The Ferryman | Orpheus Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orpheus Brewing
Georgia, United States
orpheusbrewing.com

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout with hazelnuts & vanilla beans.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,635
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
69
pDev:
7.65%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
16
Trade:
0
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3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

CANNED ON 12/19/18.

Appearance: Deep, inky blackness. A very dark beer. Thin, dark brown head that fades rather quickly.

Smell: Roasted malts with a strong chocolate chip and coffee bean leaning, subtly nutty, dark fruitiness and a smidgen of vanilla liqueur.

Taste: Roasty, chocolaty with coffee, vanilla, syrup and undercurrents of charred toast and oven-roasted nuts. Moderately sweet. Slight, slender dark fruitiness. Some alcohol heat. Turns slightly tart and remains sweetish nearing the smooth, albeit flat finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Very light carbonation.

Overall: I know near-flat to flat is all the rage, but what I wouldn't give for some suds in this thing. As it stands, it's a bit lifeless. Otherwise, the flavor is decent, not great and certainly warm, though falling well short of any harshness.

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4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz
No date
$?

Brown to deep brown with no head or lacing.

Nose is dark fruit, harsh booze, and roasted malt.

Taste is similar to the nose with dark fruit, candy sugar, minor hazelnut, very minor vanilla, and roasted malt.

Mouthful is medium to heavy and a bit syrupy. Carbonation is average to low. Finish is dry.

For the description that very clearly states hazelnut and vanilla and it not being readily present, it's very disappointing. The beer is really driven by a harsh booze note in the nose and taste that overtakes with slight abatement as it warms. Definitely not recommended.

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3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Inky black with a thin fiery red-brown head. Diminishes quickly with a thin ring left behind.

Nose : Mostly fusel alcohol with some hints of hazelnut and suggestions of vanilla. Some black roasted malts as well.

Taste : Flavors of peanut hull, sharp hot fuel-alcohol, hazelnut, vanilla, coffee, and cocoa. Slight sour cherry suggests slight infection.

Feel : Hot, boozy, very carbonated, a dry sticky sweet finish.

Overall : This beer could use some real improvement. It's okay, but most if it is going down the drain methinks.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

look: Very dark, nearly opaque brown. some cola highlights. Sparse tan head on the pour that mostly dissipates. Some oily coating on the sides of the glass that quickly recedes.
smell: Roasty and nutty. Not getting any vanilla in the nose.
taste: Again, roasty and nutty with some dark fruit. Still not getting vanilla. Very smooth. Some roasty bitterness in the finish.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No label information. The Ferryman is brewed in the style of an American Imperial Stout, available in 22 oz. bottles and on seasonal draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a snifter glass.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, foamy head of a medium caramel brown color over a near black body. Retention is average and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Complex, bread malt body with notes of chocolate, honey and toffee, delicate roast and dark fruit sugars. Additions of vanilla bean and hazelnuts generate rich undertones. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Flavor largely follows the aroma, with rich bread malt notes, chocolate and toffee building the malt base, with creeping graininess, fruit undertones and a finish of moderate roast. Moderate vanilla bean flavor but little hazelnut character- a drying finish may be its most notable contribution. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Texture is silky, smooth, lightly syrupy, medium dry. Carbonation is modest, generating a mild frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to tartness and specialty grain bitterness. Alcohol presence is moderate and there are no off characters. 4.25

(Overall) A very complex stout profile with a choice direction for the yeast and malt build, generating quite a bit more subtleties in the flavor than expected in a traditional American Imperial Stout. The Belgian yeast strain takes this stout in a decidedly Belgian dark ale direction, complete with dark fruit syrups and moderate tanginess. with a widespread blend of grain choices creating an ensemble of malt characters, some are spot-on, and some conflicting. In the end, the vanilla generates some flavor, but the hazelnut does not provide much for this beer. Ultimately, this was a decent beer and takes some unexpected style turns which may be to the benefit or disappointment of the drinker. 3.75

Orpheus Brewing's
The Ferryman
/5.00

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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The Ferryman from Orpheus Brewing
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 69 ratings