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Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer

The older and more elusive brother to B.O.R.I.S. (the Crusher), D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery is pegged as even darker, hoppier, and stronger than the Crusher. Specifically, this has more hops and more malts; toss in dry-hopping, and this seems to take the imperial stout style to the extreme.

Nestled in Akron, Hoppin’ Frog is quietly making a name for itself within the craft circles. Besides regularly producing barrel-aged beers (such as the aforementioned B.O.R.I.S.), it has a wide variety of styles to entice beer drinkers from every background.

Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S. the Destroyer
Pours an extremely dark brown that is pretty much a black hole of color. There is no way to see anywhere near through this. Even the head, with its burnt coffee appearance, is darker than most beers can claim to be. The head is modest in height with some decent retention, but its intimidation is a little short-lived. The lacing does make up for this, though, as a thick film of sticky foam coats the glass.

The nose is full of roasted notes and bitterness as coffee, chocolate, and touches of char and soy flood the nose quickly. This is not a beer to take lightly and brings an aggressiveness that is unique to a certain group.
Upon my first sip I am hit with an abrasive, yet oddly enticing, bitterness that encompasses everything from espresso, cocoa, dark fruits, and even a punch of hops to round out the flavors. As in the nose, there is a pretty noticeable salty soy component, which isn't unwelcome or strange to the style, but I have to admit its not my favorite flavor.

Mouthfeel is moderately heavy-bodied with lowish carbonation. This has an incredibly full and rich feel and the flavors are bold enough to reach even the farthest corners of my palate. The drinkability is a toss-up. Out of the 22oz I had, I'd say I heartily drank through over half of it, but the latter portions were slow going just due to how bold and roasty this is. Mix in the alcohol impact and there is noticeable wall. Until that, though, it is very tasty.
I always find myself going back and forth with Hoppin' Frog. I can't say I've had a bad beer from them yet, but their bombers are not what I'd call 'affordable' by any stretch. For a beer of this magnitude, however, $11 is not a bad price to pay.
Overall, D.O.R.I.S. does impress. There was much more bite to it than I anticipated, but that isn't a negative at all. I don't think this dethrones B.O.R.I.S., however.

Beer Stats
Style: Double Imperial Stout
Serving: Bottle
Size: 22oz
ABV: 10.5%
BA Score: 93
RB Score: 100

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Written by Greg Bruce

While studying at Penn State, Greg learned that beer could serve a much better purpose than a means to an end for a good party. Delicately brewed Belgians acted as a stark contrast to the almost watery beer that had been so popular and began the journey towards craft beer. From that launch point he always seems to land on something new. Greg approaches each beer, whether it is an aggressively-hopped West Coast IPA or an English bitter (and everything between), with a clear mind and open opinion, ready to analyze, compare, and ultimately, enjoy. While always fond of stouts (especially barrel-aged) and IPAs, Greg is slowly but surely drifting towards various soured beers. Find Greg Bruce on Google Plus

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