Black Widow Imperial Stout
Cortland Beer Company

Black Widow Imperial StoutBlack Widow Imperial Stout
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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,205
Ranked #38,487
3.62 | pDev: 8.01%
Cortland Beer Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Black Widow Imperial StoutBlack Widow Imperial Stout
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metter98 from New York

3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only traces of dark red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate and licorice are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of chocolate malts along with notes of roasted malts and licorice. There is a slight amount of bitterness, so no sweetness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't taste as strong and complex as other double/imperial stouts, but for this reason and the fact that it hides its alcohol very well the beer is easy to drink.

Jul 28, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Black in the glass, not much carbonation, one finger off white/brown head that doesn't last long.

S-Tad too sweet/sugary. Chocolate is there along with some roasted malt. Not much int he way of coffee.

T-Rather sweet and sugary. Almost like unfermented sugars are present. Chocolate makes its way through but roasted malt and coffee are lacking.

M-Lighter for the style, not much carbonation, tad watery as well.

O-The beer wasn't a mess but it just didn't come together like it should have.

Feb 27, 2014
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Altrurian from New York

3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a moderate viscosity, raising a deep tan head that quickly disappears, leaving no trace. The beer is almost utterly opaque, with the barest hint of brown translucency at its edges.

There's a markedly sweet nose to the beer, like a dark-fruit confection. The taste is faithful to the aroma; no surprises, and maybe a little disappointing in its lack of complexity. There's just enough of an alcohol bite and hint of bitterness, however, to keep the prospect of the next tip of the glass interesting.

In texture, Black Widow excels. It's a little heftier than expected on the palate--velvety, with just the right touch of carbonation belying its relatively dormant appearance. Overall, worthy of serving as an option in the cellar.

May 18, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber courtesy of Suspect pours a black color with a modest brown head. Not much lacing or retention really, even with an aggressive pour.

Nose is sweet and roasty, black licorice and honey...I’m thinking a sticky dark molasses laden stout based on the nose.

Mmmm, I like how the graininess comes out, like a bowl of Cocoa Krispies with a generous layer of honey poured on top. Different from the usual roastiness and the bitterness is lacking for sure. It’s pretty one-dimensional, but that dimension is pretty tasty, albeit a tad sweet. I like it, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a touch more leafy greens and roasty malt to offset the fresh grainy sweetness.

Jan 06, 2013
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match1112 from Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thick black and very still body. not much carbonation to speak of, head settled quickly while leaving no lacing. taste and smell are of dark sweet fruits, a touch of roasted malts and a bunch of alochol. has a thick sticky syrup like body. the alochol warms the throat and belly. overall this reminds me of a flat plead the fifth. could use more carbonation and practice on hiding the alochol, a 8% beer shouldnt burn this much.

Jun 28, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head was gone in a flash.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, dark fruits

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer is somewhat watery. I can taste malts, coffee, chocolate, and some faint dark fruits. It ends with a chocolate malt aftertaste with a touch of smoke/burnt flavour.

Overall - The appearance and the mouthfeel really fell flat on this one. I expected more from an imperial stout. I wouldn't seek this one out again.

Apr 13, 2012
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CaptDavyJones from New York

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown color from a 22 oz bottle. No ABV or date of bottling to be found anywhere on the bottle.
Pitch black once it was in the glass, no penetration of light whatsoever.
One finger dark tan colored head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Aroma is very malty with lots of chocolate in the nose upfront. Hints of roasted coffee, but it's predominantly all chocolate.
Taste is similar to the aroma, more on the sweeter side, with chocolate and some dark fruits in the taste. Nice, silky mouthfeel and surprisingly easy to drink. Alcohol is very well masked.
Not a lot of lacing along the insides of the glass.
Overall, this is a good imperial stout. Wondering how aging would affect the development of this beer.
Definitely worth a try.

Mar 20, 2012
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Hojaminbag from Colorado

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cortland Black Widow Stout has a dark brown, opaque body. The head is also brown-colored, and quite creamy looking. The retention is pretty good, as the head settles into a thin collar, but it doesn't really leave any lacing behind.

The aroma has a lot of caramel and molasses and is generally quite sweet. A little bit of both chocolate and roast seem to creep in there as well.

I enjoy the flavor of this one more than the aroma. The beer certainly has the sweetness that I picked up in the aroma, but there is plenty of dryness to balance it out. A little bit of chocolate is followed by notes of molasses and caramel, but dark bread is the dominate flavor from the malt. Lots of hops in this one, providing notes of grapefruit and a moderate bitterness. Slightly warming finish.

The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation.

I've liked most of the Cortland stuff that I have tried so far, and I'm glad to see their stuff popping up in bottles.

Feb 26, 2012
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suspect from New York

3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Pitch black pour with no light escaping, even at the edges. Aggressive pour leads to a thick brown 2 finger head that disappears almost immediately. Could have used a touch more head retention and lacing is pretty spotty.

S: Nice nose, sweet malts a plenty as well as toasted malts, dark fruits, raisins and a touch of hop presence. Picking up a touch of alcohol here as well but not a ton.

T: Follows the nose, some nice sweet malt flavors in this beer. This is a pretty simple Imperial stout but it has a lot of nice flavors going on. From plums to a touch of licorice to chocolate roasted malts.

M: Nice big mouthfeel. Most definitely one of the highlights of this beer. Creamy, perfectly carbonated, alcohol burn did not follow the nose.

O: This is a really solid beer. Probably the best of the bunch from Cortland. It's an easy drinker and has a huge flavor profile.

Jan 29, 2012
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the source.
Pours a solid black with a decent tan head that sticks around for a while. Smells of chocolate, coffee, roasted grains, lots of dark pitted fruit, and enough earthy hops to be seen but not heard. Taste is roasty dark chocolate with hints of coffee, licorice and dark fruit. Full body leaves a long lingering chocolate and fruit in the finish. Thick and creamy mouthfeel with a light level of carbonation and a thick body. I really enjoyed this stout from a brewery I never heard of but happened upon by chance. I wish they hadn't sold out of bottles of this before I arrived. Great Stout!

Aug 07, 2011
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