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Bruery / Beachwood - Mrs. StoutfireBruery / Beachwood - Mrs. Stoutfire

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ngeunit1 on 03-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by flayedandskinned:
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3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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.

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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

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750ml bottle poured into a teku
Bottled 2/15/13
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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

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