1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Nihilist - Sly Fox Brewing Company

NihilistNihilist

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

30 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 30
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 8.66%


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:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 12 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of crag
crag

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2014 13:58:05 | More by crag
Photo of OWSLEY069
OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2013 20:37:55 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of thecheapies
thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2013 04:29:18 | More by thecheapies
Photo of Stinkypuss
Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
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
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of Badger6
Badger6

Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:22:59 | More by Badger6
Photo of VelvetExtract
VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
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
Photo of ZBR101
ZBR101

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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
Photo of pknyc
pknyc

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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
Photo of mwilbur
mwilbur

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 06:53:59 | More by mwilbur
Photo of weeare138
weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
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
Nihilist from Sly Fox Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.