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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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1,095 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,095
Reviews: 397
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 154
Gots: 379 | FT: 37
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 biegaman
4.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

DORIS came out the bottle looking so black so as to be alien - even crude oil isn't this thick or inky. The beer is so dark that even its head is the colour of coffee! And what an impressively built specimen that is, not only for its deep brown tone but more so even its size - it inflates like a blow-up mattress and could probably comfortably sleep two.

Smelling this thing is a snapshot of a Saturday morning in Havana - strong cigars and even stronger coffee fill the air with a smooth, mellow, earthy perfume and a cedar-like spice. Smoky barbecue is not far behind. It would be Castro's favourite beer. Time slows down in the midst of this essence; a slow, appreciative pace comes requisite with these flavours.

It's been too long since I last had BORIS to make much of a meaningful comparison between the two (is one even necessary?), but DORIS seems the more potent. While there's too much decadent bittersweet flavour for any alcohol to be detected, you're reminded with each sip that what you're drinking is special... and strong stuff. Again, slow pace is requisite.

DORIS drinks like a cigar dipped in espresso, then coated with chocolate and left out to dry in a hot, island sun. It has a worn leather mouthfeel and cocoa-like bitterness as well as a striking resemblance to the strong, black espresso served in Italian cafes. As I pour the second half into my glass, I know that I am experiencing the best there is of imperial stouts.

Some beers are said to be good 'cigar beers', well DORIS actually tastes like a fine Cuban cigar: cedar spiciness, dark honey, whole cocoa nibs, roasted hazelnut, Italian espresso, vanilla, earthy leather and a gentle tobacco-like note. And, like a fine cigar (which I must confess I know next to nothing about), it is dry and gently spicy, with a round, heady smoke.

I have been very conscious about my waistline lately and for that reason was extremely hesitant about committing to such a strong, rich beer, despite my craving for one on this humid summer afternoon. But for every one of those flavours listed above, I feel a little extra cushioning in the mid-section (or a little extra jogging) is a fair price to pay for such delight.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz, no date on bottle.

Pours jet black like oil, very dark brown head, but it fades fast. Strong aroma of sweet and roast malts, but the hop aroma is actually even stronger.
Tastes is complex and multi layered. Bitter chocolate, roast coffee, sweetness from the oats, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is thick, with just enough carbonation.

Overall, good, but not worth the hefty price tag.

Photo of Naugros
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved B.O.R.I.S. so I had to arrange for a trade for this one. Thanks TMoney2591!

While it came glugging out of the bottle I could easily envision the plug being removed from the oil pan of my old '65 Mercury Comet, with the old, blackened oil running up my arm because it is impossible to get your arm out of the way in time. I have purposely avoided referring to old or using motor oil in my reviews of stouts as I feel it is overused and not always appropriately. Just because it's dark doesn't give it the same look as this beer and others that deserve the comparison. The head? Dark mocha, only about 1/2" thick and not long-lived...hence the rating of only 4. Imp stouts should have massive heads that resist being dispelled.

The smell has every imp stout earmark, but does so in a big way. Roasted grains are very evident...not just a "roasty smell", you can really get the sense of the roasted grains in pre-brew form. Chocolate and coffee are here, of course...neither can resist a party thrown by stout makers and there is also a sense of dark fruits...figs is what I get. the taste follows along with the smell but the roasts really dominate and the chocolate almost disappears. The alcohol makes it's first showing in the upper back of the mouth and gives a nice warming feeling to a brew that is rife with grittiness. This beer is thick and viscous and, although you do get the alcohol, it does not seem like 10.5%

Hopping Frog continues to impress with their mastery of all things stoutish. I would for them to really explore the boundaries of this style and wow us with versions of stouts never dreamt of. If anyone can do it, these blokes can.

Photo of Kadonny
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass. Bottle is very fresh.

A: A thick engine oil jet black color that is thick as molasses. A one finger brown/reddish head sits atop with no glass lacing to speak of.

S: Wow, very, very dark roasted malts with tons of dark chocolate, coffee, earthy hops and alcohol. Lots going on.

T: Heavy roasted malt flavors dominate early with lots of dark bittersweet chocolate. I get some burnt coffee flavors, licorice, molasses and some slightly woody notes. The sweetness comes in only to be crushed by the massive earthy woody hops that turn very bitter on the finish. This is one very intensely flavored beer, wow. Finish remains bitter with a decent alcohol kick. Intense.

M: Full, coating, bitter, alcohol, just lots going on here.

O: Take B.O.R.I.S and crank it up 3 notches and you get D.O.R.I.S. this beer is insanely intense, but it a great way. One bomber is about all you can handle at once, but boy is it a fun ride.

Overall a great beer, maybe almost too great as you can only handle the intense flavors for so long before you palate is totally fatigued. Still, what a beer. Hoppin Frog makes some great stuff, I just wish they were a bit more reasonable price wise.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark chocolate milk colored head that fades to an oily cap. Random small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet dark chocolate, slight coffee, and some cinnamon. I really like the aromas coming off this beer. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS that I think is about on par with B.O.R.I.S. I am glad I got to try this one.

Photo of tripelhops
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a bottle. It's motor oil black with just a little more liquidity to it. A fast pour creates a pinky finger of dark brown with a reddish tint of head, but quickly fades. The aroma is immediate and strong - roasted chocolate and coffee smells and tastes, slightly sweet but more bitter chocolate at the tail end of the sip. hides the 10% ABV very well, and is very tasty.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a black color with a large frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Heavy bittersweet toasted black malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet and small alcohol bite finish of long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a standout beer.

Photo of CaptainTripps
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Poured at cellar temp.

A: Black, black, black, black, black. Yes very black. Pour came with a dark brown, chocolate looking head -about one fingers worth of it. Left a fair about of lacing down the glass.

S: Sweet chocolate paired with roasted coffee, vanilla bean and molassas. Small amounts of licorice are present as well a almost strange, but sorta good at the same time hop character.

T: Three words: Over the Top. But in a good way, in a way that I like. First sip blast you with chocolate and roasted coffee followed by a lingering vanilla and molassas flavor. Pretty intersting combo. Alcohol and licorice hang in the back.

M: Very thick, chocolate milk shake thick. Also very warming with the high ABV. Decent carbonation present.

O: My favorite out of the B.O.R.I.S, BA B.O.R.I.S, D.O.R.I.S group. I love the over the top characteristics. It makes it fun to drink and experience. A beer that I need to come back to very, very soon!

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black as night. Huge 3 inch chocolate brown brown head on the pour that recedes fairly quickly. A beauty on the look.

S - Has a big mocha and chocolate smell. Black licorice.

T - Woo wee. Dark chocolate and mocha like the smell. Oatmeal comes in to play but not as pronounced as I thought it would be. Just a bit of sweetness. Finishes with a great warming that runs straight down your throat. The warmer this gets the better it is. Let it sit.

M - Velvety mouthfeel. Just a nice chewy stout.

D - I could slow drink this all night. The ABV is high so you cant have too many but damn this is a good one.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black body wit a swirl of thin foam film on top and no sign of carbonation through that body. With each sip the beer stains the glass monetarily.

S- The fresh black malt has an inky quality with some graham and oat notes and a popcorn quality underneath.

T- The black malt flavor is smooth with notes of charcoal and a light berry quality to the it. There is a faint touch of sweetness to the beer and a slight pungent green finish. The mellow inky black malt flavor lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft alcohol bite and a thick texture that coats the mouth a bit.

O- The very smooth rich, inky black malt is supported by some nice malt qualities and the alcohol adds some good support.

Photo of northaustin
4.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a thick black with dirty brown hues. there is a thin cake of chocolate milky head that is completly even, no lacing but leaves stringy,oily legs running down the side of the glass after each sip.

smell: dry oats, followed by a decent alchohol blast and mellow roasted malts.

taste: dark chocolates, vanilla sweetness slight alcohol with a finish that is very dry, oaty, and slighty bitter.

mouthfeel: goes in syrupy and smooth then quickly begins depriving your mouth of moisture. in the end the mouth is dry and the chest is warm.

Photo of aepb1
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Black body with a creamy dark brown head

S- Chocolate and coffee and some sweet vanilla too

T- Roasty coffee and sweet chocolate with some vanilla in there too. Nice play between bitter roastiness and the sweet chocolate.

M- Super full-bodied, creamy and low level of carbonation

O- A very big beer and good to sip on. A very good RIS well-balanaced and great composition

Photo of DangerDawg
5/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours like oil into my pint glass. Has a nearly one finger head that is darker than any I've ever seen, including the Abyss, Darklord, and the other heavyweights.

Smells like dark chocolate and coffee. Maybe a little molassas and licorice too, but the chocolate smell is really sticking out to me right now.

This beer tastes extrodinary. Tastes more like coffee than chocolate, but it's there. Also, a little vanilla. Alcohol is present, but pleasant.

The mouthfeel is exactly what it should be for a double stout. Some carbonation, but very creamy and thick.

This beer is great! I'd put it up against Abyss, Darklord, Speedway, Expedition or Breakfast stouts any day. It may be named DORIS, but it's a stud. Put this beer in a bourbon barrel for a year and it might be the greatest stout ever!

Photo of jcartamdg
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my bruery snifter. Dark black with one of the darkest 1 finger heads I've ever seen. Great lacing, thick and syrupy in the best way possible. Aroma of chocolate, dark fruits, hops and alcohol. Taste follows the nose, wow so smooth and hides the alcohol really well. Coffee,chocolate and hops, finishes very chocolaty. Great different tasting stout, while still keeping traditional RIS notes.

Photo of comfortablynumb1
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade. Thanks again Jay!

Poured from a bomber into a RR pint glass...

A - Pours black with a half finger brown head on a fairly aggresive pour. Head dissipates at a good pace, and there is no lacing to be had...

S - Chocolate, coffee, licorice, and some roasty notes. Very inviting...

T - Chocolate, dark roasted malts, coffee, and and a hint of black licorice. Ends on a bitter chocolate note with some lingering coffee. Don't pick up much in the way of hops. Abv is very well hidden. This one is pretty smooth considering the abv. Nice...

M - Has a nice viscous mouthfeel like a good RIS should. Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Thick but smooth...

O - Hoppin' frog comes through with another killer brew. Drinking exceptionally well right now. Definitely something I will be looking foward to trying again...

Cheers...

Photo of johnnnniee
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmm a double imperial stout, sounds interesting. Pours a solid black and a very vigorous pour produced a reasonable khaki head that slowly receded. Aromas of dark roasted malts, a non descript hop character, and hints of coffee, chocolate and licorice. Not overly exciting on the aroma side. Taste is mouth-coatingly thick and sweet. Chocolate, coffee, and molasses jump out of the gate right away. Dark fruit steps up midway through. Charred coffee, a bit of ash, a touch of alcohol and hop bitterness linger on the palette long after each sip. Insanely thick body with a creamy motor oil mouth coating. Light level of carbonation. I enjoyed the hell out of this one but then again I do love me a big thick stout. If these weren't so expensive I would drink these all the time.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review adapted from notes taken 10/30/10

Appearance: A rich black color with a brown head that eventually fades to lacing - the beer looks like sludge - so indescribably thick looking, perhaps the most viscous beer I've ever witnessed

Smell: Intense - smells like someone took a basket of burnt biscuits and threw them in a blender with some oats and chocolate - burnt, hints of chocolate, some hops in the mix, too

Taste: Absurd - this beer is so over-the-top that I can't give it over a 4.0 - however, with some aging, the madness might decrease - tastes extremely burnt, with lots of chocolate, coffee, and chewy oats - hops manage to add some additional bitterness to the burnt bitterness - ultimately, this is very complex and there are a lot of flavors that really need to calm down

Mouthfeel: So thick that it's like sucking down a cake - thick and rich

Overall: Probably will turn into liquid magic in a few years

Drinking this beer felt like I was eating a meal. I only drank half the bomber, and I felt full. This is a rare occurrence. I look forward to drinking my aged bottle of this in like 5 years.

Update: 10/13/12

Sharing a bottle with Goblinmunkey7. This is a bottle from the same vintage that I reviewed nearly 2 years go. Yes, it has mellowed. But it's still ridiculous. Not as absurd as some other beers (I'm looking at you, Marshal Zhukov), but it's still like drinking blended chocolate cake. Score unchanged.

Photo of woosterbill
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a wine glass; sampled while in line for DLD '11. Big thanks to whoever provided the bottle.

A: Midnight black body under a 1/2" head of dark brown foam that leaves a luscious cap. Solid.

S: Huge, pure roasty intensity: dark chocolate, coffee, licorice, and vanilla. Lovely.

T: Sweet at first, followed by coffee, chocolate, and booze. Not quite as smooth as the nose, but rich and powerful. Good stuff.

M: Smooth, full, and lightly carbonated. Very good indeed.

O: Terrific stout. It's been a while since I had B.O.R.I.S., but I'm pretty sure I like this one more. There's just something about a big, sweet, roasty flavor-bomb that makes me happy.

Cheers!

Photo of THECPJ
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark black with a 1 finger mocha colored head

smell: roast, chocolate, coffee, malts

taste: roast, chocolate,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, full body, thick

overall: this is a stout, stout of a beer. glad I got to sample it with friends otherwise it would of been to much for one person to drink alone.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tasting glass - thanks to cjo

Pours a deep black color with a nice layer of browned head on top. Retains with film and leaves some spotty lacing across the glass.

Strong hop presence up front, followed by dark chocolate, bittersweet and caramel, some coffee tones with faint booze.

A decent bitterness from the hop profile is quickly whisked away by a bold, roasted malt flavor. Dark chocolate with coffee and warm flavor. A bit of caramel and syrupyness, plenty of malted backbone. Finishes with lingering hop bitterness and some surprisingly light alcohol.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, a bit dry from the hops and lingering on the tongue. This drinks nicely, the hop presence was unexpected but welcome, and I thought the booze was pretty well masked. Not necessarily worth the price tag but a solid imp stout.

Photo of craytonic
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Opaque black pour with a small tan head

Smell: Heavy hops, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, booze

Taste: Roast, smoke, coffee, toffee, chocolate, hops. Seems very ho-hum, nothing to distinguish it from others.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and heavy

Overall: Average RIS

Photo of n2185
3.68/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with two fingers of dark brown head that recedes into nothing with little lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, cocoa powder, molasses, and some notes of dark fruits like raisins. Slight alcohol aroma as well.

T: Roasted malts followed by molasses and sweet, thick chocolate with some dark fruit and notes. There is a bit of char and bitter coffee flavor towards the end. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Very thick body with low carbonation, this beer is super viscous. Very dense and creamy.

O: Overall, a good imperial stout. A bit sweeter than I prefer and not really worth the price, but still an overall good beer.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Veldrid for this one. 3oz. pour from a 22oz. bomber into a 4oz. snifter.

A: Cap opens with a hiss and I can tell as soon as I tip the bottle that this is one of the thickest imperial stouts I've ever come across. A dense, molasses like brew pours out and yields no head. Just a thin, dark, mocha-colored ring floating atop a dense, opaque black brew. No lacing although the legs are incredible. I notice that my glass has changed to a light brown color at the end. Loses points for lack of head or lacing, but this is definitely impressive looking.

S: Nose is peaty and aromatic. Dark chocolate, molasses, and big roasted malt and liquorice notes. Dark fruit lingers somewhere in the background but isn't prominent. Soy saucy too. Everything you'd expect from a beer of this style. A bit too dense though.

T: Opens liquorice, roasted malt, peat, and dark chocolate. Very heavy. Sweet soy sauce and notes of prunes and raisins provides a nice contrast for the roasty bitterness. Accented liquorice towards the end with a sweet, molasses aftertaste. Roasted malt in the aftertaste. This one's pretty standard except for the body... so thick I feel like I could literally chew on it!

M: Full bodied with low carbonation. Heavy, oily, and filmy in the mouth and silky smooth going down. Finish is messy and accented with a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Again, a bit too dense and heavy but really smooth.

O: Almost exactly what I'd expect from a quadruple stout (2x double/imperial stout). Thick, heavy, robust, and very much over the top. DORIS is definitely a sipper and one that I could see myself enjoying from time to time. This one could use a bit more age though.

Photo of output01x
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1 1/2-finger milk chocolate-colored head that diminishes after a few minutes to a film and thick ring of foam. The body is perfectly black with no traces of color when held to light. Thick foam lacing clings to the glass in curtains.

Dark roasted malts and coffee aromas dominate the nose. Caramel and butterscotch are noticable in the background.

Roasted malts mix with dark chocolate and coffee flavors. While these flavors are delicious, they are quickly overtaken by the strong alcohol burn. The flavors here have so much to offer but are killed prematurely.

A more than full body and moderate carbonation this beer is definitely thick but not sticky. Definitely a sipper, this beer reminds you that it is 10.5% ABV and is only slightly sticky.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off the label with D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer double imperial stout with the stout lettering constructed with hammers and sickles. 70 IBUs and 10.5% abv with thunderbolts in the background of the frog. BTW, DORIS stands for Double Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout. Appears in my glass with a full two fingers worth of dark mocha tan head forming thick chunks of lacing. THe body pours like used motor oil pitch black in my glass eats up all the visible light spectrum. Aroma has a strong hint of soy sauce, with creamy dark chocolate notes coming up...a nice earth dark roasted coffee hints of tree bark and herbal hops coming in as well. The heat is well hideen in both the nose and the flavor, this opens up with big dark bitter notes and again hints of salty soy sauce. More dark chocolate and hints of dark coffee with cream added, a touch of vanilla big dark beer components that just work in this beer. Herbal accented back ground hops even though are added in number are really overshadowed by the large amounts of nearly burnt roasted dark barley.
Mouthfeel is a full bodied onslaught of malt, chewy texutre slow bubbled carbonation pushing the body along. Overall wow factor is exponential but man I love their Silk Porter run through fresh coffee beans just as well. One of the biggest stouts I've come across to date, I will always love the Hoppin' Frog dark offerings including BORIS, BA aged BORIS, and DORIS.

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,095 ratings.