Smoglifter | Brash Brewing Company

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Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa.

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Photo of thatche2
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent stout with subtle milk and dark chocolate flavors that do not over power the base beer. Medium to full in body and creamy but still has a decent kick. Very good beer.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried on draft. Looks great, nice deep, thick black body with creamy tan head. Excellent lacing.

Smell was chocolate and malts, good, but not great. Taste was slightly disappointing... The cocoa is great, but overpowers the rest. Not much complexity for me.

Feel is good be thick, but lacks bitterness. Overall, it's pretty good, but not great.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super solid. This one is pretty thin as expected, but the mouthfeel is decent. It has a very nice toasty malted flavor, but is very drinkable. The texture is very smooth and creamy

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at several places around Houston. Johnny's Gold Brick and the Brewery most recently.

A: Pours basically an opaque black color. A one finger white head forms with light lace. The opacity is really impressive here.
S: Big roast, coffee, and unsweetened chocolate. A touch metallic, and bitter roast lingers.
T: The requisite big roast, chocolate and coffee flavors you would expect for such a beer. I get a metallic flavor that continues to build as the warms. Though there is a big unsweetened chocolate flavor, and a strong lingering roasted bitterness as well.
M/O: A big full body with moderate carbonation. Viscous and oily, but still fairly smooth. If that makes sense. This is a really big stout, and the roasted bitterness along with a building metallic flavor take its toll. A slow sipper, and an offering to take one at at time.

This is obviously an Imperial Stout with chocolate. Unsweetened at that, this is not a milk stout in any regard (that I can tell anyway). Though, like everything Brash does it is big and over the top. While I have enjoyed this the few times I have had it, just not among my favorite Imperial Stouts. A bit to metallic and overwhelming roasted bitterness (they obviously love bitter, and I obviously can only take so much). No balance, and it is all up front and center. Typical Brash, which depending on your opinion, may or may not be a good thing.

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Photo of BigGold
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

First had on draft into small goblet, and again from growler into goblet. "Imperial chocolate milk stout brewed with real cocoa." Rather Johnny two-note, and pretty good for all that, but not "$34.80-per-growler-good." (What is?)

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Photo of pmaka
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

LOOK: The beer pours a pure black, as if smog blocked out the sun. A thick cappuccino head forms and dissipates quickly with a beautiful lacing that moves quickly down the glass.

SMELL: Milk chocolate, and roasted malts enters the nose. A hint of lactose is evident. Caramel coffee hides in the smog and can be smelt in the background.

TASTE / MOUTHFEEL: Sweet lactose and bitter chocolate touch the palate. Dark fruits almost like cranberries and blueberries add to the sweetness and high alcohol content. There is a thick mouthfeel like a heavy layer of smog, and little carbonation can be felt.

OVERALL: Not the most complex or layered stout I've ever had, but enjoyable nonetheless. Sweet and warming beer. This beer can lift the smog on kind of day you may be experiencing. An enjoyable stout from start to finish. See if you find one through the smog of your local liquor store selection.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, very Clown Shoes-esque, and even with the same (former) contract brewer. I'm sure further investigation could be done, but why should I really fucking care?

This beer pours a solid black abyss, with the barest of basal cola edges (only when held to the direct sunlight currently pouring into the room), and one pudgy finger of puffy, densely foamy, and mildly bubbly light brown head, which leaves some melting ice cream cone lace around the glass as it gently subsides.

It smells of roasted, slightly bready caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of gamey meat, cafe-au-lait, a laid-back sour black orchard fruitiness, stale anise, and some middling and musty earthy, woody, and leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet milk chocolate, toasted caramel malt, a further biscuity graininess, cold black coffee, Scandinavian licorice, a weak earthy and oily nuttiness, and plain leafy, weedy, and woodsy hops - no real sign of the 20-proof alcohol as of yet.

The bubbles are nice and restrained in their genteel frothiness, the body a solid medium-heavy weight, and quite smooth, with a hard to deny creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, with cocoa, caramel, and coffee that has been sugared and milked to the nuts presiding.

A simple, and mostly one-sided version of the style, which isn't really a problem, per se, especially as the big ABV minds its manners to the nth degree. Overall, this one is sweet, chocolaty, and very dessert-adjacent, in the sense that one might want to heavily consider having some sort of food to go with such a (possibly post-nuke) monster of a brew.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Unfortunately, I had this aged a year, and I do not know how it would taste fresh. That being said, it was very enjoyable. I just wish there was more chocolate in it for something calling itself an imperial chocolate milk stout.

Some nice milk chocolate notes in the nose with subtle hints of coffee and a strong whiff of roasted malt character.

Flavor is the same as the smell minus the chocolate. The toasted malt and coffee vie for presence to make a nice, subtly sweet brew that screams balance

Pours a beautiful black with a thin caramel head. Mouthfeel is nice and full and more- than-medium thickness

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Black on the pour with a finger of creamy, sticky, milk chocolate head that left moderate lacing down the glass.
S – Milk chocolate, cocoa, cream and vanilla.
T – Milk and dark chocolate. Slightly smokey. Coffee and cream. Roasted malts. Finishes with a nice touch of bitterness and has a good alcohol bite on the way down. Sweet like any milk stout tends to be but not overly. The alcohol balances it out.
M – Creamy with just slight carbonation. Still feels lively. Leaves a nice alcohol tingle on the palate.
O - Nice punch of alcohol and chocolaty sweetness in this. You will definitely taste the ABV and it lingers once done but the sweetness really balances it. Nice job. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/2 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of sweet malt, roasted malt, oatmeal, chocolate, alcohol, hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Milk / Sweet Stout. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness from the roasted malts. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, hops, hint of yeast, chocolate, hint of oatmeal, and a hint of alcohol. Overall, a complex beer, a little too much hops for my taste, but good chocolate flavors though.

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Photo of LuvLagunitas
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Black as hell. Mocha-colored head with fine lacing.

S: Sour lactose, sweet chocolate, and caramel. A hint of roasted notes lie beneath it all. Very sweet.

T: The lactose is upfront and a bit souring. Never liked milk stouts for that reason. The chocolate comes through with thick roast. The alcohol isn't too abrasive for being 10%.

M: Creamy, just how a milk stout should be. No real noticable carbonation.

O: Milk stouts have never been my favorite due to the souring lactose. This one is quite sweet, but it's not too bad. One of the better milk stouts I've tried. Check it out.

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Just about black as night with a dark mocha head; decent lacing

Smell: Cocoa and roast, with undertones of lactose and a hint of smoke

Taste: Sweetened milk chocolate, up front, with the roasted tones taking over in the middle; hints of black licorice, soy sauce, macadamia nuts and vanilla combine to provide a balanced finish to what otherwise might be a very sweet beer; a touch ashy in the aftertaste but the chocolate really lingers

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pretty decent milk stout but not something to drink in quantity as it becomes a chocolate overdose after a while

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 07/29/13

A - Thick inky black, Smoglifter pours quietly, rousing a thick mocha head that dots the snifter in specks of lace but, I'll be forthcoming; I bought this bottle because of the incredible label artwork!

S - Billowing roasted malt wafts from the nose rich with the presence of dusty cocoa, bitter baker's chocolate, and a heavy dose of lactose sugar stirred into iced black coffee grasped at by notes of cardboard oxidation.

T - Lactose sweetness can barely be discovered, buried in the heap of heavily roasted malts and cocoa which cast a shroud of bitter, bottom-of-the-pot coffee and baker's chocolate over the tongue. Notes of smoky northwoods-made maple syrup and blackstrap molasses bring in the finish for an assertive, dark flavor.

M - Thick and throat-coating, Smoglifter has a rich body and creamy feel due, in part, to the lactose sweetness that struggles to cut the strong, acrid bitterness imparted from the heavily roasted malts.

O - Brash's Smoglifer drew me in with it's incredible label that features a crypic-yet-cartoonish comic book-style illustration that suits the beer quite well. Pouring inky black and foreboding, this chocolate-rich aromatic beer is enticing but it's robust bitter malt flavor leans a little too bitter and harsh-finishing for my taste. I enjoy the complexities of Smoglifter's combination of styles, if you will, but in the end, there's a fine line I teeter on and the lack of sweetness throws me off from really getting into this beer.

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Photo of JerseyHopHead
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, deep brown, almost black.

Nose is strongly of cocoa.

Starts with strong chocolate flavors. It's a bit bitter on the tongue but it finishes smooth and sweet, more typical of milk stouts.

It's definitely a heavier beer and almost feels like drinking a meal.

I was surprised to see the alcohol content as it's masked quite well by the chocolate notes.

Overall, it's one of the better chocolate stouts I've had and I would highly recommend it. I'm not usually big on chocolate stouts but this was quite good.

Served in a glass, poured from the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with a cream tan head, 10% heavy hitting imperial chocolate milk stout. Off the bat the head doesn't stick around very long speckled lacing follows suit. Aromatics, deep dark chocolate, notes of soy sauce, creamy lactose notes, and again big dark chocolate additions the gangs all here folks. As it warms up I'm getting dark fruit notes within the chocolate/milk chocolate notes. Flavor coats the palate with dark chocolate syrup, cream textures of lactic yogurt notes, earthy nutty notes from the cocoa additions...a really great beer as a whole. It gets a bit cloying sweet be sure to share with fellow beergeeks four to eight ounces is enough for me, 22 ounces is unbearable. Mouthfeel mellows out a bit just a touch of booze notes going on, with full bodied malts. Even flowing carbonation going on down through each sip. Overall, it's a nice beer big chocolate malts enough sweetness to induce diabetes disperse this amongst friends.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super strong stout with some amazing flavors. Looked great with a black as ink pour with a nice brown head. The smell was amazing with hints of heavy cream, dark chocolate, and espresso. The taste was full of malt with the chocolate and milk flavors coming near the end for a semi sweet finish. The beer was noticeably strong (drank at room temp) and very thick. Love this kind of super dark beer.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-black with a brown head that faded quick with some lacing
S-chocolate with some smoked oak with hints of hops
T-smoked chocolate and coffee with a strong hop aftertaste that has a heavy alcohol warming that last til the end
M-full body and and low carbonation
O-this beer has a an outstanding taste and aroma

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at Roy's bad movie night. Feature video: Battlefield Earth.

A: Tar black. A thick, one finger mocha head that takes its time whittling down to a bubble ring 'round the glass. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and coffee dominate with an oak-y presence.

T: Charred chocolate with a heavy load of coffee. Reminds me a lot of Good People Coffee Oatmeal Stout, which is a good thing. Semi sweet, rich, very robust. A slightly bitter, charred finish.

M: Medium to heavy feel with pretty strong carbonation. Frothy on the tongue.

O: Definitely lifts the smog with a coffee alertness that kept me awake during the really bad Travolta scenes in Battlefield Earth. At least the beer was good.

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Photo of joe1510
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Kenwood Liquors - Homer Glen, IL

Onyx. A black beer for sure. No light exits the body. A soft beige head doesn't amount to much until I pour from high and then it rises to a finger in height. The head is creamy and fairly dense but recedes after a minute to a thin ring and swirling skim coat. Thick drink lines get left behind. A good looking stout to be sure.

We've got a pretty intense aroma coming off of this guy. Cocoa, cocoa, cocoa. Cocoa is deep, dense and powdery. Vanilla, cream, coffee, and roasty barley all play big roles. Roasty barley is the main player, besides the added cocoa of course, while a drizzle of molasses and cookie dough maltiness hang around in the background. I'm a fan of the smell but it needs to warm quite a bit before really popping.

Now this is the sort of milk stout I can get behind. There's a good dose of roast from front to back that bitters up on the swallow. Creamy lactic sweetness comes in mid palate but it's soft and complimentary instead of sticky. Cocoa, coffee, vanilla, and macadamia nuts are all present and add depth. A touch of pine hoppiness flashes through on the finish and cleans things up. Nice!

The body is rich but creamy, dense but soft. The weight is moderate heavy and fits the flavor profile well. A touch of booze creeps up the throat and dries out the swallow which in turn accentuates the much appreciated roasty bitterness. All works well but especially that bitterness from the roast.

Well, well, I have to admit I didn't expect to like this beer as much as I am. There's a lot of depth and flavor profiles that I really enjoy in stouts. I'm a milk stout guy but often they become too sweet, not here. The roast rules the roost. I'll be buying more of this.

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Photo of FirstBrewsoon
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this beer at some store or other in Grand Rapids. Not familiar with this brewery. Poured into North Coast tulip.

A - Jet black, with tan head which receded awfully quickly, leaving no lacing. Entirely opaque.

S - Smoky chocolate, cocoa nibs

T - Plenty of bitterness, with an initial richness brought on by the lactose which is very pleasant. However, the initial flavour writes cheques which the body can't cash - fades quickly, and leaves very little but nondescript bitterness on the finish.

M - This is the only thing really holding the beer up. Mouthfeel is thick and viscous, with ideal carbonation. I suspect any impression of richness in the taste owes a lot to the mouthfeel of this brew.

O - Disappointing for the price. A study in viscosity, and not much else. I will not purchase this again.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Practically black. Light brown head forms a solid ring.

Creamy milk chocolate, dark cocoa, light smokiness, and tree bark earthiness. A lot of roast, but creamed by lactose. Char never gets a foothold.

Chocolate, with a darker lean, roast bitterness, faint smoke, bright booziness, milk, and stovetop oatmeal. Really good flavors. Some espresso notes come into play, also. Good stuff.

Boozy and kind of huge. Body has imperial milk stout written all over it. Perhaps, a tad lighter. Works pretty well, minus what feels like a very high ABV.

I got a single pour, not an entire bomber... so, I'm happy with my portion.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/30/2013. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark brown head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, toffee, fudge, vanilla, light coffee, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice complexity of sweet chocolate/roasted malt notes; with great strength and no booziness. Taste of cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, toffee, vanilla, toast, light char, and roasted earthiness. Light roasted coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cream, milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and cocoa flavors; with big robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout. All around great balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cream, and cocoa flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a bottle of Brash Brewing Company's Smoglifter that my friend brought over to share. I've never had any beers from Brash before and I'm interested to see what they can do with an Imperial Milk Stout, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label art look pretty nice, I really like and I think it's fairly eye catching. It poured a nice black color that didn't let any light come through and it had a finger and a half worth of lighter brown head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by loads of malts that impart a roasted, slightly charred, with a slight bit caramel and Vanilla like aromas with some nice chocolate aromas seeming to stick out the most and dominate the aroma of this beer. Up next comes some sweet and creamy aromas that works pretty well with this beer and it's just sweet and creamy enough and there's also a light alcohol aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, I have no complaints.

T- The taste seems to pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has that creamy milk sugar like flavor to it and it shows up just enough. Up next comes loads of roasted malts that impart a nice roasted, charred, slight vanilla, and slight caramel flavors with some good chocolate flavors coming through and the chocolate and roasted/charred malts seem to stick out the most. On the finish comes a light alcohol flavor that's hidden fairly well for 10% and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a roasted malt, chocolate, and creamy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer, I thought it had good balance and was very true to style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little rich, slightly sticky, creamy, on the somewhat lighter side of being full bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation that worked well with this beer. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and I thought it was a very good example of an Imperial Milk Stout which is what Brash claims it is on the label, it's very similar to a well done Milk Stout, but all the expects are bigger then they would normally be and I think they did a good job of showing what an Imperial Milk Stout is all about. This beer had nice drinkability it was fairly smooth, creamy, a little rich, a little filling and the taste did a good job at holding my attention, a full bomber might be a little too much for me, so I think half the bottle is the perfect amount and it made for a good beer to enjoy on a cold winter night. What I liked the most about this beer was how all the aspects of this beer were kicked up to make it pretty fitting as an Imperial Milk Stout. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I disliked or would change, it's good just the way it is. I would buy this beer again when looking for an Imperial Milk Stout, my buddy said it was a little pricey, so I don't think I would get it often. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Milk Stouts or big stouts in general, it seems to fit pretty well in those categories and I think the alcohol is hidden well. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer and it made for a pretty good first impression for Brash Brewing Company, it was just what I wanted and would expect out of a good Imperial Milk Stout and I thought it delivered in all aspects with no weak points. This may be the best Imperial Milk Stout I have had. Great job guys, you can be sure that I will keep an eye out for more of your beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Skuter for sharing this one at his tasting.

Bottled 4/10/13.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that has a nice balance between sweet and roasty characteristics.

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Photo of tigg924
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Pour Farm, New Bedford

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, black in color, opaque

Smell: char and cream

Taste: dark chocolate, light char, cream, and a light smoky backbone

Mouthfeel: heavy body, sweet with char bitterness, low carbonation

Overall: A good not great sweet stout with just enough char to offset the sweetness. The alcohol sneaks up on you. I would get this again, but I would not rush out for it.

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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 283 ratings.
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