Smaug Stout (Hobbit Series) | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Smaug Stout (Hobbit Series)Smaug Stout (Hobbit Series)

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Smaug Stout is styled after a classic Russian Imperial Stout, but with a subtle hint of Habanero chilis to remind you of the fire and danger awaiting you in your journey to The Lonely Mountain. Pronounced notes of Coffee and Chocolate balanced with Northwest Hops and a touch of heat produce an exceptional imperial stout, a worthy reward for your hard-fought journey.

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Ratings: 123 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by LiquidAmber:
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, appearing opaque in the glass, with a half finger, fine brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of toasted malt, cocoa, mild coffee and some hot pepper spiciness. Flavor is toasted malt, milk chocolate, a hint of coffee and distinct hot pepper flavor and bite. Finishes with toasted malt with slight smokiness, light hop bitterness and hot pepper. Medium bodied with moderate creaminess. A well balanced imperial stout with a reasonably rich toasted malt body and a nice shot of hot pepper. Pepper is handled well, with good presence but not overwhelming the flavor. Quite a bit better than I expected from a movie tie in. This is described as based on Russian imperial stout, and the flavor fits that category, but this has a bit more hop and pepper bite in the finish, leaning towards an American imperial stout. I would have expected a bit more smokiness from Smaug, but this is a nicely made stout. ABV is well covered.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smoky and dry, bittersweet char right off the bat. The chili pepper factor is mild, and comes across mostly on the finish. Full-bodied, smooth with some tickle; little bit of sticky residue left behind. Expected chocolate and coffee notes. Solid if unexceptional - noteworthy as being one the Hobbit series beers.

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Photo of TangyNoGarlic
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HeadyHopper
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

A-Jet black with toffee 1/2" head that quickly subsides. thick lacing that quickly runs down the side of the glass

S-Chocolate, roasted malts, rich coffee, The roasted chocolate and coffee seem to be the dominant aromas.

T-bold flavors that explode upon the first sip. Warm however hides the alcohol well, very smooth. The chocolate stands out with some roasty dark coffee. Chocolate/coffee flavors linger during the finish. Some woody notes. Hint of habanero makes a great finish.

M-Full bodied stout, smooth and drinkable, much more easy drinking than you would expect with a stout of the the beer warms the flavors blend nicely.

O-great tasting brew that drinks like an Imp Stout with far less alcohol. Good flavor profile and the tastes blend well! Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours near black with cola brown edging. The head peaks at a finger's width and is cocoa powder in color. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of suds.

Smell - Smokey, charred aroma hits first, then subtle notes of chocolate peek through.

Taste - Follows the nose a bit. Definitely a smokey flavor throughout, but several notes add to the overall profile; Semi-sweet chocolate, and a hint of roasted coffee. A ghostly trace of black cherry. Mild heat from the chili peppers come through near the finish. A bit of that heat, along with sweet smoke character lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full in body with moderate carbonation. Decent smoothness with a slightly dry finish.

Overal - Still drinking strong at about 18 months of age. Reminds me a bit of Grand Teton Black Cauldron. Man, I miss that beer. I love me some smokey, chocolatey stouts. Picked this up at the dollar store of all places. I remember seeing these a year ago for $8 a pop. Well worth the investment. I bought 8 of them and may go back for more!

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz poured into Speigelau glass

A: pitch black nice off white head that disappeared

S: smell a lot of bitter hops roasted malts lots of bitterness maybe a touch of bitter chocolate

T: lots of bitterness some nice tastes of roasted malt but not much else

M: nice richness but a just mediumish feel

O: It's not bad it's just a hoppy stout reminiscent of Old Rasputin it won't win any awards but it's drinkable

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Photo of whatname
3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damian74
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mattfromd3scene
1.8/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I'm going to start this off by saying I am in no way a beer connoisseur, nor do I think I am.
With that being said, I'm going to provide you with an explicit, direct, and controversial review on "Smaug Stout" from the Fish Brewing Co.

Well, I just got done watching the hobbit in theaters. The new one, with the most badass red-bearded headbutting dwarf in movies. The day after that, we went to our local wegmans. I saw this and a few of the other ones there and thought to myself, "Beer endorsed by Warner bros with the Hobbit - Hell yeah!". Then promptly bought two different ones. Needless to say I'd much rather prefer the taste of licking the underside of flowers all day that the other one gave me, to this one. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my stouts. I love the deep, rich, chocolaty and smooth taste from them. This, however, was as if I was about to engage in an epic battle against Smaug himself. Except instead of plunging my sword into the weak spot in his scales, I threw it on the ground and proceeded to lick the creases of his asshole. Now, I'm sure you guys are mature enough to understand this, you are after all, supposed to be over the age of 21. So please don't be offended. I'm trying to describe to you with as much detail, the experience I've had with this product. Now, I'm not saying don't go buy it. By all means experience this for yourself. Maybe it's my brain telling me I don't want it to be good because it's endorsed by a movie. Maybe it's the fact it has chili peppers in it. I'm not entirely sure, but I will probably never buy this again.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KarmicSkrambl8
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of tomb_ride
3.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ConradKenney
2/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mouthfeel was very thin. No noticeable heat.

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Photo of richj1970
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: Pours a murky deep black with dark brown hues. One to two finger tan head that dissipated fairly quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malts, rich espresso, charred wood.

T: Dark roasted malts, strong black coffee, and a bit of smoke. A little dark chocolate.

M: Full bodied but on the lighter side for an imperial stout. More carbonation that might be Norma, for the style. Finish is fairly dry and a touch bitter.

O: Really nice stout. This would be interesting as a bourbon barrel aged beer. I was guilty of picking this up just based on the label, but it turned out to be a good beer after all.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This beefy American stout pours a deep black with brown
highlights with a moderate head of light tan foam that dissipates to a thick ring, thin pool, and
decent lacing. Nose of hops and charred malt with a touch of coffee. Flavors lightly exceed the
nose with coffee char on the front and middle, subtle chocolate hits on the middle but is overcome
by the char and bittering hops and finishing with a bitter malt and hops aftertaste. Warmth from chili
peppers comes more into the picture with warmth....a lot of warmth. It is there but must be warm
although it is hard to discern at times between this and hop bitterness since it is so muted.
Decent mouth feel, low carbonation. Overall a decent brew but lacks finesse. It is not as balanced as
it should be. My second brew from this brewery that I was excited to try from the journey to Columbus.
While it is a double stout it is too hoppy for the style and reminiscent of night of the living stout with a touch
of peppers and a bit more alcohol kick.

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Photo of Bung
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

22 oz. bomber poured into a brandy snifter

Appearance: Black with a wispy thin tan head, no lacing on the glass.

Smell: I'm getting a lot hops on the nose, strange it's very fruity, then there is a faint roasted malt smell on the backend. No peppers on the aroma, no alcohol, it smells very northwestern.

Taste: Again, lots of fruity hops on the front end, some bitterness, some roasted malt, there is a bitter, fruity hoppy aftertaste, no peppers.

Mouthfeel: Really thin for an imperial stout, I was expecting more, a dry finish, the beer disappears on my tongue.

Overall: For an imperial stout, I am disappointed, this is a marketing ploy, Stouts are my favorite style, I have had plenty, and this has to be further down the list. The flavors are short, the finish is dry, and I'm getting a very northwestern hop profile.

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Photo of Beardo
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of ArtZan
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


22 purchased at HomeBrewStuff and shared with COOPMatt and DerekA.... Pours thin with no real retention and only a very short lived dark brown head.

Nose is thin dark malt with nothing resembling chiles.

Flavor shows the same dark malt stained water... some EtOH burning that probably adds to the thin nature... watery and only hints of chile if I try to imagine it.

Body is light with too much bubble... Pretty lack luster and nothing to write home about... I will certainly never buy this one again.


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Photo of metter98
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of burnt and roasted malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of roasted malts with notes of spicy chili peppers and hints of coffee beans and licorice.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The chili peppers lend a bit of dryness to the mouthfeel.
O: This stout does a good job at incorporating the chili peppers as they are not overly hot or spicy.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of martianMan
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i would buy this again

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Photo of BdM
3.66/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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Smaug Stout (Hobbit Series) from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
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