Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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3.99/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
03-06-2014 04:49:28 | More by SPLITGRIN
New Brunswick (Canada)
4.05/5 rDev -2.6%
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
12-17-2013 18:48:11 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.38/5 rDev +5.3%
A: Pours an opaque yet clear jet black in color with minimal amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the surface of the beer and moderate amounts of cola brown highlights at the edges.
S: Strong aromas of slightly sweet coffee/espresso - like one that has cream and sugar added to it. Very light notes of roasted malts and just a hint of chocolate.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of roasted and slightly ashy malts that is followed by strong flavors of coffee/espresso - reminds me of a cuban coffee with milk and sugar. Moderate amounts of bitterness which lingers for quite awhile.
M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth, almost creamy.
O: If you enjoy coffee, this is a beer that you really need to try... I love coffee and I really enjoy this one. Super easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Definitely my favorite beer from this brewery.
09-07-2013 21:16:20 | More by dbrauneis
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.