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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 35
Photo of Nugganooch
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%

On tap at Pizza Port San Clemente
8oz pour – 08/05/2014

A: Blackish brown with a glossy sheen across the glass. Looks a few shades darker than black coffee with a light brown sugar rim. Decent retention efforts with very few dots and splotches of stick left behind.

S: Smells super fudgy with a generous mocha filled nose. Dark chocolate leads with lesser notes of dark roasted coffee, a little bit of brown sugar sweetness, and chocolate crème. Incredible amounts of chocolate and roast here. This is quite the decadent aroma. Like an espresso bean brownie.

T: Rich with dark chocolate and blackened malt sugars. Espresso coffee notes carried with a mild earthy bitterness cutting across the brown sugar sweetness. Never harsh or astringent. Alcohol asserts a bit towards the backside but never falls out of line in proportion to the other flavors. Very clean overall with some mild charred smokiness and a whisper of brewers licorice coming through in the finish. This is ridiculously good with intense chocolate flavor. Devilishly rich and decadent while maintaining a very approachable and balanced drink.

M: Moderately thick but with a smooth creamy lush feel on the tongue. Low moderate bitterness with some mild alcohol warmth. A bit of oily slickness left coating the palate.

D: This was a huge surprise. Delicious, chocolaty, smooth coffee, and well balanced. One of the best Chocolate stouts I have come across in sometime. Awesome brew! Everyone should try this.

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Photo of charlzm
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed July 31st, 2011 at Pizza Port San Clemente.

Beer is black, even when held to direct sunlight. Small tan head composed of fine, uniform bubbles.

Aromas: chocolate/cocoa, dark roasted malts, a hint of porter-like sourness, lactose, vanilla.

Flavor follows nose for the most part, though oatmeal does appear on the palate briefly. Milder than I would have expected for the style; when was the last time you had to WORK to taste the flavor components of an RIS?

Mouthfeel is slightly thin (more like a to-style porter) but smooth. I'm guessing that's due to the oatmeal.

I was jazzed to try this on the hand pump, but with armed with this experience, I will get it on standard CO2 or nitro when next we meet...

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Photo of Srsly
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Blue Palms for Flip Flop Fest

A - essentially black, with a short-lived and small mocha brown head.

S - big malt, considerable coffee and chocolate with some other sweetness

T - ridiculously sweet, like holy shit. lots of chocolate, though there is also a bit of coffee. a bit.

M - between the sweetness of the taste and the shockingly thick, rich, and creamy mouthfeel it basically feels like drinking a milkshake.

O - The first half of this beer shake was delicious, the third quarter was tasty, and the last quarter was cloying, overwhelming, and a slog. I'm definitely glad i got to try it, but i'm not sure i'll order it again. if you're ready for a milkshake, though, this is definitely a well made enjoyable alcoholic one...

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Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Pizza Port San Clemente on a recent trip to Cali. Served from tap into a shaker. Poured pitch black with a half finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark chocolate, and slight alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Ovearll this was a pretty nice brew. It had a great flavor and aroma going on here. The flavor was better than the aroma, but not by much at all. This one is an absolute MUST try. Even though I haven't had it, I could imagine the -bal version of this being QUITE tasty.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Pizza Port San Clemente

A: The pour is pitch black with a thin layer of mocha colored head that sticks around for a surprisingly long time.

S: A really rich and sweet nose on this beer. Lots of burnt sugar, licorice, and dark fruits to begin with. The roasted malt character is intense (as is the coffee) and there's a bit of a dark chocolate thing going on as well.

T: The roast and coffee start things off with a big bitter kick. That dies away quite abruptly and the sweetness really comes through. Lots of licorice, burnt sugar, molasses, and alcohol.

M: The body is on the full side with a medium but smooth carbonation.

D: Somehow I kept missing this beer, but I finally got to try it. I enjoyed it quite a bit, though it would have been to put away of large amount of this.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ PP San Clemente. Pours black into a 10oz glass with a good strong tan head. Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted oak with some booziness coming thru. Tastes roasted, slightly burnt and acrid coffee with trace vanilla and oak notes. Mouthfeel is deep, rich, smooth and silky. Overall, very indulgent and luxurious. A wonderfully rich treat.

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Photo of ptykozoon
3.67/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into a pint glass?
Blackish with a small caramel head that eventually dies, decent lacing.

Bitter roasted coffee beans, syrupy sweetness.

Taste is burnt sugar, alcohol heat, light caramel, chocolate. A bit too hot and bitter for my tastes. No subtleties, just a lot of bitter chocolaty heat.

Milky, smooth mouthfeel.

Not bad, but slightly unbalanced and hot at the moment.

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Photo of largadeer
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft at Pizza Port Solana Beach.

Appearance: Pitch black without a head so much as a thin collar. Looks rather viscous.

Smell: Dark chocolate, coffee with cream, burnt bread; the chocolate character is wonderfully rich. There's a little black licorice too, lending some spiciness.

Taste: Similar to the aroma. Rich dark chocolate alongside sweeter notes of Tootsie Rolls and malt balls. The finish hints at black licorice and charred malt, lending just enough bitterness to give the beer a decent balance. There's a touch of warmth from the alcohol, but nothing detracting. The texture is quite viscous, which hampers drinkability a bit. A very nice sipper.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was chocolate syrup in a glass. Served on tap at Pizza Port in Solano beach in a 10 ounce glass. Beer is black with a thin brown head that leaves a little lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low, it looks like an RIS...

Aroma is like hersey syrup, its sweet, lots of chocolate, a little roast.

Beer tastes like chocolate syrup. Its sweet, mild bitterness from the roast and the from the chocolate, its amazingly good tasting, its not cloying to difficult to drink at all. The high alcohol content is disguised well and makes this dangerously good to drink. I liked it.

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Photo of Overlord
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

RIS? More like a chocolate stout.

Pours a dark brownish black. Surprisingly robust light brown foamy head. Leaves a long lasting crust.

Smells like bitter roasted malt, with a surprising amount of chocolate. Wow. Chocolate this strong? Also some vanilla.

Taste is all layered chocolate, both dark and light milk varieties, with some balancing roasted malt notes in there. Maybe a hint of vanilla, dark fruit, and ... oak? .... balancing it out.

Nice and thick, but not overly so.

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Photo of Dlish
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours with a heave and very dark head. the smell is pretty lack luster with coffee and espresso. But the taste is really amazing, ridiculously creamy, coffee and espresso bit of chocolate, i get like a toasted marshmallow taste it it. The mouth feel is incredible and there is no burn from the alcohol what so ever. In fact that is the only reason i'm marking this drink ability down is because it is 10%.

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Photo of bobjonesSD
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at solana beach pp. Very thin coffee colored head in a half pint glass - normal for style. Smell is of dark roasted malt and some cocoa and caramel. Nice viscous mouthfeel and taste is solid with nice chocolate notes and some alcohol warmth. Ordered another- solid beer.

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Photo of Kshock
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is amazing. great stout characteristics, with a solid but not over barring chocolate presence. Pours jet black with a dark tan head. Not a lot of head retention, but definitely some head to it. really nice, smooth mouthfeel, almost syrupy. Great beer, if you get the chance, TRY IT!!

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours black, opaque with a mild brown head. No real lace.

S: Dark chocolate heavy, with notes of coffee and licorice. Light vanilla. Very fragrant.

T: As with the nose, dominated by dark chocolate and licorice, with definite wood notes even though it's not barrel aged. Delicious, reminds me a ton of The Abyss.

M: Extremely full-bodied, thick and viscous. A big stout, but the alcohol is well hidden, a very smooth drinker.

D: An outstanding Russian Imperial Stout, glad I got to try it, could easily be a top 100 beer if it was more available.

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Photo of bulletrain76
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught at PP San Clemente on July 2, 2009. Black with a tan head. Lots of roasted malt and coffee in the aroma with some burnt bread and crust. Hoppy and bitter flavor with espresso, dark chocolate and malty caramel sweetness. The finish is surprisingly dry and bitter as well. Medium-full body with lower carbonation. Really nice impy with a great dark chocolate finish that doesn't leave any sticky malt coating your mouth.

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Photo of 0110x011
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reccommended to me by some danish dudes claiming to be the top raters on RateBeer ;-) Have a great trip guys!

A - Cat black with a two finger dark brown head. Exellent retention. Light, spotty lace.

S - Dark chocolate abounds, with light roasty notes and dark fruit. Some coffee in the back. Mostly a dark cacao fest, but balanced by roast.

T - more of a coffee/chocolate split on the palate, with both elements playing equal, complementing roles. Some booziness. Any fruit aromas are lost in the coffee/cocoa competition. Still, it's incredibly satisfying. Like a local Dark Lord.

M - mostly soft, but slightly prickly. Big, full body. A bit slick.

D - sipper. The 10 ounce pour is quite satisfying.

Pizza Port again prove themselves as being the best damn brewpub in the land. It's beers like these that make me happy I live nearby.

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Photo of Crosling
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught, Boulder Strong Ale Festival. Super dark black color with dark tan foam. Aroma showcases burnt dark fruit, molasses, chocolate. Flavor is tremendously big, complex, with a lot of malt. Char, coffee, chocolate, along with a big dose of piney, resinous hops. This just worked.

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Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood, from PP San Clemente.

Appearance: Pours with a one finger coffee head, mountainous fingers of lace that remain for some time. Pretty impressive looking in my glass. Body is a jet, completely dark as night black, no brown to speak of.

Smell: Cinnamon/nutmeg, coffee, oatmeal chewiness, deep, deep roastiness. Smells like it should - a gigantic oatmeal stout, completely formidable.

Taste: Cinnamon/nutmeg, chocolate, less coffee than in the aroma, but it's there. The nutmeg/cinnamon qualities I pick up add to the oatmeal base well, sort of reminds one of cinnamon flavored oatmeal, at least on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, good carbonation, chewy.

Drinkability: This is really a fantastically drinkable Russian Imperial. The alcohol is expertly hidden, and its strength is very well-balanced.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at pizza port San Clemente. New beer they have. They call it a Chocolate Imperial Stout.

Pours a very dark black. No seeing through it at all. Even when held to the light. The head is super creamy. Nice looking beer.

Smell is of sweet creamy maltiness. Lots of sweet and bitter chocolate. Lots of good toasted malt smell too.

Taste is semi-sweet chocolate but with some saltiness. Roasted woody taste is present. I can't help but feel this is bourbon barrel aged. Some bourbon flavors going on too. Some burnt chocolate flavors going on.

Mouthfeel is super smooth for an RIS. It is very good.

Drinkability is high because it is such a good beer. It is very smooth but tons of flavor. I will have this many times.

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