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RATINGS: 205   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2072) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Bottle at Toncatchers tasting courtesy of Naven. Poured a black-brown color with a small tan head. The aroma was of sweet dark fruits; raisin, dates and plums. The flavor mirrored the aroma with a bit of sweetened coffee added.The mouthfeel was full and silky smooth. The finish was long with dark fruits lingering. Overall: A great stout.


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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4034) - 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 (1576) - Charleston, South Carolina, 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 (3306) - 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 (8176) - 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 (1470) - 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 (986) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mverity (263) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - FEB 4, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, almost black; opaque at the center but transparent at the edges. Aroma is chocolatey and medium/deep malt. Touch of toffee as well. Taste is very chocolatey, nice bitter chocolate. Sweet malt towards the middle. Body is a bit thin for a stout, but carbonation is spot on.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
Bottle, 2012 bottling. Oily black with short lasting brown head. Aroma of molasses, hint of black licorice, and chocolate. Big, chewy, slightly sweet. No bitterness, and finishes exceptionally smooth. Nice complexity, but also good balance .

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Appalachian vintner. Pours black with a very thin khaki head that disappears quickly. Doesn’t leave much lacing in the glass. A bit of sweetness on the nose. Fairly sour on the tongue with a little bit of vanilla. Finishes lingers a bit. Flavorful but not my favorite interpretation of the style.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (1972) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 16, 2013
Bomber thanks to the cousins from the barrio - pours black brown head. Nose is sour ale with dark berries. Flavor adds coffee, licorice, wood and booze. Tart, biter and sour. Nose is misleading and burns the throat.


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