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Hoppin' Frog / Lervig - Sippin' Into DarknessHoppin' Frog / Lervig - Sippin' Into Darkness
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Average: 4.02 | pDev: 14.43%

Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 39

American Imperial Stout | 12.00% ABV

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Notes: This beer is retired; no longer brewed. Collaborating with Lervig Aktiebryggeri in Norway, we designed this Chocolate Martini Imperial Stout to be rich and tasty, with the inviting flavors of a chocolate martini. Using layers of caramel malt and Belgian chocolate malt along with cocoa and other spices. Hoppin' Frog brewmaster Fred Karm along with Lervig brewmaster Mike Murphy created Sippin' Into Darkness - a recipe that will stand the test of time, and can be enjoyed for years to come. We truly hope you enjoy this flavorful masterpiece that captures our vision and creativity. Cheers!!

50 IBU
BA SCORE
91
Outstanding
Hoppin' Frog / Lervig - Sippin' Into DarknessHoppin' Frog / Lervig - Sippin' Into Darkness
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 39
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. No bottling date information found, but label calls this a part of the 2016 European tour collaboration series..
Dark brown body, with medium brown back lit highlights. One finger of tan head, which finally reduces to a thin cap and ring. Leaves behind some strings of lacing.
Aroma of chocolate, brown bread, and vanilla.
Taste of sweet fudgy chocolate, with dark bready malts, and vanilla. Some molasses and black licorice, close to some dark dried fruit. This beer has a sweet note, and no bitterness.
Medium mouth feel. Smooth texture. Good carbonation.
Easy drinking beer, more in the dessert stout realm. This beer uses the vanilla to create a different balance with the malts and chocolate. The dark fruit/black licorice note is most notable at the end of the taste profile.

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Photo of Tony210
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark with minimal mocha head. Big chocolate aroma, lots of barrel in here. Rich and creamy, very smooth. Gobs of fudge dominate the flavor, just incredible. Plenty of molasses, brown sugar, sweet vanilla, plenty of mocha coffee on the finish that lingers. Overall an excellent rendition of the style that I would like to drink again.

7/3/18
12 oz bottle, no date, maybe a year old
4.5 rating

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a thick black color. It even poured like motor oil. Finger’s worth of tan foamy head that fell off at a nice pace. Sticky speckled lace. The aroma had a thick milk chocolate/fudge-like quality about it. Subtle roast/char. Slight black licorice (but the sweet side). The flavor leans to the sweet side pulling the roast underneath. Chocolate/licorice blends initially and then dryly moves into a subtle sticky sweet chocolatey aftertaste rolling into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Moderate carbonation. Acceptable stickiness. Some roast tries to level it out, decent job. Overall, pretty good imperial stout worthy of having again.

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, fudge, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuttiness, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and chocolate/vanilla spice notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, fudge, cream, brown sugar, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuttiness, molasses, dark fruit, licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, vanilla, fudge, cream, brown sugar, toasted dark bread, smoke, nuttiness, molasses, dark fruit, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and chocolate/vanilla spice flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Slight dryness from roast/hop bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and very full body; with a very smooth, cream/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is well hidden, a small warmth lingering after the finish; with minimal booziness. Overall this is an outstanding imperial dessert stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and chocolate/vanilla spice flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the huge ABV. Very rich and complex. Not very roasty, but just enough to keep it from being cloying on sweetness. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a large, dark tan, chocolate souffle-like head. Sticky cobwebs of lace are left behind on the glass.

Smell is roasted almond, salted caramel, and chocolate that is heavy but nicely rounded by roasted malt. There is a little hidden heat and maybe some soy sauce.

Taste is nutty, tangy and salted dark chocolate with caramel. Sounds simple, but is very good. Update on taste: it's been a couple months since release, and I'm actually getting a little cotton candy now.

Full-bodied, mildly soft, with a slight backing heat way down at the bottom of the finish.

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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 39 ratings