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Death | Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House

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Brewed by:
Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A high-gravity Russian Imperial Stout brewed from a blend of dark malts and Jolokai peppers (Ghost Chili Peppers).

Added by Ohiovania on 12-15-2012

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Ratings: 132 |  Reviews: 23
Photo of kylehay2004
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin beige head that died down a little, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of black licorice in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of black licorice but this transitions to spicy flavors from the peppers in the finish and linger through the aftertaste.
M: It feels rather full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The Jolokai peppers leave a bit of heat and dryness in the finish. The heat intensifies as the beer warms up.
O: I thought this beer was quite drinkable considering its strength and the use of Jolokai peppers, which are spicer than Habanero chili peppers. There are no traces of alcohol in the taste and there aren't too much peppers, just enough to leave a sharp pop of heat in the finish.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

If you're going to balance a strong beer, you've got to use strong flavor. The Rivertown brewers reach into the spice rack for those impressively hot ghost chilies. Shying away from their traditional beer making, this experimental stout isn't for the timid.

Its inky-black pour offers nothing of the peppers within, at least to the eye. Resorting to stillness quickly, initial aromas are roasted with french-press coffee, dark chocolate, toffee and cola nut. With a faint herbal undertow, piney hops and mild vegetative fruit stem from its pepper additions.

Across the middle, the body waivers slightly, revealing the taste of coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate and simple caramelized syrups which take on proportions of pecan and cola. Its savory fade reveals mild fudge and savory toasted tastes before the heat arrives.

Remaining full, the weight of alcohol warms the palate thoroughly with rummy spice, but all that is expounded upon as something sinister smolders underneath. With each sip, the capsaicin head builds upon the last and intensifies with the irresistible allure of the ghost chili.

Death is a massive stout that's more than able to stand on its own, but the use of peppers give the taste a complex kick that's more than just a subtle nuance. You've really gotta like spicy foods in order to take on this beast!

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shared with rudzud.

Forced pour gives it a decent fizzy foamy almost 1 finger off white head, fades quickly though, no lacing, darker but thin cola brown color.

Nose is weird, a mixture of sweet cola syrup, toasty brown nutty malts, little candy, mixed with vegetal green pepper, chocolate caramel syrup a little fake syrup like.

Taste brings sticky syrupy mess, candy syrup, fake chocolate coffee syrup. Plenty of hot pepper heat but not a ton, little green pepper vegetal thing, decent dark malt, little cookie note, faint baking spices. Finish lingering pepper heat, little more cookie and choc syrup, little booze.

Mouth is heavier bod, little syrupy, decent carb, decent pepper heat and little booze.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tommy5
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beernads
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. This was bought at Park and Shop of all places.....

A -Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a lighter dark brown hue, almost porter like instead of a dark imperial stout hue, thin one finger mocha head that fades to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light chocolate, loads of vegetative notes, green pepper and such. Light caramel and vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light chocolate, vanilla, caramel, green bell peppers. There is a decent capsaicin heat. Fair amount of coffee syrup as well. The heat somewhat sudden and quick to dissipate.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, smooth, creamy.

O - Overall this beer was nice and creamy, however, the pepper notes aside from the heat were simply vegative and watery. Not a huge fan.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of VelvetExtract
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. Pours dark but it doesn't seem to be viscous. No head. Aroma is spicy and heated but there are other aspects here. An earthy scent. Dark malt. Herbal. Roast. Flavor is far too spicy. It takes away from all other aspects of the beer. If am 100% convinced that if I drank this whole bomber I would shit my bed while experiencing a sweaty, hellish nightmare tonight. Far too hot. Nothing else to note. Who actually drinks this and feels satisfied afterward? Get this away from me. Would vote this "Beer most likely to make you shit a hole through your britches".

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a quarter inch tan head that went away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is nice but light, it smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, chili peppers and some molasses. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma, it tastes like chili peppers, roasted malt, chocolate and a bit of dark fruit. There's definitely spice noticeable, but I was expecting this one to be hotter. But the spice is lingering, it is a tasty brew. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick and syrupy with moderate carbonation. I think this brew is certainly worth a try, $2.99 a bottle. I wouldn't mind seeing Rivertown making this one again.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Been in the growler sealed for a week, so...

Pours an opaque deep brown with garnet highlights and a fleeting cola-like mocha head that disappears.

Chocolate malt and fruity pepper are dominant, with an undeniable hot pepper finish in the aroma.

Flavor reveals roast malt, chocolate, coffee, a bit of fruity pepper, then a back of the mouth spicy kick that accents the roasted, dry finish pretty well.

Fairly syrupy body, with minimal carbonation and substantial alcohol warmth.

For what it is, it is balanced well. Not kick you in the teeth spicy, but the sensation lingers. Good roast malt character, as well. If you're in the mood for some heat, worth a try.

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Photo of cbutova
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this bottle Emma and Dan.

A- Oily black deathly pour into a few pint glasses. A small head forms but dies out fairly quickly to nothing. Lacing is rare.

S- Something strange here as banana esters come to mind with some higher order phenolic spiciness. Raisin, toasty nuts, cocoa and burnt espresso.

T- Starts off like the aroma but as the beer is swallowed the burn comes on hard. The banana and spicy raisin seem to somehow out do the roast grains but the toastiness is supreme. Becomes a bit caramel and cardboard filled with time. Peppers burn the throat immediately.

MF- Oily and thick but lacks carbonation and most major supportive texture coming off as slightly slick. Aforementioned very low end carbonation and a fiery ending.

Full of strange flavors like banana, hot pepper, phenolic spice and cocoa. Burns quite good in the finish and the stout base seems lost.

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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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