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Treat yourself to the first of the Vortex series to be offered in a bottle. The strongest Pisgah beer to date, this Russian Imperial Stout would make any 18th century Czar proud

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - AUG 4, 2007
Bomber via trade with JMichael, thanks dude. Pours black with a thin than layer of head with some swirling islands in the middle. The nose is very malty and rich with bits of coffee, caramel, chocolate and some roastiness in those malts. Taste is sweet, malty and restrained, the alc is nicely hidden and the brew tastes great but I wish the taste extended a bit further. That said its a pretty damn good impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8785) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 30, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2012 Bottle… O-Town Throwdown Part Deux… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, beige head. The aroma is a rich, malty blend of chocolate, caramel and toffee with a good dose of diacetyl. The flavor leans on the burnt, bitter side of balance. Lots of dark, unsweetened chocolate and caramel with a waft of campfire smoke and a hint of oxidation. Full-bodied and silky with lively carbonation. Sweet, warming finish. Thank you, DragonStout and jayg, for sharing the bottles!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2007
Bottle at Columbus tasting 8 - Pours black with a short tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and a little bit of plum. Flavor is chocolate, lots of roasted malts, some of that dark fruit, raisin and plum in particular. Sweet and smooth throughout and an easy drinker for a big stout but the alcohol heat detracts from the brew in my opinion. Still very good though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (4705) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2007
My 500th US brew. Bottle. Huge roast and slightly toasty nose, overripe red fruits with gobs of sticky malt, some coffee, and chocolate. Some overpowering alcohol heft. Just a hair short of complete pitch black, th smallest touch of ruby with a diminishing light brown head. Taste is likewise huge, though unfortunately dominated by alcohol. Sticky malt, extremely dry with the ring of coffee, toast and roast in the fore wirth more of that sticky red fruit. Body is thicker than medium but not quite full; smooth mf is very creamy, adds a familiar dimension to the coffee bitterness. Aftertaste is predictably dry, warming, and somewhat sticky; bitterness combined with exiting fruit makes me want to raise another glass to my lips. On the whole, an exceptional if nontraditional impy, but I’d be surprised if this stayed near the Top 50.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rayg1 (542) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
This was a bottle supplied by Ross during our little tasting and actually the beer that I was the most excited about all night. Pours out a huge black that seems to absorb all color around it and then from the darkness an eruption of brown bubbles. Aroma is very roasted malts and coffee with some bitter chocolate and a slight fruitiness to it, quite a surprise. Ross said it reminded him of Bezerker but I haven’t tried that yet so I can only say that the fruit was noted and welcomed. Taste is thick and velvet on the tounge again the deep roasted flavor attacks your senses with coffee in the background finishes slightly sweet before the hops take over for the tail end of the sip. Good stuff Pisgah!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
C-Bus 8 - Bottle shared by nolankowal: Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma roasted malts and chocolate. Flavor, roasty, chocolate, earthy with some coffee like bitterness on the end. Solid.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottle from JMichael, thanks John. Pours out a really dark black color with a big brown head that slowly dissipates. Smell is huge roasted malts and coffee with chocolate and perhaps some bananas (not the off tasting kind). Really the smell of this beer reminds me of Bezerker. Taste is full bodied, very rich, creamy, thick, full of roasted malts and some nice sweet tastes too. There is some alcohol noted, but its not unpleasant. Thanks for the opportunity to try this rare beer from my home state.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Lots of cocoa, coffee and malt complexity. A very palatable RIS for how big it is. Nice, very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2007
Thanx JMichael. Wow this pours a rich black color with no light coming thru this. Huge coffe flavor with a some chocolate on the backend. Aroma is roasted coffee. The alcohol was hidden well with a small coffee bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours dark black with a big, foamy brown head. Aroma is A LOT of coffee, complicated with some roastiness and chocolate underneath. Really delicious smell. The coffee is very powerful and deep in a beautiful way, more than almost any other Imperial Stout I can think of. Taste is rich, thick, bitter chocolate. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. Wow. I was super impressed with this beer. A really perfect example of the style and everything I would want in this type of beer. One of the best Imperial Stouts I’ve ever had. Underrated!

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