Pisgah Valdez - Pisgah Brewing Co.
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4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
I had this on tap at Pisgah and again at Barley's (and I bought a growler for later.) It is pitch black in color with a long-lasting tan head, and it is full of aroma from freshly dark-roasted coffee beans. If I could rate aroma at a 6.5 on the scale of 1-5, I would.
On each sip, coffee flavors fill the mouth. There is very little hop bitterness, nor is there much in the way of creamy sweetness. It really is the epitome of coffee beer, balanced in such a way that it is a session beer for any coffee lover.
02-27-2008 04:50:24 | More by SierraGS
District of Columbia
4.75/5 rDev +14.2%
what a nice way to start a new year's when you are seriously jet lagged and have some cotton mouth! thanks for the gift Alex it is very kind of you
poured out into my brandy glass (only appropriate glass i could find) and this beer had very little to no head on it at all. yet i loved the appearance it had an oily black look with just a bit of cappucino head trace in it
smelled like an espresso with a dash of maple syrup in it. wow is this going to be a crazy concoction?
way way roasted in the front then coming at you with coffee in the end and some hops to finish it off. just simply delicious and i loved every sip of it
great mouthfeel almost silky but just enough bubbles to keep it from being too sticky.
this got me wired too! glad i had it as i was feeling pretty droopy at the time. :-) happy new year indeed
01-01-2012 15:57:52 | More by CapitolCrusher
3.85/5 rDev -7.5%
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.
06-23-2008 22:31:22 | More by Sponan
4.19/5 rDev +0.7%
A: Color is mostly black (wouldn’t say pitch black though) and slightly brown. Small off-white head: light brown; tan, and some retention
S: This is all about the coffee with hints of chocolate, caramel, and malt
T: Granted, the coffee presence is pulling some weight here; nonetheless, the induction of chocolate and caramel balances out extremely well. Slight acidity/bitterness from this coffee treat as well.
M: Smooth, creamy, milky, velvety, and has a light/Medium body. The carbonation is on par
O: An extremely fine coffee stout; the sweetness and the tartness were by no means overboard. An excellent example of infusing beer with coffee, and thus definitely one of the better coffee stouts out there; enjoy this in the evening, or at the sound of your morning alarm clock….delicious either way
06-25-2014 14:41:26 | More by M-Fox24
4.95/5 rDev +19%
Pisgah is extremely hard to find, even when you live less than an hour from the brewery.
I kept hoping to find a bottle of this somewhere, but ended up finding it on tap at Barley's in Asheville.
Served in a pint glass, this was one nice looking beer. A very dark black color with a dark brown head about two fingers thick. The head lasted for a good while, but the best thing was the lacing. This had perhaps the best lacing I have seen leaving a stained glass-like curtain down the entire glass all the way to the last drop.
The smell was of a very nice roasted coffee (it is brewed with coffee from a local roaster) and sweet chocolate. Maybe a bit of nuttiness in there.
The taste was great, very balanced. You could definitely taste the coffee, but it was not like some other RISs that are brewed with coffee where it tastes like a strong coffee served black. There was not much hops, but that was O.K., since I like more roasted flavors from a stout. The bitterness seemed to come from the coffee and roasted malts. I found it really balanced between sweetness and bitterness, like a coffee with a lot of cream and sugar. The sweetness was not cloying and the bitterness not overpowering. Lot's of chocolate as well.
Mouthfeel was pretty normal for a RIS, I would say better than most.
Drinkability is dangerously high. To quote Beerfest: "I want to brush my teeth with it!". I could have spent my whole day in Asheville just drinking this one beer.
Definitely made up for missing Sexual Chocolate! This has been the best RIS I have ever had.
02-15-2009 15:56:58 | More by hitokiri
4.2/5 rDev +1%
Kinda light for a stout in appearance. Thin white head. The nose is intense coffee. Starbucks. Hard to believe this is beer. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied at best. Tastes like coffee, with a roasty bitter finish. Fascinating for what it is, but almost difficult to compare against other stouts. Unique for sure.
03-16-2008 06:01:22 | More by goryshkewych
4.58/5 rDev +10.1%
I'm sure I have drank more of this stuff than anyone else, except for maybe Dave and Jason. As one fine beer advocate put it "this is all I'd need to go camping!" and that sums it up! This is amazing stuff that needs to be brewed year round!!!
04-02-2008 21:35:19 | More by myocean
4.95/5 rDev +19%
C02 Nitrogen mix tap system falling down the glass as the as the beer becomes still with a 2in-2.5in head settles. Aromas of roasted chocolate and fresh brewed coffee the head stayed around .5-1in the whole way down. smooth mouth hints of almost burnt toast with a touch of sweetness like drinking the best cold coffee on the hottest day of summer
09-28-2010 17:08:05 | More by cwalexander
Pisgah Valdez from Pisgah Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 289 ratings.