Gates Of S'mordor - Bourbon Barrel-Aged
Westbrook Brewing Co.

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
ABV:
11%
Score:
94
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 4.6%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
29
From:
Westbrook Brewing Co.
 
South Carolina, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Gots
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SCORE
94
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Notes: The Gates of S’Mordor have opened and are about to unleash a horde of molten marshmallow & chocolate upon the land!

This s’mores-inspired imperial stout is brewed with marshmallows, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and graham crackers and aged in Booker's bourbon barrels for 12 months.
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Tony210 from New Jersey

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, mocha head fades fairly quickly. Very nice aroma - loads of chocolate, graham cracker, vanilla. Flavor is good - chocolate, graham, vanilla, lactose?. Exceptionally thin, carbonation heightens the lack of body. Overall, an extremely tasty BA beer, needs more body...

5/7/21
Bomber, 2021 release
4.5 rating

May 08, 2021
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: black, thin tan head, minimal lacing
S: bourbon, chocolate and vanilla, great nose
T: follows the nose, with some roasted malts
F: good mouthfeel, booze is very present
O: way better than the non-BA version

Feb 21, 2021
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell - The nose was mostly composed of the adjuncts with sweet and sticky bourbon.

Taste - The bourbon added a new level of sweetness to the base beer. With the bourbon was chocolate, cinnamon spice, and a touch of marshmallow. As it warmed, it became chocolate covered marshmallows aged in bourbon. There was a nice a nice cookie backbone. The sweet bourbon carried to the finish.

Mouthfeel - The bourbon added a stickiness over the base beer that allowed this to stick to the tongue.

Overall - Bourbon aging adding something wonderful to the base beer.

Sep 20, 2020
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WickedBeer from Alabama

4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good viscosity on the pour; a deep brown coloration with ivory head that bubbles and is quick to settle flat.

The nose is rich with chocolate and marshmallow, with the battle complimenting nicely. Not overly boozy, not overly pastry. As it opens up a little more, the graham crackers and cinnamon complete that s’mores profile in a way that the non barrel-aged version never did.

The barrel is a little more present on the palate here, but the marshmallow and cocoa nibs still shine. There’s a good amount of oaky booze after it settles on the tongue, but the balance is excellent. Not as much “s’mores” as the nose, but the contrast between nose and palate really works. There’s the subtlest touch of dark fruit on the tail that gives an added bit of complexity.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Could use maybe a bit more viscosity, but the low, soft carbonation really works and it finishes with a good level of warm booze in the finish.

Aug 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black color, with a small white head, and not much lacing.

This smells like graham cracker, chocolate fudge, bourbon, vanilla, marshmallow, and caramel.

This is big, sticky, sweet and well done. There's a lot of of marshmallow and vanilla, and luckily not too much cinnamon and more of an emphasis on graham cracker. The base stout is super fudgy, obviously enhanced by the added chocolate. There's a good heat from the barrel, some caramel and oak, and a silky flavor.

This is medium bodied, smooth, and not very boozy, with a very creamy feel to it.

Westbrook always tends to do this sort of thing very well. I'd love to try the maple BA version at this point.

Jul 22, 2020
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kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque pour with some marshmallow and graham cracker accents on the nose. The flavors are a mix of bitter chocolate, marshmallow, and subtly with boozy notes from the barrel aging. The mouthfeel is luxurious. Westbrook knocked this one out of the park.

Apr 19, 2020
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pkalix from California

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think the barrel has thinned out the flavors on this one.... still present, and i do not have the original 'sin-barrel' to compare it to, but i'm imagining it's a tad thicker than this. a little bit of Dr. Pepper flavor in this one and not getting much marshmallow or other flavors as described.... not bad i suppose, but not totally as described or, rather, the barrel thing again.... ya know?

Mar 26, 2020
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WOLFGANG from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

030620 The Gates of S’Mordor have opened and are about to unleash a horde of molten marshmallow & chocolate upon the land!

This s’mores-inspired imperial stout is brewed with marshmallows, cocoa nibs, cinnamon, and graham crackers and aged in Booker's bourbon barrels for 12 months. Early 2020 release.

Mar 07, 2020
Gates Of S'mordor - Bourbon Barrel-Aged from Westbrook Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 29 ratings