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Coal City Stout - Morgantown Brewing Company

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Coal City Stout
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83
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Morgantown Brewing Company visit their website
West Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Dry Stout |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A dry stout that opens with a creamy wave that rolls off the tongue to unveil slight bittersweet chocolate and espresso undertones. A big bold brown head tops this midnight black brew, which features a light body, low hop bitterness, and grainy goodness throughout.

31 IBU

(Beer added by: JamesS on 12-02-2009)
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On tap at Brandon's, Pipestem

A- pours pitch black color with a small foamy light-brown head that reduces to a small ring around the glass, a touch of lace

S- slightly smoky roasted malt with hints of chocolate and coffee, earthy and herbal

T- semi-sweet chocolate up front mixed with smoky malt and bitter coffee, bone dry finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel, transitioning into a creamy dry finish, high drinkability

O- highly sessionable stout with nice smoky notes and plenty of chocolate. Could easily drink more than one at a time

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives coal black with an impressive head that delivers a ton of lace

Smell: Roasty and ashy, with a hint of chocolate

Taste: Black bread, up front, with a roasty and ashy bitterness building in the middle; a hint of chocolate in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This is still a pretty good Irish stout with a low ABV

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Morgantown Brewing Company : Coal City Stout

From the tap , this stout pours dark brown with an ominous brown head, leaving good lacing down the glass. Greets the palate to a taste of roast, cocoa and a bit of iron. Hard water perhaps. Mild hop character. Fairly strong roast with a small bitterness. A good lighter stout but a bit metallic.

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I had this on-tap at the brewpub.

Coal City Stout arrived looking like a very dark mahogany color. It doesn't quite look like coal, nor is it opaque. Burgundy highlights are apparent when held to light. A soft, tan head covers the top. It's modest, standing less than a finger tall. It's also quick to recede, leaving a very light trail of lace in its wake.

The nose is okay. Pretty average. It falls on the weak side and would greatly benefit from more strength. It does have a bit of cocoa-ish chocolate malt scent. Perhaps some darker chocolate notes. Light roasted coffee is in the mix and smells nice. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. All in all, it's not bad at all. It's just not quite good either. More strength would probably push it to the positive side.

The flavor is pretty good. Easily a notch above the nose. It's simple and straight forward. If you're looking for a complicated stout, look elsewhere. This one starts out with a nice mix of dark chocolate and cocoa flavors. The malt base is sturdy enough, but this one's very light overall. Roasted coffee is a little more pronounced and complements the chocolate flavors well. A light touch of praline or a nutty flavor emerges late. It adds a little depth and works well. Alcohol is buried and isn't noticeable at all. Finishes with mostly a coffee and chocolate combo. Not bad at all.

Coal City Stout has a very light body for a stout. Given its size, it works okay. But, it's easy to pine for a little more heft. Beefing it up would probably be a good thing. Carbonation is relatively light and it certainly goes down easy. I wouldn't mind having a second glass honestly.

Coal City Stout is a light, simple stout from Morgantown Brewing Company. It's not bad at all, but it leaves you wanting a little more...of everything. More flavor, more body, the works. For what it is, it really is pretty tasty and makes for easy drinking. I'd suggest that Morgantown Brewing take what it is and build upon it. There's definitely a foundation here. If you're in Morgantown, it's worth a try.

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Coal City Stout from Morgantown Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.