Black Strap Stout - East End Brewing Company

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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.45%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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East End Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 04-13-2005

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Reviews by GoalieRon33:
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- beautifully dark. Black, no hints of brown in this one. Totally opaque, with a shallow, quickly dissapating tan head

s- burned smells, coffee, malty, almost sweet

t- coffee and molases. Somewhat dry, almost notes of honey or a brown sugar along with the malt. Very complex, with new tastes appearing throughout the drinking experience

m- pretty nice, somewhat lighter than I anticipated

d- Great beer to sip, would probably be awesome with dinner that includes a gamey meat such as vennison

More User Reviews:
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into my EE pint glass from my draft system. Reviewed on cask before, but not on draft.

Very dense creamy mocha head from a very long pour. Hard to get lot of head on this beer when first tapped had no head at all. Started to get a slight head after a few hours and more after a few days. Mirky black with a slight dark brown hue. Opaque to say the least. Had very good retention leaving sticky webby lacing down the glass.

Very roasty aroma,smokey,burnt,black coffee,baker chocolate,molassess with a slight hint of vanallia. Very intense malty aroma.

Clean taste at first followed by intense roastyness,lot of burnt tastes,unsweetend bakers chocolate,black coffee,molasses and a bit of licorace.Very nice balance for all the intensity,finishes clean with a very sharp hop bite and lots of roastyness. Leaves the palate feeling dry and tart. Lots going on here. Great and interesting taste good complexity.

Light mouthfeel,suprizing,some creamyness and a grainy edge.
The drinkability seems to increase with every sip. This stout borders on Imperial. Great stout my draft system has not seen the last of this one. Must try stout in my book.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thoroughly enjoyed on draft at Oscar's Pub in Erie, PA...appears dark black opaque in the dimlighting of this pub full two finger sized tan head leaves big bands of lacing with each sip of this fine stout. Aroma contains dark roasted malt characteristics of dark chocolate and big coffee notes along with the black strap molasses added to the brew giving a full syrupy flow to it all herbal hop aroma is evident chalk full of alluring aromatics. Taste is very flavorful complex malt character comes of bitter with the dark chocolate roasts and herbal hops combined with the sweet molasses we have ourselves one of the most drinkable stouts ever brewed in the Pittsburgh area a bready layer also comes through in the flavor. Mouthfeel to me is medium-full bodied great creamy texture flows nicely on the palate mine didn't last too long. Drinkability up there with some of the top micro stouts in the country could definitely put this small but active brewery on the map least among beer geeks.

Photo of rudylaw
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprise growler by the wonderous ericwo!

Pours extremely black with a monster dark tan to light brown head.

Smells of roast coffee, blackstrap molasses, dark chocolate. This is going to be some treat if it tastes half as good as it smells.

And it does! Taste pretty much mirrors the smell.

Perfect carbonation but that thin, light mouthfeel is where this beer falls a little flat. The low ABV is very much appreciated but for a stout, I'd like a more viscous sensation.

Overall, this was what I wanted. I can deal with a light feel in comparison to all of the other aspects East End got right with this one. Thanks Eric!

Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery via pghlee.

Pours opaque black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer of bubbles on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of roasted malts with hints of chocolate.

Tastes very good. Roasted malts up front, followed by light chocolate flavors, and ending with a nice tobacco presence. The bitterness lingers for a while after the sip, with hints of coffee.

Mouthfeel is good. Good thickness and soft carbonation make this one go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I had to do a lot of damage on the growler by myself, and had no qualms with doing so.

Overall this was a tasty stout - a lot of flavors manage not to get in the way of each other to make this very enjoyable.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks DrJay for this Gowler.
Pours pitch black with a quarter finger tan head that quickly melted away.
Aroma is intensely dark roasted coffee and bakers chocolate.
The taste is also intense..dark bitter roasted coffee, bittersweet chocolate, then a lightly bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel is comfortable for the style and the aftertaste is a lingering hint of everything good in this stout.
This is a very good, drinkable, solid example of the style.

Photo of Stigs
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a growler filled last weekend, 12oz serving in a Stone Levitation glass...

A - very thin layer of dark, dark khaki foam which fell quickly to a ring and floating island. sits atop a beer that is about pitch black.

S - big and bold...strongly roasted malts, strong black coffee, bits of toffee, molasses (hence the name), charcoal, slightly burnt toast. very nice stout with the nose of an RIS.

T - again, strong roasted and burnt malts...joined in by some coffee-like bitterness. sweetness comes through as some dark chocolate and molasses. very nice but a touch more sweetness to cut into the strong bitterness would take this a step further.

M - the beer has a medium to thinnish body, and nice subtle "underneath" carbonation as with most East End beers. quite sticky/chewy towards the end, leaves a strong lasting bitterness that lingers for quite a bit.

D - solid American Stout...not shy by any means, has the massive roastyness of some bigger beers. just missing a touch more sweetness for balance. drinkability is on the higher side before bitterness takes over. nicely done Scott.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Back in Johnstown, PA and sitting at the Boulevard Bar and Grill and first beer for the night was the East End Blackstrap Stout. The color was a dark chocolate and creamy with a nice tan head. The aroma was dominated by espresso and malt. The taste tho was a bit water...not as full bodied as I would like. The flavor was certainly espresso with hints of sweetness and malt. Mouthfeel for me was low due to the overpowering espresso/coffee taste.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Bocktown Beer and Grill

Appears pitch black with a milk chocolate colored head. The aroma is almost meaty, but I'm not sure if I like that. There's dry cocoa with balancing hops and a slight bitterness and an aftertaste of long, long lasting black roasted grains. It remind me a bit of Middle Ages's Black Heart Stout. Big, black, roasted grains. Aside from a slightly odd aroma (maybe it's just me), this was a pretty tasty beer. Glad I got to try it

Photo of Chinon01
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Virtually black with an attractive sustained head.

Smell - Inky with liquorice and tar.

Taste - Flavor is similar to smell. Thin and lean with a nice dry finish that lingers of roasted coffee and tar.

Mouthfeel is nice and drinkability is even better.

Photo of akorsak
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Capone's on Connoisseur Night 2.

A: The stout is pitch black, darkest than midnight with an equally dark mahogany-colored head. The retention was minimal but carbonation was evident throughout.

S: The aroma lives up to the name, it is thick and burnt as molasses with chocolate and burnt toast notes that mix up (albeit slightly) the scent.

T: Burnt tar, thick grainy flavors, coffee and chocolate. The stout gives off a huge array of flavors on first sip. The malt body is quite dry, almost necessitating an immediate follow-up sip. Bold flavors emerge, including coffee bitterness and intensely strong, tar-like black molasses. That molasses, more than anything else, assists in drying out the palate. The burnt malts mix with that molasses to create a dark taste that is not for the uninitiated. Ultimately, the body hides any alcohol presence and goes down surprisingly light.

M: The dark malts and burnt profile are a real treat. A warning though, don't try this beer before many others, as the flavors will linger on your palate and overshadow anything that comes after it.

D: The burnt profile is well worth a look. It's too bad that this is not bottled, as I'd love to have a few for the cellar.

Photo of Segelstrom
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured thick rich and fully bodied w/ slight lacy head. flavor was tremendous and reminded me of Guiness Foreign Extra with that smokey bitter taste.

Photo of philbe311
3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...

A - A sleek opaque dense black color... One fingers worth of frothy medium brown color heady settles rather directly leaving a full lacing, loads of which sheet the sides of the glass as the session proceeds... No noticeable carbonation...

S - A muted sweetness... Milk chocolate... Molasses... Roasted malts... Just a vague whiff of coffee... Perhaps a touch of dark fruits...

T - A quick mildly sweet of molasses hits the tongue first and is quickly replaced by the usual flavor suspects of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee... A touch of licorice... The flavors work well together, but lead to an overall bitterness that lingers...

M - Medium bodied... Smooth... Ever so slightly on the thinner side of the spectrum... Subtle carbonation... Goes down easy, but without either the fullness or richness that I expect from a stout...

D - A solid all around American Stout... Another find job by East End... I have no complaints and would gladly welcome this one in my glass again...

3.57/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a clear growler. Pours to a oil thick blackness of a body with no head except for a few chocolate brown bubbles. Nose is almost as black as the body with burnt malt and roasty espresso notes, nice though almost meaty. Thin mouth blackening burnt malt coats the tongue on first sip. After a couple of sips you start to notice a bakers chocolate kind of bittering to the mouthfeel that rides long on the tongue. Oddly drinkable for how bitter of a stout it is. 6.2% alchol is just right.

Photo of Diogenes
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Just poured this very dark brown, creamy stout from a growler filled earlier this evening.
A-very dark brown, thick appearance

S-fairly strong roasted coffee aroma

T-somewhat hoppy but not overly so, just the way I think a stout should be. As such a mild, pleasant bitterness that complements the chewy roasted coffee aroma

M-very creamy and silky

D-easy to drink this! Great stout, nice hoppy roasted or perhaps even smoky flavor.

Photo of StormKing47
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Al's of Hampden, my sanctuary and holiest of all places! Let's bow our heads...

A- A very rich and deep black color that allows no light to pass through. Looks like another great stout for this ice cold weather. Accompanied with a dark brown head and a moderate carb that allows a few bubbles to show, but the nitro pour allows it to appear more creamier and rich.

S- Right away a very nice coffee aroma greets me with some nice smokiness that enriches this one. Loving the smokey goodness and the nice aroma of sweet, sugary malts in between the coffee and smoke. Loving the smell. Simply astonishing and well balanced can't wait for the taste.

T- A very nice bitter coffee up front that is making me drool and it's followed up with a great sweetness from the molasses or licorice. Very, nice and complex. The bitterness of the coffee followed by the sweetness of the licorice/molasses is divine and a great experience. Especially with the nitro to smooth all of the flavors together into a complex and delicious beer.

M- This is where I knock the beer a little. It's relatively thin and kind of watery. The nitro pour helps by making it creamier than usual, but the slight chalkiness and lack of chewiness does not work well for me.

D- The low abv makes this one a lock for an all nighter. The watery moutfeel can be gotten over and the smell and taste are just too good to pass. It's a very nice stout bordering on sessionable, not to mention it's extremely well balanced.

Keep them coming Scott!

Photo of EGledhill
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Put off trying this one for reasons unknown... what the hell was i thinking?

A. jet black with a thin tan head that leaves a nice lacing. thick oil like pour... Me likes

S. fantastic aromas of burnt coffee and chocolate. with a hint of smokiness and molasess.

T. just like the smell...fantastic. burnt chocolate and coffee taste leaves a bit of a bitter taste on the finish. nice and balanced with the smokiness showing itself on the end.

M. Mouthfeel is wonderfully thick and smooth. can almost feel this leaving a coating in your mouth.

D. the only place where this one could get docked points because it's quite filling. only could have one or two of these

Photo of weeare138
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's...
Appears black with deep, dark brown edges when held to the light. A small, foamy, tan head slowly fades into a mild cap and collar. Tons of sticky lace is left around the glass.
Smell is of raw sugar, molasses, roasty malt, coffee grounds, toasted wood, and baker's chocolate.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mix of roasted coffee, and sweet chocolate standing out.
Mouthfeel is chewy, medium-full bodied, bitterly sweet with a nice dose of hops packing a moderate punch.
Well done.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Got a growler of this at Rick's in Murraysville.

4.0 A: Dark as night in color. Barely a finger of creamy tan head with average retention and minimal lacing. I think some of the carbonation escaped from the growler.

4.5 S: Lots of coffee, molasses, and dark chocolate. Seems to be a decent amount of bitterness. Very good smell.

4.0 T: Lots of burnt flavors going on. Dark roasted bitter coffee, dark chocolate, and a healthy smokiness. Good, but the mouthfeel is distracting.

3.0 M: Light body, mainly due to low carbonation. Smooth, but not creamy. Need to get some better carbonated beer.

4.0 D: I like this beer a lot. I'll need to get another growler straight from East End and give it a proper review.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - As expected I get a deep dark black stout with a 1/2 inch of dark mocha head. Bubbly carbonation throughout and OK lacing.

S - To me it's really mild but I do get good roast, coffee, and molasses. Mild but good.

T - Not sure how everyone is getting so much coffee or chocolate but I am getting mouth rapped by molasses and anise. It's really not like its terrible since I do get some coffee roasts and chocolate in the finish but this beer is all about molasses. Eh...

M - Medium bodied for sure it did drink well as I plowed through the pint.

Overall I felt like I was taken and really would have enjoyed a sample size (4oz.) more. Not to say it was terrible but I have more balanced stouts with less molasses and (ew) anise.

Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled through ClockworkOrange and CA - PA BIF.

"Brewery Hand Bottle Filled 2/10/08" will treat this one as a mini growler since there are no official bottling yet.

Holy hell is this a dark and thick beer, looked like 40 weight motor oil coming out of the bottle. Impervious black beer with a quite dark brown head.

Smell is chocolate and mild coffee on toasted bread. Not much of a hop scent though.

The taste starts out thick black coffee with a trace of smoke. Solidly bitter it build in the mouth as you sip it. Coffee milkshake without the sugar pretty much tells you what this tastes like.

One of the thickest beer I have ever tasted, equal to the thickest, this is milkshake thick.

Quite an interesting beer but WAY to thick to drink in quantity. But this is certainly a must try if you ever get the chance.

Photo of Phatz
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up the growler form Capone's in Norristown on Wednesday and had it in the fridge until Sunday when I had the opportunity to share it with akorsak, bookert & phnphilly.

Appearance: Pours from the growler black with little head initially but then the carbonation seems to come into force and out of nowhere it pushes up a big frothy chocolaty brown head.

Smell: I'll admit I have a cold but it was my opportunity to try this beer. I could smell the others but this one must have a more reserved aroma because I got little from it. I did detect some of the roastyness and hints of coffee.

Taste: This is a straightforward roasty stout. Not bad. It is built to be approachable and easy to drink. Bitter coffee molasses and roasted chocolate on the palate. It certainly improved as it warmed up and glass after glass was better than the first. Still it remained a bit one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: Medium body lightly and dry, a bit chalky in the mouth, with an almost astringent finish.

Drinkability: For a stout fan this is certainly a sessionable beer. It is better as it warms. It you found a place that would serve it at the right temperature it'd be a great bar beer, though less than exciting for a tasting.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of ScreamForMe
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to beer4otto for this growler! My first East End brew:

Appears black - step away from some of the darker stouts I've had. Smell brings coffee and chocolate - not necessarily in that order. Taste is chocolate with the coffee again. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for me but decent. Finished the growler - I'd say drinkability is pretty darn good.

Next review!

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler filled by nitro into a perfect pint.

A- pours absolutely pitch black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Lacing is near perfect, all the way up the glass. Looks gorgeous

S- strong coffee, with slight hints of chocolate in there as well. But mostly coffee...would like to see more of a profile, but what I'm getting is nice

T- first hit is coffee. Getting a little sweetness from chocolate in there. Also, there is a little bit of a taste of licorice in there too...really complex flavors. Very nice

M- this is what I don't like...the body is REALLY thin. I expected a little more thickness out of it, to be honest with you, based on how strong the flavors are. Big letdown

D- very drinkable. Really good stout...ABV is hidden very well. If only the body were a little better, this would be a home run

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Black. Period. Not getting any highlights. Two-and-a-half fingers of dark mocha head that's almost a turnip purple, dropping to a thin coating & leaving some spidery lacing.

Awesome, deeply roasted malt in the smell, like a cross between coffee beans & slightly burnt cookie, that mix of sweet & carbon. Very good. A little nutty, with a subtle dark fruit character toward the end. I've had this plenty of times before, & never remember it smelling this good!

Sweet & malty, a little cola-like at first, & then I get hit by a big, husky, tannic bitterness that really hangs around. That bitterness recedes a bit after a few sips, making way for a nice roasty, coffee malt aftertaste. Bitterness recedes but doesn't completely subside, not a dealbreaker but definitely the nadir in an otherwise good flavor profile. Aaaaand, that bitterness is back again, like a mouthfull of coffee grounds.

Medium-full-bodied, bordering on chewy but thins out a little bit. Tannic, husky character kind of weighs on the palate.

Very good in moderation. That astringent roast, burnt character has always been this beer's Achilles heel for me, & it's not even consistent enough for me to write it off completely - one sip it's there, another it's not & those nice coffee flavors come through. Still a good beer, with an imperfection that's kind of endearing in a way.

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Black Strap Stout from East End Brewing Company
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