Dynasty | Night Shift Brewing

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Night Shift Brewing
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 92
Photo of fitzy84
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer has a dark black appearance with a brown head that dissipated. Roasty cocoa and vanilla malt aromas filled the nose. The flavoring is sweet with a bitter chocolate aftertaste. Pretty creamy mouthfeel and texture. Overall, I thought the aromas and mouthfeel were the best qualities.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours one shade shy of black with a 1/8th inch mocha-colored head embedded with ringlets. Nose expresses cocoa and hints of char. Taste reveals baker's chocolate and char. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an even carbonation. Overall, solid; however, not much complexity and a bit thin for the style.

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Photo of Rub_This_BBQ
4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours an like black ice dark with a nice sand like head that lingers . Smell is touch muted with little roast notes, but this does not carry over to taste is heavy roast notes and with the harsh roast note bitterness just push over the line. Mouthfeel is medium carb and some creaminess to it. Overall a nice stout and welcome change from all the adjunct sweet pastry stouts. So if you are looking for a beer to taste like malt seek this out

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Photo of cbutova
4.57/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pats win another one, this beer name couldn't be more appropriate for the post Super Bowl win drink.

A- Pours from the tallboy into a goblet with a body that is black as tar and a nutty brown head. The cap peaks at an inch high with a thick and foamy texture and great retention. The lacing is impressive with very thick rings and webs of lace coating most of the glass.

S- After having a ton of dessert and BA stouts in the last few years it is nice to come back to an Imperial Stout that has a beastly amount of roast, smooth dark malt character blasting out of the glass. Dark chocolate and pure roast barley notes lead into espresso, toasted nutty, caramel and the slightest hint of black licorice.

T- Nothing extremely surprising as the aroma was strong and foreshadowed how the beer was going to be driven by the use of a ton of roasted grains. The flavor is rich, balanced and starts off with a luscious amount of dark chocolate with 60-90% cocoa blend flavors coming out as you get the dessert aspect of the chocolate and more complex bittersweet fruity cocoa tones as well. Deep roast coffee, licorice, dried dark fruits like raisin and fig, heavily toasted nuts, anise, espresso bitters, burnt barley, caramel and a moderate sweetness.

MF- Thick and decadent body, this one is a true sipper because of how big this beer is. The carbonation at a medium level not getting in the way of the rich flavors. Ends bittersweet.

Hadn't heard of this beer before and very glad I sprung on the single at my local store. This is a dessert beer without the need of massive amounts of vanilla, whiskey, etc and it is great to have a straight up Imperial Stout this smooth at 10.8%. Just a great balance of complex chocolate, coffee, roast barley, sweetness and a bit of booze.

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Photo of JBowenGeorgia
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black pour with two fingers khaki head.
Smells of dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, malts.
Taste follows, chocolate, coffee, malts.
The feel shines on this one, full bodied, creamy, hides the ABV quite well.
Overall a tasty stout that be glad to keep in my fridge.

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Photo of BEER88
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smoking a perdomo cigar while drinking this so I may need to try it when my palate is fresh. Otherwise it tasted like your basic stout with roasted malt and cocoa. Full body with little carbonation.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring a cellar temp can into my snifter. the beer pours a dark chocolate color with no light passing through my glass. A soft creamy, dense, tan-colored foam of 3 cm rises as I pour the beer. These bubbles slowly fade to a very sturdy edge layer and a solid island in the middle of my glass. Nice retention.
The aroma on the beer is roasted malt and dark chocolate with a bit of coffee grounds and some anice mixed in as well. All malt but no booze shows up here even with the higher ABV.
The first sip reveals a slightly thicker body with smooth texture and gentle carbonation. The flavor is similar to the nose with a lot of roasted malt and coffee grounds mixing with a bit of anice again. I do also get a little brown sugar in the flavor profile. The finish is a little bitter with the amount of coffee ground note. The booze is very well hidden and there are no hops anywhere on this beer.
This is a nice imperial stout that is very drinkable with well hidden booze. Glad to have tried it!

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can dated 12/7/17.

Pours opaque black with a tan head. Rings of lacing with decent retention. Char, Oreo shells, dark coffee, and bakers chocolate in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Charred malt with espresso and cocoa on the palate. Hints of Kahlua and nougat follow through. Finishes a bit warming with lingering roast and dark chocolate.

Really nice RIS.

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Photo of smcolw
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep dark brown where no light shines through the edge of the glass. Lasting beige head which leaves some streaks for lace.

Darker malt with a solid dollop of Black Patent brings a dark chocolate aroma.

The tasting starts dark and bitter but morphs into a sweeter semisweet chocolate finish. Good body with a lower carbonation level. Not sweet enough to be a dessert beer but it leans more to a cream stout than a dry one. There's a milk chocolate flavor to the aftertaste. In short, this beer becomes street as the tasting continues.

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Photo of hopsputin
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: super dark, matte jet black color that looks like silky motor oil. beautiful, 3 finger frothy tan head that looks like a hill on top of the beer

s: huge notes of roasted toasted malts, oak, and rich milk chocolate. Subtle vanilla, a touch of earthy hops, and a little alcohol presence (cuts the sweetness) follow. finish on the nose is chocolate and toasted malt

t: roasted malt and a big hit of dark chocolate up front. right behind that is a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malt along with a little bit of a woody flavor. there is a pretty large alcohol tinge on the back sides of the tongue as well. a touch of earthy hops towards the end as well (the more this warms, the more the hop presence becomes noticeable). as the beer warms the alcohol comes out a bit more as well

m: big, full mouthfeel with low-mid carbonation. feels big in the mouth, and slightly sticky

o: big tasting beer, i think it could use a just a little bit more depth from the malts. the alcohol that is present in the flavor is to be expected and isn't unpleasant. it's a nice sipper, thats for sure. well-crafted and smooth

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Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/07/17, ABV of 11.5%
Poured into a 10 oz tulip

Coffee colored, creamy head that produces thin, lasting lacing. The color is a brilliant, opaque onyx.

Sweet, deep caramel aroma with a rough, rum character. Also notes of bitter, dark chocolate.

Much as the aroma promises, sweetness dominates initially; creamy, caramel/nougat. There is a roasted quality that allows for a reprieve from the sweetness, filled with bitter chocolate and espresso. Despite the range of flavors in play, the alcohol presence is immediate and lasting.

Full bodied with an oddly balanced slick, yet also dry texture. The hefty alcohol presence certainly comes into the equation in regards to mouthfeel.

A special beer from a fabulous local brewery, perfect for this time of the year, but beware. A four pack of these guys is dangerous, which is how they are currently sold.

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Photo of jlindros
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/08/17, perfect for a very cold winter night

Pours a dark mocha creamy thick rich 1.5 finger head that fades slowly, nice retention, nice sticky lacing, pitch black, nice legs too

Nose tons of roast and char, black patent malt, dry roasted and even a touch smokey, a bit of super dark chocolate, cocoa, a touch of caramel fluffy nougat baking spices anise and cookie dough all blended a bit, plenty of fudgey cocoa, a bit more anise and little alcohol, and do I detect a bit of rye?

Taste brings lots more roast, charred malt a bit acrid, very dark tannic roasted malt with dark chocolate cocoa, little fudgey again and some marshmallowey nougat, caramel, little baking spices, anise, a bit of bitterness more from roast than hops, again do I detect rye?, like pumpernickel bread rye, a bit spicy hop note, a little syrupy, a touch of booze, and mild roasted coffee. Finishes syrupy, fair bitterness, sticky and heavy roast lingering.

Mouth is heavier bod, thick chewy syrupy, fudgey, a little booze, fluffy carb

Overall not bad, nice characters, booze hidden well, enjoyable and rich, nice winter beer.

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Photo of ThrewRedButter
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - Pitch black and a finger of almond-colored head

S - Dark chocolate, black licorice, roasted malts, some pine, black coffee

T - Follows the nose. Dominated by coffee and licorice. Hints of juicy and piney hops. Back end is loaded with coffee and licorice.

F - Smooth, full body and creamy texture. No alcohol, but a nice warmth.

O - Great Imperial stout that packs tons of flavor.

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Photo of tigg924
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Heavy bodied, low carbonation, roasty and sweet. Super tasty. Rather straightforward, non-gimmicky imperial stout. I find a lot of imperial stouts to be too char or chocolate forward, but this is soooo well balanced. Exceptionally well done. If you want a clean, imperial stout get this.

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Photo of hreb
3.82/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Night Shift Brewing Dynasty Imperial Stout. Bottled on 12/07/17 (drink now!) and 11.5% alc. by volume. This is the first time I have ever seen the abv of a beer stamped, along with the date, on the can instead of on the label. In this case, a 16oz can served in a pint glass. Beer pours opaque and black, with lots of fine carbonation, and a thick dark brown head. Moderate aroma of mocha. Flavor has bitterness like dark chocolate and mouthfeel like cream...or maybe half and half....but seriously, it is milky and luscious. There's an element of hoppiness on the top of my palate, but mostly this beer is just rich chocolate and roasty barley. Imperial unicorn mocha stout, anyone?

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Photo of ScaryEd
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of caramel colored head. The head settles into a thin film, leaving some splotches of lace along the way. Very good retention.

The aroma is faint and quite disappointing. There's some subtle notes of dark roasted malts, and latte (lattes? latte'? Am I saying that right). Maybe a hint of chocolate on the finish. Hard to tell.

The taste is more of the same. Roasted malts and subtle coffee and chocolate with a hint of dark fruits on the finish.

The feel gets points for how absurdly full-bodied and creamy it is, but the alcohol is a bit assertive. Very low carbonation.

Overall, a decent imperial stout but one that definitely needs work. The alcohol outshines the unfortunately subtle flavors and while the feel is as thick and creamy as it gets, there's a ton of warmth and burning on the finish. Almost doesn't feel like a beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. canned 04/13/17

Pours black with a creamy frothy light brown foam head. Smells like coffee, cream, vanilla, chocolate, dark roasted malts, grape, dark berries, black cherry, plum, some smoky char, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, dried figs, dates, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark roast coffee, vanilla, cream, dark chocolate, dark roasted malts, grape, dark berries, plum, black cherry, dark fruits, smoky char, caramel, dark molasses, brown sugar, toasted brown bread, raisin, dried figs, dates, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout.

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Photo of bobv
4.49/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a very dark brown, almost black, body with some nice sheets of lacing. Nose of chocolate, regular (cream & sugar) coffee, and roasted malts. Tastes of milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and malted milk. Very nice feel and overall a delicious winner from Night Shift!

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Dynasty from Night Shift Brewing
Beer rating: 4.14 out of 5 with 92 ratings