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Insidious Imperial Stout - Bethlehem Brew Works

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Insidious Imperial Stout
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85
very good

42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Bethlehem Brew Works visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: stakem on 02-08-2010)
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a 750ml of this at the House of 1,000 beers.

A - On par with the style. Deep dark opaque black with a rocky full inch of head (a tad carbonated?) Head isn't very sticky but is a fairly dark shade of deep brown mocha.

S - Fierce roast and some underlining dark chocolate. Smell is sweet yet balanced with a tone of bittering hops and some molasses.

T - I enjoy the flavor it doesn't seem to have a huge bitter malt profile which wins me over. The sweetness of the chocolate never gets to intense and roast is a nice backseat once warmed. I did notice at cold it was fairly roasty and bitter so let this one warm a tad to bring out the flavor.

M - Had to do this one first because the taste seems a bit watery. Drinks more like a bubbly stout with a medium creamy body.

Overall it drinks like a smooth "Blackout stout" except more traditional. Not really winning me over in the bomber but would consider getting it again if it was a 10 dollar four pack (like Devious pumpkin)

DrDemento456, Dec 18, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

EFR94, Sep 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

FrankShirley, Jun 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

deapokid, May 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

pavpav12, May 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bockerdoppel91, Apr 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

rydev24, Mar 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Mar 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

SpillyBeers, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had it on draft at Bethlehem Brew Works. It was served in a 12 oz. goblet.

A - Poured an almost black with a one finger tan head that fades quickly. I would have liked a bit more retention in a big stout but the lacing it left was nice.

S - Nice toasty smell with coffee, toffee, and some oak. Faint smells of dark fruits round out the smell nicely.

T - Some dark chocolate, caramel, and cherry with a mild bitterness of hops and wood. Not bad, but the tastes aren't as strong as the smell suggested.

M - Too thin for an imperial stout. Carbonation is delicate, but suits the flavors and style.

O - Not one of the better RIS out there. The flavors are well balanced but too faint. That, combined with the thin mouthfeel makes this one a bit watery. I may try the bottled version to compare, but I won't get this one on draft at the Brew Works again.

NoLeafClover44, Feb 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep amber color with two fingers of fluffy/foamy coffee colored head that remains throughout the beer.

The scent is of roasted mals, notes of fruit and chocolate.

The taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, dark fruits, and a very faint note of alcohol.

Full bodied, smooth and a bit creamy, low carbonation.

This is a pretty solid RIS, the flavors were nice but I thought they could have been a bit more pronounced. I would definitely drink this again.

BeerCon5, Sep 23, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a black color and a tan head. The head had a good retention and a decent lacing. The smell of the beer was roasted and a little boozy. The taste of the beer has some nice roasted malt and chocolate flavors. It's also got a light sweetness to it. The mouthfeel was pretty good, it's got a nice thickness to it. Overall this brew isn't bad but not my favorite Russian Imperial Stout.

Knapp85, Jul 20, 2011
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Insidious Imperial Stout from Bethlehem Brew Works
85 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.