D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial StoutD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of pezhead_79
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.4%
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 -8.1%
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 +1.2%
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 +10.7%
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 -12.1%
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 +7.9%
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 -3.8%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big dark beer, mostly black and some brown to the edge, tan on the top, 2/3". Aroma was a chocolate drop. Was surprised that there was not a boozy exterior, did well in covering that.

Taste was a dark chocolate, super thick viscous mouthfeel. Oats seem to smooth this one out. You can pull some coffee out of the malt roasting, there is a little bit of caramel and vanilla in there too.

Dark fruit edges standard in RIS aren't really here, thankfully. I thought this was an impressive double stout without barrel aging.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Jet black pour. Dark brown head retains at a half inch. Lacing is spotty.

S: Intense espresso. High percentage cacao dark chocolate. Pine and bark from the hops. Again, bitter double shot espresso comes through.

T: Bitter espresso. Acrid and smokey. Dark roast coffee and lots of roasted barley begin to dominate. Pure and bitter dark chocolate. Firm hop bitterness throughout and a lot of earthy pine and bark hop flavor. Char and ash. Espresso and earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Huge in stature. Thick with a definite sense of weight. Velvety smooth texture. Some sense of gripping hop astringency. Fine carbonation has a stiff prickle.

O: A huge, bold, and demanding brew. It has your full attention until the last sip. This is not for the casual beer drinker. Drinking it feels like an accomplishment; finishing the glass is like reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro or something. It was a memorable and rewarding experience and I learned something about myself along the way.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled January 2016 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. I do not see a bottling date on listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time. Same as BORIS The Crusher.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the malts as well. The is a little edge from the hops, that is not in the BORIS The Crusher. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this. When comparing this to their BORIS stout, I do not get that flavor from the BORIS The Crusher. This vanilla flavor is very slight and does not detract from the other flavors, nor does it make the overall taste too sweet. The alcohol flavor is stronger than BORIS The Crusher, as expected from a Double Imperial Stout. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal. Strong alcohol which matches with the 10.5% on the label.

Overall: This was the first time I tried DORIS, but I have tried BORIS The Crusher and the oatmeal version of BORIS as well. I love all of these beers. Overall DORIS is an excellent stout. I enjoy both BORIS recipes as well, and would buy any of them again. I like the BORIS Oatmeal Stout the best, followed by DORIS, and then the standard BORIS. I will definitely look for any of these and buy them again.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Motor oil pour. Smells fairly hoppy. Loads of flavor on this one. Chocolate, espresso, toffee, tobacco, dark fruit, and a charred characteristic with an overall pleasent bitterness. Pretty thick. A+ Stout. Would love to try the BA version.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours motor oil black with a one finger dark brown head. The head settles into a thin ring leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruits, and light coffee.

T - Bitter dark chocolate upfront followed by espresso, roasted malts, and dark fruits. There are some light hops in the finish.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Dry sticky finish.

O - This is a monster stout. Definetly recommended to any fan of RIS's.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into my Door County Brewing oversized snifter (one of my favorite pieces of glassware). Thick body, lovely mocha / tan head combined with very good lacing and retention. I'm glad the mouthfeel is thicker than expected here. One of the better stouts off the shelves here at 10.5% for sure. Smell and taste of espresso, dark chocolate and slightly charred oak.

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oily black pour. The very dark cinnamon colored head is moderate, doesn't last very long.

Smells and tastes like dark, bitter chocolate fudge and slightly burnt molasses. Maybe a bit hoppy, but nothing like Storm King. A touch of raisin like dark fruits.

Significant heft to the body.

Reminds me of Founder Imperial Stout with less tobacco and licorice. Excellent across the board.

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Photo of Sabtos
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge, super fluffy, marbleized brown and black whip cream thick head atop a licorice black liquid. This pours almost as if it is on nitro, but the colors are exactly the opposite of uniform and bland, and the aroma makes it extremely evident that it's not on nitro.

Huge walnut and roasted coffee aromas come off the nose.

There are super walnutty, roasted coffee, chocolate, and extremely flavorful malt characteristics just bouncing around everywhere. Frog absolutely kills it with this brew. This is not overly bitter on the coffee notes. It's very well balanced. Unbelievable.

Once you get it on your tongue, even without swirling it around, an immensely creamy, almost pudding like texture comes through that is just absolutely sublime, so delicate yet so damn rich. This is one of the softest, yet densest most luscious brews I've ever felt. And it doesn't hurt that it's absolutely delicious. Some might fault it for it's high alcohol content, but that's totally undetectable, at least to me.

This beer is effing perfect.


Due to a similarity in brewing ethics and a love for the darker side of styles, I thought it fitting to do a side by side with two of my favorite unadulterated stouts, DORIS and Marshal Zhukov, which I was finally able to do early 2017. Zhukov is a little sweeter like there's chocolate cherry, maybe some cedar or wood. One person did mention soy sauce. DORIS is more roasty, chocolatey and nutty. When they warm Zhukov has more licorice and molasses, while DORIS is hoppier with pine, cedar and even lime...? Not the primary flavors/aromas, but just the little notes that set them apart from each other. Conclusion is unanimous: these are both two righteous beers.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a rich motor oil black color. Aroma is a little sweet, a little boozy and a molasses like coffee smell. Flavor is rich, sweet, has notes of chatted coffee and chocolate. Leaves a bit of a bitter burned chocolate flavor on the aftertaste. Overall a very solid beer.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to Snifter
Aroma: oatmeal, toasted malt, reminds me of an exceptional Australian Cappuccino.
Appearance: dark dark black, medium and lasting tan head. Lacing.
Taste: Dark chocolate, plum, fig, coffee, very sweet, brown sugar-ish. Tasty.
Feel: medium to low carbonation, to be expected with such a thick syrupy beer. Very hearty; a meal.
Overall: a really nice beer.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a rich deep black with two fingers of mocha-colored head. Light wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of chocolate, fudge, toffee, dark fruit and a bit of booze.

This one hits you with huge chocolate/fudge notes followed by some espresso, toffee, and booze from the 10.5% abv.

Medium-to-full bodied and rich with a lighter carbonation.

I can't remember when I last had a beer with this big of a chocolate/fudge going on. Very nice.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a brown head. Smells of roasty malts and chocolate. The taste is more roasty and toasty, with light coffee and dark chocolate flavors. It feels light and creamy, with moderate carbonation. Overall a good imperial oatmeal stout, with more roasty than chocolate flavors.

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Photo of do_ob
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Duvel glass. No date on the bottle but I had a black cap. Pours coal black straight out of the bottle, and settles even blacker in the glass. Probably THE darkest beer I have ever seen. 1/2 a finger of dark brown foam initially, which settled into a spotty lacing after about a minute. Huge, intense aroma consisting of sweet, dark fruits, roasted malt, bitter chocolate, expresso, and figs. Very, very sweet smelling. Very dense and chewy on the palate - the trademark of a big ol' beer. Loads of bitter chocolate, expresso, and roasted malt on the taste. Holy crap, this beer is a monster. I get a little hops middleways, along with a slight booziness. These mingle with the chocolate and malts up to the finish, which is decently creamy. Expresso/coffee and a tad of vanilla on the aftertaste.

Overall, this is a really good, but really gigantic beer. Somehow it seems a bit more well-crafted than your run of the mill RIS. I'm almost regretting cracking this on a weeknight. But at $10.99, it's well worth the price.

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Photo of jp32
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This was one of the biggest, hugest, darkest beers I have had the pleasure of trying. Pours pitch oily black into the glass. A brilliant bright brown shining head on top. One of the darkest head retenions I have ever seen.

Big aroma, dark fruit, burnt toast, and raisins.

The flavor is huge and complex. It has everything a beer of this style should. Extrememly roasted, something burnt, raisins and other dried fruit, dark chocolate, cold pressed coffee.

Heavy, slick mouthfeel. This really is an excellent brew, something I am sure they are proud of.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: deep black, totally opaque. About a half inch of mocha dark tan head. Head diminishes somewhat quickly and mellows to the sides of the glass where it builds up on the edge of the beer. Really a nice looking stout.

Smell: Fruit is the dominant scent for me. Overripe cherry. Very subtle coffee notes compared to other stouts. The alcohol is there in the scent as well but masked nicely. The pungent dark fruits bring the alcohol in the nose so pleasantly.. it's a smell that is really pleasing. Upon exhale your senses are delighted and you come back for more.

Taste: As with the scent, deep cherry mixed with chocolate is the initial flavor. Coffee and toffee are only in the backdrop with this one. Reminds me of Founders Imperial. Fruit up front with a sweet middle that makes room for one last burst of bitter yet smooth fruit at the end. Cherry lingers in the aftertaste nicely with some bitter chocolate.

Feel: This, along with the smell, is the highlight of this beer. Not quite as thick as Evil Twin's Jesus lineup, but definitely a thicker, sweeter imperial that makes use of the bitter fruits of many of my favorite imperial stouts. Carbonation is low on this one which I really enjoy. Silky smooth. Almost no carbonation at all except for a couple bubbles on the finish. Medium body leaning toward heavy. Definitely not so weighted that the bomber can't be consumed solo although I love fat sweet stouts.

Overall: extremely well done. I need to give Hoppin Frog more opportunities. About $13 for the bomber so I'm not sure I would revisit in bomber format but definitely on tap. I recommend this to anyone who has yet to try it

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