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Railway City Black Coal Stout - Railway City Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 9.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Railway City Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thehyperduck on 12-17-2012)
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Photo of mjacquard
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of boszormeny
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of WillAndSarah
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of TerryW
3.06/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark with a good looking head. Some spotty lace, not a ton. Smells dusty and smoky, proper for a stout. Lots of licorice to taste, some smoke, but oddly sweet somehow. Not quite what I was expecting that way. Thin bodied, slightly drying. Passably good, but for the odd sweetness.

Photo of Pmicdee
4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

If you can find this one, its well worth a try. One of my favourites!

Photo of nullbort
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Orionigel
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of deonreds
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of hunterjames
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DrJay
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of rab53
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of dmadsen
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of their better beers for sure.

Very dark brown with a nice thick brown head.

Smells very smokey, kind of like coal, interestingly enough.

Coffee, smoke, chocolate, dark malts, a hint of sweetness and bitterness. Seems to be missing something though, not much body here.

Very dry, almost chalky texture, thin mouthfeel. Definitely something missing, but still very good!

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Ok drinkability, possibly one of the better ones I have had from this brewery. Decent amount of smoke to make it interesting. A bit thin mouthfeel. Lots of licorice in the finish, hazelnut like flavouring. Bottle at Stouts Irish Pub in Toronto. Black without visible head.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes taken last week while on tap at "The Kick-Off" in Waterloo. Remember enjoying it last year and possibly also the year before, but not sure how long Railway City has been brewing this seasonal.

Stunningly beautiful draught pour, a murky black with large bubbled, coffee-coloured head. However mouthfeel is thinner than I'd expect, lacking creaminess .

The aroma is excellent. Coffee is the predominant note, with enough roasted malts to be interesting. A complex malt-forward flavour, both roasted and toasted, with chocolate and coffee elements. Another positive is that this pint has no discernible diacetyl, which seems to be a struggle for this brewery.

An excellent Ontario dry stout that I'd highly recommend.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle from the brewery; best before Feb 7 2013. I enjoyed the sample I had while visiting, and decided to pick up a few bottles of this before I left. I don't think this is the first year they've brewed this particular stout (since it has apparently won a Silver Medal in something-or-other), but apparently I'm the first BA to review it.

Pouring black as night, this one handily earns its 'black coal' nickname with an opaque black hue and two fingers' worth of dense, foamy brown head at the surface. It gradually dies down over a period of minutes, coating the glass with webs of lacing. The aroma is full of rich roasted malt character, with baker's chocolate, mocha and burnt coffee grind notes. Not particularly complex or anything, but the aroma is powerful and intense, which is enough to say it does its job well and has me eager to sip.

Very tasty stuff, with lots of roasted grains and nuts at first, followed by dark chocolate and spent coffee grinds. A slight twinge of dark cherries toward the finish, but this is quickly scrubbed away by the roasted coffee flavours in the finish. Slightly herbal - perhaps with shades of anise - and a roasty, malty aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Medium-bodied, pretty creamy, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue and leaves the mouthfeel of this stuff supremely smooth. Very drinkable, even at 6%; I could definitely have a few of these in a night.

Final Grade: 3.93, a solid B+. Railway City's Black Coal Stout is probably the best beer they brew, at least judging from my own experience - so it's a bit of a shame this stuff probably won't see distribution nearly as wide as their Dead Elephant or Blonde any time soon. This is a perfect warmer for the winter months; light enough to be drinkable, but still managing to be bold-flavoured and tasty while maintaining this sessionable quality (assuming you have a comfortable bed to sleep in nearby). Worth stopping by the brewery for if you're in the St. Thomas/London area, and something I may pick up more of before it's out of season.

Railway City Black Coal Stout from Railway City Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.