Something To Smile About
Bottle Logic Brewing

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Style:
American Strong Ale
ABV:
not listed
Score:
89
Avg:
4.19 | pDev: 4.77%
Reviews:
5
Ratings:
26
From:
Bottle Logic Brewing
 
California, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  5
SCORE
89
Very Good
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Notes: The flavors of Rocky Road are a long-standing testament to the perseverance of the human spirit. This American Strong Ale was aged in Bourbon Barrels before journeying through hundreds of pounds of toasted almonds, rich cacao nibs, and marshmallowy Madagascar vanilla.
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4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2018 version. A muddy brown color with a thin tan head. The vanilla, chocolate, and nutty notes were up front on the aroma. Barrel was there but more subtle. Taste followed. Vanilla predominated but the chocolate and almonds led to a nicely complex beer. The barrel was well done and enhanced the adjuncts. The strong ale base gave the beer a bit more lightness compared to a stout. A bit hot on the finish, but not boozy.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 15, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This pours surprisingly clear copper and builds a soft but short tan blanket before dying off to nothing.

This has barleywine properties bringing to mind Brick Kiln Nuts. Notes of caramel and toasted walnut combine fairly well with gooey nougaty marshmallow and boozy dark fruit barleywine properties. Smell is boozier still, while taste is nuttier and smoother as a soft fizz rides along the sticky medium body that finishes semi-dry.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 17, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a honey colored dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like pillowy and sweet marshmallow and vanilla, with chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, oak, bourbon, and light almond and pecan. I don't believe there's actually pecan in here, but I do kind of get that flavor.

This is pretty sweet and decadent, and approximates the Rocky Road type flavor very well. It's mostly almond vanilla, with the chocolate taking a bit of a back seat. The vanilla flavor is marshmallow fluff-like, sweet and goopy. There's definite caramel and braediness, and some sweet bourbon, with a touch of oak. The barrel doesn't really overpower much.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and pretty silky, with a decent level of drinkability.

The BL strong ales don't get the press that their stouts get, but they are just as fun in many instances.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Dec 31, 2018
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the second time having this one. First time it was still a bit boozy. The malt came off with more sweetness that was along the line of caramel, dates, prunes, and some Bourbon. The nuts were there, but you had to seek them out.
Now it's more melded. The sweetness is round, less dark fruit, less boozy, and the almonds shine.
Mouthfeel is medium, mild combination.

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2beerdogs from California, Dec 29, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into my Imperial Beer Glass
A: Pours a dark caramel color with a slight off, white head. The little head that there is quickly subsides to a thin circle. Not much in the way of lacing.
S: Caramel, pecan brittle, bourbon. Definitely smells boozy.
T: First taste is very sweet and boozy. Tastes of raisins and prunes. The backbone tastes of bread pudding. There are slight hints of milk chocolate.
MF: Surprisingly clean for the sweetness. Boozy. the 12.9% is definitely there and it is needed to offset the sweetness.
O: This beer is the perfect complement to a fireplace, a big leather chair and catching up with an old friend. I really enjoyed this. I wish I had a few more bottles. I would love to see how this ages.

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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey, Oct 22, 2018
Something To Smile About from Bottle Logic Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 26 ratings