Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottled on 2/15/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.
Pours an extremely viscous, impenetrable black with a thick, dark tan 2.5 finger's tall head. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing along the edges of the glass as it slowly recedes.
Immediately upon pouring your olfactory senses are filled with rich, smoked malts. Underneath this smokey veneer are some sweet dark fruits; mostly cherry and light plum. Notes of dark chocolate and cocoa powdered are layered underneath the fruit. On the edges of the chocolate is a slightly herbal hop presence. The intense aromatics of smoke start to fade as the beer warms, revealing a deep woodsiness; perhaps oak and cedar? Very little alcohol in the nose.
Big, deep chocolate upfront with some herbal hops in tow. Behind the initial blast of bittersweet chocolate is a lively smoke presence that really melds well with some of the subtle dark fruit notes. Finishes dry with a very deep wood presence. The wood really imbues the beer with a pleasant graininess from the tannins. The long lingering finish offers nuanced smoke interlaced with chocolate, bitter espresso and a slight herbal hoppiness. For the being 9.5% the alcohol is present, but very well integrated with the flavor profile of the stout.
Thick, viscous and robust with moderate carbonation.
The Bruery collaborated with Beachwood brewing earlier this year; they chose to brew an Imperial Smoked Stout, smoked with 3 different types of wood and aged it on three different types of wood. The smokiness is intense when the beer is chilled, but really subsides as the beer warms in it's glass bringing out some rich notes of chocolate and dark fruit. The wood aging is what really adds some nice texture and nuance to the beer though. The beer oddly reminds me of Stone IRS if it had been smoked and aged on wood. Very cool and interesting beer to check out; Recommended.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2013 06:32:01 | More by flayedandskinned
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