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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery

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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 46 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For our first local collaboration beer of 2013, we teamed up with our good friends at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA. We've worked with these folks on a number of small batch brews, beer dinners and general shenanigans for many years and it was really exciting to sit down and work on a full scale project with them for the first time. What we ended up with is an imperial smoked stout, but of course it wasn't that simple. We smoked our own malt on the same smoker and with the same blend of three different woods that Beachwood uses for their award winning BBQ - apple, white oak and pecan. We then aged the beer on those same three types of wood. The resulting stout is hearty and wonderful, balancing the rich, meaty smokiness with the sweetness of the malt.
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Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by stakem:
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3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives. Some dark brown and reddish hue is seen through the edges.

The aroma is smoky and lightly phenolic like plastic. It is kinda similar to the character pete sonetimes imparts. Plenty of roasty chocolate, earth, tobacco, anise and raisins blend with the smokiness.

The taste is bitter and roasty like charred grain. Notes of anise, leather, earth and a solid pete-like smokiness that has some phenolic plastic quality into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and decent with the smoke being subtle and enjoyable but the phenolics are not that great. Funny enough, if you focus on the plastic this beer is almost bad...but if you try to ignore it, there are lots of pleasant nuance. As a side note, I think aging this on wood chips hurt the beer by augmenting the harshness.

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Smell - Smokey. Really nice smoke. Works very well with the sweet caramel malts and roasted malt.

Taste - Smoke blends very well with a sweet chocolate malt. Gets roastier as the smoke abates, yielding a bit of coffee. The smoke declines, but never goes away.

Mouthfeel - Rich with a nice body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Really good stuff here. Excellent smoke with a nice stout behind it.

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Bottled on 2/15/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.25)
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.

Aroma: (4)
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.

Taste: (3.75)
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.

Mouthfeel: (4)
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.

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Wonderful, and I don't usually like smoked beers. This is a cut above in complexity and mouthfeel. Not heavy on the smoke, but perfectly intertwined with its sweet and bitter malts, vanilla and dark fruits. My favorite regular RIS is Narwhal , and this has a lot in common

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