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Rubus Vigoratus - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Rubus VigoratusRubus Vigoratus

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30 Ratings
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Ratings: 30
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Iron Fist Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-07-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with cardamom and raspberries.
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 8
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From a large shared bottle.
Poured essentially black with a decent head.

Medicinal aroma and, to a lesser extent, flavor.
Raspberries evident but diminished by a vague, fruity sweetness.
Overly sweet with poorly hidden alcohol.

O: Rich but lacks balance.

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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

$2.99 for a craft stout
Can't go wrong with that price.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from holiday cellars, Escondido Ca
Poured in oversized wine glass (expecting fruit essence)

A: dark, opaque cola blackness. Little to no head, what little there is dissipates fairly fast leaving the slightest foam at the very edge of the glass. When opened, the scent of raspberries filled the room.

N: see above. Raspberries heavy, with an earthiness base of toasted malt and since you read it on the label... I suppose that's a little cardamom in there?

T/F: very interesting raspberry soda on initial sip, earthy spice finishing on tongue and staying there until next sip. I pick up a flavor of a milk stout through all that fruit. A little heat on the aftertaste, that's pleasant. This really is a unique flavor and it flows like a cola and has the mouthfeel of one, thin and a little bubbly.

O: trying to be open about the flavor, but I must say that a thicker, syrupy mouthfeel might have made this a better stout. Instead it comes across like something that is "almost there", still enjoyable, worth trying once. I would serve close to room temp, might be fun with a BBQ grilled pork chop.

- really tasted great with some salted cashews I opened after reviewing.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a very deep brown almost black pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head which gave off great amounts of lacing. scents of roasted grains, slight oxidation, and a hint of berries. the berries are very faint in the flavor.. mostly a smokey licorice-coffee overall feel with a light hint of raspberry towards the finish. nice chocolate and dark roast flavors. creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and moderate amount of carbonation.

this is a nice offering, and i am pretty glad i get to enjoy it on a nice quiet night with fireworks from a few towns over in the background.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Quite likable raspberry flavor with a very pleasing fragrance of fruit with just a touch of spice. Thoroughly black in the St. Bernardus chalice with a big blanket of beige foam and lots of lacing along the glass. Spritzy mouthfeel and plenty carbonated.

Deep, dark malt with a hint of chocolate. The fruit is quite powerful but the cardamom and hops take that off course. Not very sweet, though it's quite malty. An interesting fruity tartness, like sour cherries, underneath the burnt sugar and blackened malt. Bitter in the aftertaste and a taste like berry seeds with the bitterish spices. Different, and not like the sweet unctuous RIS styles.

I like that they didn't feel the need to jack up the ABV to the max. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown chalice brought out, thin head on it, less than 1/5" I'd say, but it has some pretty good retention for the tiny bit of head it developed, lace dots the glass as we choke this one down (neither my girlfriend nor I were fans).

The aroma was more of an annoying perfume moreso than anything resembling raspberries or chocolate (which was how the beer was described as containing and got us excited to order said beer). Something already seemed bad, and we were still going downhill.

A weird flavor profile of cardamom, ginger, unidentified berry puree mixture, very mild bitter chocolate undercurrent. Too much 'raspberry' and not enough chocolate. Made me wonder if there was actually chocolate added, or if it was just chocolate malt. Either way, it wasn't enough of either. A disappointing beer that sounded great when described.

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Rubus Vigoratus from Iron Fist Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.