1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Nihilist - Sly Fox Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

45 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 45
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stevedore
1.68/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Poured into a brandy snifter today, 5/2/2014. Low expectations for this but then again it was an extra.

A- Dark black body with a massive 3-4 finger white head that stuck around way too long. Bits of lacing. I'm already getting worried about this beer.

S- Almost flavourless but I pick out some dark chocolate, coffee, and oxidized sherry. Very thin nose and really not promising at all.

F- Terrible. Very little actual flavour, very watery and the flavour that does come across is incredibly oxidized.

M- Thin bodied, watery, overcarbonated and just terrible in every way.

O- Not sure what went wrong with this beer. It's certainly overcarbonated, which suggests possible contamination.

Stevedore, May 03, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

A-Nihilist pours with an awkwardly expanding, brown head. Huge, round, individual bubbles keep growing. The body is very dark brown.

S-Aroma is interesting. It's got some dark, dried fruit. Lighter roast. Molasses and darker maltiness but it isn't too aggressive in chocolate or coffee specifics.

T-Nothing really pops out here. Soft roast and chocolate. Dark fruits and maybe some nuttiness. More brown sugar and molasses.

M-Extremely over carbonated. The foam expands in your mouth and stings the palate. It's hard to even decipher the flavors because it all turns into foam and is rather unpleasant to hold on to in my mouth. Also lacks body and texture.

O/D-Didn't love the flavors; and the carbonation is seriously screwy. I was not a fan of this beer by any means.

VelvetExtract, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Jimmys
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

750ml into tulip. 1/20/2018 on the front label. choosing to drink now.

A: pours super dark. not quite black, but close. head is very frothy. great retention and lacing.

S: roast and char. smells like carb. but really, a lot of gas on this one. never thought I would be able to smell that. there is an obvious roasted malt aroma.

T: tastes metallic or something. nail polish remover on the second sip. a little scared to continue but I have about 730 mL left so the show must go on. vanilla. more booze. the massive carb actually gets in the way of the flavor. hop bitterness is in there but I cant detect any hop flavor. kind of raisin-y.

M: vivacious carb. full bodied. carb is too big for this beer/style/blah blah blah, but seriously turn it down a notch guys.

D: besides all the other negative comments listed above, this just really isn't that good. one note and too fizzy. big time pass from me.

Jimmys, May 05, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Stinger80OH, May 06, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

weeare138, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Sludgeman
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.75

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

Sludgeman, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of jjd315
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jjd315, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of GreenMind
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

GreenMind, Monday at 01:49 AM
Photo of Porter
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Porter, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of Zetcha7x
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Zetcha7x, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of ZBR101
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - pours opaque black with substantial tan head

S - heavy roasted malts

T - highly quaffable for a Russian Imperial with bitter dark chocolate throughout tasting

M - creamy goodness, more medium bodied than expected. High carbonation.

O - very solid offering here. I could have had a 2nd bomber but that's probably more of a "me" problem. Pleasantly surprised.

ZBR101, Mar 13, 2014
Photo of pknyc
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

pknyc, Mar 07, 2014
Photo of valkyre65
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

valkyre65, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

calcnerd, Mar 27, 2014
Photo of Kerne
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Kerne, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of DustinSWB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

DustinSWB, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

srw, May 08, 2014
Photo of goblue3509
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

goblue3509, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of parkwood
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

parkwood, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

SpAiReArGsEonNE, May 24, 2014
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MikeCactusGordon, May 05, 2014
Photo of mikem0487
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

mikem0487, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

tommyguz, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of starshockey9
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

starshockey9, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

Cylinsier, Jan 27, 2013
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50  | next › last »
Nihilist from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.