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B.O.R.I.S. #100 - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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B.O.R.I.S. #100B.O.R.I.S. #100

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BA SCORE
89
very good

51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Batch #100 is made with English malts instead of American Malts and has a blue cap.

(Beer added by: Spider889 on 11-30-2011)
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

woodjjacct, Apr 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

jdkoch, Sep 01, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Lukass, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first experience with BORIS...

A. Wow, the blackest beer I have seen. Absolute black hole here. Spectacular deep, rich brown head emerges with a brownie batter consistency. About two finger, but slowly calms down to a half finger. A quick swirl and it erupts again. Lacing is uniform and gorgeous. Perfect.

S. Chocolate crumbles, some nuttiness, coffee roast, light dark fruit, and a little bit of sweet, zesty hops. Very chocolate and roast forward, but in a rich, creamy way.

T. Follows the nose with melted and slightly singed baking chocolate, mild coffee roast, vanilla, caramel, and a kiss of sweet/zesty hops. Delicious. The only hint of booze is the warming sensation as this goes down.

M. Perfection. It's thick, creamy, and perfectly balanced. It's coating without being cloying. Full flavored and moderately carbed.

O. I found it hard to believe that a beer so easily obtained could be so excellent. Just goes to show you how little rarity matters in (but, unfortunately, how much it can influence our perception of) the quality of the beer. This is a knockout, a homerun, the best RIS I have had. Amazing work, HF. The real question: is Batch 100 that much different from the regular? I doubt it, though I have never had the regular. Either way, it's a near perfect stout and well worth the accolades it has received. Hoppin' Frog really needs to build a brewpub, it's a shame a beer this good is made in an industrial park garage.

siege06nd, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Snikwad1020, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

sbricker, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For their 100th batch of the undisputed most popular beer, their BORIS the Crusher takes on a minor face lift that foregoes the doldrum-neutrality of the crisp malts that comprise U.S. beers and and initiates the fuller flavored and textured biscuity malt of England.

Like the other versions of BORIS, the beer pours with a motor oil viscocity of opaque inky black beer and slowly separates the mocha colored head from the liquid with a thick and structured attitude. No lacing necessary, the beer's foam stance fades to a dainty necklace of lace and lucky to retain anything to stand out against the oiliness of port or cognac.

Rich aromas of fruit nearly rival that of roast and chocolate as a licorice-like character charges the nose in more aggressive ester character than is usually found in stouts. But the balanced nose celebrates the malty-rich scent of burnt caramel, bready starch, dark chocolate, espresso, walnut, rum, and grape.

Flavors take over first with rich chocolaty sweetness that's met with espresso roast and bitterness before weaving in elements of cola nut, red grape juice, black licorice, caramelly bourbon, mild vanilla, oak, and slight vinous sherry or port character. Where the balance lies heavily in the espresso, cherries, chocolate, fruit, and alcohol the beer is always complemented by accessory taste and sensations that seem to make a new impression at every turn.

About as full bodied as stouts get, this beer should be served with a fork. Chewy, oily, rich, and completely mouth coating, the beer's supple carbonation allows for the most succulent texture of velvet and silk to complement the sweet and smoky roast, milk chocolate, heavy cream, and creeping alcohol sweet/warm textures. Long and savory, this beer sees no finish as the linger of taste and texture extends pleasantly into the next sip.

Forget about pairings, this sweet fruity and roasty ale satisfies the palate and stomach with every bit the reward as the most die hard death-by-chocolate whatevers or post dinner lattes. The different malt varieties here versus that of the standard but world class BORIS might add a more fortified maltiness but the differences are minute. What's not subtle is the tilt toward fruity grape, licorice, and port that this variety exudes.

BEERchitect, Jun 01, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep black color and is topped with 3/4" of tan colored head that tends to linger.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits are the first aromas that I can smell. They are followed by vanilla and toffee.
Taste: The taste follows along side the aroma, dark chocolate and roasted malts. It has a creaminess that regular Boris doesn't. It has a sweet finish with coffee overtones. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: 100 has a medium body to it, wish it was a bit thicker but if that is the one knock of this beer it has to be a great beer.

raznug, Aug 20, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side by side with regular BORIS. The beer is black with a thin, oily beige head. The aroma brings delectable scents of malt, bread, toast, roast, chocolate. The flavor is smooth and velvety. A bit better than the standard version perhaps? Overall, quite tasty and worth seeking out.

Huhzubendah, Nov 03, 2012
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Ultraman9000, Feb 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Served in a tulip while playing the Showgirls drinking game.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a collar and wispy partial cap, but minimal lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts with a hint of coffee, yeasty bread and toasty biscuits.

T - Taste is quite similar, with plenty of dark chocolate, toasted bread, dark fruit, and moderate roast and char bitterness. It's hard to peg the quality of the English malts without the benefit of an A/B comparison, but there's a nebulous biscuit and caramel quality that I get from English ales.

M - Smooth, creamy texture, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a mild melted chocolate viscosity. Perhaps a touch of alcohol warmth after a full glass.

D - This was quite enjoyable. I think I may prefer it to regular B.O.R.I.S. by a small margin in the flavor and aroma department. Wish Hoppin' Frog beers were more affordable, as I'd probably buy them more often. Definitely worth checking out if you like the original.

MasterSki, Jan 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BMart, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in late Fall 2011, so this is a year old now. Pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head with decent retention that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, bread, light char, oatmeal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; can definitely see the bready toast character from the English malts. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, molasses, light char, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, oatmeal, and light tobacco. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, biscuit, dark fruit, oatmeal, and light tobacco on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; with a very pronounced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, thick, and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of highly robust flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

superspak, Dec 09, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B.O.R.I.S. #100 pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. I’m not seeing any light cut through. It’s capped with a very dark, mocha colored head that stands about two fingers tall. Looks really nice. Retention was quite good. Lacing was sticky and rather light overall. I do like the color a lot though.

The nose is good. It’s very malty up front. It features a mix of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt notes. It definitely smells a bit sweet and maybe a little sugary. Roasted coffee is easily noted and smells nice. A secondary scent of dark fruit comes through nicely. Smells mostly like plum to me. It blends in pretty well and adds something positive to the mix. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Doesn’t smell all that strong.

The flavor definitely impresses…in a big way. A mix of sweet caramel and bittersweet, dark chocolate kicks things off. The sweet flavor seems to be a little stronger and is a bit sugary. Roasted coffee and dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum emerge next. They add quality depth and complement the malt flavors extremely well. The dark fruit adds a tangy-like flavor that’s nice. Very subtle notes of molasses and charred barley arrive late. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes a little burnt, sweet, and malty.

B.O.R.I.S. #100 has a medium body that feels nice and smooth. It doesn’t feel quite as thick and full as it should for a big stout. Having said that, it has a nice feel and certainly goes down easy. This bomber isn’t presenting much of a problem at all.

B.O.R.I.S. #100 is definitely a nice addition to Hoppin’ Frog’s roster. Frankly, it’s not materially different from the regular B.O.R.I.S. The biggest difference to me is that it seems a bit sweeter. That’s all. Not a great thing. Not a bad thing. Just a little different. Worth a try? Absolutely.

prototypic, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jeonseh
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A - Dark brown with chocolate brown foam that sits on the edge. Looks to be medium body and leaves a slight coating on the glass

S - Smells of dark chocolate, light caramel, roasted coffee, vanilla, and slight bitter hops

T - Sweet vanilla and caramel up front. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the middle that gives it a nice balance. Finish is roasted coffee, light orange peel and caramel. A nice and complex stout!

MF - Nice, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Slightly sticky . The finish is roasted coffee and slightly astringent.

O - A really solid stout. Has a good and complex flavor profile that balances between roasted coffee and sweeter caramel.

jeonseh, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The 100th batch of BORIS. Brewed with all English Pale Ale Malt instead of their normal American base malts. Meant to be sweeter and fuller-bodied than the original.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. The head is tough to conjure at first but suddenly rushed up once I added some height to my pour.

Black, thick and viscous, with a really dark fudge colored head. Typical BORIS so far. unfortunately the foamy head wasn't as thick or tight as it could be, and this left little lace behind as a result.

Smells dark and roasty. A bit of dark fruit wafts up, but overall the denseness of the beer is limiting the aroma.

The taste is as wonderful as BORIS always is. It does seem extra roasty though. Bitter coffee and a bit of char are very big flavors. This was billed as sweeter than the original, and while I am not yet convinced, I will say that it does taste different. Nothing huge, but I have had enough BORIS to discern that this has been tinkered with. I wanted to do a side by side, but the price and strength of this beer made me withdraw the idea.

The mouthfeel is dry and coating, it's like licking a weathered old oak barrel, replete with the charred interior. Nice and warming deep in the throat, but never hot or boozy. And of course, thick as all get-out.

Overall an excellent beer, and a nice reminder of why the regular BORIS has won gold at GABF twice in 4 years. At a couple dollars more than regular BORIS can typically be found for though, this isn't something to be buying regularly (not that one could). Either way, a nice treat and fun surprise release from the brewery. I like that Hoppin' Frog has been more active with special releases this year.

Spider889, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pretty much an identical pour to the regular version of Boris. Pours a black color maybe a really dark brown with a fairly thin brown head. Head has ok retention and leaves a bit of layered lacing.

S- Nothing really over top here. Roasted malts, bakers chocolate, very light coffee, charcoal and darker fruits.

T- Follows the nose pretty well. A good balance between sweetness and roast.

M- Full in body and on the lower end of carbonation.

O- We drank this one side by side with the regular version. The difference wasn't huge by any means. Just nice and subtle. I'd say this one is a tad sweeter and not quite as bitter.

nrbw23, Jan 12, 2012
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B.O.R.I.S. #100 from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.