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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

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010

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Reviews: 435 | Ratings: 1,258
Photo of OlieIPA
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured close to motoroil texture; supports a 1-finger caramel colored head briefly with moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Mix of dark chocolate, raisin and fig smells upfront. The beer also exhibits a strong boozy characteristic. Nothing emmensly complex, but still pleasant.

T: Hot upfront, not enough to deter another sip, but this brew is hot. A good balance of roast and dark sweet flavors. The unique touch this beer has is a strong hop flavor at the tail end of each sip. Quite enjoyable.

F: Nothing to knock...nothing to praise about. I'm going to give this a good score due to the fact that I think it fits the style well.

O: A very good American Style Impy Stout. Bold and unique flavors. If I had any criticizism, it would the slight abundance of booze and mild lack of complexity. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of dmgeng
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been passing up the Hoppin' Frog Stouts for the better part of 2 years and now I decided to take a swing at one.

A - Intense black color with a ton of viscosity that almost doesn't want to pour out of the bottle at 50 degrees. The thick fluid yields a perfect .25" fine, dark brown head. Really a serious looking beer.

S - Initially the big, bitter roasted character sits high. Under that there is the malt, caramel, raisin, and chocolate that you would expect. More of a robust character but complex.

T - The taste is full with the sweet malt hitting the tongue first and followed by caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, and moving toward raisin. You can tell that there are oats with that signature "oatmeal stout" flavor in the middle also. The back half of the taste is strong and bitter from both the hops and the dark roasted malt. Some alcohol on the finish going with the bitter roast. The finish is thick but since the sweetness of the RIS is balanced by the roast it is pleasant.

M - High mouth-feel with lower carbonation. Thick beer but does have enough CO2 and is mostly balanced with the front being sweet and the back being bitter. If you like a more balanced approach to the typically sweet RIS this is going to be a big hit for you.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that as I said is balance well. It isn't the most flavor, most complex, or best hitting beer but it does everything well and it really shows. I really enjoyed this thick and balanced beer but it probably won't be my go-to since I do prefer the sweeter imperial stouts.

Glass- 20oz craft beer glass

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque, jet black, and appears thick on the pour. Like pouring motor oil. Head is very dark mocha in color, although its just a sliver and leaves very little lacing. This is one of the darkest and thickest appear stouts I have ever seen, Zhukov-esque. 4.5

S: Aroma is roasty, tobacco, subtle sweetness and leather. Faint notes of bakers cocoa, a cinnamon like spice, and booze round it out. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Very roasty, chocolate, black coffee like bitterness, heavy herbaceous notes, subtle lactose like cream. Long lingering aftertaste of bitterness and semi sweet dark chocolate. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, very thick mouthfeel, chewy, carbonation is low but is appropriate, drinkability is good all things considered. 4.5

O: Overall, an excellent beer. One of the darkest and thickest stouts I’ve ever had. A very enjoyable drinking experience that I will no doubt revisit again in the future. 4.5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

THOROUGHLY enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber. This fantastic brew pours a thick black as coal opaque color with a decent dark brown head of dissipating foam that turns to a thin ring with decent lacing. Nose of espresso, dark bakers chocolate, dark berries, light charred oak, and moderate booze. The taste....WOW....an all time favorite here with espresso and bakers chocolate coming through on all sides, giving way to a dark bittersweet fudge flavor mingling with blackberries and toffee, finishing with a moderate roasted bitterness, light smoke and oak note, and a decent juicy hops character that rounds it all together. Alcohol warmth comes through nicely on the back as it warms with a berry/chocolate/espresso characteristic. Awesome. Finish is wet, juicy, coating, and warm.

Approach with caution.


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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinkling a 2012 vintage in January 2015. Very fruity and pruney nose, pitch black with a dark tan head, very rich, pruney, sherry, port, roast over a biscuit flavor that really works here. There are wet papery cardboard flavors there but the rich dark malt flavors, the fruit, the dried fruit and prune balance this oxidized flavor out and it all works. This is very rich, very creamy, slightly below average carbonation, some chocolate and coffee especially in the after tastes. Big and bold.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night, with a small thin dark brown head. It looks thick like oil.

The smell is of whiskey, roasted malts and dark fruit. Lots of barrel present in the nose.

The taste has a heavy whiskey flavor, raisin/prune, bakers chocolate, oatmeal, and a red wine like flavor that lingers a little on the palate. You taste oak in this all the way Through drinking it.

Feels like silky oil on the tongue. Very light carbonation on this.

Overall great beer. It's balsy.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at an evening tasting with friends. A monster of an imperial stout, full bodied, silky smooth and packed with some amazing chocolate and cocoa notes.
Review on Feb 22 2016:
Pitch black and oily pour, with a modestly tall dark espresso head that gives way to a thin dark brown lacing. Smells like dark cherries, cocoa, dark chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon. Tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, cherries in the taste notes, together with espresso and maple syrup. Super smooth and oily texture with no detectable carbonation and a chocolate-heavy aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden, a pleasant warmth in the back of the throat.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black. Smallish head is very dark khaki looks dense. Head dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.

Huge roasted malt aroma with espresso and dark chocolate as well. Smoke, tobacco and licorice underneath. Some oak notes though this is not barrel aged.

Dark roasted malt leads the flavors. Bitter espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, anise, black licorice, smoke and charred bbq. Hops peek through a bit underneath but only briefly. Some earthy herbal notes.

This is a thick, sludgy beer. Oily on the tongue leaving a coating of semi-dry bitterness behind. Moderate+ carbonation.

This is a massive beer in aroma, flavor and feel. Could use a touch of sweetness to counteract the bitter notes, especially on the aftertaste. Overall though, an excellent brew.

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Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, with a small head, which leaves back a thin lacing.

Got a complex nose of toffee and coffee, wrapped up by bready malts and hints of tobacco, as well as a matured hoppy note. This comes along with a subtle infusion of dried blackberries, while the aromas in general are defined by a great balance between toffeeish fudge and charred coffee. Got a certain heat to it with glazed malts and a sweet peak of molasses.

While the beer drinks pleasantly smooth, it got a fitting, lively carbonation, which brings a decent hop dryness to the palate during the finish.
Begins with bready, coffee infused malts, which got a biscuity hint to them. This gets accompanied by both, soft cream and ashy tobacco. Then a sweet note of glazed toffee, fudge and molasses gets mixed with the bready flavors, while fluffy cream is still providing a smooth mouthfeel. The finish then is defined by coffee and warming caramel, standing in perfect balance to each other, while the beer seems to be quite aggressivly hopped, as a recognizable dryness appears from the coffee, providing a gentle bitterness. Concludes with an interessting aftertaste, formed my cream and earthy, slightly slick coffee.

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Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A full dark head resides knightly atop a shiny black brew.

Aroma has a mix of sweet and dark chocolate followed by slight notes of smoke, char, plum and molasses.

A chunk of dark, bitter chocolate crashes across the tongue with bold notes of oak bark, fusel alcohol, plum, black cherry and resin

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012ish

A: poured into a snifter to a viscous and deep black topped by a dense two finger dark tan head that might as well be light brown. the head fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate and charred wood
T: taste is big and roasty with chocolate covered espresso beans, burnt sugar and charred wood. slightly sweet and slight caramel flavors at times as well. swallow is more roasted malt, a little oxidation from age, coffee, dark chocolate and charred wood
M: big and silky on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish.
O: this is a phenomenal beer with fantastic flavors and great complexity. the age on this bottle has done it well as the beer is smooth and very well rounded. A fantastic drinking experience to say the least.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a short dark brown head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, earthy hops

Taste: Big flavor of roasted malts, earthy hops, nice malty flavors. Nicely balanced bitterness

Feel: Full body, low carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer, shows why it gets so much praise.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, black and thick.

The viscosity is almost like some used motor oil. A small burnt sugar lacing stays with you for a couple of minutes, then dissipates leaving nothing creamy behind.

Smells of nice burnt malts. Coffee, caramel a hint of vanilla somewhere in the background are there.

The taste is amazing. Full body, heavy. Really nice malt forward feel. Sweet and complex. Good amount of alcohol. It's there just to let you know that you are going to feel good later on. Hops are present in the aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice experience. More like peace then war.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temp to snifter. Beautiful color. You can tell it's a double imperial stout immediately.

Smell - huge notes of chocolate and molasses. A really nice sweetness comes through.

Taste - Wow - this is really nice. The smoke really comes through here. Very toasty. A little bitter, which would definitely go away with some age. Overall very nice. Great offering from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger brown head that slowly settles
S: Lots of cocoa, coffee, burnt malt, molasses,
T: Matches the aromas but with a stronger burnt component. Very dark/bitter. If you don't mind the bitterness this is great but the bitterness is a touch overpowering
M: Full-bodied, only a slight hint of alcohol but very bitter
O: This is a very good beer though for me the bitterness is a bit overwhelming. If the bitter notes were toned down a bit it would likely be 4.5s across the board

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.93/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into imperial pint

A: dark you are not getting light through this hardly any any head but it was chocolate colored so you knew this beer is going to be amazing

S: dark roasted smells chocolate a little oak lots of chocolate

T: it's deep roast, nice coffee tones, chocolate, beautiful just charred malts

M: it's so viscous and thick you have to chew this beer and it just crushes your mouth and coats everything

O: Beautiful from stem to stern the taste and smell are amazing the mouth is luscious Hoppin frog does one thing superbly and almost no one can touch it's a stout. you may cringe at the price but your mouth will thank you.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1100th review. Beer was poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything.

Smell: Toasted, roasted coffee, earthy, chocolate, sweet and bready oats, smoke, caramel, booxy alcohol, and leather.

Taste: Milk chocolate, coffee, caramel, raisins, dark fruits, tobacco, ash, roasted, bready oats, and nice warm alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, full bodied, medium carbonation, a dipper, got better as it warmed, and dome nice warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: Oh man. Great choice for another rating landmark. Review #1100 will be memorable and enjoyed. Might have to get another bottle to age in the pantry.

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Photo of antott0523
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous black sludge. The head resembles the thick dark brown foam that sits a top a shot of espresso. Opaque with no visible carbonation. Minor amount of lace.

S: Intense notes of roasted malt including chocolate and coffee. Earthy and nutty with notes of dark dried fruit including figs. A mild amount of hop bitterness.

T: Roasted malt with notes of espresso, dark chocolate, and nuts. Sweeter notes of raisins. The finish is long, dry and resembles the bitterness of an espresso soaked lemon rind. What a transition.

M: Thick and chewy. Velvety smooth.

O: This stout is big, but super drinkable. The booze is extremely well hidden on nose and palate.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%

A - Pours engine oil black, no head, and no lacing- pretty much looks like the dead sea with
an oil slick.

S - Dark chocolate roast aroma, dark fruit, light char, dark molasses, light alcohol.

T - Follows the nose, plum, sweet dark chocolate roast, dark molasses, light charcoal, some
and coffee, oak, and alcohol effervescence.

M - Full medium body, rich, robust, sticky, viscous.

O - A very solid stout.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Pitch black, small mocha brown head, quick to a long lasting lace.
Rich smell of salty dark chocolate, burnt toffee, molasses, rich roasted malts with robust coffee bean notes, faint cherries, cigar, toasted wood chips, really intense, strong.
Taste is very different than the smell. Starts with a juicy dark fruit zing, with cherries, blueberry, dark grapes and some fig, drenched in booze, reminding of bourbon. Citrus undernote too. Dark chocolate splashed with some caramel, a bit of toffee, butterscotch, licorice. It's quite crisp, surely from the extra hops, with a "black IPA"ish bitterness in the finish, along with warm alcohol and lingering sweet dark fruit.
The big stout notes flourish in the aftertaste, after the hops fade, with a rich roasted maltiness, cigar, salt, bit of dark chocolate. Medium body and carbonation, quite "wet" and not that smooth.
This was good, but i wanted more of the salty dark roast and chocolate from the smell in the taste. Strong, hoppy, tasty, easy to drink for a "Destroyer", until it gets quite a bit boozy.

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Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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 Ozzylizard
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$ 12.99/bomber at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma roasted malt, coffee, chocolate
Head average (4 cm), dark brown, frothy, diminishing to a 2 mm ring and broken layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and atolls of very small to small bubbles
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor of coffee and chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Although the alcohol can be neither smelled nor tasted, its presence is instantly noted in stomach warming. This beer has an above average appearance and aroma, but the flavor is a slight let down; the chocolate and coffee flavors are quickly diminished.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick viscous dark black in color with a thin tan head.

Smell has aromas of dark chocolate, roasted malt, lots of oaky wood aromas and some hints of vanilla licorice and bourbon.

Taste has rich moderately sweet roasted chocolate malt forward with a big wood presence that follows with notes of vanilla. Lots of booze,charcoal and possibly hop bitterness in the end.

Mouthfeel is super thick with low carbonation leading to this coating the mouth with loads of booze, and charred woody bitterness.

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Photo of neurobot01
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle (I've had it for at least 2 months) into a snifter at fridge temp; allowed to warm 20 mins before drinking.

Look: pours very dark--as much like used motor oil as anything I've seen. Viscous, light-devouring ultra-dark brown. Very very tiny, cinnamon-colored head that quickly dissipates, leaving just a ring along the edge. Moderate amount of carb evident.

Smell: roasty, but with bright notes reminiscent of lemongrass. As it warms, rich homemade fudge asserts itself, along with a mild booziness. Also some fig/raisin in the background. The alcoholic version of Willy Wonka has a river that smells like this flowing through his factory.

Taste: sadly, the first (and strongest) taste is very metallic. It's like having a mouthful of pennies. This is a flavor I get in many (but not all); I generally associate it with lower quality, but given the solidness of this beer in all other categories, maybe it's just an ingredient or brewing technique that doesn't agree with me. There's also ample roast, some cherry, a bit of chocolate, and very mild hops. Obviously, this beer is at least 2-3 months old (and being from a trade, maybe much more), so whatever hops were there fresh are pretty faded at this point (which suits my tastes for stouts better--hops belong in CDAs).

Feel: really nice. Fairly thick, low but "correct" carbonation, straddles the line between dry and juicy.

Overall: I'm going to chalk up the taste to either a quirk of my palate, or else a result of any mishandling/incorrect storage that may have gone on before the bottle made it into my hands. Everything else about this beer attests to the skill of the brewer. It's also worth pointing out that I've recently discovered I really don't care for most non-BA American stouts, so even with the off taste I got, this one compares favorably against that cohort.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.36/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Appearance - Inky pitch black. Nice mocha head. Reduces to faint wisps, but stains the glass.

Smell - Lots of black patent malt. Deep chocolate. Boozy.

Taste - Immediate booze and chocolate. Then it has this intense peppery flavor that is quite bad. Very bitter. Harsh and metallic.

Mouthfeel - Harsh alcohol. Oxidized, I think, but there's no age information on the bottle. Medium heavy.

Overall - No idea what is causing that terrible flavor, but it makes it undrinkable. They way I'd imagine rust would taste.

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.