Smuttynose Oak Aged Imperial Stout | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A vintage´04 "Big Beer Series" Imperial Stout aged in Jack Daniel´s oak casks.

Added by brewandbbq on 04-10-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on-tap at [Anam Cara] Publick House.

This Imperial Stout poured very black with creamy, brown foam that clung to the glass and left lacing. The smell was rich, dark malt with a bit of dark caramel and some molasses. The taste was rich malty with dark roasted malt, dark molasses, caramel, and some dried fruit. There was a light sweetness and low bitterness overall. The mouthfeel was very, very smooth and creamy and velvety with medium-full body and low carbonation feel. This was a very, very nice barrel aged Imperial Stout, and I am very happy to have had some (and I wish I could have more!).

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Photo of quasimoto
3.28/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour was one that left me a little down, the head (if there was one) was nil-to-none. It was black with a beige ring of head around the glass. What was nice was that it poured like syrup. It was a very heavy beer, but lacked in some departments. The aroma wasn't very strong but it was enough to give me a sense of flaovrsto come. Chocolate, coffee, and oak wood. Oak was a very pleasant treat. The taste of it, from what I got was, The afforementioned flavors along with rum and burned caramel. There was in my opinion the perfect balance of hop bitterness, and malt sweetness. Mouth feel was kinda what I expected. If skim milk had something even more "skim". Super skim milk. Dense but not thick. (sorry it's the best analogy I can think of) After taste was very pleasant, but a high in alcohol.

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Photo of Truh
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rode some swells on the Thomas Leighton with this one on 5/10/2005. Looked like a 12-oz. pour, from oak, at the [AC]PH.

Very thin wash of head, with mostly piling on edges, no stick present. Pitch black Cheshire cat smiling in the darkness hue, completely impenetrable. Licorice, rum, and raisins on nose, along with a death’s grin of alcohol. Quite sweet at start, with some biting tart at the end composed of blackberries, oak char treacle, and other dark, delectable fruits. Finishes with an alcohol spike.

Excellent, and dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap PH Brookline.
It pours a rich and thick roofing tar black with a firm and creamy mocha head on top.
Smells of dark chocolate and strong coffee billow from the goblet. A pleasant smell of a grain bin lasts, as does a distant smell of dark rum.
Flavors of sweet coffee and cream blend with cocoa, dry malt, brown bread, figs and rum-soaked raisins. An edgy citrusy bitterness lies beneath the decadent roasted maltiness. A faint taste of pine and bourbon also enter the mix.
This is a rich, full-bodied concoction. A nice compliment to a thick and creamy dessert.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

These notes are from a growler of this fine liquid I procured at EBF in January '05, and I've been sitting on 'em for a bit...

Poured a deep, dark, oily brown, with nary a hint of light penetrating.... Head was rather sparse, though with big bubbles clinging to the rim of the glass.... Some lace attached itself to the sides, though nothing exemplary...
Nose showed its woody notes, with slight hints of dark fruit, some molasses and brown sugar and roasty aspects. Rather mild overall, though.
Cask conditioning produced low carbonation levels and a smoothness on the tongue, and body was above medium yet not quite full.
Flavor had choco notes, with roastiness and decent malty sweetness. Molasses and woody notes come into action nicely here... The cask mellows things out, especially the hops, which add a subtle and mild floral tinge to the finish. A nice bier, and eminently quaffable!! I still have another growler squirreled away in the bier fridge!


overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of brewandbbq
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very lucky to get a second chance at this one, after missing it at the EBF.
Poured black with a dark tan head,struggling fine bubbles.
Thick in the nose,chewy and complex.
Rich malt laced with dark chocolates,espresso-then comes the whiskey and oak character.
First whiffs hint at the JD cask aging,then develop fuller as the beer warms and releases it aromatics.
She coats the tongue with a big stout character.
Dark malts,burnt chocolate,roasted grains-give way to the dry,oakey essence of the barrel.
Mild whiskey notes with vanilla,nuts,and a warming quality finish each sip.
One of- if not *the* most well balanced oak aged beers I've had.
The JD/oak character is there as a compliment to an already great beer,not overbearing or tiring on the pallet.

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Smuttynose Oak Aged Imperial Stout from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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