Description: As one of three beers released in time for the premier of the final movie in the Hobbit Trilogy, Smaug Stout pays tribute to the namesake of the second installment in the trilogy – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. The beer combines chili peppers with a strong stout base, resulting in a brew that is both potent and spicy.
Tasting Notes: I’m often not a fan of the Baltic Porters or Imperial Stouts, so this beer already had a strike against it. And while I’m not a fan of the Hobbit Trilogy, I still respect what they’ve done with this particular beer. The combination of a strong stout and a kick of chilis is interesting, as are the earthy tones and mild burn that come through in the end. Well paired thematically with a Tolkienesque dragon.
Appearance: Black, opaque, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich, dark malty nose, notes of licorice, coffee
Taste: Strong malt, mild sweetness, hint of licorice, coffee, strong hop, earthy finish
Aftertaste: Lingering hop bitterness, mild chili spice burn