Pisgah Cosmos - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 32
Gots: 1 | 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 babyhobbes:
Photo of babyhobbes
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark dark reddish brown with a tall creamy tan-colored head. Smells rather musty. Taste is laid-back, somewhat bitter, with a yeasty sourness. It's just okay. I guess it's worth a try, but I doubt I'd get it again.

Thanks Mikesgroove for this beer!!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Sep 2007.

This offering pays homage to the brewer's homebrew roots. It's what American brewers do best: hybrid styles. Baltic Porter meets Belgian yeast--and organic to boot.

Fizzy foam from a semi-hard pour leaves a thick tan lace after a few sips. Dark brown color lets only a little light through the edges with a garnet hue. The yeast is right in your face from the first sniff; aromas of cotton candy and bubble gum are followed by a cocoa powder maltiness. Dreamy smoothness rolls around in the full body with a deep crispness. Big-time chocolate on the palate--very dark chocolate to be more exact. The Belgian yeast throws in some herbal phenols, and the roasted character carries an undertone of char; wrap this around its very complex maltiness, and you've got a faultless balance. Modest hopping. Fruity middle-to-end with dark berries and overripe plum. Estery, but not too pushy. Finishes with a layer of mocha, staying a tad sweet.

Not knocking average-strength craft beers, but this is what should have been in North Carolina all along: a choice--even if that choice is an extreme beer.

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of pwoods
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi and kkipple for the bottles.

750ml brown corked/caged bottle, poured into a tulip. No dating.

A: Pours a deep dark murky brown, cloudy. Nice 2 fingers worth of khaki colored 'Belgian' head in the snifter, holds nicely. Lots of lacing to start then falls off just a bit.

S: Nice caramel-y malts with the yeast and alcohol of a BSDA. Roasts malts with light cola syrup and grapes show it's baltic porter influence.

T/M: Definitely has the malt bill of a BSDA and BP mix. Very complex; loads of dried and fresh juicy dark fruits, some defined grape and flat syrupy cola, super sweet caramel and even a touch of weak fresh coffee. Hops are light but add to the esters and balance such a complex malt bill. Belgian yeast enhances the mou thfeel as well as the carbonation. Body is around medium.

D: Great brew but I must say, I'm slightly disappointed... I love BP's and I guess I was almost expecting just that. It's a good twist, though. With 9.5%, you'll drink it slow, or at least try.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ML bottle Corked & Caged > Chimay & Postel chalice's

(February '08 on lable) This is a stunning looking graphic on the lable USDA Organic.

"We all drink down steam"...

The cork explodes out of the bottle with a gentle push and the dark brown liquid just starts rushing out and creates a massive, uncontrolable 3" bubbly, foamy, tan-mocha colored head in both glasses. Smooth and fluffy on top, bubbly and active just beneath.

The aroma has light chocolate, tangy, fermented grapes, walnuts, dark red berries, mild coffee. The aroma is pretty mild but complex.

The flavor is chocolate covered grapes and cherries right off, spicey and tangy yeast adds comlexity and depth. The body is pretty light and active, crisp feeling and never too thick. The hops are earthy and semi-bitter with a great balance amoungst the rest of the ellements. The heat is very warming, not sharp or harsh, just warming. Later, your left with bitter, tart chocolate and fruits, slightly over-carboanted and explosive at room temp.

I love the willingness to mix a wonderful stlye like Baltic Porter and add an agressive Abbey yeast strain. Gutsy.

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively carbonated bottle from Bruisn' Ales. The carbonation keeps at bay the baltic Porter taste which is there and balance porter/a little sourness malted down, but a muted flavour. Decent drinkability and the alcohol is hidden.Black body with nominal head.SOrt of hits the style.

Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on-tap, duckworths charlotte

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

taste: potent elixir - big dark fruits, molasses, raisin, dates, rum, stick dark malts, dark cherry, vanilla, lots of belgian yeast. Quite complex but overly strong - glad to find on tap as I don't feel the need to seek out the elusive bottles anymore

mouthfeel: low carbonation, sticky and strong

overall: good

Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during an afternoon ticking session at Pisgah! Served from tap into a shaker pint. Poured a massively dark brown with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, banana, and cream. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, earth, and banana hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. There was definitely a big Belgian influence going on in this one. The banana was quite evident in the nose and in the flavor. Wasn't surprised at all to find an earthy character in this one if I'm honest... This one was pretty well balanced but definitely more robust in specific aspects. Definitely worth trying if you have not already!

Photo of alleykatking
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of Bung
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Duckworths. Very dark brown pour, ample off white head that laces the glass well.

Aroma is pretty much a dark chocolate banana. Yeast and roast.

Taste has more roast, to add a great balance to the the yeasty banana, malt and cocoa.

The lighter mid body makes this quite drinkable. Alcohol is non-existent. Another impressive organic offering, as usual for Pisgah.

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Pisgah Brewery in Asheville, NC on 5/29/10

A - Cola-black with a thin creamy tan head, lively carbonation.

S - Belgian yeast, plums, raisins, dates, bit of coffee and chocolate.

T - Roasted malt, dates & raisins, molasses, coffee, Belgian yeast and...citrus?! Whole lot going on.

M - Medium body with medium-high carbonation.

D - Happy with the one I had, got a bit heavy for me towards the end of the glass, but the ABV was well hidden. Overall, a complex brew that was hard to rate by "style" as it runs all over the rails. A unique and memorable brew from Pisgah.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black as night with a very small head that was about a half inch high. This faded quickly leaving behind a decent amount of lace, not too thick, but definalty noticeable.

S - Smell started off light, with a nice aroma of caramel and a hint of alcohol. As it warmed a nice fruit and spice like flavor started to come through, almost reminescent of a Belgian Dark, very complex yet sweet. An intresting bit of a twist.

M & T - First taste was very very sweet. Very nice full body here full of carbonation and a very nice consistency. Lots of fruity flavors could be picked up in here, grapes, pears, and hints of almost cinammon sugar. Again really came off to me as more a Belgian dark then a porter, though I would take a porter like this anyday. Very fruity and robust. Awesome drink here.

D - Overall this was fantastic. No hint at the ABV at all which was shocking. Though it did have a slight warming effect on me which I guess could be the alcohol but it was very nice. This was a definate sipper, but alot of sips would be creeping up on you. I love the stuff they brew over at Pisgah, and have not had a bad one yet. Very good stuff indeed.

Photo of wcudwight
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical Pisgah corked and caged bottle. Large "POP" when I popped the cork. Fog rises out of the bottle as thick as the fog coming up Black Mtn on I-40. Black coffee in color with a large mocha colored head that is very rich in texture. Head hold well and leaves behind spotty sticky lace.
Mocha aroma mixed with a Belgian spiciness. Very unique.
Ohh a Baltic Porter with Belgian yeast. I like it very much. Both flavors are present but the beer doesn't lean more to one style or the other. Instead the Baltic Porter recipe and the Belgian yeast strain form a very unique and complex flavor profile that's unlike anything that I've ever had. Oh yeah, it's also very good. Rich coffee flavors but more of a sweet coffee. Kind of like a mocha. Dark fruits. Raisins, dates, plums with a hint of bannana. A touch of bourbon flavoring or subsitute any rich liquer for bourbon. Also has some hints of a milk stout. Very complex yet all of the flavors are very soft.
The mouthfeel is yet another suprise. Given the bold appearance and the complexity of the flavors I'd expect this beer to have a big bold mouthfeel. But it's soft and silky and kind of fluffy for the rest or the characteristics of the beer.
Drinkability is expceptional and I firmly believe that Pisgah brewery is the best little brewery that no one knows about.
It's organic to boot!!!

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of devilben02
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have now had the good fortune to try this beer on multiple occasions, once fresh at the brewery and once with a buddy who was so generous in sharing his two-year old bottle. Both times, it was a pleasant experience, but the aged bottle was one of the better beers I have ever had.

Essentially, it is everything it promises to be and more. Poured in the glass, it is dark and brooding with a thin, lingering, creamy head. The aroma is exactly what I expected based on the description on the bottle: chocolate and dark roasted malt sweetness of a Baltic Porter but with the Belgian yeast adding a little something different. The flavor is a bit more skewed towards the chocolate flavors but with that yeasty tang underneath. The combination is something like a quad that used more roasted malts than usual, but with a candy-sweet finish develops as the beer warms. There's nothing particularly different or interesting about the mouthfeel other than the fact that alcohol was quite mellowed after two years on the shelf, with no hint of the 9.5%.

It's probably a good thing that I don't get out to Asheville often and Pisgah does not distribute out my way, because otherwise I may be tempted to shell out the premium price to always have a bottle of this around. Superb stuff.

Photo of jorrx003
5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of barleywinebrewer
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to mikesgroove for the chance to try this neat brew via trade! I'm left thinking of the old commercials - you got peanut butter in my chocolate, you got chocolate in my peanut butter. Fade to Yum.

yeah, ok, a little insight to my TV history. What's it got to do with the beer? Well, I'll tell you. Take a traditional baltic porter, dry it up a bit, referment it with a belgian yeast and bottle.

Net, net - an intriguing take on a style worth trying if you get the chance.

Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with ncvbc. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, dated February 2008.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head snow-cones above the rim before taking FOREVER to collapse like a bad souffle, with insane levels of frothy lace. Aroma is spicy yeasts and light maltiness, expected more sweetness here. Taste starts with a peek of medium malt, hits with the spicy yeast, goes a touch sour, then gets into the funk, with a dry close. Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly, but soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good as well. Not as good as the appearence was pointing me at the start, but still a very nice brew.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of Fordknox
4.44/5  rDev +11%

Photo of grub
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ncvbc hooked me up with this one. thanks walter!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. february 2008 vintage. sampled dec 31/08.

pours deep brown and mostly opaque with a small loose cola-like light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. touch of coffee. whole wheat bread. biscuit. cracker. toasty and slightly roasty, with a bit of a belgian twist on things. bit of dark friut. touch of smoke.

taste is great. dark and milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. some nice dark fruit too. bit of smoke. touch of roast. bit of coffee with cream. the flavour and aroma match very well with the bottle description - a baltic porter brewed with a belgian yeast strain. the usual baltic character is all there, tempered with the fruit and yeast of a belgian yeast strain.

mouthfeel is good. medium body. medium-high carbonation. the carbonation is a bit high for a baltic porter, but works in this baltic-belgian hybrid.

drinkability is good. nicely balanced, an interesting flavour blend. this one hides its alcohol well and has no trouble keeping your interest clear through the end of the glass. i wish i had another bottle!

Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was quite complex, showing leather, funk and a hint of coffee and dark fruits. The flavor profile is impressive and showed an interesting blend of cherry, vanilla, spice and cola. Very nice, and quite the intriguing combination of flavors. On the palate, this beer was not heavy or tiring at all, and I found this to be yet another high abv. beer from Pisgah that carried its alcohol very well. The finish on this beer was smooth and spice filled, with the underlying spice countering the moderate sweetness very well. Nothing seemed to be out of preportion in this well balanced, enjoyable beer.

Very nice effort.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev 0%

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Pisgah Cosmos from Pisgah Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.