Rhinegeist Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,891
Ranked #9,464
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 121 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BeanBump
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems like everywhere I look, I see BA stouts its nice to take a step back and focus on a straight up imperial for a change. Ink is just that, a straight up stout. Dark, roasty, rich flavor. Its smooth while maintaining the appropriate amount of bitterness that a good stout should have. No frills, and I like it.

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Photo of Cdriver0414
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- dark and roasty with about a one inch head
Smell- malty chocolate and a touch of coffee, vanilla, and raisin
Taste, not too heavy . Good stout flavor but not over the top
Feel- easy drinking for an imperial stout
Overall- a decent stout but I do feel that it is a little overpriced but it is worth drinking

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Photo of Tucquan
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2018-10-02 in Columbia, PA from a 22oz bottle

A - Opaque, deep dark brown with a 3/4 finger light brown head that drops quickly leaving little lace.

S - Medium roasted grain, semi-sweet chocolate, touch of espresso and earthy spice. Nice but not overly-strong or complex.

T - Dark chocolate swirled into a mocha latte, prunes and dried figs.cola, medium-dark roasted grain. Others have noted anise/licorice flavors, which I'm sensitive to and not a fan of; but this beer didn't trigger those flavors for me. The bottle is about a year old so perhaps it was more evident then. Alcohol is quite subdued. Well-balanced with some roasted bitterness to compliment the mocha sweetness.

M - Medium-heavy body and light carbonation. Smooth and creamy and not cloying. Well done.

O - Quite tasty to my palate. Would have this again.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter. I don't see a date.

Pours black with a medium head, medium carbonation. Smell is yeasty, chocolatey. A little coffee.

Taste is moderately sweet -- doppelbock came to mind for a second -- caramel and toffee hints. Stronger coffee presence in the taste than the aroma.

Mouthfeel is medium to thick, but surprisingly dry. Overall, nice beer!

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Photo of tigg924
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap. Pours opaque, black in color, with 1/3 inch head. Taste is deep chocolate, roasted malt, plum, and a touch of vanilla. Sweet, medium-heavy bodied with medium-low carbonation. Complex, love the hints of fruit. First beer from the brewery and it certainly has me interested to try more.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 1/27/2017 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a large foamy beige head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character up front. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate, coffee and licorice come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid stout to drink for a while but there are several better choices available within the style.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, smoke, raisin, plum, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, nuttiness, light molasses/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitter roast. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is extremely well hidden; only a very mild warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an outstanding imperial stout! All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the ABV. Very rich and complex on English malt flavors; with balancing hop and restrained yeast character. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm with the masses here.. It does pour disappointingly thin for a 10% stout. A beer called "Ink" should slither out of bottle like molasses. Anyway, the smell is a bit weak, but it's nicely roasty with some dark fruit and chocolate notes. The thinness makes the flavor sort of delayed. You need to swallow it before you get a true idea of the taste. It finishes with delicious chocolate notes, and the mouthfeel is very smooth. Starts weak, finishes strong. Good stuff.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not the most impressive pour. Looks like it is lacking in carbonation. Not much head. Otherwise it is as dark as the name suggests.

Smells like fairly sweet chocolate and malty.

The chocolate flavors are more sweet than bitter, but offer both. Some dark fruits, and molasses. Good amount of roasted flavor. Not to the point of charred/ashy though. Coffee notes are very light.

Very smooth body. Kind of creamy and slick.

A very nice beer. Drinks a little more like a RIS perhaps.

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Photo of mental_orbit
4.91/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer at my local Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, got a growler. Fantastic beer even the last glass had a wonderful tan head. Warm coffee and chocolate flavors very easy drinking for 10% abv. The feel is maybe a little too much carbonation at first but let it breath for a minute amd it really shines. Fantastic local beer from Cincinnati!

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Photo of jp32
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch "ink" black in color. Not much head to speak of.

Smells very roasted with dark chocolate, coffee, and nutty aromas.

Lots of dark roasted goodness in the flavor. Chocolate, toffee, and a few subtle hints of plums or other dark fruit. Very well-balanced. This is a damn good imperial stout in my opinion. No wild bells or whistles, but just a very nice high quality stout.

The mouthfeel is extrememly soft, smooth, and velvety for its style. I enjoyed it.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, no bottling date that I could find. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with not quite an inch tan head. Head retention is decent, but there isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, dark fruit (plums), molasses and some char/smoke. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some caramel and nuttiness noticeable too. It's a roastier stout, but the sweet flavors are definitely there. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I liked this imperial stout a lot, hopefully I can find another bottle! $11.99 a bomber.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully sculpted from dark grains, burnt sugars and complex nuance from fruit, alcohol and char; Rhinegeist's robust stout reigns in English influence yet hangs its hat on intense, well-crafted charm.

Just a shade off of black opaqueness, the stout pours intimidatingly dark and casts a frothy mocha-stained creme. Wonderfully burnt sweetness of caramel and toffee swirl underneath its the earthen char. Strongly scented with dark chocolate, espresso and roasting walnut. As the taste ensues, the sweetness carries a char similar to smoky chocolate, burnt toast and singed caramel.

The middle is lavish and bold tasting as equal parts coffee, campfire, bittersweet chocolate and walnut mingle with toffee, grape and plum for a sweet, fruity and roasty medley that become quite intent on full saturation of the mouth. As the coffee gains strength, the more supple characters recede while hop bitterness cleverly disguise as coffee in the beer's long and savory linger.

Rich and full upon the palate, the beer's creamy carbonation allows for the lightness of burnt marshmallow or java milkshake. Velvety and smooth, its sweetness and deeply embedded carbonation balances the char with ease and ensures an aftertaste of milk chocolate and mocha latte.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter, this fine imperial stout pours a thick black with a moderate tan head that dissipates to a thin ring and pooling foam with slight lacing. Nose of sweet dark chocolate and lots of roasted goodness with some dark fruits of plum and dark cherry. Flavors are straight forward sweet dark malts, chocolate malts, and some dark fruit flavors coming in through the back. Slick oily mouth feel is offset by prickly carbonation. Flavors and nose improve vastly with warmth, although liked it better on tap as a straight forward imperial stout/sweet stout. Nice.


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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.78/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours a murky, inky brown, that forms no head at all at first, and then suddenly seems to transform into a Dr. Pepper just long enough to form a thin, fizzy tan head that quickly dissipates to nothing. No cap, no ring, nothing. A quick once-over with an iPhone flashlight reveals ruby highlights at the edges, with no light penetration in the body of the beer. There is no lacing at all - a common theme for Rhinegeist's dark beers.

S: This one actually hit me while the snifter was well away from my nose, with a blast of dark chocolate. Some dark stone fruits also swirl out of the glass, cherry and fig and plum, alongside a bitter loamy scent.

T: Definitely bitter and loamy, as promised by the nose - at first, the taste seems akin to sipping dirt and coffee. There are faint tinges of cocoa and fruit, but mostly the bitterness. This is, of course, disappointing to me as an avowed malthead and yeast fiend with an aversion to hop-forward flavors. As it warms, more roasted malt flavor comes out, charred grain and blackened toast, though the fruits remain masked beneath the earthy bitterness. If one is a fan of hop-forward stouts, which I am not, this might not be bad - it is one of the more balanced hop-forward stouts I've tasted. For whatever that's worth.

M: Fairly watery and non-sticky, this does not feel much like an imperial stout. It almost begs to be consumed swiftly, rather than wanting to roll around in the mouth to be savored.

O: If I'm being honest, in my opinion, this is just Rhinegeist's Panther porter with some extra hops. The look and mouthfeel are identical, and the flavor profile that I can detect beneath and around the dirthop assault is pretty much dead on as well. Given that this is billed as an imperial stout but drinks almost exactly like their non-imperial porter, it gets low marks from me. Will not repeat, and will not try anything else this brewery tries to pass off as a special or limited beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not as robust as some, with moderate notes of roast malt and a touch of dark chocolate. Feels like it lacks a bit in malt complexity. Perhaps more caramel malt would help.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look - dark black color with a great tan head with great lacing.
Smell - really toasty smell with slight cocoa
Taste - very chocolately taste with lots of toasty malt and you can't taste the booze.
Feel - great smooth creamy feel
Overall - great imperial stout but not worth the price.

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Ink from Rhinegeist Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 121 ratings