saltyseadog (66) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - JAN 29, 2016
For my 10th beer rating on the site, the rating that puts me on the scoreboard for community beer scores, I wanted to do something special and review something I have a personal attachment to and haven’t had a chance to comment on to date. The brew I ended up settling on is Brash Beer’s Smoglifter, easily my favorite sweet stout, and probably my favorite stout of the decade overall.
AROMA Dark chocolate, chocolate milk, chocolate milkshake, toffee, cane sugar, caramel, and light roast coffee. Faint traces of plum or raisin hiding underneath. Roasty coffee notes are definitely present but very subdued compared to most heavy stouts and very delicately and exactingly balanced against all the other elements.
APPEARANCE Pours dark from the very first drop, reminding me of the color of Kahlua with an extra dark tan to brown head less than a finger deep, but it hangs on all the way down. Bubbles on the bottom of the glass, not on the sides. Picture perfect.
TASTE Roasty coffee and dark chocolate up front, dark chocolate and milk chocolate in the middle, with a long finish of dark chocolate and caramel sweetness punctuated with a pleasant belly warming alcohol effect. A roller coaster ride from lips to stomach.
PALATE Full bodied but light, lively but not fizzy, creamy, easy, and satisfying to drink.
OVERALL A real treat. One of my favorite beers. Makes me want to curl up in front of a roaring fire with a dense slice of biscotti, chewy icingless brownie, or even a box of chocolate graham crackers, letting it soak up all that malty goodness. This beer is like a tall glass of chocolate milk for a grown-up, and really makes me back to when I was about 10 years old in some strange visceral way. Brash Beer is a young operation that seems to have transitioned majorly in the past 2 years from Massachusetts to Texas, and from wide national distribution to regional taproom focused business. Not sure when or if I’ll have the opportunity to try this beer again, but for tonight at least, I’m in beer heaven. Gachupines (1252) - USA - JAN 1, 2014
Black with a thin white head. Aroma is chocolate with roasted malt. Flavor is rich, dark chocolate with a pleasantly bitter roasted malt to balance. Decadent and delicious, especially with dessert.
Wife: 4.25 unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2014
22oz bottle. Very dark, black color. Very boozy nose! Loads of high cacao dark chocolate, hints of barrel aging smell as well. Charred flavor, burnt grains & sugars, fusel/booze. Finishes with notes of cocoa. It’s a big beer, needs to be shared, too much for just one person! (4258) Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, carmel, coffee and light vanilla. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee and light carmel with a smooth lingering milk chocolate finish. Dave11899 (23) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2013
A very good chocolate stout overall. Pours extremely black with a thin dark brown head. Aroma is of milk chocolate, brown sugar, and caramel.
Taste is smooth with a very very light hops or coffee bitterness that doesn’t linger. Guessing most of the velvety texture is due go lack of carbonation. Contrary to the aroma, this beer is one I’d classify as sweet. Yes there is a sweetness, but it’s highly drinkable. Definitely get the chocolate and toffee flavors coming through.
I’m semi clueless with the slight bitterness. It’s almost a subtle spice causing the flavor.
This is a great beer to try. Not a traditional chocolate stout when comparing to others I’ve tried but still tasty. One of Brash ’s best.
aracauna (3599) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
This is a very well done beer. Big without being harsh. Roasty without being ashy. Rich without being cloying. Definitely a hearty sweet beer, loads of chocolate, but not overdone. DocLock (10683) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Bombers from Craft, Smith’s, and Capone’s. Pours thick, turbid dark black with 1-finger creamy gorgeous tan head. Nose is roasty chocolate malt, cacao, walnut, blackberry, mild smokiness, and I get some jalapeno pepper oil and slight coffee oils in this, and some fine tobacco oils. Tastes semi-sweet, with a big roasty chocolate malt flavor, cacao, port, blackberry, walnut, and a silky smooth and very complex finish. This one is delicious. boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2013
Draft at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a medium sized brown head. This looks like a float. Gorgeous. The aroma is Starbucks style. Big mocha notes, light roast, a lot of lactose. The taste has a big roasty kick up front, a huge coffee bean run, sweet finish. Great sticky palate. Awesome. JaBier (7958) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle purchased at Siciliano’s in Grand Rapids. Pitch black pour with a thick brown head. Aroma of chocolate, bitter roast and creamy malt. Malty flavor with sweet chocolate before a dense, roasty finish. Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
Bomber: Thanks JDB288: Served in a Chouffe glass at 13 degrees Celsius:
Black with a brown head.
Aromas of coffee, chocolate and roast with some very light hints of alcohol and liquorice.
Flavours of coffee, good bitter, roast, chocolate, nuts, earthy and some dark roasted leaves, herbs and some wood.
Aftertaste is a mix of roast, coffee, good bitters ans some dark chocolate.
Low carbo, thicker creamy and light spicy mouthfeel, full bodied.