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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery

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87
very good

232 Ratings
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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 30
Gots: 52 | FT: 7
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:
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.

(Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 03-29-2013)
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Photo of mhaugo
5/5  rDev +29.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.5% ABV, "This beer is suitable for aging up to 2 years."

A - Incredibly sinister looking, Mrs. Stoutfire (incredible name, by the way) pours blacker than most used motor oil and just about as thick, producing a heavy mocha-colored head. Constant swirls arouse more aroma but wash away the thick lacing that clings to the tulip.

S - Thick smoke wafts from this big imperial stout but the blend of wood really gives it a pleasing aromatic experience like smoking meat, not just straight campfire. Bold maltiness supplements the smoke with roasted characteristics of coffee, dark chocolate, and dry mocha with undercurrents of raisin and fig for a seriously inviting dark beer.

T - Voluptuous but somewhat reserved, the oak and smoke influence in flavor is perfect; present, complex, and distinctive but soft and complimentary to the beer's rich malt profile. Mocha, medium roast coffee, and smooth milk chocolate come together for an exquisite chorus of dark malt!

M - Rich and chewy, this full-bodied stout is silky smooth with mild acrid bitterness and dry smoke along the finish for balance that quietly distracts from the sweet malt profile. This is basically a flawless beer when it comes down to it's feel.

O - Mrs. Stoutfire is one seductive stout who's flirtatious smoke aroma and charming chocolaty flavor come together for a bold-but-complex imperial stout that's not smoke-heavy but exceptionally balanced and damn good with BBQ pulled chicken! Without hesitation, it's also one of the best smoke / imperial stouts I've ever come across.

Photo of hickmancase
4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of Jjski
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Fantastic, integrated smoke and complex wood.

Aroma of vanilla ( like a mild 2013 TenFidy) witch cocoa and smoke

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

One year aged in cellar added a depth usually found on bourbon barrel stouts. Highly recommended if you can find or if made again.

Photo of Stum-pub
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of JonathanC
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Grant35
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of vma
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of josephwa
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of zacharrry
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of hollywood_15063
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of jvillefan
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of getkrunkhoe
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of nickfl
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, smoke, vanilla, oak, raisins and other dark fruits, black licorice, touch of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, oak, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, smokey, and sweet finish.

D - Great smoked stout. Nicely balanced with good smoke character.

Photo of Gotti311
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of cozumel4me
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown with a a dark tan frothy head.

S - Expresso, dark chocolate, caramel malts, smoke, oak and black licorice.

T - Expresso, dark chocolate, caramel malts, smoke, oak, molasses, bitterness.

M -Very complex beer with so much going on. Smokey, bitter, sweet finish.

D - Nice smoked character with great balance.

Pleasantly surprised by this beer as their is so much going on. It has a bit of that Russian Imperial Stout bitter profile, but pulls back with a sweeter finish.

Photo of pkalix
4.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours black with chocolate milk layer on top. just a couple bubbles remain after a few minutes.
smell is campfire embers on the beach, some fruit and fig and an almost depth of a past fire. all smoke.
smokey taste. they really tried their best to impart that smokiness to it. typical flavors abound- chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts.... and smoke.
overall, I guess it's alright. it looks beautiful when poured. 2nd pour had a beautiful (chocolate) milk head. also, the 2nd pour has a more straight up chocolate flavor with less bitterness than the first pour. the color is very nice, especially against the gold DUVEL writing on my tulip glass. i'm warming up to this one as i'm taking bigger sips (gulps) now. maybe that was my problem- I was sipping and trying to get the full flavor profile and didn't like all the bitter smoke. it was borderline 'band aid' flavor. but still, just a little too much smoke for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
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