D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-Aged
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-AgedD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-Aged
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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #45
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4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-AgedD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels to add a wonderful complexity to our massive American Double Imperial Stout. This barrel aging imparts a memorable buttery, vanilla-like, and savory whiskey character, making this one of our most complex beers we've ever brewed. Another testament to our hard work and dedication in bringing our customers the very best.
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black, light 1/4" tan head that quickly fizzes out, light ring left behind. Nose is Australian licorice, blackstrap molasses, charred oak, leather, and vanilla; based on smell, anticipate this tending towards a savory, even saline drink rather than a sweet one. Taste essentially follows - there's very little trace sugar remaining here - lots of salty licorice and molasses, along with a nutty flavor, almost like unsweetened peanut butter. Whiskey notes linger far into the finish as part of an extended aftertaste along with some salty and brackish notes. Carbonation is light but present, and while the mouthfeel is rich, it isn't chewy. This is an aggressive and complex stout that showcases the barrel without letting sugary adjuncts get in the way. It is assertive and even raw at times, but a real pleasure to drink - wish HF still had a distro footprint in my area.

Jun 01, 2021
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, 2019 vintage, poured into a snifter at 55 degrees F:
L - molasses color with a dark chocolate head that lingered only around the edges
S - bourbon, molasses
T - great blend of bourbon, malt, molasses, coffee
F - thick mouthfeel with minimal carbonation
O - great beer that has improved with age in my opinion

Apr 11, 2021
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Guaro from Italy

4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Black with a biscuit-colored head with an irregular grain and little hold. The scent is very greedy, chocolate, caramel, coffee, hint of licorice, vanilla, dates and dehydrated plum, herbaceous tones, whiskey. On the palate it travels on the olfactory sensations and in the finish emerge rich toasting, ash and hopping on herbaceous and earthy paths. The
contribution of aging in whiskey barrels is gentle and not too aggressive, making the drink deeper and more complex. The body is important, soft and round, the carbonation is low.

Feb 06, 2021
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beerookie from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Possibly the best from Hoppin Frog, and that is saying a LOT!

This beer has all the qualities of a world class beer from the pour to the after-taste.

It is dark as used motor oil and has a wonderful combination of bitterness from dark chocolate and the deep rich mellow from the barrel aging.

Considered by many members of Hoppin Frog's "Rare Beer Club" to be the best!

Dec 26, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep cola brown to black, slight viscousness. No real head, possibly past it’s prime. Soy saucey, still some whiskey booziness along with caramel, molasses and oak. Flavor has help up, big notes of chocolate, vanilla, molasses. creamy and bitter, full bodied and smooth. Packs a punch, but very good, especially if you can get it fresh. Will have to try another from a different shop.

Oct 17, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick looking dark brown. Motor oil. A thin line of dark brown formation appears.

Nose is chocolate, malt, brown sugar, oak, and vanilla. A lot going on in this. Dark, roasty smelling malt amidst a layer of oak barrel aging.

Taste takes it even further. The malt profile is definitely the star of the show here. The bourbon barrel holds back a little, which is nice to see. The mixture of the malt bringing chocolate and brown sugar and the barrel bringing oak and vanilla comes together quite nicely. It creates a phantom coffee quality. The bitterness sits somewhere at a medium.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied with minimal carbonation. It feels a little heavy, like dead weight. It doesn't have any vibrancy in this regard.

Overall a fantastic brew. I love the bold flavors of a Russian Imperial Stout. After having many sweet stouts this is a good refresher. A good example of the style and a complex, enjoyable brew.

Aug 04, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop 3-25-20 for $14.99. No bottling date; consumed 7-4-20.

Beer poured black as night with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is a nice touch of bourbon, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

Taste follows likewise where i am getting a nice vanilla intone along with the bourbon, a touch of leather, and a light touch of dark chocolate in the background. Finishes well balanced with generous hopping and barrel infusion to offset the huge malt base.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, silk smooth, with each sip providing a nice full satisfying feel.

Overall a really nice barrel aged impy stout. Glad i got to try it as i am not sure if Hoppin' Frog is a temporary drop here in Arizona!

Jul 04, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours pitch black, nearly impervious to light. Perfect mocha head slowly recedes. Aroma of dark roasted malts, dark espresso, chocolate, tobacco, leather, light barrel presence. Flavor is: a tad yeasty, lots of rich chocolate, charred barrel, burnt espresso, deep roasted malts, light vanilla, molasses. Very well balanced, not sweet at all. Full bodied, thick and syrupy, perfect mouthfeel. Overall a tremendous beer, rich and complex, aged nicely, would buy again.

Bomber, no date, prob 2 years old.
4.5 rating

Mar 25, 2020
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, roasted malts and oak.

T - The toasted is dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, molasses, charred oak and whiskey.

M - Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - This is a big bad whiskey aged stout. Huge dark flavors. Seems bigger than 10.5%.

Mar 19, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a very small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of bourbon, oak, dark chocolate and roasted malt. Sweet chocolate taste with bourbon, vanilla, coffee and oak flavors.

Mar 06, 2020
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kitch from Hong Kong

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a very thin brown head that disappeared almost immediately and left only sparse lacing.

Aroma: Whiskey, roasty, chocolate, with hints of oak, molasses and vanilla.

Taste: Sweet bourbon whiskey, roasty, chocolate, molasses, and oak, with notes of vanilla and caramel and maybe even some char.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: Although perhaps a little sweet for me, the roast and chocolate did mostly balance it out for me, and it was still an enjoyable sipper.

Feb 04, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a darker colored foamy frothy head with lower retention, moderate lacing, pitch black thick beer that stains the glass with great legs, a bit of lacing

Nose brings loads of dark malts, big roasted malt and black malt, baking spices, licorice/anise note, roasted coffee almost burnt but not quite, layers of cocoa and dark chocolate, fudge, chocolate ganache, nougat and chocolate burnt marshmallows, little smokey charred burnt malts, bit of alcohol, some vanilla barrel notes and a touch of whiskey

Taste brings loads of roasted dark malts again, char, smokey roasted charred malt, little burnt acrid notes, layers of chocolate again, cocoa, chocolate ganache, burnt marshmallow again and nougat notes, charred malts bring the baking spices, a touch of licorice like, some tingly hot alcohol, a bit smooth, litle caramel, some vanilla and touch of bourbon barrel but not a ton, a little vanilla ice cream, a bit of bitterness, not a ton, finishing a bit sticky , smooth alcohol, fudgey cocoa and dark chocolate lingering

Mouth is fuller bod, rich creamy smooth, some warming slight tingly alcohol, medium carb

Overall pretty solid beer, although the barrel didn't come through much, smoother than I expected, nice roast without being overly burnt, nice beer, I think the barrel rounded it a bit but didn't give a lot of extra

Dec 23, 2019
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Black colored body. Slight light brown colored head upon pouring quickly recedes, and leaves a thin ring. Several small spots of lacing stick to the glass.
Aroma of dark roasted malts, with chocolate and vanilla. Lots of bourbon barrel.
Taste is dark roasted chocolaty malt, soaked in bourbon. Vanilla and toffee. Slight char. Some resin filled hops at the very end.
Medium plus mouth feel. Smooth. Slight alcohol burn. Okay carbonation.
This is a stout heavily influenced by its bourbon barrel aging.

Sep 30, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin tan head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly and left several splotches of lacing. Smells of dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee a bit of bourbon barrel and tobacco. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, toffee, caramel, bourbon, tobacco, oak, vanilla and a hint of char. Full bodied with a creamy mouth feel, light carbonation and a lingering dry finish.

Apr 14, 2019
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle sent from superspak. Poured into my mini snifter.

No hiss from the cap, but still pours an angry red fingernail of head on top of a thick "10w50 30,000 miles on motor oil" body. Strong alcohol legs.

Aroma is just furious. Dark tobacco and ashy malts meet fudge and bourbon barrel, with a nucleus of sweet caramel pulling everything in. Slight butterscotch. Delish.

The first thing that pops out to me is oats. Oats oats oats. They must have used a ton in this. Followed by ashy black patent and roasted barley, a nice presence of sticky caramel, and sizzling bourbon barrel. Tobacco, campfire, and piney hops follow this and continue through to the finish.

Feel is crisp and carbonated to start, burning into the tip of the tongue, but as it's moved to the back it coats the tongue with resiny hop goodness and develops a slight creaminess. Bone dry finish with lingering resins.

Overall, the piney hops and oats are the most evident descriptors, but the other elements help make this beer great and the bourbon barrel takes it to another level completely. I'm gonna open some maple smoked cheddar which I think will be an exquisite compliment to this beer, and begin the process of severely raising my blood-alcohol level. After all, it is a Friday night. Cheers all.

Feb 09, 2019
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SHODriver from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a snifter to a black beer topped by a dense two fingers of dark tan head which fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: Smells of semisweet dark chocolate and coffee with some roasted malts and some nice barrel undertones.
T: Taste is chocolate and roasted malts up front with some nice oak, caramel and vanilla. Coffee comes in as well along with a hint of burnt sugars and some more roasted malt with a little charred wood. On the finish we get more chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla, and caramel with some lingering roasted malts and espresso.
M: This beer is full bodied and silky smooth on the palate. Carbonation is pretty much perfect for the style. Slightly effervescent but not overly so. There's just enough carb where you can feel it but it doesn't jump out at you which makes the palate almost creamy in nature. On the finish this beer has a drying finish which is to be expected.
O: Overall there isn't much to be said about this beer that hasn't been said already. This beer is excellent. The barrel flavors are there without being too forward and the amount of complexity and flavor that the base beer brings to the party is top notch. This one is well worth a try if you can find it and enjoy the style.

Dec 19, 2018
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Nephilium from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a sticky, opaque black, with just a quickly fading light tan head. It leaves just a ring around the edge of the glass in the end. The aroma is heavy, and full of bourbon and oak. Full rich, roasted flavor, with the bourbon being more subdued. Some coffee notes come through in the finish, and there's a touch of alcohol heat. Very mild carbonation, and a full mouthfeel make you take this one slow. Overall, it's another solid Imperial Stout from a brewery that's known for them

Dec 11, 2018
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bbtkd from South Dakota

4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout, 10.5% ABV. Pours black with a light ring of brown head, left no lacing. Nose is roast malt, moleasses, cocoa, bourbon, and slight licorice. Taste is bourbon, sweet cocoa, roast malt, with a moderate bitter close. Decent mouthfeel, overall excellent.

Sep 06, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber received courtesy of WesMantooth.

Poured into a St. Bernardus stemmed glass, this was a Stygian black color, with a thin, bubbly dark mocha colored head. Not much lace or head retention, which isn't too surprising given it's alcohol strength.

Big aroma of bourbon, molasses and a touch of milk chocolate.

Big, boozy, sweet, bitter and roasty. All, pretty much, at once. Finishes bitter, and a little bit dry.

Full bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel.

Drinking this after a late breakfast on Super Bowl Sunday, but this would make a superb dessert beer! Great stuff! Thanks, Corey!

Feb 04, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer.

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Thick, pitch black, sludgy pour yields a three finger, medium, slightly looser and fizzy dark mocha colored head with good retention. Slightly foamy, perhaps. Pitch black, opaque body with no carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, solid cap but leaves no lacing on the glass. Faint swirly wisp remains leaving touches of lacing down the glass. A little fizzy at the beginning but this is quality, otherwise.

SMELL: Lots of roasted and slightly burnt malt aromas, with leather, dark chocolate and plenty of molasses, some oak, vanilla, and light aromas of whisky on the nose. Bold and plenty stout for sure.

TASTE: Lots of roasted and burnt flavors with molasses, sweet dark chocolate, oak and whisky up front. A touch boozy at the swallow as well with a bold and lingering finish of roasted malts, leather, tobacco, molasses, oak and sweet, creamy vanilla notes. Some booze and whisky character, as well as some dark chocolate bitterness lingers too. Pretty flavorful and plenty roasted.

PALATE: Full body for sure, lower end carbonation, and creamy smooth on the palate. Lots of weight on this one, goes down smooth, very soft, and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow. Excellent.

OVERALL: I don’t get to drink Hoppin’ Frog stout beer enough, but when I do, it’s all-good all-the-time. This one is definitely on the roasted, burnt, molasses-end of the spectrum, and the base stout certainly holds its own against the somewhat boozy whisky barrel. Enjoyable beer and well put together, but I would honestly say that the base beer is more impressive than its barreled counterpart. Nevertheless, solid stuff and well worth checking out. Cheers!

Dec 16, 2017
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mschrei from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark, thick, very little head or lacing. Mild scents of roastiness, malt, chocolate, and booze. Taste is a mix of sweet and boozy, notes of toasty chocolatey malt and a tang from the barrel. Slightly oily feel with an alcohol burn. Not a big barrel aged stout, but a strong one with pretty good character and balance.

Sep 07, 2017
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russpowell from Arkansas

3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent ebony with one finger of mocha colored head. Fairly dissapointing, no real head retention or lacing, nice viscosity though

S: Chocolate & boooze, plus dark fruit

T: Follows the nose, along with much dryness, a bit of booze burn & charred grain up front. Whiskey flavor & oaky dryness, along with a little charred grain, Baker's Chocolate & vanilla once warm . Finishes boozey, oaky dry with sweetness & charred grain

MF: Medium body, firm carbonation that smooths out over time, warming

Good, but still has some rough edges, expected better, will drink better in a year or so

Aug 15, 2017
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap

A- pours jet black and motor oil thick with a small dark tan creamy head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark fruit notes of fig and raisin, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and chocolate

T- opens with loads of dark roasted malt, prune, fig, date & caramel. Mid/palate gives more dark fruit, molasses, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. The finish brings out some bourbon notes, along with earthy wood & vanilla. Lingers of fig, dark chocolate and caramel

M- thick and viscous body with moderate are carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel and a velvety thick warming finish

O- not for the faint at heart, thick, viscous and in your face with dark fruit, chocolate and caramel. Well done

May 23, 2017
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rmpic82 from Kansas

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good density and color here, with a flavor profile somewhat unique to other BA stouts I am used to. Unfortunately, can't put my finger on what that uniqueness is. Nice malty chocolate and mouthfeel was spot-on.

Mar 30, 2017
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Deep dark mocha head, but with not even a creation of half a finger. Settles to a thin collar though, and faint top. Body color is very dark nearly inky black but sticks to classic dark walnut, and almost red tones.

Small sensing cream, and a bit of oaky depth. Light sensing notes of char and roast though in the mix. Not a particularly large smelling barrel aged brew, but a solid simple stout that has a good depth at least, with some subtley, but nothing distinct drops out.

Palate changes gears. Rich velvet and chocolatey dark notes, with a solid silky coating. Rich malt roast in the mid palate, maybe a touch of creamy vanilla like quality but with less sweetness which is nice. Lots of good dark cocoa quality on this, with a mix of powdered chocolate dust and maybe even a touch of whiskey like barrel ash.

Very nice and pleasurable imperial stout, with a simple profile.

Mar 10, 2017
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 452 ratings