Pisgah Nitro Stout | Pisgah Brewing Co.

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4.01 w/ 73 ratings

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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by mikesgroove on 09-20-2007

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Ratings: 73 |  Reviews: 20
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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of chinchill
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

nitro stout on tap at Pisgah Brewery. Repeated in August 2017.

A - black with a creamy tab head. Looks like a model for the style.

Aroma - pleasant but light and fairly simple aroma of dark roasted malt.

T - plenty of dark roasted malt flavor with a touch of hops. There's a bit of burnt grain and smokiness too. Mildly bitter and slightly sour. There is a hint of coffee in the slightly dry finish.

M - creamy smooth, with a rather light body (like Guinness).

O - more flavorful American version of an Irish stout.

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Photo of CBlack85
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a pint glass

The beer is very dark, alomost black with a ton of tight bubbles creating that beautiful cascade effect. About a fingers worth of dense, tan, creamy head that seems to coat the glass as it goes down.

The nose is light and mild with roasted malts, coffee, and just the slightest hint of chocolate. As the beer warms the aroma gets just slightly sweeter, and the hops become just barely noticable for the first time.

The flavor is roasted malts and coffee with a very faint hint of chocolate. It's medium bodied, with a creamy, silky smooth mouthfeel. The beer finishes very dry and is extremely drinkable.

Overall this is a really nice dry stout. Really drinkable and full of flavor.

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Photo of dmbdusty41
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an A+ brew. We had this a few weeks ago when visiting the brewery. The appearance was like a pitch black night, the head was a Guiness like memory foam bed of smelly goodness! It was so smooth I thought I was in the midst of "The Most Interesting Man in the World" dropping a pick-up-line on a new woman! to a point....yum. Everything we tried at Pisgah was a masterpiece.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from nitro-tap into a sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a hint of brown with a one finger off-white (slightly light tan) head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, cream, coffee, and caramel. The flavor was of roasted malt, cream, coffee, and slight dark chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this one was very surprising to me. It had really nice flavors to it, but it seemed like they were very weak. Just wish they were more pronounced to allow this one to shine through. This one is definitely worth having if you find it.

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Photo of beer2day
4.73/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A perfect pour. Thick cream head sits atop a nearly opaque black liquid. Thick lace forms on all sides of the glass.

Coffee, roast malt, faint anise, and mocha all come streaming off the top of the glass.

Smokey roasted coffee flavor all the way through. Sweet chocolate comes through in the middle and finish, though the finish is really dominated by a sharp hop and chocolate bite.

Feel could be just a bit thicker with all that roast flavor.

One of the best stouts I have had all year.

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Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge in Asheville,NC.Poured jet black with a cascading creamy tan colored head,Iam a sucker for a good nitro pour,creamy looking goodness.Roasty aromas with a tinge of bitter chocolate,and coffee.Mouthfeel is a bit light going down,to me this is an Irish dry stout hands down,uber roasty,with big coffee flavors,light bitter chocolate,and a tinny flavor in the finish.It went great with a Highland Black Mocha Stout cake,a nice beer under the wrong category I think.

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Photo of drunkboxer1
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery. I disagree with the listing of it on here, its fairly plainly an Irish Dry stout. Dark brown, not solid black like you'd expect. Smells roasty, tastes roasty. Creamy nitro-tap mouthfeel. Drinks very easy. Little to no noticeable hop presence in aroma or taste.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at Barley's in Asheville, NC on 11/27/09.

A - Beautiful nitro pour with dark burgundy and chestnut brown hues and one finger of creamy, milky caramel-colored head that retained amazingly and yielded a wall of sheet-like lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S - Subtle nose with lightly roasted malt and a hint of coffee, followed by mild chocolate and woody notes. Sweet lactic notes opened up as the liquid warmed.

T - Opens with a mild roasted malt character with sweet, milky notes as well as a hint of chocolate and coffee. Vanilla notes also emerged as it warmed up. A hint of nutty astringency made a bried appearance in the middle, followed by subtle earthy and herbal bitter notes in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, velvety texture, although somewhat thin and watery overall. Dry finish with subtle bitterness and a hint of sweetness on the palate.

D - Irish stout with a milky, chocolate flair that blends dry and sweet flavors quite nicely. This is a fine example of a nitrogen dispensed stout.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed at Ed Boudreaux's Bayou Bar B Que in downtown Asheville, NC.

Dark brown pour, practically black. Nice creamy white head. The glass is eventually covered in some very nice lacing.

Lighter aroma than I was anticipating. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee. Lightly smoky.

Flavor pretty much follows the aroma. Slightly sweet, slightly roasty. Dry, burnt finish.

Medium bodied. Excellent silky texture. Very creamy, pretty easy drinker.

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

Had this on tap at the brewery. The bartender recommended it to me as a 'starter' before moving my way up to the higher ABV offerings.

A- Pours a nice black with a good two finger head. There was very nice cling to the glass and alot of carbonation activity present after the pour.

S- Small roast signatures present, but nothing that overwhelms the nose.

T- Good malt flavor present in the begining. The beer finishes a little dry.

I had this on nitro-tap at the brewery and hope to have it again. This is a solid stout and a nice offering from Pisgah. Even though I was really looking forward to some of the other stuff they had on tap this was a nice beer. I would definitely have this again. A very good session beer.

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4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served on draft at Westville Pub, Asheville, NC.

Pours a very dark, purple black color with ruby highlights. The nitro makes this look gorgeous. It is so creamy looking. Creamy tan head tops the beer.

Aroma was a touch fruity with some roastiness, though not overly roasty.

Very nice flavor. The roast is subdued, almost porter like. Very creamy and somewhat light. The body is a touch thin, especially for anitro tap. A little watery as well.

Very easy to drink and look at. A very solid beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro-tap at Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria (Asheville, NC) on 4/17/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a dark brown/black, with a good bit of garnet hues shining through the bottom and sides, and a 1/2 finger of rigid creamy mocha tan head. Retains with a classic nitro look, meaning a head that doesn't quit, coupled with massive coating lace. The aroma is quite lively with roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee dominating up front, quickly being followed by notes of caramel and floral hops in the back. Most pleasant.

The taste is just as flavorful as the aroma was. A silky and mellow mix of chocolate and caramel malt sweetness with roast and coffee adding needed balance and a toasty punch to the profile. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied feeling but the carbonation is so silky and creamy, this just goes down as easy as can be. This literally just efforlessly flows down the throat from the nitro.

Very nice! A full flavored roasty Stout with incredible drinkibility from the nitro-pour. That's all it takes to please me! I could have drank this all day.

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Photo of Bung
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nitro-tap. Very dark brown pour that starts out as a sea of creamy tan bubbles. Finally rounds out to a nice tan head on a used motor oil colored brew. Smell of some smoke, roast malt and hints of coffee and cocoa. Taste is a mellow melding of the aromas. Everything very blananced. Like a much improved version of Guiness. Pretty clean coffee, dry finish. Very smooth, very drinkable, but I thought the aromas and flavors were a bit more subdued than I would have liked. Pisgah makes good brews that are always worthy of trying.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pisgah Nitro Stout, on tap at the Pisgah Tasting Room, Black Mountain, NC, 12/30/08. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A gorgeous creamy nitro head - coming off as off-white at some glances and orangey-tan at others, and regardless of the hue with amazing retention - on a dark, solid, deep-brown body. The head leaves huge, sticky nitro lacing as it recedes. I gotta give it the traditional -0.5 nitrotap reduction, though.

Aroma: Coffee and chocolate, with more chocolate coming through than in the porter - more of a 1:1 ration here. Very earthy, and perhaps not as pungent as I'd like (lots of good aromas buried under that nitro cap, I'm assuming). Grows more pungent and richly earthy as it warms.

Taste: Smooth and even, with plenty of deep, earthy, French roast coffee, hints of smoke and dirt, and a handful of milky, creamy, sweet cocoa. This one's very deep and earthy though, in a pleasant way, though.

Mouthfeel: Traditional nitrotap smoothness, creamy and even, but this one could even benefit from slightly more carbonation, in my opinion.

Drinkability: Another great beer from Pisgah, flavorful and enjoyable, with no hint of alcohol. Wouldn't mind enjoying this one not on nitrotap to compare - it seems like there's a really solid brew underneath this. Recommended.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap in a pint glass.

The appearance was a dark chocolate color with a mocha colored creamy head that last through out the entire glass.

It smelled of coffee and roasted malt.

The taste and feel of the beer was very good. Rich and creamy, yet sweet. The roasted malt was the dominate taste with just that hint of sweetness. This is a full bodied beer that had a very good feel to it. Very smooth, yet thick like a good stout should be.

Overall, the beer is very drinkable and possibly one of the best stouts that I have ever had to date. Highly recommended.

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Photo of brentk56
4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a brown color that is as dark as it can be without being black; it has that nitro head that looks like whipped cream and literally sheets the pint glass as it goes down

Smell: Coffee aromatics

Taste: Black bread up front followed by mocha after the swallow; rich and somewhat fruity, with a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a creamy texture; low carbonation

Drinkability: Nearly perfect for the style

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3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown body with a lush, creamy off-white head.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma with hints of cream and licorice. All fairly light, mind you.

Taste: Mild sweetness amidst the flavor of roasted malts. Subtle hint of licorice. A bit of that black patent char thrown in as well, but not enough to make a face over. Finishes roasty and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Strikingly soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly quaffable, if you're into the dry stouts.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok now you really cannot go wrong with these guys and this only goes to prove it. This is a wonderful dry stout. Appearence is perfect, cascading down were thousands of bubbles forming a thick curtain of caramel chocolate. A great dry filling taste. Loads of sweetness to it. This simply could not be beat. Had the feeling of a milkshake, and the taste was just great. Loads of caramel and a super dry finish, light chocolate flavor with a touch of cookie dough maybe, it was just great. I am glad to see them setup for the area beer fests with this, should be perfect! Get this if you can it is outstanding.

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