Mrs. Stoutfire
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
3.91 | pDev: 11%
The Bruery
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Mrs. StoutfireMrs. Stoutfire
Notes: For our first local collaboration beer of 2013, we teamed up with our good friends at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA. We've worked with these folks on a number of small batch brews, beer dinners and general shenanigans for many years and it was really exciting to sit down and work on a full scale project with them for the first time. What we ended up with is an imperial smoked stout, but of course it wasn't that simple. We smoked our own malt on the same smoker and with the same blend of three different woods that Beachwood uses for their award winning BBQ - apple, white oak and pecan. We then aged the beer on those same three types of wood. The resulting stout is hearty and wonderful, balancing the rich, meaty smokiness with the sweetness of the malt.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with brown head 3/7", some excellent retention and appearance here. Aroma is practically the most roasted malt you could possibly envision. Is there some smoked wood here too? WE WANT THE SMOKE! Anyways, man there is just a ton of roasted barley and like no adjuncts to this. Just moar malt and moar fire.

Taste, yeah man, roasted malt. How many times can I type that in this review? Its really all about the roasted malt. Hides the alcohol well. Shit, I think they roasted malt that displaced alcohol. Roasty smoke all over this. So much bitterness via roasted malt. Roasted wood, roasted malt. I dunno how much longer I can stretch by belaboring the heavily roasted malt and smoked wood. Break this out for all your cigar and smoke beer friends. Take it camping, it will fit in there. There's a lot of wood and a lot of roasted malt to dive into here, and the depths are quite deep. Bring friends.

Nov 13, 2019
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L - Look is dark roast coffee black, not sludgy thick and not watery. Head and carbonation are very frothy with a dense 2 finger cappuccino colored head.

S - smell is musty malt, light roast, dark chocolate, sweet cream/half and half sort of aromas are in there. The smoke is peaty and iodine forward like an islay scotch but not intense. Overall a pretty tame smelling smoked stout.

T - oh damn. Campfire woody smoke and bitter dark malt. This reminds me of the first time I had storm king stout with extra smokiness. As it warms the smoke is equal parts peaty and equal parts bacony/campfire/meaty.

F - feel is solid. Nice and rich and not overly carbonated. Its held up quite well over the many years its aged.

O - nice beer. Not life changing but as a smoked beer fanatic it had been on my bucket list and I'm not at all disappointed by it.

Jun 23, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a teku
Bottled 2/15/13
Bottle #812/813

A- pours a deep black color with a one-finger khaki head that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- aroma opens with a nice base of smoked malt, giving notes of dried pork, campfire smoke & some oaky notes. Undertones of chocolate, raisins, bandaids & char

T- smoked malt leads the way, providing notes of campfire smoke, cured ham & char. Mid-palate brings out some chocolate notes, as well as tobacco & anise. The finish brings our dark fruit and lingers of burnt malt and smoke

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- still plenty of smoke to be found, with some nice chocolate and dark fruit undertones. A solid choice for fans of smoked beers

Feb 28, 2018
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stevoj from Idaho

3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled at Boise’s 2014 Imperial Stout get together, over 120 bottles to choose from. Going with the flow on this rating. Everything you'd expect forma Bruery beer.

Jun 22, 2016
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Jjski from New York

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Fantastic, integrated smoke and complex wood.

Aroma of vanilla ( like a mild 2013 TenFidy) witch cocoa and smoke

Wonderful, and I don't usually like smoked beers. This is a cut above in complexity and mouthfeel. Not heavy on the smoke, but perfectly intertwined with its sweet and bitter malts, vanilla and dark fruits. My favorite regular RIS is Narwhal , and this has a lot in common

One year aged in cellar added a depth usually found on bourbon barrel stouts. Highly recommended if you can find or if made again.

Sep 01, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark brown head. Some stringy lace sticks to the glass and a swirl revives. Some dark brown and reddish hue is seen through the edges.

The aroma is smoky and lightly phenolic like plastic. It is kinda similar to the character pete sonetimes imparts. Plenty of roasty chocolate, earth, tobacco, anise and raisins blend with the smokiness.

The taste is bitter and roasty like charred grain. Notes of anise, leather, earth and a solid pete-like smokiness that has some phenolic plastic quality into the aftertaste.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is smooth and decent with the smoke being subtle and enjoyable but the phenolics are not that great. Funny enough, if you focus on the plastic this beer is almost bad...but if you try to ignore it, there are lots of pleasant nuance. As a side note, I think aging this on wood chips hurt the beer by augmenting the harshness.

Mar 27, 2014
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 10.27.13

A - Pours a dark brown with a large brown head that never completly fades.

S - Lots of chocolate and smoke.

T - Chocolate, then tons of smoke and wood.

D - Good carbonation with a medium to heavy body.

O - Smokey-wood stout - solid, not overly sweet.

Dec 16, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Thick viscous black body. Small khaki head. Thin collar.

Smell - Smokey. Really nice smoke. Works very well with the sweet caramel malts and roasted malt.

Taste - Smoke blends very well with a sweet chocolate malt. Gets roastier as the smoke abates, yielding a bit of coffee. The smoke declines, but never goes away.

Mouthfeel - Rich with a nice body. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Really good stuff here. Excellent smoke with a nice stout behind it.

Oct 29, 2013
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BeerFMAndy from Wisconsin

4.99/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
9.5% ABV, "This beer is suitable for aging up to 2 years."

A - Incredibly sinister looking, Mrs. Stoutfire (incredible name, by the way) pours blacker than most used motor oil and just about as thick, producing a heavy mocha-colored head. Constant swirls arouse more aroma but wash away the thick lacing that clings to the tulip.

S - Thick smoke wafts from this big imperial stout but the blend of wood really gives it a pleasing aromatic experience like smoking meat, not just straight campfire. Bold maltiness supplements the smoke with roasted characteristics of coffee, dark chocolate, and dry mocha with undercurrents of raisin and fig for a seriously inviting dark beer.

T - Voluptuous but somewhat reserved, the oak and smoke influence in flavor is perfect; present, complex, and distinctive but soft and complimentary to the beer's rich malt profile. Mocha, medium roast coffee, and smooth milk chocolate come together for an exquisite chorus of dark malt!

M - Rich and chewy, this full-bodied stout is silky smooth with mild acrid bitterness and dry smoke along the finish for balance that quietly distracts from the sweet malt profile. This is basically a flawless beer when it comes down to it's feel.

O - Mrs. Stoutfire is one seductive stout who's flirtatious smoke aroma and charming chocolaty flavor come together for a bold-but-complex imperial stout that's not smoke-heavy but exceptionally balanced and damn good with BBQ pulled chicken! Without hesitation, it's also one of the best smoke / imperial stouts I've ever come across.

Oct 06, 2013
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is black with an inch of tan head. A nice aroma featuring smoke, oak, chocolate, dark roast, coffee, and a touch of campfire. Complex and well balanced, this beer really features the smoke character, but in a subtle way. Smooth on the palate with alcohol content well disguised. Rich and flavorful. I enjoyed this beer and would certainly have it again.

Sep 28, 2013
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alpinebryant from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a darker than chestnut brown with a thick creamy head. Massive head that took minutes to go down. Upon finally settling, really a thick rim around the edges and minor lacing.

S: Aroma of deep dark roast coffee, light smoking that is integrated well. This is not an alder smoked wood but the smoke is there. It is not an overdone smoked malt.

T: Flavors of dark bakers chocolate, smoked malt, residual sugars and a dry finish. On second pour, the frothy top has sweet milk chocolate flavors mixing with a lactose like sweetness. Burnt coffee and toffee flavors and a light Noble hop presence.

M: Thick, highly carbonated swill

O: Overall I really enjoyed sipping on this as it is not overly sweet or overly smoked. Plus at a "measly" 9.5% abv when compared to other Bruery purebreeds, this one is actually rather drinkable during a weekday which cannot be said about most of their beers. The smoke seems about right and not punishing as with the sweetness without any aging necessary.

Sep 20, 2013
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flayedandskinned from California

3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2/15/13
Poured into a standard tulip glass.

Appearance: (4.25)
Pours an extremely viscous, impenetrable black with a thick, dark tan 2.5 finger's tall head. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing along the edges of the glass as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: (4)
Immediately upon pouring your olfactory senses are filled with rich, smoked malts. Underneath this smokey veneer are some sweet dark fruits; mostly cherry and light plum. Notes of dark chocolate and cocoa powdered are layered underneath the fruit. On the edges of the chocolate is a slightly herbal hop presence. The intense aromatics of smoke start to fade as the beer warms, revealing a deep woodsiness; perhaps oak and cedar? Very little alcohol in the nose.

Taste: (3.75)
Big, deep chocolate upfront with some herbal hops in tow. Behind the initial blast of bittersweet chocolate is a lively smoke presence that really melds well with some of the subtle dark fruit notes. Finishes dry with a very deep wood presence. The wood really imbues the beer with a pleasant graininess from the tannins. The long lingering finish offers nuanced smoke interlaced with chocolate, bitter espresso and a slight herbal hoppiness. For the being 9.5% the alcohol is present, but very well integrated with the flavor profile of the stout.

Mouthfeel: (4)
Thick, viscous and robust with moderate carbonation.

The Bruery collaborated with Beachwood brewing earlier this year; they chose to brew an Imperial Smoked Stout, smoked with 3 different types of wood and aged it on three different types of wood. The smokiness is intense when the beer is chilled, but really subsides as the beer warms in it's glass bringing out some rich notes of chocolate and dark fruit. The wood aging is what really adds some nice texture and nuance to the beer though. The beer oddly reminds me of Stone IRS if it had been smoked and aged on wood. Very cool and interesting beer to check out; Recommended.

Sep 06, 2013
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black. Not much of a head; mainly bubbles. Not much lacing, but it leaves a nice tan ring.

S: Oak, malts. Very subtle.

T: Smokey, wood chips. Dark fruit. Sweet. Like drinking a less smokey Sue from Yazoo. Really enjoyed te subtle taste.

M: Medium to heavy with thick, frothy carbonation.

O: A great collaboration. Pairs well with Swiss cheese. Warming amps up the flavor.

Aug 12, 2013
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.02/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

750ml thick brown glass bottle with colorful label art and branded pry-off cap acquired for $14.99 USD plus tax at a local beer store and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are somewhat high; I'm not a big fan of either brewery but each has at least one rather good beer in this style.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger wide head of khaki-tan colour. Good creaminess and thickness. Nice frothiness. Good retention for the high ABV - about 7 minutes. Nice even lacing as the head recedes.

Body colour is an opaque jet black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's an appealing appearance for the style - but isn't unique or special. No overt flaws are evident.

Sm: Dark malts, chocolate malts. Has a definite malty sweetness. Caramel. I do pick up on the smoke in the sense that I detect light bacon and pork. It's not so evocative that I could pick up on the actual wood used; i.e. I don't get hickory, applewood, mesquite, etc. A largely pleasant aroma of mild to moderate strength. It's not the most approachable aroma, but I'm optimistic.

No yeast character or hops are detectable.

T: Dark malts, chocolate malt, light timid smoke. The smoke is about as shallow as smoke can possibly be; zero depth of flavour for the smoke in particular. Caramel. Build is pretty generic for the style; you have to bring far more to the table in terms of complexity and subtlety to really stand out in this style. Balance is okay. Why brew this? Feels like a cashgrab - and hey, it worked - they got my money. I don't get much in terms of wood; the aging might have been for nought. I wonder how long they actually "aged" it; couldn't have been any more than 3 months given the timetable between Beachwood beginning to roll out bottles and this coming out. I feel swindled. Its mediocrity grows as it warms; there's just so little going on here.

Flavour depth is below average for the style. Flavour intensity and duration are average.

No yeast character or hop character comes through. Some alcohol is noticeable.

Maybe the smoke just fell off with time? I look for oak, pecan, and apple wood, but I can only find slight traces - and then only when I actively search for them. I'm left to conclude that this beer just falls of with age.

That said, the pecan in particular does develop as the beer warms; it surfaces more and more.

Mf: Sticky, smooth, wet. Pretty good carbonation. Suits the flavour profile in a general sense, but doesn't feel custom-tailored to it. Good body and thickness.

Dr: A downable smoked imperial stout without much smoke. Misses the mark in terms of smoke, but it's a drinkable little beer. That said, it's rather forgettable; there's nothing about this that would make me return to it - especially at this unreasonably high a price point. Another overpriced beer of middling quality from The Bruery/Beachwood. I wouldn't recommend this to friends. I'll finish this bottle alone with effort. ABV is decently hidden.


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Aug 12, 2013
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pkalix from California

4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours black with chocolate milk layer on top. just a couple bubbles remain after a few minutes.
smell is campfire embers on the beach, some fruit and fig and an almost depth of a past fire. all smoke.
smokey taste. they really tried their best to impart that smokiness to it. typical flavors abound- chocolate, vanilla, roasty malts.... and smoke.
overall, I guess it's alright. it looks beautiful when poured. 2nd pour had a beautiful (chocolate) milk head. also, the 2nd pour has a more straight up chocolate flavor with less bitterness than the first pour. the color is very nice, especially against the gold DUVEL writing on my tulip glass. i'm warming up to this one as i'm taking bigger sips (gulps) now. maybe that was my problem- I was sipping and trying to get the full flavor profile and didn't like all the bitter smoke. it was borderline 'band aid' flavor. but still, just a little too much smoke for me.

Aug 11, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, 2013
The Bruery tulip

A: Pours out pitch black. It's pretty thick but not as thick as others. Almost a cola like look. Full finger of medium tan head. Tight bubbles. Sticks around a while.

S: Smells of vanilla. Wood. Sweet chocolate. Not as heavy on the smoke nose as I was expecting. Some tobacco. Dark cherry.

T: It's nice! Up front sweet chocolate and roast. Sweet malt. Dark cherry. Then that smoke hits you. It's really nice how it grows out on you. Lingers for a while. Finish is long and smokey.

M: Full bodied, but not entirely hard to drink.

Jul 08, 2013
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 2/15/13. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a huge, frothy two and a half finger tan head. The head sticks around for a while before fading to a thin film with a thicker halo. Laces well.

Smells sweet and smokey with woodsy vanilla, roast malts, a little smoke and faint sugar.

Taste is a smooth blend of burnt dark chocolate, oaky smoke, slight vanilla, creamed coffee, sweet raisins, mildly cooked caramel and a pretty strong kick of boozy heat. Just a tad too much alcohol

Full, creamy feel with moderate carbonation. Char and alcohol finish.

Despite the booze heat this is a nice smoked stout. Enjoyable blend of wood and smoke with a good mixture of other flavors. Worth a try, particularly for anyone wanting a smoked stout with morw to ot that just smoke.

Jun 23, 2013
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1424IpA from California

1.15/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Tasted like I fell asleep drunk next to a nasty camp fire, smoked isn't my gig but in my opinion there are far better representatives out there. Looks like a delicious stout, smells like a 4 day camp fire, taste like a log that just wouldn't burn. I tap out and yes I'm a quitter, I love Beachwood but this is horrible.

Jun 14, 2013
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cvm4 from Mississippi

3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours pitch black with a tight carbonation bubbles that rise to a one finger dark tan head.

S - Definitely a smokey quality to the aroma. Roasted malts and the base wood it was aged on peaks through. Vanilla and milk chocolate and there, but quiet.

T - Smokey roasted malts, milk chocolate, raw wood and may'be a touch of dark fruits. To me, the nose was a bit more complex.

M - Medium bodied and low carbonation. Smooth but is slightly cloying.

O - Awesome, complex nose. Taste is great, but not as complex. For a stout, the body should be a bit bigger. Overall, well done and interesting beer to drink.

Jun 12, 2013
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mdfb79 from New York

4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 05/30/13 notes. Got a few bottles of this in the RS this year; 75-ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of retention and light lacing on the glass. Looks great.

s - Smells of smoked malts, roasted malts, milk chocolate, cedar, oak, vanilla, light dark fruits, light sweet chocolate, and sweet coffee. Awesome nose; very complex. Lots of smoked notes up front but unlike some other smoked porters and stouts, it doesn't dominate the nose, and allows a lot of other stuff to come through.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, smoke, sweet chocolate, sweet dark fruits, burnt malts, light wood. Taste is pretty good, but less complex than the nose, and doesn't have any vanilla. Smoke is a little heavier in the taste; good, but a step down from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Smooth and creamy, was hoping for a tiny bit of a fuller bottle. Doesn't feel lik 9.5% ABV though.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good smoked stout. It looks and smells great; a very complex nose with just enough smoke. The taste is good but heavier on the smoke. Glad to have another bottle of this one, as my girlfriend and I drank the bottle no problem.

May 31, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shared with JLindros, reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown hue with a good one finger mocha head that leaves a nice thin blanket and side lacing.

S - Expected more chocolate here, nice roasted malts, faint vanilla, solid wood (guessing beechwood). Fair amount of smoke on this one.

T - Taste is astringent burnt roast malts and smoke. For me, kind of ruins what makes a stout a stout. Chocolate is there but overpowered quickly by smoke. Just doesnt do it for me.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit too carbonated for my liking. Expected something with a smoother, creamier feel.

O - Overall this was just too smokey. Actually falls in the line of the other bruery smoked beers...too smokey.

May 23, 2013
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t420o from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruery/Beachwood Mrs. Stoutfire

A- pour yields a 2 finger fluffy brown head resting on a very dark brown to black body. Good retention 4.5

S- huge smoked wood smell that is excellent, chocolate, graham crackers, light vanilla. Excellent 4.5

T- the wood smoke taste is fantastic but not overpowering. chocolate and molasses and some coffee. Really an excellent beer. 4.25

M- a little thinner than expected with medium carbonation. 3.5

O- drinkability is very good for a beer as big as it is.Excellent overall. 4


May 21, 2013
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pants678 from California

4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Opaque black with a tan head.

Smokey on the nose, coffee.

Very chocolatey and very dark chocolate. This is like a s'more. Sweet and very bold malt character. It is smoked but not like Smoking Wood or Stone's Smoked Porter, not drinking out of a fog machine, rather the smoke's a compliment, albeit with a tinge of cinnamon-esque grit. Alcohol's well covered, no burn but a dry finish. A campfire beer.

No complaints about carbonation. A full bodied, heavy stout.

May 18, 2013
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schnarr84 from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to BenSW for the trade and 750 ml bottle. Poured into Big Rock snifter. Huge smoke on the nose and some roasted malts and barely noticeable caramel. Massive smoke flavor on the taste as wel as a nice imperial stout backbone. Overall this is a really intersting beer. You can definitely pick out the different types of smoked wood used in this brew and they definitely compliment each other. That being said, 750ml is a lot for a smoked beer. Smoke gets to be too much, would rather see this in pint or 12oz size

May 17, 2013
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TomTown from Texas

3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL into two tulip glasses.

Appearance is a wonderful pitch black shade with a nice dark brown head that stuck around for a while.

Smells definitively of wood, smoke, chocolate and roast but also had a distinct wet dog character in the nose that luckily did not carry over into the palette.

Tastes wonderful. Rich chocolate, and assertive roast character. A little boosy but at an acceptable level. Roast character melded beautifully with both the smoke and wood tones.

Mouthfeel is thick and oily. Very full and exactly what I want out of a big imperial stout.

Great beer. Would buy again, maybe for when it's a little colder out.

May 13, 2013
Mrs. Stoutfire from The Bruery
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 266 ratings