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Death - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 6
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
A high-gravity Russian Imperial Stout brewed from a blend of dark malts and Jolokai peppers (Ghost Chili Peppers).

(Beer added by: Ohiovania on 12-15-2012)
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ColdPoncho

Ohio

2.34/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What is a Jolokia Pepper?

A - A light body for an "imperial stout." Very brown.

S - Loads of diacetyl. I guess it's spicy diacetyl. Caramelly diacetyl. Roasted diacetyl. It's fuckin buttery.

T - Tastes like hot pepper-laced butter with hints of dark fruit and caramel. Thinking of it as a beer that represents "death," I can dig it. But it's not something that is good, much like death.

O - Don't care about mouthfeel, this beer is weird. Buttery as fuck, spicy. And maybe there's an imperial brown ale behind it. This is a deathly beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:20:26 | More by ColdPoncho
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Ryan011235

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Parkbrau Pils glass on 12/22/12

Dark brown, but not as dark as a RIS perhaps should be. This is merely a shade or two darker than Famine. 1/3rd of an inch head drops and scatters to ring retention. Very few specks of lace.

Burnt sugars and some chocolate, toffee molasses, raisins and dark fruit. Notions of peanut butter. Grainy smoothness; oatmeal? Faint soap and some off notes. Peppers are marginal at best.

Ah, the Jolokia peppers do come through for the palate with building spiciness. Roasted chocolate lies underneath; thankfully not as sugary as the aroma let on. The base beer isn't outlandishly heavy or boozy, especially if this thing is really 11%. Death has some of the usual Rivertown funny business but, coincidence or otherwise, the peppers detract from it.

The body is medium-full with fairly average carbonation. Smooth, modest viscosity. Any alcohol is masked by the peppers or well hidden. Feel-wise, this is pretty easy to drink for a RIS.

Leave it to Rivertown to make somewhat enjoyable a rather timid version of a style such as this. This may be the best of the four horsemen.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 09:33:01 | More by Ryan011235
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ohiobeer29

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

06-08-2014 22:48:20 | More by ohiobeer29
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meanmutt

Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

12-22-2012 02:46:08 | More by meanmutt
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

07-02-2013 07:54:18 | More by beernads
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fellowrs

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

12-18-2013 18:31:17 | More by fellowrs
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ChaseBacon

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-14-2014 22:10:51 | More by ChaseBacon
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-28-2014 11:15:29 | More by Cynic-ale
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

05-31-2014 17:57:29 | More by Adkins1203
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BamfBacon

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-14-2014 22:10:51 | More by BamfBacon
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NW2285

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-29-2013 16:47:26 | More by NW2285
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vermilcj

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-28-2014 00:07:04 | More by vermilcj
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C_Roetting

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

09-30-2013 03:05:34 | More by C_Roetting
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Khris

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

07-04-2014 13:00:49 | More by Khris
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davemathews68

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

06-11-2014 22:43:20 | More by davemathews68
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metter98

New York

3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down a little, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of black licorice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of black licorice but this transitions to spicy flavors from the peppers in the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The Jolokai peppers leave a bit of heat and dryness in the finish. The heat intensifies as the beer warms up.
O: I thought this beer was quite drinkable considering its strength and the use of Jolokai peppers, which are spicer than Habanero chili peppers. There are no traces of alcohol in the taste and there aren't too much peppers, just enough to leave a sharp pop of heat in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 21:36:51 | More by metter98
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barczar

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been in the growler sealed for a week, so...

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a fleeting cola-like mocha head that disappears.

Chocolate malt and fruity pepper are dominant, with an undeniable hot pepper finish in the aroma.

Flavor reveals roast malt, chocolate, coffee, a bit of fruity pepper, then a back of the mouth spicy kick that accents the roasted, dry finish pretty well.

Fairly syrupy body, with minimal carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

For what it is, it is balanced well. Not kick you in the teeth spicy, but the sensation lingers. Good roast malt character, as well. If you're in the mood for some heat, worth a try.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 06:10:37 | More by barczar
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DangerDawg

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-22-2012 02:35:11 | More by DangerDawg
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williamDbar

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-23-2012 01:41:28 | More by williamDbar
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brycevolk

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

06-16-2014 13:20:51 | More by brycevolk
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ari32

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-22-2013 15:26:33 | More by ari32
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Lipsntoes

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-17-2012 23:19:09 | More by Lipsntoes
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SDG1070

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-01-2013 00:05:33 | More by SDG1070
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bluejacket74

Ohio

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
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Ohiovania

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at Acme Montrose, in Akron, OH, as part of their OH holiday beer tasting. It's part of Rivertown's Brewmaster's Reserve Series and was brewed with Jolokia Peppers (Ghost Chili Peppers).

This beer had the backbone of a really nice imperial stout. The peppers becoming overwhelmingly forward after 4 or 5 sips. Lots of tobacco, chocolate, sharp spicy pepper, and modest sweetness move across your palette. Glad I got to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2012 17:33:20 | More by Ohiovania
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