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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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1,071 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,071
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 stakem
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

stakem, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

BuffaloTapHugger, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of JTSbeerislife
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

JTSbeerislife, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of tat2dhllblly
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an absolutely used motor oil black. Not a hint of light getting through, small brown head that dissipates quickly.

S - A lot of dark fruit in the nose, some vanilla, a bit of chocolate and licorice. The smell isn't overpowering, but nice. Very sweet overall

T - Actually starts quite bitter, decent amount of burn from the alcohol, fades into some sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and licorice again. Finishes with a kick of chocolate.

M - It's very smooth, but again, a bit hot.

Overall - A good brew, but it all felt a tad bit muted to me. Perhaps with some more age it would mellow out a bit. The complexities are there, but just not shining through.

BeerBuckeye, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
4/5  rDev -5%

xdefeatsy, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev -5%

rbrefbeerman, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of PthPndr
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

PthPndr, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev -5%

Yabev15, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of jtingue
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. As black as brown can get; can't even see through this one at the edges. Pours with a half a finger of cappuccino brown head, which quickly dissipates to almost nothing.

Smell. Very malt forward, with a nice roasty chocolatey character that borders on a creamy caramel. There seems to be a slight herbaceous character, which I notice a lot in dry hopped beers.

Taste. Starts out with a quick hit of sharp bitterness. This is followed by very bitter roasted malts, or espresso... there seems to be a theme already. The middle is filled with a resinous, piney hop presence with a residual sweetness that keeps trying to peek its way out. The finish is at first slightly sweet and roasty, but quickly becomes bitter and resinous.

Mouthfeel. Very thick, as one would expect from an oatmeal stout. Low carbonation, but it isn't missed or needed.

Right now this beer is a bitter mess to me. It has IPA levels of bitterness from both hops and roasted malts, but right now is not balanced. It seems at though all of the elements are there, but they are both overwhelmed by bitterness and lack the complexion of some better imperial stouts I've had.

jtingue, Dec 28, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the acclaim of B.O.R.I.S. in hand, it's obvious that Hoppin' Frog can do Stouts well. I have all the confidence going in that this will be an extraordinary Stout. ...it does not dissapoint!

Opening with a black onyx-like sheen, the dark pitch colored beer builds a creamy and dense medium brown froth that soon subsides to a blanket across the glass but then holding firm for the duration. With ample lace and retention, the beer continues to impress the eye down to the very last sip.

Dark roast coffees, brownie mix, roasted walnuts, cocoa, malted milk, sherry and rummy alcohols appease and tickle the nose while the roasty dry scent of highly kilned malts and earthy hops have a very deeply rooted and robust scent.

Malty rich to taste, it's the roasted malts and cocoa character that delivers the bulk of malt taste- coffee and bitter chocolates. This is even before the tepid malty sweetness of toffee and malted milk have any chance to rival for taste dominance. Deliciously dark and robust but not necessarily rich with malty sweetness- this is a prayer answered for the staunch Stout critic, but the lack of sweetness at the onset makes the beer harsh for me. But as the dry roasty character subsides and the malted milkshake character emits, the more rounded flavors of soy, sherry, bitter-sweet chocolate and leafy, bark-like hop bitterness come about to provide the complexity and well melded qualities that this dark ale deserves.

Highly robust, but somehow thinned by the dry grain texture to start and the astringency of spent coffee grounds, a moderate astringency abounds, but oddly at the front on the mouth rather than in finish. The extended mid palate and finish of the beer allows us to quickly dismiss the grainy-dry roast character and to appreciate the coffee and cocoa aftertaste later.

Oddly, each sip of this beer delivers the same- an early bitter-astringent-grainy-burnt character that makes me want to dismiss and drink straight away. But the developing mid palate and pleasantly dry finish of warmth and roast leaves a very pleasant late palate. This is unlike any beer that I can recall having.

It seems to pair well with mint chocolate candies as there's a nice interplay with the mint, gin-like alcohols, and citrusy-grassy hops. The chocolate on chocolate complements are obvious.

BEERchitect, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jstewart1130
3.5/5  rDev -16.9%

jstewart1130, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle cellared for one year poured into a wine glass

A: Pours pitch black. As black as a beer can get - opaque even during the pour into the glass. A finger of dark brown head quickly dissipates to a ring around the glass.

S: Lots of dark fruits - prunes and raisins mostly. Licorice and molasses isn't far behind, and dark chocolate not far behind that. Text book RIS.

T: Dark chocolate most noticeable - quite potent. Hop bitterness supports dark fruit sweetness with licorice in the background. Some alcoholic heat, but I believe this has mellowed over the past year.

M: Very, very thick with good carbonation.

O: This is better than almost any other RIS I've ever had. It's not barrel aged nor does it have crazy ingredients, but it is textbook RIS. Amazing.

coreyfmcdonald, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of hdelavega
4/5  rDev -5%

hdelavega, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of amitch
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

amitch, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of scottyg354
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Thick. Oil black. 4 finger thick milk chocolate brown head. No light showing through this bad boy.

S:Dankness and coffee. Some booze. Cocoa.

T:Dank, Pine and Chocolate. Coffee is present in the middle. This is the dankest stout I have ever had, it has hop notes similar to Pliny (of course mellower than an IPA) which kind of blows my mind. I am going to call this my Mary Jane stout thats how dank this tastes. Flavors are blended really well.

M: Thick, this is almost like an imperial milkshake. Sticky and smooth. Another characteristic of this beer that stands out against others.

O:Awesome, buy one (or 5) of these if they are availible in your area.

scottyg354, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of amart80
4/5  rDev -5%

amart80, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of brealbg
4/5  rDev -5%

brealbg, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of brodah
1/5  rDev -76.2%

brodah, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

bluntedboywonder, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -5%

tclapper, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of DNICE555
5/5  rDev +18.8%

DNICE555, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of keanex
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle with a plain green cap and no freshness date into a tulip glass.

A: Pitch black with a very thin brown head which quickly disappears leaving little marks of its existence.

S: Light forally hops with a bitter dark chocolate, espresso, light dark fruits, and some carmel on the nose, very similar to BORIS.

T: Very mellow, yet intense. Bold flavors here milky with bitter dark chocolate and espresso. Slight caramel at the end with some light dark fruit hints. This is complex and opens up as I drink more.

M: Creamy and smooth, much like drinking whole milk. There's a slight fizz as I sip with a dry finish.

O: Straight 4.5s, I know that's high, but I love this beer. This is a mean Russian imperial stout that has a bite to it.

keanex, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of bkny27
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

bkny27, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of Mag00n
4/5  rDev -5%

Mag00n, Dec 15, 2011
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,071 ratings.