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Night Rider - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Night Rider
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 7.04%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: SteveO1231 on 12-21-2005)
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Photo of badbeer


4.22/5  rDev +2.4%

Black, light tan head, recedes to a ring with some head left. Hoppy grapefruit aromas, very roasty, and some bitter chocolate. Citrusy hops, roasty, cocoa, bitter chocolate, and tar; very hoppy. Medium carbonation and body. Thanks to iowaherkeye for the sample.

12-28-2008 01:08:21 | More by badbeer
Photo of magictrokini


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

I had this right after the Deschutes The Abyss. In hindsight, I should have had this first because that beer is impossible to follow. Anyways, dark, dark brown pour with a ring of brown bubbles. Sweet aroma of chocolate, cream, coffee, and darker dried fruits (prunes, raisins). Smooth taste reminiscent of a chocolate milkshake, but with bitter coffee, roasted malts, and a nice bitter hop bite. Toffee and vanilla swirl from time to time with hints of caramel. A great Imperial, but I'll have to try it again on its own.

01-05-2009 19:18:59 | More by magictrokini
Photo of ehammond1

4/5  rDev -2.9%

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Black color with a thin espresso-colored head. Looks oily and mean--some lacing down the glass.

Roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee in the nose. While all those aromas sound typical, and even standard, this one packed quite the aromatic punch--along with a touch of sweetness, perhaps a vanilla?

Flavor follows the nose almost identically.

Big, relatively thick mouthfeel.

No complaints--it does all the simple things very well. Roasty, chocolaty, a touch of coffee--all comes together to make for a very nice big stout.

07-14-2011 20:17:19 | More by ehammond1
Photo of OStrungT


4.63/5  rDev +12.4%

I had this beer on tap at O'Brien's. I must say that I was very impressed. Even my wife, who is not too fond of most Imperial Stouts, enjoyed it. It is from the Carlsbad location.

This beer pours black as night. It looks quite thick. It has a thick dark brown head that fades slowly, leaving a good amount of laces.

This beer has a very malty aroma. I detect some coffee. Not as strong as the coffee, I detect chocolate. It has a hint of licourice. The alcohol content is slightly noticable in the aroma.

This beer has a strong taste of alcohol. It also has a huge malty flavor. Licourice is the dominate flavor. Coffee, chocolate, and caramel is also noticable in the flavor.

The alcohol in this beer warms the throat as it goes down. It is very thick and creamy. This beer leaves a licourice aftertaste. This beer is low in carbonation, going well with the style.

I dont know how much alcohol is in this beer, but I assume it is high. I doubt it would make a good session beer because of that. Also, the flavor is slightly aggressive. However, drinking one is great. I will definately have this beer again.

01-28-2006 03:27:33 | More by OStrungT
Photo of glid02


4.38/5  rDev +6.3%

Cask pour at Blue Palms in Hollywood, CA.

Pours black with a creamy light brown head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate with creamy roasted malts and small hints of raisins.

Tastes very good. There's more chocolate in the flavor than in the aroma, but it's not overpowering. Roasted malt flavors join the chocolate flavors almost immediately and carry through to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with light carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and if not for a solid selection at Blue Palms I would have had another.

Overall this is a very solid stout that translated very well to a cask. Certainly worth a shot.

07-27-2009 01:07:26 | More by glid02
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.9%

01-08-2012 01:55:45 | More by acurtis
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%

I had this on-tap and on cask, though the latter guided me as it is a first-rate cask beer worth the taxi ride fare to Port Carlsbad. Chocolately nutty and creamy, like a nitro.Dark brown with a mocha head, and lace. Finishes with a wine-like taste. Could have had all night, great stout.

02-12-2007 01:44:13 | More by Sammy
Photo of bradford


4/5  rDev -2.9%

I had this at PP Carlsbad after the Stone 10th aniversary fest, and the guy behind me in line commented on my Naja's shirt and we got to talking and I let it slip that it was my 21st birthday that night so he paid for a pint of this for me. Pours a very dark black with a bigger foam head than i anticipated. Smelled very chocolatey and almost nutty. Taste was very good. Silky and chocolatey. mouthfeel was on par for what I would expect out of a double stout. Very good stuff, can't wait to get back down to SoCal to try more beers from Port.

03-24-2007 20:09:49 | More by bradford
Photo of nickd717


4.4/5  rDev +6.8%

On tap at Pizza Port Carlsbad.

Great appearance, jet black and fairly viscous with a two-finger tan head that lasts.

Aroma is roasty and chocolatey with some coffee. Chocolate really stands out on this one.

Flavor is like a roasty beer version of a chocolate milkshake. Really rich and good. Lots of earthy hop bitterness and a hint of coffee in there as well.

Body is full and carbonation is smooth. Hops linger on the finish.

Drinkability is good. This is a very good imperial stout overall, really came out of the blue and wowed me.

11-23-2009 17:54:27 | More by nickd717
Photo of Kegatron


4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

On tap @ Pizz Port Solana Beach on 11/13/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours pitch black in the glass, topped with a near finger of deeply burnt looking mocha colored head. Retains nearly at the same level, flaring up hugely, and leaving heavy swathes of brown foam and goo down the sides of the glass. The aroma is loaded with strength and complexity in the nose. Milk chocolate, toffee, roast, STRONG coffee, and smidge of juicy dark fruits. Great balance here between the sweetness and more burnt character, which despite a very overall roasted feel, still stays very smooth in the nostrils.

The tatse is very similar, with a ton of thick sweetness from chocolate and sticky molasses, which is dotted with extra notes of green citrus and dark cherries. Supremely strong bitter notes of roast, coffee, and hops run through this, but is so well balanced, it hardly destorys the palate at all. Finishes bitter and roasty, with some residual sticky malt activity that coats the mouth. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a tremendous creaminess to the carbonation, seeming to just explode in the mouth at times. A gooey and viscous layer rides underneath, carrying a good bit of that heavy sweetness with it. Warmth hangs on the outskirts of the swallow but the alcohol here is so expertly hidden. Just great drinkibility to this, once the flavors really begin to open up and you can really start getting into it.

This is one of those beers that really grew on me the more I worked on it, turning from a good RIS into a great one. Just so complex, powerful, and delicious, with a smooth as silk body and drinkibility. This is definitely one of my favorites from any of the Pizza Ports.

12-09-2009 18:03:10 | More by Kegatron
Photo of CharlesDarwin

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -2.9%

Originally reviewed on February 10, 2005. Handbottle. Pours an oil black with mahogany fringe and a rim of coffee and cream. Light carbonation. Aroma of chocolate malt and light fruity syrup. Non-descript and weak. Flavor is a classic strong roast, with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and light oakyness. Sugary with hints of caramel and melted ganache. The chocolate in this beer is quite desirable and silky and not brashly roasted. Most impressive in this beer is the use of hops, with a gentle floral and resin quality shining mid-way in the palate. My recognition of this really surprises me. Some chocolate drizzled over candied orange rind. Palate is gentle sweet, somewhat oily and silky texture, that really carries the beer’s flavor. Tasty!Pours an oil black with mahogany fringe and a rim of coffee and cream. Light carbonation. Aroma of chocolate malt and light fruity syrup. Non-descript and weak. Flavor is a classic strong roast, with vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, and light oakyness. Sugary with hints of caramel and melted ganache. The chocolate in this beer is quite desirable and silky and not brashly roasted. Most impressive in this beer is the use of hops, with a gentle floral and resin quality shining mid-way in the palate. My recognition of this really surprises me. Some chocolate drizzled over candied orange rind. Palate is gentle sweet, somewhat oily and silky texture, that really carries the beer’s flavor. Tasty!

12-07-2006 04:39:26 | More by CharlesDarwin
Photo of mc4z


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

11-09-2013 22:25:37 | More by mc4z
Photo of CPditka


3.75/5  rDev -9%

07-01-2012 07:58:07 | More by CPditka
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

5/5  rDev +21.4%

11-14-2011 23:24:00 | More by TheRealDBCooper
Photo of scottoale


4.8/5  rDev +16.5%

Cask-conditioned at O'Brien's served in a pint glass. Very, very dark brown with the creamiest, thick cocoa brown head of a fat finger. The head is there too stay, the lace...thick, sticky and creamy as all hayell. Trully impressive!

The smell is liquer like, very strong espresso coffee and hints of molasses and black licorice.

The taste, much like liquor soaked espresso beans, much as it smells, but with a trace of black licorice. This stout tastes awesome...nothing short of awesome! As you near the end of the pint, the boozy alcohol really stands out.

Heavy-duty body, the smoothest, creamiest mouthfeel imaginable, a warming from the alcohol that's most pleasant...this stuff is a stout lovers dream.

This is a Stout to be reckoned with, it's up in my top three favorites and I highly recommend it...Cheers!!

06-21-2006 14:17:03 | More by scottoale
Photo of BWH999


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

02-19-2014 05:20:34 | More by BWH999
Photo of weeare138


4/5  rDev -2.9%

hand bottled courtesy of egajdzis...
Appears a black color with a brown hue. Tiny tan head leaves little lacing around the glass.
Smell is of roasty milk chocolate, nuts, vanilla beans.
Taste is of the same aromas mixed with some dark fruits.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, with touch of silky and burnt cocoa and coffee.

01-19-2006 17:32:37 | More by weeare138
Photo of hamilton23


4.03/5  rDev -2.2%

A: Pours very dark brown, almost black with lots of creamy brown head.

S: Chocolate, hops and burnt bread.

T: Very hoppy and bitter on the front end with some residual sweetness. Burnt coffee is pervasive. It was much more bitter than I expected.

M: Loads of carbonation. Slightly dry.

O: A decent beer, but could have used just a little less hoppiness and bitterness.

06-24-2011 04:14:29 | More by hamilton23
Photo of Thorpe429


4.15/5  rDev +0.7%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black. The head is slight and doesn't last too long but leaves some nice legs. The nose is dominated by chocolate and coffee along with a bit of roasted malt in the background. The taste is similar, adding some booze to strong chocolate and espresso. Great feel with nice interaction of the flavors and booze with good carbonation. Drinks really well and was a nice surprise.

11-03-2010 02:22:41 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of hopdog


4.43/5  rDev +7.5%

Thankd you egajdzis for a chance to try this one.

Poured a dark black color with a very small sized off white head. On the initial whiff I got a nice milk chocolate smell that gave way to smoke, roasted malts, some dark fruits and some vanilla. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla and a light bitter coffee finish.

Notes from 1/19/06

11-15-2008 16:04:30 | More by hopdog
Photo of AgentZero


3.93/5  rDev -4.6%

The second of 16 Pizza Port beers I drank this night.

A - Black color with a fine mocha head. Surprising bit of lacing on the sides for the type of beer it is.

S - Chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee. Really more chocolate than anything else.

T - Taste follows the nose, with chocolate, light coffee, roasted malt, and a touch of bitterness on the end.

M - Fairly full bodied with some medium level carbonation.

O - Easy to drink for an imperial stout. Solid beer, but not awesome. No problems drinking it though.

07-10-2011 21:43:29 | More by AgentZero
Photo of SoCalStout


4/5  rDev -2.9%

02-07-2012 00:56:44 | More by SoCalStout
Photo of charlzm


3.8/5  rDev -7.8%

On draft at Pizza Port San Clemente, 02/25/08.

Nearly black pour with plenty of carbonation.

Chocolate/coffee bitterness promised by aroma does not disappoint on palate, though it is milder than expected. Mouthfeel is a touch oily, but not too much so. Some astringency and alcohol heat. Aftertaste is bitter coffee with some chocolate undertones: no surprise here. Failed to detect any hop flavor.

Well done, but not an outstanding example of the style.

03-03-2008 18:45:46 | More by charlzm
Photo of drewone


4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

09-04-2013 05:03:10 | More by drewone
Photo of womencantsail


4.13/5  rDev +0.2%

If nothing else, you have to try this for the great name...

A: Pours a nice black color with a mocha head. Some pretty nice lacing on this as well.

S: Chocolate, roasted malts, and some light vanilla.

T: Chocolate, faint coffee, roasted malt, and a bit of a bitterness.

M: Great body, moderate carbonation.

D: Surprisingly high for an imperial stout. Definitely a solid beer, but not the best of the style.

08-27-2009 21:37:30 | More by womencantsail
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Night Rider from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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