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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Secret Stairs is our signature Boston Stout. Bold and balanced; satisfying with a substantial body, but not syrupy or sweet. Roasted malt provides a nutty, earthy backdrop to bitter cocoa and little hints of caramel. Smooth mouthfeel with a drying sensation on the finish. We brew Secret Stairs to highlight the unique physical connection between Summer Street and A Street. We raise a pint of Secret Stairs to The Fort Pointer; the neighborhood’s favorite protagonist!

ABV: 6.5%

MALT: American 2-row Barley, Cara-Pils, C-60, Roasted Barley, Black (Patent), C-120, Caramunich, Chocolate, Pale Chocolate, Special B.

HOPS: Columbus

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dlovell2 (2351) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2017
Pours from 16 oz can. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Roasted malt finish.

3.9
drsandman (1656) - New York, USA - OCT 29, 2017
Bottle, aged a couple years. Pours black, dank brown thin head. Aroma is cacao, roasted malt, dark fruit, nutty malts. Flavor is med sweet, cocoa / milk chocolate, roasted nutty malt, earth, dark fruits. Medium bodied, light sweetish very easy drinking stout.

4.2
superspak (6078) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2017
Got in a trade with The-Adjunct-Hippie. 16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 6/6/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, and nuttiness; with lighter notes of molasses, dark fruit, licorice, smoke, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, toasted dark/brown bread, nuttiness, molasses, light dark fruit/smoke, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet balance; and zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from hop/roast bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, bready, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is fantastic. Slight chalky roast and sticky hops. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.5%. Overall this is a fantastic English stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with really creamy/silky and mildly bitter/drying finish. Very rich with awesome malt complexity for the modest ABV; with mild complimenting earthy hop and fruity English yeast notes. A highly enjoyable offering, and amazing style example.

3.6
Ungstrup (38547) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2017
A black beer with a lazing dark brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of hops. The flavor is sweet with notes of chocolate, roasted malt, hops, and a bit of citrus fruit, leading to a bitter finish.

3.7
Svartvit (967) - NETHERLANDS - AUG 24, 2017
Can shared. Pours close to black/dark brown with a ruby tint, tan head. Roasty sweetness, molasses, dusty (milk) chocolate, cocoa, almost like a milkstout. On the sweet side, basic but also packed with flavor. Nothing new but pleasant and easy drinking, could have done with just a tad more bitterness.

3.9
smaynard6000 (1247) - Apopka, Florida, USA - AUG 4, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2017 Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasty malt and chocolate. Somewhat sweet with dark chocolate notes. Medium bodied. Pretty nice.

4.4
DiarmaidBHK (5947) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2017
Draft at The Dive Bar. Pours black with a khaki head. Leaves trace lacing in the glass. Huge roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate notes on the nose. Lots of molasses and coffee on the tongue. Has just a touch of bitterness on the finish! Pantheon example of style.

3.7
yespr (48061) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 22, 2017
1 pint can. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, dark malty, roasted and bitter. Dry and dense malty. Roasted and slight bitter finish.

3.7
tapefuzz (849) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 21, 2017
16oz can. Pours nearly black with a minimal beige head. Aroma is roast and dark chocolate with just a hint of nuts. Taste is roast, dark chocolate, and light caramel. Finish is relatively bitter and has an earthiness to it. Medium body. Average carbonation. Oily mouthfeel.

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rouhlas (3885) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - MAR 29, 2017
From can. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, chocolate, cocoa, caramel. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.


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