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%
Liked This Beer
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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Ratings: 2,746 |  Reviews: 1,038
Photo of Hophead717
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Sarge3130
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of ninaturner
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of MuddyFeet
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near midnight black. Near oily in appearance. No head and essentially flat. Nose is slightly sulphuric with a nice wholesome breadiness.

Flavor is quite good. I thought I was going to be disappointed by this beer but was not. Coffee and oats. Some chocolate. Light spruce-ness to balance out the sweet. Body is a bit of a downer. I thought it'd be thicker after seeing it pour. A tad thinner than I thought it was going to be and what I was hoping for. Still a good beer altogether.

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Photo of greg4579
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Birdlegs
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of BColton1
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Gatch
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date printed anywhere. No drink-by, no bottled-on, not even a year for the vintage. Very annoying. I'm gonna guess this was bottled at some point in 2012 because I purchased it in late 2012.

A: Super black with a nice, thick, dense, dark brown head that fades into some decent lace and retention. A very dark, viscous liquid.

S: Very charred and smoky nose. Almost metallic or soy sauce aromas but it's closer to earthy. A bit of chocolate to complement the heavily roasted malt. Not as strong as I expected.

T: Very smooth and creamy. You get the oatmeal in it right away. Dark, rich, roasty, malty goodness. Charred, smoked, earthy malts. As it warms up, chocolate flavors stand out as does some hot booze.

M: Great body to match the rich flavor. Creamy and just sweet enough to be noticeable and enjoyable. The oats really contribute to this beer. As it warms, it loses body and thickness. Is that normal? Too thin and watery at this point.

O: I can tell it's been in the bottle for a while because all the flavors seemed to have mellowed out to create a very delicious stout that does not overpower nor does it disappoint. Wait...now that it's warmed up significantly...it's lost a lot of the great flavors it had when it was sort of cold. Too boozy and has aromas and flavors of soy sauce and other acidic qualities. Too bad, really. Still enough stout in this beer to be alright, though.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unknown dating. The bottle does have a sticker on the neck that says G.A.B.F Gold Medal WINNER! IMPERIAL STOUT 2008...

A= Pours a nice deep black color. The head is a small skin on top of the glass that fades quickly to an active looking ring around the glass. The head itself is a very dark brown color while it lasts and the lacing is spotty.

S= The smell is rich with roast and oats. A nice chocolaty character to it with no detectable hops present. The alcohol is well hidden in the smell and it smells smooth if that makes sense. Sometimes RISs can smell a little rough around the edges.

T= The taste is just as I expected. A nice roasty chocolaty stout flavor with a great amount of oats to back it all up. Again not as harsh as some RISs but still nice and flavorful. Sometimes you don't want to turn your taste buds upside down and this is a nice smooth taster that won't. I will say it does seem to be a little one dimensional for an RIS however. Roast, chocolate, and oats make up the flavor profile without too much complexity.

M= Nice and velvety.

O= This is a beer I would buy often if it were avalible. It's just a solid well made imperial stout that is very drinkable for what it is and keeps you interested without being overly complex.

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Photo of ryanpj
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CGMLS3
5/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of bauermj
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of aleigator
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours pitch black, has nearly no head at all. Contains armoas of malt, burned malt, chocolate, barley, toffee, which are pleasant, but don’t stand out too much. Has a very oily, creamy, soft mouthfeel, aromas of licorice, coffee, forest berries, very dark roasted bread, chocolate and sugar. Gets sweeter to the finish, with a long lingering aftertaste, very well balanced. Has nearly no present carbonation, gives the beer an enormous, big character, with no distractions. Taste is never too bitter or too aggressive, but very well balanced at every moment. Ends with a long lasting, bittersweet coffee finish, which gives the beer a unique, loveable finish.

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Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a pint

A - Extremely thick, oily, clingy to the edges. Light head formation, down to a mocha colored film.

S - Lots of chocolate and a little bit of breadiness and oats. No hopping comes through.

T - Starts off smoothly sweet, caramel, toffee, and chocolate. Mid-stream gets a combination of roast, even some burnt wood, and chocolate. Finishes with a hair of vanilla and some sweetness. Aftertaste is somewhat burnt. Hopping is hard to detect.

M - Strong bodied beer, light carbonation. Very thick, creamy, sticky, and clinging to the tongue.

O/D - A nice sipping beer, incredibly smooth and generally unobtrusive to the palette. ABV is high, but not obvious. Somewhat filling at times.

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Photo of lovindahops
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Wildman
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured as black as night with no light getting through. It formed a dark tan foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, coffee and black strap molasses. The flavor was of malt, coffee and dark fruit, The body is medium and slightly oily and the finish is slightly burnt, yet sweet. A nice stout.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Brian29
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TasteTester
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All around a great RIS. I'm still really enjoying stouts at all temps. Too cold to too warm.

A-Dark black with a caramel colored head. About half a finger on a hard pour.

S-Sweet and smooth. No overpowering tones of alcohol.

T-Very good for me. I drank it far faster than I should have, since it went down so smooth. Perfect bitterness and oatmeal flavoring.

M-Not much to say here. Smooth with the right amount of lingering pop.

D-If it were in a smaller bottle, could definitely have a 6-er and feel alright.

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Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of 1424IpA
4/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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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