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

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2,733 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:
2,733
Reviews:
1,034
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
296
Gots:
569
For Trade:
44
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Photo of Evango
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had to get a bottle of this after tasting a D.O.R.I.S. the other week – Hoppin’ Frog has been consistently awesome.

A: Pours like sexy sludge, as black and thick as ever. A modest head of dark, shining brown forms for a second, but disappears without a trace in seconds. Very little lacing…it eventually looks like black, black coffee.

S: Smells like a campfire: marshmallow, honey, chocolate caramel, graham cracker, smoke, and char. The roasts are big, but they have a distinct burnt-sugar sweetness to them; I absolutely love it. It’s a deep brown, deeply rich combination of warm aromas. Alcohol and hops pick up to finish it out, leaving with a note of cinnamon, mild oaken whiskey, and bright pine and hop oils.

T: Roasts, earthy and smooth, ring true from start to finish, and it’s my favorite part of the Hoppin’ Frog stout palate: char, French roast coffee, and smoked hickory. The bitter flavors carry on from the start, going back and forth from kilned grains to the slightly brighter hops (pine-forward, but leafy and light). It’s no surprise to find the alcohol somewhere in between, toying between the two flavors with an air of acidic, vodka-like booze. I’m struggling because that’s the only way I know how to describe it, but it’s much more delicious than it sounds; it’s a little much, but it’s just about right for the palate. Mild finish, with an effortless evaporation of smoke and woody spice.

M: I’m feeling a creamy bit of thinness to the body – it’s more coffee than beer, it seems like. Still, it has a moment or two of light carbonation before the slickness overwhelms it again.

O: This is the perfect beer for Hoppin’ Frog’s B.O.R.I.S. variations: it’s satisfying, complex, and full-flavored. An excellent stout.

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Photo of BeerBucks
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber split with a friend; served in a standard pint glass

A: Dark, viscous pour; opaque body nestled beneath a dark khaki colored head; head recedes to a sheen of oily bubbles on the surface - like an oil slick

S: Espresso, toast; bittersweet dark chocolate; dark fruits; a touch of soy sauce

T: Starts with a nice espresso flavor that is quickly cut into by bittersweet dark chocolate - think chocolate covered espresso/coffee beans; toasted nuttiness, likely from the oatmeal; sweeter notes arrive courtesy of of dark fruit (booze-soaked raisin) and a touch of toffee/caramel; finish sees roasted coffee flavors lingering with a powdered cocoa note; alcohol really perks up late in the glass with a kiss of spicy heat.

M: Full bodied, slightly creamy with a nice slickness on the palate, thanks to the addition of the oatmeal.

O: Good interplay between the roasted profile of espresso/coffee/nuttiness and sweeter chocolate and dark fruit components, wrapped up in a creamy body. My only qualm is that it is a touch boozy near the end - perhaps a bit of age would mellow this out. Still, a very nice imperial oatmeal stout, worth trying if you come across a bottle.

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Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Rye_Fly
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dirt286
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Secret Santa Stigs

A: Pours a deep dark black, very oil like, with a very small dark brown head that fades to near nothing very quickly leaving no lacing. The cap barely made a hiss when I opened it and I thought "uh oh", plus as I was pouring a head wasn't forming but some bubbles appeared at the end of the pour. Still could be a little better in the head department though.

S: The nose is extremely good. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells like a beautiful RIS and I can't wait to take a sip.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits along with a dark roasty element that reminds me a bit of burnt coffee. Hints of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and oily with minimal carbonation. I don't mind less carbonation in the feel but there should be a bit more here.

D: This is tasty and I would probably buy it occasionaly if it was in my area. The ABV is decent for a RIS and the alcohol is well hidden in the big roasty/chocolate flavors.

I prefer the barrel aged version slightly over this one but it's still very good.

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Photo of dmorgan310
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NilocRellim
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold from the bottle.

This beer poured very dark brown with a very dark brown head. The smell is pretty strong, but average for an imperial stout. Very strong burnt smell with oats and sweet-malt. The taste was slightly sweet and malty initially, with a roasted finish.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of Sazz9
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: looks like an imperial stout should, which is to say dark as hell with a thick tan head.
Smell: again, as it should be, not the most complex ris but well balanced coffee, dark chocolate, a hint of banana.
Taste: no surprises but damn tasty.
Overall: Yea, I know the overall is higher than the any of the other scores. This one warrants it. Better than the sum of it's parts.

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Photo of DrBier
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tyrawlings
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Bomber poured into a pint glass.

A: Jet black with no light penetrating through the glass. The dark brown head pours a quarter inch thick and quickly dissolves into a ring clinging to the edges of the glass. Lacing is thin.

S: Smells of coffee and chocolate. Sweetness of brown sugar oatmeal. Dominated by the unmistakeable smell of warm alcohol or sherry.

T: First taste reveals roasted coffee and dark chocolate. There is a slight hop bite that is followed by the sweetness of malt and oatmeal. The finish is all about the warming or slow burn of alcohol and more roasted coffee.

M: Thick and chewy. Rich with a surprising amount of carbination for a big stout. Warm and dry finish.

D: A very nice heavy oatmeal stout. Very similar to Stoudt's Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout. High alcohol content limits the amount per serving but this beer is dangerously good because it leaves wanting another swig. Good luck to Hoppin Frog! Keep them coming!

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Photo of terrysjag
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a deep dark impenetrable brown that one would expect from this style. The head is a nice tan color, but loosely packed and does not leave the greatest lacing. The aroma is very roasty but also has a nice malty sweetness to it, and a tinge of citrus hops. Very intense nose on this one with bittersweet chocolate, licorice and coffee notes in there as well. The flavor is similar with a nice deep roasty stout flavor balanced with plenty of sweetness from dark malts. Dark dried fruits, burnt sugar, chocolate and licorice flavors are evident, as are some piney hop notes and a bit of booziness. This also has a bit of that black patent astringency thing going on. This is a big chewy stout with a full mouthfeel to be sure, but not as full or chewy as the best in the class. The finish is a nice balance between sweet and dry that leaves a pleasant lingering taste on my tongue. If I have one complaint about this beer, it is that for being an oatmeal stout, it seemed to be lacking that silky smoothness. Still a great beer and a nicely drinkable RIS.

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Photo of jillmart
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with fellow user promark420. Fittingly enough, we'll be flying to Cleveland tomorrow (catching the Falcons/Browns game).

A -- Pours dark brown with no head and not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S -- Syrupy smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

T -- It's a syrupy taste that also has hints of oatmeal and chocolate with a smoky finish.

M -- For me personally, it has the mouthfeel of a good coffee stout. A bit thick, but it works.

D -- This went down pretty easily, which is mildly alarming at 9.4 percent abv. I definitely will buy this beer again.

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Photo of OldDirty
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of allenson21
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jmg480
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to CoastieSimon for sharing this brew with me. Discretely consumed out of plastic cups in Straub Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

A - It pours a oily crude brown-black hue, and is capped with an oxblood-mocha hued head. Legs are demonstrated upon the white lining of the Solo cup.

S - The nose is quite hoppy and bitter, with an undertone of coffee grinds, charred grain, and oatmeal(!?!). I must say that the degree to which you can specifically pick out oatmeal is pretty impressive; it is not merely a listed ingredient. As it airs out, raisin and general dark fruit is appreciable, along with anise and some burnt sugar.

T - The brew is quite big, giving full account of roasted grain, burnt sugar, charred coffee, vinous notes, anise, and, again, straight-up oatmeal. The booze is there too, but not so much that it is intrusive, it just adds to the general 'bigness' of the brew. There is a heavy hop dose, but it seems to meld with the burnt-coffee astringency at this point, and does not contribute flavor beyond a general grassy-herbal bitterness.

M - The feel is big, ultra-viscous, and has a long bitter finish. Too long and bitter, perhaps.

O - Good beer. This bottle was about 2 years old, so it may have reaped benefit from the time mellowing; then again, it could've lost a distinctive hoppy punch, just as likely.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black body with not much head or lacing.

S - Rich roasty malts, molasses, smokey oats, oats, and licorice.

T - Dark chocolate, a pretty minor malt character, massive (like oldcrustacian's hamstrings because he deadlift's 395) licorice presence. Nice smokey accents. Oats, molasses. Subtle bitterness in the backround.

M - Feels a little thinner than I like from a stout.

D - Much better than the BA version.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours pretty much pitch black with a thin but dense deep brown head. Some carbonation is evident in the glass on the pour, but soon after, you're left with a black void in your glass. I like it.

S: Roasted malt, lots of dark chocolate, anise, chocolate covered raisins, oats, coffee and a touch of cinnamon. The smell is a bit light, but it's solid.

T: Lays a smooth layer of roasted malt and coffee down on your tongue right away. The mouthfeel is pretty velvety from the oats, so it really makes this beer mouth coating. Some fudge, cola and dark chocolate come in to play before a finish of burnt raisin, heavily roasted malt, and some slightly acidic dark roasted coffee. Maybe just a hint of earthy hops in the finish as well. Glad I finally got to try this one. Maybe I'm getting spoiled by all the monster stouts I've been drinking lately, but this one just didn't feel big enough for me. If they had beefed this up another 2-3%, I think it would have been perfect. As is, it's still one of the better versions of the style I've had and a really great beer.

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Photo of aubuc1
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured in to a snifter.

Pours a thick black with a slow to develop and somewhat thin dark tan head.

Smell is sort of a roasty plum with some coffee in the background. Not as burned as some RIS's.

Taste is roasty and a little bitter. Slightly tart finish. Some fruit flavor in there.

Mouthfeel is very drinkable. Not sludgy like some, but not light like a regular stout.

there is some alcohol fruitiness and sweetness, but very drinkable for such a big 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 2,733 ratings.
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