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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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

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1,025
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2,685
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.46%
 
 
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Reviews: 1,025 | Ratings: 2,685
Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.89/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours inky black with barely visible burgundy highlights. Looks viscous like syrup. Small head of light brown foam. Huge aroma that is mostly dark fruit – prunes, raisins, figs over a sweet chocolate maltiness. Flavor is outstanding. If you’re a fan of sweet stouts this is among the best – sweet robust chocolate malt with plenty of fruity esters with a dry bitter finish, lots of stuff going on here in the flavor department. It has a great slick mouthfeel that is back up by just the right amount of carbonation. If you’re a fan of huge tasting Russian imperial stouts then you are going to love this.

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Photo of ejquin
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a very thin brown head that fades real quick to noghintg.

S: Great unique aroma. Very rich. Coffee but mostly chocolate, but heavy vanilla with some cherries, plum and raisins.. Very sweet. Booziness creeps in with an oakiness and roasted malts.

T/M: Really smooth and heavy. Very little carbonation which works in this very rich beer. Starts off all chocolate for a while, developing into roasted malt, vanilla then comes in and mixes with cherries and rasins. Finsish is smoky and oaky and looong with the hop spiciness coming to the front. Big and fat and chewy though the slightest bit hot.

D: This is a huge fat and chewy beer meant to be sipped.

Ovr: I've been drinking a lot of oatmeal stouts recently, Devil Over a Barrel, and KBS, and this is right up there with all of those. Definitely heavier than all of them, and more full bodied. Great great great beer.

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Photo of turbine2475
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Goliath for the chance to try this beer:

A - Pours an opaque black with a nice two finger mocha head that disipated quickly into a ring leaving a heavy lace.

S - Dark Fruits, some coffee, dark chocolate, and some roasted grain. A little bit of alcohol in the nose.

T - Definatie oatmeal and molassas, with some dark chocolate and a mild coffee and dark fruit finish. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.

M - Chewy with a decent carbonation and a present alcohol burn.

D - Good Brew. Lots of oatmeal that makes the beer a tad bland, but is true to the style. Would love more of this beer.

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Photo of One2Remeber
3.89/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time having BORIS, have heard great things.

A: Pours slow, black syrup of a body. Thin bubbly head fades after seconds to leave a thin ring on edge. Not tons of activity.

S: Rich chocolate with tons of grain aroma. Crisp and clean.

T/M: Smell carries over to the taste with a powerful oatmeal backbone. Tastes more like cooked oats than fluffy. Resinous mouthfeel with hints of dark fruits (chocolate covered berries). Big yeast flavor as it warms up, banana/fruity esters. Hint of booze afterwards.

O: This did not live up to the hype. It is incredibly delicious and spot on for style. I would still prefer a TenFidy which has the same flavors yet more potent or a Yeti that is on the same line as Boris just a bit more complex. Still I would recommend this stout and will be drinking more of Hopping Frog in the future.

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Photo of johnd513
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to stevemcqueenjr for this one.
This beer pours thick and pitch black with a one finger head that disappears quickly. The smell is one of this beers high points - Huge chocolate, malt and hints of alcohol. The taste is bitter chocolate and oatmeal with the alcohol being very upfront. I love the thick full bodied and silky mouthfeel. The alcohol comes out more as this beer warmed so im glad I didnt wait to start drinking this beer especially since its a bomber. Drinkability is good - the bomber was all I needed.

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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first review of an epic bundle trade with TheHoppiest. Midwest exchange for some of Boston's brews.

Black gold smells great. Sweet roasted malts (of course), rolled oats, warmth.

Taste and feels like . . . creamy, silky, warm, roasted barley and rolled oats, dark roasted coffee beans, bitter cocoa, alcohol. A bit sticky.

Note: Drink it paired with something. I drank the first half pint alone -the ph and carbonation take over the palate, mucking with the finish in particular. I drank the rest of the bomber with a well paired appetizer . . . boom! This thing comes alive! Put hair on my chest.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very black with no hints of light seeping through. There was a small 1cm head, but it disappeared quickly.

S - chocolate, nothing else. It was a pleasant chocolate smell, but it seemed one dimensional.

T - Chocolate (milk or semi-sweet) and oatmeal followed by a lingering bittersweet chocolate taste with a hint of hop bitterness.

M - good overall. It was above average for an RIS, but it wasn't perfect.

D - Good. It's not my favorite RIS, but I'll drink it. I wish it came in smaller bottles however. Putting down 22.9oz of a thick beer doesn't make the stomach feel so great.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is extremely dark. There is a big mocha colored head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet with a lot of chocolate. It smells a bit like a cappuccino. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It just doesn't taste "stout" enough. There is a bit of a Hershey Bar flavor, and some prune or plum like fruitiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin and weak for a stout, much less an imperial stout. The drinkability is better than average. It is pretty strong too!

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Photo of GradyS1
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pour a dark, thick black. Small amounts of carbination with a lacing that disapears fast.
S- this smells great! Dark chocolate mixed with red fruits and not in a bad way. coffee and sweet malts. Small amount of alcohol but, like a desert wine.
T- chocolate and licorice, alomost a chocolate cherry, this may have turned a little but, this is great as is, red fruit and chocolate mixed togeather, a coffee finish
M-Smooth, full bodies with a nice silky fininish, There is alot of dark chocolate texture to this.

O- Not sure if it was suppose to have the red fruit element or not but, it was very good. Overall a very smooth beer that has a good amount of fruit characteristic for a stout

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Photo of FishPondManager
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jet black, one finger head quickly recedes to small bubbles.

S: Dark fruit, chocolate, bitter smell

T: Dark chocolate, espresso, a little heat, roasted malt with nice clean finish. A bit of bitterness lingers

M: Thick and waxy. Coats the whole mouth. Very nice

O: Well balanced. Quite drinkable. Bought two so we'll see how one does a few months down the road.

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Photo of rwf08
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel glass.

A: Jet black. Opaque, no light gets through this bad boy. Descent tan head that dissipates down into a thin ring around the glass. No real lacing to be found. I'd assume with an oatmeal stout, imperial or not, that I would get more head and lacing.

S: Pretty much what I find to be a standard RIS smell. Dark chocolate, some burnt sugar, dark fruit, but a pleasant oat smell once it warms up. Nothing to complain about here. Almost like an oatmeal cookie, a chocolate raisin oatmeal cookie.

T: Reminds me of kahlua. Dark chocolate, coffee, and some booze. I'd love to say I taste some oat in there but I'm getting too much booze. Wasn't there when it was cold, but now that it has warmed up I'm getting more booze.

M: Medium body, fairly viscous. Coats the tongue well.

D: This drinks very well for an Imperial Stout. Goes down smooth and has lots of good flavors.

Not my favorite but there is nothing bad about this beer really. I bought this while I was out of state and probably would save my money or buy something else if given the chance again. Not bad but doesn't stand out to me. Good beer but not great. Rather have a Stone IRS any day.

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Photo of Manoftyr
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Pours black into the snifter with that trademark RIS viscous, slick motor-oil consistency. A tiny bit of really dark brown head, no lacing to speak of either but it still has that classic RIS look.

Aroma-Some mild hopping upfront followed by an overload of dark maltiness; black molasses, chocolate and darkly roasted oats come to mind. Some alcohol on the nose as well.

Taste-Dark roasty malts reminiscent of the aforementioned oat character minlge with more of that black molasses quality upfront. Something of a licorice flavor as well. A mild kind of bitterness enters towards the end and finalizes the finish bitter.

Mouthfeel-Somewhat oily with a mild level of carbonation. Could be plusher with more of that viscous chewiness I like in my RISes.

Drinkability-Very drinkable, quite tasty.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured like printers ink into my pint glass. Two full fingers of fine foam that is almost purple. Clarity??? It's too dark to tell if it's cloudy or not.

The aroma reminds me of caramel corn. Pleanty of brown sugar and raosted malt.

You could almost use a knife and fork to consume this beer, but it's easier to drink it from a glass. Chocolaty! Smokey! A perfect blend of sweet and bitter.

The mouthfeel is almost the best part of the ale. Full and velvety. Absolutely one of the best Imperial Oatmeat Stouts I have ever drank. Than you Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of manahansf
4.76/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque black color topped with a thin and lacy brown head. From the head flows a deep dark chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. The viscous body with low carbonation is a velvety drink. It is sweet with tastes of coffee and chocolate. The sweetness and chocolate become emphasized in the finish which fades gracefully with just a touch of warming alcohol at the end.

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Photo of Riverwarrior
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to goryshkewych for this one!!

S = Roasted malt and dark chocolate with a faint hint of alcohol in the background.

T = Dark chocolate flavor upfront with a very nice roasted coffee flavor near the end. The finish was like eating dark chocolate expresso beans. The bitterness level was very low along with no harsh, burnt coffee taste. The alcohol was well hidden.

MF = Not overly thick, lightly carbonated, incredibly smooth and creamy.

Overall, I highly recommend this beer. Exceptionally easy to drink and one of the best that I've tried.

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

22oz Bomber, which I was surprised to find at a hole-in-the-wall liquor store.

Poured a pitch black with a think, dark brown head which laced extremely well.

The nose is dominated by chocolate, coffee and some roasted oatmeal.

I get malty and sweet chocolate right away laced with a mild but pleasant alcohol. The oats provide a pleasant base that really compliments the malts and the beer is very well done with a perfect balance of hops and sweet undertones.

Felt thick and earthy in the mouth, but it was pleasant to drink and my pint glass emptied rather quick.

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Photo of negroobserver
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle

Appearance - Deep Dark Rich Black color. Almost no light passes through the glass.

Smell - Chocolate, Coffee,

Taste... Malty,

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich texture.

Overall - A very smooth and enjoyable beer. It doesn't have any spectacularly distinctive qualities, other than being a highly well balance and enjoyable beer. This is particularly true with respect to the mouthfeel of the beer. That is clearly the highlight.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark stout. Little disappointed by the head. Dark lacing on the glass doesn't disappoint.

S - Molasses nose and roasted malty goodness. Nose mimics and prepares you for the taste. WYSIWYG.

T - Caramel / Molasses taste. Just the perfect amount of sweetness to go with the dark roasted malt. Just a hint of dark cherry /berry to go with espresso malt. Fantastic.

M - Right amount of body as a good porter should be. Maybe just a touch more carbonation would round out.

D - Very interesting and I could put down pint after pint.

O - Fantastic stout I will definitely be revisiting in the future. 9.4% alcohol by volume could have fooled me. Instead of a port for dessert give me B.O.R.I.S

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

this beer is blacker than black. opaque. creamy dark brown head. head died down after two minutes.

hops are the most apparent aroma. piney hops. then roasted grains are after hops in intensity. it does smell a little sweet, it also smells a little boozy. slight coffee and chocolate aroma.

right up front, HUGE malt flavor. roasted, malt biscuit, toast, chocolate, coffee. nice hop bitterness, and bitterness from the roasted malts both very apparent, and nicely balanced with each other and the body/sweetness/F.G. of the beer. i may have tasted a touch of banana. and the alcohol is apparent in the flavor though by no means a dominant flavor. no hop flavor. i dont give it a 5 because i dont taste oatmeal (but in all honesty i may not know what oatmeal tastes like.) medium sweet.

huge body. thick like molasses, coats the tongue. soft carbonation. flavor lingers.

i like this beer alot. i think a will cook with this beer. i nice beef braise, served over buttery egg noodles, with a warm pint of this beer.

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Photo of B33R501
2.9/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

i dont know. this was just not as good as i was expecting, gold medal gabf 2011? what do they know? hehe.

black, maybe the most black beer ive seen, real dark brown head. i liked the smoothness of the oats but my problem with the appearance and mouthfeel is the beer quickly went to a still, lifeless state in the glass. not any better in my convenience store coffee cup either. same thing i dont like about southern tier stouts. if you look like this, you better be samichlaus and up around 15% abv. sorry, no excuse for that.

big aroma of chocolate, the best part of the beer. thought i would absolutely love this, oh well.

my issues with the taste are, can a beer be too dark roasted, black malted? i didnt think so, but i know better now. this beer is way over the top with the darkness, the hops tried to break thru, but failed. really just tastes like bad, burnt, black coffee or espresso.

oh no, the darkness, the blackness. come to the light. come to the light.

i never need to try this again, obviously.

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

22 oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.

A - Muddy brown-black body with almost no head formation, even with an aggressive pour. Slowly, though, a thin layer of brown head rises from the depths and rests quietly atop the brew.

S - Chocolate, dark-roasted coffee, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpernickel bread, and raisins. Big aromas compete with one another, but no one aroma dominates, and there is still room for subtlety, with soft fruity esters hiding in the background.

T - This brew is BIG. I like the balance between dark-roasted and sweet flavors, like espresso beans coated in rich milk chocolate. The juicy dark fruit flavors (raisin, ripe blackberry) that were in the background on the nose come to fore on the finish. I also pick up on the hop bitterness on the finish, and it is pretty distinct from the roasty bitterness on the attack.

M - This brew has that mouth-coating mouthfeel that makes milk chocolate so appealing. Very little carbonation, but it works well here.

D - Freakin' delicious. Every sip and every quaff is different and unique. Just about the perfect brew to sip slowly with some Chopin playing in the background. Beers as big, bold, and stout (no pun intended) as this deserve to be enjoyed on their own - so I'll offer no food pairings this time. This brew is absolutely worth the hype that it gets in the craft beer community!

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Photo of COBeerBuff
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received from via trade from jlindros. Much appreciated!

Appearance: Pours an opaque black with a very thin mocha brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a ring around the glass and not a lot of lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, oatmeal, toasted oats, and toasted malts predominate. The beer smells rich. The coffee and chocolates combine with hints of vanilla to create a very tantalizing smell.

Taste: Coffee and chocolate goodness right off the bat. Some hop bitterness on the back end. The middle is all toasted oats and grains, with some toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla mixed in for good measure. There's also slight alcohol taste, but the higher ABV combined with the sweet nose means this isn't too surprising.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, syrupy, sticky, smooth. The four S's! This beer coats the tongue and mouth, and permeates every corner with sweet chocolates and slightly bitter coffee flavors. There's a twinge of an aftertaste, but this beer finishes fairly clean for the style.

Drinkability: This beer straddles the line between drinkably sweet and overly sweet. The toasted grains and oats balance the sweetness nicely, and the hop addition helps as well. This is a quality beer, and I'm really glad I got the chance to try this hearty brew!

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Photo of Fubar1453
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a big ole bottle of this having never tried an oatmeal stout before, this definitely made me a fan. I made a real rookie move drank the first half straight out of the fridge and it didn't do it for me at all, after I let it warm for 15 min, its one of my favorite stouts.

A: Always weird to judge the appearance of an imperial stout. Muddy black, thick as motor oil.

S: Chocolate, oatmeal, little bit of booze and licorice.

T: Dark chocolate, burnt coffee, grainy oatmeal and the small bit of licorice that was on the nose.

M: Milkshake, thick and creamy, low carbonation with a small bitter bite on the end.

O: Great beer, definitely grabbing some more of this. It also makes me want to try a lot more oatmeal stouts. If you are a dark beer drinker, don't pass on this.

RIII

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.8/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L:Dark black coffee brown. White brown very thin head.
S:Big explosion of oatmeal. Chocolate and caramel float in. Slight touch of roasted coffee.
T:Holy frickin smooth!!!! The smoothness is almost like melted chocolate. A mix of caramel and chocolate blend awesomely togethor. Just a touch of oatmeal flakes.
M:Thick rich syrup mouthfeel. Warm roundness. Very mouth filling because of the fat bubbles.
D:Frickin awesome!!!! This is easily one of the best oatmeal stouts i have ever had. Insanely smooth and complex.

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Photo of Birdiebeagle
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Pours a deep black with a decent tan head. The head lasts well and laces nicely. Has a great aroma of chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and malts. Has a light carbonation. The flavor is very good. The alcohol is very hidden. Blending is excellent. Has a hearty flavor of chocolate and malts. This is a thick beer that sicke to the ribs. Has a full body. The finish is very good and the aftertaste lingers for full apriciation of this beer. Very well done.

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