Shadow Brewer | Brewery Ommegang

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Brewery Ommegang
New York, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A thick tan head tops the jet black brew as aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate give way to rich dark fruit notes. The taste is malty, roasted, and chocolatey with moderate hop bitterness. The finish is thick with oatmeal creaminess and pleasant lingering roast.

American ale yeast used in primary and secondary fermentation.

Added by BrewsingBuffalo on 02-17-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A-Pours a very dark opaque color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has coffee, chocolate and malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with coffee, chocolate and malt flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A nice stout

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Photo of chiefz1
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of foghornleghorn22
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of edthehead
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Scottsbeer
4.41/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good stout after 2 years aging

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Photo of Roguer
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a strong and firm mocha-colored head; good retention and fantastic lacing. Brew is as dark as the name suggests.

Classic RIS on the nose: sharp, bitter, and roasty. Dark fruit and red grapes; char; chocolate and burnt coffee; a touch of molasses; spicy, earthy hops. A touch of banana in the background, along with nuts.

Flavor follows: traditional, straightforward, and bitter as hell. Dark, bitter chocolate and coffee come through from a massive amount of roast; some banana; tons of earthy spices. Moderate-to-strong ashy finish with hints of walnuts; fairly dry and effervescent.

Body is a touch too effervescent, but is otherwise smooth and creamy, and appropriately thick for the style.

A Russian Imperial Stout - with American ale yeast - by Ommegang? Color me surprised that they brewed this beer. Where I'm not surprised is that they executed it quite well. It's not my favorite expression of the style, but it is good. I rate it out as a 4.0 overall by a hair; it's really right on the cusp of outstanding.

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Photo of Grackos
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Finnhammer
4.61/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bushbeer75
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured from a 1pt. 9.4 fl. oz. caged and corked brown bottle - not dated

Ommegang Shadow Brewer filled my snifter with a coal black body and a nice looking 1-finger thick tan head. The head held well and eventually reduced to sticky lacing. The nose was first hit with the aromas of; roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee followed by dark fruit. The taste matches the nose with moderate hop bitterness. The mouth feel is thick, smooth and [oatmeal] creamy with a full body and a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, a good [roasted] flavorful RIS without being overly bitter.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown colored ale with a medium sized brown colored head.

Smells sweet and full of chocolate and burned sugar. Strong scent of berries. Scent of smoke and charred grain. Scent of rum. Espresso scent is there but the fruitiness is stronger.

Starts out bittersweet with a berry after taste. Strong coffee and chocolate flavors. Bitterness is medium.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall a good RIS but not one of the best.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer No. 100 on Beer Advocate appropriately hails from one of my favorite stateside breweries that always delivers something that is at least solid, usually is pretty darn good, and often is spectacular--especially when taking on a classic overseas style.

Pours a dark, but not opaque deep-brown-just-this-side of black. Very little head, but very good lacing. Not as dark as the "classics," but light only passes through at the very top of the glass.

Chocolate in several forms, bitter and sweet alike, hit the nose first (bitter cocoa, sweet fudge, and semi-sweet chocolate nibs), followed by dark (but not espresso dark) coffee, and a hint of smoke and herbal anise, finished by just a hint of solvent booze. As the brew warms, a bit of dark fruit aroma creeps in. Decent complexity, but the aroma is fairly subdued.

Like one of its American cousins (Dark Truth Stout--Boulevard), the flavor here weaves back and forth, staying mostly on the "RIS" side of the line, but occasionally evoking a BSDA. Unlike the complexity of the aroma, the flavor is a little narrower. Bittersweet chocolate (but not the multiple notes sensed on the nose) meets dark (but not espresso) chocolate, with the roasted malts on both counts dominating overall. However, some dark fruits, molasses, and yeast show up late in the game, particularly as the brew nears room temperature, to supply a little more. Ever present throughout are boozy notes that weave back and forth between herbal/anise and slightly over the top solvency. A nice brew, but a little rough.

The mouthfeel is pretty darn good. Purists of the style will regard it as a bit thin, but the medium-fullness suits just fine. It has a sweet, solid finish, but there is just enough bitterness, boozy bite, and carbonation (very excellent bubbly throughout by the way) to lighten it up in a pleasing way.

Overall, this American "take" on a harshly-graded style fits my "pretty darn solid" category. It is a bit "off" for the style in some ways, it is a little lacking in the complexity department, and the booze is half a notch too strong, but still, in true Ommegang fashion--this is a brew that delivers.

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Photo of wmartin
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drinking right now from 750ml bottle into Teku at about 55F.

Definitely a good IS. Excellent vaguely complex, and sweet maltiness with some bitterness and a little coffee flavor. Will get more if I ever see it again.

I should temper this by saying IS is my favorite style. They aren't all good, tough; but this one is. What I look for in an IS is complex malt forward flavor with some bitter balance that adds to the complexity. People probably vary on how much bitter/coffee flavor versus how much malt sweetness they like. This may have a little more coffee than a perfect IS, IMHO, but it is still great.

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Photo of Kurzman
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of AmitC
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IckyT2012
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a light brown head. Great retention. Thick, sticky lacing.

S: Thick fudge, brownie batter, chocolate sauce, chocolate covered coffee beans. Blackstrap molasses. Hints of roast and smoke pull through more as it warms. Lots of fruit from the fermentation. Plum, currant, berries, and fig.

T: Much more roast and smoke pulling through on the taste. French roast coffee, jerky, smoke, Fudgy. Chocolate sauce. Pervasive plum and black currant fruitiness. Ample hop bitterness. Long finish of thick malt, burnt grain, and smoke.

M: Thick, rich, round, chewy, and perhaps a bit slick. Ample carbonation does lift a bit. Touch of warmth, but the alcohol is hidden well.

O: I was expecting a Belgian style stout here, but this is far more in the Imperial stout vein and seems to use a British yeast. Done pretty well at any rate. Nice fermentation. Big, rich, thick, and roasty. Hits the mark.

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Photo of Ricelikesbeer
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Ommegang brewing what appears to be an American style Imperial stout? Well I'm game, I like everything else they do, so Belgian or not, I'll donate my money for research's sake.

L: Cool looking corked/caged bottle. pours an inky black with foamy beige lacing- appears to be on the medium-high carbonation level for a big stout.

S: Lots of roast on the nose with some alcohol esters. no hops, maybe some bready malt

T: Lots of charr/ashy flavor upfront, followed by a lingering caramel malt sweetness. finishes smooth. There is cocoa here too. Feint hops but more for balance. Not the most complex stout I've tried, it is really on the ash/char side of things.

F: medium body with decent carbonation. Warming alcohol but not "hot".

O: This one was worth trying and a good stout overall. It just doesn't have anything that wows you or would set this apart from dozens of better examples. Still, a solid effort and well brewed beer. I bought mine at a discount for around $11, but wouldn't have bought it at face value, as it was quite a bit more expensive.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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