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Devil In The Details - Frog Island Brewing Company

Devil In The DetailsDevil In The Details

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 24.22%


Brewed by:
Frog Island Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TurdFurgison on 12-30-2010)
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Reviews by jtingue:
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jtingue

New York

2.03/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance. Very dark reddish brown in color. Pours with absolutely no head, no lacing and no alcohol feet.

Smell. 2 distinct smells emerge. One being a musty bourbon soaked oak smell, which is dominant. The second being molasses that is so pungent that you can almost guess that it is going to be thick and sticky. A real tale of two smells.

Taste. Hits the palate with a a slightly sour or bitter hit, which is quickly taken over by overwhelming sweetness. The bourbon and oak start to build with quite a bit of vanilla, which is strong enough to be mistaken for an artificial flavor. Some strange astringent bitterness leads into a semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel. Surprisingly moderate in body, with absolutely no carbonation.

Quite a disappointing beer. Absolutely nothing seemed to be gained from the aging, other than a weird vanilla flavor. The mustiness in the nose is off-putting. The biggest killer though was the complete lack of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 02:57:38 | More by jtingue
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blackrim

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

01-07-2014 21:35:32 | More by blackrim
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle into snifter

Pours a nice dark brown with a small tan head. Smell is roasted malt and chocolate with a hint of vanilla and coffee. Very muted nose. Taste is like the nose, not a lot going on here. Lighter bodied with a higher level of carbonation, too much. Overall not very good, flavors and nose are very faint.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 00:43:36 | More by Jas45678
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I picked this bottle up in a bottle shop in Ann Arbor on a trip to Michigan a few months ago. Finally drinking it.

I poured a finger of very rich brown head over a nearly black body. As the head thins to a ring, the body continues to stare at me like a black hole.

I smell chocolate, roasted malt, a little caramel and coffee.

The richly roasted malt is very pleasant up front. This goes to a chocolate/coffee mingle, with a little vanilla on the back end. The alcohol burn is surprisingly slight for the ABV.

The mouthfeel could be a little creamier. It almost seems to pass too quickly. There is a little bite of carbonation, but it's not heavy handed.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 23:55:43 | More by CFHMagnet
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a pitch black with a beige head, and a tiny cap that fades into a little head and collar. Speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, cocoa, roasted barley, and toasted grains.
Taste is of the aromas with a toasty barley flavor with cocoa.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied, slick, and filling.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:02:27 | More by weeare138
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ygolordned

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

07-06-2013 02:25:14 | More by ygolordned
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes of a previous tasting.

Pours a deep dark brown, not quite black, but definitely opaque. Lifeless upon pour in terms of head. The nose starts with some vanilla and oak with accents of artificial cherry character. Roasted malts seem to be taking a back seat on this one. The taste is very mellow with lots of vanilla. The flavors seems well integrated, but again lacking some of what I search for in a stout. The mouthfeel leans on the thin side and the carbonation is very low. Nice balance of flavors here but nothing really resonates.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 06:27:55 | More by homebrew311
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DragonzBreath

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Devils in the Details, Frog Island Ann Arbor was our final tasting. we were shocked at the pour to see a black, syrupy beer fill our glass. Strong odd smell. upon first taste I was pleased, but it grew sweet and stronger after that. No carbonation either. it is billed as an Imperial Stout at 13 abv .
Our tasting glasses are 6 oz can't imagine drinking more than that.
Good - rich beer

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 16:26:54 | More by DragonzBreath
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divineaudio

Michigan

2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

bomber into my deschutes snifter.

a - a hard pour gets me a black liquid with no head whatsoever, not even a thin film. no lacing present.

s - burnt toast, sour cherry, stale coffee.

t - a little roasty with some stale coffee notes. maybe a bit of wet cardboard. no oak or vanilla as claimed on the bottle and no discernible hop character either. faint alcohol bitterness.

m - thin for the style with absolutely no carbonation.

o - really sub par and just shy of being a total disaster. drain poured half the glass. if you see this one on the shelf, keep on going.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 23:49:59 | More by divineaudio
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AmitC

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +32%

12-29-2012 03:19:54 | More by AmitC
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klipper

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

11-11-2012 22:37:42 | More by klipper
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t0rin0

California

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%

10-01-2012 01:10:04 | More by t0rin0
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womencantsail

California

2.05/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Black in color with an enormous head that nearly fills the glass. The nose is just awful. Highly metallic and acidic with the only stout characteristic being the roasted malt. The flavor is similarly bad. Very acrid and harsh, super metallic and acidic as well. Somewhat roasty with maybe a touch of oak flavor. No way I’d care to have this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 16:54:34 | More by womencantsail
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DruC4

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-18-2012 21:14:57 | More by DruC4
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TasteTester

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

06-04-2012 03:26:40 | More by TasteTester
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.35/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Siciliaon's in Grand Rapids. Poured in to Bruery tulip glass.

A - Dark inky black with almost no head aside from a few light bubbles around the edges.

S - Huge artificial vanilla aroma up front with some oak and a roasted malt presence in the background. Very sweet overall nose.

T - Big sweetness up front full of vanilla and milk chocolate flavours. The vanilla tastes very artificial and is almost cloyingly sweet. Roasted malt backbone is present behind the vanilla. The bourbon is barely noticeable. The sweetness makes this difficult to drink.

M - Medium body with almost no carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:24:28 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by sprague11, thanks John. 22oz into a tulip.

Huge dense brown head that appears to cascade (like a nitro-pour) when poured into the glass. Black body with some lighter hues at the edges. Nose has big bourbon and barrel notes, brown sugar, oak and butterscotch. All of this appears to dominate some subtler flavours, perhaps some chocolate and roast. Taste has some warming (but not hot) alcohol and bourbon, oak, butter/butterscotch, coffee bitterness. Unbalanced flavours and the barrel certainly overtakes this rather than compliments it. A heavier medium body, but the lack of balance really sets this back - little room is left for the other flavours to add much to the profile.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 03:42:42 | More by liamt07
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a thick chocolate milkshake with a big bubbling head. A lace sheet is left complementing the dark black body. Corny, buttery, vinegar, bourbon, boozy, woody. Balance, well doesn’t quite get it taste-wise, murky mix, though interesting to try. OK drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:17:51 | More by Sammy
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Goldmund1

Michigan

3/5  rDev -6.8%

02-26-2012 03:23:44 | More by Goldmund1
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Christov

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

02-16-2012 13:49:34 | More by Christov
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mikediesel124

Michigan

4/5  rDev +24.2%

01-28-2012 05:59:57 | More by mikediesel124
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Chriscrundwell12

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle sharred with 4 other BA's.

A- Pours a pitch black, ½ finger brown head, dissipates to nothing, splotchy lacing.
S- Huge oak presence, big metallic aroma, nothing special, slight cocoa, dark malt, not very appealing.
T- Wow, interesting, big big oak, dark malts, molasses, cocoa, sight bourbon but very hard to pick out, the taste is just as bad as the aroma.
M- Big mouth feel, decent carbonation, dry roasted finish.
O- Not very good, metallic, cardboard, no bourbon characteristics at all, very disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 04:40:30 | More by Chriscrundwell12
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.53/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a tan head. Color is black.

Aroma: all oak chip and no bourbon. Chocolate and wet cardboard. Not a fan.

Taste: molasses dry tar and roast. Chocolate and oak spirals. Rich and roasted. Not for me.

Mouthfeel: roasted and dry. Lighter bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends really dry and roasted.

Overall this wasn't good and I couldn't drink a lot of it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 03:40:20 | More by mothman
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AutumnBeerLove

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.8%

01-09-2012 02:00:39 | More by AutumnBeerLove
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

01-08-2012 20:22:43 | More by imperialking
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Devil In The Details from Frog Island Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.