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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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

Brewed by:
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 mychalg9
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bomber on a whim on a beer run to Dekalb, IL. Looks great immediately after pouring, inky black with a nice-sized tan head. Initially I was put off by the smell and the taste as I am not generally a huge fan of really hoppy stouts. I get some chocolate and rye in the nose and some coffee sneaks in there as well, with a big whiff of hop piney-ness. Taste is fairly complex: spicy rye with dry bitter chocolate, like cocoa nibs, with a great balancing piney hop middle/finish that really compliments the malt quite nicely (more so as the beer warms). Alcohol is discernible for a brief moment in the middle but stays fairly well disguised unless you really hunt for it. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a little more viscous than I would like in a stout but it drinks really well and feels great going down, almost too easy to drink. Carbonation level is great and compliments the flavors as well. Overall I'd say this beer makes my mouth (and liver, stomach, and brain) very happy. I made a total 180 after half of my first glass of this as I didn't like it at first at all (although I pour all my beers at fridge temp), but once it warmed it kicked into high gear. My only complaint is it drinks a little to quickly.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

LOOK: Dark black color, lots of off white lacing. Looks like an attractive, well hopped stout.

SMELL: Robust malt aroma with chocolate and grainy rye. Whole flower American hop signature. Just a hint of alcohol and coffee.

TASTE: Starts with a fresh hop and coffee like flavor, chocolate emerges midsip. Earthy bitterness and strong on the roasted malt. There is a mildly spicy dry rye note that adds some pepper. This is a complex stout that really delivers. Finishes with a spice and astringent bitterness. Little to no alcohol presence.

MOUTHFEEL: Full bodied, earthy dry finish, flavors of lingering hops, burnt coffee and cocoa.

OVERALL: A rich, excellent stout getting a good flavor from this interesting mix of ingredients. Got much better as it warmed, the malt needs to compete with the rye and resinous hop flavor. Very fine.

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Photo of Brenden
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is thick, inky black. It manages a tan head nearly a finger high with some good staying power. A nice, creamy ring of lacing is left at the top of my snifter, and some leggy and patchy lacing follows.
At once sweet, roasty, creamy and just a little bitter, this beer's got a bit of complexity and plenty of heft in the aroma. Bittersweet chocolate alongside roast with a bit of pine and leaf and a touch of cream makes me want to take more than a few sniffs. This is what a big imperial stout is about. Alcohol is barely noticed and rye is just enough to add a little spiciness and earth.
The flavor carries the same profile with the exception that a bit more dark fruits come out and the bitterness and hops presence is more pronounced. In fact, if you have some and set some aside for a good while, the beer that's left out becomes quite a bit like a Cascadian Black / Black IPA (whatever your take on the style's name). If gets a little leafier than in the aroma. To be honest, I liked the bigger maltiness of the nose, and there's lots of competition with this style these days, but it's still very good.
The body has all the thickness and heft I'd expect and want out of it. It's not fantastically smooth or creamy, but it feels very nice regardless, and there is a good level of smoothness to it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Well, if nothing else comes of this stuff, at least VDubb seems excited about it... Anyway, it pours a straight obsidian topped by over a finger of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, miscellaneous greens, pine resin, and light dark chocolate. The taste brings in more of the same, with the chocolate and roast definitely taking control over things, relegating the pine to a mere supporting role at best. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout. This one is touted on the label as being decidedly hoppy, but for me, it's best the hops play a largely minor part in the grand scheme of things, as it allows the chocolate and rye to really shine (even if the rye isn't incredibly self-expressive).

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz. bomber bottle into a standard pint glass.
Inky black in color, with a big chocolate-milkshake head of foam.
Aroma-Cofee and cream
Taste-Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, spicy rye notes. Smooth and tasty, well balanced between chocolate, spicy rye, and citussy, earthy hops. Friendly and drinkable, not super high gravity. Great flavor and character. Must try.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black, slight tanish tint, not much of a head or lacing. Looks like a russian stout for sure.

Smell - Very malty, smoke, chocolate, spices, mollasses, brown sugar. Nice coffee backbone.

Taste - Hmm, first sip is rather off the chart. Loads of smokey, roasted malts mixed with a very bitter hop punch. Chocolate and coffee is strong in the finish. Hops add a bitter piney flavor. Insane amount of smoked malts. Second only to alaskan smoked porter for amount of smoke flavor in this beer.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with smokey malts and bitter hops. Coffee and chocolate coat palate along with some sugars. The finish is very smokey, coffee flavored and dry bitter from the hops.

Overall - This is pretty wild beer, overwelmed at first with the insane smoked flavors, along with the bitterness of the hops. The coffee adds even more bitterness but doesnt ruin or make this too bitter. Nothing else ive had that compairs to this, so the unique factor is really high. Enjoying this, try if you get this chance.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a dark brown/black color with about an inch frothy tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit and earthy hops. The dark fruit comes out more in the taste, along with roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, burnt/charred malt and some earthy hops. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Not as hoppy as I expected, considering the label says this is a hoppy stout. But I think this is a pretty good brew overall. Hopefully this will be made again in the future, I know I'd buy it again. $8.99 a bomber.

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Hoppin’ Frog / Fanø Natasha Røcks America Chocolate Rye Imperial Stout from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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