Sinister Vertigo - Odd Side Ales

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Sinister Vertigo
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87
very good

16 Reviews
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Reviews: 16
Hads: 102
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 8.1%
Wants: 1
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
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Odd Side Ales visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Sammy on 12-04-2013

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Reviews: 16 | Hads: 102
Reviews by craft_shannie:
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a sinister black in color. I got virtually no head. Aggressive pouring on the tail end of the bottle yielded less than an inch of mocha head.

There is not a lot going on in the aroma. I get some cocoa and some semi sweet chocolate.

The taste follows the smell. I get some unsweetened chocolate as the main flavor. I taste some roasted malt, maybe a little burnt popcorn in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

When I first poured this beer I got an off smell. It quickly dissipated though. I am not sure what that was. Once I left the kitchen and entered the den the smell was gone. It is a decent stout. It is nothing over the top but worth a try for sure. I'll try anything from Odd Side. (729 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-hard pour down the center of the glass. Creamy dark brown head was on top for a moment, but went to a ring after a few seconds. Pitch black.

Smell: Fan-damn-tastic. I get some super rich cocoa and black coffee at first, but then also a lot of nondescript "roast" with some dark fruits and actually a fair amount of sugary sweetness from somewhere... it really reminds me of caramel. It's kind of like "the usual" for an Imperial Stout, but more amplified than many others in the style. Really love the smell.

Taste/feel: And now I'm starting to understand the 85 overall rating. The aroma blew me away, but the taste is just "very good." This beer has a massive amount of char/ash flavor in it from beginning to end with little here-and-there accents of chocolate and coffee between sips. I don't get any sort of a caramel flavor or much sweetness. Dark fruits seem to not be in the flavor either for me -- just a really dark -- almost burnt -- coffee flavor with some very dark chocolate. If you don't like smoked beers, you probably won't like this one. The mouthfeel is moderate at best in body and the carbonation is a little high. This drinks far more like an imperial porter than it does an imperial stout.

Good beer, but the aroma had me expecting great things. Definitely try it if you see it, IF you like smoky-ish beers. (1,351 characters)

Photo of DanGeo
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of sculls65
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of GRTim
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Okay, but not impressive. Huge coffee/roasted flavor, low hop, and thick mouthfeel. Little to no head out of the bottle. (120 characters)

Photo of CraigMack61
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tiamat8086
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ianpstephens
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J2A2
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeForest
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bung
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A roasty/smokey version. I like it, you will if you do as well. (64 characters)

Photo of acostuhhh
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grupatre
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tommy5
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of bob_d_j
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Kinda sweet and syrupy. Ok, but not high end for an imperial..and i love stouts (80 characters)

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Buck_Jones
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Sinister Vertigo from Odd Side Ales
87 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.