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Pisgah Cosmos - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

66 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 33
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Pisgah's tribute to the Belgian tradition and our home-brewing roots, this recipe comes directly out of Dave's old homebrewing notebook. We combine the rich flavor of a Baltic porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, imagine bananas dipped in dark chocolate liquified in your beer glass. Honor tradition, Respect beer.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 04-02-2007)
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Reviews by akorsak:
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750 mL bottle, from February 2008.

A: The dark ale is murky, a quad like cola brown color that is opaque. Not much head though; what's there is off-white trending darker.

S: Dark candi sugars, raisins and brown sugar, along with caramel malts create a big nose. Closer inspection tells me, again, just a little too long in the cellar. Despite that, the quad-like aromas are strong enough to cover up most anything. The darker fruits stand out, I believe, over everything else.

T: The darker flavors bely a fierce beer - dark fruits, booze and candi sugars all swim around. The richness doesn't directly lead to the booziness but it comes close. Darker caramel and roasted malts add to the body. The finishing flavors are a little musty, older, but the quad underneath still packs a flavor punch. Quite complex with a lasting fruit flavor - very dark with raisins and figs in command.

M: Warming and big, small sips are the way to go. Next time around, I wouldn't hold onto this for 4 years though.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 01:02:15 | More by akorsak
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3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to AleWatcher for knocking off this want. enjoyed from my La Trappe chalice.

vintage February 2008

a - decaged and popped the cork...well, perhaps i shouldn't say popped the cork as it snapped in half and then i destroyed it while trying to pry it out with a cork screw. once that travesty finished (i take full blame on that one) the brew poured a deep plum with a nice creamy bubbly head that didn't hang out long but never seemed to fully go away. unfortunately had to strain the beer into a different chalice since i noticed little bits of cork in the beer.

s - boozy, but in a vinous way. as soon as i broke through the cork it almost smelled like red wine in the room. there is some good plum and dark fruit notes though. not all that sweet, more booze than sweet for the style. after the transfer/straining there was more sweet in there...smells very nice.

t - in addition to dark fruit there is a decent amount of cocoa and some roastiness. the beer is definitely oxidized as well. i probably should've drank this right when i got it, but held it for a special occasion or tasting and now am popping it as i am trying to drink some of the older bottles that i have to prevent them getting over the hill...may have missed the boat on this one a bit. not bad, but from the reviews sounds like this one was better a year or two ago.

m - still fairly creamy...and fortunately was able to eliminate the bits of cork. first glass i strained through a screen, but then the interweb taught me to rubber band a coffee filter around the neck of the bottle.

o - overall, one of my favorite styles...this is pretty good, but probably held onto for a bit too long. has a bit of a cocoa thing going on. VERY smooth and creamy for an american take on this style. enjoyable, but i bet this one was way better a year ago.

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appearance: served in an unbranded chalice, very dark - ebony body, fizzy tan head with sparse lacing

smell: figs, spice, booze, dark fruits drenched in rum

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alleykatking

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from cage and cork. Many thanks to mikesgroove for hooking me up with this many moons ago. Shared with betsona. On a side note I flicked the cork with the cage still on and it blew off. Holy shit this beer was bottled with some pressure! No spilling happened. Onto the review.

A- Poured a deep almost chocolate brown color. Three finger mocha colored head showed crazy long retention. Nice thick streaks of lace along with some sheety lace left on the sides of the glass. If the head would have died down a little quicker this would have been a perfect 5 appearance to me.

S- Roasted malts cut with baker's chocolate in the front of the aroma. There is some darker fruits in the there as well but it seems like they also are chocolate covered as well. Hints of clove and banana linger toward the middle and backing. Backing has a underlying burnt sugar aroma to it. Damn this beer smells good!

T- Roasted malt in the front gets calmed down like the aroma with some chocolate malt. This brings forth a nice balance from where you can taste the clove and banana from the yeast strain. Middle of the beer shows some light caramel malt with some burnt sugar flavor as well. Hints of darker fruit come out in the middle of the beer and linger into the ending. Light chocolate malts overrun in the ending along with hints of belgian yeast. The alcohol is clean and not very present.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little heavy for the beer I thought. Chocoalte, roast, banana, and clove are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light sweet alcohol, chocoalte malt, clove, and hints of darker fruit mixed with banana. Flavors were blended well overall with one flavor leading into another smoothly. No off flavors were present in the drinking. Light alcohol drying overall on this beer.

O- This beer was good I thought. I'm not sure of Andrew's thought on this one but I'm leaning toward a lesser opinion of it. My first beer from this company and I was glad to have tried it. This one was bottled in 2007 or 2008 and to be honest was drinking fantastic right now!

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thagr81us

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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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5/5  rDev +25.3%
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One of the best beers I have ever had. I had this beer on tap at the brewery and it blew me away. A delicious mix of rich dark baltic porter with the fruity, banana-y flavors of the Belgian yeast. This beer was unlike any beer I have had before. The beer looks amazing, with a nice dark reddish hue, smells strongly of the belgian yeast, and then tastes like the beautiful combination of the dark roasted chocolatey porter and the dark fruit and belgian yeast flavors. This beer is amazing and I could not recommend it any more strongly.

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ckeegan04

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark mahogany in color with a thick brown cap of foam. Head slowly fades to about one finger thick and leaves thick rings on the glass. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Dark chocolate mixed with dark fruits. Hints of fig come to mind. A light roasted maltiness becomes more noticeable as the beer warms.

T - Dark fruits and simi-sweet chocolate. Just a touch of roastiness underneath. The dark fruity Belgian yeast really comes through as the beer warms. Mixing Belgian yeast and roasted malts is an interesting concept, and I would have to say that Pisgah pulled it off.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a very slick feel. Alcohol is well masked and the beer is very easy drinking.

I have been a bit underwhelmed with Pisgah in thas past (they werent bad, they just werent as good as I had heard) but this one is excellent.

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11-17-2010 21:17:23 | More by ckeegan04
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Thorpe429

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4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a slight light tan head. A tad bit of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits and roasted malt. Good notes of chocolate. The taste is dark fruits, dates, burnt sugar, some roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice with the flavors playing nice with the slight alcohol tinge. Drinks quite well and is really nice overall.

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blackie

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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep chocolate brown in color, topped with a mocha head that shows good retention

s: lots of deep chocolate roast, hints of medium roast coffee, black figs and other leathery dark fruits, sweet burnt sugars, yeast profile of clove with some hints at banana

m: well carbonated, perhaps a bit high at first but smoothing out, with a full, slick body

t: big roasty belgian body, chocolate roast first moving towards some deeper charred barley, clovey yeast flavors with some esters, not dominant but quite obvious, fruit leather, finishes with sticky burnt sugars and a thick chocolate/coffee flavor in the back of the throat

d: not a huge fan of the belgian-roast duo, but it's a nice enough drink, and I appreciate the creativity

enjoyed from a plastic cup around a fire at the brewery on a cool late summer night

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09-22-2010 02:32:11 | More by blackie
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chaz410

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this beer at the AMAZING new Duckworths Grill and Taproom in Charlotte NC.
Pours a near black amber brown body with a quarter finger slightly brown head.
Smells of toasted malt, funky belgian yeast, raisen, slight cherry and some tinny, grassy hops.
Taste of tons of roasted malts, toasted grains that lend toward the biscuit malts as well. There's a slight chocolate and caramel hybrid sweetness. There is a mix of funky, tart belgian yeast finish along with a little booze as well as some dry toasted maltiness.
Very smooth mouthfeel that finishes almost dry and doesn't linger.
For the style and ABV I could see having several of these so I consider it fairly drinkable.
Go Go Go Go Duckworths!

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 02:54:03 | More by chaz410
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Pisgah Cosmos from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.