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

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint

Pours a viscous midnight black. Absolutely no light gets through Boris. A brown, one finger head rose and subsided on the quicker side. Dots and scattered lines of lace leave their mark.

Dark fruits really cut through everything. Roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, booze, and flaky oats have their place, but the fruits really ring the loudest.

Wow. Flavor is like a dark cherry dipped in bittersweet chocolate and dropped in an espresso. A touch of hop bitterness and a lingering boozy chocolate--cherry flavor. Rich and indulgent. There is almost a whiskey-like flavor hidden in there that really builds over time.

A big thick body on this guy. Velvety smooth. This might be as perfect as it gets. Coats the mouth and leaves a good amount of heat in its wake.

The thickness, booze, and rich chocolate and cherry really make you put the brakes on. This is one to sip and enjoy. With that in mind, this guy is exactly what you are looking for.

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

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

Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink.

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Photo of JWeldon
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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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 Brez07
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from yesterday's notes. 22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter

A: A DARK pour with a 1/2 finger coffee colored head that dissipates quickly. There is a ring of foam that lasted for most of the glass

S: Lots going on here - coffee, toasted coconut, caramel, maple, molasses. Wonderful aroma

T: Similar to the smell (toasted coconut, molasses) with a slight smokey, roasted coffee flavor. The coffee flavor resonates on the palate for a while. There is a small amount of alcohol present, which increases as the beer warms up

M: Thick and oh-so creamy

D: This is what a RIS should be. I found this easy to get through a bomber, but that's probably where I'd stop as the ABV caught up to me at the end. Sip and enjoy. I'll be looking to pick up another bottle to age

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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 GatorBeerNerd
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bought for me by a friend at Jungle Jim's by a friend of mine. Poured into a Terrapin 22 oz snifter.

A: Pours a jet black and appears completely flat when you initially start pouring. A beautiful brown head rises slowly as you finish pouring. Unfortunately, it disappears much faster than in rose. The small ring of bubbles left behind tries to leave lacing behind, but it doesn't stick to the slanted sides of the glass. The score would be higher if I judged in on those few seconds with the head.

S: Huge roasted malt aroma. There is a bit of chocolate aroma as well. It smells very good.

T: Wow, what a bold yet smooth flavor. Chocolate roasted malt flavors typically are more aggressive than this. Is there oatmeal in there making it this smooth? The hops are just enough to balance what would otherwise be a very sweet beer. The alcohol is very well hidden in this one. It is a very tasty stout for sure.

M: This is a very full bodied beer. It almost seems like you could chew it. Nice level of in mouth carbonation gives it a creamy feeling as well.

D: This one is a bit of a sipper due to its thickness and full body. However, there are many RIS beers that are much more aggressive than this one. For the style, its an easy drinker.

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Photo of jera1350
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to krisandajt for this trade offering.

Pure black in color with some nice creamy foam which is dark tan in color.

Cream, chocolate and oats fill the nose. Mouth watering.

Tons of malt, nice hop bite as well. Chocolate, some cream and cola as well. Solid, well rounded flavor.

Silky smooth full body. There is some prickly carbonation though too. Dry finish.

Drinks phenomenally. Great all around RIS. Recommended.

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Photo of colts9016
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew from mday

Poured into a pint glass at 54 degrees

Appearance: A very thick dark oily brown burnt color. There is a one finger dark tan head that really has not a lot of retention. There some tiny effervescence escaping into the abyss. The clarity of the beer is Opaque, this sucker is like the black hole.

Nose: A rich robust roasted malt with espresso, oatmeal, dark chocolate, and cream. A mild hops which carry the floral and citrus notes. Hints of raisins, toffee, caramel, and anise.

Taste: A rich seriously complex roasted malts, with espresso, oatmeal, chocolate, and toffee. There are hints of toffee, caramel, and anise. The hops has a nice but mild presents in the beer.

Overall: The mouth feel is rich and creamy. The body is super thick, need to cut it with a butter knife. The finish is medium full. Okay, this beer has a hell of a wallop. There is some serious flavors in this beer. The oatmeal lends to a nice creamy mouth feel. They say it is an Oatmeal Imperial Stout, and BA says it is a RIS. I think that it is a cross. The hops it not very present in the beer, I think that it was intended that way. This is a great and a seriously full body beer not for the faint of heart. I loved it.

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

This beer pours very think and dark with little to no head and some lacing. The smell is large with lots of toasted malts and sweetness. The taste threw me for a loop, but it grew on me fast, it had sourness, a large toasted malt base. The flavor that threw me for a loop seemed to be cherries and for a 9.4% abv you get non of it which is nice. The mouthfeel was nice and creamy but the carbonation level seemed a little low, I would love to try this beer on nitro! A very mystifying and drinkable brew that I will come back to now that its available in New York

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

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

Hoppin' Frog Brewing: B.O.R.I.S, The Crusher, Oatmeal Imperial Stout (2007) (Tasted 04/06/08)
22 oz. Bottle: poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Pours out pitch black, opaque when held to the light. A rocky, sticky, mocha colored head is slow to form and fade, roughly one inch high.
Odor: Strong oatmeal aroma up front, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee beans & slight whiffs of alcohol.
Consistency: Full body, slightly oily & viscous. Astringency from the roasted grains & alcohol is muted by the oats & "heavy" mouthfeel.
Taste: Sweet cream & chocolate come on strong at first, tempered by rough oatmeal & bitter roasted grain flavors with some flashes of ripe fruit. Finishes with rich chocolate & bit of dryness & bitter flavor from the roasted malt.

It took a beer like this to remind me how much I love stouts after spending the winter drinking mostly hop-laden brews and Belgian ales.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KYGunner
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jet black, viscous and thick this Imperial shows its pedigree in the pour. The head was brown and bubbly but rushed away and never mounted, giving it a poorer appearance than it deserved. There was no lacing and a brown sheen down the glass.

The scent is of strong chocolate and hints of oat. The chocolate is thick, creamy and sweet with just a hint of oat.

The taste is of HUGE milk chocolate, tremendous roast coffee, espresso and caramel. The roasted taste extends to a roasted oatey malt as well. The chocolate is the main player here and it serves the beer well.

The feel is smooth and silky, slightly thick and velvety. It seems more suited to winter as it gives significant warming in the chest.

Overall, I see why it's a Gold Medal winner and lives up to the hype.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter, this beer has pretty low carbonation. It is extremely black and viscous with little to no head and some faint brown lacing on the sides. A little swirling brings the head back fine and brown. I didn't detect much of a nose at first, but after some swirling I detected some burnt toast, candy apples, and licorice.

One taste and you realize that, oatmeal or no oatmeal, this is a genuine Russian Imperial Stout. No question about it. It has that rummy char-like flavor that one finds in no other style of beer. Nice accents of dark toast, figs, licorice, and cola accompany this flavor along with a nice hop kiss. It has a firm, creamy mouthfeel that is divine. I'm not sure what role the oatmeal plays here, but if it's to make the beer smoother and creamier, then it is performing this role admirably.

This is simply an outstanding beer. It has a huge flavor with no booziness or unwanted sweetness. Easily one of the better RISs I've had. It is very reminiscent of Old Rasputin in that it has a lot of character, but is quite a bit smoother, creamier, and better balanced. I can't wait to crack open my bottles of DORIS and barrel-aged BORIS.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped in at The Wine Seller in Williamsburg to find something nice for my 300th review. I'd been meaning to try B.O.R.I.S. for a while now, and figured this was the perfect time. It being 22 degrees outside didn't hurt, either! Poured into a snifter.

A - Dark brown coloration, very thin fizzy head which disappeared quickly. Laced in attractive layers.

S - Oh my, one of the most delicious aromas I've ever experienced. Sweet oatmeal, chocolate, and roasted malts. I just sat for a few moments taking it all in before sipping.

T - Initially quite boozy, but after the burn fades a cyclone of flavors hits the tongue. Very sweet, with nice toasty qualities and the perfect amount of bitterness. Complex, and yet not overly so.

M - Full bodied, nice carbonation level, dry finish.

D - Fantastic stout. Definitely worth seeking out. It took an hour or so to finish the 22oz bomber, and afterwards I felt like I'd eaten a four course meal, but I would definitely like to enjoy another sometime soon.

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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 polloenfuego
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep brown/black with a thin cola colored head. The head doesn't last long but there is some nice lacing. The smell is roasts, leather, chocolate and toffee. In a word fantastic. All of that transfers to the taste. The roasts are actually quite mellow on taste and the chocolate really comes through. I love the way the leather translates to flavor. Smooth is the strongest word I would use to describe this. The carbonation is medium low and there is just a nice creaminess to it.

Okay, obviously I liked this beer. It really did live up to its hype and it tastes even better with age on it. If you get a chance, grab it.

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Photo of okono
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A- 11/21/11 Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. Deep, dark brown as it pours and looks darn near black as night in the glass. Almost intimidating to look at. Thin, caramel colored head that fades quickly.

S-Roasted malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee aromas. Nothing jumps out and dominates, well balanced aroma.

T-Smooth. Mocha taste right away with some sweetness that fades into a little bitterness from the hops on the tail end. Alcohol is present all the way through, warming but not overpowering.

M-Thick and rich with light carbonation. Really smooth.

O- Heck of a beer and definitely my favorite RIS to date. I'm glad I live close to Akron so I can get more of this easily. I'll be looking for the barrel aged variety.

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Photo of kwjd
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black colour with hints of brown. Almost no head. This looks very thick. Smell is huge of roasted malt, oatmeal, vanilla and sweet raisins. Flavour has a kick of bitterness to join the roasted flavours. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Hard to drink a lot of this with the abv, but I'm having no issue polishing off this bomber after my first ever 10km run. One of the better imperial stouts I've had.

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

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

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Photo of emeyer
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,737 ratings.
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