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RATINGS: 209   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


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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhopspensfan (1) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Draught-Was given sample at Barley’s in Asheville, NC; unbelievable aroma when swirled in goblet glass; moderate head; roasted chocolate flavors with a soft mouthfeel; could taste the alcohol but didn’t taste anything like 11.7%; bartender thought I could use a taste with my cigar; I just wish I had ordered a full one;


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6670) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
[6645-20140816] Bottle. Mild soya sauce grains aroma. Slightly hazy, cola brown body with a quick bubbly head. Roasted bread and grains flavour has a lingering bourbony aftertaste. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
(@ Campground Brewdown 2014, Millmont, PA)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dedollewaitor (14104) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2014
Bottle. 2010 Vintage. Pours black with a small fading head. Matured vinous aroma with lots of dark dried fruit, ashes, chocolate and mocha. Strong hard roast. Medium bodied. Slick and sippable with a late gentle warmth.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8060) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2014
2014-08-16. Black body with a small tan head that fades. Aroma of dark malt is lightly vinous and bourbony. Flavour is similar with a vinous bourbon character throughout. Smooth medium bodied palate, modest carbonation. Finishes moderately bitter and alcoholic. Decent but bourbon centric. Bottle at Campground Brewdown

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dresden (938) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - JUL 13, 2014
RBAG. Deep brown. Aroma is a decent coffee, some light smoke or ash. Sweet caramel, some vanilla, lots of coffee. Unfortunately, a bit of like..celery or something, but still really enjoyed this one.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Good label on the bomber, pitchy beer. Greate Aroma - hoppy, roast, molasses, sweet. Very tasty and warming. Nice roast over a medium-heavy sweetness. Tangy and viscous. Edgy coffee. Finishes with a little twang. Thanks to Lance @ Proof.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1702) - Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Thanks Lance! Pitch black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma of thick fudgy chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, bourbon, oak raisinettes, with hints of smoke. Similar in flavor with more of a dark fruit aspect with a thinner body that falls at the back of the tongue. Solid.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RobertDale (3705) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bomber at a bottle share. Pours almost black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit, and wood. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8741) - San Diego County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2014
[ Tap ][ Pisgah ][ 12oz+ ][ ? ][ ? ][ 2/7/14 ]
>> Thanks TURD, Leighton, et al for the share. Pours inky black with good lacing. Nose is tootsie roll, sweet chocolate, soy. Taste is tootsie roll, apple skin, slightly metallic. Palate is chalky, flashes of vegetal green olive, green coffee. Liked the Chocolate version a lot better. BA version was eh as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italarican (1484) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drsordr (1237) - 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.


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