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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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Ratings: 901
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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JamesShoemaker

Michigan

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

22 oz bottle poured into my snifter. This is one of those beers that's available to me all the time, so it's taken a lull in the seasonals for me to buy a bottle. A little pricey at $12.99 per bottle, but certainly not outrageous.

A - wow. I don't think I've ever seen a beer pour this black. I read a lot of reviews that say "motor oil" in describing stouts, and this one is the closest I've seen to that. Jet black on the pour, no difference settled in the glass. Dark brown foam, very, very little head.

S - big alcohol is the first thing on the nose, coupled with a lot of roast. I've heard this beer described as hoppy, so I was expecting a little of that from the smell, but it's mostly burnt. A little too harsh for me, but not unpleasant.

T - smooth transition from smell to taste. Booze on the front and relentless roast throughout. It tastes like a barbeque smells. I suppose there is some hoppy bitterness in here, but it could just as easily be attributed to the burnt taste. Certainly interesting, but not my favorite by any means.

M - bitter and alcoholic, too syrupy. If there was carbonation to speak of, I honestly think it would ruin this beer. As it stands, it coats the mouth (which is a little unpleasant), but it's not good or bad one way or the other.

O - a decent brew. I had BORIS when I first got into craft and I didn't like it very much, but now I'll have to revisit it, since it appears to be better than DORIS. It's a little pricey for what it is, but it might be worth putting away for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 01:36:19 | More by JamesShoemaker
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JackieTH

Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours thickly like burnt-up used motor oil black with a quarter inch of rich mocha foam, looks delicious. Smell is roasted malt, dark chocolates, caramel and trace vanilla. Taste is similar with heavily roasted malt and a semi-sweet chocolate presence then subtle vanilla, oak, grass, figs, oatmeal and caramel adding complexity. Creamy luxurious mouthfeel with a nice carbonation. Finish is figs, chocolate and roasted malt, lightly sweet but overall very clean with bitterness from chocolate. ABV well hidden. Delicious, flavors continue to develop as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 02:03:04 | More by JackieTH
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

D.O.R.I.S. pours flat black with barely any foam at all. What little tan foam appears disappears quickly leaving no lace on the glass.

The aroma is subtle but has nice notes of roasted malt, chocolate, pine, nuts and some dark fruit.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth, creamy with mild carbonation. The flavor is rich with malty notes of chocolate, roast malt, molasses, and dark fruit (raisin). A fair amount of oak and vanilla are also present. It finishes mildly bitter with some grassy hop notes.

This beer gets more flavorful as it warms. Great mouth feel and rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:34:58 | More by WanderingFool
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ksimons

New York

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours inky black with just a very thin layer of tan head

S-smells nicely of roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, and molasses

T-more roasted malt with a bit of a smoky charred flavor, espresso bitterness, dark chocolate, and milk chocolate to give some mild sweetness. Light alcohol warming.

M-full body, light carbonation, left with a burnt flavor in the mouth

Overall I think this is a pretty good RIS, but leaves something to be desired. Nice big body and roasted flavors, but maybe too much char. So good but not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 22:52:27 | More by ksimons
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle is approximately 1.5 years old.

A: Pitch black, used motor oil black. Big, dense dark brown head that's almost as dark as the beer itself. Fades slowly but leaves pretty much zero lacing. Good head retention at least.

S: Oh yeah, big roasted malt aroma. Heavy on the dark chocolate with some coffee taking up the rear. Some creamy oatmeal mixes in too. Get a little dark fruitiness too. Decadent.

T: Dark fruits up front, then heavy, heavy dark chocolate. The chocolate rich and almost bitter it's so dark. Decent char and some coffee backing it up in the middle. There is a little oatmeal smoothing everything out but not as much as a "real" oatmeal stout typically does. Finish is bitter dark chocolate, a little acrid char and more dark fruits. Long lingering roasty aftertaste.

M: Thick, heavy, viscous, like cold motor oil.

O: This is a really heavy RIS with strong, strong roasted malt character. I wouldn't mind a little more oatmeal smoothing it out further but it's still viscous and creamy. Overall it's pretty mellow, no super sharp flavors. Just plain decadent and heavy, like slightly watered down brownie batter. Some barrel-aging to cut the thickness and lend more complexity would probably make this beer absolutely amazing. I wonder if this beer fresh would have a stronger hop character that would help break up all the heavy roasted malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2013 04:40:29 | More by Dope
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bamadog

Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this one up almost a full 3 years ago and wanted to give the copious amounts of hops to mellow as I'm not a huge fan of overly grassy, hopped up stouts -- I like the smooth and sweet maltiness with the bitterness coming from roastiness, not necessarily the hops. Review is from notes taken on 2/1/2013 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is thick and viscous -- looks kind of like spent motor oil, so that's always a good start. The head, if you can call it that, is scant at best -- starts out very short (perhaps 1/4 finger deep) and it fades to nothing other than a thin wisp and thin ring around the surface. However, it should be noted that it may be one of the darkest brown heads I've come across, up there with Huhnapu. Body is entirely opaque, of course.

Smell: Earthy and dark, burnt roastiness is there, but to my surprise, that even after nearly 3 years the grassy and even slightly citric hoppiness still plays a role in the scent. Bit of a bittersweet chocolate, like bittersweet baker's chocolate; touch of alcohol, but it's subdued by the robust scents that come before it.

Taste: Pretty solid, but I can't imagine drinking this one fresh as that would probably ruin it for me. The hops, with their potent presence still lingering manage to blend in with the roastiness and strong burnt malts and even touches of smoke; alcohol is there as well, but more in the background as, much like the scent, the other aspects are very robust and overtake it (which is pretty cool and it makes it that much more drinkable).

Mouthfeel: I'm surprised how lively the body is for as thick as it is and for how long it sat in the bottle - plenty of carbonation still bubbling through this one keeping the palate prickled up; a thick and sticky coating is left on the roof the mouth, but it's kind of loose and it drips off after a moment or so; belly is left quite warm from the alcohol combined with the stronger carbonation.

Overall: Very good, pretty drinkable for such a large stout. I like that the roastiness and even the lasting hops allow it to maintain a sensibility of earthy bitterness and not become sickly sweet. Hoppin' Frog does a lot of beers very well, and this one is no exception to their practice.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 03:52:23 | More by bamadog
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is actually my first day in court with this one. Excited!

Split with my wife for dessert. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A: Poured out with pretty much a motor oil consistency, with a head that was but a mere shade or two lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Not extremely powerful, but potent enough. Milk chocolate, a hint of coffee, and a tinge of sort of Belgian-like dark fruit component.

T: Very bitter and hoppy, all wrapped up in a milk chocolate cocoon. Additionally, there is almost sort of a red/amber ale sort of undertow that added some hoppy excitement.

M: Like I said, this was bitter, with a snot-like consistency. The carbonation was low, which was perfect for this style and the lacing pretty much non-existent.

O: Excellent beer. I agree that Hoppin' Frog is often well deserving of its criticism of overcharging, but I bought this one for between $10-11 and it was worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 23:31:17 | More by Chaney
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a Victory tulip

A- pours black with a half finger dark brown head. Looks pretty nice

S- heavy roasted malt and chocolate aroma in the nose. Smells great

T- tons of bitter chocolate, roasted coffee, and dark malts. Wow. Awesome

M- thick, viscous, and huge body

O- delicious beer. BORIS is great, but DORIS might be a slight above, especially with a little age on it

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 20:48:14 | More by bigfnjoe
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masemase

Massachusetts

1.15/5  rDev -72.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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/* Its black, real black, with a small brown head

S- in a word not good. the overwhelming smell is of raisins. it is _so_ sweet with what i think are slight hints of chocolate and coffee but the syrupy-sweet raisin/port aroma burn my nose too much to really get a good smell.

T- oh boy. raisins everywhere! just about everything i dislike in an alcoholic drink. i can feel the hangover with every sip of this syrupy sweet beer. it is jagermiester minus the anise flavor.

M- syrupy. coating the mouth and tongue and belly

O-I've been drinking beer for a long time and taking notes on what I drink. There is literally no beer that I've tasted that I want to drink less than this beer. Perhaps it's because I don't ike port? does everyone else that reviewed this like port? Honestly, I'm just confused as to the high ratings. I like Imperial Stouts, but not this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 23:39:45 | More by masemase
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brewtus

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank 12/9/12.

Pours thick and black black black. Amazingly almost no head at all, only a couple black swamp like bubbles. Smell is dark and roasty. Bread, chocolate, woody, and smokey on the nose . Thick as it comes, mouthfeel is great, you can chew on this one.. Pretty hoppy for a DIS, nice sweet undertones but very powerful stout. Leaves a slightly tobacco flavored after taste. Great beer to split with a friend, pretty intense but malt/hop balance is great.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 16:44:25 | More by brewtus
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nova009

Kentucky

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

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A- pours a dark thick, motor oil black, a very small mocha colored head covers the surface and slowly bubles with carbonation, not too much lacing left on the glass, spotty at best

S- dark roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, charred oak, vanilla, a little bit of toffee, also a little alcohol in the nose

T- bitter dark chocolate, the charred oak is surprisingly prominent, dark roasted malt, strong black coffee, a small amount of toffee and vanilla, I realize this was heavily hopped but the hop character comes through was surprisingly strong, interesting but I like it

M- perfect consistency for a RIS, heavy body, smooth, oily, creamy, medium carbonation, slick over the whole palate

O- very impressed with this beer, as good as any RIS out there, I really liked the added hop character although it's not for everyone, I would definitely recommend beer lovers try this at least once if given the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 01:39:57 | More by nova009
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dark brown-black pour into a snifter, topped with a small, dense layer of creamy mocha head. This is how I like my stouts to look. Lots of roast in the nose, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, woody booze notes, herbal and earthy hops. More roastiness in the taste, dark malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, an underlying charred wood quality, and a definite hop bitterness that lingered to the end. I'm not a big fan of noticeable hoppiness in big stouts, but it wasn't too bad here...maybe comparable to Storm King. Nearly full-bodied, hop bitterness prevents it from being too smooth, but overall, it's quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 04:41:01 | More by Rifugium
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Received from my Dad for my birthday (nice birthday present), bought in New Jersey while visiting my sister:

Into my nonic:

A: dark black color yields a nice two finger close to dark brown head, some nice light foamy lacing appears and clings nicely to the glass.

S: chocolate, coffee and figs up front. Some hops come slightly out as the beer warms.

T: takes all of these flavorings and combines a nice bittersweet flavoring between the coffee and hops to the chocolate and figs.

M: medium with nothing harsh on the tongue, in fact, this is really smooth, holy crap, this is smooth and slightly creamy, fairly sessionable

O: I wasn't expecting this beer to be this good. Though this is my first by Hoppin' Frog, I really like this beer and am hoping to try more from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 20:07:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This pours a pitch black color with a medium brown head of foam. The scent is rather mild but still is rich and robust with roasted malts, coffee, and hazelnuts. The taste is thick, rich and creamy. This heavy texture stout delivers an initial bold, sweet flavor with its variety of malts. The taste is super complex and delicious. I can only imagine what this must taste like bourbon barrel aged as it already rivals the flavor of bourbon barrel stout. It finishes with a chalky, coffee after taste. Simply a must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 06:32:48 | More by Lemke10
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Arbitrator

California

3.15/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Nanoslug, approximately 2 years old. Thanks!

A: Pours a pitch black body with a short-lived mocha colored head.

S: Dark chocolate, fudgy brownies, coffee, roasted grain, and a touch of citrus and stale hop.

T: Baker's chocolate, roasted grain, a small flavor of coffee and citrus hops. This was probably pretty hoppy fresh, but that has clearly faded out with age, and some stale-hop flavor is starting to creep in.

M: Medium-plus bodied, with low-ish carbonation that makes for a velvety experience overall. Well hidden booze, but perhaps the age has tempered it (I've never had this fresh).

O: We opened this after a BORIS of similar age, and we all agreed that the BORIS was much better. All of BORIS was consumed, whereas half of DORIS was still left. Not a bad beer, but she is outclassed by her younger brother.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 04:25:03 | More by Arbitrator
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billab914

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that I believe was purchased in 2010, poured into my Stone IRS glass. Pitch black in color with a thin, dark tan head scattered across the top.

The aroma has a very rich dark chocolate presence to it with some notes of brownie batter and a little coffee. The roasted malts seemed to come out a little more as it warmed. Nice aroma overall, very bold and rich and it comes together well.

The tastes shows more of the roasted malts and adds in some very smoky notes as well. It's got some slightly burnt and coffee notes coming out more towards the finish. The rich dark chocolate is very good in it and lasts well into the finish. Again, it comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is heavy and viscous with carbonation being on the lower end. Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer that aged nicely. The rich dark chocolate was really good and the bold roasted, slightly smoky malts that came out more in the taste were also really good. I thought it was a great version of the style and one of the better non-barrel aged versions of the style I've had in a while.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2012 00:47:20 | More by billab914
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GregSVT

Texas

3.33/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours black as empty space with a nice very dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. Seriously mean looking stout!

S: The nose starts with dark chocolate and a bit of citrus from the hops. That's about all I get out of the aroma here besides the booze.

T: The taste is equally disappointing with mainly bakers chocolate and citrus hops. The booze is also noticeable here and not in a good way.

M: The feel is excellent though. On the fuller side of medium with a great amount of creamy carbonation.

O: I had this at a tasting a year ago and thought it was tasty. Having this bottle I may have to change my mind on that one. I like the look and the feel but the most important aspects are average at best.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 02:47:34 | More by GregSVT
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AdamHart22

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - real dark and oily. Light does not penetrate this stout.

S - I get cherries, malt, and leather. Its a pleasant nose.

T - excellent. Malt at first, then a dark cherry, finishing on a molasses note. Well done.

M - thick and oily. It is a double imperial oatmeal stout... it better be thick and syrupy!

O - A solid representation of this style. It would be excellent with a dessert. I will definitely purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 02:19:41 | More by AdamHart22
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a black as night liquid with a tan head. Not much lacing.

S - Roasted malt, dry & sweet chocolate and expresso.

T - The roasted malts & coffee that hit you upfront almost taste burnt. Dark fruits in the middle and a licorice with sweet cocoa nibs finish.

M - low carbonation with medium body.

O - It's a sweeter stout than I care for but still good in its own right.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 23:08:09 | More by cvm4
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

bomber into a snifter. opens with a weak sign. review #550.

A: pours the pitches of blacks. havent had too many beers that are this dark. head is brown and minimal. lacing is thick. the head size might have something to do with the the lack of pop of the cap.

S: coffee, booze, roast, sweet unfermented sugars. hoppy, but definitely more malt on this nose.

T: big time flavors here. boozy and slightly autolyzed. starts roasty and sweet. the sugars linger throughout and stick into the finish. the roast doest dry out but stays a bit sweeter.

M: super silky and pretty flat. unfortunate. full bodied. duh.

D: this is a big time boozy brew but not totally unrestrained. gets smoother as the sips progress. however, i would suggest giving this some more time in the bottle. also, since having both i would have to say im more of a fan of DORIS little brother, BORIS.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 15:28:02 | More by Jimmys
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DoubleJ

California

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog is in Colorado too? Thanks for pointing this out at the liquor store Sergio, and for sharing this bottle. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Super black color with tanned lace and not much of a head. But it does give off a few legs. This is a great nose; very dessert-like. You'll like it too, unless you're not into brownies, wafers, and oatmeal cookies. That's fine, more for the rest of us.

There's some oxidation in this bottle which adds a cherry flavor to the beer. There's chocolate, and toasted malts in the mix. A little of the high alcohol is felt, which doesn't get annoying and attempts to balance out the beer. The taste is really a borderline 4/4.5, but I can only grant one score. It's a full bodied beer, very smooth and appraochable.

A rich and delicious imperial stout. This one begs for a piece of chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 02:18:53 | More by DoubleJ
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours black, heavy and syrupy. Head is dark khaki, creamy, and drops to a tiny collar in short order. Very still and heavy.

Smell: Intense, fudgy sweetness. Massive malts. Sweet, chocolate malts, cake, fudge, deep roasted malts, and did I mention chocolate. Fresh espresso. So sweet and roasty. Reminds me of chocolate cake. Leather and plum. Raisins. Deep fruit. Burnt, over roasted malts. Faintly smoky.

Taste: Intensely roasted. Acrid smoky edge. Slightly burnt. Leather, plum and cherry. Huge sweetness. Chocolate cake and brownies. Fudge, loads of fudge. Chocolate, dark, milk, nibs, and malts. It's all there. Old coffee grinds. Bitter roasty chocolate. Treacle. Oats on the back. Rough around the edges. So much malt aggression.

Mouthfeel: Full and syrupy. No carbonation. Slightly dry in an acrid way.

Overall: This beer is absurd.

So much malt, so much everything. It was a struggle to drink half the bottle and I felt like crap afterward. So very heavy and sweet and decadent. Sits heavy. Split with a bunch of friends. Dessert beer for a week.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 16:01:05 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ehammond1


4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, match1112!

Black throughout with a very small dark brown head; thick and substantial, but not quite menacing. This leaves small dots of stick down the glass.

Full, complete aroma of roasted malt, cocoa powder, and ground coffee beans. Nice.

The flavor shines, with rich roast, bitter chocolate, and espresso combining incredibly well. There's perhaps just the hint of a dark fruit character, and personally, I'm happy I don't detect any licorice/anise character. Rich, bold flavors; the lingering cocoa powder/bitter chocolate finish is very much appreciated.

Near full in body with low-moderate carbonation. No trace of alcohol. I wish it was a bit creamier, but I'm only nitpicking.

A delicious, complete, flavorful imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 06:17:05 | More by ehammond1
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Treebs

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle served in a Westbrook Tulip. 2011 vintage.

A: Pours an opaque black color with a quick dissolving dark brown head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring and some whisps.

S: Dark fruits, roasted malts and a touch of smoke are all present here. Some dark chocolate and bitter coffee beans pop up as well.

T: Some nice dark fruit flavors with a slight booze kick hits up front. The booze lingers throughout and has intermingling flavors of bakers chocolate and candied sugar. The finish has a ton of semi-bitter roasted malts that a have a little sweetness kick as well and a twinge of smoke.

M: Heavy bodied with a medium carbonation level. Nice mouth coating oiliness and slickness.

O: Very solid flavors throughout. The booze lingers a little much and leaves a little too much sweetness. There is some deep roasted malts that counter this in the finish, but the booze seems to stick around even after that.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 02:05:16 | More by Treebs
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xabyss

Ohio

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

Huge fan of B.O.R.I.S. and its barrel-aged counterpart, so pretty stoked about this one.

A: Pours glorious engine oil pitch black, and I do mean pitch black. That's gotta be one of the darkest stouts I've ever seen. No head. No lace.

S: First thing I notice is it's considerably boozier than its aforementioned brethren. That being said, the heat's not overwhelming and in fact impressively minimal for a brew of this caliber. Beyond that, loads of cocoa, smooth roasty malt and hints of caramel and coffee which become increasingly apparent as the beer warms. Picking up some hops in there as well. Pleasant on the nostrils, but I think regular B.O.R.I.S. bests it in this regard.

T: Big, complex beast. Again, not much booziness for a 10.5% brew. Borderline-burnt malt and chocolate open the sip. Some sugary caramel, hints of licorice, and burnt coffee enter mid-sip, of which the coffee bitterness continues lingering into the finish. Alcohol also present in the finish, but it's well-integrated.

M: Nice, thick and creamy with subdued carbonation. Just about perfect for the style.

O: I must admit I enjoy regular B.O.R.I.S. slightly more, and the barrel-aged variant a great deal more. Still, a formidable brew that's both tasty and makes me feel funny.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:28:41 | More by xabyss
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 901 ratings.