Collaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire | The Bruery

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Collaboration Series: Mrs. StoutfireCollaboration Series: Mrs. Stoutfire

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

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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 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 ngeunit1
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark black with a bit of brown and a finger of frothy chocolate-khaki head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, smoke, vanilla, oak, raisins and other dark fruits, black licorice, touch of booze.

T - Roasted chocolate and caramel malts, raisins, plums, and other dark fruits, smoke, vanilla, oak, black licorice, molasses, earthy hops, some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a warming, smokey, and sweet finish.

D - Great smoked stout. Nicely balanced with good smoke character.

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