Pistols At Dawn - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 72
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 4.24%
Wants: 18
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beer2day on 11-06-2012

High noon will have to take a backseat as the fresh morning air is perfect for a duel. We present our stout brewed with roasted malts, oats, lactose, and locally produced chocolate and coffee. A rich, dark velvety beer with a fine oatmeal flavor.
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Reviews: 18 | Hads: 72
Reviews by jlindros:
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4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Neat looking beer, and the cap is cool too, perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon home with my little girl, watching star wars on my birthday. Thanks to Beerness for this one, 2013 vintage, the bottle code could be telling me 3/15 but not sure.

Pours a dark mocha colored 1/2 finger fizzy bubbly head that starts to disappear fairly quickly and leaving bubble swirls around, no real lacing but decent legs for a 7.5%, pitch black beer with no light even getting through the thin parts.

Nose layers itself with chocolate, dark choc, baker's, some cocoa powder, rich cocoa nib, just waves of different chocolate, even a little fudgey. Some caramel malts in there as well but mostly drowned by the chocolate, a faint hint of roast and coffee but not much, a big dark roasty black malt that could be overbearing but probably not, hint of fluffy nougat and creamy oats, hint of lactose and milk chocolate.

Taste again loads up with layers of chocolate, and quite creamy, thick, little lush and velvety like. Brings nice chewy malts and chocolate, fudgey cocoa, not dry cocoa powder though, big baker's chocolate and milk chocolate. Nice creamy oat flavor and chewy like, even a little dry lactose later, adding to the big creamy feel and taste. Later there is a mild coffee note, mild to med roast coffee with a little roasty malt as well, little caramel and candy bar notes. The big dark malt flavor comes through but doesn't get acrid or overbearing, maybe some age helped that. A hint of bitterness in the background. Finishes a bit drier, mild lactose dry finish, little more bitter roast and hint more coffee, coats the mouth a bit with thick chocolate and creamy oats.

Mouth is quite thick and fudgey, creamy, lush, bit chewy and heavy, no real booze, nice carbonation too.

Overall pretty nice, the malts are great with that super dark malt flavor without acrid roast or harshness, so much great chocolate layers, creamy tasty, pretty nice. Just wish there was a bit more coffee, but that could be the age showing its... uh, age. (2,034 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy nonic jet black like crude oil,a half finger deep mocha colored head atop.Great aromas of roast,chocolate,and molasses,there is a hint of vanilla thrown in there as well,it smells very rich.A full smooth feel with the oats providing a nice creamy texture.Flavors are deeply roasted with a hefty amount of chocolate and lactos sweetness,a hint of raw earthiness in the finish.A real nice "big" stout, the use of oats makes for a smooth creamy brew. (467 characters)

Photo of MitchShepherd
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 22 oz bottle at the 2014 Secret Stash Bash (Atlanta).
Dark brown; clear but near opaque in my snifter.

Coffee! Coffee at or higher than a Founders Breakfast Stout level. But it lacks the richness, complexity and balance of the best coffee stouts. Very mild bitterness; in fact lightly sweet until the more or less balanced finish. (336 characters)

Photo of acurtis
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of seavercm
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - motor oil black with a thin, dark brown lacing of head

S - bittersweet chocolate, faint coffee, roasted malts

T - cocoa, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, faint bitterness

M - full bodied, perfect carbonation, smooth

This is delicious. The cocoa nibs and coffee are tremendous. The chocolate is rich and bittersweet. The coffee is complimentary. This is an all around solid stout with a great flavor profile and great drinkability. Unfortunately, with such a hefty price tag I won't be buying another bottle, but I'm glad I bought the one. (547 characters)

Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Gerasimos
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have done numerous blind taste testing with other Breakfast stouts and Pistols at Dawn ALWAYS is selected as the best. This could become Lonerider's must have beer and most sought after beer, like Heady Topper, etc. (217 characters)

Photo of VeganUndead
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevinGordon
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of n2185
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a finger of tan head that fades into a frothy ring with little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with robust, creamy coffee and semi-sweet chocolate. Simple, but nice.

T: Roasted malts here as well with dark chocolate and robust coffee. The finish is roasty with a bit of charred bitterness.

M: Medium-thick body with carbonation on the lower side of moderate, this beer is surprisingly drinkable.

O: A good beer, overall. Not terribly complex, but tasty and drinkable. (492 characters)

Photo of ArtZan
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of mattsmith413
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jmarsh123
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ASUbeer for the bottle!

Pours black with a small tan head fading away to moderate lacing.

Lots of baker's chocolate in the nose along with the supporting cast of roasted malts, coffee and a little graininess.

Similar flavor along with oatmeal. Very smooth and dry a lot like eating a piece of dark chocolate.

Medium to full bodied with good carbonation levels. As mentioned finishes very dry and roasty.

All around solid for a non-imperial stout. Very smooth, but still ample mouthfeel. I love the way the malts play off each other. Glad I got to try this one. (575 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

@ Tasty Beverage

Looks pretty close to black under a thin, tan head. Smells of real dark chocolate and coffee. A bit more coffee in the flavor, bittersweet chocolate, dark malt, and fudgy cake. Fairly rich and malty overall, but not overly sweet or cloying. Noticeable creaminess from the oats and chewy-ish mouthfeel. Very nice, but $18 a bottle is a little ridiculous. I'm happy I came across this on tap though... (417 characters)

Photo of ddedhed
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.78/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle from Sherlock's (Kennesaw, GA). 12.99. No dicernable bottling date. Served in a Clown Shoes snifter.

Pours black with a finger and a half of splotchy tan head that fades to a thin halo, leaving very little lace.

Aromas of cocoa, coffee and roasted malts.

A nice blend of flavors that I like to have in a stout. Coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel, roasted malt and a little earth. No alcohol bite.

Smooth, creamy medium feel with moderate carbonation. Bittersweet dark chocolate covered coffee bean aftertaste.

This is like Founders Breakfast Stout's baby brother. Many very similar notes but just a bit smaller in pretty much every way. Still an enjoyable brew in it's own right. (704 characters)

Photo of GTJayG
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Picked this guy up from Lonerider the other day 2013 Edition
22 oz poured into a snifter

A - almost completely opaque in varying lightings. Pours pitch black and leaves a hearty, brown head that disappears fast.

S - strong coffee and black malt prevail

T - gets better with some warmth on it. Super strong coffee! Like creamed, cold brewed coffee. Sweetness arrives in the background as it warms.

M - mediumish carbonation, medium bodied. Hardly notice the abv.

O - not a bad brew. Quite a bit of hype behind it. I'm a big coffee guy (blackeyes every morning), yet this was overdone with the coffee. I feel like this would be better categorized as a Strong Milk Stout, given the sweetness that the lactose brings to the party. Worth a try, but I'd rather buy a 4 pack of Terrapin's Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Imperial Stout than buy one of these at $15. (856 characters)

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mechamifune
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Super impressed by this. By far the best thing i've had from Lonerider. Fantastic mouthfeel and melding of the cocoa, coffee, and dark malt flavors. (149 characters)

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Pistols At Dawn from Lonerider Brewing Company
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