Wrath Of The Lamb
Apocalypse Ale Works

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Style:
Stout - English
Ranked #98
ABV:
10.2%
Score:
82
Ranked #35,737
Avg:
3.62 | pDev: 13.54%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
12
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Apocalypse Ale Works
 
Virginia, United States
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82
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Reviews by drtth:
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This gift from a family member was bottled in Nov of 15 so this bottle has almost 14 mos. of bottle age.

The beer pours out into a snifter a dark brown almost black with a 1/2" dark tan head that soon recedes to to a large island of foam and a small ring round the glass. Sipping creates some arches of scattered patches that soon slide back to the liquid or become spots of liquid on the sides of the glass. By mid-way through the beer there's not much foam left.

The aromas are not particularly strong, but include dark fruit, chocolate and some roasted malt which has a very light smoky character.

As expected from the nose, the flavors include some dark fruit (raisin, fig, etc.), some dark chocolate and some roasted malt. There's also some sweetness but no noticeable hop presence. Way in the background there's some slight bitter smokiness from the dark roast malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied but a bit lacking in carbonation. The medium length finish begins as the sweetness fades. As it does so, more of the dark fruits come into play before they begin to also fade in to dry, slightly smoky ending in the back of the palate

This is a drinkable beer and I'd not turn down a second one. That said I'll also not go looking for another bottle, both because there are other English stouts to be found more easily and some that display a bit more complexity from start to finish.

Jan 30, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: This poured an opaque black with thick tan head.
S: It smelled like sweet banana and light roasted coffee, with some milk chocolate.
T: It tasted like sweet milk chocolate and light earthy coffee, with some banana and nutty malt. It had a clean, dry and sweet aftertaste with some alcohol warming.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was an odd stout, that seemed to blend bock characteristics in the scent and taste. Not bad, but not delicious. The body was a little weak, and the finish was a little hot, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Probably not for aging. Not recommended.

May 07, 2016
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Rbodacious from Virginia

4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dec 27, 2015
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GallowsThief from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Out of a bottle (marked 2015) into my tulip. Gift from my cousin Brandt.
A – Deep and dark with about a finger of frothy, milk chocolate head.
S – Milk, cream, roasted malts, coffee and chocolate
T – Follows the nose to start. Good punch of coffee, roasted malts and a bit of vanilla. Light chocolate notes make it a touch sweet. Finishes with almost a light sourness and a bit of ABV booziness.
M – Medium to full bodied. Chewy. Ample carbonation.
O – This is a nice stout. Good solid taste. Easy drinker.

Feb 24, 2016
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illeagle05 from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 27, 2016
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bmjivi221 from Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Jul 24, 2016
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very dark ruby color. The head is a finger high and tan in shade. The bubbles are big, the texture is a little rough, and retention is unimpressive. No real lacing sticks to the glass.

Smelling big and estery, it certainly fits a proper English-style stout with its massive fruit character. Raisins, figs, apricots, and peaches all show up very vividly. Letting it open up will reveal layers of smoke, roast, caramel, brown sugar, and chocolate. I like the complexity of the nose, but the integration and boldness could be improved slightly.

This is far smokier tasting than what the aroma suggested. When combined with the initial fruity flavors, it really reminds me of good barbecue. I notice a gentle hoppiness in the mid-taste, with a gentle finish of espresso and roasted malt to finish it off. The level of balance isn't the best - still, it does have some complexity to it. Not once does it come together to become elite, though.

Porter-esque in its feel, it doesn't have the creamy fullness I like from a stout (but carbonation isn't overdone). On the other hand, drinkability is fantastic for the style. And it has an appropriately long finish to boot. Still, I wish it didn't feel so flimsy.

Warts and all, this is pretty enjoyable. But to ignore those warts would be folly: the flavor profile, though complex, seems a bit scattershot. Even worse, the feel is too thin for me. I doubt I'd buy this one again given its price point.

3.27/5: Not a whole lot of wrath here

Mar 30, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

2.99/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle vintage 2015 (note: this may have been a bad bottle):
Beer pours close to black if not, with a nice brown head that does eventually fade to a thin rim. No lacing.

Smell may be off a tad, can't tell, but there's a vinous grape tartness as the beer warms. Combining with this is a light chocolate note, at least. I didn't get much early except a light waft of roasted malts - indistinguishable on a cold beer.

Starts with a little cola to chocolate note. Then I get a little tartness, maybe seeming even a little yeasty in nature (oddly). The tartness itself isn't completely off-putting, but the weakness of the roasted malts that should define a stout (in my book at least) aren't holding up their end of the bargain. Feel is fine, maybe a tad thin, but it seems that could be the lack of flavor depth more than just the feel itself.
Note: with some warmth, the tartness dies a bit, but the overall taste becomes more semi-flat cola like.

Sorry, but this is just not at all what I expected from a 70 IBU imperial stout. The tartness might indicate a bottle that isn't the norm. However, it doesn't seem to be competing with anything, either.

Feb 21, 2016
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Aprice34 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 28, 2015
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beardsonbrews from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nov 22, 2015
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hophugger from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 09, 2018
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m_hall from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a nonic pint. Completely black, topped by a two-finger chocolate-brown head that falls away quickly. No lacing

Aroma has notes of sweet malts, molasses, banana, tobacco.

Flavor is sweet malts and caramel up front, tart dried fruits coming in later and leading to a drying coffee bitterness on the finish.

Texture is surprisingly light in the mouth, slightly oily, with moderate carbonation. There's a noticeable bit of alcohol warmth present.

Wrath of the lamb is a decent enough beer, but misses a few of the things I associate with stouts- this one's a bit on the light side in body and missing some of the deep roasted malt characteristics. A good beer but not up to the standard of some of Apocalypse's other offerings (esp. Red Hoppocalypse and Lustful Maiden.)

Sep 25, 2016
Wrath Of The Lamb from Apocalypse Ale Works
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 12 ratings