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Death - Rivertown Brewing Co.

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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Ohiovania on 12-15-2012

A high-gravity Russian Imperial Stout brewed from a blend of dark malts and Jolokai peppers (Ghost Chili Peppers).
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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of buschbeer
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of Ryan011235
2.57/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of OldTime
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had this on draft at Beer World in Jacksonville, FL & I have to say I really liked this, but I like experimental beers and this was one.

Photo of brycevolk
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ari32
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BuckTuckian
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of dataylor21
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of meanmutt
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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Death from Rivertown Brewing Co.
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