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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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421 Reviews
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Reviews: 421
Hads: 1,220
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 172
Gots: 417 | FT: 42
Brewed by:
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010

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Reviews: 421 | Hads: 1,220
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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Photo of EvoRich
4.74/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Jet black. Pours with a 1 finger head, dark caramel/reddish in color. The head fades quickly, leaving a foaming ring around the edge.

Smell: Chocolates, cherry, dessert. Just very sweet. Hints of brown sugar.

Taste: Much inline with the smell. It has a very wooden finish, as if it was oak aged. Maybe a bit hoppy as well, which I wasn't expecting.

Feel: This is absolutely amazing. Very full bodied. Very creamy and thick.

Overall: This is a great brew, however, I will say, I prefer Boris over Doris. I had Boris first and wanted to give Doris a try. While it's good, I feel as if they tried to make it better than Boris, and in my opinion, wasn't successful. Still a great beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22(?)oz bottle.
Feel: Full thick body with excellent carbonation. Some alcohol evident.

Rich well-balanced flavor (although not quite as rich as the extreme Prairie Pirate Noir consumed beforehand). Bitter/sweet ratio kept in balance. Some coffee, especially in the aftertaste.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 4.12.14

A - Pours a dark brown with a red-dark brown head that fades fairly fast.

S - Lots of chocolate, roasted malts, oats.

T - Oats, raisins, chocolate, dry malts.

D - Heavy body with good carbonation.

O - 2011 or 2012, Decent, a touch oxidized.

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

Pours an intense black color with no head except for a few bubbles that stick to the side of the glass. The aroma is fresh hops, dark chocolate brownies and some lightly roasted coffee super intriguing. Bright and clean hops blend seamlessly with a dark toasty chocolate taste. The mouth feel is smooth as silk. The hops linger in my mouth but with moderate bitterness that plays well on the sweet notes of chocolate and mocha. Amazingly dank stout, lip smacking good.

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Photo of tmzl
4.58/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of PeterParker
4.84/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours pitch black with a tiny dark brown head that almost instantly vanishes. No lacing.

Rich sweet coffee, chocolate, leathery, bit of dark fruit. Very sweet and smells so amazing.

MMM. Taste follows smell. Chocolatey coffeelike sweetness. So amazing.

Thick, slick, and full. Warming alcohol aftertaste. Almost no carbonation.

This is one of my favorite stouts ever. Possibly the best stout out there. At least as far as what's available to me. Simply amazing. Near perfect stout.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No apparent date on the bottle.

Beer is jet black with a small tan head. Head gone quickly.

The nose contains chocolate, molasses, roasted malt and a bit of dark fruit. Nice smell.

Flavour is also very good. Chocolate is the main flavour, but there is anise, molasses and roasted malt as well. Relatively sweet.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite slick and sticky.

Overall, very good. Perhaps too sweet but still very nice.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nearly black with a barely-there cap of brown foam. Seriously, this baby looks like tar flowing out of the bottle. I haven't seen a stout this dark since Founders' imperial. Lacing is nonexistent. The aroma is a fairly even blend of molasses, dark chocolate, and toasted bread with a kiss of alcohol.

The taste is very dark fruit forward at first blush, followed by molasses and cherry cough syrup in the middle. Dark chocolate, burnt toast, and char perform rearguard duties. A mild, tingling alcohol sensation permeates the taste from front to back, finally yielding in the finish. Slightly peppery, herbal hops meld nicely with the whole affair. The body is medium-heavy and the mouthfeel is thick, slick, and smooth. A very tasty residue of plums, dates, and currants lingers on the lips, adding a seductive extra dimension. The rich, tangy, charred character of D.O.R.I.S. is evocative of barbecued ribs and would probably pair well with such.

Overall, this is a damn tasty, smooth, rich, drinkable imperial stout. If I'm being picky, the cough syrup can become slightly cloying as it warms, and it could use a more substantial head for presentation purposes, but those are fairly minor grievances. Stout lovers won't be disappointed.

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Photo of arizcards
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in early October from LetsPour.com for $22 or $23. No bottling date visible.

Beer poured jet black with little to no head.

Nose is heavy on the chocolate malts with some roasting and mocha.

Taste is extremely well balanced, roasted dark chocolates blend near perfectly with an ample amount of hopping.

Mouthfeel is viscous, full, and smooth like a double stout should.

I have tried the two BORIS brews and DORIS and overall I like DORIS the best. It is very similar to Expedition Stout...

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a Duvel Tulip. Beer comes out fudgy jet black in color, with no highlights, but gets red at the top as the head forms. Dark the whole way through, blocks the light if you hold it up to it. The head is multicolored brown, but mostly dark. Small bubbles and not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is really good. Like any dark RIS it's got a big malt backbone. Plenty of dark bittersweet chocolate, charred caramel, espresso, along with some sweet toasted bread. There's also a big citrus hoppy aroma blended in there that's very detectable.

Taste is completely on par with the aromas. Coco fudge infused dark roasted coffee with a shot of espresso. Some burned charred caramel and/or butterscotch hint that's covered up by a nice hoppy aftertaste. Earthy without being to gritty and slight citrus. Everything meshes together quite well.

Nice mouthfeel, undoubtedly a very full bodied beer with a nice lingering flavor. Very smooth with a modest carbonation level, but enough. The 10.5% is detectable, but not overwhelming at all. DORIS is a nice sipper and is sweet while having appropriate bitterness. I have to say I've had this beer with various ages on it and they are all delicious. This is a very drinkable beer that I would recommend sharing with friends, but a bomber could by consumed by a beer lover on their own. It has all the intangibles of any great RIS. Another great beer by Hoppin Frog.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall falls a bit short for me on the smell, taste and feel but I bet the barrel aged version is outstanding adding a whole new layer of depth. There isn't anything wrong with this aggressive brew but just a bit too bold on the hops and deep malt versus the Boris oatmeal and ba.

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Photo of CASK1
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy New Year!

Wanted to pick up a 4-pack of Old Raspy for NYE, but TW was out! Picked up a bomber of DORIS in its place. Must have been fate!

A - Darkest head I've ever seen on a beer - beautiful! The beer is black and opaque, and the head seems to last and last.

S - Very complex with bitter chocolate, low coffee, tons of dark fruit and a hint of woody, herbal hops.

T - Similar to aroma. Chocolate up front, with some bitter roast coffee. Plums, raisins, and figs. Dry finish from the roast malt, but lacks the hop bitterness I would like to balance the malt.

M - Full and rich. Moderately low carbonation, would like a bit more. Very low alcohol warmth; well-hidden!

O - Very tasty RIS!

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into crooked stave tulip. I think its a 2012 since I got it a year ago (December 2012). Looks like motor oil when poured, but it does have a quick brown 1 finger head that lasts like 10 seconds...brown lacing remains. Huuge roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and dried fruit aroma but its very crisp. Taste is bitter sweet chocolate and roasted dark malts with a somewhat high hop character - especially for an older bottle. Its slightly oxidized raison flavor is really nice. Its very dry, viscous, thick, oily, and heavy - but strangely drinkable. Well worth having this brew...its pretty fantastic.

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

As much as I love barrel aged imperial stouts, I am always on the look out for great tasting "non-barrel aged" imperial stouts. For me, this might be the gold standard.

This bottle had aged in my cellar for a year so I may have to try a fresh bottle to get a full look at what this beer is like. This particular bottle though was excellent. The pour into the glass was thick and black. The smell was of huge malts, chocolate and dark fruits. I assume a fresh bottle would have more roasted malt and hop presence but I don't know that for sure. The taste was incredibly tasteful and complex. If this beer was this good a year in, it seems to me that it would be a great candidate for aging. Hoppin' Frog beers sometimes seem a little too pricey for me but after having this offering tonight, I am starting to think that the price is worth it.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - 4 - Black beer, mocha head, nice lacing.
S - 4.75 – Great roasted coffee, espresso, chocolate, cream, vanilla, oak but it's not oak aged, smokey. Amazing smelling beer.
T – 4.75 – Alot is the same as the smell. More on the booze and bourbon flavors. Roasted coffee, espersso, chocolate, cream, vanilla, oak, smoke. Very similar to Expedition Stout.
M – 4.75 – Very thick, chocolate milkshake like beer. Alc present and appropriate. Aftertaste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke. Very flavorful and complex beer.
O – 4.75 – Great beer. Very similar to Bell's Expedition stout. Less available and probably not as good of a deal though. Not worth the 18.99 price tag if you can get expedition instead.

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.