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Terminator Stout - McMenamins

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Terminator StoutTerminator Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

111 Ratings
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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.45% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Reidrover on 04-13-2003)
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

03-23-2012 05:58:17 | More by WaydeRafnel
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GreenWBush

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2004 21:19:56 | More by GreenWBush
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dvb

Washington

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".

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2010 23:35:03 | More by dvb
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.8%

06-22-2014 11:32:15 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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Floydster

California

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Glass at the Broadway location last month on our Portland trip, reviewed from notes, color is a dark brown, one inch foamy light tan head, some retention, very light lacing, aroma consists of dark roasted and burned malts, lots of grains, light coffee, hops, and dark cocoa, starts off with dry roasty accents, some dark chocolate in the middle, lots of roasty malt in the finish as well, it is full of grain that provides a bit of chewiness later on too, never really sweetens as it warms, roasted and dry mouthfeel, medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation, taste lingers a very long time, could not drink much more of this, did not know how high the alcohol was but I am guessing it was around seven percent because there was not much booze present in the flavor, pretty heavy stuff overall, would not drink again but still probably worth trying

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 22:38:22 | More by Floydster
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katybee

Oregon

3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My issue with McMenamins' beers, is that although they are microbrews, they don't seem to be quite as distinguishable by flavor, as other brands. They hit a mid-range, without pushing taste extremes or varieties (compared to such breweries as Blue Moon, Dogfish Head, or Lagunitas). Therefore they are only average beers, which is a shame, coming from such interesting authentic establishments as their facilities are known for.

This stout had the traditional opacity and darkest brown coloration, but very little head.

No smell to speak of; but if anything a little more hoppy than malty.

Unfortunately, I didn't detect any exceptional flavoring...I would almost call it a brown ale, with hoppy dryness. No molasses sweetness or nuttiness or coffee detectable... almost like a lager except for the color and flatness on the tongue. No aftertaste, either. Very simple, uncomplicated.

For me, this was too thin to be a 'stout'. I missed any creaminess at all, even in the head.

Average drinkability...almost quaffable; nothing really to savor on or off the tongue and nose; easily forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 09:39:27 | More by katybee
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bondjedi

Washington

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2010 03:06:33 | More by bondjedi
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jdklks

Nevada

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 06:16:33 | More by jdklks
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 00:07:37 | More by Fatehunter
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ManekiNeko

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 04:20:44 | More by ManekiNeko
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minterro

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-04-2013 23:52:27 | More by minterro
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Mole_Playing_Rough

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

11-24-2013 00:29:03 | More by Mole_Playing_Rough
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DrLipids


3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-18-2012 01:46:46 | More by DrLipids
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Jovian

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

09-16-2012 23:08:07 | More by Jovian
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anteater

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

02-24-2013 07:43:39 | More by anteater
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C_S

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

08-22-2013 17:05:43 | More by C_S
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jackmax

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

07-10-2014 19:34:55 | More by jackmax
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BraveGator

Georgia

3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

05-14-2013 01:32:04 | More by BraveGator
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

Pours a deep brown to black that allows a bit of light through. The nose is mostly chocolate malts. The flavor is not at all what I expected. There is none of the rich chocolate or coffee, but its more nutty and subdued. The beer is also a bit thinner that I would want. I would go with many other stouts over this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2004 16:49:05 | More by kmpitz2
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 07:18:57 | More by Magpie14
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Murrhey

Montana

3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Grand Lodge McMenamins in Forest Grove, OR. Reviewed from notes.

A- Finger width tan head. Deep brown color, thin spotty lacing.

S- Roast malts, coffee smells. Lighter for a dark color. Some oak.

T- Nice medium malts and very subtle coffee flavor. Finishes bitter with a dark chocolate taste.

M- Medium bodied, maybe a touch over carbonated. Little linger.

O- Not bad, but I've had better stouts. Would try again.

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2012 04:09:11 | More by Murrhey
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RedDiamond

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfectly black with a modest head. Its smell is roasty and intriguing though not potent.

Terminator has abundant flavor at first with a rich roasty presence and dark malt profile. The aftertaste regrettably doesn’t follow through with a comparable clarity. An initial sweetness advances towards a bitter cul-de-sac that is somehow incompatible in its final moments. This is a hypercritical assessment however, as on the whole, Terminator is still quite satisfying. It’s just that the elements of style are a bit conflicting. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a pint. Though the initial taste has more character than the aftertaste can sustain, there’s still plenty here to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2004 19:20:21 | More by RedDiamond
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

10-31-2013 02:07:28 | More by ste5venla
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DrTrygga


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

04-12-2012 19:07:27 | More by DrTrygga
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aracauna

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2004 08:11:26 | More by aracauna
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Terminator Stout from McMenamins
85 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.