Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
2007 - 10.0%
2009 - 8.9%
2010 - 9.8%
2014 - 9.4%
2015 - 10.5%

Added by Bierman9 on 05-05-1998

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,228
Reviews:
699
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
9.83%
 
 
Wants:
122
Gots:
152
For Trade:
9
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,228 |  Reviews: 699
Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beerasaurus
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lukebell15
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justin82
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of keithmurray
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/2014, listed at 9.4%ABV

Appearance - dark brown almost black body with tan head

Smell - molasses, roasted malts, black licorice, marshmallow

Taste - dark chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, black licorice, coffee in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel - full bodied, medium carbonation, roasted feel upfront, flavors coat the tongue and linger a good amount of time, hoppy on the back end

Overall - good RIS here, nice roasted flavors , rich, enjoyable on a chilly night.

Price Point - $ 6.99 / 22 oz bottle

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Photo of Whatup14
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBoneJones
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A hop-forward imperial stout, but it blends well with the dark chocolate/ smoke notes.
Not a fan of hoppy imperial stouts, but this isn't bad, IMO, considering it's very much that.

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Photo of JamesBondGA
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours dark black with a nice 2 inch caramel head with lacing on glass. Notes of coffee and chocolate on the nose. Taste is pretty much dark chocolate and alcohol (not that there is anything wrong with that). Not the best imperial stout I've had but enjoyable.

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Photo of brett606
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Miccal
3.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of scotorum
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

SMUTTYNOSE IMPERIAL STOUT 11/29/15

Bottled Feb 2015, aged till now, close to a year.

Poured from the 22 oz. bottle into a Samuel Smith English tulip.

a: Opaque black. Two and a half inch tan head receded amazingly quickly to patchy surface foam and spotty lacing.

s: Slight chocolate/coffee

t: Dark mocha coffee and alcohol on a roasty malt base. Some bitterness lingers a bit on the otherwise mixed sweet and bitter finish.

m: Medium, good body, some carbonation tingle.

o: A deceptively drinkable ten percenter, smooth and enjoyable, probably moreso due to the aging.

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Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in Feb. 2015.

L-Dark and black with no light transference. Head is minimal and fades to a thin ring.
S-Dark Chocolate with a hint of dark fruit sweetness.
T-Dark chocolate bitterness is the dominant flavor. Pretty one dimensional at this point.
F- Light carbonation with only a medium mouthfeel, too light for a stout.
O- A bit too simple in the flavor profile. In other reviews hops had been noted, but they seem to have faded at this point. I have to admit I'm disappointed. Not Smuttynose's best effort.

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Photo of KGilmour
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For a stout, too much focus on hops and alcohol. Not enough complicated flavors at the front to mask that. A little thin. Overall disappointed as this is frequently listed as the best stout from New Hampshire. I've had better from NH. Little to the nose beside the faintest hint of coffee. Virtually no head.

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Photo of Maznoc
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bpmorrissey
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cjgiant
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle w/smudged date:
Slight notes of oxidation on a more hop bitter beer than expecting. More black IPA. Maybe bad bottle.

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Photo of mJJJJJJJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutBoi
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What on earth is this?
Slick mouthfeel, not too oily, but not creamy.
Hops?! In a stout? I taste hops here, without the over crispness of many an ale.
The full bodied-ness of a stout but not the baked character - no cocoa or coffee here. Thick but not heavy.
This is a conundrum.
Light brown head disappeared after pours both rough and soft from the generous sized bottle.
Very little carbonation to speak of.
Smells like a cross between a pale ale and porter.
A standout stout - not typical of the genre, but an interesting choice for a cold fall night.

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Photo of mattycasey
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPan
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jenebauer
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elkinbrown
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,228 ratings.
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