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Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah ValdezPisgah Valdez

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

280 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 280
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 184
Gots: 19 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 12-02-2007)
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Agentveba

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

12-17-2013 14:38:56 | More by Agentveba
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csfcmitchell

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

12-10-2013 16:39:26 | More by csfcmitchell
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mc4z

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-29-2013 21:33:14 | More by mc4z
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TonyJ815

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

11-26-2013 02:41:05 | More by TonyJ815
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JohnnyK

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

09-13-2013 19:44:48 | More by JohnnyK
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

09-13-2013 13:29:02 | More by DrunkinYogi
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 21:16:20 | More by dbrauneis
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Lob

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

08-25-2013 03:44:44 | More by Lob
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GTB

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-25-2013 02:32:25 | More by GTB
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grover37

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

08-24-2013 03:19:54 | More by grover37
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joe1510

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

64oz Growler

7.2%

I get the opportunity to sample my first from Pisgah thanks to Mikesgroove, thanks Mike! Valdez is a fine looking beer! Pours black with some transparency in the form of chestnut highlights at the bottom of the glass. The dirty tan head grew to a solid finger and a half on the pour and fell rather slowly to a skimming and respectable collar. The head leaves a patch or two of lacing here and there.

Wow! This beer is not really beer! It's cold coffee! Well, that's what the aroma suggests anyways. High quality fresh pressed coffees grabs the nose and never let's go. As I stir the head I still get massive coffee but a drop of cream and a pinch of sugar have been added. As the head dies back down it's back to black coffee.

Big coffee in the flavor as well, obviously. I wonder if there's any beer in here? Although the coffee is everywhere it just doesn't live up to the intensity of the aroma, which would be near impossible to do. That's just me being picky though. Finishes with a solid coffee bitterness that grows the more I drink.

The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side but it actually increases the drinkability. I could be wrong but I think this was created to be a fairly drinkable coffee stout instead of a sippin' brew. So keeping that in mind the mouthfeel fits well.

Like I said earlier the drinkability on this stout is up there pretty high. It's already going down far to fast.

I have no idea how the guys at Pisgah squeezed this much coffee into a stout but I commend them for it. I'm already jittery and jonesin' for a cigarette! I'd love to see this get bottled in four packs in the future, although that may be a long way off since they only do limited bombers now. Thanks again Mike for sending this tasty treat!

Reviewed: 3/15/08

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:49:26 | More by joe1510
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours pitch black with a one finger dark tan head. Very good head retention with ok lacing.

Aroma is all about the coffee. Lots of medium roast coffee with hints of dark chocolate and dark roasted malt. Some caramel in there too. It is really hard to get past the coffee, though, but it is inviting.

The taste is more and more coffee. Some milk chocolate and caramel/toffee. Really the perfect blend of coffee and chocolate with no one character being too overpowering. Bitterness is very light but this beer is not too sweet either so it balances out nicely.

Overall, a very well done beer from Pisgah. Wish I would have picked up more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 23:40:55 | More by rangerred
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uncccegr

North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.8%

08-12-2013 00:11:34 | More by uncccegr
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

07-22-2013 22:26:42 | More by WOLFGANG
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July2Nov

Hawaii

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great overall beer from those brewing greats of Pisgah. I preferred the thinner body, along w/ the lower abv%, as it tended to bring the coffee accents out. Plus, it was an easy drinker.

This one is all about the coffee. The roasted flavor is there, then a sweet creaminess, & finishes w/ a sweet, slight chalkiness. The coffee lingers on the tongue way after you've taken your last sip. Truly outstanding!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 04:15:30 | More by July2Nov
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

05-15-2013 11:25:50 | More by Slatetank
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Jlang2012

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

05-09-2013 01:10:41 | More by Jlang2012
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JoninVT

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

04-28-2013 23:07:51 | More by JoninVT
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mikeyv35

New York

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date: 06/21/2011
Type: 22oz. Bomber
Vintage: 2010
Glass: Sweetwater Tulip

Pours a jet black in color w/ a 1 finger tan head that produces nice sticky lacing. Aromas of coffee beans, roasted malts, chocolate, and subtle vanilla. The flavor starts w/ initial chocolate sweetness, leading into smooth coffee, and finishes w/ mild vanilla and ever so slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied and finishes dry. I could drink this brew all day especially w/ the lower end ABV.

Overall, this is one of my favorite brews out of the South region and the best coffee stout coming out of the South hands down. The brew is extremely flavorful, but yet very drinkable, just fantastic stuff!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 23:18:03 | More by mikeyv35
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-11-2013 03:12:23 | More by orangesol
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cosmicevan

New York

4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

big thanks to hopsleroy for hitting this long time want. enjoyed from a mother earth brewing snifter.

a - poured a watery black that settled into the glass deep and ominous with a tan mocha bubbly head that bubbled away quickly.

s - YUM! gourmet coffee. a fine roast. some chocolate. really just dominated by a really nice gourmet coffee smell. smells fantastic.

t - again, HUGE coffee notes. this is not for the faint of heart. big roast and some hints of bakers chocolate...some nice sweetness. i'm a fan.

m - slightly watery. almost tastes like a watered down coffee. carbonation is soft, body has some porter like char.

o - overall, i'm a BIG fan of this one. it is huge for coffee, but a bit watered down, but still works. not sure what vintage this is, but it doesn't taste anything like what some of the bad reviews boast so there might be bottle variation or even some batch variation? i couldn't have dug this one more.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 20:54:53 | More by cosmicevan
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-31-2013 22:23:40 | More by richkrull
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nickfl

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-11-2013 07:14:55 | More by nickfl
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popery

California

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

03-01-2013 07:29:02 | More by popery
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BlackBelt5112203

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

02-28-2013 05:38:06 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 280 ratings.