The Bruery Mrs. Stoutfire
From The Bruery – For our first local collaboration beer of 2013, we teamed up with our good friends at Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, CA. We’ve worked with these folks on a number of small batch brews, beer dinners and general shenanigans for many years and it was really exciting to sit down and work on a full scale project with them for the first time. What we ended up with is an imperial smoked stout, but of course it wasn’t that simple. We smoked our own malt on the same smoker and with the same blend of three different woods that Beachwood uses for their award winning BBQ – apple, white oak and pecan. We then aged the beer on those same three types of wood. The resulting stout is hearty and wonderful, balancing the rich, meaty smokiness with the sweetness of the malt.
The Bruery – The Bruery/Beachwood BBQ Mrs. Stoutfire – 750 ml. bottle poured into a goblet. 9.5% abv.
Appearance: Pours black with a cap of tan film.
Aroma: Smoked malt. Roasted malt, dark chocolate, campfire, dark fruit.
Taste: Burnt roast, spicy smoke, Jack Daniels/Jack barrel, baking cocoa, spicy hops. Long roasty finish.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied creamy carbonation. Pretty smooth.
Overall: This was very similar to the deliciousness and viscosity of Alaskan Smoked Porter, but the smokiness didn’t come across as meaty to me, as mentioned in the product description above. I would drink this now to get all that smoky goodness. Even if you don’t care for The Bruery’s Smoking Wood (due to smokiness), give this a try, it’s a completely different beer.