Barrel-Aged Malevolence | Spiteful Brewing

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Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by emerge077 on 01-26-2014

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 58
Photo of ccg
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's boozy on the nose, but the flavor is simultaneously sweet and savory. This one slightly edged out Parabola for me in a comparison; it was a little richer and thicker. Parabola has more of a vanilla note, whereas BA Malevolence had more of a chocolate note. Still, the fact that this beer in on the same level as Parabola speaks volumes to what a great job Spiteful Brewing did.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich and viscous black with a half finger of sturdy light brown foam.

Huge roasty character edging burnt, dark chocolate, very subtle fruit aroma, and an eye perking bourbon heat.

Dark fruit is much more apparent in flavor, roasted/charred malts, chocolate, oaky/earthy undertones, vanilla, and an unmistakable heavy flavor of bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light-medium carbonation, thick, chewy, and creamy smooth.

Overall, as a fan of both big Russian imperial stouts and bourbon, this one really did it for me.

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Photo of W_Des
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This was amazing. Poured pitch black into a shifter. The nose has a great mix of bourbon, oak, vanilla and roast. The mouthfeel was absolutely incredible! It was soft and silky and just rolled around. It had an assertive bourbon and roasted cocoa flavor and finished with a nice warmth. Fantastic!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like others have said: A bit too boozy up front, let this one age a bit and I'll bet it's dynamite. It starts to come together a bit more as it warms but I think this one is about 6 months away yet....

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Photo of stortore
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours dark, thick looking. No head on average pour, some lacing. Deep, rich smell of Bourbon, roasted malts, some vanilla. Smells terrific. Taste mainly follows the nose with lots of Bourbon, roasted malts, less vanilla, a touch of anise on the back end. Good amount of bitter, roasted malts as a floor supporting all else, slight booziness. This is really good. Solid body, feels thick on the tongue.

This is a beautiful beer, very flavorful, balanced and complex. Very glad I was able to get this. Highly enjoyable.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Per the label: "R.I.S. aged in bourbon barrels from 7-18-13 to 4-30-14". I have been holding this bottle down for about six months now, my third of the barrel aged beers from Spiteful Brewing. I've never tried the non-barrel aged variant, so I'm unable to say how they compare. Acquired for $17.98 at the local beer store. I'm very excited for this one.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a thick viscous black that barely manages to conjure about an eighth of an inch of dark mocha foam. A glassy black liquid. Appears sticky and thick, yet it leaves hardly any lacing behind.

S - The aroma is of chocolate, vanilla, powdery chalky cocoa, & cookie dough. Lightly musty, with some alcohol fumes present.

T - The barrel aging has really done it's thing here - hardly a trace of the original, presumably roasty, base stout is noticeable here. All that is left is sweetened caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and cookie dough. Mild alcohol astringency is noticeable, but not distracting.

M - The feel is silky, smooth, & creamy. Thick & full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, a nice barrel aged RIS from Spiteful Brewing, although I might have enjoyed the others a bit more. If you are still holding on to bottles of this, take your time, as I'm sure this beer could benefit from some more time in the cellar. Very glad to have tried this.

Spiteful Brewing Barrel Aged Malevolence -----4/5.

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Photo of emerge077
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special draft at the Four Moon 15th annniversary party.

Jet black and served in a snifter, dense creamy mocha foam on the surface. Long lasting with some spotty lacing.

Woody barrel aroma, caramelized sugars and vanilla.

Rich chocolate and vanilla flavors with dry woodiness in the aftertaste, and some overt whiskey notes in the finish as well. Medium bodied, there's a little astringency from the barrel, but its not a dealbreaker. Overall it's a nice warmer in the dead of winter.

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Barrel-Aged Malevolence from Spiteful Brewing
4.29 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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