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Terminator Stout - McMenamins

Terminator StoutTerminator Stout

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104 Ratings
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Ratings: 104
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.63%

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United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.45% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-13-2003)
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Photo of Cyberkedi


4.95/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Comes out of the tap an opaque chocolaty sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head that sticks around a while and leaves some heavy lacing. Rich, smoky, chocolaty aroma has undertone of quality coffee and hint of licorice. Flavor fills the mouth with fine roast coffee, chocolate, molasses and even hoppy tones as well as a licorice hint. Thick, smooth, oily texture has some fizz and leaves behind a nice smoky tingle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 01:15:25 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of jmbranum


4.88/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 01:33:30 | More by jmbranum
Photo of MadeInOregon


4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
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?

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2009 23:24:52 | More by MadeInOregon
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had it on tap and poured from a bottle, it's roughly the same either way. The tap may be a tad bit smoother, however.

A: Through the glass it appears a musty black. The head is tan/dark cream with good retention along as it dissipates to the side.

S: The aroma is of dark roasted malts, sweet sugars, and some espresso. The smell is wonderful and full, suggesting a complex beer.

T: For me, this is the ultimate expression of the style. It has enough sweetness to contrast the heavier flavor, or bite, of the roasted malt without overpowering it; I often find stouts leaning too far one way or another. The dry bite is certainly there, however, and quite wonderful. On top of this perfectly crafted base, spices and sugars mix with chocolate and coffee undertones to add a pleasant, modest complexity. Likewise, the body is an extremely smooth medium-full.

D: For stouts, this is it as far as I'm concerned. A supremely drinkable brew with enough complexity to keep things interesting, but enough of a solid base that it's a standard. Recommended for everyone and anyone, especially fans of straightforward yet intricate brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 04:37:58 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of oneeyedziggy

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's been a while since I've had this, but as it's the best beer I've had by far I thought I'd raise it's rating a bit, but honestly, without giving it a straight run of 5's.

I also had this on tap, but bought 4 pint bottles to bring home... all the way home to south carolina... and i managed to keep them cold the whole way, that's how much I liked it.

Without having one in front of me...

It looked, as the menu stated, "coal black" with a thin head

Light on smell, as usual, the head is much more fragrant and lets the creamy chocolate and coffee scent out much better.

It was unusually smooth, "warm," and lightly chocolaty with a bit of coffee, and a hint of nutmeg/allspice type flavor.

sweet but not overbearingly so, and very easy to drink.

Also, the alcohol is barely noticeable in the taste, ABV isn't listed, but I'd guess less than 6%.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 04:31:04 | More by oneeyedziggy
Photo of isualum12


4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2011 13:35:26 | More by isualum12
Photo of RedBiddy


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 18:44:51 | More by RedBiddy
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 04:33:33 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of Elendinn


4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On-tap at McMenamin's Corvallis, on 3rd. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance -- black, light brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Nice lacing that lingers. Nothing particularly special, but looks inviting nevertheless.

Smell -- very faint. Subtle hints of roasted malt, caramel, and coffee.

Taste -- coffee is very prominent, but not overwhelming -- an excellent balance and deceptively simple. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, and caramel are noticeable, as well. Almost some tiramisu in there. There's a warm, comfortable alcohol finish that's very soothing.

Mouthfeel -- nicely carbonated. Smooth and comforting.

Drinkability -- I could drink these all night. Wish they were sold in bottles; they'd be perfect for a long night's worth of beer-infused conversation. One of my favorite non-Imperials.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 23:22:03 | More by Elendinn
Photo of SteelKettle


4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 18:04:03 | More by SteelKettle
Photo of jondeelee


4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 02:54:26 | More by jondeelee
Photo of brendon


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Blue Moon. It is a dark brown brew with a loose tan head. Smells of chocolate, a bit of coffee and earthy yeast. Fairly dry and lightly bitter with a medium-light mouth feel. Good solid malt character with some coco taste. Slightly over carbonated for the style. THe beer ends somewhat dry with lingering coffee but surprisingly smooth. Pleasant, a session stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2005 17:00:25 | More by brendon
Photo of cbarrett4


4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-07-2009 06:12:47 | More by cbarrett4
Photo of flexabull


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 21:06:15 | More by flexabull
Photo of Docer


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 01:05:20 | More by Docer
Photo of Kearneytheking


4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this brew at John Barleycorn's in Tigard, Oregon.

Appearance - Deep Brown, almost black (SRM = 35)

Smell- There was a nutty coffe smell right off the bat, like a coffee lightly seasoned with a bit of hazelnut. Pretty much sums up this stout from here on out.

Taste - the nutty coffee smell gives way to just that, a light hazelnut and coffee tast. Delicious, fill bodied stout with a good 6.45 abv and smooth aftertaste that doesn't linger too heavy with the faintest bitterness. Leaves a bit of coffee breath though :P

Mouthfeel- lightly carbonated, flavor and bubbles stay on the middle of the tongue while the liquid slides down.

overall a great stout to begin the night of great beers to be had. Cheers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 05:11:38 | More by Kearneytheking
Photo of SheepNutz


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. It pours a deep black color with one finger of head. There is minimal lacing left on the glass. The smell is full of burnt malt, with just a touch of bittersweet chocolate. The taste has plenty of roasted malt, bits of espresso, and a nice dry finish. Not too sweet at all. The mouthfeel is nice and thick. The drinkability fairs well too. A nice stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 04:36:48 | More by SheepNutz
Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black body, thick cocoa/tan head, fluffy and attractive. Nice.

Bittersweet nose, rich notes of chocolate and hints of espresso. Very expressive aroma, quite consistent with the requirements of a good stout. Well done.

Bright, fruity, sweet in the mouth, pleasing, but leaves the palate too soon. The taste, alas, does not follow through as impressively as the appearance and the aroma. Seems to come across as just an okay stout. Some darker tinges shine through, deeper flavors, a bit of maple and molasses...just a bit.

Full-bodied, long, bittersweet finish, hefty malt, nicely roasted...a very easy to drink, fully accessible stout. Quite good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2005 09:48:07 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of Gueuzedude


4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost pitch black color and it is topped by a frothy, almost creamy, three-finger thick light brown colored head. The aroma is an interesting mix between roasted notes and notes of smoke. I was not expecting the smokey notes at all, but they may just be contributed by the roasted malts used. The aroma is quite dry, and is completely dominated by the notes of coffee, a slight roasted acidity, and a malty chocolate note.

The taste has a certain fullness to it, but still remains light enough to be easily quaffed. There is a definite malt sweetness here, which, though not pronounced, accentuates notes of chocolate and something similar to malt balls. The finish is fairly long and dominated by roasted notes or darkly roasted grain and black coffee. This beer is quite nice and quaffable, I like how sweet malt character balances quite well with the roast character. This has lots of interesting flavor in each and every sip, so it is not something to be pounded, it is the type of beer that is quite nice to spend an evening over.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2006 04:28:45 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark black beer (black as night) with some mahogony highlights. Has a nice creamy light brown head and very good lace. There is a malty sweet start to the aroma with a strong vanilla backbone. The flavor starts with the vanilla note and slides into some bittersweet chocolate in the middle and a coffee like bite on the finish. The level of sweetness reminded me of some baltic porters I have had.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2005 15:19:07 | More by ybnorml
Photo of flagmantho


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap tonight at the McMenamins in Mill Creek, Washington.

Appearance: super black with no head and an attractive ruby tinge when held up to direct sunlight. Very nice and very appetizing.

Smell: rich coffee aroma. This is kind of a one-trick pony, centering in on the coffee, but it does this job very well.

Taste: coffee again, a hint of chocolate and a porterish touch of sour. Hops are quite earthy and there are enough of them to do the job.

Mouthfeel: medium body with OK carbonation. Not bad; it works well enough.

Drinkability: a solid stout; very tasty. Terminator was the old standby when my buddies and I would hit up McMenamins after a hard day.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2010 02:07:38 | More by flagmantho
Photo of NeroFiddled


3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2009 15:33:33 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of Reidrover


3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-13-2003 15:02:16 | More by Reidrover
Photo of vkv822


3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2013 05:48:53 | More by vkv822
Photo of olfolxholme


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


22 oz bottle poured into a small stein

A - standard brown bomber with terminator logo on it. Poured the beer right down the middle and slowly about 1 finger of attractive dark tan head appeared. As I was appreciating the deep dark color of the beer, the head thinned out. It was pretty while it lasted - and some bubbles hold on. There is also some pretty good lacing. Definitely looks like a stout.

S - wonderful mixture of yeast, coffee, hints of chocolate, maybe some Irish cream - very enjoyable. Wouldn't mind being more overwhelmed with aroma, but it's good.

T - tastes great, a lot like the aroma. Stronger though. Still not overwhelming, but I guess this isn't an imperial stout. Nice mix of coffee, creamy chocolate notes, and roasted malts.

M - interesting. It's creamy but also astringent. A tad dry in the aftertaste, but also leaves some coating.

O - a very solid stout. Nothing bad about it, but I wish it were even stronger. Then again, as it is, this is a very accessible beer and definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 04:59:42 | More by olfolxholme
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Terminator Stout from McMenamins
85 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.