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

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial StoutD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

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898 Ratings
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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%


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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010)
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black color, pretty viscous almost motor oil like, very small tan head, more of a cap really, not much in the way of lacing though.

Smell has a huge roasted malt aroma with a decent amount of hop backing, can make out some alcohol but it's mostly hidden in the nose.

Taste is very thick and sticky, huge roasted malt and coffee presence, slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste but the majority of the bitterness comes from the coffee presence, bit of chocolate in the flavor, very very sticky so I had to mention it again, not sugary or sweet either which is surprising considering how big this is, the alcohol is well hidden and barely noticeable at all.

I haven't had BORIS yet but DORIS is a rock star.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 19:50:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
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Ryan011235

Ohio

4.78/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 5/18/10

Man, this is one dark beer. Even on the pour DORIS is one of the darkest, most dense browns I've seen in a beer; very close to black. Once in the glass I held it to the light; the result was similar to an eclipse. A very slow & determined pour managed to raise one finger of darker-hued milk chocolate foam. Interestingly enough, the foam takes its time receding to a thin skim & some bubbles. Spiderweb-like lacing so far. Decent retention considering. Lacing is almost nil in the long run; just up & vanishes. However, a good bit of lace holds on from the second pour.

Steeped in roasted malts & oatmeal, the nose is quite intense & impressive. Said oatmeal quickly imparts an air of gentility to an otherwise assertive malt bill. Notes of freshly ground coffee beans, espresso & high-cocoa-percentage dark chocolate. On the whole it smells dry & roasted; there doesn't seem to be a ton of sugars. Some alcohol is detectable in the nose.

The taste is all the more impressive. Bittersweet dark chocolate rushes in immediately & is of great dominance throughout. Dry, roasted coffee blends in at a seemingly perfect ratio, becoming most notable toward the finish. Plenty of oats offer something of a refined counterpoint to the roasted malt madness, though the oats are less pronounced than in the aroma. Hints of molasses emerge toward the mid-section. Thankfully this beer stops short of being overly sweet. Though not nearly the hoppiest of Russian Imperial Stouts, a bit of hop kick is had toward the finish - seems to be of the citric variety, though it's too integrated to be sure. Moderate burnt undertones also are manifest on the finish.

Very dense & viscous, DORIS is a formidable opponent. No doubt this is a weighty beer; so sticky & chewy. Carbonation is low & creamy with a full willingness to allow the flavor profile to be its most expressive. Roasted residuals of the above malty goodness linger on the finish, as does the aforementioned hop bitterness. Alcohol heat is appreciable, though it isn't too harsh.

Taking into account the magnitude of this beer, drinkability is awesome. It's a sipper for sure, but dang if it isn't worth every minute. My only critique, albeit a minor one, would be a tad more burnt flavors. That would be nit-picking, though. This beer lost no luster as I drank it; I actually found myself more intrigued by it with each passing sip. For me, this is in the top-tier of the style. If you see it, don't hesitate.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 00:44:56 | More by Ryan011235
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LauraAlberts

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a snifter - rendered little to no head. Looks like thick, day-old coffee - opaque black

Smell: Sweet oatmeal cookies - followed by black liquorice, tobacco, chocolate and faint hint of brown leather

Taste: coffee, mocha, hops turn bitterness into a raw cocao flavor - dark chocolate coupled with hop bitterness

Mouthfeel: smooth, silky, thick - leaves the palate overwhelmed with hops and chocolate after taste beckoning for another sip. Tastes like a beer Stone would make. Definitely packed with imperial stout features.

Drinkability: ABV 10.5 + price/availability make this brew one to share in good company. The alcohol is still present in the flavor making me think this is one that will weather well over the years - perhaps comparable to Dogfish Heads World Wide Stout.

A great Imperial Stout - I was impressed - not at all let down - the packaging holds true to the contents.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 02:19:16 | More by LauraAlberts
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from batch one. drank from my stone IRS snifter. no freshness information on the bottle.

A- the beer comes out of the bottle an inky looking black with a very tiny coffee colored head on it. the head becomes a crown after a minute and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- dark roasted malts. almost burnt smelling. after that comes a pretty solid whiff of coffee. lots of dark chocolate is in here also. pretty intense.

T- the taste mimics the smell. the roasted malt comes across as almost burnt. lots of dark chocolate and coffee. the finish is dry and bitter. the alcohol comes through a little hot.

M- full bodied with a low level of carbonation. moderate warming form the alcohol.

D- not as user friendly as BORIS. id love to see how a little time in the basement changes this. too strong to attempt more than one.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 03:28:52 | More by jwinship83
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 01:06:26 | More by brentk56
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Brez07

Maine

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

A: Black pour with a quickly disappearing mocha head. No lacing present on the glass

S: Oat right up front, very nice. Followed by a slight roasted malt and chocolate smell. Alcohol shows up once the beer warms up a bit

T: Just like the smell, except not as much oat. Instead, the roasted flavor is more dominant, leaving a bitter finish

M: Possibly the only thing holding this beer back. I find it rather thin for the style. Carbonation is borderline too high

D: This is a very smooth drinking beer with a very minimal alcohol presence. That being said, it is still a sipper. Hopefully I'll be able to pick up another bottle to age. I will say that I prefer BORIS to this though

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 23:45:29 | More by Brez07
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ThreeWiseMen

California

3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks for the hook-up Lee! Split this with several friends at a tasting last night.

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

Appearance: Poured out thick and oily; produced a murderous, red-brown layer of dense foam. Body is jet black and opaque. After a minute or so, the red shades fall out of the head, leaving a sticky, ashy brown cap. Tons of lacing all the way down. Looks fantastic for the style.

Smell: Oats and roasted malt are the most prominent, but molasses and floral hops are also there. A mild char sticks to everything. Not as exciting as I had hoped, but solid.

Taste: Dark chocolate, oats, caramel, and char. Piney hops come through huge in the finish and aftertaste - lots of lingering bitterness. Chocolate syrup emerged once my palate had acclimated to this beer. Very dense and bold. "The Destroyer" is a very appropriate name for this RIS.

Mouthfeel: Very malty and full-bodied. Velvety carbonation rolls across the palate, providing gentle stimulation. Finishes both dry and sweet, but with a long-lasting bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability: D.O.R.I.S. is bold and very flavorful, but it lacks the delicate complexity I love in regular B.O.R.I.S.. I could imagine an entire bomber (or even half, for that matter) being too much. I'm happy I shared it.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 22:06:58 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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Espenoza

Brazil

4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours motor oil black, well it doesn't really pour, it glugs out. Amazing. Traces of a mocha colored head. The smell of roasted malts and coffee are prevelant but then the hops start to take over. Dear Lord, this is the hoppiest imp stout I have ever had. Veryl well balanced, roasted malts and coffee with Dark Choclate mix well well with the hops. The mouth feel is phenominal, motor oil. This is an extrememly well balanced beer, it tastes great but I was struggling to get it down by the end.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 22:38:07 | More by Espenoza
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ne0m00re

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 22 oz bottle into an oversized red wine glass.
A: Opaque jet black with a big chocolate creamy head.
S: Chocolate, vanilla, oak, and rum alcohol with a charred sweet malt backbone. The alcohol is more pronounced in ths one than in BORIS.
T: Sweet rumy alcohol, piney hops (which are again more noticeable in this one than BORIS), and smokey charred oatmeal.
M: Syrupy and creamy.
D: Only OK. It is more of a sipping beer.

In general, it's good, but I'd take a BORIS over this one any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 00:15:12 | More by ne0m00re
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tpd975

Florida

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Traded with Tanger for the first time and the dude bombed me. This along with several other $$$ brews were added to the mix as extras. Trade with him if you get the chance, I know I will again and again. He's one of the good guys on the site for sure.

A: Pours uber black, no chance light can penetrate this one. Medium espresso colored head. Little retention with just a few spots of lace.

S: Bold roasty aromas. Lots of bitter chocolate, char, with coffee notes. Hints of sweet dark fruit, and mild milky chocolate tones.

T: Solid as hell. Big bold roasty flavors with hints of ash. Boldly hopped, earthy, slightly citric. Bold espresso, dark fruit and doses of peat. This is a big bold beer. No real alcohol though. Tasty, bold, damn good.

M: Very full in body, rich, thick, evil.

D: Drinkable no, can you sip it for hours yes. I really liked it. I hope Hoppin Frog tosses this one in a barrel. The result may be as bold as any beer known to man.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 20:47:09 | More by tpd975
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a rich dark tan head. Head fades down fast. Leaves some light lacing. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: I get sweet licorice and molasses before the chocolate and oatmeal kick in. Once the chocolate and oatmeal kick in, it is all that from then out. I barely get any layer of of hops here.

Taste: Large amount of silky chocolate up front with a fairly impressive amount of oatmeal flavor. The bittering hops are more present here adding a touch of grassiness. The sweetness is back again with the molasses and light licorice flavors. Just like the aroma pretty much. I get some roasted malts and maybe a touch of caramel here as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very roasty as well. Ends dry and roasted with chocolate flavors.

Overall, this is a big beer. I like it, but it is too straight forward for what is normally a complex style. The chocolate and oatmeal is just too much it seems when it overshadows the other flavors of the styles. Relatively drinkable, but very big.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 06:06:22 | More by mothman
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a midnight black oil color with an extremely evil appearance. Nice cocoa colored head that dissipates very slowly.

Smell is of huge cocoa and oatmeal, it smells so damn good. This beer just smells massive and delicious, so rich in aroma.

Taste is of massive oatmeal and chocolate, just like the smell. Some residual bitterness from the hops. Lots of dark chocolate, bitter chocolate, roasted malts as well.

Mouthfeel is huge and creamy. Very full bodied beer which seems like a meal in itself.

Drinkability is great for a beer this big, great beer glad I got to try it. The best offering I have had from Hoppin Frog.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 05:53:05 | More by pmccallum86
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, what a beast, in a good way.

A- Unbelievably black with an extremely dark tan head, almost coffee bean brown. The head retains at 1-2 fingers for way too long, teasing me to drink through the foam. Lacing is massively thick and coats the glass like very few others.

S- Extremely roasty and strong. The malt lends cocoa notes as well. Earthy hops come in behind this and balance it out. Oats are noticed as well. Simple but great.

T- Again, insane roast malt bomb. Cocoa and coffee notes are found from the malt along with that sweet oatmeal flavor. Some alcohol but it works amazingly with the huge body and flavor. A fair amount of hop earthy flavor and bitterness round out a great beer.

MF- One of, if not the thickest beers I have ever had. Low carbonation but I love that for huge stouts. The body is also oily and one of the only beers I can truly say that is like a milkshake!

DB- The price ($13) was not surprising for a massive stout these days. I was very happy with all aspects of this one and hope to age some of these (but the oatmeal might not allow that to work very well). Will try this one on tap if I see it and buy another bottle for the next special occasion or tasting.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 04:59:59 | More by cbutova
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chaz410

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Got this monster at the wonderful Common Market, thanks Tom!
Pours a deep, dense black body with thick froathy kakhi colored head.
Smells of roasted barley, slight coffee hint, sweet caramel and deep bitter chocolates.
Tastes intensley chocolate and roasted notes followed by a sharp coffee bit. Caramel notes swirl throughout the moutfeel that is rediculously thick from the oatmeal. The oatmeal lends a near milky flavor to undercut the harsh dark malts.
Very very very smooth mouthfeel that seems to linger on your tongue long after you swallow.
An amazing beer from a great company!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:39:58 | More by chaz410
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours thick and very black. aggressive pour yields a 1/2 inch dark brown head with ruby red highlights. no lacing at all

S: smells like roasted malts and chocolate. burnt oats and faint bitter, spicy hops. a little caramel, coffee and molasses. A nice smoky presence as well

T: dark chocolate and cocoa. oak, roasted malts and burnt oats. a little bit of hop spice

M: feels thick and chewy with a nice creamy back end

D: a sipper for sure. became more complex as it warmed up. alcohol was noticeable but not over-powering. a nice one and done imp stout.

Overall, a very nice Imp stout but I think I prefer the Boris.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 23:57:12 | More by CosmoHopHead
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle by way of Capone's courtesy of Oglmcdgl, thanks for the shot. Into a Chimay glass.

Doris is black, Doris is bold, Doris is Black and bold with a mocha brown/tan head that stayed ahold. A nice tight semi tight head with small streaks of lace.

Doris smell the part big chocolate bites with cocco nibs and oatmeal/slight vanilla tones. Roasted malts on top of more of the same, slight smoke, a bunch of roast, some alcohol, Russians.

Taste is a stand up stout. This has everything you would want, pretty much everything I said above without typing it out. I dont get alot of coffee taste in this but there is that roast. Perhaps HF should consider a coffee beer, Im only saying. Comes off a little sweet and reminded me of the dark fruit in BA boris.

Feel is pretty much to the top, It's full bodied, creamy yet wild, goes down easy with a slight burn that wakes me up. Carb is where it needs to be no more no less. A bit coating on the mouth, a bit more than Boris.

With being pretty much out on stouts recently this was a nice treat. It's nothing out of the ordinary for the style, but she leaves her mark. I would drink a whole bottle if I was trying to forget about life.

Im going to have to try these side by side next time, not sure which one im leaning towards, I like em both though

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 06:07:12 | More by BARFLYB
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 12:08:34 | More by Thorpe429
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with onix1agr and poured into my duvel tulip.

A- pours a deep oily black with two fingers of thick mocha colored head. The suds settle slowly to a thin skin and a few spots of stick.

S- organic dark chocolate with all the nut and tropical fruit flavors one can get from it. Roasted espresso and sweet dark malts. A bit of char and smoke.

T- lots of coffee with dark chocolate syrup in it. Dark bread dipped in sorgrum and butter. Earthy and rich. Hints of bourbon vanilla. There some dark fruit burried deep in there as well. Slightly woody finish.

M- thick and viscous, with enough carb to keep things moving but light enough to let this beasty grind on the buds for a bit. Maybe a touch more would elevate this stuff to the next level.

D- wow what a brew! This stuff has some bite to it but its all sooo good. The 10.5 abv is well done with only the smallest hint of heat.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:30:49 | More by oglmcdgl
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this to the big tasting a couple weekends ago.... Very cool Sam... thanks for bringing something pretty epic to such a big gathering.

Pours thick... deeep dark brown head... retention is fantastic so is the lace.

huge hoppiness out of the gate on the nose... surprising really... but it soon gets pushed aside by dark chocolate and some espresso... char ... piney hops ...

thick coffee with melted chocolate spiked with hops.. caramel.. plenty of malty sweetness is balanced nicely by the hops... but the hops show more on the palate as citrus, and it seems a bit too much overall.. thick body and a lite carbonation...

I am really happy I had the opportunity to try this one fresh... I don't know how it will age, but right now it is pretty interesting for sure.... Thanks a ton Sam!! This one goes on my wants list tonight!

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 08:39:43 | More by JohnGalt1
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bert13tj

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes sweet, great beer to start your day or evening with!!

A - Completely black pour, nice dark head that coats the glass and seems to last forever.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate malts, you can really taste the coffee, a hint of burnt wood & smoke, more hops than most stouts, very earthy.

T - Very complex, hints of chocolate, roasted malts. Almost to the point of chewy, probably the oats here. Nice little hints of hops. Great Taste

M - Very rich & creamy mouth feel. Oats add a chewy feel, and the finish is long and sticky.

D - Extremely drinkable, with 10.5%.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 20:18:28 | More by bert13tj
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muttyd

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Breakfast in a glass, love this style!

A - Pitch black pour, tan head that coats the glass with a sticky residue.

S - Roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, some burnt wood & smoke, and bitter earthy hops. Hoppier than most imperial stouts.

T - Roasted/toasted malts, chewy cooked oats, cocoa, and slight hop bight. Complex brew.

M - Very rich & creamy mouth feel. Oats add a chewy feel, and the finish is long and sticky.

D - Very drinkable, even at 10.5%.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 02:08:58 | More by muttyd
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jsh420

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black (one of the first stouts that was true black) with a 1/4 tan head that left no lacing

smell those hops baby but as i left it warm up the roasted oats and malts came out

taste - i wanted to love this beer after the nose but was let down just a bit - this brew reminded me of a darker thicker version of boulder's flashback 30th annv. - lots of hops fruity with some bubble gum flavors up front then the roasted chocolate malts

mouthfeel is what i want in a big stout thick smooth but with plenty of carbonation

drinkability - while i did enjoy the beer i doubt i would ever buy this again wtih so many superior brews out there (boris being one of them)

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 03:34:58 | More by jsh420
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:05:10 | More by jlindros
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a vicious midnight black with a dark brown head.

The aroma is roasted malts, marshmallow, dusty cocoa, stale coffee, cigarette butts, and some alcohol heat.

The flavor is loaded with roasted malts and cigarette butts. Seriously, I feel like I'm chewing on an ashtray. I love some nice roastiness in my stouts (à la Expedition), but this is ridiculous! Definitely too much....although there is some nice dark fruit sweetness and chocolate underneath that helps save it from being bad.

The body is medium to full and carbonation is at good levels.

Overall, I like the direction that Hoppin' Frog took with this one...I think they are on the right track. If that cigarette flavor could get toned down a bit I may even call this one "great," but I can't just ignore such a huge flaw.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 02:00:11 | More by alcstradamus
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 00:44:10 | More by Sammy
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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