D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.26/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
I picked this one up almost a full 3 years ago and wanted to give the copious amounts of hops to mellow as I'm not a huge fan of overly grassy, hopped up stouts -- I like the smooth and sweet maltiness with the bitterness coming from roastiness, not necessarily the hops. Review is from notes taken on 2/1/2013 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.
Appearance: Pour is thick and viscous -- looks kind of like spent motor oil, so that's always a good start. The head, if you can call it that, is scant at best -- starts out very short (perhaps 1/4 finger deep) and it fades to nothing other than a thin wisp and thin ring around the surface. However, it should be noted that it may be one of the darkest brown heads I've come across, up there with Huhnapu. Body is entirely opaque, of course.
Smell: Earthy and dark, burnt roastiness is there, but to my surprise, that even after nearly 3 years the grassy and even slightly citric hoppiness still plays a role in the scent. Bit of a bittersweet chocolate, like bittersweet baker's chocolate; touch of alcohol, but it's subdued by the robust scents that come before it.
Taste: Pretty solid, but I can't imagine drinking this one fresh as that would probably ruin it for me. The hops, with their potent presence still lingering manage to blend in with the roastiness and strong burnt malts and even touches of smoke; alcohol is there as well, but more in the background as, much like the scent, the other aspects are very robust and overtake it (which is pretty cool and it makes it that much more drinkable).
Mouthfeel: I'm surprised how lively the body is for as thick as it is and for how long it sat in the bottle - plenty of carbonation still bubbling through this one keeping the palate prickled up; a thick and sticky coating is left on the roof the mouth, but it's kind of loose and it drips off after a moment or so; belly is left quite warm from the alcohol combined with the stronger carbonation.
Overall: Very good, pretty drinkable for such a large stout. I like that the roastiness and even the lasting hops allow it to maintain a sensibility of earthy bitterness and not become sickly sweet. Hoppin' Frog does a lot of beers very well, and this one is no exception to their practice.
Serving type: bottle
02-02-2013 03:52:23 | More by bamadog
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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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