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Norm - Wormtown Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

109 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 109
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.72%
Wants: 37
Gots: 12 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewing Co. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
2012: Growler and tap only
2013: Growler, tap, and limited 22oz bottle release (120 12 bottle cases total, bottled on October 4).

(Beer added by: rudzud on 08-27-2012)
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Wyoming

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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beertardis

Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

06-23-2014 02:53:33 | More by beertardis
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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jshusc

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

06-06-2014 19:03:20 | More by jshusc
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wckneeshaw

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Prost76

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

04-25-2014 00:40:44 | More by Prost76
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark nutty brown, medium lacing no legs.

S- Oatmeal malty backbone, with smallest amounts of roasty chocolate and lesser of vanilla

T- Funky aftertaste; probably my lack of non ba oatmeal stout drinking. Oatmeal, and then follows the nose with the smallest amount of chocolate and vanilla in the back.

M- Light, but that is to be expected. Medium carb, but def present down the throat.

O- A pretty fair oatmeal stout. There are some things to improve on here with the presence of chocolate and vanilla, and making this one a bit smoother and thicker.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 00:55:37 | More by gueuzedreg
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Florida

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Robtobfest

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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cwelsh55

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

02-27-2014 21:15:16 | More by cwelsh55
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cavemanlawyer1999

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

02-23-2014 06:35:51 | More by cavemanlawyer1999
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csustar001

New York

3/5  rDev -28.9%

02-22-2014 23:30:54 | More by csustar001
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jegross2

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewing Norm from Wormtown Brewing Company out of Worcester, Massachusetts. Norm is an oatmeal stout brewed with cacao nibs and toasted coconut.

Score: 84

Fall 2013 vintage bottle served in a Hopslam snifter and enjoyed on 02/06/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark chocolate color with less than a finger of tan head off the pour. Solid, but unspectacular lacing and retention. 3.75/5

Smell: On the colder side, the aroma is very milky. Coconut milk with a hint of chocolate is the best characterization. As it warms up, however, the milkiness fades substantially and a roastiness comes through as the chocolate character also amplifies. By room temperature, the beer exudes the aroma of a freshly baked chocolate covered toasted coconut macaroon. At no point in the nose complex, but it's quite effective in its simplicity as it warms up. 4.75/5

Taste: The taste, unfortunately, has an opposite development as the aroma. At first, right out of the fridge, its a nice and creamy blend of toasted coconut and milk chocolate. However, as it warms up, it starts to taste a bit blander, with a 2% milk flavor upfront and a distinct metallic flavor in the finish. Like the nose, the taste is not very complex. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Super creamy mouthfeel, with a good viscosity. The carbonation level here is nice, although maybe a touch overdone. Nice balance overall on the flavor profile. 4.25/5

Overall: A nice beer that smells downright amazing as it sits out for a little bit, but falls apart taste-wise the more that it breathes and warms. I like the concept of this beer, and the nose and initial flavor are proof that it has a lot of potential, but the execution was lackluster and the metallic finish was a real turn off. My other bottle, which may have been from a different batch, was much worse and tasted like 2% milk and metal right out of the gate. Even at the nice price point I likely will not seek this one out again unless they can fix whatever is making this bottle have a metallic flavor.

Cost: $6 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 05:08:55 | More by jegross2
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New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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California

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Massachusetts

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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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Todd

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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GimmeAGuinness

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Others have given accurate descriptions of appearance and aroma, so I'll briefly say that the color of the foamy head is a wonderful light tan that darkens near the edge of the glass. Pour it slowly; the head is very persistent.

The flavor of this beer is amazing. I've never tasted coconut in a stout before this, and I find it is a perfect complement to the dark roastiness of the malt. I think there's juuust a bit too much coconut in there, but it's by no means overpowering. I could happily drown in this stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 23:52:22 | More by GimmeAGuinness
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brureview

Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served at 52F in a snifter as recommended by Wormtown Brewing.
Warmer serving temps work well for this beer despite a relatively low ABV.

Poured an attractive dark opaque chocolate with a 1/2 finger head. It's best to pour slowly- the beer is unfiltered.

I swirled the beer for better aroma/taste. The aroma was deep coconut/cocoa, which does not dissipate with warming- instead the aroma/taste is enhanced with warming-fuller coconut and cocoa.

The mouth feel is very carbonated.

The aroma transitions well into the taste- this often may not be the case in craft beer with strong aromas. There is a full body of coconut melded with cocoa. Perhaps the most coconut I have tasted in a beer.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 01:44:10 | More by brureview
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Norm from Wormtown Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 109 ratings.