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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (13628) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2012
Sampled at GonzoIlliniís 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
johnnnniee (3819) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Iíve had this bottle in the basement for two years or so and tonight for Toddís fortieth seemed like the prefect time to pop this one. She poured a solid black with a monstrous tan head that took forever to recede. From the first pop of the cap we are disappointed with the beer. Thereís an earthy funky fruity aroma with a hint of roast that fills my nostrils. The flavor is tart and fruity with a bit of nasty funk. Medium to light body with an insane level of carbonation and a slick tart mouthfeel. Obviously there is something wrong with this bottle, and Iím quite disappointed Iíve held on to this so long. So my first Pisgah beer is infected, well that sucks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (8198) - Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2012
Shared bomber to snifter (thanks jmborggren). Looks good; pitch black with thin mocha lacing. Smells malty and toasty. Tastes like is smells, but better, with a sweet, smooth finish thatís good on the palate. Ahh is hidden well too. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Draft in a flight at the brewery. Easily the best beer Iíve had on this trip to Asheville. Poured very dark with a nice head to it. Thick and smokey, with great malt flavors and robustness.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
50belair (3427) - Florida, USA - AUG 26, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Big chocolate nose. Chocolate & caramel, with a slightly bitter note (not so much from the hops, but maybe the malts). A little thin in the body. To be honest was expecting a little more after the chub inspiring aroma......

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Huhzubendah (3546) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2012
Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul! A: This big RIS has a black body. It is opaque except for the uppermost layer of the beer, where it appears a bubbly, dark brown. A small beige head sits atop the beer, but fades very rapidly. S: Nice aroma with scents of roasted malt, chocolate. T: A good tasting beer, with prominent chocolate flavors. At nearly 12% abv, this beer packs a punch that it difficult to disguise. Alcohol is present from the nose to the finish, though itís a well crafted beer and overall, tastes fine - just strong. M: Medium bodied, not as viscous or thick as I would prefer from such a high gravity beer. D: A solid beer. I would enjoy having this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22572) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
27th April 2010
Opaque black beer. Short lived bubbly brown head. Light palate, quite airy for itís abv. Moderate carbonation. Dark beer but not much in the way of dark malt characteristics. More like a Belgian beer made with dark sugar. Generic fruits with a pleasant tang. A little lactose sweetness. Subtle chocolate before the soft finish. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
Originally reviewed: 4/19/11. Pulled this one out of the cellar for round 3 of "A Beer Observed," with my drinking buddy, CP. Vintage 2010. Poured my allotment into my Allagash chalice. Pours with a slight glug out of the bottle. Color is deep dark brown that turns to black in the center. Small beige head caps it off. The nose is rich with notes of chocolate, vinous grapes, alcohol, roasted coffee. Pleasant surprise that the aroma stood the test of time. I dig it. The mouthfeel is slightly on the thin side, but not weak at all. This just doesnít sit heavy on the palate. No coating of the mouth as some of the style do. Iíd like it a little thicker, but the "wetness" definitely helps in drinkability. This beer definitely errs on the sweet side of the spectrum. As another reviewer noted, this could be a hybrid Sweet Imperial Stout. Milk chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar, finishes off with slightly acrid coffee and booze. Again, I dig it. This beer held its own for sure. I think this is the best beer Iíve had from the boys at Pisgah. I havenít been all that impressed to date, but this one may bring me around some. I want some more.

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