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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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very good

136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A collaboration ale between Hoppin' Frog Brewery (Akron, Ohio) and Franø Bryghus (Fano Island, Denmark). Dry-hopped and bottle conditioned.

(Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-17-2012)
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Ratings: 136 | Reviews: 29 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ncketchum:
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4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served room temp in a chimay chalice

A - pours thick and black, dark chocolate head, opaque

S - very prominent rye, spicy with a backing of chocolate and hint of malt

T - rye again is dominant, now the hops come through significantly, undertones of chocolate

M - pretty thick, the rye and hops linger for some time

O - really good rye aged stout, heavy on the rye, unique take

ncketchum, Jan 27, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

supa0525, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

DWolf, Nov 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

xdefeatsy, Nov 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

rwilde, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Brenden
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Dec 12, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -41.9%

MaxWildwood, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

WoodBrew, Sep 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

cjgator3, Mar 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

prototypic, Feb 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Chuck_25, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Lanstrum, Dec 23, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Chrome_Dome, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

dtx00, Dec 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.5%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

cyrushire, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

bluejacket74, Nov 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CRJMellor, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of EgadBananas
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

EgadBananas, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BuckTuckian, Nov 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

enelson, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmarsh123, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Vec2267
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

,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

Vec2267, Jun 06, 2013
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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.