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Cafe BORIS | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jampics2 on 08-08-2010

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Reviews by BB1313:
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3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with barely any light getting through; small mocha head that fades quickly and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. The aromas are full of malts. There's a nice amount of chocolate in the mix. Some vanilla bean. The coffee aromas are definitely there, but are subtle and balanced. The flavors are alot sweeter than I expected. Lots of milk chocolate and sweet vanilla. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. The coffee gives this one a solid roastiness. Slightly bitter, but not over the top. There's even some anise the pops up in the finish every once in awhile. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's very creamy and fluffy. Smooth stuff and the alcohol goes unnoticed.

This is a very good coffee stout. It's very enjoyable and fun to drink, but it doesn't quite standout compared to other popular coffee stouts. It's in the same ballpark though. I was expecting a little more at $15/bomber. That being said, Hoppin' Frog crafts good stouts, and this is good.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Marius
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

75cl bottle. Pitch black, oily pour, with a fine-grained dark espresso head that gives way to a thin lacing. Smells of dark cherries, milk chocolate, coffee, cocoa, oak. Tastes like smoke, roasted malts, dark cherries and alcohol - not much coffee in this one. More light bodied than the pour would suggest, with a low carbonation and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mar02x
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MuFugga
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SomethingClever
4.66/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz poured into a snifter

A: dark as a winter in hell, super mocha head.

S: roasted coffee, chocolate such a deep roasted smell

M: thick it clings you are going to taste this for hours after you drank it it just coats your tongue

O: this beer is deep black, coffee roasted, it's thick it's just well a great stout with coffee kinda great actually this beer is something you want to drink

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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of prototypic
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of woodchip
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Inky black. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Coffee and cola. Some dark chocolate.

Taste - Sweet. Bitter coffee. Less cola, but it's definitely there in the finish. Nutty, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium low carbonation. Medium heavy.

Overall - I still think the base beer is better than all the treatments.

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Photo of beerhan
3.18/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A-Jet black with a lovely dark brown head. Super thick appearance that is rather deceiving.

S-Smells like cheap coffee, hazelnut, gas station creamer that has been sitting out for hours.

T-The taste of this honestly reminds me of bad coffee that has been sitting out for hours and slowly gets cold. It is rather creamy but there are some minute chocolate notes left and a hint of licorice.

M-Nice thick body with almost too little heat. The coffee over dominates the flavor and all other aspects of this beer making it almost a chore to get down.

O-Regular BORIS is a lot better than this. The coffee is just not good and it makes this hard to get down. I would not recommend this to anyone especially when you can get three times the amount of founders breakfast stout for the cost of one bottle (14.99).

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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Cafe BORIS from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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