Vortex II - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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2.94/5 rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Given to me by my cousin as part of a wedding present; didn't have the chance to try it while stateside so I brought it back to France. Didn't know anything about it but was happy to try it, looks as if this one is fairly well known/of interest. Unfortunately, it seems I got a bad bottle...it was a drainpour.
Pours proper stout black with a decent tan/offwhite head.
Nose, roasty and cardboard like; uh oh.
Taste; muddled roasty and chocolate, cardboard and a hint of cherries.
Mouthfeel; a little syrupy and thin but at almost 12% that is understandable.
Overall; always a bummer when this happens, I hate lugging bottles that end up having problems. Took the proper precautions I always do when traveling with beer, so seems like I just got an oxidized bottle, bummer.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2013 07:16:51 | More by pixieskid
4.38/5 rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
cask serving upstairs at Thirsty Monk
a: served in a short chalice, sporting only a thin ring, pure black in color
s: first aromas are dark cocoa, espresso, molasses, deep caramel, and earthy roast, sweetly aromatic but not overdone, sugary dark fruits - fig, hop aromas tend towards pine and earth, very smooth and balanced
m: carbonation on the lower end, as expected with a cask serving of course, body medium-full, silky smooth
t: immediate flavors of dark chocolate covered espresso with sweet underpinnings of dark caramel and molasses, fig, nice dark roasted malt, malt forward but certainly not too sweet, lots of complex toasted and roasted character, hop flavors of earthy pine impart a mild bitterness to the long finish
o: a tasty RIS for sure, plenty going on, in great balance between roast and sugar, and the cask serving compliments the beer well, alcohol totally hidden
Serving type: cask
04-06-2013 19:59:31 | More by blackie
3.55/5 rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
January 2009 release acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the Little Guy 2 BIF, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma dark fruit, licorice, roasted malts, some chocolate, some coffee and a faint touch of hops.
T: The taste starts with a hearty roasted malt character followed by some flavors of licorice, dark fruit, chocolate and coffee. There’s a mild hops presence but not much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, deceptively strong kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely several other beers in the style that I would choose first.
Serving type: bottle
12-12-2012 05:59:38 | More by TheManiacalOne
Vortex II from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.