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

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1,012 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,012
Reviews: 661
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 119
Gots: 105 | FT: 8
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Ljoreilly, Oct 20, 2014
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4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 2014 release, 9.4%. Nice to see this one come back after a hiatus.
A 4.75 - towering light brown head caps a black colored ale, excellent head retention with thick lacing as it fades
S 3.5 - roasted barley, dark chocolate, fruity esters and booze as it warms, but not too much of a nose
T 4.5 - heavy roasted barley and dark chocolate, dark fruits seep through with the booziness, some burnt caramel and bread crust, piny hops are pungent on the bitter finish
M 4.75 - thick and full bodied, very creamy with hop oils coating the palate
O 4.5 - I love everything this brewery does, and this is no exception - stellar Russian Imperial Stout with a fair price for a bomber.

barnzy78, Oct 17, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

AnitaBrewski, Oct 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Sludgeman, Oct 15, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -44.3%

tappangordo, Oct 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Carpentiere, Oct 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

paulys55, Oct 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Gaddabble, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of jaasen64
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another cellared beer purchased from Nikki's vintage room in Providence. 22oz bottle from 2009 (aged 5 years) poured into Lawson's tulip.

A- Pours an opaque dark black, about a quarter finger of light mocha head that recedes to a thin top leaving light wispy lacing, carbonation seems to be spot on despite the age.

S- Dark fruits, char, roast malts, oxidation that blends, very light dark cherries. Can tell this is picking up a little oxidation but still holding up quite nicely although has transformed from it's original self losing the hops and gaining dark fruit.

T- Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, dark fruits, light cherries, blended oxidation, slightly bitter, finishes very smooth oxidized chocolate. One of the best aged stouts I've had.

M- Nice carbonation, medium bodied, almost no booze, goes down smooth.

O- This is one of the most overlooked stouts out there, in my opinion this easily stands up with the best non-barrel-aged stouts on the market both fresh and aged. With age this has held up surprisingly well still retaining perfect carbonation and plenty of flavor. For picking this up for $8.50 was an absolute steal and I wish I purchased a few more.

jaasen64, Oct 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tykechandler, Oct 02, 2014
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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%

quazi96, Sep 30, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into snifter. Bottled early 2014.

A - Obsidian with a thin 1 finger brown head. Minimal retention and a thin ring clings to the glass. Some fat swaths of lacing.

S - I pick up big roasty malts and dark fruit. Bitter chocolate, caramel, toffee provide a nice sweetness. There are also notes of bitter hops.

T - Wow, the taste is fantastic! Bold bitter chocolate, dark fruit, more bitter coffee and some woodiness. The middle finds the sweetness of caramel and toffee, maybe some semi sweet chocolate. The finish is bold and has some bitterness from the hops.

M - Creamy, rich and smooth with thick body. Carbonation is low but very nice for this style.

O - Great RIS and it reminds me of Yeti, FIS, and TenFidy. Maybe a touch more sweetness compared to those.

Ri0, Sep 28, 2014
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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%

Lovely bargain bomber. Comes in under seven bucks, packs an appropriately weighty body with moderate carbonation, slight stickiness. Looks the part. Decent aromatics, good flavor, has a medium-high level of roast and piney hops that are countered by medium sweetness, nicely balanced.

This isn't a life changing world beating revelation but it's a sturdy and affordable imperial stout and one of the better offerings by this brewery in my opinion. Particularly enjoyed the full bodied aspect of this beer, something that seems to get lost a lot in this style at lower price points.

tobelerone, Sep 27, 2014
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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

MikeB_, Sep 20, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

thatoneguymike, Sep 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ncelauro, Sep 17, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Lamdawg420, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Mikexw, Sep 07, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

ebeye, Sep 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

vfgccp, Sep 04, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

2011 vintage from bomber bottle. NICE!

One of my favorite imperial stouts. Pours a thick intense black with sold tan head that dies
down to a thin pooling layer of foam and great clinging lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, DARK
roasted coffee, and booze. Taste is up front chocolate, slicking the way for waves of coffee and
black licorice and a dash of bittering hops for good measures. Most excellent warming on the
aftertaste with a thick coating like quality to the mouthfeel. Light carbonation and great flavor
makes this a stout drinkers go to for rich indulgence. Earthy and meaty it is a meal in a bottle.


Brutaltruth, Aug 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

hermit990, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Afroman, Aug 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

blackmathdavey, Aug 19, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Big_Dave, Aug 15, 2014
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,012 ratings.