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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial StoutD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

1,007 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,007
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 148
Gots: 353 | FT: 33
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010)
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Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Ryan011235, Jun 03, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Pours ink black with a much deeper than mocha colored head,brown sugar and char with a but load of earthy hops with become resiny in the "burps".Well crafted and the alcohol is big but doesn't punch you in the face.

oberon, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of supa0525
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

supa0525, May 10, 2013
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -5.2%

warnerry, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

DWolf, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

22oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate malts, roast, grains, black licorice and a little charred leather.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of roast, black licorice, and a big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.

Overall, a nice imperial stout. It's big, but not over the top. It's a little too much charry bitterness and black licorice for me. I think I liked the regular BORIS a bit better (both are better than the barrel aged IMO), but it would be fun to do a side by side.

Beaver13, Mar 25, 2011
Photo of Shagator
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Shagator, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of 77apm
4/5  rDev -5.2%

77apm, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of Snikwad1020
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Snikwad1020, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of merlin48
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%

Nothing like another huge stout from the folks at Hoppin' Frog. Doris pours dark as night, like years old motor oil and just as viscous. Garnet hues on the fringes. No real head but a lasting collar and some spots of lace on the goblet.

Aroma features ripe red plums, chocolate covered cherries, pine hops, oatmeal, and a vinous note underneath.

Full body has a silky oatmeal creaminess and a subdued carbonation.

Taste is decadent. Creamy oatmeal, citrusy and earthy hops, cherries, red plums, figs, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of roasted coffee. Slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with a bitter roastiness.

The frog brewers know how to put together a big stout. Excellent production!

merlin48, Jun 26, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours a thick, motor oil looking black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with a little bit of oats and alcohol mixed in. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter roasted malt, as well as some bitter chocolate. There is also some intense coffee in the flavor which goes well with the other things that are going on. There is a creamy, oat quality to the flavor and mouthfeel that I also like.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice beer.

Mora2000, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of Mugenlude
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

JohnnyBarman, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of 1Adam12
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Thank you to misterhops for this.
Pours black as night. Small brown head. Nose is amazing. I can smell it from a couple feet away from the glass. Loads of chocolate and malt. Smells huge. Taste is very dark chocolate forward, followed by malts, nothing very extraordinary here, but very nicely flavored. Mouthfeel, believe it or not, I feel is too light. I thought this would be heavier, and thicker. It is easy to drink, and creamy. I wonder what it would be if Ohio didn't have that stupid ABV law. Not a trace of alcohol in this at all until I stand up. Overall, this is very very good. The flavor lingers in my mouth for a long long time. My tongue feels coated with the beer. I've wanted a bottle of this for a long time, and it did not disappoint.

1Adam12, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of thaghost
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

thaghost, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark oily hick black with a really nce dark brown fluffy head. Nose is pretty boozy but also malty and rich with some light hops.

Taste is rich and sweet, sharp and sweet with some very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is really rich and full very creamy and tasty. Boozier than Boris but still tasty.

kingcrowing, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of mjtiernan
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -5.2%

xdefeatsy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bpfrush, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of dogfishandi
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out an extremely dark black, burnt up motor oil. about one fingers worth of some super dark brown head, creamy, good retention, and leaves some nice lace. this is a seriously dark looking stout.

super roasted, burnt charred malts are what i pick up most in the aroma. a bit of booze and dark fruits as well. dark dark cocoa.

again, big roasted, burnt malts, as well as some toasted/ roasted grain flavor. burnt char flavors are all over this. some dark dark chocolate plays off all the roasted malt with hints at times of dark fruits. finishes with a bitter cocoa roast flavor and a spicey, booze finish.

creamy, silky smooth. big body, carbonation is right where you would want it for a beer like this.

a solid imperial stout. i enjoyed this more than boris for sure. if this seen extended time in a bourbon barrel i think it could really be magical.

dogfishandi, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, match1112!

Black throughout with a very small dark brown head; thick and substantial, but not quite menacing. This leaves small dots of stick down the glass.

Full, complete aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and ground coffee beans. Nice.

The flavor shines, with rich roast, bitter chocolate, and espresso combining incredibly well. There's perhaps just the hint of a dark fruit character, and personally, I'm happy I don't detect any licorice/anise character. Rich, bold flavors; the lingering cocoa powder/bitter chocolate finish is very much appreciated.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation. No trace of alcohol. I wish it was a bit creamier, but I'm only nitpicking.

A delicious, complete, flavorful imperial stout.

ehammond1, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Cynic-ale, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: Poured into my pint glass, this brew pours jet black with another dark head that tends to leave a lot better lacing then BORIS. Really, this is brew is up there with the absolute best looking stouts.

S: Hops are present in this version of DORIS, along with a hot alcohol tinge. Roasted malt, with a lot less chocolate and coffee than regular BORIS, or even BABORIS, proving again how difficult it is to brew these big stouts.

T: The flavor follow suit. The "D" in "DORIS" stands for Double the hops. Lots of hops. It's hard to tell behind the large amount of roasted malt, but there is a slight fruit like note to the hops. This stout is a little more roastier than BORIS, but again is lacking the coffee and chocolate notes.

MF: Mouthfeel is thinner than BORIS, and this brew is all around a bit rougher.

D: Along with the mouthfeel, drinkability has suffered here too. Really this brew is a little too hot right now.

Overall, DORIS is good without being great. I'll pull my other DORIS out of the cellar around 2015.

TKEbeerman, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of jefftuck47
4/5  rDev -5.2%

jefftuck47, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Darkest pour I have ever seen, jet black with a thick, dense dark brown head that doesn't go anywhere, leaving lots of lacing. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, sweet malt and coffee. Taste is bitter baking chocolate, some bourbon sweetness in the middle, and ending with a coffee bitter aftertaste that swing in way late, rounding out nicely. Insanely delicious, with one of the fullest mouthfeels I've had. This is definitely a "double oatmeal RIS". This is now one of my favorite stouts. Incredibly well-done!

BurgeoningBrewhead, May 01, 2013
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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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