Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Sponan:
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Reviewing based on notes from a prior tasting.
A - Black with a fair head spoiled by overfilling. Retention is good.
S - Overpowering coffee/espresso. Hard to get much else, although some chocolate and berry appears as it warms.
T - Very similar to iced coffee. Not much else is apparent. The bitterness is well balanced.
M - Carbonation is good, but I like my stouts thicker. This one is a bit thin.
D - Pretty easy to drink for a stout, seems a little light on the ABV for an 'Imperial', aiding the drinkability a bit. The balance aids as well.
This definitely has more 'coffee' to it than most other stouts I have had. This is good, but strikes me as a one trick pony kind of beer. Personally I would prefer a little more complexity.
Serving type: on-tap
06-23-2008 22:31:22 | More by Sponan
More User Reviews:
3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I was a bit disappointed to see that this beer had not been properly rated in nearly 3 months. So I pulled this bottle from the cellar to give it a go. This one has been in my cellar for about 6-8 months.
Even with the age I get almost three fingers of deep bread y brown head with a vigorous pour. It lasts a good bit and leaves a wall of lace behind as it slowly fades. Body is pure silky blackness as it should be.
Nose is of coffee distinctly up front. You also get a bit of earthy grain and tobacco to boot. A solid nose but not all that developed.
The flavor, well this is where things go a-rye. With first sip the stand out here is...sour. Yes it is apparent that there was a problem here in terms of infection. Shockingly enough however it really isn't bad. Although I know this beer was not meant to be a sour it plays the hand very well. Dark fruits are drawn from the coffee and almost come off like a Belgian dark ale. I have said this many times, some of the best beers come from accidents or brewery mistakes. The taste here is exciting and very nice. Tartness is complete and thorough across the palate.
Mouthfeel is a dry sour feel that is actually very good. The coffee plays a bit on the mouthfeel as well.
As it stands this is not what I expected at all. But it was a very pleasant surprise.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 04:49:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Picked up a bottle of this and Vortex II in Asheville when I was there in August.
A - dark, almost pitch black, with a off-white head which leaves a nice rim
S - pure coffee, lots of chocolate, had a Founder's Breakfast Stout the next day and the smell was pretty on par with that
T - coffee, chocolate, a bit of tartness up front that maybe shouldn't be there, but pretty subtle, nice semi-dry bitterness on finish
M - maybe a little bit thinner than I expected, tingles the sides of my tongue a bit
O - a beauty coffee stout. Despite having a little age on it the beer still held up well. I assume it would be even better fresh, but as it is, it's one of the nicer coffee stouts I've had in a while
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 18:48:11 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.