Holy Moly | Cathedral Square Brewery

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Cathedral Square Brewery
Missouri, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in the Russian Imperial Stout style, this offering boasts plenty of malt character and an aggressive amount of hops. A rich, flavorful ale with a finish you won’t believe.

Added by zeff80 on 12-10-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by kemoarps:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of russpowell
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour an effervescent mahogany with 2+ fingers of mocha colored head. Stellar head retention & lacing

S: A little dark fruit & carob, vanilla & boozeyness once warm

T: Faint smokeyness & prunes, some carob up front. More prunes as this warms, some carob & black currant, a little bit of minty hops & chocolate, plus woodiness. Finishes dry, woody & with a bit of prune & chocolate

MF: Medium body, near flat carbonation, becomes stickier & a bit fuller once warm

Kind of a middleweight in a division of heavyweights, worth a try, but not very memorable. Got a little better once warm

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Photo of ohiobeer29
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TSJ4000
4.67/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the most refreshing Russian Imperial Stout I have had to date. The hops in this beer are really a great addition to the beer. The acid from the hops cuts the thickness of the dark beer. It is not an overly hoppy beer although it has a lot of IBUs. I don't get a really big nose on this beer but what is there is nice an stouty with some hop notes as well. Not a tremendous head by any means but what it lacks in appearance it makes up in taste and mouthfeel. Pretty damn delicious!

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.84/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of stlfatguy
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this one on tap, served in a short tulip, which was interesting. Black body, brown head. Nice looking stout. Smell was mostly roasted malt, some chocolate/coffee. Not too strong. Taste was the same. The alcohol was well hidden, and would have never guessed it was 10% by taste. Not a huge depth of flavor, but liked the taste a lot. I didn't experience any aftertaste, bitterness, hops, etc...maybe that was the difference with having it on tap. Tends to smooth everything out in a stout. Never had it from a bottle...yet...but interested to see if that will dilute my rating.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looking at this brew... This is the best looking beer from this brewery. Pours perfectly with a two finger thick tan head that has awesome retention. The body is black with dark ruby red hues showing off in normal light.

The aroma is woody, coffee, metallic, cocoa, and vanilla.

The taste has chocolate, tea, and vanilla.

By far this is the best beer from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours an opaque yet still relatively clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy dark tan head that reduces to a thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits (plum/fig/raisin), and lighter aromas of dark chocolate.

T: Upfront there is a strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of dark chocolate. That is followed by some moderate flavors of dark fruits (plum/fig/raisin) and a light to moderate amount of earthy hops. Moderate amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Creamy and smooth though slightly thin in the finish.

O: Enjoyable but not outstanding which is tough in this style as there are a lot of outstanding examples. Easy to drink and the alcohol is well hidden. Worth grabbing, though I would be interested in trying the bourbon barrel aged version.

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Holy Moly from Cathedral Square Brewery
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 57 ratings