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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 1,138
Reviews: 408
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to donManguno for sending this bottle.

Pours heavy and black, producing half a finger of tan head. This eventually fades almost completely.

Dark, roasty malts are dominant in the aroma, and remind me of bitter baking chocolate. Behind this are some nice, subtle hoppy notes.

As in the smell, the first thing I pick up in the flavor is a big malt roastiness. The chocolate and coffee are followed by a nice hop presence and slight alcohol warmth.

Full bodied and slightly sticky, with just enough carbonation.

Very nice imperial stout overall, with the hops bringing balance and interest. Impressively drinkable considering the abv.

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Body is a deep, dark, thick,viscous dark brown, nearly black hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger dark tan head. This fades quickly to a thick collar and traces of lacing are left all the way down the glass.

S- Lots of mocha, roasted malt, and chocolate. An accent of hops blasts through as well. Faint oatmeal in the background.

T- Roasted malt is the first to come through in the initial flavor. The background is rather smooth-like a fine columbian cofee with a hint of french skilk-the oatmeal really adds to the background as well. There is also a touch of hops initially-but they really come through for the finish and the roasted malt becomes more and more prominent. What lingers is a moderate amount of roasted malt bitterness a mild alcohol heat and a mild hop bitterness.

M- Soft to medium carbonation. Mouthfeel is thick and mostly creamy with a good bit of oatmeal smoothness in there. Mild to moderate alcohol astringency as well.

O- Overall this is a good, thick, hoppy stout. The finish comes a little strong and can be a little harsh as this one is huge and full of character.

Photo of Rizalini
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recieved in a trade from ne0m00re. Thanks for letting me taste this brew. Cheers!

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes Tulip...

A - This one pours a very viscous black color, with a minimal brown head.

S - The smell on this one is of dark chocolates, roasty oats, and some molasses.

T - Roasty and warming. Big oat flavor, bittersweet chocolate, molasses again, and even a little brown sugar.

M - Big, heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy. Perfect amount of carbonation.

O - This is a very well crafted double imperial oatmeal stout. It definately gets more complex as it warms up. I just wish Hoppin' Frog distrubuted to Las Vegas so I could have this one more often, but alas, I will definately enjoy this one. If I could, I would buy more, so a big thanks again to Ne0m00re for letting me expierence a great brew!

Photo of beesy
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22 oz bombe into a Duvel snifter.

A - pours very dark and inky with a one finger dark tan head

S - hints of roasted malt, chocolate and sweet malts with a slight fruity yeast note

T - initial slight sweetness that is quickly overpowered by roast, chocolate and coffee. A firm hop bitterness picks up mid palate and sticks around to compliment the long-lasting chocolate and roast profiles. A noticeable dark bittersweet chocolate profile hangs on the backmof my palate for at least a minute after each drink. Somewhat one dimensional of dark bittersweet chocolate and roast.

M - thick and slick, overly slick - slickness from the oats no doubt.

D - low, at 10.5 abv. The long lasting roast and dark chocolate notes also hinder the drinkability.

Overall, a very nice beer, toasty and bitter - my favorite types of RIS's. A reduction in the quantity of oats may reduce the overly slick mouthfeel. Hope they barrel age some of this like they do BORIS.

Photo of SFLpunk
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to George for grabbing this a Julio's! 22oz brown glass pry-top. Gold/brass cap. No date.

Quick review: Ok, this is a massive beer! Super oily black and thick. Nose is all about coffee extract, blackstrap molasses and wood/tree bark. Palate is super thick and viscous. Coffee reduction/extract, heavily charred wood, and 99.9% cocoa dark chocolate. This is an angry, dense, bitter and somewhat cloying. Pretty balls-y. I don't get any of the acidity that other reviewers have mentioned.

Not really what I wanted to drink right now, but a crazy badass imperial stout.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Really, really dark. Black as any beer I've seen with a really dark mocha colored head.

S: Rich and full with some coffee and a lot of roasted, earthy malts and dark chocolate along with some charcoal. As it warms, some raisin and plum smells come out.

T: I wanted to like this one a lot, but there just wasn't as much to it as I was hoping. There is a ton of coffee/dark chocolate bitterness and a lot of coffee acidity that leaves a bitter aftertaste. As it warmed, the flavors sweetened up a bit, but there still wasn't a great depth to this one.

Photo of perrymarcus
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a completely opaque jet black tone yielding 3/4" dark mocha colored head. middling retention and not much in the way of lacing.

nose is great, offering bold notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with secondary characteristics of anise and molasses.

flavor is solid, though i must admit slightly underwhelming... maybe my expectations were too high. the chocolate and roastiness are evident out front, opening up a bit mid-palate to include the molasses and licorice before leading to a hoppy finish. but i also get a slighty metallic presence and a the booze is not as well-hidden as i typically look for. still a damn good beer, but this there's so much fierce competition in the style that, for me, you really have to earn your As.

thick, full bodied mouthfeel with below average carbonation. when i think of a beer being 'chewy' this is what i think.

overall D.O.R.I.S. is a tasty, enjoyable RIS and certainly worth a try (especially if you like B.O.R.I.S., which i enjoyed a lot more), however there are many better, less pricey options out there.

Photo of bballmj2k
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found this at Al's of Hampden in Enola, PA. Haven't seen it on shelves much and figured it'd be fun to dive in.

Served from bomber into Brooklyn Snifter. Appearance is jet black like motor oil. vigorous pour yields a half-finger of light-brown/reddish head. Can't see through it at all - gorgeous.

Smell is a bit muted - definitely chocolate, roasted notes, and a bit of a hop hint.

Taste - Absurd. This is a huge beer with a ton going on. Tastes a bit like an amped up version of Foothill Sexual Chocolate. Chocolate, coffee bitterness, creamy sweetness, oatmeal, and alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel - A bit heavy, sticks to and coats the mouth with minimal carbonation - to be expected for the style.

Overall - Really fantastic, glad I was able to pick this up. Now need to finally get around to BORIS.

Photo of youradhere
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown head, smells of chocolate, bourbon, licorice, coconut. Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, licorice. Mouthfeel is smooth and light, not thick or cloying, carbonation is light. Drinkability is good, but I was hoping for something a bit more chewy tonight. Overall isnt bad, but not something I'd trade for again.

Pours black with tinges of burgandy, thin brown lacing of a head that quickly dissipates. Smell is coffee, chocolate, oak, yeast, more coffee, slight dark fruitiness. Taste is coffee, chocolate, roasty bitterness, prunes and figs, slight oak. Mouthfeel is a tad on the thin side, but helps in the drinkability department. Carbonation is medium high which helps the drinking, but probably is what scrubs away the silky mouthfeel. Pretty good stout, but IMHO doesn't touch my local fave- the Abyss.

Photo of Beaver13
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours an opaque black with a medium creamy dark brown head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet lactic chocolate malts, roast, grains, black licorice and a little charred leather.

The flavor is sweet chocolate with a lot of roast, black licorice, and a big charred bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full and creamy.

Overall, a nice imperial stout. It's big, but not over the top. It's a little too much charry bitterness and black licorice for me. I think I liked the regular BORIS a bit better (both are better than the barrel aged IMO), but it would be fun to do a side by side.

Photo of emmasdad
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as the Hoppin' Frog beers made their way to Denver, I knew this was the one I wanted to try. Sadly, the price was beyond that with which I was comfortable. Seeing it on sale at Argonaut tonight, I decided to pull the trigger. Well worth it.

Pours a jet black color with a nominal tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate and hops. Full bodied, with flavors of earthy hops, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Excellent.

Photo of OakedCanuck
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip

A - Inky black. Motor oil consistency, it almost just rolls out of the bottle. Awesome. Virtually no head, very little brown ring around the outside. Minor lacing

S - Lots of chocolate on the nose, very minor grassy hops. I pick up some molasses, vanilla, and brown sugar.

T - Wow, different than what I was expecting. Very nicely balanced between the chocolate and roasty coffee. The nuanced flavours were allowed to show through, mainly vanilla and sugars. Very delicious

M - Very heavy, flat, creamy

D - A sipper, but one that I would have night after night (never 2 in the same sitting!). Great beer

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, sent in October 2010 by excellent BA charliedvrs. A big 'want' for me at the time, so huge thanks to Charlie for the 'extra'! Poured to an unmarked snifter on a drizzly/gray March afternoon. Served at 'cellar temperature', which is around 50°F on this day.

A: Ultra-dark, might as well say 'black' because NOTHING cuts through this one. Nice little head, a toasty almond topping that can't quite reach a finger high. Dense and creamy, it recedes to a ring and a gradually fracturing film. Nice droopy lace: ribbons, teardrops and speckles.

S: Good aroma, a sweet and slightly liqueur-laced chocolate/berry scent, wafting in waves. Vague berry notes (blueberry, blackberry) amidst a little vanilla and wood, even a little sappy pine.

T: Huge dark chocolate with a fair amount of grassy hops and dry smokiness. Evocative of fudgy brownies of the {ahem} 'herbal' variety. Vanilla and a nice dosing of coffee roast. Towards the end, as this opened up, I was surprised by how hop-forward and juicy it became.

M: Every bit as smooth as an oatmeal-based RIS should be; I loved the sister brew BORIS and here we have the same thick and creamy goodness. Perfect? Quite possibly. Thick, without being overbearing or chewy. Silky smoothness, a little fusel heat in the finish or this garners a '5'. A little sticky maltiness rings my lips.

O: A 'big boy' beer, but one that is very well crafted and edges toward perfection a couple seasons past its release. Among the top RISs I've enjoyed, one I REALLY wish was available heer on the West Coast. With its creaminess and subtle alcohol, as well as its rich/complex flavor, the drinkability is about as high as one can go for the style.

Photo of HeyItsChili
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

A - Pours flat black with maybe a hint of scorched brown on the edges. Almost nonexistent dark brown head dissipates immediately.

S - Dark roasted malts, happiness, slight repressed memories of past failure in the form of dark chocolate and cocoa. Chocolate syrup.

T - Really dark fruits, chocolate covered cherries in liqueur. Dark chocolate, roasted malts. Substantial alcohol finish, but somehow that compliments the incredibly sweet frontend. Sweet followed by warm and dry. A nice desert beer.

M - Nice, slightly thick. Smooth.

Photo of Lerxst
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having been relatively disappointed with HF brews, I was reluctant to pay $15.99 for a bomber of this. But, curiosity got the best of me. So I'll give it a try. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A-Pours thick, viscous and black as night with a somewhat thin dark brown head that has fair retention and leaves spotty lace.

S-A nice slightly charred malt greets me followed by some bakers chocolate, black licorice, dark fruit and a faint leather like aroma that is surprisingly fitting in here. Nose is nice and prominent.

T-Bakers chocolate and bitter coffee hit first then the charred malt comes through along with a surprising hoppy bite in the middle. The finish is bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of booze and coffee.

M-Full bodied, oily and coating. Carb level is very well suited for this beer-just enough to tickle the palate. I wish my Zhukov had this kind of carbonation.

D-For a big beer, its quite inviting and easy to drink.

Most of the HF brews I have tried don't even come close to justifying their cost. At $15.99 a bomber, this one doesn't either but it is a quality beer. I just would never pay that much for this beer again. It was nice to try, but there are too many other RIS that are just as good or better for less $$$$. If you like this style and have the extra $$$ to spend, give this one a shot. But if your budgets a bit tight, opt for something else that is cheaper and just as good or better.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is strong and smoky with tones of unsweet chocolate and quality coffee, along with more than a hint of anchovies. It pours - woo-wee, utterly black with a thick, dark tan, fine-bubbled head that hangs around - there's no way they could improve on that, Dixie Darlin'! Flavor is WOW! Semi-sweet chocolate, quality roast coffee, hints of molasses and miso, even a touch of hops and a smidgen of anchovies. Hey, I like anchovies. Texture is fizzy, oily and thick, leaving a nice heavy mocha finish. This one is just a shade or two off perfection - at least in my book. OK, I'm prejudiced in favor of stouts and porters, but that's just the way I iz.

Photo of LtCracker20
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich black body which no light can get through. Barely a thin cap of chocolate colored lace sits on top.

S- Roasted malts, burnt chocolate, slight dark fruits, a little anise, some hazlenut.

T- Wow, just like the smell, but the black licorice really stands out. The burnt chocolate flavors live a lingering bitterness that last. A decently hoppy Imperial Stout, and very hoppy Imperial Oatmeal stout. Wasn't expecting the amount of bitterness that came from it, which is almost reminiscent of Stout Trooper in that way, just not as carbonated.

MF- A good body, but I would've expected a little more after the look of the beer and the small head. Not thin, but just slightly lacking for what I thought it would be after seeing it poured.

Photo of GallowsThief
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a bomber into my Duvel.

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 beergod1
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Snifter, Black & Viscous, with a small brown head that recedes quickly. Aromas of rich roasted malt and huge amounts of dark chocolate, molasses, with a small bit of alcohol. Taste is of dark chocolate with Sweet malty molasses. Sweeter on the front, slightly bitter on the finish. One of the fullest bodied beers I have ever had. Low carbonation but it fits well. A nice hoppy balance is noticeable when it warms. A small bit of alcohol burning with the finish, but well hidden overall. Very creamy and delicious. Hoppin Frog ROCKS.

Photo of rivalrome
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Mellow Mushroom in Orlando, served in a 22oz. Bomber into an oversized snifter.

I have a bottle of BORIS in the fridge that I haven't tried just yet, so it looks like I'm skipping him and headed right for his larger, bolder sister. Pours a syrupy midnight black, reminiscent of tar. Very faint dark brown head that dissipates quickly but leaves ample lacing on the glass.

Smells strongly of malts, coffee, chocolate, and hints of licorice.

Wow, totally impressed! I feel like if I have BORIS after drinking this bad girl I'd be disappointed. Tastes like coffee and strong dark chocolates with a peppery aftertaste.

Extremely full bodied with a light yet fresh aftertaste. Feels like liquid marshmellow swishing around in your mouth, but it's absolutely fantastic. Beer milkshake, ho!

I could have gone long on past the 22oz, but I wasn't willing to pay for another bomber. I'll take the bottle home and add it to the collection and reminisce of this one for years to come. An amazing brew!

Serving type: bottle

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.14/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cellar temp into Chimay goblet.

Pours with a very faint deep-brown head over a jet black body. No lacing.

Aromas of licorice root, dark chocolate, and lots of black strap molasses.

Flavors are nice, but average, and dare I say a little sloppy for a great RIS. Lots of hop bitterness, molasses, a touch of roasted malt sweetness, cigar, and thick coffee-liquer. Bitterness stands out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is thick & slick, but also biting. I'm assuming the hops have taken over my palate, and caused this caustic sensation. Ok for a RIS, but not among the top 50%.

Drinkability is not bad, but not exceptional.

Flavors are nice - I really enjoyed this beer overall (so hate to give it this score), but when you score it against the others in the style category, it's a little short of top-notch.

In all fairness, I will buy two more and cellar each for 2-3 years to compare and update my review if it mellows nicely.

Photo of harrymel
3.87/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Tanger for this as an extra, cheers Jon!
One time brew from around 03/2010 (from my understanding)

A: Pours black and oily. No light penetration. Minimal mocha head formation which disappears and leaves nearly nothing. No lacing. Really viscous hue sticks to the glass then tilted and slowly resolves back to the beer.

S: Dark, black, licorice, figs, lots of hops still even after a year. The beer continues to need maturation to me. Very in your face with the RIS malt profile. Ramped up from BORIS with more licorice, charred oats.

T: Much more evident oatmeal than the BORIS, but still very, very malty. Alcohol is evident here and creates a sweet anise flavor. The beer has charcoal tones to it. Some tobacco flavors, sharp hops and toasted graham. Finish is long and toasty. Would pair with a maduro cigar quite well.

M: Thick, sticky, chewy, full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Resonates in the mouth.

D: Drinkable beer. A very nice beer. Although I think this would have benefitted from BBA (which I don't always advise) and a good year on the shelves in 12oz bottles. That would have made this beer great.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for Draught2012 for bringing this to our impromptu tasting last night.

This was our night cap beer last night and I'd have to say it was the proper choice. Touch to turn to anything else after this viscous black thing.

There is a head the forms for a moment and immediately vanishes. No lacing. The beer is visually thick and virtually black. NO light getting through here.

Chocolate syrup in the aroma. Some sweetness

What's interesting s that this is initially sweet with again the chocolate syrup taste. Then the sweetness fades and you are left with ash and charcoal. I don't think this works nicely with the big hop bitterness that is also in the finish. Obviously dark roasted malts meld all the way through. I think it would be nicer if the sweetness was more consistent.
I get a moment of brown sugar while drinking this.

Thick with the slightest possible carbonation.

I'd be interested to see how this develops with age. Not among my favorite R.I.S.'s

Still thankful to have tried it.

Photo of FosterJM
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

283rd review on BA
bottle to NB Globe

App- I was trying to come up with a witty joke about a woman named DORIS yelling at a black hole(abyss) but I got nothing. DORIS was darker by far with a bigger head to it and just sat better in the glass. Hence the 5.

Smell- Huge malt on this one with some hops and a little black licorice and chocolate.

Taste- Much more chocolately than I thought added on top of the complex, big, bold flavors in this stout. Was flavorful but not over powering.

Mouth- Full bodied with a medium carb level. Great coffee after taste which I was not expecting.

Drink- I want more. It was bold, big and easy to drink for such a high ABV

Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a snifter, incredibly dark. not much of a head, milk chocolate colored lacing.

nose is incredibly roasty, leather, tobacco, herbal hop note.

big roasted malt character fades into a darkly caramelized sugar flavor interlaced with very herbal hop flavor. tastes like chewing tobacco sort of, hints of dark fruit. linger herbal bitterness in the finish.

mouthfeel is alright. this beer honestly isn't worth the 10.99 i paid for the bomber. there's other beers in the same style for the same price that i think are alot better. worth a shot, but this isn't something i'll be returning too.

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,138 ratings.