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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial StoutHoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration ale between Hoppin' Frog Brewery (Akron, Ohio) and Franø Bryghus (Fano Island, Denmark). Dry-hopped and bottle conditioned.

Added by bluejacket74 on 11-17-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 155
Photo of Sabtos
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black with brown edges and a dense, bubbly tan blanket on top

Coffee, medium roast coffee, cola, smoked cedar, and a little acidic roasted almond.

Taste is banana nut bread with chocolate chunks dipped in coffee. Yet it's tangy and almost reaches spicy soy sauce, or maybe these are piney hops, but this is not quite a black IPA. Brownie batter comes in as an aftertaste--I daresay that's not a bad thing at all.

Feel is thin to medium body, out of character for a Frog brew, with some tingly carb.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big rye and cocoa aroma, with some resiny hops.

Big resin flavor, accented by roasty malt and spicy rye notes. Nice chocolate finish. Interesting mix of flavor.

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Photo of Austin32
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good offering from Hoppin Frog. Pretty much agree with reviews stating this is a good beer but not on par with D.O.R.I.S or B.O.R.I.S. Good chocolate and rye flavor but nothing incredible. Worth a taste if you have the opportunity but not a must have.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From 05/13/14 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks great.

s - Smells of rye, chocolate, roasted malts, spice, toasted malts, cocoa, and dark chocolate. Nice nose, the rye comes through and a lot of chocolate.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, rye, spices, chalk, lightly bitter dark chocolate and hops, burnt malts, and toasted malts. Little bitter, but good.

m - Thick full body and low to moderate carbonation. Thick and chewy but no heat, great mouthfeel for a stout.

o - Overall a nice rye-chocolate stout. I didn't like it as much as their normal stout lineup of BORIS< BA BORIS< and DORIS, but it has a lot of chocolate to it and the rye comes through. Worth checking out if you like their stouts.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another late night share by RussianDragon. Thanks Dave!

The beer is near black with a small beige collar. Sparse lacing. The aroma brings baker's chocolate, roast, ripe dark fruits, bread. The rye character is subtle, but does add a nice touch. Cocoa and dark roast. Big time Danish influence in this stout. Medium to full bodied with moderately low carbonation. A touch of bitterness and dry cocoa powder in the finish. A solid beer. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of joe1510
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz Bomber
Kenwood liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Natasha pours coffee brown from the bottle but becomes blacker as it fills the glass. When finally full there's not a hint of light flashing through. The cocoa brown head rise to a finger and slowly falls to a thick cap completely coating the glass with lace on the way down. The foam has a nice velvety look and stays relevant thanks to the constant carbonation running up the glass.

What a unique nose. A light roast flashes off the bat but what's really unique here is the large amount of berries in the nose. There's also a good dose of baker's chocolate and when combined with the berries reminds me of truffles; raspberry and blueberry mostly. The rye adds a spicy, even floral note to the underlying stout. Pine driven happiness brings up the rear. I'm a fan of the uniqueness.

While the flavor has many of the same aspects as the nose it seems muddled and not near as bright. Again, the roast is light, the floral and spicy rye are more present in the flavor than nose. That comes along mid palate and glides through the finish. Berries I mentioned above flash through here and there. The pine happiness is big on the finish along with a little astringency. As this beer warms the pine tends to clash with the rye and berry notes.

The carbonation is on the heftier side of moderate with a tingly feel. It actually adds a unique frothiness. The body runs medium and finishes with a big hoppy bitterness that a dry finish accentuates. I like the bitter, I like the dry, I like the froth.

I'm a fan of some aspects and on the fence on others. The rye and floral characters I enjoy along with the bitterness, even though it could be toned down a notch. The large pine presence tends to clash at times but never in z totally off putting way. Would I buy this again? Probably not. I do enjoy it and glad I'm trying it though.

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Photo of drpimento
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've found that to my own personal tastes, very rarely do I find exceptions to what I do or don't like. This beer has qualities that when combined I don't usually like, but do yo its high ratings, thought I should give it a try. Dint work. Poured at a god temp with a modest, foamy, velvety, lite brown head that soon settled to very little and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma dark ripe fruit, old leather, molasses, roast malt, hop. Flavor's like nose, soft tang and bitter up front with cocoa and medicine, fairly dry, and other Flavor's in back. Body/carbonation are for most part good, but some clashes yield harsh points. Finish is like flav, medicinal, longish, n not my thang.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

one of the great logos in all of beer, this hoppin frog, and this is one of the best beers I have had from them. its a chocolate rye stout, no chocolate in it though. hersheys syrup looks on the pour, dense dark brown with an excitable quarter inch or so of mocha colored head. it smells real heavy on the rye malt, with notes of black pepper and other spices, and it smells like bitter coffee beans, slightly astringent. the darkness of the malt is intense, very robust in flavor, with the rye making up huge percentage of the grain bill I am sure. its also surprisingly hoppy for a stout, bitter and floral, seems a bit out of place, but I appreciate the hop character and the way it mixes with the rye. not sure why they add the world chocolate to the name, because aside from its appearance, there is nothing chocolate about this beer at all really. just a tad thin in body for me for the style, and perhaps a little undercarbonated. its got a silky feel but sort of sticks to the guts in that filling way. i love the originality of the flavors and all they depth and layering of dark malt here. a memorable brew for sure, and one that features rye in a way i have no experienced before. excellent.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and rye aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and rye flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a decent but somewhat mild rye presence.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Natasha Rocks ME!!! The Chocolate Rye Stout is AWESOME!!! The beer pours an opaque dark with ecru head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent is predominent espresso with chocolate hints that are amazing. The taste is dry and carries a chocolate burst that eventually turns to coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sharp beer that is very ...very good!

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Photo of Chaney
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought this in Orlando Florida at Knightly Spirits.

Served in Schlafly's tulip at about 2:30 AM.

A: Poured a ridiculously black color, without much of a head to speak of.

S: Bitter cacao. If that's you're thing, this might be your beer. Pretty rich.

T: The rye stains the teeth like a rat bastard from hell and I actually dig that quality here. Chocolate is also most certainly evident.

M: Bitter, but not too. No lacing left on the glass.

O: Cowabunga man! I liked this, but didn't love it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Black and opaque with a very, very thick brown head, rich and foamy, plenty of sticky lacing. Licorice and anise in the aroma; mint and dark roasted malts. Spicy, hoppy flavors; peppery; slight alcohol edge. Light bodied; dry finish.

A rather interesting collaboration. The body comes across surprisingly light yet there is plenty of taste and aroma components to makes this one stand out in its own way.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, rye stands out with some cocoa notes. In the taste, rye and chocolate malt dryness. A smooth and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple ryeness and a roasty chocolate like aftertaste. Big rye, not too rich, nice presence of chocolate malts.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.53/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this one at the De Molen beer shop. Sweet!

From a bomber into a snifter
European Tour Series 2 of 3
OG: 1.083
IBU: 55
Drunk beside the Amager wheat stout collaboration

APPEARANCE: A clearer black pour, clearer than the other one, with a one finger, looser looking, frothy, light mocha head with very good retention. Black body with medium-lower levels of carbonation. Head slowly fades to a solid foam cap with some foamy dots of lacing down the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end.

SMELL: An even bigger nose than the Amager with piles of hops. Some roasted and chocolately notes with loads of citrus hops. Grapefruit, more citrus, and lots of pine on the nose. Some melon as well. Lots of citrus, pine and spicy aromas over the roasted, chocolate base. Big and bold, but too hoppy for the style. They really dry-hopped the crap out of this.

TASTE: Mostly a hop bomb. This is more of a black IPA. Some roasted and spicy flavors up front, but it's an all-hop show at the swallow. Bitter pine, citrus and melon, as well as some bitter dark chocolate dominate the palate long, long after the swallow. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and piney bitterness. This is not really a stout; a hop bomb for sure, and definitely off for the style.

PALATE: Medium body and a touch higher levels of carbonation. A touch light perhaps, but creamy and smooth, goes down fine and finishes a touch drier than the Amager. A touch too light and carbonated for a stout.

OVERALL: Again, both these collab stouts are quite similar. The look on this one is a little lighter and more transparent, making it not quite as good as the Amager collab. Both are hoppy stouts, but the dry hopping on this one makes it almost like a black IPA, so even though the Amager was too hoppy, it was closer to a balanced stout than this one. Regerdless, the chocolate works and the hop bill makes it an enjoyable drink, though I think I'd go for the Amager over this one. In the end, I don't think these are great stouts, but they are good beers for sure.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Very classy looking old school looking label. States that this beer is part of the European Tour Series(2of3), its a Collaboration Brew(Hoppin Frog and Fano Bryghus), has logos for both breweries, has a bit of brewery info on Hoppin Frog, ABV and IBU info, web info, and a beautiful back story on the beer.

Appearance: I allowed this to warm for 10min before dispensing from its 22oz bomber into a 16oz snifter. A aggressive pour lead to a 2½ finger deep brown foam head of an airy but dense nature atop a deep dark brown if not black Imperial Stout. Head retention was great at 5min 13sec before fading to a thick coating and ring. Excellent lacing was experienced.

Smell/Aroma: The aroma is intoxicating consisting of a citrus hop cent along with a bit of rye spiciness. This is blended superbly with deep chocolate and a slight roast coffee aroma!! WOW!!!

Flavor/Taste: Tastes of rye spiciness on the front end with a nice hop bite before giving way to a chocolate malt mid-point that finishes with a deep roast coffee back end that leads to a bitter coffee aftertaste.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Thick and full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a perfect amount of carbonation for this style. Very drinkable for the style.

Overall/Comments: Overall I thought this was an extremely unique Imperial Stout that had a great nose to go along with a very good flavor profile. This was a well done beer and I would recommend trying it! Classified as an American Double/Imperial Stout @ 7.5% ABV. Consumed 5/25/13.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: black, opaque, brown finger of head.

Smell: quite a lot of chocolate, hints of citrus, a faint spiciness, roast, raisins.

Taste: again, heavy chocolate, spice, dark fruit, light bitterness.

Mouthfeel: creamy, pretty much full bodied, which was nice.

**good stouts come out of Hoppin Frog, and this is as well.

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Photo of Vec2267
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

,A - black with a khaki head, great retention, nice lacing - spot on

S - a bit muted but still complex, chocolate first and the some spiciness

T - a char dominate stout, bittersweet chocolate, the spiciness of the rye accents the chocolate, the rye adds the same spicy balance that cayenne adds in other beers (or Mexican food), bitter finish but no real hop presence

M - rich without being sticky

O - big rich flavors that balance nicely, no alcohol presence

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - This beer is pretty dark. When held to a light source none gets through. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get the advertised aromas of chocolate and rye.

T - The taste starts out with some dark chocolate. Through the middle the rye kicks in. The finish has some unsweetened chocolate and black coffee.

M - Full and smooth

O - It starts out great with the dark chocolate. Once the rye and the bitterness take hold it kind of loses me. This is a delicious beer, but the finish is a little too bitter for this style for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Huge rye and hop aroma, some citrus, and heavy malt sweet smell. Big up front rye bitter that fades into bittersweet chocolate. Big heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Rye spice lingers. Dry finish. Reminds me a lot of CCB Double Black, but heavier on the rye and lighter on the sweet citrus. Neat beer. The body says impy stout, but the dry hopping really makes this closer to a black DIPA, as does the ABV. If you go into it knowing you aren’t getting Dark Lord, this is very nicely done.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black in color with a soft brown head and ring o foam. Foam sticks pretty well to the sides of my glass. Looks thick and frothy overall.

Dark, dry chocolate and coffee aroma. Add some spicy rye and hops to the mix, and you have a well balanced, bitter, roasty, malty smelling Stout.

Spicy, somewhat bitter roasted rye, chocolate and coffee flavors mix pretty well with the American hopping. Bitter roasted chocolate with some at times Earthy hop notes.

Creamy and syrupy palate, nice to sip.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a reasonably price bottle of this in Indy after refusing to pay Sahara Mart's gouged price.

Pours deep brown close to black. A touch of beige head and moderate to light retention and lacing.

Massive rye aroma. Chocolate is in the background, but this one screams rye.

As expected from the aroma, there is a massive flavor assault of rye up front. I'm not sure I've had many beers that have this overpowering of a rye character, even ones with a lighter overall malt bill. Not that that's a bad thing. I like rye. What I don't like is the interplay with the chocolate. The flavors don't really go together in this beer well. It's like eating a piece of rye bread and putting a hershey's bar in my mouth mid-palate. Kind of strange. Ends with a piney kick on the back of the palate confusing it more. I could use a bit more roast in the malt profile.

Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. For whatever the flavors do, this is pretty smooth.

This is interesting and I'm not entirely sure it's good or bad. I like some components of it, but the combinations clash a bit too much. It definitely opened up and got better as it warmed, but not sure I'd buy another bottle.

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Photo of superspak
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter; no bottle dating, but was released in 11/2012. Pours pitch black color with a nice 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice thick soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, pine, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, toast, light char, dark bread, spicy rye, and hop earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity; did not a profile similar to a Black IPA. Taste of big dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness. Fair amount of coffee and citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, pine, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, dark bread, spicy rye, light coffee, and hop earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance, complexity, and robustness of roasted notes; with a great hop/malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy, slick, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an incredible rye imperial stout! Great balance, complexity, and robustness of flavors; and extremely easy to sip on. An extremely delicious offering, would definitely have it again.

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Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wandering through a Wisconsin liquor store & this bottle catches my attention...rye? OK. Pick up bottle & cradle in arms. Yeah, I'm a sucka for anything rye. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is vividly black. Even right out of the fridge, aroma washes out of the pour in waves of spicy, earthy, chocolatey rye. I'm thinking that people should make a rye Three Musketeers Bar. Seriously. I'd buy it. Especially if it came with a rye stout to dunk it in. Rye is screaming off the surface of the beer like a banshee.

Natasha Rocks America does no half measures: there's a rye shortage in some third-world country because of this beer. Holy earthy rye. Pause to recover. Unfortunately, the rye frontal assault doesn't meld nicely with the chocolate; they're in direct conflict. They outcome is a rather odd taste. Big roast roars in mid-palate, & the piney hop punch at the end adds to the bedlam. I'm sipping it quickly just wondering what's going to come out of this hot mess next.

Well, this isn't great, it doesn't suck, it's very complex, but the flavors are too diverse & Clash like Titans. Decent enough beer, but simply doesn't work for me.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served room temp in a chimay chalice

A - pours thick and black, dark chocolate head, opaque

S - very prominent rye, spicy with a backing of chocolate and hint of malt

T - rye again is dominant, now the hops come through significantly, undertones of chocolate

M - pretty thick, the rye and hops linger for some time

O - really good rye aged stout, heavy on the rye, unique take

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Photo of BrownAleMale
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Jet black with 3 fingers of khaki head that slowly dissipates to about 1 finger worth leaving lots of lacing.

Smell- Whoa...rye is for sure. Also, getting some pine and a bit of chocolate.

Taste- No shock here but lots of rye and a slight pine finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a super dry finish and just a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall- This definitly is focusing on the rye and if that is your thing then you will love this beer. For me, I would have liked a few more stout characteristics in the flavor profile.

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