Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.1/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Date: 2010 bottling
Even with a little over two years of age, Smuttynose's Imperial Stout is a version of the style that hits all the right notes with its heavy, slow-sipping body, chocolate and roasted barley flavors and aromas. The hop usage also adds a slight twist to the typical stout, imbuing this with some characters not too commonly seen. The price ($6 at the time) and quality of the beer make this quite superb indeed. One I would happily try again.
Pours a 1cm tall head, burnt tan in color, made up of small-sized bubbles, creating a very dense-looking mass of foam. The head has average to above average retention for the style, lasting about 1.5 minutes by my watch. Lacing left by the head is noticeable, fairly large masses of burnt tan froth stick to the inner sides of the glass. The body is dark brown to black in color, opaque to the point that observing carbonation is not possible.
The aroma is upfront and noticeable, a mix of bitter roasted malt, dark chocolate, slight caramel and stale coffee beans, and hops presenting very modest pine resin and bitterness.
The flavors are similar to the aroma, and that's a good thing. Front of the palate picks up slightly acrid roasted malt with a dusting of dry cocoa, leading into a mid-palate that features stronger dark chocolate and roasted malt flavors, a more subdued prune essence, and hops with pine resin and bitterness that are noticeable through the heavy chocolate and roasted barley flavors, but just barely able to cut through and not distract from the main elements of the stout. Back of palate increases the hop bitterness and prune-like esters slightly, but still well-balanced by the roasted malt and chocolate nuances. Aftertaste is of lingering roasted barley, dark chocolate, and hop bitterness with a touch of pine.
Medium-heavy to heavy in weight, with carbonation levels of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a smooth, thick mouthfeel with an appropriately low amount of fizz to induce sipping. Closes dry, with significant stickiness lingering across the palate.
Serving type: bottle
01-12-2013 05:03:17 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
4.05/5 rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-08-2014 03:43:42 | More by AgentMunky
3.35/5 rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
2014. 9.4% ABV. Pours out to a clear very dark walnut, almost black, forming a light cocoa powder colored head with good retention and adequate lacing. The nose is of herbal hops, black walnut, soy sauce, distant burnt marshmallow. The mouthfeel is oddly tart with a dense body. The taste is a recap of the aroma. The hops are a little stronger than most imperial stouts, and well, this is a young beer, so that's not coincidental. The taste has a slightly sooty and tarry note to it, which is nice. The hops adds a peculiar tartness and sourness. I sometimes get this sourness wend there is a high percentage of roasted malts. Definitely lots of roasted malt taste, like french press coffee. A touch of molasses towards the finish.
This is a decent RIS, however the sourness, bitterness, green herbal hoppiness just don't sit well. Perhaps with some aging this might mellow out, but I think RIS should be brewed with all these things in mind, in order to be drank now. I'd definitely pass on buying it again. Maybe much better RIS's out there.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2014 03:21:07 | More by Mitchster
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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