Death | Backlash Beer Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Andrew041180:
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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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More User Reviews:
Photo of AshlandNacho
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Zach1251
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Denzo
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of DarkLordPsycho
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bjlps
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of trevorpost
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peter1977
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dental
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Cheld
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryzo
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Massbmx
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Bilco
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of adjunctlager
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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 BostonPhilly
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of AP224
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Dylanka
4.44/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -0.7%

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