Rhinegeist Brewery

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,683
Ranked #11,089
4.01 | pDev: 10.72%
Rhinegeist Brewery
Ohio, United States
Notes: A blend of black beers aged in bourbon barrels for over 6 months, then infused with coffee, vanilla beans, and cocoa nibs
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 22 oz bomber and enjoyed in a snifter. This fine brew
pours a dark blackish brown with a nice head of tan foam that subsides to
a thick ring, thin layer, and sports some sudsy lacing. Nose of prominent
coffee, vanilla, bourbon, dark chocolate, and heavy caramel. Flavors exceed
the nose with a bourbon touched smooth and sweet dark ale over notes of
dark fruit and coffee with mild vanilla and oak with a nice molasses background
interlaced with sweet dark chocolate and warming bourbon laced finish.
Nice mouth feel; medium body, lightly coating, subtly sticky, smooth, medium
low carbonation, and a sweet bourbon touched finish of sweet chocolate,
coffee, and vanilla.

An excellent dark ale with a 9.3 percent abv as of this incarnation.



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Photo of bluejacket74
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, 2017 vintage printed on the label. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good and there's a decent amout of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and some molasses. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some caramel, oak and a bit of dark fruity flavors noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit creamy and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good dark ale, certainly worth a try if you've never had it before. $14.99 a bomber.

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

12oz bottle, 2017 vintage poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger brown head
S: Tons of cocoa, some coffee, a bit of oak & bourbon
T: Matches the nose. Mostly cocoa/milk chocolate with secondary notes of coffee, vanilla, bourbon and oak
M: Full-bodied, a hint sweet, somewhat creamy
O: Overall a solid BA stout

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Photo of LAp
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap in a tasting glass. Pours a dark brown (light around the edges), with minimal head) though little is to be expected from a 4-5oz pour. The nose is underwhelming: a light stout profile with minimal bourbon notes. The flavor is far more milk-stout like than I would hope for this beer. The barrel aging plays almost no role here, and in its minimal presence, is relatively saccharine and artless. Mouthfeel is far lighter than ideal. Overall, while it's drinkable, it's a thoroughly disappointing stout. Dramatically underperformed expectations.

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Photo of TheElectricOne
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into tulip glasses:

Appearance: pours super dark in body and opaqueness, with a quickly dissipating cola-esque head. Light brown foam with big bubbles that rapidly move into a thin ring. Doesn't pour overly viscous, and carries only a small head despite a vigorous pour.

Aroma: caramel, butterscotch, and some light chocolate notes. Some mild barrel character here too, which I admire, but not overwhelming. A bit subtle on the whole....not any one dominant scent.

Taste: kind of follows the smell. Starts with some mild burnt sugar and butterscotch flavor, then you get some vanilla and caramel. The flavors are pretty subdued though, and it leaves you wanting more, for sure. The base beer needs a little more oomph to qualify for 6+ months in barrels and all the effort of blending.

Feel: needs more's only 8.5% for a stout of sorts, but still. Needs a lot more if it's going to be barrel-aged and support the flavors it advertises.

Overall: this was an interesting beer, but it does need some work to be something I'd want again. Fuller body, more potent flavor.

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

Pours inky-black with a hint of mahogany red at the edge. No collar of foam was formed upon pouring, and as such no Belgian lace forms either. The nose is deep, rich, warm and suggests bourbon, chocolate, and dark malt. With this nose, it could be put in a snifter and enjoyed as an after-dinner tipple. The body is medium full and it is rich on the palate. It tastes great! The ABV is evident with lingering warmth. The taste makes me think of Kentucky Hot Chocolate! Hints of cherries and vanilla on the palate as well. Rich and creamy with a very nice lingering. This would be great with dessert, or as mentioned in a snifter after dinner. I will return to this!

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Photo of barczar
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is fairly chocolatey, with caramel, vanilla, and dark cherries adding complexity.

Flavor is chocolatey, as well, with cordial cherry esters reminding me of chocolate covered cherries. Hints of vanilla, but I'm missing the coffee.

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Photo of Shockey
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Another highly interesting brew from Rhinegeist. The bourbon barrel aging is highly prevalent and complements the 8.5% abv well. If it weren't for the slight hint of those bourbony notes, I'd almost say that the alcohol isn't hidden well enough in this one. The blend of beers is a solid flavor mix witch spans about any and all flavors you'd encounter in a stout or porter. Cocoa, dark fruits, nuttiness, bittersweet and everything in between. The mouthfeel is thin as other have stated, but I think the flavor profile is enough to compensate. I was able to enjoy an entire 22 ounce bomber and found many things in this beer that kept me interested especially as it warmed. I highly encourage you to do the same.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very thin and leaves much to be desired after the success of their other barrel aged offerings. However, it in extremely unique and the barrel aging is immediately apparent upon opening

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Photo of jp32
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black in color. Much too thin-looking for its style. Not much head retention.

Smell: A sweet, roasty smell. Aromas of oak, dried figs, alcohol, and leather.

Taste: Sweet and roasted, with a touch of bitterness near the end. The alcohol intently makes itself known throughout.

Feel: Amazingly thin bodied for a beer with this much flavor. Very warm from the alcohol presence.

Overall, it's decent, but too thin and probably not something I'd look for again.

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Photo of bobhits
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I can't say the name and I'll be darned if I can place a style.

Black in color, a reasonable amount of light cracks through around the sides of the glass. The body is Remanent of almost a slightly sour beer, nearing the carbonation of a soda. Light lacing around the glass.

The nose is unquestionably coffee with so many other elements that I nearly missed the darn coffee. Dark fruits on the finish, certainly elements of bourbon oak and vanilla but there's a lot more here. I almost get a buttery caramel corn like note with toffee and caramel. There' s some kind of carb, but not bread perhaps some kind of pastry crust as well.

The beer is coffee with toffee and caramel heavily in place. Hazelnut is definitely coming through, very strong. I'm nearly getting a Rogue Hazelnut flash back with huge amounts of coffee added. I don't get much stout like character as I'd have expected. Dark fruit and a dark hazelnut brown ale with bourbon thrown in just to make things "crazy"

My only real question on this beer is the mouth feel. It is not rich nor creamy. It has a bit of a thin feel and the carbonation is again that of a sour. Please note, no sour notes here, just that type of feel to the carbonation.

A really unique and interesting experience. About 13 for 22 oz bottle, a bit high for the brewery but given the barrel aging I think the price is about what you'd expect.

A final note is that I think this is a beer for sharing. Not due to the 8.5% but more so the flavors are powerful and very strong. I'm not sure 22 oz of this is going to ideal for most people just as it somewhat over powers your senses. This about a perfect beer to mix things up on draft, especially if it's a 12 or less oz pour.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In what is either a creative exercise that's gone terribly wrong or simply the happenstance of ingenuity, regardless the blending of four strong dark beers emerges from a boubony slumber with an array of flavors that seems carefully sculpted and meticulous.

Lusciously dark and delicately inky, the beer aligns the glass with a firm cappuccino froth. Its robust fragrance is of coffee, cocoa, dark fruit- all wrapped in a molasses cocoon. But its flavors begin sweetly with the caramels, vanillans, toffee and soghum of both the barrel and the sweet barley kernel.

But shortly into the session, the earthen char of dark-roast coffee, baker's chocolate and gentle smoldering embers. With hints of grilled cherry, grape and blackcurrant, a plumy tone is set as the ale treads on the middle palate. Its final frame is of oaken complexities, bourbon spice and the additions of vanilla and cocoa bean.

Full bodied, sweet and politely laborious on the palate, the big and luscious ale lingers with clinging sweetness and a spicy bourbon warmth that breaks up a moderate amount of residual sweetness to offer a semblance of drinkability and development on the late palate. Defying styles, the ale strikes a chord that's somewhere between sweet stout and imperial porter.

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