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

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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,486
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
87
pDev:
10.24%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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10
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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 12
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 22 oz bottle into a Founders Brewing snifter

A: Deep, dark hue. About an inch of dark brown head that lasted for several minutes.

S: Malt and chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, but you can really taste the alcohol. A lot of RIS's hide the alcohol well, but not this one. After about 5 sips, I found myself kinda powering through it due to the deep alcohol content.

M: Good carbonation. Creamy, but still get that alcohol sense

O: 3.25 Wouldn't get again. There are way too many good RIS to get over this one.

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

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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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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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -2.4%

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

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

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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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Big Deluxe from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 87 ratings