Gates of S'mordor
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #831
ABV:
11%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,618
Avg:
4.22 | pDev: 6.4%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
73
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  3
Gots
  5
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Gates of S'mordorGates of S'mordor
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, cocoa nibs and cinnamon.
Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 73 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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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
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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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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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
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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
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Brownish black pour with a brown cap and light lacing. Aromas of marshmallow and chocolate are very pleasant, accents of vanilla, graham cracker with burnt edges, toast and cinnamon. Yet another smore stout that starts lovely with vanilla/marshmallow, milk chocolate, graham cracker and chocolate cookie before having a harsh bitterness snap back for a roasted finish with table sugar and cinnamon. Cloys a bit too. Feel is pillowy, creamy, and soft while having a roasty and strong malt base, some booze warmth emerges on the finish. Had heard such good things but was disappointed in the taste

Mar 20, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a murky brownish-black color with a dark tan head.

Smell - The nose was mostly composed to chocolatey malts. It was a touch boring considering the adjuncts.

Taste - Chocolate and cinnamon were very prevalent in the initial taste. It had a nice level of spice. There was not a ton of Marshmallow, which was disappointing. It was more of a chocolate cinnamon stout even with a light cookie factory. The spiced chocolate carried to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - I was a little surprised the body was allowed to be as thin as it was considering the amount of adults in this beer.

Overall - I thought this beer was pretty “ok”. The bourbon barrel aged version blows this away.

Sep 20, 2020
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 3-25-20 for $10.99. No bottling date visible. Consumed 6-4-20.

Beer poured black with a nice tan head with the original pour.

Nose is pungent with cinnamon and cocoa, very nice.

Taste is cinnamon and cocoa forward over a huge malt base. Finishes with a large amount of hopping but there is a residual sweetness from the marshmallow.

Mouthfeel is beautiful, full bodied and extremely smooth.

Overall a really well executed dessert beer as the adjuncts are woven in nicely and it does remind me or a smore sans the graham cracker which is buried in all the cinnamon and cocoa.

Jun 04, 2020
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: deep brown/black with a thin tan head
S: I get a sweet sugary smell, guess that’s supposed to be the marshmallows
T: Roasty, some chocolate, I get the graham cracker too, and a lactose sweetness
F: Really nice mouthfeel, strong finish
O: Turns out to be a solid beer, glad I grabbed one

May 18, 2020
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours pitch black in color and has a very thin dark khaki head.

Smells great! I definitely get s'mores. Marshmallow comes through. So does chocolate and cinnamon. Very pleasant.

Now for the taste. The prominent flavors are sweet chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker. Cinnamon comes though as well, and Westbrook did a great job of not making it overpowering. There's actually kind of a coffee thing going on throughout. Lovely.

The beer goes down very smoothly. It's thiccc and velvety. Almost like fluffy cooked marshmallows!

I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I've been on a BA stout kick, so I was afraid that this wouldn't live up. But really it's just as good as most BA stouts out there. Westbrook definitely accomplished the s'mores taste, and I absolutely love the flavor of marshmallow in my stouts. Great job.

Apr 22, 2020
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Pitch black, no head or lacing

S - Smores!

T - Lots of graham cracker, marshmallows, chocolate, and cinnamon. The description is spot on!

F - Full body and creamy

O - Well, they nail a Smores, thats for sure. Has some heat and punch. I prefer a boozier taste for the high gravity beers, this one is well hidden. Good beer though

Mar 31, 2020
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CooperWebs

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle -->Snifter

Appearance (3.75): Midnight black with a caramel brown head.

Aroma (4): Deep tones of chocolate, toffee, sticky marshmallow, and a dry bit of cinnamon.

Taste (4.5): The inside is full of chocolate, booze, marshmallow, and alcoholic warming- the outside is dry, powdery cinnamon. Decadent and delicious. Syrupy umami.

Mouthfeel (3.75): Sticky and full. Little carbonation.

Overall: I'd really like to see this maple barrel aged.

Mar 27, 2020
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, no visible date. Opened 3-22-20.

1 finger mocha colored head on a pitch-black motor oil Imperial Stout. Decent retention, hangs in at a solid cap. Light, spotty lacing.

Rich and roasty malt, dark and bitter chocolate. Dark fruit - raisins. Spicy late - must be a product of the cinnamon but not really identifiable as cinnamon (at least early in). Vanilla (marshmallow) after 10 minutes resting.

Dark chocolate and light vanilla. Cinnamon is up front and persistent. Bitter, dark roasted malt. Light coffee grounds. Some late spiciness (almost chili pepper like, cinnamon?). Searching for graham cracker and I think it's more prevalent in the flavor than the aroma and only after serious warming and the second pour.

Full body, thick and velvety mouthfeel. Low perceived carbonation. Some boozy heat. Long and rich malty finish, semi sweet but not cloying.
Seriously flavorful and very big Imperial Stout.

Very good.

Mar 23, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

20 February 2020 - Beer #33

Price: $12.99 at Bread & Honey in Manhattan

Appearance: 4 - pretty darn black, but a bit reddish at the edges. Dark tan head fizzled away quickly.

Nose: 5 - mmmm... nailed it here. Mostly graham cracker and marshmallow. Just a touch of cinnamon. I could nose it all day.

Taste: 4 - too much cinnamon. Not as balanced as I'd like. Where'd the graham crackers and marshmallows go? Still action packed with flavor, though.

Mouth: 5 - super creamy and frothy. It'll seem like I'm spreading it on my bagel tomorrow morning.

Overall: 4 - very nice pastry stout from Westbrook. Easy on the cinnamon next time, team, ok? Deal?

Cheers!

Feb 25, 2020
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josanguapo from Spain

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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

Aug 24, 2019
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mkh012 from Colorado

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Jun 08, 2019
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

May 13, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

May 01, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Apr 07, 2019
Gates of S'mordor from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 73 ratings