Nightmare Fuel
River North Brewery

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River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #947
Ranked #3,781
4.23 | pDev: 10.4%
Nov 04, 2023
Oct 31, 2015
American imperial stout with more than three pounds per barrel of locally roasted dark coffee beans. Heavenly. Horrifying. Released once or twice per year.

60 IBU
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Reviewed by beercam from Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Woah. 2023 non barreled version at 11.5%. Huge coffee / chocolate stuff. Hides its heat dangerously. Pecan / caramel / woodsmoke / marshmallow / graham cracker / brown sugar / spice/herb. So dank.
Nov 04, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Sep 20, 2023
Rated: 4.26 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jun 19, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by InfernoBoss from California

Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Oct 20, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz can from Tavour (2022 11%). Almost black pour, fizzy, creamy beige head. Instant aroma of coffee greet you at the pop of the top, aroma is pretty much straight coffee also.Taste begins with coffee bitterness, followed by a burst of sweet notes. Coffee bitterness continues throughout without any respite. maybe light chocolaty flavors, but mostly coffee. Even though Im not a coffee drinker, it has enough of an upside for me to get through to the finish.
Oct 04, 2022
Rated: 4.19 by BeerBeast from Florida

Apr 25, 2021
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Rated by Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
thick and coffee. very good.
Apr 12, 2021
Rated: 3.44 by vfgccp from New York

Aug 09, 2020
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Reviewed by beersampler6 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Very solid imperial stout, not quite as good as their BA version but still very tasty. Only “2019” printed on bottle. Pours a dark black opaque color with some tan head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, cracker, malt, caramel, vanilla and toasted nuts. Tastes similarly, good balance and richness. Smooth slightly syrupy mouthfeel, nice and coated the palate. Just the right amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable.
Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours dark as a nightmare with a thin beige cap that fades to a ringlet and archipelago; leggy, with webby lacing

Smell: Ashy, with Baker's chocolate and espresso tones

Taste: The fruity, bitter taste of espresso permeates this brew from start to finish, with the Baker's chocolate emerging; there is a hint of welcome sweetness, in the middle, with the finish bringing the ashy tones as well as a hint of black cherry

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pretty decent coffee stout here particularly if espresso is your choice of coffee drinks
Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.13 by smithj4 from New York

Nov 19, 2019
Rated: 4.4 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by rarigney from Washington

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 27, 2018
Rated: 4.85 by FlaS4 from Florida

Dec 13, 2018
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - As a proper imperial stout, it's black as Death. (Motherfucker).
S - Gets interesting, the coffee is aromatic, you can smell the weight of this beer. Fantastic.
T - Even better, no booziness, massive wall of raisin, roast, chocolate and coffee. Exceptional.
F - Perfectly balanced, smooth, carbonated, perky, yet velvety. Maybe, um...
O - could be the best beer from River North EVER. I don't say that lightly.
MORE NIGHTMARE FUEL PLEASE. (Note; on tap, Brewer's Republic, 11.18.18)
Nov 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Greywulfken from New York

4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pitch black pour into an over-sized snifter, pitch black body in the glass, under a fat finger of dark brown foam that left a sheet of lace motes behind each sip... Rich aromas of dark chocolate and black espresso on the nose foreshadowed more of the same on the sip... This is a full-bodied, richly bittersweet dark chocolate and espresso bomb... Treads the sweet and bitter line perfectly, offering the chocolate sugars up front, and the drying char of roastedness on the finish, with black coffee tying it together throughout... An excellent coffee stout, highly recommended... 2018 bottling...
Nov 23, 2018
Rated: 4.23 by SFACRKnight from Colorado

Dec 09, 2017