Mr. Sandman
River North Brewery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,001
Ranked #6,696
4.2 | pDev: 6.43%
River North Brewery
Colorado, United States
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Notes: American imperial stout ranked #1 in the country in a blind tasting by Paste Magazine. No adjuncts, just copious dark malts. Released a few times per year.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 33 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

375 ml bottle

Pours opaque black, dark tan head is firm and dissipates slowly away to a bit of lacing.

Smells of cocoa, coffee bean, toast, and walnut.

Tastes of walnut, hazelnut, toast, coffee, cocoa, and a hint of mesquite.

Full body, light velvety carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Very good stout. Particularly tasty flavor. Drinks slow and goes down smooth. A very nice treat.

Feb 07, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another insane imperial stout from River North (Nightmare Fuel was the other one I had) - this has more chocolate flavor than almost any stout brewed with chocolate! This is a rich, thick, deep, chocolaty fudge-bomb of a stout - incredible body and feel - and despite a big chocolate flavor up front, it doesn't go too sweet and still pulls off a drying cocoa powder finish... 2018 bottling...

Dec 22, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring pitch black straight out of the bottle, this fills with a tall dark tan foam that dies to a persistent thin film leaving tons of coral walls of lace.

Smell is strongly roasty cigar tobacco and dark baker's cocoa with some dusty ground up nuts and sharp espresso.

Taste brings a strong roast with a tangy sharpness, exhibiting molasses, roasted almond, dark cocoa powder, and espresso.

The body is slick but medium-light with a light crunchy carbonation, finishing semi-dry with a slight sting.

Dec 20, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have consumed two beer from this brewery. Those beers were amazing. The beer is 47 degrees and served in a tulip glass. The hard pour on the beer produced a one finger head. The head is dark brown that is creamy and foamy. The head dissipated quickly leaving nothing on the glass. The color of the beer is SRM 37 a dark brown nearly black beer.

The initial aroma of the beer was dark roasted malt. Additional aromas are dark chocolate, coffee, anise, toffee, caramel, molasses, char, and burnt sugar.

The copious amounts of dark roasted malt are the first flavors. Chocolate and coffee follow after the dark roasted malts. Additional flavors are caramel, molasses, char, burnt sugar, soy sauce, earthy, smoke, anise, and herbal notes.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and smooth.

The body of the beer is full, low carbonation, and a full finish.

This stout is fantastic. The beer is thick with immense depth and character. The smoothness in the beer makes it refreshing for a cold night. I love this beer. A must try for a stout lover.

Oct 16, 2018
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TheBrewsky from California

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2017 Vintage. Release Number 2.
L: Dark brown, near black in color. About a half of finger of head. No lacing, but a little tan ring retained nicely around the glass.
S: Molasses and nuttiness is in the forefront. As it warms, there is a decent amount of maltyness with bakers bitter chocolate. Roasty and bold in smell.
T: Follows the nose, with a greater emphasis on malts and chocolate. Malt is chocolatey, with a smoky/burnt flavor on the finish. Some bitterness as well, along with a bite from the alcohol.
F: Medium in body and in weight. Carbonation is moderate to high.
O: I am liking it. Its a well made stout. Even more stoked to try the barrel-aged version. I am grateful to have tried. Cheers!

Aug 28, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: A bit of a tan bubble show creates a two finger head capping the fudge colored liquid; a squiggly pattern of lacing develops

Smell: Roast, dark chocolate, licorice and berry fruit tones

Taste: Dark chocolate and berry fruit tones forward, with some roasty bitterness building, through the middle; while the roast persists, the chocolate emerges in the finish, along with some sweeter berry tones lingering in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation; some warmth in the gullet

Overall: With the dark fruit tones, this drinks more like an RIS than an American Double Stout but I will not argue with the brewer; well done, regardless

Jul 25, 2018
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BarrelchesterHamfist from New Jersey

4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

deft /dɛft/: demonstrating skill and cleverness.
Apparently at River North...
Malts+Hops+Water+Yeast = Strawberry jelly covered in salted chocolate... for real.
Thank you Tavour!

Jul 15, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a very dark black color, with a small foamy head, and no lacing.

This smells like rich and ripe dark fruit, heavily roasted malt, char, smoke, espresso, and dark chocolate.

This reminds me a lot of Founders Imperial Stout, honestly. It's got a rich and complex roast flavor to it, smokey, earthy, and just big and dark. There's some potent dark fruit flavors, too, with a bit of coffee. This is one of the roastiest beers I've ever had.

This has a really dry finish to it, with a pretty creamy mouthfeel. It's definitely a slower sipper for sure.

Jun 24, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hades black; dense, light brown, creamy head. Rich aroma of sweet chocolate and cocoa; grain char; vanilla. Cocoa powder flavor infused with some boozy qualities; tannins and bitterness intertwine. Thick, chewy body; plenty of residual sugar heaviness; some heavy sweetness overall tempered with some alcohol dryness.

A very fine offering from Denver's River North.

Jun 03, 2018
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degueulasse from California

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This stout pours a deep black and has a smell and taste that is rather reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate. A far cry from the sweeter stouts that taste a bit more like milk chocolate, this is a mature beer for palates that appreciate darkness.

May 05, 2018
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. 2017 vintage. Pours a nearly black dark mahogany with a thin light brown head that dissipates to patches. Aroma of dark toasted malt, light molasses and cocoa; hints of plums. Flavor is rich dark toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and dried dark fruit, with a little malty char developing into a full bodied malted coffee finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A deep, dark malty stout with good dried fruit, coffee and chocolate flavors. It stands out for its stellar integration of flavors, everything really blends together, with only the char becoming slightly more clear in the finish. Solid, deep flavors throughout with a satisfying big finish. Big ABV very well covered. This is a beautiful imperial stout. I'll be revisiting this brewery when possible.

Apr 12, 2018
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Dwight23 from Colorado

4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The bottle says "Not just another imperial stout," and they're right! It has a full body with a strong fruity taste that hits you right away and just eases off for a looong aftertaste that satisfies the palate. My first beer from River North and I am impressed! Of course it isn't a perennial and it was just brewed last year, but there are only 99 cases, so get it while you can.

Feb 14, 2017
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