Heavy Boots Of Lead | SingleCut Beersmiths

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4.29/5
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355 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
SingleCut Beersmiths
New York, United States
singlecutbeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#863
Reviews:
87
Ratings:
355
pDev:
6.53%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
79
Trade:
1
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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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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

Photo of wellsnb
4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Holderness
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty standard (although well made) imperial stout that is intensely roasty, bitterly hoppy, and chocolatey. Big mouthfeel, medium- carb. A good snowy day sipper!

80/100

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

Photo of Ego
4.48/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

eyes...
2 full fingers of dark cocoa head crown this mountain of darkness, this is pitch black without vin diesel, the head does not wish to go away, like chuck norris it is imposing it's will on physics not the other way around, I left for 5 minutes and came back only to be stared down again by this black eyed monster

nose...
european bitter chocolate, boozy sweetness saunters underneath the surface, molasses - definitely molasses. slight puffs of smoke as well, smells great

taste etc...
velvet smooth and just slightly heavy in the mouth, the carbonation just smacks ya in the ass a touch, deep roast notes walk the line between chocolate and coffee ... but as I go on I think it leans more dark chocolate. nice bitter notes complement abound as well as the molasses sweetness balance out the plate offered. you can go quite a few minutes between sips and still the flavor lingers, and that is a good thing.

verdict?
delicious. everything the style should be. looking forward to putting some of this brew into my cellar.

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Photo of yossle
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - deep, dark brown, basically black. It had a thin, barely one finger head that was brown/mocha in color that died down very quickly.

Smell - roasty, malty, caramel, coffee, and chocolate.

Taste - follows the nose. Notes of bitter, roasted coffee and chocolate. A hint of caramel. It’s a touch of booze, but very drinkable given the ABV.

Feel - full bodied, medium/light carbonation.

Overall - really rich, enjoyable beer. Extremely easy drinking for the ABV and rich in flavor.

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4.39/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Tim725
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMC43
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of StormAles
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mpmcguire11
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of metter98
4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Heavy Boots Of Lead from SingleCut Beersmiths
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 355 ratings