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 wvsabbath
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Black as oil. Really not much of a head.

Smell - CLassic stout smell of hops, sugars, malts, barley and some spices. Though not as strong as i figured it would be

Taste - Well first drink and i was pleasently happy. Smooth and stout with a bite. Has a real nice bitter kick that is matched with sugar and spices. Cant beleive how smooth this drink is for being so strong. The malts are sweet and work nice with the bitter hops. The aftertaste is long and strong. Really nice stout

Mouthfeel - I really like how tounge gets the bitter kick, then palette picks up the sweet sugars and malts. It lasts long in mouth, forget about drinking anything else unless you eat and drink some water first.

Drinkabilty - Well, this 22oz'er is nice for a sitting, i can leave it sit and sip on it. But its strong and bold, you cant treat this like a regular stout, so one and done for me. Fantastic, will be buying again.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured an opaque almost black with a one and a half finger deep tan head. Head receded fairly quickly, and no lacing left behind. Smell was coffee, bittersweet chocolate, just a touch of dark fruits and caramel.

Taste is great. So creamy from the oatmeal, with dark and milk chocolate and coffee being the driving flavors. A bit of caramel, toffee, and dark fruits are there too. Mouthfeel is perfect. Creamy, viscous, smooth. Just a bit of carbonation that makes it feel velvety.

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

It's getting a little colder out and I wanted a big beer for my 200th review, so when I stumbled upon old B.O.R.I.S. here I knew he was the one.

B.O.R.I.S., which apparently stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout (badass name for an Impy Stout), pours a deep, opaque black color similar to the darkest chocolate in liquid form (though maybe not the same consistency). The beer puts up about a finger of milk-chocolate colored head that lasts for a minute or two before dissipating, leaving some nice drapes of lacing on the side of the glass.

The aroma is pretty good. Some earthy hops, molasses, dark chocolate, some roasted malts, and maybe a bit of maple oatmeal all float around in a fragrant soup of smell. Complex and ever-changing, especially as it warms, this is one inviting beer.

Similar to the nose, the flavor is deep and complex. Some dark roasted malts up front, drizzled with dark chocolate. Oatmeal, molasses, and dark licorice through the middle. A little bit of herbal/earthy hop flavor, alcohol spice, and more bittersweet chocolate on the finish. Complicated and ever-changing... even though BORIS has a manly name, he's a bit like a woman. All joking aside, this is a good RIS.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. It's nice and smooth, with an oily feel in the mouth. Maybe it could be a bit creamier, but that's nitpicking. Either way, though, it still boasts a body that's a notch or two above medium and has a well-regulated amount of carbonation, as well as a slight bit of alcohol on the finish. Not bad at all.

Overall, this is a good example of a Russian Imperial Stout, and my bomber is going pretty quickly. Complex, flavorful, and a good-lookin' beer too. B.O.R.I.S. was a good choice for a 200th review.

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Photo of asabreed
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a 12 oz. Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance: Black as night with a thick and dark mocha-colored head, though with little retention and a few spots of lacing.

Smell: A lot going on here. Initial rich, dark caramel, molasses, dark berries, mildly charred brown sugar, rich coffee with cream, hot fudge, black magic marker. As it warms there's some vanilla with bright maraschino cherries, contrasted with the roasted malt aromas throughout. There's a lot going on here. Initially seemingly really sweet out of the fridge, but sipping on it long, for me, as far as a brew like this goes, is most interesting: seeing how it changes from temperature to temperature instead of drinking a brew like this at cellar temperature, which I used to do, or maybe a bit above that. The roasted characteristics and fierceness come through a lot more once it warms. This is one of the most nuanced of the style I've had in a while.

Taste: Hugely dark and roasted, but what I like at the beginning is the good amount of oatmeal creaminess balancing everything out, as long as a good amount of nuanced sweetness. A lot of brews like this need to be laid down, the heavy versions of the style, because they seem to be so overloaded with hops. I think this has been so well-received is from the already-balanced-and-nuanced state of things. Nothing outdoes itself here as far as all the elements. You have mild coffee, charred malts, chocolate, dark berries, mocha cream, nice earthiness, and lingering dark chocolate. But everything works with each other so nicely, providing a nice lingering subtle burst of hops to add some citrus and minor sourness, but the lingering balance of all the dark and charred flavors is what makes this so damn good, along with the oatmeal, which seems to be the creaminess and the binding agent of everything. I could be wrong about that, But I see this as a style more folks will be trying to brew in the future.

Mouthfeel: Ultra heavy-bodied with a fighting creaminess that cuts through the cloying nature, letting it become extremely coating, with a burst of even thicker carbonation, extremely concentrated, at the end.

Drinkability: This is pretty much a no-brainer if you see it. I imagine it could be laid down, but as I said before, I really don't think it has to be. A rich, balanced, bold, nuanced version of the style that's completely worth the time and effort to track down and sip. This is only my second Hoppin' Frog brew, but I'll be on the lookout for everything I can find from now on.

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Photo of ElGallo
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber I snagged at Julio's. Poured into a balloon glass, it's a deep, dark, sexy shade with a small head but good lacing. Nice burnt coffee and dark chocolate in the nose. Taste is just the right balance of coffee notes, chocolate notes, and roasted malt notes, plus a wee bit of hop presence in the back. A little boozy, but I didn't mind that while watching Sunday football. It actually made me yell at the TV less, which rarely happens. This is a great all-around stout. Maybe not as stellar as Stone IRS, but right up there.

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

A: Poured into my pint glass this brew is easily in the top 3 darkest stouts I've ever poured. Jet black with a head darker then a good brown ale. Very bubbly and quick to dissipate, but leaves a moderate amount of lace to make up for it.

S: The aroma includes lots of oat like roastiness, mounds of bitter sweet chocolate. Little shots of espresso become present as the brew warms.

T: The flavor is much better than the nose. More coffee/espresso, chocolate, hints of liquorice, and oat meal to round the whole damn thing off. This stout is more like a desert at times. It's that well crafted.

MF: Mouthfeel is easily one of the best in any brew. Creamy, thick, viscous, this is what a stout is supposed to be.

D: Drinkability is excellent. This brew is mouth watering flavorful. Perfect at just under 10%. Huge without being too filling.

Overall, as soon as I found out BORIS hit Florida I asked Chris at Florida Wine and Spirits to order some. He hooked it up and I am now a happy BA. Thanks Chris!

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

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Pours a black motor oil color. No light is getting through this bottle. One finger coffee colored head rises and falls in the same minute. No lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts and chocolate malts in the front of this. Alcohol actually comes through in the middle. Light vanilla notes toward the ending with a strong blast of coffee.

T- Alcohol sneaks its way upfront to start with. Nice roasted malts come in next with light chocolate notes. Middle of the beer has some vanilla and oats that come and go with the chocoalte malts still being dominate. Coffee roast on the finsh with a light alcohol flavor that still is apparent from the begining.

M- Heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is lower but still works well with this beer. Roasted malts and chocoalte malts left on the palate. Some light roast and alcohol in the aftertaste. Medium drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were well blended and this beer shows what a good stout should taste like.

D- This beer was good. In fact it was the whole bomber good. The higher ABV though limits it to just about that...a bomber. Hoppin Frog is a brewery that I always seem to forget about but make fantastic beer from what I have had.

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Photo of Hex92
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BLACK - no light gets through this beer.

Smells like chocolate and maybe some of the alcohol

Tastes malty good with none of the burnt flavors

Syrupy. Coats the mouth real nice. Have to scrape it off.

I think one will do ya with this beer. VERY sweet and high alcohol.

I like it and would definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of LtCracker20
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes.

A- Black body with brown hues. Thick 1 finger coffee colored head. Recedes to a cap quickly. Lace is OK.

S- Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, and vanilla. Little whiff of the ABV. Would've liked the aroma to be stronger.

T- Vanilla, as if it was oaked aged. Burnt chocolate, and slight warming alchohol in the end.

MF/D- So creamy you could walk on it. Excellent body that just coats your mouth. Other than the 9.4%, extremely drinkable.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown, a little thick with a tiny, short lived mocha head which quickly dissipates forming a thin ring around the glass. No lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, a little roast, malty sweetness, caramel. A light perfumy alcohol which develops as the beer warms. Very nice.

F/M - Dark bitter chocolate with a pleasant and well balanced malt sweetness. Notes of caramel, toffee, bready malts and sweet dark fruits emerge. Spicy, piny hops with a moderate bitterness, accentuated by dark malts. Medium full bodied with a slick and oily feel, but finishes a little drier than this would suggest. Pleasant alcoholic bitterness and light warming. Moderately low carbonation. Light roasty chocolate aftertaste.

D - Tasty, smooth, rather easy drinking for a big beer. Pretty good, although the BA version ups the ante for this series for sure.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When the darkness settles into the glass, a joyous array of roasty chocolate and oatmeal dance towards my nose, ascending with a slight fusel burn. As it sits meatily in my hand, I await the first sip. Ready myself, and embark on the adventure.
Too smooth, rich and perfectly carbonated. Reminiscent of the oatmeal bourbon and chocolate cookies I had eaten earlier in the day. Phenomenol flavor, and so drinkable. There is a hint of dark fruit in there, but not too much. Drank this warm and the flavors were perfectly aligned.

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Photo of nismo80
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorites. This is what I compare other Imperial Stouts to.

what an Oatmeal Stout should be. Smooth and full of flavor. Award winning for a reason.

Well worth it. a must try. I love many beers but too lazy I am only mentioning A+ ones.

Hoppin' Frog is one of my favorite brewers thanks to this awesome brew.

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle thanks to movajo

A- Pours opaque black with a real nice brown 1 finger head that leaves alright lacing.

S- Sweet roasted malts with a definite booze presence. Also some nice coffee and chocolate is noticeable.

T- Delicious roasted dark chocolate and coffee. Tastes like a tall cup of black coffee with some perfectly blended alcohol booze that is nothing like the aroma.

M- Full bodied with lower carbonation and a strong dry bitter finish.


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Photo of codewarrior
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber into a Snifter

Picked up in a trade with 7ways. This is the second time i've had B.O.R.I.S. The first was from a whiskey-snob friend of mine, who had absolutely no idea what he was buying me, and I drank it from the bottle with a friend ... and we were entirely oblivious to what we were drinking. Although we very quickly realized it was something spectacular.

A: This thing pours dark and thick like used motor oil. Let me be more specific: like abused, drove through the desert for 10 years on 1 quart motor oil. Black. Deep brown hinting here and there as it catches the light.

S: Deep, lasting bitterness with a freshness in the front of the nose. Strong. Seems like there's some hoppiness there too, which is exciting.

T: Blast of booze right up front, then fades into chocolatey bitterness, dulling out into a rich lingering sweetness. Yum.

F: Hella-thick. As thick as the pour looked, and thicker.

D: Yeah ... this thing is phenomenal.

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Photo of jillmart
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with fellow user promark420. Fittingly enough, we'll be flying to Cleveland tomorrow (catching the Falcons/Browns game).

A -- Pours dark brown with no head and not a lot of lacing on the glass.

S -- Syrupy smell with a slight hint of chocolate.

T -- It's a syrupy taste that also has hints of oatmeal and chocolate with a smoky finish.

M -- For me personally, it has the mouthfeel of a good coffee stout. A bit thick, but it works.

D -- This went down pretty easily, which is mildly alarming at 9.4 percent abv. I definitely will buy this beer again.

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Photo of ccahoon22
3.56/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours very dark brown, close to black and almost syrup like. There was a very small head that dissipated within a few seconds.

S - Smells of sweets and coffee, with hints of chocolate and oatmeal.

T - The taste is somewhat like chocolate/cocoa but without the sweetness. Slightly bitter but not overpowering with a coffee consistency.

Notes - Overall this is a good beer but it didn't blow my socks off. I would have another but wouldn't rush to the store to buy one.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been seeing this one on the shelves since I moved to this part of the country and I had yet to even pick this one up. Finally did it, and I'm kicking myself for waiting so long. This beer was great and I feel it lives up to the positive hype. Review is from notes taken on 10/2/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pour just looks thick and oily and is darkest brown, like Hershey's syrup or fresh brewed coffee; no head whatsoever, just 3 tiny dark tan spots floating on the surface; body is entirely opaque; only a couple of spots of lacing stick around and even they eventually slip back into the drink.

Smell: Nice! Lots of dark syrupy chocolate (again, like Hershey's); some dark and sweet cherries are lying in the back; a tall, dry oaty scent definitely lingers in the back as well; bit of a dank and musty scent in there as well, but not like it's a bad thing; nice and dark and some burnt roastiness as well; nose is very robust and I feel like I'm finally getting what I'm looking for in an RIS after a few disappointments as of late.

Taste: Love it! Finally an RIS that is what it claims to be! Lots of thick, syrupy and dark chocolate and a bit of a dry, cocoa powder aspect; nice dark cherry sweetness is followed by a nice roastiness from some dark/burnt malted barley; definite warming presence of alcohol throughout and there is a bit of a carmalized sugar aspect as it continues to warm.

Mouthfeel: Body is syrupy and thick, albeit a little bit slick; carbonation is really a non-factor due to the viscosity; a thick, moist and sticky coating is left holding hard to the roof of the mouth; belly is left warm from the big ABV.

Drinkability: One word comes to mind when I think back fondly to this beer: THICK. This beer is great and lives up to the hype! Big and heavy ABV does knock it down a bit, but this is a great beer for a cooler/cold night and I will definitely be picking some up to age for a bit, but don't let it fool you, it could be enjoyed anytime.

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Photo of sixthglass
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a extremely dark brown almost black. Held up to light, cannot see through it. Small off white head which quickly fades into, nice thin lacing.

S - chocolate, coffee, oatmeal.

T - Slight chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, raisins, something else thats tart.

M - Great coverage inside mouth, sticks for a moment then fades away leaving a flavorful aftertaste.

D - Great for any occasion, could drink this on a regular basis.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see that Hoppin Frog has found it's way to DC. This is a big delicious stout, as you'd expect. Pour is dark brown, near black, with a half-finger of tan head that dissolves down to a thin film. Just a hint of lacing. Nose is big - chocolate, roastiness, some smoke, alcohol (although not too strong). Flavor is likewise - big flavors are chocolate, smoky roasted malt, and sweet brown sugar. This is a roasty RIS, that's for sure, not just a straight up sweet stout. Only fault I have is that alcohol; this one might benefit from being put down for a year or two. Overall though, very nice RIS, if a touch on the pricey side.

$7.90/De Vines/22 oz

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick black color with a very dark brown head. Aromas of espresso, roasted malt and dark chocolate. Thick and chewy body, with dark brown sugar, freshly brewed coffee with cream, dark raisins and baker's chocolate. Good, but a pedestrian imperial stout in my opinion.

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Photo of Spica66
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glasses with Fr. Ian (Who also supplied the bottle. Thank you!)

A: Semi-thick looking pour that did not have much in the way of head formation. I am sure that it had warmed up sufficiently during the ride home. The color is very dark brownish-red.

S: This smells like an RIS. Dark chocolate, roasty malts, good heat in the nose leading towards a touch of sharp/sour grains. I don't pick out much in the way of hops.

T: Very nice chocolate and dark fruit. Excellent dose of hops bitterness. Very well balanced.

M: Incredibly smooth and round on the tongue.

D: Very, very easy to make this one disappear.

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Photo of bum732
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Chocolate, some coffee, dark fruits, touch of dark bread, cinnamon.

L: Thick, thick black, viscous, nice dark tan head, creamy retention.

T: Sweet toffee malt with a mellow roastiness on the backbone. Coffee and cappucino flavors persist throughout. Spicy dryness keeps everything together. Alcohol noticable.

M: Creamy body, full, alcohol noticable, slightly warming.

For wahtever reason, i found the flavors lacking in such a big beer, maybe it was the amount of oatmeal? Not sure, but i was definitely expecting more.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dont ask me why its taken so long to get in a review of this. Ive had it many many times. It was one of the very first beers I got when I discovered Palmer's. Mostly though, I was sharing the bottle or hanging out.

A- Not much of a head, its very thin and deep red. Some pearls of foam stick to the side. The beer looks pretty thick on the pour but it does sport some red highlights. While its in my snifter its looking pretty deep.

S- Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, cherries, a touch of red wine, grape jelly, and spicy hops.

T- Very smooth and creamy flavor, especially at the front. Milk chocolate, vinous dark fruits, alcohol, bittering hops. It finishes vinous, roasty and hoppy all at once.

M- Full bodied and very smooth. Hoppin Frog never fails on the mouthfeel of their stouts.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours absolutely jet black with a one finger brown head. No lacing which is disappointing. Would have liked a little bit bigger head too

S- coffee, chocolate, and booze! Balanced really well, nothing is too overwhelming

T- shockingly, the flavors aren't huge...but they're there, and they're glorious. Smooth chocolate with a slight bite of coffee near the end with some booziness in there as well...getting some dark fruits too.

M- perfect. Creamy and has a body that's not too thick, but thick enough to give you some lift.

D- fantastic RIS. Worthy of all the love it gets. The flavors aren't big enough to knock you on your ass, but they are definitely there. And they are awesome

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher pouring out of a bomber into a Duvel wide snifter at Bob's Bar in Columbus, Ohio

Appearance: Intensely black. A beautiful shiny black. 1/4 inch head that remains for a while. Some lacing.

Smell: Hermetic, opaque. Boozy. Not a lot going on.

Taste: This is where B.O.R.I.S. truly shines! A big creamy mouthful of milk chocolate and some coffee. Can't really feel the oatmeal, though.

Mouthfeel: Full body but smooth, creamy, as if it were a nitro pour. Viscous. Fully satisfying, nice back bitterness.

Drinkability: Easy, super chuggable. Tastes like an Imperial Stout, drinks as smooth as a Guinness!

I'm in love with B.O.R.I.S.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,768 ratings