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Smoglifter - Brash Brewing Company

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233 Ratings
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Ratings: 233
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 17
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Dope on 03-31-2013

Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa.
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Ratings: 233 | Reviews: 45
Reviews by GarthDanielson:
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a frothy, dense, half inch chocolate tan head that quickly settles into a filmy coating. Tasty looking brew that pours rich and smooth. Aromas of coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate, with some hints of booze and earthy highlights. Flavors are rich, roasted, and super smooth. Wow. Bittersweet chocolate, with a creamy backbone, balancing both rich sweetness and bitter notes. Very tasty and very drinkable, doing a good job to blend robust flavors with a kick of booze. The beer is smooth, creamy, and rich in mouth, with a hint of bitterness at the end of the palate, drying slightly. The finish is rich, sweet, and roasty, but avoids cloying with the subtle bitter dryness. Very tasty, very quaffable brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tkdchampxi
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Unfortunately, I had this aged a year, and I do not know how it would taste fresh. That being said, it was very enjoyable. I just wish there was more chocolate in it for something calling itself an imperial chocolate milk stout.

Some nice milk chocolate notes in the nose with subtle hints of coffee and a strong whiff of roasted malt character.

Flavor is the same as the smell minus the chocolate. The toasted malt and coffee vie for presence to make a nice, subtly sweet brew that screams balance

Pours a beautiful black with a thin caramel head. Mouthfeel is nice and full and more- than-medium thickness

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In a snifter the beer was black in color with just a rim of head.

Roasted malt aroma. Cream. Fairly boozy.

Milk chocolate/dark chocolate. A little coffee. Booze.

A rich stout. Very boozy, but enjoyable. I didn't think the alcohol was too intrusive, it seemed to enhance the taste.

Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Pour Farm, New Bedford

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: char and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, light char, cream, and a light smoky backbone

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet with char bitterness, low carbonation

Overall: A good not great sweet stout with just enough char to offset the sweetness. The alcohol sneaks up on you. I would get this again, but I would not rush out for it.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with a cream tan head, 10% heavy hitting imperial chocolate milk stout. Off the bat the head doesn't stick around very long speckled lacing follows suit. Aromatics, deep dark chocolate, notes of soy sauce, creamy lactose notes, and again big dark chocolate additions the gangs all here folks. As it warms up I'm getting dark fruit notes within the chocolate/milk chocolate notes. Flavor coats the palate with dark chocolate syrup, cream textures of lactic yogurt notes, earthy nutty notes from the cocoa additions...a really great beer as a whole. It gets a bit cloying sweet be sure to share with fellow beergeeks four to eight ounces is enough for me, 22 ounces is unbearable. Mouthfeel mellows out a bit just a touch of booze notes going on, with full bodied malts. Even flowing carbonation going on down through each sip. Overall, it's a nice beer big chocolate malts enough sweetness to induce diabetes disperse this amongst friends.

Photo of dowen17
3.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as ink. Gurgles into the bottom of my snifter. Produces a two finger milk chocolate head that recedes to a small ring around the glass.

On the nose is milk chocolate and booze. Some toasted malt comes in on the end but it's mostly booze.

Taste is boozy. Bittersweet chocolate hits first and there are some toasty notes. But the alcohol really takes over on the end.

This beer is retardedly thick.

The booze kills this beer for me. Doesn't hide the alcohol well AT ALL.

Photo of jimbomill
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At TJ's Everyday today decided to try something new, going with the Brash Smoglifter. It had everything going for it - looks, nose, taste. This was easily one of the best Milk stouts I ever had. TJ's listed it as an Imperial Milk Chocolate stout. I tend to let this style warm up, but even cold out of the tap, this demonstrated a fine palate pleasing profile.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as the night with a quickly fading dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy coffee notes. Tempting!
Very decadent flavours. A fair bit of chocolate is noticeable alongside bready roasted malt. Quite and aggressive finish of roasty bitterness and alcohol.
Needs a creamier mouthfeel.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 07/29/13

A - Thick inky black, Smoglifter pours quietly, rousing a thick mocha head that dots the snifter in specks of lace but, I'll be forthcoming; I bought this bottle because of the incredible label artwork!

S - Billowing roasted malt wafts from the nose rich with the presence of dusty cocoa, bitter baker's chocolate, and a heavy dose of lactose sugar stirred into iced black coffee grasped at by notes of cardboard oxidation.

T - Lactose sweetness can barely be discovered, buried in the heap of heavily roasted malts and cocoa which cast a shroud of bitter, bottom-of-the-pot coffee and baker's chocolate over the tongue. Notes of smoky northwoods-made maple syrup and blackstrap molasses bring in the finish for an assertive, dark flavor.

M - Thick and throat-coating, Smoglifter has a rich body and creamy feel due, in part, to the lactose sweetness that struggles to cut the strong, acrid bitterness imparted from the heavily roasted malts.

O - Brash's Smoglifer drew me in with it's incredible label that features a crypic-yet-cartoonish comic book-style illustration that suits the beer quite well. Pouring inky black and foreboding, this chocolate-rich aromatic beer is enticing but it's robust bitter malt flavor leans a little too bitter and harsh-finishing for my taste. I enjoy the complexities of Smoglifter's combination of styles, if you will, but in the end, there's a fine line I teeter on and the lack of sweetness throws me off from really getting into this beer.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark and opaque brown. A thick mocha head on the pour. A bit of ruby highlights sneak in when held to light. Yep, looks like a stout ought to.
smell: Very nice. A little roastiness but velvety smooth. Smells like semi-sweet chocolate. No hint of alcohol.
taste: Very much like the nose. The 10% makes itself known though. Still smooth but has some sack.
overall: very nice take on an imp stout. According to Brash drinkin this is like "making love to your mouth like a horny sorority girl." Thankfully that ain't true but it's a damn good beer.

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Bottled On 4/10/13

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large streak of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Great milk chocolaty nose with lots of caramel and vanilla sweetness.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with rich chocolate and dark roast. Slightly bitter with tinges of molasses and toffee. Alcohol is very well-hidden as well.

M- Creamy, soft and slick. Bit of a dry afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a heavy body.

O- A very straightforward but enjoyable milk stout from a brewery that I'm starting to warm up on. Makes me want to buy Hot Fuzz next,

Photo of ThickNStout
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 04/10/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with a finger and a half of mocha head that fades quickly and leaves small blotches of lace.

Smells of sweet cream, cocoa and roast.

Strong yet smooth layers of chocolate with plenty of lactose sweetness. Cream, roasty malts, light coffee, caramel, dark fruit skins, brown sugar and a wisp of booze. A nice blend of classic milk stout flavors with chocolate and well integrated/ hidden alcohol.

A smooth, creamy medium full feel with low carbonation. Long aftertaste of cocoa and lactose.

I continue to enjoy the various offerings from this relatively new contract brewer. They have nice takes on classic styles in bold, flavorful brews. This is a great imperial milk stout with pleasent notes of cocoa. Well worth a shot for fans of the style.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a viscous black color with a really dark brown head...almost Ten Fidy dark. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is malted milk balls with a lactose-y sugar sweetness. Light licorice and herbal hop.

Ohhh, taste is nice. Not overly sweet or rich but has a nice roasty presence most milk stouts lack. Hides the ABV very well and the mouthfeel is silky. I like this quite a bit, well done.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brash Brewing Company's Smoglifter that my friend brought over to share. I've never had any beers from Brash before and I'm interested to see what they can do with an Imperial Milk Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label art look pretty nice, I really like and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and a half worth of lighter brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a roasted, slightly charred, with a slight bit caramel and Vanilla like aromas with some nice chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most and dominate the aroma of this beer. Up next comes some sweet and creamy aromas that works pretty well with this beer and it's just sweet and creamy enough and there's also a light alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has that creamy milk sugar like flavor to it and it shows up just enough. Up next comes loads of roasted malts that impart a nice roasted, charred, slight vanilla, and slight caramel flavors with some good chocolate flavors coming through and the chocolate and roasted/charred malts seem to stick out the most. On the finish comes a light alcohol flavor that's hidden fairly well for 10% and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a roasted malt, chocolate, and creamy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I thought it had good balance and was very true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, creamy, on the somewhat lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a very good example of an Imperial Milk Stout which is what Brash claims it is on the label, it's very similar to a well done Milk Stout, but all the expects are bigger then they would normally be and I think they did a good job of showing what an Imperial Milk Stout is all about. This beer had nice drinkability it was fairly smooth, creamy, a little rich, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, a full bomber might be a little too much for me, so I think half the bottle is the perfect amount and it made for a good beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. What I liked the most about this beer was how all the aspects of this beer were kicked up to make it pretty fitting as an Imperial Milk Stout. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again when looking for an Imperial Milk Stout, my buddy said it was a little pricey, so I don't think I would get it often. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Milk Stouts or big stouts in general, it seems to fit pretty well in those categories and I think the alcohol is hidden well. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer and it made for a pretty good first impression for Brash Brewing Company, it was just what I wanted and would expect out of a good Imperial Milk Stout and I thought it delivered in all aspects with no weak points. This may be the best Imperial Milk Stout I have had. Great job guys, you can be sure that I will keep an eye out for more of your beers.

Photo of kaufmaal
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This more or less oozed out of the bottle, and the color seemed, at first, to be very dark purple, about the color of a day-old bruise. Once it settled, and the nice mahogany head (sadly, inexplicably!) vanished, the color now seemed settled - intensely dark brown, almost pitch-black, but with a few light-brown, purple highlights. There's not much in the fumes department, other than a whiff of chocolate liqueur, some vanilla. What it is lacking in smell, it more than makes up for in its taste. It really is an intense, immediate, and lasting wallop of things: sugary (brown sugar, un-refined), melted bitter-sweet chocolate, buttery caramel, rum-soaked raisins and prunes, espresso. Then more chocolate, like the kind that oozes out of a cookie and gets scorched on the cookie sheet. I'm not detecting any lactose, and no lacing, but man this stays with you.

The label is interesting. Are we to take this beer with us into the breach, the zone, the quarantined radioactive no-man's-land so that it will give us life and the power to believe?

Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at some store or other in Grand Rapids. Not familiar with this brewery. Poured into North Coast tulip.

A - Jet black, with tan head which receded awfully quickly, leaving no lacing. Entirely opaque.

S - Smoky chocolate, cocoa nibs

T - Plenty of bitterness, with an initial richness brought on by the lactose which is very pleasant. However, the initial flavour writes cheques which the body can't cash - fades quickly, and leaves very little but nondescript bitterness on the finish.

M - This is the only thing really holding the beer up. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, with ideal carbonation. I suspect any impression of richness in the taste owes a lot to the mouthfeel of this brew.

O - Disappointing for the price. A study in viscosity, and not much else. I will not purchase this again.

Photo of Jerryodell
4.94/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite stouts as of today.

Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance
Inky black with not light penetration. Has a bubbly brown head that dissipates quickly.

Nose
Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and booze.

Taste
Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and charcoal. A bit boozey. Roasted barley and cocoa powder. Peppery alcohol.

Mouthfeel
Medium plus bodied, smooth and warming.

Overall
Not as much lactose character that I'd expect from an "Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout." Tastes rather average for what it is. Save yourself some money and buy some Old Rasputin.

Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, alcohol, hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a complex beer, a little too much hops for my taste, but good chocolate flavors though.

Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep brown, almost black.

Nose is strongly of cocoa.

Starts with strong chocolate flavors. It's a bit bitter on the tongue but it finishes smooth and sweet, more typical of milk stouts.

It's definitely a heavier beer and almost feels like drinking a meal.

I was surprised to see the alcohol content as it's masked quite well by the chocolate notes.

Overall, it's one of the better chocolate stouts I've had and I would highly recommend it. I'm not usually big on chocolate stouts but this was quite good.

Served in a glass, poured from the bottle.

Photo of fishdog
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours as black as night with a small layer of quickly vanishing foam.

S: Has a weird smell. I smell rasins, malts, and what reminds me of roast chicken.

T: Outstanding, a malty surprise that is easily drinkable. Roasted malts, carmel, and some dates.

M: The taste does not linger which sends me back for another taste. Slippery with no acid and no alcohol burn.

O: Excellent, a very solid brew. This is my first sweet stout and I am impressed. The only quandary is that smell that reminds me of roast chicken.

Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a rich, opaque brown-black liquid, topped by a chocolate brown, mahogany foam that depletes quickly to a thin skein, with rings of lace.

Upon pouring the scent unloads from the glass, I detect a choco-roasty smell a good 2-feet away. At the nose - loads of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of roasted coffee beans, subtle dark fruits.

Taste - wow. There's a bit of ABV heat and hop/dark chocolate bitterness right up front. That's very interesting. Now I'm getting a tartness of currants and/or unripe cherries. This beer starts out assertive. Here comes the rich roasted malt, milder chocolate, some sweetness - finally. Brown sugar. Black strap molasses. Coffee undertones with dark cherries. Enjoying.

This is a sipper.

Medium heavy body, nicely carbonated. Creamy, holds together well. I'm really enjoying this one. A nice presentation of bitterness/sweetness/chocolate/coffee/tart. The bitterness lingers and the finish is clean enough to keep on sipping.

Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a tan head. About what I expected from a stout.

S - Coffee and dark chocolate dominate along with roasted malts and a sweet flavor.

T - Getting a lot of coffee, followed by a big roasted malt bill and a dark chocolate finish. After the flavors wear off, a sweeter element comes to the forefront.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Usually I avoid milk stouts, but an IMPERIAL milk stout like this delivers.

Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Black as hell. Mocha-colored head with fine lacing.

S: Sour lactose, sweet chocolate, and caramel. A hint of roasted notes lie beneath it all. Very sweet.

T: The lactose is upfront and a bit souring. Never liked milk stouts for that reason. The chocolate comes through with thick roast. The alcohol isn't too abrasive for being 10%.

M: Creamy, just how a milk stout should be. No real noticable carbonation.

O: Milk stouts have never been my favorite due to the souring lactose. This one is quite sweet, but it's not too bad. One of the better milk stouts I've tried. Check it out.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/30/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toffee, fudge, vanilla, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity of sweet chocolate/roasted malt notes; with great strength and no booziness. Taste of cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cream, and cocoa flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.