Heavy Forge: New Boysen Town
AleSmith Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
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4.13 | pDev: 1.45%
AleSmith Brewing Company
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: This imperial stout was created especially for the Order of the Anvil. Brewed with molasses, treacle, and a heavy dose of roasted malt, this beer was further aged on coconut, cacao nibs, and boysenberries and stored in ex-maple syrup barrels to create an intensely flavorful brew that will increase in complexity as it ages.
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Reviews by emyers:
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emyers from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a teku glass.

Near black with a one inch mocha head.

Nose: Interesting mix of boysenberry, bittersweet chocolate, and coconut. Interesting and some notes stand out really well, but a bit too much going on.

Taste: Boysenberry leads followed by bittersweet chocolate. Some maple on the finish (mostly added sweetness but there’s a touch of maple flavor as well) before the chocolate finishes it off. Good amount of bitterness on the finish which keeps the berry/maple combo from getting too sweet. The coconut is subtle and comes in and out. I love the boysenberry-chocolate base here but the maple and coconut get in the way a bit and really just don’t need to be there.

Feel: Full-bodied, medium carbonation.

Dec 29, 2019
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 20, 2020
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user785335 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 16, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its been my experience that beers aged in maple syrup barrels dont carry the flavor of maple particularly well but rather, adds a general sort of sweetness. Thats the case here, in my opinion but this is FAR from being a bad beer, in fact, it's quite good. Boysenberry, coconut and maple syrup coming in at 15% should tell you that this is a boozy beast of a stout due to the relatively high sugar content. Despite that, this ends up being a very pleasant sipper that manages to not come off overly sweet, despite its ingredients. Dont get me wrong, this is a dessert stout through and through and it IS sweet, it just isnt mouth-puckering-sweet. A fine addition to the Alesmith family and one that Id be curious to see aged in another type of barrel for experimentation's sake. Perhaps Rye or even gin...

Dec 10, 2019
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Feb 03, 2020
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johnInLA from California

4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 23, 2020
Heavy Forge: New Boysen Town from AleSmith Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 6 ratings