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B.O.R.I.S. #100 | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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B.O.R.I.S. #100B.O.R.I.S. #100
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Batch #100 is made with English malts instead of American Malts and has a blue cap.

Added by Spider889 on 11-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
62
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 62
Reviews by dbc5:
Photo of dbc5
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured in Duvel Tulip.

A: Essentially black with a dark brown head. Head retention is fairly minimal although a consistent ring hangs around for the glass's duration.

S: Bittersweet chocolate. A bit less coffee than traditional BORIS. More dark fruit sweetness than the standard version.

T: Taste was a bit roastier than anticipated based on the nose. The chocolate is certainly there and a nice creaminess is imparted by the oats. A sweeter offering than the standard version.

M: Nice and thick, thicker than many other offerings within the style. Not overly carbonated although carbonation can be found on the tongue with each sip.

O: Overall, this is another solid offering from Hoppin Frog, although I do prefer normal BORIS to this variation. The sweetness in this one steals the show and takes away from the upfront roast I find so enjoyable in HF's flagship beer.

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Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a darkness snifter. blue cap = "BORIS 100". purchased at the brewery.

pours out completely opaque black with a nice creamy dark mocha colored head. kept a nice thin creamy layer with some spotty lace. a little legs left on the glass as well.

nothing really imperial stout like to the aroma. chalky, almost slightly yeasty with just a hint of alcohol. some faint chocolate and roast, fruity esters, and maybe a little burnt grain. the smell almost reminded me of several mediocre stout like homebrews ive either made or tried. becomes more and more fruity as it warms.

much better taste than the aroma suggested. somewhat sweet, roasted burnt grains, lots of nice chocolate flavors, a nice hoppy bite close to the finish that leaves a substantial bitterness.

slick and creamy. full bodied. carbonation was a bit too much at first.

having never had the regular boris, i cant really tell you the differences the english base malt had, but it is definatly noticable both in the taste and aroma. a pretty good impy stout, but with all the other great examples of the style out there, its hard to say if id ever buy this again. it does leave me longing to try all the other variations of this beer however.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jeonseh
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A - Dark brown with chocolate brown foam that sits on the edge. Looks to be medium body and leaves a slight coating on the glass

S - Smells of dark chocolate, light caramel, roasted coffee, vanilla, and slight bitter hops

T - Sweet vanilla and caramel up front. Dark chocolate and roasted coffee in the middle that gives it a nice balance. Finish is roasted coffee, light orange peel and caramel. A nice and complex stout!

MF - Nice, creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Slightly sticky . The finish is roasted coffee and slightly astringent.

O - A really solid stout. Has a good and complex flavor profile that balances between roasted coffee and sweeter caramel.

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Photo of otter20dt
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

B.O.R.I.S. #100 pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It’s opaque. I’m not seeing any light cut through. It’s capped with a very dark, mocha colored head that stands about two fingers tall. Looks really nice. Retention was quite good. Lacing was sticky and rather light overall. I do like the color a lot though.

The nose is good. It’s very malty up front. It features a mix of chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt notes. It definitely smells a bit sweet and maybe a little sugary. Roasted coffee is easily noted and smells nice. A secondary scent of dark fruit comes through nicely. Smells mostly like plum to me. It blends in pretty well and adds something positive to the mix. Alcohol is mildly noticeable. Doesn’t smell all that strong.

The flavor definitely impresses…in a big way. A mix of sweet caramel and bittersweet, dark chocolate kicks things off. The sweet flavor seems to be a little stronger and is a bit sugary. Roasted coffee and dark fruit flavors of raisin and plum emerge next. They add quality depth and complement the malt flavors extremely well. The dark fruit adds a tangy-like flavor that’s nice. Very subtle notes of molasses and charred barley arrive late. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t seem too strong. It’s not warm or hot. Finishes a little burnt, sweet, and malty.

B.O.R.I.S. #100 has a medium body that feels nice and smooth. It doesn’t feel quite as thick and full as it should for a big stout. Having said that, it has a nice feel and certainly goes down easy. This bomber isn’t presenting much of a problem at all.

B.O.R.I.S. #100 is definitely a nice addition to Hoppin’ Frog’s roster. Frankly, it’s not materially different from the regular B.O.R.I.S. The biggest difference to me is that it seems a bit sweeter. That’s all. Not a great thing. Not a bad thing. Just a little different. Worth a try? Absolutely.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Vonerichs
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Jet black creamy body with a 1/4" of cinnamon colored head that lasts less than 30 seconds, then it's gone completely.

The smell is heavy on the roast with notes of dark chocolate and espresso.

The taste is robust with bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee grounds, and mild char. It's sweet and walks up to the line of being too sweet, but stops just short.

The mouthfeel is far and away my favorite aspect. It's creamy, smooth, and low carbonation. Thick and heavy as it should be.

It's a solid RIS. It's been a while since I've had the original BORIS so I can't discern the difference, but I remember enjoying the original and can say the same for this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch dark brown head. The head doesn't stay around for too long, and there's a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet and roasty, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet and milk chocolate, oats, and a little bit of dark fruit and coffee. However, the taste seems a lot more roasty than it is sweet. It tastes like roasted/burnt/charred malt, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, and some anise and dark fruit. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I think this is a solid overall beer, but I don't like it nearly as much as I do the regular BORIS. And with this being a little more expensive ($10.99 a bottle) than the regular version, I won't be buying another bottle. But I do think it's worth a try since it's a one time beer.

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Photo of Abio
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oline73
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of aanakinskywalker
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DangerDawg
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure this is actually a different beer than the regular version, but it is listed so I'll give it a review.

A - Black beer, brown head. Didn't have much retention, no stick left. Decent legs on the beer.

S - Chocolate, a little bit of fruity yeast, nice roast, char, toasted english malts. Pretty inviting, and not overbearing.

T - Taste is much like the nose. Char, toasted malts, and cocoa stand out in this one. Some moderate coffee bitterness. Decently sweet, but the char and toasted malts give it nice balance.

M - Close to full bodied, smooth, moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer. Enjoyed it, drank it quite easily. Has a nice and easy drinking flavor profile, would do it again.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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