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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

948 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 948
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 105
Gots: 97 | FT: 7
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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JoeMayo

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So I've had this out of the bottle before with some age on it, but I was floored at how different it is fresh and on-tap. The first time I heard about this beer, my friend told me that it was "hot and overly hoppy, like carbonated gin". It was because of this that I aged my bottle, but it's equally delicious both fresh and aged.

A- Pours pitch black with a tan head

S- Hoppy hoppy hoppy. Very piney hop aroma with hints of orange and grapefruit. Somewhere in the background malts are trying to fight their way through. Caramel and a roasty smell make it through.

T- Very interesting. Carbonated gin is definately an over-statement, but it is very hoppy. A little hot, but not enough to keep me from drinking it. I feel like there's an epic battle of good v. evil going on inside my mouth. Pine, grapefruit, and resin are battling roasted malt, chocolate, and cream. Both are fighting for the attention, but actually go kinda well together.

M- Rich, almost syrupy, yet has a crisp, hoppy finish. Mildly hot with alcohol.

D- Definately a sipper. very heavy, a little hot, but overall a tasty and interesting brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2009 11:28:01 | More by JoeMayo
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Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip. Vintage 2014.

A: Black. Light dark head. Good lace.

S: Incredibly rich. Enormous licorice. Little hot for the ABV.

T/M: Remarkably tasty, but more much moderated than the intense nose suggested. More than a hint of carbonation with edges of bitterness before the fruity main body. Aftertaste is light and clean.

O: good, but not exceptional. Drinkable and tasty; would have again.

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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 948 ratings.