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 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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Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Used motor oil in color, the nose and taste are both dominated by the bourbon, but not unpleasantly so. Notes of dark fruit and toffee linger in there too. Very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gorilla_Biscuits
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Holy shit this is the real deal. Loads of chocolate and coffee, with some roasted malts. This beer is thick and creamy, it's probably one of the heaviest beers I've had.

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Photo of smanson56
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought this stout for an upcoming BIF but figured I should drink one before shipping it out. It pours a dark black color. Not a lot of nose mostly the toasted malts come through. The taste is smooth lots of great roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate a real nice blend and all the alcohol is hidden. The mouth feel is nice and thick as a great stout should be. Can't wait to see how this ages.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with one finger tan head that left lace patches. Dry, roasted coffee malt aroma with hints of bitter chocolate. Fuller bodied beer that is dominated by roasted, coffee malt dryness (even charred or toasted they are so dry) with hints of chocolate and possible dark fruits.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - pitch black with a caramel with red tint head that dissipates quickly...very little lacing

Smell - dark chocolate with some savory fruits, perhaps raisins, figs.

Taste - roasted dark chocolate, follows the smell

Feel - creamy dark chocolate goodness, sweet malt, moderate carbonation

Overall - good...I'd pick Old Rasputin over this but not bad...the flavor smell I can't call (perhaps fig, raisin) is either a winner or lose foe your pallette

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Photo of Parmesan
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pitch black color with a medium creamy brown head and no lacing on glass.

S:. Strong notes of chocolate, Roasted malt and oatmeal. A few notes of coffee too.

T: Lots of sweet chocolate, Roasted malt and some nice hints of coffee. The booze is noticeable.

F: Very thick creamy both feel with good carbonation.

O: A very tasty and creamy large stout.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into snifter. The color is nearly jet black with a thick, creamy toffee-colored head and lacing. The smell features coffee, chocolate, raisin, and sweet vanilla. It's a very pleasant aroma. The first taste is the alcohol, followed by vanilla, burnt coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. It finishes fairly bitter with a distinct raisin taste. The taste is complex and improves as the stout warms to room temperature. This is a medium bodied stout, lightly carbonated, with a strong alcohol kick. It is definitely a sipper. This stout came highly recommended and did not disappoint.

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Photo of OlieIPA
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured close to motoroil texture; supports a 1-finger caramel colored head briefly with moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Mix of dark chocolate, raisin and fig smells upfront. The beer also exhibits a strong boozy characteristic. Nothing emmensly complex, but still pleasant.

T: Hot upfront, not enough to deter another sip, but this brew is hot. A good balance of roast and dark sweet flavors. The unique touch this beer has is a strong hop flavor at the tail end of each sip. Quite enjoyable.

F: Nothing to knock...nothing to praise about. I'm going to give this a good score due to the fact that I think it fits the style well.

O: A very good American Style Impy Stout. Bold and unique flavors. If I had any criticizism, it would the slight abundance of booze and mild lack of complexity. A must try. Cheers!

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Photo of dmgeng
4.78/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been passing up the Hoppin' Frog Stouts for the better part of 2 years and now I decided to take a swing at one.

A - Intense black color with a ton of viscosity that almost doesn't want to pour out of the bottle at 50 degrees. The thick fluid yields a perfect .25" fine, dark brown head. Really a serious looking beer.

S - Initially the big, bitter roasted character sits high. Under that there is the malt, caramel, raisin, and chocolate that you would expect. More of a robust character but complex.

T - The taste is full with the sweet malt hitting the tongue first and followed by caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, and moving toward raisin. You can tell that there are oats with that signature "oatmeal stout" flavor in the middle also. The back half of the taste is strong and bitter from both the hops and the dark roasted malt. Some alcohol on the finish going with the bitter roast. The finish is thick but since the sweetness of the RIS is balanced by the roast it is pleasant.

M - High mouth-feel with lower carbonation. Thick beer but does have enough CO2 and is mostly balanced with the front being sweet and the back being bitter. If you like a more balanced approach to the typically sweet RIS this is going to be a big hit for you.

Overall, this is a very delicious beer. Great flavor that as I said is balance well. It isn't the most flavor, most complex, or best hitting beer but it does everything well and it really shows. I really enjoyed this thick and balanced beer but it probably won't be my go-to since I do prefer the sweeter imperial stouts.

Glass- 20oz craft beer glass

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Photo of zac16125
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a snifter
no bottling dates

A: Pours an opaque, jet black, and appears thick on the pour. Like pouring motor oil. Head is very dark mocha in color, although its just a sliver and leaves very little lacing. This is one of the darkest and thickest appear stouts I have ever seen, Zhukov-esque. 4.5

S: Aroma is roasty, tobacco, subtle sweetness and leather. Faint notes of bakers cocoa, a cinnamon like spice, and booze round it out. Wonderful. 4.5

T: Very roasty, chocolate, black coffee like bitterness, heavy herbaceous notes, subtle lactose like cream. Long lingering aftertaste of bitterness and semi sweet dark chocolate. 4.25

M/D: Full bodied, very thick mouthfeel, chewy, carbonation is low but is appropriate, drinkability is good all things considered. 4.5

O: Overall, an excellent beer. One of the darkest and thickest stouts I’ve ever had. A very enjoyable drinking experience that I will no doubt revisit again in the future. 4.5

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

THOROUGHLY enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber. This fantastic brew pours a thick black as coal opaque color with a decent dark brown head of dissipating foam that turns to a thin ring with decent lacing. Nose of espresso, dark bakers chocolate, dark berries, light charred oak, and moderate booze. The taste....WOW....an all time favorite here with espresso and bakers chocolate coming through on all sides, giving way to a dark bittersweet fudge flavor mingling with blackberries and toffee, finishing with a moderate roasted bitterness, light smoke and oak note, and a decent juicy hops character that rounds it all together. Alcohol warmth comes through nicely on the back as it warms with a berry/chocolate/espresso characteristic. Awesome. Finish is wet, juicy, coating, and warm.

Approach with caution.


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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am drinkling a 2012 vintage in January 2015. Very fruity and pruney nose, pitch black with a dark tan head, very rich, pruney, sherry, port, roast over a biscuit flavor that really works here. There are wet papery cardboard flavors there but the rich dark malt flavors, the fruit, the dried fruit and prune balance this oxidized flavor out and it all works. This is very rich, very creamy, slightly below average carbonation, some chocolate and coffee especially in the after tastes. Big and bold.

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Photo of JefferyLaGrow
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night, with a small thin dark brown head. It looks thick like oil.

The smell is of whiskey, roasted malts and dark fruit. Lots of barrel present in the nose.

The taste has a heavy whiskey flavor, raisin/prune, bakers chocolate, oatmeal, and a red wine like flavor that lingers a little on the palate. You taste oak in this all the way Through drinking it.

Feels like silky oil on the tongue. Very light carbonation on this.

Overall great beer. It's balsy.

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at an evening tasting with friends. A monster of an imperial stout, full bodied, silky smooth and packed with some amazing chocolate and cocoa notes.
Review on Feb 22 2016:
Pitch black and oily pour, with a modestly tall dark espresso head that gives way to a thin dark brown lacing. Smells like dark cherries, cocoa, dark chocolate, maple syrup, bourbon. Tons of dark chocolate, cocoa, cherries in the taste notes, together with espresso and maple syrup. Super smooth and oily texture with no detectable carbonation and a chocolate-heavy aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden, a pleasant warmth in the back of the throat.

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Photo of leroybrown10
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours thick and black. Smallish head is very dark khaki looks dense. Head dissipates quickly leaving behind minimal lacing.

Huge roasted malt aroma with espresso and dark chocolate as well. Smoke, tobacco and licorice underneath. Some oak notes though this is not barrel aged.

Dark roasted malt leads the flavors. Bitter espresso, semi-sweet chocolate, anise, black licorice, smoke and charred bbq. Hops peek through a bit underneath but only briefly. Some earthy herbal notes.

This is a thick, sludgy beer. Oily on the tongue leaving a coating of semi-dry bitterness behind. Moderate+ carbonation.

This is a massive beer in aroma, flavor and feel. Could use a touch of sweetness to counteract the bitter notes, especially on the aftertaste. Overall though, an excellent brew.

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Photo of aleigator
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color, with a small head, which leaves back a thin lacing.

Got a complex nose of toffee and coffee, wrapped up by bready malts and hints of tobacco, as well as a matured hoppy note. This comes along with a subtle infusion of dried blackberries, while the aromas in general are defined by a great balance between toffeeish fudge and charred coffee. Got a certain heat to it with glazed malts and a sweet peak of molasses.

While the beer drinks pleasantly smooth, it got a fitting, lively carbonation, which brings a decent hop dryness to the palate during the finish.
Begins with bready, coffee infused malts, which got a biscuity hint to them. This gets accompanied by both, soft cream and ashy tobacco. Then a sweet note of glazed toffee, fudge and molasses gets mixed with the bready flavors, while fluffy cream is still providing a smooth mouthfeel. The finish then is defined by coffee and warming caramel, standing in perfect balance to each other, while the beer seems to be quite aggressivly hopped, as a recognizable dryness appears from the coffee, providing a gentle bitterness. Concludes with an interessting aftertaste, formed my cream and earthy, slightly slick coffee.

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Photo of stephens101
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A full dark head resides knightly atop a shiny black brew.

Aroma has a mix of sweet and dark chocolate followed by slight notes of smoke, char, plum and molasses.

A chunk of dark, bitter chocolate crashes across the tongue with bold notes of oak bark, fusel alcohol, plum, black cherry and resin

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Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from 2012ish

A: poured into a snifter to a viscous and deep black topped by a dense two finger dark tan head that might as well be light brown. the head fades slowly to a collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of roasted malts, espresso, chocolate and charred wood
T: taste is big and roasty with chocolate covered espresso beans, burnt sugar and charred wood. slightly sweet and slight caramel flavors at times as well. swallow is more roasted malt, a little oxidation from age, coffee, dark chocolate and charred wood
M: big and silky on the palate with soft carbonation and a slightly drying finish.
O: this is a phenomenal beer with fantastic flavors and great complexity. the age on this bottle has done it well as the beer is smooth and very well rounded. A fantastic drinking experience to say the least.

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Photo of MadCat
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours black with a short dark brown head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Roasted malts, earthy hops

Taste: Big flavor of roasted malts, earthy hops, nice malty flavors. Nicely balanced bitterness

Feel: Full body, low carbonation

Overall: An excellent beer, shows why it gets so much praise.

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Photo of leitmotif
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big, black and thick.

The viscosity is almost like some used motor oil. A small burnt sugar lacing stays with you for a couple of minutes, then dissipates leaving nothing creamy behind.

Smells of nice burnt malts. Coffee, caramel a hint of vanilla somewhere in the background are there.

The taste is amazing. Full body, heavy. Really nice malt forward feel. Sweet and complex. Good amount of alcohol. It's there just to let you know that you are going to feel good later on. Hops are present in the aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice experience. More like peace then war.

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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,296 ratings.
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