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Smuttlabs Imperial Stout - Aged In Apple Brandy Oak Barrels - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 51
Gots: 15 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mike on 03-08-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial stout aged 5 years in two Flag Hill apple brandy oak barrels.
925 numbered bottles.
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Ratings: 68 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by corby112:
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4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle 494 of 925

Pours a viscous, dark chestnut brown color that appears pitch black and completely opaque in the glass with a minuscule off-white head that immediately fizzles away. Poor retention with no lacing to speak off.

The aroma of this beer is very inviting with an intense barrel character that's nicely integrated into the notes of the base beer. Incredible barrel presence with the perfect amount of spirit and oak without completely overpowering everything else. Really pleasant apple brandy/spicy spirit quality along with charred oak, silky vanilla bean, marshmallow and coconut. Stronger oak than expected but it doesn't overwhelm with faint toothpick and burnt wood. Underneath, there's a nice balance of subtle roast and sweeter, dessert-like lighter malts. Hints of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, coffee bean and liquid smoke followed by luscious, fudge-y chocolate cake, caramel and toffee. As it warms, the apple brandy really stands out but meshes with the stout characteristics rather than overtaking them. Very nice.

Viscous full body with very light carbonation and a sweet apple brandy flavor that lingers over the other barrel notes and complex malt bill into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Based on appearance, I was expecting this beer to be pretty flat but the mouthfeel holds up. Lots of sweet apple brandy and spicy spirit but this beer contains little to no heat. This beer is dangerously drinkable and it's hard to believe that it's 10+%. Along with the sweet apple brandy, there's some dry, toasted oak but it's not overly charred or dry. This is complimented by subtle vanilla and strong toasted coconut. The malt profile is slightly overpowered but underneath the barrel notes, there is a nice balance of roasted coffee, bitter dark chocolate, vinous fruit, licorice and sweet chocolate malt notes. Overall, it's beer is a it sweet and could use a little more balance but the flavors are really nice and it's dangerously drinkable considering it's strength.

More User Reviews:
Photo of whatname
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark black with a thin brown ring for a head. Little carbonation on this one as you'd expect from a beer that's been aging for four years in apple brandy barrels. Strong brandy, oak and vanilla flavors come to the nose first followed by some dark chocolate flavors. All the flavors on the nose blend so well on the taste. Awesomeness throughout the mouth. Full bodied, light carbonation, and some sticky lips. A home run by the Smuttlabs!

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jruno
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of Drtfinelli
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of KevinGordon
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Mike
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xpingusx
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of Rhettroactive
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of SadMachine
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of random846
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of cardsfan
4.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow was extremely impressed by this beer! I have now had AB panther and DBH and this is just behind DBH. Great feell... Nothing but apple brandy in the nose. No carbonation but it doesn't really affect the beer. Taste is DBH w/o the rum and huna pepper heat. Great job by smutty!

Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Basically black. Slides into the glass with no head to speak of. Slick and still.

S- Wow. Intense amounts of bandy notes with the apples and vanilla. Roasted malts with copious amounts of milk chocolate on the back end. Stunning.

T- A great balance of the roasted, malty goodness with the barrel character. The brandy is more toned down than the nose led me to believe, but still outstanding. The sweet notes hang around without ever becoming cloying. Some caramel comes through as well.

M- Full and creamy. When warmed up to room temp it goes down a bit chewy. A slight warmth in the finish. Basically no carbonation

O- Really, really impressive work here. Would love to try the base without the barrel aging to compare. Had a DB Huna not too long ago, and this one stands up to it nicely.

Photo of bleeps
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SocalKicks
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of mklisz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of johnnnniee
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bert's
Finally wrangled the cork out and there was no pop. Damn it I got a flat bottle.
Pours a inky oily black color with six or seven small bubbles on the edge of the glass. The aroma is outstanding. Light caramelized sugars and a hint of roasted grain with some pretty solid vinous oaked apple coming through. Hints of toasted coconut and alcohol round this out nicely. The flavor is sweet brown sugary chocolate maltiness with some solid vinous apple coming through. Light oak and vanilla finish us off nicely. Thick body with a non existent level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. I am so bummed this one had no bubbles because it is an otherwise beautiful beer! If I can find another bottle I will adjust my rating.

Photo of tobelerone
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Smuttlabs Imperial Stout - Aged In Apple Brandy Oak Barrels from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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