Westbrook Brewing Co. Gates of S’Mordor Imperial Stout

Made with marshmallow, graham cracker, cocoa nibs, and cinnamon, is Gates of S’Mordor Imperial Stout, 11% ABV from Westbrook Brewing Co. This big stout; was made down in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. It only comes in a bomber bottle (1 pint .6 fluid ounces). Now I generally like Westbrook beers. This particular Westbrook beer; pours a thick oil black color with a barley two-finger beige head that is slightly quick fading. The aroma of this stout is chocolatey, and there is cinnamon and vanilla marshmallow. It smells strong. The flavor on this beer is again chocolatey, thick-bodied, cinnamon, vanilla, and marshmallow. The mouthfeel is full and thick. It just sticks to your mouth and tongue. Then it finishes with some roasted chocolate, marshmallow, and a bitter note. Then the aftertaste of lite chocolate and some alcoholic notes. This stout is a big beer. It does get stronger as it warms but does not change much on the flavor profile. Gates of S”Mordor Imperial Stout taste like a nice s’more. I give it a B+. The strength holds it down a little, but I still recommend this imperial stout. Please be kind, stay safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers! 

Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout

I saw this at my local grocery store, and I said to myself, you never see Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout 14.6% ABV at the grocery store. I have been hesitant to buy a bottle. It is because it is an expensive bottle. This beer was nineteen dollars at the grocery. Well, I gave in and bought it. This imperial stout is a blend of barrels from distilleries such as Heaven Hill, Wild Turkey, & Buffalo Trace. This stout aged for 8-14 months in freshly emptied barrels. You can then age it further in the bottle for up to five years. I didn’t do that. This stout pours a thick deep black color with a one and half beige head. The aroma is deep with vanilla, licorice, and boozy. The taste is strong, with licorice, vanilla, roasted notes, some coffee, and caramel. The mouthfeel is rich, and thick. This stout is a sipping beer. It has a slight bitter licorice finish and a bitter-sweet aftertaste that is boozy and warms your chest. I found Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout to be overwhelming and strong-tasting. It’s a C-. I felt the flavors did not come together as well as they should. I don’t think this stout is overrated. I like imperial stouts. It’s just this one was too much. It needs more sweetness and less boozy. A balance of the two flavor profiles would be good. Maybe this would be better if I let it age in the bottle for a while. Then it may mellow out some. Please be kind, be safe, and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing guilty Pleasures S’Mores Imperial Stout

Wicked Weed Guilty Pleasures S’Mores Imperial Stout, 9% ABV. The last beer in the Guilty Pleasures variety pack. S’Mores brewed with chocolate, vanilla, and cinnamon. This imperial stout pours black with a one and half finger beige steady fading head. The nose is sweet with vanilla, some cinnamon, and chocolate. The taste is somewhat similar to the nose, and you get vanilla/chocolate sweetness, a bit of a dry not from the chocolate, and some light cinnamon. The mouthfeel is thick with a bit of milk like creaminess. S’Mores imperial stout finishes with a bit of a roasted burnt/ashy. The burnt/ashy flavors carry into the aftertaste with a boldness. That was not good, and it was a bit off-putting. I would say Wicked Weed Guilty Pleasures S’Mores Imperial Stout is not that great, and I would give it a D+. The aftertaste was just not great. But the initial flavor was okay. 

Now Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures variety pack overall was not that great. Some of the beers were not good. Some of the flavors didn’t seem to belong in the beer. I give Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures variety pack a D-. I would not recommend purchasing it at all. It is too much money for not great beer. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout, 8.8% ABV is the third beer in The Guilty Pleasures variety four-pack. This beer pours a thick black color with a three-finger rocky beige head that slowly dissolves. It gives off sweet chocolate/coconut aromas with a slight roasted coffee note. The flavor is bittersweet with some chocolate, coconut, and roasted coffee. Mouthfeel is thicker. There is a semi-sweet finish that has more bitterness, similar to dark chocolate. The aftertaste is bittersweet with a vanilla coffee. The aftertaste is only around for a quick minute, poof it’s gone. Overall Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures German Chocolate Cake Imperial Stout is the best so far, getting a B-. It has a little too much bitterness on it, and the coconut flavor is average at best. This beer taste like your average German chocolate cake. It’s not a bad pick of the bunch. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Milk & Cookies Imperial stout

Wicked Weed Brewing Milk & Cookies Imperial Stout, 8.5%, is the second beer from their Guilty Pleasures variety four-pack. This imperial stout, made with golden raisins, cinnamon, and vanilla. It pours black with a one and a half finger beige head that is slow to fade away. The aroma is sweet with big vanilla, some slight cinnamon. Now the taste is sweet with vanilla, roasted like malt flavors. Some light raisin and, there is a cinnamon flavor on the back of your tongue. Milk & Cookies finishes with a nice amount of cinnamon and some faint vanilla sweetness that then carries on to the aftertaste that lingers with a roasted cinnamon note. This beer is better than the Brownie imperial stout. I give Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Milk & Cookies Imperial Stout a C+. It wasn’t bad. I found it average. There are better sweet imperial stouts out there. If you come across this beer, it wouldn’t be a substandard selection, in my opinion. I am not a big fan of cinnamon, but I don’t mind it. I wouldn’t rush to have this again. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Wicked Weed Brewing Guilty Pleasures Brownie Imperial Stout

I spotted a Wicked Weed variety four Pack, Guilty Pleasures Imperial Stout at Total Wine. I purchased it. I then thought that I would review each imperial stout and the whole pack and see what I find to be the best and worst of the variety pack. So stay tuned here for the next week or so.

The first beer in the Wicked Weed Guilty Pleasures is Brownie Imperial Stout, 8.7% ABV, which brewed with chord natural hemp-like flavors. Brownie pours a black color with a two-finger slow beige head. The aroma is of bitter dark chocolate, dry notes, and a slightly burnt smell. The flavor is bitter, with a bar of dry, dark chocolate, hoppy notes. Brownie finishes dry and bitter with an off brunt flavor and a bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full and rough. Overall this Wicked Week Guilty Pleasures Pack is not off to a good start. I give Wicked Week Guilty Pleasures Brownie a D. The bitter notes were not great, and I think that was from the hemp-like flavor that also clashed with the chocolate flavor, which is not good taste. We’ll see how it goes from here. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashers American Imperial Stout

Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashes American Imperial Stout, 9% ABV. This beer is made in Boston, Massachusetts, and Winsor, Vermont. It’s only available in fall/winter. This imperial stout pours a motor oil black color with a three and quarter beige, khaki head. The head is slow to fade into itself. It is quite a thick head. Now to the aroma. The aroma is of licorice, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee. The flavor is bitter with dark chocolate, licorice. There also is a nice hit of dark roast coffee and some dry note. The mouthfeel is full and a bit dry. This stout finish with a bitter roasted dark Chocolate flavor. It has a bitter dark chocolate, licorice aftertaste with a hint of dark coffee. Clown Shoes Beer Undead Party Crashes American Imperial Stout grows on you. I give Clown Shoes Beer a B-. It’s not a beer that I would have more than one of or one that I would drink quickly. It’s something of a sipping beer. It has a little too much bitterness for my liking, but that is the only negative I have for this imperial stout. But I did enjoy it. Please stay safe and enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

New Anthem Beer Project Cinders and Rain Imperial Stout


Not too long ago I reviewed New Anthem Beer Project and this another is New Anthem Beer Project, Cinders and Rain Imperial Stout, 12% ABV which I purchased from my favorite beer shop, Pop The Top Craft Beer Shop here in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cinders and Rain pours a thick oil black color with one and a quarter finger beige/tan khaki head that does stick a little with a nice aroma of bitter dark roast coffee with nice malt notes and some bitter dark chocolate wafting into your nose that leads you to a flavor it’s bitter with dark roasted coffee with hints of bitter dark cocoa chocolate that comes in on the middle that has a burnt malty quality on the back that all comes to a bar of bitter chocolate roasted coffee finish that continues into the bitter aftertaste with a full mouthfeel that coats your mouth. The bitterness on Anthem Beer Project, Cinders and Rain Imperial Stout didn’t really sit well with me and my tastebuds and I give Cinders and Rain a D+, and as this big beer warms up the bitterness grows. All that bitterness does affect all the other flavors of this Imperial Stout. I know New Anthem brews good beers, but this is not one of them and I may not go back for Cinders and Rain again. Please stay safe at home and please enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

Mission Brewery Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout


Mission Brewery in San Diego California brewers some popular beers Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout, 9.3% ABV is one of those I’ve not had any Mission Brewery beers before so Dark Seas is my first which I receive quite recently in a Brewpublik delivery. Dark Seas pours a pitch black color with some beige edges and a two finger beige/brown quickly fealing head that leave a tiny beige halo behind with aroma of big roasted coffee notes slight sweet chocolate with faint molasses and black licorice that leads you into tastes of roasted notes, coffee, a bittersweet chocolate, slight bakers cocoa that finish with a strong roasted flavor with barely a touch of sweetness and a big coffee roasted aftertaste that lingers for a while with a tiny ash-like note all with a full rich mouthfeel. I thought this Mission Brewery Dark Seas Russian Imperial Stout wasn’t the greatest but was still good, average, C+. I like the roasted notes throughout and in the aftertaste but I would’ve liked a touch more sweetness to add more to the roasted notes, but this beer was okay. I kind of would recommend this, but I wouldn’t rush out for Dark Seas. It was average. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!   

Throwback Thursday: Samuel Smith’s Imperial Stout


I thought I would review this because I was digging through my blog and saw a lot of lighter beer recently and somewhat overall. So I though why not do a stout and I will review more stouts, browns and porters later on. But I am starting with a prime example of a true Imperial Stout. An Imperial Stout or Russian stout is one that was originally brewed and shipped to Imperial Russia and was a favorite of Russian Nobility. Today there are a number of different imperial beer out there, like imperial pilsner, imperial IPA, imperial lager and so on. That just mean that is double the alcohol volume, and has a stronger taste. But this here is a true original imperial stout from England, at 7.0%ABV. This Sam’s Smith is fermented in stone Yorkshire squares, which is basically a large square tub or vat made of local stone. This Samuel pours a dark brown/black dark roast coffee color, with a big light brown to tan thick two finger bubbly rocky head. I saw the head and I thought of nice brownish hearty bread. Nice appearance on the imperial stout. Now the taste on this is common to stereotypical to this style. This has a nice roasted coffee, that dark robust coffee, The kind I like. This has a dark fruity scent of raisins and figs. I got bit of the alcohol there as well. The way this looks and smells really intrigues me to drink this. Drinking this Sam’l Smith you first get that rich dark coffee taste, followed by a raisin and fig note that is semi-sweet. I also found a nice chocolate note there, but wasn’t a real sweet chocolate taste, but the dark fruits, raisin and figs help make that chocolate a bit sweet. This imperial stout has a big mouth feel that has a very little warming feel to it as you go though it  It was more of a good bakers chocolate, and I didn’t get much of the 7.0% alcohol. This bee here is a bit on the heavy side but just enough, it’s not overly heavy like some stouts can be. The aftertastes really stick in your mouth with this. The finish is nice with a faintly sweet  coffee finish. This imperial stout in not a very bitter but has some bitterness, the IBU (international bitterness unit) of this is 35. Samuel Smith’s India Ale is 46 IBU, some beers can be as higher. Overall this is a great old world example of a great Imperial Stout. Samuel Smiths brewery has some of the best examples of English beers and the are all organic. I would recommend this and all of Samuel Smith’s beer to anyone looking to get into the world of beer. So over all I would give this beer an A+. Just a very good example of a nice nice imperial stout. I was really enjoyed this as I do most Samuel Smith’s beer. A great representation of an English Imperial Stout. Please go out and get this and all of Samuel Smiths beer, I highly recommend you do! Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!