Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by OWSLEY069:
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, rye stands out with some cocoa notes. In the taste, rye and chocolate malt dryness. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple ryeness and a roasty chocolate like aftertaste. Big rye, not too rich, nice presence of chocolate malts.
07-13-2013 16:50:30 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
This beer is thick, inky black. It manages a tan head nearly a finger high with some good staying power. A nice, creamy ring of lacing is left at the top of my snifter, and some leggy and patchy lacing follows.
At once sweet, roasty, creamy and just a little bitter, this beer's got a bit of complexity and plenty of heft in the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate alongside roast with a bit of pine and leaf and a touch of cream makes me want to take more than a few sniffs. This is what a big imperial stout is about. Alcohol is barely noticed and rye is just enough to add a little spiciness and earth.
The flavor carries the same profile with the exception that a bit more dark fruits come out and the bitterness and hops presence is more pronounced. In fact, if you have some and set some aside for a good while, the beer that's left out becomes quite a bit like a Cascadian Black / Black IPA (whatever your take on the style's name). If gets a little leafier than in the aroma. To be honest, I liked the bigger maltiness of the nose, and there's lots of competition with this style these days, but it's still very good.
The body has all the thickness and heft I'd expect and want out of it. It's not fantastically smooth or creamy, but it feels very nice regardless, and there is a good level of smoothness to it.
12-12-2012 15:56:07 | More by Brenden
4.24/5 rDev +9.6%
The Natasha Rocks ME!!! The Chocolate Rye Stout is AWESOME!!! The beer pours an opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is predominent espresso with chocolate hints that are amazing. The taste is dry and carries a chocolate burst that eventually turns to coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sharp beer that is very ...very good!
09-28-2013 23:49:30 | More by WoodBrew
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit and earthy hops. The dark fruit comes out more in the taste, along with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Not as hoppy as I expected, considering the label says this is a hoppy stout. But I think this is a pretty good brew overall. Hopefully this will be made again in the future, I know I'd buy it again. $8.99 a bomber.
11-17-2012 23:41:30 | More by bluejacket74
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
Appearance: black, opaque, brown finger of head.
Smell: quite a lot of chocolate, hints of citrus, a faint spiciness, roast, raisins.
Taste: again, heavy chocolate, spice, dark fruit, light bitterness.
Mouthfeel: creamy, pretty much full bodied, which was nice.
**good stouts come out of Hoppin Frog, and this is as well.
06-09-2013 14:02:49 | More by EgadBananas
3.71/5 rDev -4.1%
Finally picked up a reasonably price bottle of this in Indy after refusing to pay Sahara Mart's gouged price.
Pours deep brown close to black. A touch of beige head and moderate to light retention and lacing.
Massive rye aroma. Chocolate is in the background, but this one screams rye.
As expected from the aroma, there is a massive flavor assault of rye up front. I'm not sure I've had many beers that have this overpowering of a rye character, even ones with a lighter overall malt bill. Not that that's a bad thing. I like rye. What I don't like is the interplay with the chocolate. The flavors don't really go together in this beer well. It's like eating a piece of rye bread and putting a hershey's bar in my mouth mid-palate. Kind of strange. Ends with a piney kick on the back of the palate confusing it more. I could use a bit more roast in the malt profile.
Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. For whatever the flavors do, this is pretty smooth.
This is interesting and I'm not entirely sure it's good or bad. I like some components of it, but the combinations clash a bit too much. It definitely opened up and got better as it warmed, but not sure I'd buy another bottle.
03-12-2013 20:05:15 | More by jmarsh123
4.23/5 rDev +9.3%
,A - black with a khaki head, great retention, nice lacing - spot on
S - a bit muted but still complex, chocolate first and the some spiciness
T - a char dominate stout, bittersweet chocolate, the spiciness of the rye accents the chocolate, the rye adds the same spicy balance that cayenne adds in other beers (or Mexican food), bitter finish but no real hop presence
M - rich without being sticky
O - big rich flavors that balance nicely, no alcohol presence
06-06-2013 00:37:59 | More by Vec2267
Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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