Old Mammoth Stout - Buckeye Brewing Company
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4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Picked this up at Rozi's in Lakewood on a visit to Cleveland. Thanks to Coreyroz for the help.
I called Garin Wright (brewer) because the label and name did not match BeerAdvocate. He is a super nice guy and assured me that the 2008 is the same recipe with a label and name change to Mammoth Stout - also says Foreign Stout. I submitted the update.
A: Nice dark brown almost black with very subtle dark ruby highlights on the edges against the light. A big foamy oatmeal colored 2 finger head that immediately produced nice lacing as it lowered.
S: Strong coffee and a big round, smokey roasted malt. A hint of sweetness and sour - almost like a milk stout.
T: Pretty expected based on the smell. A very solid stout. There was a good chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness on the finish that lasted well into the aftertaste - very pleasing.
M: Medium bodied. A little thin - I would have liked a little more body. Pretty smooth but maybe a little too much carbonated at the beginning of the drink. The finish has a nice sharpness on the palette.
D: I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It was a "no bullshit" kind of stout. The slight thinness made it porter-like for me but I love porters, so not a negative. The ABV was not marked. I think it is 6.5, making this a very drinkable stout. If it was local, I would be happy to keep it stocked.
BTW, Garin told me to look him up the next time I am in town. He and his dad have a brewpub called The Beer Engine. He is a sweet guy and I was happy to have he opportunity to support him.
11-22-2008 14:19:27 | More by sgoodship
3.43/5 rDev -8.8%
Poured from a 22oz bomber given to me as a gift from my father on a recent visit.
Appearance-Huge head off of a mild pour, two and a half to three fingers of tan head that takes a while to die down and let me finish my pour. Very nice billowing head that gradually settles down to less than a quarter finger before staying and leaving pretty heavy lacing on the side of the glass as I drink. The beer itself is a nice dark black though not completely opaque. The head gives this beer its nice appearance primarily.
Smell-Far more one-dimensional than I'm used to detecting in complex stouts. I primarily pick up on a great deal of roasted malts, along with some boozy sharpness that leads me to think this beer isn't going to be particularly balanced. Some mild sweetness and a little bit of burnt coffee in the nose as well. Not overly impressed with what I perceive as a fairly simple bouquet for this beer, but certainly far from bad.
Taste-Again, have to say that the taste on this one was about what I picked up in the nose for me. Lots of roastiness washes over the tongue, but I notice very little hop bitterness to balance the malt or alcohol. Booziness really comes through for me as well, fairly sharp and prominent. This beer seems to focus mostly on its roasted/malty qualities, but while a decent stout, I didn't find it particularly balanced or able to cover up the alcohol very well.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability-Despite the massive head, the carbonation was not overly aggressive on this beer. However, I was expecting the beer to be a bit heavier and chewy for the style, which left me thinking that the mouthfeel was on the thin side. Drinkability however was not bad and in my mind the beer drank a bit more like a heavy porter than a stout. However, given the one-dimensionality of the smell and taste in my opinion, I probably wouldn't put back too many of these. Splitting a bomber with a friend did me just fine.
Overall, not a terrible stout by any means, but not one that I found overly remarkable.
07-08-2009 18:58:43 | More by boatshoes
4.58/5 rDev +21.8%
This beer pours a jet black, with a nice fluffy brown head. The head fades slowly, leaving few laces.
This beer has a pleasent malty aroma. I detect some roasted barley. It has a slight chocolate aroma also. It hasa little bit of a hoppy aroma to it as well.
This beer is mildly malty. It has a small chocolate flavor to it. Just a little coffee mix in to make this beer very well balanced. It has just a hint of hop flavor also.
This beer is very smooth. It leaves a nice roasted malt aftertaste. It is low carbonated, but well for the style.
I think this would make an excelent session beer. It is mild and not aggressive. I could drink this beer for hours. Thanks David for bringing it to me.
04-16-2006 23:40:25 | More by OStrungT
4.18/5 rDev +11.2%
The bottle is now a foreboding black and white version of the same label. Now it looks kick-ass and they save money on color printing. I say good work.
This one is a deep black behemoth. A brown head retains well, forming a dense, sticky pillow for a long time that never really dissipates and leaves plentious lacing in thick patchy spots down the glass.
The smell is hearty and plentiful malts and barley with plenty of coffee and chocolate notes. There's a very light underlying sweetness.
The taste follows suit with the addition of a bitterness that's enough to balance without tipping this away from the stout flavor. The finish lingers dryly with plenty of bittersweet dark chocolate undertones.
The mouthfeel is big and thick, exactly as one would hope to find in a stout. This one's plenty full-bodied with a real smoothness to it.
Besides being plenty tasty, a reasonably low ABV keeps this one very drinkable.
03-14-2010 02:52:08 | More by Brenden
3.9/5 rDev +3.7%
Brown head atop an opaque black beer.
Aroma of rich, dark roasty malts and dark fruit. Bit vinous.
Taste shows a sweet, rich, chocolatey, roasted malt backbone. Notes of dark fruit and caramel. There is a bit of hop presence, but the beer is sweet overall due to the extremely rich malt profile. Don't know what the ABV is, but this is a big stout for sure.
Good body, although the mouthfeel is a bit syrupy.
This is a dessert beer, but still has pretty good drinkability.
Overall, a good offering from Buckeye Brewing.
06-17-2004 16:02:54 | More by PhantomVodoo
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
As soon as I started the pour, bubbles just shot everywhere into my pint glass. It took the beer a while to settle down before I could pour close to a full glass. After it settled, the beer was very dark brown/black with a frothy, carbonated brown head. It smells like roasted malt, coffee and some sweet chocolate. It tasted the same way except it has some hop flavor too, along with a slightly bitter aftertaste. The beer has a medium mouthfeel, but with too much carbonation for my liking. But with that being said, it did go down pretty smooth. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer. It tastes and smells great. Hopefully the next batch will have a little less carbonation to make it more drinkable, because I would like to drink this again.
07-28-2006 23:28:54 | More by bluejacket74
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
Low intensity aroma features mild roast coffee and little else. Deep black body holds a quickly fading mocha head that compresses to a nickel coin thickness. Very hoppy fore followed by coffee and chocolate notes. Fairly consistent, higher than normal, hops profile throughout. Finish is smooth and creamy. Tasty if fairly narrow on the flavor range. At least the intensity of what you can taste is fairly high.
03-07-2006 17:05:44 | More by Jredner
2.7/5 rDev -28.2%
22 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium Globe glass.
No date or information. Called "Mammoth Stout".
Thanks to Beerwolf77 for sharing his tick with me.
A - Holy massive expanding head Batman! Four fingers of fizzy tan head with insane retention and some fingers of lace. Unfortunately, it seems like quite a bit much and could be a sure sign of an infection issue. The beer is pitch black otherwise.
S - Cold coffee presents itself right away with a very uniquely roasted malt backing. Molasses and deep chocolate notes but there's a hint of something off here. A bit metallic, slightly nutty.
T - Pop a handful of cocoa powder in your mouth with a few coffee beans and a sliver of bittersweet chocolate. While you're chewing pop a ball of aluminum foil in too, just for good measure. That's the flavor of this beer.
M - Excessively carbonated with an otherwise smooth and medium-bodied mouthfeel. Cold and metallic to the finish, with a dry and bitter feel.
O - No shame in drain-pouring an infected/bad brew. This one isn't awfully offensive but it's certainly not worth drinking. I'd welcome a second chance at it.
03-20-2011 23:25:05 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
I like a lively pour and this was a big noisy pour with a nice dark brown bubbly head. Smell was pleasantly sweet but subtle. Taste was good in all you want for the style - slightly bitter like black coffee and dry. There were nice hints of coffee and licorice as well. Well done and would love to see more brewers try this style.
09-04-2006 07:14:20 | More by lou91
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Another new one to me, I had to at least give it a shot. I chose it as a nightcap and it more then served its purpose on that front. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/28/2009.
Appearance - Very big pour here, bigger then I thought it would be to be honest. Huge billowing head of tan coming up on this one, literally coming up and out of the glass. Sticky to the sides the entire time it barely faded at all, even as the session wore on. Thick and dark looking with a black as night to it.
Smell - Rich roasted aroma. Lots of cocoa coming through here with a light hint of coffee and peat. As it warms a nice touch of molasses starts to come through the air now as well. Very nicely done I have to say.
Taste - Smooth, molasses and cocoa roll across the tongue from the very onset. Smooth and mellow with a richness that is simply wonderful. Roasted and a touch smoky especially as it wears on. Room temperature brings about a wonderful full feeling; rich and creamy chocolate notes flood the palate and leave a long and lasting mark.
Feel - Rich, a little thinner then a big stout, but this is not an RIS. Still very well put together I have to say with very nice carbonation and a remarkable smoothness to it.
Drinkability - very drinkable, not outrageous with the ABV, and the rich flavors are really very well put together. It was easy to sip your way through this one.
Overall - I thought this was very nicely done. I would have no problem at all with going through this one again. It was very solid and I would love to give it another try. I really think they did an excellent job on this one.
08-01-2009 11:44:50 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -5.6%
22 oz. bomber. Pours jet black, with a thick foamy dark tan head. The head on this is nearly brown in color. Head disappears very quick. Espresso aroma, slightly smoky and charred. Deep roasty flavor, charred again. Flavor fades into some bitterness, with only a hint of espresso. Thin mouthfeel, low carbonation. Kind of disappointing, I was expecting more flavor, especially from the name.
03-11-2006 15:10:57 | More by Bierguy5
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
22 oz bomber courtesy of RocPorterFanatic. Pours black with a small cap of light brown head. Average retention and lacing is poor.
Nose is nice...molasses and sugar with some dark roast. Raisiny fruitiness, pretty complex really. I like it.
Taste is roasty, sweet and fruity all at the same time. Interesting mix, but does not quite equal uber-deliciousness. Tasty though, to be sure. I like the rich molasses and fine-ground hop effort - both flavoring and bittering are nice. cocoa powder atop a dripping, roasting marshmallow. Nice brew, this one.
09-30-2011 02:47:49 | More by twiggamortis420
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Now just called "Mammoth Stout"
Pours a deep, jet black with two fingers of mocha colored head that drops to a layer of thin foam after a few minutes. Some dark lacing.
Aromas of roasted grains, molasses, no hop aroma to be found.
First sip is of deeply roasted grains, roasted bitterness, some grassy hop bitterness, dark roasted coffee, molasses. Oily. Finish is medium with a roasty bitterness lingering.
Mouthfeel is oily, burnt, and medium bodied. Some prickliness from the carbonation.
Overall drinkability is good. Strong roasted character, but not overdone or too aggressive. Good balance.
02-11-2011 04:50:22 | More by JamnesCameron
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
thanks to hopdog for breaking this open...
Appears black with a small tan head that slowly fades into a small cap and collar.
Smell is of an overkill of chalky chocolate, cocoa, mild coffee, and smoked peat.
Taste is slightly better then the ok aromas.
Mouthfeel is smokey, bitter, and dry like some old coffee that's been in the pot for too long.
06-06-2006 19:05:50 | More by weeare138
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
22oz'er in the black and white bottle
Poured cold into pint glass. Thick chocolate head dissipates quickly. Dark beer
Good hop smell , not really detecting any malt.
Taste brings out the dark malt. Some chocolate , dark roasted coffee tones. Nicely balanced hoppy finish.
This beer isn't as thick as the "Mammoth" tag implies. This beer has good drinkability. This could be a nice stout session beer.
03-25-2006 01:17:53 | More by shroompod
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Black color. First pour was about 8-9 fingers of frothy head. This took forever to fill my glass up. Retention was reasonably good, but not any lacing.
4.0 S: Smells like there's a lot of sourish lactose in here. Soft roastiness with even softer chocolate and molasses. Simple, but nice.
3.5 T: Again, seems like some lactose in here. Second strongest flavors are semi-sweet chocolate, roasted barley, and a touch of molasses. Relatively simple again, but not as nice as in the nose.
2.5 M: Lighter medium body. Way, way, way too much carbonation, but this doesn't surprise based on the pour. It's BMC level carbonation and frankly distracted from my overall enjoyment of the beer. Too carbonated to be smooth.
3.0 D: Not a great beer, but not a bad one either...if the carbonation was fixed.
06-26-2010 01:53:03 | More by DavoleBomb
4/5 rDev +6.4%
22oz bottle obtained via SS08 from kirok1999. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head holds the fort nicely, with average to good lacing. Aroma is roasted dark grains. Taste is sweet dark malts to start, slight acrid coffee in the middle, with a lactic character that lingers through the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is easy.
02-12-2009 02:02:18 | More by ppoitras
3.88/5 rDev +3.2%
Excellent appearance, although my bottle may have been a little overcarbonated. The head is dense and a dark tan and the body is absolutely black. The aroma has a hoppy bite along with a mocha and charcoal. The flavor is a little dusty, and off-dry. Excellent dry stout.
06-08-2004 18:25:23 | More by aracauna
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz bottle. Pours nearly black with an insane amount of tan carbonated head. Took several pours to get an acceptable amount into my glass. Aroma of dark chocolate and slight roast malt. Initial flavor is more chocolate than coffee. After taste was slightly dryer than the initial flavor and it did not linger on for very long. Lots of carbonation, some lacing, medium body, light on the alcohol. The beer was drinkable, simple in flavor.
04-04-2008 21:36:22 | More by joekfsu
2.85/5 rDev -24.2%
Ok, this bottle was a complete foamer. Upon opening foam comes out onto the countertop. On pouring, pure foam. Must wait numerous minutes to get any signs of beer. I may look decent after a while but seriously, you can't even rate a foamer average.
Smell is nice. Bitter at first with the ridiculous level of carbonation and head but once it settled there was a nice charcoal roasty type character. A bit of chocolate and cream as well. The bitterness was still there slightly and kind of nice.
Taste was ok. Just too much carbonation, it foamed in my mouth. A smoky molasses is there but there's a lactic counterpart that evens it out. Hops provide solid bitterness and almost a base for the beer. Mildly sweet chocolate in the finish before completely turning to foam.
Could be a decent beer. Seems light for its "mammoth" moniker. Just too carbonated to truly enjoy. I hope the next batch is corrected.
08-03-2006 15:06:13 | More by granger10
4.6/5 rDev +22.3%
Poured into a pint glass with a thick head that eventually laced nicely down the glass. The color was an opaque black leaving the impression that this would indeed have the burnt malt flavor of a Guiness. To my surprise it was everybit as sweet as it's malty, chocolate aroma. It was even more bitter than I had expected with a crazy mouthfeel from the tip all the way to the back of the tongue. All in all I will be indulging in the beer frequently now that I have discovered it. Thank you Buckeye Brewing Company.
05-04-2004 20:05:07 | More by Puddleglum
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
22oz bottle acquired in trade with OhioDad (thanks!).
Poured a dark black color with a huge sized light brown head. Aromas of smoke, light dark fruits, light chocolate, and roast. Tastes of smoke, roast, and some caramel. Lively and fizzy body agreeing with the initial pour that this one is way too over carbonated.
Notes from: 6/4/06
01-07-2009 22:47:44 | More by hopdog
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Slightly different label and called simply "Foreign Stout" sans the "Old."
Simple looking stout, with white foam stained chocolate brown. Light-stopping dense blackness.
Amoma of sweet malt and roasted grains. Some hops. Smells very well made. There is a slight off-aroma that suggests some wild yeast are present, but it's way in the background and didn't come through much in the flavor; fortunately it's a full-flavored beer.
First impression is the water composition and the hopping. I think it could use a touch of bicarbonate. Hopping seems "thin" and maybe could use some copper during the boil. Rich chocolately malt provides both sweetness and bitterness. Mild refreshing tartness as well.
Once your mouth adjusts to it it's a fine stout. Carbonation is active and carries the flavors right up to your sinuses; in fact it's a bit high for me (wild yeast?). Alcohol is well hidden and drinkability and refreshment are quite high.
Aftertaste is of fresh brewed full-flavored coffee. Well made and recommended. Cheers!
03-29-2009 23:59:12 | More by rayjay
Old Mammoth Stout from Buckeye Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.