Rivertown Death
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RATINGS: 33   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Death is a high gravity Russian imperial stout. Rich malt complexity from a blend of dark malts, paired with Jolokia peppers (ghost chili peppers) emphasize the finality of the series and the horseman himself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eladnitram (1) - USA - FEB 11, 2015 does not count
This is not a beer, but rather a PEPPER BEER - the finest I have ever sampled in fact. The poor ratings are a reflection of improper categorization. The 11.7 ABV is well hidden by the ghost pepper, and so not as charateristically sweet as a barley or wheat wine. We emptied a growler just before sinking into a 3lb. Montreal pepper-rubbed ribeye steak, and found the overall experience quite uplifting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arn8897 (75) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Pours black with red around the edges. Khaki head. Aromas of chocolate and malt. Medium mouth feel. Taste of chocolate malt and alcohol warmth followed by chilli warmth in the finish. No lacing in the glass. Definitely a sipper not a gulper. Overall very nice beer. Different but nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
PorterPounder (5825) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
Tallahassee, Fl - Growler Country - on tap. Dark black quickly fading off-white head. Slight medicinal aroma, hint of Pez candy. No real discernible flavor - just heat from the ghost peppers. Trying to discern some flavor but I am at a loss, perhaps my tongue is numb. Burning mouthfeel. Wish I had just gone with the sample.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (481) - - AUG 22, 2014
The chili adds an interesting twist to this. Itís a beer trust would be too sweet for me but its saved by the chili.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cernjoh (143) - Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Had on tap at Daily Growler in Powell, Ohio. Aroma is chocolate and peppers. Taste is malt and chocolate some vanilla and peppers. You feel the pepper, a slight burn on the tongue and back of throat. Alcohol is well hidden. Appearance is a dark brown allowing no light to pass through it. Head is small and a light tan in color. Palate is good but would put this beer over the top if more viscous. Overall much better than the rating I observed on Ratebeer. I noticed the abv listings for this vary from 11.5 to 13 so there might be some inconsistency. My pour was excellent give it a try. Cheers

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rondphoto (2456) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 12, 2014
on tap @ Rivertown Brewery / Cincinnati OH --- Opaque black with a tan rim head, lace that slides back into the drink. Taste is full toffee malt, silky smooth as it moves through to a finish that first shows a glimpse of chocolate, then opens a full slug of chile thatís hot in the throat. The finish literally lasts for minutes. A big and beautiful Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zach8270 (3684) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUL 3, 2014
(draft @ Lizardville - Bedford Heights, OH) Dark brown pour with a puffy tan head. Lightly spiced aroma with some hints of the roasted malts. Flavor is a really nice imperial start but then a rush of pepper heat. Wasnít expecting it and the ghost peppers were a bit overkill.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
phaleslu (7040) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Draft at The Brass Tap. Pours a dark brown with a small beige head that lasts as a thick ring and wispy film. The aroma is so faint - toast, chocolate, cardboard, earth, roast, sugar, banana, and pepper. The flavor is dominated by pepper. Also chocolate, banana, caramel, brown sugar, and leaves. Light-medium bodied with a spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. I admire the experimentation but itís a misfire.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
shigadeyo (3095) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - JUN 28, 2014
6/27/2014: Since I was a bit let down by the New Belgium/CCB Lips of Faith Ale brewed with Anaheim & Marash Chilies and was in the mood for a chili beer, I decided to give Rivertown Death a try. Although it is supposedly an Imperial Stout and has a darkish color in the glass, the beer is lacking in malt depth and any other roasty/dark flavors associated with Imperial Stouts. Instead, the beer is fairly thin with a medium body and has a sweet, Tootsie-roll like flavor thatís then quickly run over by the chili pepper flavor and heat. The pepper has just a hint of earthy smokiness, Cinammon, and then a great peppery bite. It definitely builds with each sip, but isnít completely overbearing. The sweetness of the beer helps with this, but it would have been nice to have more flavors and complexities in the beer itself to go with the chili pepper characteristic. At best, this is a high alcohol brown ale with chili peppers. It was okay overall and delivered on the promise of peppers, but the beer underneath was lacking for an Imperial Stout. Snifter (draught) at The Brass Tap in Cincinnati, Ohio.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3933) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 22, 2014
8 oz. on tap. Chocolate colored brew with a red tint and just a smattering of bubbles. Nose is soy, spicy dark chocolate and dates. Tastes of raisin, unsweetened chocolate, soy and some cured tobacco at the end. Finish has lots of peppery tingle that coats your gullet; itís a bit much for me. Heavy body has a great balance. Goes down easy (except for the chiles at the end) with a watery feel and a smooth low level of carbonation. Barely a trace of the abv, but I suppose thatís mainly due to the pepper.

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