Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout
Rockingham Brewing Company

Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon StoutBelly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout
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Rockingham Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,296
Ranked #6,228
4.12 | pDev: 9.47%
Apr 04, 2022
Feb 25, 2015
Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon StoutBelly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout
Notes: A high gravity stout brewed with specialty smoked malts and real bacon, this sweet and smoky beverage can been paired with anything from breakfast to dessert. (And if you’re lucky, with a sprig of bacon.)
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4 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CTHomer from Connecticut

A: opaque; deep brown in color; 1 finger finely pored light brown head that receded to a wispy cap with thick collar; no lacing;

S: deeply roasted grain with bacony smoke; a little whiskey and vanilla in the background;

T: bacony smoke with deeply roasted grain and whiskey in the background; moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium to full bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: Interesting, but a few ounces were all I needed?

Oct 19, 2021
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4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Dgr37

Rich in flavor and color. The foam fountain was impressive. The faint hint of bacon was definitely different than any other beer I've had

May 03, 2021
4.25 by Pleasure from New Hampshire on Dec 22, 2020
3.43 by Cuthbert from Massachusetts on May 04, 2020
4.34 by Abstractspirit from Rhode Island on Aug 18, 2019
4.08 by Dakin from Utah on May 18, 2019
4.24 by tpauer from New Hampshire on Mar 24, 2019
4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York on Feb 02, 2019
4.24 by DruC4 from Michigan on Jan 01, 2019
3.93 by Wizzman from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2018
4.1 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 03, 2018
3.75 by jayhunter357 from Massachusetts on Oct 05, 2018
4.42 by bottmfeedr from Texas on Sep 29, 2018
3.98 by Mikeluzzjr from Massachusetts on Jun 28, 2018
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4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

This was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a dark black color with an eggshell white foamy head that dissolved at a fair pace. Slight lace wound around the glass.
The aroma was absolutely awesome - just the exact level of sweet, smoky and salty bacon all up in there! Not ham, not sweetened meat, not beef jerky but pure unadulterated bacon. Yes, the real thing! And I loved every sniff that bacon revolved around the dark chocolate and playful sweet and roasty coffee beans.
The flavor revolved around the bacon, the pure blissful sweet, salty and smokiness of it all. The dark chocolate, roasty coffee beans and a slight sweet ash provided the assist on this beer to make it an absolutely awesome experience. The aftertaste was the bacon - fully sweet, salty and smoky with some dark chocolate.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping structure about it. Carbonation felt spot on, not too high, not too low. ABV felt as projected. Then the finish I expected and wanted - the bacon.
Overall, nothing on the market that I know of has more "real" bacon in the beer than this beer. Yup, it's that damn good and wish Rockingham stocked this beer in Vermont, but that's okay, just says to me more trips to NH to find more of this.

May 25, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

Bottle shared by Matthew. Thanks man!

Mar 31, 2018
3.5 by Dirk_Chappelle from New Hampshire on Feb 03, 2018
3.25 by ccryder from New York on Dec 26, 2017
4.79 by Markmurphy34 from New Hampshire on Nov 29, 2017
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Nov 12, 2017
4.03 by RickStalzer from New Hampshire on Oct 27, 2017
4.33 by Pippuri from New Hampshire on Oct 21, 2017
4.03 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire on Oct 20, 2017
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3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jlindros from Massachusetts

Enjoyed at Portland beerfest

Pitch black, thick mocha head

Nose roasted malts, cocoa, char, some smoke almost acrid, little vanilla

Taste chewy dark malts, molasses, raw sugar cane, roasted malts, char, smoked malt bitter earthy spicy hop, little booze

Mouth thicker, booze tingly, fluffy carb

Aug 10, 2017
4.41 by hockeypuck from Maine on Jun 25, 2017
4.5 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire on Apr 27, 2017
3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Apr 03, 2017
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4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Nugget40 from Massachusetts

The is quite the beer, and I feel the execution on it was damn near perfect. It pours very dark, just about black. One finger tan head. It smells of smoked malt, smoked bacon, smoke, touch of sweet(molasses?) The taste follows the nose with the smoked malts, smoked bacon, espresso, and a slight molasses like taste. Good balance between all the flavors. Has a very thick, full mouthfeel, a very rich beer. Overall I'd say this is a pretty excellent stout. I wasn't sure how this would be, even though it sounded great, but there's nothing artificial tasting in here. If this at all interests you, go for it you won't be disappointed

Mar 14, 2017
3.75 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania on Jan 29, 2017
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3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Franziskaner from Missouri

Black in color with no light penetration. There's a half inch of brown resting on top. Moderate lacing. The nose is dark smoked malt and bacon fat. I'm tasting smoked dark malt and bacon fat. The mouth is lightly oily and chewy.

Jan 22, 2017
3.89 by joberlander from Massachusetts on Jan 15, 2017
4.25 by Kurmaraja from California on Nov 21, 2016
4.2 by BigSmooth12 from Massachusetts on Nov 14, 2016
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4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Bierman9 from New Hampshire

Picked up a growler of this ($19.00) yesterday, and am ready to indulge today while watching some football...

Poured some into a small tulip. This stuff is jet black and oily, with a short, deep tan, creamy head. Lacing is very nice, with lots of stick. The aroma is lovely, with lots of malty sweetness, roasty action, and some serious smoke. The body is a super medium-plus, and is creamy and smooth going down.

Taste is quite nice! Has some caramel and molasses, and a decent hit of sweetness. Has a touch of roastyness and then some slightly bitter choco. Traveling alongside all of these flavors is a constant stream of smoky bacon notes. There's a suggestion of florality in the finish, which is quite dry with some cocoa powder lingering on the palate. A very nice imperial stout! Prosit!

4.31/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Oct 30, 2016
3.02 by Sk8sean86 from Massachusetts on Oct 24, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the bottle, it pours a very dark brown with a moderate light brown head. Smokey and malty to the nose. The mouth revels in the bacon flavored malt beer. Yum!

Jul 08, 2016
3.26 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on May 13, 2016
3 by Gotti311 from Wisconsin on Apr 05, 2016
4.67 by MispeledStalion from Ohio on Mar 03, 2016
Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout from Rockingham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 82 ratings