Nightmare Brewing Company

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Nightmare Brewing Company
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #959
Ranked #4,819
4.23 | pDev: 5.67%
Oct 15, 2023
Jun 12, 2020
With coconut, lactose, Madagascan vanilla and aged on Ecuadorian cacao.
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Reviewed by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A - Pours an oily pitch black with a fizzy tan head. The head fades into a very thin ring. Light amount of clingy lacing.

S - Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate and roasted malts.

T - The taste is dark chocolate, molasses, espresso , vanilla, light coconut and a good amount of roasted malts in the finish.

M - Full body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with an oily dry finish.

O - This is a big boy. The alcohol is well masked, but definitely a slow sipper.
Oct 15, 2023
Rated: 4.16 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

Apr 13, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by Sellen from Connecticut

Jan 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Scotchboy from Idaho

4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Delicious 16oz can poured into a Surly Darkness snifter.

A: Dark, opaque and oily pour yields a very dark mocha head that fizzles away.

S: Coconut and fudgy impressions of cocoa nibs and maple syrup...vanilla...roasty malt and notes of coffee as well as lactose.

T: Follows the nose, not cloying, and leans quite bitter and dry as it warms to room temperature. Dark chocolate cocoa nibs, sweet impressions of coconut, milk chocolate, vanilla and maple syrup; lactose lends some creamy sweetness that blends with the other sweeter adjuncts well.

MF: Thicker body but not huge; alcohol is well hidden; dry and bitter at times with that impression of 80+% dark chocolate and roasty malt/espresso.

O: A good stout that lacks that overwhelming sweet quality that most modern pastry stouts carry with them.
Oct 17, 2020
Rated: 4.17 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour that's almost black with burnt toffee colored lacing.

S - Some burnt cocoa notes, coconut, moderate roast.

T - Dark toasted coconut, dark chocolate roast, some vanilla, and very boozy starting midway through and carrying to the end. Nice lingering chocolate and vanilla char with some booziness, light roasted bitterness.

M - Thick and velvety with very little warming on the way down which is surprising for a beer with this ABV. A little bit of coagulation in the mouth from the lactose.

O - Recommended and nicely done.
Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured out about as dark as what I imagine the brewers soul to look like at Nightmare Brewing, good amount of head for something with such a high ABV as well. The smell of the beer is a bit roasty, some sweetness in there too, nothing really pops too much on the nose for me unfortunately. The taste has lots of boozy rich chocolate and vanilla, the coconut is a bit dialed back but lends a touch of sweetness along with the lactose in there. The feel is sticky, rich and full bodied. Overall I enjoyed this beer, much like a lot of the things I've tried from Nightmare. Always excited to see what comes out next!
Oct 02, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Brownish black with a brown head. Smell has a strong roast presence with coconut, sugary vanilla and dark chocolate atop it. Taste exposes what smell hinted at, the roasted malt, earth, char, and ash go to war with the sweet flavors, they never blend, giving the palate a messy two layers that clash. Feel is thick, heavy, robust, and dark to the max. Too bad because this one had potential
Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Canned 06/08/20, it pours as black as ink with a 2 finger thick brown foamy head that faded in average time, leaving minimal spotty lacing, as expected. Smells like minerals, soy sauce, brown sugar, espresso beans, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark chocolate and sheet metal. Not too sweet and no sign of the alcohol. The chocolate and malts dominate the nose.

Taste is also very malty and a little sweeter, with the additions of chocolate milk, bakers chocolate (which I assume is the Ecuadorian cacao listed on the can), dark fruit, pumpernickel bread, burnt coffee grinds, charred or smoky wood, more chocolate like chocolate covered almonds, and then the flavors that were in the nose: minerals, soy sauce, brown sugar, espresso beans, cocoa powder, vanilla, dark chocolate and sheet metal. It's very complex and malty, hides the ABV masterfully (although I felt the buzz quick) and has a nice level of bitterness but no alcohol burn. It's a thick, gooey feel that represents the imperial stout class well. Great artwork again.
Sep 26, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Aug 30, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by drunkenmess from Michigan

Aug 28, 2020
Rated: 3.98 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2020
Rated: 4.36 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Aug 18, 2020
Rated: 4.18 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 17, 2020
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
My, what a big, complicated, luscious beast you are!

The coconut is toasty and subtle. The vanilla and cacao are intense and confrontational. Tons of fudge-y brownie batter, Godiva chocolate liqueur comes to mind, plus bitter, boozy vanilla make for an intense stout. The finish adds a smokey, bitter char note.

This one's a killer.
Aug 16, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by smcel371 from New York

Aug 08, 2020
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Reviewed by cbutova from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Seeing more and more uber high ABV stouts on the market lately, hopefully not just a residual sugar bomb.

A- The tall can pours into a chalice with a tar black body and an almost equally dark cap that peaks at almost an inch high. The head has good retention and a thick creamy texture. Lacing is almost non-existent but for super high ABV no surprise.

S- Toasty and fruity coconut off the top but not dominant or overly desserty as the other aromas do a great job balancing it out. Kind of simple here, to be honest, and not a bad thing. The authentic coconut opens for rich fruity cocoa, nutty malts, roast grains, brownie desserts, slight dark fruits and nice vanilla. Oddly enough after sipping the dates grow in the aroma with time.

T- Much, much fruitier than the aroma as massive notes of dates and fruity dark chocolate come to life. The cocoa flavors come off more like intense cocoa powder or dusted cacao nibs here as they leave a sort of chalky cocoa flavor lingering. Dark roast coffee, raisin, burnt barley, toasted nuts, cherry, slight milk chocolate, vanilla bean, smoke, booze and chocolate chip brownies come to mind. Can't forget the coconut as that contributes its signature flavor as well as some toasted sugar and earthy notes.

MF- Massive, massive body is what I have grown used to from this brewery. Thick and really decadent creamy texture with a moderate level of carbonation. Just downright silky smooth. Ends pretty darn warm but you need it considering how bold this stout hits the taste buds.

The last two coconut brews I have had really did well to showcase coconut flavor without slapping you in the face and keeping it on the authentic side of things. An absolute beast but it stands up to the ABV and is fruity but not a total raisin bomb by any means. Well done.
Aug 01, 2020
Rated: 4.31 by TheHopsman from Nebraska

Aug 01, 2020
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

4.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Poured from 16oz tall can into my BeerAdvocate teku. Canned 6/8/20; perhaps it's not so important that an imperial stout is fresh. But I add the date to my review to demonstrate my commitment to journalism.

Appearance: absolute complete and utter blackness. Head is a finger of compact, durable dark-brown foam. Quite lovely indeed.

Smell: sweet, to be sure. There's a good roasty character up front, followed by a complex swirl of tobacco, dates, cherry, figs, toffee, bread, and general wonderfulness. Absolutely my jam.

Taste: the flavor can cover the checks the aroma has written. Big, rich, dusty dark-fruit flavors. Have you ever rolled a desiccated date in cigarette ash, then soaked it in prune juice, and then burned it in a charcoal fire? Listen, I know it may not sound appetizing to everyone. But god damn, it's tasty to me.

Mouthfeel: rich body with a good carbonation and an exceptionally rich and smooth creaminess. Shazam!

Overall: I haven't had a stout this tasty in a good long while. Drinkable? No. It tastes like fig newtons and black treacle and cigarette ash and is 15% alcohol! And yet. I feel like I could drink this forever. What an amazing and delightful treat.
Jul 24, 2020
Rated: 4.09 by chrismattlin from Ohio

Jul 18, 2020
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