D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
A sweet chocolate goddess with a laurel of hops. Pours like hot tar or molasses. Pitch black. No head. Floral aroma. A special beer. I was honestly scared to drink a tall glass of liquid that trapped all light that entered the glass. I've never tried anything looked like it. However the taste is complex, not overpowering, well balanced, and unexpected subtleties exist. A rich and excellent beer.
12-02-2011 03:03:37 | More by dday1231
5/5 rDev +18.5%
Poured into a 20 oz Duvel giant tulip, very aggressively. Pours a amazing black, no light penetration at all, with a 4 inch sticky dark mocha head, that settles into a film of bubbles, with some lacing. Smell dark chocolate and roasted strong coffee, wow! Taste just about blows you away with what your nose hinted too, you realize that this is a special stout. Mouthfeel is truly exceptional. Large, but not over the top. Great life for it's abv and not overly dry. Easy drinking, but you wonder if it is higher in abv even if alcohol taste isn't present. This is one of the best beers that has touched my lips, truly a gem.
12-01-2011 00:40:14 | More by SawDog505
4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured into a snifter. I love me some BORIS, but never had this on a clean palate before.
4.0 A: Black as black gets. One finger of creamy mocha head. Retention is about as good as you'd expect from a beer this big and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.5 S: This is a big beer with a massive aroma. Like BORIS, this has tons of molasses, sweet caramel, and chocolate. To reiterate, molasses in king in this aroma. New to the game is a big increase in anise and a bigger increase of flowery and earthy hoppiness. Moderately roasty with the smallest touch of char. The oats for the most part get pushed to the wayside. This has a chocolate liqueur type booziness to it. Quite nice.
4.0 T: This is indeed tasty, but it doesn't have the elegance that BORIS does. Caramel and molasses are big players again, but they don't mesh all that well with the herbal and flowery hops. I've never been much of a fan of black IPAs or super hoppy imperial stouts. However, this is still damn good since BORIS is incredible. Definitely more roasty and charred than BORIS. Again, plenty of anise and a chocolatety booziness. Lightly fruity, moderate balancing hop bitterness, and hints of coffee.
4.0 M: Heavy body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
4.0 D: I enjoyed this beer, but I prefer fresh BORIS by a long margin. That said, this can probably age like a champ. I think if I wait long enough, the hoppiness will subside and I'll like this a lot more. I'm going to get a couple for the cellar for sure. Whatever the case, Hoppin' Frog knows how to make stouts.
11-20-2011 05:32:31 | More by DavoleBomb
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
2010 vintage bottle served in snifter.
Appearance: Darkest of dark brown beer pours with a very inviting brown head that is about one finger of foam thick. Settles into a thin brown lace.
Smell: Prominently dark chocolate/cocoa, burnt coffee and cherries with some alcohol notes.
Taste: Light coffee, oats-and-dark chocolate taste with a lasting espresso finish. Some subtle and welcome hop presence as well. Alcohol is not noticeable, even as the beer warms. The flavor is quite balanced overall.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, very low carbonation. Slightly oily.
Overall: Near brilliance is a bottle. Drinkable, delectable, and complex. One of the better Russian Imperials that I have had to date.
11-18-2011 06:39:42 | More by jegross2
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.