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

D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial StoutD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout
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D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial StoutD.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

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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Ratings: 1,318 |  Reviews: 445
Photo of bootdown21
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Jaldama
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rkarimi
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BostonHops
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
no freshness info.

pours a completely opaque jet black tone yielding 3/4" dark mocha colored head. middling retention and not much in the way of lacing. nose is great, offering bold notes of bitter chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt with secondary characteristics of anise and molasses.

flavor is solid, though i must admit slightly underwhelming... maybe my expectations were too high. the chocolate and roastiness are evident out front, opening up a bit mid-palate to include the molasses and licorice before leading to a hoppy finish. but i also get a slighty metallic presence and a the booze is not as well-hidden as i typically look for. still a damn good beer, but this there's so much fierce competition in the style that, for me, you really have to earn your As. thick, full bodied mouthfeel with below average carbonation. when i think of a beer being 'chewy' this is what i think.

overall D.O.R.I.S. is a tasty, enjoyable RIS and certainly worth a try (especially if you like B.O.R.I.S., which i enjoyed a lot more), however there are many better, less pricey options out there.

originally reviewed: 03-31-2011

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Photo of Kunstman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Cresant
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. No date. The body was viscous and black/brown. The head was deep tan. A hard pour created only a modest two fingers of foam that faded to a film. Alcohol legs when swirled.

The smell was dark chocolate bars. Fresh baked wheat bread. Burnt toast char. A little peat/smoke near the end.

The taste was creamy and fruity. Roasty bitterness and walnuts. Finishes with a flourish of hops then a rich chocolatey sweetness. This one reminds me of Ten Fidy. D.O.R.I.S. is the best Hoppin' Frog beer I've tried.

The mouthfeel was creamy and rich. Smooth and full bodied. Adequate carbonation. All around delicious.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Tar black with trace cola highlights. Fine dark mocha head with ok lace and retention.

S - Almond, dark chocolate, merlot-like booze, roasty malt, and chocolate covered raisins.

T - Warm milk chocolate coats the palate, as bright woody hops slowly wrap around the profile and linger through a dry finish of oak, roast, and dry red wine.

M - Smooth, full body with a pleasantly boozy backend.

O - Drinks like a chocolate covered hop. Simply delicious.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Bammo22
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Pours a thick, dark black color with a small, dark brown head. Scent is a blast of chocolatey cocoa and some dark chocolate. Hints of vanilla and roasted malt. A bit of brown sugar. Taste is initially a lovely fresh coffee flavor with some lovely chocolate flavors. Not too bitter. Nice vanilla flavor and a bit of brown sugar. Very well balanced. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and syrupy. Drinkability is very high for the ABV...easy drinking. Overall, this is a great RIS. Thanks Bruce for sharing this one!

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Photo of herman77
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with a dark brown head. A bit of lacing.

S: Dark fruits, sweet dark chocolate and coffee. Was expecting a bit more here.

T: Lots of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and rich fudge. Lots of coffee flavors in this one too. Some dark fruits and some bitterness too. Great mix of sweet and bitter. Long finish with coffee notes and bittersweet dark chocolate.

M: Fuller body, thick with moderate carbonation. Smooooth.

O: ABV is hidden fairly well. Not quite as good as BORIS, but still pretty damn good.

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

22 to tulip. Served cool.

A - Black with a light brown head. Loads of head off an aggressive pour which sticks around for five minutes and winds up as a broken film.

S - A combination of crackery smell and sweetness that comes off like a nice cookie or maybe a cake but not quite. A chocolate croissant? A brownie? That may be as close as I can get but it's a little more winey than that, almost with an element of a wine pan sauce after cooking meat, but not quite that savory. It smells exactly like a particular food but I can't put my finger on it.

T - Delicious and sweet, chocolatey, but fairly quickly a moderate bitter element comes forward reclaim the palate. It's like a mix of char bitter and woodyness more so than hop bitterness. It's part taste, part sensation. I didn't really get the coffee notes others have mentioned or the roast, unless that woody note is the roast. There's the slightest tang of tart after the swallow, replaced by hop abrasion on the tongue so low it's almost below the threshold. Delicious aftertaste of chocolate syrup but a little more refined, like chocolate lava cake. Zero booze detectable which is nuts for 10.5%.

M - medium body

O - Just delicious. Really almost a dessert beer. As with the BORIS, I could still wish for a little more complexity, a couple other things happening at the same time, but the richness of it is a feat of its own. And this one adds that woody element even though it's not barrel aged, so that's an extra thing happening. Unexpected, and I wasn't entirely sure I wanted it in there, but it does add another facet and gives it a signature, which is good if you're looking for something unique. I like this and would like to drink it again. At $15 it will probably not be soon.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks heatwave33! After a damn car accident, I need something strong, and this fits the bill. Beautiful looking stout to say the least. motor oil looking thick body. Caramel colored head, small ring. I like the roasted malt in the smell for sure. Bitterness isnt as pronounced as in BORIS, but there is still a good bit of bitterness. Thick creamy roasted malt as well. I like how this is going.

Now the taste reminds of FIS, only it feels a bit thinner. This is a bit more malty bitter. Nice dark chocolate notes, with a good bit of roasted coffee. It wants to bitter, yet smooth and creamy, and it definitely hits is dead on. Slight booze on the backend as well.

I like how it leaves you with bitter coffee and chocolate notes late, and they seem to stick around. Normally, I start getting this chewy malt thing really late in the beer, but not here. All bitterness all the way.

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Photo of svannorw
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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

While this brew nails the mouthfeel of a Russian Imperial Stout, it simply does the style well. That's not a bad thing. There's a rich boozy chocolate taste with a hint of roast coffee in the back. There's a thick mouthfeel that emphasizes dessert beer. It coats the glass brown, despite having very little head. And the syrupy sweetness that you want in a big bodied stout comes on right through. Even a touch of the oatmeal it's made with. But that said, this bomber bottle comes in at $15-17 dollars in the city. For what you get, that's a bit high.

Think Stone when going for this quality at a lower price point. Nevertheless, DORIS is a Hoppin' Frog true-to-style example for the Ohio locals to enjoy.

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Photo of cfh64
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of 3Hops
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of brystmar
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boring black pour with the syrupy body yielding zero head. Boozy, roasty aroma hints at burnt sugar and toffee.

Thick, creamy body delivers deeply roasted malt and black coffee to my palate. Mild sweetness in the middle is quickly squashed by the boozy warmth and bitter coffee aftertaste. Really deserves a 4.25 in taste, but alas...

DORIS might be my favorite stout from Hoppin Frog.

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

Poured from a bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. I had to give it a pretty rough pour to get 1 finger of dark tan head (which quickly dissipated - not surprising with ABV this high). The pour was quite black and viscous. On the nose I'm getting typical RIS aromas of char, dark fruits, coffee, and chocolate.

Full-bodied flavor with a really nice, creamy mouthfeel. One thing immediately worth nothing: this beer is quite bitter, even for a RIS. A brief bit of chocolaty sweetness is quickly overcome by strong bitter flavors. The bitterness accompanies strong roasted malt in the front of the palate and intensify as the beer's flavor develops. In the back of the palate, the bitterness is met by a warming, fairly strong hit of alcohol. The two flavors both linger well in the mouth long after swallowing.

DORIS is another outstanding stout from Hoppin' Frog. I probably won't buy this gain, but only because I prefer BORIS and Barrel-aged BORIS to DORIS. Still, fans of big, roasty stouts (and who isn't one?) should seek this one out, especially if they like bitter RISs.

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Photo of scubahood
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of TimH
3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of tripledbrew
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ChrisKuhns
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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