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Smoglifter - Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

178 Ratings
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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa.

(Beer added by: Dope on 03-31-2013)
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astronautjones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-13-2014 22:12:00 | More by astronautjones
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superdoopersauce

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

02-10-2014 02:13:24 | More by superdoopersauce
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little_star

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

02-10-2014 02:07:25 | More by little_star
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-03-2014 22:03:44 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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brewskifan55

Mississippi

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at Roy's bad movie night. Feature video: Battlefield Earth.

A: Tar black. A thick, one finger mocha head that takes its time whittling down to a bubble ring 'round the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate with an oak-y presence.

T: Charred chocolate with a heavy load of coffee. Reminds me a lot of Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout, which is a good thing. Semi sweet, rich, very robust. A slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium to heavy feel with pretty strong carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: Definitely lifts the smog with a coffee alertness that kept me awake during the really bad Travolta scenes in Battlefield Earth. At least the beer was good.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 21:16:27 | More by brewskifan55
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-30-2014 01:58:52 | More by tommyguz
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -24.2%

01-28-2014 16:27:39 | More by xnicknj
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rudabegga9

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

01-27-2014 03:58:57 | More by rudabegga9
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MichiganderHB

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

01-26-2014 01:53:58 | More by MichiganderHB
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koes0024

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-25-2014 23:41:38 | More by koes0024
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2014 17:58:50 | More by weeare138
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joe1510

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
$8.49
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Onyx. A black beer for sure. No light exits the body. A soft beige head doesn't amount to much until I pour from high and then it rises to a finger in height. The head is creamy and fairly dense but recedes after a minute to a thin ring and swirling skim coat. Thick drink lines get left behind. A good looking stout to be sure.

We've got a pretty intense aroma coming off of this guy. Cocoa, cocoa, cocoa. Cocoa is deep, dense and powdery. Vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasty barley all play big roles. Roasty barley is the main player, besides the added cocoa of course, while a drizzle of molasses and cookie dough maltiness hang around in the background. I'm a fan of the smell but it needs to warm quite a bit before really popping.

Now this is the sort of milk stout I can get behind. There's a good dose of roast from front to back that bitters up on the swallow. Creamy lactic sweetness comes in mid palate but it's soft and complimentary instead of sticky. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and macadamia nuts are all present and add depth. A touch of pine hoppiness flashes through on the finish and cleans things up. Nice!

The body is rich but creamy, dense but soft. The weight is moderate heavy and fits the flavor profile well. A touch of booze creeps up the throat and dries out the swallow which in turn accentuates the much appreciated roasty bitterness. All works well but especially that bitterness from the roast.

Well, well, I have to admit I didn't expect to like this beer as much as I am. There's a lot of depth and flavor profiles that I really enjoy in stouts. I'm a milk stout guy but often they become too sweet, not here. The roast rules the roost. I'll be buying more of this.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 03:06:34 | More by joe1510
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FirstBrewsoon

Ohio

3.44/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:19:56 | More by FirstBrewsoon
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 17:55:49 | More by thecheapies
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SoCaliC8

California

1.5/5  rDev -62.1%

01-16-2014 05:17:53 | More by SoCaliC8
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ldhughes3

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1%

01-14-2014 14:27:35 | More by ldhughes3
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 00:44:39 | More by superspak
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KJ2013

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%

01-12-2014 03:28:31 | More by KJ2013
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beer4colin

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

01-11-2014 22:28:18 | More by beer4colin
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JorSince88

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

01-06-2014 02:40:44 | More by JorSince88
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:53:28 | More by StoutHunter
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TigerOwl

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-30-2013 20:28:27 | More by TigerOwl
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%

12-29-2013 12:37:11 | More by vikinghorn
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

12-29-2013 02:31:31 | More by djrn2
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Kaveman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

12-27-2013 18:23:37 | More by Kaveman
Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.