Sexy Chaos
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant

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Russian Imperial Stout
4.34 | pDev: 9.91%
Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Maine, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Notes: We age Chaos Choas on vanilla beans and toasted oak chips to give the already sultry and complex Russian Imperial Stout a sexy twist. Very limited availablilty.
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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep black with a nice tan two finger head that lasts and lasts. Beautiful lacing.

Aroma of toasty malts, chocolate, coffee, oak, and a hint of vanilla.

Taste has big chocolate and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, mostly dates, with a nice oaky and roasty finish. Big tannins, moderate bitterness, slightly sweet up front.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous though not syrupy. Great carbonation for a big stout.

Overall this is a tasty stout, compare with likes of Ten Fidy. The oak gives it an almost barrel aged character. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of aquabears
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Blackish with a whitish-cola foam and substantial lacing. Smell is roast and woody, maybe a hint of vanilla. Sweet. Ok.

Malts. Roasty and dark and delicious with a little foam, then vanilla and sweetness on the back end, rich and chewy, leaving you breathing out a hint of oak and a warming sensation from the alcohol. Almost leaves a taste of dark molasses and bread. Wonderful.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Looks: Dark black with a small off white head that dissipates fast. It does leave a decent lacing. She's not much of a looker folks, seems average for her type.
Smell: bringing her up to my nose, I detect faint sweet smelling cola like smells. Once again, kinda ok.
Taste & Mouthfeel : wow! Whoa! What just happened here. That is a very well tasting brew with just the right amount of dark malts flavors and then BAM! Here comes the waves of vanilla and after taste has some oak. Very silky on the tongue when warmed to room temp. Definitely a tad thinner body. I have to say that it had one of more prominent and pleasing vanilla notes in a beer I have had.
Overall: A very interesting infused RIS. Wish she had a slightly stronger nose and slightly heavier body (I like 'em that way guys, what can I say) Definitely worth trying if you come across. I don't think I will buy her in the amounts that I get Founders RIS or some other stouts.

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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can
Look: A black beer with a brown foamy head that dissipates fast but leaves good lacing on the glass.
Smell: Fruity but not overly sweet.
Taste: Bold chocolate and coffee taste, some saltiness with tannic and very strong vanilla notes coming through in the finish.
Feel: Thick and smooth with a fine effervescence creating a creamy mouthfeel.
Overall: A cracking Imperial Stout, that is dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was provided to me as an extra in a trade earlier in the year and sat in the cellar for months as an afterthought.

Overall, a surprisingly good beer that tasted much better than expected. A bit thin on the mouth but solid on flavor.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a deep opaque black with a massive creamy khaki colored head that eventually reduces a bit to leave some lacing behind

S- sweet caramel & chocolate malt sweetness up front, complimented by the vanilla. The oak is quite noticeable and adds a toasted nut aspect. A hint of dark fruit as it warms

T- Big & bold roasted chocolate malt up front brings out some smoky char, quickly followed by some light oak & vanilla. As it nears the finish, dark fruit flavors kick in with notes of raisin & fig. More chocolate with a hint of coffee on the finish

M- heavy body with low carbonation leads to a thick and chewy mouthfeel and a silky creamy finish, just what you'd expect from a RIS

O- near perfect mouthfeel with lots of bold roasted notes, which tends to overpower the oak and vanilla a bit

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Photo of dasenebler
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Marshall Wharf Sexy Chaos
16oz can, no code

Inky black. Thick tan head. Low carb. Sticky lacing. (4)

Alcohol, ester, coffee, light vanilla. Dark fruit as it warms up. Pleasing aroma. (4)

Roast, acidity. Heavy dark chocolate. Treacle, licorice. Heavy malts, booze. Few signs of oxidation. Pretty smooth for an impy and very balanced. Sweet, but with plenty of roast and enough hop bitterness to level the playing field. Time has served this baby well. Vanilla character likely higher if fresher. Moutfheel is very heavy, but not cloying. Carbonation is medium-low, nice small bubble size. (4.25, 4.5)

I can’t remember when I bought this can (Fall 2013?), but it’s been stored cold since. Has held up very well. Quite enjoyable as a luxurious evening sipper. I’m not always a fan of MW beers, but I’ve got to give credit where credit is due. Excellent stout. (4.75)

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Photo of barhoc11
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Nice and dark, just how I like my RIS' s

S: Dark and rich, sweetness is not overwhelming.

T: Very rich, great taste at first but finish is 'hot' from the alcohol

M: Good as it should be

O: I liked this beer but was disappointed based on the alcohol burn. I have had other similar abv stouts that are much more well done. I would drink this again but it wouldn't beat out an easier to find beer such as Ten Fidy

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Photo of Casey10
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow I cant believe this is canned. Found it at a small market store in Brunswick Maine. Really good.

If you like stouts this a must try, great look, great smell, great taste!!

Still can't believe this is canned but it is what it is so completely recommend!!!!

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Photo of benclimbs
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent stout that is incredibly drinkable, balanced and complex.

Pours off-black with a light tan head, a bit of lacing.

Smell is oaky vanilla, coffee, cocoa and brandy.

Taste is nice, balanced light mouthfeel with an equal mix of dark malts, mocha and a little brandy or bourbon - finishes just off bitter.

Overall a terrific Imperial stout that is less sweet and sticky than most - goes down smooth.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with a big khaki head. Medium collar. A few wisps.

Smell - I guess it's got a little vanilla. Oak is strong. Chocolate.

Taste - Coffee. Chocolate. Nutty malts. A little vanilla. Strong oak in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Overcarbonated, even after sitting open for a while. Not too heavy.

Overall - I've really enjoyed Marshall Wharf beers in the past. I had really high expectations for this. Good, but didn't really live up to it.

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Photo of alaimoa
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from early December poured cold into a snifter
A: jet black with a vigorous pour leaving big creamy mocha head w coating dark lace
S: toasted nuts, coffee grinds, sweet chocolate
T: coffee upfront, bittersweet chocolate leads into a roasty blend of complex depth. Swings a bit toward the sweet side for me could use a bit of age
M: creamy, bit of chew, thick and almost feels like chocolate bar melting in mouth

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2+ fingers of sticky tan head that lasts forever. Takes about 10 minutes before it gets down to a fingers worth of cap that leaves sticky lacing down the glass

S: Roasted malts, vanilla, caramel, oak, molasses, dark and milk chocolate, coffee, and a hint of anise all come through. Extremely complex

T: Follows the nose. Very layered and extremely complex. Starts off with the roasted malts, caramel, and molasses. Oak, vanilla, coffee, and dark chocolate then come through along with a touch of alcohol. Finishes with a bit of bitterness and more roastiness

M: Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Almost motor oil-like, but the carbonation cuts the thickness

O: Quite pricey at almost $6 for a single 16 oz. can (or $20 for a 4-pack), but I'll be damned if this isn't one of the most complex RISs I've ever had. Not sure how it compares to on-tap at the restaurant, but I'm extremely glad that they canned it, even if it's only this once. If you can find it, it's worth a purchase

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Photo of ltjska04
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Gmr75 for the hook up on this one. It was left out of the refrigerator for 45 minutes before consumption. Poured from the pint can into a tulip glass results in pitch blackness even when held up to the light. Two fingers-worth of khaki foam billows on top of the inky liquid. The aroma is reminiscent of syrupy chocolate milk with hints of vanilla followed by wisps of alcohol. The taste exhibits more vanilla than the aroma with the chocolate taking a back seat. I don't detect any oak but the 10.7% alcohol makes itself known. I was hoping for a little more complexity here with a bit less burn. The mouthfeel is full and thick but decent carbonation keeps it from being too heavy. Not very creamy; maybe even slightly abrasive but not distracting. Overall a very good stout but my high expectations weren't fully met.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.79/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from mixylplik3, thanks for the hookup Matt!
Pours totally opaque blackness with a huge tan head that persists forever before impaling itself to the sides of the glass. Vanilla, caramel, milk chocolate, light wood and alcohol, earthy hop, licorice and molasses make up most of the aroma. There's a lot going on here, but where is the roast? The flavor is caramel and vanilla up front followed by a solid shot of ethanol. Light chocolate comes in next along with light smoke and a burnt licorice kind of flavor. Light earthen woodiness and bits of dark dried fruit comes in before a lingering hop bite and alcohol finish. Thick body with a creamy silky mouthfeel, light to moderate level of carbonation. Big thick dark brew with a lot going on. I think the vanilla addition must really soften the roastiness in this beer because it seems lacking in that area. Big thick flavorful brew I enjoyed it, but would have preferred a softer alcohol bite.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Valentine's Day 2013 saw Marshall Wharf in a generous mood: offering for sale rare growlers of Sexy Chaos. This growler has been refrigerated since it was purchased, except for the long drive back from Belfast. I'm served myself in a tulip glass.

The beer is colored very dark brown. The head is a shade of light brown and about a finger or two in height. It settles down to a thin skim. Good lacing is left behind.

There are great vanilla notes coming off of this beer. I also smell a good amount of dark roasted malts. This makes it more roasty than sweet, although there is a bit of alcohol in the nose too.

The beer has a very smooth flavor with a good amount of vanilla and a touch of roasted malt. There are hints of chocolate and some alcohol in the finish. What is quite impressive is that this doesn't taste anywhere near as strong as a 11+% ABV beer.

Again, this beer doesn't feel as thick or sticky as other RISes of this strength. There is flavorful coat that has some roast and sweetness. Carbonation does tingle, but the overall level is a bit low (due to this being a growler pour, I assume).

Overall, this is a fine RIS. It is another great beer out of Marshall Wharf. If you get a chance to try it, don't pass up on the opportunity.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased fresh at the "5th year of beer" festival on 10/13/12.
(336 calories)

Price - $18.00/growler

It was a real treat to score a couple of growlers and just as good here as on tap. I can't wait to get this in cans off the store shelf ;-)
One of my favorite offerings from Marshall Wharf.

The appearance is what you would expect from a big, bold, Russian Imperial Stout. Not quite midnight black but plenty dark with red highlights near the rim. A tan creamy head tops it off but retreats fairly quickly leaving behind a thin veil and decent lines.

The aroma is not as strong as you would expect from a beer weighing in at 11.2%. It may not be "in your face" but you still can't hide the unmistakeable smell of vanilla, caramel, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, bittering hops and wood. Pretty complex when you take the time to nail it all down. Like a fine wine, it gets more impressionable as it warms.

Taste is roasty right from the start followed by a blast of vanilla, oak, licorice and coffe beans. Dark chocolate and alcohol round it out and complete the experience. Not too boozy but a sipper none the less.

The mouthfeel begins silky smooth but quickly switches gears to a hoppy bitterness. A nice play on balance and interest. This beer is full bodied and somewhat syrupy. Very little carbonation but a fair amount of heat is present due to the octane. Finishes with a near perfect dryness for the style.

This is an excellant example of the style and a highlight of the season. Winter is here, so let's get warm with a glass of your favorite Imperial Stout.

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Photo of rudzud
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on the outdoor eating area at Marshall Wharf.

A - Poured into a standard PINT glass a dark oily black hue with a nice mocha thin head. Good wisping.

S - Aromas of rich roast chocolate malts and light oak and vanilla. Really nice ans inviting.

T - okay...Yah. Taste is full of chocolate and vanilla....the oak comes out on the finish. Until then its just nice and chocolates and vanilla. Delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is a nice ans creamy feel, not boozy at all. Could be more silky.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this stout. The vanilla and oak come through quite nicely. Just really nice, dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at pigs fly. In a tulip the beer was black with a thin tan head.

Chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Nice enough.

Dark chocolate taste, espresso coffee. Much deeper taste than what the aroma hinted at.

Medium-bodied, very pleasant. While you can't taste the alcohol, you can certainly feel it.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip at when pigs fly. Pours jet black with a nice mocha colored head.

The aroma has a nice mellow chocolate aroma with some nice roasted malts and some fruity character such as plumbs. Nice roasted malt flavors with some dark fruits with some milk chocolate flavor. Real enjoyable stuff.

The body is robust and silky with soft carbonation. Overall real good. Grab this one if you see it

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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having had some Chaos Chaos already, I had to have a 1/2-pint of this offering as well during my 10DEC11 visit with Alewife. This also cost $4.50 for the 8oz glass.

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

Had a lovely roasty flavor, with similar coffee and bitter choco characteristics. Figgish and raisiny, then throw in some light bourbon, toasty oak and vanilla flavors and this one really goes places! A lovely bier, indeed!!

Zum Wohl!!

4.35 rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a snifter, the beer is jet black, with a rich, thick, dense, milk chocolate colored head. Completely coats the glass, and I am excited. The nose is coffee and chocolate milkshake. It looks creamy and thick. The beer's flavors are milk chocolate sweet and dark, bitter cocoa nib, blended with a dash of dark roast coffee. Very well balanced. The aftertaste is heavier on the coffee bitter and dark chocolate, but still well blended. The finish is slightly long on the film and bitter linger, which is perfect for the brew. Amazing beer. Arguably one of the best beers I have had from MW!

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Photo of Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at Three Tides, Belfast, ME

Probably the best brew I had at Three Tides, and that's saying alot. Russian imperial stout (9%ABV according to the menu) further aged on toasted oak and vanilla beans. Indeed extremely sexy. Limited to 2 per customer.

Poured opaque black with a small tan head. Nice aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and vanilla beans. More of the same in the taste: dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla, roasty malts, and subtle toasty oak. Just a tad bitter in the background. Full bodied and rich in flavor. Complex and very drinkable. Sexy indeed.

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Photo of ggilman
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery store today. Thank you David so much for setting this aside for me! What a great surprise!

Poured vigorously into a DFH snifter, cascades nicely to a solid jet black with a creamy brown head of loose bubbles. Smell is strong vanilla mocha and coffee. The nose is enjoyable, the flavor is decadent. Vanilla, dark roasted coffee beans, chocolate liqueur and kahlua. Rich, creamy, and velvety! Thoroughly enjoyable mouthfeel, with nice carbonation. This is as imperial as it gets. It's rich, but not overly sweet, however, I'm not sure how much of this growler I'll be able to polish off tonight. I may have to switch over to the Big Twitch! As a single pour, this is the best stout I've ever had. I'm interested to try the original Chaos, and curious what the oak and vanilla bean has done to it. There's some nice smokey wood in the surprisingly dry finish.

David, can't thank you enough! This made my day! I'll be very willing to share this with friends and family, provided they can pry it from my Kung-Fu grip!

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Photo of bishopdc0
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got a growler from the brewery.

Beautiful head with a dark tan head. The head is sticky and laces all over the side. The beer is pitch black.

The aroma is wonderful vanilla and chocolate melt with a sweet malt. This smells almost like a ice cream very nice.

Love it. The beer is sweet to start. Chocolate comes in to make a very silky mouth. The chocolate subsides to reveal a roasted flavor like in dark chocolate. The only apparent alcohol is in the mouth a slight numbing

This is a great beer

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Sexy Chaos from Marshall Wharf Brewing Company / Three Tides Restaurant
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 151 ratings