Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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Reviews by silver0rlead:
4.22/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I believe the bar (Busy Bee in Raleigh,NC) aged this one for roughly 6 months before tapping it. Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head that doesn't stick around long. The aroma has some piney hops upfront, along with dark chocolate and lactose, some dark fruits, espresso and alcohol. The flavor is similar with citrusy hops upfront, along with some dark chocolate and lactose, cherry and date, espresso, burnt bread, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and drinkability is decent. This is a very tasty and unusually hoppy RIS, another winner from Smuttynose.
Serving type: on-tap
11-16-2010 01:19:24 | More by silver0rlead
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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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