G.F.Y. Stout | Spiteful Brewing

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G.F.Y. StoutG.F.Y. Stout

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tommo
2.94/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

marginally putrid. i wont even use caps for this beer it doesn't deserve it. bitter, i mean really bitter, with black malt screaming from the top of its lungs. this is why people dont like stouts, cause they get served this harsh bs

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Photo of novamat
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fairly fresh 22oz bottle. Color is very dark, like a stout should be. Very little tan head. Smell is of the roasted malts. Taste is of the malts and the chocolate. Mouthfeel is great with lower carbonation and I'd love a nitro version of this. Overall this is a very tasty and drinkable stout, will definitely buy again.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark black. Awesome looking mocha head. Getting lots of chocolate and roasted malts in the nose and taste. For an 8% stout, this drinks like a 13%. Lots of flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Guas11
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Excellent stout....very nice blend of chocolate, roast and coffee...not syrupy at all....very dry finish. I recommend highly to any who enjoy a nice, full stout.

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Photo of vic21234
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch number 7, should be at least a year old as its been sitting in my beer fridge for sometime.

A- Pours a deep black as expected, a very small amount of khaki head quickly fades. Not much carbonation to speak of on the pour either.

S- Roasty malts and along with some chocolate and espresso on the nose. The chocolate gets more apparent as the beer warms.

T- Roasty malts that began the aroma begin the taste as hell. After that I get some hop bittering notes before tastes of chocolate along with coffee.

M- Medium bodied, low carbonation, easy drinking stout.

This is a nice lighter stout (if there's such a thing.) Easy to drink with some nice hop presence on the end of each taste even after aging a year.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22 oz. bottle at Vas Foremost Liquors in Chicago back in early September, minutes after leaving Revolution Brewing across the street and just before heading to ORD for our flight home. Batch #21 scrawled on the label. Opened on the Oregon Coast, at our little cabin getaway weekend near Cannon Beach; poured to two pint glasses during an epic Yahtzee game with my wife.

Label: A one-eyed, tattered teddy bear flipping the bird. The "G.F.Y." message (vaguely detailed in text on the side label) is directed at someone/something --- although I'm unsure who/what.

A: Really dark, virtually black. Head is subdued, vaguely tan, dense. Modest sticking lace.

S: Sweeter 'fudge' aroma, deeper berry sweet-funk. Earthy, coffee, sooty.

T: Deep chocolate/coffee bean throughout. Bitter roast, then a sweeter turn. A little licorice, mild spicing.

M: Alcohol is pretty well concealed. Modest/low carbonation - but that may be the "aging" (4 months since purchase (refrigerated ever since) but no idea when "Batch #21" was created). The end result is smooth and silky, good coating, medium/full body and large lingering flavors.

O: Likable and a good sipping beer. Spiteful has created a solid stout with strong aroma and flavor. Would I have this again? I'd love to...

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Photo of cvm4
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black, typical tan one finger head. Your basic stout appearance pretty much.

S - Anise, a bit of licorice, very chocolatey and huge roasted malts.

T - Huge roasted/charred malts, a little on the sweet side, dark chocolate and a bit of coffee.

M - Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Very creamy and feels much heavier than an 8% beer.

O - Honestly, I'd drink a glass of this and then go onto something else. I appreciate the style (is this really an 8% RIS?) and would grab this before other "regular" stouts. In the end, the anise qualities is not something I dig, but can appreciate it!

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Photo of Rado
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Had from a bottle bought at Binnys in Chicago area. Batch 20

A - very dark opaque black, tan head with good retention. Bottom of bottle had some wierd coffee ground like floatees

S - chocolatey and toasty notes, some background sweetness

T - just like it smells, coffee and chocolate toasty flavors, some kind of creamy taste in the background

M - this is the best part of the beer for me, big mouthfeel but good carbonation balance, definitely a creamy smooth quality like a good milk stout

O - great beer to have around and available, would definitely buy more and consider aging for a year

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Onyx body, trace khaki head, good lacing

S: dark choc, coffee, roasted malt, mild toffee

T: dark chocolate, roasted malt, toffee,
mild coffee finish

M: med/heavy mouth, creamy feel

O: wow! I know it's summer, but this
is a mighty fine RIS. Treat yourself &
grab a bottle.


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Photo of KYGunner
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night with a oily and wet head of tight knitted foam, the beer laced with a curtain of foam along the glass.

Chocolate malt at the forefront of the aroma, there was some strong Graham cracker graininess and then ended in charred coffee.

The taste is so smooth with rich chocolate malt, toasty Graham cracker, roasted coffee and then some char. Smokey, sort of campfire ember, the taste is full and the feel easy.

Very good, tasty beer. Nice entry from a Brewery I'm just now hearing of.

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Photo of codsmith
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice jet black appearance with a slight head off the pour, but dissipates a little quick.

S: A very nice heavy dark roasted character hits you right away with an almost burnt aroma, mixed it with a light smoke and chocolate that gives it an extra little kick. No noticeable hop aroma or fruit esters detected.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell with all of the complexity of the malt, but has a sharp bitterness on the end

M: Med-to-heavy body, slightly chewy, but has a velvet finish.

O: Well done, but I could do with a with less bitterness on the back end, a touch bit more concentration of the flavors and aroma from the hops, and higher gravity since it rings in at the bare minimum for a RIS

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #3. Thanks to djcorrao for the bottle.

Appearance: Black. Perfectly black. Dark tan head starts of massive, creamy, and dense. Drops to a small creamy collar after a few minutes. No cap. Minimal carbonation on the pour. Some spots of lacing. Pours thick.

Smell: Seriously roasted barley. Touches of burnt malt with some char in the back. Big roasted sweetness. Some small hints of citrus linger in the back. Leather and some caramel malts as well. Vaguely earthy on the finish. Big hits of dark cocoa. Some backing anise. A solid depth, with an insane amount of roast.

Taste: Huge hit of deeply roasted barley. Baker's chocolate and dark cocoa. Some backing burnt malt pushing some char and ash. A hint of citrus and herbal hops on the back. Almost has an English kind of mineral kick on the finish. Restrained hop bitterness. As it warms it gets a bit sweeter and pushes harder on the dark chocolate flavors. Kind of meaty.

Mouthfeel: Pushes full, but ultimately settles on the heavier side of medium. A moderate carbonation. Slick and oily. Dryish finish.

Overall: I might give myself a cuddle, but no funny business.

A solid RIS. A good amount of flavor and depth without being too burly to drink in a sitting.

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Photo of timc100
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 8

A: Gorgeous oily opaque black pour - slips out of the bottle and forms a creamy mocha head.

S: Heavily roasted coffee and bitter dark chocolate hit first, then some raisin and caramel, some slight vanilla sweetness.

T: Big roasted coffee and dark chocolate, some ash. Milk chocolate sweetness and caramel in the middle of the mouth. A pretty bitter and ashy russian imperial stout

P: Very smooth. M/F bodied

O: A really awesome beer. Spiteful is off to an awesome start

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Batch 7
Riedel unmarked tulip

A: Pours really dark black in color. Full finger of dark tan head. Nice tight layer. Starts to fade a little. Tight bubbles. Some lacing and alcohol feet.

S: Getting chocolate and coffee on the nose first and foremost. Ground coffee. Light roast. Then you do get some piney hops.

T: Some chocolate and hop bitterness up front. Taste those fuggles and Cascade on the tongue. Nice bitter coffee too. Milk chocolate.

M: Full bodied.

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Photo of MCain04
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 3 from Chicago's newest brewery. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a HalfAcre snifter at 55 degrees, $9/bottle.

A: Almost pitch black with a dark tan head of 1 finger, some lacing, nice rim of head retains, very nice.

S: Whoa, lots of roasted barley and bitter dark chocolate, some coffee. Quite aromatic.

T: A little subdued compared to the smell, but those roasted malts are still present and some bitterness remains. Some hop bitterness adds to this as well. Not as much dark chocolate or coffee flavors on the taste. No heat whatsoever.

M: Medium body, not big but not thin. Appropriately moderate carbonation. Actually a little dry on the finish.

O: I like this, would love to see it on tap some day. I think a double GFY would be really awesome. This beer has a great base, and building upon it could make it really exceptional.

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Photo of csparace
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - From a bomber into a Matilda glass. Pours with a finger and a half head that fades quickly. Tiny tiny bubbles that are a creamy chocolate color. No light penetrates this dark abyss. Looking from above you can see the tell tale sign of good carbonation as faint bubbles rise to the top. No lacing.

S - After doing a few reviews and smelling a good many beers, I have concluded that my sense of smell sucks. Even so, I get a preview of the roast that is to come. Smells slightly of coffee, more of roasted grains.

T - Roasty toasty. A little hoppy. Mostly bitter chocolates. Reminds me of the first time I hadd high cocoa chocolate - this is adult candy. Bold caramelized sugars, almost a toffee note. Slight hints of coffee. The finish gives a punch of hop definition and sits on the middle back of the tongue pleasantly.

M - Not thick, but not thin either - somewhere in the middle closer to the thin side. Lips feel like I've been sucking on candy. Though it provides tons of flavor, it does not demand that you take a slow pace during consumption.

O - A great stout. If you're into a roasted bitter kind of mood this really delivers in that category. The description on the side of the bottle is surprisingly accurate. Definitely will be buying this one again.

Batch #3

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Photo of dlello2
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle--a gift from the Beer Karma King.

A - pours a very thick, light-conquering black color with just a half finger of dark chestnutty head. Really nice looking beer--spot on for the style.

S - A touch of char to start and then a tickle of alcohol. Some dark chocolate, coffee, and certainly a dose of anise. Has some spice to it.

T - Whoa, I can hardly get past the feel to begin with... this is a THICK beer. That said, the taste is quite nice. The burnt sugar and roast are present throughout the swallow. Very malty with the hops just poking in towards the tail end. The anise is most prevalent in the aftertaste, as I breathe in its aroma. I didn't get much coffee at all in the taste, and just the smallest hint of chocolate.

M - Again, thick as hell. To follow its full body we have a nice creamy feel with just tiny, tight, and fleeting bubbles for accompaniment. For me the viscosity is teetering on too much for me.

O - This is a great RIS. It more than certainly stands toe to toe with some of the most popular out there. I was (and am) so enamored with the burning bridges that perhaps I was grasping for more similarities in flavor profile. Regardless I look forward to trying this one again.

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Photo of Efay
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Brad from Spiteful for giving me a bottle!

A- Pours jet black, with about a 2 finger head worth of foam that recedes to half a finger in a couple of minutes. Head is dark mocha colored. There is also minimal lacing going on.

S- Roasted barley that has a hoppy sharp smell to the end of it. Also smell great amounts of sweet burnt sugar, as well as baker's chocolate. Light, but amazing.

T- Initial roasted coffee taste mixed with some toffee. Can also taste the chocolate and burnt sugar. The hops end all this into a nice bitter aftertaste.

M- Thick and sticky, with moderate amounts of carbonation. Can feel a light amount of booze.

O- Honestly such a great beer from a great brewery. The hops are integrated amazingly into this stout. Very tasty and can drink this all day.

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Photo of Nachos4two
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From batch 7 bomber poured into a tulip

Appearance is uber thick with a finger brown head

Aroma is toasty roasty and chocolatly.

Mouthfeel is much thinner than expected but good

Taste is similar to smell with a little dry hoppiness on finish

Over all an excellent stout and glad I had a opportunity to try a fantastic local.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a silky pitch blackness. About a half of finger of head formed with a dark brown/red color. Head only maintained on outside edge inside glass. Has all the checkpoints a stout should.

Smell: Just a little faint for my liking. Some roasted malt/barley that lacks a fully bodied aroma. The hops are barely present.

Taste: BAM! Get yourself some roasted awesomeness. The barley and malt just refuse to stop coming. Wave after wave of complex flavors. There is some chocolate, caramel, and earthy greens here but play a supplementary role. The hops play a prominent role at the end of the brew, giving a dry bitterness to the finish. 8% abv? Who would have known. The flavors mesh so wonderfully.

Mouthfeel: A heavy, heavy mouthfeel. Seemed to pin my tongue to the bottom of my mouth with a creamy heavy malt feeling. The hops dance around the upper palette. A dry feeling that keeps you reaching for this brew.

Overall: My first beer from Spiteful Brewing and I was very impressed. One of the better RIS I've had. Goes toe to toe with Old Rasputin and Stone's RIS. A cute teddy bear giving the drinker the finger on the front and telling you to well, G.F.Y. is a solid touch. If you are in the Chicagoland area keep an eye out for this brew.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #7
Poured into Bruery snifter.

Another new Chicago brewery... had to check it out. They seem to be going with a very abrasive theme. Let's see how the beer goes. This one pours pitch black with a nice dark brown head, evident of a high percentage of specialty grains. The nose is a roasted barley bomb with coffee, grain, and chocolate bursting at the seems. Notes of vanilla and cream sit beneath the roast with a bit of bitterness in the back. This smells quite inviting. The taste features some malty sweetness up front with milk chocolate followed by a ton of roast. A slight bitter hop component finishes this off and provides a well rounded and robust imperial stout. Mouthfeel is somewhat hefty with mild carbonation. Overall, I am quite impressed with this brew. I am a sucker for roast bombs, and this one works well. I will certainly check out the other brews that Spiteful has to offer.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

A - Solid black with a mocha head. Creamy looking. Small patterns of lacing that for some reason just fit the artwork on the label.

S - Slightly sweet. Roasty with bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops. After a few sips the roasty aroma turns to char with a faint fruitiness (maybe cherry).

T - Black coffee and charred malts, light hints of smoke, some bittersweet chocolate and herbal hops (Fuggle is easily detected). Charcoal, burnt malt and some smoke build as it warms.

M - Medium body and creamy. Warming but alcohol is not really noticeable.

D - Nice herbal quality balances the stout well but the char gets to be a bit intense at times. Very nice.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a moustachioed shaker pint glass.

Gotta love it when a cartoon teddy bear is disrespecting you so vulgarly... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is a nice whiff of the air directly surrounding a meal of coffee and devil's food cake. Mmm. The taste brings in more of the same, though the coffee character is now in control, and a hint of charred jerky finds its way in there as well near the finish. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a very nice stout, easily the crown jewel thus far in the admittedly still very small assortment from Spiteful.

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Photo of emerge077
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #3

Had this a few weeks ago when it first came out (batch #1), seemed a bit more hoppy then. It's pretty big and roasty, but the hops seem to be diminished in this batch.

Dark and oily pour into a tulip glass, generating a compact head of tan milk chocolate hued foam. Some lace is left behind around the edges of the glass.

Creamy and close to full bodied, slightly chewy. Big roasty bitterness and dry bakers chocolate. Some dark roast coffee, charred toast, dry graphite in the aftertaste. An American Imperial Stout, using Cascade hops. Pretty good and suited to the cool January night.

Recommended for fans of Bells Double Cream Stout or Dark Horse's Stout Series.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Chris shared this one last week while watching football. Batch #1. Served in a Russian River tulip.

A - Dark tan foam rises late and settles to a thin cap before quickly dissipating to some stray wisps and a thin collar. There are a few specks of lace dotting the sides of the glass as well as a glass-coating brownish film. Body is black.

S - Big anise, some smoked meats, hint of umami, and a surprising Pez-like candy note. Gets a bit sweeter as it warms up, with a touch of baker's chocolate, but this is on the roasty and charry side of the spectrum.

T - The taste is similarly roasty and charry, with light smoke notes, anise, and very restrained dark chocolate malt sweetness. Some of the hops punch through, providing a low level of hop bitterness in the finish. Very European - I might mistake this for a Nøgne Ø or Amager offering in a blind tasting.

M - Smooth, medium-full body; feels bigger than the listed 8%, even though there isn't any overt alcohol burn. Pleasant medium-low carbonation, and a dry, clean finish.

D - A solid, true-to-style, beer, but not the type of stout I could drink in large quantities due to the intense anise and char flavors. I suspect this will be more popular on Ratebeer than on here, seeing how they love all things Mikkeller. Still, it's a solid first effort!

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