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
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

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Avg:
4.23
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9.22%
 
 
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Photo of jillmart
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with fellow user promark420. Fittingly enough, we'll be flying to Cleveland tomorrow (catching the Falcons/Browns game).

A -- Pours dark brown with no head and not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S -- Syrupy smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

T -- It's a syrupy taste that also has hints of oatmeal and chocolate with a smoky finish.

M -- For me personally, it has the mouthfeel of a good coffee stout. A bit thick, but it works.

D -- This went down pretty easily, which is mildly alarming at 9.4 percent abv. I definitely will buy this beer again.

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Photo of ccahoon22
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, close to black and almost syrup like. There was a very small head that dissipated within a few seconds.

S - Smells of sweets and coffee, with hints of chocolate and oatmeal.

T - The taste is somewhat like chocolate/cocoa but without the sweetness. Slightly bitter but not overpowering with a coffee consistency.

Notes - Overall this is a good beer but it didn't blow my socks off. I would have another but wouldn't rush to the store to buy one.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this one on the shelves since I moved to this part of the country and I had yet to even pick this one up. Finally did it, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. This beer was great and I feel it lives up to the positive hype. Review is from notes taken on 10/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour just looks thick and oily and is darkest brown, like Hershey's syrup or fresh brewed coffee; no head whatsoever, just 3 tiny dark tan spots floating on the surface; body is entirely opaque; only a couple of spots of lacing stick around and even they eventually slip back into the drink.

Smell: Nice! Lots of dark syrupy chocolate (again, like Hershey's); some dark and sweet cherries are lying in the back; a tall, dry oaty scent definitely lingers in the back as well; bit of a dank and musty scent in there as well, but not like it's a bad thing; nice and dark and some burnt roastiness as well; nose is very robust and I feel like I'm finally getting what I'm looking for in an RIS after a few disappointments as of late.

Taste: Love it! Finally an RIS that is what it claims to be! Lots of thick, syrupy and dark chocolate and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder aspect; nice dark cherry sweetness is followed by a nice roastiness from some dark/burnt malted barley; definite warming presence of alcohol throughout and there is a bit of a carmalized sugar aspect as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel: Body is syrupy and thick, albeit a little bit slick; carbonation is really a non-factor due to the viscosity; a thick, moist and sticky coating is left holding hard to the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: One word comes to mind when I think back fondly to this beer: THICK. This beer is great and lives up to the hype! Big and heavy ABV does knock it down a bit, but this is a great beer for a cooler/cold night and I will definitely be picking some up to age for a bit, but don't let it fool you, it could be enjoyed anytime.

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

A - Pours a extremely dark brown almost black. Held up to light, cannot see through it. Small off white head which quickly fades into, nice thin lacing.

S - chocolate, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Slight chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, raisins, something else thats tart.

M - Great coverage inside mouth, sticks for a moment then fades away leaving a flavorful aftertaste.

D - Great for any occasion, could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see that Hoppin Frog has found it's way to DC. This is a big delicious stout, as you'd expect. Pour is dark brown, near black, with a half-finger of tan head that dissolves down to a thin film. Just a hint of lacing. Nose is big - chocolate, roastiness, some smoke, alcohol (although not too strong). Flavor is likewise - big flavors are chocolate, smoky roasted malt, and sweet brown sugar. This is a roasty RIS, that's for sure, not just a straight up sweet stout. Only fault I have is that alcohol; this one might benefit from being put down for a year or two. Overall though, very nice RIS, if a touch on the pricey side.

$7.90/De Vines/22 oz

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a very dark brown head. Aromas of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Thick and chewy body, with dark brown sugar, freshly brewed coffee with cream, dark raisins and baker's chocolate. Good, but a pedestrian imperial stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Spica66
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glasses with Fr. Ian (Who also supplied the bottle. Thank you!)

A: Semi-thick looking pour that did not have much in the way of head formation. I am sure that it had warmed up sufficiently during the ride home. The color is very dark brownish-red.

S: This smells like an RIS. Dark chocolate, roasty malts, good heat in the nose leading towards a touch of sharp/sour grains. I don't pick out much in the way of hops.

T: Very nice chocolate and dark fruit. Excellent dose of hops bitterness. Very well balanced.

M: Incredibly smooth and round on the tongue.

D: Very, very easy to make this one disappear.

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Photo of bum732
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits, touch of dark bread, cinnamon.

L: Thick, thick black, viscous, nice dark tan head, creamy retention.

T: Sweet toffee malt with a mellow roastiness on the backbone. Coffee and cappucino flavors persist throughout. Spicy dryness keeps everything together. Alcohol noticable.

M: Creamy body, full, alcohol noticable, slightly warming.

For wahtever reason, i found the flavors lacking in such a big beer, maybe it was the amount of oatmeal? Not sure, but i was definitely expecting more.

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

Dont ask me why its taken so long to get in a review of this. Ive had it many many times. It was one of the very first beers I got when I discovered Palmer's. Mostly though, I was sharing the bottle or hanging out.

A- Not much of a head, its very thin and deep red. Some pearls of foam stick to the side. The beer looks pretty thick on the pour but it does sport some red highlights. While its in my snifter its looking pretty deep.

S- Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, a touch of red wine, grape jelly, and spicy hops.

T- Very smooth and creamy flavor, especially at the front. Milk chocolate, vinous dark fruits, alcohol, bittering hops. It finishes vinous, roasty and hoppy all at once.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. Hoppin Frog never fails on the mouthfeel of their stouts.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a one finger brown head. No lacing which is disappointing. Would have liked a little bit bigger head too

S- coffee, chocolate, and booze! Balanced really well, nothing is too overwhelming

T- shockingly, the flavors aren't huge...but they're there, and they're glorious. Smooth chocolate with a slight bite of coffee near the end with some booziness in there as well...getting some dark fruits too.

M- perfect. Creamy and has a body that's not too thick, but thick enough to give you some lift.

D- fantastic RIS. Worthy of all the love it gets. The flavors aren't big enough to knock you on your ass, but they are definitely there. And they are awesome

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher pouring out of a bomber into a Duvel wide snifter at Bob's Bar in Columbus, Ohio

Appearance: Intensely black. A beautiful shiny black. 1/4 inch head that remains for a while. Some lacing.

Smell: Hermetic, opaque. Boozy. Not a lot going on.

Taste: This is where B.O.R.I.S. truly shines! A big creamy mouthful of milk chocolate and some coffee. Can't really feel the oatmeal, though.

Mouthfeel: Full body but smooth, creamy, as if it were a nitro pour. Viscous. Fully satisfying, nice back bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy, super chuggable. Tastes like an Imperial Stout, drinks as smooth as a Guinness!

I'm in love with B.O.R.I.S.

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

Reviewed as part of the Blind Bomber BIF. Thanks to JamnesCameron for including it.

Per instructions, I poured this with vigor into a snifter. A decent head started to form and I stopped pouring about two thirds of the way up the glass to let it catch up and settle. The "reverse waterfall" kept building the body and head until the head almost over flowed the brim of the glass. The body is black, black, black with a dark tan head. This is pretty viscous with some legs and moderate lacing. I must say its about as good as they come. We're looking at 4/5 here.

Smell is pretty faint. A little burnt chocolate and a big alcohol presence. 3.5/5 if this is indeed a stout.

Great taste here! Big bitter cocoa dusted alcohol with a little touch of sweet bourbon. It has a tongue numbing bitterness I happen to like in big stouts. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel is smooth, viscous, and coats my tongue! 4.5/5

Drinkability is fantastic! Its among the easiest drinking big stouts I've ever had! No gumminess to speak of, I was able to down a whole bomber by myself in under an hour! 4/5

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Photo of herman77
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dies off pretty quick. No lacing.

S: Dark chocolate, dark fruit with roasted malt and a little espresso. A hint of unfermented sugars/alcohol. You can just tell from the nose this is gonna be rich and thick.

T: Oh yeah! Just what I was hoping for. The semi-sweet dark chocolate and dark fruits (dates, prunes, black cherries) are in perfect balance with the hops and espresso. Lightly roasted malt, not that burnt or over roasted malt taste you get in some stouts. Its incredibly smooth too, gotta be from the oats. It was actually more hoppier than I thought it would be, excellent balance. Finishes long and bittersweet, hop and espresso bitterness.

M: Full bodied, thick, chewy. Its beyond smooth and silky. Very low carbonation.

D: You can just barely detect that its 9.4% in the finish, other than that, it drinks very good for a RIS. Wish I had this in my fridge all the time or at least be more readily available.

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

Appearance-Pours black into the snifter with that trademark RIS viscous, slick motor-oil consistency. A tiny bit of really dark brown head, no lacing to speak of either but it still has that classic RIS look.

Aroma-Some mild hopping upfront followed by an overload of dark maltiness; black molasses, chocolate and darkly roasted oats come to mind. Some alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste-Dark roasty malts reminiscent of the aforementioned oat character minlge with more of that black molasses quality upfront. Something of a licorice flavor as well. A mild kind of bitterness enters towards the end and finalizes the finish bitter.

Mouthfeel-Somewhat oily with a mild level of carbonation. Could be plusher with more of that viscous chewiness I like in my RISes.

Drinkability-Very drinkable, quite tasty.

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Photo of Xul
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost pitch black with some deep ruby highlights around the edges, capped by a thin layer of mocha-colored head. Retention is poor as the head dissipates almost immediately, leaving scant lacing.

S: Sweet, dark chocolate up front with a boozy edge, followed by coffee, vanilla, dark fruits - cherries and figs - and a solid oatmeal character.

T: Caramel, vanilla and sweet chocolate up front. Coffee and dark fruits - more complex than on the nose, with cherries, figs and something I can't quite pinpoint - come in on the mid-palate, before giving way to cocoa and some light booze notes. Finish is a blend of coffee and dark chocolate.

M: Medium to full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, creamy but avoids being syrupy.

D: Goes down fairly easy for such a big beer but the apparent nature of the alcohol hurts a bit.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in body and dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is very little head to begin with. What is there fizzes away immediately, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It resembles a cola.

S: Big chocolate presence, roasted malt

T: Again, a very large chocolate flavor. The body is medium-full. The beer has a nice taste, but overall, I find it to be a bit one dimensional. The oatmeal aspect is there, but I wish it had a larger role in the taste profile. There is a subtle roasted or burnt malt flavor near the finish. This brew has potential, but is just not quite there.

M: Carbonation is too low. Otherwise, the feel is pretty good.
Alcohol is disguised very well.

D: A good, but not great, beer. I really enjoy oatmeal and imperial stouts. I was hoping for a little more.

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

Bought this a while back at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter

Note: I've had this brew young, but this review is of a bottle with 1 year of age. Drunk this one right before BA BORIS.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and relatively thick and vicious looking. Pour yields a cascading 1 finger, medium looking dark mocha head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing that slowly slide down the glass after each sip.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoke, dark baker's chocolate, and the oats are very apparent. Slight hints of caramel, tobacco, and coffee notes. A complex nose, but needs to be just a little bolder to really give it that edge.

TASTE: Roasted and smoky malts, dark baker's chocolate and a good dose of oats again. Dark pure chocolate with a nice balance of bitter coffee and sweet caramel on the finish. Oats are in there as well. The aftertaste is medium strength but very persistent. Flavors mesh really well here; much better than fresh. Not nearly as sweet as when it was young. Very good.

PALATE: Medium-full body, slightly lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, very soft and easy, not bite at all, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Oats do their soft, smooth work here.

OVERALL: Great stuff! I really enjoyed this. Compared to a fresh bottle, this one was much less sweet and the flavors meshed together much better. The palate was also softer and more appealing. A year of age has certainly done this brew well. Unlike the young bottle, I had no problem finishing this one by myself. A more persistent head would help the scores on this one, but that doesn't detract from the experience whatsoever. If you're sitting on a bottle that's about a year old, this is a great time to pop it open.

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Photo of kwjd
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black colour with hints of brown. Almost no head. This looks very thick. Smell is huge of roasted malt, oatmeal, vanilla and sweet raisins. Flavour has a kick of bitterness to join the roasted flavours. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Hard to drink a lot of this with the abv, but I'm having no issue polishing off this bomber after my first ever 10km run. One of the better imperial stouts I've had.

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Photo of apache119
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, a few small bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. No head. Looks really rich.
Smell: Sweet, definite oatmeal presence.
Taste: Wow, this beer is amazing. There is a very slight bitterness after you take a sip but that fades away very quickly and leaves a nice tingle on the roof of my mouth. I love the deep, roasted oaty flavors that are going on here.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, it is almost chewy. Not one of those watery beers.
Drinkability: Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been holding on to this for awhile decided to have this for a 300th review. It is tasty but given the age it has some nice things going for it but has mellowed out with age.

I can taste rasians, amd chocolate. I have found this is a similar taste for aged stouts.

I like this it poured dark and chocolaty and is really nice. Again it is in the top bears for a reason a must have.

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Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in duvel tulip
(no date)

A: Completely black (no surprise) with an almost non-existent cappuccino colored head that disappears immediately leaving no lace.
S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some hoppy bitterness,
T: Very much like the nose, the chocolate is very apparent, with some roasted bitterness. A little bit of sweetness in the background. No hint of alcohol which is somewhat surprising. A hint of yeast fruitiness as it warms.
M: Low carbonation and a richness from residual sugars, makes for a smooth beer. I was expecting more of a creamy mouthfeel since it is an oatmeal stout. It is not like this is watery or over-attenuated, I just expected a little something different from a standard RIS.
D: This is an excellent RIS, very much worth seeking out if you like the style. I could easily see making this a regular habit if the price was right, not to mention availability in KY.

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a deep ruby hued black. BORIS settles into the glass black and completely opaque. No light breaks through, even when held directly to the light. Zero head produced on the first pour. Second pour leaves a slight head which quickly recedes to a slim mocha colored ring. With such a limited head there is no chance for lacing. While BORIS is a bigger beer, I expect more of a head.

Boozey bite comes across at first sniff. Sweet chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt aroma. Molasses is subtle underneath.

Sweet chocolate and much less booze than the nose indicated. Deep roasted malt flavor. A light amount of char is picked up along with a touch of smoke.

Full bodied and smooth. Slightly thinner than I expected, not sure I could call this creamy. Carbonation is low but appropriate.

Good beer and rather enjoyable. BORIS did not live up to my expectations, I had hoped for much more. I would drink this one again, just not on the top of my list.

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Photo of Chaney
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one about 3 years ago, before it got all of its acclaim. I really dug it then. Here is my 2010 review:

A: Pours out thick as oil, with no head at all - just a few bubbles that quickly withered away to nothing.

S: Mild licorice, dates, coffee, chocolate, and a tinge of oatmeal.

T: No alcohol detected. Very well balanced with notes of cocoa, dark fruit (prunes?), and toasted bread.

M: Carbonation level is just about perfect for this style. Sure, this brew is a bit syrupy, but that is appropriate. High grade motor oil!

D: For the style, it's near perfection. The ABV is high, but not as high as many other RISs. With drinkability being relative to octane level - I could drink this all day!

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Photo of rhodeska
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ridglens and AWolf for this beer!

Intresting beer, was really looking forward to this taste, Hoppin' Frog really impressed me with some of their beers.

Solid head and look, nice and deep brown.

A lot thinner than I thought it would be, but a solid coffee and oatmeal taste the whole way throughout. Really balanced beer, which I think is sometimes underappreciated these days.

Kind of disappointed as the beer fades, doesn't really linger as long as thought it would, but still good!

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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 2,729 ratings.
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