Steel Drivin' Stout - Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
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Reviews by TheSupremeAJ:
1.55/5 rDev -55.1%
This beer is very sugary and thin... The malts have a very sweet and sour profile that has me wondering if this beer is infected. I taste no coffee or roasted cocoa as other reviewers have noted. RIP steel drivin' stout- this is disgusting and needs to be drain poured. Maybe when I get around to it ill try another bottle.
Bomber was from Abe's of Bethlehem.
07-30-2011 02:40:03 | More by TheSupremeAJ
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3.73/5 rDev +8.1%
On tap at the brewery. Very decent stout, with some bitterness, it is overall sweetish. Average mouthfeel. Brown colour with good thick lacing. Taste of dark chocolate was nice. I could drink pints of this. A bit of roasted malt, more would go a long way.
11-15-2009 04:52:37 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev +3.8%
From a cask, I watched the bartender pour this, and although she could have tried a bit harder to put a bigger head on it I don't think it would have helped. It had the expected black body and tan head. Clarity? Well, I couldn't tell in the darkened bar, and to be honest, from a cask it doesn't really matter. It wasn't overly yeasty though, so let's just go with that. The head that was raised was short, but it had fairly good retention before dropping to a thin, whispy surface covering. And, surprisingly, it left some pretty good lacing.
The nose delivered buttery diacetyl and scorched sugar. I wonder if that was because the firking just didn't have long enough to sit, but at the same time, the beer must have gone into the cask with the diacetyl. So then I wonder if the brewers are looking for that, because honestly, it was kind of welcome. Most people would call it a defect, but I know a lot of English brewers like a little bit of diacetyl in their beers, and I don't mind it when it's at lower levels. This was more prominent than that though. Maybe mid-level.
So, the flavor, of course, reflected the diacetyl, and it over-rode the other characteristics of the beer which included more scorched sugar and a hint of vanilla sweetness, as well as some day old coffee with a bit of mild acidity. A median bitterness backed it, and it was somewhat sweetish, but balanced and smooth. The combination of the bitterness and the acidity were enough to pull it together.
As for drinkability, I enjoyed what I had but I would not have had another.
07-11-2009 18:07:17 | More by NeroFiddled
2.95/5 rDev -14.5%
Thanks to Zerosignal for this one.
22oz bottle into a snifter glass.
A: Pours a thick, foamy two finger head. Good retention on this one. Lacing is spotty on the glass. The body is a typical stout black, not too light and not too dark.
S: A subtle sweetness is shown. With a deep waft a layer of malt is present. A bit weak on the aroma.
T/M: A super sour stout. Sweetness resembling caramel. A coca cola sweet note, mixed with a hint of cold, old coffee. A very smooth and light mouthfeel on this stout, I would not think it were a stout if I had not looked at the glass before drinking. For the sour notes, I feel that it makes it a very unique aspect of the brew, but I feel not what many people would expect or want in a stout. I feel even hardly a stout, more or less a sourtout if a thing could be conceived. The mouthfeel is a very light and smooth sensation. The lingering taste of sour cherries is a plus.
D: Not on the high side of cravablity. The flavors do call back for more, in the realm of this not tasting like a typical stout. I would recommend this brew for someone looking for a sour stout, but would not seek out. I can make it through this brew, but not what I would like from a stout.
Notes: This is a truly unique brew. If it were light in color and called a sour, wow it would be all there, this stout on the other hand has shown to be overly sour and could be seen as off-putting.
08-09-2010 02:34:31 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
64 oz brewery fresh growler into a pint glass.
Pours a deep brown/near black with a finger of creamy dark mocha colored head. Retains with a thin and smooth layer, which leaves some spotty lacing back, before eventually going pretty dead looking in the glass. The aroma is chocolate and toffee sweetness with a smokey smelling roasted malt presence to it. Lightly spicy and floral hops pull up the back.
The taste is similar but a bit more robust feeling. Chocolate and caramel malts running into a firm dose of dark roast, coffee, and a lightly spicy blend of hops and citrus, giving the backend a fairly green feel. Light smoky roast and spice fade into a dry feel in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a softer bubbly carbonation to it that lies on top of a thicker layer, which carries a lot of the chewier sweetness of the flavor profile. And I must mention that this drank pretty decently for 6%. No problems there.
Pretty darn decent attempt at a Stout by the Barbarian. They needed something darker in their lineup and, with it's well balanced roasted flavors and good drinkibility, this fits the bill perfectly.
06-19-2009 16:42:11 | More by Kegatron
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Dark brown that appears black in the glass with a massive tan head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Not much for lacing though. Nice roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate and toffee. The flavor gets interesting with a touch of diacetyl that seems to be intended. There is also a mild acidity. These two elements kind of overpowers the roasted malt elements. Just a hint of the roasted malt in the finish. Bitterness is low. The only other dark beer that I have like this is New Glarus Old English Porter. Although I have not had an English Stout like this, maybe it belongs in the English style more than the American Stout category. Like the other Bavarian Barbarian beer I have had, the body is just too thin and watery. Carbonation is Ok. An interesting stout with some unique flavor. Lacks substance in the body which is its weakness.
07-18-2010 17:11:45 | More by morimech
3.03/5 rDev -12.2%
A: Super, super dark mahogany – very nearly black & just barely short of being opaque. A good-size, quite large bubbled tan head. Obvious firm carbonation. Not much for lace despite the bubbly foam.
S: Something tangy & metallic – hmmm? Some chocolate, roast malt, and a molasses sweetness. Hits the fight notes, but is fairly weak and squeezed out by the off smell that seems to indicate a soured brew.
T: Yep, soured a bit. I’ve had this on tap and it didn’t have this off note. Still it does add a tart cherry impression – rather distinctly actually – and a touch of something earthy & slightly metallic. Detracts but doesn’t ruin. Behind it I get some cocoa & roast grain as the off note fades. Also a hint of molasses and burnt toffee sweetness.
M: The body is thinned by the souring and the carbonation is made rather aggressive and coarse. It opens tart and finishes drying from roast grains and thinness.
D: I’ve had this on tap and it was pretty damn fair, so I was looking forward to reviewing this one. Soured bomber. Bummer. Interesting and not offensive off-note, and still with some good stout notes in the background. Okay, but not what was intended.
08-01-2011 00:11:04 | More by SickGnar
4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
dark oil like liquid. Huge tan head had a very very slow fade and left lots of lace
roasted coffee and dark german chocolate. Hints of a sugary or caramel sweetness as well. deep roasted flavor, almost a burnt taste to it. Lots of flavors of coffee and german dark chocolate. thick feel, but not syrupy, great carbonation led to a great silk like feel. Nice big hoppy finish left a very long lingering burnt aroma,
11-23-2011 23:50:08 | More by mikesgroove
3.28/5 rDev -4.9%
Bavarian Barbarian Brewery.
Poured a dark black with brown edges and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, ligthtly earthy, and some coffee. Tastes of roast, chocolate, and coffee bitterness in the finish.
Notes from 10/26/08
11-23-2008 23:52:52 | More by hopdog
3.9/5 rDev +13%
Growler obtained at the brewery.
Pours a dark brown/black with creamy tan head. Pretty looking. Almost opaque.
Smells good but there isn't a whole lot of volatiles crossing my nose. Some subtle coffee, chocolate, and roasty aromas.
Starts with some roasted malt backed by fruity cherry flavors. The middle is chocolaty with a bit of vanilla. Finish is dry as hell and full of coffee flavors. Nice little stout for sure.
Mouthfeel is dry and refreshing.
Subtle and refreshing drinker. I would recommend this.
05-04-2009 01:17:12 | More by bosco7
3/5 rDev -13%
22oz bottle, no date or batch #.
poured into pint glass, the classic look of a stout, black with cream colored head.
the aroma is nothing but extremely sour fruit. the taste is mouth puckering sourness. totally un-drinkable, this beer must be infected. could only down a couple swallows before pouring the beer out.
I was going to withhold rating this beer, and just contact the brewery about it, to see about any known infected batches. But after no response from them, I figure it's my duty to warn others. Unfortunately this was my first beer from this brewery, and will be my last. It's a shame since I normally like to support local PA breweries.
***Update: After receiving some positive feedback from the Brewer, I will try to seek out a fresh bottle and give it another chance. Until I can re-review, I've changed my score to straight 3's as a placeholder.
10-21-2010 01:56:20 | More by jmdrpi
3.85/5 rDev +11.6%
BBBC first go at this new addition to the breweries line. In a note from the brewer he was fairly happy with the outcome but thinks it could use a bit more malt for added body and flavour.
Big thanks to Sierrags for picking me up a growler of this virgin batch.
A-Deep dark black tinged brown. A Medium tan head rises up and then falls into a thin film that leaves nice lacing.
S-Earthy, woody mustiness with subtle notes of roasted malt and a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee in the finish.
T-Median rich roasted, toasty malted flavours meld nicely with the same mild notes of bitter chocolate and coffee that was present in the aroma. This is a good tasting brew that could improve with the addition of a bit more malt.
M-Medium to medium-light body. The weakest link with this one. Just a tad on the thin side. Certainly not watery but doesn't have the full bodied roundness that that I like to have in my stouts. Some lingering roasted malt/hop bitterness tingles the palate.
D-Good. A solid first time effort. With a bit of tweaking this one could become the star of the BBBC line. I am a sucker for a well done American stout....see DeSchutes Obsidian Stout....and this one could come close with a little help.
10-08-2008 22:39:19 | More by Deuane
3.88/5 rDev +12.5%
Another from the variety pack of bombers, gotta say I like the bomber cases...
Poured fromthe bottle a deep, dar brown with tan head tha dissipates quickly, and some slight lacing.
Smell isfeintly roasted malt, with slight chocalatey, toffee undertone.
Taste is all roasted slightly sweet malt, with a stronger chocalety, toffee taste than smell.
Mouthfeel is solid, good body, flavors cling the sides of the tongue.
Very drinkable, could have more than a few, surprised to see ot comes in at 6%.
06-05-2010 02:25:46 | More by mvanaskie13
2.17/5 rDev -37.1%
a- bomber poured into a tulip pint, one plus fingers tan head fades to an uneven layer of lace, slightly opaque deep brown.
s- metallic off the bat, sweet malts kick in, a bit too sweet almost sugary, not alot of roast here, nose is just off the mark.
t- sweet malts are the first to hit, slight roasted feeling but thats about it, not super flavorful or complex here.
m- thin for the style.
d- not the best, this one missed the mark for me, not flavorful enough and a touch watery. this is a one and done for me, i wouldn't seek this out or drink it again, unfortunately - i had higher hopes for this one.
12-21-2010 01:37:35 | More by thecarster1
3.23/5 rDev -6.4%
Served on-tap at TJ's everyday into a nonic pint.
A - Pours pitch black with a soft, pillowy, one finger head leaving spotty light lacing down the glass.
S - Plenty of dark roasted malt in this one. Hints of toffee, chocolate, and a bit of coffee. A touch of booze begins to creep in as it warms up a bit. Lots of roast but in a good way.
T - Faint hints of bitter chocolate up front giving way quickly to a mix of dark roasted malt and flavors similar to the nose. Finish is quite watery with some lingering roast. It was ok but far from great.
M - Heavy body and flavor with moderately low carbonation. The feel was WAY too thin and watered down. Finish was watery with some lingering roast.
D - Decent. It was ok, the flavors seemed to be there but the watery feel pretty much ruined it. Not the best beer but not the worst either.
01-17-2011 23:01:38 | More by orangesol
3.5/5 rDev +1.4%
I've had a couple Bavarian Barbarian beers on tap in the past, but not this one, and nothing bottled. Looking forward to trying this one...
Pours dark brown, with some mahogany highlights at the edges, with a finger and a half or so of tan head. Doesn't keep very well, only a very thin and uneven lace, and really doesn't leave much stick either.
Smell is initially very chocolaty and pleasing. There's just a bit of roasted malt there too, and a dark fruit note. As it warms there is some slightly buttery caramel that becomes more prominent, and it takes on a cola-like sort of quality.
The taste on the other hand is dominated by the caramel flavor. It's a gooey, almost syrupy sort of caramel, overly sweet and buttery. There is some chocolate here too but not much roasted malt or bitterness to balance out the caramel. Slight lactic sweetness too. Finish remains sweet; oh man could I go for something bitter right now.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with pretty modest carbonation. It's relatively smooth and given how sweet it is it's really not cloying, but it would finish cleaner with some roasty or bitter flavor in the finish.
This is decent, but I'm not wild about it and I'm not sure I'd go for it again. The initial chocolate aroma was promising, but I'm not wild about the very sweet, buttery caramel flavor, especially absent much roasted malt or bitterness to balance it out. Leans too far to the sweet side for my taste.
05-12-2010 03:02:33 | More by number1bum
3.3/5 rDev -4.3%
22oz bomber courtesy of barleydine poured into a tulip.
Pours an extremely dark brown that borders on black with a small creamy tan head that leaves some delicate lacing and sits as a thin cap for a while.
The aroma is sweet with some milk chocolate, caramel and vanilla dominating. There is heavily roasted black malt presence as well as a faint bitterness that's half coffee and half sourness.
The taste has a much more pronounced bitterness and actually has more sourness than the aroma. It's still fairly sweet with milk chocolate and vanilla coming through on top of the roasted malts. The finish brings back the slightly distracting sourness and an espresso bitterness.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and maybe a tad thin with moderate carbonation.
This is a decent stout though I think it's starting to turn, possibly infected? I don't think the sourness is intended, but it's definitely there and takes away from the overall experience.
01-11-2010 03:24:49 | More by gford217
4.1/5 rDev +18.8%
Pours a very deep dark black color that is almost completely opaque except for the slight burgundy edges and a 1.5 finger beige head with good retention and sporadic lacing.
Roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee, coffee, subtle hops and bitter dark chocolate.
Silky malt mouthfeel with bitter sweet dark chocalate, roasted malt, subtle hops, toffee, coffee bean and a lot more sweet bitter dark chocolate in the finish.
10-06-2009 01:24:58 | More by corby112
3.63/5 rDev +5.2%
Out of 22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Wegmans Williamsport for around $4. Poured into a nonic pint glass. The stout appears a dark brown color with a good inch or so of light ecru foam. Zero lacing. Nose and flavor consist of medium roasted grains, butterscotch, toffee, slightly sour, earthy, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, mild coffee notes. Just about medium bodied with light carbonation and a bitter, flat aftertaste. Not too bad for the price.
04-02-2010 03:30:57 | More by ClockworkOrange
Steel Drivin' Stout from Bavarian Barbarian Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.