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. 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 doesn’t 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 didn’t want it to end, and more or less, it didn’t. This stuff has some power and legs to it. You’ll 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 can’t comprehend its complexitiy.
Feel is thick, roasty, full, and drying; drying like forever, well beyond what you think is the finish. Finish? There isn’t 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!
I’ve been a fan of the other Smutty brews I’ve had. Solid beers for sure. But this has got to be their best beer by far. At least from what I’ve had to date. Sure, I don’t 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. It’ll soak and sooth in with that long finish. Nothing wrong with slowing down and taking this one in. Wonderful Stuff! 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 you’d want from an imperial stout lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 15, 2008
Purchased at: Towne Wine and Liquor, Princeton, NJ
Size: 22 fl oz
Estimated Calories: 400 C
RateBeer Rating: 99
Aural: quiet opening, quiet carbonation, uneventful pour
Aroma 10 out of 10
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
Head Retention: poor
Notes: While the head is missing, the presence is amazing. Deep, dark, permeating.
Flavor 10 out of 10
Malt Flavor: nut caramel coffee
Hops Flavor: earth floral resin citrus
Notes: An amazingly deep flavor with fruit, hops, and depth.
Palate 5 out of 5
Sensation: drying warming
Notes: A beautful finish to a great beginning.
General Impression: 19 out of 20
Personal Taste: loved
Notes: A great mouthfeel and finish. 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!
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. 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. Braudog (6805) - Yorktown, Virginia, 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) nimbleprop (8725) - 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. 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!