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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


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
johnclt (1) - North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2010 does not count
Pour tan head. Total darkness. Light carb and extremlty Delicate feel. Very malty, well balanced with hops. The most remarkable part of this beer is itís balance. Yeast and fermentation used in moderation, so low carbonation, sweet aroma is derived from either hops or fruits I canít tell. I canít pit into words easily what makes this one of the best beers in the world but I donít take that designation lightly, this is an extraordinary beer!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (3551) - Everett, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 19, 2007
22oz bottle. Pours dark black with a big, foamy brown head. Aroma is A LOT of coffee, complicated with some roastiness and chocolate underneath. Really delicious smell. The coffee is very powerful and deep in a beautiful way, more than almost any other Imperial Stout I can think of. Taste is rich, thick, bitter chocolate. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. Wow. I was super impressed with this beer. A really perfect example of the style and everything I would want in this type of beer. One of the best Imperial Stouts Iíve ever had. Underrated!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JUN 14, 2007
Bottle poured into tall tulip. Good, Good, Good.... pours a dark ebony with dark caramel, frothy head... aroma of smoked malts, coffee mocha presence... taste is sweet, milky smooth and so good... the smoothness of this stout, and the aftertaste is definitly tops... sweet smooth mocha, milky palate, and a sweet mouth watering aftertase leaves you wanting more.... this beer is very smooth for 11.7% alchohol... very impressed and very good.... it is rare, so I like it that much more....

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2007
Rating # 700. This is a damn fine beer. Pours out a deep black color with a thick bown head. Brew is very thick, very close to burnt motor oil. Aroma is deep choco color with huge roasted malts to it. Flavor is semi sweet choco with lots of caramel sweetness. I really like this brew.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DocLock (7832) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Bottle from Caponeís. Pours deep black, but some deep brown hues are noted through light. The head is tan, stays for a while, then goes away and doesnít really return with every repour. The aroma is heavy dark patent malt, huge chocolate syrup, some figgy fruit, and mild coffee wafts. The palate is on the heavy side, oily, complex, with flavors of dark malt, mild coffee, and gigantic chocolate syrup ntes, making this one somewhat sweet, but in a good way. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a little bit apparent, but that serves to give it a bit of a bourbon character late, while never losing the chocolate syrup flavor. The chocolate predominates the taste, and the beer evolves somewhat as it warms, gett5ing a bit less sweet. This one was very enjoyable.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CelticBrew (752) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - MAR 1, 2009
750 ml bottle, compliments of DrBayern, the pour was total blackness, that seems to absorb all color around it and then from the darkness an eruption of brown bubbly foam. Aroma is very roasted malts and coffee with some bitter chocolate and a slight fruitiness to it. The flavour was simply on the heavy side, oily, complex, with dark malt, mild coffee, and gigantic chocolate syrup notes, making this one somewhat sweet, but in a good way. As it warms, the alcohol becomes a little bit apparent, but that serves to give it a bit of a bourbon character late, while never losing the chocolate syrup flavour. Simply tremendous beer. Thanks Matt!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
Thanks to a fellow BA member for bringing this to a resent tasting. A - black as night with a light hint of light showing through. Nice one finger head that quickly dissipated. Nose is that of a bunch of dark fruit, raisin, prunes, grapes, plums, blackberrys, the list goes on and on. Taste - WOW this was an explosion of drak fruits and a very complex beer. Thank you bill for bringing this and it was one of my favorites of the night. Would certainly buy this again if I cam e across it in my travels Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 03-15-2009 06:07:44 --

4.5
   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

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 16, 2007
nice black body with a small brown head.the aroma is simply amazing.chocolate,coffee,brown sugar,molasses,and a hint of roasted malt.and now for the flavor....wow,its much of the same.although i grab a bit of lactose,smoke,and citrus hops.this is really solid and a bit under rated in my opinion.


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