Smuttynose Imperial Stout
From Smuttynose – Originally brewed in the early 19th century for export from Britain to the imperial court of Russia’s Catherine the Great, imperial stouts are characterized by their dark color & full body. This style features a rich, malty sweetness coupled with aggressive hopping (especially in American interpretations). Notes of dried fuit as well as roasted malt flavors are typically present.
Smuttynose Brewing – Smuttynose Imperial Stout – 22 0z. bottle poured into a goblet. 10% abv.
Appearance: Pours dark brown, nearly black with a sparse khaki film atop.
Aroma: Big dark chocolate malt, aromatic herbal hops,walnuts, brewed black coffee.
Taste: Bitter roasted and burnt dark malts, spicy Euro hops, acidic black coffee. Semi sweet chocolate notes make the bitter and burnt aspects wonderful. Lingers well past the sip.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, medium carbonation level. On the dry side.
Overall: A perfect example of an Imperial Stout. Depending on your own preference, you could drink it fresh with it’s sharp roast notes, or let it lie down for some mellowing. You can’t go wrong either way. Oh, and I’ll say it. Better than Kate The Great by a mile. I know this is a different product from a different brewer, but I had to say it.