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Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah ValdezPisgah Valdez

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

281 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 281
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 11.54%
Wants: 183
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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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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king75

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

04-08-2014 00:57:40 | More by king75
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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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Thur123

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-08-2013 07:01:03 | More by Thur123
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KevinGordon

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

02-11-2013 13:56:47 | More by KevinGordon
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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-07-2014 22:00:52 | More by Immortale25
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Beer is completely black with just a trace of a tan head. What little head was there dissipates quickly and leaves no trace behind.

The nose is of straight coffee, with just a hint of chocolate as it warms.

The taste, much like the smell, is that of coffe. There is a little more chocolate present in the taste than in the smell, but the coffee is dominant. Very robust and flavorful, you can tell that the coffee used during brewing is very good on its own. Medium bodied, slightly more carbination than I expected, but not enough to distract you from the beautiful flavors of this well brewed beer.

Very nice, the guys at Pisgah really know what they are doing...

Serving type: on-tap

03-10-2010 17:37:25 | More by CBlack85
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KevSal

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

07-28-2012 04:07:09 | More by KevSal
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SFTBLMOSS2

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-21-2012 15:26:56 | More by SFTBLMOSS2
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-09-2014 05:39:10 | More by WillCarrera
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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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Falcone

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-28-2012 00:24:04 | More by Falcone
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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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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

11-15-2011 18:48:29 | More by thewimperoo
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

01-13-2013 20:36:03 | More by spycow
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-30-2013 02:57:09 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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claytong

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

05-04-2012 03:14:52 | More by claytong
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hoerr

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

03-21-2014 20:53:13 | More by hoerr
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

12-08-2012 22:08:44 | More by t0rin0
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to ckeegan04 for this trade...January 2009 release. Was warned of Pisgah gusher issues but no such difficulty with this one - slight pffft of the cap prior to the initial pour into a Portsmouth snifter.

This is a solid pour. A full finger of peanut butter/ginger-colored head tops a cool espresso-dark body. This vessel is not one to foster head retention, but it works quite well here and maintains look throughout the lifespan of this bomber.

I'm enjoying the coffee/peanut scent with fine, piney hops and a sweet, almost root beer caramelized malt aroma.

Dryness comes about quite well in the taste profile. Almost slate-like. Decent enough patent tannins emerge without detriment; solid dry coffee grounds create an excellent texture. Dry fruits make an appearance...plums and maybe a little bit of prune. Rustic and rugged smokiness.

Palate feel here is quite nice - spritely for the style. Hop pine meshes with austere chocolate malt and bold coffee to make this extremely formidable and enjoyable. Finish remains even-keeled.

Light enough not to be heavy (OK, how deep is that?) but robust enough to be contemplative. Excellent effort. Extremely well-constructed. As Ron Hawkins' old amp used to say, "Clean enough to be healthy...Dirty enough to be happy." It reminded me of Cadillac Mountain Stout with a solid dry coffee tone. Perhaps it's the Southern love child of Caddy Mount and Wake & Bake? Excellent stuff, regardless...

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 10:55:08 | More by IBUnit63
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours black with a large foamy white head, taking a good amount of time to settle completely; a beautiful beer.

Scent of mild bitter coffee, oatmeal, cinnamon, chocolate, and brown sugar. After nearly a year, the coffee is still present but fading.

Taste of chocolate, oatmeal, coffee, roasted malts, brown sugar and toffee. Finishes with a bitter chocolate and coffee flavor. Not as potent as it was when it was fresh, but I could drink this all day long even now.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a biting carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2009 01:36:18 | More by paco1029384756
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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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chinchill

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strongly flavored coffee stout. Sampled at the brewery.

A- very dark black pour with a tan head. Exceptionally durable beige head.

S - coffee! [4.25]

T- Stronger coffee flavor than any of the few other coffee stouts or porters I've sampled. Somewhat lacking in complexity: imagine a very fine stout + a cold expresso. Excellent sweet/bitter balance.

M: smooth [4.25]

D - an excellent brew best imbibed slowly in many small sips.

{revisited at brewery in Sept. 2012 -- high ratings generally confirmed, but felt it was a tad over carbonated this time}

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2010 19:47:21 | More by chinchill
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farrago

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You get two fingers of head, profuse amount of larger bubbles has it dissolving quickly, very deep tan color, minimal stickiness to the lacing. The liquid is 100% black, not a hint of color to be found. The nose smells like a Starbucks at 8:00 AM, coffee, coffee, coffee fills the air, the heavy roast extends to the dark chocolate, toasted coconut accents, dollop of plum and cherry fruit scents, one assumes hops were used in the creation of this brew but nothing evident in the nose. Full-bodied, curiously foamy mouth entry, albeit the carbonation trails off after that. Heavily roasted espresso dominates, bitter and oily, forms a thick cloud of perfume in the mouth. Bittersweet dark chocolate, honey, uncooked oatmeal, what really saves the beer is the underlying sweetness and semi-creamy texture, it gives you breathing room to enjoy the coffee without excessive bitterness. As with many beers of such tight focus, if you agree with the vibe it'll knock your socks off, if not, after one glass you'll get bored.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 01:07:53 | More by farrago
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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
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.