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Thunderfoot | New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House

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New Albanian Brewing Company - Pizzeria and Public House
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by orbitalr0x on 08-23-2007

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by liamt07:
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3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Jason, picked up at Deloch's, IN a while back. 650ml into a tulip.

Black with a real dark brown head. Sticky lace and some moderate retention. Nose of molasses, rubbery tar, sweet chocolate and some roast. Tastes of tar, dark chocoalte, bitter roast and sweet dark malts. Licorice and anise as well. Medium body, low carbonation and a touch metallic. OK, but not an imperial stout I was particularly fond of.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.43/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a cherry imperial stout brewed with English 2-row, dark crystal, roasted barley and flaked oats. Dried tart cherries are added to the hopback, and the beer is aged with dried Bing cherries and medium toast oak chips.

Pours from the growler a deep, dark, inky black color. There's a nice inch of deep tan head with some nice creaminess to it. Lots of sticky tan lacing on the glass. Really gorgeous appearance here. Draws you in for sure. Aromas of roasted dark malts with some chocolate as well. Tart cherry fruitiness makes itself known. A nice underlying sweetness is there along with a touch of coffee and light hops. Smells damn good!

First sip brings a smooth, deeply roasted maltiness that also has a nice dose of sweetness. Chocolate and a light coffee undertone that segues into a great fruity, slightly sour cherry flavor that becomes more apparent on the way down. A faint oaky taste is there as well. The cherry lingers on the palate with only a kiss of hops noticeable. All I can say is Yum!

Mouthfeel is big and chewy. Smooth overall with steady carbonation. This seriously goes down almost too easily for a big 11% brew. Slightly creamy even. Wow, truly an exceptional brew. I sure hope I can sample this again sometime. Cheers to Roger and everyone at NABC. Seek this one out and you will not be sorry!

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Photo of merlin48
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft sample is an ebony body topped with a creamy, light brown head. Lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Aroma of cocoa powder, coffee, sawdust, and cherries. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel with an ideal subtle carbonation. Taste has lots of cherries and coffee accented by cocoa. Alcohol is very well concealed. Some woody oak is lurking underneath. Incredibly drinkable for such a big stout.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a cocoa colored head that last as a thick sticky ring around the glass. With each sip. the beer coats the glass before sliding back down There is the random bubble popping out of the murky body, trailing up the glass.

S- The dark roasted malt has black olive and black cardamom hints with a lovely dark nougat character. There is a wintergreen hop note to a minty hop finish that is also dark and green.

T- The notes of brewer's licorice and black roasted malt has some nice dark fruit esters and dark roasted coffee character to it with inky black malt and dark toasted malt flavors aswell. There is a nice graham sweetness with a nice gentle hop bitterness in a pretty clean finish. The malt doesn't give off any bitterness or the hops hide it.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a gentle fizz and a touch of alcohol warmth that compliments the big dark malt flavors.

O- This is what I would consider the classic RIS. Great rich complexity in the malt bill but lots of good yeast character and good hops support. This beer went down very easy for such a big beer. I hope to find this one again.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RickS95
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just the way I like my beer. It's as dark as you can imagine. Looks like spent oil, thick. The head is made up of both large and small bubbles and is about an inch thick. The head is a light shade of brown, about as dark a head as I've seen...good retention.

Very malty nose with plenty of it roasted. Slight whiff of coffee and licorice. It even smells dark.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. All flavors are muted, with only some of the roasted notes shining through, til the swallow where the flowery, bitter hops say hello.

It's immediately creamy, but has a watery feel. Looks thick, but feels thin...so disappointing. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops give it a slightly bitter finish.

I had such high hopes for this, but it's only slightly better than average. The loose, watery feel and somewhat watered down taste don't do it justice.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.08/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Recommended by the beer guy at one of my local bottle shops. "Better than CBS"

Poured from 22oz bottle into Bordeaux glass.
2011 Vintage

Aroma: Roasty chocolate malt, molasses, and an odd plastic-like note. Lots of other things going on here, but once I notice the plastc note, it's hard to ignore.

Appearance: Pitch black body, dark tan 1/2 finger head. Nice foam washes onto the sides of the glass.

Flavor: Nice, rich, dark chocolate, but then there's that plastic note again. Phenols? Probably. I can also taste some grape juice, and a strong bitterness toward the end. It's hard, however to get past the plastic.

Mouthfeel: Thick, medium-high viscosity. Medium carbonation. Some lightly peppery booze.

Overall: While I wanted this one to be great, I just couldn't get into it. The phenolic plastic note dwarfed the positive qualities of the beer. I wound up pouring 3/4 of the bottle down the drain, and, therefore, cannot recommend that you plop down the relatively healthy price tag for it.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Winterfest.

A- Pours a black color. Half finger tan head shows medium retention. Some light spots of lace left on the the glass.

S- Light roasted malts in the front of the beer makes for a gateway into a semi-sweet baker's chocolate like aroma. Some citrus notes with caramel like sweetness in the middle of the nose. Ending is some warming alcohol and light cherry notes.

T- Roasted malts in the front give way to a light chocolate covered cherry note. This really shines until the middle which brings forth a oaky wooden note. The cherry really pops in the middle then comes in the chocolate notes. Ending of the beer has higher than usual alcohol heatness I thought. A nice balance of hop bitterness in the backing.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is great for the beer. Cherry and chocolate notes left on the palate. Aftertaste is higher alcohol, bitter like hops, cherry, and chocolate malts. The beer itself is balanced for the style. I personally thought there were no off flavors but the alcohol heat gets to be a little much. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a nice sipper but as far as a drinker goes it is a little hot. The ABV is very high which limits the beer itself. I liked this beer don't get me wrong but it was a little too much with the alcohol.

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

Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, not sure if this is a new or an old bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours very dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit (cherries, plums), molasses, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like dark fruit, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, malted milk balls, molasses, and a bit of anise and burnt/charred malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good enough brew.

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Photo of jmarsh123
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split during a stout tasting party.

Pours a like a black sludge syrup.

Lots of tart cherries and licorice in the nose.

Cherry doesn't come through as much in the flavor, although my friend said the previous bottles he has had, had more cherry character in them. Cherry did come out a little bit more once it reached room temperature. Finishes dry adn roasty.

Mouthfeel was a touch thin and the carbonation levels were medium-high for the style.

Solid beer by an in-state brewery. I'm not sure the cherries really did much to add to this outside of the aroma. Still decent complexity and it's uniqueness is a plus.

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

Photo of MeisterSmudge
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of MaseFace
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of forummember
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Tone
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, alcohol, slight citrus, and slight roasted malt. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of oak alcohol, slight roasted malt, slight sweet malt, and slight citrus. Overall, an interestingly fresh RIS, the citrus, alcohol, and sweet malts work well together. Very drinkable and not overpowering in alcohol flavor.

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Photo of zrab11
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of BrentLepping
3/5  rDev -15.5%

Pretty thin for a RIS, and the oak is barely noticeable. Would have been ten times better if they would have used freshly dumped bourbon barrels.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Auracom
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Part of my stout tasting on October 22nd, 2011. 2-3 oz. into snifter. Likely the most random beer we included in the list.

A – Semi-dark black coloring with a ruby-red edge. Mocha head with poor retention.

S – Tart cherries predominantly. Lesser cherry sweetness coupled with milk chocolate. Figs and dates underneath supply a bit of body to the aroma.

T – Dark chocolate and espresso enveloped by cherry pie. It’s not a huge beer by any means but you get the intent of the flavors.

M – Finish is peculiar but works. Dry and tart. Typical medium body, fair carbonation. Not smooth. I’ll attribute that to the fruit addition.

D – Alright. I argued with a friend about the overall strength of the cherries. I thought it was a bit weak and the mouthfeel didn’t benefit from it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Rich O's Gravity Head '08:

Ok, expecting a Bell's Cherry Stout kinda beer. Not exactly. Lighter in flavor and color, partly due to oak aging, but picks up a rich porter-like, Brown ale-like character in the nose and flavor, but with a heavier emphasis on roasted grains. A mild cherry charater give a bit of acidity and tartness to the beer without screaming 'cherries'. A woody, nutty flavor follows up in the finish. Decently weigted, but perhaps falling thin with the barrel aging. A nice beer, but doesn't hit the stride of other RIS's out there.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of HopsMatt
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Photo of Warren2621
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MordorMongo
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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