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Big Deluxe | Ritual Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Ritual Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Ratings: 88 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Adrienne for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, dark fruits, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with quite an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it's very boozy and needs time to settle down.

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More User Reviews:
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 IceAce
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of konisko
4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The newest batch, 2013, bought 3 at bevmo. Will buy them out tomorrow.

Had first batch ... Very good. This 2013 outstanding.

Lovely choco, coffee color. Easy head ... Blows up quick then softens. Smells like coffee. No hint of alcohol, just a bite of chocolate.

Tastes a bare touch of fruit ... Perhaps raspberry?

Mouthfeel smokey.

Perfect with a portobello burger.

Love this beer.

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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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark brown in the Crooked Line tulip with a dark beige head. Long legs in the glass and a tangy carbonation in the mouth. Just a whiff of cereal and charred malt.

Very darkly roasted barley with a distinct burnt taste. Dark caramel and a hint of bitter chocolate. Label claims 85 IBUs but it doesn't taste as hoppy as all that. Some of the near-acidic sensation of a big IPA, however. More sharp than most in the RIS style. The drinkability suffers from the relentless bitterness that develops after some sipping, along with the intense charred flavors. The sweetness of the malt is welcome with each new sip. This is a brew for those who like their Imperial Stouts more austere and bitter.

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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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4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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3.92/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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