Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)
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From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Style:
Stout - Russian Imperial
ABV:
10.5%
Score:
91
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Ratings:
1,243
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 21, 2020
Added:
May 05, 1998
Wants:
  123
Gots:
  146
SCORE
91
Outstanding
Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)
Notes: 2007 - 10.0%
2009 - 8.9%
2010 - 9.8%
2014 - 9.4%
2015 - 10.5%
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4.18 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Mar 21, 2020
 
3.62 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Feb 10, 2020
 
4 by brandoneast from Texas on Jun 18, 2019
 
4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on May 01, 2019
 
4.2 by Greener from Iowa on Sep 26, 2018
 
3.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Sep 24, 2018
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4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by unclekeith from Alaska

2008 bottle. Choco, viscous, alcohol completely hidden. Massive mouthfeel.

Sep 22, 2018
 
4.25 by eawolff99 from Minnesota on Jun 15, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by TreyIsWilson from Michigan

February 2015 bottle

A - Pours black with a one finger tan head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is roasted malts and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruits and faded hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Nice imperial stout. The flavors are nice and rich with the ABV well hidden.

Mar 31, 2018
 
3.75 by VaporDome from New York on Dec 08, 2017
 
4.1 by Thirstygoat from Illinois on Sep 22, 2017
 
4 by BEER88 from Washington on Aug 27, 2017
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown color with a semi-frothy off white to tan head. Slim little lacing slides into the beer. The smell had a ton of dark sweet fruits coming about into a dry to roasty and semi-bitter chocolate. The taste was dry and roasty with the dark fruits laying down a light sweetness, decent in the flavor. Dry roasty aftertaste and sliding into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a nice sessionable sweet to bitter feel about it. Carbonation has fallen off, but I get it and am not worried. Overall, imperial stout, is it supposed to be a Russian or an American Double? I’m left scratching my beard and hoping I’ll get to try fresh soon enough.

Aug 01, 2017
 
3.92 by BeerSexLove from Virginia on Aug 01, 2017
 
4 by acurtis from New Jersey on Jul 13, 2017
 
4.76 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 06, 2017
 
3.75 by oline73 from Maryland on Apr 29, 2017
 
4.34 by JohnBradSC from South Carolina on Apr 09, 2017
 
4.09 by mrfrancis from Kentucky on Apr 08, 2017
 
4.5 by BoomKentucky from Kentucky on Feb 26, 2017
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4.68/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by justinp444 from Michigan

Feb 2015 bottle date. Poured into a 3oz sample glass it as a black body and a beige quickly dissipating head of quarter inch. Smell of dark chocolate, date, plum, stone fruit, caramel, some floral, slight roasted malt, and a little bit of grape juice. Taste is nice dark chocolate, big dried fruit flavor, caramel, floral, nice bit of roasted malt on the end, and some apple. Mouth feel is full as well as body with a moderate carbonation. A great aged imperial stout, really became complex without any serious off flavors and still maintained it's drinkability.

Feb 15, 2017
 
4.02 by whatname from Pennsylvania on Oct 07, 2016
 
4 by dcmchew from Romania on Aug 26, 2016
 
4.13 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Aug 23, 2016
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3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Black color with brown head. Aroma and taste are quite subdued. Some roasted malt and dark fruits, quite classic. Heavy body, light carbonation. To simple for my taste.

Aug 19, 2016
 
3.75 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
 
4.5 by DontLuke from Massachusetts on Jul 11, 2016
 
3.86 by dfecteau from Massachusetts on Jun 16, 2016
 
4 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on May 20, 2016
 
4.09 by dheldman from Minnesota on May 16, 2016
 
4.1 by BdM from Netherlands on May 02, 2016
 
4.02 by Gagnonsux from Texas on Apr 22, 2016
 
3.25 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Mar 31, 2016
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4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Evilyak from Minnesota

with 1200 ratings, it's not worth it to give my $0.02, as usual. with beers like this, you just have to consider the brewery and whether you like the style. it's inky black and smells, and tastes, of dark fruit and cocoa and roasted malt.

it's familiar and easy to drink and not to be taken lightly.

Mar 28, 2016
 
3.97 by paresis from Massachusetts on Mar 26, 2016
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ClavisAurea from New York

2014 Bottle served at cellar temps in a snifter glass.

Appearance: thick and chewy, pitch black with a nice tan head, stains the glass brown

Nose: raisins, chocolate, coffee, muted malty flavors, rich and delicious, slight oxidation but nothing that takes away from it, soy sauce

Taste: follows the nose perfectly, nice balance and depth of character, bakers cocoa, coffee, ghost of hops past, umami, delicious

Overall: this was a real treat. I actually forgot that I had this beer in my cellar. Nice find. I'd drink this again.

Mar 15, 2016
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3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by StoneDrinking from Georgia

2014 Vintage bomber. Poured nearly opaque, but thin. Thin whispy head reminiscent of seafoam reduces to tan, marbled lace. No hops left in this brew. Sickly sweat malts dull the chocolate and coffee notes. Doesn't hit the palate like a ton of bricks. The boomer goes down smooth. A great go-to stout. I'll catch a fresher batch next time.

Mar 09, 2016
 
4.04 by DrStiffington from New Jersey on Mar 04, 2016
 
4.17 by boogerisu from Iowa on Feb 27, 2016
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by RickS95 from Indiana

Black in color as the day is long. Gorgeous. There's a small head of light brown bubbles but it's thin. Decent legs with a spotty lace.

While not a coffee drinker, I love the smell of it in a beer and this is heavenly. Chocolate notes are in there but you've got to search for them.

Very pleasant taste of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. A malt bomb with a splash of alcohol in the finish.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Faint heat. Full to medium-full body. Lingering bitter feel.

Stellar beer and easy to drink. 10.5 is well-hidden. I could drink this year round.

Feb 22, 2016
Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1243 ratings