Norm - Wormtown Brewery

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

155 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 43
Gots: 19 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Wormtown Brewery visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rudzud on 08-27-2012

2012: Growler and tap only
2013: Growler, tap, and limited 22oz bottle release (120 12 bottle cases total, bottled on October 4).
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Photo of cbutova
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Bomber poured to three glasses at a mini-tasting with a black body where light pierces just the very edge. The mocha crown builds up to just about two fingers with a foamy, frothy consistency. Fairly good head retention and large webs of lacing.

S- A massive blast of toasted coconut pretty much owns the nostrils with Samoa cookies immediately coming to mind. With some time the coconut takes a bit of a step back and allows a dusty, cocoa powder richness to open up. Coconut and chocolate here.

T- Coconut is the main driving force and I hate to say it again but Samoa cookies really come to mind, in a good way. Oily, shredded dried coconut. Cocoa nibs seems to gain more and more strength with each sip and eventually it finds its place in the flavor. Slight caramel sweetness, roast grains and some earthy hops.

MF- Fairly thick bodied with probably the slickest, most oily feel I have found in a beer. A chewy puffiness comes with the medium level of carbonation that provides a certain richness to the huge dessert flavors. Bitter cocoa powder finish.

Coconut pretty much says it all. Toasted, oily and decadent mixture of heavy chocolate and massive coconut, dessert comes in beer form once again.

Photo of Chico1985
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to Cam for sharing good beers that fly under my radar on a regular basis.

A - Blackish pour, small beige head. A ring and bits of lace remain at the end.

S - Very coconut forward, good authentic shaved coconut type deal, nice chocolate cookie going on as well. Toasty fresh/out of the oven baked goods.

T - Perhaps even more coconutty, impressive amount of straight up shaved coconut, coconut milk, coconut cookie, etc. Chocolate, slight roast, a bit of a milk stout vibe, toasty malts.

M -Silky smooth, medium carbonation, good oily body that suits the flavors quite nicely.

O - Really impressive coconut flavor. Maybe a little over the top and a one trick pony with the coconut/chocolate punch. But admittedly quite good.

Photo of Shaymus
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown almost black, a bit of lacing remains on top

S: chocolatey/roasty goodness with a bit of coffee and coconut

T: See above...

M: I would have to say medium bodied slightly thick but nice

O: I heard and or read somewhere/someone mention" Almond Joy" and that is pretty accurate. I wasn't sure if I would like this as I'm not a fan of sweet tasting brews. I have to say this is a well balanced and very nice beer to drink... Cheers!

Photo of jegross2
3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of Plloyd1981
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Norm!

Photo of jlindros
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Tap at peppercorns
Darker colored thick creamy 1 finger head almost pitch black beer. Nice layered lacing.

Nose oh damn! Pure almond joy. Lots of dark chocolate and milk chocolate, lots of toasty coconut, little coffee ice cream and chocolate milk shake, caramel, light buttery vanilla and almost oak like presence probably from the coconut.

Taste starts luscious and creamy with lots more toasted coconut. Toasted and fresh shredded coconut, with again a light buttery coconut oil flavor. Then chocolate galore. Some dark and bakers but mostly creamy milk chocolate and cocoa butter, some vanilla again as well as coffee ice cream. Light oatmeal taste and feel to a hint of oatmeal cookie. Touch of caramel and toasty dough malt, and a hint nutty.Light cinnamon i think or that might be my imagination running away with me. A light bitterness on the finish with creamy silky feel, more chocolate and coconut galore lingering, a touch of booze toward the end as i swirl the beer around my mouth for what seems like ages.

Mouth is fuller bodied rich creamy silky smooth and sexy satin decent carb.

Overall deliiicious! I wish i could freeze it in the winter and skate on it, then melt it in the spring and drink it again. Also bathe in it and make clothes from it. I don't think it gave me as much of a hard-on as Rudzud, but I really enjoyed this beer. I really hope they bottle it.

Photo of jujigatame
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wormtown Brewery - Norm

Bottled October 2013, consumed 11/20/13, 6.8%
22 oz. bomber to standard pint

Let it sit out of the fridge for 20 minutes or so before opening.

Pours very black. Thin tan head fades out to a ring with a little island in the middle.

Smell is sweet chocolate and coconut. Buttery and rich. A specific sense of powdered cocoa too.

Taste is more of the same but not as sweet as the smell was. Coconut seems to float around in the flavor. It's there but not too strong at the expense of the other components. The oatmeal stout serves well as the base for this beer. It does not feel too confectionery or cloying. I had some concern that might pop up but happily it does not.

Body is smooth and viscous at first. Not quite thick but almost. Carbonation activates on the tongue a little. Aftertaste has some bitter chocolate and roasty malt flavors.

I think this is an excellent beer. I had no trouble putting back the whole bomber. Between this and Sweet Tats Wormtown has delivered two of the best stouts I've had in the past few years. Great job on this one.

Photo of portia99
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a Brooklyn snifter

A - Pours a near black color with a finger of frothy khacki foam that shows good staying power. Foamy lacing left on the glass.

S - Super chocolatey aroma, cocoa powder, smooth roasted malt. Sweet toasted coconut aroma really rounds this one out nicely...very good smelling beer.

T - Slight astringency up front, tons of cocoa, touch of coffee roastiness, milky chocolate/Hershey's syrup. Coconut in the middle and thru to the finish and beyond.

M - Full bodied and velvety smooth. Mid-level carbonation with a low fizzy tingle to it. A bit slick and oily.

O - Overall a good American stout. Really like the coconut aspects here. Coconut is an underutilized ingredient I think. Really adds nice sweet, creamy, and toasty notes to a stout. I would definitely grab another couple of bottles if I see them before they disappear.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into the larger version of the Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Liquid comes out darker than I expected. As it streams out of the bottle it's sort of a fudgy dark brown, but gets darker as it rises in the glass. There are some deep reddish brown highlights on the edges. Theres a coffee milkshake brown colored head with small bubbles that makes it look sort of creamy. The head erupts on a hard pour with average lacing to it, but overall it's a nice pretty looking beer.

Smell is way sweeter than I expected, but it's pleasant overall. Serious malt bill here with a lot going on to make it smell. Plenty of more sweet than bitter chocolate, not quite milk chocolate, but close. In addition to that, there's plenty of coconut. It basically smells what I would anticipate a liquified milk chocolate covered toasted macaroon to smell like. As I mentioned before there's a strong malt bill, and you can pick up some medium roasted coffee aromas as well. Smells delicious and decadent without feeling like you can only have a few sips.

Taste is a little better than the smell. The coconut is more prominent here, and it's like a nice fresh toasted coconut flavors. I don't remember reading/hearing about lactose being brewed with this, but it's a little milky (probably remnants from being brewed with coconut), in addition to more sweet than bitter chocolate. It's sort of tastes like a milk soaked chocolate cake that's topped with toasted coconut flakes and having a coffee milk or light roasted coffee to wash it down.

Mouthfeel is really good, and it grows on you the more you drink it. Full bodied with a nice lingering flavor. The carbonation level is pretty much perfect. It's sweet and milky/creamy while also getting a nice chocolate/fudgy feel that finishes robust and slightly earthy. It's so full and flavorful for only being a 6.8% ABV oatmeal stout. I've only had a couple of oatmeal stouts that are so full and flavorful. I thought this should be classified as more of a milk/sweet stout (something to that effect because it is sweet and creamy, but it does have that distinct feel that a quality oatmeal stout produces. Drinkability is top notch, you don't even need to be a beer lover to drink this beer. Great brew from Wormtown, I'm sure they did Norm proud, it's a great coconut beer and overall just a great beer.

Thanks BBG for the recommendation!

Photo of Damian
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fluid ounces bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Bottled in October 2013
Served in a pint glass

Although I have never met Norm, I have seen him at many a beer fest, and he seems like a really good guy. It is nice to see Wormtown name a beer after someone who is so passionate about the craft.

As for the beer, it poured an oily, near pitch black and was topped an an inch tall, super tight and creamy, tan colored crown. Almost nitro-like in appearance. Decent lacing. Clingy streaks and spotty drops clung to the sides of the glass and lasted throughout most of the session.

Like other reviewers have noted, the nose was totally reminiscent of an Almond Joy candy bar. The coconut presence was really intense. Lots of milk chocolate. Touch of almond-like nuttiness. Loads of vanilla. Overall, quite sweet but not excessively.

The flavor profile was somewhat similar to the nose except not as punchy, nor as sweet. Lots of bittersweet chocolate up front. Coconut and vanilla notes came through in the center. Some French roast coffee as well. The finish was quite roasty and smoky. Slightly acrid with a heavy dose of earthy, bittering hops. I definitely could have done without all the bitterness.

The mouthfeel approached medium bodied for the style. Perhaps a touch thin. The liquid however was pillowy soft and creamy on the palate with a fine, subtle effervescence. The oatmeal lent the beer a smooth and silky suppleness.

The aroma on this beer was exceptional, but the other aspects of it were slightly less than stellar. If the intensity in the nose could match what was happening in the flavor profile, and the bitterness on the finish were minimized, this could be amazing.

Photo of Schmuckles
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like a typical stout. Dark and thick. Minimal head and very light lacing. Has a good stout aroma. Taste is a real dark chocolate just sweet enough with hints of coconut. Not a bad stout for the flavoring. If you like chocolate than this is definitely a stout you should try.

Photo of taez555
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I don't normally write short reviews, but this deserves it.

It tastes exactly, and I mean EXACTLY, like a dark chocolate Almond Joy candy bar. Its almost 3D. Rich Dark chocolate, you can feel the shredded coconut and taste the nuts.

This beer is awesome.

Wow!!!!

Photo of Duff27
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two fingered light tan head on a dark brown body. Head is dense, sticky, and long lasting.

Sweet undertones on the nose, low roastiness.

Moderate, soft roast on the forefront. In yo face coconut, yum! This come through on the tail end of each sip. Can see it bordering on cloying for some. Drinks about its 6.8%abv.

Medium mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

Outside of Proprieters (which is a whole 'nother story) I've never experienced this much (real tasting) coconut flavor. Would love to try an imperial version of this with a thicker mouthfeel. Thanks mj0126!

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter.

A: Very dark brown, just a shade away from black. A creamy tan head persists nicely and leaves small spots of lacing trailing it.

S: Rich milk chocolate aromas, enticing wafts of toasted coconut. Malts lend nutty scents, hints of cola, caramel turtles, and mocha. Quick whiff of plum. The cocoa nibs and coconut combine to create the dominant aroma, which closely resembles an Almond Joy.

T: Rich flavor of cocoa nibs leaves a lasting and creamy milk chocolate impression. Cola and chewy caramel underneath. Nutty, toasty, and roasty. Dab of brown molasses. Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies. Toasted coconut bursts through and hits its apex middle to end. Very faint, tight hint of plum. Milk chocolate, cola, and toasted coconut on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Perhaps a bit thin, but the oats save it with a nice silky and creamy feel. Low carbonation.

O: A very hedonistic drinking experience, if I may borrow a wine term. What we have here is a well-rounded beer that is pleasurable in all respects and very easy to drink. Not the most complicated beer out there, but it's nice to be able to just enjoy drinking a beer without having to think about it too much. If you like Almond Joy candy bars, boy do I have a recommendation for you. A very memorable beer.

Photo of Dope
4.59/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled October 2013.

A: Pours a very dark brown. Very large and frothy light brown head. Head retention is excellent as it slowly fades away. Top-notch lacing; heavy and thick and ever-present.

S: Really nice bittersweet chocolate aroma. Sweet grains backing it up, oatmeal I assume. Swear I get coffee even though there's no coffee in this. Not really getting a ton of coconut, mainly it's a chocolate oatmeal stout from the aroma. Mildly earthy. Very pleasant regardless.

T: Now there's the coconut. Lots of nice toasted coconut up front with a perfect backing of sweet oatmeal and bittersweet chocolate. Perfect balance and melding of flavors. Mild earthy coconut with lots of bitter cocoa in the aftertaste. This beer is stupid good.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and creamy.

O: Whoa. Great oatmeal stout. Addition of cocoa and coconut puts it over the time. It is mellow and smooth and creamy and so easy drinking. At the same time there is surprisingly great strength and complexity for 6.8%. Flavors compliment each other nicely and are well balanced. Amazing brew by Wormtown.

Photo of brureview
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Photo of jbertsch
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apears black with a khaki head that fades to a ring.

Smells awesome. Big on both fudgy chocolate and coconut. Mounds bar in a glass.

It tastes as expected, but is suprising how righteous both the chocolate and coconut flavors are. They're both in full force but also balanced well. Sweet coconut hits first, but decadent chocolate is right behind it. I love how the coconut was not skimped on.

Full mouthfeel. A touch slick but in a silky dark chocolate kinda way.

Overall this is just awesome. Its not about providing layers of hidden flavors...its about huge chocolate and huge coconut flavors. Its unbashful and an awesome desert beer. Anyone who loves Mounds Bars, Bountys, Almond Joy, etc., you have to try this beer. Wormtown really does stouts and porters well.

Photo of hughlatimer
4.79/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just tried my first Norm today. I have to say I was surprised. This is one I resisted to try for some time, but the reviews that claimed it tasted "just like an Almond Joy" worried me. I was afraid it would be overly sweet and taste nothing like beer. I'm glad I made the jump.

First Impressions.

Poured into a 20 oz pint glass. Little or no head.

Aroma- Yes that is coconut. Then there is a dark chocolate hint in the back ground.

Taste- Chocolate, dark chocolate. Then there is a hit of coconut on the finish. This is not sickeningly sweet. No sweetness at all. Hints of strong dark coffee. I have to say I really like this. Why did I wait ?

Mouth Feel- Smooth, silky, you would almost expect a syrupy mouth feel, but none. Great mouth feel, very smooth. Very nice.

Overall- I will have to get this again. Very very good beer. Great for those cold New England nights by the fire. Kudos to the brewers at Wormtown....

Photo of rudzud
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So this beer has been years in the making as with much persistence Norm convinced Ben to brew a coconut stout. Finally it happened!

A - Poured into a standard snifter a deep dark oily black with a wonderful one finger mocha head that faded to leave wonderful lacing throughout and nice retention.

S - Aromas mind blow. Its melted almond joys in a glass. Super large chocolate aromas and roasted, toasted coconut. Sooo much damn chocolate in this, crazy. I'll let JLindros go into detail about malt styles and such; all you need to know is this is a damn almond joy in a glass.

T - Taste is so dam. Close to the nose. Chocolate explodes rich and dark intermingling with wonderful roasted coconut flakes. There are light nuttiness atleast so I taste, could be my mind playing tricks...man oh man.

M - Mouthfeel is almost too silky and smooth. This is velvet for my mouth, rich and creamy. The carbonation is on the low side, which lends only to the milky creaminess.

O - Overall this beer ranks up there for me with top Wormtown beers right behind Tennessee Tats for me. Seek this beer out while you can, its outstanding. Wish, wish they'd bottle this beer.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big time want, very happy to cop a bottle.

A-Pours quite close to black. Thinner, tan head grows then fades until it sits like a thin wafer above the beer's body. Light lacing.

S-Yes! I get some serious coconut here. I actively seek out any beer brewed with coconut and I never seem to smell or taste much of it (especially in stouts or porters). This one is the exception. Chocolate covered coconut macaroons. Mounds bar. Toasted coconut meat and coffee with coconut syrup. Really impressive.

T-The coconut is genuine and downright tasty. It matches the chocolate and roast quite well. Dark chocolate and light roast coffee. Very similar to a Mounds bar. This is probably the most coconut forward beer I have tried and I love that. That being said, the flavor is a noticeable step down from the nose.

M-Body is relatively light. Carbonation is also soft. Very drinkable. The light body complements the unique flavor well.

O/D-Wormtown is one of my favs and when I heard they brewed a coconut stout I almost died. This one really lives up to my own personally hype-mobile. Can't wait for next year, assuming they re-brew this.

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 06/11/15 notes. 22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Roasted malts, milk and dark chocolate, coconuts, toasted malts, oak, cream, vanilla, and cocoa. Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall a really good oatmeal stout; would love to have it again.

Photo of gueuzedreg
3.39/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of GimmeAGuinness
4.62/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of WoostaBia
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best coconut flavored stout, captures the best coconut flavor mixed with milk chocolate.

Photo of silentjay
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown to black poured with almost no head. lacing is okay and retention isn't the best.. could be a glassware cleanliness issue.

coconut, mounds bars, coconut, a bit of milk chocolate, and just a touch of coconut. very one-dimensional

starts off with coconut, then goes real sweet with more coconut, and ends with coconut and more sweetness.

medium bodied and creamy which suits the style okay... maybe a bit thin.

I guess they got what they were trying to produce, but I think I need to get checked for diabetes. would have like a more roasty background to balance the sweetness.

Norm from Wormtown Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.