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B/A/Y/S (Black As Your Soul) | Adroit Theory Brewing Company

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3.77
pDev:
32.89%
 
 
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B/A/Y/S (Black As Your Soul)B/A/Y/S (Black As Your Soul)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Adroit Theory Brewing Company
Virginia, United States | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tear off your suit-and-tie straightjacket; this soulful beer plunges you into the blackness we are normally numb to. Submerge yourself in the riches of an alternate life, outside the corporate fishbowl. Obscured in the depths of this Russian Imperial Stout you encounter a full-roasted body that provides food for dark contemplation. Hiding behind the toasted tones lurk intriguing wisps of complex flavors: aged woods, fresh fruits, earthy nuts. This malty exploration of the soul leaves you wondering: was the darkness in the bottle, or was it in me all along?

Added by billab914 on 10-24-2013

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 49
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jtladner
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours near black with dark, cola brown edging where light can penetrate. The head is tan in color and peaks at a finger's width, holding on well before dissipating to a thin, consistent layer across the top. Strong lacing with a sheet that spans over half the glass and spotting in between.

Smell - Cocoa, a hint of caramel, dark berry and a bit of char.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild, slightly earthy cocoa upfront, then some berry notes. Dark chocolate and malt roast bitterness come through mid-taste and strengthen toward the finish. Aftertaste lingers with a bit of smoke, berry and some light astringency.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of medium-bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Creamy texture lends itself to a smooth drink before a lightly chalky, drying finish.

Overall - Pretty good RIS, but doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other solid examples of the style. Good flavor profile, but seems to lack ideal depth. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but I certainly wouldn't trade for it again.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Jet black. Small khaki head. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Black patent malt. Very roasty. Brandy. Charred oak. Very fruity. Could be from the brandy barrel or the cherry.

Taste - Intense oak. Bitter and spicy oak. Burnt malt. Ashy. A little bit fruity. Some brandy. Dominated by oak and bitter burnt malts, though. I don't get the chestnuts at all. Spicy finish.

Mouthfeel - Very bitter. Not very heavy, but so bitter and ashy that it's tough to drink.

Overall - Intense flavors overwhelm the positive aspects.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HopRedhead
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Barnoloid
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A well made imperial stout - big roasted notes along with a surprising amount of hops in here. Bitter baker's chocolate and some nuttiness as an undertone. Dried cherry and fruit layers unravel with this as it warms. Solid.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of IrishColonial
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of mychalg9
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of MisledTitan
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ghirsh
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boone757
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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B/A/Y/S (Black As Your Soul) from Adroit Theory Brewing Company
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