Nightmare Fuel
River North Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #563
Ranked #4,608
4.32 | pDev: 11.11%
River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
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Notes: 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
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 31 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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)

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4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
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...

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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Label data: VINTAGE 2016 RELEASE 2 CASES BOTTLED 140 BOTTLED 08-25-16

Midnight black body; thin, wispy, brownish head that quickly fades to almost nothing. Rich, dark roast coffee bean aroma; charred grains. Sweet and bitter chocolate flavors; black coffee notes; vodka-like booze taste at the finish. Heavy body; sweet yet also with a rough, dry quality to things.

Sure, one can certainly pickup on the boozy quality but the real emphasis has to be the dark roasted grain flavors and strong coffee smell presence. They all dance and blend together nicely and nicely offset the high alcohol content of this beer. Certainly not a beer for the faint of heart yet should definitely impress the imperial stout and coffee beer fans.

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2.24/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

On tap at Hops and Pie. Typical stout appearance minus the head which was close to nonexistent. Aroma started a a nice coffee bean waft and then ethanol. Flavor was burning alcohol. If this was a couple points lower in ABV it might work but this is just way too hot. It tastes like fuel and overall it's a nightmare of a beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.71/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. Bomber
Cases: 120
Release No.: 1
Year: 2015

Poured into a chalice a very nice black color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice small/fizzy tan head, which leaves some nice small islands/oil slicks, and some sticky lacing. The nose is very malty, with some very nice chocolate, coffee notes, slight vanilla, some roastyness. The taste is pretty freakn' awesome, malty, with some very nice coffee/chocolate/toffee notes, slightly roasty. Full Body, ABV is hidden very well with this brew, pretty complex as well. Overall, this is the best I've had from this brewery, so far, I've only had 4, so far, I'm sure more to come. This is a very very nice brew, Highly Recommeded! Great Job RNB! And I do have another bottle.

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Photo of tylerstravis
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

BIG stout here, possibly too big for my taste. This is like a kick to the face, with the alcohol right up front followed by some nice coffee though not the light roast this coffee snob drinks 64oz of daily, but a DARK roast that will wake you up. This is a big dog, treat it as so or you'll wake up with a nightmare in the morning.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the newest, and definitely best beers i have had from river north, and that statement covers almost all of their beer, i have had an awful lot from these guys, and this is darn near the top, what a beer! a coffee imperial stout, for once, very little, or even nothing belgian about it, impressive depth though, and i dont miss the yeast not having much influence on the flavor of the beer. its deep and dark, mostly what you would expect it to look like, but a little less viscous as this abv than it might be, and holding a nice bubbly head, almost a nitro look to it right out of the tap at jakes brew bar this afternoon. smells like cold pressed coffee, low acidity, lots of earthy roast, and a ton of bitterness there, ashy almost, burny and intense. less harsh in the flavor, with more milk chocolate notes to balance, but the coffee definitely leads the way. they do a nice job here though balancing it out, enough malt depth beyond just roasted barley to make it smooth and drinkable, instead of dominated by the java. super smooth in feel too, although its also majorly effervescent, which dont usually go together. about the most carbonation i have had on a beer this strong, and its alcohol strength is magically hidden. i was impressed that this wasnt done in a barrel, it has the depth like it was, and i love how its not too sweet at the end. really a work of art. so nice to see these guys evolving like this, its just tip top. not sure i could have a ton of it, but a short pour really moved me. perfect on the first real snow day too...

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Nightmare Fuel from River North Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 31 ratings