Hooligan Stout - Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):
After the cascading head subsides, the curtain of lacing becomes a show of its own; Stout-black color for this brew. Hints of coffee, charred wood, molasses, yeast, currants and carob fill the nostrils. So silky smooth and full bodied. Starts off a little burnt but never acrid--charcoal with iced espresso and baker's chocolate come to mind. Small dollop of sweetness from the malt and oats. Leafy hop bitterness struggles to even to chip the maltiness, yet the flavor does compliment; the roasted flavors do most of the balancing here, and a lovely job at that. Old school is right, a flashback to what "microbrews" were and can still be. A big beer to wield but our trained palates embraced it to the last sip.
02-04-2011 02:21:07 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
4.5/5 rDev +20.6%
I first discovered this brewery at the Anacortes Oktoberfest and gave them my vote for best at show.
Hooligan stout pours very dark brown with nice brown head that retains well.
Chocolate smoothness to the taste with a generous amount of hop bitterness on the back side.
Very enjoyable sipper that was gone before I realized it.
Top notch stout in my opinion.
01-11-2012 02:20:53 | More by NWer
3.06/5 rDev -18%
650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.
Appearance - Black, but transparent at the edges. Small khaki head.
Smell - Roasted malts. Coffee. Dark chocolate.
Taste - Deep roasted malts. A hint of sweetness. Bitter coffee malts. Much like its big brother, but nowhere near as intense.
Mouthfeel - Medium body. Mild bitterness.
Overall - Shouldn't have had this after the imperial version. This suffered. Well made but not that exciting.
03-04-2014 01:47:09 | More by Alieniloquium
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention is low, but there's a decent amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and a bit of coffee and molasses. The brew tastes like roasted and burnt/charred malt, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, and a bit of an herbal flavor that I can't exactly identify. The aroma is sweet but the taste is mostly roasty and bitter, more bitter than I would expect from an oatmeal stout. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has good carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's easy enough to drink. Not a bad overall brew, I think it's worth a try.
07-03-2010 20:57:35 | More by bluejacket74
3.55/5 rDev -4.8%
Buckeyeboy brought this back from his travels... Thanks Jeremy... New to me brewery!
Pours standard black with a dark tan head that dies pretty quickly but leaves nice lace sheets.
Nose is roasty... hints of something that I think are hops.. dry cocoa and bits of dried fruit.
Flavor has all the qualities of a good "Dry Stout"... I don't think I would have picked this out as an Oatmeal Stout... a bit of malt that gets lost in some sorta ashy char...
Medium body.. pretty smooth mouthfeel with a good creamy carbonation..
Thanks Jeremy... I always have a problem picking out the nuances of lower ABV stouts.. but this seemed pretty good and maybe just needs some kinks worked out.
05-28-2010 07:28:15 | More by JohnGalt1
3.83/5 rDev +2.7%
Review from 5/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours dark, dark brown with a thin light brown head and no lacing. Mild dark roasted and caramel malt aroma with a light citrus component. A medium stout with dark malts, dark fruits. Hoppy finish. Medium creamy mouth feel. Somewhat unbalanced with the alcohol showing, but a pleasant, satisfying stout.
08-03-2012 19:20:29 | More by LiquidAmber
3.84/5 rDev +2.9%
A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that died down, leaving a large collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts are present in the nose along with some hints of roast.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts, except that the roasted flavors are a lot stronger and linger through the finish. There are light amounts of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and quite smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer really exhibits a lot properties similar to a Russian Imperial Stout, except that it is lighter in body and has some pleasant smoothness from the oats.
09-02-2013 18:25:37 | More by metter98
3.58/5 rDev -4%
Appearance: deep black/brown, opaque, dark tan froth with good head retention
Aroma: roasty malt with hints of licorice, molasses, and caramel
Flavor: medium malt sweetness tamped down fairly quickly by a scrunchy hop/roast bitterness that lingers at the back of the mouth; touch of chicory and molasses; finishes semi-dry with a lasting, raspy bitterness
Mouthfeel: medium body, pert carbonation, alcohol warmth, some astringency
Other comments: This is a nice, scrumptious stout. The bitterness is a bit too raspy during the first few sips, but as your mouth warms up to it, it smooths out quite a bit and becomes a fairly balanced stout.
11-15-2010 00:37:53 | More by GreenCard
4/5 rDev +7.2%
Appearance: pours a dark brown color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Some light lace develops.
Smell: coffee and dark chocolate fills the nose with a nice aroma.
Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolate, smooth oat flavor, some soft coffee tones, and a mild bitterness make up a well balanced stout.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smoother at the finish. Short lasting roasted aftertaste.
Overall: a very easy to quaff beer. Full of roasted and chocolate tones make the taste buds happy.
06-29-2012 22:34:42 | More by Gavage
3.48/5 rDev -6.7%
pours a jet black with a medium size brown head, and some lacing.
smell is of some cocoa, sour malt, a little coffee, and a touch of licorice.
taste is smooth at first, bakers chocolate, some sour malt, and a little coffee, ends a little on the dry side with some bitterness in the back.
04-29-2010 03:37:32 | More by froghop
3.99/5 rDev +7%
What a delicious, creamy and toasty dark brew! Dark brown with chestnut edges in the Morte Subite globe. The head builds up nicely and subsides to a lacy cap. Mouthfeel is rich and sudsy with a plentiful but fine carbonation.
Very dark roasted malt is the main flavor. Some woody notes and a lot of grainy darkness. The mellow malty sweetness keeps this from slipping over the bitter and burnt edge, but there is plenty of charred barley. All very well balanced and hard to stop drinking. Bitter aftertaste is just right.
This was a nice surprise. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.
02-18-2014 06:12:46 | More by mactrail
4.03/5 rDev +8%
Pours a deep black with a creamy mocha head. Smaller than I would expect, but leaves decent lacing as it disappears down my gullet. The aroma hits as soon as you pop the lid: creamy sweet chocolate. Roasty and smoothe. Really inviting.
Starts off with a smoothe incline of roast bordering-on-but-never-quite-reaching char. Hints towards acrid coffee, but with all the harsh acidity stripped, so you there’s no sharp bite to it, just the backing flavour. Moves into layers of sweet chocolate and molasses, but there’s an almost green bitter hint riding around the top edge. Finish is more of a burnt bitter than the one noted above, with a creamy sweet touch underneath.
Really tasty stout. Nothing that hasn’t been done, but done absolutely well. Grabbed it almost on a whim in honour of the pounding that region had taken in recent weeks (fires and floods, etc), and glad I did from a tasty-beer-standpoint as well.
09-01-2014 00:11:41 | More by kemoarps
4.33/5 rDev +16.1%
Appearance: A magnificent pour, with a huge tan head cascading over the pitch black liquid; gobs of lacing are left behind
Smell: Chocolate and coffee with hints of roast and oats
Taste: A bit roasty (almost burnt) up front, but then it dials in the chocolate flavor in a big way; by mid-palate, the coffee flavors arrive to add another dimension; a bit of cookie dough sweetness, after the swallow finishes up the panoply of flavors
Mouthfeel: Fullbodied and very creamy, with moderate carbonation
Overall: A really nice Oatmeal Stout, bringing a range of flavors
Thanks, mdaschaf, for the opportunity
01-07-2013 23:48:03 | More by brentk56
3.53/5 rDev -5.4%
Dark brown and fluffy brown head with thick lacing. Coffee and light chocolate aroma. Big roasty up front balanced by chocolate sweetness and an oaty finish. Thick and silky with a dry bite.
A big, chewy stout that’s normally a little expensive but on closeout was worth a shot. It’s certainly above par for an oatmeal stout that’s balanced nicely and feels like a bigger beer, though it’s really just a thick stout.
04-18-2012 20:59:15 | More by Bfarr
3.65/5 rDev -2.1%
random pickup from Wine World in Abingdon. Love the name
A - not quite as dark as a stout should be, but pretty close. very dark brown and slight reddish hues when shown through light
S - some light and dark malt tones to be found, a very slight hoppy citrus whiff as well with some pineapple and orange hints, can somewhat smell the alcohol behind everything. decent
T - also decent taste, a little lighter than I like in a stout, but well balanced and flavorful. bitter chocolate, and even the same kind of taste you get from a lighter ale lingering in the finish
M - super smooth! makes it go down very easy
D - I'd have this again, it was nothing out of this world, but a very solid offering from a small time brewery that I would fully support!
12-08-2010 01:14:49 | More by obrendano
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to Dave from Zeno's for pulling this out of his vault!
A: Not as dark as I would expect a big stout, brown but with some hint of red. Nice light brown head that only lasts a bit and doesn't lace hardly at all.
S: A surprising sweetness up front, plenty of roastiness and chocolate malts.
T: The sweetness from the smell comes up front on the taste, which gives way to the chocolate roasted malts. Really pleasant taste.
MF: a bit lighter than most big stouts, which isn't bad. Not much carbonation.
D: Really good, interesting drink that keeps you coming back for more.
02-01-2011 21:53:24 | More by russwbeck
Hooligan Stout from Old Schoolhouse Brewery
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