Heavy Boots Of Lead | SingleCut Beersmiths

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Super complex richness of mega-chocolate, roast, vanilla and coffee in an astonishly smooth monster of a brew.

Added by Nmelione on 06-07-2015

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Ratings: 371 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of oline73
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sulty
4.22/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Boccu
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Had a bottle from Ma and Pa’s in Alton, NY... poured a beautiful black as sin beer with a fluffy rich mocha head. Only lasted a moment after first sip but generous lace.
I left out to warm a bit and complexity was all around. Nose had more dark dried fruit than I expected. Really good but not really the malt or roast I’d place with a stout. Flavor was more Imp Stout like... roastiness and vanilla bitterness came through with some dark chocolate. Rich full flavored but molasses and fig fruit still dominant. Some astringency in after taste.
Feel was so in my wheelhouse... full and chewy. Velvet going down.
All in all an interesting and very good brew. Then consider a very approachable price point. Would recommend this beer and these brewers without hesitation. Already like their Fullstack DIPA. Will definitely be looking at whatever these guys come out with.

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Photo of VABA
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a very nice dark color with a nice tan head and lacing
A-Aroma has abundant coffee, chocolate and roast notes
T-The taste follows the nose with nicely balanced coffee, chocolate and roast flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A very well balanced beer

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

Photo of woemad
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9oz bottle received courtesy of beerloserLI. No obvious date on the bottle, but at 11% I'm not too worried about it's age.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was glorious looking. Virtually black in color, with no concession whatsoever when held up to light. Big, dark mocha colored head that dropped somewhat quickly but never entirely went away and left some "beer neglige " style lace.

As I poured it, my kitchen suddenly smelled as though I was making chocolate chip cookies or brownies. As it warmed, I got elements of brown sugar, soy sauce, prunes, molasses, vanilla and tobacco as well.

The taste pretty much resembled the nose, except that the more bitter aspects of what was noted above gain the upper hand in the taste. It's quite good, but not quite as well balanced as the nose led me to hope for. Alcohol is surprisingly well hidden.

Full body, with a sticky, slightly creamy mouthfeel.

Doesn't quite fully deliver the promise of the looks and aroma, but still a lovely beer that I would absolutely hit again. An excellent dessert beer. Thanks, Brian!

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Photo of Ronl12
3.92/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.53/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bee-yootee-full dark rich chocolate color with nice thick creamy head. Lovely rich molasses and chocolate aroma. Taste follows the nose with a BIG dose of molasses and a slight chocolate taste with a lot of alcohol that screams strong beer. It doesn't really seem to take on the rye flavor of the whiskey barrel. Mouthfeel is thinner than expected and I think it's the alcohol strength. Overall a fabulous beer. I enjoy the molasses flavors of this style of beer. A special Thanks to PatrickCT and tasterschoice62.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a very strong aroma of leather,tobacco, and alcohol. Taste was more subdued and the alcohol was much more hidden in the taste than the aroma. The buddy was definitely above average with very low carbonation which worked very well. I think it is well crafted but was a miss for me

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Photo of Claude-Irishman
4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Spieglau stout glass.Massive rich thick creamy head that stays around. Smells like Kola nut,cherries,chocolate,mild vanilla. Taste is world class. Tastes like the fore mentioned smells. Very complex,perfect hop ratio, it all comes together perfectly. Feel is creamy ,smooth nice carbonation, not too chewy,just perfect. Overall I almost want to give this 5 across the board.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a premium motor oil. Jet black--Black Sabbath would be proud--with an array of flavors on parade: vanilla, chocolate, coffee. And all of this with a monster 11% abv. Excellent stout for metal heads and hearts.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of heddar33
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Budlum
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnbrewskies
4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cambabeer
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajm5108
2.87/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Black, head is thin and washy. Aroma has lots of tobacco leaf and char, a little blackstrap, pretty heavy overall with not much to smooth it out. Taste follows suit - just lots of charred oak / ash / tobacco flavor. You can find faint whispers of chocolate or espresso but you really gotta strain. Not well-rounded at all, a miss for me.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep, dark, rich black color with a creamy beige head of 1/2 finger in my snifter.

Explosive deep bitter dark chocolate on the nose, followed by hints of coffee, tobacco, oats, dark fruits, and slick raisin. Impressively complex.

Flavor has elements of tobacco, cocoa powder, bananas, prune juice, dark chocolate, bright coffee, raisins, musty house, and chewing tobacco. Reminds me of my uncle Vance who used to chew Red Man all the time and that's what his house smelled of. Has very little sweetness except for the very end, and it's a prune juice-like sweetness. The rest of it is full-on dark fruits and tobacco.

Feel is about right, with a medium-heavy body and a quiet carbonation that still manages to zap once in awhile. Nice roasty finish with a slick feel leaving behind a coating on the tongue.

Overall an impressive and tasty Russian Imperial Stout. I'd have it again, and luckily I have one more bottle I'll probably age a little while. Very nice job.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle that reads 11.0 % abv and 81 ibu., poured in to a tulip glass. It's had time to mature before opening.

The color is black as black can be. A dump pour yielded a big dark tan colored cap that tapered to a thick lasting film and left walls of lacing.

There's no disputing the description: chocolate, dark roast malt and coffee, vanilla bean. Aging has softened what may have been some strong alcohol, thankfully it's absent.

Bitter dark chocolate taste that makes a bar of 70% cacao taste like milk chocolate. Big dose of coffee and roast malts, some caramel and vanilla. Milk stout-like sweetness on the end.

Feels a bit light for a big Imperial Stout, yet quite smooth. There's ample carbonation, some hop bite, and lingering char. Again, the aging has managed to temper the alcohol so I proceed with caution.

Tonight, I resolved to drink a stout that was aging. I picked a winner.

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Photo of micada
3.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2018 bomber, slightly chilled (late review). Poured mildly to a snifter. Rather hoppy for an imperial stout. Reminded me more of a porter, with its semi-smokiness and hop presence. Mouthfeel was much thinner than I expected for the style and high ABV. In hindsight, it has lead-like quality: not solid like steel, but soft like lead. Nothing stringent or singularly over-powering, but solid and reliable. Like lead, if you ingest too much of it, it will wreck your brain and make you stupid!

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Photo of tdm168
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GarbageMan10
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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