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
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%
 
 
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Photo of daledeee
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A 750 ml bottle that has been in my frig for maybe 6 months.

Poured into my Stone glass. Got a big head if I really tried. Poured slowly into my friend's glass and got hardly any. The head was pretty dark brown with an absolute dark body.

Nose was charcoal and malty and chocolate.

Taste was one of the best balanced stouts I have had. It had chocolate, sweetness, bitterness(not much) and malt balance. Really easy to drink and the mouth feel was just right. This is a heavy bodied beer with medium carbonation. One of the best stouts I have tried.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew is easily in the top 3 darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Very bubbly and quick to dissipate, but leaves a moderate amount of lace to make up for it.

S: The aroma includes lots of oat like roastiness, mounds of bitter sweet chocolate. Little shots of espresso become present as the brew warms.

T: The flavor is much better than the nose. More coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. This stout is more like a desert at times. It's that well crafted.

MF: Mouthfeel is easily one of the best in any brew. Creamy, thick, viscous, this is what a stout is supposed to be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This brew is mouth watering flavorful. Perfect at just under 10%. Huge without being too filling.

Overall, as soon as I found out BORIS hit Florida I asked Chris at Florida Wine and Spirits to order some. He hooked it up and I am now a happy BA. Thanks Chris!

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

A. Black body w/dark tan head that fades quickly into a ring around the snifter.

S. Chocolate, cold coffee, alcohol, roasted malt

T. Robust black coffee, chocolate, faint smoke roasted malt,

M. Creamy, sweet, robust, alochol in the finish

D. Well balanced stout. Highly drinkable for almost 10%

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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 liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly.

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

This bad boy pours a deep, dark, mystical black color with a deep tan head. Very nice head for style. Rich malty nose...nuts, dried fruits, alcohol. Alcohol hit upfront...then nice rich malts, plenty of roast malts, chocolate, a hint of figs, and alcohol fire. A nice hop balance. Hop flavors fight in the middle of the mouth - bittering provides excellent balance to all the malty goodness. WELL DONE!!!!

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

I randomly saw this at St. James Beverage back home on the island after hearing rave reviews about it on this very site. This bomber cost $9.49 and features a giant frog hoisting a green brew on the label.

This pours slow and thick like used motor oil and produces extremely dark brown head that lasts only a few minutes before thinning to a tiny cap. The nose is a melange of rolled oats, coffee, baker's chocolate, molasses, toasted, and alcohol.

The flavor is a liquid version of the nose with a silky smooth finish and kick of alcohol burn at the end. I'm also starting to get a little touch of vanilla as well. This is velvety delicious and goes down so smooth. For 9.4 percent, this goes down ridiculously easy.

This is unbelievably enjoyable. I can't remember being so impressed with a RIS since I first tried Old Rasputin. This is terrific; expensive but worth it.

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

A-Pours solid black with a thin ring of mocha colored head. Leaves thick lacing.

S-Roasty, with aromas of oats, bakers chocolate, salted caramel.

T/M-This is awesome stuff. Soft and rich, with an underlying roastiness. There's an earthy bitter hop character in the back end, accompanied by a powdered hot chocolate mix flavor. Lush and full bodied, with low carbonation.

D-This would age beautifully, but is drinking really well now.

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

A pitch black color, with a dark brown colored head forming, about an inch thick. Visually this beer looks thick, almost like oil. The scent of sweet malt, with chocolate and coffee fragrances, plus the sweet fragrance of oatmeal. That is followed by a dried fruit, mostly currants and raisons, there is the slightest twinge of alchol at the end. The malt and oatmeal starts at the front, then a coffee bitterness hits midway, then it has a bit of a citrus twange at the back of the palate. The oil look is deceiving, when it hits the mouth it is a lighter feel at the front and rolls to the back, gain weight to its texture along the way. There is a bit of warming feel of alchol at the end. This a very, very good beer, the usual suspects one would find in imperial stout, but the edition of oatmeal makes it sweeter and smoother. This just beckons one to drink this beer, a great sipping beer.

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

Into an imperial pint, pours pitch black, no hints, no hues, just black. The head starts at a creamy inch of dark brown and settles to a thin film with bubbly borders around the glass, and lacing in arches and blobs.

The taste and aroma offer up a bevy of beauties. The roasted malt is nearly palpable, offering hints of coffee, chocolates, cocoa, and molasses. Dig deeper, and hints of anise, spicy alcohol, oatmeal, and vanilla.

The body is thick, not massive, with a fine carbonation, slightly warming alcohol, and velvety smooth texture. In all, its a highly drinkable, highly enjoyable impy stout.

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Photo of byronic
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Served up this bad boy in two Hopleaf tulip glasses. Pours dark black, with very little head and minimal lacing. Not a lot of corbonation but it works for me. Smells roasty and sweet. Tastes great, definitely not too overbearing and I can probably finish a bomber without feeling too heavy or burdened with a sugar overload. This is a good buy for the quantity, quality, taste and ABV (10 bills). I actually prefer it over the barrel aged version. If you see it, scoop it up and see why everyone is digging on Hoppin Frog.

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

So I have been waiting on drinking this one until the time was right and I think tonight was the perfect night to kick back, relax, and open this bad boy.

A - Motor oil color and look, about a half inch of caramel colored head, minimal lacing

S - Sweet coffee and chocolate

T - Dark chocolate, little bit of bitter coffee, roasted malts; didn't pick up on the oatmeal though

M - Thick, just the way I like my RISs

O - Really great bang for the buck. Definitely a beer that I will be buying more of to try at different intervals.

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Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter. Tight, dark tan bubbles form a one-finger head on top of a black-as-night ale. Notes of earth and a touch of burned wood emerge.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel envelops a dark fruit, chocolate, espresso driven stout. Silky and very smooth. The body is on the light side of full. The taste reminds me of a dark chocolate covered blueberry. Toward the finish there is a brief moment in which you think you might be eating a chocolate mousse accompanied by fresh berries; the mouthfeel is truly special. The finish is bitter like a double shot of espresso. With that said, the finish is balanced, suggesting the brewer balanced the use of roasted barley along with toasted malts nicely. Alcohol is subtle. Complex without being overbearing or too busy.

A delicious imperial stout at a very reasonable price -- that alone should get you to buy a few of these; one for now, one for later (such as I have done). If you are new to craft beer, this might be a nice "bridge" beer to bring you to the darker and heavier side of the stout world. At the same time, seasoned veterans of stout drinking should find this spot on for full-flavor enjoyment. Beautiful by itself but might breathe fresh life into cheesecake or pannacotta.

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

NOTE: This is a 2-year old bottle from my cellar

Pours a reddish black. Big tan head, rocky. Some lacing. Looks promising.

Aroma is a great blend of chocolate, coffee, prune and baked caramel. Nothing strong like a RIS under normal conditions, but delish nonetheless

Flavors follow the nose. Chocolate, mocha, coffee and soft prune. It's like a regular RIS (but with alcohol a bit softer from aging) and the oats make is smooooth. Easy drinking. You get the robustness of a RIS with the smoothness of an oatmeal stout.

Very nice. I have the BA Boris "on ice". Can't wait for that one.

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

Bottle served in a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a creamy brown head.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, and a boozy aroma of dark fruits.

Taste: Dark chocolate and roasted coffee. The finish is slightly boozy with a lot of dark fruit flavor. Overall the beer is balanced a little towards the sweet side - although not so much as to be cloying.

Mouthfeel: Decadent, rich and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall: An excellent imperial oatmeal stout. One of my favorite beers and one I go back to again and again.

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

A- Quite black with a dark brown head. The retention is pretty good and there's slight lacing.

S- Roasty and slightly hoppy. A touch of sweetness from the oatmeal.

T- Very balanced and full tasting. The first taste is more rounded to feature sweetness from the oatmeal and the bitterness but the finish is far more bitter and potent with a rich chocolate flavor that can't be missed.

If you take what's good tasting about most imperial stouts and sum it up, it's pretty much the flavor of BORIS. That being said, it's like the mold of how a RIS should start. I thought that after all of that was done, it didn't go much further. There wasn't much it could improve on, but it didn't seem to differentiate itself enough to be very memorable.

A bit more distinction could have earned it the 5.

M- Thick body, with a considerably dry, moderately sticky finish. The oatmeal definitely thickened it up.

O- A solid brew. No weaknesses at all, aside from not standing out from most solid imperial stouts.

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Photo of beergod1
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black with a foamy, thin tan head. Kind of a mellow but pleasant smell. Mostly light coffee and sweet caramel malt. Bitterness hints up front, which turns into coffee, roasted malts, and light chocolate. they blend well to give it a very nice sweetness. Finish is relatively smooth but leaves a very profound coffee taste on the back of the tongue. ABV is hidden well. But this sat around for about a year, so it ages well.

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

Pours midnight black with a tan head that settles to a ring that sticks around. Smells a trifle sweet with aromas of plums, chocolate covered cherries, a bit of spicebox scent, and perhaps some licorice. A bit vinous as well and quite a bit of sweet malt. The roastiness is very much in the background. The taste is delicious. Still a bit sweet, with some of the same elements that are in the aroma, especially the chocolate and spice, but there is a good deal more roastiness and there is a delicious silky finish from the oatmeal. Mouthfeel is equally silky and smooth. Quite drinkable, and oh so easy to suck down, regardless of the abv.

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

22oz. poured into a goblet.

A: Pitch black with a chocolaty colored head.

S: Chocolate, oats, and toasted malts.

T: Very strong chocolate flavor with a coffee backbone and some vanilla notes.

M: Smooth, light and creamy body.

D: Definetly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. Its not too heavy, but still nice and rich. A perfect sipper if you're into chocolate stouts.

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

this beer is blacker than black. opaque. creamy dark brown head. head died down after two minutes.

hops are the most apparent aroma. piney hops. then roasted grains are after hops in intensity. it does smell a little sweet, it also smells a little boozy. slight coffee and chocolate aroma.

right up front, HUGE malt flavor. roasted, malt biscuit, toast, chocolate, coffee. nice hop bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malts both very apparent, and nicely balanced with each other and the body/sweetness/F.G. of the beer. i may have tasted a touch of banana. and the alcohol is apparent in the flavor though by no means a dominant flavor. no hop flavor. i dont give it a 5 because i dont taste oatmeal (but in all honesty i may not know what oatmeal tastes like.) medium sweet.

huge body. thick like molasses, coats the tongue. soft carbonation. flavor lingers.

i like this beer alot. i think a will cook with this beer. i nice beef braise, served over buttery egg noodles, with a warm pint of this beer.

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Photo of Jamison85
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drew966
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout pours just about opaque black with a dark brown head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. The aroma is nice, a bit fruity. The flavor is intense, malty roast and dark fruit are most noticeable. You can definitely taste the alcohol. The mouthfeel is quite nice, the oatmeal does give a bit of silkiness. A very nice beer.

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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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