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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Added by UCLABrewN84 on 12-23-2012

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Ratings: 86 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by mactrail:
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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 jose_alehouseSD
5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Stebow1289
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of dvmin98
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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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

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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

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5/5  rDev +22%

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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

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 cdog707yo
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

Photo of DmouthCaliBrewz
4/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of Stonewall
4.75/5  rDev +15.9%

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

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 jpaulsen
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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

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Big Deluxe from Ritual Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 86 ratings