The Nothing
Smog City Brewing

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Smog City Brewing
California, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,280
Ranked #4,980
4.14 | pDev: 7.73%
Nov 20, 2020
Jan 04, 2012
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Notes: You hold in your hand a beer so dark, so rich, you may lose yourself as you fall into the never-ending depths of temptation. The Nothing exists to be the most decadent dark Chocolate Imperial Stout. You have met your greatest foe. Now defeat it.

Darkly roasted chocolate malts are combined with 2 types of cacao nibs creating a balance between subtle chocolate cake decadence and residual malt sweetness to pull you deeper into the complexity of The Nothing.

Don't be afraid of the dark.
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4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by evanwoertz from California

very good stout. heavy, rich, complex, sweet and dry at the same time, viscous and the smell is fantastic. no head at all but i can hardly see through the meniscus.

Nov 20, 2020
4.09 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Jun 01, 2020
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4.42/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.25, 4.75, 4.25, 4.25, 4.5

Look: Black. Medium brown head. No lasting lacing.
Aroma- dark fruit - raisin, prune, dark chocolate, meaty
Taste- very dark chocolate, not sweet...more bitter, raisin - reminds me of brooklyn black

Feel - smooth but average carbonation.

Overall: A dessert on its own that keeps you coming back because it is far from overly sweet.

Apr 10, 2020
4 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by CaptainHate from Ohio

November 2019 500 ml bottle received as a Christmas present. Poured into a DFH tulip producing a large fluffy dark tan head over an inky dark brown body. Lots of lacing as it slowly dissipated. Smell was of roasted malts and chocolate. Taste was very creamy chocolate char with a bitter dark chocolate finish and alcohol almost completely hidden. Mouthfeel was suitable full for a big stout.

This was a positive experience but maybe I'm getting a bit spoiled on imperial stouts because this wasn't as complex as I was hoping. Just lacking a certain X factor.

Mar 01, 2020
4.46 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 08, 2019
4.19 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Aug 16, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a fairly dark black, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like heavy roast, dark chocolate, astringent booze, and coffee.

This is much more bitter and boozy than I would have expected. It's somewhat unpleasant. The chocolate notes are very well done, though, but not so well done that they can overcome the flaws here.

This is creamy, but very astringent on the finish, hampering the drinkability for sure.

I expected a lot more out of this one.

Jul 19, 2019
3.81 by 2beerdogs from California on Mar 21, 2019
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4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by beergoot from Colorado

Deep-space black body; very thick, sticky and creamy light tan head; webs of clinging foam adhering to the glass. Heavy scent of charred grain; cocoa powder. Bold roasted grain flavors infused with milk chocolate and cocoa; husky bitterness balances the deep sweetness. Heavy body; chewy and oily with a silky depth; warm and luxurious residual sugar heft; partly sweet, partly dry on the palate.

This beer is packed with rich and delectable dark grain goodness. Thick and chewy mouthfeel with warm and inviting flavors, coating the palate with lingering notes of chocolate and cocoa with a fantastic offsetting bitterness for balance. Deep, rich, and complex.

Mar 17, 2019
4.25 by paulish from New York on Feb 19, 2019
4 by NathanBeets from South Dakota on Feb 15, 2019
4.47 by rarigney from Washington on Feb 11, 2019
4.31 by RaulMondesi from California on Jan 01, 2019
4.35 by CesarLopes from Brazil on Jul 21, 2018
5 by Danaschamberger from California on Jun 16, 2018
4.19 by 7irondave from Massachusetts on Apr 28, 2018
4.6 by IRONRakkasan from California on Apr 14, 2018
4.07 by socon67 from New York on Mar 05, 2018
4.21 by mnine from California on Feb 22, 2018
4 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Jan 27, 2018
4.52 by dpgoblejr from New Hampshire on Jan 13, 2018
4 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 03, 2018
3.81 by Bowers-Brew from Illinois on Jan 01, 2018
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4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by alexanderc994 from California

Pours very dark with little head retention. Smells of chocolate with notes of orange liqueur, cherries, oak, and coffee. Appears to have a rich viscosity. Tastes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee beans, with a lot of sweetness from the malt and rich mouthfeel. Moderately high carbonation and slightly astringent. Overall, very well balance and easy to drink. I would pair this beer with: creme brûlée; grilled hangar steak; smoked brisket; babaganoush; sautéed mushrooms.

Dec 23, 2017
3.97 by JuiceMan818 from California on Dec 16, 2017
4 by Bunuelian from Minnesota on Dec 11, 2017
4.37 by LA_Hue24 from California on Nov 19, 2017
4 by DanGeo from Michigan on Nov 17, 2017
4.43 by ruzzal from Texas on Oct 02, 2017
4 by Erik-P from Canada (BC) on Aug 09, 2017
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3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by mactrail from Washington

Very dark foam on this beer, brown, really. An amber edge on the dark brew in the Piraat tulip. Thick and viscuous as you sip. Sweet and hugely malty. Aroma of cocoa. Very hot with alcohol, which seems to emphasize the sharp edge of acidity.

Lots of very dark malt, burnt toast, and some caramel. Piney hops and bitter orange. The finish is all bitter chocolate. From the 500 ml bottle.

Jul 13, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by crimsonfloyd from California

Black with brown edge on the our, pure black in the glass. Quarter inch of light brown head. Smell is fairly moderate; smells of chocolate brownie and cinnamon. The taste, on the other hand, is very strong, with flavors of tobacco, charcoal, and of course chocolate. There's a bit of a minty finish. Mouthfeel is appropriately thick and syrupy.

Jun 22, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by maltznhopz from Nevada

Strong roasted malts and cocoa flavor with a slight hoppy finish and the end. Very good stout!

Jun 09, 2017
4 by dsshuck from Delaware on May 31, 2017
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4.62/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by SawDog505 from New Hampshire

Poured into my Magnify 16 oz snulip glass vintage 2017. Pours near pitch black with a massive two inch mocha head that leaves behind spotty patches of lace as it slowly settles into a thin layer of khaki bubbles.

Smell is deep dark chocolate fudge, roasted expresso, vanilla bean, oak, and a hint of leather.

Taste follows luscious savory dark chocolate, dry coffee beans, oaked vanilla, and once again just a subtle hit of leather.

Mouthfeel is chewy and creamy, very carbonated for what it is, slightly dry, and very approachable.

Overall this is one dimensional yes, but in a the best way possible. Very good, reminds me of Chocolate Yeti. Thanks @Lingenbrau for this amazing Imperial Stout.

May 28, 2017
3.68 by leitmotif from Romania on May 01, 2017
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3.6/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by nick_perry from North Carolina

Roasted malt flavor is really strong, a bit earthy & herbal. Bit of chocolate note on the finish.

Apr 27, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Ciocanelu from Romania

Black color with dark brown head. Aroma has some milk chocolate and cocoa drink. Taste is a bit ashy with burnt malt notes, dark malt, a bit weird on the finish with stale cacao notes. Medium body, soft carbonation. Decent stout but not something to remember.

Apr 26, 2017
4.09 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina on Apr 09, 2017
The Nothing from Smog City Brewing
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