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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has an inky black body with a very dark brown head that is creamy and thick with a few big bubbles pushing through. There is a few microbubbles of brown sticking to the side of the glass in an otherwise jet black body.

S- The smell has notes of prunes and dates with black roasted malt and black grain and a very light hint of earthiness. As this beer warms a bit there is notes of dark raisins and graham with a dry port note in the finish.

T- This beer has a big black bitter black malt and coffee malt flavor with an inky tar note that hangs on the finish like a nice espresso. There is a green hint to the finish that could be from hops but it is mysterious.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a creaminess and the finish has a nice slipperiness that warms to a soft alcohol heat as it warms.

D- This beer has a big complex flavor but it is not heavy but the finish makes it light and smooth while still remaining dark black in flavor and smell.

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Photo of jmalex
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Today marks my first St. Patrick's Day staying in since I turned 21. B.O.R.I.S. will surely make a fantastic consolation prize.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory becker a thick, slick, syrupy motor-oil black. This is one of the absolute most blackest beers I've ever seen. The head is latte brown but is quite small. It settles to a thin collar and a few splotchy bubbles.

SMELL: The aroma is filled with all the decadent smell you'd want from a big stout like this. Chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, licorice, and raisin. Though these aromas are huge in richness, they lack the intensity that one would want. However, as the beer warms, the strength increases immesely. Hop aroma is at even lower levels - nearly non-existent.

TASTE: The beer starts with a dessert-like chocolate quality to it with coffee, licorice, and some dark fruits coming along for the ride. Across the palate, it becomes slightly nutty as the beer begins to balance itself out. And it almost gets there through the finish as the first hints of hops show themselves in the form of very light citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Thick and chewy yet markedly silky smooth. Combined with a carbonation level on the lower end, this can't get any better.

DRINKABILITY: This goes down so damn easy, it's scary. The alcohol is completely missing from the taste. It doesn't beat this.

Wow, this one far exceeded my expectations despite it's already high marks. Let me tell you - this ain't no Guinness nor should anyone mistake it for such, but I'd definitely prefer a B.O.R.I.S. for St. Patrick's Day.

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Photo of endincolorado
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pitch black, completely opaque, thick and syrupy- dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Light lacing

Smell- Scents of rich chocolate, some oatmeal and light coffee

Taste- Sweet and roasty character- notes of caramel malt and a citrusy hop background- slight bitterness balances the rich milk chocolate. wonderful cocoa finish

Mouthfeel- Incredibly thick and creamy- fills every crevasse of my mouth

Drinkability- Despite the high 9.4 ABV, i'd say drinkability is moderately high. This is one extremely well-balanced stout that i'll definitely pick up again.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass. Formed a thick single finger head, the color of creamy coffee. Quick dissipation leaving behind no lace. Black, Black body...like a glass full of melted asphalt. You cannot force light through this...

The nose is a combination of chocolate, coffee and molasses. Roasted malts and caramel in the background.

The taste starts out with a sweet creamy caramel flavor that fades into a bitter coffee finish. The roasted malts are in the background throughout, keeping everything in perfect balance. Black coffee aftertaste lingers, making you want more!

The mouth feel is on the thicker side, very creamy with little carbonation...almost perfect!

A very drinkable beer. The ABV is well hidden in the complex flavors. Super example of the style!

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Photo of ajm5108
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light roasted coffee, cocoa & some hazlenut on the nose, and those flavors follow through along with some semi-sweet dark chocolate and very distant burnt fruit. That said it is a surprisingly smooth brew considering most of the elements at play. The oatmeal gives a thinner mouthfeel but that compliments the flavor profile. Excellent beer.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled June 2014 from bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the oatmeal as well. Nice combination and balance between the hops, oatmeal, and the malts.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the oats, but it has an excellent taste. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal.

Overall: This was the first time I tried this beer, but I love it. Overall an excellent stout. I will definitely look for this and buy it again.

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Photo of popery
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to stacecom via reddit. Delicious imperial stout. B.O.R.I.S. pours black with brown highlighting the very edges of the glass. The most negative thing that I can say about this beer is that there's almost no head. You can swirl one up - it's very dark even for a stout, a medium brown - but it dissipates quickly. The aroma is rich with roast and chocolate. There's just a ton of malt packed into this one. Vanilla bean, caramel and molasses round things out. This beer would be a great base for a beer float. The taste is also quite good. It's sweet with a warming finish. Roasty notes persist in the aftertaste. The feel is smooth and soft as a dog's ear. I like the low carbonation and it's definitely worth the lack of a head. It's a very easy beer to drink; my bomber is going fast. I would love to have this beer available in my area, and I'm very happy to have a second bottle in the cellar.

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Photo of Beejay
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark Black, with a little bit of a brown sugar head from a fairly aggressive pour, this dissipated to a ring.

S: Sweet malt and chocolate. Smells great.

T: Delicious. Chocolate, a nice roasted kick, smooth, and rich. They hide the alcohol very well.

M: Smooth, creamy, and rich.

D: A damn fine beer, and I cannot wait to taste it's barrel aged brother.

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Photo of Yesac
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black, no head. Small brown ring around the edges.

S- Dark fruits, hints of bourbon and oatmeal. Smells great.

T- Dark chocolate, hints of oatmeal. Roasted malt. Blended and balanced beautifully. Incredibly smooth.

M- Medium bodied. Slightly sticky. So smooooth.

D- Very smooth, complex and rich.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle.

Pours an inky jet black. No light transparency. No head at first, but a bit of a brown sugar head develops and sticks around as a light film.

Smells of toasted nuts, molasses, and dark fruits like figs, with a chocolate or coffee accent.

Tastes rich and sweet like brown sugar. Aftertaste is roasted coffee beans and vanilla. The alcohol is ever so slightly detectable.

Feels a bit thick, very smooth. Minimal carbonation detectable.

So incredibly easy to drink. It basically pours itself down your throat. Rich and sweet enough to practically be a dessert. I would drink this once a week if I could.

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Photo of Crundy
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours like motor oil, black as night, no head and no lacing

S: dark fruits like sweet plum or dark cherry, alcohol, chocolate, molasses, slight malt presence

T: follows the nose, molasses sweetness, sweet dark fruits, hop presence as well and some roasted malt.

M: very thick and heavy, full bodied and coats the mouth. very smooth, delicious, molasses sweet aftertaste.

O: very delicious, and dangerously drinkable for the ABV, Just a very good beer.

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Photo of klewis
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. - "Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout"

22 oz. bomber

A: Pours thick and black with a two-finger dark tan head that subsides to a frothy ring around the glass and light wisps across the surface of the beer. Light lacing.

S: Awesome! This beer smells like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup!! Nutty and chocolate aromas with a faint alcoholic smell.

T: Strong earthy taste with flavors of walnuts, grain, charcoal, and black coffee. Slightly astringent when it is cold, so be sure to let this beer warm up.

M: Thick, heavy, and smooth. The texture is chewy with a gentle warming effect from the alcohol. Nice.

D: I love it when brewers step outside the box, and I love it even more when their beer is this good. A wonderful brew.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark stout. Little disappointed by the head. Dark lacing on the glass doesn't disappoint.

S - Molasses nose and roasted malty goodness. Nose mimics and prepares you for the taste. WYSIWYG.

T - Caramel / Molasses taste. Just the perfect amount of sweetness to go with the dark roasted malt. Just a hint of dark cherry /berry to go with espresso malt. Fantastic.

M - Right amount of body as a good porter should be. Maybe just a touch more carbonation would round out.

D - Very interesting and I could put down pint after pint.

O - Fantastic stout I will definitely be revisiting in the future. 9.4% alcohol by volume could have fooled me. Instead of a port for dessert give me B.O.R.I.S

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I vote for "Oatmeal-Imperial Stout" over RIS.

Poured aggressively, an opaque darkness with a full finger dark tan foamy head that fades fairly quickly. Spotty lacing patterns. IMO the smell is great. I get an almost syrupy dark chocolate over a vanilla-cherry alcohol that reminds me of an oak treated product. At the bottom of that chocolaty goodness is the roast oat aroma. Lightly carbonated, a tang of alcohol, the mouth feel is medium light, but what i am really drawn to is the 'coating' effect that is unforgettable; like my favorite Double Stouts. Full flavored, the oat chocolate oak treated-like taste is outside the box. There is a wonderful complexity to the flavor combinations that lingers appropriately and invoke involuntary lip smacking reflexes. You could say that its heavy, but i don't find the ABV distracting...at all. RIBIT!

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Photo of Jazzcrop
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tastes are fully deep dark dark chocolate, soy sauce, French toast, smoke, smog, booze, engine fuel, (milk of) magnesium, plum skins, hops, graham crackers, tree leaves, dark fruits, week-old coffee, cough medicine, and kilned malt. Quite the journey, maaaan.

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Photo of lookitsfelias
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - pours beautiful rich dark almost cherry color, minimal rich head with little lacing and also hints of cherry color

S - smells rich, oatmeal-y and alcoholic

T - intense bitter malty flavors, coffee, oats, maybe even hints of rasberry

M - creamy creamy creamy delicious

D - with the high ABV i dont see myself needing to drink many of these, but am definitely capable of

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch or so dark brown frothy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. It smells like roasted malt, coffee, oats and chocolate, very nice. The flavor is good, it tastes like bitter chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit and coffee, and it has a good bitter finish with some alcohol warming too. Mouthfeel is full, it's thick and very smooth. Drinkability is great too, this stout is very easy to drink. Almost as soon as I'm done with my last drink of the beer, I'm ready for another one. I was waiting to get my hands on this beer for a while now, and I'm pretty impressed. Easily one of the best beers I've tried lately, I'd recommend it to anyone. I'll definitely buy more of this.

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Photo of MCfunkyJ
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours: jet black with signs of amber

Aroma: coffee, oats, fruit & hoppy smell

Taste: dark chocolate, Oatmeal, strong coffee, creamy milk

Mouthfeel: full-bodied, strong Stout

Drinkability: the aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Goes good with reese cups.

Serving type: 22oz bottle

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick black as night liquid with a huge cream colored head that just did not go down. Very milkshake looking in consistency and took a very long time to settle. I knew immediatly I was about to get my butt kicked by this one. Perfect looking stout. Smell was very sweet, with hints of milk and sugar intermixing with the big players which were coffee and chocolate. Hints of alcohol as well, which at 9.2%abv does not shock me in the least. Had a very dessert like look and smell to it, getting very excited to try this one. Taste was very thick, milkshake like consistency. Big creamy and very smooth going down, definatly made this a dessert beer. Taste again was very sweet, roasted coffee with milk and sugar. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, very rich. Slight warming from the alcohol, but not too bad at all. Very filling and just very very good all around, thats all that really needs to be said. Nice long lingering dry finish capped it off beautifully. This was really a treat and I would never turn it down anywhere at anytime. Really great and I hope to be able to try it again one day.

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Photo of BWHD
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher Oatmeal – Imperial Stout

Poured into a generic brandy snifter.

A: Noticeably viscous in appearance… even more so than Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, I reckon, but my brother disagrees (going to have to do a side-by-side!). Pours a deep, solid, dark brown with some burt orange peering through the edges. Has a medium kahki/sandy head that never quite gets going, but stays ever present in the glass, like a galaxy of stars amidst the black of space. “Galaxy” retention seems to fade the longer the beer sits in the glass, but comes back with a good swirl.

S: Thick and creamy with bitter and milk chocolate and some definite dark fruit sweetness, slight oatmeal graininess and some booziness, especially as it warms up. Fairly complex.

T: Creamy, sweet with that dark fruit and some amazing dark and milk chocolate notes. Creeping, almost cloying, dark fruit sugariness. Definitely some subtle coffee in the taste, too. Slightly stinging acidy at cellar temp, mellows as it layers. 9.4% ABV is barely noticeable.

M: Creamy and viscous, medium-heavy mouthfeel; wonderful for the style. Starts slightly acidic on the tongue and mellows and rounds out as the beer warms and layers into a fabulous, deliciously warming experience. Like slightly acidic, carbonated melted chocolate.

O: Amazing. Not just one of the best non-barrel aged, readily available stouts out there, it is simply one of the best brews out there, period. Hoppin’ Frog has a real winner here. I feel so lucky that, even in Peoria, IL, that I can somehow get this one year-round. Fabulous. Comes in just ahead of Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and just shy of the barrel aged Old Raspy for me. Also, believe it or not, this standard version is better than the barrel aged version, too.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Super dark. Super thick. Pours the way you would expect an imperial stout to pour. Rich brown head. Settles quickly into the beer. No lacing..
Smell - Deep roasted grains. Rich milk chocolate.
Taste - Roasted bitterness, sweet chocolate and oatmeal.
Feel - Hefty. Creamy. Lingering.
Overall - An imperial stout you hate to see end. This beer has made me an Hoppin' Frog fan. Will buy this again and again.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black with a thick tan head settling into an equally thick ring of lacing.

Scent of heavy roasted malts, oats, prunes, brown sugar.

Taste of oatmeal, prunes, brown sugar, slight coffee, and some damn good roasted malts linger.

Mouthfeel is luxurious, silky smooth and as thick as chocolate milk.

Drinkability is very high, surprising for the style and strength.

This is one of the very best Imperial Stouts available year round and is absolutely deserving of a purchase. Please go buy this beer and support Hoppin' Frog for making an incredible product.

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Photo of cbutova
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Have had this brew many times over the years but pushed off taking notes as I would certainly have it again, and again. Now is finally the time.

A- Pitch black, thick and oily pour from the bomber into a narrow stange. A light tan head forms with a thick and frothy texture to about a finger high. Good head retention and a wide ring drops webs of lace at each sip.

S- Like a very rich and intense brownie. The grains bring both deep darkened tones and nutty hints. Honestly like a brownie with pecans. Cocoa, deep roast coffee, burnt barley, dark yet sweet chocolates, vanilla sweets and general chocolate chip cookie.Just a hint of hops. Oh the oats come out with warmth big time.

T- Much like the aroma the overall flavor profile is akin to a rich and nutty dark chocolate cookie or brownie. General balance between the rich malty flavors of charred barley, burnt grain, toasted oats, caramel malts, medium sweetness and toast. Rich chocolate and coffee come into play and balance well with a vanilla bean sweetness. An oat based brownie with heavy chocolate and general charred flavors.

MF- Really thick and perhaps the best part about this beer beyond the very excellent flavor. Just chewy, silky and all things smooth. The carbonation is fairly high but so smoothed out. Ends with a very subtle hop bitterness as well as some burnt bitters lingering.

No idea how I never got around to making this official. BORIS is a true classic and one of the best plain, no frills RIS on the market. Just a decadent, perfect mouthfeel with the flavor profile resembling a brownie filled with toasted nuts.

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Photo of gabeerman
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours flat black with almost no carbonation & only about 1/2" of nice tan, coffee colored head, which kind of lingers for a bit. The aroma is unbelievably delightful with strong scents of oatmeal & coffee with the slightest scent of vanilla, almost as if it had been aged in a bourbon barrel. The taste is just as delicious as the aroma. A pleasantly smooth bitterness of oatmeal, chocolate, & a hint of coffee, balanced well by a slight vanilla undertone. The mouthfeel is almost as orgasmic as the taste. INCREDIBLY SMOOTH & creamy with just the right amount of carbonation to contribute some bite to the brew. This brew drinks unbelievably well, especially considering its 9.4%. Overall a magnificent brew. No question its in my top 5 easily. Have to give a big thanks to my mom for picking this up for me while she was in NC. What a great woman!

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Photo of MmmIPA
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

VERY black body with a small brown head that falls fast to a brown ring.Very thick,oily looking.

Vanilla,roasted grains,chocolate,fruity(hops),coffee,oat notes.

I taste banana.This is one the best tasting RIS i have ever had.You can instantly taste and feel the oats upon the first sip.Its very creamy and silky.The hops sorda take a back seat to the malts.The coffee isnt overdone like alot of RIS.Chocolate is very tastfully done also.

Carbonation is superb.Mouthful is silky.The abv is warming and you can taste it.That goes with the style.

Great beer that EVERYONE needs to try.I am gonna get one for my cellar.

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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 2,711 ratings.
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