Painful Death | Merciless Brewing

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Merciless Brewing

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jeffo on 06-09-2013

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Reviews by claaark13:
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4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cellar temp, poured into a Bruery snifter. Thanks Jeff, I love me some Dutch RIS. Label tells me that without a doubt, these guys think Ozzy doesn't know what Metal is....

A - Pours a thick, deep brown that starts off as looking flat. This slowly turns into an incredibly thick, sexy and creamy head, forming in the manner of....dare I say....Guinness. Dark at first, settles a light tan. Beer looks black in the glass. Gorgeous.

S - Roasted malts with a shitload of booze. Some oak notes come through, probably just a deception from the booze, as I didn't think this was BA. It seriously smells like someone spiked this thing. I had to let it open up for about 10 minutes before I caught less booze and instead some additional coffee and a touch of black licorice.

T - creamy roasted malts, dry out in the middle as they lead to some smooth coffee that eventually turns a little dry, again like there is some oak. The lingering coffee then shows some burnt malt flavors. Actually quite complex despite my mediocre description. Hints of vanilla start to come through as well, and there isn't much booziness in the flavor, unlike the nose.

M - Fairly thick, creamy. Really nice.

O - I should have shared this, as it would have received some positive reviews. The roast, boozy nose and more roast tell me it isn't American, but it is possibly the best non American RIS I've had that I don't think actually touched a barrel. I'm going to get to the bottom of this though, the email address is on the bottle.

My review for some reason shows 4.23, must be the Smell, but this is somewhere around an easy 4.5. Really good.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Beer-Ed
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of killcore
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Matagal
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -0.2%

From a bottle, pours jet black, very still, not much carbonation.

The nose is roasted malts, caramel, toast, dark fruit and raisins and wood. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate, molasses, a little dry coffee, licorice. Finish is a little oily, lingering on the back of your throat.

This is good, but a bit intense flavor wise to be amazing.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Jeffo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one at De Molen in Bodegraven. Evil looking bottle.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter
Bottled 18 April 2013
Bottle 190

APPEARANCE: A thick, oily pour is dark brown and a slow, deliberate cascading effect produces a small, thick wispy cap. Body is jet black with no carbonation evident. A nice swirly wisp and ring remain but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Big, oily liquid with a wonderful, meanacing cascading effect. Could be a touch blacker still, but this looks demanding.

SMELL: Roasted malts, burnt notes, dark chocolate and coffee, licorice, and caramel aromas. Touches of sweet cream and vanilla as well. Big, bold and enticing.

TASTE: Roasted and slightly charred malts, licorice flavors and sweet caramel up front. Lots of flavor and a big finish of burnt and roasted grain, dark chocolate bitterness, burnt coffee beans, some caramel sweetness, red port and just a touch of tobacco. Complex and flavorful, lingering nicely on the palate. Love it.

PALATE: Thick, rich and oily feel with lower levels of carbonation. Just enough carbonation makes it slick and oily on the palate. Smooth going down and finishes sticky. No heat. A touch more carbonation would have made it creamier, but this is fitting for such a big beer.

OVERALL: This one is marketed as a Dutch Imperial Stout, and given my experience with imperial stouts from other Dutch brewers, I was expecting a tobacco bomb laced with licorice. I'm not a fan. Well, this one shocked the shit out of me. There are indeed flavors of tobacco and licorice in there, which is what makes it Dutch, but they are well-played against roasted and burnt grain, solid bitterness and residual sweetness. Lots of extremely enjoyable and complex flavor. Perhaps a touch more carbonation and a slightly blacker pour would make this other worldly, but all things considered, this has world class written all over it. The best Dutch imperial stout out there, and the best base stout Menno has made in recent years. Cheers.

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Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to Jeffo for the bottle!

Jet black with light tan head, nothing really in the way of lace. Smell has a massive roast, coffee and chocolate, with a bit of liquorice, just a hint of dark fruit with some char. Taste has a massive roast upfront, smokey char, with a substantial bitterness, roast coffee and cocoa finish. Lightly carbonated, thick full body. Solid stuff, a nice big RIS in the vein of other top notch euro stouts from De Molen, Struise and Mikkeller, would gladly try anything else from this brewer.

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Painful Death from Merciless Brewing
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 12 ratings