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Smuttynose Short Batch #8 Apple Brandy Oak Aged Imperial Stout

Smuttynose Short Batch #8 Apple Brandy Oak Aged Imperial Stout
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 4/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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Short Batch series #8. Imperial Stout aged in apple brandy barrels. kegged 8/19/09

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5196) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2010
[BBD 10] Opaque black color with a medium sized, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, some oxidation apple brandy, smoke, and alcohol. Taste of apple brandy up front, with some vanilla, roast, smoke, dark chocolate, oak, some oxidation, and light alcohol. This was a real hit!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
Black with no head...slightly fruity with some brandy. Flavor is brandy, vanilla, chocolate and caramel..taste like what angels sharew should be...great!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2010
I headed over to try the last log of this stuff around in Portsmouth. I happened to walk through the door of the bar and bumped into one of the brewers enjoying the last few glasses too. I received a smutty tulip glass with a good two finger worth of tan head that laced out well and with a swirl of the glass I could bring it back. The body of the brew was a typical stout black with a light ring of amber around the edge of the glass when held to the light. The aroma was quite different than their regular stout. You get some awesome chocolate sweetness and apple notes every time I brought it to my nose. There is also a nice oak note coming thru as well as some roast. The flavors are a lot less hoppy than the regular stout the apple brandy sweetness with the oak and a nice dimension to a stout flavor wise the sweetness of the stout and the bitter roast blended perfectly. The mouthfeel was spot on for me thick and sticky. There was a slight alcohol heat. I do think that a little more time might have tamed that down some and made this brew extremely dangerous to drink. I finished my two glasses I had to work the next day or I would have had more It was a great way to chase off the winter doldrums. I hope they make some more next year Serving type: on-tap

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - JUL 21, 2010
32oz growler shared by DuffManSW, thanks Sean. Rating #14. Another pitch black Impy Stout. Fantastic aroma, light apple, dark fruits (raisins), and some brandy. Flavor was a little thin at first, but grew on me as I supped from my cup, more brandy and dark fruits, very rich and boozy, just how I like it., very tasty stuff, this would be nice bottled if anyone is listening. (1316)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeTheYounger (1127) - Claremont, California, USA - JUL 22, 2010
Growler shared by DuffmanSW from trade by laroja. Poured dark brown/black with thin brown head. Aroma was apple cider, candied caramel apples, and brandy. Taste was oak, brandy, alcohol, mint, coffee, chocolate. Medium carbonation and a little on the thin side. Overall this was amazing. What a great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Draft at FoBAB 8. Pours looking like a fantastic Imperial Stout, brown/black with dark tan head. Nose is quite nice. There is a perfume quality from the apple brandy that interplay quite well with the roast and fruity notes of the stout. Some roast and milk chocolate as well. On taste, it is a very full flavor, nice floral aspects, moderate bitterness and excellent balance that tie it together. Some clean apple brandy notes as well. Very interesting one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
XmnwildX12 (2078) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - OCT 15, 2013
Had at Denver Rare Beer Tasting V, from 2008, had some great tart fruit notes from the brandy and the chocolate was nice and creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jow (1877) - New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
On tap at DeCicios tasting pours jet black with rich boozy aroma. Tastes of lots of dark chocolate, some vanilla, smokey, apple brandy sweetness, and some coffee. Warming finish, this is a monster beer for one in the afternoon

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Draft at Redlight Redlight. The pour yields an extremely deep, dark, mahogany colored body that borders on black at first glance. A thin, smooth, wispy blanket of khaki colored foam sits at the head. Sheer, broken windowpanes of lacing coat large spans of the glass. The aroma is delectable, showing notes of sweet apple and big, oaky vanilla amidst a darker, richer base of chocolate covered raisins, anise, and dark cherries. It comes across quite fruity, and the bold citrus hops that show in the fresh, base imperial stout are completely faded, it seems. Flavors again feature bittersweet chocolate roast, loads of anise, dark stewed fruits, and a heft of sweet, vanilla-laden calvados. As imperial stouts go, the palate on this one checks in a little under weight, as the barrel has quite obviously thinned it out a bit. It seems a little too sticky as well, though the carbonation is balanced. Overall, this is quite a tasty little concoction, but it has a few flaws that hold it back from elite status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1337) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Tap at Smuttfest, Novares Res. Blac pour wiht a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet dark fruit, chocolate, sweet booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth and viscous. Flavor is immedeately dark fruit, figs, dates, prunes, all candied, and drizzled with brandy. Chocolate follows, the milk variety, and it too has hints of brandy. Delicious and smooth.

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