TURDFERGUSON (3574) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - JUL 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottlefrom Shaun at Paulís house.NIce, creamy, imperial here. Usual chocolate, coffee, and vanilla flavors. Also some blackberries. A nice offering from Pisgah that I would like to obtain more bottles of for aging purposes. Hides the alcohol relatively well.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very nice imperial stout: medium bodied lots of vinous flavors along with chocolate and coffee hit you. Very enjoyable.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JUL 9, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours balck with nice size brown head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavors of coffee and chocolate come through strong to start. Finished with a roasted malt and alcohol kick. It mellowed out as it warmed. I think it still needs time to mellow out but is definately a great stout.
zathrus13 (1628) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, with a light brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, nuts, and licorice. Flavor is chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and a bit of smoke. Alcohol is there, but it doesnít seem like 11.7%. Medium body. It gets better as it warms up. Thanks to Jmichael for this one.
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 7, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow- a very good brew. TONS of chocolate w/ subdued coffee and a hint of smoke. Alcohol is basically nonexistant. Dangerous.
Shag (2443) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A black apperance with a beige head. A smokey chocolate filled aroma. The flavor is very roasty with a hint of sourness. I detect some coffee, chocolate, and maybe even grapes in the flavor. A good one!
Gez (44) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black in color with a thick tan head. Aroma is roasty with hints of berries. Smooth roasted nut, chocolate, and spice flavors. Chocolatey aftertaste.
ChainGangGuy (4123) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 1, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Nearly opague, black body with a thin, fizzy tan head.
Smell: Roasty, creamy aroma of dark malts, bittersweet chocolate, and even some licorice root.
Taste: Strong, flavorful espresso with sweet, dark toffee and hunks of bakers chocolate. Its really got a raw, earthy naunce to it, especially as hints of licorice and chicory emerge on the smooth, roasty finish. I gotta say I didnít notice the alcohol and had no idea it was supposed to be dramatic 11.7%. Iím blown away!
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Low carbonation. Luscious, creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability: I know, I have within me the power to just say "no thanks, I donít think Iíll have that second helping of Pisgah Vortex II", but I mean, when youíre in this personís house for as long as I am, with no real breaks, and you canít go home to spend time with loved ones, and you canít play Super Castlevania for the SNES, it is awfully hard to simply turn away from the only available source of pleasure.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2007
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle poured into tall tulip. Good, Good, Good.... pours a dark ebony with dark caramel, frothy head... aroma of smoked malts, coffee mocha presence... taste is sweet, milky smooth and so good... the smoothness of this stout, and the aftertaste is definitly tops... sweet smooth mocha, milky palate, and a sweet mouth watering aftertase leaves you wanting more.... this beer is very smooth for 11.7% alchohol... very impressed and very good.... it is rare, so I like it that much more....
NachlamSie (2346) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2 hour, 56 minute old growler from the brewery. Pours ebony with small amber hues and a bubbly tan head that dissipates. Aroma is huge of plums with some sugar cane scents I associate with rum, raisins, grapes, berries, coffee. I donít pick up a lot of alcohol in nose or in the flavor. Espresso comes out a bit more when I sip, but Iím getting more wood and molasses. I also detected nuttiness with suggestions of chocolate. I wasnít too into the aroma, but Iím digging the taste. Maple comes out in the finish.It seems a little rough around the edges, but all in all, itís a tasty effort. I found the Hellbender and the Vortex I to be thicker than this one, this one would probably benefit from that kind of viscosity.