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Rusalka Vanilla Stout - Portside Distillery & Brewery

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Reviews: 6
Hads: 21
Avg: 3.36
pDev: 28.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Portside Distillery & Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Stout | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: RblWthACoz on 10-15-2013

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Reviews: 6 | Hads: 21
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Poured from a growler into a pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a lingering head that settles from two to one finger in height
S: Cococa, roasted malt and a bit of brown sugar
T: Chocolate malts, cocoa, fairly bitter with a hint of vanilla
F: Medium-bodied and bitter
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I was happy to score a bottle from another local brewer that I have yet to visit or get a taste of. I got this and one other from Portside at Heinens. I hope the other fares better.

This opens nice enough - a pretty deep dark brown with a nice little head and on-going fizz. The aroma is the first hint that this is not going to be a great one. There is a nasty sewage smell. Really. Cabbage.

The taste has a light malt taste mixed with a bit of metallic from the vanilla (maybe). It's a pretty sharp taste, and the aftertaste lingers kind of nasty too. This does not work well. I don't think I'll drain pout it, but maybe I will - it's not good and I think my ratings are generous.

I hope the other Portside I bought is better than this one.

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Rusalka Vanilla Stout from Portside Distillery & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 6 ratings.