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

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31 Reviews
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Ratings:
152
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
24.74%
 
 
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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial StoutHoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Added by bluejacket74 on 11-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 152
Reviews by ncketchum:
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4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.25/5  rDev -42.6%

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4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

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3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good offering from Hoppin Frog. Pretty much agree with reviews stating this is a good beer but not on par with D.O.R.I.S or B.O.R.I.S. Good chocolate and rye flavor but nothing incredible. Worth a taste if you have the opportunity but not a must have.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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