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Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 80
Photo of buschbeer
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

This beer pours black in color and is topped with an inch of mocha colored head that doesn't leave much lacing.

It smells of faded hops like it was a hoppy stout at one point. Probably when I bought it a couple years ago. There are some chocolate notes with roasted malt complimenting it.

The taste has chocolate along with some faded hops that give it a slight bitterness kind of like a bitter chocolate. There are some coffee flavors as well.

Full, thick and chewy mouthfeel

Even with my perception of a faded hops it still tastes like a hoppy stout. It was kind of lost in my cellar, and I recently realized that I should probably drink it. It is a good beer, but I think I had it too long which is entirely someone else's fault. I never assume responsibility.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bomber at the taproom--it had just been killing me this being one of the only beers I hadn't tried of theirs, and considering it likely will never come back out again I had to get it and share it with the table.

Black with a shy tan head--roasty, chocolatey, and nutty. All in all not that that off from BORIS, just not on the same level.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.66/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a mini 8 oz nonic glass.

A- Black as night with a very dark mocha colored frothy head (darkest head I've ever seen on a beer) that left dense splashy lace.

S- Big dark fruit, very roasty, and rich chocolate notes.

T- Huge dark fruit, raisin, and whiskey soaked cherries. Very roasty malt character with a lot of coffee like bitterness, rich dark chocolate, and a hint of vanilla.

M- Coats the mouth, full bodied, creamy, silky, dry finish, and big warming but no alcohol burn.

O- This is a killer imperial stout from Hoppin Frog and I look forward to trying many more of their imperial stouts. Very complex, perfect mouthfeel, and appearance for the style. Tastes like an incredible extra foreign stout.

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Photo of pkalix
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for some reason I thought this was gonna be a DIPA. I don't know why....
super dark brown with a chocolate milk tan head, nice and creamy....
smell is earthy and malty.
taste is earthy and malty... with some espresso. minor hop bitterness, but mostly roasted malt and barley....
my bottle also says 8%. thick, smooth and creamy. full flavor but easy to drink. average all the way around... don't see the need to ship this one half way around the world. got the same exact stuff just down the street at the local brewery.... could this be the beginning of the end to purchasing imports?

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Photo of Chico1985
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The version I have is 8% and technically bottled through Amager Bryghus, I assume this is the same beer though.

Appearance - Pours into a Stone IRS glass pitch black with a few fingers worth of brown head. Thick ring+patchy cap left, some lace.

Smell - Coffee-ish tones noticeable the most, along with some light roast, caramel, dark chocolate, and toasted malt. A good amount of hops for a stout here too but not overpowering. Hop flavor is kind vague, pine perhaps with maybe some citrus as well.

Taste - Taste is a bit hoppier while still maintaining the nice robust stout. Pine and grassy hops mostly along with herbal, some citrus. Good mix of coffee, chocolate and roast, wheat not particularly noticeable but definite toasted bread. Decent balance overall.

Mouthfeel - Solid, on the lighter side for an imperial stout. Bold flavors for the ABV, quite bitter, some alcohol there but it melds nicely.

Overall - Solid hoppy stout, intense flavors from all sides. Wheat is subtle but helps with the lighter feel and is a nice touch.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

peculiar but well executed beer here, a wheat malt based hoppy stout, highly unconventional, but satisfying. i like these international collaborations hopping frog gets up to, they are all so well done. this one pours dark inky black, clean looking, not much sediment or anything, not much light either, and a big off white head with great retention. a wildly hoppy nose for a stout, robust and bitter, more intense bitterness than even the barley malt, which is deep and dark consistent with other amager stout types. they do something special with grain, seem to extract a great deal of flavor and intensity from it, decidedly danish, from what i know about that brewing culture. the hops are weird, there is a fight on the palate for bitter dominance, a clash, still smooth in texture, but the flavors are not all the way compatible. the wheat smoothes this right out, and the alcohol is a little exposed, but it fits in well. very strange beer, unlike many others I've ever had. i don't love it, but i appreciate it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is near black with a half inch of dense beige head. The aroma is more Danish than American, offering rich, roasted, dark malts and chocolates with a hint of smoke. A delicious beer. These two breweries both make great imperial stouts, so it's no surprise that this collaboration turned out well. Smooth on the palate with soft carbonation. A delicious beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fine brewers of Amager and Hoppin' Frog hook up for a love beer that is bold, robust, full of character and one that doesn't shy away from American influences.

Its heady pour billows with a sandy-tan froth that errupts from its ominous black body beneath. Its pour is silky, smooth and lush to the eye while its head character struggles to stand through the later portions of the session and trickles with random lace above.

Its rich aromas abound with lavish dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and an off-smoke scent of burnt embers. Lightly of pine cones and bark, these spicier tones are backed by burnt toast, roasted walnut and a milky yogurt-like twang.

To taste, its the culmination of burnt sugars, french-press coffee and bitter chocolate that frame the beer's robust and lavish taste. Its bready-sweet underpinnings are of the same charred toast, nutty and woody flavors of the nose. Its finish is deeply bitterness, seemingly of pine needles with their slight sappiness.

Full bodied, the beer's lower-lying carbonation allows its velvety malt textures to brush against the palate with a silky smooth sensation. Fuller and richer than drier American stout but not as brazen or viscous as Imperial stout, Frog Hops to Amager lands right smack-dab in the middle and highlights its chcolate wheat character perfectly. Finishing warm, roasty and spicy with hop dryness the ale echoes with chocolate and char.

Without overstating any sense of complexity, the stout is focused on chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness. Its a straigh-forward taste and texture that's dangerously drinkable yet greatly rewarding to the taste buds.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark pitch black body with a tan head forming thick, nice chunky lacing great textures. This thing eats light there's no ruby highlights to speak of. Aromatics offer up dark chocolate roasted malts, big earthy herbal hops the Chinooks stand out with herbal pine, Tomahawk adds some alpha acids but I couldn't have picked those out. Very drinkable herbal, pine, and slightly citrus peel hop bitterness on the palate, it's quenched a bit by the dark roasted malts and even lets up a bit with the wheat additions the bottle says it's an imperial wheat stout. With each sip the bitterness really comes out, there's a ton of hops in this brew, I'm okay with it but it brings out more of a black IPA then an imperial stout, hop pellets left behind on the palate with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied soft flowing carbonation creamy smooth texture, bitter dry finish from the high alpha acid hop additions. Overall a beer I'm glad a gave a try, but not something I'm seeking out routinely.

The picture of this beer is the one brewed and bottled in Denmark and imported by the Shelton Brothers, there is also a different label that is brewed in Akron. It was retired under Amager's beer listing, and it said it was a duplicate entry. However there should be two different active versions out there.

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Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark and thick, with big stout heft to it and no light allowed in. A nice brown head crowns it, heavy and thick, about one finger in height. Retention and lacing are both good, testifying to substantial character.
The flavor's got a little more strength than the smell, but it follows accurately. There's lots of roast and lots of leafy hops, too. It's a well-balanced big beer that remains malt-heavy but has lots of support. Plenty of chocolate on the heavier, more bitter end but with a touch of caramel support ease against a certain light toastiness.
It's pretty dry and close to full-bodied, surprisingly not as heavy as it looks. As it goes, a little harshness builds up in the back of the throat.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours rich, oily, like used motor oil. A thin skein of mocha foam forms and settles out into wisps of froth that coat the inside of the glass. Smell is rich milk chocolate with a hint of roast malt. Taste is chocolate right up front, mildly bitter, smooth, creamy and rich. Some roast elements emerge. It seems lightly sweet but isn't at all sugary in character. Perhaps a little bit milk stout like in nature. Medium heavy body and very smooth overall very drinkable. The bottle plainly states 'contains no chocolate' so they worked the chocolate magic with malts. Very enjoyable but not overly complex.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge chocolate color with a buoyant head; nice retentation and lacing

Smell: Chocolate and caramel with herbal hop elements

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with the wheat bread and herbal hop elements kicking in at mid-palate; the wheat intrudes further, after the swallow, providing an unusual twist to the double stout style

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The wheat brings an unusual element to the flavor profile and I can't say that it was a stroke of genius; not a bad beer but not something to re-visit as a concept

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Photo of tectactoe
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Kevin for the bottle! Silky black pour, pretty thick and viscous looking. The head takes a while to begin forming, but eventually it slowly rises up from the obsidian brew with a tan-mocha color, comprised of many fine microbubbles. It reduces to a thin skin and chunky collar pretty quickly, though a little bit of lacing is left behind upon its reduction.

Deep, dense forces of mocha and bitter chocolates hang around each corner of the aroma. It's pretty delicate, kind of bitterly roasted with an undercurrent of sweetness and a light touch of cream. The mocha nose is met in equal parts with heavy anise and black licorice, a la Jagermister, something I'm typically not a fan of. Roasty, imparted with a bruised date sweetness in the tail-end. Lots going on, but it's not the best profile for me.

I didn't really notice any extra hoppage from the aroma, and I'm not exactly picking it up in the flavor, either. Chocolate out of the gate, with a mild, floral-like twinge being the only flavor that remotely resembles a hop in here. The cocoa takes a turn and gets a bit more dark; deep cocoa powder and bittersweet chocolate bars, emphasis on the bitter side.

The aftertaste is more clouded with dark fruits, something I expected more of from the aroma. Bruised, overripe prunes with a high sweetness that's mildly cut by the roasty, dark chocolate bitterness. Upon warming, the booze comes out, despite only being a 7.8% ABV brew; somewhat acetone-y in character, it definitely wouldn't be missed. Silky and fairly smooth on the palate. Thick, but not as thick as it first appeared.

Not a bad beer, but overall it's pretty forgettable. It was a "Chocolate Wheat Imperial Stout", though I'm not sure the wheat contributed anything whatsoever (at least not flavor-wise - perhaps it aided in the soft mouth feel). It definitely had it's flaws; a bit too much anise in the aroma, and unwanted acetone in the final minutes. Still a decent stout, though, so I'm glad I got the chance to try it.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Molen today. Nice find.

From a bomber into a snifter
European Tour Series 3 of 3
OG: 1.090
IBU: 50
Drunk beside the Fano rye stout collaboration.

APPEARANCE: A thick, black pour yields a one finger, thicker looking mocha colored head with good retention. Head fades to a slight wisp and leaves touches of lacing on the glass. Black body with no real carbonation evident. Ring remains and dots of lacing.

SMELL: A pretty bold and hoppy nose on this one. Some roasted malts, wheat is there, with chocolate and a good dose of citrus hops. Piney hops and some grassy aromas as well, somewhat bullying the roasted wheat and chocolate base. A touch of molasses as well. Big and hoppy, but amazingly enough, not nearly as hoppy as the Fano brew. This one is better balanced for a stout, however.

TASTE: Definite rosted malts and wheat up front, with lots of hops at the swallow. Citrus and melon flavors with pine and spicy hops on the palate. A touch of sweet molasses and roasted grain, but the bitter, citrus hops and the bitter flavors of chocolate run the show here. Flavorful for sure, and actually better balanced than the Fano stout.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little light perhaps, but creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes a touch sticky. Thickens slightly as it sits. Alright here.

OVERALL: Both these collab stouts are quite similar. The look on this one is blacker for sure, making it a more attractive stout. Both are hoppy stouts, but the dry hopping on the Rye brew makes it almost like an IPA. This one is much better balanced, even though it is still a bit too hoppy for the style. Regerdless, the chocolate works and the hop bill makes it an enjoyable drink. I think I would go for the this over the onther 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 superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in December 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wheat, toast, coffee, orange zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with a good amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wheat, toast, light coffee, light smoke, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, wheat, toast, roasted malt, light pine, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a good amount of hop presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate hop presence; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of prototypic
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Frog Hops From Amager pours a very dark chocolate fudge color. It looks onyx. No light cuts through, even at the edges. It’s topped with a light mocha colored head. It rises to about a finger in height before falling back to a surface covering. Holds firm there for a bit. Lacing was spotty and moderate. Looks good.

The nose is a tad weak, but is still pretty good. The malt base smells like a nice mix of caramel and chocolate varieties. The caramel does give it a sweet smell. The chocolate smells like a mix of cocoa and dark chocolate varieties. It does smell much hoppier than anticipated. Smells like a mix of pine, grass, and light citric notes. It’s an interesting mix. Secondary scents include grainy and earthy notes. No big shock there. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is blended pretty well.

The flavor is a bit better. This is interesting and pretty good. The malt base is definitely chocolate and caramel. The caramel is a little sweet, but isn’t overbearing. Chocolate flavors include cocoa, bittersweet dark chocolate, and light milk chocolate. Pretty tasty. Earthy and grainy notes follow and resonate throughout. Hops are easily noted and are tasty! They feature citrus grapefruit and orange flavors up front. Piney and grassy notes follow. They have a light bitter kick, but the malt base balances things out quite a bit. It’s a nice interplay between bitter and sweet. Alcohol is masked well and isn’t much of a factor. Finishes grainy, chocolaty, and a little hoppy.

The body is on the lighter side of medium and feels a bit thin. More would definitely be better. Carbonation feels relatively soft and light. It goes down rather easy. Needs more body though.

Frog Hops From Amager is an interesting, good beer. It would benefit from a bigger body, but it’s good stuff as it is. I’m enjoying it. Nice collaboration between Hoppin’ Frog and Amager Bryghus. Easy recommendation.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - thick oily pour, two fingers of dark mocha foam. Stiff and sticky, it leaves heavy lace patterns on the glass.

Aroma - plenty of dark roasted malt to go around and some mild to moderate bittersweet chocolate as well.

Taste - sweet and malty, some light char as the swallow clears. Char leads to some hop drying and dark chocolate, along with notable alcohol warming.

Mouthfeel - silky smooth, huge body, makes the 7.8% feel closer to 9 or 10.

Overall - the frog just knows how to do a big impy stout. Another stellar brew from Akron, with a fine assist from Amager.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Apperance - Dark tan/black with a nice creamy foamy 1 inch head and tons of lacing. Looks great.

Smell - Roasty malts, hops, some brown sugars, molassess, rasin, dates, plums, some caramel and toffee. Honey, some coffee and the musky wheat aroma.

Taste - Starts off with roasty chocolate malts, some bitter hops, then the wheat comes in to mellow everything out. Hops are citric and sweet, yet the coffee, chocolate and chalky wheat counter the bitterness. Some added sugars sweeten up things some. In the finish you get some bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat tounge, along with some hops and wheat. The palate gets more of the same with added sugars and fruits. The aftertaste is malty, dry and wheaty.

Overall - Nice beer, Kind of the in between beer from a dry stout/american stout and a russian imperial stout. Has many flavors, each has its moment, and balances out well. Alcohol is masked really well. This is my favorite from the three colab releases, and id buy this again.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a perfect pint.

4.25 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy light brown head. Retention is good and a thick ring of lacing is left.

3.0 S: This, like a lot of recent HF beers, is full of hops. I like hops, but not in stouts, so I'm not confident that I'll like this going forward. Herbal and citrusy hops are the foremost flavor. Underneath the hops is a strong roastiness, hints of chocolate, and the neutral wheat does come out. The roastiness and the hops really don't mesh well in the nose.

2.75 T: The taste is more of what I was expecting. Roastiness is at odds with the hop flavor and bitterness. Herbal, citrus hops with a light woodiness to it. Lots of roastiness, chocolate, caramel, and wheat. It's not bad if this flavor profile is what you are into, but it's below average for the hoppy stout style.

3.25 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Faintly creamy, but good enough here.

3.0 D: The hoppy stout thing is getting out of hand. I want the two styles re-separated.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

European Tour Series : Edition 3/3
Chocolate Wheat Imperial Stout

LOOK: 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours an oily dark brown. Ominous tan brown head. Leaves a sheet of foam lace.

SMELL: Chocolate malt aroma, sweet smelling. Chocolate banana. Mostly chocolate.

TASTE/FEEL: Richly malty with a delicate smoothness. Rich creamy feel. Smoke, tar and chocolate are all well represented with an ashy finish. The wheat is downplayed but adds to the sweetness. Roasty and bitter, with an earthy, piney dry hop bite.

OVERALL: Enjoyable, smooth as hell, American Stout Beer. Complex stuff, the flavors evolve.

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 80 ratings