The Nothing | Smog City Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smog City Brewing
California, United States
smogcitybrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by augustgarage on 01-04-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
175
Reviews:
27
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mohawk Bend in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Taste is much the same with a semisweet 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 and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and tasty flavors.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of sittinggc
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first official review on BA!

This is my first Smog City beer, and I gotta say it was awesome.
Though this beer is boozy, it is very drinkable. Tastes of dark chocolate and dark fruit. One of the better chocolate stouts I've had.

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of MadScientist
4.44/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: A lot of chocolate and cocoa in the aroma with some coffee notes. A medium amount of floral alcohol notes. Nothing in the way of hops.

A: A jet black beer with deep garnet highlights on the edge. The espresso colored head is made compact fine bubbles and quickly settles to a thin ring around the glass.

T: Deep, rich chocolate flavor with a bit of coffee and a touch of smoke. There is also a slight charcoal-like dark malt character. A medium amount of malt sweetness against a medium-low hop bitterness making for a balance that is slight sweet. The finish is somewhat sweet with a chocolate malt aftertaste.

M: A full bodied beer with a bit of slickness like an oatmeal stout. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: An impressive chocolate dominated imperial stout.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black color with a small tan head. No lacing to speak of.
Chocolate aroma, booze.
Big chocolate taste, like eating a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting. Some coffee. A bit of char.
Nice balancing act between sweetness and bitterness.

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Photo of mmcurran
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lofreqwave
3.71/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Studfarm69
4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GlassHound
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LXIXME
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very solid multi-dimensional tasting stout. Thank you.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of rightcoast7
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Velunas
4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cursory review from notes. On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away. Served in a snifter. Described as a double-chocolate imperial stout...

Seal brown body with thin lion head which dissipates to a lasting sheen. Average lacing, light legs.

Aroma suggests milk chocolate, caramel, and faint tobacco and anise.

Fairly sweet palate entry which again suggests more caramel than chocolate, though there is a bit more cocoa in the finish. Pleasing roasted/specialty malt base though there is something almost artificial about the profile which keeps it from being truly excellent.

Velvety, not-quite-full bodied mouthfeel with perfect carbonation for the style. Alcohol adds flavor without excessive heat.

Imperfect, but still a strong and subtle offering from Smog City.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage. 500ml bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a rich, 1 finger mocha colored head with moderate retention. Beer is pitch black and very viscous. Lacing is layered and thick with excellent stick and oily, slick legs. Pretty nice.

Nose is liquorice, lactose, chocolate, roast, and a slight bit of stale coffee. Moderately aromatic. Average.

Opens iced coffee, dark chocolate and smoke. Liquorice, milk chocolate and big roasty notes in the middle with a slightly boozy and grainy roasted coffee finish. For a coffee dubbed "double chocolate", there sure isn't a lot of chocolate. Aftertaste is bitter coffee beans and a bit of ashiness.

Medium to full bodied with low carbonation. Slick and chewy on the palate and warm and a bit dry going down. Finishes messy with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Real drinkable. Very smooth for 10%.

The packaging on this beer is tremendous... which for some reason, made me think the beer inside would be also... it was not. It's just average. This is heavy on the coffee and roast and light on the sweet and dark fruit notes. That imbalance is not really my thing.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

i hope i just got a bad bottle. there was a very unpleasant "tinny" smell/taste. by the end of my 8oz pour i almost couldnt stomach it.
i was really looking forward to this one too.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Hessian257
3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuschLeagueOC
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JoeyDubs
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of cyrushire
4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.09 out of 5 based on 175 ratings.
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