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

D.O.R.I.S. The DestroyerD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #74
Ranked #1,262
4.24 | pDev: 8.96%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
D.O.R.I.S. The DestroyerD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer
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Photo of DrDemento456
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.

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Photo of micada
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.

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Photo of 22Blue
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.

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Photo of beergoot
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.

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Photo of sjdevel
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
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.

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Photo of colts9016
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.

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Photo of josanguapo
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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
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.

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Photo of putonyourwalkingshoes
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
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.

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Photo of Just-the-sip
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
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.

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Photo of Thomas_Wikman
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

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Photo of pezhead_79
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
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

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
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.

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Photo of Roguer
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.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an opaque very dark brown almost black color, like motor oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Roasted malts, oats, chocolate, and some coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied, thick and very silk like on the palate. Finishes with dark chocolate and roast.

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Photo of ClavisAurea
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle served cold in a teku

Appearance: one of the thickest beers I've ever poured out. This makes Ozark Blues Ten Fidy look like water. No light penetrating the black beer. The thick and creamy dark brown head sank to some foam on the rim, very oily and nasty looking (in a good way)

Nose: chocolate, coffee bomb, rich and decedent with a strong malty backbone. Powerful beer but with no alcohol presence on the nose

Taste: Where is the booz?!? for a 10.5% beer this has the alcohol feel of a 6%er. The mouthfeel however is like a troop of Russian black bears stampeding through my mouth after a hairy deer. It is so rich and creamy and decedent that I don't know what to do with it. The waves of chocolate and coffee never stop, the intensity of this beer goes right from the beginning to the long and sweet lingering finish. There is a touch of dark fruits like raisins, prunes, and figs with a slight cherry thing in the finish. Absolutely stunning here.

Overall: I am completely blown away by this beer. I've heard that Hoppin' Frog knows what they are doing but I didn't expect this... I need the BA version in my life and will seek out more of their beers the next time I go shopping (tomorrow maybe after this one). Buy this beer NOW!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.69/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Black body, nice tall deep tan, if soapy, head, thick appearance- lots of baritone *glug*s while pouring. On the nose, baker's chocolate. and mild smoke give way to hot alcohol, acidity, and mild soy sauce. The taste is very potent. Lots of bitter licorice, harsh oak, burnt malt, and ethanol heat. Bitter and alcoholic, like the aftertaste of a shot of whiskey. Body is thick, rich, just what an imperial stout with oatmeal steroids should be.
I love a rich, warming stout, but this one was even a bit much for me. Maybe I need my alcohol more well masked, maybe I'm a pussy, this one lacked sufficient big stout flavor to adequately appetize the alcohol within.

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Photo of Czequershuus
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it certainly looks like a big imperial stout - deep black in color with a very small head. The aroma begins with a punch of milk chocolate, followed by a strong note of molasses. Later on the fruit characteristics come through- blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry, and dried apricot all come through. The flavor is dominated by the powerful chocolate flavor, as well as black currant, some soy sauce, pickled lemon, and even some bubblegum. Of the fruit, the blueberry is most apparent in the flavor. The mouthfeel is full, but there is something tangy, almost acidic that holds it all together. Overall this stout was pleasantly complex, but not endlessly so - despite the ABV it maintained a strong sense of drinkability, The fruity characteristics were fun and unique. Great beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (no date, but the beer has been in my cellar for about two years) to a tulip.

A-The beer pours heavily, like oil, out of the bottle into the glass. There is no head, just a thin collar of brown foam and shiny, oily sheen on top. Color is deep, dark brown, but not quick black. It is still and opaque.

S-The aroma reminds me of brownie batter and fudge, and it smells equally as sweet with notes of prune and raisin. There is a good dose of fusel alcohol that singes my nostrils as I inhale. Flaked oats smooth things out somewhat, but coffee and heavy roasted barley bitterness creeps in as the beer warms.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. I taste a lot of dark and milk chocolate, oats, a bit of heavily roasted grain, sweet prunes and raisins, fusel alcohol, and hints of soy. The finish displays a little coffee bean.

M-The body is heavy and viscous, but not terribly syrupy. Carbonation is pretty mild, but provides enough of a lift on the palate to keep things interesting.

O-This is a well-done beer that I may have aged a little too long. The fudge and brownie batter notes are great and you can tell this is an oatmeal stout. I also really like the mouthfeel. But there were hints of oxidation and a touch too much soy for me to rank this beer any higher.

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Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 1358 ratings