Heavy Boots Of Lead
SingleCut Beersmiths

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #664
Ranked #1,584
4.28 | pDev: 6.78%
Dec 26, 2022
Jun 07, 2015
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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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Undated bottle, but I believe this is from 2016 or 2017. Served at 50 degrees.

Appearance is typical brown / black, but with plenty of light brown head that receded to a nice cap / ring. Aroma is chocolate and light roast. Slightly sweeter than expected. Roast is more prominent on the nose. There's not a ton of complexity to the beer, but I suspect any of those nuances have been diminished by the time on the cellar shelf. As it stands, it's a solid stout that's still worth drinking.
Dec 26, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Into a clear glass liter mug all the contents of a pint can went. Fitting it all in is no problem, as there's very little tan head. That's fairly common when a brew has an ABV up in this range. The liquid is black coffee brown, just a tad duller. A splendid aroma comprised of its four major taste ingredients is to be had. The first taste sensation is that it's sweet and that never leaves. Even when the roasted aspect of the malt kicks in, it's sweet. This is mitigated by its richness, as both the chocolate and vanilla are obvious. Noteworthy is the secondary role the coffee contributes. In many stouts with it, coffee dominates the additional flavors, but not here. But, it certainly does add another delightful layer to drinking this. This is so flavorful, rich and smooth, few would guess that it carries an ABV of 11.2 percent. A borderline desert beer, it's actually much better than that label. In short, this is a great flavored stout. There's almost no glass lacing, but this one needs no side show.
Nov 13, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by Taenim from Maine

Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by johnny_c from New York

Feb 14, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by PittBeerGirl from Ohio

Jan 08, 2022
Rated: 3.73 by nodder from New York

Nov 04, 2021
Rated: 4.35 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by dsshuck from Delaware

Jun 06, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by wip998001 from Massachusetts

Feb 07, 2021
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Reviewed by cyginsberg from New York

4.93/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Reviewed by thezach from Maryland

5/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Rated: 4.34 by TheLefty1616 from New York

Oct 23, 2020
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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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Reviewed by tradershmulie from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Update 7/25/25 - had a can, not sure if it is exactly the same as previous, but was definitely not as good. Nothing special. Still have an older bottle away...Will have to see.
May 31, 2020
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Reviewed by ChrisMon02 from Ohio

3.54/5  rDev -17.3%
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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Reviewed by DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +3%
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
Rated: 4.43 by bottmfeedr from Texas

Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
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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