Malevolence | Spiteful Brewing

73 Ratings

Brewed by:
Spiteful Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by cnbrown313 on 04-04-2013

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Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black in the glass with a velvety layer of mocha foam across the surface. Wispy veil left behind after the first few sips, drippy bits of lace hang on the sides after each sip and sink slowly back into the beer.

Rich toasty aroma, sticky maple syrup, chocolate, charred toast.

Creamy smooth texture, not unlike Mexican hot chocolate, medium bodied and rich. Moderate bitterness from the black malt but never astringent. Lingering bitter dark chocolate aftertaste. Slight sweetness at first with subtle fruity hints of dates or dried plum from the yeast. Balanced and very smooth, reminds me a little of Plead the 5th.

This is a great RIS, and I think i'd prefer it over GFY when not craving a hoppy stout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Viscous but not inky. A little bit glass-staining. Medium khaki head with a very thin collar.

Smell - Fudgy with some fruity and licorice aromas. Boozy and a strong roast.

Taste - Chocolate is strong. Fudgy again, but there's a substantial hop character. The yeast gives off a strong fruity flavor. Estery. Bitter.

Mouthfeel - No slouch. It's a hefty beer. Medium heavy and boozy.

Overall - Strong but very good. Bitter and boozy, but it isn't a real problem.

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Photo of orangesol
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Local Option cervoise.

What better imagery for a Russian imperial stout than a zombified Soviet? This stuff pours a bleak obsidian topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, and dark chocolate. Usual suspects, indeed. The taste brings in more of the same, though there is a strong bitterness pervading throughout. In addition, a harsh vein of strident anise creeps in and causes quite the ruckus, tossing garbage cans through Italian restaurant windows and setting random buses ablaze when not engaged in widespread tagging. It's a terrible affair for my poor little tongue, which has no immediate escape at hand. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a goopy feel. Hell, when I poured this stuff, it resembled Nestle Quik so closely I thought it had spent too much time in some unknown freezer or something. Overall, what could have been a pretty sold stout is sullied by that contentious and acrid bit of anise and bitterness. A shame, really...

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Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweemzander
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a dark pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A deep roasty raisin aroma combined with some dusty cocoa. Maybe some subtle licorice at it warmed up.

(T)- Lots of dark fruits and raisin meets that almost dusty cocoa on the backend.

(M)- A smooth carbonation level meets a well rounded dark fruit and roasted components.

(O)- Its actually a pretty solid RIS with an easy drinking feel despite the ABV and style.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Sparky44
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stortore
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Dark, opaque, thick looking pour, no real head or lacing. Smell is heavy on roasted malts, chocolate, some coffee. Taste follows the nose on all, plus a little vanilla. Smooth, pretty full bodied, coats the tongue.

Not a very complex beer, but very flavorful, and pretty well balanced flavors for the big malt presence. Well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark brownish-black with two fingers of mocha head. Sheets of lacing left behind.

Aroma of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, and a hint of booze.

The taste was much bolder than the aroma. Opened with a big hit of dark coffee and roasted malts followed by chocolate, and cocoa. Some boozy warmth from the 10.5% abv in the finish.

Medium bodied and smooth with a lighter carbonation.

A solid R.I.S. from the folks at Spiteful. I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of bcm75
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Near black with thin khaki head, disappears into thin rim. Aroma is sweet chocolate and a little booze. Chocolate taste with some sweetness initially. Some licorice and roastiness in there and then a semi bitter finish. Licorice lingers. Mild alcohol burn. Overall good RIS, lots of licorice and choco flavor.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: midnight body, trace khaki head, rather
nice lacing in my goblet

S: dark chocolate, roasted coffee/nuts,
light smoke, leather, licorice, caramel, boozy

T: dark cocoa, nuts, hint of ripe plums, roasted
coffee mild bitter finish

M: med/heavy body, creamy smooth

O: Perfect time of year for a complex RIS!
Thrilled to support Spiteful (local brewery).
Next time, think I will get more and share with
worthy friends. Wish was a little thicker body.


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Photo of DIPAFAN
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kidzord
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Malevolence from Spiteful Brewing
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 73 ratings
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