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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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The thing about stouts made with additions of things like coffee is, while they taste "just like coffee," they taste "just like coffee." A well constructed stout is a study of potential flavors. Both bitter and sweet at once, with just four ingredients aromas can ping-pong between: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoke, dark fruits, molasses, and myriad others without running over each other. Drink Unjunct and don’t ask us to treat this one.

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3.8
andrewje41 (3992) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2017
16 oz can poured, with much thanks to Jow for the can! Solid stout here, and a fun fence rider between imperial, and original style stouts. Love it. Coffee forward aroma. Some slight malt, sweet milk chocolate. Flavor is bold and slightly sweet at the same time. Good roast to it. Flavorful, toast finish. Very nice stout.

3.6
tcon25 (864) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2017
Can pour in Seattle, thanks Andrew for sharing this one. Big coffee aroma, almost a oak flavor. Coffee and some chocolate.

3.7
luttonm (6482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2017
Can in Seattle. Thanks Andrew. Dark brown head, thick heavy dark pour. Dark bitter grain nose. Pretty clean sweetness with some brashness too. Ruddy, bitter grains. A bit sticky, and thick. Pretty big for a ’standard’ stout, but I agree it’s not an imperial. Nice beer.

4
jb (3270) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2017
I like the premise here, I’m burned out on coffee stouts and the like and usually prefer when the yeast, malts and hops make the flavors. Very dark, tar, thick tan head, like an RIS, clear and reddish. Nose is complex, dark fruit, charred notes, molasses. Taste is lots of licorice, smoke, a sweet cloying concoction up front then blurs courtesy of tingliness, hoppiness, roasted malt all blending with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is syrupy at first then as described above. Really good.

3.9
NikkTwist (3251) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2017 Draft at Bru Craft. Very dark brown opaque pour with thick brown foam. Chewy dark roasted malts. Burnt cashews. Chocolate liquor. Espresso. Molasses. Vanilla. Hints of charcoal, leather and blackcurrant. Not too harsh. Pretty darn good.

3.9
Ernest (7718) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2017
Can (Feb 06, 2017 canning, brewed by Two Roads). Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted/burnt grain, dark chocolate), with notes of tar, tamarind, leather, alcohol, charred wood, hint of blackberry. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, velvety/watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Quite a nice rendition here...low acidity, good sweet/bitter balance (the sugars somehow don’t linger in the finish, and the finishing bitterness is assertive but not harsh), and a very enticing aroma that’s not just the usual one-dimensional stout notes. Maybe a bit watery for its size but the mouthfeel is still ok overall...not too harsh of an alcohol burn for 8.5%, and pretty substantial heft without being too thick or syrupy. What I would call a Foreign Stout personally, and among the best Two Roads beers I’ve sampled to date.

4.4
meribells1490 (2) - - JUN 14, 2017 does not count
Smooth finish atop a rich and malty base of chocolate and nuttiness. It's full bodied taste is warm and inviting in your mouth. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
PotjeBier (3450) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JUN 8, 2017
Can from New Beer Distributors, NYC. Brewed & canned @ Two Roads! Canned on 02/06/17, enjoyed 4 months later. Pitch black color. Brown head, dense at first, then rocky, pretty good retention. Aroma’s of roast(ed malts), dark chocolate, (ground) coffee, hint of red fruit. Retronasal it’s sweetish, roasted, chocolate, again light red fruit. Flavor is under moderate sweet, firm roasted, dark chocolate. Medium bodied. Choclate and roast in the finish. Good stuff!

3.9
nimbleprop (8441) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 27, 2017
16oz can pours a opaque black with some sticky, beige head. Nose is big with burnt molasses, BBQ sauce, some smoky notes, toast, burnt marshmellow, some earthy soil notes. Flavor has more molasses and burnt caramel sweetness, toast, pumpernickel dough, a little soy, some tamarind, BBQ sauce. Full bodied, lightly sweet and lightly smoky finish.

3.8
JorgeLee (2134) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 27, 2017
On tap, Draught 55 NYC. Deep black colour, thick, no head. Heavy, boozy but not hot, chocolate nose, roasty dry bitter finish. A very good flavoursome stout. I can only applaud the philosophy of letting a stout shine on its own merits and not putting coffee or indeed anything else in there.


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