Shakedown Stout - Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon

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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.85%
Wants: 5
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: merc7186 on 09-24-2013

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Photo of Roguer
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Absolutely gorgeous stout: dark and inky, topped with a very firm mocha head, with excellent retention and great lacing.

Fairly subdued and traditional imperial stout aroma: roast coffee, a touch of chocolate, some dark fruit, and a hint of yeast esters. Toffee and marshmallow underneath the powerful roast.

Flavor closely follows the nose: a bit of dark fruit (not at all tart, though); tons of roasted barley and coffee flavor; exceptionally bitter dark chocolate flavor; grassy, vegetal hops tinged with more citrus than I would have expected. Citrus peel aftertaste.

Very drinkable and big; pretty thick stout. Long, lingering finish, coating the mouth with bitter hop oils.

This is a very good, very drinkable stout. It's not breaking any new ground, but it does everything very well.

Photo of Treyliff
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Fatheads Pittsburgh

A- pours black as night with a one-finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a thin film, nice lacing left behind

S- charred toasted malt up front leads to aromas of coffee and dark chocolate malt, undertones of pine and citrus hop

T- dark chocolate malt base with some smoky charred notes, hints of coffee kick in mid-palate before giving way to citrus and piney hops that continue into the finish with more coffee with more char and dark chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

O- nice blend of piney hops and charred chocolate malt, drinks like a black ipa

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle ina snifter, this American imperial stout pours a thick blackish brown with a nice tan head and fantastic lacing. Nose of DEEPLY roasted malts, strong bittering hops, and some residual sugar sweetness. Flavors follow the nose with strong burnt flavors of chocolate and caramel malts that mingle with a seriously strong hop bitterness that takes this into the black IPA category. Slick and very coating, this stout slides down easy and has a harsh bitter hops aftertaste even with it's high degree of carbonation. Bitter finish. An IPA or black IPA drinkers stout.

Beefy, but bitter finish.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 12/29/14. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch and a half tan head that stuck around for a little while. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like roasted malt, pine and citrusy (orange peel, grapefruit) hops, bittersweet chocolate, and a bit of coffee. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some burnt/charred malt and dark breadiness noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good hoppy stout, its definitely worth picking up! $10.99 a 4-pack.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Fat Heads Saloon in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pours a fairly dark black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a pretty hoppy stout, with pine, grapefruit, charcoal, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This is a pretty tasty little hoppy stout, a good amount of bitter chocolate and bitter pine are the dominant flavors here. None of the flavors clash, as can be found with beers like this. There's a little bit of dark fruit flavor as well.

This is medium bodied, with a creamy, full and rich mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable.

I definitely enjoyed this one, the criss-crossing flavors all came together very well.

Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

L - This beer pours black. It is topped with three inches mocha head that leaves significant lacing.

S - I can smell a healthy dose of hops. I get some citrus and roasted malt.

T - At first I got some chocolate and roasted malt flavors. They were quickly replaced by some bitter hops. The bitterness builds with each sip. I still pick up some roasted malt from time to time, but the hops are more dominant than I had hoped.

F - Full

O - I expected no less than a hugely hopped stout from Fat Head's. I was hoping for more balance. The hops dominated this stout. I picked up a little chocolate before my palate was overwhelmed by the hops. I guess I prefer my IPA's full of citrus and pine as opposed to my stouts. I am glad I tried a single and did not get a four pack. It is well done for what it is but not in my wheelhouse.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was able to find this in the 12 dollar mix section so fairly cheap at 2 dollars a bottle. Into a pint glass.

A - Pretty damn good so far a medium pour produced a rocking 2 inches of deep mocha head atop a very dense deep stout blackness.
S - I can some some chocolate malts beneath the balanced resinous hops and roasty char.
T - Somewhat sweet chocolate tones rushed beneath the dry husk of earthy hops and finish with a somewhat roasty twang. It's good!
M - For the ABV its quite smooth somewhat watery but great balanced beer.

Overall I mixed 3 of these that day and I can't wait to crack the other two. Probably would pick this up if it's going to be made regularly!

Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 12/27/14. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours black and it doesn't seem that there's any light getting through; fluffy mocha head that sticks around leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are hop forward and has that signature Fat Head's hop profile. Tropical notes blended with citrus notes. Chocolate malts are there as well. Slightly roasty. Smells nice. The flavors have a perfect balance between IPA and stout qualities. Grapefruit and pineapple shine, but the roasted chocolate notes shine as well. Some pine needles in the mix. Subtle hints of black coffee. This one has a solid bitterness, but it's not over the top. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Very smooth and easy to drink.

This is definitely a hybrid stout. It reminds me more of an "Imperial Black IPA" than an Imperial Stout, but it still has stout qualities. Or maybe it's just a hoppy stout. Let's just say it's not your traditional Imperial Stout. Whatever you want to call it, it's an enjoyable brew. Fat Head's has brewed this one in the past, so it's nice to see it in bottles. I'm interested in how this one would age.

Photo of neenerzig
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me in a pint glass on-tap at a happy hour near where I live, this beer draws a very dark brown, almost black color that is not interested in letting in any light. Has a creamy/frothy looking tan/medium brown head about 2/3 inch thick when first served to me that settles fairly thin ring lining the inside of the glass with some very nice lacing along the inside of the glass. Aromas of roasted malts along with hints of coffee and chocolate are nicely present. Flavor wise this beer has a heavily roasted, dark malt presence that gives way to mildly sweet chocolate notes and roasted coffee bitterness. Also a nice hop presence to round out the flavor profile. Has a sloth fly crisp, but mainly smooth, creamy and frothy, slightly prickly, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Another very good offering from Fathead's that is well worth a try!


Photo of Sy-Flis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty hoppy for a stout, but still a very enjoyable drink.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way hop upped on the nose and taste! But still really tasty for a Stout.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

LOOK: Pours a dark brown color with off white head and plenty of lacing.
SMELL: Dark malts are the primary aroma,
TASTE: Charcoal, piney hop, dark chocolate, and coffee are all involved. Solid bitterness and the body is medium. Bittersweet if sweet at all, this stout has a great balance of roasted malt and bitter hops.
FEEL: Full bodied, smooth and in no ways lacking in mouthfeel. Has a spot on carbonation and remains smooth and prickly at the same time.
OVERALL: Solid everyday American stout. Good balance, well rounded flavor

Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/27/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and rocky tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, floral, grass, and roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine and roast/charred bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, dark bread, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, light smoke/char, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent hoppy imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of big dark/roasted malt and moderate citrus/piney hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Beerma
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was ok! Kinda bitter. Tried from one keg liked it much better then the other! May be better towards the top!

Photo of Syncro-Vox
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark, good head retention, but the head isn't quite dark enough for an imperial stout in my opinion.

The aroma is dominated by green hops. This is kind of weird for an imperial stout, I think.

The taste is a little more balanced. The green hops are certainly there, but there is at least enough roastiness to convince me that this beer is a dark color if I had decided to taste it blindfolded.

"Is it a Stout or an American Black Ale?" the labels asks. Folks, this is an American black ale for sure. I'm not sure if it was intended to be an imperial stout or was misclassified, but it's too dank and not malty enough to be an stout.

Photo of ONUMello
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
A: Pitch black with a one-finger lingering head
S: Burnt coffee, burnt malt, burnt sugar
T: Not quite as burnt as the nose but it's all there
M: Medium-bodied, bitter
O: I don't dislike this but it needs to turn down the burnt characteristic and let the flavors of the ingredients shine more

Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So this is an imperial stout at 8.5%? Seems kind of sweet with an interesting smoked and roasty thing going on as well. I don't think there is a lot of complexity to it, but it's a pretty nice hearty and robust stout. Good for cold weather. I bet some barrel aging would do this well.

Photo of schoolboy
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Awesome. That's OSU and that's this major stout. I have the game paused ... so I can talk about this great brew, but I really need to get back to the Buck beating the Ducks for the National Championship, the Buckeyes' eighth, I think.

It is a worthy stout. Hugely roasty, malty and hoppy. Fat Heads has taken everything they have learned from other style and applied it here in a huge American style.

It is pretty and lacy. The aroma is a roasty nasty hoppy thing. The taste is out of this world. A mouthful of bitter, roasted maltiness. This may be one of the most flavorful stouts. Not a hint of sweet!

The aftertaste is an ashtray. I may have underrated this. I will have to stop by the pub after work to see if they have this on tap.

Back to the bucks going for number 8!

Photo of BeerMeColorado
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy for sure. Maybe a little too much for my liking in a stout. Guess you could put it in the Cascadian or Black IPA category. Of call it an "American style" stout. I prefer my stouts to be coffee, chocolate, caramel, dark fruit or vanilla notes. Just sayin...

Photo of 420Dude
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Definitely in my top 3 for stouts.

Photo of Bone53
3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label asks if this is a black ale or a stout. This is indeed a black ale, no questions asked... And i certainly can tell. This beer is misclassified. If it were labeled as a black ipa, im sure this would be world class status, rivaling west coast offerings such as firestone walker, stone, and lagunitas. However, its classified as a stout and gets lost in the mix. If i want a black ipa, this is the one ill reach for. Cheers!

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

Aroma: Strong hoppy notes up front including earthy, piney, and resiny hop notes. Slight baker's chocolate aroma with clean fermentation characteristics.

Appearance: Dense black pour with a tan and sudsy brown head. Head retention is good.

Flavor: Dense baker's chocolate with grassy & piney hop flavors. Balance is heavy handed to the hop bitterness. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly resinous and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No astringency or alcohol heat.

Overall impression: A hoppy, classic American stout. Fat Head's delivers again. Well done and will seek out again.

Photo of hosehead83
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown/black pour creating a huge, rocky cloud-deck of alluring tan foam.
Aroma-Heady bouquet of dark roasted malt, coffee, and a big piney hop presence lurking in the background.
Taste-Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, big onrush of piney/citrus hops. Wave after wave of flavor. Creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable for the strength. More like an imperial black IPA but with the body and flavor of an imperial stout. Hops and dark malts are in full harmony with a captivating flavor and character. Great for hop-heads and stout lovers.

Photo of thecheapies
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Dispensed with a creamy two-finger head with melted milkshake slosh and great retention. Laces excellently. Looks good.

Rich and roasty with sea salt earth and rugged hop leaf. Hints of espresso, burnt bread, and pine. Quite hoppy.

Roasty with coffee and char and addressed by whole cone hops of the pine/floral approach. Citrus notes are spared, yet sparing. Pithy hoppiness with bold earthiness. Has a slight unsweet dried cherry note near the finish. Good stuff.

Soppy and a little sticky, too. Open mouth for a weighty body. Carbonation has a poppy meter. Very settling.

Reminds me of Troegs' Dead Reckoning and Full Pint's Night of the Living Stout. Similarly delicious.

Photo of Omnium
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Sensory Sam Adams Glass

A - Pitch black with a thick two finger tan head, thick lacing. This is what you want your stouts to look like
S - Some roasted malt and coffee takes a back seat to a very grassy and earthy tone, definitely hops in here.
T - More bitter and bitey than I want my stouts to be, lots of coffee, and some bitter baking chocolate with some roasted malt, smokiness comes through in the end.
M - Very bitter and burnt feel
O - Its got too much bite, there's potential here but for once fat heads needs to tone down the hops.

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Shakedown Stout from Fat Head's Brewery & Saloon
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