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Big Beer Series - Imperial Stout by Smuttynose Brewing Company
Russian Imperial Stout
10.00 % ABV

Review by everetends on 06/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 0
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up from Green's in Atlanta, GA. Served this baby up in my tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty dark and inky black. Has that really glossy appearance tat is pretty impressive. Got a good two fingers of head off the pour that holds pretty damned well. Get some nice lace notching the glass all the way down. The body of the brew is not allowing any light whatsoever though. This is what I always want from an Impy stout. A very attractive beer.

S: Aroma is pretty nice. Getting some nice roasted malt that has a really nice touch of smoke and burnt quality. Getting a nice amount of bitter and dark chocolate. Getting a nice and clean hops aroma coming out. Some coffee is coming out as well. Dark fruits are showing some backbone as well.

T: Good, good, good and good. The roasted malt stays smoky and tasty, just nice and rich flavor that blossoms. The chocolate and coffee mixes well here with a nice sweet and slightly bitter compliment. The hops are pretty clean and earthy with a nice amount of presence. Getting some nice cherry, prune and raisin presnce. Slight. Just a touch of booze coming across in the flavor.

M: Full bodied brew but it does have a touch thinness and water to it. The brew coats the mouth still with a nice stickiness. Carbonation is light and just allows this to be a big beer. ABV is present but its not crazy or hot at all. Its just enough to warm up the palate and throat. Aftertaste is nice with some nice hops and smoky malt resonating after the swallow.

D: For a 10% brew, this drinks pretty damned easy. This beer is decently fresh and it is going down with ease. Its not a problem at all. Sits with a bit of heat and a bit of weight, but it doesn't impose on you at all. Everything about this beer is good or better. The flavors are really pleasant. Nothing is too in your face but its complex enough to let you explore and enjoy the brew. Smuttynose is just impressing me more and more as I try their brews and I am oh so glad they are nearby now.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 05-01-2009 05:00:20

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 0
Pours out inky and slightly viscous looking. Nice thick, pillowy two finger mocha colored head, with good retention. Good sticky lacing.

Aroma is, well, citrusy. Along with the usual - heavily toasted malts that lend coffee, toffee and chocolate aromas. Along with the orange zest aroma, the aroma hints at bitterness...

...And it is. Taste follows the nose. Good hints of chocolate and dark bitter coffee. Slightly smoky. Charcoal like finish. Bitter.

Medium to full in body, smooth, creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel. Very light dryness in the finish. Excellent carbonation.

This is a different RIS. Kinda a combination of a DIPA and an RIS. A good sipper, as the alcohol lends it's warmth, but is melded into the beer in a deceptive manner. the bitterness makes this one a slooooow drinker. The ABV will sneak up on 'ya. If you like bitterness, and dark, toasty beers... well, you will like this... I do!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2009
A glass of black ink! Soft supple dark tan foam of a finger high is breathed upon the surface on a creamy north wind. Waves of lacing coat the glass in tiny branched streams.

Aroma is quite dark, spicy, and definately wowful. Thick blackened molasses. Feveredly rich dark malts with a slimming coal-like roast, spritzed with dark orange and soaked in plummy juices. And some very nice spicyness of black licorice and anise that comes across quite peppery. Sappy, full, smoked, piney hops make for more unique bittering tinges and souring additions to the nose at in cinders in its well of smells. A never ending nose of dark, rich spices. Very reminiscent of Expedition, if not a mirror of it.

Intense on the buds! A ride of thick, rich, flavors that doesn't stop; it builds and grows and grows and impresses! Where to start? Complex for sure and much like the nose leads to, this has an immense dark malt profile. Hugely molasses and blackened in a pale, ghostly, charcoal smoke and tang with all sorts of wonderful and sturdy notes of deep pinewood hops, dark orange, plums and prunes, anise, pepper, black licorice, and a bittering, heavy, dark, Turkish espresso chocolate thats drying and lengthy. Wowza! So damn nice...I didn't want it to end, and more or less, it didn't. This stuff has some power and legs to it. You'll taste it until the following day no doubt. This is a great beer! Lengthy chocolate tones surge well into the finish with all sorts of left over spice, smoke, and drying bittered piney orangey-like pithyness. Words here really can't comprehend its complexitiy.

Feel is thick, roasty, full, and drying; drying like forever, well beyond what you think is the finish. Finish? There isn't one. It has an eternity. Holy sh*t, this stuff has some impressively long legs to it. That espresso chocolatey dryness is just that and more. Totally spiced, mega lengthy, and one very nice treat to behold!

I've been a fan of the other Smutty brews I've had. Solid beers for sure. But this has got to be their best beer by far. At least from what I've had to date. Sure, I don't get to have it around all the time like the lucky folks in (insert name of East coast distribution area here), but man, this is one very nice Impy Stout. World class in my book! I will need some more.

Only thing slowing this down as far as draining the glass quicker is that it does have a thicker, super lengthier body and richness in flavor that goes dry and darkly bitter for a time and a half. !0% is no where to be found except in the head a while into it. It'll soak and sooth in with that long finish. Nothing wrong with slowing down and taking this one in. Wonderful Stuff!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by urbanhack on 04/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 2008
I was really surprised by this beer. This might be a new batch because it smells really hoppy and Citrisy. It's one of the few stouts that really has a hoppy aroma.

It's not quite as think and chewy as most heavy stouts, but it still has some nice chocolate and molasses characteristics.

I will be buying this again.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/13/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2008
2007 vintage.

Pours a dark, heavy roasted coffee bean color with about two inches of tan foam. Good head retention, takes a few moments to settle down but it still keeps a quarter inch layer.

Heavy aromas of chocolate malts and dark fruits. There’s quite a mixture of raisins, dates and dried prunes along with the chocolate aromas. Cocoa and hints of vanilla also make themselves present. Alcohol is present but in a fruity cocktail presence and brings out notes of cherries and grapes.

Lots of roasted malt flavor right away, a few bitter chocolate notes followed by some dark fruits and a bit of alcohol. The bitterness keeps on with the roasted barley and packs some dryness on the palate. Raisins mostly, as well as other dark fruits and cherries dominate the mid palate and finishes with cocoa and bitter-sweet chocolate. A bit of soy sauce in the finish as well.

Mouth-feel is creamy and a bit chewy, very well done.

It’s a big beer that definitely need to be sipped. I like it but the heavily roasted nature of this beast gets to be a little too much after a while.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
Poured into a tulip at about cellar temp.

A - Pours a dark brown almost black body that is almost opaque, letting some light only through the edges. Big cocoa colored head made up of varying sized bubbles sticks to the sides of the glass.

S - Chalky almost. Baker's chocolate, powdered sugar. Sweet roasted malt. Lactose.

T - Rich milky chocolate covers my tongue and doesn't let go for a minute. Roasted, but not toasty malts. Lactose. Finishes with a slight bitterness, maybe even hoppiness. Baker's chocolate going on here too.

M - Full bodied, but not quite chewy. Smooth carbonation.

D - Goes down pretty easy, but that is probably in part to this being my 4th beer of the night. Nice, but not top notch Impy Stout.

Served In: Pint Glass

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