of coffee, dark roasted malts, even some slight earthy hops, all rounded out by a nice warmth of alcohol as it slides down your throat. Finish is sticky sweet with lingering milk chocolate and oatmeal aftertastes with that slight alcohol burn to remind you of the 9.4% this is.

O - Very smooth, very drinkable, great stout. I would have liked to see more oatmeal flavor in it though.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. No foam at all. Small carmel colored ring forms around the edge. Color is black in the glass. No light comes through at all. The scent is roasted malt, dark chocolate and a little hop. Very nice. First sip while cold is intense coffee and chocolate. Smooth heavy mouthfeel with surprising carbonation. As it warms up you get a little more carmel sweetness in both the smell and taste. Still lots of dark chocolate. This is great beer. Definitely something to try if you haven't.

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

Tried side-by-side with the barrel-aged version. Poured cola black with a thin khaki film. Aroma of cocoa, roasty malt, and slight caramel sweetness.

Moderate carbonation and a thick, creamy mouthfeel. Smooth cocoa-dominated malt character with some roasty coffee and hints of vanilla and toffee.

A little two-dimensional between the cocoa and roasty malt, but a solid stout to be sure.

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

This is the first review of an epic bundle trade with TheHoppiest. Midwest exchange for some of Boston's brews.

Black gold smells great. Sweet roasted malts (of course), rolled oats, warmth.

Taste and feels like . . . creamy, silky, warm, roasted barley and rolled oats, dark roasted coffee beans, bitter cocoa, alcohol. A bit sticky.

Note: Drink it paired with something. I drank the first half pint alone -the ph and carbonation take over the palate, mucking with the finish in particular. I drank the rest of the bomber with a well paired appetizer . . . boom! This thing comes alive! Put hair on my chest.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep opaque black color with a very small tan and mocha head that dissipates quickly, leaving a minimal lacing on the top of the brew.

S: Dark chocolates, some dark roasted malts, a hint of oatmeal and brown sugar, followed by some coffee notes and dark fruits.

T: Dark malts immediately present with roasted coffee notes and dark bitter cocoa. Some hints of the oatmeal follow on the back end.

M: A nice heavy beer with a mild amount of carbonation and a full body.

O: Very good overall, BORIS is definitely going to be a repeat buy if I can find it again.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a really dark brown color that lets not light shine through when held to the light. It has a big creamy 2-finger dark tan head on it. The head has excellent retention and leaves behind a big sheet of sticky lace on the glass.

S - The smell starts off with some roasted bitterness. There are quite a bit of chocolate and coffee aromas here. Some booziness and a touch of hops are present as well.

T - The taste is nice and roasty, with nice chocolate and coffee flavors. There are also some flavors of vanilla, caramel, and some toffee. There is quite a bit of booziness here too. Sometimes it seems a little bit hot. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness and booziness on the palate.

M - This has a pretty full body and creamy carbonation. It goes down easy and has a smooth velvety feel to it. There is some roasted bitterness, and some alcohol warmth.

O - This has good drinkability. It is most definitely a sipper, but it is a great RIS. Overall, I really enjoyed the flavor, and the mouthfeel is super creamy and smooth. I recommend trying this one. I would buy it again.

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Photo of Yagman3000
3.35/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz. bomber into an oversized pint glass.

Appears dark as night. Pure motor oil with a tiny bubbly ring around the outside cwouldnt even refer to it as a head.

Smells like chocolate and dark coffee with a bit of a medicinal quality too. A decent heaviness to it through the nose.

Tastes chocolatey and of coffee but I'm not getting too much oatmeal.

Mouthfeel isn't so pleasant. There's a residual aftertaste that leaves me less than thrilled.

Overall I was really let down. I had heard good things about this beer and I love the genre but this disappointed me. This is the second beer that I didn't enjoy by this brewer. Fearful ee just don't see eye to eye (or eye to liver).

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
1.89/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Light motor oil. Pours just a skim of light brown head. Really kinda stagnant and flat looking. Even the small amount of head doesn't go down or change at all, like pond water.

S: Smells like a BMC lager at first wiff. Then it smells like very astringent Amaretto, with some nare burning varnish. Fucking gross.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell only slightly masked by some insignificant roastiness and english style bittering.

M: Putrid. Like swishing and swallowing chemicals.

O: Definitely something off with this bottle. It was just shy of flat and clearly smells like varnish. Can't apologize for hating this so much. Ends in a drain pour after 3 sips.

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

Decided to pop this in honor of the 2011 GABF news. Big thanks to Charliedvrs for this one!
*22oz with tulip glass

A: BORIS pours incredibly dark and black with just the slightest hint of a brownish edge. A thin dark brown sugar colored head fizzled out rather quick and only left some spotted lace. Looks a touch viscous as the carbonation struggles.

S: Smells rich with roasty malts. A chocolatey chewy nutty and earthy aroma exudes. And a bit of sweetness comes through as the brew sits.

T: Tastes of dry roast coffee beans and chocolatey toasted grains. A bit of an earthy smokiness. Grassy pine and spice hops bitter the palate and really work well here. It's actually rather quite hoppy for a stout. Touch sweet and a tiny bit hot on the finish but does not detract from overall enjoyment. Real intense robust flavs for sure.

M: Semi thick and heavier body but with a relatively light and creamy slick texture from the oats that provide a rather enjoyable drink.

D: A tad on the syrupy sweet side but with a great hop presence and slightly hot exhalation. Overall a very classy stoot that is well balanced for such awesome big intense robust flavors. I can see why all the accolades.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like an imperial stout should, which is to say dark as hell with a thick tan head.
Smell: again, as it should be, not the most complex ris but well balanced coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of banana.
Taste: no surprises but damn tasty.
Overall: Yea, I know the overall is higher than the any of the other scores. This one warrants it. Better than the sum of it's parts.

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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 2,736 ratings.
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