Scaphism
Nightmare Brewing Company

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From:
Nightmare Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,047
ABV:
17%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,685
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.18%
Reviews:
29
Ratings:
67
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 26, 2023
Added:
Dec 10, 2018
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  8
Imperial Stout Brewed with Milk Sugar, Honey, Aged on Tahitian Vanilla & Organic Cacao.

Two boats are joined together one on top of the other, with holes cut in them in such a way that the victim's head, hands, and feet only are left outside. Within these boats the man to be punished is placed lying on his back, and the boats then nailed together with bolts. Next they pour a mixture of milk and honey into the wretched man's mouth, till he is filled to the point of nausea, smearing his face, feet, and arms with the same mixture, and so leave him exposed to the sun. This is repeated every day, the effect being that flies, wasps, and bees, attracted by the sweetness, settle on his face and all such parts of him as project outside the boats, and miserably torment and sting the wretched man. Moreover his belly, distended as it is with milk and honey, throws off liquid excrements, and these putrefying breed swarms of worms, intestinal and of all sorts. Thus the victim lying in the boats, his flesh rotting away in his own filth and devoured by worms, dies a lingering and horrible death. -Joannes Zonaras - 12th Century Byzantine chronicler

It took the first victim 17 days to expire, sustained by only milk & honey. 17% ABV, brewed with milk sugar & honey. Organic Cacao nibs & Tahitian Vanilla give it the needed chocolate bitterness and depth. Flavors of rich dark fruit, chocolate babka, plum, fig and black cherry. Roasty soft spice and french vanilla aromatics.
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle at share, courtesy of Vyvvy. Near black pour, ring of beige head. Another strong slick stout, Sweet, strong, honey, chocolate, coffee, Very breakfast-y.
Jun 26, 2023
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by darktronica from Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Jan 2022 vintage. An aggressive pour only yields a half-finger of head that disappears pretty quickly. Lightly oily, not as thick as expected from the ABV and previous Nightmare beers. Primarily raw cacao nibs and bitter dark chocolate on the nose. Lactose apparent on the palate, with honey playing a minor role that introduces some floral notes as it warms. Moderate vanilla, less than a previous can exhibited earlier in the year. Worth letting it warm, but at 17% ABV for a pint can, the temptation is to sip slowly; once it approaches room temperature, however, the boozy sharpness and heat comes out more, so I would try to keep it around 55-60 degrees F, where I also get some really nice dark stonefruit and vinous notes.
Oct 08, 2022
 
Rated: 4.28 by nodnaut

Aug 20, 2022
 
Rated: 3.4 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Jun 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.49 by AGoodStout from Kansas

Jun 20, 2022
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and a little lace ring. The aroma has touches of cocoa, some booze and vanilla along with some roasted malts. Smooth, lactic slickness which surprised me given how heavy this beer can be and it's a very slow sipper. The chocolate sweetness is strong and it almost comes across as chocolate fudge it's so sweet and dense. There are some notes of vanilla, roasted malts, wood, the booze is ever present but not overpowering and even the finish is more sweet than dry and boozy.
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.72/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Pours dark chocolate brown, nearly black with a three finger head that foams into delicious sculpted cream. Aroma is plum and cherry. Taste is complex, mostly black cherry, chocolate and vanilla. ABV is high, though controlled for a 17%er. If you are an imperial stout fan, this is a must have.
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Depicting a horrible and gluttonous death, Nightmare brings this ancient form of torture and demise to the modern era in form of an Imperial Stout. Filled with milk and honey, this can is nearly bursting at its seams.

Scaphism, the beer, pours ominously black as it seems to crawl out of the can all on its own. As a patient, luxurious and frothy foam pulls from the dark ale within, the soothing scent of dark roast coffee, bitter chocolates, toasted nuttiness, campfire and cream full the nose. Sweet and spicy with elements of blackstrap molasses, smoked chocolate, candied nuttiness and spicy honey, a sense of whisky warmth accompanies any early sweetness.

As the sweet maltiness simmers on the tongue, so does a heavy cream influence that highlights more floral honey notes as the ale shifts into a sweet and smoky middle palate. Full, plush and rounded on the tongue, the strongly malted beer takes a turn to espresso bitterness with smoldering embers, roasted walnut and whisky spices battering the late palate once more.

Full bodied, creamy and dry with whisky and ash, this strong, spicy, sweet and roasty beer has some coming together to do, but if its going to kill me, then what a way to go!
Jun 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.03 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Apr 02, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours jet black. Aroma is a balance of vanilla, roastiness, chocolate and coffee. Taste follows nose but more intense. More deep flavors of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is nice and full which you would want for such a large, intense stout. Overall, an incredible stout.
Mar 20, 2022
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours as black as ink with a 2 finger thick brown head that faded in average time and left minimal spotty lacing. Smells of roasted malt, dark chocolate, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, vanilla, charred wood, bakers chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, and some booze as it fades. For such a rich and powerful stout, it hides the alcohol well and unleashes a lot of malty complexities.

The taste is similar to the aroma with an obscene amount of chocolate to start, followed by roasted malt, vanilla, burnt coffee grinds, cocoa powder, honey, charred wood, bakers chocolate, Hershey’s chocolate syrup, espresso beans, dark chocolate and booze like bourbon as it fades. Rich, complex and interesting, the chocolate bitterness covers up the 17% ABV and the charred malts leave a semi-dry coating and combo of smoked grains with chocolate after each sip. Really enjoyable for an extreme craft brew, a stout I will definitely seek out again.
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.22 by Taenim from Maine

Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by tobelerone from New Jersey

Jan 30, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Served in a pilsner goblet glass from the can.

Appearance: Deep dark crude motor oil color coming like an espresso from my mother's with a dark tan head rising half a fingers length off the body.

Smell: Vanilla bean mixed with a sweet honey aroma. Sticks smoothly,

Taste: Complex from the beginning. Espresso feel with hints of honey and vanilla with another dose of mocha. It's a touch boozy.

Mouth: Sticky, you couldn't remove the after-taste if you wanted to. Malty finish with heavy coffee.

Overall: I was expecting something s little different and got something better. A man among the boys, Salud!
Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by bigred89 from Maryland

Nov 08, 2020
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This pours like black ink - there is literally no way for any any light to seep through this. It swallows light, like a black hole. There’s also a thick, dark tan head. It is just glad the body allows it to ride along.

The nose is led by the Tahitian vanilla, with honey close behind and the cacao walking around with a lampshade on its head (because it’s the light of the party).

I get a truckload if honey and vanilla on the taste, with cacao bringing things in for a soft landing, impressive given the high ABV of this beer at 17%. PS: there is zero detectable booze, also impressive.

The mouthfeel is dense and creamy, like the beer. What a pleasure it is to drink this Goliath of a beer.
Sep 14, 2020
 
Rated: 4.03 by jmh21 from Minnesota

Sep 03, 2020
 
Rated: 4.67 by Dougwillhike from New Jersey

Jul 19, 2020
Scaphism from Nightmare Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 67 ratings