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Sexy Chaos - Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 34
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
We age Chaos Choas on vanilla beans and toasted oak chips to give the already sultry and complex Russian Imperial Stout a sexy twist. Very limited availablilty.

(Beer added by: deltatauhobbit on 12-12-2009)
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Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -31.2%

06-13-2013 04:35:19 | More by tom10101
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3.25/5  rDev -25.5%

02-11-2014 23:40:23 | More by Thorpe429
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3.48/5  rDev -20.2%

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a big khaki head. Medium collar. A few wisps.

Smell - I guess it's got a little vanilla. Oak is strong. Chocolate.

Taste - Coffee. Chocolate. Nutty malts. A little vanilla. Strong oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated, even after sitting open for a while. Not too heavy.

Overall - I've really enjoyed Marshall Wharf beers in the past. I had really high expectations for this. Good, but didn't really live up to it.

01-21-2014 02:47:05 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.5/5  rDev -19.7%

09-08-2013 12:04:36 | More by Mia_S
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

3.73/5  rDev -14.4%

Unreal extra from BlessedBeBeer for sending me this growler fill as an extra!

a - through the glass this beer looks pretty sick like chocolate happiness. Opened the growler and poured into my bruery tulip. Beer poured a stunning shiny black with a thin mocha head...super creamy looking. lacing was sparse and the head has a bit of a milky glow.

s - OH BOY! First whiff is sweet tropical maple syrup chocolate with vanilla bean. Bit of an alcohol tingle on the nose but it adds a beautiful compliment.

t - heavy handed on chocolate...a bit cloying (i think this is the vanilla). there is some roastiness in there but this is dominated by chocolate syrup. it really is quite like drinking a glass of hershey's syrup. not for everyone for sure, but i can see plenty of people saying that this is the best ris ever. i don't pick up the oak flavors at all.

m - RICH. THICK. SLUDGY. strong alcohol presence.

o - my first overall rating, kind of weird...but cool. overall...this is a big beer. this is a sweet beer. this is a beer that i bet would kick butt and take names if it were aged in some bourbon barrels. stands up to many of the big RIS out there. really REALLY glad that i got a taste of this (thanks again to BlessedBeBeer). if the sweetness can be taken down a few notches, this would be perfect. overall...pretty good, i'd drink it again in a heartbeat but not something i would drink all night long.

03-17-2011 01:44:11 | More by cosmicevan
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

06-30-2014 18:14:14 | More by psdriscoll
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3.75/5  rDev -14%

12-22-2013 03:51:15 | More by kjkinsey
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New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev -13.1%

Can from mixylplik3, thanks for the hookup Matt!
Pours totally opaque blackness with a huge tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, light wood and alcohol, earthy hop, licorice and molasses make up most of the aroma. There's a lot going on here, but where is the roast? The flavor is caramel and vanilla up front followed by a solid shot of ethanol. Light chocolate comes in next along with light smoke and a burnt licorice kind of flavor. Light earthen woodiness and bits of dark dried fruit comes in before a lingering hop bite and alcohol finish. Thick body with a creamy silky mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation. Big thick dark brew with a lot going on. I think the vanilla addition must really soften the roastiness in this beer because it seems lacking in that area. Big thick flavorful brew I enjoyed it, but would have preferred a softer alcohol bite.

11-03-2013 01:22:47 | More by johnnnniee
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3.85/5  rDev -11.7%

growler shared by user freeagent before NoTB. served in a small tasting glass.

A- this one pours a dark brown body that only a little bit of light can escape. a decent sized coffee colored head forms on top and quickly falls.

S- the first thing i pick up on in the nose is the vanilla. wow. very strong. after that i get the typical roasted malts i would expect in a stout. lots of chocolate, both milk and dark. lots of coffee. not picking up too much from the oak. pretty intense smelling brew.

T- the taste starts out with sweet milk chocolate and roasted malts. the vanilla beans i could smell come through much more subtly in the taste. lots of dark chocolate and coffee. still not too much from the oak chips. a little bit of booze.

M- big and viscous. chewy. palate coating and syrupy. a little bit of heat from the alcohol. a nice low level of carbonation that really works with this one.

D- too strong to have too many of, this was a sleeper hit from a brewery that ive never heard of before. check this one out if you get the chance.

03-16-2011 23:49:48 | More by jwinship83
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3.88/5  rDev -11%

On tap at pigs fly. In a tulip the beer was black with a thin tan head.

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Nice enough.

Dark chocolate taste, espresso coffee. Much deeper taste than what the aroma hinted at.

Medium-bodied, very pleasant. While you can't taste the alcohol, you can certainly feel it.

04-07-2012 11:05:21 | More by lordofthewiens
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3.89/5  rDev -10.8%

A: Nice and dark, just how I like my RIS' s

S: Dark and rich, sweetness is not overwhelming.

T: Very rich, great taste at first but finish is 'hot' from the alcohol

M: Good as it should be

O: I liked this beer but was disappointed based on the alcohol burn. I have had other similar abv stouts that are much more well done. I would drink this again but it wouldn't beat out an easier to find beer such as Ten Fidy

07-01-2014 23:13:01 | More by barhoc11
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3.89/5  rDev -10.8%

Thanks to Gmr75 for the hook up on this one. It was left out of the refrigerator for 45 minutes before consumption. Poured from the pint can into a tulip glass results in pitch blackness even when held up to the light. Two fingers-worth of khaki foam billows on top of the inky liquid. The aroma is reminiscent of syrupy chocolate milk with hints of vanilla followed by wisps of alcohol. The taste exhibits more vanilla than the aroma with the chocolate taking a back seat. I don't detect any oak but the 10.7% alcohol makes itself known. I was hoping for a little more complexity here with a bit less burn. The mouthfeel is full and thick but decent carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Not very creamy; maybe even slightly abrasive but not distracting. Overall a very good stout but my high expectations weren't fully met.

11-18-2013 02:00:51 | More by ltjska04
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%

Big thanks to jedwards for sharing this beer. Pours one shade shy of black with no head, just some bubbles around the edges. Ruby red highlights are revealed when backlit. Nose expresses wood, some char and a slightly vinous quality all on a malty backbone. Taste reveals dark malt, cocoa, spicy wood and some vinousness - finish is slightly charred and bitter. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with an even, pleasant carbonation. A light acidity also stimulates that sides of the cheeks. An excellent RIS. Definitely allow this brew to warm in order to bring out its depth and complexity.

02-20-2011 17:22:12 | More by Jwale73
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-24-2012 13:29:35 | More by MaineMike
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-27-2013 00:34:09 | More by Jonny41
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-22-2013 03:49:17 | More by Texasfan549
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-23-2011 22:42:05 | More by JAHMUR
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

03-14-2014 01:36:03 | More by thegerm87
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Can from early December poured cold into a snifter
A: jet black with a vigorous pour leaving big creamy mocha head w coating dark lace
S: toasted nuts, coffee grinds, sweet chocolate
T: coffee upfront, bittersweet chocolate leads into a roasty blend of complex depth. Swings a bit toward the sweet side for me could use a bit of age
M: creamy, bit of chew, thick and almost feels like chocolate bar melting in mouth

12-23-2013 01:29:52 | More by alaimoa
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4.03/5  rDev -7.6%

Poured into a tulip at when pigs fly. Pours jet black with a nice mocha colored head.

The aroma has a nice mellow chocolate aroma with some nice roasted malts and some fruity character such as plumbs. Nice roasted malt flavors with some dark fruits with some milk chocolate flavor. Real enjoyable stuff.

The body is robust and silky with soft carbonation. Overall real good. Grab this one if you see it

03-30-2012 21:55:32 | More by Bendurgin
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4.15/5  rDev -4.8%

Excellent stout that is incredibly drinkable, balanced and complex.

Pours off-black with a light tan head, a bit of lacing.

Smell is oaky vanilla, coffee, cocoa and brandy.

Taste is nice, balanced light mouthfeel with an equal mix of dark malts, mocha and a little brandy or bourbon - finishes just off bitter.

Overall a terrific Imperial stout that is less sweet and sticky than most - goes down smooth.

03-30-2014 01:38:05 | More by benclimbs
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New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

Purchased fresh at the "5th year of beer" festival on 10/13/12.
(336 calories)

Price - $18.00/growler

It was a real treat to score a couple of growlers and just as good here as on tap. I can't wait to get this in cans off the store shelf ;-)
One of my favorite offerings from Marshall Wharf.

The appearance is what you would expect from a big, bold, Russian Imperial Stout. Not quite midnight black but plenty dark with red highlights near the rim. A tan creamy head tops it off but retreats fairly quickly leaving behind a thin veil and decent lines.

The aroma is not as strong as you would expect from a beer weighing in at 11.2%. It may not be "in your face" but you still can't hide the unmistakeable smell of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, bittering hops and wood. Pretty complex when you take the time to nail it all down. Like a fine wine, it gets more impressionable as it warms.

Taste is roasty right from the start followed by a blast of vanilla, oak, licorice and coffe beans. Dark chocolate and alcohol round it out and complete the experience. Not too boozy but a sipper none the less.

The mouthfeel begins silky smooth but quickly switches gears to a hoppy bitterness. A nice play on balance and interest. This beer is full bodied and somewhat syrupy. Very little carbonation but a fair amount of heat is present due to the octane. Finishes with a near perfect dryness for the style.

This is an excellant example of the style and a highlight of the season. Winter is here, so let's get warm with a glass of your favorite Imperial Stout.

11-30-2012 18:59:11 | More by 05Harley
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4.24/5  rDev -2.8%

Valentine's Day 2013 saw Marshall Wharf in a generous mood: offering for sale rare growlers of Sexy Chaos. This growler has been refrigerated since it was purchased, except for the long drive back from Belfast. I'm served myself in a tulip glass.

The beer is colored very dark brown. The head is a shade of light brown and about a finger or two in height. It settles down to a thin skim. Good lacing is left behind.

There are great vanilla notes coming off of this beer. I also smell a good amount of dark roasted malts. This makes it more roasty than sweet, although there is a bit of alcohol in the nose too.

The beer has a very smooth flavor with a good amount of vanilla and a touch of roasted malt. There are hints of chocolate and some alcohol in the finish. What is quite impressive is that this doesn't taste anywhere near as strong as a 11+% ABV beer.

Again, this beer doesn't feel as thick or sticky as other RISes of this strength. There is flavorful coat that has some roast and sweetness. Carbonation does tingle, but the overall level is a bit low (due to this being a growler pour, I assume).

Overall, this is a fine RIS. It is another great beer out of Marshall Wharf. If you get a chance to try it, don't pass up on the opportunity.

02-19-2013 00:42:14 | More by ToasterChef
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

12-05-2013 03:12:36 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

03-18-2014 10:42:24 | More by KMcG
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Sexy Chaos from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
95 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.