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RATINGS: 208   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, 2012 bottling. Oily black with short lasting brown head. Aroma of molasses, hint of black licorice, and chocolate. Big, chewy, slightly sweet. No bitterness, and finishes exceptionally smooth. Nice complexity, but also good balance .

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3466) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours black with a very thin khaki head that disappears quickly. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. A bit of sweetness on the nose. Fairly sour on the tongue with a little bit of vanilla. Finishes lingers a bit. Flavorful but not my favorite interpretation of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber thanks to the cousins from the barrio - pours black brown head. Nose is sour ale with dark berries. Flavor adds coffee, licorice, wood and booze. Tart, biter and sour. Nose is misleading and burns the throat.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1548) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle shared with Ed and Travlr; Ed is a very friendly fellow. Aroma of fig, dark cocoa, waffle cone. Appearance is black with a ring of mocha head. Flavor has a bit more coffee, but maintains the complex malts of the nose. Palate is full, oily and very soft. Decadent and delicious.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12314) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Bottle courtesy of ed, thanks! Motor oil black, small beige head. Aroma of rich vanilla and dark milk chocolate. Taste is rich brandied cocoa and espresso. Delicious.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crajun (976) - , Texas, USA - JAN 13, 2013
bomber to glass; bottle dated 1/09. where the hell did I get this?? my remarks are exactly those of johnnniee below. not sure if contaminated but this thing had some funk to it... not sure if spoiled as many relate to the fruity taste... anyone want the other bottle??

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pastor (797) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Cracked this one late Christmas day with my son as well. It was from 09 all I’ll say is drink them if you got them. This one may have sat to long slight funk in the brew so I’ll just give it average ratings all along Will have to grab a fresher bottle and revisit it again

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10817) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a dark brown color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate, caramel and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy sweet chocolate malty flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5833) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Sampled at GonzoIllini’s Birthday Party (Western Springs, IL). Happy Birthday, Tony! Pours a richer deep blacihs brown hue, near opaque with some touches of light, deep haze. Frothy tannish ring atop dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are sticky and sweet, caramel and toffee, toast, gentle oak. Chocolate, some oak, vanilla and coffee. Initial is medium bodied, some dark fruit, toffee, and toast. Kiss of sherry, red fruit, some cocoa, carmelization. Mellow roast and toast, biscuits, gentle heat hits the palate quickly. Touches of roast, toffee, heat, mellow oxidation. Good flavors but a bit of bruising heat into the middle and backend. Ok.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2012
On tap at Appalachain Vintner. Poured near black with a dark brown head that quickly diminshed. Aroma was dark coffee and dark chocolate with sweet toffee. Flavor with robust with espresso with some thick chocolate and toffee. Not overly complex but very nice and it held back the ABV beautifully. Finishes full and almost creamy milk chocolatey.


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