Nihilist - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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Reviews: 19
Hads: 58
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Sly Fox Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 12-22-2012

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Reviews: 19 | Hads: 58
Reviews by thecheapies:
Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Jet black. Slight head. Didn't stay. Just a ring.

Burnt maltiness, dark chocolate, heavy roast, and light espresso. Some booze.

Rich and robust maltiness with big roasty notes. Dark chocolate, rye/fennel, and spicy booze. Very tasty, in fact.

Feels medium-full with low-burbling carbonation. A little boozy, a little sticky.

A decent impy, after all is said and done. Nose was playing hookie on me, but the flavor made up the rest. (435 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this during our recent annual stout gathering poured chilled in a stout glass courtesy of tenderbranson69 from the corked and caged bottle.

The color is very dark almost black with opaque clarity and thick medium tan head. The smell is roasted barley in the aroma with light yeast scent and spice ester from hops with light alcohol and toasted/coffee-like nutty odor. The feel is very good with roasted body and light woody dry texture with slight sweet middle and medium bitterness level with slight alcohol with moderate carbonation and mild spice texture as it finishes.

The taste has a roasted barley quality with mild hop backing with light roasted and creamy fruity yeast mid palate with nutty dry flavor as alcohol cooperates with malt toward the dry finish. This has a good solid malt flavor throughout with some hops in the mix although more of a traditional take - I consider this a solid example of the style (934 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This to me is an average to slightly below average RIS. Taste is dry cocoa, char, baker's chocolate, light coffee and oaking. The oaking adds a bit of dryness. This one tends to be on the bitter side of the style, but is never hop forward. Worth a try, but a pass for me in the future. (288 characters)

Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of robgage
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wellsnb
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Badger6
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,242 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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! (1,221 characters)

Photo of pknyc
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (826 characters)

Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

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. (448 characters)

Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kerne
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of curlybird
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of IPAchris
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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! (320 characters)

Photo of DustinSWB
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Getting a fruity sweetness. Decently bitter. On the higher end of carbonation. Drinks lighter than a standard Russian. It's interesting. Almost for Quad than Stout. (164 characters)

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (612 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JNForsyth
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukebell15
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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Nihilist from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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