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

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Reviews: 429
Hads: 1,238
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 15.48%
Wants: 174
Gots: 416 | FT: 42
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

Jet black, viscous and thick, this poured richly with a dark brown froth for a crown.

The panel is so full of chocolate it's hard to describe. It dominates a the malty char and coffee that sit to the back.

The flavor is fudgy with some barrel like qualities. I get oak wood with that interior char that bourbon has. The burnt coffee flavor is slight and the malt gives a nice toasty flavor. The chocolate fudge continues to dominate though, an it lasts to the end.

The feel is quite thick but possesses the smallest of wateriness.

This stout is top notch, full of flavor and just just plain tasty.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing if simple label art and unbranded gold pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock CO. 10.5% ABV confirmed. 118 OG. 70 IBU. I don't recall exactly when this was picked up, but it's at least 6 months old and no more than 14.

Served chilled - after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of gorgeous rich tan colour with shiny red hues. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is subpar - about 40 seconds, though the floater ring it resolves to remains for maybe a minute longer. Luscious thick even lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nice soft complexion. Smooth consistency.

Body colour is, predictably, an opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible. No light can penetrate this beer.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an imperial stout and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws. The head colour is wonderful; I just wish it would stick around longer.

Sm: Luscious lush cream. Dark malts. Milk chocolate. Chocolate malts. Lightly earthy. Any roasted barley is so buried it's imperceptible. It's a biteen timid, and is surprisingly light in terms of its strength. Oatmeal is about as strong here as oatmeal in a beer gets - which admittedly isn't much. Seems silky and velvety just based on the aroma - as unlikely as that may seem.

Not boozy or hot. Clean; no yeast character is detectable. I find no coffee.

A pleasing, sweet aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Elegant, silky, velvety, slick, smooth, and wet.

But it's also has this atrocious earthy bitterness, evoking ash and spent coffee. There're even some grainy sedimentary notes lurking beneath the surface.

Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the bulk of the foundation. It's nicely creamy. Hopping is strong for the style; I pick up some hop bitterness as well as faint traces of floral hop character - which have faded with age to unfavorable effect.

Well-carbonated. Subpar presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. A filling beer. Luckily, it's never too syrupy. But unfortunately, it's quite astringent, rough, harsh, and even vinous. Ugh. It drags on the palate. The texture is a real disappointment. Even the smoothing oats can't save it.

Not oily or gushed.

It's certainly on the sweeter end.

Balance is mediocre. Build isn't particularly cohesive, and is far from gestalt. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour. It's got plenty of complexity, but can't manage its many notes in a pleasing approachable way. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It's very bold and assertive, but attacks and ravages the palate without any consideration for delicacy or fragility.

Dr: An overly-aggressive imperial stout with far too much hopping (both in terms of personal preference and just for the balance of the beer). I'm really disappointed. I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends. Ultimately, it's just too damn bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is a disaster. It's difficult to drink as a result. I'll have to revisit it fresh to see if age was its undoing.

C

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Photo of Scrapss
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DORIS is BORIS big brother and delivers a huge malty punch.

A: Monsterous three finger soapy head that is so dark I can hardly believe my eyes. has legs. minimal lacing. Head disappears to a thin ring. Body is opaque.

S: Smell is huge choco-malt. Big coffee, toffee, hot buttered oak and vanilla. sharp oatmeal. Huge boozy phenolics.

T: Salty Chocolate. crazy chocolate malt, coffee, toffee diacetyl, and a huge pungent hop is somewhere that tries to stand up but it cannot overcome. Some minor bready yeasty notes. Oatmeal base stands out and up. Some dark fruit notes are hiding. Like sauteed prunes?

M: Creamy. Rich. Is not nearly as thick as I would have thought. Balanced thickness. What is like adult chocolate milk. Nice carbonation. Slick buttery finish. Slightly hot.

O: Crazy freaking good. Would NEVER turn this down. So many good things here.

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Photo of argock
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a clear glass snifter. No freshness date but purchased 2.5 years ago at Peabody's (Boone, NC).

A: Black body with 1-finger mocha colored head with good retention and nice blobs of lacing down the glass.

S: Heavy roast, chocolate, and coffee aromas, a bit of warming alcohol, and a bit of dark fruity maltiness. Really excellent melange of dark beer aromas.

T: The flavor is very strong on roast, chocolate, coffee just like in the aroma, but there is a licorice/anise edge that I don't care for and detracts from the otherwise strong stout flavor profile. Alcohol presence is not overdone, but about on target for the style.

M: A very full-bodied brew with a good level of carbonation and silky overall feel.

O: D.O.R.I.S. is a solid imperial stout that would be stronger yet with subtraction of the licorice note in the flavor. The rest of the beer is excellent but like most of HF's lineup, overpriced.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 1 November 2013.

Pours black and thick, and viscous. Dark brown head, about one finger. Good retention, little lacing, but a solid coating when I tilt the glass.

Smell is rich and full, packed with chocolate and a fluffy oaty sweetness. Tilts to molasses in the back, and solid enough that it evokes hard liquor, even though there's none in it.

Taste is powerfully sweet. It's like brown sugar, molasses, some candy on top. And maybe a sugary oatmeal just for kicks. Really, I'm a malt freak, and this is too much for me. Not in the realm of Dark Lord, but up there. Behind all that sweetness, there are some hints of dark fruit. Aside from the sweet, though, which has all sorts of variety, it's pretty simple.

Feel is all right. Big and chewy. But it's flat. And I mean flatter than I expect a big, heavy stout to be. Flat enough that it feels sludgy, and just sits on my tongue. Oop, there was a little burp of carbonation. That rescued it... kinda.

Reading back through my review, I feel like I'm slamming this beer. But it's actually not that bad. It's just that, for a big imperial stout, it's not all that good. Overly sweet and undercarbonated. And I like sweetness and low carbonation. So there you have it.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black with a light brown foam. In the nose, roasted malt and booze. In the taste, roasted malt, coffee and alcohol. The booze isn't over done, but this brew ain't afraid to show you what day it is. Full bodied, smooth medium carbonation and somewhat creamy. Overall, this is a big ol bastard you can grow to love.

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Photo of BB1313
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours pitch black with a big dark mocha head that fades, but leaves great retention. The aromas are awesome and full of chocolate. Dark chocolate and milk chocolate. Cocoa malts, vanilla, and butterscotch are in the mix as well. This is a very roasty stout. The flavors are extremely bold and match the nose. More chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. There's some hints of expresso. It has some burnt/char characteristics. It's on the sweeter side, but there's a subtle bitterness going on. There's really no heat or alcohol notes, making it dangerously drinkable. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy. It's more thick than thin. Carbonation is moderate. Awesome stuff.

D.O.R.I.S. has always been a favorite of mine. This is a perfect example of what Hoppin' Frog is capable of. Absolutely worth checking out. It has a nice complexity to it. Well done.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz shared with a friend
A - opaque black ale, milk chocolatey creamy head, incredible retention
S&T - super rich, chocolate, coffee, roasted barley, fruity esters, fig, plum, oats, booze
M - full body, rich and smooth, booze is evident but not overpowering
O - first time trying something from this brewery, and it's really solid.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Deep motor oil black and a deep red wine color around the rim. 1/4 finger head not much lacing, nice legs. Really nice looking stout

S coffee, imperial Stout and some chocolate sweetness. Can detect a touch of alcohol. Smells good.

T follows the nose. Nice flavors. Not overly complex.

M this is where this beer loses me. Its creamy and soft but feels thin and tepid. Typically I don't like much carbonation in stouts but I think this beer could benefit from a bit more.

O this is a good stout but its just missing something for me. Mostly in the feel and the aftertaste was lacking. I thought the beer drank and tasted better a bit chilled

Bottom line: a good stout but there are year rounds I would take over this

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 bottle into a snifter

Pours a pitch black color with motor oil viscosity. extremely dark beer, as dark as they get. Smell is pretty intense on chocolate and toffee and is promising. The taste is very intense, but dare i say too much so. Good flavor but this beer is a tad too bitter to be considered in the upper echelon. It also has a lot of smoke to it as the beer warms. It would definitely improve with a year or so of age on it. Very full bodied, low carbonation.

Overall a good imperial stout, but not one of the best.

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Photo of Thehuntmaster
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle 10,5% Abv.
Served chilled and split between a snifter and a wine glass.

Appearance: Wow, what a pour - Doris is one of the darkest beers I have ever seen and appears incredibly thick and oily. Needless to say, even the strongest of back lights doesn't even reveal a micron of light any where on the glass. A rough pour yields a small dark mocha coloured head that lasts reasonably well, but doesn't leave much in the way of lacing. A swirl coats the glass in a thick, sticky yellow-brown film that fades into heavy alcohol legs.

Smell: Mmmm, this smells fantastic - masses of bittersweet dark chocolate (almost dark chocolate brownie batter) combine with roasted malt, cocoa, a touch of dark salted caramel and some molasses. As the beer warms, the nose becomes somewhat sweeter, with some dark fruity notes becoming apparent.

Taste: The flavour offers more roasted malt than the nose suggested and a fair amount of bitterness, however there is still a fair amount of underlying sweetness. Notes include: dark chocolate, a touch of coffee, cocoa, dark carmel, heavily roasted malt, a little char, molasses and a touch of hops.
There is no trace of alcohol noted in the flavour.

Mouthfeel: Hmmm, now I didn't expect this to be over carbonated! Its not by much, but the medium-high level is a little much for me. Thankfully it does settle down pretty quickly and becomes quite a lot smoother.

Overall: Doris is a fantastic RIS and the best Hoppin Frog beer I have had to date. I can't wait to grab another bottle or two!

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Photo of SeanDonahue
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of Stevengklein
3.12/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

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Photo of Cubatobaco
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of MCain04
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
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).

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.