B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher – Hoppin’ Frog Brewery

So for this review, we’re going to take a walk on the dark side.  Not on the wild side, but the dark side.  Not with John Cafferty, and not with him…

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.

The aroma was rich and inviting, with hints of chocolate and caramel.  The first sip yielded a thick, full bodied feel, just what you would expect from a beer that bills itself as Boadacious.  Clearly, the team at Hoppin’ Frog know what they are doing.  The beer was simply delicious.  You can really taste the dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that are balanced nicely by the hoppy, ever so slightly bitter finish.  In my humble opinion, this beer really deserves the awards it has earned.

So for this review, we’re going to take a walk on the dark side.  Not on the wild side, but the dark side.  Not with John Cafferty, and not with him…
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. The aroma was rich and inviting, with hints of chocolate and caramel.  The first sip yielded a thick, full bodied feel, just what you would expect from a beer that bills itself as Boadacious.  Clearly, the team at Hoppin’ Frog know what they are doing.  The beer was simply delicious.  You can really taste the dark roasted coffee and chocolate flavors that are balanced nicely by the hoppy, ever so slightly bitter finish.  In my humble opinion, this beer really deserves the awards it has earned.

B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout


Appearance – 95%


Smell – 95%


Taste – 90%


Mouthfeel – 95%



94%

Outstanding!

Thick, rich, and at 9.4% ABV, this is really a wonderful dessert beer for those of us who love Russian Imperial Stout.

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