B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher | 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 klewis on 11-10-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#924
Reviews:
1,042
Ratings:
2,764
pDev:
9.22%
Bros Score:
4.15
 
 
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Ratings: 2,764 |  Reviews: 1,042
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is black in body and dark brown at the crest when held to the light. There is very little head to begin with. What is there fizzes away immediately, leaving no lacing whatsoever. It resembles a cola.

S: Big chocolate presence, roasted malt

T: Again, a very large chocolate flavor. The body is medium-full. The beer has a nice taste, but overall, I find it to be a bit one dimensional. The oatmeal aspect is there, but I wish it had a larger role in the taste profile. There is a subtle roasted or burnt malt flavor near the finish. This brew has potential, but is just not quite there.

M: Carbonation is too low. Otherwise, the feel is pretty good.
Alcohol is disguised very well.

D: A good, but not great, beer. I really enjoy oatmeal and imperial stouts. I was hoping for a little more.

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

Bought this a while back at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter

Note: I've had this brew young, but this review is of a bottle with 1 year of age. Drunk this one right before BA BORIS.

APPEARANCE: Pours black and relatively thick and vicious looking. Pour yields a cascading 1 finger, medium looking dark mocha head that quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Jet black body and zero carbonation evident. A ring and splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving some dots of lacing that slowly slide down the glass after each sip.

SMELL: Roasted malts, smoke, dark baker's chocolate, and the oats are very apparent. Slight hints of caramel, tobacco, and coffee notes. A complex nose, but needs to be just a little bolder to really give it that edge.

TASTE: Roasted and smoky malts, dark baker's chocolate and a good dose of oats again. Dark pure chocolate with a nice balance of bitter coffee and sweet caramel on the finish. Oats are in there as well. The aftertaste is medium strength but very persistent. Flavors mesh really well here; much better than fresh. Not nearly as sweet as when it was young. Very good.

PALATE: Medium-full body, slightly lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Goes down smooth, very soft and easy, not bite at all, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Oats do their soft, smooth work here.

OVERALL: Great stuff! I really enjoyed this. Compared to a fresh bottle, this one was much less sweet and the flavors meshed together much better. The palate was also softer and more appealing. A year of age has certainly done this brew well. Unlike the young bottle, I had no problem finishing this one by myself. A more persistent head would help the scores on this one, but that doesn't detract from the experience whatsoever. If you're sitting on a bottle that's about a year old, this is a great time to pop it open.

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Photo of kwjd
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black colour with hints of brown. Almost no head. This looks very thick. Smell is huge of roasted malt, oatmeal, vanilla and sweet raisins. Flavour has a kick of bitterness to join the roasted flavours. Very delicious. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Hard to drink a lot of this with the abv, but I'm having no issue polishing off this bomber after my first ever 10km run. One of the better imperial stouts I've had.

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Photo of apache119
4.72/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pitch black, a few small bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass. No head. Looks really rich.
Smell: Sweet, definite oatmeal presence.
Taste: Wow, this beer is amazing. There is a very slight bitterness after you take a sip but that fades away very quickly and leaves a nice tingle on the roof of my mouth. I love the deep, roasted oaty flavors that are going on here.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth, it is almost chewy. Not one of those watery beers.
Drinkability: Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of Casey10
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been holding on to this for awhile decided to have this for a 300th review. It is tasty but given the age it has some nice things going for it but has mellowed out with age.

I can taste rasians, amd chocolate. I have found this is a similar taste for aged stouts.

I like this it poured dark and chocolaty and is really nice. Again it is in the top bears for a reason a must have.

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Photo of wspscott
3.94/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber in duvel tulip
(no date)

A: Completely black (no surprise) with an almost non-existent cappuccino colored head that disappears immediately leaving no lace.
S: Chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, some hoppy bitterness,
T: Very much like the nose, the chocolate is very apparent, with some roasted bitterness. A little bit of sweetness in the background. No hint of alcohol which is somewhat surprising. A hint of yeast fruitiness as it warms.
M: Low carbonation and a richness from residual sugars, makes for a smooth beer. I was expecting more of a creamy mouthfeel since it is an oatmeal stout. It is not like this is watery or over-attenuated, I just expected a little something different from a standard RIS.
D: This is an excellent RIS, very much worth seeking out if you like the style. I could easily see making this a regular habit if the price was right, not to mention availability in KY.

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Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of korguy123, shared with a buddy. Poured into a snifter, cheers dude!

Pours a truly midnight black, with a dark brown head and red highlights. Gorgeous, I know this is gonna crush me. Finger or so of head settles to an extremely thin layer with a collar. Aroma is of vanilla, molasses, roasted maltiness and a whiff of booze. Taste is fairly similar, leading with some roasty and boozy mouth and becomes an intricate mix of chocolate, molasses, a touch of coffee and alcohol that glides slickly over the tongue. Maybe a touch of dark fruits in the finish here, ends slightly dry also. This mouthfeel is unreal, like velvet on the tongue. Drinkability is quite high as well, alcohol is not completely hidden but is intricately woven amongst the other elements of this beer. An excellent beer, truly.

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Photo of kzoobrew
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour reveals a deep ruby hued black. BORIS settles into the glass black and completely opaque. No light breaks through, even when held directly to the light. Zero head produced on the first pour. Second pour leaves a slight head which quickly recedes to a slim mocha colored ring. With such a limited head there is no chance for lacing. While BORIS is a bigger beer, I expect more of a head.

Boozey bite comes across at first sniff. Sweet chocolate, alcohol, and roasted malt aroma. Molasses is subtle underneath.

Sweet chocolate and much less booze than the nose indicated. Deep roasted malt flavor. A light amount of char is picked up along with a touch of smoke.

Full bodied and smooth. Slightly thinner than I expected, not sure I could call this creamy. Carbonation is low but appropriate.

Good beer and rather enjoyable. BORIS did not live up to my expectations, I had hoped for much more. I would drink this one again, just not on the top of my list.

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Photo of Chaney
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I tried this one about 3 years ago, before it got all of its acclaim. I really dug it then. Here is my 2010 review:

A: Pours out thick as oil, with no head at all - just a few bubbles that quickly withered away to nothing.

S: Mild licorice, dates, coffee, chocolate, and a tinge of oatmeal.

T: No alcohol detected. Very well balanced with notes of cocoa, dark fruit (prunes?), and toasted bread.

M: Carbonation level is just about perfect for this style. Sure, this brew is a bit syrupy, but that is appropriate. High grade motor oil!

D: For the style, it's near perfection. The ABV is high, but not as high as many other RISs. With drinkability being relative to octane level - I could drink this all day!

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Photo of rhodeska
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ridglens and AWolf for this beer!

Intresting beer, was really looking forward to this taste, Hoppin' Frog really impressed me with some of their beers.

Solid head and look, nice and deep brown.

A lot thinner than I thought it would be, but a solid coffee and oatmeal taste the whole way throughout. Really balanced beer, which I think is sometimes underappreciated these days.

Kind of disappointed as the beer fades, doesn't really linger as long as thought it would, but still good!

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Photo of kruthar
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Havin a party, bottling my latest homebrew batch and my buddy drops in with this baby. 2008 batch.

Appearance: Deep , dark, black color with zero light penetration. Rich light brown headed that diminishes to nothing. Spotty lacing.

Smell: Definitely a sweeter smell, molasses, coffee, maybe vanilla.

Taste: Definitly a coffe taste that hits right away. At the same time theres a sweet note with a long molasses after taste, almost like licorice.

Mouthfeel: very smooth, glides in and then glides down the throat.

Drinkability: I could finish this beer myself, despite this time I shared witha group of friends, its got a great taste that makes you want more.

Notes: I could do wthout the long sweet aftertaste, but overall i lovethis beer.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a deep, dark black color with a thin brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but dense lace on the glass. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, oats, dark malts and a touch of dark fruit. The taste is full of roasted coffee & oats, smoky malts, dark chocolate, toasted oats some dark fruit and an ever-so-slight alcohol burn. The beer has a very mild hops presence but it's stronger than you would expect in the style. The after-taste is bitter-sweet. Very smooth with a little crispness, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, sticky finish.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter.

Pour is pitch black with a half finger of brown foam. Aroma is boozy, dark candied fruits, ripe plum. No hops detected in the nose.

First impresion is alcohol burn, followed by a roast, bready flavor. not as much coffee or chocolate flavors as I would expect. There is a lingering alcohol burn. While this beer is very viscous, I am not tasting a corresponding amount of intense flavor to back it up... a bit too boozy for my preference. This is by no means bad, just a little unbalanced. I'd like to see some more roasted flavor, or a nice hoppiness to round this beer away from the alcohol.

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Photo of nickd717
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Review transcribed from notes dated June 2009.

Bomber from Wegmans in Princeton, NJ.

Black in color with a medium tan head.

Aroma is coffee, chocolate, and roasted malt. Fairly intense.

Flavor is coffee, chocolate, roast, oatmeal, slight dark fruits, and alcohol. Typical for the style but very balanced and well-done.

Palate is smooth, full, and creamy. A very good RIS overall. Better than the -bal aged version in my opinion - tried them side-by-side.

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Photo of jsanford
3.55/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Inky black with a small mocha head. Minimal lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and a surprising amount of hops for such a dark stout.

T - Bitter chocolate, expresso, dark malts and more citrus-y hops. This is one of the hoppiest stouts I've tasted.

M - Very smooth and silky with a nice "prickly" carbonation. Does run a bit "hot" though.

D - Fairly easy to drink, just not sure if I'd want to. It was certainly smooth and creamy, but I just found this to be too hoppy for my taste. I like my stouts roasty and chocolately and the like. Other reviews mention nothing about the hop level, so perhaps I'll have to revisit this to see if it was an off bottle. Disappointing.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to brandy snifter

A - Pitch black in colour and very thick during pouring. A small amount of espresso coloured head formed.

S - Intense nose of dark fruit up front with chocolate and plenty of sweet molasses. A very nice nose.

T - The dark fruit and chocolate realy ocme through on the palate with a very sweet compliment of molasses and brown sugar.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated. Slightly watery at times.

D - An excellent IS. I enjoyed every drop of this one.

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Photo of rarbring
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is black and has a small brown head. Nearly no lacing but curtains.

The smell is smoky, dried sweet fruits, and has coffee nuances.

The taste is full of dried fruits, dates and figs, in porridge. Not much bitterness.

Low carbonation, rather soft.

Sampled at beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

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Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: This beer pours like oil. Black in color with NO head. If you swirl the beer in your glass to agitate it, then you get a tan head, but it dissipates as quickly as it comes.

S: It took a while for us to figure out what this beer smells like. Had to pull an old wine maneuver and swirl it around to get the full aroma out. There is clearly a smell of oats, chocolate, booze, brown sugar &/or cinnamon spice (but that could be the booze), roasted malts. It definately has a sweet bouquet.

T: A creamy, chocolate flavor beer with hints of oats. However, there are undertones of raisins and sweet malts in this beer creating a likable and playful palate. A very creamy and enjoyable beer.

M: A buttery texture that is smooth, yet "fizzles" on the back of the tongue. If it's PC to say, it's comparable to a Merlot in the sense that it is dry and sweet.

D: Love this beer. No need to say anything else.

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Photo of Bonis
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours like motor oil, black as night. 1/4 inch moderately thick creamy dark tan head, stays for the duration. Looks incredible.

S - Sweet oatmeal chocolate and molasses. Some alcohol is there, almost giving it a bourbonlike smell. Very good.

T - Intense sweet chocolate and roasted malts to start. Then it turns a little bittersweet giving it a nice rich dark chocolate flavor, but the bitterness quickly vanishes. A very smooth finish to this one. The alcohol is there, but nicely masked by the other flavor components--well balanced. Tastes like liquid heaven to me.

M - Surprisingly smooth and somewhat thinner than expected. This definitely doesn't have the feel of a 9+ abv beer, which makes it so much better.

D - Very easy to drink for a strong stout, but watch out... You'll feel the effects of BORIS if you don't take your time drinking this one. Definitely a sipper, but it's hard to sip a beer that tastes this good.

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Photo of korguy123
3.76/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz split with my brother in goblet.
Special thanks to regspeir for this one!

A- Think inky, oily black pour, huge dark khaki head that lasts momentarily. Great lacing.

S- Dark roast coffee, vanilla, brown sugar, raisins, oak and slight alcohol presence.

T- Coffee right up front, brown sugar, earthy, kind of getting almonds in the taste.

M- Smooth and creamy, very little carbonation in this one, which suits it well.

Glad I got to split this with my brother two days before his wedding. The dark fruit taste wasn't my favorite, probably won't be having again.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.48/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with minimal head. Lots of chocolate aroma, molasses, and a fair amount of alcohol. Lots of chocolate flavor upfront, oats lending to a nice smoothness of flavors and a very bitter coffee finish. Medium-thin body, lots of alcohol warming, dry finish.

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Photo of dbossman
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Extremely black; looks like dark coffee and the head is dark brown--looks like chocolate mousse; the head tries to dissipate but clings on relatively long for the style

S: Loads of roasted dark malts and oats--lots of oats; coffee, chocolate, and grains; a touch of a spicy quality as well

T: Lots of oats and dark roasted maltiness with subtle coffee bitterness and a touch of chocolate; chewy and bready

F: So thick, creamy, and chewy; this beer just sits on the tongue

D: Alcohol is well masked and though the bitter coffee and over the top oat maltiness can be somewhat cumbersone, this is still a damn drinkable and delicious brew

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

When I opened it I opened it carefully and near the sink remembering the near disaster with The Dogfather. I had stout foam everywhere! Not so with this beer. The bottle opened with a weak pfft and nothing moved inside. After pouring it, it seemed to have a hard time generating a head and when it finally did (huffing and puffing the whole time), it sank back quicker than it had formed. When it briefly had a head, it was light brown to mocha in color and the beer is jet black and appears flat.

Smells like an RIS...toast and espresso, but you get a whiff of alcohol and chocolate, like Godiva liqueur, but not as smooth.

More of that chocolate comes out in the flavor backed by a roasted malt bitterness. This is sweeter than most RISs and that sweetness presents itself as molasses. I'm drinking it a little colder than I should, but I don't get the usual stout uber-bitterness that rears its ugly head when its temperature drops below 55 degrees. After warming up, the molasses goes to the background and the chocolate comes to the fore, but more in cocoa-like flavor with a little nice not-so-bitter finish. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is silky and full, which is better than silly and fulk. I have no idea what fulk might be, but it doesn't sound good. Anyway, the heat is barely detectable, but it is detectable. After warming up a bit it seems to get a little thinner and the alcohol recedes. Odd for an oatmeal stout. Drink this as close to room temperature as you're comfortable with.

Not sure how many of these I can pound down. After half a glass I'm making stupid Spoonerisms in my beer review and have a strong desire to visit Vietnam due to a show I'm watching on Travel Channel. Yeah, this is good beer, but I'm glad I don't have to drink another. I'd be on the roof yelling stuff at the neighbor about figs and getting shades on their second floor bathroom. Frankly, I looked at the word "roof" a few times and it looked funny to me. Could be a long night and a rough morning as I am now rooting around the beer fridge for something else. :)

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer, I feel, was hard pressed to live up to the hype. I definitely enjoyed it, but when I see it's medals from the GABF and read the reviews... even the name means this beer's sights are aiming very high.

The beer pours a thick black - best comparison is used motor oil or day-old coffee. There is a very dark mocha head on it but it was short-lived.

Smelled of burnt malt, roasted coffee beans, and had some oaky, bready notes.

Tastes of sweet molasses, oak, and chocolate espresso beans. There is a huge amount of maltiness and decent hop bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not as thick and chewy as some oatmeal stouts, but definitely not thin either. There is medium heat on this beer too.

The high abv and richness of this beer make it hard to drink quickly. Nevertheless, I found it extremely enjoyable and look forward to drinking this again, preferably where I can split the bottle with a friend or two!

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Photo of UnDeadly
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, pint glass
*1 year cellar aged! Thanks Bruisin' Ales, you rock :D

Appearance - Black as midnight. Not sure if the age had anything to do with the carbonation, but I had to do a full, aggressive center-pour to produce a one-finger foam. Head was very very dark...I would say a gunmetal color. Lingered for a while but eventually settled into a ring around the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Chocolate malts, but otherwise a very quiet and balanced scent. I can smell the alcohol as well...9.4% + whatever a year of aging gives you though, makes that forgivable.

Taste - Burnt sugar sweetness in the front that mellows through the middle, and gives way to coffee off the back and dark chocolate in the aftertaste. A fun ride, well balanced. Despite smelling the alcohol, it is almost unnoticeable in the taste.

Mouth Feel - Pretty good here. I still think its a touch low on the carbonation, but has a nice creamy feel and is smooth all the way down. No sting from the alcohol - this puppy is dangerous!

Drinkability - Very pleasant to drink, however at the end of the bottle I was feeling...well, nice :) Two bombers of this stuff would probably be my limit. But the ABV is really the only thing that would keep me from drinking this over a long period of time.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,764 ratings