Happy Goblin Adam's Stout - Happy Goblin Brewery
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Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by danieelol:
2.85/5 rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
My version was 8.4%
S: Pours with minimal head but decent lacing which unfortunately disappears quite quickly. 3.5
S: Ok I can tell this is going to be interesting. First there is a kind of synthetic, chemical smell. Then the unmistakable smell of olives. Then some chocolate and prune notes with some nice lactic sweetness and roast coming through. Shows promise, though the chemicals detract a bit. 3.5
T: It is quite a sweet beer, but I actually think the sweetness manages to be kept in check, at least to begin with. There are some enjoyable prune/dark fruit notes and some nuttiness to accompany the roast. Alcohol is non-detectable. Sweetness starts to get cloying after a third of the bottle, but the roast nuttiness does its best to provide balance.
M: Mouthfeel seems quite thick and appropriate. 3.5
O: I actually think this beer succeeds in what it sets out to do. It is a dessert beer and is decently complex. It's just too sweet for me.
Serving type: bottle
04-25-2011 04:34:27 | More by danieelol
More User Reviews:
2.63/5 rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5
Pours a dark-brown mahogany-tinged colour, no head. Just a couple of bubbles around the edge, virtually no lace. I know this is meant to taste like a chocolate milkshake but it don't really need to look like chocolate syrup does it? Listless, boring.
Smells like coco pops. Rich chocolatey smell but not a lot of cocoa, kind of has a carbon edge to it, with sticky rice and a touch of corn. Slight fart smell to it as well, there's a bit too much grain aroma so it's overly organic to the point of corporeality. A bit rank, really.
Taste is very sweet. Loads of sweet, dark malt just giving off thick, caroby chocolate notes. Golden syrup on there with molasses, sweet corn, honey, even a carrot juice kind of character. It's just overall flabby, insipid and smells like a homebrewed malt bomb with shitloads of malt extract dumped in the kettle. Sweet is all well and good, but you could totally up the roasty flavours and retain the overall sweet flavour, just add some nuance to the palate.
Thick, syrupy feel. No texture at all.
It's surprisingly not an unpleasant, unpalatable beer, but there's a real amateurish feel to it which I haven't gotten from Happy Goblin's other beers. The palate sweetness is overblown and it's unbalanced and muddy as a brew.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2011 01:25:35 | More by laituegonflable
3.88/5 rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brewed for Adam at Platinum Liquor: "For his love of sweet stout that tastes like a chocolate milkshake". This is basically a bigger version of their regular stout. Picked up at Platinum Liquor at the insistence of the eponymous Adam, who practically wouldn't let me leave without a bottle to try.
When it pours, it seems like no carbonation is forthcoming, but with some aggression, a fine film of beige forms atop the bulbous dark brown body. Heavyweight as it is, it forms good static carbonation when swirled, and feels big in the glass. Very undercarbed, but otherwise looks good.
Nose is sweet, but slightly pungent, giving some big banana esters throughout. Pleasant dark notes come through, giving a dusty and roasted resonance, but never enough to give me a true stouty black character. It smells a fair bit more like a sweetly dark Belgian ale.
Taste is also incredibly sweet (probably just like Adam likes), with only a slight tempering from the roasted grain. Booze is noticeable, but with the sweetness, it gives an after-dinner port-like character to the brew. It's a big brew, there's no doubting that. Feel is chewy and thick, the minimal carbonation is a real boon in that regard.
Very big and very tasty stout from Happy Goblin, probably one of the best of theirs I've sampled. Love that they're giving bigger styles a try. Could use some more blackened, charred characters to make it more "stouty", but it's a big and unapologetic beer as it stands.
Serving type: bottle
04-03-2011 07:54:14 | More by lacqueredmouse
Happy Goblin Adam's Stout from Happy Goblin Brewery
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