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

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Reviews: 417
Hads: 1,206
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 170
Gots: 414 | FT: 42
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bruisn' Ales. This takes RIS to newer heights. I am underrating this beer I am sure. Let's start: appearance is black with crimson amber head that has to be seen. The aroma is hops, smpoke, soy bar-B-q sauce. Everything is well integrated in the taste, that carries itself with creamy mouthfeel. Declicious and so-drinkable smoke and liquid chocolate, alcohol there, coffee. New top 25 beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark chocolate milk colored head that fades to an oily cap. Random small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet dark chocolate, slight coffee, and some cinnamon. I really like the aromas coming off this beer. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS that I think is about on par with B.O.R.I.S. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a very thin tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving just swirls of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of black licorice in the nose along with notes of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of black licorice along with notes of roasted malts and hints of oatmeal. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels relatively full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather intense but is something that is nice to sip and savor.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a monster. pours dark chocolate like herseys syrup, some serious viscosity here. thick as honey, with almost no head. smells like alcohol and coffee, tempered by dark dark malts and flaked oats. flavor is heavy on the coffee, also a little sweet like burnt sugar. bready grains, oatmealy. they oats still manage to find a place amongst all the heavy hitters in here. mouthfeel is just wild, maybe the thickest sludgiest beer ive ever seen, impossibly full bodied, its heavy in my glass even, just dense. almost no carbonatio, this is quite strange. like something id expect to see from mikkeller. this was my first hoppin frog beer but it wont be my last, it was an ambitious undertaking on their part, and i think its executed quite well. not a beer for everyone, but if you like these colossal stouts, this is your horse, or should i say frog?

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by a generous beer advocate at DLD 2010.

A: Pours near black with a nice mocha head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt alongside coffee, chocolate, more roast, and a nice whiff of hops.

T: Lots going on with chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke, creamy oats, and slightly bitter from the hops.

M: Full-bodied; nice and chewy. The oats are definitely doing their job here.

D: Very tasty and not too crazy in any direction.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a small, very dark tan head that quickly fades to a ringlet and archipelago, leaving a lot of viscous spots on the side of the chalice

Smell: Whoa, this is one hoppy stout; underneath the hops there is a lot of roasty malt, chocolate and dark fruit, with a hint of ethanol

Taste: The hops arrive first, but after it settles in there is a massive dark fruit, graham cracker and chocolate flavor, followed by roast and the reappearance of the hops; after the swallow, the hops, chocolate and dark fruit co-mingle, with a hint of residual sweetness to balance out the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation but a tingle on the tongue from the bitterness

Drinkability: It has been a while since I had BORIS, so I cannot really compare the two, but this is one powerful beer

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the acclaim of B.O.R.I.S. in hand, it's obvious that Hoppin' Frog can do Stouts well. I have all the confidence going in that this will be an extraordinary Stout. ...it does not dissapoint!

Opening with a black onyx-like sheen, the dark pitch colored beer builds a creamy and dense medium brown froth that soon subsides to a blanket across the glass but then holding firm for the duration. With ample lace and retention, the beer continues to impress the eye down to the very last sip.

Dark roast coffees, brownie mix, roasted walnuts, cocoa, malted milk, sherry and rummy alcohols appease and tickle the nose while the roasty dry scent of highly kilned malts and earthy hops have a very deeply rooted and robust scent.

Malty rich to taste, it's the roasted malts and cocoa character that delivers the bulk of malt taste- coffee and bitter chocolates. This is even before the tepid malty sweetness of toffee and malted milk have any chance to rival for taste dominance. Deliciously dark and robust but not necessarily rich with malty sweetness- this is a prayer answered for the staunch Stout critic, but the lack of sweetness at the onset makes the beer harsh for me. But as the dry roasty character subsides and the malted milkshake character emits, the more rounded flavors of soy, sherry, bitter-sweet chocolate and leafy, bark-like hop bitterness come about to provide the complexity and well melded qualities that this dark ale deserves.

Highly robust, but somehow thinned by the dry grain texture to start and the astringency of spent coffee grounds, a moderate astringency abounds, but oddly at the front on the mouth rather than in finish. The extended mid palate and finish of the beer allows us to quickly dismiss the grainy-dry roast character and to appreciate the coffee and cocoa aftertaste later.

Oddly, each sip of this beer delivers the same- an early bitter-astringent-grainy-burnt character that makes me want to dismiss and drink straight away. But the developing mid palate and pleasantly dry finish of warmth and roast leaves a very pleasant late palate. This is unlike any beer that I can recall having.

It seems to pair well with mint chocolate candies as there's a nice interplay with the mint, gin-like alcohols, and citrusy-grassy hops. The chocolate on chocolate complements are obvious.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate and some green dry hops notes. Taste is dominated by intense notes of roasted malt with some dry black chocolate and some light coffee notes. There is also some green hops notes which I am not sure really brings anything more to this beer. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting, intense but I really could do without the hops profile in this one.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain."

--Doris Fleeson

Anthracite with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. Following a muted escape of CO2 on crown cracking, it took an increasingly elevated pour to produce a skinny two fingers of cafe au lait colored cream. Persistence is impressive, however, and finely stippled lace is much more extensive than expected.

The nose is RIS good, not RIS great. It's primarily black-roasted-chocolate malty (natch), with a shot of hops that doesn't seem to be a major player at this point. Hard to say how old this bottle is, but I'm pretty sure it hasn't yet reached its first birthday. Very good things are expected on the palate.

D.O.R.I.S. is at least as good as B.O.R.I.S... and isn't quite as delicious as barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. This is boldly flavored beer, but it isn't as deep or as complex as the best of style. Hop bitterness is still considerable (70 IBUs to start), which keeps the beer from being overly sweet.

Black malt is front-and-center. There's also quite a bit of charred coffee beaniness and plenty of dark chocolate. Brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit (sweet things, in other words) aren't really present. Alcohol masking is barely acceptable, but the bump in ABV over B.O.R.I.S. wasn't really needed.

Along with appearance (great looking lace is sticking like glue), mouthfeel is a highlight. It's more lush, plush and silky smooth than big and sticky-sappy, which is to its credit. Despite initial worries, the carbonation is right where it needs to be... on the low end.

Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout is bigger than B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout, but it isn't better. For my money, the bourbon barrel-aged version of the latter blows them both out of the water.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a viscous, thick, jet-black color with a minimal, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, rich roastiness and hints of coffee.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, oats and coffee. There is a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. I may have to buy some more of this one soon.

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Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

finally got around for drinking this one, i decided to crack it open before soccer practice tonight, not mine ;0) consumed on 08/17/2010.

dark as night inky black pour with a nice little tan head of about two inches that fades down into a nice layer of about an inch or so that hangs around for the remainder of the session.

nice aroma, rich cooca and coffee dominate with a nice touch of bitter and roasted malts that take over the profile very nicely. smooth, effortless flavor then wraps itself over the palate. light hints of vanilla mix in with the dark chocolate and rich roasted malts. small touch of alcohol but this fades quickly as it warms and leaves you with a nice touch of sweet vanilla and brown sugar that really compliments the cocoa and lightly hopped finish quite nicely.

overall a really nicely done ris. could have had a little bit more on the feel and a little creamier of a feel, but the flavor was there for sure. i liked boris better, but thats me.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is nearly black with a dense tan head on it. Quite a nice looking beer.

S: The nose is full of char and burnt malts, coffee, and lots of roast. Not as much in terms of the chocolate notes that I tend to pick up with BORIS.

T: This is one roasty RIS. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, and a fair amount of char. Quite bitter for the style, but not necessarily in a hoppy way. More of in the burnt your chicken on the grill sort of way.

M: The body is quite substantial, which is no surprise. And the carbonation is minimal.

D: This was pretty disappointing, actually. I really enjoy BORIS so I was looking forward to trying this beer, but I have to say I was let down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking, black body with a churning, equally viscous-looking, deep brown head. Take me away from all this, Hoppin' Frog. Take me away to Expensive Bomber Country.

Smell: Heavily roasty scent, quite heady, with rather robust notes of tar, char, and chocolate-flavored creosote stirred up with dark coffee.

Taste: Fully roasted maltiness that settles on the tongue, then pushes the roastiness up another notch heading towards an oat-and-malt-based tar for road repair. Italian roast coffee concentrate dosed with some black strap molasses. Near 100% cocoa bar. Some scorched dark fruit skins. As it warms, some citrus begins to leak out. Roasty, earthen quality with plenty of imparted bitterness. Some heat, some roasted malt astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Plush, creamy body.

Overall: A bit roastier, a bit more bitter, a bit heavier, and a bit more alcohol. I'm sure it cost a bit more, too. Which, at first, sounded like a good idea, but, deep down, I think I would've been happier with just the BORIS. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of dark brown foam on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Earthy notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt with smoke and dry caramel.

T - Oily, dark chocolate coats the palate up front. Some coffee and carbon notes come out in the middle with a hint of citrusy hop flavor. Things finish up dark, sweet caramel and dark roast as well as moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Lingering chocolate and smoke flavors in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty well balanced for a beer this big, but despite its robust flavor it just isn't all that interesting. There is an earthy intensity to the aroma that is a combination of chocolate and wet dirt that is quite interesting. The roast malt and chocolate work well together in the flavor, but they never do much to create complexity. It is drinkable, but it never develops the depth of flavor that I would expect from such a beer. This is not the worst thing I have had from hopping frog, but it reinforces my dim view of the brewery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass mug.

Maybe someone can remix the classic Who song, huh? Nah, maybe not. Anyway, this thing pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises burnt rubber, fusels, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate-covered raisins. The taste holds a surprising amount of hops, with some heavy pine, flower, and greens piercing the dark backdrop, which itself is composed of pretzels, dark chocolate, and light roasted malts. Honestly, the hoppiness really takes hold, and the stout-like qualities are overshadowed and buried. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thick, chewy feel. Overall, I did not care all that much for this one. The hoppiness took away from what could've been a great stout and kept me from really wanting to finish my portion of the bottle.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a wide mouth tulip glass.

Pours black, with a rigid finger of extremely burnt mocha head which is borderline looking chocolate colored at times. The retention isn't quite as strong as I would have thought, with some light richness around the edges and a moderately robust cascade of spotty creamy lacing. Blackened and roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma, being burnt and even a little smoky smelling. This is propped up by the sweet thickness of chocolate and caramel malts underneath. Bitter (and slightly herbal) smelling citric hops control the nose to a surprisingly degree, adding an extra layer of flavorful power to the proceedings. Just a light dash of warmth from the ABV is noticeable.

The taste is basically all heavy sweetness up front, with chocolate fudge, sticky toffee, and fruity citrus all carrying themselves boldly through the bulk of the profile. The finish on this however is all burnt roasted coffee and bitter citrus rind. Just enough bitterness creeps into the sweetness to keep is balanced yet still allowing the flavors to all shine in their own right. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice thick chewiness to the carbonation. A sharper feel runs through the middle of this, bringing out those hops on the tongue while an oily slickness combines with some EXTREMELY well hid alcohol character to make this a surprisingly easy sipper for the massive size of it.

I enjoyed this. While not overly complex, this was still bold, brassy, and most importantly, well balanced between all that sweetness, roast, and hops. This is a nice counterpart to the B.O.R.I.S. and while I don't think that this is quite as good as that beer is; it still definitely holds it own with a lot of the more hoppy Imperial Stouts out there.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe this is my first Hoppin Frog review as I've had most of their beers. I'm a little disappointed to see DORIS with a lower rating as I loved BORIS. Anyways, gotta try it myself to know for sure, so here goes.

A: A super dark and rich creamy head rises up to about 2 fingers in my tulip glass. It sits around for a long time, never wanting to leave the party. The beer itself is darker than the moonless night sky on arbor day.... or something.

N: Hmm, the nose is a little weak. I do get some malts, fluffy malts, creamy aromas, some sweet caramel, nougat, brown sugar, molasses, and everything sweet. A touch of booze as well, with hints of hops. It does have that luscious aroma.

T: Aaaannnddd.... Hmmm, not quite what I expected. Very thick and syrupy as well as chewy and slightly smooth, lots of chewy malts with hints of hop bitterness. More fluff a bit of marshmellow and oatmeal. Some bitterness more from the scorched malts than hops. A slight astringent minerality which brings about a bit of tobacco, used tobacco that is, like stuck in an ashtray. A bit of black patent malt and crystal. Some sweet caramel and molasses. Not really the roast and chocolate I was expecting.

M: Very thick, chewy, a little smooth and creamy, lower but good carbonation.

F: Very sticky on the finish, my mouth can hardly open again to take the next sip. Some lingering bitterness from the charred malts more than hops. Dries a bit but lots of lingering sweet stickiness. Black patent malt there I think. More minerality and touch of soy sauce comes through on the finish as well. Wait... could it be... I think... yes! A touch of roasted malt and coffee. Yay, something there I was expecting finally, but really late on the finish and could just be my brain associating the scorched malt bitterness with roast. I got a couple to age so I hope it ages better than it tastes fresh at least. I can see why it only got an A-. Although with the heaviness and sweetness it did hide the 10.5% abv well.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing if simple label art and unbranded gold pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock CO. 10.5% ABV confirmed. 118 OG. 70 IBU. I don't recall exactly when this was picked up, but it's at least 6 months old and no more than 14.

Served chilled - after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of gorgeous rich tan colour with shiny red hues. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is subpar - about 40 seconds, though the floater ring it resolves to remains for maybe a minute longer. Luscious thick even lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nice soft complexion. Smooth consistency.

Body colour is, predictably, an opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible. No light can penetrate this beer.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an imperial stout and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws. The head colour is wonderful; I just wish it would stick around longer.

Sm: Luscious lush cream. Dark malts. Milk chocolate. Chocolate malts. Lightly earthy. Any roasted barley is so buried it's imperceptible. It's a biteen timid, and is surprisingly light in terms of its strength. Oatmeal is about as strong here as oatmeal in a beer gets - which admittedly isn't much. Seems silky and velvety just based on the aroma - as unlikely as that may seem.

Not boozy or hot. Clean; no yeast character is detectable. I find no coffee.

A pleasing, sweet aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Elegant, silky, velvety, slick, smooth, and wet.

But it's also has this atrocious earthy bitterness, evoking ash and spent coffee. There're even some grainy sedimentary notes lurking beneath the surface.

Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the bulk of the foundation. It's nicely creamy. Hopping is strong for the style; I pick up some hop bitterness as well as faint traces of floral hop character - which have faded with age to unfavorable effect.

Well-carbonated. Subpar presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. A filling beer. Luckily, it's never too syrupy. But unfortunately, it's quite astringent, rough, harsh, and even vinous. Ugh. It drags on the palate. The texture is a real disappointment. Even the smoothing oats can't save it.

Not oily or gushed.

It's certainly on the sweeter end.

Balance is mediocre. Build isn't particularly cohesive, and is far from gestalt. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour. It's got plenty of complexity, but can't manage its many notes in a pleasing approachable way. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It's very bold and assertive, but attacks and ravages the palate without any consideration for delicacy or fragility.

Dr: An overly-aggressive imperial stout with far too much hopping (both in terms of personal preference and just for the balance of the beer). I'm really disappointed. I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends. Ultimately, it's just too damn bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is a disaster. It's difficult to drink as a result. I'll have to revisit it fresh to see if age was its undoing.


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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a sample of this during the Epic stout tasting I helped host. from a 22oz bomber into a tumbler.

The appearance is black like used oil and opaque clarity with a medium brown head the slowly disintegrates. The head revives with a swirl of the glass. The amount that remains becomes a ring of tiny beads. The smell is very intense w/ grainy and fruity aroma and slight bitter cocoa influenced with a lot of citrus hop and mild alcohol. The feel is good with a lot of tongue coating maltiness and strong astringent quality with a moderate bitterness and subtle alcohol to go with the sweetness, rather dry in the finish.

This stout tastes like a huge oatmeal stout, tons of malt and bitter cocoa with a mild chocolate malt tinge and subtle hop citrus adding to the bitterness of the malt with a slight dark fruit and subtle toasted element. The drinkability is very good for the heft of the malt and abv contained in this big stout. The taste doesn't stop providing interesting notes of oatmeal and dark malt from first sip until the last with very high quality drinking and enjoyment experienced.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dark brown-black pour into a snifter, topped with a small, dense layer of creamy mocha head. This is how I like my stouts to look. Lots of roast in the nose, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, woody booze notes, herbal and earthy hops. More roastiness in the taste, dark malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, an underlying charred wood quality, and a definite hop bitterness that lingered to the end. I'm not a big fan of noticeable hoppiness in big stouts, but it wasn't too bad here...maybe comparable to Storm King. Nearly full-bodied, hop bitterness prevents it from being too smooth, but overall, it's quite good.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Hickory NC, hooray beer!

PourS ink black with a sliver of caramel flavored head. Great viscosity, some lacing, zero head retention

S: Vanilla & dark fruit, opens up more as this warms

T: Licorice, dark choclate, much dryness, dark fruit & sour mash, herbal hops, carob up front. Dark fruit & leafy hops as this warms, rich dark chocolate & booze. Dryness & oakyness, vanilla, a touch of caramel in the finish

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, richer with each sip & warming as well

Drinks great for the style & ABV, not as good as BA Boris, but nice. Having said that, at the price they were selling in NC $20 a bomber, I can do much better closer to home ( Oak aged Yeti, Schafly IMP Stout or BLVD ImpStout for instance ) & for cheaper

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off the label with D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer double imperial stout with the stout lettering constructed with hammers and sickles. 70 IBUs and 10.5% abv with thunderbolts in the background of the frog. BTW, DORIS stands for Double Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. Appears in my glass with a full two fingers worth of dark mocha tan head forming thick chunks of lacing. THe body pours like used motor oil pitch black in my glass eats up all the visible light spectrum. Aroma has a strong hint of soy sauce, with creamy dark chocolate notes coming up...a nice earth dark roasted coffee hints of tree bark and herbal hops coming in as well. The heat is well hideen in both the nose and the flavor, this opens up with big dark bitter notes and again hints of salty soy sauce. More dark chocolate and hints of dark coffee with cream added, a touch of vanilla big dark beer components that just work in this beer. Herbal accented back ground hops even though are added in number are really overshadowed by the large amounts of nearly burnt roasted dark barley.
Mouthfeel is a full bodied onslaught of malt, chewy texutre slow bubbled carbonation pushing the body along. Overall wow factor is exponential but man I love their Silk Porter run through fresh coffee beans just as well. One of the biggest stouts I've come across to date, I will always love the Hoppin' Frog dark offerings including BORIS, BA aged BORIS, and DORIS.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating(but I bought this in Spring 2011). Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, molasses, herbal, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance, complexity, and strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, char, toast, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with nearly zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very rich and robust. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial stout. Very rich and robust with nice complexity and balance of flavors; quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/25/10 notes. Did a side by side tasting of BORIS, BA BORIS, and DORIS with my brother and dad. Served from a 22 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage.

a - Pours a dark black color with two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.

s - Smells of vanilla, hops, oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malts, and light coffee. Has less dark fruit on the smell than BORIS, but more hops and more of a vanilla/chocolate smell which I really enjoy.

t - Tastes of hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.

m - Smooth and creamy, full body and low carbonation. My brother and I both thought that DORIS felt like it had less alcohol than BORIS, I was really surprised how well the ABV was hidden.

d - I really loved this RIS. I thought it was on par with BORIS, and might even give it a slight edge, and I ranked it ahead of BA BORIS. Lots of hops and vanilla and chocolate in the smell and taste, and it felt great. Would love to have again.

Edit: I re-took notes on BORIS during the tasting and had rated it a 4.25 both times I reviewed it, and gave this a 4.20 so I guess BORIS wins, but I would love to have either again.

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