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:
1,032
Ratings:
2,722
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
Wants:
296
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566
For Trade:
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Reviews: 1,032 | Ratings: 2,722
Photo of barleywinefiend
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this as an extra in a trade. What an extra eh. This brew approaches perfect. Upon opening it was a big whiff of oats and chocolate.Amazing.

Poured a deep, deep brown with small brown head. Nose was so good. Plenty of smooth milk chocolate, roasted malts and ton of oats. Taste was very smooth with the ABV almost hidden behind so much flavor. Coacoa, oats and a good roastiness. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy. Best damn Oatmeal Imp Stout I ever had. Seriously!

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Pours pitch black, 1” tan head, clingy.
S: oatmeal, roast, chocolate, fruit, espresso, hint of sherry,
T: Bittersweet chocolate followed by espresso and faint sherry notes. No harsh roast flavors, primarily chocolate.
F: Creamy, chewy, thick and oily, has the oatmeal mouth feel, a slight slickness, average carbonation to a little less.
O: Have had this fresh and aged 2 years and both are very good.

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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 akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip may,21,2011

A shes pretty dark right out of the bottle with some cola around the edges of the glass. It has one of the darker mocha heads I've seen recently but it falls fairly quickly and leaves just a few random patches of lace

S lots of bakers chocolate, some booze, raisin, and a little licorice and espresso

T what I smell but darker with some charred wood and even more espresso and super dark chocolate. A little more intense then the smell with just a little sweetness, the booze gets in the way just a little but for 9.4% its not to bad

M nothing to thick but far from thin with enough carbonation to give it some life and just a little booze burn, flavors linger very strong for quite some time

O pretty solid beer overall, something I wish I could get in my part of the world, tasty stuff

I'm pretty happy I got to finally try this one and I need to thank liamt07 for sending it my way

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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 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 tigg924
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: small head that fades quickly--dark brown

Smell: chocolate malt, sugar, alcohol, and nuts

Taste: expresso, sweet cream, burnt malt, oats, molasses, cookie dough

Mouthfeel: thick, oliy, smooth, sweet, and chewy

Drinkability: This is one of my favorites in the style. The taste is awesome. It is like eating a big delicious cookie. I will search for this again and would gladly have several if not for the high abv

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Photo of rfgetz
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black with very little head. Smell is a complex blend - chocolate covered cherrys (chocolate, cherry and cream), coffee, prune, raisin, vanilla, anise, smoke. Taste follows smell with a robust chocolate and fruity flavor (above mentioned cherry, prune, raisin). Background has vanilla, anise, herbal notes, hints of earth and wood. Nice resiny piney hop flavor in the back end. Slightly noticeable booze. Would have enjoyed a more robust malt presence, or tuned down fruit and herbalness. Full bodied yet smooth, oily and coating, warming, decent carbonation. Very good RIS which sits on the bold and assertive side of complex, some of the malt charachter does get lost in the shuffle.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Didn't have too many bombers to choose from at my local Giant Eagle so I finally gave up the coin (10 bucks) for this imperial stout.

A - Very carbonated with over a inch of deep mocha head atop of a deep dark bodied beer. Didn't poor as thick as I expected for such a world class stout.
S - Deep coffee roast and anise, mild molasses, and some cocoa powder.
T - Very silky flavors of coffee roast, mild anise and some chalky yeast and some chocolate malt with a dash of cocoa powder. Hops and roast is kind of dry with a bitter finish. Overall quite tasty.
M - Silky, somewhat overly bitter, and kind of thin especially for a stout.

Overall it's a very traditional RIS not too sweet or too roasty, maybe could use a bit more balance since to me it's very bitter. To me though not worth the price of admission, hell for two dollars cheaper I could have got a Stone RIS... shit.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" purply dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head recedes slowly, with average to good lace. Aroma is dark roasty malts with an undercurrent of alcohol. Taste follows the nose, rich and creamy, with the alcohol bringing it on at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. I'll be back for more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got bottles from czoch75 (in April 08) and Nephilium (in the Virgin BIF). This one's from Nephilium, thanks, Marty! Let's see how the Crusher fares when pitted against my headache...

A: Pours black with a very dark brown head that's rather thin. Retention could be better, but the mild lacing makes up, kinda.

S: The nose is where it's at. A decadent blend of oats, milk chocolate, coffee, with some dark chocolate as well. The combination of sweet and bitter chocolate is enjoyable. In addition, there's some sweetness, reminiscent of malted milk balls. As it warms up, the coffee grows in strength, gaining in bitterness. Overall, the combination of oats, coffee and chocolate makes for a decadent, cookie-like beer.

T: Opens up with a pretty big bitterness with bitter chocolate and coffee characteristics, brought in on a wave of oatmeal flavor and slickness. This is followed by sweetness that's a combination of raisins and milk chocolate, and a little licorice. The finish is long and a little disappointing in that it doesn't have the same depth and lusciousness as the rest of the beer does. With bitterness, oatmeal and dark chocolate, it's hard to complain too much, though.

M: Big and super slick on the palate with soft carbonation that works wonderfully, this beer is truly decadent. An excellent mid-palate with a blend of chocolate and dark fruit is unfortunately not sustained in the finish, that seems a little simple and (comparatively) light.

D: I am thoroughly enjoying this beer, and glad I have another bottle in the cellar along with the BA version

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip pint

Pours a viscous midnight black. Absolutely no light gets through Boris. A brown, one finger head rose and subsided on the quicker side. Dots and scattered lines of lace leave their mark.

Dark fruits really cut through everything. Roasted malt, espresso, bittersweet Belgian chocolate, booze, and flaky oats have their place, but the fruits really ring the loudest.

Wow. Flavor is like a dark cherry dipped in bittersweet chocolate and dropped in an espresso. A touch of hop bitterness and a lingering boozy chocolate--cherry flavor. Rich and indulgent. There is almost a whiskey-like flavor hidden in there that really builds over time.

A big thick body on this guy. Velvety smooth. This might be as perfect as it gets. Coats the mouth and leaves a good amount of heat in its wake.

The thickness, booze, and rich chocolate and cherry really make you put the brakes on. This is one to sip and enjoy. With that in mind, this guy is exactly what you are looking for.

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

Pickd up @ Kahn's in Indianapolis while visiting my girlfriends mother.

Pours that good ol' black with a deep brown head that leaves quickly, but leaves a cool coating of bubbles on the glass after each sip. The aroma makes me think of blackened oats. with some burnt grapes and currents in the middle. With soe creamed coffee and a dash of alcohol. The taste starts with some coffee and oats up front. Lots of blackened fruits. Maybe even chocolate covered black cherries. Dark chocolate that would explain he bitterness with a little softened black licorice. The palate is pretty dark, yet warm and inviting mixed with some sweet bitterness.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA Review #450

22 oz bottle, no date. poured into snifter

appears black, with thin dark tan head that fades fast. aroma of bitter roasted espresso, licorice, a touch of smoke. taste is not as bitter, more balanced. but still very roasty, and leans towards savory. medium body, low carbonation. maybe not quite as thick as I'd like to match the rest of the beer.

overall - let the beer warm up, the aroma and taste opens up a lot. but for the very high price of the Hoppin Frog beers, a bit under whelming.

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from nlmartin as part of BC2. Thanks Nate!
Pretty much black with a thin, dark brown head. The fine bubbles showed fair retention and some lacing. Looked pretty thick from the pour. Roasty coffee aroma, rich maltiness, caramel, nuts, chocolate, vinous fruit, and mild alcohol - quite nice. Relatively low bitterness when balanced against the huge caramel character. Roasted coffee flavours sat on the back of the palate, and notes of sour cherry and dark chocolate filled out the middle. Kind of doughy with mild alcohol flavour throughout. Full/heavy bodied with low carbonation, quite creamy and palate coating. A little slick with a bit of of tannin dryness. Very tasty. Well balanced alcohol and solid flavours make this a smooth and easy drink.

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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 Jwale73
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint glass. Poured an opaque brown about two shades away from black. Quarter-inch mocha-colored head dissipated into a thin slick of tiny effervescing bubbles; lacing was almost non-existent during the tasting. Very sweet nose consisting of brown sugar, chocolate, toffee. Taste consistent with nose, with the addition of some dark fruit detectable as the brew warmed and a pronounced hops bitterness indicated at the finish. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and slightly viscous with a subtle carbonation to add some additional character. Alcohol was fairly well-hidden, but presented slightly as it warmed. I've been wanting to try this for a while, and I was not disappointed. This is an excellent brew that is widely accessible.

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

Glooey, viscous jet black with purple-black stiff head. Smoke, toasted oats, tar, ash and blackberry on the nose.
Char, coffee, black currant, a big slice of chocolate cake, and a hint of vanilla with a branch hops end plus some salt and black malt acidity.
Late chocolate truffle comeback and berry and ash linger. Heavy, smooth, chewy as heck.

Crazy complex – sweet over roast with hops working in the background. Big, well-constructed and balanced. Well-named; as serious as they come.

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Photo of Viggo
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to nlmartin for hooking me up for BC2!

Pours a deep and opaque black, like night, thick brown head, nice lacing and great retention, looks pretty badass. Smell is alcohol, chocolate and coffee roast, some oats, licorice, cherries, quite nice, very rich. Taste is vanilla, chocolate and coffee roast, oats, dark fruits, alcohol, touch of licorice and toffee. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation, very warm, but pretty smooth. Nicely done but you really get the 9.4%. Thanks again Nate!

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Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass, thanks to BA klewis for hookin' up the beer :-)

A: Beer pours a delicious-looking rich, dark brown, with a milk chocolate-hinged head. Disappears quickly, but leaves lively, sticky lacing.

S: Has delightful notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted oatmeal. Nothing overpowering, but just a perfect representation of that "malted" smell.

T/M: Mmmm...this tastes and feels like drinking liquid dark chocolate, only with a juicy, mouth-watering finish. A robust dark fruit (cherry) nose leads seamlessly into a bitter coffee-flavored body. Oily, resiny hops finish it out, and help contribute to the overall velvety smooth feel to this beer. An absolutely delicious beer.

D: Dunkin' Donuts ought to just serve this, because it's pretty much the greatest iced mocha coffee ever, only it's beer. I almost wish it wasn't 9.4% ABV so I could drink it all night, every night.

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Photo of maximum12
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up this bad-boy in a trade some time ago & it's been lurking patiently in the fridge ever since, waiting for me. I have an almost pathological aversion to oatmeal, so I've had a slow start on picking up the oatmeal stouts. But I'm hear now, BORIS. Take me.

Dark black with little evident carbs. Smells fantastic, dark, malty, hoppy. Very nice. Makes me want to take a sip.

So go ahead. Ahhhh, yummy. The hops are a surprise, since most RIS I've had that claim to be hoppy aren't; this is the third I've had that I can really dig (along with Darkness & Smutty IS). Love it! Then there's the chocolate, which really lingers, & the nice dark malts that have just a tiny tinkle of coffee, almost. Lalalala good.

BORIS is dark, slick, oily, & bold. And easy drinking. Split the bomber with the wife but could have easily had this myself.

Excellent brew. I'll find this one again!

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

Black/brown pour with ruby tones. Barely present brown bubbles. Roasty aromas of malt, coffee, grains. Initial taste is roast malt, roasted oat and quite a bit of coffee. As it warms it mellows a bit and hits the mocha and port like flavors. Very smooth mouthfeel, not quite creamy. A big beer, full bodied for sure. Not over run with alcohol or bitterness. The oat sets this apart a bit from the typical RIS. If it was available to me other than mail order, would definetely buy again. Would like to see what some age does to this also. May have to make my way through Akron on the way home to Michigan.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours dark dark black with a dark tan head that rises about one finger, but it lasts a long time. This is a very carbonated beer, it bubbles everytime you take a sip. The lacing is great and sticky, but it sticks in small amounts.

I'm not a big fan of smell, the overwhelming flavor is alcohol, mixed in with chocolate and coffee.

The taste is very complex with a ligtht chocolate taste on the front end and black coffee bitter strong finish. I think its a little too bitter for my liking.

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Photo of drpimento
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

it was good. a very special, rich, fulll, tasty mf beer. Pat, Roger, Tim said mmm mm good. Got this bottle at Sam's in Chi a few months ago. Poured with a tan head and some lace. Color was an opaque black. Aroma was chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, dark ripe fruit, toffee. good. Body is nice with good carbonation. Finsih was easy. Not really a session beer tho.

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