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Smuttynose Big Beer Series: Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 980   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 107   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color & full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fruit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
artemb (463) - Chisinau, MOLDOVA - MAY 6, 2016
Aroma: malt, prunes in chocolate, some zesty hops. Taste: light to moderate sweetness, moderate to strong hoppy bitterness. Flavour: burned coffee, blackcurrant, zesty and grassy hops, bitter chocolate. Very good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Klimaet (1407) - Aarhus N, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2016
Bottle thanks to Lukasmh. Pours pitch black with a small mocha head. Aroma is fruity, licorice, chocolate, malty, caramel. Taste is malty, licorice, caramel, fruity, roasty, bready.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 17, 2016
Bottle, 2015 expiry date. Black pour with a beige head. Aroma is roasty malt, a little sweet with lots of dark chocolate, some coffee and a hint of raisin. Taste is rich chocolate and coffee, hints of raisin and cherry, a little lighter body than expected but probably appropriate given this is a few years old. Really delicious, rich and balanced.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oldrtybastrd (4888) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2016
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LordSierra (7) - Getafe, SPAIN - MAR 25, 2016 does not count
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2016 Bottle 65cl. Cervezorama, Madrid. Coffee aroma. Very dark appearance with brown foam. Toasted, strong flavour, coffee, caramel and chocolate. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7290) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from Beerlovers. Hazy dak brown color with small white head. Light roasted malt, citrus hops in aroma. Taste, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol, wood,

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4553) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Very dark colour, short lasting head. Quite balanced with lots of bitterness to counter the rich and intense maltiness. Lots of roasted, coffee, dark chocolate. Alcohol pokes out towards the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rusos (478) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Bolime tasting. Black colour, beige head. Aroma roasted, caramel, assertively hoppy, vanilla. Taste roasted, caramel, sweet, warming alcohol, again hops. Bitter aftertaste. Good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (2954) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Pours nearly black color, nice stable beige head. Aroma of citrusy hops, coffee, chocolate, raisins. Taste is sweet, bitter. nicely hoppy, chocolate, coffee, raisins, alcohol, malty backbone.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Frothmeister (698) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 7, 2016
650ml bottle. In the cellar for a while with a best before of "10/28/2015". Pours with a pure onyx glug into the glass and pure black with a dense tan coloured head. HUGE nose of molasses, dark rum, raisin, a light marzipan note, Tootsie Roll, and a very faint note of cinnamon. Taste wise, on the lighter spectrum of full-bodied with medium sweetness, BIG dark chocolate notes, molasses, dark rum light ash, light cherry notes, with faint coconut that heads into cocoa powder, black licorice, light spearmint, medium bitterness, and a lengthy black licorice laden finish. I have another in the cellar, and oh man, I can’t wait to crack it open and see how a little more time has affected it. Top notch stuff!


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