Sippin' Into Darkness
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
4.03 | pDev: 14.14%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Collaboration with Lervig

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
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 40 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black, with a lot of mahogany brown on the edges, and a minimal dark tan head. Could be an imperial porter, which is a niggling distinction, I admit, but this doesn’t quite have the “heft” I look for in a 12% BA imperial stout.

Where this beer does have the BA imperial stout profile covered is with the rich milk chocolate, caramel, and vanilla aromas - and the booze from the barrel. Oh yes, there is booze.

But the booze, which is a nice, not-so-subtle heat at the end of the taste and sits nicely on the palate, does not detract from the milk chocolate and caramel flavors, it enhances them, especially the caramel, which is the flavor I most enjoy and appreciate in this flavorful stout.

The mouthfeel is in line with a BA imperial stout, even approaching “creamy,” which I didn’t anticipate, given the booziness. But the bottle refers to this as a “Chocolate Martini Imperial Stout,” so the booziness should be expected.

This is in my sweet spot for big stouts - loads of chocolate and caramel, but enough barrel to stay away from cloying. Really, REALLY well done.

Jun 29, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jun 11, 2019
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

12 oz bottle, no date, maybe a year old
4.5 rating

Jul 04, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Jun 25, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Dec 18, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

Oct 20, 2016
Sippin' Into Darkness from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 40 ratings