Smoglifter | Brash Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86.4%
Liked This Beer
3.98 w/ 286 ratings
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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
Ranking:
#4,732
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
286
Liked:
247
Avg:
3.98/5
pDev:
10.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
42
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of ericat78
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -9%
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 -5.3%
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 Dogleg
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pmaka
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
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 donspublic
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wardnemisis
4.64/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Can_has_beer
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole Foods. Lots of chocolate flavor, but borderline too sweet. Cortado is better.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rick778
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chief99
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zookerman182
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Homebrew
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmurray10
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev 0%
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 DangerDawg
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigAl18
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Beastcpa
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.4% out of 100 with 286 ratings
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