D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
04-27-2010 00:44:10 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
07-15-2011 03:28:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
05-06-2010 12:08:34 | More by Thorpe429
4.23/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
06-23-2012 23:49:12 | More by metter98
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
"It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain."
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.
11-27-2010 13:55:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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
05-26-2010 01:06:26 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
02-20-2012 19:44:00 | More by Phyl21ca
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
12-26-2011 05:34:48 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
08-18-2010 01:48:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.35/5 rDev -20.6%
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.
07-26-2010 06:04:28 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev -6.9%
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.
09-08-2011 21:11:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.38/5 rDev -19.9%
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.
11-14-2010 23:49:38 | More by TMoney2591
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
05-08-2012 01:36:06 | More by zeff80
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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