Gates of S'mordor
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #631
ABV:
11%
Score:
93
Ranked #4,081
Avg:
4.27 | pDev: 6.32%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
44
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  2
Gots
  2
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Imperial Stout brewed with marshmallows, graham crackers, cocoa nibs and cinnamon.
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 44 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Arizona

4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
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 -11.2%
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 +8.7%
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 -6.6%
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 -1.4%
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 +0.2%
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 +1.6%
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 -0.5%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.2%
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 -5.9%
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 +5.4%
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: 93 out of 100 with 44 ratings