B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher - Reserve | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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 Sabtos on 12-18-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,866
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
112
pDev:
6.59%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
17
Trade:
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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 23
Reviews by teromous:
Photo of teromous
4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't see a date listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Black bodied beer devoid of any head. Some dark brown fizzy bubbles appear over the surface when pouring but instantly disappear. No retention or lacing.

Aroma: Chocolate liqueur and bourbon. It smells very good.

Taste: I get a lot of cocoa flavor in this beer. I looked on the bottle to see if it was actually brewed with any chocolate but nothing was listed. It has more of a chocolate flavor than a lot of "chocolate beers" I've had. It has a bit of a bourbon-like flavor towards the back end with a woody finish but supported with a bit of a roasted grain flavor. It tastes awesome.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is amazing on this beer. It is nice and smooth with a thick full body and a slick finish. It just feels very decadent.

Overall: I would highly recommend this beer. I didn't see anything about barrel aging, bourbon, or chocolate on the label but these are all flavors that I got from this beer and even if this beer isn't made with any of this it is the flavor (and aroma) that counts. This beer simply just tastes great.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Smakawhat
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Inky pour, and a little bit lifeless when hitting the glass. Body color does remain extremely dark no surprise, almost jet black, but a hint of midnight, and definitely black. Tan like faint color, no head upon pour, giving to creamy collar, and some spotted leopard like lacing on the legs.

Solid aroma but also pretty standard. Good roast malt body sensation and hints a bit of nutty flavor. Faint dark cocoa slightly but very small on that note. Thick as well.

Palate sticks to basics. Slightly fruity character, but the malt and roast certainly are the stars. Good roast malt body in the mid palate but washes a little wet just ever so slightly. An almost berry like aftertaste that gravitates towards cherry which is quite nice.

Has some nice properties, but doesn't come out as much of anything special or memorable. Just a good solid stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 12/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy dark brown bread with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, molasses, toasted dark bread, light coffee/char, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, molasses, toasted dark bread, light coffee/char, herbal, light dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, fudge, molasses, toasted dark bread, coffee, char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from roast/char bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. As the label suggested: this is more intense on the darker/sweet maltiness, and lighter on the charred/roasted flavors than the base beer; and also feels mellower on the hop character.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JakerLou
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared. Pitch black with a thin espresso head. Notes of roasted malts, dark cherries, chocolate, smoke. Full bodied, low carbonation and a roasty bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of stephenlee
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 22 oz bottle in a snifter.
This fine reserve pours a nice pitch black with beautiful brown head of dissipating foam that settles to a thin ring, light layer, and nice lacing. Nose is incredibly light---a touch of chocolate, a touch of coffee, and a light note of char. Flavor----AHHH that's more like it. Rich espresso and medium amounts of bakers cocoa, less than standard BORIS, hit the front and sides with searing booze, with heavy char and a touch of grains on the back finishing with a bitter malt aftertaste. Nice slick mouth feel, warming and full, with light carbonation. A solid brew but not as smooth on the taste even with warmth as standard BORIS. Excellent, but different.

Cheers

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Photo of waddellc2
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of enelson
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of buschbeer
3.86/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black with less than an inch of deep mocha head that leaves a little lacing.

I get anise, burnt toast, and roasted malt aromas.

The taste has anise and an ashy flavor, as in burnt. There is roasted malt and black coffee.

Full, rich mouthfeel

I like the regular BORIS better.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of jorgerod99
4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.31/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6/25/16

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Photo of Sabtos
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer sounded promising, being a super premium new version of BORIS brewed with the finest imported dark grain. The verbal description I was given was that it would be more chocolately and smoother than regular BORIS.

While chocolate was not the most prominent flavor or aroma in their regular BORIS, I looked forward to this new take on a reliably delicious stout. My favorite aspects of BORIS are the roasty flavors, thick round mouthfeel, and comfortingly heavy aroma.

The first time I had this on draft during the initial release the aroma was rather muted, but it appears that all this needed was some age. Still pouring on draft at the brewpub, Reserve has prominent chocolate and roast nose. Considering how muted it was before, this is a major improvement.

The smoothness was there as promised, and also a hint of chocolate was there, and while the flavor profile was close to BORIS, overall, this is just not as good.

However, when big sister DORIS is in the spotlight, no variation of BORIS can cast a shadow over her.

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Photo of Allurex
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DangerDawg
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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