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:
2,737
Reviews:
1,036
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
570
For Trade:
44
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Ratings: 2,737 |  Reviews: 1,036
Photo of NCSUdo
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

A: Pours a hugely thick pitch black with not much of a brown head. What little head was there is retained.

S: Everything you'd want in a RIS. Roasted malt, espresso, some coffee, a bit of sweet cream, chocolate, dark fruit. Incredible and intense.

T: Bitter roasted malt throughout. 9.40% is felt from midway through until the end. Espresso, roasted malt, chocolate round out the finish. Booze can be a bit overpowering at times and is slightly out of tune with the overall bitterness I fell. Bit of cream in the middle as well.

M/D: Full bodied, carbonation is slightly prickly. Body could be a little smoother I think. Drinkability is about as good as it gets for what is a huge, in your face beer. The alcohol character, although welcome, does hinder the drinkability at times. Overall, a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Roose13
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a glass

A: A deep, dark black with a nice chocolate head

S: Sweet, dark chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, oatmeal

T: Pretty sweet, especially with the dark chocolate, but not too sweet. After the initial sweetness, there is some nice roasted malts, the oatmeal backbone and some other sweet and bitter flavors.

M: Very thick and creamy. Little carbonation. Goes down easy.

Overall: Excellent stout. This was my first offering from HF after a friend from the area suggested them. I definitely recommend this for anyone who wants a darker, heavier stout that's on the sweet side, but not too sweet. Definitely a sipping stout and I made it last.

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and little lacing

S-chocolate, coffee, roasty, little earthy, slight sweetness

T-milk chocolate, dark roasted malt, coffee, earthy, caramel, hint of dark cherry, alcohol well-integrated

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-nice mouthfeel and flavor make for enjoyable sipping

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Photo of xanok
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Palm tulip, reviewed from my phone.

A-Jet black with very little head. The head that was there was off-white that leaves little lacing.

S-Chocolate and oats dominate the aroma. Much sweeter than other imperial oatmeal stouts I've had. Hints of fudge, caramel, and coffee as well. Barely noticing some dark fruit hints. Very balanced.

T-Follows the nose mostly here, but maybe not as balanced. Malt, caramel, and dark fruit take a far back seat to the oat and chocolate.

M-Thick and full bodied. Medium carb. Nice warming feeling on the way down. Leaves a nice oatmeal aftertaste.

D-High abv obviously makes it a sipper. Fairly smooth though, and could probably do two of these bombers on a Saturday night.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Love it, a twist on the Russian Imperial Stout. Oats do a Stout good. Dead of night blackness pours from the bottle, slow moving bubbles all jockey for position within the tightly-kept froth. The aroma is so mellow, almost too mellow. Deep, dark berry fruitiness meets soft dark-roasted coffee and a sultry dark chocolate nose. Sublime smoothness, we thank the oats and full body for that. The roasted or burnt grain flavor is firm but not sharp, with massive mocha flavor throughout. Yeah, mocha ... the chocolate and coffee overtones battle it out with suggestions of high-percent cocoa chocolate and a Sumatra roasted coffee flavor. Sounds complex because it is. Alcohol is there, warming, but does not make too much noise. Oats and malt lend some sweetness which solidifies the balance. Finishes bitter semisweet.

Saying it is a lovely Stout is being a bit simple, but we think this review breaks it down enough. Even if you are not big on Stouts give this one a shot.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate fudge, oats, roasted grains, a little anise and a little coffee.

The flavor is chocolate fudge, oats and coffee with some anise and a good sized bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is pretty full with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Reminds me a bit of the Yeti, but I believe sweeter and more bitter. Some age might make this awesome.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a small thick hear. Aroma of chocolate, oats and hops. Taste is similar, with additional notes if licorice and molasses. Very thich, oily mouthfeel. Tastes like a meal. Reletively low carbonation. Strong bitter ending. Really nice beer.

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Photo of TheGent
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Opaque coffee with an attractive thick, foamy and deep brown head. No lacing not the glass and no visible carbonation.

S: Intense roasted malts with notes of coffee and chocolate. A hint of booze.

T: Big roasted malt profile. Semi-dry and moderately bitter finish with notes of cocoa powder and dark chocolate. A warm, slightly boozy finish.

M: Velvety smooth.

D: Big roasted malts from start to finish in this well constructed oatmeal stout. Big nose and flavor, looks and feels great. This is always on the shelf. Definitely could be a to too stout.

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Photo of JustinSparks
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 bottle. Thanks Yeahnatenelson!!

Appearance. Pours thick and black with just a ring of dark brown foam.

Smell. Dark chocolate and some sweet black licorice with a little dark coffee and some booze.

Taste. Sweet dark malts, bakers chocolate, a drop of molasses and a hint of dark fruits. A little coffee and black licorice in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body, slightly sticky. Medium-low carbonation and some boozy warmth.

Overall. Great tasting, big stout. A bit of a sipper to say the least.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with Bobsy at the tail end of a nice evening. Thanks man! Pours a viscous black with just a faint whisp of head that quickly dies down leaving a still black pond.

Nose reveals coffee grounds, dark fruits and a honey/anise mix that reminds me of my mother's honey cake. Waves of roasting malts, chocolate and a hint of fresh hops.

The flavor features some hefty layers of flavor. Lots of roasting/burnt malts, sweet caramel, honey and anise, faint notes of oats, coffee, chocolate, some heat in the finish along with a bit of hops bite. The body is a bit of a let-down for such a big ABV stout as this but, combined with the very light carbonation, it makes for a smooth, easy sipping, big flavored brew.

I am impressed with the flavors but, in light of other world-class stouts, it can't quite compare. The body lets it down and it seems a little more raw, though just as complex. A very nice stout. Thanks Rob!

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Photo of Zorro
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BLACK!

Just one word sums up this beer and it is the ink blackness of the beer, Blacker than a Politicians soul, any witch. No head formation which could have earned it a 5 in appearance. Like looking at a glass of coal slurry.

The smell is fruity with a big berries and figs aroma even from a fair distance from the glass. Good boozy aroma off the fumes, somewhere between grappa and grape brandy in scent there is a notable grape scent present. Chocolate and brandy are the strongest scents present and grape, berry and fig are lesser scents.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and fairly strong in patent malt. Fairly big with the berry flavor in the start it then becomes vanilla and then chocolate and finally coffee and charred grain. Could be more complex and this is definitely on the boozy side.

Mouthfeel is good.

Well this isn't among the best of the RIS, a good try but it just doesn't hide the alcohol very well, even if you compare it to a gross offender like DFH WWS. Not a bad beer but I still prefer Stone RIS to this.

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Photo of Beachpig
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour, nice and dark, with solid head. Nice coffee flavor, strong aftertaste.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with a brown tan head about a finger thick when poured. It doesn't last too long but leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, toffee, and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt and coffee are strongly present followed by notes of caramel and dark chocolate along with a bit of hops at the end. Has a creamy, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. The best thing I have had from this brewery yet.

Eric

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Photo of MPLS
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was cracked while watching WWE's Royal Rumble..wtf? Thanks to Rich for this one.

A: Black beer with some impressive soap. I am burnt out on describing the RIS.

S: This beer isn't gigantic, but has a good nose on it. Roasted malts dominate it's stout stench, but there is bittersweet chocolate, molasses, coffee, and alcohol.

T: This beer has a good mix of chocolate + molasses sweetness with the heavy amount of roast that is going on. Definitely enjoyable, but there are so many beers in this heavyweight category. This offering needs to mask the alcohol just a bit more and increase it's depth of flavor before it's perfect. I can't wait to crack the barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. next.

M: There is a nice silky texture that lingers. Just the fact that they used the word oatmeal in this beer leads me to crave more creaminess.

D: Good stout offering from Hoppin' Frog. BA'd is next.

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Photo of gciccarelli
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter.

A - Pours pitch black with a dark brown head that quickly dissipates.

S - Coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, oatmeal, burnt grain. Not a very strong aroma, but it is complex.

T - Sweet chocolate, roasted malt, coffee. Alcohol really isn't noticeable even at 9.4% ABV. Finishes smooth and slightly bitter.

M - A bit lighter than some other imperial stouts - but creamy. Very pleasant.

D - Alcohol is masked well and lighter mouthfeel makes this one go down easier than the normal imperial stout.

An excellent stout worth checking out!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to reviewing the regular version. Bottle courtesy of Eric in a recent trade.

A: The pour is viscous and black with a small brown head forming, which dies down to a thin ring.

S: Really intense aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, and licorice. Some burnt sugar notes, hints of vanilla and molasses, and some coffee in the background. Just a little bit of alcohol in there as well.

T: Sweet caramel malts and molasses to go along with the sweetness of the licorice notes. Plenty of dark, roasted malts with a hint of char and burnt sugar, as well as a little bit of coffee and bitter hops.

M: Full in body with a smooth, medium level of carbonation.

O: Really solid and possibly even better than the barrel aged version.

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Photo of ObeerwanCO
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a very nice imperial stout. Darkness washed over my glass when I poured this beer; there was no bottom. Got a nice brown head going too.

It smells like chocolate and coffee, with the chocolate predominating. A bit of alcohol comes through as well. At over 9% alcohol, this is not surprising. The taste is decadent. I get roasty chocolate, and malty sweet. There is also some slight bitter hoppiness and alcohol in the background. My lips were sticky after drinking this (and I liked it).

Overall a very good beer, but best to share this one with a friend. It's just so rich that it's hard to drink the whole bottle. I'm thinking it would be perfect after dinner.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours jet black w/ a one finger chocolate head. Can't see any light through this beer at all- it's dark! Nice lacing on the glass as well. Lots of bubbles in the head, but they quickly disappear. Classic RIS looking beer.

S- Some hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, malt. Great balance, and really well done on the nose. I could smell this for hours and not get tired or overwhelmed by it. Definitely not an overpowering nose- just right.

T- Really nice. Hops are a little much for me, I'd like the malt to be the prevailing taste. Same profile as the nose, which is nice... but a little bit of a letdown from what I was expecting. Still, this is a really nice tasting brew. None of the 9.4% ABV comes out at all in the taste as well.

M- Thinner than I was expecting, w/ a smooth/bitter balanced feel. Aftertaste is pretty nice, and lingers a while.

O- This is a nice brew that falls just short of the best in the style. Still, really enjoyable and highly recommended. Pick it up if you haven't tried it yet.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in Buffalo. Pours a jet black with caramel brown head. Tastes of roasted chocolate with the oatmeal and almost raisin like finish. Pretty smooth mouthfeel overall and the big booze with this beer doesn't come through in the taste. A pretty good stout overall.

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Photo of NoProblem
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of shivtim
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle in Indiana and brought it home.
Poured this sucker out into a pint. Nearly opaque deep brown, with a small but very dense mocha brown head.

Nose is beautiful deep roasty malts. Sweet chocolate scents.

Taste is a very solid RIS. Dark chocolate and malts. Lingering roast malt goodness. Slight smoky hints. More burnt flavors and slight ethanol twang on warming.

Generally creamy mouth feel. Good drinkability except for the ABV.

Very solid

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black. Thin head. Looks big and rich.

Smells of licorice, alcohol, roasty, and fruity. Very interesting and complex aroma.

Mellow flavor, dry and roasty. Coffee. Very dry with a big roast and medium coffee background. The sweet licorice and fruit aroma doesn't come through in the taste.

Very good and interesting beer. Not overwhelming in any sense. Its bigness is well hidden. Mellow and easy drinker.

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Photo of Wolverine48092
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.23 out of 5 based on 2,737 ratings.
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