Rivertown Death
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RATINGS: 30   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LuckyDog (363) - - 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 (142) - 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 (2272) - 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 (3582) - 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 (6807) - 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 (3075) - 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 (3840) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2906) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 6, 2014
On tap at the Daily Growler: Nice even pepper burn that comes on late and sticks through long finish. Little chocolaty malt in the background. Pepper wins out though. Interesting sipper. 7.2

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5867) - Ohio, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Draft and most recently a 12 oz bottle. Pours a dark cola brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have dark chocolate, roasted malts, a hint of smoke and a nice peppery spice that grows with each drink. I thought the mouth feel was ok, but could have used a bit more body. Better than some of the others in the series.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluejacket74 (1383) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - AUG 10, 2013
12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. Thereís a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chili peppers and some molasses. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma, it tastes like chili peppers, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. Thereís definitely spice noticeable, but I was expecting this one to be hotter. But the spice is lingering, it is a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this brew is certainly worth a try, $2.99 a bottle. I wouldnít mind seeing Rivertown making this one again.

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