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Nightmare Russian Imperial Stout | Big Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.

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Brewed by:
Big Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-28-2005

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Rifugium
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Dark black, nightmarishly so (bwahaha), with just a small tan ringlet for a head. Aroma was surprisingly caramel-laden, grainy, with your basic notes of roast, coffee, and chocolate. Taste followed the nose for the most part: dark roasty malts, notes of coffee, cocoa, smoke, not as much caramel sweetness. as the aroma promised. Heavy-medium body, and pretty good overall.

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Photo of dgilks
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pitch black with garnet highlights. Small, foamy tan head with poor head retention.

Earthy and roasty with a touch of coffee. Not bad but nothing special.

Smooth, sweet malt with some light coffee and roast notes. For me this is a little muddy.

Medium full body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent stout but lacking definition due to a sweet finish. If this was a touch drier it would probably work better.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nightmare came out with zero bubbles, and left no lacing on the glass. No light penetrated the molasses brown-black color.

Dark roasted grains on the nose. Charred and smoky, even. A bit of earth and molasses sweetness.

Lots of smoke with the dark roasted malts upon tasting. Black coffee, moderate bitterness. This is not as sweet and not as hoppy as a typical RIS. Still, I didn't mind the different take on the style. Mouthfeel is a little thin for my expectation of an RIS.

After looking at my scores, they seem kind of low. I really didn't mind this worthy beer from a quality brewpub in the great little town of Hood River.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solidly smoky, peaty, almost angrily potent, with a smokestack aroma and thready lace. Nightmare tastes Russian though the peat flavor suggests malts leftover from Big Horse’s Macstallion Scotch Ale. Believe me, it’s a pleasure to compare these two great ales.

Nightmare is a beer of muscular duration and minimal head. A bold, potent, full-bodied stout brewed without apology. Listed on the menuboard at 7.2% ABV.

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Nightmare Russian Imperial Stout from Big Horse Brew Pub / Horse Feathers & Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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