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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

125 Ratings
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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 6
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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greg4579

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-07-2013 23:45:07 | More by greg4579
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16%

06-06-2013 22:56:06 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Vec2267

Florida

4.23/5  rDev +9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 00:37:59 | More by Vec2267
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 18:56:44 | More by buschbeer
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-01-2013 03:03:06 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-28-2013 22:54:19 | More by ShemRahBoo
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

05-15-2013 01:08:45 | More by AngusOg
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skaboom420

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.7%

05-14-2013 23:42:26 | More by skaboom420
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BMMillsy

Florida

4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 14:52:41 | More by BMMillsy
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 17:11:00 | More by scruffwhor
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nickfl

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

04-23-2013 23:15:44 | More by nickfl
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darksunshaman

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +16%

04-20-2013 01:46:59 | More by darksunshaman
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atoulouk

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-17-2013 12:52:21 | More by atoulouk
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

04-02-2013 18:50:34 | More by nrbw23
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Sparky44

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-30-2013 04:42:38 | More by Sparky44
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herman77

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-27-2013 02:27:00 | More by herman77
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TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

03-19-2013 03:44:12 | More by TonyTalon
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

03-16-2013 05:06:29 | More by jrpapajcik
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 20:05:15 | More by jmarsh123
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DukeX13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-28-2013 23:08:15 | More by DukeX13
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superspak

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:46:52 | More by superspak
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-13-2013 16:32:19 | More by imperialking
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diamok

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-13-2013 15:03:32 | More by diamok
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hannydawg

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

02-11-2013 01:51:44 | More by hannydawg
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maximum12

Minnesota

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
Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.