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

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

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BA SCORE
94
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1,072 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,072
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 150
Gots: 373 | FT: 35
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 4/3/12
*From notes

-- Bottled purchased at Hoppin' Frog on 1/16/12 --

A: Put these beer goggles on and you won't see a damn thing. Epically dark brown to black. A pretty firm pour yields a massive 3+ finger head that's almost as dark as the beer itself. It lingers for quite a while and clings to the walls of the glass.

S: Somewhat astringent and rather green. I get the feeling that the malts and the extra dose of hops just don't play well with others. They just never seem to form a cohesive bouquet.

T: Big league char invades my mouth. As it sits for a moment, that extra oomph of hop oil begins blossoming, and it's a bitter bitch. There's a lot of alcohol present too - it's right out there in the open. I get a medicinal/vegetal quality toward the back of the palate, though as it warms a bit, it evolves into more of a dark fudge brownie/roasted coffee quality.

M: "I don't know if it's worth $5, but it's a pretty fuckin' good milkshake."

O: If I were judging by appearance and feel alone, this would easily be near the top of the RIS list. But I'm not. And seeing as that's the case, I must take into account just how over the top this beer is. Hoppin' Frog has pushed their DORIS to extreme limits here, and it doesn't always pan out for the best. Let this one warm a bit, and watch as it opens over the course of an evening. If I could use one word to describe this monster, it'd be "intense."

A good beer that lacks balance.

Rhettroactive, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of GuisseppeFranco
4.25/5  rDev +1%

GuisseppeFranco, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of DWolf
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

DWolf, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of chanokokoro
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours like motor oil, black with extremely dark brown highlights. A near-brown one finger head tops this brew but quickly dissipates to form a ring surrounding the inside of the glass. A strong aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, grain, with chocolate and toffee notes rises from the darkness in the glass. Dark fruit dominates the taste up front which gives way to roasted malt with some bitterness, finally finishes fairly smooth with chocolate and toffee notes. Heavy syrupy body which coats the mouth, low carbonation. Really fantastic RIS. Very balanced and very complex. Hoppin Frog sure knows how to put together some darn good stouts. Highly recommended.

chanokokoro, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of derkfromwi
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: One-finger very dark mocha head that disappears leaving a nice ring around edges of glass for most of beer, pitch black color, some carbonation (coming up to edges), tiny bit of lacing

S: Oats, roasted malts, molasses, chocolates, coffee, bit of hops

T: Much like the nose, but the smells turn into pretty aggressively strong flavors, some bitterness, touch of boozieness

M: Smooth and creamy, thick and chewy, medium-full to full bodied, warming

O: Good to very good RIS, a lot going on with this beer, I'm glad I got another one and that Hoppin' Frog is in WI now

derkfromwi, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of originsbrewery
4.25/5  rDev +1%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of jmo2k1
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

jmo2k1, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of aanakinskywalker
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

aanakinskywalker, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

nh2032, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Onibubba
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking pour into a tulip - black with brown highlights and a short lived beige head. This is one sticky sweet beer though. There is a sheen, almost oily, left in the glass. Not lacing...Nice. Thick coating mouthfeel. Taste is what I would expect from a stout of this caliber. Not a huge coffee or chocolate presence, more of a malty roastedness. Aroma is not terribly fragrent, but the mouthfeel is good and coating. This was gone before I knew it. Alcohol is well hidden. Quite nice and a good value. I would buy this again. Nothing extreme or remarkable, but all round very good.

Onibubba, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of Beezee
4/5  rDev -5%

Beezee, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of adman08
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours black, brown at the very edges of the beer with an ample amount of brown foam.
S-Very sweet aroma of raisins and molasses. A hint of roasted malt and a fairly strong scent of alcohol, warms the nose. A very faint aroma of smoke.
T-Very sweet flavor overall with a good amount of roasted malt flavor and strong alcohol. A slight flavor of herbal hops and maybe a little licorice. Strong alcohol.
M-Is it possible to be more than full-bodied? Extremely thick and sticky. Sweet overall with very little carbonation and lots of alcohol warmth.
Overall, very good russian imperial stout. I love the thickness and the sweetness, it really balances out the roasted malt flavor and helps cut the alcohol a bit. I like a little more sweetness in an imperial stout but this is still a very good beer.

adman08, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of sludgegnome
4.75/5  rDev +12.8%

sludgegnome, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of bpattt
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

bpattt, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of WillCarrera
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, no bottle date, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a lifeless black, has some very nice looking ruby highlights, produces only a very faint, dark chocolate brown head. Looks thick and viscous as it pours.

S- Lots of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate, molasses and boozy sweetness.

T- Absolutely massive roasted malts, burnt coffee beans and charred grain, dark chocolate, thick, moist chocolate cake and boozy sweetness help balance this out and keep the bitterness and astringency under control. Hops round things out but stay in the background. Has a really nice dark chocolate finish.

M- Full-bodied, minimal carbonation, has a thick, chewy, oily feel.

O- This is a pretty awesome RIS, thick and decadent with a good balance of char and sweetness, definitely give this one a try.

WillCarrera, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of bogus564
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

Up late last night with friends, up for work early this morning, knocked out the chores, caught Carolina squeaking out a win – it’s been a full last 24 hours. And now, I’m going to enjoy a beer and grab a nap before the circus starts up tomorrow.

Update – waited till the next day. I have all afternoon to enjoy this. Plus, I was smart enough to buy two bottles of this, as it’s hard to get in New Jersey.

A: I pour it aggressively, and I’m duly impressed. It is a very nice dark brown color, even darker than dark chocolate. I would go with strong coffee as a color. The head produced is roughly 1.5 cm, darker than caramel, holds for almost two minutes, then dissolves into a lace left on the sides of the glass. I have to say, I’m happy with the way the beer looks. We may have something here.

S: I’m starting to get my hopes up here – this beer is what you expect for a Russian Imperial Stout to smell like. I’m getting strong coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, hops, orange – all in good proportion, and in your face. It’s the difference between when you cook something in the microwave, and can smell it in the kitchen, and when you cook something in the regular oven, and can smell it throughout the house.

T: As Tommy Chong would have said, Oh wow, man… this is an outstanding beer. It has your coffee, your dark chocolate, your caramel, your hops, your orange; not only that, but they are holy crap strong. The good folks at Hoppin’ Frog weren’t messing around when they came up with this one. It’s one of the better stouts, heck, better beers period, that I’ve had in quite some time.

M: This beer has great mouthfeel for those of you who like stouts – even if you don’t, this has the power to potentially convert you. It’s nice and full-bodied, the carbonation is very well done, it makes the palate dance, and leaves a very nice orange and hop finish.

O: This is a very well-crafted beer. From the way it looks, to the way it smells, to the taste, to how the mouth just loves it, it’s a great play by the brewery. I’m beyond happy that I was able to pick up two of these at the beer store; I just wish they’d had more, as I would have snagged a case if I could. If you’re a lover of stouts, do yourself a favor and pick this one up; I promise you won’t be disappointed.

bogus564, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of Keyes88
4/5  rDev -5%

Keyes88, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of cmq103
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour got me a ½" dark brown creamy looking head with the consistency and appearance of used motor oil. Stick, cling-tight lacing was present. I will say it again; this is one super thick, dark pour. I like it already!!!

Smell: When the beer is cold, it has a pungent, alcohol booziness aroma, dominated by roasted malt, with a hint of espresso and chocolate. As the beer warms closer to room temperature, the roasted malts spring to life, with a mild hop presence too.

Taste: Big, big roasty malts mixed with booziness and burnt coffee. Dark, lightly sweetened-bitter chocolate sticks around for awhile. A boozy warmth tingles the back of the throat as it goes down. Hops are there too, but take a back seat to the roasty malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, sticky, full bodied beer with almost non-existent carbonation. A slight oily, but tingly feeling on the tongue with each sip, though it could also be from the alcohol bite. There is a defintive lingering bitterness present.

Overall: A heavy, sticky, wonderful, unique, slow-sipping DIS. Imperial Stout lovers should add this to their “must try” list. A nice, slow sipper for the cold winter months. I would seek this one out again and try aging it a year or so in the basement. Very well done Hoppin Frog…

cmq103, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Kranders
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a super-thick, oily balck color with very minimal dark tan head. A pretty mild aroma, but it's full of burnt/dark sugars that give you the hint of richness. Absolutely smooth and delightful in taste. Hints of coffee/chocolate, but mostly heavy/dark sugars take over. Amazingly, the ABV is well hidden within the beer. The thick nature of the brew keeps on the tongue for a while. Excellent drink .

Kranders, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle at Julio's sometime last summer. Shared with bpk59, reviewed from notes. Poured into a tulip.

A - Rich oily molasses pour with a thick one finger dark milk chocolate head that leaves thick side lacing and blanket.

S - Nice rich roasted malts and chocolate with...whats this?? Anise!?

T - Wow, this is nice. Some deep, rich roasted malts and maybe some oats as well as some light smoke. Good bitter chocolate, very deep and enjoyable. Super tasty.

M - Creamy, smooth, tasty thick and a bit chewy. Really nice RIS.

O - Overall, this was a very, very good beer from Hoppin' Frog. I liked this much better than BORIS.

rudzud, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of tut2528
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Pours extremely dark black, with high viscosity, no head formation

S: huge robust/smokey malt with big dark chocolate. Coffee, alcohol and a sweet molasses is also present. Hops are very mild.

T: just like the smell, expect the hops really come out creating some bitterness (I personally have mixed feeling about the addition of hops and the balance it creates). Molasses is also there which draws the bitterness away.

I feel that this one should be shared. The body is huge, and the taste is extremely bold.

tut2528, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev -5%

codynevels, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of abdrinks
5/5  rDev +18.8%

abdrinks, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of shanblur
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a snifter. A - Pour is dark and forms a thin mocha head which quickly dissipates. S - Chocolate, roasted malt and coffee with a nice boozy note. Some minor hops shining through. T - A nice mix of the usual chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with a nice alcohol bite. Some bitterness from the hops, but overpowered by the above qualities. M - Smooth and creamy with a light carbonation. A great stout.

shanblur, Feb 28, 2012
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.