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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: 1,008
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 148
Gots: 352 | FT: 33
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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 Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle from Bruisn' Ales. This takes RIS to newer heights. I am underrating this beer I am sure. Let's start: appearance is black with crimson amber head that has to be seen. The aroma is hops, smpoke, soy bar-B-q sauce. Everything is well integrated in the taste, that carries itself with creamy mouthfeel. Declicious and so-drinkable smoke and liquid chocolate, alcohol there, coffee. New top 25 beer.

Sammy, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Appearance - a very thick motor oil pour. Glug, glug, glug. A creamy mocha head like melted ice cream slowly takes shape, with more bubbles making their slow journey up the glass. Some craggy lacing at the high water mark and some stray thin legs as well.

Aroma - heavily malted for sure. Big boozy grains, very roasty, alcohol esters, and a resiny pine interwoven through it all. Sets up with a fantastic roasty, boozy, nutty sniff.

Taste - of course, the flavors here are huge. Sweet, chewy malts, roasty and nutty. A touch of char but balanced so that the swallow doesn't go ashy or burnt. A steady alcohol warmth accompanies the delicious grain and bittersweet chocolate flavors on the swallow. The aftertaste and finish are tasty and last well. Top shelf.

Mouthfeel - thick, viscous, and oily smooth. Bespeaks the nature of the style.

Drinkability - it's been a while since I had a glass of heaven; tonight's bomber allowed for two. ;-)

brewdlyhooked13, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of glid02
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

Bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange in Charleston, SC.

Pours black with a 1.5-finger dark brown head. The head slowly recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of robust and almost beefy roasted malts with good amounts of sweet oatmeal and dark chocolate. As the beer warms the amorphous oatmeal aromas increase a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by unexpected amounts of deep citrus hop flavors. Midway through the sip smooth oatmeal and dark chocolate flavors take over the flavor profile, carrying through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is better than I thought. I never caught myself saying this was absurdly drinkable but after looking down at my glass I realized I'd had nearly all of it in a very short time period.

Overall I wasn't blown away by this beer but it's a solid beer for the style with more hops than most. Worth a shot.

glid02, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.3/5  rDev -21.8%

Aroma - Mostly roasted malts but a decent amount of hops as well.

Appearance - Completely dark brown with a thin dark brown head, not much carbonation.

Taste - Lots of roasted malts but plenty of hops as well along with a surprising amount of alcohol burn. Kind of a disjointed beer where it doesn't taste like anything is working together. The two biggest flaws are the hops and alcohol.

Notes - Age should smooth this beer out and so I put a bomber in my cellar to see if I'm right.

jwhawkins81, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a snifter. Pours like motor oil, very thick. No light what so ever gets through. With a thin (1/4 inch) dark brown head that does not last. Leaves just a wisp of bubbles behind.

Aromas of dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts.

First sip not as "creamy" as BORIS. Dark chocolate flavors linger at the end, with roast malt and coffee bringing up the rear. Unless my taste buds are burned out, I can't detect any hop flavor, if it is indeed dry hopped and first wort hopped. The roast and chocolate overpower everything else. Not that that is a bad thing. Very little hint of alcohol that is going to smack me later on.

Mouthfeel is full and luscious. Drying roast, but not astrigent.

Overall drinkability is good. BORIS wowed me. This is good, but not "wow" good. Maybe the extra roasted malt dampened the oatmeal. Lacks the creamy goodness of BORIS. But, I bet this would be one killer desert beer with a scoop of vanilla ice cream!

JamnesCameron, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours jet black with a light tan head, not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is very light, not a whole there. Light coffee.

The taste is also pretty light, some coffee, a light bitter coffee.

Easy to drank but not a ton going on here. Session stout anyone?

jrallen34, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

A - Jet black motor oil with a brown head that bubbled up on the pour and stuck around for a little bit before fading to nothing.

S - Chocolaty smell with some very subtle and deep roasted malts mostly on the nose.

T - Just hints of coffe, which I like, too many big stouts kill any complexity they have by overloading on coffee. Some nice cocoa notes, roasted malts. Pretty good stuff.

M - Smooth, wouldn't exactly say creamy, but it's not a nice smooth body on it. nicely weighted and full bodied.

D - Very easy to get down, the roasted malts are slightly bitter, but it's so easy to get down you stop noticing it.

AgentZero, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Finally showed up at my local brew store...

A: Pours super thick like liquid chocolate. 1 inch creamy chocolate colored head that fades at a medium pace. Absolutely no light shining through.

S: Earthy dark fruity hops upfront with bitter chocolate in the middle blended with a nice hint of boozy raisins. Interesting, but not much special.

T: Bitter creamy milk chocolate hops blended very good with some dark raisin booziness on the end. Earthy oak in the middle with a hint of roast on the end. Nothing special.

M: Nice creamy carbonation that finishes with a slight bitter smoothness. Very good.

D: Once you get past the bitterness, it goes down very easy.

All in all, this is ok. BORIS is worlds better. If you like BORIS, then this would be good to try at least once. Definitely cannot compete in a sea of awesome stouts. Just ok for me.

steve8robin, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of paco1029384756
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Pours black, opaque, with a small, thick, dark brown head.

Scent of juicy dark fruit, sweet, dry hops, roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and a hint of spicy alcohol. It is hoppy, but not to the extent of Night Stalker or Darkness.

Taste of roasted malts, charred oak, dry bitter hops, ash, dark fruit, oatmeal, and chocolate. Finishes with bitter coffee and hops, one of the most bitter Imperial Stouts I have ever had. While it may not be as hoppy as Night Stalker or Darkness, it certainly is more bitter.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and oily, but a little bit thin from the low carbonation.

paco1029384756, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of chcfan
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%

Bottle into Ikea snifter.

This claims to be a double BORIS, but it isn't in many ways. I would like to know what's double about it. The ABV difference is only marginal. Taste is a little on the cloying side, making it difficult to finish. Kinda puckers you up. Aroma is similar to BORIS, but taste and mouthfeel are different, but not in a good way.

I love BORIS, and didn't know what to expect from DORIS, but she kind of let me down. Decent beer, but nothing special. I think it would benefit from some age.

chcfan, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.58/5  rDev -15.2%

22oz bomber bought on sale from Binny's

A: Pours out thick, as thick a beer I've seen in some time. Puts KBS to shame in terms of viscosity if that counts for anything. Black as motor oil and topped with a decent sized, half and inch worth of bubbly, chocolaty brown head.

S: Pretty seriously hopped, reminds me of Nightstalker. Pineapple and other fancy tropical and sweet fruits

T/MF: Softly carbonated with the massive doses of hops providing a lot of traction on the tongue that otherwise would be lacking in this beer. Taste is sort of difficult to describe for me, other than that I can say it seems like a more abrasive Nightstalker, has sort of the character of a black IPA in the beginning stages then moving into licorice/baker's chocolate bitterness. Given a bit of time to warm this beer takes on a sweeter character, a bit of a buttery chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee and cream mixed in with this unrelenting hoppiness.

D: Hmmmm, not really sure how I feel about this beer. The hops seem to be a bit too forward and appear to cover up the "stoutier" aspects of this beer. Things just are not gelling with me like I would have liked it too. Can't really say I'd give this beer another chance, even if to cellar, unless it was on sale again. I will say one thing about the beer though, it certainly don't feel as big as it portends to be.

bluemoonswoon, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Appearance is pretty much exactly what you would expect - deep dark brown/black body with a fluffy brown head and some spotty lacing. The nose is very roasty - roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Wonderful aroma. Unfortunately, I felt like the taste fell flat a bit. The predominant note is roast - there's a nice sweet maltiness in the background, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. I felt like the aftertaste was just overly harsh. The roasted character was simply much too dominant, IMO. And the bitterness was compounded by a decent helping of hops. Just tongue smackingly roasted bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

The mouthfeel is superb - thick and creamy. Perfect feel.

All in all, this is an interesting and well-crafted brew, but the roasted quality was just too much for me. It's unfortunate, since this beer is excellent in almost every other facet.

Mavajo, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip. Pours a heavely dark black with about a finger or two of medium tan head. Retention is a non-issue as it dissapates relatively quickly but settles to a nice creamy surface. Spotty but sticky lacing.

Aroma is a little weird. It reminds me of how Smuttynose Imperial Stout smells. It has a mild medicinal aroma. If you can get past that, there's some great coffee and chocolate notes. Wow, this beer smells thick! Is that possible?? I guuess I should add it's rather malty too, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes a lot better than it smells! Very malty and thick, tons of heavy chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee notes. Carbonation is mild, great mouthfeel! Booze stands out well in the swallow. Has an extrememly tasty chocolate aftertaste! A very good stout!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of phiberoptik
4.83/5  rDev +14.5%

Wow... For as BIG of a beer as this, this goes down surprisingly well with little to no sting from the alcohol.

I shared this with a non-BA friend as he was kind enough to go out of his way to get it for me from a local store, and he said he couldnt imagine spending $12 on a bottle of beer (ha) but when he tried it he said it was worth every penny and compared it to a wine that should be sipped and enjoyed rather than drank like most beers.

It pours almost like hot motor oil that has been ran for 5,000 miles. Pitch black with a dark carmel layer of head. We drank this out of small rocks glasses so not much for a head to form.

The smell just hit me as roasted malts and dark chocolate.

As it warmed, it just got better and better. Coffee, dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, and a hint of anise in the taste. Absolutely nothing about the taste of this beer held me back. Only the sheer quality and fact that I didnt want a buzz, held me back from drinking this faster.

I have a few bottles to keep on hand but I sure wish this was easier to get than it is. WOW!

phiberoptik, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

A-pours a jet black witha quarter inch dirty tan head
S-a slight roasted character with mostly coholate and a slight coffee note with a citrus hoppyness to balance the malt
T-more roasted/burnt character and coffee and chocolate notes with a bit of dark fruitand anise in the background with a strong citrus hop presence
M-a heavy body with a nice carbonation which lightens the body a little bit and makes this tasty beer refreshing
D-a great beer with an excellent taste with a nice balance between hop presence and the usual RIS malt taste with the hops making this beer crisp and drinkable even for an RIS

joshstevens87, Apr 13, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark oily hick black with a really nce dark brown fluffy head. Nose is pretty boozy but also malty and rich with some light hops.

Taste is rich and sweet, sharp and sweet with some very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is really rich and full very creamy and tasty. Boozier than Boris but still tasty.

kingcrowing, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%

This beer was allowed to chill an served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black. No light is peaking through this body. The head is the color of chocolate milk. Nice rings mark the beers passage from my glass. The head resolves down to a thin sheen.

Smell: Citrus hops lead a charge at my nose. These are supported by cocoa, smoke, molasses, dark roasted and toasted coffee aromas. Alcohol creeps its way into the aroma but isnt annoying.

Taste: The flavor of the beer has alot of the roasted and burnt flavors I expected and hoped would be present. A bit of cocoa and brown sugar combined in a cup of coffee. Nice hop bitterness splash of citrus. The alcohol rolls into the flavor and gives it a vague vodka splash. I bet as this beer sets a bit this vodka dies off.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: I really dig the mouthfeel of the beer. The body of the beer is among the fullest I have experienced. Very smooth and slick while drinking. Long lasting bitterness cuts up the sweetness of the beer. The beer has a slightly alcoholic feel to the mouth and this blemishes the mouthfeel and the drinkability slightly. This beer disappeared rapidly from my glass. When the alcohol is tamed a little this will be a very potent kick ass Imperial Stout. Thanks Hopping Frog.

nlmartin, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev 0%

22 oz. Thick black pour, with a small amount of brown bubbles. Some lacing going on.

Roasty aroma, burnt malt, dark chocolate and anise. A nice punch of herbal pine also.

Tons of malt present, toasted, burnt. A smoked woodiness to it also. Dark chocolate, anise and slight caramel. Hops are there mid slightly through finish. Finish with nice espresso bitter.

Full bodied, there isn't a ton of carbonation, but it is a bit sharp yet. I'd bet will smooth to creaminess with age.

It's still a bit young and warm, but still drinkable. Potential is high with this one. I'm sure this one will do really nicely in the cellar. Darkness, or Smuttynose Imperial likeness.

Bung, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of bevenson
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into a tasting glass

A - Dark as a black hole and thick. Dark brown head with small tight bubbles. Leaves clear residue on sides of glass that is a warning of the alcohol content.

S - Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Alcohol is evident in nose, especially as the beer warms. Firm coffee and chocolate malt aroma.

T - Strong chocolate and coffee with a hefty backing of grapefruit. Normally I don't like a strong American hop presence in a dark beer, but this beer has found a nice balance between the roast and the citrus. Slight mineral, chalky quality. Very firm bitterness which is keeping the slightly sweet finish well in check.

M - Thick, full bodied with medium to low carbonation which lends to a very smooth beer. Warming alcohol even from a few ounce sample.

O - When Hoppin' Frog decides to brew this beer again, I am definitely seeking it out again. However, I am a little torn on what to do with this beer. I think the alcohol could use a little age to mellow, but the hop flavor and aroma contribute a lot to this beer. This beer could be a little better if the alcohol was a little more blended with the rest of the flavors but the hop aroma and flavor was retained.

bevenson, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ridglens
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%

so, the D.O.R.I.S....

Bought in Cincinnati, aged a week haha, and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery snifter. i drank most of the bottle (except half a glass shared with my father) from just warmer than fridge temperature to just under room temperature.
A- Jet black, poured thick as motor oil.no light through any of the glass, even the thinnest edges. could not force a head out of this beer, even with a strong pour i only got a thin layer of bubbles.

S- pretty typical of the style, lots of coffee and malt, with some bitter chocolte, but with more hops than most RIS's that i have tried. makes everything smell more bitter... a little alcohol in the back as well.

T- good. very malty, but has a STRONG kick of hops. not overly sweet as some, in fact a little less sweet than "typical" i would say, but could seem like that because of the hop presence. SOLID beer though

M- thick and rich, coats the mouth. you can "dig" this one out of the corners of your mouth ten minutes later, which is to me the ideal feel of the style, this beer feels great.

D- this guy could probably use at least a little while in the cellar, as it is so intense in malty and hoppy, it could stand to chill out a bit. that being said, it was completely enjoyable to the last drop, so 4

great beer! thanks Hoppin' Frog

ridglens, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of levifunk
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Brought a 22oz bomber to a tasting.

Sadly this is my first hoppin frog beer, so I can't compare this to the BORIS or BA BORIS.

This was way more hoppy then I was expecting, but if you have had BORIS, maybe that wouldnt be a surprise? Taste was very good. smoky chocolate and caramel balance the hops very well. Low carbonation made the feel very thick and sticky.

I'd say definitely something to share with friends as it packs a punch and is pretty intense.

edit: now that i've had BORIS and BA BORIS, I can say this is nothing like it. HUGE hoppy flavor (at least when fresh). Its a great beer, but I'm letting this one lay down for a while.

levifunk, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of klewis
4.78/5  rDev +13.3%

A: Pours pitch black with a sticky, tan head.

S: Malty with aromas of molasses and mocha with a nutty character.

T: Huge flavor. Charred oak, anise, burnt chocolate. Well-balanced with some hops up front and a slight residual sweetness in the back. A very mild alcohol presence.

M: Thick, chewy, and sticky with light carbonation. One of the biggest feeling beers that I've had.

D: As advertised, this drinks like an amped up BORIS. Awesome.

klewis, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours black with just hints of garnet around the edges of the snifter. Wispy head and hints of lace.
Smells of sweet coffee and tastes the same. This is a coffee dominant beer with hints of caramel and some mild spice hops. Definitely different than BORIS, not as sweet or fruity. Feels rich and smooth and is nice to sip on when you are in the mood for some coffee flavored beer.

kirok1999, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of sitarist
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Pours the deepest shade of next to black, it is opaque. The head looks like the crema on a good espresso, it falls quickly to a ring that is purple where it meets the beer. Looks like waste oil.

Smells like full bodied coffee, dark caramel, slightly smokey, earthy, with dark ripe fruit and some liquor. Tickles the nose and invites me to take a sip.

The first think I taste is strong coffee then it fades to bitter sweet chocolate. Taste like something you could get at Starbucks. The hops are used very well to support and dont overpower.

Mouthfeel is thick, and sticky, with a slight carbonation, it warms as it goes down. Leaves a long, pleasant aftertaste.

Big and heavy with a lot of alcohol; its a sipper for sure, but a dam fine one. It is so well balanced and smooth.

Worth the $10.99 price tag. Ill be trying to get a few more. This is one hell of an R.I.S. Bigger and better than B.O.R.I.S. It is good fresh; cant wait to see what some cellar time does.

sitarist, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but has the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a bit of booze. Also, the hop flavor is stronger in the taste (compared to the light hops in the aroma). This is a good and mostly bitter stout. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, rich, coating, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, but this is definitely a sipping brew. There's a bit of booze noticable that cuts down on the drinkability a bit. All in all I think this is a good beer. I think I'll be aging my other bottle for a while!

bluejacket74, Apr 02, 2010
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,008 ratings.