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Happy Valley (PA) Phyrst Phamily Stout

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
The color is pitch-black, but this beer is eminently sessionable. The distinctive notes of dark chocolate and roasted coffee are hard to resist. Nitrogenation at the tap produces a creamy, satisfying mouth-feel that is followed by a surprisingly clean, dry finish. (5% ABV)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5914) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2015
Flat black, body creamy brown nitro head. The nose is smooth roasted and burnt malt with a hefty dose of vanilla-like sweetness. The flavor is a little lighter on the vanilla and lactose, allowing the roasted and burnt malt to shine through a bit more. Light bodied and smooth with the normal nitro stout feel to it. Pretty decent stuff, I like that the nose is heavy on the vanilla, but more restrained in the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9581) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2015
On tap at the brewery. Pours a clear dark cola brown with a medium sized tan head. Roast and a hint of fruit on the nose. On the thin side of medium, thanks nitro, roast and cocoa. Rather one dimensional. Not a bad dimension, but not much else here. Roast and cocoa on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
voyageurmike (302) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2015
Nitro tap, odd smaller shaker. Roasty, black, minimal head, medium sweetness, medium body, somewhat creamy, short nondescript finish. Bland but inoffensive.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Travlr (21690) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2015
Draft at the source. Dark clear maroon, beige head, solid lacing. Nice riasty aroma. Taste has cocoa powder, light body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2014
Rich and smoky with a thin yet creamy body. Really smooth and tasty. Nicely done!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Nitro. Black body with creamy tan head. Aroma is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, coffee, some caramel, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, milk chocolate, some caramel, light roast, coffee. Medium body, light stickiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (2273) - - JUL 2, 2014
Served on nitro-tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours served a beautiful black color with the cascading white nitro bubbles seen suspended within. These bubbles cascade up through the dark brew producing a thick and creamy off white head that persists on the surface of the brew, before eventually slowly fading leaving tons of foamy lace on the sides of the glass. Smell –The aroma of the beer light overall with a just some hints of a roasted malt smell and a little bit of an oatsi smell. There is just a touch of a chocolate smell mixed with and a tiny bit of an earthy smell. Taste – The taste begins with a nice decently strong roasted flavor mixed with a good deal of an oat taste. Upfront there is also some chocolate flavors that develop initially on the tongue, but that end up fading as the taste moves on to the end. The chocolate brings with it some light vanilla flavors and a little bit of a sweet cream flavor as well. The roastedness increases as the flavor advances with some coffee coming to the tongue, bittering the taste a bit. Some more earthy and light herbal hops come to the tongue at the very end of the taste as well and mix with the roasted and bitter coffee rather nicely, leaving a semi-driy oaty and lightly bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – Being a nitro pour, the body of the brew is on the creamy side with the mild effervescent feel that one gets with nitro. Both are quite nice for the dry oatmeal stout style and make for a very rich yet drinkable feel overall. Overall – A good dry oatmeal stout. This one I rather enjoy as it has a bit more bitter hop and a bit more chocolate and cream (at least at points in the taste) then many other dry oatmeal stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (4200) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2013
On tap at the brewery. Light roasted barley, toasted grain, and light smoke. Bit of lactose and chocolate and molasses. Dark black opaque with creamy lacing tan head. Smooth body with nitro carbonation. Starts semi sweet with lactose, chocolate, coffee, and smoke. Bittersweet milky finish with nutty roasted smooth after. Nice stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6850) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Sampled on draft at the brewpub this beer poured a black color with brown highlights and an enormous fluffy-creamy orange-tan head that lingered forever and left incredible lacing. The aroma was very bitter, dry and roasty with a burnt coffee presence. The flavor was dry, roasty and woody with burnt coffee and a hint of cream. Medium length dry finish of roast and wood. Medium body. Hits the marks for a dry stout but not really my style.

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