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

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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 BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Just when you thought that the Hoppin' Frog ceiling was reached, the small Akron brewery busted through its BORIS threshold with DORIS, then with Barrel-Aged BORIS, so should Barrel-Aged DORIS be any surprise? ...yet it kinda was.

The bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout pours just as viscous, ominous and daring as the militant label suggests. Inky black and with the consistency of motor oil, the ale lumbers along with thick and densely layered foam. Like mousse, the head caps the beer during most of the session but eventually folds back in, leaving the beer still like coffee white it comes up to temperature.

Rich chocolaty aromas capture the essence of true cocoa that's laden with espresso and unmistakable bourbon. Its caramel, vanilla and oak fusion weaves through the boldly roasted aromas as a sweeter and spicier balance to the dry char and burnt cinder scent. Roasted fruits of blackcurrant, red grape and dark berries are greeted with a distinctive and spicy aniseed character as that first sip draws near.

Its charred taste is heartily of smoky chocolate, dark espresso roast, heavy burnt toast and roasted walnuts. An aura of campfire, dry cocoa and heavy whipping cream swirl to keep the flavors together. Even while finer elements of caramel, vanilla, toasted coconut and grilled cherries extend from the bourbony taste, the focus is squarely on the coffee and bitter chocolate. Though there's a lot going on, the taste is exquisitely balanced and properly proportioned. Finishing fruity and warmingly boozy a taste of peppercorn and fenel give a lasting fruit and spice balance to remind the taste buds that this is a British-style "Russian Imperial Stout" at heart.

The beer is unquestionably full bodied as it oozes with thick, chewy and cream textures. Despite its richness, the ale relies on high hop bitterness and astringency from both powdered cocoa and oak to balance the massive sweetness even in moutheel. Very warm and savory, the beer has an indefinite finish of chocolate and coffee.

BA DORIS is not simply your sweet imperial stout- its got a ton of dry roast, wood spice and bitterness to keep it nodding to the drier side. Save that sweeter and creamier tone for the BORIS family of Stout.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2200th review! 22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in Fall 2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, toast, molasses, char, vanilla, oak, bourbon, light clove, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, dark bread, molasses, vanilla, toffee, oak, bourbon, light clove, light char, herbal, and roast/oak earthiness. Fair amount of earthy roast/oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roast, coffee, toast, dark bread, light char, vanilla, toffee, oak, clove, bourbon, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; with a great balance of roasted malt and oak bitterness/sweetness with no cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly syrupy/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged imperial stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 05/01/14 notes. Received in a trade last month, 22 oz. bottle into a globe glass.

a - Pours a dark brown, almost black looking color, with two inches of very dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great, like a big stout.

s - Smells of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, sweet dark fruits, whiskey, oak, toasted malts, and cocoa. Nice nose, lots of chocolate like the base, whiskey isn't too strong.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate and harsh whiskey. Also tastes of sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, oak, toasted malts, burnt malts, dark fruits, molasses, cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. Little more bitter and harsh than the nose.

m - Full bodied stout that is rich and creamy, and low to moderate carbonation. Nice mouthfeel.

o - Overall a nice BA stout but I was a bit disappointed considering how much I love the base beer and seeing the reviews. Personally I like the normal DORIS better, though this improved greatly as it warmed up. Not a ton of whiskey in the nose, though it is there a little bit hot in the taste. Worth checking out but wouldn't give up a lot to get it.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick viscous black. Small khaki head.

Smell - Licorice. Boozy chocolate and coffee roasted malts. A bit of bourbon.

Taste - Acrid smokey malts. Burnt malt. Very bitter. Some booziness. A little chocolatey.

Mouthfeel - Boozy and burnt. Very bitter.

Overall - Not impressed by this. I still haven't had a good bottle or version of Doris.

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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 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 GreesyFizeek
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The final beer of the night, shared by Umberto at Bob's tasting.

Pours out an ominous black, looks quite viscous. One inch thick and creamy head, with good lacing down the glass.

Smells like strong roasted malt, bourbon, and chocolate.

Just a rich decadent stout here. Slightly smoky, very roasty, with tons of rich dark chocolate. A little bit of vanilla and oak, with some smooth, subtle bourbon undertones.

Thick, viscous body, low carbonation, very drinkable despite the ABV.

Hoppin' Frog has some of the worst labels in the business, but they have some of the meanest, gnarliest stouts in the business as well.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So smooth, creamy, cocoa, milk chocolate, bourbon......................................................................................................................

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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 BMMillsy
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle in trade from jbwimer. Thanks man! Pours deep syrupy black, completely opaque, with a tiny super dark brown head. Darkest beer I think I have ever seen. Big sweet chocolate syrup notes on the aroma, dark fruit, anise, black currants, some very light whiskey booze and vanilla presence but mostly the chocolate. Flavor is big whiskey dark fruits, then fades directly into massive rich sweet roasty chocolate, whoah. Massive flavor here. Some of the roast that I love about the base beer seems lost and the fruit takes over on the palate until that lingering chocolate finish. Big thick viscous mouthfeel with low carbonation, but still plenty. Overall very nice, but would have liked a bit more vanilla and oak from the barrel.

I went ahead and let this warm up A LOT. The chocolate and roast came out nicely when I did this. Improved overall and I suggest doing the same. Still pretty light on the barrel influence but pretty nice.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.9/5  rDev -32.4%

Pour is jet black with a dark mocha head. Nose is strong bourbon with notes of booze and lighter wood. Heavy malts, notes of brown sugar and caramel, hints of chocolate and a touch of cake. Taste is much sweeter, bourbon isn't as strong and chocolate cake is mixed with berry sugar. Body is heavy and a touch syrupy, carbonation and good with a dry finish.

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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 Kevinpitts
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ages nicely. Had one for over a year. Very rich flavor with lots of coffee and bourbon barrel notes. Thicker mouthfeel.

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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 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 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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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 wvsabbath
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Servign Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark as night, thick like syrup. Monster thick 2 inch head that formed like it was a nitro beer. Nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Huge about of barrel aged bourbon. Vanilla, raisin, plum, smoked malts. Some dark chocolate and booze round this one out.

Taste - Wow, such a great balance of whiskey, malts and dark fruits. Big, bold yet very easy to enjoy. Lots of vanilla mixed with raisin, plum and grapes. Dark Chocolate adds a nice sweet and bold flavor. Strange I really don't get much coffee flavor. Malts are roasted, and just work perfect with this beer.

Mouthfeel - Malts, whiskey and vanilla really nail the tongue. Palate gets chocolate, dark fruits and remaining malts and whiskey. Aftertaste is malty, whiskey and vanilla with dark fruits.

Overall - Simply amazing. Incredible balance along with huge flavors yet everything is tied together so well. The malts and chocolate balance out the whiskey, and the fruits provide bitter flavors. Another world class beer from hoppin frog.

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Photo of BB1313
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours jet black with barely any light getting though; mocha head that eventually fades leaving nice retention and decent lacing. The aromas are full of milk chocolate. Tons of chocolate. The bourbon isn't overwhelming, but it's clearly there accenting everything else. Hints of vanilla as well. Some oak in the mix too. The flavors are very balanced. It never becomes overwhelming. Tons of chocolate. Milk chocolate is there giving it a sweetness followed by some dark chocolate giving it a subtle bitterness. The whiskey is there, but it's not dominant. The whiskey blends harmoniously with the chocolates. There's lots of malts. It's slightly roasty. Hints of vanilla bean. Pretty rich and robust. Mouthfeel is full-bodied. It's creamy and fluffy; thick but not quite milkshake thick. Carbonation is moderate and smooth. Alcohol goes unnoticed, although there is the slightest amount of heat. This is truly dangerously drinkable. It becomes even more enjoyable as it warms up. It's very fun to drink.

This is a very enjoyable barrel-aged stout. I personally don't feel this a mind-blower, but it's very enjoyable. There's not much to complain about at all. I will admit though, I think the base beer (D.O.R.I.S.) is even more enjoyable than this. I do like this alot more than BA B.O.R.I.S though. The craftsmanship is there on this one. Hoppin' Frog knows their stouts, and this is no exception. Definitely worth checking out if given the opportunity. I'm curious how this would age.

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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 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 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 ONUMello
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a brown one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Coffee, molasses, bourbon, chocolate and tons of roasted malt
T: Matches the nose though the sweet molasses/chocolate/bourbon comes first then the the coffee/malt
M: Full-bodied, smooth with balanced bitterness; a touch of alcohol but given the bourbon notes it fits in well
O: Complex yet balanced, dark/tasty. The barrel aging adds complexity and smooths out the bitterness the un-aged DORIS has

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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 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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