Pisgah Cosmos | Pisgah Brewing Co.

Pisgah CosmosPisgah Cosmos
BA SCORE
82.5%
Liked This Beer
4.01 w/ 80 ratings
Pisgah CosmosPisgah Cosmos
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co.
North Carolina, United States
pisgahbrewing.com

Style: Belgian Strong Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Pisgah's tribute to the Belgian tradition and our home-brewing roots, this recipe comes directly out of Dave's old homebrewing notebook. We combine the rich flavor of a Baltic porter with the subtleness of a special Belgian yeast strain, imagine bananas dipped in dark chocolate liquified in your beer glass. Honor tradition, Respect beer.

Added by mikesgroove on 04-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,103
Reviews:
56
Ratings:
80
Liked:
66
Avg:
4.01/5
pDev:
9.23%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
31
Gots:
1
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 56
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aggressively carbonated bottle from Bruisn' Ales. The carbonation keeps at bay the baltic Porter taste which is there and balance porter/a little sourness malted down, but a muted flavour. Decent drinkability and the alcohol is hidden.Black body with nominal head.SOrt of hits the style.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a coffee brown color with a nicely capped tan head that fizzes away while managing to leave a few lace patterns

Smell: Dark fruit (dates, figs and rum soaked raisins), dark chocolate. a hint of molasses and a whiff of fusel alcohol

Taste: Opens with a fruity flavor, with a building molasses and dark chocolate complexity that deepens the profile by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors balance each other well, with some coffee touches appearing at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, with overeager carbonation

Drinkability: Kudos to Pisgah for a Belgian Dark that verges on the Baltic Porter style; if they could work on the mouthfeel, it would be outstanding

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A Belgian-style Baltic Porter...interesting.Pours into a chalice a deep chocolate brown with a thinner deep beige head atop.Dark fruit and chocolate stand out in the nose along with some of the Belgian yeast almost coming of lightly weizen like with clove and faint bubble gum detected.Rich dark fruit and brown sugar flavors with a hint of "meaty" smokiness in there as well,the dark fruit really stands out with the smoke-like notes lingering in the finish.I like the fuller nearly chewy feel it fits the beer well.Now this is different...in a good way,alot of good stuff going on here.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a dark brown with a slight light tan head. A tad bit of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits and roasted malt. Good notes of chocolate. The taste is dark fruits, dates, burnt sugar, some roasted malt, and a bit of alcohol. The feel is nice with the flavors playing nice with the slight alcohol tinge. Drinks quite well and is really nice overall.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured black as night with a very small head that was about a half inch high. This faded quickly leaving behind a decent amount of lace, not too thick, but definalty noticeable.

S - Smell started off light, with a nice aroma of caramel and a hint of alcohol. As it warmed a nice fruit and spice like flavor started to come through, almost reminescent of a Belgian Dark, very complex yet sweet. An intresting bit of a twist.

M & T - First taste was very very sweet. Very nice full body here full of carbonation and a very nice consistency. Lots of fruity flavors could be picked up in here, grapes, pears, and hints of almost cinammon sugar. Again really came off to me as more a Belgian dark then a porter, though I would take a porter like this anyday. Very fruity and robust. Awesome drink here.

D - Overall this was fantastic. No hint at the ABV at all which was shocking. Though it did have a slight warming effect on me which I guess could be the alcohol but it was very nice. This was a definate sipper, but alot of sips would be creeping up on you. I love the stuff they brew over at Pisgah, and have not had a bad one yet. Very good stuff indeed.

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4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to ThorsHammer for this brew.

Poured into a chalice a black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy creamy tan head, getting some nice creamy sticky lacing. The nose is malty, slight roastiness, figs, plums, raisins, slight toffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, malts, dark fruit, and some roastiness that I've never had in a BSDA, almost like a stout, nice touch of toffee/caramel. Full body. The alcohol is hidden pretty well, nice warming effect afterwards. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty brew, and my first from Pisgah, I also have a bottle of Baptista to try later on. Thanks Eric.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark almost black color with a relatively thin head that settled to a ring that stuck around. Pretty good lacing. The smell is good, but still a little rough. This is the best indication that it could use some more time in the bottle. There is a definite up front smell of molasses, followed by dark dried fruit and some toffee. The taste is similar to the smell, but seems more integrated, especially as its been open for a while. There are also flavors of banana, clove, raisins, and fig. Sorta like a Belgian version of a Baltic porter. The mouthfeel is a little rough, but it has good body and carbonation levels. Pretty drinkable now, this should improve in the bottle. This was my second big beer from this brewery, and I gotta say there is a big difference between their bigger beers and their sessionable beers. These high abv ones are a whole heckuva lot better. The Baptista was sublime, this one is solid.

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Photo of John_M
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery the other day.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with good head retention and lacing. The nose on this beer was quite complex, showing leather, funk and a hint of coffee and dark fruits. The flavor profile is impressive and showed an interesting blend of cherry, vanilla, spice and cola. Very nice, and quite the intriguing combination of flavors. On the palate, this beer was not heavy or tiring at all, and I found this to be yet another high abv. beer from Pisgah that carried its alcohol very well. The finish on this beer was smooth and spice filled, with the underlying spice countering the moderate sweetness very well. Nothing seemed to be out of preportion in this well balanced, enjoyable beer.

Very nice effort.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750 mL bottle, from February 2008.

A: The dark ale is murky, a quad like cola brown color that is opaque. Not much head though; what's there is off-white trending darker.

S: Dark candi sugars, raisins and brown sugar, along with caramel malts create a big nose. Closer inspection tells me, again, just a little too long in the cellar. Despite that, the quad-like aromas are strong enough to cover up most anything. The darker fruits stand out, I believe, over everything else.

T: The darker flavors bely a fierce beer - dark fruits, booze and candi sugars all swim around. The richness doesn't directly lead to the booziness but it comes close. Darker caramel and roasted malts add to the body. The finishing flavors are a little musty, older, but the quad underneath still packs a flavor punch. Quite complex with a lasting fruit flavor - very dark with raisins and figs in command.

M: Warming and big, small sips are the way to go. Next time around, I wouldn't hold onto this for 4 years though.

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4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle obtained via trade with ncvbc. Thanks for the opportunity... Corked and caged, dated February 2008.

Poured into a Rapscallion glass, formed a 1 1/2" brown head over the opaque dark brown brew. Head snow-cones above the rim before taking FOREVER to collapse like a bad souffle, with insane levels of frothy lace. Aroma is spicy yeasts and light maltiness, expected more sweetness here. Taste starts with a peek of medium malt, hits with the spicy yeast, goes a touch sour, then gets into the funk, with a dry close. Mouthfeel is a bit bubbly, but soft over the tongue, and drinkability is good as well. Not as good as the appearence was pointing me at the start, but still a very nice brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra in a recent trade with mikesgroove. Thanks Mike!
Very dark, pretty much black, with faint mahogany edges. Fizzy yellowish tan foam that settled to a ring. A little bit of spotty lacing was evident, but short-lived. Interesting aroma, a mixture of dark malts and belgian yeast character. Caramel, cocoa, fruit, raisins, alcohol, bread, figs, spicy yeast. Flavour mirrors the aroma. Fruit character was more pronounced, with lots of plum, fig, and raisin. Bitterness provided an anchor, keeping caramel sweetness in check. Chocolate notes were more subdued and alcohol stayed balanced, though it was definitely on the warm side. Finished a little peppery with lingering bread and molasses. Carbonation was quite high and provided a bit of lightness to the otherwise full body. I liked this one. It's an interesting mix of characters that really work well together.

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Photo of maximum12
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mikesgroove for sending this my way. Consumed during the Drinking the Cellar week of '09.

Split with the wife & poured into the proper glassware, as the bottle kindly reminded us, after a nearly fatal struggle with a vicious cork. Very dark red, with a quick rising, quick falling head. Smell is unique - smells vaguely like a warm Belgian mixed with a barleywine. My wife: "If I smelled this with my eyes closed I'd expect something light".

Cosmos has one flaw that's immediately apparent, & that's the carbonation. Active to the point of Shasta, extremely distracting to the actual taste of the beer. Trying hard to plumb past the bubbles, there's a very champagne, dry-quality to the beer, vinuous, almost a berryesque, wine taste on the tongue. Feels like this has been wood-barrel aged, though I don't know if it has been. This is what I imagine a good wine would taste like if it was force-carbonated.

Very good beer. I have to knock it for the mouthfeel, but this is a unique effort & something I'm going to enjoy very much for the next thirty minutes or so.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

huge thanks to AleWatcher for knocking off this want. enjoyed from my La Trappe chalice.

vintage February 2008

a - decaged and popped the cork...well, perhaps i shouldn't say popped the cork as it snapped in half and then i destroyed it while trying to pry it out with a cork screw. once that travesty finished (i take full blame on that one) the brew poured a deep plum with a nice creamy bubbly head that didn't hang out long but never seemed to fully go away. unfortunately had to strain the beer into a different chalice since i noticed little bits of cork in the beer.

s - boozy, but in a vinous way. as soon as i broke through the cork it almost smelled like red wine in the room. there is some good plum and dark fruit notes though. not all that sweet, more booze than sweet for the style. after the transfer/straining there was more sweet in there...smells very nice.

t - in addition to dark fruit there is a decent amount of cocoa and some roastiness. the beer is definitely oxidized as well. i probably should've drank this right when i got it, but held it for a special occasion or tasting and now am popping it as i am trying to drink some of the older bottles that i have to prevent them getting over the hill...may have missed the boat on this one a bit. not bad, but from the reviews sounds like this one was better a year or two ago.

m - still fairly creamy...and fortunately was able to eliminate the bits of cork. first glass i strained through a screen, but then the interweb taught me to rubber band a coffee filter around the neck of the bottle.

o - overall, one of my favorite styles...this is pretty good, but probably held onto for a bit too long. has a bit of a cocoa thing going on. VERY smooth and creamy for an american take on this style. enjoyable, but i bet this one was way better a year ago.

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Photo of Viggo
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged, big thanks to grub for opening this one on NYE.

Pours a very dark reddish brown, dense colour, very light tan head which disappears very fast, no lacing, not the best looking BSDA. Smell is nice, lots of dark fruit, raisins, alcohol, biscuits, some spice, candi sugar, cranberries, a lot of sweet maltiness but pretty complex, a wide range of aromas are kicking around, some chocolate and roastiness. Taste is similar, very raisiny, caramel, brown sugar, light bit of floral, lots of fruit, sweet alcohol at the back of mouth, a lightly tart fruit finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium to high carbonation. Very drinkable a nice beer for the style. Sweeter and roastier than a BSDA should be, but still very enjoyable. Thanks for the sample Russ!

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Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Duckworths. Very dark brown pour, ample off white head that laces the glass well.

Aroma is pretty much a dark chocolate banana. Yeast and roast.

Taste has more roast, to add a great balance to the the yeasty banana, malt and cocoa.

The lighter mid body makes this quite drinkable. Alcohol is non-existent. Another impressive organic offering, as usual for Pisgah.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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