1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Terminal Stout - Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

Not Rated.
Terminal Stout
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
-
no score

8 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 8
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2008 Gold medal at World Beer Cup & Great American Beer Festival.

(Beer added by: AudioGilz on 04-24-2003)
View: Beers (440) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
Photo of BuckeyeNation
BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bittersweet chocolate brown with miniscule sepia edges and lovely little slice of golden caramel colored foam that resembled a melted coffee milkshake after several minutes. Fuzzy rings on the far side of the pint glass were joined by dots and spots on the near side.

The aroma was roughly equal parts roasted-chocolate malt and citrusy hops. The latter included Bravo, Centennial, Willamette and Chinook. It was obvious from the first sniff that this was going to be delicious (and wonderfully hoppy) beer.

Terminal Stout fell just short of an India black ale in terms of the amount of little green cones. Although the malts stayed in charge throughout each mouthful, their authority was constantly questioned. There was a wonderful sweet-bitter yin-and-yang, which is often the key to enjoyable ale from where this BA sits.

The flavor profile was straightforward. Then again, just how complex does a generously hopped American stout have to be? Pumpernickel toast, dark chocolate, coffee beans and citrus zest describes it pretty well. And the hop burps (inaudible, of course) were outstanding.

The mouthfeel was medium-bodied, lightly lush and contained well-buried carbonation that still provided all the energy that was needed. Solid, solid, solid. As always.

It looks like none of the reviews prior to this one are as favorable as mine. Well maybe the others should have had their pints of Terminal Stout at the West Des Moines Rock Bottom, because Mr. Sorensen rarely disappoints. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

03-03-2011 21:00:52 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
Photo of t0rin0
t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

12-18-2012 03:21:08 | More by t0rin0
Photo of mentor
mentor

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger latte-colored head over a pitch liquid. Smells dirty earthy hops over strong roast and black patent sour. Blackberry and grassy. Very hoppy.

Tastes well hopped flavor and bitter over strong malt. Hop flavor is blackberry and a dash of mint. The hops have an earthy and gritty edge. Hop bitter is grassy and mixes quite well with some acid from roast grains and the carbonation sting. Malt is roast with some cream. Fairly dry, likely form good attenuation moreso than drying hop grassiness (though the hops do contribute). Finish is dry with baker's chocolate and a resurgence of the hop flavor with a metallic edge. Nice complimentary use of Northern Brewer hops with roasted grains. Md body and strong carbonation (too much for my preference).

Serving type: bottle
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

09-12-2010 02:16:55 | More by mentor
Photo of jrallen34
jrallen34

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at RB...Black with a light tan head, highly carbonated, pretty creamy...Aroma is strong with tons of coffee, nice coffee but not very complex. Light hoppiness at the end...The taste is all coffee whole way through which makes it really easy to drink...The feel is way to light, I want something more cheeky, make my mouth tingle.

Overall, one of there better beers but nothing to go there specfically for.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

06-26-2010 17:15:01 | More by jrallen34
Photo of botham
botham

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewpub in Chicago. pours opaque black with a thick brown head with no lacings and solid retention. aroma is of dry roasted malt with bitter coffee notes and a rich and sweet overall profile of smooth and dark malts. taste is subtle for a stout with undertones of dark malts and rich sweetness that provides a mild and easy drinking profile. light hop notes upon finishing provide a pleasant warmpth. mouthfeel is full bodied with lightly sweet profile without being overly dry. nice! drinkability is great. rich malts and an easy going profile with solid proportioning. cheers!

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

11-01-2008 23:19:24 | More by botham
Photo of JDV
JDV

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a creamy lasting, nitro head. Smell is almost nonexistant at first, and as it warms, comes out just very faintly, still, and is moderately roasty. Taste is more robust and is dry cocoa powder, roasty malt, and smooth in the mouth from the nitro pour. Decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

06-30-2008 19:22:54 | More by JDV
Photo of MrMcGibblets
MrMcGibblets

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this changes depending on who's brewing here. the english guy who made this batch made a much lighter-bodied version than the last brewer. in short, this was very much like a guinness. odds are if you're reading this you've had a guinness so no further explanation is necessary. past versions have been maltier, sweeter, bigger-bodied, more flavorful, etc. brewed on-site, of course, so nice and fresh.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

05-21-2007 03:06:32 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of AudioGilz
AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Terminal stout is a rotating stout. So sometimes it's an oatmeal, sometimes an Irish dry, etc. This time, it was an Irish-style dry stout. The appearance is opaque and beautiful like a stout should be. The head is thick, tan, and hangs out a long time. Not much of an aroma here, the beer seems to go downhill after the appearance. I get toasty notes and that's about it. It seems kind of bland and watery for a stout. The mouthfeel is thin, and this beer is highly quaffable. There's just not much flavor, it's almost like a slightly watered down Murphy's. It's good, just not great.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, 1 W Grand Ave, Chicago

04-24-2003 21:11:52 | More by AudioGilz
Terminal Stout from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.