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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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Reviews: 31
Hads: 150
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.49%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: bluejacket74 on 11-17-2012

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.
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3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and rye aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a decent but somewhat mild rye presence.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

one of the great logos in all of beer, this hoppin frog, and this is one of the best beers I have had from them. its a chocolate rye stout, no chocolate in it though. hersheys syrup looks on the pour, dense dark brown with an excitable quarter inch or so of mocha colored head. it smells real heavy on the rye malt, with notes of black pepper and other spices, and it smells like bitter coffee beans, slightly astringent. the darkness of the malt is intense, very robust in flavor, with the rye making up huge percentage of the grain bill I am sure. its also surprisingly hoppy for a stout, bitter and floral, seems a bit out of place, but I appreciate the hop character and the way it mixes with the rye. not sure why they add the world chocolate to the name, because aside from its appearance, there is nothing chocolate about this beer at all really. just a tad thin in body for me for the style, and perhaps a little undercarbonated. its got a silky feel but sort of sticks to the guts in that filling way. i love the originality of the flavors and all they depth and layering of dark malt here. a memorable brew for sure, and one that features rye in a way i have no experienced before. excellent.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Well, if nothing else comes of this stuff, at least VDubb seems excited about it... Anyway, it pours a straight obsidian topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, miscellaneous greens, pine resin, and light dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and roast definitely taking control over things, relegating the pine to a mere supporting role at best. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout. This one is touted on the label as being decidedly hoppy, but for me, it's best the hops play a largely minor part in the grand scheme of things, as it allows the chocolate and rye to really shine (even if the rye isn't incredibly self-expressive).

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released in 11/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, toast, light char, dark bread, spicy rye, and hop earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; did not a profile similar to a Black IPA. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness. Fair amount of coffee and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of roasted notes; with a great hop/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible rye imperial stout! Great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and extremely easy to sip on. An extremely delicious offering, would definitely have it again.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 05/13/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of rye, chocolate, roasted malts, spice, toasted malts, cocoa, and dark chocolate. Nice nose, the rye comes through and a lot of chocolate.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, rye, spices, chalk, lightly bitter dark chocolate and hops, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Little bitter, but good.

m - Thick full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy but no heat, great mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall a nice rye-chocolate stout. I didn't like it as much as their normal stout lineup of BORIS< BA BORIS< and DORIS, but it has a lot of chocolate to it and the rye comes through. Worth checking out if you like their stouts.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!

The beer is near black with a small beige collar. Sparse lacing. The aroma brings baker's chocolate, roast, ripe dark fruits, bread. The rye character is subtle, but does add a nice touch. Cocoa and dark roast. Big time Danish influence in this stout. Medium to full bodied with moderately low carbonation. A touch of bitterness and dry cocoa powder in the finish. A solid beer. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Dark black color, lots of off white lacing. Looks like an attractive, well hopped stout.

SMELL: Robust malt aroma with chocolate and grainy rye. Whole flower American hop signature. Just a hint of alcohol and coffee.

TASTE: Starts with a fresh hop and coffee like flavor, chocolate emerges midsip. Earthy bitterness and strong on the roasted malt. There is a mildly spicy dry rye note that adds some pepper. This is a complex stout that really delivers. Finishes with a spice and astringent bitterness. Little to no alcohol presence.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, earthy dry finish, flavors of lingering hops, burnt coffee and cocoa.

OVERALL: A rich, excellent stout getting a good flavor from this interesting mix of ingredients. Got much better as it warmed, the malt needs to compete with the rye and resinous hop flavor. Very fine.

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Photo of WoodBrew
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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Photo of bluejacket74
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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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a soft brown head and ring o foam. Foam sticks pretty well to the sides of my glass. Looks thick and frothy overall.

Dark, dry chocolate and coffee aroma. Add some spicy rye and hops to the mix, and you have a well balanced, bitter, roasty, malty smelling Stout.

Spicy, somewhat bitter roasted rye, chocolate and coffee flavors mix pretty well with the American hopping. Bitter roasted chocolate with some at times Earthy hop notes.

Creamy and syrupy palate, nice to sip.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big rye and cocoa aroma, with some resiny hops.

Big resin flavor, accented by roasty malt and spicy rye notes. Nice chocolate finish. Interesting mix of flavor.

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Photo of drpimento
3.31/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
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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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Huge rye and hop aroma, some citrus, and heavy malt sweet smell. Big up front rye bitter that fades into bittersweet chocolate. Big heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Rye spice lingers. Dry finish. Reminds me a lot of CCB Double Black, but heavier on the rye and lighter on the sweet citrus. Neat beer. The body says impy stout, but the dry hopping really makes this closer to a black DIPA, as does the ABV. If you go into it knowing you aren’t getting Dark Lord, this is very nicely done.

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Photo of EgadBananas
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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Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -35.5%
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
OG: 1.083
IBU: 55
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.

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3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is pretty dark. When held to a light source none gets through. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get the advertised aromas of chocolate and rye.

T - The taste starts out with some dark chocolate. Through the middle the rye kicks in. The finish has some unsweetened chocolate and black coffee.

M - Full and smooth

O - It starts out great with the dark chocolate. Once the rye and the bitterness take hold it kind of loses me. This is a delicious beer, but the finish is a little too bitter for this style for me.

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this in Orlando Florida at Knightly Spirits.

Served in Schlafly's tulip at about 2:30 AM.

A: Poured a ridiculously black color, without much of a head to speak of.

S: Bitter cacao. If that's you're thing, this might be your beer. Pretty rich.

T: The rye stains the teeth like a rat bastard from hell and I actually dig that quality here. Chocolate is also most certainly evident.

M: Bitter, but not too. No lacing left on the glass.

O: Cowabunga man! I liked this, but didn't love it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Black and opaque with a very, very thick brown head, rich and foamy, plenty of sticky lacing. Licorice and anise in the aroma; mint and dark roasted malts. Spicy, hoppy flavors; peppery; slight alcohol edge. Light bodied; dry finish.

A rather interesting collaboration. The body comes across surprisingly light yet there is plenty of taste and aroma components to makes this one stand out in its own way.

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Photo of mychalg9
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber on a whim on a beer run to Dekalb, IL. Looks great immediately after pouring, inky black with a nice-sized tan head. Initially I was put off by the smell and the taste as I am not generally a huge fan of really hoppy stouts. I get some chocolate and rye in the nose and some coffee sneaks in there as well, with a big whiff of hop piney-ness. Taste is fairly complex: spicy rye with dry bitter chocolate, like cocoa nibs, with a great balancing piney hop middle/finish that really compliments the malt quite nicely (more so as the beer warms). Alcohol is discernible for a brief moment in the middle but stays fairly well disguised unless you really hunt for it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little more viscous than I would like in a stout but it drinks really well and feels great going down, almost too easy to drink. Carbonation level is great and compliments the flavors as well. Overall I'd say this beer makes my mouth (and liver, stomach, and brain) very happy. I made a total 180 after half of my first glass of this as I didn't like it at first at all (although I pour all my beers at fridge temp), but once it warmed it kicked into high gear. My only complaint is it drinks a little to quickly.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.
Inky black in color, with a big chocolate-milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Cofee and cream
Taste-Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, spicy rye notes. Smooth and tasty, well balanced between chocolate, spicy rye, and citussy, earthy hops. Friendly and drinkable, not super high gravity. Great flavor and character. Must try.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, slight tanish tint, not much of a head or lacing. Looks like a russian stout for sure.

Smell - Very malty, smoke, chocolate, spices, mollasses, brown sugar. Nice coffee backbone.

Taste - Hmm, first sip is rather off the chart. Loads of smokey, roasted malts mixed with a very bitter hop punch. Chocolate and coffee is strong in the finish. Hops add a bitter piney flavor. Insane amount of smoked malts. Second only to alaskan smoked porter for amount of smoke flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with smokey malts and bitter hops. Coffee and chocolate coat palate along with some sugars. The finish is very smokey, coffee flavored and dry bitter from the hops.

Overall - This is pretty wild beer, overwelmed at first with the insane smoked flavors, along with the bitterness of the hops. The coffee adds even more bitterness but doesnt ruin or make this too bitter. Nothing else ive had that compairs to this, so the unique factor is really high. Enjoying this, try if you get this chance.

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3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
Kenwood liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Natasha pours coffee brown from the bottle but becomes blacker as it fills the glass. When finally full there's not a hint of light flashing through. The cocoa brown head rise to a finger and slowly falls to a thick cap completely coating the glass with lace on the way down. The foam has a nice velvety look and stays relevant thanks to the constant carbonation running up the glass.

What a unique nose. A light roast flashes off the bat but what's really unique here is the large amount of berries in the nose. There's also a good dose of baker's chocolate and when combined with the berries reminds me of truffles; raspberry and blueberry mostly. The rye adds a spicy, even floral note to the underlying stout. Pine driven happiness brings up the rear. I'm a fan of the uniqueness.

While the flavor has many of the same aspects as the nose it seems muddled and not near as bright. Again, the roast is light, the floral and spicy rye are more present in the flavor than nose. That comes along mid palate and glides through the finish. Berries I mentioned above flash through here and there. The pine happiness is big on the finish along with a little astringency. As this beer warms the pine tends to clash with the rye and berry notes.

The carbonation is on the heftier side of moderate with a tingly feel. It actually adds a unique frothiness. The body runs medium and finishes with a big hoppy bitterness that a dry finish accentuates. I like the bitter, I like the dry, I like the froth.

I'm a fan of some aspects and on the fence on others. The rye and floral characters I enjoy along with the bitterness, even though it could be toned down a notch. The large pine presence tends to clash at times but never in z totally off putting way. Would I buy this again? Probably not. I do enjoy it and glad I'm trying it though.

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