Vortex II - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I managed to pick this little number up about a year and a half ago, and I'm feeling the need to crack into it. Review is from notes taken on 5/28/2012 and poured from the glass to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour looks a little viscous as it hits the glass with a glug, and of course, it is near black in color and entirely opaque; starts with a 1/2 finger dark brown head, but it fades just about immediately to nothing other than a thin ring and faint island of skim on the surface;
Smell: Potent, to say the least -- the smell wafts out of the bottle at the crack of the cap; plenty of big chocolate that comes across as syrupy and dark/bittersweet; bit of a ripe dark fruit aspect as well adds to the sweetness; there's a touch of roasted coffee-like malts in there, but wow, the chocolate scents really dominate.
Taste: Taste is solid and definitely a big chewy stout -- tons of the syrupy chocolate and a bit of a dry, bittersweet cocoa powder as well; the roastiness comes in better in the mouth than in the nose, and it definitely adds a roast and more bitter balance to the sweeter notes of the malts; some of the dark ripe fruits (perhaps cherry?) blend well, and interestingly enough, the alcohol is pretty well masked in my estimation, just shining through at the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel: Body is medium/heavy in terms of weight, and leaning towards the heavier side of things; body is thick and a little chewy; massively thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth, leaving the teeth feeling gritty; belly is left warm from the size of the beer.
Overall: I wish there were a couple more of these in my closet, but I'm glad I cracked it when I did. Excellent scents and flavors, big and heavy mouthfeel, this would be an excellent accompaniment to a dessert, or simply serve as a dessert on its own. The only thing that would slow me down on it is indeed the weight and size, but for an RIS, drinkability is still solid.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2012 01:23:44 | More by bamadog
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3.94/5 rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Thanks to queens1130 for sharing this one at Retsinis' tasting.
Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and slight smoke aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and slight smoke flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with nice subtle smoke qualities in the aroma and flavor.
Serving type: bottle
04-28-2014 18:50:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
Vortex II from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.