Death - Rivertown Brewing Co.
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3.71/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
If you're going to balance a strong beer, you've got to use strong flavor. The Rivertown brewers reach into the spice rack for those impressively hot ghost chilies. Shying away from their traditional beer making, this experimental stout isn't for the timid.
Its inky-black pour offers nothing of the peppers within, at least to the eye. Resorting to stillness quickly, initial aromas are roasted with french-press coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and cola nut. With a faint herbal undertow, piney hops and mild vegetative fruit stem from its pepper additions.
Across the middle, the body waivers slightly, revealing the taste of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate and simple caramelized syrups which take on proportions of pecan and cola. Its savory fade reveals mild fudge and savory toasted tastes before the heat arrives.
Remaining full, the weight of alcohol warms the palate thoroughly with rummy spice, but all that is expounded upon as something sinister smolders underneath. With each sip, the capsaicin head builds upon the last and intensifies with the irresistible allure of the ghost chili.
Death is a massive stout that's more than able to stand on its own, but the use of peppers give the taste a complex kick that's more than just a subtle nuance. You've really gotta like spicy foods in order to take on this beast!
Serving type: on-tap
07-14-2014 16:13:49 | More by BEERchitect
3.96/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a snifter
A - I'll just call this beer black. I held it up to the light and none came through. It has a half inch of mocha head.
S - The smell is sweet. I get some chocolate and roasted malt. There is no noticeable pepper.
T - It leans more towards the chocolate side on the taste. It almost tastes like a milk stout. The ghost pepper is barely perceptible. The heat does grow a little as I drink it. It is either well hidden or faded after almost a year.
M - It is very smooth with low carbonation. It does not quite have a full mouthfeel.
O - I think it tastes pretty good. I like the subtle pepper flavor. I thought the pepper would be more significant, but it is about perfect at this point in its maturity.
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2013 19:24:56 | More by buschbeer
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chili peppers and some molasses. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma, it tastes like chili peppers, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. There's definitely spice noticeable, but I was expecting this one to be hotter. But the spice is lingering, it is a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this brew is certainly worth a try, $2.99 a bottle. I wouldn't mind seeing Rivertown making this one again.
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 23:06:28 | More by bluejacket74
Death from Rivertown Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.