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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

965 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 965
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 110
Gots: 98 | FT: 7
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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Brutus627

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-24-2014 01:34:47 | More by Brutus627
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-17-2014 14:04:21 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10%

06-15-2014 01:07:14 | More by georgiaboy8686
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Spaten454

Louisiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-14-2014 21:06:26 | More by Spaten454
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -18.1%

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.

06-14-2014 03:21:07 | More by Mitchster
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Kaizoku

Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +10%

06-07-2014 09:45:51 | More by Kaizoku
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EricDu

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-07-2014 05:52:07 | More by EricDu
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Dicers

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-06-2014 19:06:48 | More by Dicers
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-02-2014 21:04:47 | More by NJBeer265
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Bonsall_Phil

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

06-02-2014 02:30:37 | More by Bonsall_Phil
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-02-2014 02:24:14 | More by liamt07
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4/5  rDev -2.2%

06-01-2014 12:23:06 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Tafyob41

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-31-2014 07:00:09 | More by Tafyob41
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VTEno17

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-30-2014 23:44:43 | More by VTEno17
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-28-2014 23:24:18 | More by Latarnik
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TTTBeer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-26-2014 02:54:51 | More by TTTBeer
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MA08

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-25-2014 02:02:55 | More by MA08
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-24-2014 22:48:04 | More by DrunkinYogi
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neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-23-2014 02:51:31 | More by neckbracesub
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.23/5  rDev +3.4%

With its roasted viscosity, Smuttynose's Big Beer Series introduces an epic stout that harks back to the days of export of this fine elixir from Britain to Russia, except with a few American microbrewery twists.

Its dark austere foreshadows its impact on the palate as the upfront taste is heartily robust but supportively sweet as toffee sweetened espresso lays on the tongue while dark chocolate and burnt citrus fill the nose.

As its taste fattens on the tongue, its weight of molasses is both felt and tasted; dragging with it the strong chocolate-covered espresso bean flavor and with a spicy alcohol tone of brandy, cinnamon, aniseed and citrusy hop bitterness. Its high roast teases the palate with campfire notes and grilled fruits of cherry and berry.

Its long and somber finish is slowly fading as those lush malt flavors and velvety textures prefer to reward the palate deep into the next sip. Its exiting bitterness is partly of hops but partly of coffee, chicory and soil. Spicy with alcohol, its warm and almost-prickling once again harks to brandy.

Its a brilliant balance in a stout that ties together the extreme sensations of alcohol, fruit, spice and sweetness- built upon roasty stilts and relying on its own bigness to make it work. These brewers know how to build a big beer!

05-22-2014 04:07:22 | More by BEERchitect
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DoubleJ

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-19-2014 01:42:37 | More by DoubleJ
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alostplot

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10%

05-18-2014 20:47:09 | More by alostplot
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dpgoblejr

New Hampshire

4.96/5  rDev +21.3%

On Tap at the Thirsty Moose Taphouse in Portsmouth NH.

Very dark-brown to mostly black looking stout. Moderate head, decent for a stout, and very slight lacing. Hints of chocolate, smoke, and dark fruits in the aroma. Tastes absolutely amazing with a sort of cherry-chocolate sweetness dominating my taste buds. Smooth, nice bodied beer that is a like a drinkable dessert. Awesome stout and my favorite brew by Smuttynose to date. Highly recommended must try here!

05-18-2014 19:59:57 | More by dpgoblejr
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Can_has_beer

Texas

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-16-2014 21:02:02 | More by Can_has_beer
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russwilliam

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-16-2014 04:58:34 | More by russwilliam
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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