B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
2,729 Ratings
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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,729
Reviews:
1,034
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
565
For Trade:
44
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4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pitch black with a one finger head that lingers enough to cover the entire top of the beer. Great looking motor oil thickness.

S: big roasted smell with some earthiness, coffee, and a bit of the sweet malt smell just behind the roast.

T: tastes of burnt coffee, slight sweet malt balanced by bitterness and a huge chocolate aftertaste.

M: thicker than just about any stout in this ABV range. I can feel it coating my teeth and tongue. Still, it has great carbonation, and feels wonderful.

O: this is one delicious beer, and probably better than the barreled version for all but the taste. Not really easy to drink, but that's to be expected with a RIS. Would happily buy it again if it weren't as much as a 4-pack of Old Rasputin.

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3/5  rDev -29.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date but a sticker on the neck indicates a 2008 GABF gold medal instead of the more recent 2011. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours oil black with a quarter finger of dense mocha head. Head fades to a haze and doesn't lace any to speak of.

Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, flaked oats, creamed coffee and brown sugar.

Taste is bold and rich. Burnt coffee, extra dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit skins, caramel, lots of roast and a good dose of booze. A nice complex but fairly subtle and balance blend.

Creamy, medium thick body with light-to-moderate carbonation. Roasty cocoa and bitter coffee finish.

I've always enjoyed the Hoppin Frog BORIS & DORIS and consider BORIS one of the best year-round available Russian imperial stouts that I can find in Georgia but it's on the pricey side (typically $10+ for a bomber). This one was a happy extra in a trade a few months ago and it's always a pleasure to drink.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured at 55F into a tulip

A: Pours black with a slight and quickly dissipating mocha head. No lace.

S: Strong bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes with prune and dark caramel—verging on burned sugar.

M: It’s like a velvet Elvis painting. This full-bodied beer is incredibly smooth and creamy with light carb.

T: The flavor profile corresponds to its smell, but the oats and near-charred, roasty tail on this beer really come through here. It’s a little boozy with a beautifully subtle bitter finish.

O: What a great beer! Every time I have it, I think “it’s been way too long since last I drank this.” It’s complex, but not obnoxious. It’s huge, yet delicate—it’s just very well balanced. I’m going to torch off a crème brulée right now to pair with the rest of this fantastic brew. (Heck—a “BORIS float” made with good vanilla ice cream would also be perfectly appropriate.)

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4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black into the glass. 1.5 inch dark mocha head, with good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells include intense dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

The taste is much the same, with some really nice intense roastiness that defines the best stouts for me. A little bit of soy sauce type flavor doesn't detract much. Mildly fruity, with a some toasty flavors that remind me of oats, which makes sense given this is a imperial oatmeal stout.

Thick, silky smooth mouthfeel from the addition of oats. Creamy. Low carbonation.

A great one from Hoppin' Frog, want to try all the BA variants of this that I can.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,729 ratings.
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