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Big Deluxe - Ritual Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 7
Hads: 74
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 41.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  12.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 12-23-2012

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Reviews: 7 | Hads: 74
Photo of ThickNStout
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). 2014 vintage. Served in a goblet.

The thick, dark liquid appears to have some chestnut highlights in the pour but rests in n the glass pitch black with a two finger cap of mocha head. The froth fades away completely l, leaving a couple tiny trails of lace where the head had previously rested but nothing else inthe way of retention.

Aromas of dark fruit, heavily roasted malts, a significant boozey note, burnt caramel and some brown sugar.

This is a bitter, roasty beast of an imperial stout. Tastes of anise, licorice, pure dark chocolate, fruit skins, burnt caramel, berry seeds, charred toast, subtle brown sugar and a healthy smack of alcohol.

Full, lush, creamy feel with soft carbonation. Roasty, dark fruit, burnt toast and a little cooling alcohol constitute the lingering, bittersweet finish.

Big Deluxe is a tasty base stout. I can see it having the full body and robust flavor profile that is necessary to stand up well to adjuncts and barrel treatments. Worth a try for fans of bitter, roasty stouts.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, mocha colored creamy head, head gone after a few minutes, small amount of carbonation, some lacing, very thick like motor oil, looks like a big beer.

A: Very impressed, roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits like figs, plums, dates, alcohol is well hidden for 12.2%, smells really good especially after two years.

T: Impressive, roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate, figs, plums, dates, amazingly easy drinking especially for 12.2%, smooth, hit of moderate dark roasted coffee bitterness in the middle, finishes with more roasted notes.

M: Motor oil, smooth, creamy, amazingly easy on the palate, heavy bodied.

O: Very impressed, this has aged well, lots of flavor, easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden, definitely going to pick up another bottle, if you like big stouts this one is a must to try.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

bomber thanks to Taylor @ beer study. into a snifter.

Pours a dark black with a nice beige head. The smell is very intense and roasty. chocolate notes too. The taste is BIG and smooth and creamy. There is a bit of smoke there too. Big chocolate and roasty notes and the finish is actually a bit bitter. Oats are definitely prevalent as well. ABV definitely hits you as you get through the glass. Very full bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation.

Overall thoroughly impressed by this one. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of konisko
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The newest batch, 2013, bought 3 at bevmo. Will buy them out tomorrow.

Had first batch ... Very good. This 2013 outstanding.

Lovely choco, coffee color. Easy head ... Blows up quick then softens. Smells like coffee. No hint of alcohol, just a bite of chocolate.

Tastes a bare touch of fruit ... Perhaps raspberry?

Mouthfeel smokey.

Perfect with a portobello burger.

Love this beer.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark brown in the Crooked Line tulip with a dark beige head. Long legs in the glass and a tangy carbonation in the mouth. Just a whiff of cereal and charred malt.

Very darkly roasted barley with a distinct burnt taste. Dark caramel and a hint of bitter chocolate. Label claims 85 IBUs but it doesn't taste as hoppy as all that. Some of the near-acidic sensation of a big IPA, however. More sharp than most in the RIS style. The drinkability suffers from the relentless bitterness that develops after some sipping, along with the intense charred flavors. The sweetness of the malt is welcome with each new sip. This is a brew for those who like their Imperial Stouts more austere and bitter.

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Photo of dvmin98
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders Brewing snifter

A: Deep, dark hue. About an inch of dark brown head that lasted for several minutes.

S: Malt and chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, but you can really taste the alcohol. A lot of RIS's hide the alcohol well, but not this one. After about 5 sips, I found myself kinda powering through it due to the deep alcohol content.

M: Good carbonation. Creamy, but still get that alcohol sense

O: 3.25 Wouldn't get again. There are way too many good RIS to get over this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adrienne for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with quite an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's very boozy and needs time to settle down.

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Big Deluxe from Ritual Brewing Co.
- out of 100 based on 7 ratings.