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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Photo of 4ster
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fearfactory
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jjboesen
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one opens with a heavy froth atop a pitch black body that looks like a glass of coal. Take a whiff: there is a subtle nose of malt and coffee. Take a sip: there is a resinous lather of baking chocolate along with some bitter toastiness, all of which is overwhelmed by a boozy finish.

The body is light, too light for a beer of this style. I would have expected something heavier, more breadier, but this was not to be. Still ... not bad, but not great. (This is no Old Rasputin.) ahowever, it makes for a decent quaff on a cold, rainy night.

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Photo of killcore
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of crow
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 2ellas
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of E-McFarden
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with two finger khaki head and small lace patches. Aroma is comprised of mostly roasted and burnt malts along with hints of wood, biscuit and chocolate. Smooth, fuller heavy bodied beer with emphasis on roasted and toasted coffee malts with just touch of sticky sweetness in background and hidden ABV.

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Photo of BakaGaijin
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lukass
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Magery
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of egrapplesberg
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz (bottle conditioned Feb 2015) while watching the Ohio state vs Virginia tech game ;) pitch black with a one inch tan head that fades quickly. Moderate retention that doesn't dissipate and slowly slides down the glass. Smell is malt and coffee. Taste is an ipa lovers dream if they had to drink a stout. Hoppy/bitter with Coffee and slight chocolate. decent carbonation but still balanced mouthfeel. Overall another great beer from smuttynose! Cheers!

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

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wmdz
3.48/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Min head, slight coffee, not over done on the carbonation, decent stout.

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

Photo of ilikebeer03
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bottled conditioned feb/2015. opened 8/21/15

A: pours black with a very thin (surprisingly so, especially for an imperial stout), tan head. fades quickly. little retention

S: earthy hops upfront, slight roasted malts. a bit of coffee

T: big earthy hops up front. followed by roasted, maybe even charred malt (likely a high number chocolate malt very present in the grain bill), bitter chocolate. alcohol hidden very well.

M: thick, creamy. wonderful

O: delicious beer. interesting take on the style. very hoppy, especially considering it's 6 months old at the time of drinking. delicious, but i think i might like it more with a litle more age to fade the hops a bit and bring out more malt characteristics.

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Photo of nate_pacino
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

look: very dark nearly opaque brown. Pretty full mocha head on the pour that settles to a ring around the rim and a smattering on top.
smell: A bit of charred RIS roastiness, but a healthy dose of hops. Espresso and dark bittersweet chocolate.
taste: Surprisingly mellow espresso milkshake up front with a bitter finish.

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Photo of Farinag16447
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bgold86
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours nice and dark, has a a thick sort of syrupy feel, not a lot of chocolate or coffee notes one expects from a stout. Kind of overly sweet, but in a good way. Too bad the nose is incredibly light, also what's not expected from a stout of this nature. Finishes like a sweet caramel apple sort of a feel.

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

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CNoj012
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look is pitch black with a full, thick brown head. Smell is chocolate, bitter roasted coffee and slightly earthy. Taste is much the same, very bitter, and some booziness on the back end. This is a full bodied beer that coats the tongue. Overall I really like this stout. My only complaint would be that the hop bitterness stands out a bit too much and overshadows the other flavors.

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