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

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Reviews: 409
Hads: 1,182
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 5.5%
Wants: 171
Gots: 405 | 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 SeanDonahue
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been cracking open a lot of my cellared beers that I've been neglecting as I don't want them to sit for too long. This is going to be one of them. This is my 2012 vintage of Hoppin' Frog's D.O.R.I.S the Destroyer.

The appearance on this beer stands up to the name it's given, along with the aroma. This beer is pretty much black, especially when it poured. This might be one of the darkest beers I've tasted.

The aroma on this beer is strong. First off, with 10.5% ABV, you can smell some of the alcohol in here, especially after sitting for a year. I get a big chocolate caramel flavor on this beer from the aroma. Very thick as well.

The taste matches up to the smell. Big chocolate notes upon first sipping it. You can taste some of the alcohol sitting in your throat as well. Overall, this is a big powerful beer. I opened this alone, which means I'll most likely stick to one glass but I would recommend sharing with a friend. Perfect for those cold winter nights, not so much in the warmer weather. Enjoy! (1,019 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: 2012 bottle, about 1 year old

I've come to like the stouts from the Frog people, so this one was just beggin to be drank.

Pours a very deep ruby color, just about black. Nice off tan head, a bit soapy, some rockiness. Hops probably faded a bit on this one, but head retention was pretty nice.

Aroma is deep chocolate, soft and rich. Some sharp hints of coffee and toffee, roasted malt and black plum

Flavor is subtle in a way, and strong. The softness fantastic if a bit faded. Cocoa, molasses, leather, dark plum, coffee, toffee and hint of licorice. Very nice, hides the abv like a Wizard of Oz curtain.

Very nice beer, probably good i waited a year, I bet it was hot younger (690 characters)

Photo of Stevengklein
3.12/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Get heavy notes of fish and an almost sardine aftertaste which mostly ruins a good nose. The flavor is good on the front end with heavy smoke. The initial poor the head has a reddish tone which I found strange. Not worth the price tag and a little disappointing from an otherwise top notch brewery. (298 characters)

Photo of Cubatobaco
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DORIS the Destroyer

A - Motor oil! I don't know what the SRM is for pitch black, but that's what it is! Served very cold, so not much head retention. Splotchy lacing that runs down the glass quickly.

S - Aromas of dark chocolate, hints of caramel, espresso, coffee grounds, and licorice. Nice stout nose!

T - I've never had a beer that taste so close the Oreos in my life! This is one of the best stouts I have ever tastes in my life. As a wine drinker as well, you seek balance for a display of perfection; this is what this stout represents. Flavors of brownie mix, fudge, and coffee grounds and ever present. What a beer!

M - This is a thick and frothy beer. Coats the palate well and makes for a great finish.

O - This is the second time I've had this, but my first full bomber. I am so impressed by this stout, it's amazing. With the proliferation of the craft beer market, and the stout style , this is a hard o e to compete with. I give this as close to a 5/5 as it can get...without actually given it one. (1,020 characters)

Photo of MCain04
3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a 13 oz snifter.

black motor oil body with thin dark head with minimal lacing, rimming retention

smells of dark fruits, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol.

Tastes very sweet, very fruity, very malty, bitter, not as much complexity.

Sitcky full chewy body, a bit over carbonated, dry.

Overall, I preferred BORIS to this, just too boozy and too much dark fruit going on, overly sweet and not complex enough. (442 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Tørst.

Pours a very dark brown. Head is mocha, of a light-to-darker gradient. Hugely dense with great thick retention. Looks amazing.

Lots of vanilla on the nose with big, sweet dark chocolate and nuts, salted caramel and some oatmeal. Pleasant and sweet.

Very sweet palate: huge chocolate flavour with oaky vanilla characters, caramel toffee, then towards the back it gets a quite subtle dark bitterness mixing with some big boozey notes that are there but not offensively big. Very smooth, big oatmeal stout with loads of flavour.

Shame about the slight boozey heat towards the back. Otherwise a very smooth body.

Great sweet stout, plenty to like. Even on the hottest day of the year (which it was). (721 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick, smooth, and very black with dark brown head which fades into an awesome light whisp atop the beer. Aromas are smoked meat, dark chocolate, wood, cream, roasted malt, booze, and hops. This beer completely makes loves to your palate...silky, supple, and soft. Amazing and sexy. Flavors dark chocolate liquor, bittersweet chocolate, smoke and wood. Hops and booze. A touch of sour at the end. Very well made, very delicious. (434 characters)

Photo of jreindl
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, black allowing no light through with a dense brown head, leaves a slight oily lacing. Aroma is boozy, sweet and roasty with dark fruit and floral notes. Gets sweeter and boozier as it warms. Upfront it tastes very sweet, boozy, dried cherries followed by lingering roasty/coffee flavors with dark chocolate, burnt sugars, toffee, and herbal/citrus notes. Gets sweeter as it warms and the roast flavors mellow a bit. Medium viscous, coating mouthfeel but not as heavy as some other RIS. Overall a solid RIS, the roast can be a little astringent at times, especially when cold. Very good and should age well, some oxidation and time to mellow should do the brew well. Will definitely drink this one again. (726 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a dark tan head. In the aroma, roasty malt and a sweeter coffee presence. In the taste, a sweet roasty malt with a nice coffee presence. A smooth and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry coffee malt, with notes of sweetness in the aftertaste. Big coffee notes, quite smooth and very nice. (320 characters)

Photo of Auror
4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Blind Bif 8.

Deep black. Dark mocha colored head that formed reluctantly and faded fairly fast. Definitely an imperial stout. (4)

Prominent aroma of chocolate and dark fruit. Some roasted malt and perhaps hop bitterness as well. Very slight smoke, or perhaps oak? (4.25)

Potent roasted coffee notes, not much of the fruit from the nose to start. A bit of bitter chocolate. Getting more sweetness as it warms: blackberries and figs? Some oak emerges as well. Is this barrel aged? Not picking up very much vanilla, so leaning away from bourbon barrels. (4)

Low to almost no carbonation. Smooth, slick and coats the mouth. Perhaps a tad thin. Only a slight alcohol feel as it warms, which is nice. Those factors make me think this beer has some decent age on it. (4)

This is definitely an imperial stout. It doesn't really taste that strong, but I’m confident on flavor profile (and the fact that it has to be >8%). I’m not picking up much vanilla or oak, so I don’t think this is barrel-aged, but I think it has some cellar age on it. No specific beer is jumping out at me, so shot in the dark with a beer I've never had from Michigan…New Holland Night Tripper. (4.25)

The reveal… DORIS Imperial Stout from Hoppin’ Frog. Well done covering all the caps with electrical tape, because I might have guessed had I seen that red cap. I revealed this before I read Brez’s guess above, or that too might have stimulated me to a correct guess! I've got no idea if this is aged, Hoppin’ Frog doesn’t have any freshness info according to Fresh Beer Only. I've had BORIS before, but not DORIS so I can’t say for sure myself. Either way, thanks for the opportunity to try it, Abraxel! Very tasty. (1,716 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Oil slick black. Dark brown head that leaves rather quickly.

S: Big big roast. lots of anise and black licorice. Chocolate and coffee mixed in with a big hit of toffee. A sweet raisin rounds it all out.

T: Rich bakers chocolate. Lots of fig dancing around raisin. Chocolate covered dates. But here comes the bitter espresso, roasted and a quality reminiscent of burnt marshmellow. Lots of toffee with a touch of bread. Toasted oats and more licorice. A bitter pine finish. A decent amount of hops. This is a beast, and a delicious one at that.

M: Its full bodied but not too heavy. Slick.

O: This is a really, really enjoyable beer. it developes as it warms and goes down smooth. bursting at the seems with huge flavors that balance each other out really well. As complex as it is its mellow and provides a perfect sipper. /93 (836 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This comes in a very deep black color as expected with a dark brown head.

The aroma has a roasted malt and tons sweet chocolate. Rich toffee and caramel sweetness. There's also lots of umami and a bit of booze int he back.

The flavor is creamy strong roasted malt and burnt coffee or mocha espresso. It's a very deep and rich beer. There's also some hoppiness in there that I sense, instead of roasted malt bitterness. As it warms up, there's some dark fruit in there.

There is a boozy middle and finish. It is a big roast and dark rich beer bomb.

A really full mouthfeel on this beer from the oatmeal.

A really fantastic Russian Imperial. (645 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a burnt char mahogany black color with a nice creamy mocha froth on top.

The aroma hits hard with smooth dark chocolate, roasted malt, some espresso, and a bit of smoke.

As this was tasted side by side with BORIS, it is interesting to see the distinction between the two. Overall, this has a fuller and less bitter flavor. It is not too far on the sweet end of the spectrum either. The roasted malt and dark chocolate flavors are allowed to shine through without having any cloying aspect to the flavor. Some smoke, creamy espresso, and a bit of dark fruits add further depth to the flavor.

A big, thick, viscous body really adds to my enjoyment of this beer, accounting for a slightly higher score than BORIS. The carbonation is about the same; they both have moderately full, creamy carbonation that works well with the beer.

Overall, I found this to be a well-made, balanced, and enjoyable full-bodied imperial stout. (990 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours a thick, viscous, jet black coloring with a thin, foamy, dark brown head that quickly settles out on the surface. Aromas of biscuit, dark baker's chocolate, coffee, toasted grains, a hint of smoke, and some earthy/woody tones. Booze hints on the nose, also. Flavors are extremely rich, with a base of dark, bitter baker's chocolate and a hint of bitter, roasted coffee. Ribbons of earthy and woody tones throughout, with a vanilla and molasses highlight, also. Very reach and smoothly blended. There is some bitter hopping that cleans the palate nicely at the end, which is an impressive feat given how rich and robust everything is. Roasted grain highlights show through every once in a while, too, which also helps to balance the rich and dark flavors. The aftertaste is rich chocolate and molasses, with a touch of smoke and bitter hops. Slick, smooth finish with a rich, robust linger that coats the palate and the mouth. Very strong, but surprisingly drinkable. This beer definitely opens up as it warms. Wow. (1,066 characters)

Photo of kguard
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a straight black, thick cloud. Head dissipates rapidly.
Lots of sweet roasted malts, cooked sugar, and some dark chocolate.
I didn't pickup much beyond roasted malt and cooked sugar.
You notice the hop bite and chewiness. Coats the mouth but quickly goes thin.
I don't drink many DIS as it takes me forever to drink. This is a great brew that is good to share. (366 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to alelover for this treat!

Among the darkest beers I've seen... solid black body showing zero clarity and producing an intimidatingly dark chocolate brown head. Booze legs paint the glass along bits of quick lace.

The oatmeal usage is still quite apparent right out of the gate. Fudge and brownie, oats, cookie dough... the sweetness is as minimal as you could ask for, given these descriptors.

More of the same. Chocolate chip cookies, mild alcohol warmth, thick fudge brownie, nice dry hop bitterness fends off an otherwise unavoidable dessert quality. It's a bit reminiscent of Ten Fidy in a number of ways. I'm really enjoying this one.

Thanks Joel! (670 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pour looks like used motor oil with a half inch of dark brown head that dissipates rapidly. Minimal lacing. The aroma is very sweet with lots of oatmeal, vanilla and dark chocolate. Hints of earth and coffee. The taste is sweet dark chocolate with some roasted malts and burnt coffee. Notes of vanilla and sweet oatmeal but this beer is mostly dark, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Sweet but not overly so. Boozey and rich. Silky but heavy mouthfeel. Slow sipper all the way, best paired with a glass of water. Overall, this is a big, rich stout that may be a bit overpriced but is still very good. (613 characters)

Photo of hackmann
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pitch black body; no head; a little dark tan rim; syrupy legs on the glass with each sip

Aroma: dark roasted notes; dark roast coffee; roasted grains, smoky, dark 70% chocolate like;

Flavors: just like the nose; the flavors come together for a great imperial stout; on their bottle they say ‘will overwhelm, satisfy, and destroy your taste buds…;’ I’ll just say that it satisfies my taste buds.

Mouthfeel: no carbonation; the alcohol spice tingles the tongue but it is not overwhelming; nice alcohol warmth on the finish; bitterness is pleasing and under control with hint of toasted caramel in the background; oily, slightly syrupy but not overpowering, full body

To the Point: a very pleasing Double Imperial Stout; a great sipper (758 characters)

Photo of jsulko
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark black with a dark chocolate head that is very slight.

Smell is strong with chocolate and a slight coffee smell.

Taste is roasty malt with hits of a bitter chocolate coffee taste. slight alcohol burn on the finish with a slight bitter afterbite.

A very strong stout with some interesting flavors. Another winner from Hoppin Frong (381 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a FFF teku glass
it pours pretty dark and pretty much no head
smell is of rich chocolate, coffee, and smoke
taste was of a roasty stout and a bit smokey on the back end
i find it not as much of a traditional RIS or oatmeal stout
due to the extremely smokey flavor on the back end which
I was not a big fan of
this beer was ok nothing that I will seek out again as it tended to be too smokey for me (426 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bought for $12.99. Poured into a chalice.

An average beer. One I would prefer to avoid considering the availability of some many above average beers. Unlikely that I will drink again unless someone convinces me to re-review.

A - Poured a reddish black (almost black), viscous, beautfitul dark reddish brown thin head which disipates quickly. NIce brown lacing.

S - Heavy dark chocoloate aromas, roasted malts, some alcohol(-).

T - Dark roasted coffee, some dark fruit, very light sweetness, slight coffee bitterness in the finish, alcohol.

M - Smooth, creaminess, but some excessive alcohol hotness (-). (615 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured bomber into 34oz mug. Darkest pour I have ever seen, jet black with a thick, dense dark brown head that doesn't go anywhere, leaving lots of lacing. Smells of chocolate, bourbon, sweet malt and coffee. Taste is bitter baking chocolate, some bourbon sweetness in the middle, and ending with a coffee bitter aftertaste that swing in way late, rounding out nicely. Insanely delicious, with one of the fullest mouthfeels I've had. This is definitely a "double oatmeal RIS". This is now one of my favorite stouts. Incredibly well-done! (537 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.6/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big high five to yeahnatenelson for this!! 2011 bottle I think, perhaps 2010?

Appearance. Pours very viscous and black with a thin espresso foam head that fades quickly to a collar that leaves some decent lace.

Smell. Sweet dark chocolate and coffee with a little molasses and a bit of licorice. Smells delicious!

Taste. Coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, espresso and some smokey dark malts, and just a little nice citrus hops. Fantastic stuff.

Moutfeel. Full bodied and fairly viscous, lower carbonation.

Overall. A really nice big stout that seems perfect with this age on it. I'd like to try a fresh one, but doubt it's going to be better than this with a stronger hops presence. (688 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pitch darkness on the pour. Very thin to no head on the pour. Low carbonation but enough to be noticed. Looks like it has got some pop!

Smell: Dark chocolate, deep caramel, toffee, sap, rich maple syrup, yum lots of awesome things going on here. I would say the toffee and thick caramel stand out the most here. Not as traditional as one would expect from a RIS but still very good.

Taste: A heavy creamy caramel hits on the nose. The body consists on a perfect combination of milk and dark chocolate. There is a dry bourbon aftertaste which really makes this beer stand out.

Mouthfeel: Certainly covers all corners of the palette. Sticky caramel and toffee last for a very long time.

Overall: I really liked this brew. Balanced and brought all the aspects you would look for in an imperial stout. I've put off trying this one for a while but am glad I got around to it. (888 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.14/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up from House of 1000 beers the other day.

The beer pours the expected blackish brown color with good head retention and fair lacing. This loooks like the sort of beer that has seen some serious barrel aging. The nose is attractive and complex, as I pick up considerable molasses, dark chocolate, vanilla and coffee grounds. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but there's some roasty notes and licorice on the long, somewhat hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly full in this one, and the finish is quite long, with some noticeable burnt toast and coffee grounds as well. The latter counter the modest sweetness in this beer quite well, as does the bitterness at the ever end. Alcohol is noticeable, but is not at all intrusive in this beer.

An impressive beer, and one that I think would probably benefit from some additional aging in the keg or bottle. (864 characters)

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.