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

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2,736 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:
2,736
Reviews:
1,035
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
295
Gots:
569
For Trade:
44
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Ratings: 2,736 |  Reviews: 1,035
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of superspak
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours very dense pitch black color with a small fairly dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lacing cap that lingers. Slight spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a nice amount of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malt, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, light char, dark bread, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fantastic aromas with huge complexity and balance of roasted malty notes. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, oatmeal, caramel, toast, coffee, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, and light earthy hop spiciness. Fair amount of roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark bread, light char, earth, and light earthy spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic flavor complexity and balance of roasted flavors; with a nice malt/roasted bitterness balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a thick, creamy, and slick mouthfeel that is excellent. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! Huge complexity and balance of highly robust roasted flavors; and extremely smooth to sip on. An incredibly enjoyable offering; one of the best RIS I have had for sure.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Did a side by side with this and BA Boris.

Pours very little tan head that fades down fast. Leaves no lace. color is a solid black.

Aroma: Roasted, malts, chocolate, some light coffee. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: Rich and chocolaty, roasted dry malt, sharp grassy hops, caramel, and then some dark fruit in the aftertaste. Better than the aroma, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Sweet and warm, a little creamy. Fuller bodied than the ba version with a low amount of carbonation. Ends sweet, dry, and malty.

Overall, not a very solid RIS imo. The barrel aging helps this beer a lot. This beer is not something I want a lot of. I would rather drink the BA version.

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

Photo of olradetbalder
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark, thick black with a nice mocha head. Not much lacing.

S: Loads of chocolate alongside dark malt, a bit of coffee, and some alcohol heat.

T: Not as complex or intense as the nose, but the chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt work quite well together.

M: Full-bodied, but not too much compared with the pour.

D: With the less-viscous body, it's more drinkable. Definitely a tradeoff I've noticed quite often lately with some of the imperial stouts.

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Photo of chinchill
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black; opaque; red-brown at the edges; rather clear.

This Imperial stout has a better bitter/sweet balance than average. Nonetheless, it is quite sweet up front. Beyond this, the flavor is very rich and complex. Full body; creamy feel; ~perfect carbonation.

O: superb, rich and balanced.

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Photo of nickfl
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of dark brown, almost black head and a completely opaque, black body. The foam dies down pretty quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Malty, lots of caramel and nutty brown malt. Yeasty fruit notes of plums and figs with moderate, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of chicory. There is also a light, but boozy alcohol note with a hint of acetone.

T - Sweet, dark malt up front; dark, fruity caramel and toffee. Cherry and candy apple notes in the middle with the toffee and caramel remaining strong. Finishes with darker roast notes of bittersweet chocolate and chicory as well as renewed sweet cherry notes.

M - Medium-heavy body, moderately low carbonation, and a sticky sweet finish.

D - After all I have heard about it, I am surprised to find myself a bit disappointed in this one. The sweetness is excessive and overwhelming and really sticks on the palate in an unpleasant way. The flavor itself is nice, but lacks in roast character or even chocolate, instead relying on fruity caramel notes that are, admittedly, fairly enjoyable, if a bit out of character. I hate to complain about a beer being out of style, since nitpicking style guidelines really misses the point of enjoying beer, but for what it is worth this strikes me as closer to a Baltic porter than an Imperial Stout. Whatever you want to call it, this is cloyingly sweet and hard to drink and it doesn't quite have the complexity to make up for what it lacks in drinkability. It is a good beer, but it certainly doesn't live up to the hype. Worth a try, but I probably won't be coming back to it in the future.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have passed this beer up on so many occasions,not today.Poured into a snifter a jet black,I mean black as an oil slick,a deep mocha colored head atop.A mix of druit and bitter chocolate in the nose,sweet alcohol comes thru as it warms,even a hint of roasted nut,very nice.Flavors are big and sweeter with molasses and alcohol dipped dark fruit taking center stage,a nice bitter chocolate and raw earthiness comes in late making it just well rounded.A beer worth the hype,its everything that I was was hoping for.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, oats, dark malts and a touch of dark fruit.

T: The taste is full of roasted coffee & oats, smoky malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats some dark fruit and an ever-so-slight alcohol burn. The beer has a very mild hops presence but it’s stronger than you would expect in the style. There’s a very good balance for an RIS when most are usually overly sweet. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily for a beer with 9.40% ABV, not as filling as most stouts, excellent representation of style, this is a damn good beer that you could either knock back 2-3 bombers if you’re looking to pound a big stout or just sit back and sip slowly.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Likely a bottle from before GABF 2011 as the sticker still only indicated that it was a gold medal winner in 2008.

A: Pours an opaque thick dark jet black in color with minimal amounts of visible carbonation and no real highlights to speak - this beer is extremely dark. The beer pours with a finger tall dense foamy dark mocha head that reduces to a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with some lighter notes of chocolate and moderate notes of dark fruit (plum and fig).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted malts with some dark fruit sweetness (plum and fig). That is followed by some light hints of espresso/bitter coffee and dark chocolate. Moderate amounts of lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Lightly creamy with some light notes of alcohol warming and dryness in the finish.

O: This is a really enjoyable sipping beer due to the strength and fairly intense yet complex flavors and fuller body - even though the alcohol is relatively well hidden. I have also picked up the barrel aged version which I am looking forward to trying though this beer is excellent and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

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

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky blackness with 1+ fingers of a dark, burnt looking mocha colored head. A nice, big, creamy retention around the edges that produces a giant cascade of foam down the sides of the glass, leaving spotty lacing sticking around. The aroma starts off with a big ole' blast of chocolate sweetness, followed by notes of caramel, coffee, fairly prominant dark fruit, and just a underlying sense of alcohol.

The taste is chocolate sweetness (that's lent a velvety feel from the oatmeal) along with some tangy, lip smacking dark fruit character (with plums and cherries really sticking out). Some nice underlying (and balancing) bitterness comes from roasted malts, coffee, and a tingle of hops towards the backend. Finishes sticky and tangy on the lips. The mouthfeel is full and beefy yet silky smooth (from the oatmeal) with a rich feeling carbonation. Besides it's beefy feel, it is really hard to detect any heat in this whatsoever. Nicely done with that.

Packed with huge Imperial Stout flavor yet remaining extremely smooth and drinkable, I think that this is one criminally underrated Stout. I remember being really impressed when I first had a bottle of this (well over a year ago) and I'm glad to see that my opinion of it has held fast.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of dcmchew
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Pours black with a very small tan covering for a head. Not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma has some dark chocolate and roasted flavors with a moderate amount of sweetness.

Taste has chocolate and roasted grains with some slight burntness. Slight sweetness up front with a nice long bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good and the abv is well hidden. Very tasty stout that I enjoyed.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a brackish, blackish body with no real head.

Smell: Rich dark, roasty malts nose with full notes of molasses, creosote, charred oats, and ground licorice root.

Taste: Dark maltiness with a dialed up licorice taste. Smokey creosote character. Only a mild sweetness. Oats coated in molasses. Mild, earthy bitterness. Finishes roasty with a touch of pine bark.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Mild carbonation. Somewhat oily mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Man, that's one yummy frog. Very drinkable, very tasty.

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Photo of russpowell
4.74/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got this bomber from beeronthebrain, cheers Khen!!

Pours black with 2 fingers of brown mocha head & a nice oily shimmery look. Average head retention & above average lacing

S: Rich chocolate, vanilla, toasty malt & a hint of bananas??

T: Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, & dryness up front. Roasty malt & rich chocolate take over as this warms, with a touch of coffee, a bit of nuttyness & some bananas (it's working for me!). Finishes dry, oaky, with vanilla, pecans & rich dark chocolate

MF: Medium bodied, slick, a touch over-carbonated, once warm this is no longer a detractor, smooths out nicely

Drinks through the roof for the style & ABV. I like this one a lot! Recommended

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nearly black in color. Light brown head with spotty ring lace. No light shines through.

Lots of mocha in this beer's smell. Sweet chocolate with some coffee and a touch of English toffee. Inviting.

Strongly alcoholic stout is my first impression. There's an oiliness to the brew and a richness to the taste that is special. Obviously, the alcohol comes through in a big way, but the flavor of dark chocolate (different from the smell) and espresso mutes this. Very rich beer with good carbonation to counteract the syrup feel.

This could not be an everyday beer for me. But as an Imperial Stout, this would be close to my favorite.

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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 2,736 ratings.
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