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

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.38/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

served in founders snifter
2011 vintage from the in-person at darkness day BIF

Looks thin. Red around the edges-- looks dark brown at first, until you see the legs or see it backlit. Small dark tan head with decent retention and lacing.

Nose is HUGE chocolate malt. I could smell the chocolate malt before I even poured the bottle. Some caramel malt and a big dry roasty character.
The flavor is, surprise surprise, chocolate malt with some caramel sweetness and a big dry roasty stout profile. The finish is much drier than I expected-- touch of bitterness. As it warms, I do pickup a little touch of booziness.

Feels a little thin and watery-- and oddly gritty.

Overall-- this isn't bad, considering how inexpensive and relatively available it is. I have a few other bottles that I will try aging for a while to see if that booziness drops out.

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Photo of sprucetip
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like an RIS, black, thin mocha head, not much retention, no lacing. Nothing sets it apart from the crowd, but looks like it should.

Smells of gentle roast and light boozy esters. For the first 15 minutes or so, it is pretty faint overall. Not really getting much, even with a swirl, and it's not very cold. We'll see if it opens up...okay, it's a little easier to find now, but still not a whole lots going on. Roast, booze, and vaguely of malty sweetness.

Tastes mainly like thick blend of roasted barley and black patent at first. Some malty sweetness creeps in, and the roast is reminiscent of coffee. Hints of molasses add some depth, and there is a fairly strong roasted bitterness increasing out of the middle and into the finish and lingering. This bitterness is a little bit brash and astringent early on, but it mellows later. And the synergy of the whole thing gets smoother and better after time lapses. Still, it is not as deep and complex as many beers of this style.

Adequately carbonated with some alcoholic bite accompanying some sips. It is rich and chewy thick, so of course the body is full. Warming is clearly apparent, and it finishes with a roasty bitterness.

Certainly this a good example of the style. And maybe it is young? But it doesn't strike me as an elite RIS, and it isn't as smooth, balanced and complex as many. If I had scored it inside of the first 30 minutes, though it wasn't opened cold, it would have scored much lower.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is not totally opaque, some light shows through, though leaves a chocolate shake looking cap and lacing too, which always get me.
Aroma is mild suggesting a chocolate malt driven train.
Flavors are that of a chocolate malt driven train. Very very creamy and rich milk chocolate, vanilla, and some heat on the back of the thought. The creaminess of the body is very dense and velvety, awesome.
A stout that is priced great, i will grab more next release.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark black with a thick dark head to go with it. Malt flavor is great with slight hints of dark fruits and caramel. Could use a little more hop bitterness to help balance it out. This would be a great beer to sit back and drink and relax. I'm impressed with this one and I'll be buying it again.

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Photo of Retail1LO
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Let me start off by saying I cannot believe a bomber of this is only $7. Instantly the best value I can remember in some time. I poured this straight down the center of a pint glass and it generated a well appointed, 2" crown. The head was soooo thick and stiff (ba dum tish). A nice, opaque body with an espresso like foam crown. Simply beautiful. The nose is big on roasted coffee and with a good whiff of booze and a permeation of vanilla. The taste follows the nose well with some added oakiness, chocolate, and a bit of cherry. The mouthfeel's the allstar here. This is what I want from my stouts. I nice, thick, substantial presence on the tongue. The aftertaste is slightly bitter with some more charred wood notes. Overall, this is one of the most drinkable stouts I've ever had. World class.

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a moderate pour into an imperial pint gave little head or lacing to this motor oil colored beer. seems to have just the right amount of darkness to the smell, sweet and bitter at the same time.

this is a bit sweet and could stand to sit in my cellar a year or so which means i'll need to buy some more. the alcohol is just apparent enough for me to drink with caution. there is just enough carbonation to help give the dark malts some extra bite.

i like this one and can't wait to find a specialty stout from their big series in the future.

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Photo of aorloski
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Black as hell, viscous, can't see anything through it, I was amazed at the motor oil that poured out of this thing

S: Dark dark chocolate, roasted malts, a little peat almost, smoky, slight coffee/espresso notes

T: BIG chocolate and roasted malts, a slight vanilla and coffee taste in the back with a slight hop finish. In my opinion very balanced

M: Pretty thick, very chewy, almost coats the mouth entirely

O: A Very good imperial stout true to the style, very quintessential in my book. Good job smutty!

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: crude oil black body, trace khaki head,

S: dark chocolate/cocoa nibs, vanilla, anise, toffee,
mild roasted nuts

T: sweet chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt, big
alcohol/mild bitter finish

M: med body, smooth/chewy mouth

O: Let me start by saying, I really
like Smuttnose and their beers. This
is a good beer, that could be great.


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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter. Received in a trade a long time ago. Bottle date not notched.

A: Pours black with a thick, dense, dark brown head that took its time to fade into a thin film that left a few spots of lacing down the glass.
S: Dominant notes of rich dark malts, dark chocolate, and a bit of roast. I get a few notes of sweet caramel and dark fruits as well and an undercurrent of citrus hops.
T: Very rich and potent flavors of dark chocolate and roasted malt. The finish is full of sweet caramel and there is just a hint of warm booze. I get the suggestion of toasted marshmallows as well. The aftertaste has notes of citrus beneath the rich malt, and a nice rich maltiness linger long after the swallow.
M: Thick bodied with a full mouthfeel that is super soft due to very mild carbonation.
O: A very rich and creamy RIS with a good dose of hops and a nice thick body. Great aftertaste as well.

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Photo of agomega
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

2011 bottle served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark black with a thick light brown head. Excellent lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, Raisins, Dark Fruit

Taste: Lots of dark fruit flavor with a hint of chocolate. The finish tastes out of balance with the rest of the beer. It is bitter, but in a strangely sour way.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel. The mouthfeel feels slick/slimy rather than rich and sticky.

Overall: This beer is only so-so. The taste and mouthfeel leave a lot to be desired in comparison with the better imperial stouts. Not a beer that I would buy again.

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Photo of Cisco619
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 2011 into Duvel tulip

A: Black. Double Black. Murdered out. No light getting into it, much less through. About 2 fingers of khaki colored head after an aggressive pour.

S: Chocolate, coffee & vanilla. Roasted malts, dark fruit & a nice alcohol sting bring in the back of the impressive nose. This is warm & inviting. I'm already loving this.

T: A nice meld of coffee, chocolate & dark fruits. A bit of lingering vanilla. Alcohol makes itself apparent in the finish. Great combination of flavors.

M: Velvety smooth. Nice & rich without overwhelming. Alcohol warmth finish.

O: Great balance of flavors & feel. Very solid offering. I'm interested to see what some time does to this. Would love to get my hands on some older vintages.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber dated 2011 into snifter.

Aroma: Fruity blueberry, dark chocolate, chocolate milkshake, red grape juice, vanilla, and dark brown sugar.

Appearance: Tan, one-finger head settles to a thin layer of foam. Very minimal lacing. Deep, dark brown body.

Flavor: Dark, smooth chocolate up front. Delicious malty sweetness and fruity esters, a very slight mineral note, and then dark chocolate, bitter tannins appear. Balance is achieved, but then bitterness lingers on its own through a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full mouthfeel. Just a tad bit on the thin side for this style. Tannins are a bit drying at the end. Some peppery alcohol also comes through.

Overall: Not bad--especially for the price. Fruity aroma and chocolaty flavor get an A, but the bitter hop notes provide balance, and then some. Still, an enjoyable brew overall!

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Smuttynose Imperial Stout (Big Beer Series) from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,237 ratings