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RATINGS: 207   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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5355) - 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 thats 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 (3600) - Everett, Washington, USA - SEP 2, 2012
Draft in a flight at the brewery. Easily the best beer Ive 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 (2219) - 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 (2499) - 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 its 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 (14834) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
27th April 2010
Opaque black beer. Short lived bubbly brown head. Light palate, quite airy for its 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 doesnt sit heavy on the palate. No coating of the mouth as some of the style do. Id 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 Ive had from the boys at Pisgah. I havent been all that impressed to date, but this one may bring me around some. I want some more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerbill (3384) - Laurel, New York, USA - APR 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with crajun. Pours very dark brown, not quite black, with a moderate tan head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Very pleasant aroma that is filled with coffee and roasted malt. The flavor begins with roasted malt and a bit of coffee and is followed by some sour cherry. The mild tanginess of the sour cherry lingers on the palate for about ten seconds. The body I thought was a little light for an imperial stout. Not a fan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (859) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 3, 2012
Pours a thin black with very little head. Nose and taste are a bit tart, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits like fig, plum, raisin, a touch of caramel sweetness. A decent beer for sure but not remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1297) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 1, 2012
Bottle shared by Peter at STL RB gathering, thanks! Pour is pretty much black with a thin tan foam. Aroma and flavor are loaded with roasted malt which is balanced well by sweet toffee malt notes. Also hints of brown sugar and vanilla. Hides 11.7% quite well. This is a very smooth and well-constructed offering. I liked this one a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6410) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade. Pours a dark brown color with amber highlights and a tiny head. Aroma of sweet and caramel malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and a hint of soy. Flavor of sweet, roasted, and caramel malts, molasses, chocolate, and toast. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a sweet, chewy mouthfeel. Id call this a mild imperial stout compared to most other American takes on the style. The ABV is totally hidden and it drinks so easily and subtly.

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