D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.78/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter on 5/18/10
Man, this is one dark beer. Even on the pour DORIS is one of the darkest, most dense browns I've seen in a beer; very close to black. Once in the glass I held it to the light; the result was similar to an eclipse. A very slow & determined pour managed to raise one finger of darker-hued milk chocolate foam. Interestingly enough, the foam takes its time receding to a thin skim & some bubbles. Spiderweb-like lacing so far. Decent retention considering. Lacing is almost nil in the long run; just up & vanishes. However, a good bit of lace holds on from the second pour.
Steeped in roasted malts & oatmeal, the nose is quite intense & impressive. Said oatmeal quickly imparts an air of gentility to an otherwise assertive malt bill. Notes of freshly ground coffee beans, espresso & high-cocoa-percentage dark chocolate. On the whole it smells dry & roasted; there doesn't seem to be a ton of sugars. Some alcohol is detectable in the nose.
The taste is all the more impressive. Bittersweet dark chocolate rushes in immediately & is of great dominance throughout. Dry, roasted coffee blends in at a seemingly perfect ratio, becoming most notable toward the finish. Plenty of oats offer something of a refined counterpoint to the roasted malt madness, though the oats are less pronounced than in the aroma. Hints of molasses emerge toward the mid-section. Thankfully this beer stops short of being overly sweet. Though not nearly the hoppiest of Russian Imperial Stouts, a bit of hop kick is had toward the finish - seems to be of the citric variety, though it's too integrated to be sure. Moderate burnt undertones also are manifest on the finish.
Very dense & viscous, DORIS is a formidable opponent. No doubt this is a weighty beer; so sticky & chewy. Carbonation is low & creamy with a full willingness to allow the flavor profile to be its most expressive. Roasted residuals of the above malty goodness linger on the finish, as does the aforementioned hop bitterness. Alcohol heat is appreciable, though it isn't too harsh.
Taking into account the magnitude of this beer, drinkability is awesome. It's a sipper for sure, but dang if it isn't worth every minute. My only critique, albeit a minor one, would be a tad more burnt flavors. That would be nit-picking, though. This beer lost no luster as I drank it; I actually found myself more intrigued by it with each passing sip. For me, this is in the top-tier of the style. If you see it, don't hesitate.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2010 00:44:56 | More by Ryan011235
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