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Wildcatter's Crude Stout - Yellow Rose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

10 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 10
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yellow Rose Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-05-2002)
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Photo of GreenCard
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased this 16 oz. bottle at an H-E-B in St. Antonio...

Appearance: DARK ("Texas Tea"), chunky, quite a bit of sediment that dislodged a little too easily, low head

Aroma: strong nose of dark malts and some soy sauce, no hops

Flavor: slightly sweet maltiness, an earthy note in the background, also exhibits a great deal of tartness/sourness that is not related to the dark grains, no hop flavor or bitterness to speak of

Mouthfeel: medium-full body, low carbonation, some particulate matter makes it into the mouth

Note: I've tried several Yellow Rose and Great Grains beers now and every single one of them has had the same sour note. Another reviewer described it as green apple which I think is right on. Could it be that they're bottling it to quickly (i.e.- "green" beer) or perhaps a bacterial infection in a shared yeast strain? It was not as off-putting in this sample as it has been in others.

GreenCard, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of shapudding
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No dating. Had this one in the fridge, then on the counter for just a bit, but when I opened it the foamy head shot out all over the place. I waited, then gave a slow pour, and still got 3x more head than beer into my glass. Pitch black and with a bubblebath of dark beige head that eventually settled as a thin layer. Chocolate and coffee, liquor and hops floating out, but not a very strong aroma at all. A lot of carbonation in the feel. Even a small sip foams up all over your mouth. Medium bodied with just an insane amount of froth going on. -it really is kind of distracting. Feels more like porter body. I expected this to be thick and with tons of flavor, based on the name, but get just some burnt toast, black coffee, touch of bittersweet chocolate and caramel sweetness towards the end. Very mild flavors and feel.

shapudding, Mar 21, 2005
Photo of bditty187
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, deeply black in hue, an ideal color for a stout. A brunette head of a finger in height formed and lasted for a moment before fading to a tight cap of very small bubbles. The retention of the cap was very good as it lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was minimal and hardly noticeable. The overall appearance is very nice-looking. The nose has a bit of astringency from the roasted malt, this is found mainly upfront. In the middle is a healthy aroma of espresso with a dash of creamy-caramel. Overall the bouquet is silky smooth and very pleasant. Unfortunately the potency just isn’t very strong. Still, I like it and I am looking forward to quaffing it. The palate has its charm, the roasty flavors are not really that bold, flavor-wise and it creates too much astringent flavors. This blends with kisses of caramel apples. In the middle the flavors of coffee beans and espresso are found and by the finish the hops are noticeable. Throughout are hints of charcoal. The bitterness, overall, is fairly big, as expected for a stout. The aftertaste is very short and a little too sweet, milky almost. I do wish it ended on a stronger note. The palate is fairly tasty but not very complex, true, there is nothing bad about a straight-shooting stout. Still, I’d like more roasty malt. The body is medium and the carbonation is moderately low. The mouthfeel is good; not only is it bulky but it is slight as well, odd but doable. Drinkable. It is a good quaff even though it is nothing remarkable. Good stuff. Thanks Morris729 for the sample!

On a side note, I’m impressed at how many words are on the label. Do you think they put the beer in a 16-ounce bottle just to fit the long story about C.M. Joiner on it? I do.

bditty187, Jun 22, 2004
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thin head but pours pitch black, opaque. Nose is very winey and heavy, as is the taste. Thick and strong, definite tastes of red wine and malt but not so much as to overpower. Chewy on the palate, coats the mouth and finishes lightly sweet. Exactly what I would like to believe crude oil would actually taste like.

assurbanipaul, Jun 01, 2003
Photo of allengarvin
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle at Hall's in Colleyville. The Yellow Rose brewery is long defunct, and these were brewed at Great Grains for the last 5 years, but it too is defunct now.

Appearance is very dark, very black, with a little tint of dark ruby around the edges. Nose is a bit coffee-ish, or hot-cocoa-ish. Taste is very malty, with a strong chocolate flavor. Enough bitterness to keep it more bitter than sweet, but no hop flavor gets through. At the finish, there's a slight cardboardy flavor, probably some oxidation. Medium body, carbonation a little low.

Not as good as I remembered it (when I first tried it, I remember thinking it was even better than Rogue's Shakespeare stout), but not too bad either. Better than most of the Great Grains/Yellow Rose beers.

allengarvin, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 16oz small bomber with a gushing oil pump on the label. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Very black with a creamy yet thin tan lace.

Smell: A bit of a sour twang from the roasted barley with hints of charcoal and malt.

Taste: Quite smooth up front with a quick twang of sourness. Though it goes quickly to a roasted barley flavour with hints of coffee and malt sweetness. The finish has a faded roasted flavour and cleans up a bit in the end also.

Notes: Not a bad stout at all ... a bit too much of the acidic twang and a bit out of balance for the style but none the less a half-decent brew.

Jason, Apr 05, 2002
Photo of Morris729
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the label, this beer is dedicated to C.M. “Dad” Joiner, a wildcatter and an icon of the early Texas oil industry. It pours an almost black color with a creamy light-brown colored head. The aroma is of sweet roasted malts and a bit of sour/pungent smoke. The flavor is composed of sweet malts, coffee, and caramel with some underlying notes of smoky charcoal. This is my second time to write a review for this beer and it scored much better this time. Yellow Rose beers are now brewed by Great Grains Brewery who have been known for a sour apple undercurrent in all of their beers, however that sourness wasn’t present in this particular beer (unlike the first one I reviewed).

Morris729, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: deepest, darkest black, with significant speckles floating throughout, and a sturdy brown head above, similarly dotted, and heroically long-lived.
Aroma: briskly bitter, distinctly espresso-ish, rich and roasted, velvety, divine.
Taste: smooth deliverance on the tongue, and full of flavor, very sweet, chocolatey, caramelly...
A bit lighter in body than I like my stouts, but otherwise, an excellent example.
I enjoyed this all the way down the big, bad bottle!
Thanks so much to morris729!

feloniousmonk, Oct 31, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque "black" body with barely a chestnut highlight to it although flakes of sediment are visible reflecting light back through the base of the glass. Its creamy, dark tan head dissolves shortly into a thin collar but continues to leave spotty lace. The nose is a touch fruity and mildly cocoa-ish with a subtle charcoal background; and its medium body and very fine, natural (bottle conditioned) carbonation leaves it creamy in the mouth. The flavor offers a juicy, berry-like fruitiness that's neck deep in cocoa, toffee, and a delicate coffee-like roastiness - all backed by a low-key bitterness that's just enough to rope in its maltiness; and it finishes mainly dry with a lingering note of malt and spent espresso grounds. Quite drinkable!

NeroFiddled, Oct 23, 2003
Photo of AtrumAnimus
4.9/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep black that absorbs light like a singularity. The head is thin and dark tan like old leather. The nose is smokey, tangy sweet malt with hop notes that are lively. The Flavor is WOW! The mouthfeel is smooth and soft with very little carbonation. The flavor is crisp sweet malt that has a roasted note to it. Not quite smokey but roasted. There is sweetness from the malt that is very prominent and subdues the hop bitter nicely. This is an excellent stout, especially from Texas. Man is this good. Couldn’t be better.

AtrumAnimus, Apr 25, 2003
Wildcatter's Crude Stout from Yellow Rose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.