Gates of S'mordor
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #990
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #12,357
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 3.26%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
11
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
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Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, cocoa nibs and cinnamon.
Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 11
Photo of josanguapo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Viendo La Casa de Papel 1x07. Sensacion suave, calida y plena en boca, con bastante chocolate y canela, esta ultima adecuadamente dimensionada para no saturar. Demasiado cara no obstante

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Photo of mkh012
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2.5 months ago.

Pours near-black with a persistent collar of tan head.

The nose is chocolate syrup, cherry, cinnamon, and soy sauce.

The taste is similar. Chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, cherry, and faint booze.

The mouthfeel is medium+

Overall, good. Similar to Westbrook's other dessert stouts. 4.25

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Photo of WickedBeer
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No bottled date. Purchased at Loosa Brews, Tuscaloosa, AL.

Pours like motor oil, nearly black in color and straight out of the fridge. The cold temp didn't leave much head rising to the top, but it had a great viscosity and settled with very minimal rising carb in an overall stagnant, intimidating body.

The nose is sweet off the bat, with the marshmallows really leading the way and imparting strong notes of vanilla. Cinnamon graham crackers follow closely with rich, chocolatey undertones rounding out the backbone of the nose. Really getting all adjuncts pretty clearly, and it only improves as it warms.

Cinnamon and vanilla lead the way on the palate. The chocolate presence is more bitter than on the nose, more of a baker's chocolate influence. The influence from that bitter cacao flavor mellows as it warms, and is able to help bring the adjuncts together in evoking more of that intended S'mores taste. The only flavor that I'm really getting that throws this off for me is a distinctly roasty malt bill.

The mouthfeel on this is great. It's soft, with a medium viscosity and a sticky mouth-coating that gives it a bit of a chewiness in the finish. Mild boozy warmth, very smooth.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stark black with a fizzy dark mocha head quickly disappearing to a polished stone surface.

A somewhat artificial vanilla aroma comes with a touch of rum as a hot cocoa character helps simulate graham cracker dunked in sweet chocolate milk.

The slick medium-light body has a tingly carbonation that rustles up plenty of woody, smoky dark chocolate malt while again a rum-like vanilla continues to pervade, eschewing any s'more, marshmallow or graham vibe, finishing lightly sticky.

After my drinking mate mentioned she was picking up Mexican stout vibes, I noticed that it did have a sharp hint of chili pepper within the thin carbonation as a fine ashy heat came out on the finish. From that point on I couldn't get it out of my head. After re-reading the label, I think it must have been the cinnamon bringing an unwelcome heat that doesn't really make sense in a s'more-inspired stout...unless they were going for cinnamon graham crackers or even Teddy Grahams, in which case they should have utilized a softer cinnamon, with maybe a little bit of that brown sugar characteristic.

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Photo of avalon07
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Had this beer on-tap at Westbrook's tasting room, poured into a snifter glass. Had a jet black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, tan-colored, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: An incredibly enticing aroma of chocolate, malt, marshmallows, spices, and graham crackers.

T: Tasted of a bit of malt (not overpowering, but present throughout), some spices (cinnamon, in particular), lots of chocolate, a good shot of marshmallows, and decent bit of graham crackers. Yep, it does taste like s'mores. They managed to incorporate all the flavors in the right amount to get a great taste. Delicious.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium- to full-bodied.

O: An immensely enjoyable stout. Drinkable.

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Gates of S'mordor from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 11 ratings