Rhinegeist Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,850
Ranked #9,371
3.98 | pDev: 8.29%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 121
Reviews by WesMantooth:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 nlmartin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Burt
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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 Brew33
3.15/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CPAles
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

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 jsurfs82
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 DangerDawg
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KAP1356
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of masterofsparks
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 orangesol
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rob315
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 121 ratings