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

Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

903 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 903
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.51%


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:
2007 - 10.0%
2009 - 8.9%
2010 - 9.8%
2014 - 9.4%

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-05-1998)
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Birdlegs

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-16-2012 17:36:25 | More by Birdlegs
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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours an oily, jet black coloring with a thin, low profile, light brown head. Aromas of cocoa nibs, molasses, coffee, roasted notes, wood, and earth. Heavy, but never overpowering, and the nose remains balanced throughout. Flavors are heavily roasted forward, with a blast of bitter, dark roasted coffee, bitter baker's chocolate highlights, and some woody and earthy highlights. Initially robust in mouth, but transitions to a slick, light feel by the end of the palate. Roasted, rich coffee aftertaste, with campfire smoke highlights, and a slick, slightly bitter, lingering finish. Solid, rugged stout.

Serving type: bottle

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, motor oil black with a creamy, dense chocolate head that lingers.

Cocoa, roast malt, tar, soy, and coffee form the aroma. Slightly sweet notes emerge. Tar really dominates. There's a slight hint of dark fruit.

Flavor is dominated by chocolate, becoming roasty in the finish, and slightly charred. A bit boozy, with muddled dark fruit underlying the roast malt backbone. The dark fruits linger, countering the bitter finish nicely.

Body is somewhat light, with minimal carbonation and noted alcohol warmth.

Would love to revisit this after aging a while. Fairly complex, but the roast dominates now. Those underlying notes may become more pronounced in a few years.

Serving type: bottle

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BarryMFBurton

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

2014 bottle opened 03/26/14.

Pours an impenetrable black with a fleeting head of dark brown cream and just a hint of lacing; looks thick. The nose runs deep with warm stout character – rich, bittersweet fudge, mocha, cake batter, and a surprising amount of booze – and the palate follows suit. Tastes like gooey brownie batter laced with notes of crispy pie crust, vanilla, and ashy roasts, with a touch of dark fruit. Very satisfying. In contrast, the carbonation is pretty fizzy, and there’s a dry, flowery hop bitterness that ends up pretty significant as it winds down; in the end, it leaves this more crisp than I expected. Definitely one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

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