Smuttynose Short Batch #10 - Belgian Stout | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
50 IBU

Added by Gmann on 09-20-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 20
Photo of Satchboogie
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Three Penny Taproom

A: Black, practically no head, brown hues when held to the light.

S: Belgian yeast gives a typical fruity (mainly cherry) aroma and wood, lots of sugar, roasted malts, lots of fusel alcohol.

T: Sweet and boozy. I really like the all the dark fruit flavors (some vinous, lots of woody cherry from the Belgian yeast) and the roasted malt base is enjoyable, but it's too sweet and there's way too much booze. Right off the bat there's a little burn as it hits the tip of the tongue and the finish burns the back of the throat. Lots of fusel alcohol too, very solvent like. As is right now, it's just too much of a mess. With age it could get a lot better, but then again that sweetness isn't going anywhere.

M: A little bit on the thin side (medium I suppose), moderate carbonation, not sure how smooth this one is due to the heavy alcohol presence. It's very hard to drink.

O: In time this could be more enjoyable, but right now it's too sweet and boozy.

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Photo of mondegreen
2.81/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz Bottle from CBX poured into a Russian River -tion glass.

Pours black with brownish red highlights. Not much head and even less lacing.

Nose is full of Belgian esters. Lots of dark fruits, and a touch hot.

Taste is more Belgian Strong Dark than Imperial Stout. Way too sweet with tons of esters. Not appealing at all.

Mouth is thin. Like most Belgian Stouts I've had, this one is a bit hot and over attenuated.

Overall, a disappointment. Smuttynose makes some of the best big beers I can get in wide distribution, so this peek into the short batch series was a letdown.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.19/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

@ Atwoods, Somerville MA

Pours dark brown, looks opaque black in the glass. A thin head quickly retreated to a thin collar and then faded completely. Looks like a fancy glass of cola.

Roast malt dominates the aroma but gives some leeway to steely caramel. Taste mimics the aroma but adds a few subtle fruity esters in back.

From the same brewery that produces Kate the Great and Smuttynose Imperial Stout I expect more. I haven't had much affection for any of the short batch series so for despite loving everything else Smuttynose does.

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Photo of Gmann
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a near black color with a short tan head that quickly dissipated into a light ring. The aroma has a strong cocoa scent, with milk chocolate notes and a light alcohol, perhaps band aid presence. The taste has more of a dark chocolate flavor, roasted malt, a slight grape soda flavor to go along with some medicinal notes. I am thinking the Belgian yeast is bringing that medicinal flavor. The alcohol is noticable in the flavor, seems to be a bit raw. The stout has a moderate body and is quite fizzy so it feels even lighter. The beer is fairly sweet but does end with a roasted bitterness. The alcohol is hot and needs some mellowing. The potential for this beer is there, it is just raw and hot currently. Once the ABV mellows and the flavors come out more, this will be a fine stout.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap tonight at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours very dark brown in color. It has a nice 2-finger tan head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace behind on the glass. The smell is of dark roasted malt, and there is a nice cherry fruitiness to it. There is some belgian yeast present, as well as some hops. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off dark and roasty with some fruitiness, mostly cherry. I am also getting some yeastiness, as well as some hop bitterness. The finish leaves behind some lingering roasted malt flavor, fruitiness, and hop bitterness. The body is on the heavier side of medium, and it has good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. The drinkability was quite good. I could have easily had another glass. It was really smooth and the flavor was nice and intense. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer that I recommend trying if you come across it.

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Photo of Brad007
4.26/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Farmhouse in Burlington on 8/25/11.

Pours a color that's dark as night. How else would one describe it?

The aroma is sweet and roasty with just the right touch of bourbon.

Creamy with a very light roast. The bourbon minds itself at the back, which boosts the overall mouthfeel. After a year, the balance is more apparent here. Might I add that it's a bit peppery as well.

Lingering light roast, cream and bourbon flavors. Robust.

Wow, I'd love a bottle of this. I wonder if the flavors would come out more after another year in the barrel? Regardless, it is excellent at this stage.

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Photo of AFrame88
5/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is such a great all around beer.

Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!

Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!
Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!
Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!
Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!
Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!
Glad it's coming back out of retirement this year!!

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Smuttynose Short Batch #10 - Belgian Stout from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 20 ratings.
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