Old Mammoth Stout - Buckeye Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
Mammoth Stout is mammothly carbonated. So much so that my glass is filled with beige foam, not beer. When it finally appears, the stout is dark chocolate brown with a glimmer of lighter brown at the edges. Like most grossly overcarbonated beer, the foam is brittle and doesn't leave any lace.
The nose is the characteristic least likely to be affected by all the bubbles. It's nicely roasty with plenty of chocolate and a splash of coffee with cream. There aren't any hops to speak of, in spite of the fact that the beer is supposedly dry-hopped with Challenger. The challenge is in trying to find them in the nose.
As always, it's hard to completely separate out the mouthfeel from the taste. With so much fizziness pinging around my mouth, getting to bottom of the flavor profile isn't turning out to be all that easy. Mammoth is on the simplistic side with bittersweet chocolate-like roasted barley in the dominant position. Bitter coffee grounds are a close second and are closing fast.
In terms of flavor sensations, bitter and sour tower over sweet. That would be more than fine... if the beer as a whole was better. Again, things might have turned out differently with an appropriate amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel, obviously, leaves a great deal to be desired. It feels somewhat thin and is riotously carbonated to the point of unpleasantness.
I've come to appreciate most of the offerings coming out of Buckeye Brewing Company. Which is why I refuse to let this bottle of Mammoth Stout color my impressions of what I'm sure is a much better beer than the one that entered my glass today. I'll pick up another bomber the next time I'm in the Buckeye State and will do another review with a beer that is (hopefully) as the brewers intended.
11-05-2006 16:32:42 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
Appearance: As others have noted, this beer explodes in the glass producing a billowy tan head takes a while to descend onto the black liquid; not much lacing action
Smell: Cocoa and coffee, with both roasty and sweet elements
Taste: Rather sweet, up front, with chocolate and mocha flavors building through mid-palate; the sweetness fades, after the swallow, allowing some roast to balance out the profile
Mouthfeel: Without swirling the beer and letting the head dissipate, the beer is overcarbonated; once the head is gone, the mouthfeel is much better, with a medium to full body and more gentle carbonation
Overall: Carbonation problems seem to plague this brew but, putting that aside, it is a pretty nice beer
11-05-2011 22:10:30 | More by brentk56
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
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
From 10/28/11 notes. Thanks to nimbleprop for sharing this one...rumors it might be infected but I didn't really see signs other than the carbonation level.
a - Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with two fingers plus of dark tan head and high carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves light lacing on the glass. The high carbonation and rising head makes me think it may be infected, as we had heard some bottles were.
s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, dark chocolate and bitter coffee, light dark fruits. Very nice and no signs of infection.
t - Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, coffee, dark fruits. Again, no signs of infection. A slight step down from the nose due to the alcohol coming through.
m - Medium bodied stout and high carbonation evident. Way too carbonated here, which hurts the mouthfeel quite a bit.
o - Overall a decent stout. I think it may have been on its way to infection, but I didn't sense anything in the nose or taste, just the carbonation. Would like to try it again sometime.
11-02-2011 20:07:16 | More by mdfb79
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
12/24/08- Purchased at Chuck's Fine Wines in Chagrin Falls, OH.
Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
Appearance- Black in color with a two fingered head. Stays with a nice rim for a while and leaves some light spotty lace.
Smell- Very highly roasted malt with a light burnt scent. Some pungent hops and some burnt coffee notes.
Taste- Picture Guinness with a bit of a punch and a bit more flavor. Pretty smooth with a sharp roasted and burnt flavor. Coffee is pretty prevelant as well as a super dark chocolate flavor. There is, however, an annoying slight sourness that hangs around for the entire beer. Mainly in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium to lower carbonation level. Medium mouthfeel...guessing this is about a 7% or so beer. Light sour hint at the end of the swallow.
Drinkability- Get rid of the sour and you have a really nice American made foreign stout. It went very well with the oyster stew we made for Christmas Eve dinner.
12-25-2008 19:50:49 | More by GClarkage
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
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
Thanks goes out to tburkhart for this brew.
Poured into my St. Bernardus glass a very very nice dark brown color, very nice carbonatin, huge thick/creamy two-finger plus tan head, with lots of nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is malty, lots of nice chocolate, coffee/toffee notes. The taste is malty, nice touch of chocolate/coffee/toffee, the finish is slightly dry/bitter. Medium body, a very nice looking brew. Drinkable, this is my first form Buckeye and it will not be my last, some nice stuff, thanks Tim.
11-16-2008 19:16:14 | More by Wasatch
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Noticed the new black & white label so I figured I would try this again. Pours solid black with a thick dark brown head that lasts very long. Sticky sheets of lacing. Aroma of roasted coffee and malt. Rich yet dry body with a tasty blend of coffee, roasted malt and nuts. A bit of bitter chocolate as well. The finish is dry with bitter coffee and hops. The label may be duller now but the beer certainly is not.
03-24-2006 17:09:59 | More by Dogbrick
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
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
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
3.6/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks to miketd, one more in a long line of good BAs, who dropped this into a springtime trade as an extra. A new brewery for me.
Opens with a firecracker 'pop' that foreshadows serious carbonation. The pour takes...forever. Points off! Make me wait for my beer for five minutes & I get cranky. Brown head races for the sky at the slightest provocation. Eventually it takes on a proper black hue. Smell is all about scorched, blackened something or other: extreme roasts leavened with mild chocolate.
Old Mammoth Stout leads with the helmet, which appears to be made of charred, singed, wildfire blasted wood. That was then boiled with charcoal. An engagement of cocoa steps onto the tracks & gets run over, as does a dash of drying, slightly bittering hops. The carbonation is, surprisingly, not terribly distracting - present & accounted for, only slightly detracting from the experience. Although it's making me want to belch, mightily. This bomber was split with my wife, which is fortunate, or I'd be repeating all night.
Overall? Wildly roasted, toasted brew without a lot else going on. But I like roast. Bring it on! Good beer.
06-29-2010 03:05:29 | More by maximum12
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
22 oz. bottle served at 40 degrees F.
Dark chocolate brown body with a voluminous, very thick and rocky light brown head. Looks good to me! Dark chocolate bitterness and milk chocolate sweetness on the nose mix with roasted barley and some lacto sweet stout sweetness.
Slightly metallic roasted bitterness up front. Earthy cocoa flavor develops along with roasted barley and a milk chocolate-y sweetness. Hint of licorice and tobacco. Finish has some baking chocolate bitterness with earthy peat and lingering roasted barley. Medium-bodied with a fairly carbonated feel. Maybe even a little over carbonated. Not bad though.
05-29-2008 01:36:56 | More by alexgash
4.03/5 rDev +7.2%
A-pours a beer one shade shy of jet black with a thick and creamy tan colored head. it lingers, wait it doesn't leave. huge lacing left behind
S-the nose isn't small; but not big at all. some roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a touch of coffee bean.
T-the taste brings a touch of the roasted coffee malt, some dark chocolate; but then brings in some hops to balance. citrus and some hop bitterness to close it out.
M-lighter end of medium body, very smooth, and highly carbonated
D-this is quite a nice stout to sip on. it is lighter and brings some good flavor. definitely a stout to drink on.
01-28-2010 02:14:54 | More by cpetrone84
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
3.38/5 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
5/5 rDev +33%
Peanut at Dilly Deli said he had a few of these remaining that had been there a while but should be holding up well, so I grabbed a few of them to see for myself. Um, yeah, 'holding up well' ain't quite the impression I ended up with...
To be honest, the first 2 bottles were far hoppier than the last one, which this review is based upon. If the bottles were laid down to smooth out the hop profile, more of the stout character could come through.
Appearance - pours a silky black color with a large, deep mocha head. It reduces to a solid cover but pouring additional beer in from the bottle flares it up immediately. Thick lacing everywhere.
Aroma - Hershey's chocolate syrup, fudge, Kahlua. Outstanding.
Taste - usually I wait until the head settles down until I taste it. In this case the aroma was so exceptionl that I had to try the beer while that smell was still fresh. Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, and rich coffee. Decadent. Some hops chip in at the swallow, the finish is roasty, a bit alcoholic, and chocolatey.
Mouthfeel - very smooth yet frothy from carbonation. Long-lasting residual prolongs the great taste.
Drinkability - one of the best bottles of beer I've ever had. I shall buy more. Fresh, it's not my 5.0 beer, but with a reduced hop profile it's unbeatable. Thanks to Buckeye Brewing for a memorable 400th review.
05-11-2005 17:16:04 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
Very nice looking beer-deep black with a healthy looking tan head. Rather average aroma. Grainy and roasted thats about all. Heavy roasted flavors with a leaning towards chocolate malt. Mild espresso. Ok mouthfeel-very drying in the finish. Drinkable enough but could use a bit of an umph to make it really stand out. Good enough beer for the price for sure.
09-27-2010 01:24:01 | More by lackenhauser
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
4/5 rDev +6.4%
A nice extra received in trade from kirok1999. Thanks, Mark.
A-Pours a murky, very dark brown. This tan head quickly dissipates leaving a ring.
S-Milk chocolate and roasted coffee.
T-Flavor is much heavier on the roasted coffee bitterness than the sweeter notes. Very nice though, with a good bitter finish.
M-Good for the style. A bit slick with medium carbonation.
D-Very nice. This style of stout is usually a one and done for me, but this was quite a tasty brew.
12-02-2008 19:33:17 | More by sholland119
Old Mammoth Stout from Buckeye Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.