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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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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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4/5  rDev -5%

sbricker, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of barleywinefiend
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a big deep brown, black with a nice brown cap

S: Mainly cocoa, roastness and booze

T: A pronounced oat, cocoa note with light espresso. The cocoa ranged from milk chocolate to bitter chocolate. Big roasted maltiness with a light dash of coffee. Booze is warming but not dominant. I did notice a pronounced funkiness on this beer as well.

M: Big body,tasty but not as creamy as I was expecting

O: Good

barleywinefiend, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.

A- Pours a jet black color with a dark brown head that leaves good lacing. Looks like a doozy.

S- Deep charred burnt malt aromas with some smoke and alcohol. A slight hint of pine and bitterness is present as well.

T- Burnt toast and roasted black malt flavor dominates initially with a huge dose of alcohol in the finish. A touch of sweetness from the oatmeal and a wave of bitterness, black chocolate and coffee as it warms.

M- Incredibly thick and boozy with decent carbonation. It certainly feels the part for an RIS.

O- One massive stout to be sure. A touch too boozy for my preference but a year or two in the cellar should help to mellow that out a bit.

projectflam86, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of Kendo
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Wow - I literally said "wow" as I poured it: this is thick - motor-oil-thick - black with a small brown head that seems to be reddish in the light at times.

S: Big-time roasted malt. Also some smoke or charcoal, and some chocolate - more noted as it warms.

T: Dark-roasted barley malt, roasted coffee beans. Thick molasses. Dark chocolate - the good kind (you know, with a high-percentage cacao count). Finishes with a char/charcoal drying bitterness that lingers on the sides of the tongue. As it warms, I start to get some hop bitterness - citrus - fighting with the char bitterness. Also a touch of fruity sweetness. It's a little bit hot on the way down the gulley, but otherwise that 10.5% ABV is well masked.

M: This is full-bodied. Carbonation at first seemed a bit too active and sharp, but it's mellowed after a few minutes have passed. Still a bit of carbonation "bite," however, keeps this from being described as creamy.

O: I like this. I haven't had BORIS in awhile, but I think I like this one just a little bit better.

Kendo, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Beautiful deep dark brown. Thick dark mocha head on the pour that recedes to a mere ring.
smell: like an RIS should. Let's see. Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, vanilla (reminds of vanilla extract), some hops balanced with a sweetness.
taste: creamy sweet and bitter start with a bitter finish smoothed by the banana creaminess.
overall: Very nice. Impressed by the Hoppin line-up so far.

cindyjeffsmith, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Daktyls
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark opaque black color with a minimal mocha head with fine bubbles lacing around the outside edge of the glass.

S: Dark cocoa upfront with some mild coffee notes along with some maltiness.

T: Dark cocoa and coffee with a mild amount of oatmeal. On the finish there is a light hoppiness that is masked pretty well by the cocoa and coffee.

M: Medium low amount of carbonation for this full-bodied brew, a little creamy on the finish with a big character.

O: Overall, fantastic. It's too bad that this is a limited release, because it's awesome. Very much delicious.

Daktyls, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of infi
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA's brun, NYManc and r0nyn.

Poured into a Corsendonk tulip.

Dark viscosity. Thick and black. Great espresso-colored head with low retention and no lacing.

Big amounts of malt and dark chocolate in the forefront with oily, resin hops in the background. Dark and burnt coffee grounds are also present in the nose.

Opens with black coffee astringency that eases into a bittersweet, dark chocolate essence and malted breadiness. Hops inflict a thin, earthy bitterness to the profile. Pairs immediately well with espresso-flavored 70% dark chocolate. Flavors mellow incredibly well.

Full-bodied with a very slick and oily feel on the palate. Thin astringency left on the palate. Reminiscent of a dark-roasted, black coffee. Much more substantial and flavorful than BORIS, for sure. A relatively inexpensive, yet great-tasting stout that is worth the buy.

infi, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

D.O.R.I.S the Destroyer

This beast pours an oily pitch black and has a dark brown colored head. Random spotty lacing and sticky oil cling the glass. The nose has a highly roasted profile and is full of coffee and dark chocolate that makes me think that im entering Wonka's factory. The taste is bold and full of rich chocolate, coffee and a bit of booze in the finish. The mouthfeel is full-bodied and oily, but not too thick. This beer is actually pretty drinkable for how big it is. Nice. Overall very enjoyable big sister of
B.O.R.I.S. Its got everything im lookin for in a stout.

ChugginOil, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of kzoobrew
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Oreo for this beer. Cheers!

Solid black body, absolutely opaque there is not light breaking the surface. A modest one and a half finger dark cocoa head sits atop. The head disappears nearly as fast as it came, an ever so slight ring is left. No lacing to note, the glass remains clean.

Sweet fudgy chocolate aroma up front. There is a bit of roast behind to back it up a bit. There is a low level of char, very appropriate for the beer and not overstated. The aroma is not overly complex but it is rather enjoyable.

The flavor begins with the characteristics picked up in the nose and adds upon that. Dark chocolate flavor is followed immediately by a sweeter fudge flavor. An assertive hop presence develops on the midpalate. The bitterness from the hops leads into a pleasant roasted/char flavor on the backend. Again, the char is held in check and compliments the sweeter flavors which carry through from the front end. Overall the flavor is very well put together. The layers of flavor meld very well, each in appropriate proportion.

The mouthfeel is where the other stouts from Hoppin Frog fell short for me, DORIS bucks that trend. The carbonation is on the higher end of low just south of moderate. Full bodied beer, very smooth texture. The feel is not quite creamy but thick bordering on chewy.

Very enjoyable beer, reminiscent to Expedition Stout with the rich chocolate notes and the pleasant hop flavor. DORIS is one to sip and enjoy, you are not going to drink it fast but it is rather easy to drink. There are better Imperial Stouts out there but this is one worth checking out.

kzoobrew, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber enjoyed in a Sierra Nevada Imperial pint glass

A = pours a jet black with a dark brown, two finger head which quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing

S = smoky malt, chocolate, roasted coffee, nothing overpowering, a near perfect blend of aroma

T = again, smokey malt, chocolate, coffee little bitterness with a little hint of alcohol in the end,

M = as smooth as silk, thick, only a little carbonation, and not too much burn from the alcohol at 10.5 this can sneak up on you

D = overall this is phenomenal. A bit bigger and bolder than the BORIS, this is one of my top two or three Russian Imperial Stouts.

ncketchum, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of alli4051
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle in a pint.

Pours that dark, viscous, almost black I think anyone would want in an imperial stout. Pour produces a big (for the style) brown sugar colored head that diss ages quickly leaving really no lacing at all. Nose is lots of dark malt, some dark fruits, chocolate and a surprising amount of hops. Taste mirrors the nose, dark malts up front followed by a nice finish of dark chocolate with a hint of hops. Full bodied with a sticky finish that's nice and not cloying. A great representation that does some things better than the standard.

alli4051, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of kcbearkat
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 bottle poured into a regular pint glass on 10/08/2011.

A: Pours like 5W-20 but has a darker color. Thin head that disappears quickly.

S: Dark chocolate, roasted nuts, booze, slightly woody smell.

T: Strong chocolate flavor, dry roasted nuts which finishes dry.

M: Thick, thick, thick...did I mention it's thick? Low carbonation. This beer sticks to my tongue more than almost any other stout.

This is a great beer. I'm glad I have a few more bottles of this amazingness to have for years to come.

kcbearkat, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Less than a finger's worth slightly fizzy intense dark brown colored head... Almost zero retention leaves in the slightest of splotch lacing and an ultra thin collar... A completely opaque obsidian black... Very still... Thick, viscous and a bit sludgy... A bit menacing all the way around...

S - Milk chocolate... Brownie mix... A touch of roasted malts... A hint of coffee... Just a faint whiff of booze... Wonderful balance...

T - Roasted malts... A bit of coffee... Very subtle sweetness... Light licorice... A bit boozy on the finish... Not as much complexity as I typically expect for the style...

M - On the lighter side of full bodied... Just the slightest bit of carbonation... Thick... Heavy... Viscous... Sludgy... An exceedingly dry finish...

D - Seems to me like a little something is missing from this one that holds it back from being truly great... Standard appearance and good flavor, but the nose is a bit underwhelming and the mouthfeel is a bit off... Not a bad stout by any means, but there are many better RIS to seek out...

philbe311, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Stockfan42
3.6/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a opaque black body with a thin, tannish brown head that thinly laces the glass. Looks just about like what I would imagine a double imperial stout would.

Very sweet and boozy smell. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. A little bit piney and earthy as well.

Taste was a bit underwhelming at first, couldnt get past the chocolate and booze taste. After it warmed up a bit I could trace some hints of coffee, maybe espresso, roasted malts and a hoppy bitterness in the finish. Hops play a role in the bitter bite it leaves more so than the earthy taste that im getting from the taste. Pretty smooth but sure fills you up.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, not as chewy as I had imagined it would be just by the look of it.

Overall its a good RIS. Didnt wow me but its a lot better than some other stouts out there.

Stockfan42, Oct 06, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a thick ink black with a tight, bubbly mocha cap. Little to no lacing or retention. Just a thin collar.

The nose is of rich roast dark chocolate malt, ethanol, pine needles, coffee grounds and a touch of vanilla. Nothing really grabs me and invites me to the party.

The flavor profile matches the nose. Coffee grounds, rich dark chocolate, ethanol, rolled oats, dark cherries, piney hops, and a touch of vanilla in the ethanol filled finish. There's nothing here that wows me, but it's definitely above average.

Full, rich body, smooth with a ton of heat.

I wasnt really blown away by this guy. I liked its little brother BORIS better. The flavors and aromas just came up imbalanced to me.

ColForbinBC, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you to misterhops for this.
Pours black as night. Small brown head. Nose is amazing. I can smell it from a couple feet away from the glass. Loads of chocolate and malt. Smells huge. Taste is very dark chocolate forward, followed by malts, nothing very extraordinary here, but very nicely flavored. Mouthfeel, believe it or not, I feel is too light. I thought this would be heavier, and thicker. It is easy to drink, and creamy. I wonder what it would be if Ohio didn't have that stupid ABV law. Not a trace of alcohol in this at all until I stand up. Overall, this is very very good. The flavor lingers in my mouth for a long long time. My tongue feels coated with the beer. I've wanted a bottle of this for a long time, and it did not disappoint.

1Adam12, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Received in a trade over a year ago.

A: Pours a thick pitch black with a finger of very dark coffee brown head that slowly faded into a fuzzy film.
S: I get deep notes of rich fudge brownies along with some roasted notes of dark malt. There is just maybe a hint of burnt toast as well.
T: Rich and creamy flavors of dark chocolate, fudge, and brownies with a bit of roast coming through in the finish. The aftertaste is again, very chocolaty, and there is maybe just a touch of smoke. I don’t get any coffee in this beer, but there might be a hint of dark fruit.
M: Thick bodied but not as thick as possible. The mouthfeel is rich and smooth though, and the carbonation is mellow and non-intrusive. There is zero trace of alcohol or alcohol burn. Lovely.
O: A wonderfully rich and chocolaty beer. I really enjoyed my bottle of this one and wouldn’t mind having another for the cellar.

scottfrie, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of CaptCleveland
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber procured from the Akron, Ohio brewery two weeks ago.
Black, the color of too long for the crank case oil, poured into snifter. Thin, dark brown ring of foam. Rare lacing.
Big wiff of alcohol, faint chocolate, roasted malt, maybe a hop.
Now this is where this big brew shines. Complex, full body, creamy, mostly chocolate, mild bitter hops well balanced by roasted malt. Mild coffee accent. Alcohol mixes well and does not blow me away, which is nice.
This is a fine imperial stout.

CaptCleveland, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark motor-oil black body with a dense brown head that leaves light lacing on the edge of the glass.

S: Not as rich as I was hoping, but a great aroma of bitter roasted chocolate malts, booze, earthy hops, and a hint of coffee and vanilla.

T: A thick and heavy bitter coffee and chocolate flavor. Booze does slightly become overpowering in the beginning, but the earthy hops balances it out. There's a slight caramel sweetness to it along with notes of vanilla. There is also a creaminess to it as well.

M: Full body; low carbonation; thick, heavy, yet creamy mouthfeel.

O: Love this beer. Although it's not the most amazing RIS I've ever had, it's definitely worth getting and it's extrememly easy to drink. If you see it, get it.

BrewCrew2010, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to someone for sharing this at the May Freetail bottle release.

The beer pours a thick, motor oil looking black color with a small tan head. The aroma is full of roasted malt and chocolate, with a little bit of oats and alcohol mixed in. A very inviting aroma.

The flavor is similar. I get a lot of bitter roasted malt, as well as some bitter chocolate. There is also some intense coffee in the flavor which goes well with the other things that are going on. There is a creamy, oat quality to the flavor and mouthfeel that I also like.

Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. A very nice beer.

Mora2000, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking, black body with a churning, equally viscous-looking, deep brown head. Take me away from all this, Hoppin' Frog. Take me away to Expensive Bomber Country.

Smell: Heavily roasty scent, quite heady, with rather robust notes of tar, char, and chocolate-flavored creosote stirred up with dark coffee.

Taste: Fully roasted maltiness that settles on the tongue, then pushes the roastiness up another notch heading towards an oat-and-malt-based tar for road repair. Italian roast coffee concentrate dosed with some black strap molasses. Near 100% cocoa bar. Some scorched dark fruit skins. As it warms, some citrus begins to leak out. Roasty, earthen quality with plenty of imparted bitterness. Some heat, some roasted malt astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Plush, creamy body.

Overall: A bit roastier, a bit more bitter, a bit heavier, and a bit more alcohol. I'm sure it cost a bit more, too. Which, at first, sounded like a good idea, but, deep down, I think I would've been happier with just the BORIS. Maybe I'm just getting old.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650ml bomber into a pint glass. Thick pour. No dating info. Color was pretty much pitch black. it had an average sized dark brown head that quickly settled into a good collar. Not much lacing and none sticking but that's not surprising considering the ABV on it. Overall a good appearance for a RIS.

The aroma was booze heavy so this one must have been pretty fresh when I got it as it's sat for a bit but is still hot. Past the alcohol is some hops, dark roast malt, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Good but would be great if the alcohol was tamed a bit. The taste follows the aroma. Starts off with some booze and then the roast malt and coffee kick-in with the vanilla starting at the end. Good taste but the alcohol drowns it out a bit. Mouthfeel is full and creamy.

Overall, a good RIS but I prefer B.O.R.I.S. (top 3 RIS for me). Maybe I'd have a different opinion with some age on it. It sucks that they don't date their bottles. I rolled the dice that it already had some age on it but it didn't. Not available here in TX - got from Ummagum in a shipment. Rotation - would like to try an known aged one. [O;O]

TexIndy, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of abrand
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glasses

This pours deep black and the viscosity of this is seen during the pour. A quick dissolving tan head leaves quickly. Smells is bursting of alcohol, chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Some sweetness as well. This has a huge flavor profile. Lots of malts as well as chocolate and coffee. The taste leaves a coating on the palate. Mouthfeel is full bodied and thick. Overall this is a really complex and good tasting. The thickness is almost too much but very glad I picked this one up. It will age forever.

abrand, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep, dark, motor oil black with a medium head that fades slowly. The head is dark mocha colored and very creamy. Leaves huge walls of thick lacing.

The aroma is complex with dominant espresso, mellow woody notes, pipe tobacco smoke, hints of vanilla and cinnamon, leather, and dark chocolate. Earthy elements and dark fruit with a nice finish of licorice.

The complexity follows the nose in the taste arena. Roasted malts, full, rich dark chocolate, creamy robust mocha, leather, oak, vanilla, plums and raisins. Licorice througout with hazelnut, and woody notes. Complex and multi-layered.

Super rich, creamy, thick and chewy.

Awesome, rich sipper.

JayS2629, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jt31914
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bomber:

A: Black as night, light mocha/brown head. Not too carbonated, but that is typical for the style. Light lacing. Looks good for the style.

S: Licorice on the nose; light chocolate/vanilla notes. Really typical of the style. This almost smells like Raskolnikov or Transylvania to me... it's slightly creamy yet fairly intense and full. Also a little bit of coffee in the scent.

T: Taste is nice for the style. Heavy licorice and dark chocolate with light coffee flavors; similar to the smell but stronger. Nice beer, but not exceptional.

O: Solid, but not spectacular

jt31914, Aug 15, 2011
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,072 ratings.