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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

957 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 957
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 107
Gots: 96 | 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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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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: on-tap

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
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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-12-2014 12:56:41 | More by byronic
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-11-2014 18:11:26 | More by HattedClassic
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polloenfuego

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-11-2014 01:53:11 | More by polloenfuego
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aztraz

Sweden

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

05-06-2014 20:10:51 | More by aztraz
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patrick802

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-05-2014 12:48:14 | More by patrick802
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Called an Imperial Stout for a reason this poured with a most regal complexion of thick black darkness. The head was a thick crown of Brown dense foam that was thick enough to support the bottle cap.

The nose is full of cocoa powder, light char, marshmallow sweetness, Graham cracker and chocolate malt.

The flavor holds more chocolatey properties with a powder and milk chocolate taste. Light char or roast mixes with a malty Graham cracker before the marshmallow sweetness finishes.

The feel is thick and full but there is significant warmth and alcohol tang.

This is part of the "Big Beer Series" and this is a Big Beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2014 23:21:38 | More by KYGunner
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-04-2014 13:35:53 | More by Mack
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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-04-2014 03:59:56 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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