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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 Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bruisn' Ales. This takes RIS to newer heights. I am underrating this beer I am sure. Let's start: appearance is black with crimson amber head that has to be seen. The aroma is hops, smpoke, soy bar-B-q sauce. Everything is well integrated in the taste, that carries itself with creamy mouthfeel. Declicious and so-drinkable smoke and liquid chocolate, alcohol there, coffee. New top 25 beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kelly88 for sending me this one!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch dark chocolate milk colored head that fades to an oily cap. Random small spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet dark chocolate, slight coffee, and some cinnamon. I really like the aromas coming off this beer. Taste is of bittersweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. There is a roasty bitterness that lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good RIS that I think is about on par with B.O.R.I.S. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is a monster. pours dark chocolate like herseys syrup, some serious viscosity here. thick as honey, with almost no head. smells like alcohol and coffee, tempered by dark dark malts and flaked oats. flavor is heavy on the coffee, also a little sweet like burnt sugar. bready grains, oatmealy. they oats still manage to find a place amongst all the heavy hitters in here. mouthfeel is just wild, maybe the thickest sludgiest beer ive ever seen, impossibly full bodied, its heavy in my glass even, just dense. almost no carbonatio, this is quite strange. like something id expect to see from mikkeller. this was my first hoppin frog beer but it wont be my last, it was an ambitious undertaking on their part, and i think its executed quite well. not a beer for everyone, but if you like these colossal stouts, this is your horse, or should i say frog?

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Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a very thin tan head that died down rather quickly, leaving just swirls of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of black licorice in the nose along with notes of roasted malts. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of black licorice along with notes of roasted malts and hints of oatmeal. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels relatively full-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather intense but is something that is nice to sip and savor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With the acclaim of B.O.R.I.S. in hand, it's obvious that Hoppin' Frog can do Stouts well. I have all the confidence going in that this will be an extraordinary Stout. ...it does not dissapoint!

Opening with a black onyx-like sheen, the dark pitch colored beer builds a creamy and dense medium brown froth that soon subsides to a blanket across the glass but then holding firm for the duration. With ample lace and retention, the beer continues to impress the eye down to the very last sip.

Dark roast coffees, brownie mix, roasted walnuts, cocoa, malted milk, sherry and rummy alcohols appease and tickle the nose while the roasty dry scent of highly kilned malts and earthy hops have a very deeply rooted and robust scent.

Malty rich to taste, it's the roasted malts and cocoa character that delivers the bulk of malt taste- coffee and bitter chocolates. This is even before the tepid malty sweetness of toffee and malted milk have any chance to rival for taste dominance. Deliciously dark and robust but not necessarily rich with malty sweetness- this is a prayer answered for the staunch Stout critic, but the lack of sweetness at the onset makes the beer harsh for me. But as the dry roasty character subsides and the malted milkshake character emits, the more rounded flavors of soy, sherry, bitter-sweet chocolate and leafy, bark-like hop bitterness come about to provide the complexity and well melded qualities that this dark ale deserves.

Highly robust, but somehow thinned by the dry grain texture to start and the astringency of spent coffee grounds, a moderate astringency abounds, but oddly at the front on the mouth rather than in finish. The extended mid palate and finish of the beer allows us to quickly dismiss the grainy-dry roast character and to appreciate the coffee and cocoa aftertaste later.

Oddly, each sip of this beer delivers the same- an early bitter-astringent-grainy-burnt character that makes me want to dismiss and drink straight away. But the developing mid palate and pleasantly dry finish of warmth and roast leaves a very pleasant late palate. This is unlike any beer that I can recall having.

It seems to pair well with mint chocolate candies as there's a nice interplay with the mint, gin-like alcohols, and citrusy-grassy hops. The chocolate on chocolate complements are obvious.

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Photo of brentk56
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pitch black color with a small, very dark tan head that quickly fades to a ringlet and archipelago, leaving a lot of viscous spots on the side of the chalice

Smell: Whoa, this is one hoppy stout; underneath the hops there is a lot of roasty malt, chocolate and dark fruit, with a hint of ethanol

Taste: The hops arrive first, but after it settles in there is a massive dark fruit, graham cracker and chocolate flavor, followed by roast and the reappearance of the hops; after the swallow, the hops, chocolate and dark fruit co-mingle, with a hint of residual sweetness to balance out the bitter flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low to moderate carbonation but a tingle on the tongue from the bitterness

Drinkability: It has been a while since I had BORIS, so I cannot really compare the two, but this is one powerful beer

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Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.75

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing if simple label art and unbranded gold pressure cap acquired at Lukas Liquor and served into an EKU 28 stem-snifter glass in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock CO. 10.5% ABV confirmed. 118 OG. 70 IBU. I don't recall exactly when this was picked up, but it's at least 6 months old and no more than 14.

Served chilled - after a period of rest following its removal from the fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a half finger wide head of gorgeous rich tan colour with shiny red hues. Nice thickness and creaminess. Retention is subpar - about 40 seconds, though the floater ring it resolves to remains for maybe a minute longer. Luscious thick even lacing coats the sides of the glass. Nice soft complexion. Smooth consistency.

Body colour is, predictably, an opaque solid jet black. No floating yeast particles are visible. No light can penetrate this beer.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for an imperial stout and I'm really looking forward to trying it. Not unique or special. No egregious flaws. The head colour is wonderful; I just wish it would stick around longer.

Sm: Luscious lush cream. Dark malts. Milk chocolate. Chocolate malts. Lightly earthy. Any roasted barley is so buried it's imperceptible. It's a biteen timid, and is surprisingly light in terms of its strength. Oatmeal is about as strong here as oatmeal in a beer gets - which admittedly isn't much. Seems silky and velvety just based on the aroma - as unlikely as that may seem.

Not boozy or hot. Clean; no yeast character is detectable. I find no coffee.

A pleasing, sweet aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Elegant, silky, velvety, slick, smooth, and wet.

But it's also has this atrocious earthy bitterness, evoking ash and spent coffee. There're even some grainy sedimentary notes lurking beneath the surface.

Dark malts and chocolate malts comprise the bulk of the foundation. It's nicely creamy. Hopping is strong for the style; I pick up some hop bitterness as well as faint traces of floral hop character - which have faded with age to unfavorable effect.

Well-carbonated. Subpar presence on the palate. Decent thickness and body. A filling beer. Luckily, it's never too syrupy. But unfortunately, it's quite astringent, rough, harsh, and even vinous. Ugh. It drags on the palate. The texture is a real disappointment. Even the smoothing oats can't save it.

Not oily or gushed.

It's certainly on the sweeter end.

Balance is mediocre. Build isn't particularly cohesive, and is far from gestalt. Average duration and intensity of flavour. Below average depth of flavour. It's got plenty of complexity, but can't manage its many notes in a pleasing approachable way. Lacks subtlety, intricacy, and nuance. It's very bold and assertive, but attacks and ravages the palate without any consideration for delicacy or fragility.

Dr: An overly-aggressive imperial stout with far too much hopping (both in terms of personal preference and just for the balance of the beer). I'm really disappointed. I wouldn't buy this again or recommend it to friends. Ultimately, it's just too damn bitter and earthy. The mouthfeel is a disaster. It's difficult to drink as a result. I'll have to revisit it fresh to see if age was its undoing.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a super dark brown foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with black chocolate and some green dry hops notes. Taste is dominated by intense notes of roasted malt with some dry black chocolate and some light coffee notes. There is also some green hops notes which I am not sure really brings anything more to this beer. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting, intense but I really could do without the hops profile in this one.

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Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a viscous, thick, jet-black color with a minimal, light brown head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of chocolate, rich roastiness and hints of coffee.

T - It tasted of dark chocolate, roasted malt, oats and coffee. There is a nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium to full bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty DIPA. I may have to buy some more of this one soon.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared by a generous beer advocate at DLD 2010.

A: Pours near black with a nice mocha head.

S: Plenty of roasted malt alongside coffee, chocolate, more roast, and a nice whiff of hops.

T: Lots going on with chocolate, coffee, a bit of smoke, creamy oats, and slightly bitter from the hops.

M: Full-bodied; nice and chewy. The oats are definitely doing their job here.

D: Very tasty and not too crazy in any direction.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to pmccallum86 for sharing this one.

Poured into CCB snifter.

Pours a rich dark tan head. Head fades down fast. Leaves some light lacing. Color is a deep black.

Aroma: I get sweet licorice and molasses before the chocolate and oatmeal kick in. Once the chocolate and oatmeal kick in, it is all that from then out. I barely get any layer of of hops here.

Taste: Large amount of silky chocolate up front with a fairly impressive amount of oatmeal flavor. The bittering hops are more present here adding a touch of grassiness. The sweetness is back again with the molasses and light licorice flavors. Just like the aroma pretty much. I get some roasted malts and maybe a touch of caramel here as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Very roasty as well. Ends dry and roasted with chocolate flavors.

Overall, this is a big beer. I like it, but it is too straight forward for what is normally a complex style. The chocolate and oatmeal is just too much it seems when it overshadows the other flavors of the styles. Relatively drinkable, but very big.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating(but I bought this in Spring 2011). Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with plenty of alcohol legs. Aromas of big dark chocolate, char, roasted malt, toffee, caramel, coffee, molasses, herbal, and earthiness. Very nice aromas with great balance, complexity, and strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, char, roasted malt, coffee, toffee, toast, caramel, molasses, and earthy spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, coffee, toffee, char, toast, and earthy spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; with nearly zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Very rich and robust. Light-medium carbonation and very full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and thick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Russian Imperial stout. Very rich and robust with nice complexity and balance of flavors; quite smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable to sip on slowly.

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Photo of nickfl
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of dark brown foam on top of a completely opaque, black body. The foam settles fairly rapidly and leaves little lace.

S - Earthy notes of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt with smoke and dry caramel.

T - Oily, dark chocolate coats the palate up front. Some coffee and carbon notes come out in the middle with a hint of citrusy hop flavor. Things finish up dark, sweet caramel and dark roast as well as moderate hop flavor and bitterness. Lingering chocolate and smoke flavors in the aftertaste.

M - A thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Pretty well balanced for a beer this big, but despite its robust flavor it just isn't all that interesting. There is an earthy intensity to the aroma that is a combination of chocolate and wet dirt that is quite interesting. The roast malt and chocolate work well together in the flavor, but they never do much to create complexity. It is drinkable, but it never develops the depth of flavor that I would expect from such a beer. This is not the worst thing I have had from hopping frog, but it reinforces my dim view of the brewery.

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Photo of oberon
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Pours ink black with a much deeper than mocha colored head,brown sugar and char with a but load of earthy hops with become resiny in the "burps".Well crafted and the alcohol is big but doesn't punch you in the face.

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Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can't believe this is my first Hoppin Frog review as I've had most of their beers. I'm a little disappointed to see DORIS with a lower rating as I loved BORIS. Anyways, gotta try it myself to know for sure, so here goes.

A: A super dark and rich creamy head rises up to about 2 fingers in my tulip glass. It sits around for a long time, never wanting to leave the party. The beer itself is darker than the moonless night sky on arbor day.... or something.

N: Hmm, the nose is a little weak. I do get some malts, fluffy malts, creamy aromas, some sweet caramel, nougat, brown sugar, molasses, and everything sweet. A touch of booze as well, with hints of hops. It does have that luscious aroma.

T: Aaaannnddd.... Hmmm, not quite what I expected. Very thick and syrupy as well as chewy and slightly smooth, lots of chewy malts with hints of hop bitterness. More fluff a bit of marshmellow and oatmeal. Some bitterness more from the scorched malts than hops. A slight astringent minerality which brings about a bit of tobacco, used tobacco that is, like stuck in an ashtray. A bit of black patent malt and crystal. Some sweet caramel and molasses. Not really the roast and chocolate I was expecting.

M: Very thick, chewy, a little smooth and creamy, lower but good carbonation.

F: Very sticky on the finish, my mouth can hardly open again to take the next sip. Some lingering bitterness from the charred malts more than hops. Dries a bit but lots of lingering sweet stickiness. Black patent malt there I think. More minerality and touch of soy sauce comes through on the finish as well. Wait... could it be... I think... yes! A touch of roasted malt and coffee. Yay, something there I was expecting finally, but really late on the finish and could just be my brain associating the scorched malt bitterness with roast. I got a couple to age so I hope it ages better than it tastes fresh at least. I can see why it only got an A-. Although with the heaviness and sweetness it did hide the 10.5% abv well.

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Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 22(?)oz bottle.
Feel: Full thick body with excellent carbonation. Some alcohol evident.

Rich well-balanced flavor (although not quite as rich as the extreme Prairie Pirate Noir consumed beforehand). Bitter/sweet ratio kept in balance. Some coffee, especially in the aftertaste.

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

22 oz bottle into a wide mouth tulip glass.

Pours black, with a rigid finger of extremely burnt mocha head which is borderline looking chocolate colored at times. The retention isn't quite as strong as I would have thought, with some light richness around the edges and a moderately robust cascade of spotty creamy lacing. Blackened and roasted malts are at the forefront of the aroma, being burnt and even a little smoky smelling. This is propped up by the sweet thickness of chocolate and caramel malts underneath. Bitter (and slightly herbal) smelling citric hops control the nose to a surprisingly degree, adding an extra layer of flavorful power to the proceedings. Just a light dash of warmth from the ABV is noticeable.

The taste is basically all heavy sweetness up front, with chocolate fudge, sticky toffee, and fruity citrus all carrying themselves boldly through the bulk of the profile. The finish on this however is all burnt roasted coffee and bitter citrus rind. Just enough bitterness creeps into the sweetness to keep is balanced yet still allowing the flavors to all shine in their own right. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a nice thick chewiness to the carbonation. A sharper feel runs through the middle of this, bringing out those hops on the tongue while an oily slickness combines with some EXTREMELY well hid alcohol character to make this a surprisingly easy sipper for the massive size of it.

I enjoyed this. While not overly complex, this was still bold, brassy, and most importantly, well balanced between all that sweetness, roast, and hops. This is a nice counterpart to the B.O.R.I.S. and while I don't think that this is quite as good as that beer is; it still definitely holds it own with a lot of the more hoppy Imperial Stouts out there.

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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 dbrauneis
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color. The beer has a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer dark mocha head that reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Strong aromas of milk chocolate, dark roasted malts, and anise/licorice. There is a dark fruit sweetness along with some light hints of alcohol.

T: The beer has quite a lot of dark fruit sweetness along with milk chocolate, anise/licorice, dark roasted malts, and some hints of oatmeal.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Oatmeal creaminess.

O: There is some interesting complexity to this beer but it is not the easiest to drink. The flavors are extremely rich but it is a sipping beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Capone's, Norristown, PA

Dark brown-black pour into a snifter, topped with a small, dense layer of creamy mocha head. This is how I like my stouts to look. Lots of roast in the nose, dark malts, coffee, cocoa, woody booze notes, herbal and earthy hops. More roastiness in the taste, dark malts, coffee, unsweetened chocolate, an underlying charred wood quality, and a definite hop bitterness that lingered to the end. I'm not a big fan of noticeable hoppiness in big stouts, but it wasn't too bad here...maybe comparable to Storm King. Nearly full-bodied, hop bitterness prevents it from being too smooth, but overall, it's quite good.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Pitch black, small mocha brown head, quick to a long lasting lace.
Rich smell of salty dark chocolate, burnt toffee, molasses, rich roasted malts with robust coffee bean notes, faint cherries, cigar, toasted wood chips, really intense, strong.
Taste is very different than the smell. Starts with a juicy dark fruit zing, with cherries, blueberry, dark grapes and some fig, drenched in booze, reminding of bourbon. Citrus undernote too. Dark chocolate splashed with some caramel, a bit of toffee, butterscotch, licorice. It's quite crisp, surely from the extra hops, with a "black IPA"ish bitterness in the finish, along with warm alcohol and lingering sweet dark fruit.
The big stout notes flourish in the aftertaste, after the hops fade, with a rich roasted maltiness, cigar, salt, bit of dark chocolate. Medium body and carbonation, quite "wet" and not that smooth.
This was good, but i wanted more of the salty dark roast and chocolate from the smell in the taste. Strong, hoppy, tasty, easy to drink for a "Destroyer", until it gets quite a bit boozy.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle - $13.99 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a viscous-looking, black body with a churning, equally viscous-looking, deep brown head. Take me away from all this, Hoppin' Frog. Take me away to Expensive Bomber Country.

Smell: Heavily roasty scent, quite heady, with rather robust notes of tar, char, and chocolate-flavored creosote stirred up with dark coffee.

Taste: Fully roasted maltiness that settles on the tongue, then pushes the roastiness up another notch heading towards an oat-and-malt-based tar for road repair. Italian roast coffee concentrate dosed with some black strap molasses. Near 100% cocoa bar. Some scorched dark fruit skins. As it warms, some citrus begins to leak out. Roasty, earthen quality with plenty of imparted bitterness. Some heat, some roasted malt astringency in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Near-full body. Medium carbonation. Plush, creamy body.

Overall: A bit roastier, a bit more bitter, a bit heavier, and a bit more alcohol. I'm sure it cost a bit more, too. Which, at first, sounded like a good idea, but, deep down, I think I would've been happier with just the BORIS. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"It is occasionally possible to charge Hell with a bucket of water, but against stupidity the gods themselves struggle in vain."

--Doris Fleeson

Anthracite with nary a glimmer of lightening at the edges. Following a muted escape of CO2 on crown cracking, it took an increasingly elevated pour to produce a skinny two fingers of cafe au lait colored cream. Persistence is impressive, however, and finely stippled lace is much more extensive than expected.

The nose is RIS good, not RIS great. It's primarily black-roasted-chocolate malty (natch), with a shot of hops that doesn't seem to be a major player at this point. Hard to say how old this bottle is, but I'm pretty sure it hasn't yet reached its first birthday. Very good things are expected on the palate.

D.O.R.I.S. is at least as good as B.O.R.I.S... and isn't quite as delicious as barrel-aged B.O.R.I.S. This is boldly flavored beer, but it isn't as deep or as complex as the best of style. Hop bitterness is still considerable (70 IBUs to start), which keeps the beer from being overly sweet.

Black malt is front-and-center. There's also quite a bit of charred coffee beaniness and plenty of dark chocolate. Brown sugar, molasses, and dark fruit (sweet things, in other words) aren't really present. Alcohol masking is barely acceptable, but the bump in ABV over B.O.R.I.S. wasn't really needed.

Along with appearance (great looking lace is sticking like glue), mouthfeel is a highlight. It's more lush, plush and silky smooth than big and sticky-sappy, which is to its credit. Despite initial worries, the carbonation is right where it needs to be... on the low end.

Hoppin' Frog D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout is bigger than B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout, but it isn't better. For my money, the bourbon barrel-aged version of the latter blows them both out of the water.

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Photo of billab914
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle that I believe was purchased in 2010, poured into my Stone IRS glass. Pitch black in color with a thin, dark tan head scattered across the top.

The aroma has a very rich dark chocolate presence to it with some notes of brownie batter and a little coffee. The roasted malts seemed to come out a little more as it warmed. Nice aroma overall, very bold and rich and it comes together well.

The tastes shows more of the roasted malts and adds in some very smoky notes as well. It's got some slightly burnt and coffee notes coming out more towards the finish. The rich dark chocolate is very good in it and lasts well into the finish. Again, it comes together very well.

The mouthfeel is heavy and viscous with carbonation being on the lower end. Very nice mouthfeel for the style. Overall, I thought it was a very good beer that aged nicely. The rich dark chocolate was really good and the bold roasted, slightly smoky malts that came out more in the taste were also really good. I thought it was a great version of the style and one of the better non-barrel aged versions of the style I've had in a while.

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Photo of russpowell
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle in Hickory NC, hooray beer!

PourS ink black with a sliver of caramel flavored head. Great viscosity, some lacing, zero head retention

S: Vanilla & dark fruit, opens up more as this warms

T: Licorice, dark choclate, much dryness, dark fruit & sour mash, herbal hops, carob up front. Dark fruit & leafy hops as this warms, rich dark chocolate & booze. Dryness & oakyness, vanilla, a touch of caramel in the finish

MF: Chewy, low carbonation, richer with each sip & warming as well

Drinks great for the style & ABV, not as good as BA Boris, but nice. Having said that, at the price they were selling in NC $20 a bomber, I can do much better closer to home ( Oak aged Yeti, Schafly IMP Stout or BLVD ImpStout for instance ) & for cheaper

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