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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

228 Ratings
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Ratings: 228
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 30
Gots: 53 | FT: 6
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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

ZombieJester, May 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

billab914, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

acurtis, May 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Nightrain87, May 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

HopsintheSack, May 23, 2013
Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros, reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that leaves a nice thin blanket and side lacing.

S - Expected more chocolate here, nice roasted malts, faint vanilla, solid wood (guessing beechwood). Fair amount of smoke on this one.

T - Taste is astringent burnt roast malts and smoke. For me, kind of ruins what makes a stout a stout. Chocolate is there but overpowered quickly by smoke. Just doesnt do it for me.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for my liking. Expected something with a smoother, creamier feel.

O - Overall this was just too smokey. Actually falls in the line of the other bruery smoked beers...too smokey.

rudzud, May 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

tastyville, May 22, 2013
Photo of t420o
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruery/Beachwood Mrs. Stoutfire

A- pour yields a 2 finger fluffy brown head resting on a very dark brown to black body. Good retention 4.5

S- huge smoked wood smell that is excellent, chocolate, graham crackers, light vanilla. Excellent 4.5

T- the wood smoke taste is fantastic but not overpowering. chocolate and molasses and some coffee. Really an excellent beer. 4.25

M- a little thinner than expected with medium carbonation. 3.5

O- drinkability is very good for a beer as big as it is.Excellent overall. 4

A-

t420o, May 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

GRG1313, May 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jpaulsen, May 19, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

DIPAFAN, May 19, 2013
Photo of pants678
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with a tan head.

Smokey on the nose, coffee.

Very chocolatey and very dark chocolate. This is like a s'more. Sweet and very bold malt character. It is smoked but not like Smoking Wood or Stone's Smoked Porter, not drinking out of a fog machine, rather the smoke's a compliment, albeit with a tinge of cinnamon-esque grit. Alcohol's well covered, no burn but a dry finish. A campfire beer.

No complaints about carbonation. A full bodied, heavy stout.

pants678, May 18, 2013
Photo of schnarr84
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BenSW for the trade and 750 ml bottle. Poured into Big Rock snifter. Huge smoke on the nose and some roasted malts and barely noticeable caramel. Massive smoke flavor on the taste as wel as a nice imperial stout backbone. Overall this is a really intersting beer. You can definitely pick out the different types of smoked wood used in this brew and they definitely compliment each other. That being said, 750ml is a lot for a smoked beer. Smoke gets to be too much, would rather see this in pint or 12oz size

schnarr84, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

ThePorterSorter, May 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

moonknight31, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

brotherloco, May 14, 2013
Photo of TomTown
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL into two tulip glasses.

Appearance is a wonderful pitch black shade with a nice dark brown head that stuck around for a while.

Smells definitively of wood, smoke, chocolate and roast but also had a distinct wet dog character in the nose that luckily did not carry over into the palette.

Tastes wonderful. Rich chocolate, and assertive roast character. A little boosy but at an acceptable level. Roast character melded beautifully with both the smoke and wood tones.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very full and exactly what I want out of a big imperial stout.

Great beer. Would buy again, maybe for when it's a little colder out.

TomTown, May 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

leftstagebrew, May 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CoryR, May 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

mookihouse, May 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zestar, May 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

jdhugeloser, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Rjhami, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

ajzy, May 10, 2013
Photo of DovaliHops
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, pitch black color with a large espresso-colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is packed with chocolate cocoa and coffee. There is definitely some smokiness, but not as much as I was expecting. Hints of salty meats with some roasted malt and more cocoa. Taste is initially chocolatey. Lots of chocolate and stout-like characteristics. Great malt character on the beer...this is a malty sensation! Pretty sweet with some meaty smoke flavors. Not nearly as smokey as I was expecting. I was thinking this thing was going to be a smoke bomb. More sweet than smokey. Mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation. The head makes it seem like it is highly carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Drinkability is fair, and ABV is well-hidden. Overall, this beer was more sweet than it was smokey. I was hoping for a perfected smoked beer, instead I got a tasty imperial stout with a hint of smoke.

DovaliHops, May 09, 2013
Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.