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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

899 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 899
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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blakesell

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the big 22oz bottle into a large stein. I had figured the stein to be large enough for the bottle and was almost right. Lost about an ounce from the excess foam. Oops.

Appearance - Beer pours black as night with a hefty but not too overly immense tan caramel coloured head of foam that did escape the glass a bit so I'll give it a two and a half finger head considering that I had 2 fingers to spare in head space. Lacing clings heavily to the sides of the glass making this one impressive looking stout.

Smell - The strong hop aroma upfront made me immediately not regret that I didn't age this one for five years like I've been doing for my stouts lately. This one enjoyed fresh and it smells great. Noble and American hops that quickly fade into a rich roasted chocolate mocha nose that I can't get my nose out of.

Taste - Rich and creamy, I wouldn't be overly surprised if this had lactose in it to add more of a creamy sweet texture. Not too terribly thick, but sweet and delicious with a nib of alcoholic warming. The hops shine through in the flavor as well, heavy hops for an imperial stout but this is delicious as can be so we will certainly let that slide.

Mouthfeel - Creamy, lightly sticky, not overly warming, but warming all the same. Full bodied and medium in carbonation.

Drinkability - If I could find this all over this would be my new go to stout considering Smuttynose's fair pricing and large bottles. I will obtain more if I find them around again!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 22:00:30 | More by blakesell
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

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

04-17-2014 01:04:25 | More by GarthDanielson
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RichH55

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-14-2014 10:10:30 | More by RichH55
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Grinky

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-14-2014 02:08:01 | More by Grinky
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ToddHolder

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 23:36:58 | More by ToddHolder
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TJP21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-13-2014 20:23:50 | More by TJP21
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Jas45678

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-13-2014 16:39:08 | More by Jas45678
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-12-2014 19:26:10 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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jondavidsson

Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-12-2014 16:16:41 | More by jondavidsson
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-10-2014 02:43:52 | More by twenty5
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I_Like_Beer

New York

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

04-07-2014 21:04:29 | More by I_Like_Beer
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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-06-2014 22:53:48 | More by erialbill
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

04-06-2014 00:49:52 | More by thinwhiteduke
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aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

04-05-2014 04:18:58 | More by aasher
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PatrickBeebe

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-03-2014 02:00:49 | More by PatrickBeebe
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tpauer

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

04-01-2014 02:36:44 | More by tpauer
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barczar

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev 0%
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

03-30-2014 17:20:15 | More by barczar
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-30-2014 08:10:00 | More by SocalKicks
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jman005

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

03-30-2014 04:31:12 | More by jman005
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

03-30-2014 01:11:50 | More by DBosco
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

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

03-27-2014 01:23:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-24-2014 01:56:17 | More by Griffith
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ironchefmiyagi13

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

03-24-2014 01:26:59 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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ZCW

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

03-23-2014 15:33:20 | More by ZCW
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-23-2014 00:51:14 | More by Bunuelian
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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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