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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

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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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Added by MbpBugeye on 03-26-2010

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black, opaque, with a small, thick, dark brown head.

Scent of juicy dark fruit, sweet, dry hops, roasted malts, oatmeal, chocolate, and a hint of spicy alcohol. It is hoppy, but not to the extent of Night Stalker or Darkness.

Taste of roasted malts, charred oak, dry bitter hops, ash, dark fruit, oatmeal, and chocolate. Finishes with bitter coffee and hops, one of the most bitter Imperial Stouts I have ever had. While it may not be as hoppy as Night Stalker or Darkness, it certainly is more bitter.

Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and oily, but a little bit thin from the low carbonation.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.6/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber bought on sale from Binny's

A: Pours out thick, as thick a beer I've seen in some time. Puts KBS to shame in terms of viscosity if that counts for anything. Black as motor oil and topped with a decent sized, half and inch worth of bubbly, chocolaty brown head.

S: Pretty seriously hopped, reminds me of Nightstalker. Pineapple and other fancy tropical and sweet fruits

T/MF: Softly carbonated with the massive doses of hops providing a lot of traction on the tongue that otherwise would be lacking in this beer. Taste is sort of difficult to describe for me, other than that I can say it seems like a more abrasive Nightstalker, has sort of the character of a black IPA in the beginning stages then moving into licorice/baker's chocolate bitterness. Given a bit of time to warm this beer takes on a sweeter character, a bit of a buttery chocolate, maybe a bit of coffee and cream mixed in with this unrelenting hoppiness.

D: Hmmmm, not really sure how I feel about this beer. The hops seem to be a bit too forward and appear to cover up the "stoutier" aspects of this beer. Things just are not gelling with me like I would have liked it too. Can't really say I'd give this beer another chance, even if to cellar, unless it was on sale again. I will say one thing about the beer though, it certainly don't feel as big as it portends to be.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty much exactly what you would expect - deep dark brown/black body with a fluffy brown head and some spotty lacing. The nose is very roasty - roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Wonderful aroma. Unfortunately, I felt like the taste fell flat a bit. The predominant note is roast - there's a nice sweet maltiness in the background, with notes of dark chocolate and coffee. I felt like the aftertaste was just overly harsh. The roasted character was simply much too dominant, IMO. And the bitterness was compounded by a decent helping of hops. Just tongue smackingly roasted bitterness. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

The mouthfeel is superb - thick and creamy. Perfect feel.

All in all, this is an interesting and well-crafted brew, but the roasted quality was just too much for me. It's unfortunate, since this beer is excellent in almost every other facet.

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Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Delirium Tremens snifter/tulip. Pours a heavely dark black with about a finger or two of medium tan head. Retention is a non-issue as it dissapates relatively quickly but settles to a nice creamy surface. Spotty but sticky lacing.

Aroma is a little weird. It reminds me of how Smuttynose Imperial Stout smells. It has a mild medicinal aroma. If you can get past that, there's some great coffee and chocolate notes. Wow, this beer smells thick! Is that possible?? I guuess I should add it's rather malty too, which isn't a bad thing.

Tastes a lot better than it smells! Very malty and thick, tons of heavy chocolate, oatmeal, and coffee notes. Carbonation is mild, great mouthfeel! Booze stands out well in the swallow. Has an extrememly tasty chocolate aftertaste! A very good stout!

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Photo of phiberoptik
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... For as BIG of a beer as this, this goes down surprisingly well with little to no sting from the alcohol.

I shared this with a non-BA friend as he was kind enough to go out of his way to get it for me from a local store, and he said he couldnt imagine spending $12 on a bottle of beer (ha) but when he tried it he said it was worth every penny and compared it to a wine that should be sipped and enjoyed rather than drank like most beers.

It pours almost like hot motor oil that has been ran for 5,000 miles. Pitch black with a dark carmel layer of head. We drank this out of small rocks glasses so not much for a head to form.

The smell just hit me as roasted malts and dark chocolate.

As it warmed, it just got better and better. Coffee, dark chocolate, heavily roasted malt, and a hint of anise in the taste. Absolutely nothing about the taste of this beer held me back. Only the sheer quality and fact that I didnt want a buzz, held me back from drinking this faster.

I have a few bottles to keep on hand but I sure wish this was easier to get than it is. WOW!

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Photo of joshstevens87
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a jet black witha quarter inch dirty tan head
S-a slight roasted character with mostly coholate and a slight coffee note with a citrus hoppyness to balance the malt
T-more roasted/burnt character and coffee and chocolate notes with a bit of dark fruitand anise in the background with a strong citrus hop presence
M-a heavy body with a nice carbonation which lightens the body a little bit and makes this tasty beer refreshing
D-a great beer with an excellent taste with a nice balance between hop presence and the usual RIS malt taste with the hops making this beer crisp and drinkable even for an RIS

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a very dark oily hick black with a really nce dark brown fluffy head. Nose is pretty boozy but also malty and rich with some light hops.

Taste is rich and sweet, sharp and sweet with some very light hoppiness. Mouthfeel is really rich and full very creamy and tasty. Boozier than Boris but still tasty.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was allowed to chill an served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is black. No light is peaking through this body. The head is the color of chocolate milk. Nice rings mark the beers passage from my glass. The head resolves down to a thin sheen.

Smell: Citrus hops lead a charge at my nose. These are supported by cocoa, smoke, molasses, dark roasted and toasted coffee aromas. Alcohol creeps its way into the aroma but isnt annoying.

Taste: The flavor of the beer has alot of the roasted and burnt flavors I expected and hoped would be present. A bit of cocoa and brown sugar combined in a cup of coffee. Nice hop bitterness splash of citrus. The alcohol rolls into the flavor and gives it a vague vodka splash. I bet as this beer sets a bit this vodka dies off.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: I really dig the mouthfeel of the beer. The body of the beer is among the fullest I have experienced. Very smooth and slick while drinking. Long lasting bitterness cuts up the sweetness of the beer. The beer has a slightly alcoholic feel to the mouth and this blemishes the mouthfeel and the drinkability slightly. This beer disappeared rapidly from my glass. When the alcohol is tamed a little this will be a very potent kick ass Imperial Stout. Thanks Hopping Frog.

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Photo of Bung
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Thick black pour, with a small amount of brown bubbles. Some lacing going on.

Roasty aroma, burnt malt, dark chocolate and anise. A nice punch of herbal pine also.

Tons of malt present, toasted, burnt. A smoked woodiness to it also. Dark chocolate, anise and slight caramel. Hops are there mid slightly through finish. Finish with nice espresso bitter.

Full bodied, there isn't a ton of carbonation, but it is a bit sharp yet. I'd bet will smooth to creaminess with age.

It's still a bit young and warm, but still drinkable. Potential is high with this one. I'm sure this one will do really nicely in the cellar. Darkness, or Smuttynose Imperial likeness.

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Photo of bevenson
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass

A - Dark as a black hole and thick. Dark brown head with small tight bubbles. Leaves clear residue on sides of glass that is a warning of the alcohol content.

S - Grassy and citrusy hop aroma. Alcohol is evident in nose, especially as the beer warms. Firm coffee and chocolate malt aroma.

T - Strong chocolate and coffee with a hefty backing of grapefruit. Normally I don't like a strong American hop presence in a dark beer, but this beer has found a nice balance between the roast and the citrus. Slight mineral, chalky quality. Very firm bitterness which is keeping the slightly sweet finish well in check.

M - Thick, full bodied with medium to low carbonation which lends to a very smooth beer. Warming alcohol even from a few ounce sample.

O - When Hoppin' Frog decides to brew this beer again, I am definitely seeking it out again. However, I am a little torn on what to do with this beer. I think the alcohol could use a little age to mellow, but the hop flavor and aroma contribute a lot to this beer. This beer could be a little better if the alcohol was a little more blended with the rest of the flavors but the hop aroma and flavor was retained.

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Photo of ridglens
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

so, the D.O.R.I.S....

Bought in Cincinnati, aged a week haha, and poured into a Portsmouth Brewery snifter. i drank most of the bottle (except half a glass shared with my father) from just warmer than fridge temperature to just under room temperature.
A- Jet black, poured thick as motor oil.no light through any of the glass, even the thinnest edges. could not force a head out of this beer, even with a strong pour i only got a thin layer of bubbles.

S- pretty typical of the style, lots of coffee and malt, with some bitter chocolte, but with more hops than most RIS's that i have tried. makes everything smell more bitter... a little alcohol in the back as well.

T- good. very malty, but has a STRONG kick of hops. not overly sweet as some, in fact a little less sweet than "typical" i would say, but could seem like that because of the hop presence. SOLID beer though

M- thick and rich, coats the mouth. you can "dig" this one out of the corners of your mouth ten minutes later, which is to me the ideal feel of the style, this beer feels great.

D- this guy could probably use at least a little while in the cellar, as it is so intense in malty and hoppy, it could stand to chill out a bit. that being said, it was completely enjoyable to the last drop, so 4

great beer! thanks Hoppin' Frog

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Photo of levifunk
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought a 22oz bomber to a tasting.

Sadly this is my first hoppin frog beer, so I can't compare this to the BORIS or BA BORIS.

This was way more hoppy then I was expecting, but if you have had BORIS, maybe that wouldnt be a surprise? Taste was very good. smoky chocolate and caramel balance the hops very well. Low carbonation made the feel very thick and sticky.

I'd say definitely something to share with friends as it packs a punch and is pretty intense.

edit: now that i've had BORIS and BA BORIS, I can say this is nothing like it. HUGE hoppy flavor (at least when fresh). Its a great beer, but I'm letting this one lay down for a while.

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Photo of klewis
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black with a sticky, tan head.

S: Malty with aromas of molasses and mocha with a nutty character.

T: Huge flavor. Charred oak, anise, burnt chocolate. Well-balanced with some hops up front and a slight residual sweetness in the back. A very mild alcohol presence.

M: Thick, chewy, and sticky with light carbonation. One of the biggest feeling beers that I've had.

D: As advertised, this drinks like an amped up BORIS. Awesome.

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Photo of kirok1999
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with just hints of garnet around the edges of the snifter. Wispy head and hints of lace.
Smells of sweet coffee and tastes the same. This is a coffee dominant beer with hints of caramel and some mild spice hops. Definitely different than BORIS, not as sweet or fruity. Feels rich and smooth and is nice to sip on when you are in the mood for some coffee flavored beer.

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Photo of sitarist
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours the deepest shade of next to black, it is opaque. The head looks like the crema on a good espresso, it falls quickly to a ring that is purple where it meets the beer. Looks like waste oil.

Smells like full bodied coffee, dark caramel, slightly smokey, earthy, with dark ripe fruit and some liquor. Tickles the nose and invites me to take a sip.

The first think I taste is strong coffee then it fades to bitter sweet chocolate. Taste like something you could get at Starbucks. The hops are used very well to support and dont overpower.

Mouthfeel is thick, and sticky, with a slight carbonation, it warms as it goes down. Leaves a long, pleasant aftertaste.

Big and heavy with a lot of alcohol; its a sipper for sure, but a dam fine one. It is so well balanced and smooth.

Worth the $10.99 price tag. Ill be trying to get a few more. This is one hell of an R.I.S. Bigger and better than B.O.R.I.S. It is good fresh; cant wait to see what some cellar time does.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with almost an inch brown head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and a bit of hops. The taste is similar to the aroma, but has the addition of some burnt/charred malt and a bit of booze. Also, the hop flavor is stronger in the taste (compared to the light hops in the aroma). This is a good and mostly bitter stout. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy, rich, coating, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, but this is definitely a sipping brew. There's a bit of booze noticable that cuts down on the drinkability a bit. All in all I think this is a good beer. I think I'll be aging my other bottle for a while!

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Photo of jampics2
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle into my snifter. A touch under room temp.

Nice looking beer. Pitch black with a nice ring of reddish-brown foam. Rich and thick looking. Good start!

Smell is wonderful. Not too boozy, but there is some alcohol in the nose. There's also a really nice roasted malt with some coffee, chocolate, and even roasted nut teases (or something else that's a little off).

Taste is a wild ride. Tons of roasted malt, some molasses sweetness, more roasted malt, some ethanolic hints, roasted, no, burned malt. This has a huge flavor peak and some lingering bitterness. It leaves a hell of a taste in your mouth. Some chocolate and coffee. Altogether well done but not as cohesive or complex as I would like - this is like rampantly bitter.

Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying but could be a touch thicker. Carb is spot on.

Overall, this was nice. But B.O.R.I.S. is such a perfect beer that this can't keep up with the bar that was set. It's good but not elite, glad to have a few bottles to see if it cools down and gels over the next few years. I'd take any BORIS (including all 3 BA batches) over this anyday.

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Photo of strikertown
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Thick, very thick. I was hoping for motor oil, and got it. Very limited head during pour but when i finished the pour, it flared up and looked good with an appropriate amount of Carbonation.

S: The hops come through the right away, but you also get the chocolate and malt on the nose.

T: Bitter chocolate, and a lot of hop bitterness only to be counter punched with sweet malt flavors. This thing is really big and bold. The first glass was very bitter but as it began to warm up it began to loose a bit of the bite and made it much more drinkable.

M: Syrupy, thick.

D: First glass was a sipper, but the rest of the bottle moved a little faster as it mellowed out and opened up. Definitely going to age 1 or 2 of these to see how much better it can get.

Serving type: 22oz bottle

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Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thick as oil, and just as dark. Milk Chocolate head from quite an aggressive pour. Looks great.

S: Roasty, and malty sweet. Huge Chocolate. A little boozy, but nice. A bit of earthy hop aroma in there as well.

T: Wow. BORIS's big sister is mean. Bitter chocolate, and a lot of hop bitterness. All the bitterness is backed up by sweet malt goodness. A bitter malt bomb. Big and bold. It mellows a bit as it warms, and looses a bit of the bite as you progress through it. A very impressive, albeit destructive beer.

M: Syrupy, thick, and creamy. Carbonation fits the beer and the style.

D: Perhaps a bit of a sipper, this thing is a beast. I would almost like to see it subdued a bit, but I guess that is what BORIS is for. Wish I had another bottle to age for a year or three. Tasty and larger than life.

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Photo of betterbgood
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured an 22oz bomber, first pour was in a 12oz snifter, the second pour was in a Ommengang belgian snifter, had a milk chocolated head which didn't last long black nice smooth smell to it, which i anticipated it was going to be a smooth balanced imperial stout at the abv it was at being 10.5.

the smell was sweet chocolate malty the taste was smooth and delicious, the alcohol is not overpowering in taste,,but you do feel it.

mouth feel is thick and coats the tongue, this is a sipper of course, great beer i could handle two of these bombers cause i got to go to work in the morniing Cheers!

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Photo of KAP1356
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared this 22 oz. bomber with the driver that agreed to head to Akron from Pittsburgh for the release of this truely destructive oatmeal russian imperial stout. Another amazing brew from Fred Karm and the crew at Hoppin' Frog.

A - Pours as dark as you can get. Not quite the motor oil I was expecting, but a warm velvety like dark brown. The minute head that was there was a creamy mocha colored froth that was as inticing as it was intriguing.

S - Roasty malts with a solid hop backbone. Great aromas of chocolate and an almost molasses like smell coming through.

T - Thick, creamy, roasty malts up front. Much more of a hop presence than her brother BORIS. This is absolutely everything I was expecting for a beer that was billed as a "double" russian imperial stout.

M - Creamy and thick are the two best words to describe this one. Just a tremendous velvet quality that makes me wish this had come out in the winter as I can picture myself sitting in front of a fire slowly enjoying this brew.

D - It was a good idea to split between two people as the entire bottle might have done a bit to impair my senses. Absolutely worth the treat if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of imaguitargod
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must say this is probably the coolest beer label Hoppin' Frog has. It just screams, big, evil beer. This poured to a 1 finger head in my nonic glass. I gave it a little rough pour because I knew the carbonation was a little low on this beer. The color of the head was a deep brown color and it lasted for a bit before dissipating to a ring around my glass.

This beer tastes AMAZING. Dark, roasted malt sweetness right up front with a hint of chocolate. The oats are there and there are hints of B.O.R.I.S. giving the illusion that this really is his evil sister. Aggressive, but so tasty. One hell of a good beer and I can't find a single thing I would want to change about it.

~Jonathan Passow

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3.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this bottle for $10.99 in Columbus, and I'm trying it immediately to guage whether to purchase any more tomorrow (just released today). The beer is very dark, opaque brown with a thick tan foam, about 1-finger dissipating to 1/2-finger.

The aroma is rich but a little odd at first. There's something like a burnt corn-husk component to it, light but present along with the roasted malts and faint ethanol. After tasting the beer I suspect the smell is somehow related to the hops, as I get some mild similarities with overhopped stouts (Darkness, Night Stalker). The main flavors are roasted malts and ethanol, with hops bitterness in the background and some lasting cornhusk/floral mixtures in the aftertaste.

The body is fairly thick and creamy, and the carbonation is somewhat light. Viscous stuff, with loads of flavor.

Overall I'm a little disappointed. I can't get enough of BA B.O.R.I.S., and I hoped Hoppin Frog would approach that level of greatness with D.O.R.I.S., albeit at a lower price point. It seems to me, however, that the beer is just B.O.R.I.S. with the malt and hops bills ramped up, leaving a beer with odd hops presence and too much alcohol in the flavor. Oh well...

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So BORIS has an evil sister? I love BORIS the Crusher and BA BORIS even more so I jumped at the chance to give his big sister a try.

A- Typical HF label with the frog holding a mug, but the logo looks really pissed off. The word Stout is made up of hammers and sickles. Really really dark and thick. It pours out like old motor oil. The head is tight and dense. Its a really deep reddish brown. Sadly it doesnt last too long but who would expect that from a beer like this? Some lacing.

S- First smell I thought of was peanuts. Dirty peanut shells with peanut butter and chocolate. Lots of earth, spice, meat tenderizer and jerky. This smells like its going to be aggressive and rough. Lots of soy sauce, and dark fruits with some herbal hops.

T- That interesting (albeit somewhat good) peanut shell characteristic comes out first in the taste too. Peanuts and chocolate, leather, tobacco and jerky. Its like someone ground up a cowboy and threw him in the mash. Quite a bitter, abrasive stout.

M- THIIICK. Almost no carbonation. There is a quick shot of carbonation at first, just to let you know you didnt get a bad bottle, but from there its all just a huge full bodied, chewy beer. It makes for a super creamy feel. This would be very nice if this were a sweeter stout. This stuff is leaving my lips very sticky. Tons of roasted black coffee bitterness lingers.

D- Definitely bigger and more evil than BORIS. This beer is here to rip your jaw off. I like it but I think I like her baby (if you can call him that) brother more.

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