Mariana Trench
Due South Brewing Co.

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #405
Ranked #6,887
4.07 | pDev: 12.53%
Due South Brewing Co.
Florida, United States
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 90 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
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
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Myotus from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
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
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Stevem68 from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +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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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%
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
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oldbassman from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Did not live up to the pre bottle release hype. Compared to other Imperial Stouts I've had this one just doesn't measure up. Thin on flavor with a watery mouth feel. Hard to believe anyone rated this over 4.0. Must work at Due South. Sorry Mike but it just wasn't good.

Feb 11, 2015
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Received in a trade as an extra.

A - Poured into a tulip a pitch black hue with a thin mocha head that leaves light lacing.

S - Aromas of light dark fruits, deep chocolate, light roast, faint vanilla.

T - Taste is nicely chocolate, faint roast, nice non oppressive dark fruits. Light vanilla, very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, alcohol hidden wonderful.

O - Overall this beer was quite the surprise, very drinkable, wonderful.

Mar 19, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Skuter, ChewyLewy, and scribe594 for sharing this one at Skuter's tasting.

2014 edition.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and herb aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and peanut butter flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with an interesting sage like herb presence in the aroma.

Mar 10, 2014
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Ilovelampandbeer from New York

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition courtesy of @beerly-departed poured into a snifter

A-almost pitch black body with a half finger cream colored head that settles to the edges
S-burnt sugar, TONS of chocolate, some vanilla, absolutely no heat
T-vanilla and black licorice up front followed by a bomb of dark chocolate...heavy dark chocolate on the aftertaste like i just took a bite out of some ghirardelli
M-probably my favorite aspect of this heat and such a light mouthfeel makes this beer so drinkable
O-highly impressed with this one...i tasted absolutely no hint of alcohol, and ive never tasted a beer with this abv range that did that...if i never read the bottle id guess it was like 5%...this combined with the nice chocolate notes makes this one of the biggest surprises from a beer by an unknown brewery up until this point...keep it up due south!

Feb 17, 2014
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GallowsThief from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the House of Brews in Jensen Beach, Florida

A – Poured out jet black with about a finger of creamy brown head that receded fairly quickly and left just a touch of lacing.

S – Big roasted malt smell with nice hints of chocolate and vanilla.

T – Follows the nose with very big roasted malts and just a hint of bitterness. Nice chocolate (think milk chocolate and dark perfectly mixed) and vanilla flavors. Touch of coffee and espresso with some black licorice thrown into the mix. Reminds me of Ten Fidy.

M – Medium to light bodied. Looking at it you would think its much heavier but it is not and this is what makes it go down easy. Light carbonation and smooth all over the palate.

O – This is a scary easy drinker for the ABV. It goes down very easy and as it warms up the flavors really pop. I suggest pouring it and letting it settle. Just a great all around brew.

Feb 16, 2014
Mariana Trench from Due South Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 90 ratings