Hereford & Hops Blackbird Stout
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
Bronze Medal winner at the 2006 World Beer Cup in the Oatmeal Stout Category. This full bodied beer is black in color and has a smooth flavor profile that is rich from the use of oats in the grist. A roasted malt character is present but it is not bitter. There is some caramel sweetness and undertones of chocolate present. There is a moderate amount of hop bitterness and no hop flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
islay (2038) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2016
4 oz. pour, on tap at the brewpub in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Consumed on 4-23-16. Dark brown. Beige head. Pretty good lacing. Coffee and burnt caramel scents. Coffee flavor. Dry, verging on caramel. Basic stout flavor. Not bad but nothing special in taste. Light body. Unremarkable palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (6223) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Sample at the brewpub. Almost black with a steady tan foam. Light roasted aroma. Oatmeal is noted and makes for a smooth beer. Light chocolate flavors. Just a bit of bitterness. This is nice if subdued.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2008
On tap at the Escanaba Brewpub as the "Blackbird Oatmeal Stout." Pours a deep mahogany, fringe in brown. Head is an off-white. Light nutty aroma. Wow. This is terrible. A totally watered down, flavorless, lightly roasted garbage stout. A bit of salt, tannin and not much else. Minerals and water. Very little body. This is just plain a terrible stout. I can’t tease anything worth anything out of this. Faintly roasty with a bit of chocolate powder. But this is an embarrassment of a stout.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
LinusStick (3159) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2008
A very sub par sweet stout. Aroma was near nothing. Pour was a flat deep brown with no head. Taste was very weak and boring. A slight coffee flavor with water overpowering. Just a little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste that reminds you that you are drinking beer. Very flat and thin mouthfeel. Blah.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cheap (5123) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Typical H&H background beer aroma, you know, just plain good ol beery. Just a hint of stout smell. Black with a red tinge. Nice tasting stout, it has more carbonation than I expected and I welcome that. Good roasty flavors; fun, fresh and friendly. Much better than I expected, pleasantly surprised! May be my best H&H to date!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 6, 2008
On draught at the brewpub/restaurant in Wausau, Wisconsin. Pours a clear dark cola brown brew with a thick and lumpy light tan head that has some excellent retention and sticky lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, a near schwarzbier character, some flowery hops and a touch of chocolate. Taste is smooth, creamy, quite malty with a toasted malt and chocolate flavor with a touch of molasses in the near finish. Finish is sweet at first and then a lingering semi-dry aftertaste with flavor of toasted dark malt. Quite enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - AUG 10, 2007
On tap at the brewery/restaurant in Escanaba. Nearly opaque deep brown body, thin tight cream head. Sweet chocolate aroma with notes of coffee and modest roast. Sweet body with chocolate and diacetyl buttery notes, the latter thankfully not overpowering. Bitter roast finish. Well-balanced with good bite and mouthfeel. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Draught sample at the brewpub, late July 2006. Creamy smooth head lasting and lasting and sitting atop the thick, oily, opaque body which laces well....dry, roasty-grassy nose, dried chocolate and some burnt/smoky qualities.....sweet initially on the tongue, this dries very quickly though it’s a bit sticky midpalate with brown sugar notes....a bit grapy, touches of espresso bitterness late....exquisitely balanced, supremely smooth and drinkable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - JAN 25, 2003
Probably would have been better with the ice cream to ameliorate the texture/ flavor (see official description). Some interesting bitter tastes swamped in sludge.

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