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

Me: I like Boris. I like Hoppin Frog and enjoy most of their lineup.
My buddy: I went to Ohio this weekend and picked up a bottle of Doris because I like the bottle.
Me: You know we don't get that in Indiana right?
My buddy: Nope, I just like the label. Do you want to try it?
Me: I ought to unfriend you, but after I drink the Doris.

A: Super dark with a tan head that left no lacing
S: Chocolate, coffee, earthiness from the hops
T: This is where it shines for me. I am a malt head and the rich roasted grain, leather, figs, and just a slight hint of vanilla all combine for a wonderful flavor profile.
M: Thick and luxurious like a RIS ought to be.
D: I don't care about the ABV, not that it is 88 degrees outside. I could drink this often.

Fred, when is this coming to Indiana?

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Photo of Jwale73
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with zero head. Nose is extremely malty at first impression, revealing molasses and licorice once the initial malt blast subsides. Taste consistent with nose; however much sweeter than suggested. One thing of note was that a slightly metallic character appeared at the finish; however, it disappeared after the brew warmed a little. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied, silky smooth and had only the lightest touch of carbonation. A really great RIS. Maybe not quite as good as BA or regular B.O.R.I.S, but well worth a try. Might be interesting to see how the three differ side-by-side.

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Photo of nickd717
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is crazy. I was reviewing another Hoppin Frog beer, and a thought popped into my head: "Hey you crazy ticker, how many Hoppin Frog beers have you ticked?" So I went to the brewery's main Ratebeer page and took a gander. That's when I saw it: DORIS with no tick mark next to it. I almost had a seizure, as the narrator's voice from "Beertickers" echoed in my head: "First you drink it, then you tick it...then you tick it...tick it...tick it..." The horrors! I had tried DORIS not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES, yet there was nary a tick mark to show this. Once was at DLD when I was plastered out of my mind, once was thanks to Kevin, and the other time, I have no clue who brought the bottle - Bozo the Clown for all I know. Sometimes I get "tunnel vision" when I'm ticking and can't see anything but the beer and the glory. I believe it was Shakespeare who once said, "Alas, there is nothing so tragic in this world as an lost tick." I agree with this. Fortunately this tick hadn't been lost forever. I had review notes e-mailed to myself from awhile back.

This beer is black, believe it or not. A thick brown head adorns the glass, and lacing remains when the beer is imbibed. This looks like a big one, with legs like a thunder-thighed beast-woman.

A roasty and chocolatey aroma wafts from the glass. Smells as rich as Richie Rich (my similes are very creative, I know). This is a roasty beast, it is. Some charcoal and bitter coffee come through as well.

The flavor has a little more caramel malty sweetness than I expected, but not nearly too much sweetness to throw it off balance. The roasty char lends a great dryness to complement the sweetness, some dark fruits and chocolate are in there, and there are hops.

Thick and slick on the palate. Medium-low carbonation, as this style should have. Very satisfying.

Double Imperial Stout, huh? I don't quite buy that at only 10.5%, but it is a great brew. Comes in a level below the elite imperial stouts in my book. Being that this is my favorite style and this one probably scores better than 90% of other beers in the style, I hope to revisit this a fourth time, fifth time, and so on.

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

finally got around for drinking this one, i decided to crack it open before soccer practice tonight, not mine ;0) consumed on 08/17/2010.

dark as night inky black pour with a nice little tan head of about two inches that fades down into a nice layer of about an inch or so that hangs around for the remainder of the session.

nice aroma, rich cooca and coffee dominate with a nice touch of bitter and roasted malts that take over the profile very nicely. smooth, effortless flavor then wraps itself over the palate. light hints of vanilla mix in with the dark chocolate and rich roasted malts. small touch of alcohol but this fades quickly as it warms and leaves you with a nice touch of sweet vanilla and brown sugar that really compliments the cocoa and lightly hopped finish quite nicely.

overall a really nicely done ris. could have had a little bit more on the feel and a little creamier of a feel, but the flavor was there for sure. i liked boris better, but thats me.

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Photo of Proteus93
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin Frog fairly recently started distributing into Virginia, but Doris has not yet been seen on shelves so I took advantage of picking up a bottle in Philly.

A: Pours the standard jet-black with a head that needs a little coaxing to form. I poured quite assertively, but it rewarded me with only about a half finger of head - quite a rich brown. At least the retention was decent.

S: A semi-sweet chocolate aroma dominates the nose... some roasted malts are in there as well, but it's pretty one-sided, though that's not particularly a bad thing for this style or specific beer. Some hints of coffee can be detected with a few sniffs, but otherwise, it's all chocolate.

T: Like the aroma, chocolate is quite strong... in fact, I find similarities to Southern Tier Choklat even though (I don't think?) there is no chocolate brewed into this. Maybe not as intense as ST, but certainly there. As it warms and opens up, some hop notes also show up towards the finish of each sip. This is a very welcome addition, as they are not all that strong, but do provide some balance in a clean, leafy bitterness.

M + D: Big and heavy mouthfeel... carbonation is pretty minimal which suits it, even though I could maybe go for a little more. It doesn't seem to become sticky and heavy as it goes down, which is definitely a plus. Some can be akin to devouring an entire pan of brownies and suffering the stomach ache later. Alcohol warmth is certainly noted, though flavor is really not. A nice evening sipper, and a decent beer to finish the night with or follow up dinner with as a dessert.

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

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

22oz bottle. sampled aug 10/2010.

pours opaque and inky black with a fine dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a bit of very fine lace.

aroma is great. dark and milk chocolate. coffee and espresso. caramel and toffee. light alcohol. bit of pine and grapefruit. anise. biscuit and whole wheat bread. bit of roast.

taste is great. bit of alcohol. espresso. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate and coffee. dark toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. caramel and a bit of toffee. pine and grapefruit. bit of other light citrus.

mouthfeel is great. medium-large body but not overly chewy or filling. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is great. excellent balance. great depth and complexity. nice hoppy dimension. good stuff!

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

650ml bomber pulled out by viggo I believe - thanks man!

Pours a thick black brew with a finger of fudge cake on top. Superb.

Citrus hops make a bold statement in the nose along with a rich chocolate milk and fudge, a touch of roast. Bold and rich.

This beer is out to destroy - massive malt attack upon entry - loads of roastiness, espresso, fudge, baker's chocolate, some bold citrus hopping, biscuit, oats, licorice. Nice rich chocolate sweetness with a balancing dry finish which borders on astringent at times. Thick, chewy mouthfeel.

This is a massive rich brew that is well crafted, though it still feels a touch young. Still, this has to be one of the better Imperial Stouts out there, definitely in the American vein with all those hops. Love it.

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Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a black color and a completely thick consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A nice, big aroma of chocolate, malt, and coffee - typical RIS.

T: Tasted of roasted malt and chocolate up front, with coffee, licorice and some dark fruit in the finish. Complex and tasty. Surprisingly, the alcohol content is never that much of an issue.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Full-bodied. Thick and chewy.

D: A well made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.35/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

A- An opaque black with a small dark brown head that becomes patchy with a ring around the glass.

S- Dark roasted malt accompanied by dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Slight bitterness chocolate notes pick up towards the middle of the beer and accompanies the smell towards the end as the roasted smell finishes out the beer.

T- The taste starts out much like the nose, a smooth chocolate complexion brings your taste buds to attention as the roasted malt and coffee taste develop towards the middle of the beer. A hot alcohol taste pushes aside much of the chocolate and roasted malt as a bitterness is the only other taste that continues into the aftertaste. Has a lot of potential, but this one still seems hot and should sit for a while. I'll probably pick another one up and put it away for awhile.

M- A great think and chewy mouthfeel, very smooth and refreshing and is definitely the highlight of the beer.

D- The hot alcohol taste makes this one a little difficult to put down. Something I hope would improve with some time as well.

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of alexsdad06 poured into a snifter.

Pours like motor oil out of the bottle with a small mocha head that leaves a thin collar and some drippy lacing.

The aroma is massively roasty with lots of black malts, cocoa powder, bakers chocolate and espresso. There is a hop presence but not enough to take away from the deeply roasted malt dominance.

More dark chocolate and charred black malts in the taste. The hops are a little more present and there is a bitterness in the finish that is half citrus hops and half bitter chocolate. There are some dark sweet fruits and licorice hiding behind the malts as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and ultra smooth with the oatmeal adding to of the body. Dessert-like.

This beer is not fooling around - massively roasted with lots of malts, hops and sugary sweetness in the background. Definitely a sipper and probably not quite as good as BORIS for me.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.01/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Couch surfin' with the irrepressible milwaukeeclassic

22 oz bottle decanted into two eager snifters. Deep dark chocolate colored pour with a mocha colored head that dissipates towards the edges.

Holy SWEET Jesus...Boozy, bit of dark chocolate, leafy hops, and did I mention the booziness? Nostrilical follicles are sufficiently fried.

Very hoppy, quite bitter and dry with some coffee mate, chocolate, and plastic. There is a strange chemical quality here that keeps this from being particularly enjoyable. I had higher hopes for this. I can sense the headache coming as this beer becomes a chore to finish.

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Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

D.O.R.I.S. pours an onyx, pitch black color. Not an ounce of light penetrates through. Very impressive. It's topped with a very dark, mocha colored head that rises to just about two fingers. It's surprisingly slow to recede, and leaves a moderate amount of chocolate colored lace clinging to the glass. It's quite the looker, if I may say so.

The nose is quite good. Malts are in no short supply. A healthy dose of chocolate and roasted malts are noted. The chocolate variety smells mostly bittersweet and cocoa-ish. Roasted coffee is noted, but is more of secondary feature. Hops are also noted. I suspect they've trailed off to some degree since this bottle is 5 months old, but they're still present. Subtle notes of anise and molasses add nice depth. A nice whiff of alcohol finishes it off.

The flavor is pretty impressive. My first impression is that it's not quite as good as B.O.R.I.S., but it's not far off. A nice, bittersweet dark chocolate fudge flavor kicks it off. It is nice and roasty, and has a certain degree of a charred flavor. I like that. Dark espresso comes to mind. Hops are definitely in the mix. They're quite strong, and were presumably stronger a few months ago. I like hoppy stouts, and this one is certainly appealing. It is quite bitter, and dries out on the tail. Alcohol is perhaps a little too strong in the mix, and is a tad warming.

D.O.R.I.S. has a body that's on the lighter side of medium. Frankly, it's far too thin and is crying out for more body. Carbonation is light, and it is smooth. But, it needs more girth. Drinkability is good for such a big, hoppy stout. This bomber = no problem.

Hoppin' Frog certainly did a nice job with D.O.R.I.S. It's not as good B.O.R.I.S., but it is worthy of your attention. Ultimately, the body's too thin and it has just a tad too much of an alcohol flavor. It's still a nice stout, and is a nice addition to Hoppin' Frog's lineup. If only it were more available.

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

Thanks to ridglens for this one!

This beer had a nice thick, and dark pour, with a creamy head to it. The head had a slightly orange tint to it.

The smell was great for an oatmeal stout. Had chocolate, cocoa, and great oatmeal smells with maybe a little coffee and smoky hidden in there too.

The taste was just as good, very oatmeal taste with a solid lingering aftertaste. Had flavors of coffee at the end too. A really good stout, I just wish I had picked up some of my own when I had the chance.

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

Pours a nearly opaque black with dense but thin reddish brown head. Pungent from a foot away: dark roast, burnt notes, fig and plum, big earthy hops, a little smokiness ala smoked breakfast meats. Taste: syrupy dark chocolate, plum, a little anise, earthy and citric hopping. Sweet finish with almost syrupy feel but ultimately the hop bitterness and a little powdery roast cuts through as the lasting impression. Good but not better than BORIS as I remember it... definitely not worth the inflated price with this one.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty tasty brew here, and my first from Hoppin' Frog. I can't really compare this to BORIS, though I know that I inevitably will if I ever get around to trying BORIS. Pours a very dark black with a faint rim of translucent ruby highlights. Smallish tan head, recedes quickly. Pretty sweet on the nose, some chocolate, dark maltiness, toasted rye bread, but pretty subdued.

Taste is pretty good, not as sweet as some of the other big RIS's out there, big roasted malts, akin to burnt rye toast. A bit of hops at the back of the palate and on the finish, balancing out any overbearing sweetness. A pretty nice stout, not flashy, not difficult to drink. Feel is creamy, well-carbonated, but could use a bit more body to it. Almost no alcohol detected in it, an easy and interesting drink.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.38/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is nearly black with a dense tan head on it. Quite a nice looking beer.

S: The nose is full of char and burnt malts, coffee, and lots of roast. Not as much in terms of the chocolate notes that I tend to pick up with BORIS.

T: This is one roasty RIS. Lots of coffee, roasted malts, and a fair amount of char. Quite bitter for the style, but not necessarily in a hoppy way. More of in the burnt your chicken on the grill sort of way.

M: The body is quite substantial, which is no surprise. And the carbonation is minimal.

D: This was pretty disappointing, actually. I really enjoy BORIS so I was looking forward to trying this beer, but I have to say I was let down.

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Photo of billshmeinke
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Pours pitch black, one of the blackest beers I've ever seen. Dark brown head that dies down quickly to hardly even a ring of head around the glass. No lacing left behind.

Smells of tootsie rolls, dark chocolate, a bit of dark fruit.

Tastes of dark chocolate, oats, tootsie roll, a bit of plumb and raisin. Some smokiness.

Thick and full bodied. Well carbonated with some smoothness and a nice bite.

The abv is well hidden, but I found regular BORIS much more enjoyable.

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

Thanks goes out to GoGriz for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little thick fizzy tan head, with some oil slicks left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of chocolate/toffee, slight hop note, roastyness. The taste is sweet, malty, with a ton of chocolate/toffee, a nice roast note, slight hops. Full/Medium body, the ABV is kinda upfront with this one. Very Drinkable, a very nice/tasty brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2010

Purchased @ Julio's Liquors, Westborough, Mass.

Price - $13.99/bomber

Hoppin Frog does it again! Come on guy's brewed once :( Lets get this one on the regular menu. She's making a strong run at Breakfast Stout.

Appearance: Wow, this looks damn good. Deep brown head that disappears quick leaving just a ring around the glass. Pitch black brew, I mean black as night. Swirl it around the glass and it sticks like motor oil. My only complaint is I wish the deep brown head would stick around a little longer.

Smell: Boozy with deep roasted malt and coffee beans.

Taste: Black licorice, chocolate and espresso flavors. Not as sweet as B.O.R.I.S this one has hops and alcohol. Terrific balance.

Mouthfeel: Thick and heavy. Very little carbonation. Alcohol warmth Ends with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Yeah, I like it! Not too sweet and has a hop finish that sticks around the taste buds for awhile. I was fortunate enough to have picked up a few of these and will age one or two for a Fall campfire.

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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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Photo of JosephLondon
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I would like to start this review off noting last night I had The Abyss (a far superior beer). Further, I had the 2009 release that many are griping about. Beyond that, I would like to mention that this beer is above average. I think I am drinking it too early. There is some heat that I would like to mellow. I think with some age this beer will climb the ranks and will become very impressive. I would like to get anothe D.O.R.I.S. to age, but I really didn't expect the one I got.

I am happy. Today has been a great day and I wanted to finish the day with a great night cap. My score may reflect my overall disappointment, but I don't believe I was too harsh.

The appearance took me the most. When I first popped the cap, before the pour, I smelled the beer from the bottle. I didn't enjoy what I smelt. With optimism, I poured the beer and was awed. As the bubbles ascended to form a chocolate mousse crown mold, I was taken by the beauty this beer radiated while transforming to its climax. Then, as the crown receded, there was some lace left and dissipated to nothing but the thin, black oil in which it originated from.

The smell seems to be very one-sided. The smell is very strong, and I like that. However, there is not too much going on. Predominant in the nose is alcohol. After searching past the alcohol (and you have to search) there is coffee-burt coffee. After searching past the burt coffee, I detect maple syrup. Again, the syrup smells burnt. I can not dig another thing out of this beer except the breath of a coffee drinking drunk's breath after dining at the local waffle joint.

The taste is average, at best. I imagine frying a pancake in Godiva liqueur, burning it, pouring some molasses on top mixed with 151 and you have an edible D.O.R.I.S. I don't want to slam this beer-i am just being honest.

The mouthfeel has some carbonation and is smooth on the palate, at first. Right after the pleasure part of swallowing this beer, I am left with nothing but a thin coat to reminisce on what this beer could, and should have been.

The drink is decent considering the alcohol content. But it is the alcohol that destroys this beer, it is too strong to drink this soon. I wish I had held on to this beer and let it reach maturity. Right now it is a defiant toddler/preteen lost in its rebellion.

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Photo of dbexpert
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark, swallowing all light. Head builds on pour to about 1/4", quickly dissipating to a fine skimming.
S. Dark dry chocolate aromas are quickly followed by rich roasted undertones of exquisite coffee. Alcohol present on the nose. (serving @ ~55 degrees)
T. Amazing, expected to be smacked with booze. alcohol only providing the necessary drying effects with such a malty sweet dessert. Rich, creamy also ice cream like. Definitely a superb example of a RIS. Liking this one a lot.
M. Not sure I would fix anything. Alcohol is well hidden. A really well made brew.
D. Not something i would crush, put a treasure to share! A new favorite! Highly Recommended

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

Pours a oil black in color with a chocolate head, thumb sized. Falls to ring with some spotty lace.

Aroma is rich chocolate, roasted malts with fruit notes plums mainly. Citrus hop notes and hints of peat round it out.

Taste is rich thick roasted malts, chocolate moves to coffee mingled with peat, fruits and a good dose of hops. Flavor is rich dark and fruity from dark fruits and fruity citrus notes. Some warming alcohol notes are noted but blend well.

Mouthfeel is rich and full like the flavor, good level of carbonation.

Drinkability is very good rich and full of flavor. Probably a hair less drinkable then the regular BORIS but very nice brew.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into a tulip. Pour looks great. Pours solid black with about half an inch of great looking mocha colored head. The head didn't last long but some really nice lacing on this. Big nose full of roasted malts, rich chocolate and bitter espresso. Good earthy smell but I get a bit more alcohol in the nose than I would like, it's not overly offensive, but it is absolutely there. Big earthy flavors followed by a nice finnish of bitter cocoa and espresso. I get a little alcohol flavor but not enough to really put me off. The mouthfeel is nice and silky. Thank you oatmeal! Good carbonation and the relatively light body makes this real easy to drink. Minimal heat from the high abv is also a huge bonus.

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Photo of merlin48
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing like another huge stout from the folks at Hoppin' Frog. Doris pours dark as night, like years old motor oil and just as viscous. Garnet hues on the fringes. No real head but a lasting collar and some spots of lace on the goblet.

Aroma features ripe red plums, chocolate covered cherries, pine hops, oatmeal, and a vinous note underneath.

Full body has a silky oatmeal creaminess and a subdued carbonation.

Taste is decadent. Creamy oatmeal, citrusy and earthy hops, cherries, red plums, figs, bittersweet chocolate, and just a hint of roasted coffee. Slight alcohol warmth. Finishes with a bitter roastiness.

The frog brewers know how to put together a big stout. Excellent production!

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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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