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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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of Tropicalslip
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like this beverage quite a bit because it's a drinkable Imperial Stout. For me the fact that it's not overwhelming is great. Rich flavor and well balanced to me makes it something I can really enjoy on my own. Not that I don't enjoy sharing but when you got a beer that is so rich you better bring back up.

A- Poured in pint with a nice big head 2+ in. Holding up to the light Red brown glow in Frothiness. Body color absorbing all light, black darkness to my eyes.

S- Roasty with hidden underlying sweet oatmeal accent.

T-Delicious, can't be all that imperial not really tasting alcohol, and wouldn't say it's overwhelmingly roasty, but it's sticking to dahhh tung, leggy.

M- This was my lowest rating of the categories, mostly because unexpected easiness of intake. Now updating rating, because I think this is a plus and unusual for this style, not syrupy. Origionally rate as 3, upping to 4, works for me.

O- I must qualify my changing of review. Recently returning to enjoying more of the classic micro style of all beers. I know everyones pushing the limits, but taste has a lot to do with final impresions. Sometime IMPERIAL just means to much. I like flavor but when a pallette is overwhelmed at what point does it stop being able to continuously enjoy the beverage in hand.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a creamy mocha colored head that faded down and left wispy patterns of bubbles on the surface and a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass..
S: There are moderate aromas of roasted malts in the nose, which also has some hints of chocolate.
T: The overall taste has bold flavors of roasted malts, semisweet chocolate, bitter coffee beans, and oatmeal. The initial taste has some hints of sweetness but the finish is very bitter.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and a bit chewy and creamy on the palate with a light amount of carbonation. The finish has warming from the alcohol as well as a bit of dryness.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is very drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste. Nonetheless, the robust flavors make this beer a good sipper and the full-bodied nature makes it feel quite filling.

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

Bomber procured from Akron brewery, poured into pint glass.

Thick, black elixir, thin brown head crowns, this totally opaque fluid.

Strong, flavorful aroma of anise, coffee, roasted malts, and hops.

This is where the B.O.R.I.S. shines. Smooth, chocolaty, roasted malts, balance by a nice amount of hops; coffee/molasses at the end.

One of the first Imperial stouts that really made an impression. Solidly above its peers

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

I've still got the old notes from the first Toledo tasting...thanks to whoever brought this.

This one is a thick black color, not quite motor oil thick but not letting much light seep through. A soft brown head forms and retains a creamy presence for a substantial amount of time, leaving some good lacing as it recedes down the glass.
There is a lot in the nose, though not as much as in the flavor. A very nice mix of strong malt backbone, lots of roasted notes, a lactic sweetness, some typical coffee and baker's chocolate going on, and a doppelbock-like touch of licorice.
This all comes together in the flavor, but a bit bigger. The oats are full in here as well, and there's a bit more charred woods flavor. Hops also add some balance to this one without taking anything away from the focus. High ABV is very well masked.
This is a great oatmeal stout and has the characteristics in mouthfeel that make the style great. This is a thick, rich stout with a silky smooth feel. Big and bold while at the same time soft and creamy, this beer, while more filling than most, is a real treat just the same.
BORIS is a beauty and one of the better big beers out there, though the best in the world work out the subtleties to be world-class.

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Photo of Blanco
3.16/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours typical black stout color with frothy brown head. thick lacing. smells of faint roasted malt. slight chocolate notes. taste is of bitter dark chocolate, with very little sweetness. the alcohol is hot in the flavor as well. mouthfeel is nice and smooth. drinkability, well, I was disappointed in this one. It's highly rated (and maybe mine is too fresh) but the bitterness and bite from the alcohol make this a mediocre offering.

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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is viscous and jet black with a dark chocolate colored, thin, dense head. Smells of chocolate, dark malt, and booze. The beer has a smooth start of subtle chocolate notes followed quickly by a bitter blast of coffee. Slightly malty and syrupy finish with smooth and coffee flavored aftertaste, and a boozy highlight. Strong flavors make a decent winter warmer, but not a high volume consumption.

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Photo of GradyS1
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pour a dark, thick black. Small amounts of carbination with a lacing that disapears fast.
S- this smells great! Dark chocolate mixed with red fruits and not in a bad way. coffee and sweet malts. Small amount of alcohol but, like a desert wine.
T- chocolate and licorice, alomost a chocolate cherry, this may have turned a little but, this is great as is, red fruit and chocolate mixed togeather, a coffee finish
M-Smooth, full bodies with a nice silky fininish, There is alot of dark chocolate texture to this.

O- Not sure if it was suppose to have the red fruit element or not but, it was very good. Overall a very smooth beer that has a good amount of fruit characteristic for a stout

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Photo of ObeerwanCO
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice imperial stout. Darkness washed over my glass when I poured this beer; there was no bottom. Got a nice brown head going too.

It smells like chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate predominating. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. At over 9% alcohol, this is not surprising. The taste is decadent. I get roasty chocolate, and malty sweet. There is also some slight bitter hoppiness and alcohol in the background. My lips were sticky after drinking this (and I liked it).

Overall a very good beer, but best to share this one with a friend. It's just so rich that it's hard to drink the whole bottle. I'm thinking it would be perfect after dinner.

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

A-Pours solid black with a thin ring of mocha colored head. Leaves thick lacing.

S-Roasty, with aromas of oats, bakers chocolate, salted caramel.

T/M-This is awesome stuff. Soft and rich, with an underlying roastiness. There's an earthy bitter hop character in the back end, accompanied by a powdered hot chocolate mix flavor. Lush and full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-This would age beautifully, but is drinking really well now.

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

Loving the oatmeal twist on this stout.

Pitch black body with a big creamy brown sugar colored head. Sticky lace forms but it's a bit too quick to show as I like my head retention to hang around a bit longer.

Aroma is heavy on the stout malts, black patent and roasted malt and/or barley make up the bulk of this aroma. Lots of coffee/espresso bean aroma on this one but and not as much bittersweet chocolate as I've experienced.

Wonderful balance of flavors going on with the first taste. Lots of coffee-ish flavors show up as the aroma suggested, but more sweeter molasses and chocolate flavors become known too. Oats seem to give that sweeter and creamier flavor they are known for.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, suggesting the oats were a good idea. A slightly dry finish from the burnt flavor of the roasted barley.

Overall, I'm enjoying this Imperial Stout, and loving the name. Recently I've had both this and Beer Geek Breakfast and have decided that oats are definitely a good addition to any imperial stout. Something about the oats adds a certain quality of smoothness and creaminess that I don't always detect in non-oated stouts.

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Photo of treehouse
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

nose of slight bananas and milk. maltiness...a touch of copper..

mouthed:...peppery chocolate banana milk with an afterthought of black licorice... dark tart chocolate and something savory...

at 9.4%...i can drink a bomber alone....but that is it..the alcohol is well blended and not obvious...

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber at 50 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours pure opaque black with a two-finger dome of chocolate milk colored creaminess. It holds up very well and the lacing is exceptional.

S: Milk chocolate, sweet dark fruits, some anise-licorice notes, and light to average roastiness.

T: Strong milk chocolate, sweet figs and dates, moderate and semi-citrusy hoppiness, and anise and licorice late. There is a lack of roastiness in this that makes it refreshingly unique.

M: This is the most velvety-smooth Imperial Stout I've ever had. B.O.R.I.S. on nitro-tap might not be much smoother.

D: It goes down easily and I feel as if I could go for another.

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Photo of callmescraps
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to give this one a bid, although I have been very underwhelmed by Hoppin Frog in the past, especially at their price point. Still, maybe this one will be different.

Appearance- Pours thick and black. A very thin cap of rich dark mocha dissipates pretty quickly. No real head on this one, kind of disappointing. No lacing.

Smell- Strong roast coffee. Some nice rich chocolate as well. Definite some hops as well. Earthy and roasty.

Taste- Very nice and roasty, with some coffee bitterness, but not too much. Definitely some hops. It's got a nice nuttiness and sort of a coffee ice cream thing. There is some nice dark fruit hints. The chocolate sweetness really balances out the bitter coffee roast, making this a fine beer.

Mouthfeel- Very thick and creamy, a little still. Downright chewy.

Drinkability- No hint of the booze, and very nice and balanced. The mouthfeel gets a little tiresome, and it might be a tad sweet.

I actually really like this beer. I'm not a huge coffee person, so the chocolate is nice, and I like how it's balanced out. It may still be a tad pricier than I'd prefer, but it's a nice beverage and I'm glad to have it.

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

Pours dark brown with no head the speak of. Smells dark malty and roasted. Coffee on the nose coupled with some sweet malts. Tastes a bit overpowering. The bitterness from the hops and roasted coffee flavours are overpowering. The mouthfeel is thick and not particularly carbonated and the beer suffers from the added bitterness. Honestly im not that impressed with this beer especially compared to Doris. Might improve with some age...

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Photo of brew3crew
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark black with almost no head whatsoever
S-I think there is actually oatmeal in the smell
T-alot like it smells with a strong mocca finish.suprising amount of oatmeal...
M-medium body and a nice aftertaste. Cant quite nail it down though
D-very drinkable. Nice brew

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a dark milk chocolate, 2-finger head with nice lacing. Licorice black, opaque espresso body. Slightly alcoholic aroma and usual suspects of deep, rich malt roast and mix of floral/grassy hops. Creamy, sweet oatmeal-raisin cookie with even some prune/plum tones. Alcohol is definitely there but well-blended with sugar and nice chicory finish. This coats well and takes balance of all in excess - natural sweetness, hop bitterness and solid chocolatey, coffee malt. This was a pleasure to savor and now one of my favorite oatmeal-inspired Russian Imperial Stouts.

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

Pours pitch black with almost no head and a small amount of lacing

Smells primarily of chocolate with a mild alcohol presence. Very nice.

Similar to smell, the taste is primarily chocolate, though there is a mild hop presence. Maybe not overly complex, but very tasty.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very high for an imperial stout, with only a mild alcohol presence. My glass was emptied pretty quickly, and I could easily drink a bomber or more of this.

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Photo of meatyard
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With a hard pour, I only got a 1-finger dark, tan head that quickly fell to a cover without lacing. The body is an opaque, brownish black.

The smell is sweet-ish chocolate, alcohol

The taste is a bit of an improvement over the smell with a nice chocolate oatmeal flavor and a bit of bitterness and a hint of alcohol (less noticeable than in the aroma).

Mouthfeel is full and creamy with mild carbonation.

Drinkability is good though at 9+% ABV I have to go easy with it. It's a very nice sipping stout that I would like to try again.

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Photo of Contagion
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It poured a dark black, with a touch of brown. There was no sign of light passing through at all, even around the edges. With an aggressive pour I was able to get a good half inch head to form. It was dark tan in color, and consisted mainly of large bubbles. It faded to a ring around the edge of the mug. There was some nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The first thing I noticed was a strong dark roasted coffee and chocolate malt scent. I could detect a touch of molasses. As it warms more of a smoky scent was in the background. A touch of citrusy hops was detectable as well. As the beer warmed up you could also start to get an alcohol smell from it.

Taste: The tongue is treated to a rich dark roasted malts, mostly coffee with a touch of chocolate. Dark fruit and molasses flavors help to enhance the flavors tremendously. There is a good hop finish to it that helps bring all the flavors together. The aftertaste is a lingering mild bitterness on the back of the tongue that fades slowly. The beer has a slight alcohol taste, which isn't surprising based on the 9.4% ABV.

Body: This is a medium bodied beer, which I did find a little disappointing because I personally would like a more full bodied beer for an imperial stout. I personally would have liked a bit more of a creaminess that coats the mouth. It has a mild carbonation that is barely noticeable.

I had my eye on this beer for a while. I'd heard good things about it and jumped on a chance to buy a bottle when I saw it at a local store. Am I ever glad that I did! I can definitely see myself getting another bottle of this in the future. If you like stouts, and especially an imperial stout, I would go out and try to find one of these. I give it 9 out of 10.

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Photo of aepb1
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a creamy brown head

S- Sweet chocolatey malts and sweet oats as well

T- Chocolate malts, some oaty sweetness, roasty creamy milky finish

M- Full-bodied and creamy with a lower level of carbonation but that adds to the mouthfeel

D- Very easy to sip on this one and I will seek out more to enjoy again!

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Photo of chilly460
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours jet black with a thick mocha head. Head continues to expand for several minutes, leaves sticky residue on glass. Nice looking beer.

S - Definite sweetness from the oats, quite a bit of powdery cocoa and dark chocolate. Malt background, no hops to speak of.

T - Initial dry chocolate taste gives way to oatmeal sweetness. For me, the beer was a bit over-roasted and had an acidic bitterness.

M - Nice, thick and chewy, very smooth.

D - I had a hard time with the bitterness in this beer.

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Photo of harrymel
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chaney (again!) for this extra.
Poured to NB globe.

A: Black stout pours to gain no head, but vigorous stirring provides a minimal dark mocha film. Little visible indicators of carbonation. No translucency whatsoever.

S: Dark chocolate, nutty, lightly woody. Somewhat sweet with graham, dark toffee, oats,licorice. These all come together and remind me of almond rocha candy.

T: Dark, malty, cocoa nibs, slight bitterness. Fired graham, nuts, toffee. The flavors resonate for minutes after finish. A nearly milky flavor in here.

M: Heavy, low carbonation. Slicks the tongue. Good.

D: If this was sold around here, I would absolutely have a few around at all times. Very good beer.

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

sampled this beer at a recent home brew club meeting (shouldn't we have been drinking home brew? we were using this beer and barrel aged boris to tell the difference between an ris and a barrel aged ris which is wour next group brew)

this beer pours pitch black with a thin tan head even though it was poured vigorously. the smell s of roasted malt, hint of chocolate and the abv is a little aparent in the nose. the taste is fairly similar to the smell, the roasted burnt malt character comes through nicely, but the abv is more apparent than would be expected for the style. even though the alcohol heat is apparent the beer is still very drinkable.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BigBlacke for supplying this one at a tasting!

A-black, thin tan head

S-strong dark roasted malts. a tad boozey smelling. smells like quite a serious stout!

T-comes in with really deep and strong roasted malts. there's a large booziness of coffee and chocolate malts much like many of the imperial stout that I've had. the oats don't really come in til the after-taste along with some chocolate notes. overall, its a good imperial stout though i don't know if it compares to many of the others that i've tasted

M-low carbonation with a fairly dry finish

D-this is definitely a sipper and its not my stout of choice. the tastes do stay well but a whole bomber of this is just too much.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: BORIS is viscous, pouring like motor oil into my goblet. It's ebony body blocks even the most stubborn light from penetrating. While the head is a beautiful mocha color, it is fleeting, falling within a few minutes to nothing.

S: Bouquet is upfront, and loaded with chocolate, dulce de leche, and coconut.

T: This beer presents a perfect balance between the sweet and the bitter. Milk chocolate, caramel, and creme brulee are balanced out by espresso, licorice, and a touch of hops.

M: The words "full body" don't even begin to describe this brew. It is chewy, savory, and satisfying. There is little carbonation in this beer, allowing the delicious flavors to linger on the pallet between sips.

D: This is a top notch RIS without following the herd. Truly unique, yet, recognizable as an RIS. This is a must have for any who can get their hands on it.

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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 2,756 ratings
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