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

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Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The DestroyerBarrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of smakawhat
4.16/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and produces almost no head, and it leaves no lacing.

The aroma is anise, roasted malt and dark chocolate. I get very little bourbon. It is very light caramel and vanilla.

The barrel character is very subtle. I got some bourbon in the first couple of sips, but had to really search for it in any subsequent tastes. The base beer dominates the flavor. I get anise, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some coffee in the finish.

It is very thick and smooth. Very little carbonation

I think I heard that this is only aged in bourbon barrels for four months. It shows. The bourbon is barely perceptible. Maybe my palate is just not developed enough to detect the subtle nuances from the original.

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Photo of lemmy187
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an oily black with very little head. Smell is huge on roast with bitter chocolate and a whiff of bourbon. Tasted is dominated by the roasted malts......low sweetness and a moderate hop bite.....pick up notes of bakers chocolate, coffee, and minim barrel. Very complex, but I think some of the bitter aspects could of been offset with a touch more sweetness. Feel is solid.....full, oily, with moderately low carbs.

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Photo of Nicolaiw
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black, motor oil. Almost no head.
Aroma is whisky, oak, dried fruits, bitter chocolate, coffee.
Taste is lots of oak, dried fruits especially plums, medium whisky could use a little more. Huge espresso in the finish

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Photo of spacecake9
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head that quickly disappears.
S - Aroma is a little sweet, dark chocolate and boozy.
T - Flavor is chocolate, coffee and just a bit of bourbon. The ABV is noticeable upon swallowing, but it's not too strong.
M - Mouth feel is soft and creamy and sticky. Low carbonation.
O - Make sure you allow this to warm up so all the flavors come out. This is a very enjoyable beer. I will buy more of this!

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Photo of ClavisAurea
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Perfect 5 BA Imperial Stout on par with the best in the industry. It may be better than BCBS in the fact that it is slightly lower ABV making it more approachable for one to finish alone in an evening. This beer is truly world class.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz bottle poured into willybecher glass

A: Deep, rich dark body with no light getting through. Head is small but a nice chocolate in color, it dissipates to a small ring on the glass.

S: Light bourbon gives way to a deep roasty chocolate, leather, and tobacco with just hints of roasted malts.

T: The bourbon is light but the rich decadent leather, and tobacco come through. It has a nice roasty chocolate and anise taste. This beer has such a deep roasted malts taste. Beer is not as sweet as one would expect and the alcohol although not huge for a BA beer is well hidden.

M: Surprisingly thick for a Barrel aged beer. You almost has to chew this beer and its a tad dry on the finish

O: Amazing. Put quite simply, this beer is fantastic. Although the bourbon isn't very complex it is there and the beer itself is jaw droppingly good. This beer isn't too sweet and has a massive mouthfeel like drinking motor oil. Along with that you have this crazy complex deep roasted malts, chocolate, leather, tobacco and bourbon layered taste.

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Too bitter and rough around the edges for my tastes. Makes it very drinkable, and I appreciate the barrelling, but I prefer my BA Stouts to be caramel brownie deliciousness

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Photo of colts9016
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

800th beer, and I chose this beer this beer has been sitting in my cellar close to 5 years. I am stoked. Everyone I of these big beers I have had from Hoppin' Frog has been really good. Poured into my new Stone RIS glass. at 50 degrees. Appearance is a dark motor oil color with a one finger dark chocolate tan head with no retention.

A very rich bourbon, vanilla, dark chocolate, oak, roasted malt, espresso, brown sugar, and yeast. Biscuit, yeast, floral, and some phenols.

A rich, vanilla, milk chocolate, bourbon, oats, oak, roasted malt, espresso, honey, figs yeast, biscuits, floral, and some phenols.

A very chewy thick rich and finishes long.

This beer is absolutely phenomenal, it does have the alcohol contents, but does not come off as boozy. It is refined complex, and very smooth. Wonderful beer, wonderful.

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Photo of stevoj
3.99/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Catch up from last night's RIS tasting. Barrel aging evident from the get-go, big ABV and won top of the already warmth right from the start. Tons of woody accents, gives this one a nice edge over the normal variety.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Someone sent this to me from Ohio and drinking it was a nice surprise.

(L) The color is very dark brown, almost black, with a milk chocolate colored two inch thick head.

(A) It has an outstanding chocolate/bourbon aroma.

(T) The taste is lots of chocolate, vanilla and coffee, and bourbon/whiskey and just a hint of the alcohol.

(F) It is creamy and delicious, like a liquid cake.

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Photo of YoDudeguy
4.76/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great, GREAT BA stout. I've never had the regular version, but now I'd like to try. Poured from a 22oz bomber, super dark pour and a very small 1/2in of espresso-y head. I told my fiancé that this beer took my mouth on a journey- it is really surprisingly complex- bourbon hit first with some woody oak. The chocolate and some light vanilla were next, followed by what tasted like an espresso shot - ton of espresso flavor and then finished with a really nice bitter coffee taste at the end. I loved this beer and will definitely buy another.

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Photo of Marius
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

65cl bottle. Pours pitch black and oily with a very small espresso head that disappears quite quickly. Smells like bourbon, oak, dark cherries, cocoa and dark chocolate. Tastes like whiskey, oak sourness, chocolate, cocoa, a bit of coffee and alcohol. The alcohol feels more present in this beer than in the base beer, probably because of the whiskey notes. Smooth mouthfeel with almost no carbonation and a hot and cocoa-bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Pours a dark thick black with a small brown head. Aroma is that chalky chocolate smell. Deap cocoa oak taste with hints of bourbon and light toatyness.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black and brown, I'm shocked to say the bba version manages to retain a nicely fluffy, formidable head for a short period.

Sharp aromatic malt characteristics actually hit the nose up front first, with coffee and chocolate and nuttiness pleasantly coming to the fore before the bourbon.

The creaminess of the base brew comes through first on the palate with chocolatey nutty undertones second, while the bourbon seeps in delicately and patiently.

Very few bba beers retain the aroma and flavor profiles, let alone the mouthfeel, of their base brews, but this one managed to do so remarkably well.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep opaque black with a very thin strip of mocha-colored head. Thin wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of molasses, chocolate, vanilla, and definitely some boozy notes.

Tasted of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, ash, roasted caramel malts and warm booze notes from the 10.5% abv.

Medium-to-full bodied and syrupy with a lighter carbonation.

This was a solid BA Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog. Wish we could find these in Missouri...

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Photo of bobhits
4.72/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I might be that I live in Ohio and beers like Bourbon county have become things we dream of here but can not ever obtain, but this beer is seriously great and it just needs to be said. Add in they managed to do it at under 11% something goose island long ago gave up on with boubon county (and no it didn't make that beer any better, 06 fresh was better than any year other than maybe 08 since it started).

The pour is as viscous black as it gets. Perhaps not a motor oil pour but it's motor oil in the glass. Minimal if any head, just deep dark and glorious.

I get powdered dark chocolate followed by milk chocolate, followed by oak bitterness, some caramel, some vanilla, bourbon, perhaps some fruit notes like cherries way way in the back, raisins and perhaps dates get in there as well. Some Coffee but I'm getting hints of a lighter more citrus blend.

The flavor takes all of the aromas to a new level. A lot of chocolate remains both milk and dark, a lot of dark chocolate. The caramel and vanillas are mind blowing here and the barrels are adding so much oak and fruity flavors are being mixed with the sweetness of the barrels in all the right ways. Despite the huge sweet sugary notes, the bitterness from the chocolate and perhaps even espresso coffee flavors (not what I picked up smelling it) make this a very clean and dry experience.

I've been working on this glass going on 50 minutes and I just can't say enough nice things about it. This is just about as good as it gets. It won't stand up to a well aged bourbon county, but short of that it will stand against anything. I will take Borris over Dorris all day but barrel aged dorris wins for me. The barrel has brought out the best of the dorris and I just can't say enough kind words. This is a master piece.

15.99 for the bomber I believe, very expensive about 280% more than a bourbon county stout, but I just picked this up off a shelf. Bourbon county requires sexual favors and knowing 10 people to even offer your services. This was not just worth every penny but is going to be a repeat buy for me. I'll openly admit I'll buy just about anything ONCE, but I don't come back often. This one I'll come back to anytime I see it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, no dating on the bottle or label that could. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and some whiskey. For the most part I think the taste is pretty similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of vanilla, woodiness and molasses. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's slick, creamy and smooth with low/moderate carbonation. It's certainly easy enough to drink! I liked this a lot, but at $15.99 a bomber it's a bit pricey. Glad I got to try this, it's definitely worth picking up.

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Photo of stephens101
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep black with a thinning tan froth. Plenty of chocolate, oak and whiskey to the nose. Dark fruit (plum, grape, overripe prune) forward with oak and bourbon preceding a touch of bubblegum and molasses. Thick and creamy and a bit of lingering fusel alcohol and sticky all over the lips.

A bit sweet and clingy at times but keeps you plenty warm when you need it.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Regular DORIS is one of the best (if not the best) regular Imperial Stouts that I have had. The barrel aged version was also outstanding although I can't say that it stands out from many other very good barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of s_wit
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer made it look like motor oil, although the mouthfeel was a little less than it looked. Had a very good smell, one very typical of a barrel aged stout, but I would have preferred more intensity. A very good, high ABV, "big" beer. A lot of roasted malt flavor and a somewhat subtle barrel flavor. Overall an excellent beer that I will have to get again.

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Photo of Damian
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a snifter

Ominous appearance. The beer poured a super dense and oily, absolute pitch black. A thin, flimsy, mocha colored crown topped the liquid but it quickly dropped to a tiny yet resilient ringlet of foam. Thin strands of lacing crept along the glass after each sip.

Big, boozy, whiskey-like notes came through strong in the aroma. Loads of deep, dark, roasted malts and char. Really robust and intense. Super smoky. The nose displayed a peaty smoked malt character. Lots of dark fruitiness. Raisins were noticeable. Espresso also came through strong. Fairly sweet with strong brown sugar, maple and molasses notes. A hint of chocolate fudge appeared as the beer warmed.

The flavor was quite similar to the nose. Really dark and robust. Uber malty and moderately sweet. Loads of dark roasted malts, cold coffee and bitter espresso. Quite smoky. Moderately ashy. Dark fruits came through strong. Currents, booze soaked raisins and plums were noticeable. Hefty dose of brown sugar. The finish contained an intense whiskey presence, loads of bitter roast and a touch of piney hops. Slightly oaky. Although this beer is listed as 10.5% ABV, it drank like something in the 12-13% range. Ashy, acrid, bitter notes lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was thick and rich but not as quite as full as the appearance would suggest. A fine, moderate carbonation gave the liquid a creamy, silky smoothness. By the end of the session, the beer left a sticky film on my lips.

Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer is a dark and brooding imperial stout that has a brash yet well-melded flavor profile. What this beer lacks in nuance and drinkability it more than makes up for in intensity.

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Photo of MaximalC
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as motor oil, precipitating a ring of brown bubbles around the surface periphery, but no legitimate head to speak of. The surprisingly mild aroma smells of toffee, roasted malt, coffee and booze.

The taste features molasses and whiskey barrel up front, along with just enough earthy, herbal hops to balance. Nice, warming alcohol comes on in the middle before yielding to a wonderful aftertaste of molasses and dark chocolate. A little warming reveals the buttery vanilla tones touted on the label. The body is on the heavier side of medium, making for a surprisingly smooth and drinkable brew for its ABV. Carbonation is mild, unobtrusive, and appropriate.

Overall, this is a fantastic barrel-aged RIS that delivers in all the ways you would expect. It's full-flavored but not overbearing, and highly drinkable for its weight. Hard to complain about anything here.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 5 - You couldn't ask for a more perfect stout. This thing pours an oily, viscous jet-black straight out of the bottle. Forms a finger of quickly dissipating, burnt orange colored head. Low head potential and retention, to be expected with the viscosity and ABV of the beer. Non-existent lacing.
S - 4.5 - Lots of malt, medium sweet chocolate, coffee, caramel, toffee, vanilla and TONS of maple-woody bourbon.
T - 5 - Damn. This beer is wicked. HUGE amount of malt, medium bittersweet chocolate, light coffee, butter, maple soaked wood, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, vanilla bean, and a lot of delicious, warming bourbon. Surprisingly with all these flavors, the alcohol is decently concealed and the brew isn't too boozy.
F - 5 - Extremely viscous, thick and oily. Full bodied brew. Double the viscosity of coffee creamer or heavy whipping cream.
O - 5 - The IDEAL bourbon barrel aged Russian imperial stout. Nuff' said.

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Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The nose is huge on whiskey tones with some chocolate, malt and alcohol soaked dark fruit.

The flavors are boozy and need warmth. After it opens up the whiskey tones stay prominent. It never tastes like bourbon but more a Canadian whiskey. Chocolate malts with milk chocolate stand out as a get a little coffee bean. I'm a huge fan of the genre and Hoppin Frog but this one seemed to be a bit too one dimensional.

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