Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S.
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S.Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S.
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #173
Ranked #3,502
4.23 | pDev: 7.33%
Dec 26, 2021
Mar 13, 2016
Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S.Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S.
Notes: Aged in very special whiskey barrels to add a super-smooth, buttery, and complex whiskey character to our DORIS The Destroyer. More assertive that our standard Barrel Aged DORIS Stout, this rare version is a testament to our hard work and dedication in bringing our customers the very best.
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4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

22oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy khaki head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- dark roasted malts on the nose give aromas of brownie batter, dark chocolate, black licorice, figs, raisins and molasses. Plenty of barrel on the nose adds oaky whiskey to close it out

T- huge barrel presence up front with a wave of barrel juice that gives strong whiskey notes, as well as wet oak. Mid-palate brings out notes of raisins and prunes, as well as charred malt, dark chocolate and some nutty malts. The finish gives more bold barrel that continues into a whiskey filled linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish

O- definitely more barrel than the regular BA DORIS

Dec 26, 2021
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3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by DIM from Pennsylvania

Poured from a tiny can, 2021 batch. I have 4 different '_oris', grabbed this one at random. My first of the lot.

Very dry overall. Up front this is cocoa with a hint of bitter cherry. That cocoa intensifies into bakers chocolate and is joined by whiskey and a strong oak note. There is fairly potent lingering ash flavor. This is pretty good but I was hoping for more. I think I'll sit on my other can this for a year or two. Curious to find out about the other three from the set.

Nov 30, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

22oz bottle. No bottling date information found.
Black colored body, with a tiny bottom edge of back lit garnet. One finger of dark tan head, which settles back quickly, but leaves an active bubbly cap. Leaves behind some scattered spots of lacing.
Big dark chocolate nose in the aroma, with a solid base of dark roasted malts. There are definite whiskey barrel vapors that contribute to the smell.
The taste is not complex, but has dark chocolate and some coffee. Has a nutty cola note. Kind of dry at the end.
Medium plus mouth feel, with a very smooth texture. Decent carbonation.
Moderately easy drinking higher ABV% stout that mixes in the whiskey barrel with the dense dark roasted malts. Suggests some peat and char but this is brief in the taste profile. Rising bubbles create active surface action.

Jul 01, 2019
4.25 by Bum4ever from California on Jun 08, 2019
4.02 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Jan 06, 2019
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4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

$ 19.00 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.864/oz) from Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA. Reviewed 12/19/18.
Undated bottle on shelf at distributor. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 57 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to the light, NO penetration occurs at the rim.
Head – Average (Maximum 2.4 cm, aggressive center pour), brown, high density, short duration, diminishing to a one mm ring and a thin partial layer.
Lacing – Poor – a few thin archipelagoes of tiny bubbles
First pour – Dark brown, translucent.
Aroma – 4.5 – Very strong dark chocolate and licorice. Weakens with time.
Flavor – 4.5 – Begins with the whiskey flavor mixed with dark chocolate. I can’t find the licorice from the nose. Ends with roasted malt, a touch of bitterness, a hint of char, and a very slight gastric warming. No alcohol (10.5%), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.5 – Full, more creamy than watery but still more watery than creamy, lively carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.5 - Considering the barrel-aging and the ABV, the lacing is actually better than expected and the carbonation is livelier than expected, somewhat atypical for the style. The absence of ethanol flavor is a good thing, as is the aroma which, initially, can be inhaled from a couple of feet away. The flavor seems rather one-dimensional, being mostly dark chocolate. Still, a very good RIS if a bit pricey.

Dec 19, 2018
4.08 by BeerBucks from New York on Sep 22, 2018
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4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: complex, darkest black and chocolate malts, oats, molasses, dark fruit, woody barrel notes, warming boozy finish with sticky mouth-feel. Rich toffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, oak woody nose. Black, opaque, tan head, very delicate film around glass. Full body. Intense bite at first but smooth out as it warms. 70 IBUs

Aug 16, 2018
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4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of caramel foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and caramel malts. A little whiskey with a touch of heat follow it up. Caramel is present as well. Flavor profile is roasted and toasted malts with a background of oats, caramel, and toffee. Whiskey is present, but kept in check, just adding a little extra complexity to the flavor profile. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a velvety, fuzzy texture. Overall, a good stout with a kiss of whiskey. Nice depth and complexity. Dropped overall score 0.25 for lack of bottling date.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

May 13, 2018
4.56 by JeffSK from Wisconsin on May 01, 2018
4.27 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Apr 22, 2018
5 by lanciloti from Illinois on Apr 10, 2018
4.13 by jakecattleco from California on Mar 18, 2018
3.89 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on Mar 02, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Had 7/8/17.

Pours dark and opaque, with a half inch head of darker foam and a fair amount of foamy lacing. Smells of whiskey, malt, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, molasses, raisins, some oak. Great aroma. The taste is also whiskey first, then malt, caramel,chocolate, oak, molasses, light licorice. Some alcohol and a light bitterness throughout. The flavor is as good as the aroma. Mostly smooth, a good full body, well carbonated.

The whiskey barrels are the star, and demand your attention. Still, there’s a good balance with the base beer. Strong flavor and aroma, if straightforward. Glad I had a chance to get this.

Feb 18, 2018
4.41 by dt_gbpackersfan from Missouri on Dec 28, 2017
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by Jeffo from Netherlands

Got this one in Buffalo this past summer. Apparently this has been aged in “very special whisky barrels” that are more assertive than the standard barrel aged DORIS.

From a bomber into a snifter
OG: 1.118
IBU: 70

APPEARANCE: Thick, pitch black, sludgy pour yields a three finger, medium, slightly creamy yet somewhat fizzy dark mocha colored head with good retention. Pitch black, opaque body with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, solid cap and clings to the sides of the glass. Faint swirly wisp remains leaving decent lacing down the glass as it empties. Same as the BORIS version but a touch darker for sure.

SMELL: Lots of wood and some definite bourbon and booze on the nose. Hints of butterscotch and milk chocolate as well, with some leather and alcohol. Bolder than the BORIS version and quite booze heavy.

TASTE: Wood, oak, bourbon and booze up front. This is a touch more alcoholic. Some leathery and roasted flavors at the swallow, with a bold and boozy finish of oak, bourbon, some vanilla cream, milk chocolate and leather flavors lingering after the swallow. Quite a bit of bourbon and alcohol linger on the palate.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamier and smoother on the palate, Lots of weight on this one, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Slightly warming after the swallow and some booze lingers. Good stuff.

OVERALL: This one is much the same as the BORIS version, as the barrels impart pretty much the same character on the base beer. It’s plenty barrel heavy, which is what they wanted I guess, but the barrel is rather oaky and alcoholic, which means there’s very little in the name of nuanced flavor and more in terms of booze and alcohol. Not an improvement on the mastery that is the BORIS and DORIS variants, but it is a different spin I guess.

Dec 16, 2017
4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois on Dec 11, 2017
4.39 by sohearn from Alabama on Dec 03, 2017
4.75 by heddar33 from Pennsylvania on Dec 02, 2017
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by russpowell from Arkansas

Pours an effervescent ebony with a sliver of cocoa colored head. Not really much head retention & lacing

S: Barrel, booze, vanilla. Full whiskey flourish at the end

T: Dryness, peat, oakyness, a little charred grain & faint chocolate and vanilla up front. Baker's Chocolate, dryness, charred grain , a little peat as this warms, a little vanilla also, some caramel in the mix. Finishes oaky dry, some charred grain notes, some molasess sweetness lingering on the edges, just a little vanilla

MF: Fairly subtle carbonation, medium body, thickens up as this warms

Tasty, pricey, not exactly a shock from these guys. Still wil ltry damn near anything they make

Oct 06, 2017
4.46 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on Aug 20, 2017
4.3 by TylerJ from Iowa on Aug 12, 2017
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4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by bbtkd from South Dakota

Hoppin' Frog Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S., 10.5% ABV, 70 IBU. Pours thick and black, with a one finger brown head. Nose is bourbon, roasted malt, and chocolate, taste follows with the bourbon out front, some sweetness, and only slight bitterness. Excellent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. I can't help but compare this to the Hoppin' Frog Extended BA B.O.R.I.S. I had last weekend. That was slightly better than this one, but both outstanding.

Aug 06, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

Pours a motor oil black with a light brown head that has a little staying power and laces the glass. Aroma is smokey and sweet, there were some vanilla, cocoa and marshmallow notes.

In the taste this beer is roasted malt and smoke forward but not overly done. Vanilla, marshmallow, dark chocolate and mocha coffee flavors are there midway and it finishes with robust notes of malt and oak.

Full bodied and silky smooth with a medium carbonation level.

Sampled at the brewery, this was the best stout on tap in terms of depth of flavor. World class.

Jul 04, 2017
4.25 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 03, 2017
4.25 by tvenne from Minnesota on Jun 29, 2017
4.16 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jun 26, 2017
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Jun 13, 2017
4.23 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania on May 19, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Smakawhat from Maryland

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass.

Slightly inky presence, but with a dark walnut nearly black body. Faint hints of head creation, and very impressively dark mocha in color, but doesn't really get there. Manages a solid good fine pencil collar, slightly taller too, and also very dark which is impressive. Empty top.

Aroma is big. Large amounts of thick molasses and roast. Hints nearly husky but with a thicker body. Sticky sensing with little sensing nuances though but a big powerful rush to the nose. Faint touches of chocolate but is more milky than dark. Very nice.

Palate is exquisite and varied. Rich chocolate darkness hits first, with almost tart raspberry hinting in the back (there is no infection not even close so stop panicking). Rich mikes of ganache and gooey tasting dark chocolate mixing with molasses. A surprising sharp almost hop bite hits on the tongue, and a surprising full rounded really front palate, as the finish is nearly airy, not coating, and sort of non-existent. All this delicious power is just right up in front of the palate. Silky faint tones, but an airy grain and dryness makes it feel the beer evaporates right off the swallow.

What a unique pleasure and contrast. This one is a fun one in the barrel aged stout realm.

May 07, 2017
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4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Thirstygoat from Illinois

Surprised to learn that this is retired since I bought it a few months ago. Not more than a trace of rapidly disappearing head, kinda red/tan.
Nice woody malty aroma.
Stout not bad just not exceptional taste
Feel, see last remark
I have enjoyed HF and like this .Kinda exaggerated as to price but I have bought worse.

May 07, 2017
4.54 by leitmotif from Romania on Apr 09, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Black color with dark brown head. Aroma has nice chocolate malts and caramel with some bourbon in the background. Taste is smooth, fudgy, chocolatey with brownies and cake flavors. Really well balanced, slightly bitter on the finish with cacao and dark chocolate. Medium to full bodied, really smooth on the palate. Overall it's a really well balanced imperial stout with rounded flavors.

Apr 08, 2017
3.94 by jaydoc from Kansas on Mar 31, 2017
4 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Mar 19, 2017
4.74 by LightnerLiquorKS from Kansas on Mar 14, 2017
4.44 by durlta from Iowa on Mar 12, 2017
4 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2017
4.46 by TastyIsBeer from Illinois on Feb 04, 2017
Rocky Mountain D.O.R.I.S. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 54 ratings