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 Czequershuus
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well it certainly looks like a big imperial stout - deep black in color with a very small head. The aroma begins with a punch of milk chocolate, followed by a strong note of molasses. Later on the fruit characteristics come through- blueberry, raspberry, gooseberry, and dried apricot all come through. The flavor is dominated by the powerful chocolate flavor, as well as black currant, some soy sauce, pickled lemon, and even some bubblegum. Of the fruit, the blueberry is most apparent in the flavor. The mouthfeel is full, but there is something tangy, almost acidic that holds it all together. Overall this stout was pleasantly complex, but not endlessly so - despite the ABV it maintained a strong sense of drinkability, The fruity characteristics were fun and unique. Great beer.

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Photo of spoony
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (no date, but the beer has been in my cellar for about two years) to a tulip.

A-The beer pours heavily, like oil, out of the bottle into the glass. There is no head, just a thin collar of brown foam and shiny, oily sheen on top. Color is deep, dark brown, but not quick black. It is still and opaque.

S-The aroma reminds me of brownie batter and fudge, and it smells equally as sweet with notes of prune and raisin. There is a good dose of fusel alcohol that singes my nostrils as I inhale. Flaked oats smooth things out somewhat, but coffee and heavy roasted barley bitterness creeps in as the beer warms.

T-The taste tracks the smell closely. I taste a lot of dark and milk chocolate, oats, a bit of heavily roasted grain, sweet prunes and raisins, fusel alcohol, and hints of soy. The finish displays a little coffee bean.

M-The body is heavy and viscous, but not terribly syrupy. Carbonation is pretty mild, but provides enough of a lift on the palate to keep things interesting.

O-This is a well-done beer that I may have aged a little too long. The fudge and brownie batter notes are great and you can tell this is an oatmeal stout. I also really like the mouthfeel. But there were hints of oxidation and a touch too much soy for me to rank this beer any higher.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a big dark beer, mostly black and some brown to the edge, tan on the top, 2/3". Aroma was a chocolate drop. Was surprised that there was not a boozy exterior, did well in covering that.

Taste was a dark chocolate, super thick viscous mouthfeel. Oats seem to smooth this one out. You can pull some coffee out of the malt roasting, there is a little bit of caramel and vanilla in there too.

Dark fruit edges standard in RIS aren't really here, thankfully. I thought this was an impressive double stout without barrel aging.

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Photo of Gregf51
3.87/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachthelaxer93
4.71/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BodiesLexus
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petrusek23
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mkhartnett
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gables
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of That_Bearded_Guy
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Jet black pour. Dark brown head retains at a half inch. Lacing is spotty.

S: Intense espresso. High percentage cacao dark chocolate. Pine and bark from the hops. Again, bitter double shot espresso comes through.

T: Bitter espresso. Acrid and smokey. Dark roast coffee and lots of roasted barley begin to dominate. Pure and bitter dark chocolate. Firm hop bitterness throughout and a lot of earthy pine and bark hop flavor. Char and ash. Espresso and earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M: Huge in stature. Thick with a definite sense of weight. Velvety smooth texture. Some sense of gripping hop astringency. Fine carbonation has a stiff prickle.

O: A huge, bold, and demanding brew. It has your full attention until the last sip. This is not for the casual beer drinker. Drinking it feels like an accomplishment; finishing the glass is like reaching the peak of Kilimanjaro or something. It was a memorable and rewarding experience and I learned something about myself along the way.

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Photo of Ben_
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of dheldman
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mikaveli
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Sampled January 2016 from 22oz bottle in pint glass. I do not see a bottling date on listed on the bottle.

Appearance: Pitch black, dark color, with a nice dark tan head. The head lasted a long time. Same as BORIS The Crusher.

Smell: There are roasted malt aromas, along with some strong coffee aromas. Some hops in the aroma, as well as a sweetness from the malts as well. The is a little edge from the hops, that is not in the BORIS The Crusher. Nice combination and balance between the hops, malts, and other aromas.

Taste: Full-bodied with great balance of malt and hops. There is a hint of sweetness that may be due to the malts, but it has an excellent taste. There is also a very slight vanilla flavor with this. When comparing this to their BORIS stout, I do not get that flavor from the BORIS The Crusher. This vanilla flavor is very slight and does not detract from the other flavors, nor does it make the overall taste too sweet. The alcohol flavor is stronger than BORIS The Crusher, as expected from a Double Imperial Stout. The combination of strong hops and roasted malts and strong alcohol give this drink powerful flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, but very smooth. Very creamy, probably due to the oatmeal. Strong alcohol which matches with the 10.5% on the label.

Overall: This was the first time I tried DORIS, but I have tried BORIS The Crusher and the oatmeal version of BORIS as well. I love all of these beers. Overall DORIS is an excellent stout. I enjoy both BORIS recipes as well, and would buy any of them again. I like the BORIS Oatmeal Stout the best, followed by DORIS, and then the standard BORIS. I will definitely look for any of these and buy them again.

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

Photo of Angerhaus
4.01/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BrewThru_29
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum. Motor oil pour. Smells fairly hoppy. Loads of flavor on this one. Chocolate, espresso, toffee, tobacco, dark fruit, and a charred characteristic with an overall pleasent bitterness. Pretty thick. A+ Stout. Would love to try the BA version.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours motor oil black with a one finger dark brown head. The head settles into a thin ring leaving some light soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is dark chocolate, dark fruits, and light coffee.

T - Bitter dark chocolate upfront followed by espresso, roasted malts, and dark fruits. There are some light hops in the finish.

M - Heavy body with medium carbonation. Soft and creamy mouthfeel. Dry sticky finish.

O - This is a monster stout. Definetly recommended to any fan of RIS's.

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Photo of stanale
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into my Door County Brewing oversized snifter (one of my favorite pieces of glassware). Thick body, lovely mocha / tan head combined with very good lacing and retention. I'm glad the mouthfeel is thicker than expected here. One of the better stouts off the shelves here at 10.5% for sure. Smell and taste of espresso, dark chocolate and slightly charred oak.

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Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.2 out of 5 based on 1,302 ratings.
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