Heavy Boots Of Lead
SingleCut Beersmiths

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #301
Ranked #1,104
4.29 | pDev: 6.76%
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
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Notes: OUR BIGGEST BEER TO DATE, created in the great magnetic field. Super complex richness of mega-chocolate, roast, vanilla and coffee in an astonishingly smooth monster of a brew.
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cyginsberg from New York

4.93/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Canned 10/10/2019
Look: Dark chocolatey brown with a very small cream colored head.
Smell: Vanilla and cream.
Taste: Creamy cocoa vanilla; full bodied and rich!
Feel: Super creamy and full mouth.
Overall: Fantastic! The word I keep using is cream/creamy as that would be the defining characteristic of this beer if I had to choose one. Each sip leaves you wanting more.

Jan 18, 2021
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thezach from Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle date: 01/24/18
Such rich, rich sticky stouty decadence. Subtly sweetness of bitter bakers chocolate and mild booze. Almost three years old and it’s held up beautifully.

Nov 04, 2020
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can poured into a teku

Solid two finger fizzy brown foam cap quickly recedes to a slight ring over dark cola brown liquid

Aroma has dark cocoa , dark roast , tobacco ,

Taste is dark cocoa , tobacco, dark toady , dark fruit, raisins

Heavy chewy mouthfeel semi dry finish

Good beer

Aug 17, 2020
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tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


One of the absolutely best beers I have ever had. Seemed perfect in every way.

Looks incredible, gorgeous dark color, beautiful head.

Taste was smooth and just plain delicious.

Not bitter at all for the style.

May 31, 2020
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.75

I have had and enjoy most of Singlecut’s IPAs so I thought I should give a stout a try.

Pours a thin dark brown with almost zero head. A small white cap is left on the top.

Smells of cocoa, vanilla and faint char.

Taste follows with a decent amount of cocoa and vanilla.

This is were this beer absolutely fell apart for me. This is as watery as a Pilsner. The carbonation is very lite as well. The combo of thin and flat doesn’t work. Very disappointing.

I will give this another shot as the other reviews indicate I got a bad beer/batch. I can’t remember ever having an Imperial Stout that was so thin in body. Pass for now.

May 28, 2020
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Finally was able to track this down at a ridiculously cheap price and it was worth it and should have got more! Tons of cocoa nibs, chocolate and vanilla flavor with a smooth easy going malt body that hides it's massive 11% Abv. Really worth the price at few bucks and could see buying pounders of the stuff at around 5 bucks maybe more!

May 28, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good head production from a careful pour; excellent retention for the sky-high ABV.

Super sweet aroma, swimming in chocolate and vanilla. Coffee, brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and toast from the malt base linger in the background, but this is really all about the cacao and vanilla additives.

More bitter than expected, whether from the roast, hops, or even the chocolate itself. Still focused on chocolate and vanilla, with molasses, nuts, and brown sugar tones, along with sweet red grape and a hint of banana. It's not unlike a chocolate-covered nut.

Smooth, rich, creamy, thick. Easy to drink, but at 11.2% ABV, easy for the effects to sneak up on you.

May 17, 2020
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Whyteboar from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet, color extremely dark brown, near black, 1/2" tan head, scant lacing.
The aroma was very faint (To me, I sometimes wonder if there are just things i cannot smell) but I could smell vanilla.
The taste was very full bodied malt forward imperial stout and good. Unfortunately for me, the chocolate notes had either dissipated of been overwhelmed by the vanilla - so this was my first vanilla flavored stout. It was very good, just seemed to lack the depth of flavor that I was expecting.
The feel was near perfect; just viscous enough to make you to sip as at 11%, gulping might be ill advised.
Overall, an excellent ale sent to me in a BIF from @Mikexw and it was thoroughly enjoyed after a long cold day of battling invasive vines. If Singlecut were available in Michigan I'd definitely seek them out, if nothing else to see if the level of vanilla in this was a one off or a regular occurrence. Much enjoyed, Thanks Mike!

Apr 24, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/7/2019. Pours dense dark brown/black color with a 1 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, and dark bread/crust; with lighter notes of smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness. Light pine, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery, roast, charred bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, licorice, raisin, prune, fig, date, vanilla, roasted nuts, toasted biscuit, dark bread/crust, smoke, charcoal, leather, tobacco, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, pine, and yeast/roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great hop/char bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/velvety/bready, and fairly sticky/chalky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 11%. Overall this is an excellent imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, cocoa, vanilla, and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/charred/drying finish; great soft/silky feel for the ABV. Great rich dark/black/roast bready malt complexity with cocoa/vanilla flavors; balancing earthy hops and restrained fruity yeast. Light residual sweetness with lingering hop/char bitter dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example as expected of the brewery. Very similar to a Russian imperial stout. Not overdone on flavorings.

Jan 19, 2020
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Pitch black, next to no head
S: Brownie, cocoa, vanilla, dark malt
T: Matches the nose
M: Full-bodied but smooth, balanced, no detectable alcohol
O: A tasty well-made imperial stout

Jan 05, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can stamped 11/08/19 poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 11% ABV. The beer pours dense black with no light penetration and mocha colored head. The head recedes to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is mild with baker's chocolate, roasted malt and vanilla. The flavor is roasty malts with noticeable vanilla and cocoa before a moderately bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, excellent.

Dec 22, 2019
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TBoneJones from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hey this is a big delicious coffee-centered imperial stout. I saw the can for sale in NJ. I wasn’t intending on opening this now since I’m in IPA mode, but this tastes like a roasted master craft of a stout that drinks like it’s about 7% abv. but I see this is an eleven percenter. There’s some silk in the feel too. Well well done! Sharing the rest.

Dec 22, 2019
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz undated can.

Pours opaque black with an inch of brown foam. Minor retention and lacing. Oreo shells, dark coffee beans, and bakers chocolate in the nose. Full bodied with a creamy, velvety mouthfeel. Rich chocolate and char on the palate. Brownie batter over chocolate cake. Finishes roasty with loads of cocoa and not too sweet.

Nov 08, 2019
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EMH73 from New York

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that settled to a ring and left no lacing. Smells of roasted malts, dark chocolate, vanilla, coffee and a bit of char. Taste has more char than the smell would suggest otherwise the taste follows the nose with additional notes of cocoa and wood. Light bodied for an imperial stout, very light carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a dry finish.

Oct 30, 2019
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a jet black no light getting thru this baby, with a nice thumb sized coco colored head that falls slowly and laces well given the abv.

Aroma is nice smooth big roasted malts, a big chocolate loads of vanilla and caramel mingled with some coffee thrown in for good measure. Smells rich and creamy like a nice slice of tiramisu.

Taste is nice not quite as smooth and creamy as the nose made it out to be. Got the big roasted notes might be slightly too roasted lightly charred seems to bring out the coffee notes before the sweeter chocolate and vanilla, not sure that makes sense its all there just differently proportioned then the nose.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full carbonation level is on the lower side which is good. Just not quite as full as you would expect for the 11%

Overall nose is wonderful taste is pretty damn good even if its a little short of wonderful. That being said if this was available locally I would probably pick some up on occasion.

Oct 02, 2019
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HappyGuy12345 from New Jersey

4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from pint glass into 9 ounce arome glass.
Look: Dark black with minimal (less than 1/4 of a finger) head.
Smell: Strong hints of chocolate.
Taste: Hints of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Tasty sweet flavor.
Feel: Essentially no carbonation detected. Creamy goodness.
Overall: Definitely a great-smelling and very tasty imperial stout that I would try again.

Aug 26, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours jet black with a nice mocha colored head that settles quickly to a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma - Bakers chocolate, vanilla, caramel, cocoa, hint of char, some sweet maple.

Taste - Much more smoke and char in the taste. Nice bitter semi sweet chocolate, vanilla, oak, really woody.

Feel - Medium bodied smooth nice creamy feel. Dry finish.

Overall - Really well done stout nose is sweet taste is smoky and char which I really enjoy.

Aug 16, 2019
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.86/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a three-finger brown head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color no highlights. Good carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate, flavor is baked chocolate and vanilla which mellows as it warms. Higher ABV 11.0%, is hidden. Not cheap at $6.75 for a 16oz can from Bert's Better Beers Hooksett, NH.

Jul 25, 2019
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Psychoslowmatic from New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's not bad, if I wanted a slightly sweet stout I'd get it again. My palate is in a very strange place, I had a salad with balsamic and oil, then a slice of pizza, then a juicy NE IPA, so there was a definite period of adjustment

Jul 20, 2019
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Saylor from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

My scoring for this beer was all over the place. The look and smell were up there but the taste and feel were down. The feel dried my mouth out a little and the taste was too forward w dark bitter chocolate. Glad I tried it

Jul 08, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Undated can into pint glass. Pours a very dark, viscous brown with a substantial dark tan head. Initial impression is chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a little on tthe thin side for an Imperial Stout; carbonation is just about perfect. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Finish is semi-sweet chocolate and a touch of coffee. Overall, a very good - but not quite great - Imperial Stout.

Jun 16, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Heavy milky thick chocolate froth topping forms over a viscose oily, black pour. Two inch moderately holding head leaves no glass decoration. Heavy and hearty appearance.

S: Dried chocolate, powdered milk, along with some roasted walnuts. Powder cocoa, medium strength with a soft charred soot finish.

T: Flavor of dark and bitter roasted chocolate has rich coffee highlights and a good edge. Roasted bitterness, earthy scorched flair, dried vanilla has a bit of roasted walnut shells. Leaving with a earthy soot coating on the tongue.

M: Milky thick mouthful, roasted bitterness lies on the tongue. No carbonation texture, turns frothy with a earthy soot warming on the inner cheeks.

O: Huge roasted bitterness, heavy and hearty feel and mouthful, with a earthy soot warming. recommend.

Mar 12, 2019
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Greyvtrayn from New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned towards the end of January. Deep, dark brown, virtually black body. Poured aggressively and generated about a quarter inch of mocha brown head that faded quickly leaving a thin ring of foam around the edge, no lacing to speak of. Smells of dark roasted malts, molasses, vanilla and unsweetened chocolate. Taste is similar but there is a little more sweetness on the finish. Full body and decent carbonation. A little pricey but, for an occasional splurge this is a delicious beer.

Mar 02, 2019
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BFCarr from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours black from the can with almost no head. Aroma of roasted malt and vanilla. Taste is bitter chocolate and light notes of dark fruit. Feel is okay for an imperial stout, not very thick but not to light. Overall, it’s a decent Imperial Stout, but there are better options.
Update. Tried again and the carbonation was up and the feel was improved. Still very chocolate. Updated feel and look

Feb 17, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep black with a multiple finger mocha head. Taste of chocholate and coffee with a pretty intense bitterness. A bit strong for my liking compared to other stouts of this genre.

Feb 13, 2019
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