Central City Brewing Company located in Surrey, British Columbia recently produced a series of officially licensed The Hobbit beers based on the trilogy of movies. Smaug Stout is an 8.5% ABV Strong Stout (Imperial Stout) brewed with hot chili peppers as influenced by the dragon Smaug. The inspiration is described as follows, “After escaping capture by the dangerous Woodland Elves, the Dwarves journey to Laketown, and finally to the Lonely Mountain itself, where they must face the greatest danger of all–a creature more terrifying than any before, which will test not only the depth of their friendship and the wisdom of the journey itself – the Dragon Smaug.”
Pouring out a deep, impenetrable black with a thick, foaming tan head that appears creamy and dense. The aroma is rich and robust with a slight influence of spice or chili. Heavy espresso and dark chocolate notes and more subtle aromas of licorice and vanilla blend well with the alcohol and spice laced aroma. A bit sweet upfront with light fruity notes and chocolate flavours. Rich and full bodied with heavy roasted malts and a mild estery flavour. The finish has moderate bitterness and mild hop presence with a heavy roasted finish and lingering aftertaste. The spice and chili comes in a bit on the finish but is mostly lost to the heavy malts and other flavours. An enjoyable brew overall with a heavy and rich profile that hits the palate relentlessly.