Smudgepot Russian Imperial Stout | Old Orange Brewing Co.

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Smudgepot Russian Imperial StoutSmudgepot Russian Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Old Orange Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DoubleJ on 04-15-2012

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 7
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of djkickz1
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

amazing stout with great flavor and aroma.

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Photo of deford
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a Bomber into a Stone tulip.

L- Perfect. Exactly like it should, dark muddy brown with a slightly burnt orange colored head of half an inch.

S- Roasty, maybe even burnt coffee, or prunes or wood or something burnt.

T- Definitely burnt coffee and malt...lots of malt.

F- Slightly on the light side...could be just a bit thicker, but overall it works well with this beer.

O- I really like it. The name perfectly describes what you're going to get. Malty, roasty, a dirty smudgepot at the end of a row of orange trees....

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Photo of drepreciado
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of djkickz
4.83/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours black in color with a dense tan head. The nose isn’t terribly typical of an imperial stout. Very sweet and fruity. Some raisin, plum, and some molasses and brown sugar sweetness. A bit watery, and a touch of alcohol. The flavor is amazing, what a true imperial stout should taste like. Roasted malt, a touch of chocolate, alcohol, and dark fruit sweetness. Mild alcohol and ash on the finish.

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Photo of zak333
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of togarmah
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.31/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared with rudzud

Little fizzy dark head fades instantly, long legs, pitch black beer.

Nose some Dutch chocolate, dark cocoa, little char and burnt caramel, touch fudgey, old coffee, burnt milk

Taste brings big note creme Brule, burnt caramel and milk, creamy lactose, little powdered cocoa, into bitter spicy hops, big spicy hops and bitter roast, no fruit, lots of roasted burnt malts and bitter hops, that's about it. Finish dry sticky syrupy, little booze warmth, spicy hop, etc

Mouth is thicker decent carb, hint booze.

Overall meh, not so great.

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Photo of jwswigs
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Raziel313
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On nitro tap at Old Orange Brewing Company in Orange, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee. Taste is much the same with a cocoa powder flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp yet creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is basic but solid.

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Photo of sightless
4.61/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber from a local grocery. Black with a tan head. Like others said the nose isn't what you expect from an imperial stout. Lots of subtle chocolate, malt, and fruity notes. One of the better beers I have had in recent memory. This is a stout with a super smooth finish. Didn't taste much alcohol on the finish which is surprising as the 11.2 ABV suggests a harsher finish. Ends with on a mild finish which is great considering the flavors from the start. Was expecting another harsh harsh stout. Loving this style now!

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Local imperial stout! On to the beer:

Rich and black as ink in appearance, topped off a short, yet creamy looking head that's long lasting. A few swirls yield spots of lace and "beer residue" around the glass. A great start, then something happens during the aroma. A little roasted malt is smelt first, then a huge note of burnt rubber enters. Huh? the good thing; the rubber note does die to some extent, but the damage has already been done. Not even late esters can rescue the smell.

The flavor starts off decent and works at being a little more tasty. Among the notes are coffee beans, esters, and bitter chocolate. Its body feels closer to medium than full, surprising for its stregth....also surprising is the alcohol being so well hidden. Did the nitro gas have anything to do with the unorthodox mouthfeel?

Not the greatest example of the style, but it is decent to drink.

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Photo of sjrodriguez
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Flaggpole
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of rudzud
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black with a thin mocha head that fades to leave white wisps.

S - Aromas of light caramel, faint chocolate, solid roast, lighter dark fruits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Oddly vegative, lots of roasted malts. This isn't a ris.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, slick, really sub par.

O - Overall this was a very poor beer. A complete mess.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of warpdesign
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%

Photo of pkalix
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of sillyhed8
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johlac66
3.99/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Smudgepot Russian Imperial Stout from Old Orange Brewing Co.
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