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

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B.O.R.I.S. The CrusherB.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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

Pours pitch black. Thin head. Looks big and rich.

Smells of licorice, alcohol, roasty, and fruity. Very interesting and complex aroma.

Mellow flavor, dry and roasty. Coffee. Very dry with a big roast and medium coffee background. The sweet licorice and fruit aroma doesn't come through in the taste.

Very good and interesting beer. Not overwhelming in any sense. Its bigness is well hidden. Mellow and easy drinker.

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Photo of goldbot
3.87/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color; essentially no head aside from a few brown hued bubbles here and there. Chocolate malt dominates the aroma with some roasted malt as well. Aroma is a bit subdued and underwhelming. Plenty of chocolate in the flavor, accompanied by more roasted malts, coffee flavors and a nice bitterness. A lasting rich, dark-roasted coffee aftertaste. Sweet with a full, chewy mouthfeel. Tasty, definitely shows the full body and sweetness of an oatmeal stout with the flavor and complexity of an RIS. Just had a few shortcomings I couldn't overlook.

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Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I've had B.O.R.I.S. on numerous occasions. Bomber poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a vicious black w/ nice thick dark fluffy head and very sticky lacing. Great aromas going on! I'm picking up scents of chocolate, vanilla, roasted coffee, oats. There's a nice roastiness to it, a nuttiness as well. The flavors come through in the taste, wow. I'm picking up a slight amount of smoke. This is what I look for in an Imperial Stout, wow. Mouthfeel is exceptional as well. It's very thick, rich, and creamy. Almost like oil, but it all works due to the style. Drinkability is good, but there's no denying this is a heavy one; very chewy. It's not the easiest drinking beer, but it tastes so good, it's hard to stop.

One of my faves. I'm glad to see Ohio brewing some insane stouts. I'm always down for some B.O.R.I.S. Highly recommended! Go get this one right now..

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Glass

A- Black as night, slight tan head but barely anything at all, with a bit of lacing

S- First smell is chocolate with coffee malts, lots of dry roast smell in this

T- Almost same as smell, dark roasted malts with slight coffee oatmeal, little sweetness and bitterness, nothing to overbearing.

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T- Great beer, not like other imperial stouts, definitely will be having this again.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, probably around 6-8 months old. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours thick deep black with a one finger brown head that is very active for its short life (I can hear it hissing as I pour). Recedes to a wispy cap and ring in no time leaving almost no lacing.

Aroma is deep dark roasted malts, rich chocolate, premium coffee, dark fruits such as raisins, figs, plums and cherries, anise/licorice, a hint of smoke. Complex, good, but not great strength.

Flavor, however, is a huge blast of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, robust coffee, dark fruits, anise, oats, just a touch of hops and a bit of alcohol but nicely integrated. Somewhat sweet, some astringency from the heavy roasted malt bill, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and velvety thanks to the oats, medium carbonation.

A fantastic Imperial Stout. Dunno why I waited so long to try this as I had a feeling I'd love it and I indeed do. Can't wait to crack open the barrel-aged version I have sitting in the cellar!

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

750mL (shared with Shelton/Howard)

A: Dark brown, near black. Modest, even tan head with soft bubbles. Sticky lacing down the glass.

S: chocolate malt, roasted coffee

T: starts with bready malt and semisweet chocolate, some slightly bitter/roasted coffee; floral hops and earthy tones round out the finish while holding onto the roasted character. I did not sense the oatmeal per se but that may have been the blend up front on this one

M: thick, full, chewy but drinks smooth. Finishes very clean/crisp for a big RIS. Settles heavy as it should. A meal in a bottle as they say

D: all around a very pleasant drinking experience. Leaves me feeling feel so this is one I would reserve for a night cap or as a dessert - not the brew to start of a night of activity.

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Photo of youradhere
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, minimal whisp of a brown head that doesn't last. Lacing makes a purdy design, kinda like an orange cross-section. Smells like chocolate up front, some vanilla and oak in the back, minimal coffee, slight anise, but mostly chocolate. Taste is more complex; sweet malt up front that quickly changes to chocolate and coffee with a nice bitterness that cuts the sweet. Dark stone fruits covered in chocolate, dates, and dark bread. Mouthfeel is spot on for me, not cloyingly sweet and thick, but just about right- it could be a tad thicker. Carbonation is small but plentiful and carries this beer wonderfully.

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

130th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint


App- It poured a big heavy brown viscous stout pour. No head on it.

Smell- Big flavors of the Oatmeal and malty. Even some chocolate in there. Smelled fairly sweet as well.

Taste- A big rich oatmeal malt flavor. Very very smooth. IT was very good.

Mouth- It's lighter than I would thought but that was okay. Creamy, and a touch of oily richness make it very appealing.

Drink- I'm all for this beer. I'm now super anxious to try the B.A. version for X-mas eve.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black body with not much head or lacing.

S - Rich roasty malts, molasses, smokey oats, oats, and licorice.

T - Dark chocolate, a pretty minor malt character, massive (like oldcrustacian's hamstrings because he deadlift's 395) licorice presence. Nice smokey accents. Oats, molasses. Subtle bitterness in the backround.

M - Feels a little thinner than I like from a stout.

D - Much better than the BA version.

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Photo of BigBlacke
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my buddy Capt. Chapman USAF for giving me a bottle of this.

Appearance is a deep dark brown with a one finger head that quickly dissipates down to a thin lace. Minimal lacing as it goes down. Smells of dark rich chocolate, and slight alcohol notes. Taste is of toasty malt with mocha. Oats give it a nice aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very creamy. Drinkability I think was quite high for a big beer.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip

A- Pours dark black with 1 1/2 finger deep brown foam that settles gently into a nice lace with fair retention.

S - Exceptional roasted malt characteristics, with coffee at the forefront. Nuttiness and minor cereal notes are also present. Sweet, dark stone fruit drives home that this is a Russian Imperial Stout

T- Freaking great. Roasted coffee and chocolate; lots of it. Mild alcohol and sweetness bring some warmth towards the end, before a lingering espresso finish.

M- Medium/full body; soft and creamy. Slight bitterness in the finish.

D- My friend and I usually split a bomber over the course of an hour while playing guitar. We finished this in under 20 minutes -- that is to say, this is extremely drinkable, especially for the ABV.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Pours beautiful black color with a lovely, foamy head. Aroma is of coffee, dark fruit and brown sugar. Flavor is coffee, chocolate with lingering hoppiness at the end, liquorish like. Smooth, full body. Wonderful Imperial Stout. One of my favorate.

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Photo of mdagnew
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle bought from Beermerchants.com

Poured a deep dark black with some brown tinges around the edges... Dark mocha head poured very tight, thick and foamy with a meringue like top.. this faded slowly to good one finger covering... some decent lacing clings to the glass throughout...

Aroma - Lots of good strong roasted malts mixed with strong biscuit notes... vanilla, butterscotch, good roasted nuttiness, dark brown sugar / molasses sweetness, strong dark espresso, light fruits (blackcurrents, prunes), earthy, some sooty traces...

Taste - Pretty much as above only slightly toned down... hops more noticeable - some grassy and peppery notes. Good bitterness coming through from the roasted malts... slight warming from the alcohol

Feel - Very smooth, creamy and a little oily... full bodied... pretty drinkable for 9.4% altough it does become quite sweet after a while...

Overall - A supremely good stout but a 650ml bottle of this is way too much in one sitting... recommended...

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Photo of unclejimbay
4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bold and dark roasty Imperial Stout. Enjoyed this with my wife at Rattle N Hum in NYC. We have been looking to try this one for a while, and were excoted to see they had a bottle.

Impressive wafting roasty aromas and tastes. Chocolate, coffee, roasty malts, balanced well with some hop character and dark caramel malts. Full body with lower carbonation.

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Photo of Beaver13
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours opaque black with a small dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is chocolate fudge, oats, roasted grains, a little anise and a little coffee.

The flavor is chocolate fudge, oats and coffee with some anise and a good sized bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish, but not overwhelming. The mouthfeel is pretty full with low carbonation.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout. Reminds me a bit of the Yeti, but I believe sweeter and more bitter. Some age might make this awesome.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a snifter - courtesy of Secret Santa Stigs

A: Pours a deep dark black, very oil like, with a very small dark brown head that fades to near nothing very quickly leaving no lacing. The cap barely made a hiss when I opened it and I thought "uh oh", plus as I was pouring a head wasn't forming but some bubbles appeared at the end of the pour. Still could be a little better in the head department though.

S: The nose is extremely good. Tons of chocolate, dark fruits, and vanilla. Smells like a beautiful RIS and I can't wait to take a sip.

T: Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits along with a dark roasty element that reminds me a bit of burnt coffee. Hints of vanilla on the finish.

M: The feel is thick and oily with minimal carbonation. I don't mind less carbonation in the feel but there should be a bit more here.

D: This is tasty and I would probably buy it occasionaly if it was in my area. The ABV is decent for a RIS and the alcohol is well hidden in the big roasty/chocolate flavors.

I prefer the barrel aged version slightly over this one but it's still very good.

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Photo of zhanson88
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: B.O.R.I.S. pours pitch black and pretty thick and viscous looking. Just over a finger of dark khaki head forms; retention time is decent, and the lacing hangs around the whole time.

Smell: Dark roasted malts and coffee form the base of this beer. I can also detect a bit of chocolate, but a lot more expresso than chocolate. Booziness, fig, and slight hop notes form the back end.

Taste: Dark roasted malts assault the palate at first taste, along with a bit of coffee. Booziness, vanilla and fig emerge in the middle towards the back end, and the finish is coffee with slight hop notes. This is a hell of a tasting beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body is close to heavy, but not exceptionally so. Carbonation is low and it feels pretty creamy in the mouth. This is one hell of a stout. I can see how it does so well at G.A.B.F. I bought the barrel-aged version as well, which I am very excited about.

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Photo of beer2day
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 year old bottle aged in the beer fridge.

Dark black with a rich dark chocolate 1-finger head. Very faint lace, though.

Aroma is very rich cocoa with strong hints of mocha. Very little in the way of anise. Vanilla and a slight woodiness round things out. Faint hint of alcohol, too.

Strong dark chocolate malt flavor. Weaker roast coffee. Nice hops in the finish, with a hint of pine and a sharp bite from the chocolate malt. Hint of alcohol in the finish, but not as strong as the abv would suggest.

Feel is weaker than expected, more of a porter than a stout.

Fairly easy drinker for a big beer.

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

22oz. poured into a goblet.

A: Pitch black with a chocolaty colored head.

S: Chocolate, oats, and toasted malts.

T: Very strong chocolate flavor with a coffee backbone and some vanilla notes.

M: Smooth, light and creamy body.

D: Definetly one of the better oatmeal stouts out there. Its not too heavy, but still nice and rich. A perfect sipper if you're into chocolate stouts.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was really excited to pop this one open after all the praises i had heard...

A - poured a rich thick milky black with a thin tan head. really gorgeous. you can see the oaty thickness. in my opinion you simply can't make a more appetizing and appealing RIS. leaves a nice snail trail of lacing on the glass that slowly crawls home.

S - very chocolaty and oaty. nutty and roasted malts but not in the typical coffee and wood way but rather thick and once again oaty. There is a subtle alcohol thing going on in the back ground that refreshes the nose with a mentholated feel.

T/M/D - oh wow. it all leads up to that first sip and no disappointment at all. its a very filling and rich RIS in every way. it has the full bodied thickness of a mature oatmeal stout. the flavor is essentially all roasted malt. it's a meal in a 12oz glass let alone a 22oz bottle. but damn good beer. new style - RIOS. all though oatmeal spin adds some fantastic flavor and body it really is a bit filling. drinking two of these would be like drinking two milkshakes. mmm...milkshakes.

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2011-11-06 Cellar Aged BORIS (with "cellar aged 1 Yr" sticker on the neck of the bottle. It is actually probably 2+ years old at this point, but I suppose the brewery released cellar aged version at some point? bottle also had a sticker that says "17497"

a - opened the bottle and filled my cbs snifter. poured sludgy black. not much head and what was there was gone quick. looks thick and delicious. 4

s - dhocolate roasted malts. perfectly mellow and balanced. the roastiness is perfectly paired with the chocolate. also has a touch of a briskness to it. 4.5

t - ah yes...BORIS!!! love this beer. rich thick chocolatey bold roastiness. really well rounded. 4.5

m - here's where i feel the cellaring has done the beer some good. i remember this beer as a monster on fullness and this aged version is quite silky and smooth. much more of a softer oatmeal stout. 4.5

o - overall just a great beer. time does nice for this one...one of my favs. 4.5

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured leisurely while waiting for a good laugh, because we all know that you can't win friends with salad. Gold capped bottle that I think I've had for a while, though not certain how long.

Black pour, short lived head, and spotty suds along the rim.

Sweet molasses, coffee, meld of chocolate, and a dash of liqueur. It's a nice blend of scents if even on the sweeter side.

All that from the nose and more. Battle royale of darker fruits and sweeter malts. Coffee, chocolate, and green raisins all play a firm supporting role. As in the nose, the scale tends to dip towards the sweet end, but never too far and never to the point of cloying. It's a give and take of North Korean brutality and South Korean diplomacy. Damn if I didn't go current events. Hops ooze all over the back on this beer adding a nice contrast.

Creamy, silky, a touch oily, but with nary a burn and very, very smooth. Honestly not sure I'd have picked up oats on the flavor, but it certainly makes sense in the mouthfeel. Really quite nice.

I get a little pissy when I see the tag on Hoppin Frog beers and I've been burned by their prune-tastic IPA's in the past. But this entry is a winner and by memory only, better than the barrel version. There will be verification.

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Photo of chalsk
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color with an off-white foam head. Has an arome of chocolate, vanilla, and caramel. Has a smooth stout taste with notes of chocolate and coffee. Very smooth brew. Nice bitters on the back end. Very Subdued. A very delicious Imperial Stout.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an incredibly viscous black sludge with a small light brown colored head, fades a bit fast but there's some sticky patchy lacing on the glass as it slowly empties.

Smell has a nice deep roasted malt aroma, the hops have faded but that's okay, what replaces the hops is a nice dark fruit presence that otherwise would have been overshadowed.

Taste has a thick and sticky mouthfeel, a nice balance between the roasted malt and the sweet dark fruit, not cloyingly sweet either thanks to the roasted aspect, there is a slight heat to this beer (as it should at this strength) but it's more of a warming sensation than a direct burn, has soft carbonation to make it a bit creamy.

Really great, sadly it's just a tad on the expensive side for a beer I'd get often (if only it was even distributed in Maine).

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Photo of wcintula
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer. Pours black with a deep chocolate colored head that appears out of no where. Well retained, with a nice smell of milk chocolate and raisins. As it warms up, the coffee comes through. The same can be said for the taste. Not much of the oatmeal comes through in flavor, but is great in the head retention. Smooth and velvety, with just enough carbonation to keep the texture perfect. The alcohol is masked excellently in this beer.

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Photo of ksimons
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-almost black in color with just a ring of brown head around the top

S-not very strong, but smells of roasted malts, coffee, sweet oatmeal

T-similar to the smell with roasted malts, a bit of coffee bitterness, but the sweetness comes out more from the oatmeal and what tastes like melted chocolate. A bit of alcohol warming at the end, but no bite

M-full body, low carbonation, silky smooth

T-really great, not like other imperial stouts I have had due to the major silkiness of it.

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Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,768 ratings