Gates of S'mordor
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #953
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,211
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.16%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
65
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 14, 2022
Added:
Apr 06, 2019
Wants:
  3
Gots:
  6
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, cocoa nibs and cinnamon.
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Rated: 4.23 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jul 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured black as black can be and was capped with a light brown head. Looks great.
The aroma, even to my nose, was cinnamon and vanilla and coffee or cocoa.
The taste, how they managed to get marshmallow flavor in there as a discernible flavor impressed me. The cinnamon was a nice heat at the end which kept things from being cloying.
The feel was excellent for the style, this is a sipper and the feel is perfect for that.
Dang fine beer, only sad as I just had the one.
Jun 25, 2022
 
Rated: 4.09 by hockeypuck from Maine

Jun 23, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

May 02, 2022
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Reviewed by DarkLordScott from Wisconsin

4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours jet black with caramel colored, two finger foam with little carbonation. Aroma is deeply marshmallow, chocolate and alcohol. Taste is cinnamon up front and sweet chocolate in depth. The brew is full bodied and nicely balanced. A tempting treat for any would be Dark Lord.
Apr 17, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by RBorsato from Virginia

Mar 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2022
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
**
03/12/22

Very enjoyable. Solid all around. Extra points for the name.

Cocoa and marshmallow were big and smooth.

**
Mar 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.16 by smithj4 from New York

Mar 06, 2022
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Rated by BEER32 from Florida

4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This beer is awesome!
Feb 28, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Taenim from New Jersey

Feb 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This is an excellent offering from Westbrook. It's everything they advertise it to be.

Its rich and creamy, it's loaded with graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallow, vanilla, it delivers a sneaky 11% to the drinker... all win-win scenarios here folks...and does it all without being overly sweet

It honestly feels like I'm drinking a liquid S'more....

Highly highly recommended offering....if you like stouts that provide the flavor but isn't a sugar bomb this is it.
Feb 09, 2022
 
Rated: 4.58 by Bbock13 from North Carolina

Jan 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by Argail from Louisiana

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by ScruffySouthpaw from New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Served in a teku glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany black color with a dark tan head.

Smell: Coffee bean and light marshmallow with hints of chocolate.

Taste: Complex nut and coffee meshed marshmallow and a touch sweet vanilla bean.

Mouth: comes off ridiculously full bodied yet it's a touch dry. Coffee finish makes love to your cheeks.

Overall: caramel coffee with marshmallow, would be very hard to let go if you ever see across your eyes. Trust me, worth the grab. Salud!
Dec 24, 2021
 
Rated: 4.1 by BMBCLT from South Carolina

Dec 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by BEER88 from North Carolina

Dec 06, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by JamesLeung from Florida

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Oct 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.11 by KAP1356 from Pennsylvania

Sep 06, 2021
 
Rated: 3.17 by bendukes86 from South Carolina

Aug 29, 2021
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Gates of S'mordor digs deep into the classic campfire treat, highlighting the bitter and earthy notes of cocoa nibs and graham crackers. The cinnamon spice hits at the end to create a fiery finish. Very similar profile to Dino S'mores out of Chicago.
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.3 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a one finger brown head with great retention and solid lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa, graham crackers and vanilla; a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is dark toasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, vanilla and cinnamon with some marshmallow showing up as a faint note in the finish. Medium bodied with silky moderate creaminess. I fell in love with Westbrook stouts when they used to brew for Evil Twin many years ago, and every so often a real Westbrook one would show up in our area for a real treat. This is no exception. Great, dense, chocolatey malt with vanilla that is close to marshmallow in taste and some more genuine marshmallow in the aftertaste. Cinnamon is clear, but at an appropriate light level. Not as sweet and with a drier finish than its s'more name implies, but the flavor is reminiscent. It actually is nice to have a dessert style stout that not cloyingly sweet. I consider these guys to be stout masters and this up to standard I expect. Rich and delicious.
Jul 11, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by rbrefbeerman from California

Jul 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.03 by 22Blue from Kansas

Jun 30, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
The name of this beer allows several different geekisms to billow to full engorgement. I read Lord of the Rings every year for a couple of decades; my favorite books ever. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Appropriately black: a golden ale bearing the Mordor name would be a travesty. The nose bring strong cocoa with lighter waves of marshmallow, cracker and warm sugar.

Gates of S’Mordor is the first s’mores beer that’s in the same zip code of mimicking the taste. Cocoa & graham crackers on top, mallow mid-palate along with a healthy dose of char & roast. Cinnamon is a fleeting afterthought with a finish of long, slow sweetness. Half a bomber will be most welcome.

Gloin would approve. Very good beer & impressive execution of concept
Jun 20, 2021
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour with thin tan lacing and alot of viscosity on the sides of the glass.

S - Chocolate, cinnamon, and marshmallow aroma.

T - Roasted chocolate, marshmallow, chocolate char, cinnamon, marshmallow,

M - Thick and viscous with a soft, silky texture on the tongue. Coats the mouth with a layer of chocolate char.

O - This beer is exactly as advertised by Westbrook and recommended.
Jun 20, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Jun 19, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jun 11, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A pretty good s’mores stout. Dark and thick with healthy head and lacing. Notes of graham, cocoa, and vanilla over a roasty malt. Taste is all of those flavors swimming together through a current of dark malt, with a bit of a cinnamon spice flavor popping its head up now and then. Thick, oily feel, big bodied, boozy as hell. Pretty good attempt at a dessert treat of a stout.
May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Smakawhat from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a teku glass.

Oily thick coming out of the bottle into a real dark walnut brown and nearly black left opaque body. Nice tan light collar presented with no head created and a faint somewhat lively top from rising carbonation.

Quite a nice aroma. Lots of graham cracker like crusty flavor, soft liquid chocolate sensing syrup and a nice spicy character. Nice touching sweetness that comes off more vanilla like than marshmallow which is a nice surprise. Hints a real thick malt body.

Very surprising palate. Big hits of charcoal and bitter ash in a light but very supportive nearly silky body. Mid palate hits with dark cocoa, and lots of powder sensations. Sharp and real warm spiced finish, complimenting a real nice heat and warmth. Surprisingly, hits with a large amount of just excellent ripping coffee bean notes. Hits with elements of dark bean and chocolate bitterness real nicely.

Really like the fact that this is more of a bitter chocolate and coffee accented with mild sweetness, rather than a sugary mess which it could easily be. This is really nicely done.
May 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by rab53 from Washington

May 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by jakea from Wisconsin

May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Tony210 from New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours very dark and viscous, Beautiful foamy mocha head fades slowly. Big chocolate aroma with faint cinnamon and vanilla; boozy. First sip is very bitter espresso, balanced with sweet milk chocolate. Cinnamon and graham cracker are very faint in the background. Marshmallow is prominent. Carbonation adds to a creamy texture. Overall a tasty pastry stout, would drink again.

4/25/21
Bomber, 2021
4.25 rating
Apr 25, 2021
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours an opaque yet still clear thick viscous jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and faint dark cola brown + dark amber + dark chestnut brown + garnet red colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a large patch of mottled very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of rich sweet milk chocolate + marshmallow + vanilla + graham crackers over the top of moderate aromas of roasted + chocolate + dark malts with moderate to strong amounts of lactose sweetness. Light to moderate aromas of cinnamon + cacao nibs.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of roasted + chocolate + dark malts with moderate to strong amounts of lactose sweetness. That is followed by light to moderate flavors of cinnamon + cacao nibs. Finally there are moderate to strong flavors of rich sweet milk chocolate + marshmallow + vanilla + graham crackers. Light to moderate amounts of roasty bitterness which is quickly overtaken by the sweetness from the lactose + marshmallow and lingering rich milk chocolate.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slick.

O: Drinks pretty easily with very well hidden alcohol (especially considering the strength and relatively high ABV) though a touch light in the mouthfeel - would have liked it to be a little thicker, more syrupy. Enjoyable with lots of good s’mores flavors and aromas. Really enjoyed the touch of cinnamon.
Apr 17, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

Apr 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.23 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Apr 04, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head that has good retention. Smells of charred malts, slightly smoky, chocolate, vanilla cream, maybe a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar. Taste is chocolate and vanilla cream up front, followed by some charred malt notes that give a bit of a smoke kick. The finish gives creamy marshmallow with a graham crackers like finish, lingers of chocolate. Medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that finishes creamy.
Mar 31, 2021
Gates of S'mordor from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 92 ratings