Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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4.15/5 rDev +23.1%
Dark brown hue with slight mahogany tints when held to the light. Little head, which settles to a cream ring. The smell is fantastic. Not that typical of a stout, with very strong porty and fruitcakey aromas, like a rare tokay or muscat, with chocolate of the roasted malt only faintly in the background, but very aromatic, and pure pleasure just to sit and smell. This is less evident on tasting, but still very rich and satisfying. Mouthfeel is smooth, good body and subtle fine carbonation. Absolutely delicious, although not particularly typical of a stout.
11-09-2006 20:28:14 | More by norwichboy
3.53/5 rDev +4.7%
Opaque very dark brown to black, with a somewhat bubbly head. No creaminess. Good lacing, but doesn't look like a true stout, to mind.
Nose is quite peppery, with a backgrounding sweetness which ends up making it smell like a bit of Asian cuisine. Quite smoky aromas penetrate as it warms a little, wood and ash. Quite interesting.
Strong sour roasted flavour on the palate, continuing the smoked theme. Long roasted bitter aftertaste. Interesting flavours. Mouthfeel leaves something to be desired. No creaminess. I think a creamier, more viscous body would suit it better. Not a great stout, but reasonably enjoyable.
It's quite a drinkable brew.
02-20-2006 01:15:10 | More by lacqueredmouse
2.55/5 rDev -24.3%
Grand Ridge Hat Lifter Stout.
Was a little dissapointed with this one. Had heard so much good things about the Grand Ridge range.
A = Dark. Black as black could be. With a thin foam head that dissapated quickly.
S = Smelt of roasted malts and ground coffee.
T = This is where it let me down. Was very bland. There was a definite roasted malt flavour but it seemed a little watered down some how. Very Dissapointing.
M = Was a little watery. Also dissapointing.
D = Better stouts out there to drink. Real unfortunate.
12-27-2005 10:48:26 | More by BeerNutta
3.95/5 rDev +17.2%
330mL brown bottle, with the brewery's motto "100% premium - 100% pure beer" emblazoned across the label. No best before date.
Appearance: Black liquid, more brown than red, with an adequate head and good lacing. Could use a bit more head, and head colour is too pale.
Smell: Nice oaty smell, but I don't think there's any oat in there. Solvent alcohol covering a pleasant floral hop aroma. Quite a strong alcohol smell considering it's only 4.9%.
Taste: Not too overpowering like some stouts can be - very refreshing, though it's a hot summer's afternoon here in my bedroom. Creamy and very easy drinking, a little bit foamy in the mouth, with satisfying earth and natural grain flavours. I like this more than I thought I would.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy, effervescent and strangely foamy. There is enough to chew on to make it interesting, even though it's easy drinking.
Drinkability: Better than many stouts I've had, especially lately. Absolutely no adjunct tastes (which are to be expected!) make this really fun to drink, and if only I had a few more or knew where my girlfriend's mum bought this for me, I'd be very content to enjoy Christmas eve sinking a few hatlifters. See you at the brewery.
12-24-2005 08:35:49 | More by Weizenmensch
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Quite an interesting stout.
Pretty different from most stouts im used to. This is more of an easy drinking stout rather than a heavy kick in the face session beer. The hops in this brew are very low and as a result the aftertaste is very sweet and doesnt linger too much.
The taste thats there however starts quite sweet with your usual burnt malts and chocolate. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated but still nice and chewy.
Overall a family satisfying twist on your standard stout. I will look forward to trying the rest of the Grand Ridge range.
11-29-2005 06:06:36 | More by Finite
3.18/5 rDev -5.6%
Partially transparent giving ita puplish hue.
The smell is the best thing about this beer , having a liquer chocolate character that is very appealing
That smell is apparent in the taste but it is unusually watery feel and taste to it.At first one thinks this is going to be pretty damn nice and then it tastes like a chery liquer . In fact it is unusual
I could not imagine , drinking a load of this , even in winter as the brewers suggest .
The most disappointing beer from these brewers that I have had .
11-09-2005 09:03:18 | More by jarmby1711
3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
Bottle. Tar black with small but dense and creamy white head even though it was poured hard. Plenty of lacing left behind on my Duvel tulip. Light aromas of chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. This extends to the taste, which finishes a little burnt and is somewhat hollow and watery in the middle. Although the carbonation was fine, the palate was a litte watery as well. I made this initial mistake of serving this too cold as it improves significantly as it warms. Not as good as some of their other offerings.
07-09-2005 11:57:37 | More by hefevice
3.18/5 rDev -5.6%
A: Poured hard into a glass, it gave a small head - about 10mm. It disappeared fairly quickly. The colour was dark and black, but when held up to the light, a deep red was observed.
S: Not much smell to speak of. A bit malty, a bit floral. Nothing jumped out.
T: A little sweetness and plenty of bitterness. A nice malty stouty taste.
M: Bubbles are small, but too many. They tended to dominate things a bit. Mouthfeel is good otherwise, plenty of body.
D: The first left me wanting another, a good sign. The bitterness might pull me up after a couple, especially with food.
Overall, not a bad drop. I would buy it again.
07-03-2005 09:14:09 | More by goatherder
3.08/5 rDev -8.6%
inviting appeaance. 1cm tightly packed tan head. tiny carbonation bubbles rising from the edges of the glass, escaping dark but lgihtly transparent black beer. when held up to light, a deep red color is exposed.
coffe like aroma with a mix of charred salty lactose?? well, thats what i came up with. whatever it is, its not all that pleasing.
the taste though, is much nicer. coffee and roasted malt fills the mouth.
the feeling in the mouth is much warmer than the feeling of the glass in the hand. dont know how it does it, but it gives a very smooth mouthfeel.
would have been much more enjoyable if not for the funky smell. these beers need a best before date or something. how am i supposed to know if i am getting a fresh product? id like to think it may have just been a bit old (or perhaps poorly handled since leaving the brewery) but you never can tell.
12-20-2004 10:55:36 | More by joecast
3.3/5 rDev -2.1%
Murky deep brown with very low carbonation and a head that was hard to draw up.
Good inital notes of chocolate and coffee that mingle well with the hoppy green aromas.
Palate is also dominated by chocolate and toffee with hints of roasted malt. Unfortunately there is no real bitterness, and the palate is remarkabley light on for a stout.
This was nice, but in no means a big or tough stout and could really be a great beer if it were a big more robust.
07-03-2004 12:10:48 | More by koolk
3.43/5 rDev +1.8%
pretty mild and light bodied stout from grandridge thats a fair beer, but doesnt compare to alot of the other beers in their range. this is a stout thats best suited to a black and tan, so its quite interesting that they use hat lifter for this purpose also.
bit lighter in color for the usual stout, bit still brown in color. light beige head with little retention. theres not a lot of aromas in there, tho still pleasant enuff. very light roasted flavor, with some chocolate, and and a mild woody tinge. flavor is chocolate, coffee and a hint of licorice. not as robust as i like my stouts to be, its still pretty smooth and easy to drink. finishes on the sweet side, and lacks hop presence throughout the beer. the bitterness is there, but as with the rest of the beer, too understated.
very mellow for the style, hat lifter is really a bit of a misnomer. it certainly fails to raise my rafters. that said its not a bad brew, but these guys can do, and have done, much better than this.
11-24-2003 10:06:34 | More by diablo14
Grand Ridge Hatlifter Stout from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.