12 Beers of Xmas – Day 10 – Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer

After the deviation from impy stouts last night, I’m back on them again for day 10.  This is another bottle from my haul from last Christmas that I decided was one to Dave for a special occasion.  I think I’ve picked up a few this time around for next year as well.

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I don’t know an awful lot about Hoppin’ Frog, although have seen a few of their bottles about in the past.  This one is a ‘Double Imperial Stout’, aged in bourbon barrels.

The pour is really thick, almost like used engine oil.  Not much of a head initially, but it slowly formed a reasonable cocoa coloured head to offset the pitch black body.

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The aroma is quite alcoholic, with bourbon notes coming through.  The taste has a lot of bitter dark chocolate up front, followed by a more mellow ‘hot chocolate’ sweetness.  Bourbon, vanilla, slight oakiness, a bit of espresso bitterness comes next.

It’s really difficult to pick a favourite from the bottles so far this year, but I think this has to be up there as it’s a real belted of a beer.

Paul
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