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

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947 Ratings
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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 655
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 105
Gots: 97 | FT: 7
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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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South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Consumed at a tasting with a handful of fellow BA's. Review is from tasting notes.

Pours pitch black. Two fingers of creamy chocolate head.

Very hoppy Imperial Stout. The hops definitely outweigh the roasted malts, though it comes pretty close to a nice balance between the two. Pretty interesting combination, as I'm sure many, like myself, expected the balance to swing towards the roast.

Big, sticky, creamy mouthfeel. Very thick. Texture is one of the things I love about Imperial Stouts. This is a pretty interesting beer. It's more hoppy than roasty in a Storm King kind of way for me. Pretty good stuff. Hopefully I'll be able to secure a bottle of my own.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 06:09:41 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of JayNH

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

" Bottle conditioned in 2008"

A- Pours a thick black with a solid foamy tan head.

S- Sweet and boozy. Plenty of caramel and diacetyl and a hint of sweet chocolate.

T- Sweet dark chocolate maltiness, plenty of alcohol, some burnt coffee. Grassy/piney hops throughout, really gives the brew a nice balance.

M- Smooth and full bodied, carbonation is just right.

D- Excellent! For a 10% ABV Impy stout this brew drinks very easy. Plenty of alcohol but it doesn't burn on the way down. Flavor profile is very well balanced, not too syrupy sweet and not obnoxiously hopped. Another winner from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 20:08:22 | More by JayNH
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3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is special. It's very hoppy (pine) even for an Imperial Stout. Also it is very sweet and toasted. The appearance is nice with a large foamy head and a very dark brown color. The flavor is like the aroma but also astringent. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice experience and one I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 05:53:15 | More by nick76
Photo of JohnQVegas


4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draught @ Smuttynose brewery. 2008 vintage, about 4 months old.

Pours thick, viscous opaque black with a creamy, one finger head.

Nose is sweet and roasty, cocoa and a bit of citrus hops flavor poking through. Great nose.

Taste is big, rich cocoa and coffee, a bit sweet and very smooth. Round. Oily hops emerge towards the middle, green, but never dominating - nicely balancing the richness of the cocoa sweetness. Bit of citrus. Finish is lingering, palate-coating, dry.

Body is thick and heavy, smooth but with enough carbonation to keep the palate refreshed. Fanastic beer.

Defied my every expectation. Huge beer, insanely hoppy, and yet I couldn't stop drinking and drinking. Top notch.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 00:00:50 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hey, it randomly got cold for a few days. Time for an imperial stout

A - pours beautifully. Black with the maybe the faintest hint of dark brown when held up to light. Lovely tan head and great lacing. Word up

S - I got a huge hit of piny hops on the pour, and even sitting here typing with the beer a foot from my nose I can still smell that. Going in closer reveals some fruity notes and faint hints of roasted malt/coffee/dark chocolate/your favorite stereotypical imperial stout aroma here. Enjoyable, but I love piny hops, so YMMV

T - going in, I'm still massively hit by hops. They're upfront, in the middle, and definitely at the finish. Gets a little grapefruity toward the middle, but the pine definitely sticks around. Again, there are faint hints of the stereotypical imperial stout flavors, but they're barely there for me. Seriously hoppy. Perhaps too hoppy for this style (this coming from a hop lover and a dude who really enjoys Sweetwater Happy Ending), but whatever, it's still good

M - not as heavy as I imagined. Medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation. In addition to the bitter aftertaste, the beer is actually quite dry. Interesting, and not the sort of incredibly silky mouth coating RIS-feel I've gotten used to. Not a bad thing by any means, just different

D - this isn't a bad beer by any means, and I think I'm getting more of the roasty action as it warms up. Still, I think this is the first Smuttynose I haven't been like "FUCK YEAH" with (it only came to GA a couple of months ago). I've had some hoppy RISs, but this thing is intense. As a hop lover that's ok, but I wasn't expecting it with this beer. Same thing with the dryness. Regardless, I shall finish the bomber, but I'm not sure I'd go out of my way to snag this over another Smuttynose. This does nothing to diminish my thoughts of how awesome those dudes are, and I'll probably try the next release and see if anything changes

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2009 02:17:35 | More by ruckzuck
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3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled through limesmut and Good/Bad/Ugly BIF. This is the 2007 vintage.

Black beer with a good sized brown head that falls after a bit.

Smell is sweet with a black currant and chocolate aroma. Black coffee and patent malt. Perceptible ethanol fumes.

The taste of this one starts out sweet and malty with a patent malt aftertaste that starts chocolate and ends bitter. Little bit of black currant in this but really this is a patent malt beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

Pretty easy to drink though not the most flavorful RIS I have had. Needs more complex flavor. Worth trying though.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2009 04:43:29 | More by Zorro
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2.93/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a light brown bubbly melted chocolate ice cream like head. Some decent lacing as well.

I could smell the pine cone hops the minute I popped the cap. Wonderful aroma, if that is your thing, really drowns out the other coffee/cocoa elements. Too much.

This one is all about the hops. Huge pine notes here, with everything taking a deep backseat to this. There is deep roasted malt somewhere, some coffee and bitter chocolate, and some light sweetness, as well as a blackstrap molasses twang, but all of that gets hip-checked aside by the hops. Warming alcohol kicks in at the end.

Lighter in body than I expected, but still fairly mouth coating.

This was ultimately a drain pour for me. What a drag. Easily one of the worst RIS' that I've had, and probably one of the worst I've ever had from Smutty -- a shocker. So hop dominant that I had trouble getting to other flavors. Could have easily been an IPA mixed with a cup of expresso (complete with the lemon twist). This is one and done.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 12:28:28 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.25/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thick, murky dark brown, almost black. Very sticky tan head, quickly bubbles down. Smell is overwhelmingly piny hops, after a little while, you can make out some vanilla-ish sweetness.

You can taste the hops off this one before it's all the way in the mouth, probably in no small part due to the hopping. This mixes right away with a dull chocolatey taste. Towards the end, it gets real sweet, almost a vanilla like sweetness without the vanilla taste. There's a pretty strong alcohol bite as it warms, also. The aftertaste is a battle between cocoa flavor and the hops. This one seems to be light on the overall roastiness, focusing on the other aspects. Mouthfeel is kind of light for the style, not real full, there isn't a whole lot behind it. The interplay going right from hop blast to sweet hop doesn't really work for me at all. Not wholly unpleasant, but not what I look for in a stout. Drinkability suffers for the same reason. As a 12oz, this would be an OK try, but as it stands a lot of this will unfortunately be drain poured. Far too hoppy a RIS for my likes. I could deal with either the big hoppyness or the sweetness and burn if it was plenty roasty to compensate, but not both without the roastiness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 03:33:05 | More by damienblack
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3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a robust, foamy, deep tan head packed with big carbonation bubbles as the head slowly dissolves leaving a sticky lacing trail in its path.

Big roasted malt aroma, oats, and even earthy hops hit the nose. Coffee notes also present themselves as the beer warms as well as more distinguishable burnt aromas, but I'm still surprised by the noticeable, non-traditional hop aroma. As the beer warms, there is also a flowery or almost pine aroma that develops, extremely fresh.

Wow, a much sweeter flavor than the nose suggested, big hop bitterness, warming alcohol effects, again coffee notes, and pleasant roasted to almost burnt malt or grain. To match the aroma, the floral to pine taste follows in the palate as well as room temperature is reached.

Full bodied, big and chewy, milder carbonation, warming alcohol feeling.

The drinkability is good, but if anything the somewhat intensely diverse flavor offerings can almost be too much. This is a great brew, but I'm sticking to one at a time (of course, they're big ones). Allowing this beer to warm and continue to sample it over an hour plus really releases its character.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 00:31:30 | More by CHADMC3
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4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. My bottle said 8.9% abv.
Nice used motor oil colored pour. Good sized dark tan head. Aroma is way dominated by pineyness. Some faint roast tones, coffee, malt, dark chocolate. Flavor does have quite a bit of the hops up front, but does fade. Warming definetely helps this out as well. Roast malt, dark fruits and some chocolate ease on through. Just a little bit hot. Mouthfeel starts a bit prickly, but mellows to near creaminess. The lingering is a mix of coffee and the hops again.

I thought this was very good, if not a bit different. The thing this reminded me the most of was 3F Alpha Klaus.
I think this may age very nicely and mellow the hops out a bit. With the abv just slightly lower than normal, assuming my bottle was correct, this will also have a nice amount of drinkability to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 00:13:30 | More by Bung
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New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bomber poured into a refrigerated pint glass. Paid $4.99 at Beverage King in West Lebanon, NH.

A: Pitch black brew with a thick, rocky beige head 2 fingers high. Chunks of foam cling to the glass as it slowly settles.

S: Heavy notes of pine and then smoke, also some citrus. The various notes combine to produce an aroma of sage. Not very complex. Chocolate and coffee develop as the beer gains exposure to air.

T: Nothing on the tip of the tongue, entirely dry. Smoke and then pine toward the middle. Grapefruit and ginger in the finish. As with the smell, taste is not very complex, but this series of big bold notes does blend well together. As with the smell, flavors of bitter chocolate and coffee develop later on.

M: Not slick, not too dry, with a good level of carbonation. Moderate and appropriate on all accounts. A little alcohol in the finish, but otherwise undetectable.

D: This is a solid beer, filling. Feeling the alcohol a little bit, but that's to be expected at 10% ABV. Consistent with expectations for this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 00:53:35 | More by BeerNinja007
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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. "Bottle Conditioned in 2009."

Appearance: Totally opaque black with hints of brown around the edges. Thick creamy tan head, 1 inch thick, recedes slowly, leaving lots of wide bands.

Nose: High notes of black coffee, green coffee beans, wet green leaves, demarara sugar, creme brulee.

Palate: Medium-bodied for the style, with a huge amount of bitterness right off the bat. It really tastes like dark roast coffee brewed black, thick and with not enough water. You know the kind: Morning after an all-night barleywine fest, not thinking straight, need coffee, twice as many scoops as usual, half the water, not enough sugar, skip the cream...we have lift off! kind of coffee. Also some bittersweet chocolate notes, cocoa nibs, a little moss-like note, and a long, bitter finish.

Notes: More bitter and a little lighter in body that I remembered this beer being. That being said, I really like it! Some Imperial Stouts can get to be really sweet up front, but this guy, this one here is a stout for the IPA drinker. Hops!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:31:43 | More by SFLpunk
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Solid black.. thin brown head. Decent lacing on the glass

S - Java, hop bitterness

T - Along with taste.. roasted malts/java hints of hops with a nice bitterness and an over all sweetness.

M - Silky smooth. Medium bodied.. slightly sticky on the palate.

D - Very smooth, great mouthfeel and taste. Hard to keep on the coaster.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 22:32:26 | More by Yesac
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 Vintage

Tar sand black with crimson wrestling for what little position there is along the lining. The beer is sternly opaque and I'm not surprised that even with a very bright light behind it I am able to note little by ways of highlighting. The second pour would generate a much more full-bodied head although it too would shortly subside to a mere greasy varnish.

Although it's historically unorthodox for the style, some craft brewers are opting to load up their Imperial Stouts with zesty American hops - and I'm starting to love it! 'Oh' and 'wow' would be the first two words to escape my mouth after the first one, or two, or twenty some odd sniffs. It has bittersweet chocolate and zesty hops. I'm anticipating great things...

The hops suggest lighter, citric fruits (grapefruit, orange) and the malts impart dark fruits (black currant, plum). Both of these characteristics pale enormously in contrast to the rich, dark chocolate fudge that dominates the taste. Along with hints of chicory coffee, cinnamon stick, vanilla pods, dark caramel and black licorice, the flavour is everything rich and delicious (and probably fattening) that you could imagine accompanying chocolate.

It's some unlikely balance of fruity hops, sweet malts, bitter flavours and warming alcohol that make this beer disappear faster than a speeding bullet. (Never along the way does it suggest that the 10% alcohol might hit you like a bullet). This has all the right parts in all the right places. There is so much flavour and a mouthfeel that does little to impede it; this resembles a rich crème anglaise served over bittersweet brownies and tiramisu.

A whole bomber of Smuttynose Imperial Stout is just about as indulgent as you can get. From first sniff to last sip this is nothing but decadent. This might be all it takes to convert those guilty cravings for chocolate into a lustful longing for stout. I think very highly of Smuttynose on the whole but this offering in particular is one I stock up on every time I get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:48:49 | More by biegaman
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4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 Vintage - 3/18/2009

Yay, its back...

Pours an inky, jet black, pretty viscous going into my snifter glass. It produces a beautiful tan/coffee colored head that is thick and clingy. The smells begin...

Holy mother of hops, this is the hoppiest RIS I've ever smelled. It is an intense blast of citrusy/piney hop freshness. If my eyes were closed I'd say it was a Double IPA. Behind all those hops are faint wisps of licorice, dark dark malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol heat.

Taste is a very complex combination of many things. The hop bitterness is not too intense which makes room for some of the dark fruit, bitter coffee and cocoa and some of the warming alcohol to come out. Delicious and every sip provides something new.

This is an excellent beer, the hop nose is awesome and the taste is deep, dark and mysteriously complex...a match made in beer heaven!

I am putting the other bottle in the cellar for a year to match up with next year's release. In the mean time I'll be drinking more of this while its fresh, hoppy and intense!

Smutty, you never fail me!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 23:49:21 | More by indiapaleale
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Ontario (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pitch black with a heavy head of brown foam you could walk on. Toasty, burnt sugars in the nose with a substantial dose of piney hops, cocoa, coffee, wine-like fruitiness, herbs and honey. Big, full body. Very chewy and creamy with a bit of an astringent touch. Sweet, sticky sugars balance well dark, coffee malt for a while, but are obliterated by DIPA-like hoppiness.Palate cleans up nicely with a big bitterness. Warming and very satisfying brew and surprisingly easy drinking. Personally, I like this a lot, but it's difficult to categorize. It looks like an imp. stout, feels like an imp. stout, but IMO tastes more like a DIPA. It may not be for everyone but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 05:07:55 | More by allergictomacros
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into my Duvel tulip.

One finger coco brown head on aggressive pour that didn't last more than thirty second. Drops to a ring around the glass. Dark opaque body as expected. Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, barbecue on the nose. Taste is really complex, lots of dark belgian chocolates, alcohol, more bitter than sweet. Not the smoothest RIS I've tried, but no where near the worst. I was hoping for something a bit smoother, this one isn't. Balance could use some work, mouth fill could use some work. Going to let this one sit for a bit..

Okay. in the about 60-65 degree range this is super smooth but with the lingering ethanol flavors. Much preferred at this temp.

Thanks to Jwale73 for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 21:34:18 | More by ballewblake
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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber purchased at Bullock's in Marietta, Georgia. Bottled In: 2009. So fresh!

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a head the color of café au lait.

Smell: Roasty, coffee-toned nose with bittersweet chocolate and particularly fragrant hop scents of bitterish pith and pine.

Taste: Roasty coffee flavor at the beginning with a touch of bittersweet chocolate and a bit of dark caramel. At this stage, the hops are rather assertive and deliver a heavy citrus taste and lesser hints of pine needles. Moderate bitterness. Both the roasty coffee flavor and citrusy pine resin vie for attention, but neither side really wins out. Finishes drying, roasty, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Relatively smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Good fresh, though I'd personally prefer to see it with a bit of age on it to temper those biting hops. Paired well with the CD "Some Are Lakes" by Land of Talk.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 05:27:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2007.

Into a snifter, poured an oily black body with deep brown hues around the edges. A good sized mocha colored head rose and fell pretty quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell is of dark malts, roasty, mostly molasses. Hints of dark chocolate and a strong, but not overpowering, alcohol presence in the background. Some grain and darker fruits as well.

Taste is of dark chocolate dipped cherries, roasted malts, molasses, dried figs. Some sweet caramel. Very complex. Alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Nice hop backbone emerges as well in the finish - something I didn't really detect in the nose. Nice.

Mouthfeel is super creamy - carbonation is light but spot on. Full bodied. Pretty drinkable despite the ABV. It warms but it's not 'hot' at all. It's definitely a sipper... there are so many characteristics and flavors to just sit and marvel about. Great brew and a must try for RIS lovers.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 05:04:49 | More by TMB0424
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4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of a couple of generous BAs poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, dark chocolate brown with hints of mahogany around the edges when held up to might. The small tan head is creamy and recedes to a ring and a swirl of bubbles on the top.

Huge dark chocolate malts dominate the nose with hints of dark fruit and some citrus hops.

The taste is bittersweet with lots of chocolate and roasted malts but with an interesting bitterness in the finish that's part coffee and part citrus hops.

The mouthfeel is smooth with enough light soft carbonation to make it tickle the palate nicely.

Another great beer in the Smuttynose Big Beer Series. A straight-forward but extremely tasty stout that delivers without being too over the top.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:27:31 | More by gford217
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4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to northyorksammy for this beer.

The beer pours a thick, inky black beer with a thin off-white head.

Smells of dark roast coffee and cacao, dried fruits like figs. Probably some adjunct, it appears like oats, grainy in general.

Taste is quite bitter, but is dominated by coffee, chocolate and cacao tastes. Backed up by the bitterness of course. The alcohol is very present. A warming feeling and a rather sharp alcoholic kick on the tongue. I can't help to notice the strong oats character. The citric hops also add a nice complexity, although they are a bit overruled by the alcohol and roast.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 16:38:41 | More by Absumaster
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 Vintage. Pours a shinny midnight black color with some minor viscous sticking pouer. A darker brown colored head with good retention and lacing throughout.

The nose is complex with a good mix of malt, esters and light yeasty notes. To start, the malt has a great complexity with a hint of roast and big chocolate notes. More like a dark chocolate, there is a light milky aroma that help enhance this smell. Some nice light esters with darker fruits, figs, plums and some cherries. Some lighter floral notes with a mix of earthy hops notes. Surprised to see it here after so much time. The yeast is very clean. Some minor alcohol aromas but very clean.

The taste is right on par with the nose. Great complexity. The chocolate notes back off a bit compared to the nose but more of an astringent roasty flavor comes out and really balances well. Some minor melanodian/caramel flavor that finishes nicely and gives it a more smooth finish. The milky notes are much lighter and gives more of a Imperial Stout flavor. Great esters, with some raisin and plums but play second to the malt. Same with the yeast. The alcohol is very cloying and is there but light and blends nicely.

The body is big with a great creamy texture. Some astringency up front but hidden in the finish. Carbonation is light but allows the malty body to come out. Overall a great example of a Imperial Stout. I think age has done great things with this.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 17:45:35 | More by Oxymoron
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aged for a year in the beer fridge.

Pours black with a one-finger head. Nose attracts with chocolate and maybe a slight hint of anise paired with a bit of tart fruitiness. Hit brings a big dose of roasted malt. Finish is very smooth, no doubt from resting for a year. There's a hint of the alcohol in the finish, but it's very subtle.

Lays down very well. But, boy, is it tough to wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 02:38:41 | More by beer2day
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a thick, jet black color with a small, foamy, light brown head. It left minimal traces of lace.

S - It smelled very sweet with notes of citrus and estery dried fruits. Some subtle floral notes, too.

T - It tasted of sweet roasted barley, caramel and some bitter, sharp grassy hops. It had hints of boozy alcohol flavors, too.

M - It was smooth, soft and a little creamy. A medium to full-bodied stout.

D - This is a great tasting imperial stout. Another outstanding offering from Smutty.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 15:13:23 | More by zeff80
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a thick, syrupy dark crimson red with a moderatly retaining beige head.

S: Great aroma, pine and grapefruit with some earthy smoked woody tones.

T: Nice chocolate and coffee for flavor. Pine, and strong pungent grapefruit dominates the palate from the start with massive amounts of cascade and centennial hopping. Some fruitiness in the middle that ends with a big dry floral hop bite compliments of Columbus hops (think Anderson valley hop ottin).

M: full bodied, creamy with a hint of carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability, clean flavored, and a great example per style. Every sip is as good as the first and one that is hard to tire of, a bomber might not be enough here.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 14:09:10 | More by beerthulhu
Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.