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

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

poured from a 22oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: black, very dark with a one finger brown head that laces down the glass

S: roasted grains, roasted coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. very bold and refreshing.

T: mimics the aroma. very roasty. roasted grains, coffee, chocolates. the alcohol is noticable, but not overpowering. you can also taste some caramel and molasses.

MF: full bodied, moderate carbonation, very thick, creamy, and chewy.

Drinkability: the sticker on the bottle says its a GABF Gold Medal winner 2008 for Imperial Stouts. it certainly deserves the prize cause this beer is awesome.

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

Poured from a Bomber into a Founders snifter

A. Black. About an inch of really bubbly and foamy, tan/chocolate head, disappears pretty quickly, no lacing.

S. Roasted coffee, chocolate, and malt. It gets better, and more defined as it warms.

T. More Coffee and malt than chocolate, but everything from nose is there. Oatmeal certainly involved. As it warms, the taste smoothes and allows each feature to present itself more clearly. Very tasty.

M. Smooth, with a bit of carbonation, but it gets better and better. I poured this cold and consumed it over the course of about an hour an a half.

O. Very good beer. Glad I bought two bottles.

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

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle, obtained via trade with jlindros (thanks man!), into my Cigar City snifter (01/02/10) at cellar temperature.

A: Pours a very thick motor oil black with a one finger mocha colored head that fades to just a skin leaving a little bit of lace.

S: A complex and rich aroma of coffee, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, vanilla, and fudge. The oatmeal really is the focus of the non-BA version and it is very rich and slightly sweet.

T: Extremely complex taste including; oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malt, fudge, vanilla, fresh roasted coffee and dry cocoa. As with the smell, the oatmeal jumps out and engulfs the palate in a rich and semi-sweet chocolate covered oatmeal.

M: Wonderfully thick and creamy with an approximately low and creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for such a rich and full-flavored beer, but the 9.4% abv. will catch up to you along with the heaviness of the flavors.

Overall this beer was an excellent Oatmeal Imperial Stout that was a pleasure to drink. I must say that if given the option to choose either this of the BA version, I would have to give the slight edge to the BA based upon a slightly more complex flavor profile. By itself though, this is another exceptional offering from Hoppin' Frog and thanks again to Jared for this one. Highly Recommended.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, a hard pour with some distance at the end coaxed a 2+ inch espresso brown foamy head that bubbled away a lot like blooming coffee grounds.

S: Tons of dark roast coffee, bitter dark chocolate, licorice, oats, dark molasses, a little dark fruit, slight citrus hops in the background, a tiny bit of alcohol. Smells divine.

T: Wow, it definitely follows the nose! The firs thing to hit the palate is that coffee, chocolate, and licorice. I absolutely love the flavor the coffee imparts, it's not just bitter, but has a nice earthy taste. The citrus hops comes break through the background as it moves to middle. A lot of hoppy stouts use really bitter, leafy hops and that's a huge turn off for me. This is all citrus with just a little bitterness. The dark roasted malts and molasses round out more in the middle, though the coffee and chocolate still dominates. I try to avoid the cookie reference, but this does remind me of a heavily chocolaty oatmeal cookie due to just massive amounts of malt and the perfect balance of oats. The dark fruits and licorice seems to get pulled out of the background as it transitions to the finish, leading to a little bit of a blast of citrus hops giving just a touch of bitterness. The coffee just doesn't want to give up, it lingers on well past the finish. The finish does remind me a lot of an cappuccino with a lemon peel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden and is only ever evident occasionally in the finish or a big sip. Excellent.

M: Thick and chewy, though not the most viscous I've had, it's still pretty massive. Very smooth and creamy, it slides easily down the back of the throat. Coats every inch of the palate.

O: I had moderate expectations going into this, mainly due to the hoppy nature of this beer. I'm very glad to say this blew away my expectations. I know I don't dislike hops in Stouts, I just hadn't found a hoppy stout I liked yet, now I have. I just love the citrus hops in the background to balance things out and add a little depth, with the astringency kept to a minimum. There's absolutely none of the "chewying on grass root" finish in this I've grown to dislike in some hoppy stouts. If you like coffee, chocolate, and citrus, you'll love this beer.

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

Bottle poured into sa snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a slight chocolate colored head.

Smell is chocolate and oats with a roastyness and slight sweetness.

Very full bodied on the taste with a heavy sweetness combined with the roasty flavor. Very smooth finish.

My first Oatmeal RIS and it does make it quite unique. Not something I would see drinking all the time but a high quality beer.

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

Split a bottle at Eulogy in Philly.

A: Just shy of pitch black with a hint of dark brown when held up to light. Mocha head with almost no lacing.

S: Big roast smell with coffee and chocolate mixed in. Slight hint of booze but overall very pleasant.

T: Nice mix of the chocolate, roast, oatmeal, coffee and some fruitiness in the back. Very complex. Reminded me of coffee with a little bit of hooch in it in a way.

M: Nice thick mouthfeel. Very smooth though.

D: A damn good stout. Would love to try this again with some snow on the ground but it was damn good even in July. Had this as a dessert beer and it went really well. Would grab this again if I saw it.

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

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

Pours coal black. It looks like motor oil, thick and black. Held up to the light, nothing comes through. Nice one finger reddish brown head. Nice bubbly lacing holds up well.

Smell is raisins, vanilla, cocoa and some other sweet notes. As the beer warms the smell gets stronger and better.

Tastes as good as it smells! This is one smooth brew. Like a good oatmeal stout should taste, sweet and no alcohol burn. Nice balance between the sweetness and the roasty notes.

Mouth feel is very nice. It feels like my mouth is completely laced by this brew. Thick and smooth. Very little carbonation, just velvety smoothness.

This brew is about as drinkable as you can get for the style and the 9.4% ABV. This is a very very good beer.

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

I've been wanting to try this for awhile now. I was so excited to get it that I had to immediately review it. I poured into a Bud Light Cleveland Caveliers glass to a brown head with very little carbonation. The chocolate and bready, roasted malts come to the forefront. It tastes great. I don't know if it's $9 a bomber great, but great nevertheless. I am a Siberian Night fan but I think this is a nudge better. Being a simple man of humble means I will have to stick with Siberian Night. But someday I will try some Founders Breakfast Stout and curse my meanial job. Oh well, I'm enjoying this for now.

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Oozes out of the bottle a positively inky pitch black with a very creamy/pillowy dark tan head. Black. Black. Black.

S: Strong aromas of dark chocolate, toasted oat, spices, licorice, roasted malt, and sweet dark fruit.

T: Strong chocolate and dark roasted malt with sweet dark fruit, cocoa, toffee, bitter hops, dark roast coffee, with a healthy whack of fruity/boozy alcohol.

M: Very full and creamy and quite viscous. Spicy and sweet. Chocolate, dark fruit, and hops in the long and sticky finish.

D: Everything works in concert to help keep the alcohol from getting too far out of hand. That being said, my cheeks and ears were pretty warm as I finished my glass of this. Good stuff and very enjoyable.

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

Had a 22 oz. bottle of this sent to me by both bkrefetz and masterchiefMD in a trade. Thanks again to both of you guys!

A- Pours jet black, very viscous. About a finger of brown sugar colored head. Great head retention and decent lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and dark chocolates along with dark fruits. A bit boozy but not overpowering.

T- Roasted flavors really come through on this one. Coffee and dark fruits. Bitter dark chocolates make an appearance also, along with a bite from the alcohol.

M- Heavy bodied, good amount of carbonation. Smooth as engine oil, just like a good RIS should be.

D- High ABV and relative sweetness hurt it a little bit, but every sip left me wanting more.

This was an excellent RIS. I'll probably leave the other one in the cellar for awhile and see waht happens.

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

The bomber bottle label sports a frog sloshing beer out of a tankard and a neck band proclaiming Hoppin' Frog's B.O.R.I.S. the 2008 G.A.B.F. Imperial Stout Gold Medal Winner. Whoa! Stupid frog! Party foul!

The cellar-cool bottle yields an inky body the hue of chocolate syrup topped with a thin layer of oily walnut-brown foam. The cap recedes into a bubbly ring that leaves wisps and freckled lacing clinging to the interior of my Duck-Rabbit snifter.

The smell is roasty and blackened with strong smoky notes of smutty, savory dark chocolate laced with the stinging acrid tanginess of French roast coffee and charred grain. Black licorice and caramel-infused brandy contribute considerable fruitiness and a touch of spice to the bitter burntness of the profile. As the drink warms, rich oats gain stature in the aroma, layering on the sweet, scratchy starchiness of cereal-grain sweetness.

The taste is quite bitter and laden with espresso and unsweetened bakers' chocolate. Gritty, grainy-sweet oats and tangy, acrid scorched malts collide with boozy vanilla caramel and creamy chocolate liqueur. An earthy hop note swirled with powdered cocoa mix and dusty instant coffee dries the finish.

The drink is creamy, silky, and full-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to lighten things up a bit. Quite delicious and very drinkable for style.

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

Pours a nice black with a sweet looking head. It looks awesome. Its sweet and coffeeful. I've tried this a couple times and it seems to be different each and everytime so I will just review the last time.

The taste is coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. What more could you ask for? Maybe a little bourbon but this is a good stout!

Its pretty damn drinkable too. At 9.4% it is a little hot and could use age. Either way its still a good stout!

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Photo of zeff80
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a small, cappuccino-like, tan head. It left thin rings of lace on the sides of the glass..

S - It smelled of oatmeal, roasted malt and coffee. There were very mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet chocolate, sharp oatmeal and sweet caramel malt. It had a nice bitter hop kick.

M - It was smooth and sharp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a interesting take on an RIS. It really tastes like an oatmeal stout that has been cranked up.

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

The beer pours a deep, dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a rich roasted and chocolate malt scent that is sweet and dessert like with a nice subtle roasted malt aroma. The taste is great as well. It has a wonderfully warm black and chocolate malt flavor. It's rich and powerful, yet highly enjoyable. This is a meal of a beer. It has a complex palate that resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is great. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a tremendous beer. It's bold and flavorful as well as enjoyable. Nice work!

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

Bomber poured leisurely while waiting for a good laugh, because we all know that you can't win friends with salad. Gold capped bottle that I think I've had for a while, though not certain how long.

Black pour, short lived head, and spotty suds along the rim.

Sweet molasses, coffee, meld of chocolate, and a dash of liqueur. It's a nice blend of scents if even on the sweeter side.

All that from the nose and more. Battle royale of darker fruits and sweeter malts. Coffee, chocolate, and green raisins all play a firm supporting role. As in the nose, the scale tends to dip towards the sweet end, but never too far and never to the point of cloying. It's a give and take of North Korean brutality and South Korean diplomacy. Damn if I didn't go current events. Hops ooze all over the back on this beer adding a nice contrast.

Creamy, silky, a touch oily, but with nary a burn and very, very smooth. Honestly not sure I'd have picked up oats on the flavor, but it certainly makes sense in the mouthfeel. Really quite nice.

I get a little pissy when I see the tag on Hoppin Frog beers and I've been burned by their prune-tastic IPA's in the past. But this entry is a winner and by memory only, better than the barrel version. There will be verification.

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Photo of Hex92
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BLACK - no light gets through this beer.

Smells like chocolate and maybe some of the alcohol

Tastes malty good with none of the burnt flavors

Syrupy. Coats the mouth real nice. Have to scrape it off.

I think one will do ya with this beer. VERY sweet and high alcohol.

I like it and would definitely buy this one again.

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

Poured from a 22oz brown bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date. Purchased at Peabody's Wine and Beer Merchants (Boone, NC) for $10.99.

A: Super-thick black with grape-juice edges and short beige head with little to no lacing.

S: Incredibly complex aroma including black malt, molasses, licorice with a strong tobacco and coffee flavor and citrus and pine hops aromas.

T: Delicious combination of molasses, espresso, dark chocolate and dark fruits like raisin and prune and topped off with sharp citrus hops.

M: Chewy and thick, underestimated by many, with soft carbonation without being flat and a dark malty but citrus hops aftertaste.

D: A truly unique amped-up oatmeal stout. The price tag is somewhat off-putting as I can think of a lot of beers I can pay under $5.50 for 12oz and enjoy as much if not more. Still, it is an outstanding beer with a good flavor niche.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a touch of brown and a thin layer of frothy chocolate colored head. Fades quickly.

S - Dark chocolate malts, some dark fruit, molasses, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, vanilla, with a touch of smoke and citrus hops, and a bit of booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, raisin, date, and other dark fruits, oatmeal, coffee, black licorice, molasses, some citrus hops and vanilla, a bit of smoke, and a bit of booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit velvety with a sweet and warming finish.

D - Nicely balanced with great mouthfeel.

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

A - Pours as thick as oil. Black doesn't even begin to describe how dark this was. It was pitch black in the stream flowing from the bottle. Head is one of the darkest I have seen. Thin though, about 1/4 finger of deep brown head that fades to a ring quickly.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, some vanilla, not too much oatmeal. Hints of alcohol as well. Mostly chocolate in the aroma.

T&M - I still don't get too much oatmeal. I guess it was used primarily for the body, which shows. This is an extremely smooth beer. Chocolate is still the dominant taste, rich milky chocolate, combines with hints of coffee, dark roasted malts, even some slight earthy hops, all rounded out by a nice warmth of alcohol as it slides down your throat. Finish is sticky sweet with lingering milk chocolate and oatmeal aftertastes with that slight alcohol burn to remind you of the 9.4% this is.

O - Very smooth, very drinkable, great stout. I would have liked to see more oatmeal flavor in it though.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. was poured into a heavy American pint glass. No date specified on the bottle, but I purchased this bottle in November of 2010, I believe.

The body is as probably as dark as any I've seen - pure black down to the last drink. Even with a rough pour, only a chincy mocha colored head is produced leaving behind scant lace. The look - somewhat lackluster.

The aroma from this imperial oatmeal stout is simple, but good. I get dark roasted coffee beans, semisweet chocolate, and slight hops.

Love the taste here - dark roast coffee up front which turns into dark chocolate. After that it's tangy hoppiness with alcohol peeking through then into milk chocolate leaving you with a milky sweet vanilla/coconut aftertaste. Wonderful.

The feel is full, velvety, and soothing. The way an oatmeal stout should be. Like comfort food in a brew.

This is one formidable stout. Lookout staple stout brewers, these guys are seriously out for blood. When I want an oatmeal stout, I will buy this again without question.

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

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown into a small tasting glass.

A: A deep dark black color with a wonderful light brown head. The head leaves nice light brown glass lacing.

S: Roasted malts with hints of chocolate and some faint coffee. A mellow hop smell is detected.

T: Wow, this is totally different from a keg than bottle. The tap version lets out flavors of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts a bit of coffee and this smack of sweet cherries towards the back end. A mellow hop taste underlies, but the sweet fruit/cherry flavor lasts on the finish. Freaking amazing. So good, smooth and different.

M: Full and coating but creamy too. You can feel the alcohol but not as much as I expected. Very smooth.

D: Medium drinkablility. One or two max based on the abv.

Overall I was not impressed with Boris from a bottle, just too much coffee flavors that seemed one dimensional to me. But from the tap, wow this is a different beer and so much better. Matt Capone talked me into trying it as I expressed to him that I was not a fan of it from bottle. Boy was I glad he did. Bottom line, from fresh draft this is a top notch impy stout that you should seek out. Still shaking my head how good this was.

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

22 oz bottle. I think it was 11.99.

Appearance: Pours thick and opaque. The head is dark brown and foamy, but only lasts a couple of minutes. Not the most persistent lacing. Looks delicious.

Smell: Rich, rich roasty malts. Coffee and chocolate notes, and some hops smell as well. This smells big.

Taste: Huge breadlike maltiness with bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Definitely get a sense of the 60 IBUs. This is not one of those RISs that tastes like sweet chocolate. Its on the dry side and is more heavy and roasty than chocolatey. Very, very good.

Mouthfeel: Felt a little thin up front, but as this thing goes down, you almost have to chew. As I said, its on the dry side and not at all syrupy like an RIS sometimes gets.

Drinkability: This is wonderful stuff, and I'd love another, but its overpriced, and that may stop me from buying another. Thats a shame.

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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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