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
Reviews:
1,033
Ratings:
2,723
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
296
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566
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,033 | Ratings: 2,723
Photo of infestaxion
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Jet black with a slight dark cappuccino head that settles quickly.

S - Sweet roasted malt and oat. A touch of cocoa.

T - I think my eyes just rolled to the back a little. That is delicious. The same roasted malt flavor. The oats sweeten it a bit. Some chocolate and coffee. Good hop profile provides a goo. Very good.

M - Coats the mouth well. Well carbonated.

D - Oh yeah. I could do this one all night.

The only problem with this beer is that for $1 more I can get a six pack of Siberian Night.

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Photo of Vancer
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fairly aggressive pour resulted in a perfect looking brew – black gold in a glass, topped by an impressive tan head. Stuff sticks around like a bum at a free dinner.

Nice aroma of chocolate malt, laced with cinnamon. Also a nice touch of anise and plums. This just HAD to be good, and it was exceptional! Started with a chocky coffee stout aspect, then finished with a creamy and silky roasted smores with licorice.

Rich and robust, this death beer has to be over 250 calories per 12 ounce, but I could and would drink this stuff day and night – like a rat on cocaine. Gimme another.

Another hat off for the brew, sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black into the glass. 1.5 inch dark mocha head, with good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells include intense dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

The taste is much the same, with some really nice intense roastiness that defines the best stouts for me. A little bit of soy sauce type flavor doesn't detract much. Mildly fruity, with a some toasty flavors that remind me of oats, which makes sense given this is a imperial oatmeal stout.

Thick, silky smooth mouthfeel from the addition of oats. Creamy. Low carbonation.

A great one from Hoppin' Frog, want to try all the BA variants of this that I can.

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Photo of ThirdLap
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bomber of the Crusher tonight with a fellow BA. I've been eager to try this one for some time now. Served in traditional pint glasses at 50F.

Pours hugely thick, like used motor oil. Took forever for every last drop to work its way out. The two-finger thick tan head is nice and dark, just the way I like it. Head retention is low, but it recedes to a thick foamy halo that stays until nearly the end. A minimal amount of lacing sticks around.

An oat presence is immediately apparent on the nose in this bodacious year-old bottle. Dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, and hints of dark fruit and alcohol round things out. Overall very complex and full.

Wow. This is one of the best stouts I've ever had, right up there with Dark Lord, Stone IRS, or Abyss. It is ridiculous that this keeps falling off the Best of BA. Dark bitter chocolate and oats are the order of the day here, balanced with what is perhaps the perfect amount of bitter hops for a beer of this style. The finish reminds me of the bitterness that remains after savoring a piece of 85% dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and full, offset only slightly by the higher-than-expected level of biting carbonation. B.O.R.I.S. is definitely one of those stouts that gets better as it sits, warms, and loses a bit of its carbonation. Alcohol is slightly noticeable, but doesn't interfere with the overall experience.

This is a sipper, a beer that is best experienced shared with a friend that would appreciate such craftsmanship in a beer.

Seek this beer out if you enjoy big stouts. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of avalon07
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy/creamy, fairly long-lasting, brown-colored head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of chocolate, malt, coffee, oatmeal, and a bit of hops.

T: Tasted of coffee, oatmeal, chocolate malt, and a nice bitter hoppiness in the finish. Alcohol is quite as omnipresent as it is with some other Russian Imperial Stouts.

M: A very well carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Full-bodied, but doesn't weigh you down.

D: One of the best, most drinkable beers of the style.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Big dark brown head lay atop a midnight black beer. Moderate head retention with zero lacing. This beer looked grand until the head dissipated.

S- Dark chocolate, roasted barley and molasses up front. Subtle hops and a hint of vanilla are the next things I notices in the aroma. I also got lots of oat aromas, some dark ripe fruit as it warmed and subtle smoke.

T- Dark chocolate roasted barley and hints of charcoal. Some roasted nuts and nice dark fruit sweetness. Very little alcohol presence.

M- Nice thick and chewy mouth feel with some crisp bite in the middle to mix things up a bit, then becomes smooth and slowly fades. Very pleasant and leaves your palate pretty clean.

Overall a very good RIS not as big or complex as some I have had but makes up for it in drinkability and mouthfeel.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark, almoust black, engine oil with just a little head that’s on the top like golden-brown whipped cream.

Nose: Coffee, toffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, mocha, leather, kakao and dark syrup. Almoust a little sour nose.

Taste: Wow! This is f-ing awesome! Sweet coffee, oatmeal, brownies, boubon , vanilla, red berries and dried fruit.

Mouth: Large complex body with smooth, silky taste. Very soft carbonation.

This is almoust a perfect stout. I’m glad I bought 7 bottles (six to cellar)

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Photo of rye726
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter at 45F

Dark black color with some brown hues. Very nice espresso head that vaniched towards the end of the bottle. The poor head retention is my only gripe here.

Nice nose that really opens up as it warms. The oats are very powerful and go well with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and ripe pitted fruit aromas. More sweet smells come from the roasty malts but are kept in balance by a faint lavender hop character.

More sweet oats and chocolate. The big roasted malts add a robust flavor. There are also caramel, molasses and vanilla. Sweet, but well controlled by the hops.

Thick full body and silky smooth feel. Perfect carbonation.

Possibly the best Oatmeal stout around. The Oats compliment everything very well. Great balance and very drinkable

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Photo of johnd513
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours thick and pitch black with a one finger head that disappears quickly. The smell is one of this beers high points - Huge chocolate, malt and hints of alcohol. The taste is bitter chocolate and oatmeal with the alcohol being very upfront. I love the thick full bodied and silky mouthfeel. The alcohol comes out more as this beer warmed so im glad I didnt wait to start drinking this beer especially since its a bomber. Drinkability is good - the bomber was all I needed.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Appearance - Deep Dark Rich Black color. Almost no light passes through the glass.

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee,

Taste... Malty,

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich texture.

Overall - A very smooth and enjoyable beer. It doesn't have any spectacularly distinctive qualities, other than being a highly well balance and enjoyable beer. This is particularly true with respect to the mouthfeel of the beer. That is clearly the highlight.

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Photo of drowland
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! The first thing you notice is an intense caramelly sweetness that luckily ISN'T marked by diacetyl. It balances with a wonderful roasty oatness that lingers in your mouth with slight coffee notes. I should also mention that the head is a GORGEOUS dark tan.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, looke like oil pouring into the glass, with a one finger brown head that recedes to a layer of foam that coats the beer wit hsome lacing.

S: Roasted dark sweet malts, a menthol, citussy, piney hop note, and a bit of banana, and oatmeal.

T: Oatmeal upfront, washed away by espresso, roasted and slightly smoky malts, bittersweet cooking chocolate, followed by some cream.

M: Smooth and creamy, full-bosied and a long roasted chocolate slightly bitter finish.

D: This is a great after dinner RIS. There is a nice touch of sweetness.

This is the first oatmeal stoat that I was able to notice an oatmeal flavor.

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Photo of Ch1mpy
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black colour. Thin, dark brown head. Leaves no lacing.

Great smell of coffee, cacao and roasted malts.

Actually rather sweet taste of coffee, oatmeal and malts. There are even some hops making themselves apparent from behind the heavy malts.

Well balanced mouthfeel. Sweet, strong, the alcohol doesn't bother you at all.

Very high drinkability, the beers starts strong and grows on you throughout the session.

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Photo of clingman71
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. WOW! I have previously tried 2 other Hoppin' Frog beers, that while not bad, did nothing to impress me in this day and age of beer geeks being spoiled with an abundance of spectacular brews. This beer is the one to impress said beer geek. There are many solid RIS on the market, this is right up there with the elite. Pours a deep, deep brown with a light brown head that began thick and full and disippated into a nice tan 1/8" layer, but with no real lacing to speak of. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate and roasted malts, with a little burnt sugar smell in the background. The flavor is HUGE! It has a serious dark chocolate thing going on, bittersweet, with a sweetish creamy undertone. The balance between the creamy sweetness and roasty bitterness is outstanding. The mouthfeel is tremendous. I have had too many stouts of late that have great flavor with a mouthfeel that is too thin. Not so with B.O.R.I.S., huge, huge, huge, so thick and full. I can't wait to get some more of this!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

As expected, this one pours totally black. Medium pour produces a dense two-finger head of espresso-froth colored foam. Retention is great. Lacing is spotty, but very sticky.

Big robust nose. Nice roasted malts blend with wonderful notes of dark chocolate. Hints of black cherries. Toasted oats. Brown sugar. A touch of earthiness hangs over it all.

Dark roasted chocolate malts have been formed into balls and rolled in toasted oats. Either that, or some very good oatmeal raisin cookies have been dipped in dark chocolate.
Oatmeal sweetness/earthiness cuts through the bite of dark chocolate roastiness. Some dark fruit juiciness comes up to the front, then retreats. Cherries, raisins, plums.... Mild brown sugar notes and a light kiss of vanilla. Extremely well-balanced and very tasty.

Good, full-bodied brew. Nice and thick, yet not oily or chewey. Very smooth, thanks to the oats, and nicely creamy. Carbonation level is very good, but I'd like it to be boosted, just a touch, in order to make this one super creamy. That would be excellent, IMO.

Super smooth and easy drinking. If you have the slightest liking of stouts, I don't see how you could possibly pass this one up.
Alcohol is almost non-existent and this is highly drinkable.

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Photo of Pencible
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This poured like inky syrup, and was pitch black with some dark tan head.
S: It smelled like rich mocha and toasted oats, with some brown sugar and a hint of dark fruit.
T: It tasted like dark chocolate and bitter coffee and toasted oats, with a bit of licorice and dark fruit and soy. It had an ultra rich but smooth aftertaste.
M: It was super thick with a bit of carbonation. I was practically chewing this to swallow.
D: This was a fantastically crafted beer with lots of flavors all blended and balanced perfectly. It hid the alcohol very well, so it was dangerously easy to drink. But the thickness and complexity made it better for sipping. This Hoppin' Frog met the hype; definitely recommended.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crush ME!!!! Damn that's a good Stout! Trying the Crusher Imperial Stout from Hoppin Frog after an evening of sled riding....Great beer to end the night with. The beer pour a oil black with very thin tan head that does not appear to be lacing in my chalice glass. The smell is a beautiful chocolate with hints of roast and espresso. The taste great balance of chocolate, roast, and booze. The mouthfeel is full bodied with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a great beer.

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Photo of blackie
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: Comes out the 22 looking like used motor oil and a near nonexistent head, of which little there is soon disappears.

s: Coffee roasted barley upfront with aromas of creamy oatmeal. Sugary, booze infused dark cocoa. Concentrated dark cherries soaked in whiskey and dipped in bittersweet chocolate. Figs and molasses. Dripping with sweet, burnt sugars and cocoa. Rich, aromatic tobaccos. Subtle, dark and earthy pine-hops.

m: Loooow, extremely smooth carbonation and a luscious, thick mouthfeel that's not overbearing. Nice.

t: Oh man...even in the NC summer heat this thing is delicious. Big, smooth roasted barley flavors combine with delicious toasted oatmeal and cream. Dark, sugary fruits lie just beneath the balance of roast and are soon followed by an earthy hop flavor. The roast and hops dry the finish, and end with a woody, smoky note. Very deep in character.

d: very enjoyable

from mcallister for my anny bombing

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is black, dirty motor oil black. A dark mocha head slowly recedes to a thin wisp while light lacing sticks to the glass initially.

The beer smells a bit alcoholic up front with faint licorice notes. There's a real subtle yet hearty oatmeal note in the middle, and some sweet chocolate as well.

Exceptionally sweet and smooth dark chocolates come first in the taste profile, followed by hearty oat flakes and bitter roasted coffee and dark rich chocolates. Delicious!

Mouthfeel is dry, sweet, and exceptionally smooth, a tad heavy.

Overall, just damn delicious, smooth, a great slow sipper with great character. Love it.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is absolutely delicious. Be extremely careful, it is very potent, too. I could drink 100 of these in a sitting if I could walk upright. Nice chocolatey malts, poured nice tan head, but disapated quickly. Different than most imperial stouts because the bitterness is NOT overwhelming. It's dry, sweet, and clean. Some coffee flavors but they do not dominate. Very smooth beer and very underrated!

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Photo of bobhits
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Staring at the beer and not the glass you're pouring into is NOT a good idea. This stuff isn't going to come out easy!

The pour is deep dark brown and an agressive pour results in the beer coming out of the bottle even back lit being near black as night. A good sign! Carbonation is lacking though a swirl will leave a nice bubbly coating on the sides. Not nearly the alcohol legs I'd expect and there isn't much viscosity to be seen.

Very sweet and mellow Russian Imperial. Soft dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of perhaps lactose or just caramel and bread, and it finishes with a nice RIS style hop bitterness.

Unlike the aroma the flavor here is aggressive and in your face. I'm really interested in the hops used here, this beer finishes bitter and dry. No fruity esters or citrus hops, just sharp biting hops. The roast is mellow chocolate, almost milk chocolate. There is a lingering coffee flavor at the end.

I'm a bit surprised on the mouth feel. This beer isn't well carbonated nor is it really thick and creamy, but they seem to have found a place in the middle that I've never experienced and frankly works rather well. There's still some alcohol bite on this one.

60 IBUs were never more appreciated. This is a beat of a stout and very possibly the best I've had in a while. I really don't like the price on the barrel aged version, but I really am interested after this one.

A stellar imperial stout and worthy of the 2008 BABF gold medal. If they upped the body a hair this might be hands down the best Russian Imperial on the market and at 10 a bomber it is sadly priced competitively with the likes of Stone.

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Photo of Marius
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from memory - I had this beer at an evening tasting with friends, and was the star of the evening, together with DORIS. Chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of caramel, thick mouthfeel but goes down easy.

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Photo of Gunslinger711
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - BORIS is a thick beer, dark, pretty much no head on it.

S - Smells like a thick coffee syrup, a hint of bitterness/bite on the end.

T - The first taste I got was a mild to strong coffee taste. The back end of this beer was a little burnt, oddly enough it tastes like burnt pretzels to me. Then the alcohol bite on the end.

M - Smooth like this beer should be, a little alcohol bite on the end.

D - This beer lives up to the hype: A big imperial stout that's dangerously drinkable. You can barely tell you're drinking a 9% ABV beer.

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Photo of peabody
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark with two fingers of brown small suds. This is one great looking pour. Color is solid no light comes through.
Smell is a sugary coffee malt with chocolate overtones. The yeast is mild here just as are the hops. Toasted malts are the star.
Taste is an immidiate fruityness then a watery lull then into the sweet coffee and burnt malt flavors. Aftertaste is an everlasting chocolate coffee with burnt toast. Stays forever. This is a sipper.
Mouthfeel is very bitter and sweet at the same time. No alcohol is present in the taste or aftertaste until the bitter coffee is gone from the palate.
Drinkability would be high if I could get this whenever I wanted!

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Photo of Bonis
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil, black as night. 1/4 inch moderately thick creamy dark tan head, stays for the duration. Looks incredible.

S - Sweet oatmeal chocolate and molasses. Some alcohol is there, almost giving it a bourbonlike smell. Very good.

T - Intense sweet chocolate and roasted malts to start. Then it turns a little bittersweet giving it a nice rich dark chocolate flavor, but the bitterness quickly vanishes. A very smooth finish to this one. The alcohol is there, but nicely masked by the other flavor components--well balanced. Tastes like liquid heaven to me.

M - Surprisingly smooth and somewhat thinner than expected. This definitely doesn't have the feel of a 9+ abv beer, which makes it so much better.

D - Very easy to drink for a strong stout, but watch out... You'll feel the effects of BORIS if you don't take your time drinking this one. Definitely a sipper, but it's hard to sip a beer that tastes this good.

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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 2,723 ratings.
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