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RATINGS: 210   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoePeesie (924) - 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 (1521) - 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 (9254) - 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. I’d 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jandd1983 (3737) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Sampled at the StL RB gathering. It poured a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma was of chocolate, some light coffee, brown sugar, with hints of vinegar and molasses. The flavor was sweet and malty with chocolate, brown sugar, roasted malts, coffee and hints of wood. A very good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
seymour (1847) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2012
Tasted from cool-looking tall bottle at 2nd STL Ratebeer Gathering, thanks phaleslu. Poured a thick, opaque black color with creamy tan foam, somewhat lasting with nice lace. True-to-style Imperial Stout aromas and flavors. Roasty, bready, notes of chocolate and coffee, raisins, plums, fruity ale yeast esters. Tangy hops balance. Heavy body, almost syrupy mouthfeel, lingering bittersweet aftertaste. Quite good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
(bottle - sampled at STL RB Gathering) viscous black with tan head. Aroma of roast malt. Flavor is roast malt, dark fruit, some coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5529) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Sampled at STL RB Gathering - Pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma has roast, berries, soy and light chocolate. Medium smooth body with light carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth roasty malt and cocoa. The finish gets a bit spicier and has more dry cocoa. Nice impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2597) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Tasted on 12/23/11 from a capped 650mL bomber bottle. Pours an oily, extremely dark brown, with a thin tan head that leaves very thin, spotty lace. The nose is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted marshmallow, and toasted coconut, overall, very sweet. The flavor is, once again, fairly sweet, with milk chocolate, toasted coconut, roasted marshmallow, vanilla, and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. The body is full and oily with light, but still stinging, carbonation, and a long, toasted coconut, vanilla, and roasted marshmallow finish. Overall, this is a sugar bomb, but still tastes very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cwalexander1 (14) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 18, 2011
snifter off tap pours dark like old engine oil with dark brown creamy head smells of roasted and sweet burnt oily meat. appearance black darkness might need a spoon. medium sweetness, lightly bitter, full body, creamy, sticky, thick feel, soft carbonation, Overall well balance body to alcohol very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 14, 2011
In short: A very sweet, syrupy, chocolaty and fruity imperial stout. Ok.
How: Bottle 22oz, split three-way. Exact age unknown (probably around 1 year old). Bottle sent to me by rgtravers, thanks a lot Ryan.
The look: Black body topped by a persistent small tan head
In long: Nose is roasted, chocolate fudge and baked fruits. Taste is very sweet, burnt cake, chocolate fudge, lots of dark fruits. Thick syrupy body. To my palate the fruitiness was venturing into borderline sourness territory. Nothing very interesting here, I found that Vortex less captivating than the one we create when I flush the toilet. Because yes, don’t like, I know that you also look at your poop spiralling down after you flush.

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