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Pisgah Cosmos - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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69 Ratings
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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 33
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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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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mikesgroove for this one.

A - Black, cola brown with a fizzy soda like 3 finger bubbly head tan head.

S - Dates and raisins, hint of coffee, milk chocolate, sweet malt and a touch of spicy belgian yeast.

T - Dark fruits, flat cola, milk chocolate, spicy belgian yeast and a lingering dry malty/grainy taste.

M - Slightly thin and highly carbonated, fizzy on the tongue.

D - Definite Baltic Porter flavors/aromas with a nice touch from the Belgian yeast.

brewcrew76, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of aubuc1
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber in to a wine glass.

Pours black with a two finger tan head.

Smells like wine with malt. Very enticing.

Sweet fruity taste followed with real malt backbone.

Very carbonated and light feel in the mouth.

Heavy taste, but the carbonation moves it away very quickly.

aubuc1, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of Sponan
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a goblet. More head than beer to begin. Head fades quickly without a lot of lacing. Is this a little thin?

S- Hit with raisin/date immediately followed by coffee with maybe a hint of chocolate..

T- Less flavorful than expected based on the aroma. Flavor mirrors the smell, starting with the raisin and fading to a bready chocolate finish. Almost like the malty finish of a porter competing with the breadiness of some belgians.

M- This beer is a little thin for either style, baltic or belgian. Watery in the mouth.

D- The appearance and smell had me expecting more. Interesting hybrid, and the alcohol is well hidden. Not a bad beer, but nothing stood out for me. Give it a try if you are looking for something a little different.

Sponan, Jun 25, 2008
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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!!!

wcudwight, Jun 16, 2008
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3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as an extra! from the growling at the moon from Mikesgrove. Congrats on lil MG, and thanks for the brew.

A- Poured into a Delirium tulip, about 2 inches of liquid and 3 inches of cracklin, foamy head. I could hear it like rice krispies. Eventually cripied away leaving behind a surprisingly small amount of lacing. Liquid is black until you hold it up to the light revealing dark coffee brown edges.

S- Sweetness of figs and raisins, light coffee, brandy-ish etoh weaving throughout. Touch of milk chocolate/semi-sweet mix.

T- Starts off very mild. Mild raisins, weak chocolate and coffee, with an odd metallic twang to it. Fades into a coffee aftertaste....the best part for me. I have to admit, I had anticipated more.

M- Thin, watery body. After that huge head on the pour and all the noise it made...there wasn't much carbonation to be had.

D- To look at and smell this beer, I thought I was in for an epic beer. Overall, not a bad beer by any means, but....I had expected more. Maybe it's me and my expectations. Nonetheless, i appreciate the opportunity to try a new beer. thanks again MG.

m1ked, May 29, 2008
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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.

ppoitras, May 29, 2008
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3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got to try this one over a year ago on draft at the brewery and loved it, and was looking forward to trying it again. Poured into a tulip glass a nice almost opaque black with a nice tan head. The aroma had some Baltic porter characteristics, but also possessed dried fruits and the obligatory yeast. The taste was good, just not what I remember, the beer was also more carbonated this time around. The taste had an interesting blend of chocolate, fruits and spice and opened up as it warmed. The beer was somewhat crisp once the carbonation died down, but nowhere near as smooth as it had been at the brewery. The alcohol was present, but somewhat hidden. This is certainly a special beer, just not all I remembered it to be.

atsprings, May 16, 2008
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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.

pwoods, May 16, 2008
Photo of wagenvolks
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Major thanks to atsprings for the share...

Body pours a gorgeous mahogany-black hue that lets in a little ruby red when held up to the light. Head is dark khaki with hints of tan, and fills the glass effortlessly upon pouring. Be careful with this one, don't pour too vigoroursly. Head retention is top notch, thanks in part to the corked bottle. Aroma is a bit discordant, considering the description of the beer (paraphrased) "a baltic porter home-brew accident with belgian yeast".

The belgian yeast is evident in both taste and aroma. Not many "porter-ish" notes pull through, but the yeast adds a chewy, spicy zest. A bit of musk and light chocolate is all that keeps Cosmos in the baltic porter style range. Mouthfeel is overly carbonated at first, but mellows within an hour to a thick, boozy-rich body. I can't say this is a beer I'd try again (or buy), although my friend, Adam, swears it's better on tap.

wagenvolks, May 12, 2008
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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!!

babyhobbes, May 11, 2008
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3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Another Pisgah brew courtesy of mikesgroove, thanks man, keep 'em comin!

750 mL cork and caged bottle poured into a chalice.

Mmm, more organic goodness.

Pours a complete black with a big two finger fluffy tan head that remains for quite a while. A spotty wall of stickiness holds on to the sides of the glass, this is a very nice lookin' beer. Light cocoa and molasses up front in the nose with a sweet caramel backbone. Bready aromas with brown sugar and hint of booze as well. Taste begins with a rush of alcohol followed by a good amount of yeast and roasted nuts. Coffee grinds, licorice, and some oak on the tongue as well. Aftertaste is a bit spicy with some raisons and fig. The feel to this beer truly amazing. So soft, smooth, and silky with a light-medium body and tingly carbonation. Unfortunately the alcohol presence takes away from the drinkability. The pillowy mouthfeel with this is by far the most enjoyable of the characteristics. I wish I had a bottle to age, I bet this would be to die for in a few years. Thanks so much Mike for giving me the opportunity to try this unique beer. I have Baptista left, and hopefully more coming my way in the future :) Keep up the good work Pisgah!!

BeerTruth, Apr 23, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large light brown head that recedes slowly and laces well. Nice strong belgian yeast aroma, sweet toffee and a touch of caramel, spice and a bit of tannic red wine aroma as well. Taste shows some soft sweet breadiness, a bit of green apple honey and lemon, with a dry grassy, nutty chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is medium in body, full and creamy carbonation, a bit of tingle on the tongue and a quite dry finish with a little alcohol warmth. The feel of this beer is very nice, the blend of the dryness in the finish with the slightly tart green apple flavor and an earhty, nutty coffee and woodiness is a great combination of flavors and feel and a great transition from the silky and creamy feel mid taste. Thanks Walter for the opportunity. Will gae the other bottle in the cellar and see how it develops.

hoppymeal, Apr 17, 2008
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4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!
Very dark, pretty much black, with faint mahogany edges. Fizzy yellowish tan foam that settled to a ring. A little bit of spotty lacing was evident, but short-lived. Interesting aroma, a mixture of dark malts and belgian yeast character. Caramel, cocoa, fruit, raisins, alcohol, bread, figs, spicy yeast. Flavour mirrors the aroma. Fruit character was more pronounced, with lots of plum, fig, and raisin. Bitterness provided an anchor, keeping caramel sweetness in check. Chocolate notes were more subdued and alcohol stayed balanced, though it was definitely on the warm side. Finished a little peppery with lingering bread and molasses. Carbonation was quite high and provided a bit of lightness to the otherwise full body. I liked this one. It's an interesting mix of characters that really work well together.

DrJay, Mar 29, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nicely capped tan head that fizzes away while managing to leave a few lace patterns

Smell: Dark fruit (dates, figs and rum soaked raisins), dark chocolate. a hint of molasses and a whiff of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens with a fruity flavor, with a building molasses and dark chocolate complexity that deepens the profile by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance each other well, with some coffee touches appearing at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with overeager carbonation

Drinkability: Kudos to Pisgah for a Belgian Dark that verges on the Baltic Porter style; if they could work on the mouthfeel, it would be outstanding

brentk56, Mar 23, 2008
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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark, dark brown. Almost black. A gorgeous cocoa tan head rises up, staying nearly the entire session and leaving great sticky lacing patterns down the glass. Smell is subtle, not very powerful at all. You can tell there's a Belgian influence. A spicy yeast character and fruits that are a bit sour. Some dark malts that I can't really pick out. Taste is nice and definitely interesting. It has more of a Baltic Porter flavor than the smell suggests, with the dark malts easier to identify. Some good chocolate flavors along with light toffee and caramel. These malts are almost covered by a spicy flavor, an interesting combo. The fruits are still present and provide some good depth to the brew. Mouthfeel is awesome. So soft on the tongue and silky like velvet. I think a little more time to mellow would do this wonders. As it stands, if this was an experiment it turned out great. Flavors of a Baltic Porter intermingled with Belgian influence. I like!

ncvbc, Mar 23, 2008
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4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tan head, getting some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roastiness, figs, plums, raisins, slight toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malts, dark fruit, and some roastiness that I've never had in a BSDA, almost like a stout, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Full body. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, nice warming effect afterwards. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, and my first from Pisgah, I also have a bottle of Baptista to try later on. Thanks Eric.

Wasatch, Feb 06, 2008
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark almost black color with a relatively thin head that settled to a ring that stuck around. Pretty good lacing. The smell is good, but still a little rough. This is the best indication that it could use some more time in the bottle. There is a definite up front smell of molasses, followed by dark dried fruit and some toffee. The taste is similar to the smell, but seems more integrated, especially as its been open for a while. There are also flavors of banana, clove, raisins, and fig. Sorta like a Belgian version of a Baltic porter. The mouthfeel is a little rough, but it has good body and carbonation levels. Pretty drinkable now, this should improve in the bottle. This was my second big beer from this brewery, and I gotta say there is a big difference between their bigger beers and their sessionable beers. These high abv ones are a whole heckuva lot better. The Baptista was sublime, this one is solid.

Georgiabeer, May 01, 2007
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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.

mikesgroove, Apr 02, 2007
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Pisgah Cosmos from Pisgah Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.