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Terminator Stout - McMenamins

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.87%
Wants: 5
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.45% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-13-2003

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Ratings: 129 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by Fatehunter:
Photo of Fatehunter
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger of tan head with a dark brown body.
The smell is a strong roasted malt.
Taste is roasted malt and burnt coffee. A bit bold and one sided.
Fizzy texture but only moderate carbonation with medium body.
Overall it's nice, but bold flavor profile.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Available only (mainly?) through the McMenamins brewpubs in the Portland, Oregon area, Terminator Stout is full-bodied and delicious, smelling of rich chocolate malts, coffee, deep brown sugar, milk chocolate, and cocoa.

On the tongue there's an immediate explosion of chocolate malts--with their deeply-toasted, almost charcoal notes--and hints of ash and tobacco. These are balanced by a bevy of deep, dark sugars, bearing not-so-subtle hints of pure cocoa, vanilla, and caramelized brown sugars. Coffee and extra-rich caramels dance lightly in the background, accompanied by a pleasing nuttyness. Hops provide a minimal background fuzz. The aftertaste is dominated by coffee and chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is medium-light--far lighter than would be expected, given the force of the flavors--and carbonation is fairly light.

Overall, it's surprising how easily and smoothly this stout goes down, no doubt helped by the stout's excellent balance between bitter and sweet flavors. An excellent stout for all--look for it next time you're out west.

Photo of Magpie14
3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: black in color, thin foamy non-typical head, some lacing. Body looks light...as far as stouts are concerned.

S: sweet grains, burnt coffee, and sweet sugar

T: coffee and sour-like grains. Toffee/malts and maybe some molasses in their as well.

M: more like a porter in character due to its lighter carbonated body and feel. Its a kick on the medium to heavy side. Lingering weak coffee in the finish.

D: have one or two and call it good for me, not a big fan. I like my stouts much heavier than this boy.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Terminator Stout: Roast coffee in the nose. Also sweetish and fruity. The flavor offers caramel, cocoa, brown sugar and some coffee, but not much. It finishes with a note of dark fudge and brown sugar. Moderate bitterness. Overall not that roasty for a stout, and rather rich and malty. It's nicely done and tasty, but perhaps not balanced enough to offer continued drinkability.

Photo of Docer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I was much younger... one of my first craft beers I ever had on tap... and it must have been at the Kennedy School where I had it. But this review is from their East Vancouver location...

- Nice dark, clear brown... black... huge light mocha head.. pillows and sticks around lightly.

- Sweet creamy grain, light sugars, cocoa... slight coffee and mocha... light bitterness... slight earthiness... grassy..

- Creamy sweet grain, dark chocolate bitterness which is very light.. slight oats, grains, bread... cream...

- Overall a medium bodied stout... slightly chalky, very mouth watering....

- One of the better craft stouts around. Back in the day this would have been 'the' best.. now is still holds up to the huge array of stouts around. I don't know if this is one of John Harris's brews.. but it seems like it.

Photo of isualum12
4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub oak hills Beaverton Or

Poured as black dark beer with small tan head. Malts, coffee and cherry chocolate. Great smooth flavor with coffee and chocolate. . Heavy-medium mouthfeel.

best stout on tap in while. Very impressed. Not impressed with Oak Hills but the stout was the highlight of dinner.

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

A - I liked the appearance, it had a nice head on it, the color and consistancy was good.

S - smelled smooth, cleans, had a rich coffee like aroma to it.

T - The taste was very good, but it wasn't spectacularly stand out in terms of taste. It was almost like there was a finish that it was missing. So while very good, it didn't quite take that next step into the area of excellence.

M - It didn't have a particularly noticeable mouthfeel. It was't anything to really write a lot about.

D - Sometimes I notice that a stout like this is heavy to the point where the thought of drinking more than one is just terrible. This one isn't like that. So, it wins out there.

Photo of SteelKettle
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very Dark Brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates quickly

Smell: coffee and malts

Taste: coffed and malts very clean mildly bitter

Mouthfeel: slight carbonation medium body

Drinkability: very smooth easy drinking enjoyed a lot.

Photo of cbarrett4
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the nitro tap at McMenamins in Sherwood, Oregon.

Tasted next to the non nitro version and WOW what a difference. This beer is so lovingly smooth and rich. It is what Guinness wants to be when it grows up! (well... Guinness is pretty good I guess). This is one of the smoothest and most lush and inviting stouts I have had. Dark aromas and flavors of cocoa, licorice, espresso, and blackberry liquor. Stunning finish and mouthfeel!

Photo of jcalabre
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

For the beer geek, this stout is pretty mild. Although it has nice coffee and chocolate aromas and flavors, I think it's been toned down a bit for a larger market appel. The body is medium/light, not what I'd normally expect from a stout. This stout is good, just a bit lightweight for the style, in my opinion.

Photo of GreenWBush
2.72/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From High Street Brewery & Cafe.

Appearance is categorically stout; black to the casual eye, ruby when lit. Quite a nice arrangement of pillowy glass cling.

The nose from the bomber popped out like burnt pizza crust. The roastiness and bitterness came out a little more when decanted, yet the whole package still maintains a little Rice Crispiness. Lactic qualities also abound.

The flavor of this beer is much better than the nose but still no blue-ribbon winner. If I wanted a Guinness, I would've ordered one.

At least I would've gotten a cascading pour out of that one.

Photo of Reidrover
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok Sunday afternoon down the local McMenamin brew pub ( Thomsons Brewery, Salem )..New nitro tap..Terminator so here goes..
After a long wait for the cascade to stop the beer appears to be a deep dark mahogany topped with a fabulous massive tan head..very nice to look at!
Nice aroma of roasted barleys and chocolate..some honey too!
MMM this is a rather odd ( but not unpleasant) taste for a stout..its actually quite sweet in a honeyish sort of way..but still the dark chocolate malts and the roasted barley show through..and after there is a good bitterness..pretty unusual but I like this.
Very smooth and pleasant on the tongue though it is a little on the thin side for a stout.
A pretty good drinkable stout though maybe the sweetness would put some off.

Photo of dvb
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

10 oz. glass, on tap at the Spar Cafe - also known as McMenamin's - in Olympia, Washington.

A - Color is black, but some light still gets through. No head or lacing to speak of.

S - Roastiness. Somewhat pungent. Very hard to describe.

T - Slightly smoky. No sweetness, really. What really stood out about this beer was a somewhat sour finish. I was not sure what to make of the sourness, as I have never experienced that in a beer before. If the sourness was from hops (I would never confuse sourness with bitterness), I guess I have never had that variety of hops before. It was almost like there was a touch of vinegar. It wasn't unpleasant; just different.

M - Fairly thin, which I expected. This seems pretty common in black beers that still allow light to pass. Almost no carbonation.

D - It goes down pretty smooth. I only ordered a 10 oz. glass and I ended up ordering another glass. So, while it is an unusual stout for sure, I did enjoy it and would definitely order it again.

Overall, I would call this beer "average".

Photo of aracauna
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, but not really black. I can see a ruby red glittering through the middle from a distance. The head is a yellow tan, a bit fizzy and short lived. The aroma is roasty, but little else. The flavor is a bit cola-like, a bit of smoke, a little chocolate and nuts. Interesting but a bit thin.

Photo of bondjedi
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the Six Arms on Capitol Hill.

The touchstone for this style, for better or worse, is Guinness Stout. Terminator's head is browner, and not as fluffy.

Just a touch lighter than Guinness, and easier to drink. In the end the beer seemed too frivolous to be taken seriously by a stout-lover. The last sips were syrupy - I had to go hero-time on the dregs, something I would normally do with High Life or Corona that was no longer ice-cold.

The best thing at McMenamins is their spicy dijon mustard. It paired well with the stout.

Photo of jmbranum
4.85/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all-time favorite stout. I've enjoyed a few years ago at several of the McMenamin's locations in Portland, OR, but tonight I'm enjoying several pints at the Six Arms location in Seattle, WA.

Oh how can I began to describe a beer this exquisitely good?

It is impossibly dark brown, almost black brew. Warm toasty aroma. The flavor is rich, strong, toasty, sweet yet dry. Mouthfeel is nice, there is texture to it. 3 dimensionality. The taste lingers and lingers and lingers. Your whole existence is wrapped up in this glass. Life! Sustenance! All is well with the world. I must have another.

And damn! This beer is crazy drinkable.

Photo of jdklks
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a dark though not impenetrable black with a small, light brown head.

S- smells of roasty coffee and wood. no alcohol smell present.

T- The taste is very average, and by that i mean that the beer is not bad, but it is also not extraordinarily impressive. tastes of coffee with a dark fruit aftertaste that permeates the mouth. there's no alcohol to be found so im guessing the abv is pretty low. the flavor is good at first, but as it lingers it declines.

M- again, average. it is somewhere between medium and full-bodied in terms of stouts more generally and thus it is not as smooth as a more full-bodied russian or american imperial or most other american stouts.

D- it is a stout so i would most likely only have one anyways, but this is absolutely cut off at one. i have another in the fridge that i will definitely drink, so it is in no way a throw-away, but at the same time, it is nothing to get excited about.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A somewhat aggressive pour gives me a pretty good sized, one and a half finger head. The head is light brown in color, pretty dark for the head of a beer, even for a stout, but not too dark, it looks very nice. The head started off pretty fluffy and creamy looking, but has dissipated so fast that it is pretty much just your average one centimeter of bubbles. Not sure how the lacing will be, but judging by the lack of head, I doubt it'll be any good. The body is absolutely pitch black, for sure one of the darkest beers I've ever seen, which is saying a lot. There aren't even any hints of other colors in the body, it's just...black. Zero visibility through this beer. Can't see any carbonation due to the color. Overall not a bad looking beer, the head was pretty lame, but the extremely dark body kinda makes up for it. We'll see how the lacing goes, but for now the appearance is decent. Wow, that smell is really amazing. I'm trying to remember what beer this reminds me of, because it smells exactly like a beer I've had before, a really great beer. Dark, rich malts on the nose, for sure some chocolate and maybe some coffee as well in here. The smell is just very big, but also really clean and smooth smelling. Somewhat complex also, and overall just super good. It just smells so freaking good, I don't know what else to say, I'm excited! The taste is very rich and very very good. Flavors just kinda explode in ur mouth, and they take a little bit to sort out. The dark malts are extremely present, pretty sure there is some chocolate in here as well. Maybe some coffee, but if there is any it's not very present at all. The taste is very powerful and really demands your attention. There are a lot of flavors, and a lot of power to each of those flavors. With all this being said, there are for sure some rough parts to this beer. For one, it's pretty darn sweet, all the flavors and the alcohol nullify it a little bit, but it is for sure sweeter than I would like. The hops are also a little rough, it's good that they are there and that they are noticeable, but I dunno, it definitely makes things a little rough. Finally this beer is only 6.45% ABV, and the alcohol is pretty present, this is definitely the most annoying factor of the beer, I know that the ABV on this beer is higher than your average beer, but only by about 1%, the alcohol shouldn't be this present. I mean in retrospect the hops and the sweetness aren't bad, they just....I dunno, are weird. On some sips I really like those flavors, and on other they are a bit annoying. The alcohol however is always annoying. With all of that being said, it's still a really amazing taste. I'm going to have a hard time grading this beer, because it's so tasty, and it has such a big and flavorful taste, but it does have a few small problems. I'm trying to decide between 4 and 4.5. I'm really leaning towards 4.5, even though it might not totally be there yet. Yeah, it's a really great tasting beer, 4.5. The mouthfeel is good, the carbonation is a little high, but it works for this beer. The body is a little thin, but it's big enough for the style. Overall the mouthfeel is pleasant and it works for the beer, but a little thin and carbonated. Even though the alcohol is pretty noticeable, the beer is still pretty drinkable, because it is just so dang tasty. Overall it's a really awesome beer, and one that I for sure will have again if I have the option. Super big flavor, very good tasty, robust, full. There are some small drawbacks, but overall it's a really awesome beer.

The appearance turned out to be....not bad. The lacing was extremely patchy, and kinda all over the place. It followed me pretty far down the glass, but it wasn't that great, like I said. The head was bad from the beginning, but the body was very nice. So pretty bad lacing (but at least there was lacing), pretty lame head, and a great body, I'm thinking a 4 is fair.

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at McMenamins Pub, Mill Creek, WA

Poured an opaque dark brown with just a small tan head. Typical aroma of roasted malts, with touches of coffee and chocolate. More of the same in the taste, earthy, with a coffee bitterness in the aftertaste. Heavy-medium mouthfeel, and a quite drinkable stout. Probably the best selection I sampled from McMenamins.

Photo of vkv822
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz imperial pint on-tap.
from notes.

Black with a creamy, light tan head.

Roasty, cocoa notes in the nose and palate.

Creamy, medium+ body, with medium carbonation, quite pleasant.

A well done stout. An enjoyable flavor profile with a great mouthfeel for a stout. Something I would enjoy having again next time I happen to be in a McMenamins.

Photo of MadeInOregon
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Shared a pitcher of this delicious stout at the Grand Lodge in Forest Grove recently. I've always loved this beer and this time around was no different...with the exception that I was able to put my finger firmly on the reason I like it so much:

It's a great example of what a "stout" ought to taste like; sets the standard as far as I'm concerned. Here's why...

It's sweet, but not too sweet. You can taste the chocolate they add but it doesn't make the overall taste become dessert-like such as with Young's Double Chocolate Stout. You can easily drink this beer by itself or with their food (or your's)

It's also got the dry, roasted bite that a stout should have but it's not so intense that it makes you cringe or want periodic sips of water. Very drinkable. Some might think of it more like a simple porter because of how drinkable it is, but the body is really what maintains the "stout" character: it is very, very smooth on tap (as well as out of McMenamins' 22oz'ers) with a nice creamy, medium body.

I can see how some may be bored with this beer because it's really not SUPER interesting or complex, but for the style that it claims to be it's great!

CONS: Unfortunatly, they usually don't serve it with much head at McMenamins even though they always serve it at the right temp (50-ish). Also, $4.75/pint feels a bit steep for a simple, local beer--where's the beer community love?

Photo of vmauery
4.51/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very solid stout; I enjoyed it enough that I started using it as my benchmark for other stouts, which for the most part has led to disappointment due to unrealistic expectations. The smell is the best part and that leads to a good taste as well. When my first point was set in front of me, I wasn't sure what to think because it was so dark. I was impressed and keep coming back for this one.

Photo of flexabull
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark brown color with a nice tan head.

Aromas are of dark roasted malts, molasses, and burnt sugars.

Taste is of roasted coffee, cocoa, cola, and creamy dark malts. Finish is dry and bitter, but not overpowering. Hops lend a nice mineral bite that balances out the dark semi sweet malt flavors. Nicely balanced stout.

Mouthfeel is good, long finish, nice full feel, and good carbonation level.

Drinkability is excellent. This is a solid stout that is tasty, not too heavy, and very pleasant to sip. Easily one of my favorites of the regular rotation of McMenamins brews.

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber served at cellar temperature in a pint glass. Tasted while reading about the results of the CA recall.

Appearance: Black.. duh... Some ruby tones can be detected at the edge of the glass. Brown head dissipates rather abruptly.

Smell: Intense coffee smell with some weird hazelnut and cereal overtones.

Taste: Sweet coffee with the same weird hazelnut and cereal tastes. Slightly bitter. I suspect this was not meant to be drunk at cellar temp.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied, much like the apparent victor of the election. However, this is the body of the Arnold shown in that picture circulated shortly after he entered the election, not him in his peak. Taste lingers for a bit.

Drinkability: The nutty/cereal flavors are a bit offputting, making this a hard one to finish. I'm tempted to draw a few more parallels between this beer and what happened in CA, but I shall resist.

Photo of RedBiddy
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Since I live only a couple blocks from the Grand Lodge it is convenient and my duty to conduct quality control expeditions to this pub. Terminator is one of my all time favorites. It delivers what you expect from a stout. The color is a mystic oracle to be read. The head is imposing and the lacing is a pattern for Oregon spiders to emulate. For those who don't live in the Northwest...I pity you. The taste is fresh and lively...reminiscent of Guittard's. The mouthfeel is, "I want this to be the last thing I taste before I go to bed." Yum.

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Terminator Stout from McMenamins
85 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.