Smoke Screens & Oil Slicks | Other Half Brewing Co.

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4.21/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Other Half Brewing Co.
New York, United States
otherhalfbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smoke Screens and Oil Slicks is a full bodied imperial stout with rich chocolate/coffee character, dark fruit and some light smoke.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 01-07-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,320
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
115
pDev:
5.7%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
15
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 115 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of mattreitz49
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow, huge beer. Super oily black color, minimal head. The beer just coats your tongue and sticks around like a fresh layer of enamel paint. I think my teeth are brown now. Tons of roasty and dark fruit notes, bit of chocolate. Alcohol is warming but not burning in the mouth or detectable to the taste buds. Not surprisingly it sits heavy in the stomach like a large meal. 16oz would be too much of this so I'm glad I shared the other half (get it?) with a friend on this chilly night. Would love to try the variants of this and I'm definitely saving a can to give it about a year of age and see where it goes. Current can has nearly 6 months already. Cheers!

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Photo of StoutSnob40
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwat
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jakenap
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

backlog from untappd on 21 Jan 17. nice smokey finish. if you like even more jesus or other similar smokey stouts, you'll love this beer. 2017 vintage wasn't as good as the 2016 but still a good smokey stout

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Photo of smcel371
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IdrinkGas
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coltron23
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TylerGray27
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SpinSamzo
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WormGod
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at OO beer tasting with Chris J and Travis. Awesome stuff. Tx Chris

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Photo of Luscious_Malfoy
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Motor oil-like pour and appearance, with a thick finger of dark brown foam that left a smattering of lace behind... Rich roasted dark malt aromas predominate, like burnt espresso with something like cocoa woven in... Taste follows in kind - dark and rich black roast, rounded with smoky char and bittersweet chocolate... Full-bodied and smooth, leaves a light coat on the tongue and dries nicely on the finish. 10/21/16 canning...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.14/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken in February 2015:

Served on-draught into an 8oz glass @ Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY. Cost was $7.50 per 12 oz pours.

HEAD: 1.5 fingers worth of head. Gorgeous tan colour. Creamy, thick, full. and robust, yet soft looking. Great complexion. Has a nice smooth even consistency. Light even lacing.

Great (~8 minute) retention.

BODY: Opaque black. No yeast or sediment is visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special but overall appearance is nice for the style.

AROMA: Boasts a delightful sweet dark malt and specialty chocolate malt backbone with hints of malted milk balls/whoppers and lactose sugar. Cream, cocoa nibs.

No overt yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

Roasted barley is absent (sorely so), leaving on the sweeter side. Nevertheless, it's absolutely appealing.

Aromatic intensity is moderate.

TASTE: Whoppers/malted milk balls, lactose sugar, heavy dark and specialty chocolate malt sweetness, creaminess, and still more malty sweetness. Too sweet, lacking any balancing roasted barley bitterness or coffee bitterness to help keep all that sweetness in check.

It's simplistic, even rudimentary for an imperial stout - but I do like it for what it is.

Depth of flavour is average. Flavour intensity and duration are also average.

There's no subtlety here whatsoever. It's a barebones build for an imperial stout.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, creamy, full-bodied, of moderate thickness, slightly overcarbonated, and a bit syrupy though not egregiously so.

Suits the taste decently, but fails to elevate the beer as a whole or to accentuate specific notes effectively.

OVERALL: It's pretty middle-of-the-road for an imperial stout. Not unique or special by any means, but I do like it. That said, I wouldn't get it again (especially at NYC bar prices). You could do worse, but this'll deservedly get lost amongst the myriad of superior (and often more widely available) expressions of the style.

C+ (3.14) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Moses_Malone
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of agreenman19
4.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - pours a dark molasses black-brown. Frothy chocolate head with active volcano craters.

S - immediate aroma is fudge brownies. Brown sugar and decadent German chocolate cake. Spices a la cinnamon and nutmeg. Milk chocolate and then a hint of bacon. Maybe some chlorinated pool water in there as well. Huh.

T - now that is sinfully rich. Dark roast coffee beans and dark, bitter chocolate. Earthy cacao and chocolate malted grain. Has a potent bitterness, but not in the usual RIS vein. It's not grassy and hoppy, but you can feel the bite on your tongue and down your throat. Might be some booze too. Lactose sweetness briefly peeks through the clouds, only to be smothered by robust chocolate and coffee. A touch of smoke near the finish. It's subtle, but contributes beautifully to the end product. So often smokey flavors are a gimmick and unbalanced, but this pairs well and even enhances the underlying flavors. Well done.

F - sticky and rich. Low low carb, sugary, and just a dessert in a glass. You know it's the good shit when you're a few sips in and can feel that thin, disgustingly sticky layer forming on your lips. I need a toothbrush.

O - outstanding stout. Loads of commanding flavors all somehow working together in harmony. The smoke complements the roast which complements the brown sugar which complements the dark chocolate which complements fudge cake which complements- oh hell, I'm done writing shit. Time to really sink my teeth into this!

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Photo of gobuccos
4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Coorsy
3.59/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Smoke Screens & Oil Slicks from Other Half Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 115 ratings