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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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1,016 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 392
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 150
Gots: 353 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010)
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Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by a generous beer advocate at DLD 2010.

A: Pours near black with a nice mocha head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt alongside coffee, chocolate, more roast, and a nice whiff of hops.

T: Lots going on with chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke, creamy oats, and slightly bitter from the hops.

M: Full-bodied; nice and chewy. The oats are definitely doing their job here.

D: Very tasty and not too crazy in any direction.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with onix1agr and poured into my duvel tulip.

A- pours a deep oily black with two fingers of thick mocha colored head. The suds settle slowly to a thin skin and a few spots of stick.

S- organic dark chocolate with all the nut and tropical fruit flavors one can get from it. Roasted espresso and sweet dark malts. A bit of char and smoke.

T- lots of coffee with dark chocolate syrup in it. Dark bread dipped in sorgrum and butter. Earthy and rich. Hints of bourbon vanilla. There some dark fruit burried deep in there as well. Slightly woody finish.

M- thick and viscous, with enough carb to keep things moving but light enough to let this beasty grind on the buds for a bit. Maybe a touch more would elevate this stuff to the next level.

D- wow what a brew! This stuff has some bite to it but its all sooo good. The 10.5 abv is well done with only the smallest hint of heat.

oglmcdgl, May 06, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair brought this to the big tasting a couple weekends ago.... Very cool Sam... thanks for bringing something pretty epic to such a big gathering.

Pours thick... deeep dark brown head... retention is fantastic so is the lace.

huge hoppiness out of the gate on the nose... surprising really... but it soon gets pushed aside by dark chocolate and some espresso... char ... piney hops ...

thick coffee with melted chocolate spiked with hops.. caramel.. plenty of malty sweetness is balanced nicely by the hops... but the hops show more on the palate as citrus, and it seems a bit too much overall.. thick body and a lite carbonation...

I am really happy I had the opportunity to try this one fresh... I don't know how it will age, but right now it is pretty interesting for sure.... Thanks a ton Sam!! This one goes on my wants list tonight!

4.5/4/4.5/4.5/4

JohnGalt1, May 05, 2010
Photo of bert13tj
4.72/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tastes sweet, great beer to start your day or evening with!!

A - Completely black pour, nice dark head that coats the glass and seems to last forever.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate malts, you can really taste the coffee, a hint of burnt wood & smoke, more hops than most stouts, very earthy.

T - Very complex, hints of chocolate, roasted malts. Almost to the point of chewy, probably the oats here. Nice little hints of hops. Great Taste

M - Very rich & creamy mouth feel. Oats add a chewy feel, and the finish is long and sticky.

D - Extremely drinkable, with 10.5%.

bert13tj, May 04, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Breakfast in a glass, love this style!

A - Pitch black pour, tan head that coats the glass with a sticky residue.

S - Roasted/chocolate malts, coffee, some burnt wood & smoke, and bitter earthy hops. Hoppier than most imperial stouts.

T - Roasted/toasted malts, chewy cooked oats, cocoa, and slight hop bight. Complex brew.

M - Very rich & creamy mouth feel. Oats add a chewy feel, and the finish is long and sticky.

D - Very drinkable, even at 10.5%.

muttyd, May 02, 2010
Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours black (one of the first stouts that was true black) with a 1/4 tan head that left no lacing

smell those hops baby but as i left it warm up the roasted oats and malts came out

taste - i wanted to love this beer after the nose but was let down just a bit - this brew reminded me of a darker thicker version of boulder's flashback 30th annv. - lots of hops fruity with some bubble gum flavors up front then the roasted chocolate malts

mouthfeel is what i want in a big stout thick smooth but with plenty of carbonation

drinkability - while i did enjoy the beer i doubt i would ever buy this again wtih so many superior brews out there (boris being one of them)

jsh420, May 01, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe this is my first Hoppin Frog review as I've had most of their beers. I'm a little disappointed to see DORIS with a lower rating as I loved BORIS. Anyways, gotta try it myself to know for sure, so here goes.

A: A super dark and rich creamy head rises up to about 2 fingers in my tulip glass. It sits around for a long time, never wanting to leave the party. The beer itself is darker than the moonless night sky on arbor day.... or something.

N: Hmm, the nose is a little weak. I do get some malts, fluffy malts, creamy aromas, some sweet caramel, nougat, brown sugar, molasses, and everything sweet. A touch of booze as well, with hints of hops. It does have that luscious aroma.

T: Aaaannnddd.... Hmmm, not quite what I expected. Very thick and syrupy as well as chewy and slightly smooth, lots of chewy malts with hints of hop bitterness. More fluff a bit of marshmellow and oatmeal. Some bitterness more from the scorched malts than hops. A slight astringent minerality which brings about a bit of tobacco, used tobacco that is, like stuck in an ashtray. A bit of black patent malt and crystal. Some sweet caramel and molasses. Not really the roast and chocolate I was expecting.

M: Very thick, chewy, a little smooth and creamy, lower but good carbonation.

F: Very sticky on the finish, my mouth can hardly open again to take the next sip. Some lingering bitterness from the charred malts more than hops. Dries a bit but lots of lingering sweet stickiness. Black patent malt there I think. More minerality and touch of soy sauce comes through on the finish as well. Wait... could it be... I think... yes! A touch of roasted malt and coffee. Yay, something there I was expecting finally, but really late on the finish and could just be my brain associating the scorched malt bitterness with roast. I got a couple to age so I hope it ages better than it tastes fresh at least. I can see why it only got an A-. Although with the heaviness and sweetness it did hide the 10.5% abv well.

jlindros, May 01, 2010
Photo of alcstradamus
3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a vicious midnight black with a dark brown head.

The aroma is roasted malts, marshmallow, dusty cocoa, stale coffee, cigarette butts, and some alcohol heat.

The flavor is loaded with roasted malts and cigarette butts. Seriously, I feel like I'm chewing on an ashtray. I love some nice roastiness in my stouts (à la Expedition), but this is ridiculous! Definitely too much....although there is some nice dark fruit sweetness and chocolate underneath that helps save it from being bad.

The body is medium to full and carbonation is at good levels.

Overall, I like the direction that Hoppin' Frog took with this one...I think they are on the right track. If that cigarette flavor could get toned down a bit I may even call this one "great," but I can't just ignore such a huge flaw.

alcstradamus, May 01, 2010
Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.