Smoglifter | Brash Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brash Brewing Company
Texas, United States
brashbeers.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Dope on 03-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
286
Reviews:
52
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
9.95%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
42
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured poured a rich syrupy black color with a thin brown head on top. The retention fades quickly and there is no lacing. The smell of the beer had deep roasted aroma with a good amount of molasses on the nose. The taste is chocolatey, it's rich with dark malts and cocoa. The mouthfeel is thick with a light carbonation. It's creamy and oily. Overall this beer is pretty good, it's not the prettiest looking beer but all and all it's a tasty brew.

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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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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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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 DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really near black, with just a glint of amber around the edges. A decent light beige head in the tall Petrus tulip. Quite finely carbonated on the tongue.

Rather sweet and reminds me of chocolate milk, maybe dosed with vodka. Rich but not unctuous. Mouthfilling flavor with lots of dark roasted malt, and just a touch of the charred flavors. Elegant yet robust with all the dark grainy taste. It has that Milk Stout silky feel with a little more of the hoppy bitterness. Nicely balanced overall and seriously drinkable, though it wants to be savored slowly.

This is really a tremendous big stout, and nice to see a different angle on the usual RIS and strong stouts. The alcohol seems perfectly integrated. One of the best stouts ever, on my list. From the 750 ml Belgian-style bottle purchased at Bottleworks in San Diego.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Zaphog
3.7/5  rDev -8%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of thatoneguymike
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights around the edges and a frothy, dense, half inch chocolate tan head that quickly settles into a filmy coating. Tasty looking brew that pours rich and smooth. Aromas of coffee and bittersweet baker's chocolate, with some hints of booze and earthy highlights. Flavors are rich, roasted, and super smooth. Wow. Bittersweet chocolate, with a creamy backbone, balancing both rich sweetness and bitter notes. Very tasty and very drinkable, doing a good job to blend robust flavors with a kick of booze. The beer is smooth, creamy, and rich in mouth, with a hint of bitterness at the end of the palate, drying slightly. The finish is rich, sweet, and roasty, but avoids cloying with the subtle bitter dryness. Very tasty, very quaffable brew.

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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 286 ratings.
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