Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire | The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Mrs. StoutfireCollaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire

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The Bruery
California, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of 1424IpA
1.15/5  rDev -70.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.02/5  rDev -23%
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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Photo of stakem
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Share with Rudzud.

Pours a darker mocha colored 1 finger fluffy rich head that fades fairly slowly, nice lacing pitch black thick beer.

Nose campfire smoke, smoked oak chips, a bit of smoldering log, faint dark choc and cocoa, a bit of roasted malt and burnt grains, a bit of caramel and vanilla, faint charred oak, almost seems cedar bit that may be the smoke, some earthy chewy hops, light booze.

Taste starts with more smoked malt, smoldering log and campfire like, with lots if a bitter roast, burnt grains and hint if burnt coffee. Charred oak chips, charred roast too, and a bit of bakers and very dark choc. Then plenty of earthy chewy spicy hops, quite a bit of bitterness actually astringent like bitterness, from both the spicy hops and roasty malts. Slightly acrid from all that. Hint of vanilla and cocoa and some alcohol flavor with warming booze. Finish is dry, very bitter with lots if earthy spicy chewy hops, little astringent, more acrid burnt roast and smoldering log smoke, and just a touch of creamy cocoa.

Mouth is fuller bod, weird slight over carbonated like, some warming booze and alcohol flavor even, very sticky mouth coating.

Overall meh. It's a decent beer, but not what I was expecting. The smoke is a little nagging bitter and meh, the roast gets a little burnt and acrid, little astringent bitterness, not enough chocolate, booze comes on a bit strong, just too much going on and seems a bit flawed for what it could have been.

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Photo of cvm4
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
3.92/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of TomTown
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bruery in Placentia, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, smoked malt, and cocoa aromas. Taste is much the same with smoke and cocoa flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a nice smoke presence.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, pitch black color with a large espresso-colored head that goes down slowly. Scent is packed with chocolate cocoa and coffee. There is definitely some smokiness, but not as much as I was expecting. Hints of salty meats with some roasted malt and more cocoa. Taste is initially chocolatey. Lots of chocolate and stout-like characteristics. Great malt character on the beer...this is a malty sensation! Pretty sweet with some meaty smoke flavors. Not nearly as smokey as I was expecting. I was thinking this thing was going to be a smoke bomb. More sweet than smokey. Mouthfeel could use a little more carbonation. The head makes it seem like it is highly carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy. Drinkability is fair, and ABV is well-hidden. Overall, this beer was more sweet than it was smokey. I was hoping for a perfected smoked beer, instead I got a tasty imperial stout with a hint of smoke.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of pants678
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of t420o
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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


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Photo of schnarr84
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of sirtomtom
4.26/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #870/871, bottled on 03/25/13(Etched into the bottle). Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours inky black and thick with a nice 3 finger head that dissipates quickly into a thin tan brown ring.

S: Coffee, chocolate with a light smokiness. A good bit of booze. Would be higher but a 9.5% ABV beer with this much booze in the nose is a bit odd.

T: Lots of coffee, with a bit of sweetness transitioning into a nice toasted oakiness like a heavily oaked red wine. Finishes a bit bitterer than the mild bitterness I was expecting.

M: Very thick and creamy. Perfect.

O: A wonderfully smoked stout. The smokiness isn't overpowering and melds seamlessly into the flavors of coffee and chocolate. A great beer, an excellent stout, let along a great smoked stout, it's a shame this a collaboration that will probably be never made again. Will definitely buy another couple bottles, some to keep, some to give away.

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Photo of cozumel4me
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark brown with a a dark tan frothy head.

S - Expresso, dark chocolate, caramel malts, smoke, oak and black licorice.

T - Expresso, dark chocolate, caramel malts, smoke, oak, molasses, bitterness.

M -Very complex beer with so much going on. Smokey, bitter, sweet finish.

D - Nice smoked character with great balance.

Pleasantly surprised by this beer as their is so much going on. It has a bit of that Russian Imperial Stout bitter profile, but pulls back with a sweeter finish.

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Photo of pkalix
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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