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Declaration | Reformation Brewery

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4.13/5
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30 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Reformation Brewery
Georgia, United States
reformationbrewery.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,746
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
30
pDev:
8.72%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
13
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of PolarBeer
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of pjohnsonglu
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of khargro2
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OktoberSound
2.98/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of acmurphy696
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You can smell the chocolate and coffee, and it has a very healthy and foamy head for a stout. The coffee taste is pronounced. While it goes down well, I would have like it to have been a bit more viscous. It was still damn good though.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Well just bang your fist on the pulpit and whale away with the gavel, the brewery that's damn skippy going to change the country through beer flavor alone has certainly challenged the notion of what imperial stout can be. With the drinkability of a drier and more somber standard American stout, this high gravity version will sneak up on you, so mind your p's & q's.

Onyx black and with the fluidity of ink, the frothy, sandy cap laces lightly and round with rim with the toasty scent of dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, robust nuttiness and a hint of grilled fruit with vinous red wine. Burnt sugars coat the tongue along with hints of toffee, burnt toast, pecan and molasses.

With those sweet and roasty malts latching onto the tastebuds, the middle palate introduces a hint of burnt marshmallow and graham cracker. Its creamy roast provides a full texture with a bitter and piney finish hot on the heels of taste. Dark chocolate, walnut and char add a campfire whimsy to the stout as the sweetness fades and the bitterness of toasted pinecone and singed citrus peel linger onward.

Full yet not boisterous, the imperial stout trends sharply roasty, dry and dangerously drinkable. Any beer of this alcohol level and assertive malt stature should not drink this easily. A simmer of coffee liquor and a quaint tannic bite of fruit skins provide a warmth and a bite to close the session, along with a long roasty aftertaste.

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Photo of BJ_Bear
4.99/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Nice and dark almost black color.
S: Strong roasted aroma.
T: Toasted and roasted flavors, with coffee and chocolate. A great fullness of flavor without coming across too sweet which some Imperial Stouts have a tendency to do. I find this beer should really be allowed to warm up a little, don't drink it straight out of the fridge.
M: Good balance, delivering a full flavor.
O: I really enjoy this beer and it took all my attention.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of rpcarr17
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dudecandle
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of walterk
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gtwreck45
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was really impressed by this beer.

It was black with a big beige head with a lot of lacing.

Aroma and flavor were heavy on coffee, semisweet chocolate, and roast with a light touch of medium crystal malt and hopped appropriately for the heft and RIS style. Complex with a great balance of roast, sweetness, and bittering.

Feel is good but probably a little lighter than most for the style - hard to tell if a help or a hindrance but I'm going with help - syrupy never helped any beer.

Super excited I got to try this and definitely a top performer for the style.

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Photo of jason419
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chiefbender
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WunderLlama
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tap poured into glass

Black liquid, dense two finger brown foam cap, good lacings

Aroma of roast coffee, chocolate , sweetness

Taste of roast coffee

Thinner mouthfeel than A typical stout, no sudsing, alcohol present , mild lingering business

Nice beer

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Photo of Pens1967
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ColSanders123
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IckyT2012
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ThickNStout
3.72/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 8.99. No bottling date but this was released 10/2015. Served in a Reformation snifter.

Pours deep dark brown but rests in the glass oil black with a tall, three finger cap of dense khaki froth. The head slowly fades to a full foamy layer and thick collar, leaving several spots of lace on the way down.

Smells roasty and sweet. Earthy roasted malts, brown sugar, chocolate, burnt caramel and a slight tickle of alcohol.

The flavor holds considerably more bitterness than the nose foretold. Heavily blackened malt, bitter dark chocolate, molasses, burnt caramel, brown sugar, fruit skins, earthy, herbaceous hop bitterness, faint licorice and a sturdy smack of booze. A bit on the bitter and boozey side but remains quite drinkable and on for the style.

Smooth, velvety feel with moderate carbonation. Roast and burnt sugars with heaps of bitterness linger in the long lasting finish.

When Reformation finally mad it to bottles in local stores they came out swinging. Declaration is a big, bold, sturdy Russian imperial stout. I look forward to seeing what kind of variants are made. Perhaps not entirely in line with my personal preferences but this is a well made stout and worth a try for fans of the style.

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Photo of wcu80
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Really solid brew.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of robbmotiwalla
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty on the nose. Tastes like coffee, chocolate, and very creamy. Not a sweet stout by any means. Terrific brew from Reformation!

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Declaration from Reformation Brewery
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 30 ratings