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BlackHawk Stout | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States | website

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.13%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dry oatmeal stout. Coffee, roast and chocolate flavors throughout, very smooth body from the addition of flaked oats. The use of six different malts makes this a very complex beer.

Added by bditty187 on 03-01-2005

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 28
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Short's Burger and Shine, served in a pint glass.

Appearance- This has a great cap with two-fingers of dense and smooth, coffee colored head. The body is an opaque dark brown body.

Smell- The head is far too weak for a stout. There is a little bit of roast and some grassy hop, pretty uneventful.

Taste- This has a really sweet profile. The roast that was noticed on the nose has virtually disappeared on the palate. There are some notes of brown sugar and vanilla, even a little spicy hop. Not really roasted enough, and it may be more like a cream stout. I like it regardless.

Mouth feel- This beer is medium bodied. It is creamy and goes down easy.

Overall- This is a good stout that could use a little fixing up. The nose is probably the biggest problem, would really like to smell some roast and vanilla. The roasted malt should be better represented on the palate as well.

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Photo of birchstick
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at the brewery alongside some AE ice cream. Pours dark brown / black without much of a head on it. Nose consists of chocolate with a hint of smokey chocolate. The taste follows the nose, opening with sweet, rich chocolate tones that fade to a bit of bitter bakers chocolate. This next finishes with some bitteer coffee flavors that complement the bitter chocolate. Coffee mixed with chocolate linger on the finish. This is a well crafted stout and was a pleasure to drink. Not mind blowing by any means, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of AlleywayRover
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had as part of the tasters rack at the brewpub.

Appearance: Pours black with a nice creamy head.

Smell: I picked up some black roasted barley, a little caramel and just a hint of smokiness.

Taste: Caramel and roasted barley off the top. It fades into hop bitterness and coffee that really lingers.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

It was okay, but the sweet malts quickly give way to bitter hops and coffee flavors that really linger on the palate. It's not bad, but there were better beers at this brewery.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black color with a creamy, smooth, cafe colored head. Nice stickiness with a decent lace left.

S - Definitely strong chocolate aroma. Sweet cream and a faint hint of coffee. A touch of roasted malt and sweetness.

T - Like the aroma, this has a lot of chocolate flavors. Ovaltine chocolate flavor with a sweet creaminess. Hints of roasted malt and coffee but these are definitely overshadowed.

M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. Quite smooth and creamy.

D - Easy to drink and not cloying. Chocolate heavy and therefore a little out of balance but not bad.

Notes: Nice, smooth creamy and chocolaty beer. Not cloying but a little on the sweet side. Not amazing but an enjoyable sweet tasting stout. Good chocolaty flavor, but I wouldn't want to drink a number of these.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap into a pint.

A: Very dark, 1 finger tan head with good retention, excellent lace.

S: Sweet chocolate malts. Yum.

T: More chocolate and roasted malts, some floral notes (not hops) that add some interest to the mix. Distinct lactose flavor makes me wonder if this is really a milk stout or milk hybrid.

M: Very creamy, light carbonation, medium-heavy mouthfeel.

O: Really good beer. Not too complex, but plenty interesting. Will drink it again.

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Photo of palmdalethriller
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a 4 oz pour at the brewpub in Des Moines. A rich, black beer with a nice creamy white head on tap. I believe it was served on nitro, but didn't ask to confirm. A great example of a stout, visually at least.

A faint, distinctly chocolatey nose at first is fillers by a hint of roasted malt and very little hop presence.

The first thought upon tasting this beer is that it is very sweet. It is not cloying, but the sweetness and chocolate overpowers the other flavors one might look for in a stout (the roast barley/coffee-like bitterness mainly).

The body was nice and light, but creamy as well (I like the texture of nitro beers), which is good because had it been real heavy it may have beeen too reminiscent of syrup because of the sweetness.

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Photo of jt31914
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1st or 2nd favorite beer on the trip to the brewing company.

A: Very dark black with cream colored head. Very good lacing and foam flavor.

S: Coffee and dark malts. Simple but nice.

T: Very good coffee char flavor with a cream balance. Like a weaker version of Cup of Joe by Short's.

D/M: One of the more drinkable stouts I've had, not surprising at 6%

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Photo of rebel1771
3.04/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours completely black with a small, frothy off white head that lingers a bit.

S: Not aroma to speak of, roasted malts of course but nothing else really.

T: Burnt coffee flavor with a bit of bitterness near the end.

D: I was expecting more from this brew. Not exciting, kinda bland overall.

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Photo of britzdog
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a nice black with a minimal amount of headand a stong roasted malt and coffee aroma.very mild carbonation , just the way i like it, with a not overpowering bitter taste. slightly dry at the finish. looking forward to purchasing more if they can get some.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.51/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly dark brown with some lightness around the various edging. Served with a solid cap, small bubbles and good stick. Lacing is pretty fat overall, and falls in sip-length rings. Pretty damn great.

The nose is so weak as to be a de facto absentee. The malt is roasted; that's about all I can tell you. Major let down.

The flavor perks up quite a bit, but the complexity just isn't there. One-note chorus here of roasted, coffee-like barley. Fairly bitter, with nothing good going on in terms of fruitiness or whatever.

Long-lasting bitter finish with a side of iron, as in the mineral. Fairly dry. Lots of carbonation made it hard to note any further developments on the palate, and left the mouthfeel medium-thin. Not too great.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a nice black color with a mocha colored head. I had it in the restaurant portion of the pub while dining with my wife and kids on our way to Kansas City. There was a mild coffee nose that was pleasant and not overdone but also wasn't so faint you got your nose wet. The flavor had a slight smoke and coffee character. The finish was surprisingly clean after all the smoke and coffee led me to expect otherwise. I graded it a B-.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It was poured a dark, brown with a thick, foamy one finger head. It left very nice lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malts and chocolate.

T - It tasted of malt, toffee, chocolate and caramel. Slightly sweet with a bitter kick at the end.

M - It was dry and crisp. It is medium-bodied.

D - This is a pretty good stout. It did seem to be more of an Irish Dry Stout, but they call it a Foreign/Export Stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Melted dark chocolate brown with lighter brown edges. The cap was one finger of oatmeal colored creaminess that deflated in minutes, but still managed to deposit a great deal of lace. Each mouthful left a fat ring on the glass and each ring was connected by a near solid sheet. This was a serious looking stout and was one of the best looking brewpub beers that I've had in a while.

There wasn't much of interest in the nose. Even though there was almost no head left by the time I got around to aroma assessment, there was very little of note. Simple roasted malt with almost no accessory aromas. Simple and forgettable.

The Court Avenue website calls Blackhawk a foreign/export stout. To me, however, it fits squarely into the Irish dry stout category. It's fairly weakly malted, although it probably grabs one of the lower rungs of the Irish dry stout ladder.

Coffee was the dominant flavor. Specifically, bitter coffee grounds more than rich, creamy coffee. It tasted as though an insufficient amount of malt was roasted to within an inch of its life, bringing out a good deal of bitter astringency. Some of the bitterness may have been due to hops since I picked up a little lemon citrusiness, but I'm still standing by my over-roasted black malt theory.

The finish was medium in length, slightly mineral-like and as bitter and as dry as lovers of the Irish dry stout style could want. And then some. The mouthfeel was light and close to fizzy. While ease of drinkability was high, the unrelenting bitterness began to annoy by the end of the pint.

Blackhawk Stout looks great, but that's where the love affair ends. I've never been partial to Irish dry stouts. For those who like that sub-style above all others, and who find themselves in the Court Avenue Brewing Company, this wouldn't be a bad choice.

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BlackHawk Stout from Court Avenue Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.