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

Sampled at the recent Tampa BA gathering - thanks to whoever brought it.

Pours deep and dark with garnet highlights when held to light. Aroma displays coffee and roast along with some fruit (cherry). Flavor displays that smooth richness that comes from the well done use of oatmeal. Also has nice roast and black cherry notes. Alcohol flavor and strength are suprisingly low for an imperial stout.

Overall, a pleasant RIS and one that highlights very nicely the use of oatmeal. Recommended.

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Photo of Kendo
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Body is a thick, dark black with a small chocolate-brown head that settles quickly, leaving behind no lace.

S: Strong nose, with port-like qualities (raisins), fruit (berries) and roasted malt and coffee. Hint of cocoa powder too.

T: Follows the nose, pretty much. Raisins, berries, roasted coffee and even some black licorice. Chocolate flavor lingers on the mouth, though it's more of a dry, cocoa powder-type taste and feel than a sweet, milk chocolatey flavor.

M: Heavy in body, but a nice creamy feel to it makes it seem a bit lighter than the weight.

D: Very good. Went down easily for a bomber of 9+% ABV.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint 6 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Dark, dark brown with a dark tan head that's really thick.

S - Rich and Chocolaty, very bold.

T - Rich and velvety, strong and bold with a slight chocolate bitterness.

M - Full bodied with good carbonation.

D - One of the best Imperial Stouts I've ever had.

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

From a bomber that I got for Xmas 2007, finally consumed in September of 2008.

A: Totally black, like I expected. A thin head, lilght brown in color. Looks appealing.

S: Very sweet, boozy, dark, malty aroma. I smell dark chocolate, some licorice, and some coffee too.

T: Yum! Definitely chocolate, dark rich fruit, java, and alcohol. It all goes together very nicely.

M: Oatmeal smooth - thick and syrupy. No irritation from the carbonation. Nice.

D: Overall, I'd gladly return to this brew, although it's got serious competition from the likes of Founders Breakfast Stout (regular and Kentucky), Stones Russian Imperial Stout, and Bell's Expedition.

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

A: Dark black with thick brown head... good lacing..

S: Coffee, chocolate, some yeastyness and oaty goodness

T: Fruity hit and then chocolate and coffee take over... some caramel and oat malts...

M: Good masking of the alcohol.. medium full body with nice creaminess.. some bitterness

D: Solid..

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Photo of alovesupreme
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a viscous black, with a little head, that sits for a bit.
Chocolate, alcohol, and raisons.
Reminds me of molasses, chocolate, raisons or some other dark fruit.
Very syrupy, felt a little stagnant, especially near the end of the glass.
A friend split this with me which was good because I could not finish the 22 on my own, but what I had I enjoyed.

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

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours deep deep black and initially the head pours out blood red but then turns back to a deep caramel brown, but eventually fades into a very thin ring. A dark and imposing beer.

S: Strong roasted coffee, oatmeal, vanilla and brown sugar. I am not kidding about it being strong, seriously. Amazingly sweet.

T/MF: Full bodied, almost chewy yet still maintains a smooth and creamy mouthfeel along with a solid back ended bitterness. Beer sits on your tongue. Smooth almost milky chocolate, smooth oatmeal, roasted coffee and brown sugar, mild caramel, a bit of alcohol heat with a mix of tobacco and dark fruits. Damn, this beer is just an exercise in smoothness.

D: An excellent sipper, a great beer, if a bit expensive but well worth the price.

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

Pours from a 22oz bottle into the Ohio State pint glass - an Ohio beer in honor of the OSU Buckeyes taking on USC tonight. GO BUCKS!

It's served at about 50 degrees, totally black in color with no light getting through, very thick and lots of light brown head settling on top. It sticks to the glass and doesn't settle down.

Aroma is rich in chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, and malts. There's a red-wine sweetness to it as well.

Flavors are awesome with similar characteristics to the aroma like dark chocolate and coffee. It also has a great smooth silkiness to it from the oatmeal.

Mouthfeel is outstanding as it's thick and creamy. Drinkability is very good considering the strength of this beer.

There are some great beers that come from Ohio and this ranks up there with the best. Here's to them and the Ohio State Buckeyes!

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

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky blackness with 1+ fingers of a dark, burnt looking mocha colored head. A nice, big, creamy retention around the edges that produces a giant cascade of foam down the sides of the glass, leaving spotty lacing sticking around. The aroma starts off with a big ole' blast of chocolate sweetness, followed by notes of caramel, coffee, fairly prominant dark fruit, and just a underlying sense of alcohol.

The taste is chocolate sweetness (that's lent a velvety feel from the oatmeal) along with some tangy, lip smacking dark fruit character (with plums and cherries really sticking out). Some nice underlying (and balancing) bitterness comes from roasted malts, coffee, and a tingle of hops towards the backend. Finishes sticky and tangy on the lips. The mouthfeel is full and beefy yet silky smooth (from the oatmeal) with a rich feeling carbonation. Besides it's beefy feel, it is really hard to detect any heat in this whatsoever. Nicely done with that.

Packed with huge Imperial Stout flavor yet remaining extremely smooth and drinkable, I think that this is one criminally underrated Stout. I remember being really impressed when I first had a bottle of this (well over a year ago) and I'm glad to see that my opinion of it has held fast.

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

The beer smells really chocolaty and sweet. The beer is extremely black with a small head, and it goes to a ring. The beer is really chocolaty and sweet. A slight bit of alcohol comes through as well. Extremely balanced. The beer is creamy and thick. The beer is super easy to drink as well.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at cellar temp from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass.

Pours like oil, very heavy body and no head. Very aggressive final pour generates some coarse bubbles.

Aroma is sweet, with coffee and malt predominating, followed with some fruitiness and chocolate.

Flavor is heavy with oatmeal and coffee, a nice burnt whiff. No defects for such a big beer.

Mouthfeel is slick and mighty heavy. Lots of aftertaste filling the mouth, low bitterness for the style.

Drinkability is decent but there are so many better recipes out there. Oatmeal stouts don't lend well to being amped up. This one has no technical brewing defects, just doesn't taste that good. The nice burnt malt note and strong coffee are the redeeming features.

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

Poured from a 22oz at Zeno's pub, State College.

A: Black as night stout with barely no head. Pours very syrupy motor oil that leaves very little head.

S: The smell is of chocolate...really not much else. Not much roast coming from the nose in this one.

T: The taste is very creamy with loads of chocolate. There is no roastiness or bite though at all, assuming thats from the oatmeal. The oatmeal leaves it very smooth, but not as much flavor as I had hoped.

Overall, a decent brew from Hoppin' Frog, but there are better out there.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously!

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

Pours out dark with two fingers of brown small suds. This is one great looking pour. Color is solid no light comes through.
Smell is a sugary coffee malt with chocolate overtones. The yeast is mild here just as are the hops. Toasted malts are the star.
Taste is an immidiate fruityness then a watery lull then into the sweet coffee and burnt malt flavors. Aftertaste is an everlasting chocolate coffee with burnt toast. Stays forever. This is a sipper.
Mouthfeel is very bitter and sweet at the same time. No alcohol is present in the taste or aftertaste until the bitter coffee is gone from the palate.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this whenever I wanted!

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

Pours a one finger tan head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Black as midnight. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Roasted chocolate nose. Flavor is sweet roasted chocolate and coffee. Bitterness stays in background. High ABV is hidden. Decent oatmeal stout. $10.45 for a 22oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of DownDaHatch
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW!! Be careful with this one. It pours like the finest motor oil available. Super-dark, super-rich with little head. This bomber will leave you bombed by the end if your not careful. Great chocolate, oatmeal, and slight alcohol taste upfront. I detected a nice, clean, coffee, roasted malt and molassas-like finish. While there isn't much of a head, it drinks rather creamy. If you are looking for a Big, I mean Big beer. This one is for you. It was worth the wait, as it took a while for me to locate a bottle. Drink responsibly...this one could hit you like a hammer as the alcohol seems more prevelant as the beer opens. What a great imperial.

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Photo of JasonA
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a oil slick black with little to no head. Just the first pour, but virtually no head present. No light getting through this brew. I gotta detract this stout as Im getting no carbonation, even with agitation/rough pour.

Light smell, but a rich roasted malt. Maybe some grain/oatmeal smell, but hard to tell.

Wow. Dry ABV is a really nice way. Its a shame there is no Oatmeal Imperial Stout style, as a RIS brew, this isnt the biggest in style. However, as an Oatmeal Stout with ABV, this brew is great. Back to the taste, subtle oatmeal, well balanced with not too to much roasted malt. Boy is the ABV hidden well, wonderfully warming. There is some syrup/molasses finish which adds depth to the full taste.

Extremely light for style. Fresh almost. There is carbonation in there, it just isnt coming out. Making some in the mouth is quite nice and creamy.

Bit more carbonation and I would give a 5 for drinkability. This is an incredibily well balanced Imperial Oatmeal Stout.

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Photo of johnd513
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours thick and pitch black with a one finger head that disappears quickly. The smell is one of this beers high points - Huge chocolate, malt and hints of alcohol. The taste is bitter chocolate and oatmeal with the alcohol being very upfront. I love the thick full bodied and silky mouthfeel. The alcohol comes out more as this beer warmed so im glad I didnt wait to start drinking this beer especially since its a bomber. Drinkability is good - the bomber was all I needed.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Black as night and not letting any light through even when held up to a lamp. One finger chocolate brown head with decent retention. Little lacing but I dont expect much at damn near 10%.

S - Aroma of roasted chocolate maltiness. Hints of alcohol as well. Somewhat faint aroma.

T - A hint of sweetness up front before the roasted malty chocolatness comes through in a big way. Just a hint of bitterness to provide an excellent balance.

M/D - Full bodied and incredibly smooth. Very good oatmeal stout. Very big beer which makes this a sipper, but damn tasty.

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

I can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet.

22oz. brown bomber, poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Pours deep black with big viscosity. A semi short head forms from a small pour and holds for a bit. Head is deep espresso froth. Decent lacing.

S: Some of the oats pop out right away, along with a subtle porter like cola. Burnt malts and dark, alcoholic fruits.

T/M: Big robust malt backbone. Lots of roasted, charred, smoky, and woody malt notes. A bit of underlying sweetness accompanied by some dark, juicy fruits. Definitely some chocolate covered cherries, very distrinctive. Some oats come out but as undertones. Enough hops to balance but not to the 'Expedition Stout degree', lol. Mouthfeel is fan-fucking-tastic. Big, full mouthfeel; not heavy, overpowering, cloying. Big velvety, silky feel and is so extremely inviting. Alcohol is hidden rather well. A bit of drying at the end, especially after warming a bit. Bitterness peaks in the long drying finish.

D: 9.4% RIS and it drinks like a low ABV oatmeal stout. I haven't had this in a long time and I have no idea why. I'm glad I realized I hadn't reviewed it.

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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer leaves the bottle with such a pitch black color that at first I couldn't discern the liquid from the head; eventually, the head rose but departed a bit too quickly and didn't leave much lace

Smell: Chocolate syrup, oatmeal, dark fruit and some espresso

Taste: Bursts forth with a sweet, dark fruit (prune, primarily) laden chocolate flavor that introduces the espresso elements by mid-palate; at the same time, the hops kick in with a citrus bitterness that adds complexity; after the swallow, the oatmeal joins the fray to mellow out the other, more robust flavors; lenghty, satisfying finish, with plenty of sweet prune and chocolate flavor and a hint of espresso bitterness underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and smooth, with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: One of these days, I'll have to try this head to head with Breakfast Stout; it's mighty competitive

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Photo of jwinship83
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- big black body with a minuscule brown head and no lacing. pretty typical or a big stout

S- roasted oats with a little bit of chocolate and coffee. the faintest smell of alcohol finishes this one up. as the beer warmed, the chocolate smell gets stronger.

T- very dry and roasted malt up front with a stronger chocolate taste than i could smell.

M- Wonderfully thick and creamy with a very pleasant dry coffee like aftertaste.

D- finishing this was about as easy as it gets. especially for something this potent. very smooth, enjoyable, and well balanced. this one exceeded expectations and im sure ill try it again. recommended.

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

Looks like any decent stout...very little head, and what's there is a glowing toasted-marshmallow brown. Head disappears quickly to a thin crown, while the color is deep, deep, deep black. Zero lace.

Sweet lactic creamy chocolate center, Batman...this aroma is fantastic! Deeply nutty, mellow roast, fresh cream and Hershey bar, all superbly balanced and mingled. Yeah.

Again with the dreamy chocolate and full-on dark roast coffee, the flavor is balanced and big. Plenty of milky sweetness to offset the bitter, roasted flavors. Hops magically weave their way through all the other big stuff here, the balance making this 9.4% RIS insanely drinkable. Just a flash of heat from the alcohol, only adding another depth level to this tasty, tasty beer.

Texture is uber-smooth, round and slick, maybe not quite the creamy insanity I want from any stout (like, say, Bell's Expedition Stout--best stout ever?), but it does a fine enough job.

Very, very good beer. The flavor seems to only improve with warming and repeated contemplation. Perhaps the most drinkable beer of its type...not sure why. Maybe it's the superb balance or relatively sensible ABV. Whatever the case, B.O.R.I.S. = B.A.D.A.S.S.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque brown about two shades away from black. Quarter-inch mocha-colored head dissipated into a thin slick of tiny effervescing bubbles; lacing was almost non-existent during the tasting. Very sweet nose consisting of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some dark fruit detectable as the brew warmed and a pronounced hops bitterness indicated at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a subtle carbonation to add some additional character. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden, but presented slightly as it warmed. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. This is an excellent brew that is widely accessible.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

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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 2,687 ratings.
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