Death | Backlash Beer Company

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Backlash Beer Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HighLowJack on 12-20-2013

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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 79
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Draft. Sample pour. Poured quite dark. Body looks reasonably viscous. Aroma is straightforward. Chocolate, roast, coffee, booze, fudge. Flavor is equally as direct. Fudgy and syrupy chocolate. Roasted malt. Some java. A slight sting of alcohol. Just a bit of burnt malt. Slight velvety feel. Creamy but the body isn't super viscous. This will get it done but don't expect anything you haven't experienced before.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste is cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, and oats. The oats were a prominent taste and a nice surprise. Really enjoyed this beer and I ordered a second glass. Best thing I have had from Backlash.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Had this on tap at Russell House. No doubt this is a stout, so intensely dark and a small head to it. Nice crisp drink - not overly malty. This is a bit of a chocolate bomb on the tongue - a bit intense but a nice note of coffee combination. Liked this a lot - 9% a bit much for a lunch beer, but I will make sure to not do anything important today

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown color. Plenty of ring and spotty lace, but the head is relatively small. No light shines through the edge of the glass.

Plenty of mocha, Baker's chocolate and black coffee to the nose. There's a good dose of cream to the smell as well.

This stout leans to the coffee notes. I detect some chocolate malt but it is well behind the black patent malt. The swallow is dry with a bit of alcohol warmth. The taste reminds me of the intensity of deeply roasted coffee beans. Short aftertaste, surprisingly. The mouthfeel is pretty typical of the style.

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Photo of Andrew041180
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Arrived with about a finger's worth of brown head. It retained well, but not forever. Thin skimming of head remains and leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. The highlight? There was a candle on the bar and whenever I took a sip the candle projected ruby highlights through the blackness. Fantastic.

S - Nothing significant here. Mostly roasted malt.

T - I loved it. Not overly complex, but maybe that's why. Finally I get to enjoy a stout that doesn't have that burned coffee taste. Just a hint of sweetness, and dominated by roasted malt. The sweetness is something of a dark, bitter chocolate flavor. No alcohol flavor, but just enough heat for you to know that this has a punch behind it.

M - Fantastic! Full-bodied. Little bit of a carbonation feel, but impossible to see that. Mildly dry finish with a bit of a tingle on the tongue. Lingering flavors, but finally in a good way!

O - Best stout of any variety I've had to date. Can't recommend enough.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My 2nd time having this. Updated from a 3.75 'Had' rating.

Black pour, beige head. Solid retention and decent lacing.

Smell delivers dark+milk chocolate, caramel, bread, light roastiness. Brownie. Good.

Taste loses some potency from the nose, but still solid. Chocolate dominates the taste, with roasty and bready tones on the back end. Kind of a milk stout vibe in a way.

A little light on the mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Not much alcohol presence noticeable.

A simple but solid RIS, I would gladly drink this whenever.

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Photo of Mahtzy
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A--Pours jet black with nice, creamy head. Dissipates slightly fast, but leaves excellent lacing. The head rebuilds quickly with a swirl of the glass and gets thicker.

S--Smells slightly sweet with hints of roast and chocolate.

T--This is where this beer takes off. More flavor than the nose would indicate. Lovely mild chocolate flavor, followed by a bit of roasted malt, and finishes with a tongue-coating full chocolate flavor. Absolutely delicious! A little more roast/coffee flavor would be nice, but as a chocolate stout, you couldn't ask for more. Luckily, I've gotten my hands on a few bottles and have had them over time. Definitely ages very well. Going to try to find a few more of this first batch to try again in a few months or over the next year. I think it would be worth the investment.

M--Great body on this beer. Not as heavy as say, Founders' Breakfast Stout, and definitely not as light as an Irish stout. The body fills out if you let it get a little warmer. Mid 40's is perfect. All the flavors come out and mouthfeel is excellent.

O--A great beer. I've had it on draft and in bottles and its really an excellent beer. Seems like they could use this for many different variations, a la Founders' and Goose Island.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L - Pitch black with dark brown edges. A finger of khaki head.

S - Roasted coffee, roasted malts, chocolate syrup, licorice, small amount of vanilla

T - Intense bitter black coffee up front transitioning to sweeter flavors of rich dark chocolate, dark cherry, and iced coffee. Black licorice on the finish with lingering malts.

F - Not as thick as you'd think for a big 9.0% imperial stout, but not watered down by any means. Smooth mouthfeel with no alcohol presence.

O - A great non-flavored, non-BA stout with tons of rich sweetness and roasted goodness to be had. Slightly thin feel and other minor complaints don't hold it back from being drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of BigOldOaf
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with an eighth inch, beige head.

S - Smells delicious, mostly of dark chocolate and a hint of coffee.

T - The taste, unfortunately, doesn't follow the nose as much as I'd like. It's a bit one dimensional as the roasted malts dominate. There are some hints of bitter coffee and chocolate in there as well. Charred aftertaste lingers for a while.

M - Definitely the right body for an imperial stout. Thick, but not to the point of syrupy, and nice carbonation.

O - This is definitely a solid beer. Not one of the best imperial stouts I've had but it gets the job done. If there was more nuance in the taste it would help the score quite a bit. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of HighLowJack
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first actual review, fitting I suppose for a beer I just added to BA. This is apparently a Russian Imperial Stout - the old description on the Backlash website says something about Chipotle, but I don't detect any of that. It could very well be a different recipe since the first batch of Death was a sewer pour by the brewery.

anyways, this is an excellent RIS. perhaps roughly on par with the Pretty Things Barbapapa as far as local RIS go.

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Death from Backlash Beer Company
4.03 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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