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Malevolence - Spiteful Brewing

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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.85%
Wants: 15
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: cnbrown313 on 04-04-2013

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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 13
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

What better imagery for a Russian imperial stout than a zombified Soviet? This stuff pours a bleak obsidian topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, and dark chocolate. Usual suspects, indeed. The taste brings in more of the same, though there is a strong bitterness pervading throughout. In addition, a harsh vein of strident anise creeps in and causes quite the ruckus, tossing garbage cans through Italian restaurant windows and setting random buses ablaze when not engaged in widespread tagging. It's a terrible affair for my poor little tongue, which has no immediate escape at hand. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a goopy feel. Hell, when I poured this stuff, it resembled Nestle Quik so closely I thought it had spent too much time in some unknown freezer or something. Overall, what could have been a pretty sold stout is sullied by that contentious and acrid bit of anise and bitterness. A shame, really...

Photo of Niners49
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of sweemzander
3.2/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a dark pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A deep roasty raisin aroma combined with some dusty cocoa. Maybe some subtle licorice at it warmed up.

(T)- Lots of dark fruits and raisin meets that almost dusty cocoa on the backend.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a well rounded dark fruit and roasted components.

(O)- Its actually a pretty solid RIS with an easy drinking feel despite the ABV and style.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours black with a half finger tan head. Some bubbles of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roast, chocolate, anise, dark fruits, mint

T- chocolate, roasted malts, heavy anise and menthol which combines for a unpleasant bitter, ashy finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very thin and light for a RIS. Pretty acidic with a dry finish from the bitterness.

O- not a great effort for Spiteful's first RIS. Thin, acidic, anise and menthol combine for a unpleasant flavor.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous but not inky. A little bit glass-staining. Medium khaki head with a very thin collar.

Smell - Fudgy with some fruity and licorice aromas. Boozy and a strong roast.

Taste - Chocolate is strong. Fudgy again, but there's a substantial hop character. The yeast gives off a strong fruity flavor. Estery. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - No slouch. It's a hefty beer. Medium heavy and boozy.

Overall - Strong but very good. Bitter and boozy, but it isn't a real problem.

Photo of wyatt13
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Batch 16. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

A - Pours an oily-looking light black, with a tan head that fizzles away in less than 10 seconds. No carbonation is present. Lacing is non-existant.

S - A strong licorice presence hits the nostrils first. Mild vanilla & coffee as well provide some balance.

T - Licorice shows up in the taste as well, but to a lesser degree than I would expect from the nose. Coffee & vanilla also enter in a bit, with a roasted or charred aftertaste. This is relatively mild-flavored beer for such a high ABV -- very drinkable for the booze.

M - A slick mouthfeel, that straddles the border between medium and thick. A heavier amount of carbonation than I would expect from a 10.5% RIS.

O - I was expecting better things from this Spiteful brew based on their GFY Stout. However, the licorice was too overpowering for my tastes. I hope they can dial it in a bit for later batches.

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emottram
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ackeeper
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BigJim5021
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Mat_Rampson
4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of 4amepiphany
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 15
Bruery tulip

A: Pours out an oily black color. Good carbonation. Thin layer of light tan. Fades quickly. Leaves some lacing bits on the glass.

S: Big dark chocolate. Big espresso. Creamy lacto notes. Maybe a little bit of booze. Maybe some hops.

T: Dark chocolate bitterness. Espresso coffee. Very vicious. Some creamy notes. Lingering dark chocolate. Bitter.

M: Thick and creamy. Totally full bodied. Motor oil for certain.

Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of emyers
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: Black with a one-finger dark brown head. No lacing down the glass.

Smell: Dark chocolate, roasted chocolate, some caramel malt, light smokiness.

Taste: Same as the smell. Heavy on the roasted malt and chocolate along with some caramel. Finish is semi-sweet finish with a good amount of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full-bodied, but finishes quite dry. Appropriately low carbonation.

Overall: First beer from this new brewery that I've tried, and I'm impressed. They clearly know how to brew an imperial stout. Looking forward to trying more of their offerings.

Photo of Chris-1911
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Way2drunk
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Malevolence from Spiteful Brewing
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