The Miller's Toll
Raleigh Brewing Company

The Miller's TollThe Miller's Toll
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #456
Ranked #2,635
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
Raleigh Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
The Miller's TollThe Miller's Toll
Notes: By far our most luscious and robust offering. Roasted coffee and chocolate completely permeate your palate with enormous body and highlights of rich caramel. Massive in its flavors but surprisingly drinkable, this stout will certainly challenge your palate.
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Photo of sulldaddy
3.65/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into my snifter. Also part of a trade with krubes. Thank you!
My can says 10.5% not the 9.1 % listed here.
Beer pours a pitch black color with dark tan head of 2 cm that fades to a surface layer after the pour leaving tight lattice on the glass. the bubbles remain as a sturdy surface layer throughout sampling.
The aroma is rich and malty with some roasted malt and some dark chocolate but overall the nose is pretty mild.
First sip reveals an average body with a clean and light texture. This feels more like a lager than a stout, crisper than I anticipated and not very thick either.
Flavor is malty with some dark chocolate and a bit of charred malt and roast coffee. No hops here, but not an exceptionally robust flavor. Booze is well hidden, but in general this beer is a little bit of a let down. It isnt bad , but I hoped for a bolder nose and flavor on this beer. Glad to have tried it and would try the bourbon barrel version, but wouldnt chase this one.

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Photo of Dheeznuhhtz
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Great Stout! I had the opportunity to try a vertical ( 2013-2018), port barrel aged, bourbon barrel aged, rum barrel aged, combo bourbon and rum barrel agedat the Millers Toll event. All of the were great but the show stoppers were the 2014 barrel aged because of its smoother than Ron burgundy playing jazz flute, the mixed rum/ bourbon barrel aged 2018 for its complexity, and the port barrel aged the overall best. I’m so psyched my town got 3 sixtels of it at 3 different local bars!

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint extremely dark cola brown colored highlights. The beer has a two finger foamy dark mocha colored head that slowly reduces to a large patch of very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted + oatmeal + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + molasses sweetness. Moderate aromas of dark chocolate + coffee.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of roasted + oatmeal + caramel malts with moderate amounts of caramel + molasses sweetness. Strong flavors of freshly roasted coffee and moderate flavors of dark chocolate. Light amounts of earthy hops. Slightly stronger than moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Easy to drink considering the strength with relatively well hidden alcohol. Enjoyable with really nice coffee flavors and aromas with lighter presence of chocolate over a roasty + oatmeal malt base. Definitely could enjoy another of these and will need to find some more to last this winter.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.24/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Really deep and black, just thickness fills the glass. A tall brown head is sticking around quite awhile, probably about 2 fingers.

Aromas of deep oatmeal and chocolate, some metal.

Flavor is pretty metallic and alcoholic, but has notes of licorice and oats, some light bakers cocoa. Some sourness.

Feel is hot and boozy, some dryness, still retaining some creaminess.

Overall it started out great but kind of fell flat. I wouldn't have it again.

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Photo of maxdeusphallis
4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75


Poured from 12 oz can into stout glass. Black as midnight in hell. Motor oil wants to grow up and be this beer.

Three finger dark tan brownish head. Beautiful lacing.

Deep dark aroma. Roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, brown sugar, toffee.

Love the smell. I can smell the oatmeal. Smells like brown sugar mixed with burnt oatmeal.

Taste is awesome. Rich and thick. Roasted malt up front. Tastes like old Rasputin or Yeti but not quite as bitter. Deep roasted molasses and brown sugar - but not sweet. Hard to explain. Very complex flavors that I associate with chocolate, molasses, coffee but without the syrupy sweetness. The smoothness of the oatmeal comes through.

Sweet - but sweet without the sugar flavor. Leather tobacco.

The hops bitterness is perfect. The mouthfeel is silky. Thick - heavy mouthfeel. Very nice.

The alcohol is not discernible except for some heat in the chest (10.5 abv)

Wow... this is an awesome stout. It is on par with Bell's Expedition Stout - St. John the Baptist, Old Rasputin and Yeti.

The breweries in NC are top shelf. Do yourself a favor and try this beer.

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Photo of Kaingers
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't review beers but this one is local to me and deserves to be recognized as one of the best IMP stouts in the State if not the East Coast. This brew got a face lift in 2015 when they increased the abv to 10.5%. Damn thing drinks like a 7 and has the complexity of a 13. My sample has been in the cellar next to his three buds for the last 9 months and it keeps on getting better. Keep up the good work RBC, see you all in the Fall for a re-stock

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Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oil pour. Black in color. Tan head.

Thick, rich, and roasted. Smooth, velvety feel to it. Lots of chocolate and coffee. Molasses and brown sugar.

Full bodied and creamy.

This is a very well done imperial stout. Up there with expedition. Would love to try this in the barrels.

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Photo of hamguin
4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this beer. The balance necessary to make the 10.5 abv a background note is worked to perfection.

It is the expected super-syrupy viscosity common to this genre.

There are burnt hints, chocolate and roasted flavor the oatmeal provides, but mostly, I just enjoy the overall smooth combination.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours out of the can like thick motor oil. Very viscous. Has a deep dark roasted barley smell. Tastes like it smells with almost a smoke character. Great thick smooth mouthfeel due to the oatmeal. Love this beer

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Photo of Amedlin18
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

10.5% out of the can into a snifter. Canned 11/30/15 drank 1/6/15. Really well balanced high abv stout with a unique taste. Great beer. Need to grab the bourbon barrel aged version ASAP.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exactly what I am looking for when I purchase a porter. RBC really hit the nail on the head with this one. Look, dark as midnight. Smell, a robust and roasty smell. Taste, smokey, dark chocolate. Feel, pleasant dry finish that invites you to take another sip. Feel, warm and comforting, like being by a fire on a cold winter night. Overall, I only bought one at the time, and that was a mistake. Don't be like me.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Completely dark with a cocoa brown head that clung to the sides. Coffee, chocolate, and toasted oats. Super thick chewy beer that tastes like toasted oats and char with hints of coffee. This is a really good beer.

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Photo of challenja
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap in tulip glass at The Pit in Raleig, NC.
A: The beer boasts a persistent chocolate brown lace head that sticks to the tulips glassware. The overall apperance is a dark mohagany black lacquer, slightly lighter in appearance than a Russian imperial.
S: You need to drink half of the brew to get the tulip to open up the beer. Once open you get dark bitter 85% cocoa with fresh roasted Colombian espresso grounds. Syrupy roasted malts, rye toast, with a rye bill alcohol fumes.
T: The taste follows the nose with a strong rye bill of alcohol heat. I see that they have a barrel aged version of this which would be a total monster.
M: Beautiful full mouthswig that turns medium bodied in finish. Sweet lacing that rides the alcohol down the palate. This beer has a superior long lasting bitter chocolate coffee finish that goes on and on.
O: A knockout imperial oatmeal stout with a full rye finish.

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Photo of SFNC
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this both on tap and from the can. A wold class Stout brewed up the street from my house!
Look; This one pours literally like motor oil, thick and black. A modest brown head lingers awhile with some major league lacing throughout.
Smell; Coffee, molasses, dark chocolate and burnt toast
Taste; Sweet scorched malt, 80% dark chocolate, coffee and a slight bourbon undertone. This is a rich tasting beer to be savored slowly, it gains character as it warms.
Feel; As noted a very thick beer, but silky smooth. You can tell the alcohol is there , but it's in the background.
Overall; A top notch Imperial Stout.

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Photo of RWLawman
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours like motor oil into a pint glass. Very little head. Thick, black liquid. Nice.

S - Dark fruits, char, roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and a touch of booze.

T - Roasted malt up front, followed by the presence of dark fruits and dark chocolate. On the back, there's the hint of lactose and sweetness that really rounds this beer off, and a hint of alcohol burn, but certainly not enough to be offensive.

M - Goes down smooth. Nicely balanced by a mild carbonation. This beer is velvety, and very sessionable.

O - Outstanding offering by Raleigh Brewing Company. This one sky-rocketed toward the top of my favorite beers, especially for this style. Looking forward to the other beers they have and what they'll have in the future.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque deep dark brown and a frothy medium brown head. The head fades into a bubbly ring around the glass leaving small scattered patches. Aroma is sweet, roasty, and toasty. Dark purple and red fruits like cherry, raspberry, and blackberry covered in chocolate and caramel. Very chocolaty....dark and milk. There's a faint touch of pine as well. Flavor is similar to the aroma. Lots of awesome chocolate, a little bittersweet, caramel, and dark berries. Nice smooth and creamy texture too. Body is full but this drinks down in a medium body way.

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The Miller's Toll from Raleigh Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 68 ratings