Blood Lust
Spring House Brewing Company

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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #738
Ranked #17,324
3.89 | pDev: 10.54%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: A big, bold and boozy Russian imperial stout featuring notes of bitter chocolate, vanilla and caramel.
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 75
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4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A solid beer, better than I thought. Tastes like Huna light, which isn't a knock at all. That's the best way I can describe it. A great beer that I would gladly drink again.

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2.9/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

So this is the newly bottled and released batch in a standard 22oz brown bottle. It features the addition of: habanero, cinnamon, vanilla and cacao. Not to be confused with the wax dipped 750ml bottle that was a part of the barrel reserve society with the same additions and aged in a bourbon barrel.

Poured from a bomber into a match spring house teku, the brew appears black in color with a brown head thats very rich and lasting...its actually quite excessive looking.

The smell includes a light amount of vanilla sweetness, chocolate, roast and vegetative qualities mixed with minerals and carbonics. (I cant quite make out if that vegetative flavor is just green yeastiness or if its the habanero addition. Im guessing just green yeastiness since there is little to no habanero flavor.)

The taste is bitter and roasted with char aspects blending to some vegetative quality almost like green yeastiness like the nose suggests. Some faint chocolate and vanilla are noted.

This is medium bodied and effervescently carbonated. Sadly the profile of this beer tastes green and vegetative with mineral and carbonic character moreso than any of the advertised adjuncts. What is happening with this brewery and why cant they bottle condition a beer properly lately?

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4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled version w/ vanilla, cinnamon, cacao, and habaneros. NOT barrel aged.

I'll start off by saying the barrel aged versions of this beer with peppers are absolutely dreadful. The rum one (by Spring House's own admission) is infected and tastes like acidic waste filtered through really hot peppers. One of the worst beers I've had in recent memory.

This beer, on the other hand, is basically the same beer just not aged in whatever god awful barrel they aged it in for the BRS members. This one is actually pretty darn good, especially for $10. Think of a thicker, fuller Xocoveza with a little less in the way of adjuncts and a little more in the way of body. It's not Mexican Cake, Huna, or some of the other top notch mexican style stouts, but this is a really solid effort and proof that their intention was good when this went into the barrel.

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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Taproom, Lancaster, PA

Apparently, this beer was a recipe by a homebrew contest winner.

Dark brown-black pour, with a heavy ringlet of beige foam that lasted well and left nice lacing on the glass. Not especially aromatic, but typical scents of dark malts, fairly roasty, molasses and a bit of booze. More of the same in the taste, dark malts, decent blend of sugar sweetness and roastiness, with neither coming in too strong, mild undertones of oak and booze, which I think thinned out the body a bit. This beer was pretty basic, albeit good for a homebrew, mouthfeel was about medium and definitely could've improved on smoothness and richness to make this a better brew. Higher ABV was noticeable but relatively subdued. Nice overall, but a small pour of this one was plenty.

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Blood Lust from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 75 ratings