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Pistols At Dawn - Lonerider Brewing Company

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92
outstanding

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 12
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: beer2day on 11-06-2012)
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

acurtis, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with a thin tan film that fades to a ringlet though it does leave some leggy dots behind

Smell: Chocolate fudge with a hint of coffee

Taste: Surprisingly roasty on the front end, with a developing milk chocolate and oatmeal character; by mid-palate, the hops add a bit of citrusy balance; after the swallow, the coffee adds another dimension, though the chocolate and roast flavors fade away a bit too abruptly

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy, with low carbonation

Overall: Despite the lack of carbonation and a slight deficiency in the persisitence of the flavor, this is a very nice American Stout - we have quite a few nice Imperial Stouts brewed in NC but this may be the best in the American Stout category

brentk56, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

oberon, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

jlindros, Mar 02, 2014
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3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to kubrick215 for sharing.

Pours a dark chestnut brown color that appears black and opaque in the glass with a half finger beige head that immediately settles into a thin ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.  

Sweet and roasted malt aroma with silky chocolate, roasted coffee bean, oatmeal, toffee and burnt toast.  Very inviting nose with a nice balance of roast and sweet chocolate malt notes.

Lighter bodies than expected and slightly watered down with a balance of sweet and roasted malt notes.  Subtle alcohol presence but not too hot.  Some sweet chocolate flavor but could be more smooth/silky.  Hints of toffee, oatmeal, coffee and burnt toast but not too roasty.  A bit dry but not harsh or acrid.  Well balanced but doesn't quite live up to the nose.

corby112, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Gonzoillini, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

tdm168, Nov 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

sendbeer, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  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.

chinchill, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer pours a very dark, almost black coloring with chestnut highlights and a wispy film of surface coating head. There's also some surface activity, belying the carbonation below it. The aromas are bittersweet baker's chocolate, sweet custard, dark roasted coffee, and some earthy tones. Very well balanced nose. Flavors are smooth and balanced from the get go, with a solid chocolate undertone supporting more bitter and sharp flavors as highlights. Coffee throughout, with a heavy dose of cream sweetness that is less sugary than the nose was hinting at. All the flavors come together in a smooth, robust character. The body is velvety and rich, but kept light by the carbonation. The aftertaste is all cocoa nib, bitter and rich. Smooth finish with a subtle linger left by the coating of beer on your taste buds. This one is so drinkable and damn flavorful. Bravo!

GarthDanielson, Mar 08, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Axnjxn, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

KevinGordon, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ZEB89, Mar 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

thatoneguymike, Jul 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

DarthKostrizer, Apr 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

ncstateplaya, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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...

wedge, Nov 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

jak, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of jmarsh123
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

dvmin98, Mar 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

GTB, Nov 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

FUwolfpacker, Jun 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

BigTrubble, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of beer2day
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bottle Rev in Raleigh.

Dark chocolate brown pour. Near black. 1/2 finger dark cocoa head.

Nose is cocoa and coffee as expected, with a light roast malt component. Getting a fair amount of chocolate, too.

More cocoa than coffee in the flavor. Chocolate sneaks in too. Nice bitters in the end. Really nice to get all this flavor at only 7.5% abv.

Smooth, creamy body. Not too heavy , but stands up well against the rich flavors.

Overall, I could drink a lot of this.

beer2day, Nov 06, 2012
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Pistols At Dawn from Lonerider Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.