Blast Furnace Imperial Stout | Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works

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Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by erica on 02-14-2006

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Ratings: 14 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by boelker62:
Photo of boelker62
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As advertised, you really can pull out chocolate and roasted malts from this imperial. It has a nice pour with a deep, almost black color, and thin, appropriate head. The aroma was up front, but lacked depth of the ingredients within. The taste was discernably different over various area of your palate, as long as you put it there. The palate was not as complex in depth or length as one would or should expect from an imperial stout. Nonetheless, I still highly recommend a try of this, especially at 8.5% ABV, just let it warm a bit.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This RIP came out of the growler with a nice, brown, moderate head with a body that was very dark but filled with deep cherry highlights.

Smell – This is a very balanced bouquet. The roasty malts, light yeast and alcohol, easy but respectful hopping, and mild brown sugar are mixed just right.

Taste – The taste is equally balanced. All the flavors are loyal to the nose. The alcohol is nowhere to be found. The flavors are so harmonious that you have to make a mental note to slow things down.

Mouthfeel – This RIP is medium-bodied with some stiff coffee groundish bitter notes right at the end. The carbs are light and the body seems a bit thin for the bold and balanced flavors, but this is still a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Waaay too drinkable for a big stout. This goes down like a good lager but with all the kick ass of an RIP.

Comments – Big thanks to Just E for sending this beauty shop my way. BA Buds rule!

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Photo of tempest
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 12 ounce snifter.

I like that this beer isn't a huge, 11% beast, but rather a reasonable ~8% RIS. On the flip side, what I liked the least was that at times there was a bland sweet malt flavor that overrode the more pleasing chocolate and roasted flavors. Still, the depth of dark grains and citrus hops. Tasty and drinkable, I recommend it and order again. One of my favorite BBW beers.

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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A snifter glass served at the brewpub.

A: The stout is quite dark, pitch black without any hints of chocolatey brown. Head is a thin white band around the mouth of the snifter.

S: The aroma is malty with some strong burnt chocolate notes and hints of vinuous depth.

T: The ale begins with an acrid burnt malt flavor that showcases some chocolate, caramel and dark alefruits. That flavor is somewhat fleeting though, quickly disappearing into a haze of alcohol and grainy biscuit malts.

M: The mouthfeel is thin, failing to provide a big kick that the ale desperate needs.

D: The ale starts strong but soon gets caught up in a bland malt body. A decent intro to the style but it is not emblematic.

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Photo of hopdog
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bethlehem Brew Works.

Poured a dark brown color (almost black) and a small sized tan head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, light smoke and some dark fruits. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, prunes, and raisins. Medium sweet.

Notes from 3/4/07

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Photo of Arrowhuntr
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of WesWes
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful, dark black color with a thick frothy tan head that lasts. The aroma is great. It has a rich, roasted, black, and chocolate malt scent. It's sweet, yet dry as well. The taste is good. It has a earthy black malt flavor with just a bit of chocolate malt sweetness. It goes down smooth and warms a little in the finish. The mouthfeel is good also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good IS. It's rich and full flavored with a nice warming dry finish.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Bethlehem Brew Works on Friday 11th February, 2006.

Light brown head, fine bubbled but it soon fizzed and popped to leave only a smattered broken appearance atop the dark black body. Light lacing and a lively level of conditioning which seems unable to support the head. Belgium sized Goblet (OK, that's my definiton, I am told that I should have really called it a Snifter!!) sample allows the beer to really breathe in the glass and give off a really attractive array of aromas including dark chocolate, lots of coffee, rum, aged port, currants and raisins. As it warmed it had a deeper roasted nose, burnt toast at times. Solid profile, the dark chocolate starts, coffee in the middle and a roasted bitter twang in the finish, showing some of the hops the daylight before the swallow. The only let down was the Mouthfeel, it had a strong nose and flavor profile but the body seems to struggle when backing this up, not even the 8.2% alcohol can help out, for it is nowhere to be seen. Creamy feel to the conditioning does help smooth things, but it has a thin feel throughout. Drinkability is very, very good, maybe the low Mouthfeel helps this, but the nose and flavors really invite the next mouthful. A tasty treat, on a weekend when I got to try 4 news BBW specials, this was a favorite alongside the Framboise. A lovely roasted Stout with a nice dark chocolate structure which allowed the coffee and hops to break through, it doesn’t lack soul, but it does lack a little Mouthfeel.

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Photo of thain709
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A deep dark body...I'd say all but black...a big tan head that leaves nice lacing down the side of my glass

S - Notes of roasted malts and some chocolate

T - The malts mixed together well with the chocolate/coffee flavors going on...a nice bite at the end...but it turns into an alcohol taste

M - Full body...smooth

D - All in all this was a great beer...I'm still warming up to the RIS style and I feel this has been a good way to start

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the table in a snifter with a dark coffee color and a modest head that leaves occasional strips of lace

Smell: Rum-soaked dark fruit with undertones of semisweet chocolate

Taste: Dark fruit with a clear hint of chcolate; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness offsets the increasingly detectable sweeter chocolate flavors

Mouthfeel: Just a bit thin, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Nice flavor profile; with a bit more body this would be outstanding

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Photo of Budinetz
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of goindownsouth
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Consumed vom Fass at Bethlehem Brew Works, 03.05.06.

Light brown, almost tan head sat firmly atop the brew, only to quickly dissipate to little more than remnants. Good color, deep and rich.

Chocolate, some rum-soaked raisins, perhaps, and hints of coffee in the nose. The more it warned, the more it released its essences.

Good flavor. Definate notes of chocolate and freshly roasted coffee with a slight bitter shot at the very end, for good measure. God malty punch here.

The mouthfeel was a bit disappointing. Light, with little cling to the palate, which is what I would have expected for this style.

Still, not bad overall. A nice treat.

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Photo of erica
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally, after a year+ of begging, I got my Imperial Stout at Bethlehem Brew Works! New Brewer Beau's recipe, not Lewis's, I had heard, and what a great way to start off.

This beer is served in a snifter glass, the first time I had it, it has about an inch and a half of thick, creamy light brown head, which lasted for a bit. In subsequent times it came with very little head which seemed to disappear rather quickly, leaving just a bit of what looked like hour-old bubble-bath bubbles on the surface. Not bad but not as pretty as the first time. The color of the beer is black, when held up to the light it's the darkest ruby.

The aroma is roasty, chocolatey, and a bit fruity, almost like raisins. Chocolate-covered raisins perhaps? It's nice, but a bit muted. Taste is more of the aroma, very good and roasty, coffee, chocolate, a bit of fruit in there, again like raisins or maybe other dried fruits. Bittersweet with a dry, slightly hoppy finish. I couldn't taste the 8.2% alcohol in this one at all.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, a little thin for an imperial stout but not too thin in general. Leaves your tongue a bit numb by the end of the glass and begins to warm your insides, just what's needed on a cold, snowy February night. Drinkability is very good, because even though it's a strong roasty imperial stout, it's not too thick and syrupy and filling, and the alcohol doesn't assault your taste buds. I could easily at least start to tackle a growler of this on my own and not realise until it's too late how strong this one really is. Again, great job by Beau, and a big thanks as well!!

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Photo of beerhawk
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a big beer that you can drink like a session beer...only you won't be able to move off your seat. Extremely well balanced and that is the most important thing about big beers. So many are over the top.

The Bethlhem Brew Works has a winner with this beer. Smooth, creamy head, foam is much darker than a regular stout... as it should be. A fine ring of foam lasted the entire time a drank the beer. Nice lacing on the glass. Chocolate, nutty, coffee flavors all around. Don't miss trying this one.

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Blast Furnace Imperial Stout from Fegley's Bethlehem Brew Works
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 14 ratings