We've Been Out There In Orbit
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn

We've Been Out There In OrbitWe've Been Out There In Orbit
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #597
Ranked #2,742
4.22 | pDev: 10.19%
Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
New York, United States
We've Been Out There In OrbitWe've Been Out There In Orbit
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 107
Photo of Treyliff
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

January 2016 release
550ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger dark brown head that reduces to a ring around the edge

S- dark roast, charred malt, licorice, molasses, slightly woody, burnt sugar, hints of coffee

T- bold charred malt and roasted notes up front gives flavors of dark chocolate, black licorice, molasses, dark roast coffee, char and a hint of piney hops poking through. Lingers of char, licorice and coffee

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy and silky mouthfeel that continues into a velvety, slightly warming finish

O- a straight up imperial stout, and a solid one at that

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was from the Batch released 1/16/2016 (Bottled On date had rubbed off, but the difference on the label between this and the March 2017 release is on the 2016 bottle the bottle size is listed as 16.9 FL OZ, while the 2017 was listed as 1 PT, 0.9 FL OZ).

Pours thick and dark, nearly black. Nice finger and a half of brown head that settles nicely. Really good even lace retention.

Awesome aromas of roasty coffee, sweet dark chocolate, vanilla, and hints of nuttiness in the finish. A little bit of stinging booze hits the nose as well, and even some hoppiness as it warms up.

Tons of bitter coffee on this one. Roasty, still some sweetness, but a much bolder profile than on the nose, dominated by coffee, molasses, and lingering hops. Could use a little more sweet in the flavors to cut through that bitterness.

The body is medium, expected a bit thicker but still a good mouthfeel. A low but sharp carb, sticky finish. The overall feel on this is really nice.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark black but with hidden, shiny dark brown ribbons upon pouring. A beautiful, slowly rising stark mocha head is so mesmerizing, and so slow to rise, that it totally overtook the rim and slid down the outside of my glass, almost like thick melty ice cream.

Smell is quite roasty, nutty and woody with a cedar note, reminding me of Yeti, with a molasses and even bacon savoriness.

Taste continues that theme, as a nice, rich roastiness is paired with a tangy spicy woody hop presence. Mocha coffee bitterness and a sharp hint of piney citrus follow, and there's even a touch of red fruit in the swallow, like strawberry. While mostly consisting of cocoa and chocolatey roast, molasses comes in on the back end.

Body is moderate, slick and smooth with a creamy but thin carbonation.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Matthew on a lovely autumn day.

Black body with a viscous, dark beige head. Terrific appearance. Aromas of rich, dark, roasted malt. Simply wonderful. Beautifully done. Reminds me of Bell’s Expedition Stout.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at OO beer tasting with Chris J and Travis. VG ... a big beer that seemed more RIS. Full and rich, but a bit harsh for me. Still... delicious very good brew. Tx Chris!

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Photo of HopBomb515
4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark, big head, tan head and great lacing. Aromas of roast and herbal hops. Notes of coffee, char, pine needles, and burnt bread crust. Creamy, well carbed and dry. Overall a really nice hoppy stout.

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Photo of metter98
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high light than head that left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of licorice and dark malts.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite drinkable considering its strength, but isn't overly complex or interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of kojevergas
3.1/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On-draught in the cramped-ass taproom. Impressions are brief given their tiny crowded space.

A: Boasts a creamy khaki head that sticks around maybe 5 minutes atop the predictably opaque black body. No lacing as the head recedes.

Appears well-carbonated. Not a unique or special appearance within the style, but appealing in a general sense.

AROMA: Lovely, and seemingly balanced, bringing a classic chocolate malt and dark malt sweetness alongside a muted roasted barley presence and a nice barely noticeable hop profile redolent of currants and blueberry. Cream.

No adjuncts are overt; no coffee, true chocolate, spice, etc.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a conventional but balanced and effective expression of the style with a well buried alcohol presence. Sneaky.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Alcohol warmth is actually very overt, compromising the balance somewhat. Conventional build replete with obvious chocolate and dark malts in addition to a blip of muted faint roast, cream, and syrup.

No unique hop character here (I.e. none of the subtle blueberry/berries the aroma promised). No coffee or other adjuncts.

Drinks like a beer intended to be the base for more interesting barrel aged imperial stouts, lacking the depth, expressiveness, intricacy, or subtle of flavour needed to make it stand out. It's fine, if a bit basic.

Slightly syrupy texture-wise, with a smooth, wet, flat presence on the palate (though carbonation-wise, it's anything but flat). A bit thick, a bit heavy, luckily not too chewy. Decent execution.

Overall, it's fine. There's little enough char, burnt notes, roast, or additional complexities, and too too much generic basic brew-by-numbers imperial stout convention. A market-ready soulless brew that hits the style's most basic conventions but never tries for much else. A beer for those who eschew superior (and less expensive) expressions of the style from breweries like North Coast, Oskar Blues, and Victory out of some bent commitment to "drink local." Fine though it may be, for my money Other Half can keep this $7 per 12 oz stout; there are plenty of better offerings within and without their market.


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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid imperial stout - very roasty and not too heavy, despite the 12% ABV. I like this better than In Absentia Luci and I actually like this better than the rum barrel aged variant. Looking forward to trying the apple brandy variant.

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Photo of Gregaroo
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12-31-16 - On tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC. 6oz pour into a short glass. (I need to sit down now). So dark. So good. So good....... coffee? Chocolate? Toffee? They're all in here. So smooth. May need to get just one more. Great job!

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Photo of quindog
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A little too much roast in my opinion, but love the thick mouthfeel and what I consider well hidden abv for 12%. Would recommend, but prob wouldn't get again if I had the chance (which I likely won't).

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would benefit from more head retention to keep that mocha ring intact. Deep chocolate and dark roast coffee in aroma and taste; a lingering bitterness and roast. Not sweet, a bit woody - from malt not from any barrel obviously. Solid stuff.

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Photo of stevoj
3.76/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Catch up rating from last night's RIS tasting. A bit of hops comes through the mix here, adding a bit of complexity to the normal roast grains and ABV which is the norm for the style. A nice diversion here.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up during a recent release, having never had this before. The 16.9 oz bottle was a perfect size as this beer was quite thick and potent but thankfully, there was more than enough flavor here to offset the overt strength to this, as it took quite a while to down, even after it warmed up!

Great pour to this, as the cocoa brown head just wouldn't quit and overflowed over the side of my pint glass as I slowly poured this out. Lots of bubble to it which stayed on the inside of the glass as I worked my way through this, in a sticky web of lacing that took up more space than the gaps between the rings. Lots of dark chocolate, mocha, booze, and coffee in the nose with even more in the taste. Thick like motor oil, this was not to be messed with as the roasted notes helped to tie everything together. Hints of currant and raisin could be detected in the aftertaste here as the complexity of this really shone once this fully settled up to room temperature.

Sure, this was strong but it wasn't too noticeable in terms of the taste as there was plenty of body, frothy head, and dark flavors to counterbalance that alcohol. If you like your Stouts to be thick, intricate, and powerful, look no further! This will surely sent you out of this world and serve as proof that Other Half can easily tackle any style that they set their mind too. Fun stuff worthy of the NASA-esque font on the bottle!

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Photo of Lare453
3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black like motor oil. Brown head that lingers for a bit. Roast and bitter chocolate nose. Taste is roasty light chocolate and tons of BOOZE. Overly boozy. Not a fan.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at EBF 2016
Solid black color with a smallish tan head. Big roasty light chocolate maltiness with a bit of char and earth. Nice big chewy stout!

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Photo of Skellbop
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Tons of medium brown head that stayed, motor oil complexion
S - Lots of chocolate and hints of roastiness
T - Taste follows the nose, but is well-balanced and not overpowered by any of the flavors
F - Good amount of carbonation and excellent mouthfeel
O - Haven't had many stouts from OH before, but if they keep making them like this, they might need to switch from IPAs. Truly excellent and well-made.

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Photo of ChairmanHoltz
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from the 01/16/2016 release.

Look: Black with mocha head
Smell: Roasty,chocolate, artificial cherry, coffee
Taste: Follows nose, lots of coffee and chocolate, sweet and roasty.
Feel: I thought it was too viscous and creamy, felt like a lot of residual sugar, I seem to be in the minority on this
Overall: Very enjoyable, hides the ABV well, bonus points for being named after a Quasimoto lyric

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle from the release yesterday....enjoyed from a hop showers glass. super dense and dark sludgy pour with a frothy dark tan cap that left gobs of lace on the glass. nose is rich decadent roasted chocolate with a blast of whip cream on top to chill it down. taste is a delight...to call it a meal in a glass would be a major understatement. rich and full, coats my soul in gooey chocolate happiness. this beer is a treat. savor it. what a pleasant surprise. such great roast and dark fruit in the finish. really worthwhile pickup.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really impressive stout and scary drink ability for 12%. Tons of coffee, and roast from that coffee to boot. Nice sweet balance of sweet milk chocolate flavors, and a touch of cherry, very very lightly. Fantastic viscous mouthfeel.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

aroma is tons of milk chocolate, with subtle notes of dark fruit. Taste is also very chocolatey, there is also some coffee in there and just the slightest hint if that 12% abc. Really well made beer.

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Photo of HopHappy89
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On Tap 11/13 at Other Half Tap Room

A- Rich, Dark Appearance. You can tell from first glance this has it going on
S- Very Roasty
T- Sweet coffee and chocolate notes
M- Creamy and Warm. This has amazing mouthfeel
O- Very dark and handsome, no this is not a short, dark and handsome, its better. Other Half's We've Been out Here in Orbit knocks it out the park.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.76/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This thing had mouthfeel for days. It was like drinking liquid marshmallow. Very strong coffee presence for having no coffee, and otherwise extremely roasty.

This was excellently done.

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We've Been Out There In Orbit from Other Half Brewing Company - Brooklyn
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 107 ratings