Sinister Vertigo | Odd Side Ales

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BA SCORE
3.88/5
Very Good
138 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
oddsideales.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 12-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,919
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
138
pDev:
9.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
30
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by craft_shannie:
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 FL OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

It is a sinister black in color. I got virtually no head. Aggressive pouring on the tail end of the bottle yielded less than an inch of mocha head.

There is not a lot going on in the aroma. I get some cocoa and some semi sweet chocolate.

The taste follows the smell. I get some unsweetened chocolate as the main flavor. I taste some roasted malt, maybe a little burnt popcorn in the finish.

Full mouthfeel

When I first poured this beer I got an off smell. It quickly dissipated though. I am not sure what that was. Once I left the kitchen and entered the den the smell was gone. It is a decent stout. It is nothing over the top but worth a try for sure. I'll try anything from Odd Side.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Semi-hard pour down the center of the glass. Creamy dark brown head was on top for a moment, but went to a ring after a few seconds. Pitch black.

Smell: Fan-damn-tastic. I get some super rich cocoa and black coffee at first, but then also a lot of nondescript "roast" with some dark fruits and actually a fair amount of sugary sweetness from somewhere... it really reminds me of caramel. It's kind of like "the usual" for an Imperial Stout, but more amplified than many others in the style. Really love the smell.

Taste/feel: And now I'm starting to understand the 85 overall rating. The aroma blew me away, but the taste is just "very good." This beer has a massive amount of char/ash flavor in it from beginning to end with little here-and-there accents of chocolate and coffee between sips. I don't get any sort of a caramel flavor or much sweetness. Dark fruits seem to not be in the flavor either for me -- just a really dark -- almost burnt -- coffee flavor with some very dark chocolate. If you don't like smoked beers, you probably won't like this one. The mouthfeel is moderate at best in body and the carbonation is a little high. This drinks far more like an imperial porter than it does an imperial stout.

Good beer, but the aroma had me expecting great things. Definitely try it if you see it, IF you like smoky-ish beers.

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Photo of DanGeo
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of barhoc11
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of sculls65
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of GRTim
2.62/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Okay, but not impressive. Huge coffee/roasted flavor, low hop, and thick mouthfeel. Little to no head out of the bottle.

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Photo of CraigMack61
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tiamat8086
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of beergorrilla
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thrifty101091
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of needMIbeer
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ohiobeer29
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of richj1970
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle with no visible bottle date.

A: Very dark black with smallish one finger light tan head. Decent retention and light lacing.

S: Roasted barley, rich coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla.

T: Baking chocolate, dark roast coffee, marshmallow, and vanilla. Hints of tobacco and oak.

M: Full bodied with light carbonation. Soft creamy texture. Alcohol well hidden.

O: Excellent imperial stout.

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Photo of ianpstephens
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of J2A2
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of deakin
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JakeForest
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This nice beast pours a rich blackish brown with a nice
head of tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin light layer, and shows some nice sudsy
lacing. Nose of strong booze, medium char, dark bakers chocolate, subtle coffee, and subtle
hops. Flavors nail it for the style with dark strong coffee mingling nicely with dark moderately
bitter bakers chocolate and mellow char notes that are nicely balanced by a lightly assertive
pine touched hop flavor on the rear with light notes of dark raisins that shine through with
warmth. Light marshmallow notes also present themselves nicely on the finish, again with
some nice resting and warmth. Very nice mouth feel full body, low carbonation, and a lightly
slick and warming finish with well hidden alcohol.

Overall, a SOLID little brew.

Cheers

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Photo of Bung
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A roasty/smokey version. I like it, you will if you do as well.

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Photo of tourdot
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of acostuhhh
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Grupatre
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Sinister Vertigo from Odd Side Ales
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 138 ratings