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Nihilist - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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very good

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-22-2012)
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Reviews by Sludgeman:
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District of Columbia

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

A bomber corked and caged. Batch #40701. Drink by 1/20/2018. Poured into a chalice.

The thin porter/black ale qualities of this beer throw me and thus the low score even with the good review below. A fine beer but not a RIS. Not luscious like a RIS. Ultimately a drain pour. I could not finish the bomber over almost four hours. 2.75

A – Pours a black with reddish tint with a three-finger head, good head retention and lacing. Good carbonation. 4.75

S – Roasted malts, a bit of chocolate, some tea, spice, good bit of dark fruit/prunes. 3.5

T – Malt! Average roasty bitterness, but still with the big RIS qualities one would expect. A bit of sweetness and alcohol helps create a balanced beer. 3.25

MF – Thin, warming, some alcohol heat in the throat. Medium bodied, semi-dry finish. Velvety. 4.5

04-06-2014 03:41:27 | More by Sludgeman
More User Reviews:
Photo of valkyre65


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2014 13:14:33 | More by valkyre65
Photo of Badger6


3.96/5  rDev +5.3%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle stamped with #40701 (no idea), 1/20/2018 best by date? Should have saved this one....

A: Dark brown/black body, completely blocks all light passage. HUGE dark tan head, receded a bit, with a heavy layer of foamy head retained on the surface of the beer. Decent lacing on the glass.

S: Charred wood, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and caramel. Strong and bold.

T: Bitter and sweet in the front. Leather and tobacco, with a distinct caramel note to carry through to the end. Slightly smoky. There is hop character as it finishes, herbal and citrusy, but not pronounced or oddly juxtaposed to the common RIS flavors up front, it is a nice complement to the end.

M: Light-medium body, odd for this much alcohol. The carbonation is prickly and in the initial sips is unexpected. There is a dryness to the beer that keeps is clean and enjoyable.

O: RIS is just my favorite style, not even in the top 5, but this is not bad. All of the things about a RIS I don't like, this beer has cleverly avoided, and in my opinion let the real character of the beer shine- the roasted malts and the flavors of the roasting process. This is easily drinkable. Oh, and unlike a typical RIS...this is not boozy.

04-02-2014 00:22:59 | More by Badger6
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4.03/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Bottle stamped with 701 (bottle #?) 1/20/2015 (I'm assuming best by date...the last digit was blurry could have been an 8 instead of a 5).
A: Pours a dark, dark brown/black (no light comes through with backlighting) with a gorgeous 3-4 inch dark mocha head of small silky bubbles. Excellent retention and decent sticky lacing.
S: Dark roasted caramel malt, medium roast coffee, some charred wood, and dark dry chocolate.
T: Bittersweet chocolate, herbaceous hops (almost minty), leather and light tobacco, and a strong caramel malt backbone. With warming, notes of cherry, wood smoke, ripe berries, and citrus hops (which is interesting since usually these aspects--cherry, berry, and citrus hops--of a beer are most prominent first off and the darker notes become more prominent with warming).
M: Medium body (lighter than one would expect from the ABV). Fruity sweetness followed quickly by a dry bitterness that blossoms in the finish.
D: A very approachable RIS...this one really grew on me. Not as heavy and dark/bitter as most...which I don't mind, but I do like Sly Fox's take here. One of the most drinkable RIS's I've ever had. The alcohol is very well hidden...so beware!

03-06-2014 06:53:59 | More by mwilbur
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New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

A: There was a substantial tan head with an aggressive pour which dissipates to a film or cap while leaving some spotty lacing. This beer is quite carbonated. The body is black.

S: The smell is muddled. Alcohol, esters, roast malts, and little chocolate is there, however the alcohol and esters seem at the forefront. I have a second bottle and I'm curious if some time will help this out.

T: The dark chocolate is more noticeable in the taste than nose. Bitter roast is the primary taste with quite a bit of alcohol and some mild esters evident. The taste is much better than the smell.

M: Nice. Medium with some nice carbonation which works better than I'd have thought.

O: It doesn't light the world on fire, but its an enjoyable beer and I'm happy I tried it. Depending on what else is available, I may purchase again.

03-07-2014 02:41:48 | More by pknyc
Photo of jjd315


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-25-2014 16:32:13 | More by jjd315
Photo of weeare138


3.18/5  rDev -15.4%

Appearance is an opaque onyx, with a dark tan head that never fades away. Lots of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of over ripened fruit, roasted grain, toasted graham crackers, and burnt marshmallows.
Taste is of the aromas with standout roastiness, cocoa, fresh tar asphalt, ashtray bitterness, and mild raisins in the finish.
Mouthfeel is overly spritzy, tar like, with a burnt bitterness lingering in the mildly boozy finish.

03-02-2014 00:22:14 | More by weeare138
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-27-2014 02:54:14 | More by calcnerd
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-02-2014 00:44:34 | More by Kerne
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-16-2014 03:40:40 | More by curlybird
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-15-2014 00:56:14 | More by IPAchris
Photo of OWSLEY069


4/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours jet black with a light brown head. In the aroma, sweet malts and a small roast. In the taste, roasty, a sweet malt, and a dry coffee presence. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry roasty malt in the aftertaste. Hides the alcohol well, and a big roast with notes of coffee, I can dig it!

07-10-2013 20:37:55 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-05-2014 22:41:54 | More by DustinSWB
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-08-2014 13:52:41 | More by srw
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3.94/5  rDev +4.8%

Sly Fox : Nihilist

LOOK: Pours an opaque black without sediment. Tan head forms but does not leave much lace.

SMELL: Dry, woodsy aroma with some floral hops and spiced coffee. A bit fruity smelling too, possibly from the yeast or lofty alcohol.

TASTE: Big earthy hops and strong bitterness. Roasted flavors are big, with astringent notes of burnt toast. Some citrus and oily hop character is noted. There is a slight acidity due to massive hopping.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated. Lingering roasted flavor.

OVERALL: A strong offering from Sly Fox that I wholeheartedly enjoyed. Big stout with big hops.

01-16-2013 19:06:44 | More by Stinkypuss
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

03-02-2014 15:54:39 | More by kjlester
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-03-2013 23:47:27 | More by goblue3509
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-14-2014 02:31:19 | More by Lukebell15
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-21-2014 14:55:23 | More by SHerninko
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%


Pours jet black, tan head is thin and retains as a lacing.

Smells of cocoa and coffee beans with some nutty bitterness.

Chocolate, burnt toast and coffee bitterness flavors.

Full body with tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

A solid and decent quality imperial stout that loses a few points for lack of originality. It's good, it's just not any different from many other good imperial stouts I've had. In particular, the flavor could have stood a little more variation. That aside, worth having and I would probably have it again, but not ahead of certain other stouts is all.

01-27-2013 02:39:34 | More by Cylinsier
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-24-2014 15:45:54 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-19-2014 12:17:19 | More by jl2414
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Nice pour, severed in a brandy sifter at the brewery in Phoenixville. Very dark in color with decent head and lasting lace. Smell was not over whelming - roasted was the biggest note that I noticed and that carried through to the aftertaste. Somewhat dry but not overly bitter. Classic Imperial.

03-19-2014 13:58:05 | More by crag
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-09-2014 03:03:10 | More by crnhusker
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-05-2014 12:50:40 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Nihilist from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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