Hobbybrouwerij Het Nest
Brewed at Pirlot

Style: Imperial Stout
Turnhout, Belgium
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   IBU: 75   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Dead Man’s Hand is our interpretation of the Russian Imperial Stout style. For the coming years, we plan to brew several versions of this beer.

markextrae's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (939) - - AUG 16, 2013
from notes. had this one from draft. pours pitch black with a beige head. i still remember that the aroma was very unpleasant. dark malts some earth notes, dark fruits, chocolate and oak. with a strong wine taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SVD (563) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 25, 2014
Bottle at home, Black beer, small head, aroma is malty, some oak, liquorice, Taste is very obvious the wine, some malts, chocolate, a bit sweet. Not bad, but the wine dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bierkoning (10159) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - AUG 21, 2014
Bottle. Almost black, Roasty vinous aroma. Red wine. Roasty vinous flavor with licorice. Has thinned somewhat due to the oak aging. The alcohol is there, but the red wine dominates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cunningham (4438) - Halden, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2014
Complete black color with a frothy fine beige head. Coffee and wine initial in the aroma. Chocolate and oak after a while. The body actually felt a bit thin for a beer like this. Fine balance between sweetness and bitterness. Soft carbonation. Smooth and easy drinkable. Well hidden alcohol. Oak, wine, chocolate and coffee in the flavor.
[Bottle from a trade with JefVerstraete]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoworsummer (2080)
- baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Draft. Pours almost black with a creamy light brown head and lots of lacing. Tastes like red wine, raisins, and tart fruit, roasted malt. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like raisins, sweet malt, and alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9596) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Tap at De Kleine Dievel. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is acetic cherries and figs, plums, cookie and toast malt with earthy hops. Flavor is dark bitter malt, vinous notes, dark fruits, light hops and bitterness with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3496) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Tap. Pours deep,dark brown with thick, creamy tan head. Aroma is red grapes, light roasted malts, faint dates, some floral notes, and some spice. Flavor is dry malts, some roasted, dark fruit esters, faint hops, and some oak; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jerre (2633) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
Taste this first time april 2013. Almost clear dark brown beer, with creamy beige head. Aroma: sweet, some chocolate, caramel. Medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, dark chocolate, some mocha/coffee, caramel. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
segtom (2) - weelde, BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2014 does not count
No foam, not carbonated, sour off taste but the smell is great and complex with vinous character and raisins etc but the taste is bland just tastes like coffee. Very disappointing beer. But looks like other people had more luck with their bottles i think? Or it is just not my taste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Garlic_of_Doom (448) - SWEDEN - JUL 24, 2014
Black with a small beige head. Aroma is like glühwine, spicy, with weak coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is sweet, glühwinelike, has wormwood, chocolate, roasted malt, tart red wine notes. Full body, soft carbonation, round. Short dry after taste with some red wine notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
corkyrory66 (554) - BELGIUM - JUL 17, 2014
Bière noire intense cataloguée russian imperial stout et titrant à 10 % abv, mûrie en fût de vin. Elle est brassée chez Pirlot à Zandhoven, et fait 21,5° plato pour un niveau EBU de 80. Couleur noir d’encre (115 EBC) d’une opacité quasi totale. Très peu de saturation, mousse brun foncé structurée, qui vient ensuite napper correctement. Arômes de vin rouge très mûri, à la limite du porto, fût de vieux bois, groseilles noires,pointe de cassis. 1ère bouche soyeuse, sur du café fort expresso, chocolat noir, pointe d’anis. Arrière-bouche sur du malt noir, sureau, cassis. 2ème avec du vin mêlé au malt, des tanins, du bois de fût. 3ème bouche avec de plus en plus de vin, et plus complexe. Arrière-bouche de fruits noirs, raisins, myrtilles, pointe de réglisse. La longueur devient franchement un nid de saveurs, avec beaucoup de bois, des herbes sauvages, des tanins complexes, des épices fortes, pointe de muscade. La levure est bien typée pour une bière noire. L’alcool tarde à se révéler, mais dans la longueur il travaille bien. La finale fait penser à un sirop de l’ensemble. CONCLUSION : un grand stout, bien trempé, et son mûrissement en fût de vin lui assure un caractère bien marqué. Les saveurs sont bien fondues en finale, hormis un côté tanique qui reste dominant.

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