Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by cfleisher:
4.58/5 rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Incredible aroma of licorice, chocolate and hints of currant. Goes down like wine, with low carbonation and high alcohol. We had this at The Moan and Dove in Amherst, Mass., which has an incredible selection of Imperial Stouts, but this was the best. Really impressive -- probably a top-5 from this brewery.
Serving type: on-tap
02-03-2008 21:53:57 | More by cfleisher
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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
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
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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