D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by BrownNut:
4.13/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 to tulip. Served cool.
A - Black with a light brown head. Loads of head off an aggressive pour which sticks around for five minutes and winds up as a broken film.
S - A combination of crackery smell and sweetness that comes off like a nice cookie or maybe a cake but not quite. A chocolate croissant? A brownie? That may be as close as I can get but it's a little more winey than that, almost with an element of a wine pan sauce after cooking meat, but not quite that savory. It smells exactly like a particular food but I can't put my finger on it.
T - Delicious and sweet, chocolatey, but fairly quickly a moderate bitter element comes forward reclaim the palate. It's like a mix of char bitter and woodyness more so than hop bitterness. It's part taste, part sensation. I didn't really get the coffee notes others have mentioned or the roast, unless that woody note is the roast. There's the slightest tang of tart after the swallow, replaced by hop abrasion on the tongue so low it's almost below the threshold. Delicious aftertaste of chocolate syrup but a little more refined, like chocolate lava cake. Zero booze detectable which is nuts for 10.5%.
M - medium body
O - Just delicious. Really almost a dessert beer. As with the BORIS, I could still wish for a little more complexity, a couple other things happening at the same time, but the richness of it is a feat of its own. And this one adds that woody element even though it's not barrel aged, so that's an extra thing happening. Unexpected, and I wasn't entirely sure I wanted it in there, but it does add another facet and gives it a signature, which is good if you're looking for something unique. I like this and would like to drink it again. At $15 it will probably not be soon.
Serving type: bottle
06-01-2012 00:30:03 | More by BrownNut
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4.56/5 rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Look: Syrupy pour with small, very thick, creamy and dark, chocolaty head. Has relatively fast, but smooth retention, leaves a very thick, thin layer that mostly diminishes over time - very little lacing (but good, fine when the layer was still present) as a consequence. Haven't seen many as dark as this one, pitch black with brown hue.
Smell: Wonderful, the first thing I've noticed is the freshness from fruity/herbal hops and light dark wood berries sourness. Amounts of hops detected are surprising. The berries are accompanied by black currant, dry raisins and figs. All this makes a very fresh feeling. Then there is the deep roast, chocolate is dominant (mix of milk and dark) and mocha. A strong sweet backbone. Smell is full and fat but not stuffy - good counterbalance is made with fresh hops and berry esters. Also some faint alcohol crawls out when the beer warms up.
Taste: Pleasant medium sweetness with strong milk chocolate and mocha notes, that goes into even stronger dark roasted dynamics that end up in the medium-high bitterness. The bitter part starts with roast, chocolate notes and at the end goes dark roasted coffee, burned toast with light to medium hops to keep the harmony going - these make up a pleasant after-taste. In between there are still present light dark berry and currant sour notes with some dry fruits lingering on your lips. Strong hops come back every time you burp. Hint of alcohol present towards the end.
Mouthfeel: Full medium-heavy body, creamy enough, but not the fattest stout out there. Low-medium carbonation, suiting. Very light warming from the alcohol.
Overall: A massive one, good counterbalance with hops to the big dark malt character full of deep roast. Can't wait to get my hands on the barrel-aged one.
Serving type: bottle
03-12-2014 08:04:08 | More by tmzl
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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