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Vortex II - Pisgah Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

244 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 244
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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Bcarson7287

California

4/5  rDev -0.7%

07-12-2013 19:29:31 | More by Bcarson7287
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-12-2013 13:44:49 | More by DrunkinYogi
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farrago

New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +11.2%

Pours a thin but consistent head, maybe half a finger tops and that disappears swiftly, actually leaves behind more lacing than you’d expect, broad streaks which then slide off the glass. Following the script the liquid is blacker than coal, fully opaque and only near the surface can you discern the active bubbles, mild orange aura to it too. The nose is like getting smacked in the face with a German chocolate cake and then doused in coffee, caramel, butterscotch, and sweet nuts, some black licorice too and definitely on the boozy side of things, any cherry or plum fruit scents buried under the chocolate, the herbal hops must themselves be strong to be as noticeable as they are. Full-bodied, it would be suffocating were it not for the aggressive carbonation which pulls off quite the feat in lifting it and creating a sense of motion. More licorice, toffee, butterscotch, molasses, coconut, dark chocolate and Brazil nuts, its sweetness masks a lot of the underlying textural dryness. It does get clingy and sticks to the mouth pores, this in spite of the overall smokiness which is massive. The fruit remains mainly plum and cherry but also some date and fig too, not really prune. Packs some wallop and you feel the alcohol halfway through the bomber, more balanced when well chilled than closer to room temperature. Relentless. (I believe this was bottled December 2012 if I read the date above the bar code correctly.)

07-09-2013 01:38:35 | More by farrago
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-06-2013 20:27:15 | More by pathman
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Ljoreilly

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-03-2013 20:54:52 | More by Ljoreilly
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

06-19-2013 21:01:13 | More by RedneckBeerz
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JCam9981

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-08-2013 14:58:46 | More by JCam9981
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NastyNate11

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

06-06-2013 00:05:58 | More by NastyNate11
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jkane101

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2013 23:07:43 | More by jkane101
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

05-23-2013 02:21:27 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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pixieskid

Germany

2.94/5  rDev -27%

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.

04-30-2013 07:16:51 | More by pixieskid
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Bluecane

New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

04-21-2013 06:26:44 | More by Bluecane
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

04-11-2013 03:12:03 | More by orangesol
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blackie

California

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

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

04-06-2013 19:59:31 | More by blackie
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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-28-2013 02:13:04 | More by Falcone
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Doodler

Colorado

4/5  rDev -0.7%

03-27-2013 03:56:03 | More by Doodler
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Sparky44

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-25-2013 00:12:02 | More by Sparky44
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mccallisters_dali

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

03-23-2013 16:26:55 | More by mccallisters_dali
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GTB

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

03-23-2013 00:04:56 | More by GTB
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drumenigma

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -50.4%

03-03-2013 21:00:44 | More by drumenigma
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

02-24-2013 01:15:10 | More by djrn2
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

02-11-2013 13:49:32 | More by KevinGordon
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DmanGTR

Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-10-2013 15:41:28 | More by DmanGTR
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jsteele

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

02-10-2013 00:04:53 | More by jsteele
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vande

Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%

02-02-2013 23:57:39 | More by vande
Vortex II from Pisgah Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.