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

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #83
Ranked #1,406
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Sigmund from Norway

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared 650 ml bottle at local tasting. Black colour, low brown head. Roasty and boozy aroma, notes of molasses, hints of oak. Rich flavour, balanced roasty notes, some molasses sweetness but not too much. Good stuff.

May 14, 2021
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Had this a few weeks after BORIS.

Beautiful color and head. Super dark brown with rich colored head.

Nice aroma - slightly sweet, hints of the flavor to come.

Very delicious - excellent blend of sweet and very slightly bitter. Rich full mouthfeel.

Overall a very fine beer. A bit pricey, there are others just as good, or better, but still excellent.

Feb 01, 2021
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Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a near black with a very dark brown tight head that dissipates to nothing after several minutes.

Cold, this was woody smelling, with leather a hint of licorice. As it warmed, milk chocolate and vanilla joined the party. The woody aroma lingered

Again, a dry, woody note pops out on the tongue. Licorice follows with a bitter cold coffee note following. A little vanilla to finish.

Medium to light body.

This is very interesting. Not like any other RIS I’ve had. I like it.

Dec 28, 2020
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trevormajor from Ohio

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, vintage 2019, poured into a taster (drank along with BORIS and TORIS):
DORIS is a bit hoppier than BORIS or TORIS, yet still a nice full barreled stout. I think I prefer the other two though and it may be that the hops take away from the stout flavor for me.

Dec 13, 2020
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janubio from Spain

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at Las Buenas Pulgas, served in a snifter glass. Black color, small beige head with short retention. Crying lacing. Aroma of hops, coffee, dried fruits, chocolate. Medium to full body, sticky texture, good carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Taste of coffee, chocolate, hops, dried fruits, licorice. Good.

Jul 04, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With double the malts and hops I surprisingly enjoyed this a bit more than the regular Boris. Smooth dark full of chocolate and coffee roasts and a rounded sweet hop finish. Great beer overall again I was grateful to have samples at the Pittsburgh Winter Brew festival.

Mar 01, 2020
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micada from New York

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I can’t tell what year it’s from, but it’s been on the retailer’s shelf for a bit. Poured cool, hard to a tulip glass. Dirty dark brown color with a tiny head that practically drops in a second. Extreme syrupy legs. Nose is toasty barrel and slight coffee. First sips are heavy bourbon, oak barrel char, slight coffee, and a hoppy-ish caramel-ish back-end. Alcohol hides well, but the bourbon makes you think you’ll be on your ass quickly. Mouthfeel is full up front, and fades to a nice linger. Nice brew.

Nov 02, 2019
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22Blue from Kansas

4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malt, vanilla, and bourbon. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, and bourbon barrel. Very good.

Jul 23, 2019
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beergoot from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black body; dense and creamy tan head, not too thin yet not very thick; sheets of foam coating the inside of the glass. Big roasted and charred grain character with some boozy notes; bitter chocolate. Sweet chocolate and cocoa taste; a note of vanilla; bourbon; quiet bitterness. Heavy body; sludgy and velvety on the palate; semi-sweet mouthfeel character with some alcohol dryness to temper things.

This beer is rich and powerful, full of flavor with a surprisingly subtle bourbon quality.

May 22, 2019
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sjdevel from Utah

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thick dark black and comes out like motor oil. Very thin head and very little foam but this is expected. A decent foam ring does keep on but it seems to really struggle to stay alive. Smells of dates and raisins and brown sugar. Quite aromatic. Some woodsiness and alcohol apparent.

First taste characteristics is a strong alcohol bite - then rushes in charred wood and rich dark fruit (prune, raisin, blueberry). Rich caramel, dark brown sugar, toffee, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Definitely a lot of flavor from the barrel. It is crazy sweet 90% of the time, but aftertaste dries out and smokiness prevails. This beer is crazy thick with a full bodied feel. There is a reasonable amount of carbonation throughout with this one - especially for a barrel aged brew.

Overall, this is a phenomenal beer. It is very complex with fruitiness, wood flavors, chocolate and coffee. There are so many flavors that take turns on stage. I started drinking this one at about 52 degrees, but as it warmed it seemed to get more complex. I would purchase this one again in a heartbeat. Enjoyable. Quite boozy - but understandable at 10.5% ABV. I can't imagine that you would be disappointed with this one.

May 12, 2019
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle with no bottling or expiration date shown. Sampled on May 4, 2019. Served around 45 degrees.

Gorgeous and right on target pour of dark brown to practically jet black with a modest dark brown head that fades to a ring after a few moments.

It;s meant to be a Double Oatmeal Stout but I pick up little to no oatmeal in the aroma. However, I get an inviting sweet, and roasted dark chocolate malt character, a bit of musty cellar, and some floral or earthy hops hovering on the backside. Booze buried.

Full, yet chewy, mouthfeel.

Flavor: OK, there I get get the oatmeal more along with the same sweet, dark roasted chocolate and a bigger than expected bitterness to finish it off. A little more booze in the taste than in the aroma.

May 04, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought I had already drunk this beer, but alas I have not. The beer is 50 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The pour on the beer displayed a two finger creamy light tan head with decent retention. The head dissipated somewhat slowly leaving lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 34 a dark brown color and opaque. The beer has this impressive appearance.

The aromas in the beer are dark roasted malts, toffee, caramel, anise, chocolate, coffee, molasses, toasted sugar, bready, oaky, cinnamon, oranges, whiskey, resin, alcohol, yeast, and a smokiness.

The flavors in the beer are Maillard, toffee, caramel, grassy, smokiness, char, whiskey, alcohol, oaky, cinnamon, resin, alcohol, bready, dark roasted malts, molasses, toasted sugar, chocolate, coffee, anise, dark stone fruit, and a touch of citrus.

The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.

The body of the beer is full, medium-low carbonation, and a full finish.

This beer is exceptional. The beer has this creaminess then end on a drier finish on the end. The whiskey barrels pull through but balanced. The harmony of the beer is excellent. Overall, this beer is exceptional. A must try for stout lovers.

Apr 16, 2019
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josanguapo from Spain

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Boxbeers. In Teku glass. Playing Avadon 3. Well executed imperial stout, but lacking something special to stand out among other and deserve its high price. Abv well hidden.

Jul 22, 2018
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AgentMunky from New York

3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St Bernardus goblet. There's no date stamp on the bottle, but this has been cellaring for 3 - 5 years.
Pours inky black with the thinnest brown head and gratifying effervescence.
Booze, date sugar, and stale coffee grounds with a whiff of oxidation. Some berries and hops.
Sadly thin and acidic, the maintaste is disappointing, but the aftertaste is jampacked with flavor. Drying, lightly bitter coffee; sticky dark fruits; and, of course, copious roasted barley. The maintaste has some raisins, some chalky bitterness, some stickiness that never quite resolves into molasses or much else.
I think this beer is not improved with age. Consume fresh! I remember this being an evening-stopping delight, but as is, merely competent.

Dec 29, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Ink pours from this vessel. Black as the dead of night in the dead of winter. Head is an almond brown with 1/2 finger.

Aromas of tobacco, leather, molasses, dark chocolate, ash, cashew.

Flavor is of oatmeal, Riesen candy, dark chocolate, molasses, horehound, prune, smoke, char, and an unbelievable chewing tobacco finish. It just stays and stays. Pretty harsh. But a good harsh. Palate wrecker.

Feel is thick, chewy, heavy...but the carbonation is extremely effervescent and electric. Very nice accomplishment.

Overall, a harsh but impressive stout. Gets hard to finish after the first snifter-full, but I was glad I could drink this one.

Nov 25, 2017
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

3.44/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Really thin average BA stout. Not enough barrel presence. I was surprised just by the look of this. For a BA stout it's just not as dark or thick as one would think.

Nov 09, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see a date on it.

Pours like tar. No head, thick as hell, a little oily on top. Intriguing. Smell is anise and burnt coffee.

Taste is a better balance of the same -- more roast, some chocolate, a little smoky. Very bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick and a little grainy. Overall, very good beer.

Sep 18, 2017
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Just-the-sip from California

4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So smooth. So velvety. Dang. What a stout. Hides that abv like a mother hen. Well done Ohio. Well done indeed. I've got the triple on hand. Giving her a few more months to she then we'll see.

Sep 17, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a snifter and a pint glass. The head lasts longer and concaves a bit in the snifter. The rest of the appearance had a dark brown close to black color with a one finger of off white foaminess coating the sides of the glass. Light lacing graced the glass nicely. The smell had mainly a roasty coffee to chocolate and added a nice sweetness between the coffee and chocolate. The taste was sweet and roasty adding in a slight oatmeal. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with more of a sipping quality about it. This somewhat chewy beer ends up having a light pervasive harshness but still allows a decent creaminess to settle over my tongue. Overall, this was an absolutely amazing opportunity for me to try this. If I could get it again, I would.

Jun 25, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

4.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had the NITRO version of this beer at the brewery. I am not sure if I should add the NITRO version as a separate beer, so I am just pointing out that I had the Nitro version. It is a great Imperial Stout to begin with but the NITRO adds a lot of smoothness and gives you the perfect head.

Look: it’s black with a thick and soft creamy mocca colored head that stays a very long time. I've never seen a nicer looking stout.

Aroma: roasted coffee, sweet malts, chocolate and perhaps nuts.

Taste: This is a very good tasting stout, with sweet malts, chocolate, coffee and nuts. It is simply Delicious.

Feel: it is full-bodied and extremely smooth and creamy

May 18, 2017
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pezhead_79 from Indiana

3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just a solid shelf stout from Hoppin' Frog. Along with BORIS and now TORIS, these are my go to bombers. I wish the brewery was close so I could get more of this and the variants.

Mar 24, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From notes a ways back…
Black as can be even when held to the light, there’s nearly no edge, head is no surprise super dark, super dark roast, some licorice, fudge, chocolate syrup, charred wood, thick and silky with heaps of char on the finish

Mar 19, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black and is topped with less than an inch of dark brown head that leaves no lacing.

The smell is anise, dark chocolate and roasted malt.

It starts out with a dark chocolate taste that gives way to some anise and coffee flavors. The finish is anise and some black coffee bitterness.

Full mouthfeel with very little carbonation

It reminds me of Bells Expedition Stout and Founders Imperial Stout. They are cheaper, so I will stick with them.

Feb 17, 2017
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Kurmaraja from California

4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm being lame and just ramping up the overall to get the score higher. This is an example of a beer that is more than the sum of its parts. It's a quintessentially well done non-BA Russian Imperial Stout.

Nov 29, 2016
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super dark black brew, with a dark brown head with OK retention.

Smells of chocolate and roasted barley, tinged with a touch of molasses.

Flavor follows, with varying strengths. Lighter roast, chocolate malt, molasses, caramel, a hint of espresso.

Thick and oily; long wet finish. Exceptionally easy to drink, although it comes off a touch flat.

My only complaint is this brew drinks too easily; there's no bite. Many stouts achieve this through hops, extra alcohol, or massive roasty bitterness. This beer has none of that, and yet also doesn't quite merit dessert stout status. Very nice, but it left me wanting more.

Jul 23, 2016
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