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

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial StoutB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
93.6%
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4.23 w/ 2,746 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
Ranking:
#864
Reviews:
1,038
Ratings:
2,746
Liked:
2,570
Avg:
4.23/5
pDev:
9.22%
Alströms:
4.15
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
570
Trade:
44
User Ratings & Reviews
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.62/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into 12oz glass

A- Poured a tar black- head starts at an inch and goes to nothing. No lacing at all.
S- has an oak-like, hardwood smell to it. You get some of that whiskey coming through as well.
T- little hints of coffee and chocolate coming through. Towards middle you get a big punch of the whiskey- you can really tell this is a barrel aged brew. Finishes with a touch of whiskey and then leaves you with bitter dark fruits. Fairly smooth.
M- very silky and thick brew. Good feel to it.

Overall this is a tasty brew. Very high abv and you can tell after the first swig- Drink it slowly and enjoy it.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of Zraly
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage

Poured into a CCB snifter. Tight, dark tan bubbles form a one-finger head on top of a black-as-night ale. Notes of earth and a touch of burned wood emerge.

Rich, decadent mouthfeel envelops a dark fruit, chocolate, espresso driven stout. Silky and very smooth. The body is on the light side of full. The taste reminds me of a dark chocolate covered blueberry. Toward the finish there is a brief moment in which you think you might be eating a chocolate mousse accompanied by fresh berries; the mouthfeel is truly special. The finish is bitter like a double shot of espresso. With that said, the finish is balanced, suggesting the brewer balanced the use of roasted barley along with toasted malts nicely. Alcohol is subtle. Complex without being overbearing or too busy.

A delicious imperial stout at a very reasonable price -- that alone should get you to buy a few of these; one for now, one for later (such as I have done). If you are new to craft beer, this might be a nice "bridge" beer to bring you to the darker and heavier side of the stout world. At the same time, seasoned veterans of stout drinking should find this spot on for full-flavor enjoyment. Beautiful by itself but might breathe fresh life into cheesecake or pannacotta.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wine drinkers' stout. Poured from a 22 oz bomb into a pint glass... This beer is much better the longer you let it warm, the 2nd half better than the first.

A - 1 Fat finger dense, late-rising, very dark chocolate foam that slowly settles to a thin ring and patchy lacing. Tar black-brown - no color, dense. Serious.

S - Subtle. Sweet cocoa, dark fruits, roasted malts, burnt caramel, a bit of tar, a railroad trail, herbs, and hops. Chocolate on a high pacific coastal trail with old timbers and melting tar. Or under the railroad trestle in the sunlit glade. But subtle. And a little metallic.

T - The taste is all of the trippy smell, but more aggressive, with dark hot chocolate, espresso coffee, prune juice, and much roastiness. Italian coffee house. Starts sweet, turns bitter. Hops are underneath. A fire, a late hour, charcoal, dancing sparks rising that flare your nostrils.

M - The mouthfeel is exceptional -big, syrup without any cloying, chewy, original, bold. Like a great lover, the body supports the complexity, the ABV (which is not so apparent after it airs a bit - let this one breathe - again it's a wine lovers stout)...

Overall - Sipping beer. Strong. Worth letting it sit and warm. savor during and AFTER your meal. great after dinner stout.

I enjoyed with garden chard, tomatoes, peppers, sausage, pirogis simmered together with provolone melted on top. Great with spicy, rich, complex, saucy foods.

Great after dinner with more cheese.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$7.99
Sams Marcey

B.O.R.I.S. exits the glass more viscous then I expected and pools in the snifter midnight black. The pour produced a half finger worth dark brown head. The head fades rather quickly to a small cap but each swirl of the glass brings it back to life. The viscosity and dark head make this look like a big bold stout.

The aroma, upfront at least, reminds me of a peanut infused stout I sampled a couple months back from Short's. The peanut butter presence is big throughout but is greeted by a solid amount of roasty malts and dark, slightly under ripe berries from middle to end. The peanut butter is always there and comes in waves, cresting and falling all the while my nose is in the glass. I'm really digging the smell of this stout.

Now this is a quality beer! Peanut butter, thick roasted malts, and a bit of dark chocolate all come together right off the bat. These three flavors intertwine and mingle throughout and the peanut butter comes on a little stronger on the swallow. There's a little berriness here and there from mid-palate through the finish but I have to work to pick them out and the faintest amount of alcohol on the finish adds depth. An excellent beer!

The body has some weight but it's where it should be instead of the huge thickness, more silky then creamy. Leaves a little stick on the back of the tongue.

This is a very easy bomber to put away. All the flavors mingle really well so it doesn't kill the palate like some others. The silkiness keeps it flowing.

I'm really impressed by this stout from Hoppin' Frog. I've heard good things and am glad we now have distribution in Illinois. I'll be stocking up on B.O.R.I.S. from now on. The peanut butter character is very unique and delicious.

Reviewed: 5/4/08

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 2,746 ratings
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