D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
Pours a pitch black, dark as midnight, into your glass. A hard pour will produce a decent mocha head, which leaves some impressive lacing.
Nose is light for the style ... I was expecting a bit more. There is definitely coffee and chocolate, as well as some dark fruit in the nose. Hops don't make an appearance.
The taste follows the nose in that it is full and rich, yet not cloying. Mocha, coffee, expresso and chocolate notes are prominent. Hops don't make a showing, but a slight fusel note is there, if you are ready for it.
Mouthfeel is HUGE ... almost chewy. If you want a beer you can "bite into", this is it .. very thick, and the subdued carbonation adds to that feeling.
Overall, this is just another great brew from Hoppin Frog brewery, and Fred Karm, the head brewer. Definitely recommended to RIS fans.
01-28-2012 01:41:19 | More by cooncat
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
A big thanks to Jonathan (Janderson91) for this great extra. Cheers!
Appearance – Pours into a tulip with a dark color and about two fingers of mocha head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.
Smell – Nice roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate/cocoa, slight dark fruits such as plums, and molasses.
Taste – As the aroma lends one to believe, some nice dry roasted malt flavor up front mixed with a bit more milk chocolate (rather than bittersweet cocoa). Oatmeal, coffee, fudge.
Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, overall decent carbonation, finishes nice and dry.
Overall – A pretty darn good stout. Nice and dry, not overly sweet. Just how I like them.
01-24-2012 01:29:30 | More by SpdKilz
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Poured into a snifter.
Pours pitch black with a creamy dark mocha head.
Roasted malt and lots of dark chocolate. Lingering hops. I was hoping for more aroma.
Roasted malt, TONS of bitter dark chocolate, some licorice and dark fruits. Finishes with cream and more dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel is full, thick, and creamy. Carbonation is on the low end, but it's okay for something this viscous.
Overall I was a little worried because some reviews make it overly bitter, but I don't find that to be true. It's smooth and yummy.
01-18-2012 15:22:52 | More by Adrianized
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours out pitch black and totally opaque. The thick chocolate brown head does not stay around very long, but it completes the perfect presentation even if it does not linger.
Alcohol is certainly present in the nose, but roasted malt is also present. The taste is strong malt with some traces of coffee to go along. There is plenty of alcohol in the finish - it does not quite get unpleasant, but it is on the border.
01-16-2012 04:07:03 | More by 57md
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
A: Pours out of the bottle like a sludge, giving only a faint look at a beautiful dark brown head. No lacing or retention, sadly.
S: Picking up some booze on the nose, with some chocolate and hints towards coffee. Smells like this is going to be a big drink!
T: The taste is really interesting. A bit watery up front, followed by a hit of booze and chocolate. BIG coffee taste on the backend. Balanced nicely, I really like how the taste develops on the palate.
MF: A bit too light for me, but syrupy nonetheless. Huge dry finish. Slight booziness.
O: This was tasty, but not great. Pretty drinkable for how big a beer this is. Wouldn't turn it down if it was offered, probably wouldn't seek it out again, however.
01-14-2012 21:37:05 | More by russwbeck
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
Had this on 2012-01-11 in Columbia, PA
A - Opaque deep brown with a 1-finger brown head that fades to a coating after a few minutes leaving a moderate lace curtains.
S - Complex. Coffee, molasses, chocolate, well-toasted brown bread, dark fruit, kiwi-citrus.
T - Much like the smell with more coffee and less chocolate, molasses, strong roasted/burned malt, light fruit, apparent alcohol, some hop bitterness. Not very sweet. The long-lingering finish is of roasted/burnt malt with a dab of sweetness, roasted and hop bitterness, a bit astringent and metallic. The aftertaste is kind of harsh and somewhat reminiscent of a black imperial IPA.
M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Creamy and thick.
O - This brew needs some age on it to mellow out the harsh notes. I'm setting the other bottle aside for a year to see how it fares. This is worth drinking but it is not at the very top of my list for Russian Imperial Stouts; at least until it ages.
01-11-2012 23:48:19 | More by Tucquan
3.89/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours black as night with a rapidly receding coffee colored thin head of foam.
The aroma is full of chocolate and caramel. It smells very sweet to met with vapors of alcohol. Very reminiscent of a strong stout. I like it.
Coffee comes through very early with this beer and lingers between sips. It is a little harsh for me on the back end.
Very thick on the palate and is a bit chewy. Strongly alcoholic with minimal carbonation.
Overall I like this beer as an imperial stout, however I have had better. Compared to my favorites it is a little bit too coffeeish. But it is still a great beer.
01-08-2012 23:30:48 | More by Beer21
4/5 rDev -5.2%
This was a bottle I picked up at a local establishment when it was first released and described as a "new" brew. I guess subsequent batches have been brewed. Kept in my cellar for over a year, opened with friends recently.
Poured from a bomber into a tulip, this brew appears black in color with the finest line of brown clarity around the edge. A finger of creamy brown head forms and slowly recedes leaving strings and fingers of lace. A light swirl brings a finger of strength back to the surface.
The smell of this brew is very fresh and oat-like with grains. Roasted coffee scents hint he nose with a touch of coffee bean citrus aspect. Dark fruity quality like raisins, plums, molasses and burnt sugars fill the profile. As it warms up, some tobacco and licorice quality come out.
The taste is tangy with alcohol. Fruits like plum and raisin mix with chocolate grain flavoring. Bitter cocoa, licorice, tobacco, coffee and burnt roasty grain come forward with every sip. Despite these already described flavors, it also boasts a fresh oat flavor that I unique and very enjoyable. As it warms up, a bit of oxidation is noted. The alcohol only starts to make itself known once the brew goes beyond ideal serving temperature.
This is a full bodied brew with a smooth, creamy feel to the mouth. It has a modest and enjoyable level of carbonation. Very good feel about this brew and well made across the board. This is worth checking out if you haven't already.
01-04-2012 20:26:08 | More by stakem
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
22 oz bottle, acquired from a very reputable bottle shop, 12/2011, no bottle date, believe to be this years production, well stored.
Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter.
Pours a thin head typical for the style. Easily revived, it’s a live ale.
The deep, dark tan head says it’s brown, but this baby is pitch black in color. Totally opaque.
The smell first hits you with a distinct yeast aroma, followed by hops, roasted malt and dark unsweetened chocolate. As this ale warms the yeast vanishes and the rich roasted malt aroma takes charge and dominates. Still the hops never entirely let go, and there are hints of coffee. Decent complexity but could be a little more intense. Quite enjoyable.
Very creamy, crisp, entry on the palate of very rich, bitter, roasted malt. Delicious! Classic Double Imp Stout profile, bitter hops and rich dark unsweetened chocolate. Massive mouth feel. The 10.5% ABV is completely buried under the powerful flavors of this ale. Wow! Did I mention delicious!
Exceptionally long, rich, bitter finish of roasted malt and chocolate, which cling to every surface of your mouth. Extremely enjoyable!
An intensely flavored Double Imperial Stout. Huge flavors of roasted malt, dark chocolate and bitter hops throughout the pour. The thickness of this stout is truly impressive, massive, and unctuous. Despite the intense flavors of rich malt and unsweetened chocolate the hops never release their grip. Impressive! I may have to have a taste bud transplant. IMO this ale definitely needs to be at 55 degrees +, when everything will literally explode from the glass.
Excellent flavor profile, even though it could use more complexity, and just a little weak in the intensity of the aroma for perfection. Maybe a couple months bottle age?
My usual gripe about pricing, so let’s get it over with. Selling for around $16 a bomber in this area. Ouch! But I bought it and sure as hell enjoyed it! Enough said.
After all that, Highly Recommended!
01-03-2012 01:03:16 | More by JTSbeerislife
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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