Speed of Darkness | Oliver Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Oliver Brewing Company
Maryland, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 12
Photo of Djoneil
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draught 8oz snifter at the Brass Tap here in Baltimore.

Have had this many times before at Oliver's Pratt Street Ale House - definitely a favorite

30/11/2018 - Enjoying an on cask "w/French Oak" snifter at the Ale House. Smooth as one would expect.

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Photo of bobv
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate pour yields a one inch creamy tan head over a very dark brown body with some sticky lacing. Nose of roasted malt, chocolate, and burnt espresso. Taste of bitter chocolate and espresso. Bitter finish with a good feel and overall, a decent RIS from Baltimore, MD. Cheers!

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with reddish hue and a nice tan head. Strong aromas of chocolate and coffee with some alcohol sweetness. Classic RIS flavors with this one lots of roasted malt flavor, coffee, chocolate, and some mild sweetness. Quite balanced beer. Medium body mouthfeel with a pleasant dry finish.

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Photo of mpyle
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pouring it it looked like Coke...very dark with some garnet highlights, poured an off white head with limited retention in my not pristine glass.

Nice roasty chocolate aroma, has some malty sweetness to the aroma as well. Smells rich but not overpowering.

Roasty and malty sweet up front, in line with the aroma. Loads of coffee like flavors as well mid mouth, roasty and drying. A lot of complex malt flavors, but nicely balanced - not overly sweet. Very pleasant finish with the roast (and presumably hop bitterness) balance out some nice malty sweetness.

MF - Medium carbonation, fairly full body. Has a distinct but pleasant alcohol warming.

To my palate this one is what an RIS should be. A big roasty stout, but not an over the top 10%+ beast. This beer has flavor and balance, and just happens to be 8.5% ABV. In my view the really big ones are out of balance in some way.

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Speed of Darkness from Oliver Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 12 ratings