Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout | Funky Buddha Brewery

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Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial StoutNikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Funky Buddha Brewery
Florida, United States
funkybuddhabrewery.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed this imperial stout to be big, bold and strong, like a bear-hugging Russian wrestler. A thick body using oats and lactose is complimented by plenty of complex chocolate, cocoa, and caramel undertones, before finishing on a balanced roasty note.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,141
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
289
pDev:
7.96%
 
 
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Photo of cambabeer
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.26/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottled 11.18.15

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde snifter. Pitch black in color with a very nice sized tan to light coffee colored head. Generous amounts of lacing adorn the glass. The head retention is pretty stellar too.

Aroma somewhat lacking. Notes of coffee and alcohol and dark fruits; figs and raisins.

Flavor is decent. Alcohol is certainly noticeable and the coffee is as well. Fruitiness and a good bitterness burn in the back end. I would say on the fruity and alcoholic side with this one, even though the abv isn't that high. No alcohol burn, which is good. Kind of slick and oily on the finish. Bitter all the way down.

Not a bad beer, but I don't know why I saved it for this long. Kind of lost in the cellar. I would imagine this one is much better fresh. If you have one, drink it now.

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Photo of Montanabeerz
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rudzud
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade two years ago. 2016 Vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice dark black with a good two finger mocha head that fades slowly to leave nice sticky lacing and a thin wispy blanket.

S - Aromas of loads of dark fruits, raisins, caramel, bakers chocolate. Alcohol hidden quite nicely.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, really big dark fruit notes, light caramel. Little bit of chocolate, taste is really subtle. Almost slightly smoky. Decent roast, as it warms it gets a bit on the sweet side. Finish is lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, low, but very creamy. Body isn't bad, could be a bit heavier. Alcohol hidden very very nicely.

O - Overall this was a solid RIS but the taste was a bit muted. Super subtle and subdued, not sure if that was purely from the age or what it's meant to be. Either way though it was a solid RIS.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Peter1977
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ECOBOOSTINST
3.91/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I ended the night with this one after a few IPA's. It felt a tad thin and a bit under carbed. The sweetness hurt this beer for me as it was a bit too overly sweet. Plenty of chocolate and coffee though

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Photo of cd34
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VeganUndead
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FlaS4
4.84/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Skillet
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black with really no head. Aroma of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Taste follows the nose with cocoa, Carmel,molasses, burnt marshmallows and vanilla. Not very imperial stout. A little too thin for a stout to me. Hung stout fan. Beginners Russian imperial stout. It's really a heavy porter. Big fan of funky Buddha just not this one.

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4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sk8sean86
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CHickman
4.11/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 12/14/16, it pours black as night with a cascading 1 finger khaki colored head that was full of tiny bubbles that dissipated average time and left incredible lacing coating the whole glass - it looked like fake frosted snow sprayed on a store window for a Christmas display.

Smells of dark fruit like plum, dates and raisins up front, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, espresso, caramel, dry oatmeal, caramel, metallic notes, cocoa powder, chocolate milk, coffee grinds, charred wood, earthy accents and a rum like sweetness. Sweeter and more fruity than most RIS noses, but it's not a bad thing.

Tastes brings more chocolate, burnt coffee and roasted grains than the nose indicated. The flavor like the nose brings the dark fruit like plum, dates and raisins, followed by dark chocolate, molasses, cocoa powder, espresso, caramel, maple syrup, oatmeal, caramel, metallic notes, milk chocolate like Cadbury, dry chalky yeast, coffee grinds, charred wood, earthy accents, vanilla, burnt marshmallow and a dark rum sweetness. Borders on cloyingly sweet, but thankfully has enough roasted notes to balance it out. Aftertaste has fresh piney hops and mild peppery spices for additional complexities that come out as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with very mellow carbonation, a medium to heavy body and a slight bitterness that kicks in before the malty/chocolate sweetness takes over and covers up the 10% ABV listed on the bottle. A very good beer that has some choppy parts which seem to level out as the brew unfolds and warms up. Overall an enjoyable RIS.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Agentveba
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kegatron
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zuidman
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Delirium snifter. Pours a brown coffee color which then forms into a rather inky black body. Almost no head except for a thin ring of bubbles.

Faint aroma of molasses, licorice, wet leaves, and coffee.

Starts off with bitter chocolates, followed by a sharp high alpha acid hop bite, and finally metallic coffee. It is a very bitter stout.

Feel crushes it. Totally creamy and otherworldly. Really nice on the palate.

Overall, a bit too bitter to be enjoyable, but it's worth finishing as it drinks well and has a great feel to it.

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4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Nikolai Vorlauf Imperial Stout from Funky Buddha Brewery
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 289 ratings