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Rubus Vigoratus - Iron Fist Brewing Company

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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed with cardamom and raspberries.

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 10-07-2012)
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Photo of brewmastercat
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

brewmastercat, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +8.1%

notchucknorris, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of mportnoy
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

mportnoy, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

GRG1313, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of ezperkins2
4/5  rDev +8.1%

ezperkins2, May 29, 2014
Photo of Bonsall_Phil
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Bonsall_Phil, May 06, 2014
Photo of RBuckley73
4/5  rDev +8.1%

RBuckley73, Apr 13, 2014
Photo of Joshmistake
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Joshmistake, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of CoolEthan
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

CoolEthan, Feb 28, 2014
Photo of dknight75
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

dknight75, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

BillRoth, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

sgoro, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

facundoCNB, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +8.1%

SocalKicks, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of goatas4
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

goatas4, May 02, 2013
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

t0rin0, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

mactrail, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of gtermi
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

gtermi, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4/5  rDev +8.1%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.7/5  rDev -27%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of Rick760Sd
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Rick760Sd, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger fine light tan head with god retention and light lacing. Aroma of dark roasted malt and lots of cardamom, a hint of raspberry. Flavor of toasted and lightly charred malt, slight dark fruit, cardamom, light chocolate and light raspberry as in the aroma. Finishes with a nice combination of raspberry and charred malt with light hops. Medium bodied, approaching creaminess. The raspberry component was used with a deft touch, combining well with the malt. Spicing was also at a nice level. This was a unique, well made and fun to drink stout for International Stout Day. Glad I was able to get a bottle.

LiquidAmber, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of dvmin98
3/5  rDev -18.9%

dvmin98, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of djaeon
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

djaeon, Oct 14, 2012
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Rubus Vigoratus from Iron Fist Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 26 ratings.