Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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2.53/5 rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Got this one at the De Molen beer shop. Sweet!
From a bomber into a snifter
European Tour Series 2 of 3
Drunk beside the Amager wheat stout collaboration
APPEARANCE: A clearer black pour, clearer than the other one, with a one finger, looser looking, frothy, light mocha head with very good retention. Black body with medium-lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a solid foam cap with some foamy dots of lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end.
SMELL: An even bigger nose than the Amager with piles of hops. Some roasted and chocolately notes with loads of citrus hops. Grapefruit, more citrus, and lots of pine on the nose. Some melon as well. Lots of citrus, pine and spicy aromas over the roasted, chocolate base. Big and bold, but too hoppy for the style. They really dry-hopped the crap out of this.
TASTE: Mostly a hop bomb. This is more of a black IPA. Some roasted and spicy flavors up front, but it's an all-hop show at the swallow. Bitter pine, citrus and melon, as well as some bitter dark chocolate dominate the palate long, long after the swallow. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and piney bitterness. This is not really a stout; a hop bomb for sure, and definitely off for the style.
PALATE: Medium body and a touch higher levels of carbonation. A touch light perhaps, but creamy and smooth, goes down fine and finishes a touch drier than the Amager. A touch too light and carbonated for a stout.
OVERALL: Again, both these collab stouts are quite similar. The look on this one is a little lighter and more transparent, making it not quite as good as the Amager collab. Both are hoppy stouts, but the dry hopping on this one makes it almost like a black IPA, so even though the Amager was too hoppy, it was closer to a balanced stout than this one. Regerdless, the chocolate works and the hop bill makes it an enjoyable drink, though I think I'd go for the Amager over this one. In the end, I don't think these are great stouts, but they are good beers for sure.
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2013 11:47:34 | More by Jeffo
3.28/5 rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Wandering through a Wisconsin liquor store & this bottle catches my attention...rye? OK. Pick up bottle & cradle in arms. Yeah, I'm a sucka for anything rye. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.
Pour is vividly black. Even right out of the fridge, aroma washes out of the pour in waves of spicy, earthy, chocolatey rye. I'm thinking that people should make a rye Three Musketeers Bar. Seriously. I'd buy it. Especially if it came with a rye stout to dunk it in. Rye is screaming off the surface of the beer like a banshee.
Natasha Rocks America does no half measures: there's a rye shortage in some third-world country because of this beer. Holy earthy rye. Pause to recover. Unfortunately, the rye frontal assault doesn't meld nicely with the chocolate; they're in direct conflict. They outcome is a rather odd taste. Big roast roars in mid-palate, & the piney hop punch at the end adds to the bedlam. I'm sipping it quickly just wondering what's going to come out of this hot mess next.
Well, this isn't great, it doesn't suck, it's very complex, but the flavors are too diverse & Clash like Titans. Decent enough beer, but simply doesn't work for me.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2013 03:32:07 | More by maximum12
3.3/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I've found that to my own personal tastes, very rarely do I find exceptions to what I do or don't like. This beer has qualities that when combined I don't usually like, but do yo its high ratings, thought I should give it a try. Dint work. Poured at a god temp with a modest, foamy, velvety, lite brown head that soon settled to very little and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma dark ripe fruit, old leather, molasses, roast malt, hop. Flavor's like nose, soft tang and bitter up front with cocoa and medicine, fairly dry, and other Flavor's in back. Body/carbonation are for most part good, but some clashes yield harsh points. Finish is like flav, medicinal, longish, n not my thang.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2013 02:36:37 | More by drpimento
Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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