Beerenberger (1605) - Fischer, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Nose of nutmeg and suggestions of toasted malts and cinnamon. Pours an opaque black with quickly dissipating tan head and no lacing. The taste is all upfront, roasted malt and spice. Sadly, the flavor disappears to a bland graininess in the finish. Medium-light body and medium carbonation. Overall, thin body and thin taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 15, 2013
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vanilla, lactose, and chocolate. Flavor of lactose, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - MAR 16, 2013
On tap at the Friendly Spot. It’s a black color with a moderate head. The aroma is roasted with some spices. I don’t really get any other egg nog type of smell. The taste is roasted, very acidic, and some more spices. The palate is a little thin though not too much. I admit I wanted to try an egg nog stout after seeing the tap handle but it just didn’t accomplish the mission of an eggnog stout. It’s a spiced stout. ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Wow... an eggnog stout, eh? Extra points to Branchline just for coming up with the idea. It looks like your average stout, solid black, but with a thin, short-lived, very light brown-colored head. It has an interestingly sweet aroma that, only on close, strong nasal inspection, smells of sweet, roasted malts. No coffee or chocolate is apparent in the nose - strictly tame roasted malts. Okay, I lied, maybe there’s a touch of chocolate. In the mouth, yep, there’s definitely a vanilla-like sweetness coupled with some chocolate, which leads to an almost watered-down roasted malt bitterness in the finish. The eggnog factor isn’t up front, and in my opinion if you didn’t know to look for it you probably couldn’t pin the otherwise, simply, soft, earthy, almost spicy dullness on anything, really.
I don’t think it tastes much like eggnog at all, really. It just tastes like a semi-sweet, chocolate-heavy, highly-roasted, low-alcohol stout. If you put too much of this into your mouth at one time, though, something strange happens to something under the sides of your tongue (at least mine). My mouth reacts similar to the way it does with a sour beer, but with no sweat or puckering. It’s more of a seizure, a retreat of the sensors. The more I think about it, and the more I drink of this, it starts to become unpleasant after 5-6 ounces through the glass and, yet, feels a little watered down or empty in the grain bill department. Perhaps a better compatible hop would have filled in the gaps?
This is my first engagement with a Branchline beer, and I’ll at least give them props for making a good low-alcohol stout that has just enough of a unique character to keep it entertaining enough to set it apart from the rest (of bland, low-alcohol semi-sweet stouts). It lives up to (part of) it’s name - it certainly is black as night. kidmartinek (5000) - austin, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Pours dark brown, almost black. Draws down clean. Has a distinct egg and vanilla aroma. The flavor IA egg not and vanilla with a little chocolately malt. Is is what it says it is.