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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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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Photo of kruthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Havin a party, bottling my latest homebrew batch and my buddy drops in with this baby. 2008 batch.

Appearance: Deep , dark, black color with zero light penetration. Rich light brown headed that diminishes to nothing. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Definitely a sweeter smell, molasses, coffee, maybe vanilla.

Taste: Definitly a coffe taste that hits right away. At the same time theres a sweet note with a long molasses after taste, almost like licorice.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, glides in and then glides down the throat.

Drinkability: I could finish this beer myself, despite this time I shared witha group of friends, its got a great taste that makes you want more.

Notes: I could do wthout the long sweet aftertaste, but overall i lovethis beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, oats, dark malts and a touch of dark fruit. The taste is full of roasted coffee & oats, smoky malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats some dark fruit and an ever-so-slight alcohol burn. The beer has a very mild hops presence but it's stronger than you would expect in the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pour is pitch black with a half finger of brown foam. Aroma is boozy, dark candied fruits, ripe plum. No hops detected in the nose.

First impresion is alcohol burn, followed by a roast, bready flavor. not as much coffee or chocolate flavors as I would expect. There is a lingering alcohol burn. While this beer is very viscous, I am not tasting a corresponding amount of intense flavor to back it up... a bit too boozy for my preference. This is by no means bad, just a little unbalanced. I'd like to see some more roasted flavor, or a nice hoppiness to round this beer away from the alcohol.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated June 2009.

Bomber from Wegmans in Princeton, NJ.

Black in color with a medium tan head.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Fairly intense.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roast, oatmeal, slight dark fruits, and alcohol. Typical for the style but very balanced and well-done.

Palate is smooth, full, and creamy. A very good RIS overall. Better than the -bal aged version in my opinion - tried them side-by-side.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Inky black with a small mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and a surprising amount of hops for such a dark stout.

T - Bitter chocolate, expresso, dark malts and more citrus-y hops. This is one of the hoppiest stouts I've tasted.

M - Very smooth and silky with a nice "prickly" carbonation. Does run a bit "hot" though.

D - Fairly easy to drink, just not sure if I'd want to. It was certainly smooth and creamy, but I just found this to be too hoppy for my taste. I like my stouts roasty and chocolately and the like. Other reviews mention nothing about the hop level, so perhaps I'll have to revisit this to see if it was an off bottle. Disappointing.

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

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black and has a small brown head. Nearly no lacing but curtains.

The smell is smoky, dried sweet fruits, and has coffee nuances.

The taste is full of dried fruits, dates and figs, in porridge. Not much bitterness.

Low carbonation, rather soft.

Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours like oil. Black in color with NO head. If you swirl the beer in your glass to agitate it, then you get a tan head, but it dissipates as quickly as it comes.

S: It took a while for us to figure out what this beer smells like. Had to pull an old wine maneuver and swirl it around to get the full aroma out. There is clearly a smell of oats, chocolate, booze, brown sugar &/or cinnamon spice (but that could be the booze), roasted malts. It definately has a sweet bouquet.

T: A creamy, chocolate flavor beer with hints of oats. However, there are undertones of raisins and sweet malts in this beer creating a likable and playful palate. A very creamy and enjoyable beer.

M: A buttery texture that is smooth, yet "fizzles" on the back of the tongue. If it's PC to say, it's comparable to a Merlot in the sense that it is dry and sweet.

D: Love this beer. No need to say anything else.

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

A - Pours like motor oil, black as night. 1/4 inch moderately thick creamy dark tan head, stays for the duration. Looks incredible.

S - Sweet oatmeal chocolate and molasses. Some alcohol is there, almost giving it a bourbonlike smell. Very good.

T - Intense sweet chocolate and roasted malts to start. Then it turns a little bittersweet giving it a nice rich dark chocolate flavor, but the bitterness quickly vanishes. A very smooth finish to this one. The alcohol is there, but nicely masked by the other flavor components--well balanced. Tastes like liquid heaven to me.

M - Surprisingly smooth and somewhat thinner than expected. This definitely doesn't have the feel of a 9+ abv beer, which makes it so much better.

D - Very easy to drink for a strong stout, but watch out... You'll feel the effects of BORIS if you don't take your time drinking this one. Definitely a sipper, but it's hard to sip a beer that tastes this good.

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Photo of korguy123
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with minimal head. Lots of chocolate aroma, molasses, and a fair amount of alcohol. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront, oats lending to a nice smoothness of flavors and a very bitter coffee finish. Medium-thin body, lots of alcohol warming, dry finish.

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Photo of dbossman
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely black; looks like dark coffee and the head is dark brown--looks like chocolate mousse; the head tries to dissipate but clings on relatively long for the style

S: Loads of roasted dark malts and oats--lots of oats; coffee, chocolate, and grains; a touch of a spicy quality as well

T: Lots of oats and dark roasted maltiness with subtle coffee bitterness and a touch of chocolate; chewy and bready

F: So thick, creamy, and chewy; this beer just sits on the tongue

D: Alcohol is well masked and though the bitter coffee and over the top oat maltiness can be somewhat cumbersone, this is still a damn drinkable and delicious brew

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

When I opened it I opened it carefully and near the sink remembering the near disaster with The Dogfather. I had stout foam everywhere! Not so with this beer. The bottle opened with a weak pfft and nothing moved inside. After pouring it, it seemed to have a hard time generating a head and when it finally did (huffing and puffing the whole time), it sank back quicker than it had formed. When it briefly had a head, it was light brown to mocha in color and the beer is jet black and appears flat.

Smells like an RIS...toast and espresso, but you get a whiff of alcohol and chocolate, like Godiva liqueur, but not as smooth.

More of that chocolate comes out in the flavor backed by a roasted malt bitterness. This is sweeter than most RISs and that sweetness presents itself as molasses. I'm drinking it a little colder than I should, but I don't get the usual stout uber-bitterness that rears its ugly head when its temperature drops below 55 degrees. After warming up, the molasses goes to the background and the chocolate comes to the fore, but more in cocoa-like flavor with a little nice not-so-bitter finish. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is silky and full, which is better than silly and fulk. I have no idea what fulk might be, but it doesn't sound good. Anyway, the heat is barely detectable, but it is detectable. After warming up a bit it seems to get a little thinner and the alcohol recedes. Odd for an oatmeal stout. Drink this as close to room temperature as you're comfortable with.

Not sure how many of these I can pound down. After half a glass I'm making stupid Spoonerisms in my beer review and have a strong desire to visit Vietnam due to a show I'm watching on Travel Channel. Yeah, this is good beer, but I'm glad I don't have to drink another. I'd be on the roof yelling stuff at the neighbor about figs and getting shades on their second floor bathroom. Frankly, I looked at the word "roof" a few times and it looked funny to me. Could be a long night and a rough morning as I am now rooting around the beer fridge for something else. :)

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, I feel, was hard pressed to live up to the hype. I definitely enjoyed it, but when I see it's medals from the GABF and read the reviews... even the name means this beer's sights are aiming very high.

The beer pours a thick black - best comparison is used motor oil or day-old coffee. There is a very dark mocha head on it but it was short-lived.

Smelled of burnt malt, roasted coffee beans, and had some oaky, bready notes.

Tastes of sweet molasses, oak, and chocolate espresso beans. There is a huge amount of maltiness and decent hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as thick and chewy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely not thin either. There is medium heat on this beer too.

The high abv and richness of this beer make it hard to drink quickly. Nevertheless, I found it extremely enjoyable and look forward to drinking this again, preferably where I can split the bottle with a friend or two!

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Photo of UnDeadly
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, pint glass
*1 year cellar aged! Thanks Bruisin' Ales, you rock :D

Appearance - Black as midnight. Not sure if the age had anything to do with the carbonation, but I had to do a full, aggressive center-pour to produce a one-finger foam. Head was very very dark...I would say a gunmetal color. Lingered for a while but eventually settled into a ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Chocolate malts, but otherwise a very quiet and balanced scent. I can smell the alcohol as well...9.4% + whatever a year of aging gives you though, makes that forgivable.

Taste - Burnt sugar sweetness in the front that mellows through the middle, and gives way to coffee off the back and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. A fun ride, well balanced. Despite smelling the alcohol, it is almost unnoticeable in the taste.

Mouth Feel - Pretty good here. I still think its a touch low on the carbonation, but has a nice creamy feel and is smooth all the way down. No sting from the alcohol - this puppy is dangerous!

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink, however at the end of the bottle I was feeling...well, nice :) Two bombers of this stuff would probably be my limit. But the ABV is really the only thing that would keep me from drinking this over a long period of time.

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

Smooth and rather pleasing Imperial Stout, nothing crushing about it though.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label pivoting around the image of a standing/hopping frog holding a jar of beer (black on this offering). Again from the distance the label is forgivable, and given its poor design is almost noteworthy for that first impression. On a second look it is another terribly designed label with at least 4 different fonts in an awful array with dreadful blending and color effects. Side paragraphs offer a general description of the brew, and intent. Lacks any bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (9.4%), IBUs (60), FG (38), and OG (107). Served in a snifter.

A - Black body, small brown frothy head with very poor retention, faint surface memory ring, and no lacing.

S - Roasted aroma with a touch of coffee, boozy and fruity hint.

T - Rich roasted flavor with coffee highlights and a lightly hoppy citrus bitter finish.

M - Full body, creamy with small but adequate carbonation, rather smooth with a nice sustained finish.

D - Nice offering, well rounded, a solid mid-gear sip.

Notes: Hmmm, nice quality brew, but it is not half as outstanding as the hype would have one believe. Since this is relatively newly distributed to the area it will pick up on the novelty but on a regular basis it will have a tough competition from some other regular distributed brews on an equal or superior footing.

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Photo of Axic10
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap in a 13oz tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep dark black with a thin (half finger) layer of dark mocha head.

Smell: Coffee, roasted malts, toffee and dark chocolate.

Taste: Roasted coffee, dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability: Very good sipper. Not a beer that I could throw back 3 or more glasses of in a night. Even with a sub 10% abv, this one matches up fairly well with the heavy hitters.

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Photo of BarrelO
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

Body is pitch black. Tan head recedes to a thin film. Aroma is heavily reminiscent of coffee beans and dark chocolate. Flavors are quite complex with notes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice. Hints of dark fruits in the aftertaste. In all, a well-done stout worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of popery
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to stacecom via reddit. Delicious imperial stout. B.O.R.I.S. pours black with brown highlighting the very edges of the glass. The most negative thing that I can say about this beer is that there's almost no head. You can swirl one up - it's very dark even for a stout, a medium brown - but it dissipates quickly. The aroma is rich with roast and chocolate. There's just a ton of malt packed into this one. Vanilla bean, caramel and molasses round things out. This beer would be a great base for a beer float. The taste is also quite good. It's sweet with a warming finish. Roasty notes persist in the aftertaste. The feel is smooth and soft as a dog's ear. I like the low carbonation and it's definitely worth the lack of a head. It's a very easy beer to drink; my bomber is going fast. I would love to have this beer available in my area, and I'm very happy to have a second bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of KAP1356
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle that I have cellar-ed for a year into my Victory Golden Monkey tulip-ed snifter...

A - Dark black and hints of brown along the edges of the glass. Nice one finger burnt caramel color head recedes after just a few seconds.

S - Lots going on here. Big roasted malts, chocolate, slight coffee, molasses, and in the background, hints of vanilla. Almost a barrel aged quality to this nose.

T - Creamy roasted malts, chocolate, some molasses, and a much bigger barrel aged presence comes out. Not sure why the taste has developed like this, but I have no complaints whatsoever. The alcohol is present but nothing that overpowers, instead complements everything else that is going on. Also get dark fruits as well: raisins and figs.

M - Creamy and thick. Exactly the way I like big bold stouts. This one is as smooth as velvet the whole way through the bottle.

D - Pretty bold and thick so it was a little slower to get done, but nothing that couldn't be handled. It would be great to have in the middle of winter to warm up in front of a fire.

Can't wait to try the other bottles I am going to let age even longer.

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Photo of abecall98
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh boy, pouring a bottle of this BA badboy.

A - pours a nice thick black. Minimal head, not much lacing, but it's Bal-Aged, so it gets a 4.

S - due to the minimal head, the aroma suffers, but you can still get some great bourbon, malt, coffee and vanilla notes, and it's so damn pleasing.

T - oh boy. It taste like hella things. Starts off se coffee and chocolate roast, perfectly melding. Next the flavors of a nice bourbon and wood kick in. Vanilla hits at the end, followed by some slight dark fruit goodness.

M - very creamy. This beer is perfectly carbonated to style. It coats the mouth with it's vanilla flavor. The aftertaste is sweet and pleasing, and it lasts.

D - wow, perfectly hidden abv. This beer is worth the price tag because it makes you want more of it's flavor after every sip. You can't out this down.

O - amazing. This beer doesn't get enough talk, and it deserves all of it's praises.

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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 2,733 ratings.
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