Storm Black Plague Stout
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Brewed by Storm Brewing (BC)
Style: Sweet Stout
Vancouver, Canada


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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.37/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Identifiable by the rubber rat on the tap handle. Black Plague Stout derives its name from the historical fact that at one time in Europe beer was about the only safe liquid to drink. Black Plague is Irish style dry stout brewed only in fall and winter and only in small batches to ensure the freshness so paramount to such an intensely roasted beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (15436) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 2, 2011
Draught at St. Augustine, Vancouver; listed at 8% ABV
Black color, with a nitro-like creamy head. It has a mild aroma of roasted malt. Nice roasted malt and black chocolate flavor, with some residual sweetness (that is a nice complement); smooth mouthfeel; good bitterness level.
Not complex, but pleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2001
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2005 Cask-conditioned

Dark brown colour. The aroma is somewhat light. The flavour is lightly earthy, with only a hint of roast. There is a slight chocolate note, still a hint of diacetyl despite the yeast change. It’s not my favourite, and next to the Yaletown Velvet it was not even in the same sport.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Dark mahogany coloured beer with a creamy light brown head and sticky lace. Low aroma, but what is there is light chocolate and a bit of roastiness. Flavour is quite sweet, with licorice, dark fruit, soy, and molasses notes. The mouthfeel is decently malty. It’s a good enough beer, but it has a tendency to become cloying. Could use a bit more hopping to balance that off. The brewery calls this an Irish stout... I don’t think so.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (7808) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 24, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2012 On tap many times, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and oatmeal - some sweetness. Flavour of light licorice, roasted malt, chocolate, and a perfect touch of sweetness. Full-bodied and well-rounded. This is one of best local beers for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Personally I don’t see what people see in Storm beer except for its quirkiness. I find that all the beers have the same baseline flavors. The stout is interesting for sure, with odd astringency. It’s thin and strange and I don’t appreciate its body or flavor composition. Like other Storm beers it has no head. It is a change of pace, with novel character, though. This is worth trying if you are in Vancouver. In fact, the beer really does reflect the quirkiness of the city.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4748) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 28, 2011
Black. Cream head. Light sourness. Very creamy. Light flavor. Better than Guinness better not big though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4705) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Pours pitch black with good lacing and head. Initial aroma of booze and whiskey-like malt. Comes off a little sweet in finish. Creamy texture. Light roast malt in aroma with some coffee. On tap at St. Augustine’s.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4660) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 28, 2006
(Draught) Sampled at the brewery with Oakes on June 19, 2006. Dissipated, white head with a deep brown body. No carbonation. Nose of coffee, molasses, spice. Flavour of heavily malted molasses with a thick oily skin. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
Mild roast and licorice notes with some chocolate and berries in the nose. Opaque black body is topped by a generous off white head that recedes to a lasting cover and coats the sides of the glass. Hickory, biscuity malts and chocolate flavours blend well with subtle roastiness and berrylike fruity esters. Bitterness is moderate and offsets the sweet malts well. Medium body with decent and lasting carbonation. Sampled on tap at The Main. Resampled at The Whip with similar notes and score.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
reebtogi (4489) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
Pint on tap at The Main on Main Street in Vancouver, BC pours jet black in color with a small beige head and some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark roasted malts. Taste is quite malty sweet with some roasty bitterness and mild hops thrown in as well. Decently balanced flavours, but a little thin in the body and very light on carbonation. Overall, this is quite a decent tasting stout.

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