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Smoglifter | Brash Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 278
Photo of beergoot
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, opaque body; light brown head with clinging sheets of suds on the sides of the glass. Deep roasted grain scent; dark chocolate; cocoa nibs; coffee. Taste follows the smell, coupled with a subtle hop bitterness with a deceptively hidden alcohol warmth. Medium-heavy body; thick and chewy; semisweet finish.

Sure, there's some evident sweetness to this brute, but the overall flavor character brings way more to the table. Bold and delightful...

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: Very dark and opaque brown. A thick mocha head on the pour. A bit of ruby highlights sneak in when held to light. Yep, looks like a stout ought to.
smell: Very nice. A little roastiness but velvety smooth. Smells like semi-sweet chocolate. No hint of alcohol.
taste: Very much like the nose. The 10% makes itself known though. Still smooth but has some sack.
overall: very nice take on an imp stout. According to Brash drinkin this is like "making love to your mouth like a horny sorority girl." Thankfully that ain't true but it's a damn good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of fthomasl pours a viscous black color with a really dark brown head...almost Ten Fidy dark. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is malted milk balls with a lactose-y sugar sweetness. Light licorice and herbal hop.

Ohhh, taste is nice. Not overly sweet or rich but has a nice roasty presence most milk stouts lack. Hides the ABV very well and the mouthfeel is silky. I like this quite a bit, well done.

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Photo of dowen17
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as ink. Gurgles into the bottom of my snifter. Produces a two finger milk chocolate head that recedes to a small ring around the glass.

On the nose is milk chocolate and booze. Some toasted malt comes in on the end but it's mostly booze.

Taste is boozy. Bittersweet chocolate hits first and there are some toasty notes. But the alcohol really takes over on the end.

This beer is retardedly thick.

The booze kills this beer for me. Doesn't hide the alcohol well AT ALL.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a New Belgium goblet. Bottleneck says Bottled On 4/10/13

A- Pours a completely opaque black color with a 1/2 inch light brown head that retains quite well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a large streak of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thin jagged ring behind.

S- Great milk chocolaty nose with lots of caramel and vanilla sweetness.

T- Flavor follows the aroma with rich chocolate and dark roast. Slightly bitter with tinges of molasses and toffee. Alcohol is very well-hidden as well.

M- Creamy, soft and slick. Bit of a dry afterfeel. Medium carbonation and a heavy body.

O- A very straightforward but enjoyable milk stout from a brewery that I'm starting to warm up on. Makes me want to buy Hot Fuzz next,

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Photo of justintcoons
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Inky black with not light penetration. Has a bubbly brown head that dissipates quickly.

Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and booze.

Cocoa nib, milk chocolate and charcoal. A bit boozey. Roasted barley and cocoa powder. Peppery alcohol.

Medium plus bodied, smooth and warming.

Not as much lactose character that I'd expect from an "Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout." Tastes rather average for what it is. Save yourself some money and buy some Old Rasputin.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour is a rich, opaque brown-black liquid, topped by a chocolate brown, mahogany foam that depletes quickly to a thin skein, with rings of lace.

Upon pouring the scent unloads from the glass, I detect a choco-roasty smell a good 2-feet away. At the nose - loads of rich dark chocolate, roasted malt, hints of roasted coffee beans, subtle dark fruits.

Taste - wow. There's a bit of ABV heat and hop/dark chocolate bitterness right up front. That's very interesting. Now I'm getting a tartness of currants and/or unripe cherries. This beer starts out assertive. Here comes the rich roasted malt, milder chocolate, some sweetness - finally. Brown sugar. Black strap molasses. Coffee undertones with dark cherries. Enjoying.

This is a sipper.

Medium heavy body, nicely carbonated. Creamy, holds together well. I'm really enjoying this one. A nice presentation of bitterness/sweetness/chocolate/coffee/tart. The bitterness lingers and the finish is clean enough to keep on sipping.

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Photo of kaufmaal
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This more or less oozed out of the bottle, and the color seemed, at first, to be very dark purple, about the color of a day-old bruise. Once it settled, and the nice mahogany head (sadly, inexplicably!) vanished, the color now seemed settled - intensely dark brown, almost pitch-black, but with a few light-brown, purple highlights. There's not much in the fumes department, other than a whiff of chocolate liqueur, some vanilla. What it is lacking in smell, it more than makes up for in its taste. It really is an intense, immediate, and lasting wallop of things: sugary (brown sugar, un-refined), melted bitter-sweet chocolate, buttery caramel, rum-soaked raisins and prunes, espresso. Then more chocolate, like the kind that oozes out of a cookie and gets scorched on the cookie sheet. I'm not detecting any lactose, and no lacing, but man this stays with you.

The label is interesting. Are we to take this beer with us into the breach, the zone, the quarantined radioactive no-man's-land so that it will give us life and the power to believe?

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Photo of Cavity_Crepes
2.48/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer had all the makings for a great beer, but it was far too heavy and by after a fourth of the beer, I was over it. If it wasn't too thick, this beer would of been amazing. Frankly, I was very disappointed by it. I still have faith in Brash, though.

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

In a snifter the beer was black in color with just a rim of head.

Roasted malt aroma. Cream. Fairly boozy.

Milk chocolate/dark chocolate. A little coffee. Booze.

A rich stout. Very boozy, but enjoyable. I didn't think the alcohol was too intrusive, it seemed to enhance the taste.

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

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 10.99. Bottled 04/10/13. Served in a Terrapin snifter.

Pours deep dark chocolate brown with a finger and a half of mocha head that fades quickly and leaves small blotches of lace.

Smells of sweet cream, cocoa and roast.

Strong yet smooth layers of chocolate with plenty of lactose sweetness. Cream, roasty malts, light coffee, caramel, dark fruit skins, brown sugar and a wisp of booze. A nice blend of classic milk stout flavors with chocolate and well integrated/ hidden alcohol.

A smooth, creamy medium full feel with low carbonation. Long aftertaste of cocoa and lactose.

I continue to enjoy the various offerings from this relatively new contract brewer. They have nice takes on classic styles in bold, flavorful brews. This is a great imperial milk stout with pleasent notes of cocoa. Well worth a shot for fans of the style.

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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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Photo of fishdog
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Pours as black as night with a small layer of quickly vanishing foam.

S: Has a weird smell. I smell rasins, malts, and what reminds me of roast chicken.

T: Outstanding, a malty surprise that is easily drinkable. Roasted malts, carmel, and some dates.

M: The taste does not linger which sends me back for another taste. Slippery with no acid and no alcohol burn.

O: Excellent, a very solid brew. This is my first sweet stout and I am impressed. The only quandary is that smell that reminds me of roast chicken.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big, boozy, smooth, milky. First thoughts immediately. 22oz bomber poured into enlarged tulip. deep black color with coffee colored head. Smell is sweet and strong at the same time. Mouthfeel is clean and smooth, the lactose comes thru in a welcome, inviting way, makes me want to drink more. Taste is on point, you know you're drinking a big bad high alcohol beer, but semi sweet chocolate, sugar and roasted malts still come through and they smooth out the initial harshness. Overall very well done and something i would pick up again

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Photo of cvm4
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a tan head. About what I expected from a stout.

S - Coffee and dark chocolate dominate along with roasted malts and a sweet flavor.

T - Getting a lot of coffee, followed by a big roasted malt bill and a dark chocolate finish. After the flavors wear off, a sweeter element comes to the forefront.

M - Medium bodied and carbonation. Very smooth.

O - Usually I avoid milk stouts, but an IMPERIAL milk stout like this delivers.

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Photo of ADZA
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark as night black hue with a khaki two finger head that stays and slowly recedes to look like a cake gone wrong with dimples everywhere and lacing everywhere the head has been,the smell is Booze,dark chocolate,a touch of vanilla and tobacco,the mouthfeel is full bodied with minimal carbonation and the taste is definitely dominated by the dark chocolate it really is big but i still get some vanilla,hazelnut and oak and as it warms some booze and dark fruits aswell and overall it's definitely a choc sweet stout but I'd like to see this with less chocolate as it dominates abit too much for me cheers.

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Photo of acevenom
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours black with a thin, brown head with some visible carbonation from the side of the glass. The aroma is of milk chocolate and malt with some sweetness in the aroma. The breadiness and roastiness of the malt is more forward in the flavor than it is in the aroma. It blends well with the milk chocolate in the flavor. There's some nice sweetness and some alcohol comes through in the flavor, but it's not overwhelmingly boozy. The body is full with moderate carbonation. The finish leaves a nice roasty aftertaste in the mouth that doesn't linger too long, but it aids the drinkability of this big beer. This is an excellent beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black as the night with a quickly fading dark tan head.
Nose shows roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate, alcohol and earthy coffee notes. Tempting!
Very decadent flavours. A fair bit of chocolate is noticeable alongside bready roasted malt. Quite and aggressive finish of roasty bitterness and alcohol.
Needs a creamier mouthfeel.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with less than a fingers worth of tan/brown head that doesn't last long

S: Lots of roasted malts, along with a light lactose sweetness and quite a bit of cocoa and dark chocolate. Also get some coffee

T: Follows the nose. Starts off big and roasty and moves into a light sweetness and bitterness. The sweetness is no doubt imparted by the lactose and cocoa, while the bitterness is most likely coming from the dark chocolate. Finishes with a light hint of alcohol

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Nothing overly sweet about this one. Just enough sweetness to satisfy a sweet tooth, but never gets cloying. Packs quite the punch at 10% too. A little pricey at $8.99 a bomber, but if you like milk stouts with a good bit of cocoa without the cloying sweetness, this is the perfect beer for you

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$10.00 bomber from Abe's.

Perfectly black body, topped by two fingers of rapidly decaying dark tan bubbly foam.

Chocolate aroma, a mix of dark and milk. Not as bold as expected, but pleasant and inviting.

Big chocolate taste, a mix of dark and milk. A rising bitterness bites at the swallow. A burst of coffee at the finish.

Rich oily almost syrup mouthfeel.

Delivers successfully on its premise. An Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout and it is all there. Recommended. And I will seek more from this brewer.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a thick black color with a two finger dark brown head. Not much lacing, but it leaves some legs when swirled. Looks solid.

S: Dark chocolate, some dark roasted coffee, hazelnut and a good amount of Mexican chocolate, full of cinnamon. A touch of fusel alcohol as well.

T: Thick, chewy and loaded with dark flavor. Lots of roasted malt upfront laced with bitter chocolate flavor. There's a hint of sweetness here and there, but it seems to be held back by a lot of roasted bitterness. Some anise and charred wood before a finish of cinnamon and more roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thick and slightly creamy, but I would definitely like a bit more creaminess from a chocolate milk stout. Still, this is good stuff.

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Photo of jimbomill
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

At TJ's Everyday today decided to try something new, going with the Brash Smoglifter. It had everything going for it - looks, nose, taste. This was easily one of the best Milk stouts I ever had. TJ's listed it as an Imperial Milk Chocolate stout. I tend to let this style warm up, but even cold out of the tap, this demonstrated a fine palate pleasing profile.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on tap at Barcade in Philly although it was listed as Clown Shoes Smoglifter and not sure if same beer but Clown Shoes has no Smoglifter (and since the breweries are in same town I am tending to think honest mistake).
Poured a blackish body with decent head that died quick with no lace. Again, a decent but not spectacular aspect of the beer is the aroma, as I pick up hints of roasted malts but not much else in the malts or anything really in the hops department. Beer is smooth, slightly creamy, but unfortunately offbalance for a sweet stout (or any stout, really) in my opinion. I don't know whether it is the alcohol or the strong presence of roasted, even possibly some toasted or coffee malt, maybe toffee, but the bitter chocolate and caramel sugary sweetness is overpowered by a dry, harsh malt tasting sensation and there really isn't much hoppiness to balance or give off that rare fruit flavor. The beer is balanced enough to avoid being sticky, cloying or in this brew's case just too dry and a taste bud killer so I can't say it's that bad and I did enjoy it as a sipper. Just wish they could mellow out the beer a little to let the sweetness come through and then it would be a great beer.

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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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Smoglifter from Brash Brewing Company
4.02 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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