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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery

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87
very good

210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 27
Gots: 56 | FT: 8
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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mhaugo

California

5/5  rDev +29.2%

12-09-2013 05:26:32 | More by mhaugo
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 23:40:03 | More by BeerFMAndy
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hickmancase

California

4.75/5  rDev +22.7%

07-20-2013 19:05:30 | More by hickmancase
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JonathanC

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

08-05-2013 03:54:31 | More by JonathanC
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Grant35

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-27-2013 23:47:39 | More by Grant35
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josephwa

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

05-06-2013 01:53:44 | More by josephwa
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GClarkage

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-08-2014 15:25:56 | More by GClarkage
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zacharrry

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-12-2013 03:02:31 | More by zacharrry
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DoubleJ

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

06-08-2013 00:51:55 | More by DoubleJ
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jvillefan

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

04-04-2013 23:19:24 | More by jvillefan
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-08-2014 16:46:17 | More by trxxpaxxs
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nickfl

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-04-2013 01:14:48 | More by nickfl
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ngeunit1

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 03:13:19 | More by ngeunit1
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cozumel4me

California

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 18:46:51 | More by cozumel4me
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pkalix

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 20:02:35 | More by pkalix
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LakerLeith

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-29-2014 01:06:54 | More by LakerLeith
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Beerbuddy21

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-30-2013 19:47:09 | More by Beerbuddy21
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deniserat

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

10-27-2013 21:32:34 | More by deniserat
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Thishops4u

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08-09-2013 04:10:26 | More by Thishops4u
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Braz

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-23-2013 03:08:48 | More by Braz
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sirtomtom

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #870/871, bottled on 03/25/13(Etched into the bottle). Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours inky black and thick with a nice 3 finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin tan brown ring.

S: Coffee, chocolate with a light smokiness. A good bit of booze. Would be higher but a 9.5% ABV beer with this much booze in the nose is a bit odd.

T: Lots of coffee, with a bit of sweetness transitioning into a nice toasted oakiness like a heavily oaked red wine. Finishes a bit bitterer than the mild bitterness I was expecting.

M: Very thick and creamy. Perfect.

O: A wonderfully smoked stout. The smokiness isn't overpowering and melds seamlessly into the flavors of coffee and chocolate. A great beer, an excellent stout, let along a great smoked stout, it's a shame this a collaboration that will probably be never made again. Will definitely buy another couple bottles, some to keep, some to give away.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 02:51:18 | More by sirtomtom
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-04-2013 06:22:46 | More by drewone
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Shogun730

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

06-08-2013 00:27:34 | More by Shogun730
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EB1

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

09-28-2013 19:45:13 | More by EB1
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notchucknorris

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

04-05-2013 22:03:52 | More by notchucknorris
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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
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