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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
91
outstanding

49 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 49
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%
Wants: 20
Gots: 31 | 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:
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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DangerDawg

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

04-19-2012 02:07:57 | More by DangerDawg
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

04-01-2012 17:07:15 | More by Zaphog
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

03-27-2012 18:23:58 | More by imperialking
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originsbrewery

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

03-27-2012 01:25:38 | More by originsbrewery
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CummingsK21

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -21.3%

03-25-2012 14:07:49 | More by CummingsK21
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Ultraman9000

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

02-20-2012 04:43:39 | More by Ultraman9000
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +9%

02-11-2012 14:22:45 | More by Snikwad1020
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prototypic

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:51:17 | More by prototypic
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 22:24:27 | More by MasterSki
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ferrari29

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer pours with a ticket body; viscous with a heavy motor oil look; not much head forms; leaves light layer of lacing around the glass; black body; no visible carbonation

S - Cinnamon oatmeal (think raisin and spice oatmeal); rose; burnt roasted malt flavor; brown sugar; figs; high booze nose; barely any scents of hops

T - Dark chocolate; roasted malt nose of coffee/espresso; raisin and other dark fruits; not taste of cinnamon at all, no oatmeal either; prunes

M - Thick and chewy; lots of body; dark fruit lingering flavor; creamy; slight bitter hop aftertaste

D - Great heavy feel; needs a more well-rounded flavor profile, though I will say, I do appreciate a beer every once in a while that has a very distinctive smell with no correlation to its taste

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 05:18:41 | More by ferrari29
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dogfishandi

New York

3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. blue cap = "BORIS 100". purchased at the brewery.

pours out completely opaque black with a nice creamy dark mocha colored head. kept a nice thin creamy layer with some spotty lace. a little legs left on the glass as well.

nothing really imperial stout like to the aroma. chalky, almost slightly yeasty with just a hint of alcohol. some faint chocolate and roast, fruity esters, and maybe a little burnt grain. the smell almost reminded me of several mediocre stout like homebrews ive either made or tried. becomes more and more fruity as it warms.

much better taste than the aroma suggested. somewhat sweet, roasted burnt grains, lots of nice chocolate flavors, a nice hoppy bite close to the finish that leaves a substantial bitterness.

slick and creamy. full bodied. carbonation was a bit too much at first.

having never had the regular boris, i cant really tell you the differences the english base malt had, but it is definatly noticable both in the taste and aroma. a pretty good impy stout, but with all the other great examples of the style out there, its hard to say if id ever buy this again. it does leave me longing to try all the other variations of this beer however.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 23:49:14 | More by dogfishandi
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Pellinore1

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-24-2012 03:17:15 | More by Pellinore1
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev -3.1%

01-18-2012 03:09:52 | More by bsuedekum
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aanakinskywalker

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

01-17-2012 05:16:04 | More by aanakinskywalker
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 20:07:48 | More by nrbw23
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dbc5

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in Duvel Tulip.

A: Essentially black with a dark brown head. Head retention is fairly minimal although a consistent ring hangs around for the glass's duration.

S: Bittersweet chocolate. A bit less coffee than traditional BORIS. More dark fruit sweetness than the standard version.

T: Taste was a bit roastier than anticipated based on the nose. The chocolate is certainly there and a nice creaminess is imparted by the oats. A sweeter offering than the standard version.

M: Nice and thick, thicker than many other offerings within the style. Not overly carbonated although carbonation can be found on the tongue with each sip.

O: Overall, this is another solid offering from Hoppin Frog, although I do prefer normal BORIS to this variation. The sweetness in this one steals the show and takes away from the upfront roast I find so enjoyable in HF's flagship beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:01:56 | More by dbc5
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AgentZero

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure this is actually a different beer than the regular version, but it is listed so I'll give it a review.

A - Black beer, brown head. Didn't have much retention, no stick left. Decent legs on the beer.

S - Chocolate, a little bit of fruity yeast, nice roast, char, toasted english malts. Pretty inviting, and not overbearing.

T - Taste is much like the nose. Char, toasted malts, and cocoa stand out in this one. Some moderate coffee bitterness. Decently sweet, but the char and toasted malts give it nice balance.

M - Close to full bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer. Enjoyed it, drank it quite easily. Has a nice and easy drinking flavor profile, would do it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 03:49:20 | More by AgentZero
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sbricker

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-24-2011 01:23:02 | More by sbricker
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch dark brown head. The head doesn't stay around for too long, and there's a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and roasty, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit and coffee. However, the taste seems a lot more roasty than it is sweet. It tastes like roasted/burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some anise and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid overall beer, but I don't like it nearly as much as I do the regular BORIS. And with this being a little more expensive ($10.99 a bottle) than the regular version, I won't be buying another bottle. But I do think it's worth a try since it's a one time beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2011 23:02:35 | More by bluejacket74
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amitch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +9%

12-19-2011 04:36:00 | More by amitch
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hannydawg

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-18-2011 05:01:48 | More by hannydawg
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black creamy body with a 1/4" of cinnamon colored head that lasts less than 30 seconds, then it's gone completely.

The smell is heavy on the roast with notes of dark chocolate and espresso.

The taste is robust with bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and mild char. It's sweet and walks up to the line of being too sweet, but stops just short.

The mouthfeel is far and away my favorite aspect. It's creamy, smooth, and low carbonation. Thick and heavy as it should be.

It's a solid RIS. It's been a while since I've had the original BORIS so I can't discern the difference, but I remember enjoying the original and can say the same for this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 02:21:59 | More by Vonerichs
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otter20dt

Ohio

4/5  rDev -3.1%

12-06-2011 02:32:20 | More by otter20dt
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Spider889

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 06:14:26 | More by Spider889
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B.O.R.I.S. #100 from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.