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Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire - The Bruery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

234 Ratings
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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/30/13 notes. Got a few bottles of this in the RS this year; 75-ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of retention and light lacing on the glass. Looks great.

s - Smells of smoked malts, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cedar, oak, vanilla, light dark fruits, light sweet chocolate, and sweet coffee. Awesome nose; very complex. Lots of smoked notes up front but unlike some other smoked porters and stouts, it doesn't dominate the nose, and allows a lot of other stuff to come through.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, smoke, sweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, light wood. Taste is pretty good, but less complex than the nose, and doesn't have any vanilla. Smoke is a little heavier in the taste; good, but a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, was hoping for a tiny bit of a fuller bottle. Doesn't feel lik 9.5% ABV though.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good smoked stout. It looks and smells great; a very complex nose with just enough smoke. The taste is good but heavier on the smoke. Glad to have another bottle of this one, as my girlfriend and I drank the bottle no problem.

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of ILikeGoodCider
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HALB
4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of ZombieJester
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of HopsintheSack
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of tastyville
2/5  rDev -48.3%

Photo of t420o
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of pants678
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of schnarr84
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TomTown
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
87 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.