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
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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

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

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Ratings: 2,746 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of ricknelson
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog's Boris the Crusher beer was all that it was said to be. But it was very expensive and very hard to find. I got lucky and found a store on Addison St. in the Wrigleyville Chicago area that carried it. The hunt was worth the time and the effort. Great Beer!

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

bomber in to a snifter
A: opaque black, thin tight brown head.

S: Chocolate, oat, alcohol, inviting, rich when you get deep in the glass it is not as aromatic as others,

T: lots of chocolate, coffee and rostyness, a hint of smoky goodness, there is a boozy taste that leads to a good warming finish, there it tastes of a higher abv beer.

M: great thick body, low carbonation, rich this one has amazing mouthfeel it does not get much better than this.

D: it is not as high as others i have had but is still up there.

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Photo of themedievalist
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a bomber of this with my gentleman friend (is that the appropriate masculine version), CharlatanSin. While I normally seek out stouts which emphasize chocolate or coffee flavors, I was happy to give this oatmeal imperial stout a try.

This beer is attractive enough, but not anything special - very dark color; slight tan head which quickly dissipated; no lacing.

The smell had a nice roasted malt element, combined with coffee and chocolate. I was happy that those coffee and chocolate flavors definitely came out in the taste; I found the coffee to be a bit stronger, but the chocolate was definitely there. This is very smooth, luxurious-feeling beer, somewhere between silk and velvet.

I quite enjoyed this, and would definitely have it again; I found it to be a particularly good example of an imperial stout which has those rich coffee and chocolate flavors and scents, but presents them more subtly than would a specifically coffee or chocolate stout. It is an ideal dessert beer, rich and delicious.

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

It's finally time to treat myself with this beer. Split the bomber with the lady friend, themedievalist. The beer poured a deep space black into the glass. Unfortunately, there's no more than a tiny, faint hint of a tan head, and no lacing to speak of. Not an unattractive beer, but there are better looking RIS out there.

The smell is familiar RIS territory, not that there's anything wrong with that. It's a little more roasted than most. Roasted coffee-esque malt dominates, with sweet chocolate. The taste is outstanding. It's got a nice crisp hopiness that you don't often find in the style. Coffee and chocolate duke it out on the malt side. A little vanilla. A good alcohol presence, as well. A lovely dry, warming, bitter finish.

The beer goes down smooth, as one would expect from an Oatmeal imperial (though it's not as smooth as the Stone version that I had the previous day). Mouthfeel is medium for the style, with carbonation a bit high. A very nice RIS overall that I'd be happy to have again, though it might not be my first choice if I could choose any stout in the world.

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Photo of brystmar
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: I've claimed other beers' colors as black before, but none can hold a candle to the midnight black color this beer pours. Almost zero (brownish) head though, and no lacing whatsoever.

S: everything is pretty faint, so it's hard to pick out most of the ingredients. Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, oats.

T: lots of roasted malt up front with bittersweet chocolate & coffee not far behind. Hops show themselves towards the end and help finish the drink smooth and, again, bittersweet. Alcoholic warmth is there but not overpowering.

M: about as heavy & viscous as beer comes. More carbonation than I expected, but pleasant nonetheless.

D: not as easy to drink as, say, Oat from Southern Tier, but a bit above average on the whole. A thoroughly enjoyable drink!

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Photo of biglite351
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - color was very nice, but I could not get a good foam going, at all.

S - very deep and inviting. One of the best scents that I have come across.

T - the taste id complex. There is a Lo going on. A bit too much alcohol after taste, but not enough to negate the rest of the flavor.

M - tingle in the top back of the mouth during the after taste.

D - I would order this regularly, but only one a night.

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

A: Pours like a can of 5w-40 with a creamy mocha color head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S: Very strong notes of coffee, chocolate, chocolate malts, espresso, licorice, toffee, molasses, caramel, and a hop profile that is pretty unique

T: Very similar to the nose...fudge, chocolate, espresso, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, citrus!, and some delicious hop flavors that help balance this crusher.

MF/D: Very viscous (one of the thickest I've come across), slightly bittering finish that lingers with coffee and hops

Pretty damn expensive, but worth the price tag, especially on tap

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Photo of jt31914
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Was dark black with no head, poured like motor oil.

S: Phenomenal smell of strong oatmeal and chocolate scents - this is one of the best smelling brews I've had.

T: Strong oatmeal and chocolate; very creamy and thick. The flavors are perfectly complementary and every is blended just right.

M: Fantastic, I love the creaminess of the brew and it is super smooth.

D: It's too strong to be super drinkable, but I love the taste.

A+ beer.

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

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter- my first hoppin' frog review-despite its wide availability in the burgh.

A-Body is an opaque, thick black hue. Pours with no head at all-then an elusive dark mocha colored foamy head bubbles up quickly to about 1/2 finger then fades away just as quickly as it enters but leaves a thin collar. No lacing in the glass.

S- Smell is great and very typical of an IRS. Anise, molasses, roasted malt, oatmeal, and just a hint of phenols make up an excellent balance.

T-Flavor is good but not as complex and balanced as the nose. Upfront is a mostly roasted malt flavor with overtones of licorice and vanilla sweetness. The finish is similar to the initial flavor with the whole profile intensifying a bit. Roasted malt/ coffee tones are definitely the main character of the brew though other characteristics can be detected in the background. What lingers on the palate is a moderate roasted malt bitterness.

M-Medium to high carbonation and a mouthfeel that is thick and viscous.

D- This brew is packed with a lot of BIG flavor and this hybrid seems to line up better with the coffee imperial stouts than the IRS's- though this brew does contain some distinctive IRS character. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew. It is a good imperial stout overall and I like the idea of an IRS/oatmeal hybrid. Optimally, for me this brew would have a little bit less roasted malt character and more balance. The ABV is pretty well hidden under the big flavor of this brew.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick single finger head, the color of creamy coffee. Quick dissipation leaving behind no lace. Black, Black body...like a glass full of melted asphalt. You cannot force light through this...

The nose is a combination of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Roasted malts and caramel in the background.

The taste starts out with a sweet creamy caramel flavor that fades into a bitter coffee finish. The roasted malts are in the background throughout, keeping everything in perfect balance. Black coffee aftertaste lingers, making you want more!

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, very creamy with little carbonation...almost perfect!

A very drinkable beer. The ABV is well hidden in the complex flavors. Super example of the style!

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.

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Photo of srlama1
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours with a slight head, small bubbles, slight lacing, espresso in color.
S: One of this beer's finer qualities. Great deep molasses with hints of coffee and toasted barley.
T: Molasses initially followed by coffee and chocolate. The alcohol creeps in and is followed by slight, but not sharp bitterness. My wife compared it to Great Lakes Black Out Stout.
M: Initially a bit thin, then develops a soft bloom with the alcohol leaving a slight tingle.
D: Enjoying right now. Wondering how it compares The Dark Lord in the basement

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Photo of onthefarside
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Continuing the night of stouts, and hopefully ending it now, heh. Got this one also from my pal in Ohio and I hope he's enjoying the Middle ages i sent him.

Poured out from a bomber into my DFH snifter, very harshly, it produced an almost non-existant head with a very nice dark black body.

Smell is quite typical for an oatmeal stout, but reveals a slight but of alcohol spice for the journey ahead.

Taste is quite a pleasant experience. Very smooth toasted oat flavor starts out the sip, followed by a slight bit of alcohol spice and fruit flavor. It's quite hard to detect the flavors in this brew, it's a nice challence to pick them out. I can feel some dark fruit and some milky chocolate, it makes me quite happy.

mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer. It's quite silky and smooth and the carbonation doesn't assault your tounge. It's almost as drinking chocolate milk. Very impressed with this aspect of this beer.

Drinkablity is also impressive. for a beer that is 9.5% it hides it exceptionally well. I could drink quite a bit of this and wouldn't know it until I was on the floor.

Over all I was very impressed with this brew and would you should definately crack it now. i would love to see what happens in a year or two as well. A very decent example of an imperial oatmeal stout, actually it might be one of the only ones I've had.

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

This bottle was cracked while watching WWE's Royal Rumble..wtf? Thanks to Rich for this one.

A: Black beer with some impressive soap. I am burnt out on describing the RIS.

S: This beer isn't gigantic, but has a good nose on it. Roasted malts dominate it's stout stench, but there is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a good mix of chocolate + molasses sweetness with the heavy amount of roast that is going on. Definitely enjoyable, but there are so many beers in this heavyweight category. This offering needs to mask the alcohol just a bit more and increase it's depth of flavor before it's perfect. I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. next.

M: There is a nice silky texture that lingers. Just the fact that they used the word oatmeal in this beer leads me to crave more creaminess.

D: Good stout offering from Hoppin' Frog. BA'd is next.

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Photo of cpetrone84
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black, motor oil looking liquied that lets no light through. the head is light brown with very good retention and leaves a light lacing on the glass

S-light nose with hints of the oat up front giving way to some sweet dark fruits, dark berries, plum and fig.

T-the taste is a bigger version of the nose; but still not huge. the oatmeal flavor comes in first with hints of dark chocolate and some coffee. the dark berries, ripe plum and fig come in towards the back with some hints of the alcohol warming a bit.

M-lighter end of a full body and silky smooth. carbonated just right to flow comfortably down the thoat and still have body.

D-this is actually a very drinkable RIS. the booze shows up but not too much at all. it is so smooth and the lighter body actually works with the lighter flavors. not a huge beast i fall in love with but still quite tasty!

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle.

Pours an inky jet black. No light transparency. No head at first, but a bit of a brown sugar head develops and sticks around as a light film.

Smells of toasted nuts, molasses, and dark fruits like figs, with a chocolate or coffee accent.

Tastes rich and sweet like brown sugar. Aftertaste is roasted coffee beans and vanilla. The alcohol is ever so slightly detectable.

Feels a bit thick, very smooth. Minimal carbonation detectable.

So incredibly easy to drink. It basically pours itself down your throat. Rich and sweet enough to practically be a dessert. I would drink this once a week if I could.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber at room temperature into a tulip glass.

A-Deep opaque brown with a creamy tan head that seems to settle rapidly then all but dissappears.

S-Nose is surprisingly light for a RIS. Roasted dark malts of chocolate, coffee, anise, some hops in the background and light alcohol vapors.

T-Bittersweet bakers chocolate gives way to an anise infused expresso backbone with dark fruits present. Warming alcohol present in the back end but in no way interferes with the taste.

M-Oats clearly make themselves present in the mouth in the initial taste. Creamy with a medium body and slightly higher than average carbonation.

D-A very drinkable and solid stout, not as good as some of the best, but one of the better ones out there. Get Ye some....

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is a completely opaque black. There is no head but for a ring around the edge. The pour seems almost creamy. The beer looks almost completely flat.

S: Very intense aroma, many components of which I was unprepared for. There is a lot of dark fruit...figs, dates, and some plum-like esters, mainly. Hints of chocolate, a mild roast, and some boozy warmth.

T: Intense flavors more or less mirror the aromas. Dates and figs are the dominant flavor up front. Bittersweet chocolate comes through much more here than in the aromas. Hops and dry roasty malts round out the flavor in the finish with a really phenomenal traditional RIS-type character. There is some alcohol warmth in the aftertaste as well.

M/D: Thick and syrupy with only slight carbonation. Finish is dry and lingering. Thick and a bit too boozy even after a year, I would put this away for a little longer next time.

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Photo of rustymoore
3.84/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep black with thick, carbonated tan head. Good lacing throughout. Really what a stout should look and pour like.

S: Coffee beans and alcohol...somewhat average.

T: Taste is sweet with coffee notes and alcohol taste. Coffee and toasted malts really dominates the flavor but I pick up some dark fruits as dates etc.

M: Somewhat acidic and more carbonated than most stouts.

D: Alcohol content makes this one tough to drink a great deal but I enjoy it more than most.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll be honest, today isn't much of an imperial stout day here in Miami. In fact, this late January afternoon is pretty warm and humid. Therefore, I myself am surprised that I reached for this bomber of B.O.R.I.S. and popped the cap.

Poured into a large snifter. The beer looks lazy in the glass. In fact, it looks somewhat flat. Yet, I am able to swirl up a thin layer of foam. It looks suitably dark; indeed, there is very little light penetration. Still, I've seen better-looking RIS's.

Not a lot in the aroma at first, but in all fairness, the bottle had been in the fridge for several weeks. The ambient temperature in my apartment is now an even 70 degrees, so it'll warm quickly. Indeed, as it does, the dominant aroma is chocolate liquor, perhaps even some Kahlua as well. There's a good deal of almond-pecan nuttiness too. Peanut brittle.

As I sip, this still may be too cold. There's not a lot to it chilled at all. Warming reveals a good deal of vanilla and lightly charred wood - blindly, I might mistake this for a barrel-aged beer. Beyond that, it does have something of a sweet chocolate liquor taste...not just straight up chocolate and coffee like many stouts....it's like a liquor-filled chocolate. Interestingly, when I tried pairing this with dark chocolate covered espresso beans, this made the beer taste more like an "ordinary" RIS; it added some bitterness. On its own, this beer is not very bitter, even though it clocks in at 60 IBU.

It feels somewhat limp, thin on the palate. I expect lush and creamy from an oatmeal stout, so I have to dock some points here.

For a beer of its size, it goes down easily. The only real limiting factor I find is the chocolatey sweetness. I don't know that this is my absolute favorite RIS, but it's certainly distinctive enough to warrant seeking it out.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First of all, hats off to funkadelic for hooking me up with this bottle in a trade, cheers to you Cameron!

The appearance is pitch black and shiny with a tall and sticky brown head.

The aroma is filled with loads of roasted and chocolate malt, some espresso, milk chocolate, oatmeal and black licorice round it out nicely.

The flavor on this beast is what I will call 'exceptional.' It opens up with a rich and decadent chocolate paired with dark malts and espresso beans, but then rewards the taste buds even more with some citrus hops, cherry and dark fruit sweetness mid sip. Finally things dry up and get bitter for a lingering aftertaste of coffee and earthy hops.

It is my belief that mouthfeels don't get much better than this. If I could grade higher than 5 I would not hesitate to do so. Ultra smooth and silky, full bodied, rich and creamy. I just can't say enough!

This is liquid desert. I cannot wait to give the BA version a go.

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

Pours black from my bomber to a pint glass.The head dissipates quickly some light lace remains,lots of roasted malt coffee and oatmeal,reminds me of a bowl of oatmeal with tons of brown sugar,nice alcohol finish,but not at all overpowering,highly drinkable,solid RIS

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

L: Pours a deep brown to black color with a medium sized and medium bodied tan colored head that laces the glass a lot on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, black malt, sweet oatmeal, caramel, and chocolate. Everything smells very balanced.
T: Like the nose, deep roasted malts followed by deep sweet caramel, chewy oatmeal, and rich chocolate. Really well done on this one.
M: Slightly chewy, smooth, warming, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, I didn't even feel the alcohol, all of the flavors blended together and with that classic oatmeal stout mouthfeel, it was easy going down. Too bad I only had 1 bomber!

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Photo of yelterdow
4.79/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's time to review this elusive, lone bottle from the cellar... a long-awaited sampling of a much sought-after Hoppin' Frog beer. I'll serve this in an oversize snifter and see what the beer judge (me) determines.

Appearance- Deep brown with a ruby red underpinning, the beer builds and supports a thin, cocoa-tinged head. With each swirl, the tiny bubbles re-emerge and fizzle away into the black abyss.

Smell- A magical balance of dark fruit, licorice, molasses, hops, and espresso come together seamlessly... it's hard to imagine how this aroma could possibly be improved.

Taste- Exquisite in every regard... the roasty, rich, decadent malt profile is in perfect harmony with the wickedly fresh hop bitterness that stings the tongue and lasts long after the swallow. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly on the tip of the tongue, the bubbles pull back immediately and spread out, laying a large canvas for the rich flavors to unfurl in the mouth. This is a huge, complex, immaculate example of a RIS that must be experienced at least once.

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

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 22oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a thick, motor oil-like black with a thin brown head that does not stick around for long.

Smell: Chocolate, roasted malts and sweet raspberries. Very interesting.

Taste: Just as the smell suggests. Chocolate, roasted malt and raspberries dominate along with other tastes I am not smart enough to identify.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied. Goes down smooth as it is nice and creamy.

Drinkability: Very drinkable brew for the abv. Would recommend and drink again.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 2,746 ratings
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