D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
after falling head over heels for BORIS, I needed to try out his big sister DORIS (2010). thanks to kelp for the kind trade.
a - poured a stunning sludgy black with a finger sized deep dark brown head into my oversized snifter. head vanished within seconds but i could build it back with a swirl of the glass. lacing was spotty, but a nice welcoming stout.
s - another winner. big and bold chocolate alcohol like chocolate cake.
t - chocolate all day. the hops colliding with the malts is a pretty perfect touch on the flavor and brings out the chocolate even more.
m/d - smooth and silky while still being thick and chewy. this is a beer that you want to let sit in your mouth for your taste buds to mingle with. leaves a liquor-like after tingle. much thinner than BORIS and much less meaty, but really nice. really smooth. great great great beer.
02-17-2011 01:20:39 | More by cosmicevan
4.22/5 rDev 0%
I poured from a bomber and it was split equally into to standard pint glasse. The pour was very much like pouring used motor oil, very thick and very dark, it has a thin little tan head that fades quickly. It has plenty of bitter sweet dark chocolate on the nose. The first sip is all dark chocolate. It also has mild coffee and dark fruit notes, it has enought hops to keep it from being overly sweet. The mouth feel is really aided by how viscous this one is, very full mouth feel. I liked DORIS. IMO better than BORIS, really glad I picked this one up.
02-13-2011 10:58:26 | More by bonkers
4.65/5 rDev +10.2%
The first thing that stands out is the color. Black as tar and exceptionally thick with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells of wood and alcohol. The taste starts with hops and bittersweet chocolate, a wallop of hop bitterness, hint of sweet, then a burnt finish. It's past roasted into burnt, and normally that wouldn't work, but it really does. A bit of alcohol late in the finish. A lot of RISs I have had feature some sweet currant flavors rather prominently, but this doesn't. The most surprising taste really is the burnt finish, but I'm digging it.
02-09-2011 02:54:43 | More by McNealc31
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
A- Two finger high dark brown head sits atop a black abyss. It eventually settles to a ring that leaves good lacing.
S- Hops push through in the smell over the roasty chocolatey notes.
T- At first it's hops, but they get dragged down beneath all the roasty flavors. Some chocolate, a little coffee, and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Lots of residual sugars.
M/D- Nice full mouthfeel from the high finishing gravity. There's no alcohol burn but a lingering sweetness and burnt popcorn flavor. I'll be finishing this within the first half of the Super Bowl, so I'd count that as good drinkability.
02-07-2011 00:31:49 | More by ltjska04
4.75/5 rDev +12.6%
Pours like oil. This has some reddish hues as it pours with a nice tan head.
Smells of huge roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon.
Whoa! Silky smooth and full-bodied. This is a bomber! Plenty and I mean plenty of roasted malts. Biscuity goodness and melanoidin characters just round out the malt character. Then there are the hops! Bitterness to the extreme. Leaves plenty of hop resin and pine on the tongue.
The alcohol is present without taking away from the overall character. Aftertaste is full of roasted malts and pine resin from the hops. Delicious!
02-03-2011 01:30:45 | More by stewart124
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Appearance- Poured into a snifter, pours black, no light enters the glass. A small dark head pops up then fades to a slight ring. Really good lacing is left though, suprising for a huge beer.
Smell- Roasted malts, chocolate, subtle coffee, piney hops.
Taste- Very well balanced and very smooth. Sweet milk chocolate, some slightly bitter coffee notes, some dark fruits, a hint of vanilla. Definite oats some caramel and toffee, a nice hoppy bite towards the end. This beer has it all, and it comes together great.
Mouthfeel- Very full body, coating the entire mouth. Ample carbonation, keeping this very drinkable. The ABVs are hid very well.
Overall- Fantastic beer, one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had. Highly recomended.
02-02-2011 22:36:43 | More by JLeege
3/5 rDev -28.9%
Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. An inky looking body with a modest bubbly head and even more modest lacing.
Nose is full of rich roasted malts and chocolate chips. Something vaguely remiscent of blueberry pie in the background. Just a hint of booze in the nose, but the flavor is quite strong. It somewhat distracts from the berry and cherry, and definitely distracts from the roasted malts. Not as viscous as it appears, but fairly smooth.
Overall impression: The booziness is pretty unfortunate, as this seems very close to being a nice beer. I suspect some cellar time would treat it kindly; if I run into another one, I'll tuck it away for a couple of years to see what happens.
01-29-2011 13:16:18 | More by PDXHops
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Big dark pour, tan head, sometimes I wonder why I even bother to repeat the same things over and over about these massive stouts in terms of appearance.
Aroma, thick and chocolatey. Didn't smell of alcohol, quite an accomplishment at this abv.
A very dark chocolate taste, thick viscosity to this one, yet creamy enough for balance thanks to the oatmeal I would guess. Caramel, coffee and vanilla have a presence as well.
This was a very slow drinking bottle split between myself and my brother over Christmas 2010. Didn't really have a hop presence, but I sat on this one for about 8 months. From my experience, it may be the slightly acidic coffee that left people thinking they were tasting citrusy hops.
01-24-2011 21:55:20 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
A - Clear very dark brown with a thin, short lived mocha colored head. Viscous with good lacing.
S - Dark fruits and dark roasted chocolate malts. Sweet bready caramel aroma. Light alcohol.
F/M - Chocolate, dark fruits, roast, coffee. Light alcohol with a moderately high bitterness (accentuated by dark malts) leads to a dry finish. Caramelly/toffee malt sweetness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering chocolate flavor.
D - Great for such a humongous beer. Full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex, this sipper almost turns into a guzzler as it warms. Yum!
01-13-2011 06:03:22 | More by domtronzero
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased in Chicago in April 2010.
Appearance: A vigorous pour yields a little over 2 centimeters of mocha colored head that sit atop a brew that's as dark as the night and a lot more opaque. The head retention is pretty solid, and the lacing is pretty good too. This is a very good looking IS.
Smell: As soon as I poured this, I was able to pick up the chocolate and roasted grain malts from afar. On closer inspection, the nose yields a lot of biscuity grains, and some toffee and vanilla notes as well. There's a slight hop bitterness, but it's definitely not overwhelming.
Taste: I'm kind of at a lack for words when I try to describe the taste of this beer. The first thing to hit my tongue is a sharp bitterness combined with a slightly sour note. I don't think this beer is infected; rather, it seems like the citrus from the American hops used during the boil. This is followed closely by the rich malty flavors that were so lively in the nose. The balance is striking, and a little bit unexpected.
Mouthfeel: This is a very heavy beer. I've always been wary of the B.O.R.I.S. beers because they've always felt a little bit thin, but this beer drinks like a very viscous fluid. Motor oil consistency would not be out place in describing this beer. The mellowed hops don't create the crisp mouthfeel many IS's struggle with, and that serves to enhance this beer's overall feel, to me.
Drinkability: This is a very sticky sipper. The 10.5% ABV is definitely present, but the flavors in this beer are so well done, that it's tough to not constantly have the glass at your lips. I'm sure that one bomber will be plenty, but I'm also sad that the one bomber is all that I have. I would highly recommend this beer, and I'd highly recommend laying it down for 8+ months too.
01-09-2011 02:15:26 | More by COBeerBuff
4.15/5 rDev -1.7%
22 oz bottle into a wide mouth tulip glass.
Pours black, with a rigid finger of extremely burnt mocha head which is borderline looking chocolate colored at times. The retention isn't quite as strong as I would have thought, with some light richness around the edges and a moderately robust cascade of spotty creamy lacing. Blackened and roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma, being burnt and even a little smoky smelling. This is propped up by the sweet thickness of chocolate and caramel malts underneath. Bitter (and slightly herbal) smelling citric hops control the nose to a surprisingly degree, adding an extra layer of flavorful power to the proceedings. Just a light dash of warmth from the ABV is noticeable.
The taste is basically all heavy sweetness up front, with chocolate fudge, sticky toffee, and fruity citrus all carrying themselves boldly through the bulk of the profile. The finish on this however is all burnt roasted coffee and bitter citrus rind. Just enough bitterness creeps into the sweetness to keep is balanced yet still allowing the flavors to all shine in their own right. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice thick chewiness to the carbonation. A sharper feel runs through the middle of this, bringing out those hops on the tongue while an oily slickness combines with some EXTREMELY well hid alcohol character to make this a surprisingly easy sipper for the massive size of it.
I enjoyed this. While not overly complex, this was still bold, brassy, and most importantly, well balanced between all that sweetness, roast, and hops. This is a nice counterpart to the B.O.R.I.S. and while I don't think that this is quite as good as that beer is; it still definitely holds it own with a lot of the more hoppy Imperial Stouts out there.
12-27-2010 20:27:10 | More by Kegatron
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours blakc and thick forming almost no head, with a minimal dark brown, almost red lacing.
The aroma has a unique punch to it that is primarily roasted malts/chocolate/coffee and alcohol, which may actually be the oatmeal coming out.
The taste is again potent with a in your face coffee bite followed by a more soothing chocolate sweetness and finishing with a nice hops earthiness.
The mouthfeel demonstrates a full body but the carbonation seems a bit much and overwhelms the flavor. A nice dryness lingers and that hoppy bitterness combined with the coffee saves this score from being lower.
This is a modestly drinkable beer. The first is easy but the ABV and havoc that it plays in your mouth leaves little room for more than one, as you don't taste. Still, very good.
12-23-2010 00:43:11 | More by SykDoc
3.48/5 rDev -17.5%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours an inpenatrable black, with a thin dark brown soapy head.
Heavy alcohol coffee smell, with hints of chocolate. Some solvent as well, this is way strong in aroma.
Intense in flavor, with dark chocolate, bitter coffee, and alcohol. Hop bitternes appears midway through the sip. As it warms, more chocolate notes appear.
Full bodied, as you'd expect from this fork'n'knife beer.
Decent brew, but there are better examples of the style in my opinion.
12-22-2010 22:57:52 | More by TheHoppiest
3.98/5 rDev -5.7%
A:Pours black as night, with a small dark brown head.
S: Aroma is of STRONG chocolate, quite a bit of coffee especially as it warms, and oatmeal on the side.
T: Taste is of chocolate; if most stouts heavy in flavor remind you of chocolate milk, this is a straight up chocolate bar. Similar to Goose Island Night Stalker, so if you enjoyed that this is definitely a beer to check out (and in my mind, a slight improvement).
M: Mouthfeel is very pleasant; the beer is strong and sweet but never too much of either.
D: Strength prohibits it from being a guzzler, as might be expected.
After having DORIS, I do wish I had tried BORIS first as this is (to my limited experience) a beer pushing an extreme within the already extreme imperial stout style. Do not take this beer lightly; this is the kind of beer that the labels slapped on Arrogant Bastard and such really apply to.
12-21-2010 10:08:37 | More by AwYeh
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
A - This beer is darker than the most dark beer you'll ever see. It's like a black hole in which not even light can escape it. Holding it up to the light reveals no color even on the edges of the glass itself. Pours with a thin dark brown head that dissipates quickly. The alcohol sticks to the side of the glass like nobody's business.
S - Big roasted notes on the nose, but it's almost overtaken by the boozyness of the beer.
T - Upfront I get quite a big hit of coffee-like roastyness followed by a quick but subtle blast of hop bitterness. It finishes with gorgeous chocolate notes.
M - I can tell you the mouthfeel with one word: Syrup. This beer you almost have to chew. People think Guinness is thick, they haven't tasted anything!
D - Very high drinkability considering the 10.5% ABV. The flavors and thickness hide the alcohol extremely well.
This is one unbelievable beer.
12-09-2010 00:27:13 | More by tlazaroff
3.23/5 rDev -23.5%
A - black as oil. Short brown head.
S - potentially more dark chocolate scent than many chocolate stouts. Hop bitterness, some roasted malts and a touch of dried fruit.
T - lots of dark chocolate. Hops are in well represented in the mix. Mild malts and fruit.
M - solid coating, even coats the teeth. Tingles don't last but move around the mouth, even under the tongue. Alcohol burn in back of throat.
D - a little too much alcohol feel and you MUST be in the mood for chocolate.
12-06-2010 01:53:52 | More by biglite351
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
A: Pours black, with a small head, reminiscent of motor oil.
S: Powerful and rich is the dark chocolate. Molasses is prominent and accompanied by lesser notes of anise. A moderate roasted malt character is apparent. No evident alcohol for such a high ABV.
T: Moderate roast and a low earthy bitterness. Molasses, bitter dark chocolate, light astringency. Notes of baker's chocolate in the finish.
M: Full body, moderate carbonation. Huge mouthfeel, viscous creamy, and silky.
Overall: A nice RIS, though heavier on the molasses than I prefer. Still, I can appreciate its quality. Was nice to try this next to Boris.
11-28-2010 20:12:38 | More by HopHead84
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
"It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain."
Anthracite with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. Following a muted escape of CO2 on crown cracking, it took an increasingly elevated pour to produce a skinny two fingers of cafe au lait colored cream. Persistence is impressive, however, and finely stippled lace is much more extensive than expected.
The nose is RIS good, not RIS great. It's primarily black-roasted-chocolate malty (natch), with a shot of hops that doesn't seem to be a major player at this point. Hard to say how old this bottle is, but I'm pretty sure it hasn't yet reached its first birthday. Very good things are expected on the palate.
D.O.R.I.S. is at least as good as B.O.R.I.S... and isn't quite as delicious as barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. This is boldly flavored beer, but it isn't as deep or as complex as the best of style. Hop bitterness is still considerable (70 IBUs to start), which keeps the beer from being overly sweet.
Black malt is front-and-center. There's also quite a bit of charred coffee beaniness and plenty of dark chocolate. Brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit (sweet things, in other words) aren't really present. Alcohol masking is barely acceptable, but the bump in ABV over B.O.R.I.S. wasn't really needed.
Along with appearance (great looking lace is sticking like glue), mouthfeel is a highlight. It's more lush, plush and silky smooth than big and sticky-sappy, which is to its credit. Despite initial worries, the carbonation is right where it needs to be... on the low end.
Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout is bigger than B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout, but it isn't better. For my money, the bourbon barrel-aged version of the latter blows them both out of the water.
11-27-2010 13:55:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
From 11/25/10 notes. Did a side by side tasting of BORIS, BA BORIS, and DORIS with my brother and dad. Served from a 22 oz. bottle, 2010 vintage.
a - Pours a dark black color with two inches of tan head and light carbonation evident. Looks pretty good.
s - Smells of vanilla, hops, oatmeal, chocolate, roasted malts, and light coffee. Has less dark fruit on the smell than BORIS, but more hops and more of a vanilla/chocolate smell which I really enjoy.
t - Tastes of hops, bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla.
m - Smooth and creamy, full body and low carbonation. My brother and I both thought that DORIS felt like it had less alcohol than BORIS, I was really surprised how well the ABV was hidden.
d - I really loved this RIS. I thought it was on par with BORIS, and might even give it a slight edge, and I ranked it ahead of BA BORIS. Lots of hops and vanilla and chocolate in the smell and taste, and it felt great. Would love to have again.
Edit: I re-took notes on BORIS during the tasting and had rated it a 4.25 both times I reviewed it, and gave this a 4.20 so I guess BORIS wins, but I would love to have either again.
11-26-2010 15:36:51 | More by mdfb79
3.3/5 rDev -21.8%
Large capped bottle.
Poured into a snifter, it is pitch black, with minimal head, just about no lacing.
Aroma is this beer's best part, smoke, piney hops, chocolate, coffee, possibly some oats.
Body is not as full as I expected, and the minimal carbonation subtracts a bit more from the enjoyment.
Some notes of chocolate, some coffee, minimal oats, and a lot of hops and alcohol heat. It feels somewhere between a black IPA and an overhopped stout, with citric and piney notes that just do not blend very well, and then the alcohol heat keeps on coming. I was disappointed.
11-21-2010 22:15:58 | More by brdc
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Amazing legs on this beer - clung to the glass like fine liquor. A touch syrupy, with gigantic roasted malt, redolent of coffee and bitter chocolate. Alchol is warming, leaning a bit toward hot. A very big RIS, and it might benefit from just a little age.
11-19-2010 15:31:38 | More by Brent
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a jet black with a dark brown head. Excellent lacing when swirled, head that stuck to the glass barely moved. Smelled and tasted like a stout should with a smoothness that followed. That's one of things I liked about this beer is the smoothness. Had a nice burn on the end but not a burn that overpowered it, just right. This beer is a definite example of what a stout should be and it's beers like this that just make me glad stouts is my favorite style of beer. I wish I could get this where I live or this would be one of my go-to beers.
11-15-2010 05:08:42 | More by BigB415
3.38/5 rDev -19.9%
Served in a glass mug.
Maybe someone can remix the classic Who song, huh? Nah, maybe not. Anyway, this thing pours a straight obsidian topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises burnt rubber, fusels, roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate-covered raisins. The taste holds a surprising amount of hops, with some heavy pine, flower, and greens piercing the dark backdrop, which itself is composed of pretzels, dark chocolate, and light roasted malts. Honestly, the hoppiness really takes hold, and the stout-like qualities are overshadowed and buried. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thick, chewy feel. Overall, I did not care all that much for this one. The hoppiness took away from what could've been a great stout and kept me from really wanting to finish my portion of the bottle.
11-14-2010 23:49:38 | More by TMoney2591
3.55/5 rDev -15.9%
A - Poured pitch black, thick and viscous.
S - Roasted malts, a nice coffee profile, sweet brown sugar and a significant hop bitterness. Some noticeable alcohol on the nose.
T - Roasted malts, chocolate, sweet brown sugar and a significant hop bitterness and a noticeable alcohol taste. A nice stout for the ABV but the bitterness and alcohol taste are too much.
M - Medium body; not as thick and chewy as the pour indicated.
D - Hot and very bitter. Wouldn't have been able to drink this whole bottle myself. Glad I shared it.
11-14-2010 17:30:12 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5 rDev -14%
Served in a mug
Thanks to TMoney2591 for not breaking this one too.
This beer pours an absolutely gorgeous abyss with a cocoa brown head. The smell is really very harsh. The nostrils smell mostly rubbing alcohol, which makes it hard to detect the coffee and lemon citrus in the background. The taste is of heavily roasted dark chocolate, a bit of lemon citrus, oats and an everclear backer. The feel, in spite of the fuel grade alcohol is rather nice and smooth. This beer is drinkable and can be enjoyed, but the fumes coming off it are really a turn off.
11-14-2010 07:15:41 | More by Vdubb86
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 987 ratings.