Ded Moroz Imperial Stout - Rushing Duck Brewing Company
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3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Pours a miniscule dark brown head, just covers the surface and then fizzles out, in turn there’s very little lacing to be had, more like a thin, broad sheet that slides off the glass at a steady pace. The liquid is the obligatory impenetrable black, can’t see any color at all, no orange nor yellow tint, oddly when you tilt the glass you can see a muscular rush of bubbles just below the surface (so, where’s the head). The nose is comprised of thick, dense milk chocolate, café au lait, caramel and toasted coconut, after that in distant second place comes plum to prune and cherry scents, challah bread, flowers and licorice, minimal counterbalancing hops presence. Full-bodied and leaden, not much carbonation, maybe enough to convince it to move a couple inches left on the couch. Same simplified array of chocolate, vanilla, caramel, coffee with a slight uptick in general toastiness. You have to swallow real hard to get it moving fast enough to go down the chute. Some orange zest mixed into the muted flowers, more like uncooked dough here than bread per se. Hey, the flavors hit the sweet spot for this type of beer but it needs a kick in the ass, to show some life. Otherwise it gets tiring to drink.
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 02:10:40 | More by farrago
3.69/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
A: Poured from the 750 ml bottle into a Piraat tulip/snifter-type glass. Body appears relatively thick and black, though with some mahogany hues on the pour. In the glass it's black with an oddly-thin-bubbled film of a head on top. First thought was, "maybe I should've poured this more aggressively."
S: Malt, molasses and dark fruits. Hint of dark chocolate. Decent Imperial/Double Stout nose.
T: First impression: now I know why there was no head - because there is basically no carbonation whatsoever, so nothing to rise up and create such a head. . . .
Anyway, as for flavors: sweet stuff is there - modest chocolate malt, molasses and a generic fruitiness. Finishes with a modest tannic bitterness and a dark chocolate-type bitterness. Heat from the 11.2% ABV is noted, though mainly as lingering heat in the aftertaste and warmth in the belly rather than as a "hot" sensation during the sip.
M: Heavy in heft, slick in feel due to a complete lack of carbonation.
O: OK, so I've reviewed over 1100 beers - full reviews - here on BA, and in my 8 years of reviews, I don't think I've ever reviewed a beer that was so bereft of carbonation. It's unfortunate, because I think this beer has potential with the flavor profile; some active carbonation would wake up the palate and improve the experience.
Serving type: bottle
02-09-2014 00:58:35 | More by Kendo
2.6/5 rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Pours ink black with absolutely no trace of a head or any lacing what-so-ever. Really nice oily legs drip all along the glass after each sip. It sits completely still in the glass. No carbonation at all.
Vanilla extract, deep dark chocolate, hints of coffee, dried fruit, alcohol and beach ball plastic? Even as it warms up, it doesn't get any more complex. I'm a little dissapointed to be honest.
Lots of beach ball plastic, dried fruit, vanilla and bits of really dark cocoa and bitter coffee. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. No depth, and nothing very interesting at all going on here. That phenolic plastic that is in the nose and the taste is really ruining what coould be a decent beer. It reminds me of an old Bakelite pickguard in the nose. That may not make alot of sense to anyone that hasn't held an old guitar pick or pickguard, but that's what I'm picking up along with the vanilla and chocolate. Weird...
Absolutely no carbonation! On the verge of medium thick, but just a touch thinner. Something that sits this still is usually decently oily, but not this one. Wow... dissapointed again.
I so badly wanted to love this brew just for the NY pride. It's a shame. I kinda understand where they were going with this, but they just missed the mark badly.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 04:05:14 | More by Thickfreakness
Ded Moroz Imperial Stout from Rushing Duck Brewing Company
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