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Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Ohiovania on 10-27-2013

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.88/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - You couldn't ask for a more perfect stout. This thing pours an oily, viscous jet-black straight out of the bottle. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating, burnt orange colored head. Low head potential and retention, to be expected with the viscosity and ABV of the beer. Non-existent lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of malt, medium sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla and TONS of maple-woody bourbon.
T - 5 - Damn. This beer is wicked. HUGE amount of malt, medium bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, butter, maple soaked wood, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla bean, and a lot of delicious, warming bourbon. Surprisingly with all these flavors, the alcohol is decently concealed and the brew isn't too boozy.
F - 5 - Extremely viscous, thick and oily. Full bodied brew. Double the viscosity of coffee creamer or heavy whipping cream.
O - 5 - The IDEAL bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout. Nuff' said.

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Photo of YoDudeguy
4.76/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great, GREAT BA stout. I've never had the regular version, but now I'd like to try. Poured from a 22oz bomber, super dark pour and a very small 1/2in of espresso-y head. I told my fiancé that this beer took my mouth on a journey- it is really surprisingly complex- bourbon hit first with some woody oak. The chocolate and some light vanilla were next, followed by what tasted like an espresso shot - ton of espresso flavor and then finished with a really nice bitter coffee taste at the end. I loved this beer and will definitely buy another.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Servign Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark as night, thick like syrup. Monster thick 2 inch head that formed like it was a nitro beer. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Huge about of barrel aged bourbon. Vanilla, raisin, plum, smoked malts. Some dark chocolate and booze round this one out.

Taste - Wow, such a great balance of whiskey, malts and dark fruits. Big, bold yet very easy to enjoy. Lots of vanilla mixed with raisin, plum and grapes. Dark Chocolate adds a nice sweet and bold flavor. Strange I really don't get much coffee flavor. Malts are roasted, and just work perfect with this beer.

Mouthfeel - Malts, whiskey and vanilla really nail the tongue. Palate gets chocolate, dark fruits and remaining malts and whiskey. Aftertaste is malty, whiskey and vanilla with dark fruits.

Overall - Simply amazing. Incredible balance along with huge flavors yet everything is tied together so well. The malts and chocolate balance out the whiskey, and the fruits provide bitter flavors. Another world class beer from hoppin frog.

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Photo of bobhits
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I might be that I live in Ohio and beers like Bourbon county have become things we dream of here but can not ever obtain, but this beer is seriously great and it just needs to be said. Add in they managed to do it at under 11% something goose island long ago gave up on with boubon county (and no it didn't make that beer any better, 06 fresh was better than any year other than maybe 08 since it started).

The pour is as viscous black as it gets. Perhaps not a motor oil pour but it's motor oil in the glass. Minimal if any head, just deep dark and glorious.

I get powdered dark chocolate followed by milk chocolate, followed by oak bitterness, some caramel, some vanilla, bourbon, perhaps some fruit notes like cherries way way in the back, raisins and perhaps dates get in there as well. Some Coffee but I'm getting hints of a lighter more citrus blend.

The flavor takes all of the aromas to a new level. A lot of chocolate remains both milk and dark, a lot of dark chocolate. The caramel and vanillas are mind blowing here and the barrels are adding so much oak and fruity flavors are being mixed with the sweetness of the barrels in all the right ways. Despite the huge sweet sugary notes, the bitterness from the chocolate and perhaps even espresso coffee flavors (not what I picked up smelling it) make this a very clean and dry experience.

I've been working on this glass going on 50 minutes and I just can't say enough nice things about it. This is just about as good as it gets. It won't stand up to a well aged bourbon county, but short of that it will stand against anything. I will take Borris over Dorris all day but barrel aged dorris wins for me. The barrel has brought out the best of the dorris and I just can't say enough kind words. This is a master piece.

15.99 for the bomber I believe, very expensive about 280% more than a bourbon county stout, but I just picked this up off a shelf. Bourbon county requires sexual favors and knowing 10 people to even offer your services. This was not just worth every penny but is going to be a repeat buy for me. I'll openly admit I'll buy just about anything ONCE, but I don't come back often. This one I'll come back to anytime I see it.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Pours a dark thick black with a small brown head. Aroma is that chalky chocolate smell. Deap cocoa oak taste with hints of bourbon and light toatyness.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a brown one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Coffee, molasses, bourbon, chocolate and tons of roasted malt
T: Matches the nose though the sweet molasses/chocolate/bourbon comes first then the the coffee/malt
M: Full-bodied, smooth with balanced bitterness; a touch of alcohol but given the bourbon notes it fits in well
O: Complex yet balanced, dark/tasty. The barrel aging adds complexity and smooths out the bitterness the un-aged DORIS has

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Photo of jbwimer
4.53/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

A-Just deathly dark. A finger of a frothy mocha head with excellent retention. Great lacing on the glass. Really good-looking beer.

S- Smooth. Chocolate, roasted malts, bourbon. All the scents play together wonderfully. Nothing dominates giving this a really balanced nose.

T- Kill me now so I can die happy. I thought the nose was smooth... This beer goes down WAY too easy. So much dark chocolate and roastiness up front, then the barrel comes through and just washes everything down with a silky smooth alcoholic sweetness. Man, I'm impressed.

M- This is about as viscous of a beer as I've had to date. An unforgivingly thick and smooth beer. The flavors coat your mouth and just hang around. That's fine by me. They can stay as long as they'd like.

O- People need to keep their eye on Hoppin' Frog's "barrel program." They're doing some excellent BA beers, and this is the best so far. An amazing beer in the BA D.O.R.I.S. I liked the first one, but the bourbon barrel did wonders for this beer.

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Photo of brewtus
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours darker than I've ever seen a beer pour, small dark tan head fade quickly
S- very pungent, tons of dark chocolate, lots of sweet milk, lots of sweet bourbon barrel, caramel, marshmallow, some coffee
T- starts with a rich dark roasty chocolate, great bourbon flavors, vanilla, lactose, some cappacinno, some booziness but not over the top
M- absolutely coats the tongue, so thick, so so thick. It's slightly dry, but fairly smooth. Oh and very thick
O- this was awesome, ipbecause the beer is so powerful, the barrel aging adds a great dynamic. The standard version is almost too much but the bourbon barrel is perfectly complimented to this beast of a stout. Glad I got one from a friend who grabbed it in Akron.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone sent this to me from Ohio and drinking it was a nice surprise.

(L) The color is very dark brown, almost black, with a milk chocolate colored two inch thick head.

(A) It has an outstanding chocolate/bourbon aroma.

(T) The taste is lots of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, and bourbon/whiskey and just a hint of the alcohol.

(F) It is creamy and delicious, like a liquid cake.

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Photo of s_wit
4.46/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer made it look like motor oil, although the mouthfeel was a little less than it looked. Had a very good smell, one very typical of a barrel aged stout, but I would have preferred more intensity. A very good, high ABV, "big" beer. A lot of roasted malt flavor and a somewhat subtle barrel flavor. Overall an excellent beer that I will have to get again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The final beer of the night, shared by Umberto at Bob's tasting.

Pours out an ominous black, looks quite viscous. One inch thick and creamy head, with good lacing down the glass.

Smells like strong roasted malt, bourbon, and chocolate.

Just a rich decadent stout here. Slightly smoky, very roasty, with tons of rich dark chocolate. A little bit of vanilla and oak, with some smooth, subtle bourbon undertones.

Thick, viscous body, low carbonation, very drinkable despite the ABV.

Hoppin' Frog has some of the worst labels in the business, but they have some of the meanest, gnarliest stouts in the business as well.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

65cl bottle. Pours pitch black and oily with a very small espresso head that disappears quite quickly. Smells like bourbon, oak, dark cherries, cocoa and dark chocolate. Tastes like whiskey, oak sourness, chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee and alcohol. The alcohol feels more present in this beer than in the base beer, probably because of the whiskey notes. Smooth mouthfeel with almost no carbonation and a hot and cocoa-bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep opaque black with a very thin strip of mocha-colored head. Thin wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and definitely some boozy notes.

Tasted of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, ash, roasted caramel malts and warm booze notes from the 10.5% abv.

Medium-to-full bodied and syrupy with a lighter carbonation.

This was a solid BA Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog. Wish we could find these in Missouri...

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a snifter

Ominous appearance. The beer poured a super dense and oily, absolute pitch black. A thin, flimsy, mocha colored crown topped the liquid but it quickly dropped to a tiny yet resilient ringlet of foam. Thin strands of lacing crept along the glass after each sip.

Big, boozy, whiskey-like notes came through strong in the aroma. Loads of deep, dark, roasted malts and char. Really robust and intense. Super smoky. The nose displayed a peaty smoked malt character. Lots of dark fruitiness. Raisins were noticeable. Espresso also came through strong. Fairly sweet with strong brown sugar, maple and molasses notes. A hint of chocolate fudge appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor was quite similar to the nose. Really dark and robust. Uber malty and moderately sweet. Loads of dark roasted malts, cold coffee and bitter espresso. Quite smoky. Moderately ashy. Dark fruits came through strong. Currents, booze soaked raisins and plums were noticeable. Hefty dose of brown sugar. The finish contained an intense whiskey presence, loads of bitter roast and a touch of piney hops. Slightly oaky. Although this beer is listed as 10.5% ABV, it drank like something in the 12-13% range. Ashy, acrid, bitter notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was thick and rich but not as quite as full as the appearance would suggest. A fine, moderate carbonation gave the liquid a creamy, silky smoothness. By the end of the session, the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer is a dark and brooding imperial stout that has a brash yet well-melded flavor profile. What this beer lacks in nuance and drinkability it more than makes up for in intensity.

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Photo of frenchblood21
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz. bottle into Hoppin Frog snifter. Date of review is 2/7/14.

Appearance- The darkest black one can imagine. No light shines through whatsoever while held up to a bright light. Dark brown quarter-finger head that disappears right away. Beautiful lacing due to the hops.

Smell- Dark chocolate and coffee right up front. Then I get hops and bourbon. I hope the taste is EXACTLY like the nose.

Taste- Dark chocolate and bourbon hit me in the mouth! Then, as I had hoped, coffee and hops soon follow. So damn good!

Mouthfeel- Hoppy and thick at the same time. This beer is sweet and bitter somehow all at once.

Overall- Another grand slam from Hoppin Frog. It is little wonder why they are one of the world's best breweries. This is one of the top 15 beers I have ever had.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that the Hoppin' Frog ceiling was reached, the small Akron brewery busted through its BORIS threshold with DORIS, then with Barrel-Aged BORIS, so should Barrel-Aged DORIS be any surprise? ...yet it kinda was.

The bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout pours just as viscous, ominous and daring as the militant label suggests. Inky black and with the consistency of motor oil, the ale lumbers along with thick and densely layered foam. Like mousse, the head caps the beer during most of the session but eventually folds back in, leaving the beer still like coffee white it comes up to temperature.

Rich chocolaty aromas capture the essence of true cocoa that's laden with espresso and unmistakable bourbon. Its caramel, vanilla and oak fusion weaves through the boldly roasted aromas as a sweeter and spicier balance to the dry char and burnt cinder scent. Roasted fruits of blackcurrant, red grape and dark berries are greeted with a distinctive and spicy aniseed character as that first sip draws near.

Its charred taste is heartily of smoky chocolate, dark espresso roast, heavy burnt toast and roasted walnuts. An aura of campfire, dry cocoa and heavy whipping cream swirl to keep the flavors together. Even while finer elements of caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut and grilled cherries extend from the bourbony taste, the focus is squarely on the coffee and bitter chocolate. Though there's a lot going on, the taste is exquisitely balanced and properly proportioned. Finishing fruity and warmingly boozy a taste of peppercorn and fenel give a lasting fruit and spice balance to remind the taste buds that this is a British-style "Russian Imperial Stout" at heart.

The beer is unquestionably full bodied as it oozes with thick, chewy and cream textures. Despite its richness, the ale relies on high hop bitterness and astringency from both powdered cocoa and oak to balance the massive sweetness even in moutheel. Very warm and savory, the beer has an indefinite finish of chocolate and coffee.

BA DORIS is not simply your sweet imperial stout- its got a ton of dry roast, wood spice and bitterness to keep it nodding to the drier side. Save that sweeter and creamier tone for the BORIS family of Stout.

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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black with a thinning tan froth. Plenty of chocolate, oak and whiskey to the nose. Dark fruit (plum, grape, overripe prune) forward with oak and bourbon preceding a touch of bubblegum and molasses. Thick and creamy and a bit of lingering fusel alcohol and sticky all over the lips.

A bit sweet and clingy at times but keeps you plenty warm when you need it.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours beautifully big and viscous. Dense khaki head. Ominous and black as tar. Great looking beer. This is what I want my stouts to look like.

Aroma is bourbon barrel, vanilla sweetness, roasted grains. Hop and dark chocolate bitterness.

Taste is bourbon, oak, bitter bakers chocolate and caramel. As it warms, more dark fruits and raisin notes appear.

Full bodied. Moderately carbonated.

Solid beer. Bourbon doesn't dominate and allows lots of other flavors to emerge.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, no dating on the bottle or label that could. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and some whiskey. For the most part I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of vanilla, woodiness and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick, creamy and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. It's certainly easy enough to drink! I liked this a lot, but at $15.99 a bomber it's a bit pricey. Glad I got to try this, it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So smooth, creamy, cocoa, milk chocolate, bourbon......................................................................................................................

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2200th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in Fall 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, molasses, char, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light clove, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light clove, light char, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great balance of roasted malt and oak bitterness/sweetness with no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from a bomber aged 4 months poured into a HF snifter a dark motor oil with virtually no head.
Aroma is boozy dark fruits thinking figs. Some cocoa.
Warmed up prior to consuming-sweet raisins, prunes, dates, figs all dipped in whiskey. Coffee definitely comes out. Definite bittersweet dark chocolate finish.
Thick feel to the tongue with good carbonation. Another ding ding for Hoppin'Frog.

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4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ages nicely. Had one for over a year. Very rich flavor with lots of coffee and bourbon barrel notes. Thicker mouthfeel.

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4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in trade from jbwimer. Thanks man! Pours deep syrupy black, completely opaque, with a tiny super dark brown head. Darkest beer I think I have ever seen. Big sweet chocolate syrup notes on the aroma, dark fruit, anise, black currants, some very light whiskey booze and vanilla presence but mostly the chocolate. Flavor is big whiskey dark fruits, then fades directly into massive rich sweet roasty chocolate, whoah. Massive flavor here. Some of the roast that I love about the base beer seems lost and the fruit takes over on the palate until that lingering chocolate finish. Big thick viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation, but still plenty. Overall very nice, but would have liked a bit more vanilla and oak from the barrel.

I went ahead and let this warm up A LOT. The chocolate and roast came out nicely when I did this. Improved overall and I suggest doing the same. Still pretty light on the barrel influence but pretty nice.

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Photo of BB1313
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with barely any light getting though; mocha head that eventually fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate. Tons of chocolate. The bourbon isn't overwhelming, but it's clearly there accenting everything else. Hints of vanilla as well. Some oak in the mix too. The flavors are very balanced. It never becomes overwhelming. Tons of chocolate. Milk chocolate is there giving it a sweetness followed by some dark chocolate giving it a subtle bitterness. The whiskey is there, but it's not dominant. The whiskey blends harmoniously with the chocolates. There's lots of malts. It's slightly roasty. Hints of vanilla bean. Pretty rich and robust. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's creamy and fluffy; thick but not quite milkshake thick. Carbonation is moderate and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed, although there is the slightest amount of heat. This is truly dangerously drinkable. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up. It's very fun to drink.

This is a very enjoyable barrel-aged stout. I personally don't feel this a mind-blower, but it's very enjoyable. There's not much to complain about at all. I will admit though, I think the base beer (D.O.R.I.S.) is even more enjoyable than this. I do like this alot more than BA B.O.R.I.S though. The craftsmanship is there on this one. Hoppin' Frog knows their stouts, and this is no exception. Definitely worth checking out if given the opportunity. I'm curious how this would age.

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Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.