Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by FirstBrewsoon:
4.22/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter for a live review.
A - A smooth pour brings forth 1/2 finger of moderately dense foam, which recedes in short order leaving pointillistic lacing. Colour is dark opaque brown with a slight red velvet hint to it when held to light.
S - Tuscan cappuccino, vanilla notes, molasses and cocoa. Not as chocolatey as one might have expected, but still rich and interesting, with a good undercurrent of booze laying down the bass line.
T - This is where you'll find the chocolate intermingled nicely with the coffee. The vanilla detected in the nose is subtle but present, mainly on the back end. A nice, smokey aftertaste, with a solid kick of lingering bitterness. Well balanced.
M - Carbonation on the light side, such that it's present without being at all in the way. Viscosity is fairly workmanlike, not overly thick or thin, leaving a nice coating on the tongue.
O - Definitely a tasty, enjoyable stout, without being overwhelmingly memorable. I especially enjoy the smoke at the back of the palate, a distinctive characteristic. Finally, at $5.99/bomber this is an outrageously good deal. I normally avoid cheap RISes like a case of the clap, as a low price tag can be indicative of sloppiness, haste and a general lack of attention to detail. Not true here - this is a complete steal, and at this price it has my highest recommendation.
Serving type: bottle
01-30-2012 04:21:42 | More by FirstBrewsoon
More User Reviews:
3.2/5 rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a borderline pitch black color. The head is a two finger tan shade with excellent retention. Seriously, I've let it sit for about two minutes and it's only gone down half a finger. It also has a thick texture similar to whipped cream, but also has rather large bubbles as well. Splotchy lacing is left down the glass.
S: True to style, there's a lot going on within the nose. There are distant hints of fudgy chocolate, some floral hops, licorice, roasted malts, aniseed, and alcohol. Maybe it's a bit too boozy for 9.4% - then again, I'm so used to many imperial stouts hiding its alcohol well. Of course, letting it warm up will reduce the boozy bite somewhat. I really enjoy the aroma's complexity regardless.
T: Okay, this has a large amount of licorice to start. The finish is well-attenuated, with tart fruits, roast...and booze. A surprising amount for 9.4%. Some chocolaty hints appear in places. Unfortunately, this isn't my favorite profile for an imperial stout - and even worse, it's too lacking in complexity.
M: I enjoy how creamy and full-bodied this is. Despite all of the alcohol, it loafs around on the palate more than it should. The sharp carbonation and alcohol doesn't dry it out enough.
O: This one is too young. Plain and simple. A couple of years will make it great - I have no doubt of that. But right now, it's too simplistic and too boozy. I'll buy this again, but only to age a bottle for a few years. Since I'm a firm believer that a beer should be ready as soon as its released, this scores average to me.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 00:15:34 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.29/5 rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pitch black and completely opaque. Rich cinnamon colored head retains very well. Patchy, cascading lacing.
Roasted espresso and spicy herbal, earthy aroma.
Burnt toffee, espresso, baking chocolate. Highly roasted overall. Well balanced maple and brown sugar sweetness with hints of black licorice. Aggressive earthy hop yet in good proportion. Dry, satisfying finish.
Full bodied. Dry on the palate. Plenty of malty, grainy texture
Everything an imperial stout should be. Great complexity and balanced with all the flavors you crave. Exceptional!
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 04:20:29 | More by bnes09
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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