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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010

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Ranking:
#999
Reviews:
446
Ratings:
1,324
pDev:
9%
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Photo of Sammy
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -6.4%
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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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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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4.22/5  rDev 0%
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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2.92/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

C

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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Phyl21ca
4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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