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Big Stone Stout - Bloomington Brewing Company / Lennie's

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Big Stone Stout
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88
very good

17 Ratings
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Ratings: 17
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bloomington Brewing Company / Lennie's
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
IBU 41

(Beer added by: hotstuff on 07-23-2003)
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zerk

California

4/5  rDev -1%

Probably the best beer I've had from BBC, the stout is a very good example of a dry stout. Black in color with a one finger tan head. The aroma was a mixture of coffee and chocolate with some light herbal notes. Flavor was not overpowering, but a very drinkable mixture of light coffee and chocolate notes with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel was dry and very smooth... carbonation was quite low, as a cask conditioned beer should be.

04-11-2004 22:25:10 | More by zerk
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -22.5%

Poured a medium tan head with fine-small bubbles. There was good lacing on the sides of my glass. This was a smooth drinking stout without the super strong coffee taste; however, I have had better tasting stouts since I have started my rating of beers.

07-23-2003 14:39:24 | More by hotstuff
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

This was the standout on a recent visit to the brewpub.

Inky black with a lighter mahogany ring at the edge where light gets through. Light tan foam, it stuck around an left spotty lace in the glass. Dry woody aroma, charred malt and tobacco. Flavor was similar, also hitting the standard notes of bakers chocolate and coffee. More dry than sweet, which was what I was in the mood for. Balanced, easy feel, a nice go-to stout from Lennie's.

04-05-2010 15:31:58 | More by emerge077
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baugherlager

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

First I would like to say that I love this beer it is one of my favorites

The appearance is very dark black of course. Head didn't last too long but I think that might be because of the growler I took it home in.
The smell is of the charred black patent malt and a hint of hops.
Fuggles maybe?

Tastes of coffee with a slight bakers chocolate aftertaste and not too much hops but you do know it is there.

There was quite a bit of lacing. It is a good example of a dry stout I used to be a Guinness fan but this beer changed my mind on stouts. very nice beer leaves you wanting more.

09-01-2004 01:03:36 | More by baugherlager
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tykees88

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

A- black with small off white head. Minimal lacing through the drink. Nice little bubbles in the head.

S- Smells of malts and barley. I smell chocolate too. No hops in the smell.

T- It really has a nice chocolate taste to it. Very smooth and mellow stout. Very different for a regular stout.

M- Medium bodied, carbonated nicely.

D- It fills you up and makes it hard to want to drink multiple brews.

01-18-2011 22:16:06 | More by tykees88
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robwestcott

Indiana

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

cold and black from the nitro tap at farmbloomington to a standard pint with a full finger, long lasting tan head leaving a thick sheet of lace to the rim after each sip.

aroma of chocolate and espresso roast

true to the nose, big mellow coffee and chocolate. a bit of toffee.

medium bodied, minimal carbonation, creamy smooth.

overall: creamy sweet coffee like stout

02-10-2012 23:12:19 | More by robwestcott
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IkeMan90

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

08-04-2014 17:05:25 | More by IkeMan90
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%

Really a fantastic beer. More so on the hand pull!! Very nice looking beer. Light brown head on a jet black foundation. Smells of chocolate malts with just a hint of hops. Incredible tasty brew...not too roasty, but its there. More smooth rich malt flavors that aren't cloying or too much. Nice chocolate notes with just enough hop bitterness to balance it out. Incredible mouthfeel. Just silky smooth without being too much. Incredibly drinkable...I could drink 10 or 15 of these in a sitting...no joke. Really an excellent beer. Tonights was about 20 days old which is pretty old for a cask ale...but it was still really tasty...maybe it had aged for the better?

01-15-2005 07:04:01 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

08-05-2012 16:34:09 | More by WoodburyMN
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dustinness22

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Served in pint glass from nitro tap at the brewery. Very creamy head that stayed along for the whole glass. Thick mouthfeel with strong malt and coffee flavor almost completely masking the hops. Most impressed as this was my first time at the small pub.

09-21-2011 16:59:17 | More by dustinness22
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

06-02-2014 14:07:39 | More by MSandahl23
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AWolfAtTheDoor

California

3.38/5  rDev -16.3%

Had this ontap at Lennie's. Pours black with tiny creamy-tan head. Big nose of roasted coffee, malts, a hint of licorice. Taste is as big as the nose: roasted coffee, and slightly smokey. Someone else mentioned a resemblance to Guiness, but I don't taste it AT ALL. Maybe it was different tonight. Mouthfeel isn't overly heavy, but this beer is definitely a sipper. I'd personally take the Ruby or the Pale over this one.

09-11-2006 01:31:55 | More by AWolfAtTheDoor
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SaCkErZ9

Florida

4/5  rDev -1%

Overall a very nice beer. Served on the nitro tap but the head seemed to be a bit depleted compared to other nitros Ive had. Great anyway. Nice and opaque with a creamy tan head.

Tons of coffee malts and chocolate malts as well. Great coffee aroma. Hints of caramel and toastiness. Overall a great smell as well.

Tastes a lot like Guiness. Coffee, small bit of chocolate, a bit grainy and pungent at times. Nice hop bitterness as well. I think the best beer at this establishment.

A nice beer overall. I think this would be my first choice if I were to return here again next Thanksgiving.


Part of the Indiana Thanksgiving pub crawl.

11-25-2005 21:14:42 | More by SaCkErZ9
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TigerShark

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-28-2013 20:55:10 | More by TigerShark
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rmehughes

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

02-09-2013 02:24:05 | More by rmehughes
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TheDM

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

By far their best beer we sampled. This brew poured a medium head of fine to large brown bubbles and an opaque black body. It has a very mild malt aroma to weak for a good stout and a strong coffee flavor. I did not taste the typical chocolate or roasted notes that are typical of most good stouts, only coffee. It had a good lacing and was smooth from start to finish. There was no bite at all.

07-23-2003 23:06:10 | More by TheDM
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SirSketch

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +1%

Lennie's Brewpub is home to Bloomington Brewing Company, and, besides just serving good beer, their food is great as well. This company doesn't bottle its beer for environmental reasons, so I picked up a growler of their stout after eating there last week.

Half inch of brown colored head that was very cream-like and didn't stay around for long. Pitch black in color. Looks about how a stout should! The aroma is just great. Coffee, diacetyls, chocolate brownie and roasty malts make up the smell.

The taste is parallel with the smell. Heavy caramel flavors, toffee and chocolate. The sweet aftertaste makes you want more! This beer is very creamy, possible due to the nitro-tap used to fill the growler. Very drinkable and I recommend giving it a try if you are in the area.

08-17-2008 21:35:31 | More by SirSketch
Big Stone Stout from Bloomington Brewing Company / Lennie's
88 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.