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Nihilist - Sly Fox Brewing Company

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NihilistNihilist

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BA SCORE
85
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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Stevedore

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2014 04:15:09 | More by Stevedore
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:38:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2014 02:52:45 | More by Jimmys
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-06-2014 00:44:53 | More by Stinger80OH
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 00:22:14 | More by weeare138
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

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

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 03:41:27 | More by Sludgeman
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jjd315

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

02-25-2014 16:32:13 | More by jjd315
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Porter

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-12-2014 03:03:25 | More by Porter
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Zetcha7x

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-13-2014 01:00:35 | More by Zetcha7x
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ZBR101

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 01:50:41 | More by ZBR101
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pknyc

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 02:41:48 | More by pknyc
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valkyre65

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-07-2014 13:14:33 | More by valkyre65
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calcnerd

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-27-2014 02:54:14 | More by calcnerd
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Kerne

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-02-2014 00:44:34 | More by Kerne
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DustinSWB

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-05-2014 22:41:54 | More by DustinSWB
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srw

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-08-2014 13:52:41 | More by srw
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-03-2013 23:47:27 | More by goblue3509
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SpAiReArGsEonNE

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-24-2014 15:45:54 | More by SpAiReArGsEonNE
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-05-2014 12:50:40 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

02-27-2014 22:39:20 | More by mikem0487
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-23-2014 17:11:59 | More by tommyguz
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starshockey9

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-09-2014 01:44:57 | More by starshockey9
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tap

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-16-2013 19:06:44 | More by Stinkypuss
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Anniversary RIS on tap at Pottstown Tastin' Room.

Pours a sludgy dark mocha black with a dark tan, retentive head, light streaks of lace. Licorice and molasses nose, light roast and ash. Creamy, thick and chewy body. Flavor has a strong dose of molasses, brown sugar, caramel and raisin with roasty and bitter hop citrus finish. Nicely balanced sweetness and roast. Throw this in a can!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 19:23:55 | More by yourefragile
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Nihilist from Sly Fox Brewing Company
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