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Vortex II - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

224 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 13.18%


Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 06-25-2007)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by jampics2:
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jampics2

Ohio

3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, this has been in the cellar for a little while. Seemed like a good afternoon to try something new.

Opened with a huge "pssst", and had some lively head into the snifter. But that died right away and now I'm left with something that looks like flat cola.

Smell is interesting. Dark roast (chocolate, coffee), some nuttiness, and a fruity component as well. Dark cherry? A touch of alcohol and some acidity as well.

Taste is OK. This may have a slight infection actually. Not a ruined beer, though, but the dark chocolate and coffee tastes are dominated by a cherry flavor that has some tartness and a slightly acrid note. But enjoyable, really not what I expected - this is similar to a dark Belgian ale actually in many regards. Huge sweetness and a touch of tartness closes this out.

Mouthfeel is sub standard for an RIS. Thin and very carbonated. Can't give credit where it's not due, this is a poor feel. Drinkability is OK, though. Like I said, there's something amiss in these bottles these days, but it's not a ruined beer. Just not the chocolate milkshake RIS I was looking for today. I would not buy or trade for again but would try fresh on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 15:30:16 | More by jampics2
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Vortex II from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.