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

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 407
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.24%
Wants: 161
Gots: 389 | FT: 39
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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 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.

Photo of brew3crew
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark black with no head whatsoever
S-some roasted malt and maybe some molasses or however you spell it
T-Alot like it smells. Tons of malt mzybe some vanilla and just slightly hot
M-medium bodied aNd smooth
D-very drinkable and a nice addition to the festivitiex

Photo of Urbancaver
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick dark viscus with rddish tints. Not much head at all. Coats the glass. Smells hoppy and malty. Dry on the nose with some slight bitterness from the roasted malts. Tastes dry and bitter. A good amount of roasted malt and roast. The hops meld well into the malt profile. Not too overpowering but a nice addition. This one drinks really nicely!

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

after falling head over heels for BORIS, I needed to try out his big sister DORIS (2010). thanks to kelp for the kind trade.

a - poured a stunning sludgy black with a finger sized deep dark brown head into my oversized snifter. head vanished within seconds but i could build it back with a swirl of the glass. lacing was spotty, but a nice welcoming stout.

s - another winner. big and bold chocolate alcohol like chocolate cake.

t - chocolate all day. the hops colliding with the malts is a pretty perfect touch on the flavor and brings out the chocolate even more.

m/d - smooth and silky while still being thick and chewy. this is a beer that you want to let sit in your mouth for your taste buds to mingle with. leaves a liquor-like after tingle. much thinner than BORIS and much less meaty, but really nice. really smooth. great great great beer.

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

I poured from a bomber and it was split equally into to standard pint glasse. The pour was very much like pouring used motor oil, very thick and very dark, it has a thin little tan head that fades quickly. It has plenty of bitter sweet dark chocolate on the nose. The first sip is all dark chocolate. It also has mild coffee and dark fruit notes, it has enought hops to keep it from being overly sweet. The mouth feel is really aided by how viscous this one is, very full mouth feel. I liked DORIS. IMO better than BORIS, really glad I picked this one up.

Photo of McNealc31
4.61/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that stands out is the color. Black as tar and exceptionally thick with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells of wood and alcohol. The taste starts with hops and bittersweet chocolate, a wallop of hop bitterness, hint of sweet, then a burnt finish. It's past roasted into burnt, and normally that wouldn't work, but it really does. A bit of alcohol late in the finish. A lot of RISs I have had feature some sweet currant flavors rather prominently, but this doesn't. The most surprising taste really is the burnt finish, but I'm digging it.

Photo of ltjska04
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Two finger high dark brown head sits atop a black abyss. It eventually settles to a ring that leaves good lacing.

S- Hops push through in the smell over the roasty chocolatey notes.

T- At first it's hops, but they get dragged down beneath all the roasty flavors. Some chocolate, a little coffee, and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Lots of residual sugars.

M/D- Nice full mouthfeel from the high finishing gravity. There's no alcohol burn but a lingering sweetness and burnt popcorn flavor. I'll be finishing this within the first half of the Super Bowl, so I'd count that as good drinkability.

Photo of stewart124
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like oil. This has some reddish hues as it pours with a nice tan head.

Smells of huge roasted malts, coffee, vanilla and cinnamon.

Whoa! Silky smooth and full-bodied. This is a bomber! Plenty and I mean plenty of roasted malts. Biscuity goodness and melanoidin characters just round out the malt character. Then there are the hops! Bitterness to the extreme. Leaves plenty of hop resin and pine on the tongue.

The alcohol is present without taking away from the overall character. Aftertaste is full of roasted malts and pine resin from the hops. Delicious!

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

Appearance- Poured into a snifter, pours black, no light enters the glass. A small dark head pops up then fades to a slight ring. Really good lacing is left though, suprising for a huge beer.

Smell- Roasted malts, chocolate, subtle coffee, piney hops.

Taste- Very well balanced and very smooth. Sweet milk chocolate, some slightly bitter coffee notes, some dark fruits, a hint of vanilla. Definite oats some caramel and toffee, a nice hoppy bite towards the end. This beer has it all, and it comes together great.

Mouthfeel- Very full body, coating the entire mouth. Ample carbonation, keeping this very drinkable. The ABVs are hid very well.

Overall- Fantastic beer, one of the best imperial stouts I have ever had. Highly recomended.

Photo of PDXHops
3/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into an oversized snifter. An inky looking body with a modest bubbly head and even more modest lacing.

Nose is full of rich roasted malts and chocolate chips. Something vaguely remiscent of blueberry pie in the background. Just a hint of booze in the nose, but the flavor is quite strong. It somewhat distracts from the berry and cherry, and definitely distracts from the roasted malts. Not as viscous as it appears, but fairly smooth.

Overall impression: The booziness is pretty unfortunate, as this seems very close to being a nice beer. I suspect some cellar time would treat it kindly; if I run into another one, I'll tuck it away for a couple of years to see what happens.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big dark pour, tan head, sometimes I wonder why I even bother to repeat the same things over and over about these massive stouts in terms of appearance.

Aroma, thick and chocolatey. Didn't smell of alcohol, quite an accomplishment at this abv.

A very dark chocolate taste, thick viscosity to this one, yet creamy enough for balance thanks to the oatmeal I would guess. Caramel, coffee and vanilla have a presence as well.

This was a very slow drinking bottle split between myself and my brother over Christmas 2010. Didn't really have a hop presence, but I sat on this one for about 8 months. From my experience, it may be the slightly acidic coffee that left people thinking they were tasting citrusy hops.

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

A - Clear very dark brown with a thin, short lived mocha colored head. Viscous with good lacing.

S - Dark fruits and dark roasted chocolate malts. Sweet bready caramel aroma. Light alcohol.

F/M - Chocolate, dark fruits, roast, coffee. Light alcohol with a moderately high bitterness (accentuated by dark malts) leads to a dry finish. Caramelly/toffee malt sweetness. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering chocolate flavor.

D - Great for such a humongous beer. Full flavored, easy drinking and quite complex, this sipper almost turns into a guzzler as it warms. Yum!

Photo of COBeerBuff
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle purchased in Chicago in April 2010.

Appearance: A vigorous pour yields a little over 2 centimeters of mocha colored head that sit atop a brew that's as dark as the night and a lot more opaque. The head retention is pretty solid, and the lacing is pretty good too. This is a very good looking IS.

Smell: As soon as I poured this, I was able to pick up the chocolate and roasted grain malts from afar. On closer inspection, the nose yields a lot of biscuity grains, and some toffee and vanilla notes as well. There's a slight hop bitterness, but it's definitely not overwhelming.

Taste: I'm kind of at a lack for words when I try to describe the taste of this beer. The first thing to hit my tongue is a sharp bitterness combined with a slightly sour note. I don't think this beer is infected; rather, it seems like the citrus from the American hops used during the boil. This is followed closely by the rich malty flavors that were so lively in the nose. The balance is striking, and a little bit unexpected.

Mouthfeel: This is a very heavy beer. I've always been wary of the B.O.R.I.S. beers because they've always felt a little bit thin, but this beer drinks like a very viscous fluid. Motor oil consistency would not be out place in describing this beer. The mellowed hops don't create the crisp mouthfeel many IS's struggle with, and that serves to enhance this beer's overall feel, to me.

Drinkability: This is a very sticky sipper. The 10.5% ABV is definitely present, but the flavors in this beer are so well done, that it's tough to not constantly have the glass at your lips. I'm sure that one bomber will be plenty, but I'm also sad that the one bomber is all that I have. I would highly recommend this beer, and I'd highly recommend laying it down for 8+ months too.

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

22 oz bottle into a wide mouth tulip glass.

Pours black, with a rigid finger of extremely burnt mocha head which is borderline looking chocolate colored at times. The retention isn't quite as strong as I would have thought, with some light richness around the edges and a moderately robust cascade of spotty creamy lacing. Blackened and roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma, being burnt and even a little smoky smelling. This is propped up by the sweet thickness of chocolate and caramel malts underneath. Bitter (and slightly herbal) smelling citric hops control the nose to a surprisingly degree, adding an extra layer of flavorful power to the proceedings. Just a light dash of warmth from the ABV is noticeable.

The taste is basically all heavy sweetness up front, with chocolate fudge, sticky toffee, and fruity citrus all carrying themselves boldly through the bulk of the profile. The finish on this however is all burnt roasted coffee and bitter citrus rind. Just enough bitterness creeps into the sweetness to keep is balanced yet still allowing the flavors to all shine in their own right. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice thick chewiness to the carbonation. A sharper feel runs through the middle of this, bringing out those hops on the tongue while an oily slickness combines with some EXTREMELY well hid alcohol character to make this a surprisingly easy sipper for the massive size of it.

I enjoyed this. While not overly complex, this was still bold, brassy, and most importantly, well balanced between all that sweetness, roast, and hops. This is a nice counterpart to the B.O.R.I.S. and while I don't think that this is quite as good as that beer is; it still definitely holds it own with a lot of the more hoppy Imperial Stouts out there.

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,125 ratings.