Susquehanna Stout - Appalachian Brewing Company

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Appalachian Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jarod on 12-05-2002

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a a deep black with some light red flashes with almost no head to speak of,hints of cedar in the aroma with some roasted malt.Taste is highly roasted with some nutty flavors and bittersweet chocolate.a nice balance of earthiness and chocolate.A appetizing beer with a nice balance of flavors a good find on tap.

Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Harrisburg location.

Pours black with a half-finger brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of strong roasted malts with good amounts of unsweetened chocolate and hints of roasted coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Strong roasted malt flavors are balanced by dark chocolate flavors. Midway through the sip very light hints of coffee enter into things before fading into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It had a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass quickly and could have another.

Overall this was a very good stout with a good balance of roast and sweetness. Well worth a shot.

Photo of nickthetick
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black, unable to get light through it. Khaki thick head that hangs for a while and leaves moderate lacing. In a tasting glass.

S: deep roasted malt and smokey, dark chocolate notes and a earthy bitterness.

T: a nice french roasted coffee with a little tartness. Smokey overall and a lighter cocoa but not really a milk chocolate. The dark roasted malt is the biggest player in the taste profile and I can't find a whole lot of hop character.

MF: light bodied and dry, are my first impressions and smooth comes along next. No real complexity and the toasty, roasty, smoky flavors that prevail are somewhat exaggerated.

D: a lot like a guinness, which is good for me because I started my beer enthusiasm with the st johns gate brew. And I love to buy local so I would almost drive to the ABC to get a growler of this before I got guinness. However if I found something a little closer and american this wouldn't be missed.

Photo of akorsak
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 2 L swing-top growler filled on 17-Jan-07 at the Harrisburg location.

A: The stout pours a dark coffee brown color. The carbonation, already fairly low to begin with, is nonexistent. There is no head, no bubble stream, nothing but stout.

S: The stout has a roasted malt aroma, coming across fairly dry.

T: The stout has a thin roasted malt flavor. The thinness is due primarily to the complete loss of carbonation, as the bubbles added a bit of body. The malts leave a dry, toasted flavor in the mouth long after the beer has been swallowed, giving it a bit of a dry stout character.

M: The mouthfeel is roasted and dry, imparting a chocolatey taste that makes one go for another sip.

D: A good sessioner, the drier flavor is pleasant without knocking the drinker out.

Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A bit more than a finger's worth of creamy light tan froth... Decent retention ultimately cedes to a splotchy veil of lacing... Sleek opaque black color... Quite still... A good bit of lacing clings to the glass...

S - Charcoal BBQ ashes... Choclate... Roasted malts... Coffee... Caramel... Soy Sauce...

T - The roasted malts domiante, but is mixed with various other falvors... Some soy sauce... Some Espresso... Some chocolate... Some caramel... Light smoke... A slightly burnt character as well...

M - Medium to full bodied... Dense... Sleek... Lightly carbonated... Goes down very smoothly...

D - As sessionable of a stout that I've ever found... Loaded with flavor and character and weighing in only at 4.6%...

Photo of Dodo2step
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

P- ABC Brewery...from notes.

A- my second beer before i had the barleywine. Arrives at my table not as cold as expected but a nice dark motor oil rich color with a light tan head. Leaves a nice lil lacing on my glass.

S- a nice folgers coffee roast smell. Some malts and hints of alcohol.

T- coffee and dark chocolate hints.

M- thick and full bodied. Not as creamy as i have had in the past. Coats the mouth and tongue and sticks very nice.

D- a sipping beer. Not one to pound but light on the alcohol content. hard to drink but it was a nice beer dinner. Had with pomegrante blueberry chicken.

Photo of rdrummer
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABC's stout looks great. It is almost pure black with a dark tan head and loads of lacing all the way down the glass. It was, however, strangely lacking of any depth in the aroma. There was hint of roasted barley but that's about it. I usually expect to find a lot more smokiness or chocolate or caramel undertones. These were lacking. The taste was good, not great. It is a classic Irish stout as opposed to an American, Imperial, or chocolate stout. That doesn't mean it should have less flavor but this one is a little light on taste. It has the roasted barley taste that is very pleasant, but little else. It was also thinner in the mouth than most stouts. I liked it but again there are better stouts in local brewpubs not far away, Selins Grove and Bullfrog to name two.

Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark black look to it and a nice head of maybe two inches that came up and over the top with some ease. Settling down it left a decent amount of lacing on the sides, but nothing spectacular though it did retain a good bit of the puff of tan on top. The aroma was nice, well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts, hints of light coffee notes and a decent bit of dark fruit note carrying over. This was pretty much par for the course with the flavor. Started out very smooth with a rich and well defined chocolate note that dominated early before mellowing with a nice but of vanilla and coffee notes. Small touch of hops catching up right there at the end

Photo of SixpointJMH
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking near black colour with a mid-range sized head that is fairly thick at first before settling to a medium to thin sized lace.

The aroma is primarily of chocolate and roasted malt with a slight touch of coffee. Sweetness is minimal here, with an earthy aroma being favoured.

The flavour is more of the same. Roasted notes dominate the chocolate and coffee here, and there's a touch of nut flavour thrown into the mix. Sweetness is stepped up a touch, but is still not that noticeable. The finish is dry and roasted yet the mouthfeel has a bit of creaminess to it, along with a nice full body.

This is a solid beer all around. It's simple and to the point, and having it on cask just adds to the drinkability by accenting the flavours a bit (or so it seemed to me).

Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep black hue with a one finger tan head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a dry coffee, burnt grain and charcoal.

The taste was a dry mix of coffee, burnt grain and a cleansing charcoal.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a very tasty and clean dry stout.

Photo of psuKinger
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on-draft at the brewery, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: pours a deep dark black with a moderate-but frothy off-white head that dissipated quickly but clung to the glass well. The head on this beer had that look of "pancake batter" that I like so much. 4.5.

S: the smell is kind of "hot", surprisingly hot in fact, considering the ABV is under 5. An over-abundance of espresso, as well, which I don't really care for, and just a touch of traditional darkened malts in the background. 2.5.

T: smooth dark malts are present, and I feel like there is some hop bitterness on the finish that I like, but Im not crazy about the strong espresso flavor here. Additionally, this beer has a touch of a peppery *heat* in it's flavor that adds a level of complexity, but I find it to be destractint. 3.0

M: light and creamy, this beer finishes relatively smooth and a bit on the dry side. 3.0.

D: overall, I don't find this to be terribly drinkable. I don't really care for that "espresso" flavor, and I feel like this beer has a touch of peppery heat that I find to be unenjoyable. 2.5

Photo of Phatz
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Served midnight black with tan head and moderate lacing.

Smell: It is a reserved but plenty of roasty aroma of burnt malts.

Taste: Roasted dark malts, sweet molasses, bitter espresso, coffee, and a hint of bittersweet chocolate. Overall it is a balanced flavor. As a big Stout fan, I enjoy this beer but it is far from my favorite stout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy this is an adequate stout that pushes the dry side.

Drinkability: Simple dry stout. Easy drinking if you like a simple dry stout.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of mjc410
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at the Gettysburg ABC, in a logoed pint. The beer has a beautiful lasting head (they pour well here, I've noticed). Head is dark tan, above an opaque black liquid. Leaves some very nice lacing. Smells of slight sweet and bitter roast, and high % chocolate. Tastes very rich and creamy (even more so with the pulled pork!), moves through coffee and chocolate to a bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel is medium, with low carbonation, which lends a very nice smoothness. Very drinkable, so long as you don't rush it (I was unfortunately in a hurry to leave, and wasn't fully able to enjoy the last bits).

Photo of jneiswender
2.65/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer as part of a tasting rack in 3 oz glasses.

A--Ink black body and a nice tan head.

S--chocolate and coffee smell.

T--Thick malt front, nice try hop finish.

M--full body, thick with a nice dry finish

D--Good beer. Good representative of the style but a little boring.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with some hints of red. A creamy brown head that fades. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma of rich roasted grains with both chocolate and coffee tones.

Nice roasted grainy taste with some chocolate and coffee woven in. Finishes quite clean and smooth.

Body good for style. Goes down easy.

Quite drinkable, and the ABV makes it sessionable. A solid stout.

Photo of TheDeuce
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Simply an amazing beer on cask, warm and toasted with biscuity malts, chocolate and coffee grinds filling the air. Even thicker than usual, sort of a sludge texture but no matter as the beer more than makes up for it. Alcohol well hidden, though this isn't exactly strong beer anyway. One complaint could be the lack of aftertaste as it somehow dissapeared with a Budweiser Select style of cleaness. Overall though very satisfying, I'd have it again.

Photo of rfgetz
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark near black with red highlights, dense khaki colored creamy head, little lacing. Scent is roasty with faint notes of powdered cocoa and a little woody, spicy note. Nice dry and lightly bitter roasty quality to taste, faint notes of chocolate and coffee with some char, splash of fruity and herbaly flavors on back end. Medium bodied, dry. a highly drinkable stout but lacking in any standout notes.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Black in color with a constant fluffy tan head.

S: Moslty a roasted coffee smell.

T: Very dry coffee taste with some chocolate.

M: Very thick, chewy, low but adequate carbonation.

D: Not really one of my favorites from ABC. Not an easy drinker.

Photo of woodychandler
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was another obsidian-colored bevvy but, unlike the porter, this had almost no head at all. I again noted the charcoal notes that I often detect in the nose of both porters and stouts. This was a very nice, dry stout and most interestingly, it was served via CO2, vice N2. This meant that the mouthfeel was less creamy that what I would normallly expect for the style. The finish left me with a lingering taste of dark chocolate. Yummy!

Photo of Rifugium
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at the Collegeville brewpub

For a nitro, this beer didn't quite have the creamy head or cascading effect I'd normally expect. Typcial dark brown-black color for a stout, small bubbly white head. Basic aroma of dark malts and a touch of coffee and ash. Similar taste, dark malts, moderate roastiness, coffee, burny ash, a little weak, but not too bad. Thinner than a good stout should be, about medium bodied, and decently drinkable, but just lacking in good qualities that make me want to come back for more.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second beer I had during lunch with fish 113d.
The beer is room temp and a dark cola brown color with fluffy and creamy tan head of 2 cm resting on the brew. As head fades slowly leaves tight sticky lattice on the glass.
Aroma is roasted malt and brown sugar with a decent hit of grassy hops. First sip reveals the expected soft creamy texture and gentle rolling carbonation.
Flavor is some brown sugar but lots of roasted malt and hints of espresso bean roll in. The finish is roasty and again grassy hops. The hops linger a bit. No hint of ABV anywhere. I found the beer to be an easy drinker but was surprised at the hop dosage. A nice drinking brew that I could have had more of if it wasnt only lunch time.

Photo of maddogruss
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a pint of this at the brewery.

A: Pours a black body with 1.5 finger thick, tan head with excellent retention and nice lacing around the glass.

S: A slightly, roasted smell, but nothing too overbearing.

T: A slightly roasted taste with a nice, coffee aftertaste. A pretty balanced stout with a slightly sweet aftertaste.

M: A mouthfeel that is smooth as silk; very good on the palette.

D: A nice mouthfeel and taste combination that was very good. A robust roasted and coffee taste with an awesome mouthfeel. A very good, smooth Real ale.

Photo of ShareANevada
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by a friend who received it in a 'beer of the month' shipment.

Pours a rich thick, oily looking drink. Much more viscous than I had been anticipating. Not much head on it.

The smell was slightly above average, with some sweet notes.

Just a tad overcarbonated for my taste, but it seemed to mellow as we went.

This was a very nice rich stout, which is something I have never experienced with such low alcohol. The sweetness in the nose was not as present int he taste. Very well done for an extremely sessionable stout.

If I knew where to procure this, I would.

Photo of Gavage
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear black in color with a thick two finger head. Mild lacing develops through the drink.

Smell: light roasted malt tones, nothing else.

Taste: heavy roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, hints of coffee, and a light bitterness level. Dry throughout.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and dry at the start and through the finish. Roasted malts linger on the tongue after swallowing. Medium-heavy in body.

Drinkability: easy to quaff, but dryness tends to tire the tongue. Definitely good for a pint.

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick and densely black. No head, just a very thin ring of lace around the edge of the glass. Aromas of chocolate, milk, toasted malts and chocolate covered cherries. Flavor is mild but enjoyable. Kind of sweet and malty, I would think this would go more into the sweet stout category. Mouthfeel is a tad spritzy for such a thick stout. However, this is certainly one I could drink a few of, and the low ABV and mild sweetness would make this a great breakfast brew.

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Susquehanna Stout from Appalachian Brewing Company
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