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RATINGS: 211   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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 14/20
italarican (1543) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Taster at Pisgah during RBWG. Really dark pour with minimal khaki head. Reminds me of cold hot cocoa, so cold cocoa, I guess. A touch of marshmallow to it. A fIreplace beer if you want something cold. Dark cocoa goodness and vanilla sweetness. Straightforward and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (2336) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2014
Draft at brew pub opaque black. Nose sweet chocolate and done roast. Taste shine dark fruit, roast, some chocolate,nice combo. Roasty bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, almost black; opaque at the center but transparent at the edges. Aroma is chocolatey and medium/deep malt. Touch of toffee as well. Taste is very chocolatey, nice bitter chocolate. Sweet malt towards the middle. Body is a bit thin for a stout, but carbonation is spot on.

   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 .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours black with a very thin khaki head that disappears quickly. Doesnít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2818) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ContemplateBeer (1996) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21437) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
crajun (1174) - , 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??

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Cracked this one late Christmas day with my son as well. It was from 09 all Iíll say is drink them if you got them. This one may have sat to long slight funk in the brew so Iíll just give it average ratings all along Will have to grab a fresher bottle and revisit it again

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