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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

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

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

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with a brown tan head about a finger thick when poured. It doesn't last too long but leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, toffee, and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt and coffee are strongly present followed by notes of caramel and dark chocolate along with a bit of hops at the end. Has a creamy, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. The best thing I have had from this brewery yet.


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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick black as night liquid with a huge cream colored head that just did not go down. Very milkshake looking in consistency and took a very long time to settle. I knew immediatly I was about to get my butt kicked by this one. Perfect looking stout. Smell was very sweet, with hints of milk and sugar intermixing with the big players which were coffee and chocolate. Hints of alcohol as well, which at 9.2%abv does not shock me in the least. Had a very dessert like look and smell to it, getting very excited to try this one. Taste was very thick, milkshake like consistency. Big creamy and very smooth going down, definatly made this a dessert beer. Taste again was very sweet, roasted coffee with milk and sugar. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, very rich. Slight warming from the alcohol, but not too bad at all. Very filling and just very very good all around, thats all that really needs to be said. Nice long lingering dry finish capped it off beautifully. This was really a treat and I would never turn it down anywhere at anytime. Really great and I hope to be able to try it again one day.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.4% ABV, 60 IBU. Pitch black in color, no highlights at all. Thick dark tan head settles down quickly to a thin ring. Roasty, chocolate, espresso aroma. A large amount of sweetness is present in this beer. Lots of chocolate, warming alcohol. Some dark fruit and vinous flavors approach near the end. A little silky. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Lower amount of carbonation. Seems a bit thin for the size of this brew. Nicely done by this newer brewery. Certainly worth trying.

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

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a solid black body. The head is thick and fluffy with a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The beer has no ruby opaqueness to light. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer has heavily roasted ,toasted and chared malts. The aroma is dominated by a smoked dark roasted espresso. As the beer warms up toward room temperature vanilla and dark fruits raisins and figs come to the foreground.

Taste: The beer delivers a majorly smokey, roasted and chared maltyness. If you dont like roasted and toasted and burnt characters in your beer skip this one. The espresso vias for dominance in the flavor with smokey charcoal notes. The beer has undertones of cocoa and vanilla. The alcohol brings adds a zing to the flavor. The finish of the beer is earthy and just vaguely pine hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The roasted, and chared flavors of this beer is very evident. The finish is earthy and bitter. The beer has a silky smoothness to the mouth. The body of this beer is definately full. This is a very solid Russian Imperial Stout. The beer has been a frequent visitor to my beer glass. I would definately suggest you try this RIS if you like big stouts.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found some Hoppin' Frog beers in town! Very excited to see it. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. 9.4% ABV, label says 60 IBUs. I drank a 22 oz. bomber of this all by myself - talk about a good night. Pours like motor oil. It's an opaque black with a thick, reddish head. Great retention. Smells sweet: dark toasted malt, oats, caramel, syrup, dark chocolate. Tastes of the dark malt, chocolate, caramel, twinge of alcohol. Very nicely balanced - slightly hoppy finish - the bitterness balances the thick sweetness of it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied to the max. Thick beyond thick. Like drinking a rich chocolate milk. It was a wonderful beer - great example of the style - wonderful for slow sipping on a cold winter's evening.

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Photo of frazbri
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog poured motor oil black topped by a short, creamy brown head. Aroma had notes of cocoa, peanut butter, berries, and coffee. Flavor starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by banana, a touch of ameretto and cherries and finished off with a hit of espresso. The body was full and the carbonation was moderate.

This stout has the look and feel of a top-notch imperial stout. The beer clinges to the glass after you take a drink. It's thick and chewy in the mouth. The only thing keeping it from elite status, is the sharp finish. Don't let this little review keep you from drink this. Boris has much to offer.

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Photo of becktone
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: This beer is so thick and black that when it pours from the bottle it looks like dirty engine oil, or molasses. Forms finger's size head but it quickly receedes to what I wouldn't even call a film. Could be this glass, never have had a good head in this snifter.

Nose: Strong malt backbone on this one. Strong notes of chocolate malt make their way to the foreground. Alcohol is evident, warm to the nose. No hop aroma present. Pretty much right on for what one of these should smell like.

Tongue: This brew is intense. The most prevalent flavor characteristic is chocolate, Alcohol is detectable, and there's a bit of grain bitterness at the end of this beer. Also just a bit of a roasted quality. All in all pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is thick in the mouth, full bodied with little carbonation. Exactly what one expects. I also enjoy the warming sensation of the alcohol as this beer slides down the throat. This is a good beer, but at $7.00 for a bomber its a bit pricey. I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Its good but not that good.

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

Wow, after my second bottled sampling of this beer, I feel I should rate it. This is the best Imperial Stout i’ve had in awhile and i’m esprecially impressed by how good this is at its bright, young age. The color is dark, the darkest beer I’ve seen in awhile. Tremendous body. Fairly nice nose. Amazing flavor of chocolate and coffee, but there is also an inordinate, but graceful amount of fruit flavor going on. A really, really good beer!

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

22oz bomber -> Imperial pint
no date

Pours oil slick black with a thick fluffy brown head with decent stamina that leaves some nice droopy rings of lace.

Nose: Roasted dark malt, sweet dark chocolate, coffee, port, alcohol.

Taste: Smooth dark sweet malts, sugar, bitter cocoa, and a drying alcohol finish. Some dark fruit notes and a little port. No real bitterness present.

Mouth:Slick and full bodied, somewhat chewy, with some drying alcohol .

A smooth RIS for sure, a little less alcohol presense would do wonders for the drinkability.

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

The aroma is a bit muted, but chocolate, tobacco, roasted cocoa powder and mild wood smoke make a low key play at the olfactory senses. It smells good-ish, but could smell so much better.
The body is a deep black and pours gloppy and this beer stands out in appearance. The head is massive, but not bubbly, and is an incredibly dark mocha color. It is impossibly lasting. Anyone who has seen me drink a new beer knows it takes me five minutes to smell it. Well this head stands strong for that whole period, diminshing only slightly and leaving almost uninterrupted
lacing on the glass.

Fore is tobacco ash, smoke, burnt and roasted malt, black chocolate and bitter burnt malts along with bitter hops. It’s fairly brutish. I’d prefer some fruit or even mildly sweet chocolate or cream notes. That being said I could see how this would be mother’s milk to some palates. It’s just not to mine. It’s still decent and you can feel the influence of oatmeal in the very creamy mouthfeel.

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

i'm excited about this. i hear good things

looks like tar in my glass and i don't think i've ever seen a darker head. it remains in limited form and some nice lace coats the glass

complex coffee aroma, not immensely sweet. piney hops

the taste is sweeter, but not cloying. NW hop flavor, and the oatmeal evens it all out. this is a tasty brew: well-stacked, well-hopped, well-roasted. all in a nice manageable package

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Photo of mattcrill
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Faint notes of roasted malt, creamed coffee, and a bit of cocoa.

Appearance: Jet black pour with a sudsy, tight beige head. The head collapses slowly and rings the glass elegantly. Gentle carbonation streams up the side of the glass.

Flavor: Roasted bitterness up front that reminds me of coffee, mocha, and a touch of Hershey's kisses. Fruity esters are low and in the background. Definitely pick up some dried fig and raisin but it's muted.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, full bodied, slightly slippery, creamy, and a drying pleasant alcohol finish. The chocolate sweetness barely keeps this from being astringent.

Overall impression: A big, full bodied, and chewy beer. A tad underattenuated a bit one-dimensional which makes me wonder if this should be classified as an RIS. Still, it's a good effort overall. I hope this brewery keeps improving.

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Photo of weeare138
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to axilla for breaking this one out...
Appears a dark, midnight black with dark auburn & purple highlights when held up to the light. A small, dark tan head fades into a mild cap. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dark fruit phenols, yeasty, cocoa, grapes, sugary, creamy...almost smells like a Belgian strain was used. Not a bad thing if that's the case and quite enticing.
Taste is of rich cocoa, dark fruit, brown sugar, and black grapes.
Mouthfeel is rich, syrupy, sugary, fruity, with cocoa powder and light chalkiness.

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

Big, black and thick. Dark head, as dark as I have ever seen, chocolate milk with an extra scoop. Toasty nose, slightly grassy.

Toasty, roasty and raw, chocolate tempered by alcohol heat-although the heat does die down a bit as the beer warms.

Smooth and airy, very easy to sip, tempered a bit, again, by some heat from the alcohol that lingers in the mouth and throat. But it is a nice heat, and overall a very nice brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so dark brown frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats and chocolate, very nice. The flavor is good, it tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee, and it has a good bitter finish with some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is full, it's thick and very smooth. Drinkability is great too, this stout is very easy to drink. Almost as soon as I'm done with my last drink of the beer, I'm ready for another one. I was waiting to get my hands on this beer for a while now, and I'm pretty impressed. Easily one of the best beers I've tried lately, I'd recommend it to anyone. I'll definitely buy more of this.

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Photo of benmiliron
4.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $5.99 for a 22 oz. Menacingly, rich, deep, black with a dark brown head. I've had my share of stouts, but never have I seen one this dark and rich looking. Good dense head, nice brown lacing like caramel spiderwebs. Nose shows coffee, roast barley - great balance with hops in the background. Taste is superb. Heavy oats, coffee, roasted barley, black barley, hop bitterness counters well the sweetness of unfermented gravity.

Mouthfeel is what sets this stout apart. It's almost chocolate milk, so thick. Coats the tongue, but doesn't stick. Carbonation is present, but very soft. Beautiful.

I'm floored by Hoppin' Frog. Glad they've showed up. I'll be trying more of their beers from now on.

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

Alright, this is my first review, and I'm not going into a whole lot of detail. I actually had the beer a couple of days ago. It was the first I had seen of this brewery, and I was generally pleased with all four beers they had in their line-up. This beer, however, took top honors with me. It's very dark, very thick, and very smooth! I loved it. I've already passed word along to fellow connoisseurs. Hopefully they will all try it. As for me, there WILL be seconds!


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

Monsterously dark pour with a deeply burnt head that reduces itself to lacy marshmellow topping.
Smell is a well represented nose of dark chocolate & espresso.
Tastes of a pleasantly robust treat consisting of a well masked, but noticeable alcohol finish. Coats the mouth and tongue, smooth as silk, and as edible as a mousse pie.
This an absolute must try. I wish they didn't price themselves out of my "regular" drinking budget, because there's always something more out there for me to try. This I would go back to if it were cheaper.

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Photo of mcallister
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a beautiful pouring stout. Midnight color with a thick rich frothy deep mocha head. Retention was short but expected considering the alcohol. Leaves some lace although scattered down the glass.

Aroma is no slouch either. Rich and roasty dark bitter chocolate malt. Loads of dark brooding fruits, fig, black currant, truffle, vanilla, hints of earth and a tad of floral hop.

Very big complex masculine beer. Very bitter bakers chocolate, loads of different deep dark fruit flavors. All of the above with the addition of a burnt caramel edge. Hops are much more dominate in the mouth especially on the finish which lasts a good 30 seconds. Only thing hindering this beer is the alcohol sticks out slightly too much in the mouth.

Moutfeel is thick, and chewy. Like velvet on the tongue. Leaves a layer of resiny goodness behind. This beer is so big it would be hard to drink in abundance.

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

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with no light penetrating through the glass. The dark brown head pours a quarter inch thick and quickly dissolves into a ring clinging to the edges of the glass. Lacing is thin.

S: Smells of coffee and chocolate. Sweetness of brown sugar oatmeal. Dominated by the unmistakeable smell of warm alcohol or sherry.

T: First taste reveals roasted coffee and dark chocolate. There is a slight hop bite that is followed by the sweetness of malt and oatmeal. The finish is all about the warming or slow burn of alcohol and more roasted coffee.

M: Thick and chewy. Rich with a surprising amount of carbination for a big stout. Warm and dry finish.

D: A very nice heavy oatmeal stout. Very similar to Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout. High alcohol content limits the amount per serving but this beer is dangerously good because it leaves wanting another swig. Good luck to Hoppin Frog! Keep them coming!

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

Poured into my Delirium tulip glass.
Pours a dark brown with a half inch head. This thing pours real thick.
Smell is roasty and rather strong with the alcohol. First off, I have to say that it's nice to see a "real" imperial stout. If you're going to call it a russian imperial stout, it better be close to 10% ABV or higher, and be thick on the mouthfeel. This beer accomplishes both.
This beer tastes huge. It reminds me of the Expediton Stout in mouthfeel. But is nowhere near the complexity of the Expedition Stout. This is a thick, creamy, smooth drinking oatmeal imperial stout. My only complaints are that the alcohol taste was too present in the mouth and it was not near complex enough to keep my attention through the entire bomber.
Kudos to Hoppin Frog for making a solid imperial stout and even more kudos for opening a brewery in my home state of Ohio. We still need a lot more. I'm going to keep my eye on this brewery. If the first lineup they release has an impy this strong, I can't wait to see what they do next.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a very dark brown head that is creamy and thick with a few big bubbles pushing through. There is a few microbubbles of brown sticking to the side of the glass in an otherwise jet black body.

S- The smell has notes of prunes and dates with black roasted malt and black grain and a very light hint of earthiness. As this beer warms a bit there is notes of dark raisins and graham with a dry port note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big black bitter black malt and coffee malt flavor with an inky tar note that hangs on the finish like a nice espresso. There is a green hint to the finish that could be from hops but it is mysterious.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess and the finish has a nice slipperiness that warms to a soft alcohol heat as it warms.

D- This beer has a big complex flavor but it is not heavy but the finish makes it light and smooth while still remaining dark black in flavor and smell.

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Photo of SAAZbrewer
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Russian Imperial Stout - 22 oz Bottle

Appearance: Deep dark brown with a brown creamy head. Good retention. Moderate lacing.

Aroma: Very roasty with expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate tones. Hint of alcohol. Some earthy hop aromas.

Flavor: Rich and roasty. Very big in the mouth. Expresso/dark roast coffee and unsweetened chocolate flavors. Big malt flavor nicely balanced with lots of hop bitterness. Relatively dry with roastiness, coffee, and hop bitterness in the finish. Slight taste and warming from the high ABV.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, very big and chewy. Has a creaminess in the mouth that I haven't experienced in many Russian Imperials. Most likely due to the oatmeal. Good caronation for style. High ABV gives a warming sensation.

Overall: A Great Russian Imperial Stout. Very drinkable, be careful though, this one will sneak up on you. I think that the oatmeal provides for a creaminess that you usually don't get from this style of beer. This is now my favorite big stout that I can get in these parts.

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

Viscous, black on the pour with a thick leather head with lots of lacing. Very, very dark.

Coffee-chocolate aroma, dirt, alcohol and dark juicy fruit.

Bitter chocolate, metal, licorice and coffee grounds flavor, alcohol is as close to hot as it gets. Finish is espresso like and lingers for a long, long time.

Mouthfeel is silky, creamy, like a milkshake. How'd they do that. The only beer that comes close to that silkiness is Dark Lord. Very well done.

A strong stout lover will love this strong stout. I do. It's big and bold and strong. If you like dark roast coffee, strong and black, I'd bet you'd like this beer.

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Photo of chipsbr
4.88/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is called B.O.R.I.S for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. That’s a great name, fits the beer well but it could be called; W.W.A.A.B., for Wow What A Awesome Beer!

It has to be the oatmeal that makes this extremely smooth for a Russian Imperial Stout. This is the easiest drinking Russian Stout I’ve ever had. BORIS has a 9.4% alc/vol so the easy drink ability could call for a warning label.

Boris is very dark like most Russian Imperials. Not “flat” like some, but not overly carbonated. An awesome roasted malt – chocolate flavor. I can not get over how smooth this beer is! The hops are not overwhelming. The brewer has done a great job in keeping them balanced with the malt!

Being a “hop head” this is not normally my beer of choice. This is the best beer I’ve had in recent memory!!

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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 2,751 ratings
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