Big Deluxe | Ritual Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States
ritualbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,550
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
88
pDev:
10.24%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Radome
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted from a bomber bottle into a brandy snifter.

L - Mahogany brown and totally opaque in the glass. Moderate amounts of light brown head pulls back to a thick ring around the glass made up of tiny pin-head sized bubbles.

S - Strong malt notes of rich chocolate, espresso, roasted grain, light smoke. Has a light fruity note that could be from yeast or alcohol; maybe a bit of flowery hops as well, but only at an extremely low level. The impression is complex and inviting.

T - Flavors of rich malt: chocolate, espresso, raisins and prunes at a lower level. Late in the palate there is a low fruity note that seems mostly from yeast. The finish is off-dry and includes a moderate brandy-like alcohol flavor.

F- Medium to heavy body with a silky feel, likely from the oats. Low carbonation. Heavy duty hops bitterness that is well-proportioned for the other strong sensations in the beer. Moderate alcohol burn.

O - This is a delicious, strong and assertive stout. Lots of big flavors and aromas of a classic imperial stout.

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Photo of Captain69
3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

strong tasing beer - great to drink - but one is enough at 12 %

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Just picked up a 2014 bottle of this brew. Pouring the 22 oz bottle into a snifter. Got the bottle as part of a trade.
the beer pours cola brown with a dense beige head. Foam is about 3 cm and fades slowly to the thinnest of edge layers.
The aroma is brown sugar and roasted malt with a heavy dose of general booziness and some molasses. No hops show up here, but this is not a secret big beer.
the first sip reveals a slightly chewy body with sticky texture and fine tingly carbonation. Physical traits make this a sipping beer.
Flavor is roasted malt and coffee grounds with a good dose of brown sugar and anice. The booze is big and brings some black pepper after each sip. The hops dont show up and This beer is a sipper through and through.
very malty big boozy brew, if that is what you are looking for this is a winner.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alexanderc994
4.55/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, dense viscosity with little head retention. Smells of chocolate, molasses, espresso, cold-brew coffee, with notes of cherry, sassafras root and black pepper. Strong roasted malt taste with smokey, bitter floavor and assertive hop presence. Moderately viscous mouthfeel and moderately dry finish. Quite astringent on the palate. Would pair with: grilled asparagus or summer squash with balsamic reduction; chocolate pot de creme or mousse; oak-smoked short rib; caramelized onions.

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Photo of aaron205pc
4.47/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IceAce
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of C-roll32
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of KettleBellFreak
4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very appealing deep, dark color, no light passing through even the edges. Smells of hazelnut, coffee and cigarettes. Taste is a great burnt sugar and booze with chocolate and the smoothest malt all the way to the end. SO DRINKABLE. Was nice and thick but it went down easy like a white wine.

Probably one of my favorite non BA stouts after mikkeller cocoa shake. Such a good drink.

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Photo of Lucnifter
4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Pours black with mahogany in the edges and a mocha head. Roasty, coffee and toffee on the nose. Similar taste. Medium, full, creamy mouthfeel.
Quite nice.

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Photo of Furlinator
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly coffee on the nose. Big coffee flavor initially with some subtle cocoa and a noticeable alcohol presence. A solid, if not spectacular, coffee forward imperial stout.

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Photo of TBonez477
4.09/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ThickNStout
3.49/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from j47paco (thanks man!). 2014 vintage. Served in a goblet.

The thick, dark liquid appears to have some chestnut highlights in the pour but rests in n the glass pitch black with a two finger cap of mocha head. The froth fades away completely l, leaving a couple tiny trails of lace where the head had previously rested but nothing else inthe way of retention.

Aromas of dark fruit, heavily roasted malts, a significant boozey note, burnt caramel and some brown sugar.

This is a bitter, roasty beast of an imperial stout. Tastes of anise, licorice, pure dark chocolate, fruit skins, burnt caramel, berry seeds, charred toast, subtle brown sugar and a healthy smack of alcohol.

Full, lush, creamy feel with soft carbonation. Roasty, dark fruit, burnt toast and a little cooling alcohol constitute the lingering, bittersweet finish.

Big Deluxe is a tasty base stout. I can see it having the full body and robust flavor profile that is necessary to stand up well to adjuncts and barrel treatments. Worth a try for fans of bitter, roasty stouts.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.46/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, mocha colored creamy head, head gone after a few minutes, small amount of carbonation, some lacing, very thick like motor oil, looks like a big beer.

A: Very impressed, roasted malts, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruits like figs, plums, dates, alcohol is well hidden for 12.2%, smells really good especially after two years.

T: Impressive, roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate, figs, plums, dates, amazingly easy drinking especially for 12.2%, smooth, hit of moderate dark roasted coffee bitterness in the middle, finishes with more roasted notes.

M: Motor oil, smooth, creamy, amazingly easy on the palate, heavy bodied.

O: Very impressed, this has aged well, lots of flavor, easy drinking, alcohol is well hidden, definitely going to pick up another bottle, if you like big stouts this one is a must to try.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.65/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kplummer82
3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jbdpsu82
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BJJMojo
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of yogieloso
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RobertConway
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stebow1289
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

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Big Deluxe from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 88 ratings