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

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
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
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569
For Trade:
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Photo of brewohio1
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance - poured a deep dark brown with a thick fomy brown head.
Smell - Rich chocolate, coffee oats and a bit of vanilla
Taste - The taste is of a heavy rich chocolate. Also getting some coffee and vanilla.The oats come out at the end very nice.
Mouthfeel - Full body beer smooth/creamy mouthfeel. good carbonation
Drinkability - A very good beer overall.

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

year old bottle, stored in the cellar for 11 months, then into my wine fridge for a month. poured a dark brown/black with a finger of dark tan colored head. smells of roasted grains, licorice, dark chocolate, toffee. the flavor profile is sweet up front, like molasses, then goes straight into a roasty wood-like flavor. getting a hint of cedar in here. chocolate, slight grape-like flavor, coffee. definitely a unique flavor profile.

medium body with low carbonation, silky smooth mouthfeel.

this is an outstanding stout, and wonderfully enough can be found off the shelf. a year in the cellar did this one some good, but honestly, it's just as good fresh.

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

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

Thanks to my Beer Buddy N. Ketchum for just giving me this bottle out of the kindness of his heart. You will surely receive good beer karma my friend.

Poured out of a 22 oz bottle into a snifter.

A) Deep... Deep... Brown. It is nearly black. About a finger of tan head that settles to a thin dusting. There was a bit of lacing, but it didn't last.

S) Dark roasted malt, coffee, hint of dark chocolate, and some alcohol.

T) Sweet but not so sweet that other flavors are overpowered. There are nice coffee and chocolate tastes. The hops is present in the background. There is some booze, and this is enhanced as the brew warms.

M) Medium to full bodied. It is pretty well carbonated. This beer is so smooth and very creamy. There is a warm boozy finish that is somewhat sticky. The mouth feel on this beer is superb.

O) Quite tasty.... This one sneaks up on you and then... Pow... This is a nice beer to sip, savor and enjoy.

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

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A: Pitch black with a small, brown, head.

S: Grain, Chocolate, Ripe fruit, Coffee.

T: Milk chocolate, Fruit, Licorice, Hint of alcohol, Roasted malts.

M: Supersmooth and very straightforward and insanely drinkable. Nice balanced bitterness at the end.

Smooth imperial stout without much complexity.

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Photo of brstls4drmrs
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a small snifter. Brew is black as night and looks thick like oil as a stout should. A nice caramel colored head appears but leaves quickly. A little lacing occurs as well.

S - Loads of oats with sweet malts, chocolate, some caramel, leather and a hint of licorice.

T - Just like the smell except a more powerful dark chocolate tone with a bit of coffee as well.

M - Crisp and slightly bitter on the tongue.

O - A very nice bodacious stout. Makes an excellent dessert item for me right now! I'd easily buy more of these.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with johnnnniee - many thanks! Poured from a 22oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. It was pitch black even against the light. Too dark to see any carb. Great lacing. It had a massive dark brown head that took forever to settle down into a light foam and thin collar.

The aroma was roasted and chocolate malts primarily. Along sweet malt and alcohol present. The alcohol aroma was a tad too strong so hurt the score slightly. Not sure of the age of this one so the alcohol might settle with more aging...or not. The taste was really good but again was impacted by the alcohol. This one seemed to be still hot. I know it's a high ABV and this style comes with alcohol taste usually but I've had several that have either settled with age or hide it a little better. It's still an outstanding beer but I prefer a little less hot. The mouthfeel was thick and creamy.

Overall, a really good beer that I highly recommend. Mine was a little hot so looking forward to getting another and aging for 6 months to try again. My first Hoppin' Frog but eager to try some more from them.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very black with no hints of light seeping through. There was a small 1cm head, but it disappeared quickly.

S - chocolate, nothing else. It was a pleasant chocolate smell, but it seemed one dimensional.

T - Chocolate (milk or semi-sweet) and oatmeal followed by a lingering bittersweet chocolate taste with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - good overall. It was above average for an RIS, but it wasn't perfect.

D - Good. It's not my favorite RIS, but I'll drink it. I wish it came in smaller bottles however. Putting down 22.9oz of a thick beer doesn't make the stomach feel so great.

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Photo of greenspointexas
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black, thick, viscous, oily. Big, bitter dark chocolate flavors on this one. Some roasted toffee like flavors. Boozy dark fruit. Thick. Very good RIS. Worth a buy if you see it.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle traded to me over a year ago by a generous BA. Poured into 25oz snifter.

A: Pours black with a rather thin and fizzy dark brown head that left little lacing.
S: Notes of roasted oats, rich dark malts, and a touch of dark chocolate syrup and alcohol.
T: Thick rich notes of dark chocolate, fudge even, mixed with roasted oats and sweet maple syrup. I get notes of bitter coffee in the finish, and the aftertaste has a touch of sweet fruit and warm alcohol.
M: Thick and chewy mouthfeel with a full body and tingly carbonation. It's not the thickest, and it's not the chewiest, but it sure is good. Others have said "meal in a bottle", I agree.
D: The flaws in this one are very nitpicky as I am very impressed. I can't wait to try the other variations!

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Photo of Freethyhops
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

bottle thanks to Ryan011235. been wanting to try this one for a while. 22oz bottle split between a friend and I. my half served in a pint glass.

A- pours thick and pitch black. I can't even see the black Sweetwater logo on the side of the glass, perfectly camouflaged. produced less than a finger of dark brown head that disappeared almost immediately.

S- not a huge aroma on this one. a decent roasted character some dark bitter chocolate, maybe a hint of coffee and sweet molasses.

T- I'm suprised there wasn't more coffee on the nose. this thing has a ton of it. it's borderline burnt, but it's on the ride side of the border. there's a load of chocolate creating a nice espresso taste. the 60 IBUs adds alot to the bitter coffee/chocolate tastes. the ABV does come out to play a little as it warms but still a hell of a stout

M/D- this is some seriously thick stuff. so creamy and delicous. an ample amount of carbonation for the style helps remind you it's a beer. Can't give it perfect scores in the drinkability. this is a BIG stout. one that needs to be sipped. it is deliciou,s though.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a footed, cylindrical glass at Michael's Bistro in Charlottesville. Paid $14 for it...problem? It was room temperature (apparently the refrigeration unit malfunctioned. I'm going to go ahead and try to review it anyway, but keep this in mind. From notes. Reviewed 7 July 2011.

A: Super-dark coffee-brown head fizzes and fades to absolutely nothing. The edges are dark brown, but the beer is *black*. 100% opaque.

S: Molasses. Liquorice. Vague berries. Alcohol.

T: Too warm, but other than that it's good. Strongly bitter coffee on the aftertaste. Some smooth, creamy, alcoholic, anise excellence. I dig it. The espresso taste on the aftertaste makes the beer.

M: Slinky smooth, slips down the throat.

O: The temperature moderated my enthusiasm (they ended up taking it back) but, even so, it's obviously a good beer. I would love to try it again more chilled.

Notes
ABV: 9.4%
OG: 107
FG: 38
IBU: 60

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Photo of Jmoore50
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance of this one is dark black, the actual beer looks pretty thick. I could get almost no head out of this, even with a very vigorous poor. There are thick alcoholic legs on this one, looks like it is more that 9.4% ABV.

The smell is of hops and chocolate. There is some boozy characteristic to the smell, LOTS of roasted and dark malts. A bit of licorice in the smell as well.

The taste is mighty delicious! Chocolate and roasted malts, an almost bourbon ABV is detected. LOTS of thick dark malts. There is a slight hops bitterness in this as well, not citrus or sweet but more of a bitter backing to the other malt sweetness in the brew. Licorice in the after tastes. Again, a bit hot on the ABV which is fantastic.

The mouthfeel is perfectly carbonated with a thick chewy body.

The drinkability is good, especially for being a big bodied thick RIS. I have another one and am going to age it for about another year and see what happens.

Good brew!
J

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Photo of augustgarage
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber (obtained in a trade) into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Darkest opaque brown with a dark bronze head of foam that is slow to develop and quick to recede. A thin ring forms with slight lacing and sticky caramel legs.

Aroma is faint but suggests coffee, maple syrup, malt, and stewed fruit. Roasted flavors increase as the temperature rises.

The flavor is roasted malt, a little sharpness from hops and alcohol, sweet grain (barely identifiable as oatmeal), figs/plums, vanilla, Scottish breakfast tea, and a nice dry finish suggesting wood, coffee grounds, and cocoa nibs. Bitterness comes across as dark chocolate with some roasted malt acidity - rather than from hops.

Thick viscous mouthfeel (though not syrupy, sticky, or supremely heavy), tingling gum-sensation from the alcohol and roasted malt astringency, and sweet struggling effervescene from the carbonation (overwhelmed by the high ABV). This goes down all too easily...

Not an especially domineering brew, despite the name. Nicely balanced, quite strong breakfast stout, though lacking some complexity or intensity (of flavors) for the style. Still, a very enjoyable beer overall, worth seeking out.

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Photo of Kinsman
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Loving the oatmeal twist on this stout.

Pitch black body with a big creamy brown sugar colored head. Sticky lace forms but it's a bit too quick to show as I like my head retention to hang around a bit longer.

Aroma is heavy on the stout malts, black patent and roasted malt and/or barley make up the bulk of this aroma. Lots of coffee/espresso bean aroma on this one but and not as much bittersweet chocolate as I've experienced.

Wonderful balance of flavors going on with the first taste. Lots of coffee-ish flavors show up as the aroma suggested, but more sweeter molasses and chocolate flavors become known too. Oats seem to give that sweeter and creamier flavor they are known for.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, suggesting the oats were a good idea. A slightly dry finish from the burnt flavor of the roasted barley.

Overall, I'm enjoying this Imperial Stout, and loving the name. Recently I've had both this and Beer Geek Breakfast and have decided that oats are definitely a good addition to any imperial stout. Something about the oats adds a certain quality of smoothness and creaminess that I don't always detect in non-oated stouts.

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Photo of Absumaster
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A viscous black beer with a minimal head. Only a small layer of off-white foam on the side of the glass.

Smell is black molasses, roasted malts, cold coffee, chocolate. Some hop whiffs try to get passed this roast.

Taste is roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is not as bog as I expected. Off course it is a big beer but drinkability is OK. The roasted malt adds a molasses and grainy taste. The big body of this beer inhibits the hops to glow. I can taste a nice US hoppiness. A piney and a little citric taste.

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Photo of marcpal
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on Christmas morning for brunch. I liked it quite a bit.
Bottle Graphics: 6/10.

A: Black and thick and when held to the light there is some auburn red that shines out. There was no head here and just a film on top of the beer that looked like scum.

S: Oatmeal, toasted coconut aromas. Not an overload of chocolate and I thank the brewer for that. Great start that brings a lot of character to sipping this one.

T: Roasted sugar flavors, primarily brown sugar. Some chocolate is present with on overlay of hops and warming booze. I really enjoy the flavors in this beer as the dried fruits and creamy milkiness come to play.

M: Completely creamy body, smooth as silk. A hop bitterness is left on the tongue which is unique and pleasant.

D: I did enjoy this quite a bit and it would go marvelously with some pancakes/waffles. It overpowered the omelette I had alongside a bit but this is definitely up there in terms of RISs that I have had.

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Photo of thereal_adam
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a syrupy drink glowing the richest, deepest nut brown. It holds a brief half finger tall mocha colored head, showing low retention, but leaving sticky lacing around the glass. This recedes to a milky sheet across the top, with aggregates of bubbles hither and thither. Carbonation appears moderate, and no haze or sediment is noted. The snout roars with fire-roasted coffee malts, rich buttercream, fresh vanilla bean, light banana esters, and big heat from the booze on the back. Sweetness comes in the form of raw dark chocolate, black cherries, and plums. The creamy, buttery, milkiness is outstanding, and steals the show here, and even form a bit of a diacetyls, almost bourbony scent.. Our first impression is that the flavoring is super rich, with a deep saltiness to balance any sweetness. As we sip into it, soy sauce salt comes first, riding in with charred coffee malts. There is immediate balance of those dark fruits from the nose, while booziness also strikes instantly, adding bittering depth. The roast comes through with heavy bitterness at the peak of the swallow, with sweetness in the form of white sugars, molasses, and vanilla cream. The finish is big and boozy, with hot fumes, bittering charcoal, that continued buttery sweetness, souring apple wine vinegar, cherry fruitiness, and a light twist of further bittering citric hops. By the very end things are nicely balanced, and neither the sweetness nor the bitterness outboxes the other too much. The aftertaste breathes of chalky dark chocolate flakes, baker’s yeast, roast of coffee malts, charred wood, light butters, booze that mimics bourbon, and general bitterness of grain. The body is full and sticky like syrup, and the carbonation is medium. The lips are coated and sticking to one another, while the mouth’s initial wet coating fades to an astringent dryness down the hard palate. There is slow but nice slurp, smack, cream, and pop, with little froth to the mustache, The abv is appropriate, but catches up to you surprisingly quickly, and the beer is a definite sipper.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the aroma. With the intense mix of booze, vanilla, creaminess, char, and fruit, one might surmise, by smell alone, that this was a barrel-aged beer. The depth is certainly there, and the nose is extraordinary with the buttery, creamy, milky sweetness to it. The taste and feel follow nicely, but this thin up slightly towards the end. The taste remained solid throughout, but tended to stray from the aroma in all of its saltiness, and general robustness and uniqueness. Still, this was a delicious beverage, making us even more excited for the real barrel-aged version, as well as the beastly D.O.R.I.S.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown motor oil with some soapy "snake eyed" bubbles. Just a bit of lace. Head is tan in color.

Smell: Whiff of malt, chocolate, roasted coffee. A very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Complex for sure with some decadant chocolate. Some coffee, roasted malt and a subtle oatmeal flavor.

Mouthfeel: Velvety smooth with a lingering finish of malt, cocoa and hops. Sweet and bitter at the same time. Hint of warming booze is felt but not tasted.

Drinkability: A very nice oatmeal stout with great flavor. The ABV is well hidden. I would like to drink this again sometime.

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Photo of natelocc787
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Projectflam86 for this beer.

Nothing special in the look but it was average for a good beer. Black with a darker beige head. Nose suggested oatmeal stout right away with sweet vanilla and oats mixed with chocolate. Some bitterness in the taste, becomes more creamy and mellows as it warms. Does not remind me of a Russian Imperial Stout, but an Oatmeal Imperial Stout. Lot's of oatmeal in this with some mild vanilla bean. Very sweet beer with slight booze in the finish.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Glass

A- Black as night, slight tan head but barely anything at all, with a bit of lacing

S- First smell is chocolate with coffee malts, lots of dry roast smell in this

T- Almost same as smell, dark roasted malts with slight coffee oatmeal, little sweetness and bitterness, nothing to overbearing.

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T- Great beer, not like other imperial stouts, definitely will be having this again.

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Photo of tiffany0322
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%

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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