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
Ratings:
62
Reviews:
17
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
29
For Trade:
2
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Photo of siege06nd
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first experience with BORIS...

A. Wow, the blackest beer I have seen. Absolute black hole here. Spectacular deep, rich brown head emerges with a brownie batter consistency. About two finger, but slowly calms down to a half finger. A quick swirl and it erupts again. Lacing is uniform and gorgeous. Perfect.

S. Chocolate crumbles, some nuttiness, coffee roast, light dark fruit, and a little bit of sweet, zesty hops. Very chocolate and roast forward, but in a rich, creamy way.

T. Follows the nose with melted and slightly singed baking chocolate, mild coffee roast, vanilla, caramel, and a kiss of sweet/zesty hops. Delicious. The only hint of booze is the warming sensation as this goes down.

M. Perfection. It's thick, creamy, and perfectly balanced. It's coating without being cloying. Full flavored and moderately carbed.

O. I found it hard to believe that a beer so easily obtained could be so excellent. Just goes to show you how little rarity matters in (but, unfortunately, how much it can influence our perception of) the quality of the beer. This is a knockout, a homerun, the best RIS I have had. Amazing work, HF. The real question: is Batch 100 that much different from the regular? I doubt it, though I have never had the regular. Either way, it's a near perfect stout and well worth the accolades it has received. Hoppin' Frog really needs to build a brewpub, it's a shame a beer this good is made in an industrial park garage.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For their 100th batch of the undisputed most popular beer, their BORIS the Crusher takes on a minor face lift that foregoes the doldrum-neutrality of the crisp malts that comprise U.S. beers and and initiates the fuller flavored and textured biscuity malt of England.

Like the other versions of BORIS, the beer pours with a motor oil viscocity of opaque inky black beer and slowly separates the mocha colored head from the liquid with a thick and structured attitude. No lacing necessary, the beer's foam stance fades to a dainty necklace of lace and lucky to retain anything to stand out against the oiliness of port or cognac.

Rich aromas of fruit nearly rival that of roast and chocolate as a licorice-like character charges the nose in more aggressive ester character than is usually found in stouts. But the balanced nose celebrates the malty-rich scent of burnt caramel, bready starch, dark chocolate, espresso, walnut, rum, and grape.

Flavors take over first with rich chocolaty sweetness that's met with espresso roast and bitterness before weaving in elements of cola nut, red grape juice, black licorice, caramelly bourbon, mild vanilla, oak, and slight vinous sherry or port character. Where the balance lies heavily in the espresso, cherries, chocolate, fruit, and alcohol the beer is always complemented by accessory taste and sensations that seem to make a new impression at every turn.

About as full bodied as stouts get, this beer should be served with a fork. Chewy, oily, rich, and completely mouth coating, the beer's supple carbonation allows for the most succulent texture of velvet and silk to complement the sweet and smoky roast, milk chocolate, heavy cream, and creeping alcohol sweet/warm textures. Long and savory, this beer sees no finish as the linger of taste and texture extends pleasantly into the next sip.

Forget about pairings, this sweet fruity and roasty ale satisfies the palate and stomach with every bit the reward as the most die hard death-by-chocolate whatevers or post dinner lattes. The different malt varieties here versus that of the standard but world class BORIS might add a more fortified maltiness but the differences are minute. What's not subtle is the tilt toward fruity grape, licorice, and port that this variety exudes.

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4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer pours a deep black color and is topped with 3/4" of tan colored head that tends to linger.
Smell: Roasted malts, chocolate, and dark fruits are the first aromas that I can smell. They are followed by vanilla and toffee.
Taste: The taste follows along side the aroma, dark chocolate and roasted malts. It has a creaminess that regular Boris doesn't. It has a sweet finish with coffee overtones. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: 100 has a medium body to it, wish it was a bit thicker but if that is the one knock of this beer it has to be a great beer.

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4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Binny's. Served in a tulip while playing the Showgirls drinking game.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a collar and wispy partial cap, but minimal lace. Body is pitch black.

S - Chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, roasted malts with a hint of coffee, yeasty bread and toasty biscuits.

T - Taste is quite similar, with plenty of dark chocolate, toasted bread, dark fruit, and moderate roast and char bitterness. It's hard to peg the quality of the English malts without the benefit of an A/B comparison, but there's a nebulous biscuit and caramel quality that I get from English ales.

M - Smooth, creamy texture, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, and a mild melted chocolate viscosity. Perhaps a touch of alcohol warmth after a full glass.

D - This was quite enjoyable. I think I may prefer it to regular B.O.R.I.S. by a small margin in the flavor and aroma department. Wish Hoppin' Frog beers were more affordable, as I'd probably buy them more often. Definitely worth checking out if you like the original.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Side by side with regular BORIS. The beer is black with a thin, oily beige head. The aroma brings delectable scents of malt, bread, toast, roast, chocolate. The flavor is smooth and velvety. A bit better than the standard version perhaps? Overall, quite tasty and worth seeking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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

22 ounce bottle into snifter; bottled in late Fall 2011, so this is a year old now. Pours pitch black color with a small dark tan head with decent retention that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Slight spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, toast, coffee, molasses, bread, light char, oatmeal, and light dark fruits. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; can definitely see the bready toast character from the English malts. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, coffee, molasses, light char, toast, biscuit, light nuttiness, raisin, oatmeal, and light tobacco. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, caramel, toast, molasses, toffee, biscuit, dark fruit, oatmeal, and light tobacco on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; with a very pronounced malt backbone and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, thick, and slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Imperial stout! Great balance and complexity of highly robust flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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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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B.O.R.I.S. #100 from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.12 out of 5 based on 62 ratings.
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