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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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #68
Ranked #1,014
4.33 | pDev: 6.93%
Nov 16, 2022
Oct 27, 2013
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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Reviewed by 1BrewBacca from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Only complaint is there is NO head on this pour. Everything else looks great. Sticky, oily lace fingers on the glass. Deep, rich, near black liquid.
Chocolatey, bourbon goodness. Sweet up front and somewhat heavy on the chocolate aftertaste.
Feels thick and oily as it looks.
Pretty good stuff. More of a desert brew do to it's heaviness and sweetness.
Nov 16, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by Abe_Froman from Massachusetts

Nov 11, 2022
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Deep, dark brown body, opaque; thin yet lasting light brown head, creamy; thick, sticky sheets of foam create a curtain down the glass. Outstanding roasted grain aroma; cocoa; coffee. Rich, dark malt flavor infused with a bold touch of whiskey; vanilla; a suggestion of cinnamon. Heavy body; mildly coarse on the palate; some residual sugar sweetness offset with alcohol dryness.

A nice, robust barrel-aged imperial stout.

Pouring temperature: 43 °F; canning info: unreadable
Oct 06, 2022
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
No canning date. Best by date is 12/29/23. Poured black with ruby edges at 56°; dark tan fizzy head, poor cap retention leaves an island of micro dots and a thin ring at best; small spots of lace on agitation; medium legs sheet the glass. Oaky whiskey and sweet dark fruit nose; bitter roast malt; somewhat boozy exhale; some vanilla as it warms. Entry is whiskey and bitter roast malt followed by chocolate malt, dark chocolate, oaky vanilla, dark cherries, and licorice; bitter roast finish. Slick, silky feel; medium body, moderate minus carbonation; slight warmth from 10.5% abv; dry wooden tongue coating. Overall, more bitterness than I want even in an RIS; long bitter roast linger (not as bitter as DORIS base); the BBAging adds layers of flavor to this otherwise very bitter stout.
Sep 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by d5001986 from Wisconsin

Jun 12, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Feb 04, 2022
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Reviewed by Brutaltruth from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From the 16 oz can in a snifter via the Little Lady's daughter and Jamie---Cheers!
This mighty brew pours a dark coal black with a nice head of brown foam that
settles to a thick ring, thin dusty layer, and sports nice lacing. Nose of dark chocolate,
char, brulee, dark roasted coffee, dark fruit notes, whiskey, oak, and touches of
vanilla. Flavors hit the mark! Dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, earthy malts,
whiskey, spicy rye touches, vanilla, leather, tobacco, and deep roasted malts with
hints of cream. Nice mouth feel; full body, smooth, rich, coating, subtle carbonation
that gives some lift, warming, and finishing with a wonderful bitter malt note.

Overall----Da' Frog is Boss! Awesome as always!

Dec 25, 2021
Rated: 4.29 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Jun 28, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.21 by smithj4 from New York

Aug 17, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
strong barrel aged flavors slightly sweet some of their others tasted better
May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.08 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.35 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 18, 2020
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.28 by fthegiants from California

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 3.97 by Gemini6 from Michigan

Oct 01, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.08 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas

Aug 07, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by onewayboogie from California

Jun 17, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 01, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Apr 24, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 3.5 by mmilyko from Nevada

Apr 09, 2019
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Rated by Bryan12345 from Texas

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Uh. May. Zing.
Apr 06, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Mar 06, 2019
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Reviewed by hoptheology from California

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
Rated: 4.65 by JamesBondGA from Georgia

Jan 29, 2019
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Reviewed by 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
D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 460 ratings