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:
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Added by klewis on 11-10-2006

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#960
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1,043
Ratings:
2,769
pDev:
9.22%
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Photo of trep
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle shared with Wagenvolks and Kristen613

Super dark black body with a dark brown head. Looks like Expedition sitting in the glass. Chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, dark fruits such as plums and raisins are all present in the aroma. very complex and delicious smelling.

Dark chocolate, fruity, roasted malts and coffee. Same as aroma, except I get to taste it this time! Very complex and very balanced.

Thick, full body with medium-light carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Nice and smooth, the thickness isn't overwhelming and this is a pleasure to drink.

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

Bomber picked up at Friar Tuck's in Peoria on my journey west.

a - pour deep dark black and pretty thick, slow developing deep brown head with retention around the edges, little lacing

s - big malty and chocolaty aroma, a significant hop profile for an RIS as well, some coffee, slight alcohol

t - big sweet maltiness up front, nice bittersweet chocolate, body has a good deal of citrusy hop bitterness, finish is more bitter chocolate and slight coffee, lingering alcohol notes

m - full-bodied, moderate carbonation, mildly dry finish, nice warming

d - very drinkable RIS, complex, yet doesn't wear out the palate

Very good RIS all around. Worthy of the high marks it's received. Will definitely try to pick up a few more bombers on my next trip back east.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Jdoolin: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium dark brown foamy head with limited retention but some nice lacing. Aroma of light chocolate with some subtle coffee notes is quite enjoyable. Taste of black chocolate is sublime with some nice roasted malt and some nice coffee subtle notes. Body is quite full with some medium to low carbonation. Alcohol was not noticeable with some medium sweetness. Can’t find much negative on this beer except a bit lacking in complexity to overtake some of my favourite from this style.

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

Props to trep for letting me in on this great RIS.

Poured a seal brown, nearly black hue with a creamy dark brown head that deepened into the body of the stout upon pouring. Okay lacing. Aroma had a semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, and slight alcohol notes, as well as some roasted cocoa beans.

Taste is, as expected, stouty. Malt chocolate notes with some plum and raisin. Malts are well-balanced with a good hop note. Mouthfeel gives a big, thick body, creamy with a light carbonation level. Very easily drinkable for the high ABV. Complexity and flavor make this a fantastic RIS.

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Photo of Vancer
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A fairly aggressive pour resulted in a perfect looking brew – black gold in a glass, topped by an impressive tan head. Stuff sticks around like a bum at a free dinner.

Nice aroma of chocolate malt, laced with cinnamon. Also a nice touch of anise and plums. This just HAD to be good, and it was exceptional! Started with a chocky coffee stout aspect, then finished with a creamy and silky roasted smores with licorice.

Rich and robust, this death beer has to be over 250 calories per 12 ounce, but I could and would drink this stuff day and night – like a rat on cocaine. Gimme another.

Another hat off for the brew, sent in the Simply Beer BIF from Mike (mcallister)

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Photo of Raymond69
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark chocolaty foam.

Smell is malty, faint hops , Some roasted malts coming through.

Taste is almost perfect. Roasted coffee , dark chocolate , and sweet malt are balanced by a nice addition of hops.

Mouthfeel is medium , not dry or to sweet. Good carbonation.

Overall this beer is dangerously drinkable. I don't think I've ever had an "oatmeal" Imperial, but I like it.

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Photo of kajerm
3.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at DL day 2007-- I can't remember who to thank for it, though...

Pours black with a small tan head.

Aroma is chocolatey and oaky, with some dark fruit and yeast character. Alcoholic spiciness is absent and coffee notes are very light.

Tastes like it smells, but with more coffee flavor, less fruit/yeast, and a lot more malt-derived bitterness. The finish is similar to Old Rasputin, but the overall flavor is woodier and a little less assertive. Booze is nowhere in sight.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light-- it seems like the oatmeal didn't really contribute any of the protein or creaminess that it's supposed to. Carbonation is appropriate. A few other people on here have called it thick, rich, and chewy, but I didn't really get that at all, or else my imperial stout standards have just gotten ridiculous.

Pretty drinkable as far as imperial stouts go, owing to the weirdly light body. I'd be open to try this again and dissect it a little more if the opportunity presents itself.

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

A 650 mL bottle courtesy of markgugs.

A: The stout pours with a thick, viscous oil quality, revealing little head until the glass is 1/2 way full. At that point, a coffee-n-cream colored head emerges that is thick and laces throughout the glass.

S: The nose is all kinds of dark sweetness, particularly toasted cereal malts, chocolate and caramel. The chocolate grains are so dark and deep that they take on a wine-like quality.

T: The flavor is enough to knock your socks off. The chocolate, dark malts are dry and slightly bitter, creating an interesting interplay between the dryness and chocolate sweetness. The darker roasted character really shines at the end, creating a complexity that lasts for a very long time. As the stout warms, a big alcohol presence emerges.

M: The mouthfeel is big and bold, full of dark malt depth. The alcohol that emerges later in the ale has the effect of scouring the mouth.

D: The high alcohol and big taste is quite enjoyable, but one bottle is all I could handle.

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

Thanks to mcallister for sending this along in my ba anniv. package.

Pours an perfect onyx color with a one finger caramel colored head. Slight retention on the edges of the glass. Sticky thick lacing. Smooth nestle cocoa and chocolate chips. Sweet caramel notes.

Thick, full, and robust body gave my throat a kick as it went down. Roasted malt flavors start this out followed sweet caramel and nestle cocoa powder. Oatmeal adds to the smoothness of the body. Coffee beans are subtle, but contribute to the bitterness. Dark fruit notes take on a spiciness and are noticeable in the aftertaste. Finishes quite dry with a good bitterness. A nice imperial stout with an interesting oatmeal twist. High abv goes almost unnoticed. Pick it up if you can.

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Photo of Luchman
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bottle poured into a tulip.

A: A thick, black, sludgy body with a dark cocoa colored head that leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate, coffee,molasses, and a hint of alcohol. I also get a hint of caramel and oatmeal? (That might just be me knowing that its an "oatmeal stout" though.) Either way, smells pretty tasty.

T: A nice chocolate/coffee/earthy taste with some warming of alcohol.Little sign of some hops, ending with a roasted note. Not too shabby.

M: Medium body with a smooth carbonation.

D:I enjoyed it but it's definitely nothing special. I have had better RIS and better oatmeal stouts in my day..

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Photo of BlindPig
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick dark mocha head on a black body. While pouring it just looks like pouring black ink.
S- Big coffee malts, oatmeal is in there pretty big too, light nut aroma too(?), hints of vanilla, and chocolate.
T- Chocolate, coffee, hints of alcohol flavor, hops help balance it out a bit, medium bitterness, light warming too.
M- Full body low carbonation and kind of sticky feel.
D- It's ok. Nothing great IMO.

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Photo of AltBock
3.72/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a happy and probably drunk green with a white chest frog toasting a pitcher of black beer in front of a bright yellow rectangle. This frog is toasting his mug so hard, that he's just whipping his beer all around and spilling it into his little secluded Akron pond. Above the frog is the name of the brewery in big black letters, but the letter "o" is replaced with a pitcher of yellow beer. Just below the black beer pitcher the frog is toasting, is a red oval that states this is an Ohio beer. I didn't know Ohio breweries had a symbol. To the left of happy drunk frog is the Government warning, the city it's brewed in, and the barcode. On the other side of the frog is a little paragraph telling you about the beer, its specifications, and another picture of the drunk happy frog. This little picture had him toasting a mug of yellow beer. Don't bother to look for a date or batch number because there isn't one anywhere on the bottle or label. Served in a small Great Lakes Christmas Ale Snifter.

Appearance: Do you remember seeing the mug of black beer the frog is toasting on the label? To save money, Hoppin' Frog took the same ink they used for their label and then bottled it as B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. This beer had the same size head of foam as brewed ink (if it's possible) does. The only thing there was, was just a small skim of Cherry Coke colored foam that dissipated quite quickly into a few colored rings and no lace whatsoever anywhere around the glass. After about a minute, it looked like I poured a glass of ink instead of a black beer. There was nothing there to indicate that it was a beer by just looking at it from a distance. In case your pen runs out of black ink, just refill it back up with some B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was just a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Nothing really stands out by itself because they all combined together to create a very nice and pleasant aroma. That means it had a little bit of roasted malts, a pinch of chocolate covered cherries, a dab of regular black cherries, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and then ended with a little nip of alcohol. Toward the bottom of the glass, the alcohol aroma really kicks into gear and dominates over all of the other aromas that were in this beer.

Taste: The first flavor that hopped its way onto my tastebuds were the high quality dark chocolate covered cherries. Not the kind of chocolate covered cherries you would find at your local drug store, the kind you can find at your fine local chocolatier. After that came the roasted malts, chocolate malts, black cherries, other dark fruits, a hint of roasted coffee beans, and a huge alcohol bullfrog drop kick at the finish line. That alcohol kick at the end really warms up your throat and esophagus. It almost makes you feel like you just drank a shot of whiskey and not a sip of B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher. Where was the robust hop character the label said that this beer was going have? I don't know, but it could have used it. There was some bitterness at the end, but it was more of a dark chocolate bitter than a hop bitter.

Mouthfeel: When I first took a few big sips of this beer, there wasn't any aftertaste to it. The dark taste hopped on in and then hopped on out without leaving an aftertaste of anything. When it warms up and you get toward the bottom of the glass, an aftertaste of bitter dark chocolate and alcohol emerges. If you couldn't guess already, this beer was thick, chewy, and full bodied to the max.

Drinkability: If you drink the beer cold, you really don't have a problem with it. If you let it sit there to warm up, you're going to be sorry. All the roasted and dark flavors will be there, but you're really going to feel the burn, alcohol burn that is. If you like big chewy alcoholic beers, then this Hoppin' Frog is for you! Will this beer crush like you like the label stated? Not really. It will be the alcohol burn that will do you in and not its dark and roasted flavors.

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

Poured from a Hoppin' Frog bomber into pint glasses. The beer was thick and black with a poofy tan & wet head. The aroma was coffee and burnt malts, the flavor was smooth dark sweet malts. Very thick and rich, but still a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Real nice, my first and only imperial oatmeal stout.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-19-07

Pours thick, like chocolate syrup. A thin film of tan head with little lacing.

Smells very rich, subtly fruity, with tons of roasted malts. A sweet caramel/chocolate aroma is in there too.

Taste is very good, if black was a flavor, this is it. A ton a subtle flavors mingle to create one of the most balanced beers I've ever had. There is coffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, with a strong hop bitterness and an ultra-smooth alcohol finish. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel is spectacular, like melted ice cream.

Drinkability is surprisingly good, for such an intense beer.

Overall a very good brew and my first from Hoppin' Frog. A very well crafted and well thought-out beer and a perfect example of an RIS.

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

Session notes from March 15, 2007:

Poured a 22oz. bomber into a tankard.

A: Pours opaque dark brown with a thick dark tan head. Looks very tasty.

S: Sweet, nutty, and alcohol.

T and M: Smooth, full-bodied, and surprisingly well-balanced. Finishes with a strong, syrupy, roasted flavor.

D: Very drinkable considering the size of this beer.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.82/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aquired this brew in a trade with mcallister. Thanks for sending me some great beer! Served at cellar temperature into a pint glass. Poured a very deep oily black color that no light could pass through. About two good fingers of tight, thick, bubbly dark brown head formed. Head had pretty good retention. Smell: Wonderful aromas of strong roasted coffee beans, sweet milk chocolate, notes of toffee and caramel rose from the glass. Awesome nose on this one. Taste: Tons of flavor here. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, and some spicey black licorice. All balanced out just about perfectly. Delicious. Mouthfeel was full and thick, with little carbonation. Pretty creamy and complex. I could drink this all day long. Great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of markgugs
4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22oz. bottle into a snifter glass, thanks to BA klewis for hookin' up the beer :-)

A: Beer pours a delicious-looking rich, dark brown, with a milk chocolate-hinged head. Disappears quickly, but leaves lively, sticky lacing.

S: Has delightful notes of chocolate, coffee, and roasted oatmeal. Nothing overpowering, but just a perfect representation of that "malted" smell.

T/M: Mmmm...this tastes and feels like drinking liquid dark chocolate, only with a juicy, mouth-watering finish. A robust dark fruit (cherry) nose leads seamlessly into a bitter coffee-flavored body. Oily, resiny hops finish it out, and help contribute to the overall velvety smooth feel to this beer. An absolutely delicious beer.

D: Dunkin' Donuts ought to just serve this, because it's pretty much the greatest iced mocha coffee ever, only it's beer. I almost wish it wasn't 9.4% ABV so I could drink it all night, every night.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is extremely dark. There is a big mocha colored head that left sticky lacing on the glass. The smell is sweet with a lot of chocolate. It smells a bit like a cappuccino. The taste is not as good as the aroma. It just doesn't taste "stout" enough. There is a bit of a Hershey Bar flavor, and some prune or plum like fruitiness. The mouthfeel is smooth, but thin and weak for a stout, much less an imperial stout. The drinkability is better than average. It is pretty strong too!

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

A 22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark brown color with a brown tan head about a finger thick when poured. It doesn't last too long but leaves some decent lacing. Aromas of roasted coffee, toffee, and caramel. Flavors of roasted malt and coffee are strongly present followed by notes of caramel and dark chocolate along with a bit of hops at the end. Has a creamy, frothy, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Quite easy to drink. The best thing I have had from this brewery yet.

Eric

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a thick black as night liquid with a huge cream colored head that just did not go down. Very milkshake looking in consistency and took a very long time to settle. I knew immediatly I was about to get my butt kicked by this one. Perfect looking stout. Smell was very sweet, with hints of milk and sugar intermixing with the big players which were coffee and chocolate. Hints of alcohol as well, which at 9.2%abv does not shock me in the least. Had a very dessert like look and smell to it, getting very excited to try this one. Taste was very thick, milkshake like consistency. Big creamy and very smooth going down, definatly made this a dessert beer. Taste again was very sweet, roasted coffee with milk and sugar. Flavors of caramel and chocolate, very rich. Slight warming from the alcohol, but not too bad at all. Very filling and just very very good all around, thats all that really needs to be said. Nice long lingering dry finish capped it off beautifully. This was really a treat and I would never turn it down anywhere at anytime. Really great and I hope to be able to try it again one day.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 9.4% ABV, 60 IBU. Pitch black in color, no highlights at all. Thick dark tan head settles down quickly to a thin ring. Roasty, chocolate, espresso aroma. A large amount of sweetness is present in this beer. Lots of chocolate, warming alcohol. Some dark fruit and vinous flavors approach near the end. A little silky. Lingering bitterness on the palate. Lower amount of carbonation. Seems a bit thin for the size of this brew. Nicely done by this newer brewery. Certainly worth trying.

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

This beer was lightly chilled and served in a Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a solid black body. The head is thick and fluffy with a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The beer has no ruby opaqueness to light. Thick rings of lacing remain on my glass.

Smell: The beer has heavily roasted ,toasted and chared malts. The aroma is dominated by a smoked dark roasted espresso. As the beer warms up toward room temperature vanilla and dark fruits raisins and figs come to the foreground.

Taste: The beer delivers a majorly smokey, roasted and chared maltyness. If you dont like roasted and toasted and burnt characters in your beer skip this one. The espresso vias for dominance in the flavor with smokey charcoal notes. The beer has undertones of cocoa and vanilla. The alcohol brings adds a zing to the flavor. The finish of the beer is earthy and just vaguely pine hopped.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The roasted, and chared flavors of this beer is very evident. The finish is earthy and bitter. The beer has a silky smoothness to the mouth. The body of this beer is definately full. This is a very solid Russian Imperial Stout. The beer has been a frequent visitor to my beer glass. I would definately suggest you try this RIS if you like big stouts.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally found some Hoppin' Frog beers in town! Very excited to see it. BORIS stands for Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. 9.4% ABV, label says 60 IBUs. I drank a 22 oz. bomber of this all by myself - talk about a good night. Pours like motor oil. It's an opaque black with a thick, reddish head. Great retention. Smells sweet: dark toasted malt, oats, caramel, syrup, dark chocolate. Tastes of the dark malt, chocolate, caramel, twinge of alcohol. Very nicely balanced - slightly hoppy finish - the bitterness balances the thick sweetness of it. Mouthfeel is full-bodied to the max. Thick beyond thick. Like drinking a rich chocolate milk. It was a wonderful beer - great example of the style - wonderful for slow sipping on a cold winter's evening.

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Photo of frazbri
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher from Hoppin' Frog poured motor oil black topped by a short, creamy brown head. Aroma had notes of cocoa, peanut butter, berries, and coffee. Flavor starts with bittersweet chocolate, followed by banana, a touch of ameretto and cherries and finished off with a hit of espresso. The body was full and the carbonation was moderate.

This stout has the look and feel of a top-notch imperial stout. The beer clinges to the glass after you take a drink. It's thick and chewy in the mouth. The only thing keeping it from elite status, is the sharp finish. Don't let this little review keep you from drink this. Boris has much to offer.

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Photo of becktone
3.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Eye: This beer is so thick and black that when it pours from the bottle it looks like dirty engine oil, or molasses. Forms finger's size head but it quickly receedes to what I wouldn't even call a film. Could be this glass, never have had a good head in this snifter.

Nose: Strong malt backbone on this one. Strong notes of chocolate malt make their way to the foreground. Alcohol is evident, warm to the nose. No hop aroma present. Pretty much right on for what one of these should smell like.

Tongue: This brew is intense. The most prevalent flavor characteristic is chocolate, Alcohol is detectable, and there's a bit of grain bitterness at the end of this beer. Also just a bit of a roasted quality. All in all pretty good.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is thick in the mouth, full bodied with little carbonation. Exactly what one expects. I also enjoy the warming sensation of the alcohol as this beer slides down the throat. This is a good beer, but at $7.00 for a bomber its a bit pricey. I probably won't be buying it again anytime soon. Its good but not that good.

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B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 2,769 ratings