Heavy Boots Of Lead | SingleCut Beersmiths

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SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States

Style: American Double / 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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Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense mocha-colored head that gradually died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface, a narrow collar around the edge, and lots of lacing clinging to the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts and dark roasted malts are present in the nose. As the beer warms up, some sweetness becomes perceptible (although this never becomes noticeable in the taste).
T: The taste follows the smell and has addition notes of espresso beans, which are noticeable towards the finish when some bits of vanilla try to peek through all of the malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness, which lingers along with the roast into the aftertaste.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malt flavors leave your mouth dry in the finish.
O: This beer is a malt bomb, let there's plenty of roasted and bitter flavors to help balance things out and mask any sweetness. The beer is astonishingly drinkable considering its strength and does a very good job at hiding any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of far333
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Deep dark brown, looks like motor oil pouring into the glass. A deep brown tightly bubbled head of foam rises up an inch and lingers long. Rich aromas of cocoa and vanilla, some toffee and cola. Complex flavors of espresso and cocoa, smoke and leather, cola and toffee. Lots going on, very interesting. Dark chocolate and hop bitters linger. Rich and creamy and full mouthfeel, just a bit tannic. This one’s a standout. Great beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

very good imperial stout, but not nearly as compelling as the barrel aged edition we enjoyed awhile back. still, its rad to see this come to colorado, on tap at crafty fox, i hope to see more of their beers make their way out here! this is deep shiny black in color, quite viscous and with a short but dense and lasting darker tan head on it, creamy and frothy and looking the part. it smells like chocolate, milk chocolate sweet but also more of a raw roasty nib thing, complex and somewhat intense, with a sweet licorice and even root beer note to it, vanilla and burnt sugar, my senses are heightened. the flavor is like the nose, enough bitterness to balance the sweetness, but there sure is a lot of sweet, milk chocolate and vanilla for sure, cola and molasses, sturdy as can be in terms of grain character and body, but its not overly boozy for how strong it is, nice integration there. smooth in the feel and i like all the roast coming through, a roasted nut element too in the malt, and just chocolate for miles on the finish. i think the beer is appropriately named for what it is, and i really enjoyed this, more complex than many, and it really doesnt need the barrel, as much as it is enhanced by it in that edition. these guys arent getting enough credit...

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Photo of PatrickCT
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zonian1
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of peterpunk15
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Bottle to snifter.

LOOK: Thick look, black color, small tan head with excellent retention.
AROMA: roasty malt and coffee.
TASTE: bitter coffee, charred malt and wood, some late touches of raisin and currants.
FEEL: Full bodied and thick with some decent carbonation.

A solid imperial stout, though a touch too bitter. Better than the maple/bourbon barrel aged version.


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Photo of cozmo
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tony210
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Devoid of light. Great big mocha colored head. Roasty, boozy aroma, very nice. Loads of roasted malt, chocolate, quite sweet, with a bitter espresso finish that lingers. Thick, creamy, and syrupy, full bodied, very smooth. A bit too sweet for me. Overall a nice Imperial Stout, I would love to see this sit an a bourbon barrel for a year...

Bomber, no bottle date but less than 3 weeks old.
4.25 rating

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Photo of Sabtos
3.81/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Cool new black label with the name stylized into a silver robot, the appearance of the beer is shiny black, building a thin tan blanket quickly dying to a ring.

Aroma is creamy vanilla, coconut, amaretto and chocolate with a banana skin or apple-like yeast, as if this was not quite ready to be bottled.

More roasted dark malt comes out in taste, while vanilla still plays a role, with some chocolate and that banana skin, as well as a bitter roasted nut.

The slick but medium to light body finishes dry.

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Photo of BAsbill
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mxsluis
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SBlobaum
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Erikshegda1994
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleDaisyCutter
4.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The dark brown, almost black beer pours into a Corsondonk goblet with a 1/8” finely bubbled brown head and a ring of lacing. The head persists fairly well even though it thins and shows some areas of liquid. Even near the end of the beer there is a small ring around the glass and a few thin patches of foam on the liquid. Initially sipping creates scattered patches of lacing some of which cling to the sides of the glass. They gradually become fewer over time.

The aromas include lots of chocolate against a background of some coffee, some dark roasted malt and a bit of vanilla.

The flavors are initially dominated by the strong dark chocolate flavor with a touch of sweetness that is mingled nicely with some noticeable coffee and a bit of vanilla. The strong dark roasted malt emerges for a while to keep things from getting too sweet and sometimes almost dominates the flavor profile.

The mouthfeel is full bodied and silky smooth with the soft, gentle and persistent carbonation. The finish begins as the chocolate, coffee and vanilla begin to fade a bit to let the dark roast bitterness show for a while before the chocolate, some sweetness and roasted malt flavors then re-remerge before slowly fading away to a slightly bitter dry ending.

On the whole I’d say this is indeed a well made stout that has a full rich flavor profile that invites the next sip and is quite drinkable. I'd be fine with having another but do tend to prefer a bit less dark roasted malt flavor in the foreground.

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Photo of _nickg_
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BergBeer
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Opaque jet black with a dark mocha colored head. No activity visible.

Smell: Rich with notes of milk chocolate covered cherries, caramelized sugar leaning towards burnt, fruity, espresso, bakers chocolate, dates, and new leather.

Taste: Fruity espresso, burnt bread crust, and bitter char on the attack. The fades very slowly to reveal dark chocolate fudge, vanilla extract, fig, and ash notes. The finish holds notes of alcohol, leather, and more char.

Feel: The definition of oil on the palate. It feels like your tongue is covered in an oil spill. Thick bodied. Aggressive char bitter. Pronounced alcohol. Soft barely present carbonation.

Overall: A big heavy roasty stout. This is a return to form for the style while man imperial stouts shy away from those rich black malt notes this beer reviles in it. Even better still the body is perfect for the style as it absolutely coats the palate. My only gripe is the nose promised a bit more then the taste delivers. An excellent brew from Singlecut and true to style in every aspect.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Heavy Boots of Lead - Singlecut
Imperial Stout - 11% abv
Purchased for $7.99 at Whole Foods

L - 1.5 finger mocha head atop a pitch black body. Head dissolves to nothing in about 3 minutes.

S - licorice, sweet milk chocolate, leather, molasses, beef.

T - molasses and licorice coated in chocolate. Moderately sweet. Smoky middle. Mildly bitter finish.

F - very heavy with minimal carb.

O - this reminds me of non-BA Ten Fidy. It's really well balanced but still complex. The smokiness is the best thing about it.

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Photo of WheelsPSU
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrederickTatum
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMV
4.29/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016 edition. Poured from a tall bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Inky dark pour... nearly black. Thin brown head... modest rim of lacing.

S: Rich and decadent. Charred sugars and malts... cocoa, espresso, and char

T/F: Follows the nose. Sweet cocoa mixed with roasted sugars and grains. Strong presence of espresso which also gives some balancing bitterness. Smooth and silky... a bit of vanilla creeps in later. Light on the carbonation. The finish is dark chocolate and mocha. Warming but hides the ABV.

O: An awesome big Imperial Stout from Singlecut. Great flavor... a treat/sipper, and one that gets better as it comes up to temp. I'd imagine this one would last well in the cellar.

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Heavy Boots Of Lead from SingleCut Beersmiths
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 333 ratings