Sly Fox Nihilist Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.25/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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This Russian Imperial Stout was poured for the first time as part of our 12/14/12 Anniversary celebration in Phoenixville as a draught only release. It is a full bodied beer with a rich, roasty malt character and subtle alcohol warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Prufrockstar (693) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2014
Bottle from RBC. Pours opaque deep brown with mocha head that explodes and then completely disappears. Aroma: Rich dark chocolate with a fair bit of roast as well. Taste: Initially thereís a metallic finish, but that comes and goes as it warms. Chocolate and roast both big in the taste, along with cola and a bit of earth. Slight astringency in finish. Cola, marshmallows -- this actually seems to go downhill as it warms. When I started, I thought "wow, there are a lot of harsh reviews of this -- doesnít seem that bad to me." And it still doesnít seem that bad, but at the current rate it might get there by the end of the 750. At any rate, Iím cutting this off now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9057) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2014
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, cocoa, earthiness and light spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of cocoa, cola, roasted malt, vanilla and light oak with a crisp lingering cocoa finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Frydaddy (20) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 25, 2014
Honestly the worst beer Iíve tried. I received this through the Ďrare beerí of the month club. I was so disappointed, that I cancelled my subscription. Seriously the WORST Stout Iíve had....EVER!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (5940) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 22, 2014
750, capped. Pours black with a dense and creamy tan head. Big smoky roasty earthy nose. Creamy thick body with soft carb. Beef jerky, a little anise, lots of roast and earth, then a big beef jerky finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lectvay (75) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 10, 2014
February shipment from Rare Beer Club. Man this is good. Hard to believe Iím rating the same beer as some of the other raters. A very dark brown with a medium brown head. Smells creamy and chocolatey. Taste is intense, with a rough hoppy bitterness and dark coffee roastiness, balanced out by a sweet butterscotch thing going on. Terrific flavors that play off each other wonderfully. Try this beer! Itís awesome!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
dagimp (685) - Philly, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 10, 2014
From a corked n caged into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black with about four inches of dark head. Head disappears into nothing rapidly. Nose is alcohol, hops, cough syrup and dark malt. Mouthfeel is light and way overcabonated. Taste is a hot mess. Like a burning Black IIPA. Itís a much better black IPA than it is an imperial stout. Plenty of hops in this sucker. Maybe it would mellow and get better over time, but I donít got that time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (1971) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2014
The Nihilist is a very dark, very rich stout, but needs some aging or maturing. The body is a little too carbonated and too lively, in my opinion, for an imperial stout. The flavors and body could use some aging to round out some of the rough edges. With that being said, I think this beer has some massive potential. With some patience and time down in a cellar, this impy stout could be great. All the other qualities are top-notch, though. The beer pours a pitch-black color with a huge brown head. The nose features mostly a chocolate-centered aroma, with a touch of bitter hops and hints of cream and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Bottled, dark brown with big foam, burnt roast aroma, frothy carbed roast nuts and malty , sour with burnt finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Black pour, tan head, some lace/retention. Aroma is grapefruit, roast, chocolate, caramel. Medium bodied, alcohol hidden well, lacks the complexity of most imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (721) - Florida, USA - MAR 3, 2014
Pours an opaque, extremely dark brown with only a thin ruby ring around the bottom edge of the glass when held to the light. A monstrous, gray-tan, foamy head forms quickly. It noisily dissipates in about twice the time. Carbonation warmth in the nasal passages and top of the lungs as the beer settles. Picking up some coffee and beef jerky on the nose. Some beef dry rub spice as well. Palate pleasing thickness, but not at all oily. A mild coating on the tongue remains after the finish. Spicy dried beef and fruit flavors. Some nuttiness near the finish. Good impy stout.

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