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Smuttynose Oaked Blackberry Imperial Stout

Smuttynose Oaked Blackberry Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 4.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Imperial Stout finished on blackberries and oak chips; 10.0%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2009
In short: A smooth, extra-fruity and somewhat chocolaty kick-ass porter/stout with a nice barrel/oak twist. Kick-ass
How: Cask at Boston Extreme Beer Fest 2009
The look: Almost black body topped by a few big brown bubbles acting as a head
In long: Nose of a superior fruity imperial stout. Taste is obviously very fruity but not really purely blackberries. More like a all the dark fruits flavours you can hope to find a fruity imperial stout (figs, blackberries, dates, dark grapes, etc.). Also lots of black chocolate but not bitter black chocolate, more like a yummy rich chocolate cake. Barrels are present and add a nice oak touch to the mix. Extra smooth carbonation with soft bubbles, dead-on cask carbonation. I almost missed that one. But Nelson (tertons) told us to run to the Smuttynose stand because they were about to run out of this kick-ass beer (that I didn’t expect to be kick-ass to start with). That was the best advice that was given to me since I was told to always drink upstream from the herd.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tweety (377) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Like the normal imperial stout (which is amazing, with roasty chocolateyness) but with an added layer of fruity undertones. Yummy!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Small mini cask at EBF- thanks to Tertons for giving me the heads up on this beer. Pours a nice deep dark brown almost a pitch black with almost a violet tinge on the edge- good thin lasting head. Aroma is lots of big black chocolates mixed with rasp and blackberries- jammy, and almost a bit wine-like but still very under control. Flavor has a touch more oak blending in with the roast and lots of a medium chocolate and nutty character- has a fairly big body- with good amount of jammy fruitiness, and a smooth finish. Surprisingly pretty good.

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