But with Beer!
Specifically, we’re going for a stroll with B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher – the Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout from the artists at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery in Akron, Ohio.
But first – a quick history lesson. What is a Russian Imperial Stout? In the 18th century, British brewers were called on to create a dark beer that could be transported to the court of Catherine II of Russia without spoiling or freezing. Their solution? More hops, which act as natural preservatives, and a higher alcohol content. So today, your standard R.I.S. (not to be confused with R.U.S.s) is a dark, complex beer with an ABV greater than 9%, in this case 9.4%. I’d never had a beer from Hoppin’ Frog before, but when I spied the label showing that B.O.R.I.S. was a two-time gold medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival, I knew I had to give it a try. Hoppin’ Frog is somewhat unique in that they only sell their beers in 22 ounce bottles and in kegs. I poured the B.O.R.I.S. into a room temperature goblet. When I said dark side above, I meant DARK. Think used motor oil for all you automotive DIYers. For our faithful readers who are not grease monkeys envision a pot of coffee that’s been sitting on the hotplate all day long.