Smoglifter - Brash Brewing Company

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Ratings: 241
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 17
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/10/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between sweet and roasty characteristics.

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just about black as night with a dark mocha head; decent lacing

Smell: Cocoa and roast, with undertones of lactose and a hint of smoke

Taste: Sweetened milk chocolate, up front, with the roasted tones taking over in the middle; hints of black licorice, soy sauce, macadamia nuts and vanilla combine to provide a balanced finish to what otherwise might be a very sweet beer; a touch ashy in the aftertaste but the chocolate really lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty decent milk stout but not something to drink in quantity as it becomes a chocolate overdose after a while

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured poured a rich syrupy black color with a thin brown head on top. The retention fades quickly and there is no lacing. The smell of the beer had deep roasted aroma with a good amount of molasses on the nose. The taste is chocolatey, it's rich with dark malts and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick with a light carbonation. It's creamy and oily. Overall this beer is pretty good, it's not the prettiest looking beer but all and all it's a tasty brew.

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very Clown Shoes-esque, and even with the same (former) contract brewer. I'm sure further investigation could be done, but why should I really fucking care?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of basal cola edges (only when held to the direct sunlight currently pouring into the room), and one pudgy finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly light brown head, which leaves some melting ice cream cone lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of roasted, slightly bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of gamey meat, cafe-au-lait, a laid-back sour black orchard fruitiness, stale anise, and some middling and musty earthy, woody, and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate, toasted caramel malt, a further biscuity graininess, cold black coffee, Scandinavian licorice, a weak earthy and oily nuttiness, and plain leafy, weedy, and woodsy hops - no real sign of the 20-proof alcohol as of yet.

The bubbles are nice and restrained in their genteel frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite smooth, with a hard to deny creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, with cocoa, caramel, and coffee that has been sugared and milked to the nuts presiding.

A simple, and mostly one-sided version of the style, which isn't really a problem, per se, especially as the big ABV minds its manners to the nth degree. Overall, this one is sweet, chocolaty, and very dessert-adjacent, in the sense that one might want to heavily consider having some sort of food to go with such a (possibly post-nuke) monster of a brew.

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really near black, with just a glint of amber around the edges. A decent light beige head in the tall Petrus tulip. Quite finely carbonated on the tongue.

Rather sweet and reminds me of chocolate milk, maybe dosed with vodka. Rich but not unctuous. Mouthfilling flavor with lots of dark roasted malt, and just a touch of the charred flavors. Elegant yet robust with all the dark grainy taste. It has that Milk Stout silky feel with a little more of the hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced overall and seriously drinkable, though it wants to be savored slowly.

This is really a tremendous big stout, and nice to see a different angle on the usual RIS and strong stouts. The alcohol seems perfectly integrated. One of the best stouts ever, on my list. From the 750 ml Belgian-style bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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 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.

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.

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 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 clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Barcade in Philly although it was listed as Clown Shoes Smoglifter and not sure if same beer but Clown Shoes has no Smoglifter (and since the breweries are in same town I am tending to think honest mistake).
Poured a blackish body with decent head that died quick with no lace. Again, a decent but not spectacular aspect of the beer is the aroma, as I pick up hints of roasted malts but not much else in the malts or anything really in the hops department. Beer is smooth, slightly creamy, but unfortunately offbalance for a sweet stout (or any stout, really) in my opinion. I don't know whether it is the alcohol or the strong presence of roasted, even possibly some toasted or coffee malt, maybe toffee, but the bitter chocolate and caramel sugary sweetness is overpowered by a dry, harsh malt tasting sensation and there really isn't much hoppiness to balance or give off that rare fruit flavor. The beer is balanced enough to avoid being sticky, cloying or in this brew's case just too dry and a taste bud killer so I can't say it's that bad and I did enjoy it as a sipper. Just wish they could mellow out the beer a little to let the sweetness come through and then it would be a great beer.

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 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 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 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 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 ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark as night black hue with a khaki two finger head that stays and slowly recedes to look like a cake gone wrong with dimples everywhere and lacing everywhere the head has been,the smell is Booze,dark chocolate,a touch of vanilla and tobacco,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and the taste is definitely dominated by the dark chocolate it really is big but i still get some vanilla,hazelnut and oak and as it warms some booze and dark fruits aswell and overall it's definitely a choc sweet stout but I'd like to see this with less chocolate as it dominates abit too much for me cheers.

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 Dope
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date that I can find. Quite fresh given that this wasn't even entered into BA yet. Maybe two weeks old.

A: Pours pitch black with a big frothy medium brown head. Head fades pretty quickly, leaving zero lacing behind. Almost zero head retention too, can't stir up anything.

S: Big time milk chocolate, cream and cocoa powder. Surprisingly decent coffee bean too. Kinda smells like chocolate covered coffee beans if I'm honest.

T: Loaded with chocolate. It's an interesting mix. There is bitter cocoa powder and there's a sweeter milk chocolate component as well. No real sign of coffee here as mentioned in the aroma, maybe I was mistaking the bitter chocolate element as coffee. Earthy bitter cocoa in the finish. Lingering chocolate (duh) in the aftertaste.

M: Surprisingly not as heavy as you'd expect for a 10% ABV brew. Low carbonation too. Fairly creamy.

O: Well, the label describes this as an imperial chocolate milk stout. That's exactly what it is. Pretty one-note, lots of chocolate flavors from start to finish. That doesn't make it bad, in fact it's quite enjoyable. It reminds me a lot of Southern Tier Choklat. Pure chocolate with lots of sweetness. This isn't QUITE so sweet, it actually has a little bitter cocoa aspect but it's close. At the same time, it just doesn't hold up quite the same. Maybe not quite as rich? Mouthfeel seems a little thin compared too. I didn't mean for this to be a comparison element, but if you've ever had Choklat you will understand what I mean.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick black color with a two finger dark brown head. Not much lacing, but it leaves some legs when swirled. Looks solid.

S: Dark chocolate, some dark roasted coffee, hazelnut and a good amount of Mexican chocolate, full of cinnamon. A touch of fusel alcohol as well.

T: Thick, chewy and loaded with dark flavor. Lots of roasted malt upfront laced with bitter chocolate flavor. There's a hint of sweetness here and there, but it seems to be held back by a lot of roasted bitterness. Some anise and charred wood before a finish of cinnamon and more roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly creamy, but I would definitely like a bit more creaminess from a chocolate milk stout. Still, this is good stuff.

Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Practically black. Light brown head forms a solid ring.

Creamy milk chocolate, dark cocoa, light smokiness, and tree bark earthiness. A lot of roast, but creamed by lactose. Char never gets a foothold.

Chocolate, with a darker lean, roast bitterness, faint smoke, bright booziness, milk, and stovetop oatmeal. Really good flavors. Some espresso notes come into play, also. Good stuff.

Boozy and kind of huge. Body has imperial milk stout written all over it. Perhaps, a tad lighter. Works pretty well, minus what feels like a very high ABV.

I got a single pour, not an entire bomber... so, I'm happy with my portion.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$10.00 bomber from Abe's.

Perfectly black body, topped by two fingers of rapidly decaying dark tan bubbly foam.

Chocolate aroma, a mix of dark and milk. Not as bold as expected, but pleasant and inviting.

Big chocolate taste, a mix of dark and milk. A rising bitterness bites at the swallow. A burst of coffee at the finish.

Rich oily almost syrup mouthfeel.

Delivers successfully on its premise. An Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout and it is all there. Recommended. And I will seek more from this brewer.

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

Dark, opaque body; light brown head with clinging sheets of suds on the sides of the glass. Deep roasted grain scent; dark chocolate; cocoa nibs; coffee. Taste follows the smell, coupled with a subtle hop bitterness with a deceptively hidden alcohol warmth. Medium-heavy body; thick and chewy; semisweet finish.

Sure, there's some evident sweetness to this brute, but the overall flavor character brings way more to the table. Bold and delightful...

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with less than a fingers worth of tan/brown head that doesn't last long

S: Lots of roasted malts, along with a light lactose sweetness and quite a bit of cocoa and dark chocolate. Also get some coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off big and roasty and moves into a light sweetness and bitterness. The sweetness is no doubt imparted by the lactose and cocoa, while the bitterness is most likely coming from the dark chocolate. Finishes with a light hint of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Nothing overly sweet about this one. Just enough sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth, but never gets cloying. Packs quite the punch at 10% too. A little pricey at $8.99 a bomber, but if you like milk stouts with a good bit of cocoa without the cloying sweetness, this is the perfect beer for you

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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.