Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout | Rockingham Brewing Company

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Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon StoutBelly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rockingham Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
rockinghambrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.)

Added by Mikeypnh on 02-25-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,691
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
68
pDev:
9.95%
Bros Score:
4.07
 
 
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Ratings: 68 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by smccann:
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4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle, no freshness date.

Darkness draws me in, love the lacing on the glass. Roasty nose with very noticeable smokey meat tones. Full bodied, smoke from the start. Roastiness jumps from charcoal to dark chocolate to espresso. Hint of bacon with more smokiness. Some dark sugar but any sweetness here is balanced out early on. I could easily go back to this, great use of traditional and nontraditional ingredients.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.51/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From the 650 ml. bottle. March 2015 batch. Sampled on May 3, 2015.

I am glad to be review #10 so that way it will get an aggregate rating.

Dark brown to just about black pour with a modest, soft tan head up top. Not a lot of lacing but the head is delicate.

The aroma is wonderful with its dark, smoky malts, bacon, sweetness, and a very low hop profile.

Big, bold chewy body.

The taste is immediately sweet and dark and the bacon comes through. Low bitterness at the end but I think the hops were only meant to balance it out. he focus was on the bacon and the dark malts and in that reward they were quite successful. You should try this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taster at the source.
Solid dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating tan head. Big roasty aromas and flavors with a smoky quality I assume from the bacon. Hints of chocolate and caramel round us out. Nice stout, but the bacon comes through more as smoke than pork.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a super dark brown almost black color that virtually blocks all light with shades of light brown along the edges. Somewhat aggressive pour led to a moderately large mocha colored head that reduced down to a gentle cap on top. Globs of spotty lacing stuck to the sides of the snifter. Aroma has me quite intrigued with a sort of roasted salty sweet smoke rising from the glass. Taste is of smoked peat, with traces of roasted malts, caramel candy, and a dominate charcoal liquid smoke coating the palate. Medium to full bodied stout that is creamy and thick. A truly unique offering that earns Rockingham Brewery and A+ for effort and creativity. Belly of the Beast is a very interesting take of an imperial stout that might not work for everyone. But, for this guy, I found it to be a very enjoyable treat!

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Photo of JakerLou
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Uzarnayme
3.54/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MispeledStalion
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ChrisL24481
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.8/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hockeypuck
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mike
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dwinslow15
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NateF90
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigSmooth12
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikeluzzjr
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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Photo of BostonPhilly
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good smoked beer, taste like meat. interesting.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Belly Of The Beast - Imperial Bacon Stout from Rockingham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 68 ratings