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
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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:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#898
Reviews:
1,041
Ratings:
2,754
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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Ratings: 2,754 |  Reviews: 1,041
Photo of tdm168
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a pure dark black color with a super nice looking dark eggshell white to almost tan foamy head that slid off at an adequate pace. Just a clipping of a concave lace.
The aroma seemed to blend finely between the roast and the sweet - taking some dark fruits to meld with a little bit of cocoa powder to milk chocolate and an ever so slight sort of dark chocolate nib sweetness.
The flavor was an exceptionally fine blend of sweet to roast between coffee and dark chocolate notes riding along some milk chocolate sweet notes. Delicate bitter coffee tones with the dark fruits coming in a little bit further underneath. Aftertaste is slightly dark fruity sweet with a slight roasty pulled dark to milk chocolate sweetness ever so slightly coming in underneath.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, yes, I have to admit, this one seemed to have an ever so slight sessionable quality about it. I didn't mind that for me, but I can see a fair amount of people calling it "watery" and well, yes, we could say that with this beer. Me, I'd have to question that: is it entirely "watery?" Honestly, I'm only going to say: it's smoother and the oats are causing this to be this way. The finish is a bit sticky with some of those oats playing with the dark chocolate and milk chocolate sticky sweet pulling quality about it. Carbonation seemed barely there with this one. ABV did feel on par.
Overall, this is an exceptionally smooth oatmeal imperial stout well worth my time. I'd love to have this again.

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

I picked this bottle up 2 years ago not knowing if it was the fresh release or a leftover. I guess that places this bottle in the 2008 range. There is no visible indication on the bottle to confirm.

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, this brew appears black in color with a faint amount of brown clarity around the edges when held to the light. A finger's worth of creamy dark tan head forms and holds for awhile before retreating to the edge of the glassware where it holds throughout the duration. Some faint spotty lace sticks and holds on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is dark and roasty with some signs of light oxidation. Licorice is present along with a solid oatmeal to grain characteristics. It is sweet with a scent of chocolate mixed with coffee and caramel, lightly citrusy with hops and a touch of dark fruity character almost like raisins.

The taste of this brew is bitter roasted grain with a flavoring of licorice coupled with semisweet chocolate. The chocolate flavor develops into something more in-line with a flavor that is left in your mouth after eating 75% cacao. There is some herbal bitterness which mixes and contrast with a dark fruity flavor like raisins. Throughout the body are flavors of oats and sweet grains keeping the bitterness and fruity alcohol elements of this brew in check.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The 9+% alcohol is well integrated and as the brew warms maybe becomes a touch distracting. I almost forgot that I had this brew and a recent taste of the new Royale offering reminded me that I need to have a taste of the base brew. This is a pretty solid example but perhaps a bit dated at this point. For as much as I enjoyed the Royale version, it is my intension to get out there and snag a fresh bottle of Boris and the normal barrel aged version.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For those of us who know the history of this brew, and know Fred Karm's original recipe for Thirsty Dog's Siberian Night realize how contract brewing in Frederick brewing keeping the brand alive can kill what the beer was all about. Now enters Hoppin' Frog and all is right in the world. Appears pitch black motor oil that absolutely absorbs every band of the visible light spectrum where everything fades to black. Head is a dark brown mocha hue, forms thick. With my first gulp of the brew head is left evenly all around my Southern Tier pint glass. Aromatics bring out deep roasted malts with coffee and dark chocolate and the oatmeal adds that layer of cereal grain softness to the mix, while herbal hops flow as well. Sweet decadent creamy burnt marshmallows with singe of alcohol tickling the ol' nares. Flavor a rolling wave of oatmeal and roasted malt sweet and roasted malt bitterness. Creamy sweet syrup added to a bowl of plain oatmeal, with cocoa powder and flame roasted marshmallow added to the mix that's what this beer tastes like. After your first few sips you think where's the hops because in flavor only minimal herbal balancing hop flavor survives the malt trip, but by the third or fourth sip the hop burps arrive and you realize where those sixty international bitterness units are hiding. Huge yet perfectly balanced beer sweet and creamy yet roasty and hoppy, the ying and yang of all dark beers. Mouthfeel is huge creamy borderline custard at times, carbonation rolls sluggishly trying to move that high gravity around, you can tell when you watch the pour. It takes awhile for the head to form even after a vigorous pour. Drinkability is effortless even after 22oz I could have another glass. I learned this after having it on tap before it arrive in Pittsburgh. I made a beer run up to Boardman, OH to visit Ron Bush at his Diamond Bar where Boris was flowing. A couple glasses later had me owned by this brew, my second meeting with this fine brew came at Smokin' Joe's in the South Side after a Pirate's game, needles to say I tried to make this brew a session beer....I know I know...respect beer. By the way thanks to Valley Wine Cellar I can now by it in the city where I live for $7.99 a bottle, that's value.

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

Photo of SadMachine
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

Pours a dark black into the glass. 1.5 inch dark mocha head, with good lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells include intense dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

The taste is much the same, with some really nice intense roastiness that defines the best stouts for me. A little bit of soy sauce type flavor doesn't detract much. Mildly fruity, with a some toasty flavors that remind me of oats, which makes sense given this is a imperial oatmeal stout.

Thick, silky smooth mouthfeel from the addition of oats. Creamy. Low carbonation.

A great one from Hoppin' Frog, want to try all the BA variants of this that I can.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pure walnut opaqueness dark as brown can get on the body without being black. This really nice borderline thick syrup pour also. Head is really tiny maybe a finger at most, but a great coffee espresso color looking head with tight bubbles. Leaves about 2mm collar throughout the glass for a good while. Minimal lacing.

Toasty oats and malt, with faint milk chocolate on the nose. Very nice smelling. This has to be the only Oatmeal Imperial stout beer I've whiffed that actually smells like it has oats in it. Love the bouquet feels like that malt shake is coming.

As for taste, big chocolate boom, and mild carbonation. Expansive feel in the back palate of an thick anisette aftertaste with a not to big alcohol heat but noticeable.

Pretty good mix of flavors and feel. I'd have again, another winner for drinkability from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer is viscous and jet black with a dark chocolate colored, thin, dense head. Smells of chocolate, dark malt, and booze. The beer has a smooth start of subtle chocolate notes followed quickly by a bitter blast of coffee. Slightly malty and syrupy finish with smooth and coffee flavored aftertaste, and a boozy highlight. Strong flavors make a decent winter warmer, but not a high volume consumption.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours pitch black and thick with a smaller dark tan head that forms and falls to nothing. No lacing. Malty tones on the nose. Extremely slight amount of roasted edge to it. Flavor is extremely smooth. Unbelievably smooth. Thick malts accented by mild oat. Sweet tone almost like a molasses that's more smooth and sweet than thick and bitter with a biting edge. Man, oh man. Very mild amount of alcohol biting on the back side. On the aftertaste I feel it burning just a slight bit as well. Feel is thick on liquid and carries a low, but smooth enough carbonation. Is this easy to drink? You better believe it. Truly exceptional. I wish I had a case of this instead of just this one bottle.

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Photo of mklisz
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of jwc215
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black with a brown head that is well-retained. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of coffee, dark malt, dark fruit, a hint of booze.

The taste is of coffee with eathy/bready notes, some anise, some chocolate, a bit of citrus. Light roast is there, but not nearly in a burnt way. Well-hopped for a dark malty brew. Finishes long and bittersweet. Absolutely delicious!

Full-bodied and silky, this is smooth - almost no astringency here.

The hype is deserved, and then some. An awesome brew! The light booze in the aroma is covered in the taste. It has a deceptively drinkable character. A great beer!

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Photo of aasher
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I pour this Oatmeal-Imperial Stout tonight into a small Thomas Hardy's Ale snifter, just because...and then I realize it's too small and doesn't do the head justice, and pour it into a wider mouthed Belgian chalice.

Solid black, with a roasty brown head, oatmea meets cocoa powder.

Big, fat, wide and out loud aroma. bitter hops, molasses, chocolate, a trickle of anise...rich and decadent, potent and luxurious, edging into whiskey-ish flavors.

Drinkin' it...there we go, the vastness, the slick, viscous feel, with smooth, roasty oatmeal riding under it...terribly full-flavored, full-bodied, though not as thick as I like an Imperial Stout. Fine as it is, though. Goodness, it's good.

A well-balanced, multi-layered, drinkable RIS. Tasty. This does a body good on a cold December night. Alcohol doesn't intrude on the enjoyment.
Gets sharp at times, bright fruit flavor flashes in...but remains a solid Imperial Stout. Delicious stuff.

Much thanks to BuckeyeNation for providing!

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,754 ratings
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