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RATINGS: 882   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.94   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 303   ABV: 10.1%
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After a one year hiatus the Imperial Stout is back in action. We figured that after catching a bit of flack for its absence weíd have it return with a bang. We bumped up the starting gravity from 20į P to 24į P. This allowed the beer to finish just over 10% ABV. Like this yearís Barleywine, weíve decided to play with the hop character, specifically the dry hop presence. Trying to avoid the fiasco of my previous attempt at adding pellets to the fermentor, I did what any good manager would do: I made Charlie add them. He had the advantage of being able to add the hops directly through a top manway and so his besting me in this challenge is not necessarily a sign of his superior brewing skills but more a reflection of my adventurous, try anything spirit (or at least thatís the story Iím stickiní to). The Charles added 44 lbs of Cascade, split evenly between two batches, or about half a pound per barrel. We then transferred the beer onto seventy-eight pounds of an even mixture of Centennial and Columbus whole flowers, about one pound per barrel. The beer is a little top heavy in terms of the hopping but it seems to be smoothing out a bit as itís aging. Iíd give it six months or so, if you can wait that long. If not, hey, enjoy it anyway.
2014 - 9.4% abv


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tavernpuzzler (2) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2010 does not count
Amazing stout. Strong but does not taste it. Smokey. Full flavor profile. Ends with oak tones. All over a fantastic beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - OCT 2, 2006
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 doesnít 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 didnít want it to end, and more or less, it didnít. This stuff has some power and legs to it. Youíll 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 canít comprehend its complexitiy. Feel is thick, roasty, full, and drying; drying like forever, well beyond what you think is the finish. Finish? There isnít 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! Iíve been a fan of the other Smutty brews Iíve had. Solid beers for sure. But this has got to be their best beer by far. At least from what Iíve had to date. Sure, I donít 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. Itíll soak and sooth in with that long finish. Nothing wrong with slowing down and taking this one in. Wonderful Stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
danmalleck (26) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 12, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2007 good nose, great mouth feel and just an all around fantastic imperial stout. Chewy, roasty, everything youíd want from an imperial stout

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Glass: snifter Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ Price: $5.49 Size: 22 fl oz ABV: 10.1% IBU: n/a Estimated Calories: 400 C RateBeer Rating: 99 Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour Aroma 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: sweet Impression: nice Malt Aroma: barley, Italian bread, white refined sugar, dark roast coffee Hops Aroma: citrus, burning Other Aroma: hamburger, steak, lamb Notes: a very meaty finish. Appearance 4 out of 5 Color: black Clarity: opaque Head Retention: poor Lace: poor Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating. Flavor 10 out of 10 Intensity: strong Balance: bitter Impression: nice Malt Flavor: nut caramel coffee Hops Flavor: earth floral resin citrus Other: fruit Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth. Palate 5 out of 5 Mouthfeel Sensation: drying warming Body: full Carbonation: average Finish Length: long Intensity: strong Balance: bitter Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning. General Impression: 19 out of 20 Craftmanship: excellent Freshness: fresh Personal Taste: loved Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 8, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 8, 2004 Inky black in apperance with a light caramel head. Nice rosted malt aroma with a nice hoppiness. Rich flavor, with elements of well roasted malts, hop bitterness, bitter chocolate and a hint of coffee. Lingering toffee sweetness with a bitter finish. Luscious mouthfeel. This is a winner stout and another great beer from Smuttynose!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Hi. I am in love with Smuttynose Imperial Stout. I am contacting a lawyer right now to start divorce proceedings. I am running away with Smuttynose Imperial Stout to an island and we are going to have delicious smelling, dark, and chocolately babies. Yum.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
px2grafx (14) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 24, 2006
intensely hoppy and bitter ris. heavy grass and pine aromas from the dry hopping. sweet chocolate, coffee, plums and oak cask with light alcohol in the finish. will cellar well.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Braudog (5902) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2007
22oz bottle: Poured like black gold with a huge cascade of waterfalling bubbles, rising into a 2-inch thick fortress of solid tan foam. The aroma is big and sweet, roasty and even hoppy. The flavor is even more robust and an incredible blend of titilating flavors ... dark, bitter chocolate ... dark cherry ... oak ... whiskey ... and a big hop resiny anchor. This is gut-buster, and I plan to enjoy it for the next hour or so. (#2754, 3/16/2007)

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
nimbleprop (5204) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2009 Poured a deathly black with a thick lacing reddish tan head. Smells awesome, more hops than you get in a usual imperial stout. Aroma of potpourri, chocolate, coffee, nuts, and grain. Flavor was very nice as well. Chocolate, plums, grapes, licorice, malt, caramel etc etc etc. This beer is not at all overwhelming on the palate with a velvety texture and a slightly bitter finish that melds into a lasting coffee flavor. Love Smutty, Love this beer. RE-RATE 6/11/2009. Had a pint of this on cask at Rustico. The cask was aged on Redbush Chai leaves. Pours a opaque red, rusty brown with a thick, creamy white head. Thick and slightly oily. Aroma is very mild, tea, grapes, malt, very earthy in the nose. Flavor was excellent. The chai really lent an earthiness to the beer along with a great texture and mouthfeel. It eliminated any booziness and made this a beer you could drink ten of. I loved the original, the cask conditioned chai aged version is just as good and brings it to a new level.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RblWthACoz (964) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Sampled on-tap. Pours pitch black with a lasting dark tan head. Rich malts on the nose. Flavor is extremely robust with heavy malts. Thick coffee grinds there as well. The aftertaste really lasts on this one. Feel is thick on the liquid and good with the carbonation. I seem to recall Kai at the Wine Gallery in Boston telling me I really needed to try this on tap. Well thank you Kai. This beer is tasty!


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