Booze Geek – B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher And Ben Grimm

By Dylan Gonzalez

Beer: B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher

Brewery: Hoppin' Frog Brewery

ABV: 9.4%

sdc10738Earlier on in the Booze Geek entries, I reviewed Hoppin' Frog's D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer. Now, I checked out D.O.R.I.S. equally bad brother, B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher.

B.O.R.I.S., an Imperial Oatmeal Stout, was impenetrably black in color. When poured, it produced a mocha head that quickly dissipated, but left a lasting ring of lacing. It gave off the scents of rich chocolate and dark fruit.

The strongest flavors were that of malt and milk chocolate. It also had an incredibly roasty finish with some mild oat characters as well. There was some noticeable carbonation and I would recommend letting this beer warm up to get the flavors going and sip on it.

Hoppin' Frog has produced yet another excellent stout, proving that B.O.R.I.S. kicks just as much as D.O.R.I.S.

What to Drink This To:

Thing_v2_1_coverartDrinking something called the Crusher got me thinking of dudes who wreck things. Now, I am not going for the big green one (I have another beer in line for that one), but rather his rocky counterpart, The Thing of the Fantastic Four. Ben Grimm has always been my favorite of the FF. I always loved that he buried his fear of being an outcast for his appearance (at least early on) underneath a wall of sarcasm and humor. Not to mention nobody has the stones (pun intended) to talk to his peers like Mister Fantastic and Spider-Man the way he does. I think Ben Grimm would put his feet up and enjoy a pint of B.O.R.I.S. provided he doesn't crush the bar in doing so.

Dylan Gonzalez happens to love beer and comic books and luckily found a place to write about both because he has no idea how to actually make money in the real world. He lives in a cave in New Jersey. Tweet him at @BeardedPickle, follow his own beer blog at or email him at

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About Hannah Means Shannon

Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.
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