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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,089 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 671
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.02%
Wants: 119
Gots: 122 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-05-1998

2007 - 10.0%
2009 - 8.9%
2010 - 9.8%
2014 - 9.4%
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Ratings: 1,089 | Reviews: 671
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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of valianes
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dwoolley1
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of johnpalisi
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Draft pour @ Duckworths on Park, Charlotte North Cackalacky.

Pours jet black with an ample head, decent nose and underwhelming taste. It looks like I'm harsh in my numerical review - but I'm still giving the beer more than it deserves. Makes me wonder if I the keg was bad, actually. The worst part is how thin the beer is - a big imperial should have some viscosity.

Photo of Coronaeus
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zacgadams
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Drifter1
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InkedinRi
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice stout! Big chocolate, coffee, roasted malts!

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3.54/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: [5.00] Looks wonderful in the glass. Perfect stout pour. It has a dark black beer with 2+ fingers of dense khaki colored head. The bubbles are all uniform and have staying power. I think I could set a quarter on top and it would not sink in. The bottle lists the ABV 9.4%) and the born on year (bottle conditioned in 2014).

S: [3.50] The nose is dark fruit and a bourbon scent.

T: [3.50] The taste introduces more pronounced chocolate notes and roasted malts. As it warms I start to get malt sweetness on the finish.

M: [3.25] There is a slight dry feel to the beer that may be due to the higher ABV. This takes away a little from the smooth and creamy feel.

O: [3.50] This is really tasty beer. It looks amazing in the glass. The nose was a bit misleading for me (it had a great scent but it was different than the taste). The taste is roasty malts and chocolate. The alcohol is present and can be tasted - but isn't detracting on the taste. The alcohol gives a bit of a dry finish. Overall this is a good beer. I think I would prefer to go with a Smuttynose Robust porter which has kick butt flavor at a much lower price and ABV.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexSenft
3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ejane
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BAsbill
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
3.32/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

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3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CHickman
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Feb. 2015 with 10.5% ABV listed. Pours pitch black color as expected, with a 1 finger tan/khaki head that faded and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells very sweet like toffee, caramel, brown sugar, coffee with a lot of half and half in it, roasted grains, charred wood like a campfire, piney hops and some citrus fruit. No sign of the alcohol and the hops tend to sneak through often for some fruity sweetness. The coffee and caramel are most dominant, but the citrus and cocoa add fine aspects to this brew.

Tastes of rich burnt coffee, molasses, toffee, coffee grinds, maple syrup, hot fudge, caramel, burnt wood, smoked grains, cocoa powder, fresh piney hops, mild spices like pepper, burnt brownie crust and a hint of vanilla. The coffee and chocolate are espresso-like and the finish turns more hoppy with some grapefruit and citrus hops that bring on mild bitterness and lemon zest. I wanted to drink this fresh and it's damn tasty, very smooth and hides the ABV completely. Reminds me of Black Bear Stout.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, with a thin feel but yet some texture to it so its not too thin and watery; chewy and medium bodied, the bitterness does not outshine the sweetness which is all malt with really nice combo of coffee, chocolate and roasted malt with just enough citrus and piney hops to balance it out and help it flow down smooth.

I imagine this would get better with age, but the hops were such a great part of the complexity that I'm glad I drank this fresh. Overall a solid beer that I will seek out again.

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3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.