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

Formerly brewed at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Akron, Ohio USA
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 55   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
In a collaboration with Fanø Brewery on Fano Island in Denmark, we created an Imperial Stout recipe to satisfy our own deepest desires. Brewing it on this picturesque summertime vacation island is how Natasha started, and of course we couldn’t wait to brew it at Hoppin’ Frog! The result is Natasha Rocks America - a rich, hoppy Imperial Stout with the deep-roasted, smooth flavor of Chocolate Rye malt. And, Natasha is generously dry-hopped with the perfect mix of select American hops, adding a great hop character to this super-tasty Imperial Stout collaboration brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (5416) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. Pours an onyx black body with a medium creamy beige head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, dark berries, pine, rye and hints of grass and sweet grains. Quite lovely actually, and there is something about this aroma that brings me back to the very first big stouts and porters I smelled, around the time I started to get really interested in beer. :-) Oh well, reminiscing aside: the taste is also rather nice: dark chocolate up front, then creamy licorice tones mixed with leather, fading into coffee, dry grass and hints of rye, herbs and mocha towards the finish. Full, creamy body, medium carbonation which fits perfectly to this kind of beer. The balance, both in aroma and taste, is as classic American craft stout as it is finely tuned. A real treat and a real surprise; this is by far the best beer I’ve tasted from both Hoppin’ Frog and Fanø. Maybe even combined. :-)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hallinghansen (2841) - Odense SV, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2013
Tap at mikkeller and friends. Black body with a small light brown head. Chocolate, rye, roasted malt, oak, oatmeal. Nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 8, 2013
Dunkelbraun, hellbrauner schaum. Röstiges aroma, leichte süsse von schokoladenmalz, feinherber nachklang. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34322) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 6, 2013
Draft. A pitch black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of alcohol, roasted malt, and chocolate. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, bread, citrusy hops, and caramel, leading to a dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ej (1245) - Hauglandshella, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2013
Pours pitch black with a thick and creamy tan head. Aroma is rich roasty; hints of tar and leather, with dark, bitter chocolate and notes of wood and liquorice. Taste of liquorice and burnt malts. Very dark, bitter chocolate and coffee. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (10944) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - OCT 5, 2013
Bottle 650ml @ Haakonm
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and rye. Taste is medium sweet and light to medium bitter with a long coffee, chocolate and roasted finish. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Westchesterco (1824) - mclean, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2013
Poured from a bottlebit is a dark brown with a tan head the aroma is of chocolate. The taste is of dark chocolate with an aftertaste of chocolate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Iphonephan (6185) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2013
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a fine tan head. Surprisingly hoppy nose. Flavors of roasted malts, hints of chocolate and grain. Bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2013
22 oz. bottle via local trade. Pours a very deep brown with a tan head. Notes of bitter dark chocolate, earth, burnt toast, some rye and pepper, and even some earthy hops in here. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a bitter mouthfeel. The bitter dark chocolate and earthy hops reminded me of the other collaboration imperial stout with Amager. I am not wild about either, but they aren’t bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
laiti (8069) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 21, 2013
65 cl bottle @ RIP camp
Aroma is rather hoppy with fruits, coffee notes and cocoa. Flavour is messy with hops, fruity notes, some cocoa and salty licorice. Quite unusual with all the hops, but somehow I like this.

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