Chaos Chaos Russian Imperial Stout | Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big dark and strong.

Added by sprucetip on 02-04-2009

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4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes at Marshall Wharf's Pemaquid Mussel Festival.

A - Poured a super dark basically black hue with a nice dense creamy chocolatey head. Excellent.

S - Nice dark, roasty malts with very good chocolate. A solid chocolatey stout aroma.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots more of those rich, creamy dark chocolates along with some light bitter roasted chocolate too. Faint oats with a nice warming booze quality.

M - Mouthfeel is rich and creamy. Simple as that.

O - Overall, this was a solid RIS. Excellent chocolate qualities here. Super drinkable, dangerously so.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.75

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Bierman9
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stopped into Three Tides a couple of times on 09-10DEC11 with Alewife. Had gotten a small sample of this the first night, but opted to wait until night 2 for a 1/2-pint ($4.50).

Poured in a small flute, it was dark and opaque, a crude oil brown. Atop the brew was a creamy, rich tan head, lasting well and leaving very nice lacework. Aroma was roasty coffee with some bitter hopping as well. It had a medium to medium-plus body, almost being chewy. And it raised no ruckus at all on the tongue going down.

Flavor was also roasty, with coffee action and bitter dark choco notes. Some light sweetness passed over the palate, with a touch of dark fruit (raisins and figs) blending in to the mix. Quite solid and tasty, though not quite as good as I was hoping for based on the previous nights sample. Still, go for it when possible!!


4.25 rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of 05Harley
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased @ Marhall Wharf Belfast, Maine

Price: $25.00/growler

Oh yeah, she's a looker. Pours ink black with a light brown one inch creamy foam head. Average retention in comparison to other stouts of this class. Plenty sticky with a good amount of lacing adorning the glassware.
Edit: after an hour on the growler and other beers she's filling the glass with a two inch plus creamy head that seems to be taking forever to shrink. Lacing now looks like someone drew the shades.

Aroma is strong with molases and unsweetened chocolate followed by mocha, roasted malt and alcohol. I'm not picking up much for dark fruits which could add a little sweetness to the nose.

The flavor is a full on assault of chocolate, coffee, vanilla and alcohol. The booze is a bit noticeable and hard to hide at over 11%.

The mouthfeel begins creamy and somewhat smooth but ultimately leads to a bitter finish. The body is thick and chewy with light carbonation. Finishes slightly dry with some alcohol heat which is suitable for a cold day of ice fishing.

Overall a big stout for the area and well respected. For me the appearance is the stand out category here. Heavy in malt and maybe a little young for my tastebuds, a little age may do wonders. Growler price is a bit high in comparison to other breweries.

Updated on 11/20/11:

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler from the brewery while up in Belfast visiting my folks. The beer pours a jet black coloring with a low-profile, thick, dense looking, chocolate milk colored head. Rich, inviting nose of dark roasted coffee, a good dose of smoke, and cocoa nib. Smells amazing! Flavors are extremely rich, with a chocolate milkshake background and an overtone of dark roasted coffee, and the smoke overtakes the back end of the palate, with a blackstrap molasses highlight. Very well blended and smooth flavors, with a slight dry and sharp aspect from the coffee. The beer leaves a light, slick coating along the glass while you enjoy it. The aftertaste is almost completely coffee, with a light roast and smokey flavor profile. Smooth, rich finish, with a slight creamy linger in mouth.

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Marshall Wharf takeover of Novare Res.

Dark creamy large head, pitch black beer

Nose of dark roasty malts, light biter earthy malts, choc malts,

Taste is rich, creamy, bitter, dark choc, fluffy nougat, caramel, toffee, light minerality, chewy oats, sticky syrupy, light booze

Fairly rich and creamy, decent carb

Overall nice, tasty malts, not too boozy or roasty, a big stout that doesn't overpower.

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

This holiday RIS proved to be a big, muscular monster. Off the tap at their bar this beer was an opaque black color with the classic tan head. The retention good, especially as a collar and the lacing very good. The aroma was very appealing, rich chocolate, roasted malt, molasses, wet soil, spices and mushrooms. The flavors were also rich and complex. The beginning was quite sweet with lots of chocolate and caramel malt and molasses. The middle was more dry with wood, roasted malt, soil/earth, alcohol heat and the finish was a little tart in a hoppy way, probably imparted by Simcoe or Cascade hops. The mouthfeel was silky smooth, the body full and the carbonation light.

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Photo of joepais
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rather large glass poured from the bar tender at Three Tides, I did have to tell him I rather not have the glass chilled. It had a gorgeous coco, almost black colored head that went to a thin lace. The body of the brew was a black as night no light coming thru at all.

The aromas and flavors were big in the espresso department and the roasted malts were king for sure. I would say the queen was the alcohol, big heat in the nose and aroma. I was told it was brewed in the late fall but I still think it is a bit young. The mouthfeel was medium with average carbonation.
This brew is a big ass brew so one is enough for me in one sitting this brew has potential I wish I had a bottle to age

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Photo of sprucetip
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. On tap at Novare Res in Portland, Maine, during their Stoutfest. I didn't write down the abv, though it was listed. Didn't realize I'd be the first to review this one. I know it was upwards of 10, but I'm thinking it was 12% or more.

Dark black with highlights, minimal mocha head recedes to ring. No lacing.

Alcoholic heat, hops, dark roasted grains, all blending well.

Maybe a bit young? But, wow! if it is. Chocolate, hoppy, bitterness, sweet malty, roasty. Lingering bitterness.

Pleasantly mild carbonation, creamy, thick, full, heat.

Sharp bitterness and high abv raise the caution flag. But I'm into it. Probably have to go the the brewpub or better beer bar in Portland to get it.

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Chaos Chaos Russian Imperial Stout from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 25 ratings