Mariana Trench
Due South Brewing Co.

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Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.02 | pDev: 12.69%
Jun 19, 2020
Feb 01, 2014
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Rated: 4 by BeerMe8 from Florida

Jun 19, 2020
Rated: 4.04 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Arrives fudge brown with a thin cap; spotty lacing

Smell: Roasty, with chocolate and caramel tones; a hint of vanilla

Taste: The roast lays down a bitter base flavor with the chocolate and caramel adding sweetness; hints of vanilla develop; the finish leans toward the bitter and roasted elements but the flavors are well-balanced

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; hides the alcohol well

Overall: I like to see some roast and bitterness in my Imperial Stouts so this is worthy; would like a bigger mouthfeel
Mar 19, 2019
Rated: 4 by Scott_McCool from Florida

Mar 25, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Sep 25, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by illadyll from Florida

Jan 29, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by thatoneguymike from Georgia

Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by Myotus from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured at 51°F from a 22oz bottle (2016 vintage) into a Spiegelau stout glass. Consumed on 20Jun16.
LOOK: Pours with three fingers of cinnamon-colored foam. The head changes color to khaki within fifteen seconds. The massive foam head finally levels to a half fingers worth within three minutes. Black in color with orange luster. There is a moderate amount of tiny rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick.
SMELL: Strong sweet chocolate and vanilla entangle with mild molasses, raisins, bittersweet coffee, toffee, caramel, subtle alcohol and bitter roasted malts.
TASTE: A strong sweetness is welcomed as flavors of chocolate and vanilla caress the palate. Sweetness is simultaneously balanced and amplified as mild molasses, raisins, and bittersweet coffee flavors immediately roll out. An additional sweetness is presented as mild toffee and subtle caramel flavors step on to the palate. The taste symphony closes with mild flavors bitter roasted malts and subtle flavors of alcohol as caramel grows slightly stronger while all other flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied with hints of carbonation. Goes down incredibly smooth and creamy. Clings to the back of the throat like syrup. Finishes with a strong and unpleasant dryness. A strong and welcoming alcoholic warmth can be felt as it travels down the throat.
NOTE: An Imperial Stout whose aroma leaned towards the sweet and unbalanced side of the spectrum. I was hoping the taste would follow, but I found more of a balanced brew. The bitter roasted malts and alcohol flavors definitely kept the sweetness at bay. Overall, this is a wonderful offering from Due South and a great first impression.
Jun 21, 2016
Rated: 4.08 by canyouseeityet from Florida

Jun 05, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by gibgink from Missouri

Jun 01, 2016
Rated: 3.58 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 3.56 by Raziel313 from California

Apr 19, 2016
Rated: 3.69 by fthegiants from California

Apr 19, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Apr 05, 2016
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Reviewed by jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to rudzud for sharing

Big creamy fluffy 1 finger mocha head, fades slowly with nice lacing, super dark pitch black color, nice legs.

Nose super chocolate, creamy mocha java, milk and fudgey cocoa, some roasted coffee, candied caramel, toffee, milk duds.

Taste big cocoa again, dark choc and cocoa fudge, creamy milk choc and milk dud candy, little caramel candies and toffee, chewy nougat like, with spicy earthy hops and fake fair bitterness, some mild vanilla in the background, even a touch of candied raisin. Finish dry very bitter spicy hop, dark cocoa roast, little coffee and vanilla.

Mouth is thicker fudgey bod, nice carb, very little booze.

Overall pretty nice for imperial stout. Very little booze, nice hop level, nice cocoa and vanilla etc, enjoyable.
Apr 01, 2016
Rated: 4 by JMFP from Delaware

Mar 28, 2016
Rated: 4.33 by Talon0828 from Florida

Mar 19, 2016
Rated: 4.19 by Elumbeer from Wisconsin

Mar 16, 2016
Rated: 3.82 by ericat78 from Texas

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.25 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Feb 25, 2016
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Reviewed by Stevem68 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a deep dark chocolate color with a light mocha head. Has minimal aroma of cocao and roasted malts. Flavor is chocolate with a light creamy sweetness. Body is smooth with a bit of crisp carbonation. Overall a really nice stout.
Feb 08, 2016
Rated: 4.17 by tharper178 from Florida

Feb 07, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Lare453 from Florida

Jan 25, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by maplebaconassassin from Florida

Jan 23, 2016
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Rated by mtvolkens from Florida

3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Not worth the hype. Bit syrupy. I was definitely expecting more from Due South
Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 2.5 by Texasfan549 from Texas

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.26 by kjkinsey from Texas

Aug 28, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by Chris-1911 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2015
Rated: 4.04 by tim007007 from Illinois

Jul 05, 2015
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Reviewed by smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Near black, brown color. Light passes through the sides. Beige head that settles to rim bubbles. A thick, chunky ring of lace from the initial sip.

Darkly toasted malt but not quite the harshly burnt smells. Strong chocolate aromas.

Tastes like a chocolate malted milkshake. Sweet milk chocolate dominates the flavor profile. Notable alcohol warmth. Very thick body, almost syrupy; this extuated by the low carbonation.

This is a winter beer--rich and warming. It reminds me of a decadent brownie.
Jul 04, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From BeerAdvocate Magazine #87 (Apr 2014):

Chocolate, Roasty, Smooth, Rich

Not all Imperial Stouts need to be hyped to the point of reaching the black market and ensuing riots but they can be perhaps just as great. Mariana Trench holds our taste buds firm and slaps them around with roasted lushness. And someone not too long ago told us Florida did not have much of a beer scene ... Pfft!

STYLE: Russian Imperial Stout | ABV: 10.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round
Jun 26, 2015
Rated: 3.84 by Fireslayer from Wisconsin

Jun 14, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by sheenisgod from California

Jun 07, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by SocalKicks from California

May 11, 2015
Rated: 3.93 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Apr 25, 2015
Rated: 4.42 by bobandy561 from Florida

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 4.31 by mta11c from Florida

Apr 17, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by ari32 from Georgia

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by robgage from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2015
Mariana Trench from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 90 ratings