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Suge Knite - Boneyard Beer Company

Suge Knite
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 8.58%

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  14.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: Elimination on 04-05-2011)
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Photo of thebigredone


3.76/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Jay for sending this my way. Poured from a 32oz growler.

Visually, this beer looks like any other stout.

The aroma is about average, some roast, some chocolate, a bit of booze.

Taste isn't far off from the nose. Slightly bitter cocoa powder is the predominant flavor. A little roast, a very tiny amount of oakiness, and not much else. The ABV is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is solid. A bit of cocoa dustiness gives this beer a unique aspect.

Overall, a good beer. However, it is not a top-tier stout. There are too many regularly available stouts in my area that I would choose over this any day of the week for me to want to trade for this again.

Serving type: growler

04-04-2014 18:01:19 | More by thebigredone
Photo of artoolemomo


3.78/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Was received with about a finger's worth of head. The head is a very dark beige with hint of ochre. It has pretty much no retention and no real lacing. The body is an opaque dark chocolate black. You can tell from the appearance alone that is not a beer to be trifled with.

Nose- A little subtle for an Imperial stout but still nice and complex. Espresso with more generic, coffee, roasted malt notes. Some chocolate in the background. After some swirling, I get some notes of toast and burnt caramel. Surprisingly, no alcohol. A little bit of cream as well.

Taste- Reflective of the nose- heavy on the espresso with other roasted notes. Noticeable booze and evident but seemingly contained oak. Bitter, dark chocolate notes as well. Alcohol is pretty minimal and so is the oak. This is a good thing. While this is well balanced and well rounded, I would like a little more complexity even at the cost of minor messiness. Pretty much average in regard to the Imperials I've had. This still makes it a solid beer. You have to give them props for hiding 14% so well. Some notes of oatmeal and a bit of smoke. Almost a rusted quality that actually works.

Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy bodied. Perhaps a little too much carbonation. A little gritty, a little chewy.

Drinakbility- Perhaps it's a good thing that is a little average for an Imperial. A delicious and fairly cheap 14% beer could be dangerous. 3.75 is not a bad price at all for a 250 mL pour.

Overall- Above average to solid beer. Definitely worth a try for stout lovers but if you've had the premium ones, you probably won't be impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2014 23:00:39 | More by artoolemomo
Photo of Hoptometrist


4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a snifter

A- Poured an intensely viscos black with a ring of off white head.

S- Tons of alcohol on the nose. Whiskey, vanilla, chocolate, and espresso. Lots of coffee bitterness and alcohol in the aroma. Very strong

T- Big alcohol and whiskey taste especially the cooler the beer was. Rich coconut, vanilla, licorice, big bitter black coffee, and chocolate notes. Still a big alcohol presence but the more this warmed up the more the other flavors shined very very nicely

M- Thick and full bodied, finished bone dry, lots of alcohol warming and some burn. Incredibly smooth the more this beer warmed up. 14%? I would never believe the ABV was that high, very drinkable

O- One of the very best imperial stouts I have had. Tons of coffee bitterness and complex flavors in this stout.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 03:46:26 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of writerLJBerg


4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at 16 tons. Finally tracked this damn thing down.

A: Black metal with a very thin whisp of mocha head. Great staining legs.

N: A lot of thick fudge, chocolate, and a well blended espresso mix. Some lactose and caramel. There’s some leather and tobacco, which is faint, and black licorice. Some raisin, dark cherry and raspberry.

T: Smooth dark chocolate and coffee bitterness mixed with a non cloying sugary nature.

M: Slick and oily. Very heavy. Alcohol isn’t as potent as percent would suggest, though it is there.

O: A really solid beer that balances the hoppiness and malt with aplomb. I’m a Boneyard homer and I’m not ashamed.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 19:19:29 | More by writerLJBerg
Photo of HopHead84


3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Thanks, Dyan!

Black, as you'd expect. Alcohol is well hidden, especially for the ABV. Big roasted and dark chocolate notes with anise and molasses. A bit of grape and plum. Touch of brown sugar. Bittersweet dark chocolate flavor with roast and molasses. Aggressive but still manageable. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Big and brash. Not something I'd care to drink again but definitely good for the style. This sort of beer needs to be tamed in a bourbon barrel.

Serving type: growler

04-22-2013 17:31:09 | More by HopHead84
Photo of mdaschaf


4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Brouwer's during Big Wood. Review from notes.

A: Suge Knight was a nice black color with one finger of tan colored head. Nice retention, rather bubbly on top, with plenty of lacing.

S: Nice roasty malt with some chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla too. Rather sweet with a little faint alcohol.

T: Deep flavors of milk and dark chocolate, some faint coffee and roasted malt. A bit of caramel and toffee, slight smoke presence as well.

M: Medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks rather smooth, the 14% shows through just a bit, to let you know its there.

O: A really nice IS, Boneyard can obviously make a solid non-hoppy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2013 23:12:47 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of johnmichaelsen


4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the E9 in Tacoma today.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with considerable, pillowy, creamy head and considerable lacing. The nose is attractive as well, as I get considerable milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and light licorice. The flavor profile is better still, as I get milk chocolate, cherry vanilla, licorice and light coffee, all on a soft and creamy, fairly sweet, rich frame. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, with a long, creamy and persistent finish. Alcohol is amazingly well integrated into the flavor profile, and it's really hard to believe this is a 14% abv. beer.

Really nice beer... hope to see this again on a regular basis in the NW.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 22:28:37 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of ehammond1

3.2/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


Acquired via trade
Thanks, libbey!

Black throughout and relatively thick in body. Very small dark brown crown atop of tight, small bubbles. Leaves the glass oily and just spotted with stick on the way down. Appropriately thick and menacing in appearance. Pretty and appropriate.

A sweet imperial stout, with notes of molasses, burnt brown sugar, and roast leading the way. There's a bit of a maple sweetness, and some char and ash notes as well, especially as the beer warms.

The flavor too is very sweet, which can be expected with an imperial stout of this magnificent heft. There's notes of brown sugar and molasses, along with a very mild chocolate, along with strong notes of ash and char, unfortunately. The alcohol is hidden extremely well for the noted ABV, but the char/ashtray notes are distracting and detract from the other flavors of the beer.

Medium in body, though I expected a fuller, thicker stout. Low carbonation.

Incredibly grateful that I got to try it, but this imperial stout wasn't one of my favorites.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 05:34:04 | More by ehammond1
Photo of DefenCorps


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler for $7.50 or so.

Pouring a very dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with a dense, brown head with good retention and lacing. The nose is a riot. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, moderate roast, mild booze, some dark fruit (raisins, prunes), vanilla and toffee are present. The roast character isn't as prominent as I'd usually like, but given the complexity of the sweetness (unlike in something simpler like, say, Eclipse or more recent Black Tuesdays), this is something I can live with. The alcohol is shockingly well-hidden.

The palate opens sweet and fudge-like with a blend of Kahlua and chocolate liqueur, followed by a mild roasted malt bitterness that tempers the sweetness just a bit. Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel are present, the blend really bringing to mind a insanely decadent coffee/chocolate brittle. Medium-full, sweet and decadent, this beer is dessert in a glass. Fruity flavors are present on the mid-palate and linger on in the finish. With a creamy carbonation, this beer is silken on the palate, and despite its heft, is drinkable (I drank about a pint the first night). Highly recommended, I'd love to see this aged/gently oxidized.

Serving type: growler

12-24-2012 05:16:02 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of flexabull


4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, I only had a small sampler of this beast, but man it was tasty!

Pours a sludge like deep black color with a thin brown head. Looks ominous, just like I think this style should.

Aromas are of heavily roasted malts, some bakers chocolate, and hints of charred wood.

Taste is like the nose, but restrained more than I expected. Very roasty, charred, with dark bitter chocolate and malt notes up front, some brown sugar sweetness, and a bitter pine like finish. Alcohol is hidden well, would have never guessed this was 14% ABV.

Mouthfeel is thick, smooth, and chewy.

Overall, a great kick you in the mouth Imperial Stout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2012 22:13:56 | More by flexabull
Photo of GWBendOR


4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this first at the Little Woody Barrel Aged Brewfest in Bend, OR, had to wait in line for my 4 oz serving, well worth the 5 minutes. This summer I had a growler filled!
This beer pours very dark, virtually black, small foam, dissaptes rapidly, great appearance.
It fills the nose with a complex array of malt, too much to describe - at least by me.
For me, near the apex of an Imperial Stout, deep, dark, full of flavor, great after taste.
Feel full on the palate, no fizz, smooth.
Overall probably my favorite, I would choose this over the Abyss, but barely.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 20:35:17 | More by GWBendOR
Photo of dirtylou


4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, brouwers

appearance: served in an unbranded 12oz snifter, innocuous ebony body, light mocha cream

smell: strong roasted malts, molasses, smoke, dark chocolate

taste: consumed amongst an onslaught of imperial stouts and one of the better ones, drawing comparisons to the abyss with a little more umph. dark roasted malt, molasses, burnt sugars, char, green piney hops, dark cacao, a touch of espresso. As others have indicated, the 14% comes across well and doesnt overstay its welcome on the palate

mouthfeel: rich and chew while maintaining a great deal of balance and drinkability

overall: nice stuff - boneyard is 4/4 amongst the beers i've been able to sample

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 18:28:28 | More by dirtylou
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a deep black color with good carbonation leaving a nice brown cap, lacing and good head rretention

S: Big roastiness, cocoa, some smoke, booze sting

T: Big cocoa and roastiness, some coffee and back to cocoa with some leather and light smoke in the midst along with some bread, dark fruits and perhaps a bit of caramel. This beer boasts 14%. Could not tell. Really smooth, balanced as a beer this big can be.

M: Big body, loads of flavor with an extremely long cocoa and rosted finish, dry with booze stinging. Very complex and this beer just hung around for days on the palate in a very good way!

O: As usual, Boneyard knocked it out of the park.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2012 19:04:16 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of staggerlee024


4.43/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep black. A small mocha lacing fades quickly.

S - Big Boozy and roasted flavors here. You get tons of roasted malts, burnt sugar, molasses and booze.

T - You are getting booze with this one. But it is incorporated well. Dark smoke, dark fruits, black sugars and chocolate. Excellent.

M - Hard to believe that this is over 14% abv. Drinks like an 11%.

O - A great offering from Boneyard. The brewery continues to impress.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 19:35:45 | More by staggerlee024
Photo of jdense


4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex PDX $3 for 6 oz pour, score, 11.25.11.

Dark as night, just a bit of brown head, quick dissipation resulting in thin layer of broken head on top of body, no visible carbonation. Big ass boozy nose, significant cocoa nib presence, hard to decipher hop presence due to pervasive booziness. Taste features a fairly cloying booziness, big dose of roasted malts, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some barrel notes, bourbon?, citrusy hops. Mouthfeel well on the full side of medium, slick and coating, not a lot of effervescence. This is one big ass beer, I'd like to have a bottle of this and see if some cellaring tames the booziness. Worth seeking out for fans of huge stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2011 00:13:39 | More by jdense
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky to have this one hand-bottled from Tony. It's not as dark on the pour as I was expecting, black-brown for the most part with some ruby highlights on the edges. Kind of a nice change from the thick opaque black stouts that come rumbling through (I like those too, though). Head is small and tan, small potentially because of the hand-bottling or the ABV. Overall, a good looking beer.

Nose is not overpowering, but very good. I'm talking smoke, rawhide, chocolate, dark malts. Flavor really turns it to 11 then adding in roasted notes, more smoke, dark chocolate undertones, more leather, a brief crack of pine hops. Just delicious. Reminds me a bit of Abyss, and (I think) it's every bit as good.

MF is smooth, creamy, full. Really pleasant, velvety. Overall, this beer was exceptional--really up there with the big stouts out there, and if it were in bottles, I'm sure it would age with the best of them. Boneyard is making some really great stuff, if you are in the area, make sure it check them out!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 14:16:14 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of Elimination


4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well, I am a huge boneyard fan, and have been since they opened. So naturally when I heard they had a 14 percent stout, I had to run down asap!

Appearance is pitch black, blacker than anything you could pour into a glass. A thin white/mocha head grabbing to the side of the glass holding on for dear help, trying to get away from the power of this beast.

Smell of in your face chocolate, roasty coffee, slightly burnt grain, and booze, tons of sweet delicious booze. Many people like it when they cant sense any alcohol in something, but when you approach this level of abv, I say bring it on!!! It really showcases a lot of how american Imperial stouts should. I dont like it subtle, I want it to feel like im drinking something strong.

Taste is a lot of darker smokey coffee, dark cacao chocolate, very roasted almonds, a bit of salty almost crunchy pretzel. The booze is here, but I consider it like whiskey, its something that plays with the tongue yet is inviting with the sting that lingers.

Mouthfeel is rather light, per style this might not be correct but it makes it very easy drinking honestly. Has strong carb, with the alcohol bite it stings a bit and almost tickles.

Overall yes I did rate some 4.5s but a 5 overall. I have a perfect reason for that, a stout like this is hard to find, I love getting something so strong it makes peoples jaw drop when I tell them the abv, let alone if they can get a taste of it.

Serving type: growler

04-05-2011 04:41:23 | More by Elimination
Suge Knite from Boneyard Beer Company
95 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.