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Vortex II - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

251 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 251
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 131
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Soto, Apr 24, 2014
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bcostner1, Apr 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Jlang2012, Mar 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

22Blue, Mar 07, 2014
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

KFrank729, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

AngusOg, Feb 24, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

aasher, Feb 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

WCW, Feb 14, 2014
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3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost black; opaque at the center but transparent at the edges. Aroma is chocolatey and medium/deep malt. Touch of toffee as well. Taste is very chocolatey, nice bitter chocolate. Sweet malt towards the middle. Body is a bit thin for a stout, but carbonation is spot on.

mverity, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

2dogbrew, Feb 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Axnjxn, Jan 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

jak, Jan 21, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

BeerDawgs, Jan 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bauermj, Jan 18, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

RaggaD, Dec 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

kylehay2004, Dec 28, 2013
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4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up in Asheville. Dated 5/13, so 6-7 months of age on it.

A - dark dark purple to black with a little rim of tan head

S - big dark fruit, I smell grapes, cherries, raisins and chocolate in there too

T - like drinking chocolate covered raisins, beautiful sweetness that's well-balanced by finishing bitterness. For being as big as it is, I can't taste too much of the alcohol, but can feel the warmth

M - this was the highlight for me, thick and creamy, the beer seems to coat the tongue and just cascade across my palate. Wow.

O - one of the best feeling RIS's I've tried. I had this beer side-by-side with the Valdez, which was also very good, but in the end I preferred this one. Very well balanced between sweet and bitter and all kinds of fruit and chocolates made this beer a great pick for a cold December night in Canada

Ivanhoes_Backpack, Dec 17, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

PEIhop, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Troville1990, Nov 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.7%

bootdown21, Oct 18, 2013
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MacQ32, Oct 10, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium tulip on 2/6/12

9/11 noted on the bottle

Procured for MbpBugeye with thanks to PDXHops

A) Dark brown; almost murky with a sandy brown head of nearly one finger. Thin, wispy retention. Some drippy lace, too.

S) Peanut and earthy backwoods aromas. Cooked grains - similar to oats. Notes of cracker and unsweetened cocoa, the latter being very mild. Some dark sugar overtones. Doesn't smell sweet though. This is really weird.

T) Decent showing of roasted coffee with dry layer of burnt chocolate. Plump grain notes which I like. Nearly charred with earthy overtones. Some booze peppers the back half.

M) Medium-full body. Soft viscosity with underpinnings of grittiness. Moderately low carbonation. A little alcohol tingle. I like the feel.

O) This would make a decent year-round offering. For a limited release? Not so much.

Ryan011235, Sep 26, 2013
Vortex II from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.